Stuffed Mexican Portobellos

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Ingredients
  • •2 portobello mushrooms, stems cut
  • •2 large eggs
  • •1 TBSP olive oil
  • •fresh dill, rosemary and basil, chopped
  • •salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Drizzle olive oil on portobellos and season.
  2. Place them on a greased baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle the herbs on top.
  4. Crack open the eggs and carefully put one inside each mushroom
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 300° F (150 C)

Thanks to: http://whatscookingmexico.com/2011/07/21/stuffed-portobellos-breakfast/#sthash.I7qTXLhC.dpbs

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Why you should avoid Caffeine – it can make you fat, alter your DNA, and it’s toxic.

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The LD50 (Lethal Dose 50%) of  caffeine is 192 mg. The lower the LD50 number, the more lethal the substance is. For comparison, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has an LD50 of 11,900 mg/kg. Cyanide has an LD50 of 6.4 mg/kg.

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Caffeine is mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells (meaning that is alters your DNA and is passed down genetically to offspring). Mutagenic for bacteria and/or yeast. May cause damage to the following organs: heart, gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system.

It has Chronic Effects on Humans: May cause adverse reproductive effects (fetotoxicity, maternal (parnutrition) and birth defects. May affect genetic material (mutagenic). May cause cancer (tumorgenic) based on animal data.

It may cause gastrointestinal (digestive) tract irritation with epigastric pain, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

It affects metabolism and cardiovascular system with symptoms including flushing, palpitations, rapid heart rate, dysrhythmias, hypotension, blood pressure elevation and weight loss, metabolic acidosis.

It may affect brain and behavior/central nervous system. Symptoms may include nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, dizziness, tremor, seizures, convulsions, hallucinations,
somnolence, toxic psychosis, tremors, convulsions, ataxia.

May also affect blood, respiration (hyperventilation), and urinary system (mild increase in urinary volume and urinary sodium excretion), and may directly produce hypokalemia.

Chronic Potential Health Effects: May cause cancer (tumorigen) based on animal studies. May cause reproductive and fetal effects. May cause digestive tract disturbances (increased gastric acid, and pepsin secretion and a decrease in lower esophogeal sphincter pressure), cardiovascular disturbances.

Caffeine also fits the definition of an addictive substance, with withdrawal symptoms, an increase in tolerance over time, and physical cravings.

Caffeine is metabolized in the liver.

It increases lipolysis, leading to elevated glycerol and free fatty acid levels in the blood plasma.

It dilates blood vessels and increases urine volume.

Caffeine crosses the blood–brain barrier that separates the bloodstream from the interior of the brain.

Caffeine acts as a nonselective antagonist of adenosine receptors. The caffeine molecule is structurally similar to adenosine, and binds to adenosine receptors on the surface of cells without activating them (an “antagonist” mechanism of action). Therefore, caffeine acts as a competitive inhibitor.

Caffeine tolerance develops very quickly, especially among heavy coffee and energy drink consumers. Complete tolerance to sleep disruption effects of caffeine develops after consuming 400 mg of caffeine 3 times a day for 7 days. Full complete tolerance of caffeine was observed when subjects consumed 750–1200 mg per day.

Withdrawal symptoms — headache, irritability, an inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia and pain in the stomach, upper body, and joints — may appear within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuation of caffeine intake. This peaks at roughly 48 hours, and usually last from one to five days, representing the time required for the number of adenosine receptors in the brain to revert to “normal” levels. Analgesics, such as aspirin, can relieve the pain symptoms.

The DOT Classification of caffeine: CLASS 6.1: Poisonous material!!

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Caffeine can lead to a condition known as ”caffeinism.” Caffeinism combines caffeine dependency with a wide range of unpleasant physical and mental conditions including nervousness, irritability, anxiety, tremulousness, muscle twitching (hyperreflexia), insomnia, headaches, respiratory alkalosis, and heart palpitations. Furthermore, because caffeine increases the production of stomach acid, high usage over time can lead to peptic ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

There are four caffeine-induced psychiatric disorders recognized by the ”Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition”: caffeine intoxication, caffeine-induced anxiety disorder, caffeine-induced sleep disorder, and caffeine-related disorder.

Long-term consumption of caffeine could inhibit learning and memory partially through inhibition of hippocampal neurogenesis.

Caffeine binds to receptors on the surface of heart muscle cells, which leads to an increase in the level of cAMP inside the cells (by blocking the enzyme that degrades cAMP), mimicking the effects of epinephrine (which binds to receptors on the cell that activate cAMP production).

Despite its widespread use and the conventional view that it is a safe substance, a 2008 study suggested that pregnant women who consume 200 milligrams or more of caffeine per day have about twice the miscarriage risk as women who consume none.

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5-6 cups of coffee a day may make you fat!

Caffeine can cause retention of fat within cells, glucose intolerance(a pre-diabetic condition), and increase resistance to insulin regulation. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2332044/Is-caffeine-fix-making-fat-Study-shows-cups-coffee-day-cause-obesity.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

LD50 LETHAL DOSE CHART:

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http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9927475

http://www.sciencelab.com/msdsList.php

http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/ag101/pestlethal.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median_lethal_dose#cite_note-21

http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/files/MSDS_Caffeine.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAZMAT_Class_6_Toxic_and_Infectious_Substances

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/UCM205286.pdf

High intakes of coffee are associated with raised concentrations of plasma homocysteine, a predictor of risk of cardiovascular disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11237928

http://www.news-medical.net/health/Caffeine-Pharmacology.aspx

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Personal note: I’ve been caffeine-free for about 8 months now. I’d given up caffeine a few years ago, but I went back to it after some stressful events. Caffeine just made me feel good/happy and I craved it when I felt bad or stressed.

The 1st time I gave it up was super-hard. I was consuming 8-16 cans of Coca-cola and energy drinks a day(insane, I know!). I switched that out to diet Coke and diet Pepsi, then I switched that out to strong tea. I gradually weakened the tea until I was just drinking water. I could not go cold-turkey because I have severe migraines. I had to slowly step it down.

This time, I went from energy drinks and soda straight to water. I had to use some Excedrin to get me through the 1st week. I naturally have 2-5 baaaaaad migraines every year (since I was about 2 years old). As long as I was consuming caffeine I wouldn’t have any, but if I was ever in a situation where I went without it for more than 6 hours – it would induce a monster migraine that would leave me crying in a fetal position. That could be several times a week. I much prefer to deal with my “regular” migraine episodes. I’ve only had 2 since I stopped consuming caffeine this last time. It’s also easier now for me to notice the signs of a migraine coming on – which means I have time to do a few things to take the edge off so that they don’t last as long and aren’t as severe.

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Paleo Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, & Ranch Dressing

 

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Paleo Mayonnaise

Ingredients:

  • egg yolks – 2
  • Dijon mustard – 1/2 tsp
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice – 3 tsp
  • extra light tasting olive oil – 1 cup
  • sea salt – to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Preparation:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add egg yolks, mustard, and 1 tsp of lemon juice. Process until smooth.
  2. With processor running, VERY slowly add olive oil through the feed chute until you form an emulsion. If you pour the oil too quickly, it will separate and you will probably have to start over.
  3. Continue to add the oil until the mixture thickens.
  4. Add the remaining lemon juice and pulse to combine.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

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Paleo Sour Cream

Ingredients:

  • paleo mayonnaise – 1/2 cup
  • unsweetened full-fat coconut milk – 1/2 cup
  • apple cider vinegar – 1/2 tsp
  • garlic cloves – 2, finely minced

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to thoroughly combine.
  2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer to thicken.
  3. Use as you would traditional sour cream.

 

 

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Paleo Ranch Dressing

Ingredients:

  • paleo mayonnaise – 1 cup
  • unsweetened full-fat coconut milk – 1 cup
  • fresh dill – 2 Tbsp, finely minced
  • garlic cloves – 1-2, smashed and ground to a paste with a little sea salt
  • apple cider vinegar – 1 tsp
  • sea salt – to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Preparation:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, coconut milk, and vinegar in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk to combine.
  2. Add dill and garlic and whisk to combine.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.

 

Thanks to: http://paleotable.com

Smoky Mexican Tortilla-less Soup

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grain-free • gluten-free • dairy-free • nut-free • seed-free • egg-free • sugar-free

PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOKING TIME: 45 minutes
YIELD: 4 large servings
NUTRITION INFO: coming soon!

ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil or bacon fat
  • 1 small onion, finely diced (~1/2 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced (~1/2 cup)
  • 2 carrots, finely diced (~1/2 cup)
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely diced  (~1/2 cup)
  • 1 poblano pepper, roasted and diced (see side note below)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper – or more to taste
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp corriander
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 7oz tomato paste
  • 32 oz home made broth (chicken or beef)
  • 8oz chicken, cooked and shredded (can be cooked fresh or leftover from a whole roasted chicken, etc.)
  • optional: 1/4 c cilantro, chopped – for garnish
  • optional: avocado slices – for garnish

preparation:

  • In a large soup pot, melt the coconut oil and allow the diced onion to cook until it becomes translucent and the edges begin to brown. Add the diced bell pepper, carrots, celery, and roasted poblano pepper – season with sea salt and black pepper to taste, then add the cumin, corriander, and chipotle powder and stir until well combined. Allow to cook for a few more minutes.
  • Next, add the tomato paste and bone broth – stir to incorporate. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the flavors are well combined.
  • When the soup is nearly complete, add the cooked chicken to the pot just to heat it all the way through.
  • Serve garnished with fresh chopped cilantro and avocado slices.

change it up:

  • Use cooked, shredded beef and beef broth instead of chicken.
  • Use different kinds of bell peppers, or add a spicy hot pepper or roasted jalapeño if you like it hotter.

side note:

  • To roast the poblano pepper simply place the whole pepper over a low, open gas flame directly on the grate, turning regularly with tongs until the skin is blackened on all sides. Set the pepper aside in a bowl and cover it for a few minutes before gently removing the blackened skin with your hands. If the pepper is still very hot to touch, you may run it under some warm water while you remove the blackened skin, but this may weaken the flavor of the pepper slightly, so waiting for it to cool just enough to be able to handle it is ideal. Use the seeds if you like, poblanos aren’t known for being super hot.

Yes, you can enjoy this recipe while on the The 21-Day Sugar Detox !

 

Thanks to: http://balancedbites.com/2013/02/easy-recipe-smoky-mexican-tortilla-less-soup.html

Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Pops

grain-free • gluten-free • dairy-free • nightshade-free • sugar-free • sweetener-free

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PREP TIME: 5 minutes
YIELD: 6 servings
ingredients:

  • One 15oz can of full fat coconut milk + water to fill pop molds
  • 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

preparation:

  • Pour the coconut milk into a mixing bowl (preferably one with an easy-pour spout) or into your blender.
  • To calculate how much water you’ll need to add:  Test how much liquid your ice pop molds will hold by filling one to capacity, then measuring the liquid in a measuring cup. Multiply that amount by the number of pops you have, then add water to your coconut milk to add up to the total number of ounces you’ll need to make your pops. For example, if you have 6 pop holders and each one hold 3oz of liquid, you will need to have 18 total ounces of liquid. In this case, you will want to add 3oz of water to the 15oz of coconut milk you have to add up to the total of 18oz.
  • Slice the vanilla bean pod in half lengthwise, then scrape the back of your knife down the inside of the pod to remove the seeds.
  • Place the vanilla bean seeds into the coconut milk, then add the vanilla extract and either whisk together or blend.
  • Pour evenly into your molds and freeze overnight. To remove the pops, run the containers under warm water until the sides release.

Yes, you can enjoy this recipe while on The 21-Day Sugar Detox.

Thanks to: http://balancedbites.com/2013/04/easy-recipe-vanilla-bean-coconut-ice-pops.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=easy-recipe-vanilla-bean-coconut-ice-pops

Ice pop molds:

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Pina Colada Smoothie

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Prep time – 3 mins, Total time – 3 mins, Serves: 2

 Ingredients

  • 1 large Banana
  • ¾ cup canned Crushed Pineapple (or 1-1/4 cup frozen or fresh pineapple chunks)
  • 2 Tbsp Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1-1/2 cups Ice
 Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until thick and smooth.
  2. Garnish with a pineapple slice or some more shredded coconut if you want to get all fancy.

Thanks to: http://www.ourpaleolife.com/2013/03/pina-colada-smoothie/

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