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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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New study: Drinking cola and diet cola leads to Metabolic disturbances & ASVD

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ASVD: Atherosclerosis (arteriosclerotic vascular disease – when artery walls thicken as a result of the accumulation of fatty materials such as cholesterol and triglyceride)

A new 8-week study on mice showed that 43% of the ones who were given regular cola developed hyperglycemia and 54% had  increased non-HDL cholesterol(bad). The conclusion of the study overall: Cola beverages caused atherosclerotic(AVD arteriosclerotic vascular disease – thick fat/plaque build up on arteries) lesions’ enlargement with metabolic disturbances.

They also tested them with “light/diet cola”. The results were different, but just as harmful. Hypercreatininemia(basically when the kidneys & liver are taxed beyond their capabilities) was almost 3 times that of the mice who were given just water, a 91% increase in Hypertriglyceridemia(high levels of triglycerides/fat in blood), and a 68% increase in hyperuremia(hormone imbalances & metabolic abnormalities – chronic kidney disease & renal failure).

These changes were all reversed after discontinuation, except for persistent hypercreatininemia in the group who were given “light/diet cola”.

Unmetabolized aspartame from the cola (which was 10–15% of ingested aspartame), was found to modify the intestinal environment and trigger inflammatory (pro-atherogenic) processes.

http://www.cardiab.com/content/12/1/57

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Starving Cancer: Ketogenic Diet

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“There is a cancer treatment that is free, has virtually no side effects, and can be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments. It involves cutting out carbohydrates, beginning with the worst carb of all – sugar.

Starving Bad Cells —  stop eating carbohydrates, which turn into glucose inside your body. Cancer cells love glucose and need it so badly, that if you stop giving it to them, they die.

The Ketogenic Diet — All cells, including cancer cells, are fueled by glucose. But if you deprive them of glucose, they switch to the alternate fuel, ketone bodies. Except cancer cells. A defect prevents them from making the switch to using ketone bodies as fuel and therefore, cancer cells can only survive on glucose. All other cells can use either glucose or ketone bodies.

…It’s clean eating. Just very clean eating, none of the sugars, the salts, the trash food… Natural proteins are ones that are in their original form. On the other hand, “processed” meats, like cold cuts and hot dogs, are off-limits because often carbohydrates have been added to them.”

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Read the entire article HERE

More helpful info & links:

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-guide-to-ketosis/

Ketogenic diet does not negatively affect strength performance in elite gymnasts in study (they actually had a decrease in weight & body fat and a tiny increase in muscle mass) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22835211

A Ketogenic Diet for Cancer by the Caveman Dr http://www.cavemandoctor.com/2013/01/01/an-introduction-a-ketogenic-diet-for-cancer/


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Do you have gas, bloating, or drowsiness after eating rice or other carbs? You may have CCI…

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Symptoms of CI include but are not limited to: sleepiness, drowsiness, lack of concentration, a feeling of being bloated after a meal(especially one containing sweet foods or starches), always feeling hungry, having weak legs or knees after eating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach ache.

If left untreated, carbohydrate intolerance, or CI/CCI, can result in many varied symptoms including: hypertension, hyperinsulinemia, polycystic ovaries, breast cancer, high blood cholesterol, pain and inflammation, Type II diabetes (“adult-onset”), obesity, stroke, and coronary heart disease. This is because all these problems are related to something called insulin resistance, which first starts as CI.

As carbohydrate intolerance can cause major distress to your life, correcting it can result in major health improvements.

Similar to a gluten intolerance self-test, the best way to see if you have CI/CCI is to complete a two week test where you will avoid all carbs/starches. View the resources below for more information and instructions for the TWT (Two Week Test).

http://www.livestrong.com/article/480490-complex-carb-intolerance/

http://www.drgangemi.com/healthtopics/diets/carbintolerancetwoweek/

Dr.Oz 28 day plan to kick your carb addiction

http://www.foodreactions.org/intolerance/carbohydrate/

http://www.longnaturalhealth.com/health-articles/carbohydrate-sugar-intolerance  


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Sensitive to sugar, diabetic, or just cutting it out of your diet? Glycemic Index & Load Chart (White Rice is worse than a can of Cola!!!)

The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low-GI foods, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health. Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). They have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Low GI diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance.

The glycemic load of a food tells how much eating that food raises blood glucose. It is a similar concept as the glycemic index, except it takes serving sizes into account. The formula is to take the number of grams of carbohydrate in the serving, multiply by the glycemic index, and divide by 100. Theoretically, if a food has glycemic load of one point, it would raise the blood sugar as much as one gram of glucose.

An awareness of foods’ Glycemic Index can help you control your blood sugar levels, and by doing so, may help you prevent heart disease, improve cholesterol levels, prevent insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, prevent certain cancers, and achieve or maintain a healthy weight. A substantial amount of research suggests a low GI diet provides these significant health benefits.

After we eat carbohydrate-rich foods, our digestive process breaks them down and turns them into glucose, which enters bloodstream. (Since most proteins and fats are not turned into glucose , they have much less of an immediate effect on our blood sugar). Glucose in the bloodstream triggers the production of insulin, a hormone that helps glucose get into cells where it can be used for energy. Once our immediate energy needs have been met, extra glucose still remaining in the bloodstream will be stored in our muscles and liver for later use. If our muscle and liver stores of glucose are full, but we still have extra glucose floating around in our blood, then our body will store this excess sugar as fat.

Food Glycemic Index One Serving Glycemic Load
Coca-Cola 63 250ml 16
Gatoraide 78 250ml 12
Instant Oatmeal 83 250ml 30
Cornflakes 93 250ml 23
Quinoa 53 150ml 13
White Rice 89 150ml 43
Brown Rice 50 150ml 16
Apple 39 120ml 6
Banana 62 120ml 16
Grapefruit 25 120ml 3
Orange 40 120ml 4
Pear 38 120ml 4
Prune 29 60ml 10
Raisins 64 60ml 28
Watermelon 72 120ml 4
Peanuts 7 50ml 0
Black Beans 30 150ml 7
Carrots 35 80ml 2
Boiled White Potato(average) 82 150ml 21
Sweet Potato 70 150ml 22
Bread – French baguette 95 1oz.
Cereal Cheerios General Mills 95 1 cup, 1oz.
Cereal Rice Chex General Mills 89 1 1/4 cup, 1oz.
Cherries 22 10 large, 3oz.
Dark Chocolate(60%+ cocoa) 22
Crackers – saltine 72
Tofu frozen dessert low fat 115  1/2 cup, 2 ozs
Dates, dried 103  5 or 1.4ozs
Parsnips, boiled 97  1/2 cup, 2.5 ozs.
Sweet potato, peeled, boiled 54 1/2 cup mashed, 3 ozs.
White bread 70 1 slice or 1oz
Whole wheat bread 69 1 slice or 1oz
French fries 75
Grapenuts Cereal 75  30g  16
Pineapple, raw 66  120g  6
Ocean Spray Cranberry juice cocktail 68  250ml  24
Beef steak, battered, fried, lean & fat eaten 50  250ml  3.6

A food is generally considered to have a high GI if it is rated above 60.

Individuals who have problems with maintaining proper blood sugar levels should restrict their selection to foods with a GI of 40 or less. These include those who have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperinsulemia) as well as those who have a high sensitivity to sugar. Sugar includes not just simple sugars, honey and maple syrup but also fruits, fruit juices, starchy vegetables and grain products or foods with a high glycemic index.

FYI…..Average GI of beer = 110.

Why doesn’t the GI chart include things like beef, chicken, fish, nuts, seeds, avocadoes, and berries? These foods contain no carbohydrate, or so little that their GI cannot be tested according to the standard methodology. Bear in mind that the GI is a measure of carbohydrate quality. Essentially, these types of foods, eaten alone, won’t have much effect on your blood glucose levels.