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Apple Pie Bites

These mini apple pie bites are incredible. They are a total crowd pleaser and a great addition to any birthday party or special occasion. But feel free to enjoy them anytime, even for breakfast or a snack! Don’t let the addition of rosemary scare you, it takes this dessert over the top! 

Apples have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and provide significant results for those suffering with autoimmune disorders such as Addison’s disease, Cardiomyopathy, Celiac disease, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis. Apples contain pectin which is a gel-like fiber that can prevent the putrefaction of protein in the digestive tract. Pectin works like an intestinal broom to clean and sweep out debris from the colon.

Rosemary has had the reputation for miracles for thousands of years. It has been used as an antiseptic, antidepressant, analgesic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, aphrodisiac, and expectorant. Rosemary has earned praise for alleviating nerve-related conditions, boosting the immune system, fighting off bacterial and viral infections, aiding respiratory ailments, strengthening digestion and improving circulation. 

Walnuts are particularly beneficial for cognitive health and are generally regarded as an excellent “brain food”. Walnuts can also calm the nervous system and increase your sense of well being and peace. They are known to satiate the appetite as well as aid in long term weight loss. Walnuts are high in vitamin E which helps to keeps cells protected from free radical damage. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 cups apple, roughly diced 
  • 1 cup apple, finely diced

  • 3 cups dates

  • 1⁄2 cup walnuts 
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1⁄2 cup young coconut meat 
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1⁄2 tsp ginger
  • 1⁄4 tsp sea salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon 

DIRECTIONS: 

For the crust, process 1⁄2 cup walnuts with 2 cups dates, sea salt, and rosemary. Line a mini cupcake pan with plastic wrap and press the crust into each mold to form little pie cups. Cover and place in freezer.

For the filling, pulse 2C roughly diced apple, 1C dates, 1⁄2 lemon juice, ginger, and cinnamon in the food processor until combined. Stir in 1cup finely diced apple. Spoon mixture into each pie cup. 

For the coconut cream topping, blend young coconut meat and 1⁄2 lemon juice until smooth. Top each pie with a spoonful of coconut cream and a sprinkle of chopped rosemary. Enjoy! 

Makes 12 mini pies 

Learn more about how to heal from the New York Times bestselling book Cleanse To Heal.

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Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Cauliflower mashed potatoes are paired with a hearty mushroom gravy in this take on the traditional favorite. This indulgent dish is worthy of any holiday table but is just as good any night of the week.

Cauliflower is a nutrient rich vegetable that is excellent for supporting a strong immune system and optimum health. Cauliflower is incredibly high in vitamin C, K, and B-complex and minerals such as boron, calcium, molybdenum, and tryptophan. It is also a good source of high quality protein that is easily assimilated into the body. Cauliflower contains powerful anti-cancer compounds such as indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane which are particularly beneficial for helping to prevent breast, cervical, ovarian, colon, stomach, and prostate cancers. 

Potatoes are an important food for those who are heavy thinkers and those recovering from stress damage and adrenal exhaustion. They are also particularly beneficial for depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, brain fog, and stress related illnesses. Potatoes are also known to be good for promoting cardiovascular health and are highly beneficial for reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, and COPD. 

Garlic is one of the world’s oldest medicines and is an incredibly potent spice that can ward off a variety of illnesses and diseases. It has amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and B-6 and minerals such as selenium, calcium, copper, and iron. Garlic also contains very strong antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, and anti-viral properties.  

Mushrooms have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively regulate inflammation in the heart, joints, organs, and tissues making them especially good for those who suffer with arthritis, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Mushrooms also contain an antioxidant compound called L-ergothioneine which is known to be incredibly important for cognitive function, eye health, reproductive health, and lung health. 

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 large head cauliflower, florets 
  • 2 potatoes, cubed 
  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 1⁄2 tsp olive oil

  • 1⁄4 tsp sea salt 

DIRECTIONS: 

Steam cauliflower, potatoes and garlic until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Strain and place into a food processor with olive oil and sea salt. Process until smooth. Top with mushroom gravy and enjoy! 

Mushroom Gravy 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 6 cups mushrooms

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1⁄4 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1⁄2 tsp olive oil 
  • 1⁄4 cup Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes 
  • 1⁄8 tsp or one dash each of thyme, sage, and rosemary 

DIRECTIONS: 

In a large pan, steam mushrooms, onion, garlic, sundried tomato, and herbs in
2 cups of water until tender. Set aside one cup of mushrooms. Place the rest of the mushrooms and broth into blender with
1⁄2 tsp olive oil and 1⁄4 cups cauli ower mashed potatoes. Blend until smooth. Pour over cauli ower mashed potatoes and serve topped with mushrooms. 

Serves 2

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Aloo Matar

The ultimate comfort food, this Indian inspired dish is packed with peas and potatoes in a mild tomato curry. The warm spices of curry powder and garam masala are added to the subtle hint of grated ginger and sweetened by a touch of raw honey. All topped with a sprinkle of sea salt, chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime, this flavorful dinner is the perfect end to your day. 

Potatoes are an excellent source of B6, a vitamin which is essential for the formation of almost every new cell in the body. Vitamin B6 also is a vital component for the neurological system and for the creation of amines which are neurotransmitters that send messages from one nerve to the next. This makes potatoes an important food for those who are heavy thinkers and those recovering from stress damage and adrenal exhaustion. They are also particularly beneficial for depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, brain fog, and stress related illnesses. Potatoes are also known to be good for promoting cardiovascular health and are highly beneficial for reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, and COPD. 

Green peas are one of the most nutritious of the leguminous vegetables and are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, and B-complex and minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, and manganese. They are a great source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). These essential fatty acids makes green peas an ideal food for brain and cardiovascular health and their phytosterols are vital for helping to lower cholesterol levels in the body. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 4 yukon gold potatoes, diced 
  • 8 oz frozen, unsalted peas, prepared according to instructions 
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 tsp grated ginger

  • 2 tsp raw honey

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 pinch yellow curry powder 
  • 1 pinch garam masala

  • 1⁄2 tsp sea salt

  • 1⁄2 cup cilantro leaves 
  • 1 tsp coconut oil 

DIRECTIONS: 

Steam potatoes until tender. While steaming, prepare peas according to instructions on the package. Set cooked vegetables aside and prepare the sauce. 

In the pan, heat 1 tsp of coconut oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook on medium heat, stirring until translucent, adding water as needed to keep from sticking. When onions are translucent and fragrant add ginger, curry powder, garam masala. Continue stirring until well mixed (approximately 1 minute), add cherry tomatoes and a splash of water if needed. Cook covered, stirring occasionally for five to ten minutes until tomatoes are soft and starting to cook down. Add honey and sea salt. Continue stirring until well mixed. Add in peas and potatoes. Stir to just combine. 

Serve topped with cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy! 

Serves 2-3

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Zucchini Noodle Bolognese

With the complex flavor of tomatoes and garlic combined with the earthy mushrooms and bold spices of chili powder and cumin, this bolognese is a delicious raw take on the traditional dish that is sure to leave you satisfied! 

Zucchini is rich in poly-phenolic antioxidants which are essential in helping to protect the body from aging, illness, and disease. Zucchini is also a good source of potassium which is an important intra-cellular electrolyte that helps to maintain fluid balance and normalize blood pressure and is vital in helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke. 

Zucchini contains phytonutrients that are important for prostate health as they can help to reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH). They also contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds which can aid asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Zucchini is also known to be particularly beneficial for hypertension, cataracts, macular degeneration, atherosclerosis, diabetes, edema, multiple sclerosis, and stomach and colon cancers. 

Mushrooms have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively regulate inflammation in the heart, joints, organs, and tissues making them especially good for those who suffer with arthritis, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Mushrooms also contain an antioxidant compound called L-ergothioneine which is known to be incredibly important for cognitive function, eye health, reproductive health, and lung health. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 4 large zucchini*, peeled
  • 2 cups sun dried tomatoes 
  • 2 cups tomatoes

  • 3 cups mushrooms

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 date

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1⁄4 cup parsley

  • 2 leaves of basil 
  • 1 tsp each of cumin and chili powder and poultry seasoning blend
  • 1⁄2 tsp each of sea salt, paprika 
  • 1 pinch dried oregano 

DIRECTIONS: 

Turn the zucchini into noodles using a spiralizer, a julienne peeler or normal peeler. If using a normal peeler, pat noodles dry before portioning into bowls. 

Set aside 1 cup of mushrooms before combining all remaining ingredients in a food processor. Process until well combined into a thick sauce. Slice remaining mushrooms and stir in. Top zoodle bowls with a hearty portion of the sauce and enjoy. 

Notes 

*Cucumber can be used in place of zucchini for noodles 

Serves 2-4 

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Hashimoto's & Hypothyroid

Did you know that thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism are still mysteries to medical science and research? Their true cause and therefore the steps required for healing are not yet known. Although they have the best intentions at heart, medical doctors and other health practitioners are giving recommendations about these conditions and many others without knowing what’s really behind them. As a result, people are being given inaccurate diagnoses and they don’t have the correct knowledge and information they need to truly heal. Below I will share what’s really behind these conditions. You can also read more about them and over a hundred other symptoms and conditions in my book Thyroid Healing

Knowledge is Power

The first thing to recognize is how powerful it is simply to know the truth behind your symptoms or conditions. If you have been given a confusing autoimmune diagnosis and have been told that your body is attacking itself, you may already feel disempowered and hopeless. I am here to share with you that your body is not attacking itself. Your body is on your side and is fighting for you every day. It never attacks itself. This is a misguided theory that has become a belief that is pervasive today and it’s damaging to your health and your loved ones health. You can learn more in Thyroid Healing. I am also going to tell you the true cause of your thyroid condition. When you know the true cause of your symptoms, only then can you truly begin to heal, recover your health, and gain your life back.

For almost all cases of Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism, the true cause is a pathogen in the body that’s attacking the thyroid. That pathogen goes by the name Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Therefore, your thyroid is not behind your symptoms. It’s the virus that’s infected your thyroid and creating problems and not your body turning against your own thyroid, which is what medical communities mistakenly believe is the cause. The thyroid is not the cause; it is another victim of the true cause—the virus. And your body is not attacking itself, but it is wisely attacking the virus that is creating the symptoms you are experiencing.

When you finally understand that your body is fighting for you, not against you, and that you have an unwanted pathogen in your system, your immune system kicks into gear and begins acting even more efficiently for you and your well-being. This is critical to understand because of all the misinformation floating around today that is preventing people from healing. Simply knowing and understanding deep within your being that your body is on your side and is fighting a virus, not itself, is the very first powerful step toward achieving true health. This is why knowing the truth is so powerful and essential for your healing.

Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s

When you experience symptoms from Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism, they’re not caused by the thyroid as I just shared. Rather, it’s EBV causing these symptoms. When the thyroid itself is functioning properly, there are actually very few and minor symptoms that result, such as temperature fluctuations. This is because T3 and T4, the only known hormones in the thyroid, are not actually as important to our overall physical well-being as the medical world believes. T3 and T4 are currently, and incorrectly, considered to be the hormones that sustain our livelihood. However, even when some people have normal hormone levels, they still experience symptoms that are associated with Hashimoto’s such as weight gain, weight loss, hair falling out, aches, pains, night sweats, mood swings, brain fog, and fatigue. It is not the hormone levels that are of ultimate concern, although, of course, it is important to maintain healthy levels of T3 and T4. The real reason behind these symptoms is the Epstein-Barr virus causing a low grade infection that’s not detected by medical communities. All of the above symptoms and many more are actually viral symptoms—some of them symptoms of the virus still living back in another organ such as the liver—not thyroid-caused.

In Thyroid Healing, I explain in great detail about the two thyroid hormones that are yet to be discovered. These hormones, R5 and R6, are vastly more important to our health and well-being than T3 and T4. I also explain how EBV comes to infect the liver and other parts of the body and create these symptoms.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a more advanced version of hypothyroidism. While some sources will say it’s the other way around—that Hashimoto’s causes hypothyroidism—that’s not the case. And what you have going on in your life, from other stresses on your immune system to diet to the triggers I share in Thyroid Healing, will determine how fast the virus may move from hypothyroidism (slight damage to and underperformance of the thyroid) to full-on Hashimoto’s (a severely inflamed, more damaged thyroid). Childbirth is an especially common trigger for Hashimoto’s, which is why you’ll hear of many new moms developing the disease either directly after giving birth or even up to one to three years later.

Hyperthyroidism

When someone has hyperthyroidism, EBV is specifically going into the thyroid, which eventually accelerates tissue growth. EBV is attacking the thyroid so feverishly that the gland grows more tissue to protect itself, and, as a result, to produce more hormones. When you understand that this is actually a protection method and what’s causing the symptoms, you can then take the steps needed to eliminate EBV from your body and begin healing. It is often thought that those with hyperthyroidism cannot gain weight, yet there are many people with this disease who are living with unwanted pounds. They are often told they are an anomaly. However, it is not uncommon. Those who gain weight with hyperthyroidism do so because they have a different variety of EBV, possibly more than one variety, that is sitting in their liver. Over time the liver becomes sluggish due to viral matter and toxic build up. It’s important to understand that it is this sluggish liver that causes the weight gain, not the thyroid.

Moving Forward

Now that you are aware of the true cause of Hashimoto’s, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism, you can focus on the steps to take for healing. In my book Thyroid Healing, I explain triggers to avoid and healing foods for these conditions. In my article and webinar called Foods that Heal Thyroid, I give examples of powerful foods that fight EBV, restore and protect the thyroid, and keep the thyroid balanced. I also have an article and radio show also called Thyroid Healing in which I talk about how to eliminate EBV and support the thyroid. In this post, as well as in the supplements section of my book.

If you are not ready to start including healing foods into your diet, either for monetary reasons or simply because you are anxious about including things in your life you are unfamiliar with, I understand. Just knowing that your body is fighting a pathogen and not attacking itself is such a powerful step forward. Your body loves you unconditionally and is working for you, not against you, every single day. When you read Thyroid Healing, you will have even more information that can aid in your healing, Just remember to have compassion for yourself and remind yourself every day that your body is on your side.

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Healing Power of Kiwi

If you’re concerned about regulating blood sugar, turn to kiwis for support. Kiwis are an amazing food for diabetes, hypoglycemia, and hyper- glycemia. Whether your blood sugar levels are too low or too high, eating this fruit will bring you back to center as it simultaneously lowers fat in the bloodstream. Imbalanced blood sugar levels also often tie into moodiness, OCD, depression, and difficulty controlling emotions. Kiwis are the ultimate companion in these situations, because they offer a high-quality sugar source—that is, valuable bioavailable glucose to feed the neurons in your brain and alleviate your distress. Kiwis are an amazing food for stress assistance. 

With over 40 trace minerals, kiwis are an excellent source of nourishment. Kiwis also possess a powerful vitamin C that’s bonded to isothiocyanates and anthocyanins; this compound works in congruence with the phenolic acid compounds in kiwi seeds to remove radiation from the body and inhibit viruses. 

Kiwis are also fantastic to help alleviate digestive disorders and discomfort, including acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, gas, abdominal pain, and bloating—conditions and symptoms that are often related to low hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach. Kiwis’ plethora of amino acids (including serine, leucine, and lysine) raise those hydrochloric acid levels to provide welcome relief. Further, the amino acids are bonded to enzymes and coenzymes, helping to strengthen the digestive system even more, so it can keep unproductive bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeast, mold, and other disruptive fungus at bay. 

CONDITIONS 

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing kiwis into your life: 

Knee bursitis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus, athlete’s foot, prostatitis, adrenal fatigue, Barrett’s esophagus, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, mitral valve prolapse, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, endometriosis, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Salmonella poisoning, jaundice, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), H. pylori infection, eye infections, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), sepsis, neuropathy 

SYMPTOMS 

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing kiwis into your life: 

Anal itching, belching, bloating, abdominal pain, acid reflux, gastritis, constipation, flatulence, blood in the urine, diarrhea, tongue issues, ringing or buzzing in the ears, moodiness, pinched nerves, dandruff, fatigue, seizures, appendix inflammation, sacroiliac joint pain, pins and needles, heart palpitations, nerve inflammation, loss of libido, low cortisol, high cortisol, joint inflammation, low hydrochloric acid, intestinal spasms, inflamed spleen, inflammation, fluid retention, chronic loose stools 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

Offer kiwis to a friend or loved one who you wish would be more appreciative and considerate. And when you’re trying to bring those qualities out in yourself, kiwis are a go-to tool. When you’re working with someone whose mood changes are unpredictable and problematic, bring along a few kiwis for the two of you to snack on. If you’re the only one who partakes, you’ll still serve the situation, as the kiwis will feed your enthusiasm and vibrancy to help influence and override your co-worker’s emotions. 

SPIRITUAL LESSON 

It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives. We put blinders on that block out a larger sense of what’s around us, distance ourselves from a true sense of who we are, and our worlds become shallow. Kiwis counteract all that. 

The next time you slice a kiwi in half, study what you see inside. It’s like looking at an image of outer space! During growth, a mother kiwi vine (the female vine that bears the fruit) channels the universe’s energy, depositing a snapshot of our greater surroundings into each growing kiwi. No other food contains a miraculous picture of the stars, planets, mysteries, and miracles of the world—of which our earth is just one tiny part. 

Meditate on this when you enjoy kiwis. This fruit with the humble outward appearance that opens to reveal a galaxy opens us up, too. Consciously and subconsciously, we can disconnect from the annoyances that keep us mired down and closed off. We can remember the vastness of the universe, the depths we ourselves contain, and shock ourselves out of the shallows of our daily lives so that we can find our purpose and connect to the secrets of existence. 

TIPS 

* To feel the full effect of what this fruit can do for you, eat kiwi three times a day for one week. Think of it as an emotional, physical, and spiritual supplement, taking one at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. For those seven days, journal the changes that occur: the differences you feel, the epiphanies, and all the other revelations. 


* Keep your kiwis in a bowl on your nightstand. This will enhance the emotional aspects that the kiwi can impart. Sleeping beside the ripening fruits will intimately connect them with your being, deepening their effects on every level so they can have the most life-changing results. 


KIWI SKEWERS WITH STRAWBERRY-DATE SAUCE 

These beautiful kiwi skewers are easy to make and a hit with both kids and adults. They’re fun and festive and perfect for any occasion. The strawberry-date sauce is the perfect way to take the sweet perfection of this pretty snack over the top. 

  • 6 kiwis
  • 1 mango, cubed

  • 1 cup raspberries 
  • 1 cup strawberries 
  • 1 cup dates, pitted 
  • 8 wooden skewers 

Peel and slice the kiwis. Arrange the kiwi slices, mango cubes, and raspberries on skewers as desired. For the sauce, place the strawberries and dates in a blender and blend until smooth. 

Makes 2 to 4 servings 

From the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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Garlic Tahini Dressing

Whether you love garlic or take pains to avoid it, one thing’s for certain: garlic deserves to be heralded as medicine for our world today. Used to enhance vitality since ancient times, garlic is more important for our well-being now than ever before. To give garlic its proper due would take a book on its own. Suffice it to say that like its relative the onion, garlic is multifaceted, playing many different roles in protecting a person’s health, and has substantial reach in what it can do for someone. Garlic is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal (including anti-mold), anti-parasitic, and rich in the phytochemical allicin, a sulfur compound that prevents disease. 

Contrary to some mistaken theories, garlic does not kill productive bacteria in the intestinal tract. It only kills unproductive bacteria, which runs on a positive frequency. Don’t confuse this with the term gram-positive, which doesn’t actually refer to electrical charge. Both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria that are harmful to humans run on a positive frequency. On the other hand, productive, beneficial bacteria (regardless of whether they’re gram-negative or gram-positive) run on a negative frequency, the same frequency that humans run on. Not to be mistaken for negative, unfavorable energy, this negative charge is a good thing; it’s our source of grounding. Unproductive bacteria, worms and other parasites, fungi, and viruses all run on a positive charge. When they take hold in our systems, they drain our batteries, and we lose our grounding. Then along comes garlic, which has anti-pathogenic properties that are positively charged. This like fights like, and garlic rids us of the pathogens that were harming us. Because beneficial bacteria in our guts and other microorganisms that benefit us are negatively charged and grounded, garlic doesn’t wipe them out. 

While there is a certain abrasive aspect to garlic, it is abrasiveness that’s to your bene t. Rest assured that garlic does not disrupt anything that shouldn’t be disrupted—it does not hurt you. On the contrary, it’s perfect to fight colds, us, strep throat, pneumonia-causing bacteria, and viral-related cancers. It also extracts toxic heavy metals in the colon and gives you a powerful immune boost. 

CONDITIONS 

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing garlic into your life: 

Strep throat, vaginal strep, strep-induced acne, other conditions related to Streptococcus A and B, yeast infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs) such as bladder infections and kidney infections, staph infections, edema, sties, low reproductive system battery, ear infections, sinus infections, chronic sinusitis, immune system deficiencies, H. pylori infection, common colds, influenza, bacterial pneumonia, breast cancer, laryngitis, intestinal cancers, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma (including non-Hodgkin’s), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, migraines, sleep apnea, Lyme disease, psoriatic arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), HHV-6, infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ulcerative colitis, chronic bronchitis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer 

SYMPTOMS 

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing garlic into your life: 

Swelling of the lymphatic system, inflammation, Bell’s palsy, earache, postnasal drip, headaches, digestive distress, canker sores, enlarged spleen, all neurological symptoms (including tingles, numbness, spasms, twitches, nerve pain, and tightness of the chest), appendix inflammation, trouble breathing, back pain, bad breath, cough, chest pain, congestion, chest tightness, eye oaters, excess mucus, fever, fatigue, liver stagnation, headaches, neck pain, sinus pain, Candida overgrowth 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

When you’re at a fragile point and you feel vulnerable and exposed in your workplace, at home, or in a new relationship, turn to garlic. It’s the food to bring into your life when you need protection and shelter. 

SPIRITUAL LESSON 

Before it can be harvested, garlic needs plenty of time to rest. It thrives on that time of nesting and quiet, covered over by the soil in the garden bed, when it can absorb nutrients and build up its own immune system against the pathogens that go after plant life, such as mold and other fungi, worms, and bugs; it strengthens during the growing season so it can pass on that strength to us. Take a cue from garlic, and stake out your own nesting period each year. In order to build up our physical reserves and spiritual immune systems, we all need a periodic time out from pollutions, pathogens, stress, and those people in our lives who drain our energy. Renewed, we can be better prepared for our own growing seasons. 

TIPS 

* Take a look at a bulb of garlic. It is perfectly packaged in little self-sealed doses—that is, cloves. This is God and Mother Nature’s way of providing you with easy-to-take medicine to keep you healthy. Treat a bulb of garlic as if it were a bundle of premeasured medicinal supplements, and try to get into a rhythm where you consume one clove per day. Don’t worry that the cloves are different sizes—smaller cloves have higher concentrations of nutrients, so each “dose” is comparable. 


* Although roasting or otherwise cooking garlic is delicious and valuable, garlic is most effective when consumed raw. Try mixing raw garlic into your favorite dips, salad dressings, chilled soups, and other dishes. 


* If you feel like you’re coming down with something like a sore throat, cold, or u, mince one raw clove of garlic and mash it into half an avocado, banana, or some cooked potato. Repeat this three times daily until you feel better. 


GARLIC TAHINI SALAD DRESSING 

It’s easy to make a big batch of this salad dressing and keep it in your fridge all week long. The classic Mediterranean flavors of olive oil and tahini blend wonderfully with garlic and the subtle sweetness from the dates. Enjoy this dressing atop any greens of your choice or use it as a dip for your favorite veggies. 

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over your favorite salad greens and enjoy. 

Makes 1 to 2 servings 

From the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods

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Raspberry Jam Tart

It doesn’t get more simple and delicious than this picture perfect raspberry tart. And it’s so full of amazing ingredients that you can even eat it in the morning for breakfast! This dessert takes less than 15 minutes to come together, is fat free, and full of bright flavor.

Raspberries are one of the top antioxidant fruits and are an essential food for optimum health. Raspberries are rich in vitamins C, A, E, K, and B-complex and minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium. They are also high in ellagic acid which is a medicinal compound that helps to prevent cancer as well as benign and malignant growths. 

Raspberries have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-aging properties making them particularly beneficial for autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, atherosclerosis, heart disease, scleroderma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, and colon, breast, prostate, stomach, and lung cancer. They also contain a compound called raspberry ketone that has been shown to increase the metabolism of fat cells which provides benefits for those trying to lose weight. 

In addition, raspberry ketones have also been shown to improve insulin balance and blood sugar regulation making it a great food for those who have type 2 diabetes. Raspberries have the ability to cleanse mucus and toxins out of the body and to help balance the endocrine system, reproductive system, and neurological system. They are also excellent for cardiovascular, circulatory, and cognitive health. Raspberries are an easily digestible and completely assimilable fruit which ensures ultimate absorption of its healing and nutritive properties. 

Raspberry Jam Tart

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups dates, divided
  • 2 cups dried mulberries
  • 4 cups raspberries, divided
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Directions:

  1. For the crust, place 4 cups of the dates and the dried mulberries in the food processor and process until well combined.
  2. Press the crust mix evenly into the bottom of an 10-inch tart pan. Place the crust in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Blend 2 cups of raspberries, 1 cup of dates and ¼ cup of lemon juice until smoothly combined. Pour into the tart crust.
  4. Top with the remaining raspberries and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to enjoying!
  5. Notes:

This tart stores in the fridge for 3 days. The crust will keep in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.

Yields one 10-inch tart.

Learn more about how to heal from the New York Times bestselling book Cleanse To Heal.

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Healing Cranberries

Cranberries are well known for their profound antiseptic role in healing urinary tract infections and yeast infections. That power comes from cranberries’ ability to fight Streptococcus bacteria—because most of the time, chronic strep infections are behind these conditions. (Even though in yeast infections, the origin of the problem is misdiagnosed as fungal, really, the yeast is secondary.) And that’s the least of what these powerful little berries do. Out of all the foods on the table at Thanksgiving, that dish of cranberries is by far the most nutritious. Even if your cranberry sauce is canned and saturated with syrup, the medicinal factor of the cranberries overrides the downsides of the added ingredients. 

Cranberries are one of the ultimate foods for reversing gallbladder disease. If you’re dealing with gallstones, there’s nothing more powerful for dissolving them. Cranberries are also one of the most powerful liver cleansers on earth, and they’re extremely helpful when you’re trying to pass kidney stones with ease. They can even dislodge earwax buildup and help bring back hearing. 

Not to mention, cranberries are high in the antioxidants (such as anthocyanins) that help heal cardiovascular disease and arteriosclerosis. They also hold phytoestrogen compounds that disarm invading estrogens from outside sources such as plastics, environmental pollutants, pesticides, and other synthetic chemicals. Cranberries destroy these toxic hormones that are responsible for so many of women’s health conditions.

Filled with compounds and agents that draw radiation out of your body, amino acids that protect connective tissue, enzymes that specifically detoxify your organs, and more than 50 trace minerals to address deficiencies you may not even know you have, cranberries also have anti-proliferative compounds that help halt the growth of bacteria, viruses, and anything else harmful that may be growing inside of you. At the same time, cranberries provide potent stress assistance during your times of need. 

And if you’re trying to lose weight, cranberries are another of your strongest allies. Consuming a bowl of cranberries daily will suppress your appetite and help you shed those extra pounds. 

CONDITIONS 

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing cranberries into your life: 

Seasonal allergies, migraines, hiatal hernia, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hypertension, cervical cancer, yeast infections, carpal tunnel syndrome, arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, miscarriage, leukemia, ovarian cancer, Streptococcus infection, bladder infections, obesity, pneumonia (all varieties), conjunctivitis, renal failure, staph infections, gallbladder disease, gallstones, kidney infections, kidney stones, anemia, anxiety, shingles, diabetes, gout, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus (CMV), nodules, Lyme disease 

SYMPTOMS 

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing cranberries into your life: 

Memory loss, muscle cramps, nail biting, hypothyroid, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, weight gain, bloating, flatulence, dyspepsia, jaundice, mania, confusion, intermittent vaginal bleeding, tremors, hearing loss, calcifications, bruising, cravings, dizzy spells, earwax buildup, blisters, hyperthyroid, inflammation, blurred vision, anxiousness, foot pain, scar tissue 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

Cranberries promote a cheery disposition. Whenever you’re feeling foggy on an emotional level— unclear about what decisions to make, confused about your direction in life—eating cranberries can light your path. When disorganization flusters you, colors how others see you, and impedes the way, cranberries (which grow in a very orderly fashion) can help you sort matters out and move on. 

Cranberries also help when neurons and receptors are stuck in a pattern of criticism. Whether you’re criticizing others too much or on the receiving end of reproach, cranberries will help. Regular consumption of cranberries can relieve feelings of rejection and humiliation. And if you’re ever experiencing a sense of alienation, cranberries can help you change course and get reconnected with community. 

SPIRITUAL LESSON 

As we settle into adult life, we learn that it isn’t always safe to come out and play. Sometimes responsibility requires our full attention and seriousness—or we’re in company that will take advantage of us if we open up and expose our true selves. In much the same way, the cranberry vine has an instinct to stay low to the ground, protecting itself from cold and windy conditions. It can be difficult to even see the small red berries when it’s in this self-shielding mode. 

Sometimes we get stuck in this mentality, afraid that taking a moment for delight makes us vulnerable and means we aren’t working hard enough. Yet growing up doesn’t mean that we’re supposed to suppress our joy all the time. Joy is essential to who we are. Just as the cranberry plant takes advantage of the right warm and sunny moments during ripening season to perk up, play in the wind, and dazzle in the light, we can learn to recognize moments that are safe for us to express our true vitality, essence, and glory. We do get our days to stand up and shine, to dance in the sun. It’s just a matter of balance—and there’s no better teacher on the subject than the cranberry. 

TIPS 

* Frozen cranberries can be a great way to get your hands on this fruit. Try cooking them into your oatmeal or incorporating them into smoothies. 


* If you’re not making your own fresh cranberry juice, look for juice that’s made 100 percent from cranberries—with no added sugars, preservatives, or other additives. 


* If you don’t like the tart nature of cranberries, eat them with a handful of walnuts. 


* If you really dislike cranberries, it doesn’t mean they can’t help you. Weekly, set out a bowl of cranberries in your house. Just having them out on the kitchen counter to look at will help you (and anyone else passing through) reap their emotional benefits as the berries’ properties enter into you metaphysically. And if you take a moment each day to touch the cranberries, running your fingers over them or resting a few in your palm, you’ll also receive the fruit’s physical benefits. 


RAW CRANBERRY RELISH 



When you think of cranberries, you may envision a gelatinous blob on the table at Thanksgiving dinner. This raw cranberry relish is anything but boring. The fresh cranberries are chopped with bits of apple, orange, and coconut sugar that offset the cranberries’ natural tartness. This simple side dish is a great accompaniment to any holiday meal, or is perfect on top of a salad any time. 


  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2 cups roughly diced apple 
  • 1⁄2 cup orange sections

  • 1⁄4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 tablespoons coconut sugar 
  • 3 mint leaves 

Pulse-blend all the ingredients in a food processor until roughly combined. Store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Makes 2 to 4 servings

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Stuffed Onions

Leeks, chives, ramps, scallions, red onions, yellow onions, white onions, shallots, and any other type of allium you enjoy are nature’s antibiotics. Unfortunately, people don’t often eat a high volume of onions—maybe just a wedge in soup once a month, or a slice once a week on top of salad. To truly benefit from onions’ antibacterial qualities, we have to make them more central to our lives.

Some people complain of digestive distress when they eat onions. Contrary to popular belief, though, onions are not irritants. Rather, they’re highly medicinal. An upset stomach from onions is an indication that someone has an elevated level of unproductive bacteria in the digestive tract. The onions are working to eliminate that bacteria, and the resulting die-off can translate to temporary discomfort. 

One particular condition that many people deal with these days is SIBO, which is largely a mystery to the medical eld. What’s usually responsible for this small intestinal bacterial overgrowth are Streptococcus A and B, various strains of E. coli, C. difficile, H. pylori, Staphylococcus, and/or different varieties of fungus (excluding Candida, the natural fungus that we need to survive). Onions are one of the most accomplished foods on the planet for keeping down bacterial overgrowth in the body, making them a star for anyone who deals with SIBO. 

This quality also enhances the body’s production of B12. If you avoid onions because of a sensitive digestive tract, try adding them back into your diet in very small amounts at first. Over time, their cleansing effect will enable you to tolerate larger servings of them.

We’d all do well to make friends with onions. The sulfur they contain (including the phytochemical allicin, other organosulfides, and sulfur compounds that haven’t yet been uncovered in research) is part of what makes onions nature’s antibiotic. It’s also responsible for ridding the body of radiation exposure, casting out viruses, and drawing out DDT and other pesticides, herbicides, and toxic heavy metals. The sulfur in onions makes them wonderful for alleviating joint pain, degeneration, discomfort, and for repairing tendons and connective tissue. If you have an iron deficiency, onions are also very helpful, because their sulfur content slows iron loss. 

High in the trace minerals zinc, manganese, iodine, and selenium, onions help rejuvenate the skin and protect the lungs. If you’d like your skin to look younger, it’s a great idea to eat onions daily. Same goes if you used to be a smoker, and you’d like to repair some of that damage to your lungs. Onions are very helpful for addressing colds and us that cause bronchitis, and for bacteria-caused pneumonia. They’re also the ultimate anti-inflammatories for the bowels, helping to heal ulcers, eliminate mucus from the stool, and soothe the intestinal tract. 

In old folklore, garlic was used to keep ghosts and ghouls away. Onions should share a similar reputation—for keeping pathogenic ghouls away. Making them part of your diet will give you a powerful immune boost and safeguard against the pathogenic world. The next time you go out to buy cough syrup or decongestant, pick up a few different types of onions at the same time— though they may not be in the same aisle, onions truly are medicine. 

CONDITIONS 

If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing onions into your life: 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); emphysema; breast cancer; bone cancer; diverticulitis; ear infections; influenza; conjunctivitis; sties; hypertension; leukemia; migraines; prostate cancer; ringworm; rosacea; staph infections; small intestinal bacterial over- growth (SIBO); halitosis; Lyme disease; liver disease; fatty liver; herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1); herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2); HHV-6; HHV-7; the undiscovered HHV-10, HHV-11, and HHV-12; urinary tract infections (UTIs); colds; Epstein-Barr virus (EBV); yeast infections; transient ischemic attack (TIA) 

SYMPTOMS 

If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing onions into your life: 

Bad breath, heartburn, canker sores, iron deficiency, joint inflammation, tendon inflammation (particularly Achilles inflammation), eye issues, cold hands and feet, scars, snoring, joint pain, joint discomfort, shortness of breath, all neurological symptoms (including tingles, numbness, poor circulation, spasms, twitches, nerve pain, and tightness of the chest), restless leg syndrome, gastritis, body stiffness, body aches and pains, dizziness, dry skin, enlarged spleen, hot flashes, inflammation, jaw pain, knee pain, tremors, weakness, mineral deficiencies 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

When you’re dealing with chronic frustration, anger, and aggravation—whether toward other people, events, or yourself—it’s critical to bring onions into your routine. Onions purge anger from the body, helping to loosen up resentment, fury, vexation, and disappointment so you can be free to live your life 

SPIRITUAL LESSON 

Onions are wrongly blamed for bad breath. In fact, the opposite is true—onions help alleviate bad breath. What’s really responsible for halitosis is unproductive bacteria in the gut that rises up to the mouth. Because onions are antibacterial, they help combat this problem, so that your breath becomes sweeter-smelling over time. Right after you eat an onion, there may be a lingering scent—this is just the onion’s natural sulfur, and a sign that it’s doing its job. While we focus on different toothpastes, mouthwashes, and breath mints as the answer for halitosis and scorn the onion as the enemy, it’s really our savior. 

Have you ever seen this phenomenon take place in your life, where someone who worked hard to alleviate a problem mistakenly got the blame for creating the issue? It happens so often, from a supervisor at work whom employees disrespect even though that supervisor is saving their jobs, to a parent who gets flak from a child for pointing out a mistake on homework, when learning the right answer will be a key to the child’s success that semester. The next time you’re in a situation where you’re quick to point a finger, keep in mind the plight of the onion, and take a moment to analyze every angle. 

TIPS

* Avoid the tip you’ll hear out there to rinse or soak onions to make them less pungent. This technique lowers onions’ potency, because it dilutes the medicinal properties that kill off bacteria and boost your immune system to keep you healthy.

* Whenever you eat a food that you know isn’t a healthy choice, incorporate some onions to counteract the detrimental effects. (This doesn’t mean you should order a plate of onion rings. Dipped in bad batter and fried in bad oil, onion rings are not advisable. Rather, if you’re eating a hot dog, pile some chopped raw onion on top.)

* When you’re eating out at restaurants and are concerned about picking up flu, viruses, norovirus, or food poisoning, order something with onions. For example, if you order a salad, get it with onion to kill off any contaminants.

* When picking out onions at the market, make sure each onion is rm and doesn’t cave in when you squeeze it. Try to avoid onions that are sprouting new green tips. (This is different from buying a fresh-picked onion with its greens still attached—those onion greens are very beneficial.)

* Experiment with different varieties of onions in different dishes. Try chives in guacamole, scallions in hummus, red onions in salads and stir-fries, leeks in soups, or try steamed yellow or white onions.

* If you’re dealing with sinus congestion, cold, or u, try placing chopped onion in a bowl of warm to hot water, draping a towel over your head and the bowl, and inhaling. This is a great technique for breaking up mucus and loosening congestion.

* If you get chilly easily, have difficulty warming up, always have to wear a sweater, and/or struggle with cold hands and feet, try to incorporate onions into your daily routine to increase circulation.

ONIONS STUFFED WITH MASHED POTATOES AND MUSHROOMS 

These beautiful baked onions look like a restaurant-quality dish and are surprisingly easy to make. They look stunning on any dinner table and worthy of any party occasion. If you don’t enjoy mush- rooms, feel free to get creative and substitute the sautéed vegetable of your choice. 

  • 8 large onions 
  • 8 cups diced potatoes 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves 
  • 8 cups chopped mushrooms 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prep the onions by cutting off the top quarter of each. On the opposite end of each onion, cut off the root so that the onion can rest on a at surface. Do not peel. Place the onions in a large baking dish and add an inch of water. Bake until the onions are cooked through, checking periodically, 45 to 60 minutes. (Onions are done when they are soft and fragrant.) Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Peel the onions, then carefully remove the inner layers using a fork until only 2 layers remain, forming a cup. Reserve the insides of the onions for later use. 

Fill a large sauté pan with an inch of water and bring to a boil. Place the potatoes in the pan, cover, and steam for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally and adding more water if needed to prevent sticking. Place the potatoes in a food processor with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1⁄2 teaspoon of rosemary leaves. Process until the potatoes are smooth. Set aside. 

For the mushroom filling, sauté the mushrooms and garlic in 1 teaspoon of olive oil until the mushrooms are tender and juicy, adding water as needed to prevent sticking. Transfer all but 1 cup of the sautéed mushrooms to a food processor with 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, and 2 cups of the reserved onion. Process until the mixture is roughly combined. 

Fill the onion cups with alternating layers of mushroom filling and mashed potatoes. Top with sautéed mushrooms and pine nuts. Serve and enjoy! 

Makes 4 to 6 servings

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