Possible Methods to Prevent Cognition Decline

There are studies going on that suggest that different foods, certain nutrients and exercise may have an effect on not only preventing amyloid deposits but may have an effect in clearing them. Some of the studies that are going on are based on observation of lower rates of Alzheimer’s in populations that use certain foods.
One can easily search for these studies at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed; I will mention a few of these studies
For example, observation of Indian & Southeast Asian populations that tend to eat a lot of curry have stimulated studies on Turmeric as a possible clearing mechanisms http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20622013
Rosemary has a very old reputation for improving memory, and has been used as a symbol for remembrance (during weddings, war commemorations and funerals) in Europe and Australia In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”
Here’s a study of the effect of rosemary aroma on cognition  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12690999
In one study, greater amounts of walking are associated with greater gray matter volume, which is in turn associated with a reduced risk of cognitive impairment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20944075?dopt=Abstract
There are studies that suggest that B vitamins may lower the rate of brain atrophy http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0012244
At the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society on  August 23, 2010, research on cultured mouse hippocampal cells,  found that extracts of blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries help autophagy, a method by which toxic debris are sequestered in the brain. Studies have shown that this “housekeeping” function in the brain declines considerably as we age, which can lead to the buildup of proteins linked to age-related mental decline and memory loss. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/727764?src=mpnews

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Health Effects of Turmeric & Curcuminoids


Prevention & treatment of cancer
Helps prevent multi-drug resistance (synergistic with chemotherapy)

for Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s diseases – Multiple sclerosis
Enhances detoxification
Choleretic – promotes production of bile salts
Mild chelator of heavy metals – Mercury & Lead
Decreases LDL oxidation
May inhibit platelet aggregation
– In a study presented at the  American College of Gastroenterology’s annual meeting in San Antonio, turmeric was found to kill Clostridium difficile ( a highly resilient bacteria to antibiotics)  in a petri dish. The study points to the use of turmeric as a preventative to be used either in cooking or in capsule form; the research suggested that 4 gms of turmeric to be the affective dosage.
According to Ayurvedic traditions, the effects of turmeric potentates w/ the mixing of turmeric w/ a fat (such as ghee, oil or coconut milk and with pepper/chile peppers
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Anti-Oxidant Foods: Rosemary

Benefits of Rosemary & Constituents
(Carnosic Acid, Rosemarinic Acid, Caffeic Acid)
• Antioxidant
– Anti-aging
• Cancer preventive
• Anti-inflammatory
– Cardiovascular disease
• Enhances detoxification of
– Endogenous estrogens & xenoestrogens
• Neuro-protectant against
– Strokes
– Alzheimer
– Lou Gehrig’s disease
Rosemary has a very old reputation for improving memory, and has been used as a symbol for remembrance (during weddings, war commemorations and funerals) in Europe and Australia In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary
I personally like to add lots of rosemary leaves to my chicken or veggie stock, add rosemary sprigs to the pan when roasting veggies such as potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, parsnips, turnips, etc.

Quickly rinse rosemary under cool running water and pat dry. Most recipes call for rosemary leaves, which can be easily removed from the stem. Alternatively, you can add the whole sprig to season soups, stews and meat dishes, then simply remove it before serving. A few quick serving ideas:

Add fresh rosemary to omelets and frittatas.

Rosemary is a wonderful herb for seasoning chicken and lamb dishes.

Add rosemary to tomato sauces and soups.

Purée fresh rosemary leaves with olive oil and use as a dipping sauce for bread.

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Recipes Using Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables may play an important role in cancer prevention. They contain indole-3-carbinol (I3C) which changes the way estrogen is metabolized, possibly preventing estrogen driven cancers. And also helps metabolize testosterone, possibly preventing prostate cancers.

In addition, they contain a phytochemical known as isothiocyanates, which stimulate our bodies to break down potential cancer causing agents.

Cruciferous vegetables are also known for their important antioxidants, called sulforaphanes, and are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

The following veggies are included in the cruciferous family:

arugula, brussels sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, broccoli rabe, cabbage (white, savoy & red), cauliflower, chinese cabbage (napa), choy sum, collard greens, daikon, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radish, rutabaga, turnips, and watercress.


*NOTE – it is preferable to choose organic veggies, fruits, fresh or dried beans (soak the dried beans overnight…then boil until tender), when possible. All oils should be “cold pressed.” For olive oil, please choose “extra virgin” (may also be called “first cold pressing”). Coconut oil should be labeled “virgin” and “organic.”

The recipes below use low glycemic ingredients.

Dairy is usually optional, except in a few recipes. Dairy alternatives are suggested when appropriate. Most recipes are not too involved, although a few may take a little longer. These are worth the extra work! You can often used leftover veggies in many recipes, or use your imagination and embellish your own

Breakfast Recipes

Scrambled Greens – yields 1serving

Increase the amounts as needed for more servings.

2 large eggs

1 tsp. olive or grapeseed oil

salt and pepper to taste

¼ tsp. dried basil or oregano or 1 Tbsp. if using fresh herbs

½- ¾ cup finely chopped kale or baby bok choy

Watercress for garnish, optional

Beat eggs, salt and pepper, and basil or oregano in a small bowl. Heat a frying pan, over medium heat and add ½ tsp.. oil and greens, cooking until greens have wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Turn onto a plate. Add remaining ½ tsp.. oil to frying pan and return to heat. Add eggs and let set for a moment; then stir while cooking for about 1 minute. Return greens to pan; mix and stir eggs and greens until cooked to your liking. Serve immediately, garnished with optional watercress.

Veggie Parmesan Eggs – yields 2 servings

You may omit the parmesan and mozzarella cheese if you are avoiding dairy. This recipe is great for using up small bits of leftover veggies. If you have no leftovers, then sauté your choice of veggies in a tsp. of olive oil before cooking the eggs.

4 large eggs

2 Tbsp.. grated parmesan cheese, optional

Salt and pepper to taste

½ tsp.. dried tarragon or basil, ( use more if herbs are fresh)

1 tsp. olive oil

4 scallions, minced

1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

¾ cup cooked leftover diced veggies (preferably greens or broccoli, but any veggies are fine)

6-8 cherry tomatoes

1 Tbsp.. grated mozzarella, optional

½ avocado, sliced (for garnish)

Beat eggs with parmesan, salt, pepper and tarragon or basil. Set aside.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Sauté scallions just until softened, 1-2 minutes; then add garlic, stirring for 1 more minute. Add cooked veggies and stir-fry over medium-low heat until warmed through. Add eggs and let sit for a minute before stirring to desired consistency. Stir in mozzarella and cherry tomatoes for only 1 minute and remove to a serving plate. Garnish with sliced avocado and serve immediately.


Popcorn Kale – yields approximately 6 appetizer servings

1 bunch kale, any variety

2-3 Tbsp. olive oil

Sprinkle of sea salt

Fold the kale leaves in half along the stem and use a sharp knife to trim off the stem part. Then cut into 2-3 inch pieces. In a large bowl, toss kale with olive oil (the amount depends on the size of your bunch of kale), mixing well to coat all the leaf pieces. Spread on a cookie sheet and roast at 375 degrees for 5-7min. Gently turn the pieces over and bake for another 5-10 min., being careful not to burn, but being sure they crisp up. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and enjoy. The pieces should come out crunchy; leave them in the oven a little longer if needed.

Cauliflower Popcorn – yields approximately 8 appetizer servings

It can be served fresh out of the oven or at room temperature.

2 Tbsp. olive oil, approximately

¾ – 1 pound (approximately) cauliflower

Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brush 1 or 2 baking sheets with some olive oil. Cut cauliflower into 1 inch florets. Toss with olive oil and spread evenly on the baking sheet(s). Roast in pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes. Shake around or toss with a spoon so that they brown evenly. Roast for another 5 minutes. Taste at this point to see if they are done to your liking. Allow to cool for a few minutes before sprinkling with sea  salt and serving. This may also be served at room temperature.

Spinach or Kale Dip – yields 2 ½ cups

2 tsp.. olive oil

2 shallots, chopped

1 small onion, diced or 4 sliced green onions

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

8-0z fresh spinach or kale leaves

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 cup Greek yogurt

½ cup crumbled feta cheese

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill

¼ tsp. salt (only if needed)

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a wok or large sauté pan over medium heat, cook shallots and onion in olive oil for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add spinach or kale and cook until wilted. If using kale you will need to cook it for a few more minutes than the spinach until it softens. Scoop mixture into food processor and pulse until almost pureed. Add remaining ingredients and pulse once only. Add black pepper to taste.

Hummus – yields about 1½ cups

Cooked 15 oz of cooked chickpeas or 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

¼ cup sesame tahini

2 Tbsp.. lemon juice

1-2 cloves garlic (more if desired)

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp. ground cumin, optional

Puree all ingredients, except cumin, in food processor or blender. Taste and add more salt or garlic as needed. If using cumin, add and re-blend. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Use with cruciferous crudités and whole grain crackers or tortillas or whole wheat pita.

Walnut Spread – yields about 2½ cups

1 lb.  of cooked chickpeas or (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed.

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves

¼ cup olive oil

2 Tbsp.. lemon juice

¼ tsp.. each sea salt and pepper

In food processor, process ¼ cup water with remaining ingredients. Scrape down sides and add more liquid as needed to make a smooth mixture. Store in refrigerator for 4-5 days. Serve with cruciferous crudités (or any raw veggie you like) and whole grain crackers or pita bread.

 Marinated Crucifers and Friends

This is a wonderful appetizer to take to a pot luck. The longer it marinates the better it tastes!


½ cup olive oil

¼ cup balsamic vinegar (any vinegar is fine)

1 tsp. each dried oregano and basil (or 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh)

2 cloves garlic, slivered

½ tsp. sea salt


1 head of broccoli, blanched for 2 minutes

1 head of cauliflower, blanched for 2 minutes

1 (15-oz.) can hearts of palm, drained and cut into ¼-inch slices

½ lb. black olives

½ lb. mushrooms, cleaned and quartered

Mix marinade ingredients in a jar. Steam or blanche broccoli and cauliflower until just tender but not soft. Mix with remaining veggies in a large bowl and pour marinade over. Mix well and marinate at least 8 hours (toss frequently). Serve with toothpicks.

Leftover marinade may be used as salad dressing.


Kale and Sweet Potato Soup – yields approximately 8 servings

1 medium onion, chopped

2 clove garlic, minced

1 medium green pepper, chopped

¾ lb kale (stems removed and chopped fine

3 medium sweet potatoes

6 cups vegetable broth

1 tsp salt

1/2 can coconut milk

2 cups cooked brown rice

Combine onion, garlic, pepper, sweet potato, broth and salt in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered about 20 -25 min. when potatoes are fork-tender add coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes. Add kale and cook for about 5 minutes, until kale is softened.

Beans and Greens – yields 4-5 servings

2 Tbsp.. olive oil

2 medium cloves garlic, crushed

1 large onion, chopped

1 bay leaf

1 stalk celery, diced

2 medium carrots, diced

1 tsp. sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

6 cups water, vegetable, or chicken broth

2 cups cooked white beans (or 1 [15-oz.] can, drained)

½ lb fresh kale, bok choy,or collards (or a combination), chopped fine

In a 4-6 quart soup pot, sauté the onions in olive oil over low heat. When onions are soft, add bay leaf, garlic, celery, carrot, salt and pepper. Stir and sauté another 5 minutes. Add broth or water and cover. Simmer about 20 minutes. Add beans and your choice of greens. Cover and continue to simmer, over very low heat, another 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat.

Cauliflower Leek Soup – yields approximately 8 servings

2 large leeks (about 1½ lbs)

2 Tbsp.olive oil

1 large head cauliflower, divided into large florets

3 cups broth, chicken or vegetable stock, or water

1 cup (8 oz.) plain Greek style yogurt

Sea Salt and pepper to taste

Cut the leeks in half, lengthwise, and cut each half into ½ inch thick slices. Rinse well to remove any dirt stuck between the layers. Heat oil in a soup pot, and cook leeks over medium heat, stirring frequently until softened, but not browned. Add cauliflower and broth, stock, or water, and bring to a boil. Using broth or stock gives it a richer flavor.. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until cauliflower is very soft. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Using a blender or food processor, puree about ½ the soup in batches, and return to soup pot. Stir in yogurt and mix well to combine. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper; gently reheat and serve. If you like a completely pureed soup, you may blend the entire pot, but it is nice to have some lumpier consistency.


Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing – yields 1 ¼ cups dressing

This is a basic vinaigrette that tastes yummy on all salads

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup water

1 tsp.. Dijon mustard

Herbs (dried oregano, basil, parsley, tarragon, or any herb of choice) to taste

1/3 cup cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup flaxseed oil (or use all olive oil)

Sea salt to taste

Freshly ground pepper to taste

1 clove garlic, minced

Measure all ingredients, except oils, into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously or use a whisk. When well-combined, add oils and shake again. Store in refrigerator. Mixture will harden while refrigerated. Remove and allow to soften 5-10 minutes before using. Use this dressing for any salad or any veggie you wish. You may double the recipe to keep some at your work place for a quick salad dressing. Remember to store in refrigerator.

Cabbage and Radicchio Slaw – yields 10-12 servings


2 Tbsp. orange juice

¼ cup pomegranate juice (you may freeze the rest of the bottle for later use)

1½ tsp. rice vinegar (unsweetened)

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup healthy mayonnaise (Vegenaise)

1½ Tbsp. diced shallots

Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk juice, vinegar, and agave in a bowl; then whisk in oil, then mayo and shallots. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Chill at least 2 hours. (You may make this 1 day ahead)


1 head Savoy cabbage, about 1lb, halved and sliced ¼ inch thick

1 head radicchio, about ½ lb., halved and sliced ¼ inch thick

1 large red or green bell pepper, thinly sliced

½ cup dried cranberries (no sugar-added and sweetened only with apple juice) for garnish

Mix prepared veggies in a large bowl. Shake dressing well and pour over veggies. Toss and garnish with cranberries. Serve immediately. Leftovers will store well in refrigerator.

Asian Salad – yields 10-12 servings


2/3 cup grapeseed or canola oil

1/3 cup rice vinegar, (be sure to use „unseasoned‟ – no sugar added)

1 Tbsp. sesame oil

3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger

Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together and set aside. This can be made up to several days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.


1 medium head of Napa cabbage, end cut off and cut into quarters

8 oz. bean sprouts

1 small jicama or daikon, peeled and sliced into thin pieces

1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced.

1 large red pepper, cut in half and sliced very thin

1 stalk of celery, sliced thin

½ cup slivered almonds

1 bunch cilantro, chopped, (set aside several Tbsp.. for garnish)

Slice each quarter of cabbage very thin and place into a large serving bowl. Add bean sprouts, jicama or daikon, green onion, pepper and celery and mix well to combine. Add half the cilantro and half the dressing and toss well. Allow to sit for a few minutes to blend. Add more dressing as needed, being careful not to make it too wet. It will become wetter as it sits; wait until serving before adding more if needed. Refrigerate if not serving immediately. Just prior to serving toss in almonds and garnish with remaining cilantro.

Waldorf Kale Salad with Cashew Dressing – yields 6-8 servings


1 cup raw cashews

¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup orange juice concentrate

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1/3 cup water

Salt to taste

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until well mixed.

If too thick add more water.


1 bunch kale,  cleaned, de-stemmed, and finely chopped

1 large apple, diced

2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

3 radishes, thinly sliced

2/3 cup walnuts or pumpkin seeds

3 Tbsp. poppy seeds (optional)

½ cup raisins or cranberries sweetened with apple juice

Mix all salad ingredients together in a serving bowl and toss with dressing. You will not need the whole amount of dressing. Use about ½ to start and then keep adding until there is enough. It all depends on how large a bunch your kale is! Refrigerate any leftovers.

Cauliflower and Corn Salad – yields 8 servings


¼ cup olive oil, divided

2 cloves minced garlic

½ cup chopped pecans

2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar

2 Tbsp. each chopped fresh parsley and chives

Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté garlic and pecans in 2 Tbsp. olive oil over low heat, until slightly brown. Be careful not to burn. Allow to cool slightly and add remaining oil, vinegar, herbs, sea salt and pepper. Set aside.


1 small head of cauliflower, broken into small florets

1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half if large

Corn cut from 3 cooked cobs  or 1 can of organic  corn, drained

Steam cauliflower until slightly tender but not too soft. Allow to cool and mix with corn and tomatoes. Toss with garlic -pecan dressing and chill for several hours before serving.

.Orange, Roasted Beet, and Arugula Salad – yields 6 servings

2 large beets 1 navel orange 1 Tbsp. olive oil 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar 3 Tbsp. orange juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper 2 bunches arugula, washed well and dried 4ounces nonfat feta cheese, crumbled, optional

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place beets on a baking sheet. Roast for 40 to 50 minutes. Pierce with the tip of a sharp knife to test for tenderness. Allow to cool enough to handle, then rub off skins. Slice into chunks.

While beets are roasting, slice off ends of orange with a sharp knife. Peel and break into segments. Cut each segment into 2-3 pieces. Set aside.

Dressing In a serving bowl, mix oil, vinegar, mustard, and orange juice; season with sea salt and pepper, and whisk to combine. Add arugula, and toss to coat with dressing. Add beets and orange segments, tossing gently to combine. Garnish with (optional) feta cheese and serve immediately.

Asparagus-Edamame Salad – yields 6 servings

1 lb. medium asparagus, ends discarded

1 (16-oz.) package frozen edamame (green soy beans), defrosted and drained

2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

¼ lb. arugula (or ½ arugula and ½ watercress)

¼ cup shredded parmesan

2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Cut asparagus stalks into ¼-inch diagonal slices, separating tips. In a wok or large sauté pan, stir-fry asparagus stalks in 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat until slightly browned. Add tips and

continue to stir-fry for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with defrosted edamame, salt and pepper. Pile arugula (or arugula and watercress) in a salad bowl and toss with remaining Tbsp. olive oil. Top with asparagus and edamame, and sprinkle with shredded parmesan. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.

Side Dishes

 Basic Greens – yields 6-8 servings

Cooking greens such as kale, collards, choy sum or bok choy can seem daunting until you realize how easy it is.

The following recipe is a basic one that you can embellish with whatever seasonings you like.

2-3 cloves garlic, minced or cut into slivers

1 Tbsp. olive or coconut oil

1 bunch kale, collards, or bok choy, washed

½ cup veggie or chicken broth or water

Cut out the tough center stem from the kale or collards; chop or slice into small pieces. Bok choy has no tough center so just chop into small pieces. Sauté garlic in olive or coconut oil for about 30 seconds over low heat. Increase heat to medium and add chopped greens; sauté for about 3-4 minutes. Bok choy needs no further cooking. For kale or collards, add broth, cover and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes.

Variation – for seasoned greens, add small amounts of any of the following alone or in combination: dry chipotle pepper, balsamic vinegar, ground cumin or curry powder

Roasted Brussels Sprouts – yields approximately 4 servings

This can be served fresh out of the oven or at room temperature. This recipe may change your relationship to Brussels sprouts!

2 Tbsp. olive oil, approximately

¾ – 1 pound (approximately) Brussels sprouts

Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brush 1 or 2 baking sheets with some olive oil. Leave the Brussels sprouts whole if small and cut in half if large. Toss with olive oil and spread evenly on the baking sheet(s). Roast in pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes. Shake around or toss with a spoon so that they brown evenly. Roast for another 5 minutes. Taste at this point to see if they are done to your liking. Allow to cool for a few minutes before sprinkling with salt and serving. They may also be served at room temperature.

Rosemary Roasted Cauliflower & Pine Nuts yields approximately 5 servings

1 head cauliflower, broken into florets

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary

½ cup raw pine nuts

Sea salt

Fresh-ground pepper

Preheat oven to 425°. Place cauliflower florets in a large mixing bowl. Add garlic and stir throughout. Pour in olive oil and ensure that all cauliflower pieces are drizzled with oil. Sprinkle with rosemary, pine nuts, salt, and pepper. Transfer mixture evenly onto baking sheet and set, uncovered, in oven at 425° for 20-25 minutes or until the top and edges of cauliflower are lightly brown. You may stir about half way through if they are becoming too brown. Serve immediately.

Adapted with permission from Chakra Foods for Optimum Health: A Guide to the Foods That Can Improve Your Energy, Inspire Creative Changes, Open Your Heart and Heal Body, Mind and Spirit by Deanna Minich, PHD, CN, Red Wheel/Weiser, 2009.

Sesame Broccoli with Garbanzo Beans – yields approximately 6 servings

2 heads of broccoli (about 1 bunch)

Salt to taste

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 bunch green onions, sliced thin

3 cloves garlic, slivered

12 oz of cooked chickpeas (garbanzo) or 1 (15-oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

¾ tsp. turmeric

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

1 Tbsp. sesame oil

Cut broccoli into bite-sized florets. Cut the stems into small pieces and peel if they are tough. You should have a total of 6-8 cups.

In a large skillet, bring ½ cup water to boil. Add broccoli and sprinkle with salt. Cover and cook about 4 minutes, until broccoli is slightly tender but not soft. The water will have evaporated. Remove from pan to a serving dish.

Add olive oil to the skillet and sauté garlic and green onions over low heat for 1minute. Add garbanzo beans and continue to sauté for about 4-5 minutes. Return broccoli to skillet, and add lemon juice and turmeric. Cook for 2 more minutes until broccoli is warmed. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and season to taste with salt and pepper. Return to serving dish and drizzle sesame oil over before serving.

 Sautéed Cabbage and Fennel – yields 4 servings

Fennel is optional, but it lends a delicious licorice flavor to the cabbage!

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup thinly sliced fresh fennel or 1 Tbsp. fennel seeds, optional

4 Tbsp. minced shallots

4 cups thinly shredded green cabbage (about ½ head)

2 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese (for dairy-free, garnish with sesame seeds)

In a heavy skillet or wok, stir-fry garlic, fennel, and shallots in olive oil for about 3 minutes. Add cabbage and continue cooking for about 5 minutes until cabbage is softened but still slightly crunchy. Sprinkle with Parmesan or sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Cauliflower Rice Bake – yields 4-5 servings

This recipe is a good one for using left over brown rice.

3 Tbsp. oil

3 cups fresh or frozen cauliflower, broken into florets

1 medium onion, chopped

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

1 large tomato, diced, or 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 tsp. dried basil or 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, more if desired, according to taste

2 cups cooked brown rice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cauliflower and onion, and sauté, stirring frequently, until onion is softened. Add garlic, tomato, lemon juice, basil, and cayenne, and continue to cook, stirring constantly for about 3-4 more minutes. Add rice and mix well. Spoon into an ungreased 2 quart casserole. Cover and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Mushroom and Bell Pepper Sauté with Arugula – yields 4 servings

3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

½ lb crimini mushrooms, cut in half or 2 medium portabellas, thinly sliced

1 large or 2 small yellow, red, or orange bell pepper, sliced very thin

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped or 1 Tbsp. dried

4 cups arugula leaves (or a combination of arugula and watercress)

Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add mushrooms and peppers and sauté until tender, about 7-10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1more minute. Stir in the dried basil (if using), balsamic vinegar and lemon juice, cooking over low heat until liquid is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Stir in fresh basil (if using), along with a pinch of salt if needed.

Divide greens among 4 plates and drizzle with remaining Tbsp. olive oil. Top with warm peppers and mushrooms and serve immediately.

“I Cant Believe Its Not Mashed Potatoes” – yields approximately 4 servings

Otherwise known as mashed cauliflower, this is a wonderful low glycemic way to mimic mashed potatoes and eat your crucifers at the same time!

1 large head cauliflower

1 Tbsp. cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup milk or soy milk, or almond milk (unsweetened)

Sea salt to taste

Pepper to taste

1-2 tsp. minced garlic (optional) OR curry powder and nutmeg (optional)

Cut cauliflower into 4-6 pieces and steam until cooked but not overdone. Place in food processor with remaining ingredients and blend until the consistency of mashed potatoes. Serve immediately and enjoy the unique flavor!

Sesame Kale and Spinach Tango – yields approximately 3 servings

1 bag fresh organic spinach, washed (about 8 cups); do not dry

1 small bunch kale, washed, chopped (about 3 cups), center vein removed; do not dry

1 green onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 tsp. sesame seeds

1 Tbsp. sesame oil

In a covered saucepan, cook kale on low-medium heat until wilted but still bright green. It is not necessary to add water. Add spinach and continue cooking til kale is tender. While greens are cooking, use separate pan to stir-fry green onion, garlic and sesame seeds in sesame oil until sesame seeds are slightly browned. Add to drained, cooked greens, mix well and serve either hot or chilled.

Adapted with permission from “Chakra Foods for Optimum Health” by Deanna


Greens and Tomatoes – yields approximately 8 servings

1 large bunch of kale or collards, washed

6 cups chopped fresh tomatoes OR1 (28-oz) can tomatoes, undrained

1 large onion, diced

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. ground cumin

¼ to ½ tsp. sea salt

Freshly ground pepper

Remove the large stems from the greens and cut crosswise into small strips. Combine the tomatoes, diced onion, garlic, and cumin in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Add greens and continue to simmer, covered, for about 25 minutes until tender. Add some water if mixture seems too dry. Add sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve while hot.

Main Dishes

 Rice and Veggie Torte – yields 4-6 servings

2 tsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, chopped finely

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

1 tsp. curry powder

1 cup finely chopped arugula

1 cup finely chopped turnip greens or bok choy

2 cups broccoli florets

2 cups cooked brown rice

1 large tomato, chopped

1 tsp. each basil and thyme

2 eggs

2 egg whites

½ cup ricotta cheese

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/3 cup milk

2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese

Paprika for garnish

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a wok or sauté pan. Add garlic, onion, seeds and curry powder, and arugula, and sauté for about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and immerse broccoli florets and turnip greens or bok choy for 2 minutes. Drain well and mix with sautéed garlic mixture. Add rice, tomato, basil, and thyme. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Oil a 10 inch pie plate.

In separate bowl, combine eggs, egg whites, ricotta, mustard, milk, and parmesan cheese. Add to rice mixture and mix well. Put mixture into prepared pie plate. Sprinkle with paprika and bake for 25-30 minutes or until firm in the center. Let cool slightly before serving.

Crustless Shrimp and Greens Torte – serves 4-6

2 ½ cups baby bok choy or kale, washed

3 small-medium leeks

2 cups cauliflower florets

2/3 cup red lentils, well-rinsed

1 ¼ cups water (add more if needed)

Sea salt to taste

2 cups cooked brown rice

In a large sauté pan or wok, heat 2 tsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and spices and sauté until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and cauliflower and stir to coat. Then add lentils and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 40 minutes. Add salt to taste and serve immediately with brown rice

 2 ½ cups baby bok choy or kale, washed

3 small-medium leeks

1 egg

8 oz. ricotta cheese

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

¼ tsp. nutmeg

Dash of sea salt

1/8 tsp. hot pepper flakes (optional)

2 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves or ¼ tsp. dried thyme

1 lb baby shrimp

2 Tbsp. parmesan for garnish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using kale, remove tough stems. Bok Choy can be used as is. Slice thinly. Slice ends off leeks. Slice in half lengthwise and wash any dirt off. Cut into thin slices and set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg and then add the cheeses. Add nutmeg and salt and set aside. Heat oil in a sauté pan or wok over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes. Add hot pepper (if using) and thyme. Stir for 1 minute; then add shrimp and cook for just a few minutes. Do not overcook. Add greens and stir while cooking for 2-3 minutes.

Add to egg/cheese mixture and spoon into a 9 or 10 inch pie plate. Garnish with remaining parmesan and bake until puffy and slightly browned, about 45 minutes. Test the center to be sure it has set. Serve immediately.

Stir-Fried Tofu with Ginger Broccoli – yields approximately 4 servings

1 pound extra firm tofu

2 Tbsp. tamari (low sodium soy sauce)

3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced

2 tsp. peeled and minced fresh ginger

2 minced garlic cloves

1 Tbsp. arrowroot or cornstarch

1 Tbsp. dry sherry

½ tsp. cayenne or ¼ tsp. hot-pepper flakes

2 cups broccoli florets

2 cups sliced mushrooms

1 red bell pepper cut into thin strips

1 tsp. sesame oil

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Slice tofu into cubes. Toss with tamari soy sauce and set aside for 5-10 minutes. In a wok or large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat and add scallions, ginger, and garlic; stir-fry for 30 seconds. Drain tofu, reserving tamari, and add tofu, stir-frying for 2 more minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

Using a fork or small whisk, mix reserved tamari with arrowroot or cornstarch, sherry and cayenne in a small bowl. Set aside.

Heat another 1 Tbsp. oil in wok over medium high, and add broccoli, mushrooms, and bell pepper, and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add ¼ cup water and bring to boil. Cover wok and reduce heat to low, simmering vegetables about 5 minutes until slightly tender. Return tofu to wok.

Stir reserved tamari mixture into wok and cook over medium heat until thickened and thoroughly heated; do not overcook vegetables. Add sesame oil, salt and pepper to taste and adjust seasonings if you desire a spicier dish. Serve immediately or make ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve. Reheat carefully; flavors are enhanced when the dish sits overnight.

Halibut with Broccoli – yields 4servings

2-3 cups small broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)

¼ cup finely ground almonds (use blender to grind or purchase “almond meal”)

2 tsp. minced fresh tarragon or basil (or 1 tsp. dried)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 pound halibut fillets

½ cup chicken broth or fish stock

Fresh or dried basil for garnish

1/3 cup lemon juice

Steam broccoli until slightly tender, but not too soft. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix herbs with ground almonds. Dip each halibut filet into the almond mixture. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté halibut for about 4 minutes on each side depending on thickness. Transfer to serving dish and cover with foil to keep warm.

Add ½ cup of broth or stock to skillet and stir in broccoli to reheat. Add lemon juice and season to taste with sea salt, if needed and pepper. Spoon broccoli with juices on top of halibut filets, garnish with sprinkle of basil and serve immediately.

Curried Vegetable Stew – yields 6- 8 servings

1 ½ Tbsp. coconut or olive oil

2 medium-large onions, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

6 small new potatoes, unpeeled, washed and diced

4 medium carrots, scrubbed and sliced

2 cups water

1 small head cauliflower, broken into bite-sized pieces

1 bunch baby bok choy, chopped

2 cups fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces

2-3 tsp. grated fresh ginger

1-3 tsp. curry, (depending on your taste for curry!)

½ tsp. turmeric

1 (15-oz.) can coconut milk

1-2 Tbsp. red curry paste, for those who prefer a zippier taste! (optional)

Salt to taste

1 ½ cups frozen baby peas, thawed

Sauté onion in oil for 3-4 minutes over medium heat in a large, heavy soup pot. Add garlic and sauté another minute. Now add potatoes, carrots, and 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 10 minutes. Potatoes will not be fully cooked yet.

Add the cauliflower, bok choy, green beans, and spices. Cover and continue simmering gently for about 10-15 minutes, until veggies are tender. Mash some of the potatoes against the side of the pot to thicken it some. Now stir in the coconut milk and the curry paste if using, being sure that the paste is well mixed in. allow to sit for an hour or more to blend flavors. Just before serving, stir in defrosted baby peas and reheat, adding salt if needed.

Vegetable Dal Curry – yields approximately 4 servings

2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 tsp. turmeric powder

1/2 tsp. coriander powder

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

2 medium carrots, sliced

2 cups cauliflower florets

2/3 cup red lentils, well-rinsed

1 ¼ cups water (add more if needed)

Sea salt to taste

2 cups cooked brown rice

In a large sauté pan or wok, heat 2 tsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and spices and sauté until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and cauliflower and stir to coat. Then add lentils and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 40 minutes. Add salt to taste and serve immediately with brown rice

2 cups cauliflower florets

2/3 cup red lentils, well-rinsed

1 ¼ cups water (add more if needed)

Sea salt to taste

2 cups cooked brown rice

In a large sauté pan or wok, heat 2 tsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and spices and sauté until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and cauliflower and stir to coat. Then add lentils and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 40 minutes. Add salt to taste and serve immediately with brown rice




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Is Low Fat Really Healthy?

Or is a little bit of whole fat better for you?

So here we are with all the health gurus telling us that we should be eating all our foods in their natural forms aka un-processed. And yet when most of them talk about dairy, the majority of these people talk about drinking and consuming low fat milk, yogurt and cheeses. And of course, the same people talk about not using things like coconut milk or eating egg yolks. In fact I have seen articles talking about the Mediterranean diet and talking about how low fat dairy is part of that diet.

This is strange to this daughter of Italian immigrants who on her travels from her teenage yrs to the present (59 yrs old) never saw her grandparents who lived into their uppers 90’s & low 100’s (nonno & nonna – the latter) or the present healthy 80 something’s in her father’ hometown eat anything low fat. We have been so obsessed with the concept of low fat/saturated fat/no fat that for over 30 years we have poisoned ourselves by eating margarine and substituting trans fats for saturated fats and have added refined sugars (or worse high fructose corn syrup) to products like yogurt and ice cream. And yet we are fatter and much more important less healthy than we were thirty years ago.

One of our current epidemics is the low levels of Vitamin D in the general population.  Could the fact that we are not consuming enough fat to help absorb the fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin D(the fat soluble vitamins are Vitamin A, D, E and K) and Omega 3’s be playing a part in this besides not getting enough sun?  Fat also help us absorb proteins and calcium. Our brains also need fat; in fact our brains are mainly fat: http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/fats.html#fatsbuild.

Could this obsession with low fat and 30 yrs of substituting trans fats be a factor in the rise of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?? How might a low fat diet affect our dopamine receptors and our fat receptors in our tonque and brain?  Click here: Discovery of ‘fat’ taste could hold the key to reducing obesity

Are you taking turmeric as a natural inflammatory supplement; talk to an Ayurvedic healer and they will tell you that cooking turmeric in butter (ghee) or coconut oil or milk (in addition in combo with black pepper) potentates the effect of the turmeric.

We also know that whole fat dairy products (esp. from grass fed ruminants) contain more conjugated linoleic acid and has been shown to be possibly effective for preventing colon & rectal cancer, weight loss and atherosclerosis. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-826-CONJUGATED%20LINOLEIC%20ACID.aspx?activeIngredientId=826&activeIngredientName=CONJUGATED%20LINOLEIC%20ACID#vit_interactions http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/582029 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conjugated_linoleic_acid

Inflammation and Brain Health

Research has shown links between our modern high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, and increasing rates of certain diseases, particularly those relating to neurological dysfunction and overall brain health. As neurodegenerative disorders rise, so too has sugar consumption in the Western world. Yet, new research has shown that healthy, fat-rich diets have a myriad of benefits to the brain on the macro-scale in brain function, and benefits on the micro-scale in terms of inflammation. Recent studies have documented blood sugar’s effect on a wide collection of troubles from the size of the hippocampus, to diabetes, stroke and dementia risk.

And to be fair, some of the health gurus either do not demonize saturated fat or are starting to understand that it’s not fat but inflammation and the role that refined carbohydrates have in increasing the inflammation that has a bad effect on your heath. Please read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/the-cholesterol-myth-that_b_676817.html & http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-weil-md/healthy-eating_b_629422.html

So what am I saying?

If you can tolerate dairy products and enjoy them, try switching to quality whole milk products (organic, growth hormone & antibiotic free, non-homogenized, grass fed, etc.) and eat them in moderation; maybe a few spoonfuls of yogurt a day or one pound of cheese consumed over 1-2 weeks.

If you eat meat, again eat them in moderation…try lean cuts from animals that have been grass-fed & raised in a sustainable manner. Eat no more than 4 ozs. a day and try to limit it to 4 times a week. Enjoy your eggs as nature intended w/ the yolks but limit yourself to 8-10 a week. And either cook them w/ olive oil instead of butter or poach them.


Eat lots of sources of mono-unsaturated fats in addition, incorporate some nuts and seeds into your diet, eat lots of veggies, some fresh fruit and stay away from refined sugars and fake or trans fats.

In other words,  enjoy your food in all its unprocessed whole glory, just be moderate in your intake.

Here are some studies comparing low fat milk to whole fat milk:  In a study in American Journal of Epidemiology 2007;166(11):1259-1269 entitled Calcium, Vitamin D, and Dairy Product Intake and Prostate Cancer Risk: The Multiethnic Cohort Study, no association of calcium or vitamin D intake was seen across racial/ethnic groups. In analyses of food groups, dairy product and total milk consumption were not associated with prostate cancer risk. However, low-/nonfat milk was related to an increased risk and whole milk to a decreased risk of total prostate cancer http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/567465

Eight-year-old children who drink full-fat milk every day have a lower BMI than those who seldom drink milk. This is not the case for children who often drink medium-fat or low-fat milk. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091103102347.htm University of Gothenburg (2009, November 4). Children Who Often Drink Full-Fat Milk Weigh Less, Swedish Research Finds. ScienceDaily.

In a study of Effect of consumption of whole milk and skim milk on blood lipid profiles in healthy men, the drinkers of whole milk had low lipid profiles http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8116537

In a 16 yr. study of Dairy consumption and patterns of mortality of Australian adults: there was no consistent and significant association between total dairy intake and total or cause-specific mortality. However, compared with those with the lowest intake of full-fat dairy, participants with the highest intake (median intake 339 g/day) had reduced death due to CVD (HR: 0.31; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.12–0.79; P for trend=0.04) after adjustment for calcium intake and other confounders. Intakes of low-fat dairy, specific dairy foods, calcium and vitamin D showed no consistent associations.  http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v64/n6/abs/ejcn201045a.html

A reduction in dietary saturated fat has generally been thought to improve cardiovascular health.  The objective of this meta-analysis was to summarizethe evidence related to the association of dietary saturatedfat with risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovasculardisease (CVD; CHD inclusive of stroke) in prospective epidemiologicstudies. Design: Twenty-one studies identified by searching MEDLINE andEMBASE databases and secondary referencing qualified for inclusionin this study. A random-effects model was used to derive compositerelative risk estimates for CHD, stroke, and CVD. Results: During 5–23 y of follow-up of 347,747 subjects,11,006 developed CHD or stroke. Intake of saturated fat wasnot associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD.The pooled relative risk estimates that compared extreme quantilesof saturated fat intake were 1.07 (95% CI: 0.96, 1.19; P = 0.22)for CHD, 0.81 (95% CI: 0.62, 1.05; P = 0.11) for stroke, and1.00 (95% CI: 0.89, 1.11; P = 0.95) for CVD. Consideration ofage, sex, and study quality did not change the results. Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studiesshowed that there is no significant evidence for concludingthat dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased riskof CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVDrisks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrientsused to replace saturated fat. http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/ajcn.2009.27725v1

Dairy Consumption and the Incidence of Hyperglycemia and the Metabolic Syndrome: Results from a French prospective study, Data from the Epidemiological Study on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome (DESIR). This study links dairy intake with lower BMI , BP, TG, & reduced insulin resistance. (not funded by industry) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21447660  

Component in Common Whole Fat Dairy Foods May Cut Diabetes Risk http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101220200000.htm

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Lots of Research on High Fat diets: May 6th Seminar I’m Taking: Ketosis and the Ketogenic Diet: A Deep Dive

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