Catch me live on KRML.com

Hey ya’ll,

I will be on Pub Talk with KRML radio station tonight! Broadcasting live from Monterey, CA.¬† These guys have a great show and station. They promote “good”, healthy, positive and local businesses. And just like my book and my business, are INDEPENDENTLY run. Resist corporate greed! Pay attention. Vote. Listen.

Tune in at KRML.com and wish me luck. I am excited to share the word.

Peace and Natural Healing!

Beth Kahn

Dietitian, Educator, and Author of A Nutrition Revolution!

Food Allergies and How to Deal

Alternative Lasagna.

Like many people, I have battled with food allergies. This is one reason I became a Dietitian. Years ago, I was having symptoms partially caused by food allergies, which were discovered by a nutritionist. Though I was never officially tested, we were able to pinpoint the main culprits (cows milk and gluten) and I was able to fix most of the problems I was experiencing. After an elimination process and reworking my diet, I was even able to eat gluten again. This was very effective – effective enough for me to go back to school and study nutrition – and has been working for me for the most part ever since. However, as often happens with our health and diet, my diet is in need of some re-tooling.

It is worth noting that food allergies can be triggered by stress. Which was the case with me, then and now. Also, once you have food allergies you are more prone to getting them and should eat foods on a rotation diet, not consume any food too frequently, and manage stress.

Recently, in response to symptoms I was experiencing, I was tested for food allergies. The test came back positive. It showed I have allergies to gluten, bananas, cucumber, onion, garlic, avocado, eggs, beef, lamb and cod fish. Wow!

My body is reacting differently to all of these foods. For example, I am barely allergic to cucumbers, but severely allergic to eggs, which I knew based on my body’s response to eggs. So now, I am once again doing an elimination diet (wish me luck), and am taking enzyme and probiotic supplements to help purge the residual allergens and reset the system.

This process has been at times frustrating but mostly empowering. Empowering, because I believe in knowing why our bodies are acting a certain way. I am not a fan of just taking a pill or pills, suffering and eventually removing the body part that is in trouble, in this case my colon or intestine.

So, now, what to eat? As many people know this can be a difficult and frustrating process. Like many people on special diets, I had to figure it out- again.

During this “adventure”, I made vegan, gluten-free “lasagna” style pasta. It was delicious! I have included pictures as well as a link to a recipe similar to the one I based mine on.

I used a bottle of organic pasta sauce, which included the hopefully temporary allergen; garlic. But, this was the best I could do on this particular day. I substituted gluten-free lentil pasta for regular lasagna noodles, which usually have gluten.

The elimination diet should be tricky, but ultimately rewarding, as my digestive issues will hopefully improve and I will once again be able to eat many of the foods I am currently reacting to.

I will have to take this one step at a time, do my best, try to minimize frustration, and be patient. In the process, I will hopefully not be excessively hungry, as I figure out what to eat for each meal.

During the first elimination diet years ago, I stared into the cupboard in tears, hungry and frustrated. Hopefully, the second time around, my Dietetic training and experience will make the trip much smoother. I am confident the outcome, as before, will be worth every second of effort. After all it is why I get up every morning and do what I do…..because this stuff works!

I will keep you updated. In the meantime, here’s to us all plugging away, paying attention, asking questions, being enlightened and working to achieve optimum health! Be well. Cheers.

A Nutrition Revolution offers personalized nutrition counseling to families and individuals, via email, phone and/or video chat. Contact us so you can achieve your health goals and live your best life! And check out the book: A Nutrition Revolution!

Vegan Teriyaki Stir Fry

For the past 4 years I have been teaching freshman Health class and we discuss healthy eating. After learning about the health effects of heavily animal vs. plant based diets, students asked me yesterday and often do, “How do I do eat a more vegan diet?”. Since I eat a mostly plant based diet, I documented last nights dinner. The reason for the ingredients is because that is what I had in the fridge. ūüôā

Vegan Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1/4 cup red onions

1/3 cup chopped tofu (I used baked, teriyaki flavored)

1/4 cup teriyaki based Hawaiian sauce

1/4 cup white wine (optional, I left this out of the kids recipe, even though the alcohol cooks off)

1 cup pre-cooked brown rice

2 cups Brussels sprouts, basted with garlic olive oil, salt and pepper, steamed and chopped.

Saute mushrooms, onion and tofu in plant based oil (i.e. coconut or cooking spray). Add teriyaki sauce and white wine and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add chopped Brussels sprouts and stir. Heat rice (stir fry or add to hot water for 1 minute and remove). Add vegetable mixture to rice and enjoy! This has plenty of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Tastes great and you will feel great too….

 

 

Which Diet Should I Try?

I am asked regularly what I think about this diet or that diet. Adkins, Ketogenic, low-carb, Eat Right for Your Blood Type, etc. Usually my answer is some variation of this: Most of us eat too many processed foods, high fat meat, refined flours, sugars, and not enough healthy fresh plant foods including vegetables, fruit, whole, diverse grains and healthy sources protein. In addition to that, I recommend people eat organically grown and minimally processed food as much as possible. We should limit our consumption of pesticides, additives (preservatives, food dyes, etc.), foods made with hormones, antibiotics and GMO.

I have recently read (and re-read) Grain Brain, South Beach Diet and Diet Cure. My answer is still the same.

While there are more and more books coming out all of the time and new and updated theories about what we should be eating and not eating, the popular book “The South Beach Diet” written in 2004 (updated in 2009) is still a good overview of what a balanced diet can look like, and allows for the reader or “dieter” to enjoy foods they love. Importantly for our current state of simple sugar over-consumption, the book offers a specific detox plan to help purge the sugars and manufactured carbohydrates out of the body. The detox program helps with cravings, weight loss, food intolerances and more, and it only lasts a couple weeks. The plan also allows for more and more freedom as you progress from week to week.

I do feel that the South Beach Diet includes too many animal sources of protein for my preference however.

As I often say, education is ideal. The more understanding one has about nutrition the more freedom one has to choose and therefore  the more likely they are to be successful. For any diet to be successful you should look for doable lifestyle changes, not strict diets or regimented menus which are limiting and therefore unsustainable.

As I say in my book “A Nutrition Revolution”, learn to fish rather than being sold a fish- as the old saying goes- and you will have more freedom, choices and will therefore be more likely to be successful. Check out my book for more on this and to gain a better understanding about nutrition and why many of us are stuck on a perpetual diet and sickness wheel (hint: ignorance and $$$) and what we can do about it.

I have included my favorite recipe from The South Beach Diet for you to check out. To make it completely plant based, vegan cheese can be substituted for mozzarella. Enjoy! Be healthy and happy.

Portobello Pizza

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine oil and garlic in a small bowl and rub the mushroom caps on all sides with the mixture.
  2. Place caps, top side down, in a circle on an oiled baking sheet.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Arrange the cheese, basil, and tomato slices alternately in a circle on top of the mushrooms.
  5. Sprinkle with oregano, if using.
  6. Bake at 450 until the cheese melts, about 3 minutes.

Blueberry Smoothie

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Blueberry smoothie.

Blue plus red equals purple! Blueberry smoothie: 1/2 banana, 3/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (add a little ice if using fresh blueberries) 3/4 cup cashew or other plant milk. Put in blender or mixer, and blend until smooth. Cheers to peace, healing, unity and health!

Heal the Planet, Heal Yourself

You try to eat healthy. You buy organic. You travel to the farmers¬†market whenever you can to get fresh, local produce. You try to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink the proper¬†amount of¬†water. You exercise. So how much is this helping, in this toxic environment? Is this enough to stay healthy? To keep cancer at bay? Asthma, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease? How much does the environment affect you, despite your¬†‚Äúhealthy‚ÄĚ choices? What if anything can you do about it?

These are the questions that come to mind when I try to do the right thing. I can’t help but wonder how the environment (air, soil, water) is affecting my food, body, mind and health, despite my best efforts.

Food, the environment and our health are inextricably linked. What we do to our planet, we do to our food – and to the air and water – and then to ourselves. Food grown and produced in an unhealthy environment is unhealthy. We introduce toxic chemicals into the food, air and water supply and then it enters our bodies. Pollution exits our tailpipes and factories and infiltrates the environment, and our bodies. This causes cancer, asthma, allergies, birth defects and more. The planet is changing, temperatures are rising and as a result farmland and crops are being affected. This can be overwhelming to think about and make one wonder, what can I, ‚Äúlittle old me‚ÄĚ do about it?

The health of the environment is definitely a problem, and needs to be addressed. At the same time, what we put into our bodies does matter. We should eat quality food, drink plenty of water, exercise, work to reduce stress, etc. Lifestyle choices do affect health. For instance, many healthy plant foods have proven cancer fighting abilities. Components of plant foods help the body to flush toxins out, before they can do harm like cause cancer. A healthy diet and lifestyle also have many other health benefits, including reducing stress  Рa major cause of disease Рand the risk of diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease. So it does matter, but it ALL matters. We must also do what we can to help heal the planet. But where do we begin?

What can I do to help heal this floating blue ball we call Earth that must heal and sustain us?

I recently watched the documentary (with a long, awkward title): ‚ÄúHow to Let Go of the World and Love all the Things Climate Can‚Äôt Change‚ÄĚ. I was inspired and better understood what is going on with our planet, on a macro level. On a micro level, I firmly believe that awareness is the key to solving these and other problems. One person at a time, one click at a time, can change the world. If you can access this documentary, I recommend watching it and please spread the word. Share with all of those you can. We can do this, but only if enough of us wake up and demand change.

 

Poison in Food Supply

pesticideThe process of producing much of the US food supply involves poisoning it, the surrounding areas and its inhabitants. More and more people in this country are coming down with asthma, autism, and cancer due to an unhealthy diet, lifestyle and environment. Yet, this process of poisoning our food and environment continues.

I can personally attest to the effects of these powerful chemicals, including pesticides that are used in commercial farming. I relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to an area called the worlds ‚Äúsalad bowl‚ÄĚ in central CA, which grows much of the world‚Äôs produce. During my daily commute through the vast, spectacularly beautiful farmland, I regularly felt a burning sensation in my throat and chest, which I had never experienced before. When I changed my route away from the farmland, this strange burning sensation in my respiratory system completely ceased. I am confident however, I am still coming into contact with chemicals in the food I eat, water I drink, and air I breathe, and so no doubt are you. Obviously the field workers are being regularly exposed as they cannot “drive around” the area.

This chemical processing is only one part of the problem. There is much more being done to our food and our environment as man continues to try to make money and outsmart Mother Nature. For instance, plant DNA is being modified, and soil is often not replenished with nutrients in between plantings. This further weakens an already compromised food supply and planet. Man-made ‚Äúmystery‚ÄĚ food is being created with unknown effects on people, animals, and the planet, and less nutrient dense foods with toxic chemicals added to it are being produced. We are consuming this unhealthy mix and it is making us sick.

Contributing to this ‚Äúsicklic‚ÄĚ cycle is lack of awareness. Consumers do not see these processes or microscopic chemicals and farm workers who experience it first-hand, have little to no power to speak up or change it. And so the sicklic-cycle continues and will continue until something forces it to alter course.

Most companies that mass produce food do not operate on the basis of kindness; they operate on the basis of profit. Cheap processing methods are therefore preferred and since people still buy this unhealthy food, producers have no reason to switch to healthier methods. Period. Let’s change the part of the equation we can control; let us the consumer pay more attention and vote more with our dollars and voices, loud and impactful enough to force change.

Then wait for it…as the chemotherapy and other sickness industry profiteers will quiver at the thought of a clean, healthy planet. And for the record, the same recipe of greed and ignorance applies to that sick-cycle as well.

For more like this:
http://anutritionrevolution.com/the-book/

Spreading the Word About Health

School gardenI have been busy with a teaching “Gig” lately, and I realized I have not shared anything “healthy” here in 2 years. Happily, I have been given the opportunity to teach high school students about mental, emotional, social and physical health (and nutrition). This is not for the faint of heart, but I am grateful to be able to…and they sure need it! ¬†Now, it is almost summer break and I look forward to spending it relaxing, refreshing and sharing more healthy living tips here with all of you.

In the meantime, here is a great video about urban gardening….a must watch! Until next time, be well!

https://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la

Tips for a Healthy New Year

DSC_0203Happy Holidays!

Many people are wondering how to achieve the goal of good health, especially at times like this, as we prepare to bring in the New Year.

I  recommend a couple of resources to help you do that.

I recently came across a program on Public Television and was inspired and impressed by Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist with UCSF. On this program, Dr. Lustig succinctly explains the physiological effects of processed and other unhealthy foods, and discusses the food and drug industries and their monetary motivations to keep you unhealthy.

In the same vein as Dr. Lustig’s work,¬†my book, A Nutrition Revolution: Uncover the Mysteries of Nutrition, discusses nutrition and¬†how¬†we¬†are being¬†set¬†up for continual failure by the food,¬†drug and other industries,¬†and our weakening societal systems.¬†It takes the reader down the path of healing that I went on, discusses the essentials of proper nutrition and how we can get our political, economic, health and¬†education systems¬†out of the perpetual¬†cycles of failure¬†they are currently in, and all of us back to wellness. The cure for most problems today¬†is awareness; as knowledge is power.

So give and receive the gift of enlightenment this holiday season, and share information needed to create good health for you, someone you love, and for the world.

Have a happy, healthy New Year.

http://anutritionrevolution.com/the-book/

http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2014/08/06/sweet-revenge-dr-robert-lustig-explains-how-to-cut-sugar-lose-weight-and-turn-the-tables-on-processed-foods/

Helping at the First “Cooking with Kids Foundation” Farmer’s Market Fundraiser

By Dietitian and Wellness Educator, Elizabeth Kahn

May 7th, 2012

I volunteered this past weekend at the¬†first fundraiser for the Cooking with Kids Foundation, of which I am a board¬†member, at the famous Locust Street Farmer’s Market in Walnut Creek, California.

We met a lot of amazing people there including interested parents, grandparents, and kids who want to learn how to cook.

I was offering my book, “A Nutrition Revolution: Uncover the Mysteries of Nutrition” as a thank you gift for donations of $15.00.

During the market, Chef Lynda held cooking demonstrations with¬†several young¬†volunteers.¬†Lynda¬†showed¬†the¬†eager students¬†how to cut fruits and vegetables¬†using a Chef’s knife.¬†All of the kids¬†did great!

We saw some former students of the foundation who offered their words of support.

It was a huge success. We were greeted by many fabulous supporters who are enthusiastic about what we are doing. We were inspired by their support, kind words and generous donations.

Let’s¬†keep cooking with kids!