What these Recipes Are and Are Not
Updated: Feb 18, 2020
I wrote all recipes found on HabituallyHolistic.com with the intention of making them easily accessible, in regards to ingredient expense and creation convenience. None of these recipes are complicated, none of these recipes require special equipment, and none of these recipes contain ingredients that are one-time special purchases. Rather, many of the ingredients used for one recipe can be used for another and are formatted for easy access on your phone while shopping at the grocery store. Most of these recipes are dessert alternates because curbing refined sugar intake is a tough habit to crack and a very deadly habit to have. The recipes are also written in such a way so that you do not have to scroll through a million paragraphs just to find them (you can read my other blogs, if you want to scroll through a million paragraphs!).
What you will not find:
-Gluten: the protein gluten (found mainly in wheat, barley, and rye) can be highly inflammatory. And while many seemingly can eat it with no adverse affects, as a lectin (compound produced by plants as self-defense) it is dangerous to the permeability of your gut lining, eventually leading to inflammation in the body. Because there are no adverse reactions to cutting out gluten (only positive ones), I have also cut it out of these recipes.
-A1 Cow's Milk: Ever wonder why some dairy intolerant or allergic folks are able to digest goat's milk and sheep's milk, when they have trouble digesting cow's milk? It has to do with this enzyme. A1 beta-casein is found in all commercially produced dairy in the United States, it is the casein protein of the most common cow and is actually considered a genetic mutation. A2 beta-casein is a protein found in the milk of some "old-fashioned" cow breeds (Jersey, Charolais, Guernsey, and Limousin). A2 is similar to the protein found in the milk of other mammals such as, goat, sheep, buffalo, and human- due to the presence of the amino acid Proline. A1 results in the production of the BCM7 compound, a compound that can have negative affects on digestion and inflammation in the human body. Because A2 cow's milk is harder to come by and is expensive in the United States, I have used alternative milks in all my recipes (choose ones without guar gum or carrageenan, as they can ferment in the gut and cause discomfort).
-Soy Products: While there is much debate about soy and its effects on hormone regulation & thyroid function in men and women, the digestion of unfermented soy products is difficult for the human body, thus leading to inflammation, bloating and general discomfort. Soy is high in phytic acid, which inhibits the proper absorption of zinc, iron, and magnesium. Soy is also high in a specific type of lectin called agglutinin, which impairs blood flow agglutinating red blood cells (hence the name).
*Other lectin containing legumes (such as peanuts) may show up in my recipes. However, ingredients like peanut butter have easy to swap alternatives with slight alteration to taste. Personally, I find that peanut butter does not bother me to the extent that other lectin containing legumes do. Find what works for you and roll with it.
-Refined Sugar: Refined sugar is not added to these recipes for obvious health reasons. Most importantly, consuming too much sugar and refined carbohydrate can lead to chronic and low-grade inflammation, while increasing insulin resistance. Inflammation is at the root of 99% of all Western modern diseases. Enough said.
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