What’s for BREAKFAST? Here is a great, simple recipe that is good for you as well.
YUMMY CHIA BERRY BREAKFAST ~ from the Celaya Kitchen
1 cup purified water 3 Tbsp chia seeds 2 Tbsp hemp seeds ½ cup organic cherries (fresh or frozen) ½ cup organic blueberries (fresh or frozen–wild blueberries are best) 3 drops liquid stevia (optional)
Pour all ingredients into a pot and heat until chia seeds are soft, and if using frozen berries, they must be warm and soft. Instead of both ½ cup cherries and ½ cup blueberries, you can just use 1 cup blueberries.
This makes a nice breakfast or midmorning snack after first drinking a cleansing green juice like celery juice or Heirloom Greens (https://drcelaya.com/product/heirloom-greens/).
You can also make this as a dessert topped with a scoop of coconut ice cream.
Here’s an old family favorite, and it’s simple to make. Healthy, too!
Split Pea-Pink Lentil Soup
2 quarts purified water 2 cups split peas ½ cup pink lentils 1 onion, chopped 4 celery ribs, sliced 2-4 carrots, sliced ¼ head green cabbage 2 bay leaves 1 Tbsp sea salt 1 tsp thyme 1 sprinkle cayenne avocado, sliced (for topping) dill (for topping)
In a large pot, pour in all ingredients, except avocado and dill. Boil until soft. In a blender, blend half the soup until creamy. Then pour back into the pan and mix with the chunky soup. Pour in serving bowl and top with sliced avocado and a sprinkle of dill.
This is one of our favorite soups when it’s cold outside. Hope you like it.
Creamy Butternut Curry Soup – The Celaya Kitchen
CHOOSE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS:
2 butternut squash (or kabocha squash) 1-½ cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 can coconut milk/cream (13.5 oz. OR 1-½ cups more broth for a low-fat soup) 1 onion, diced 1 head cauliflower, chopped ½ – 1 tsp sea salt ¼ – ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes (to taste, optional) 1” shredded ginger root 2-3 tsp curry powder (to taste) 2-4 garlic cloves, minced (to taste) ½ lime, juiced pinch of cilantro, chopped sprinkle of turmeric powder
Bake 2 butternut squashes on parchment paper in the oven (350) for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until it is soft when punctured with a fork. Let cool. Peel and deseed.
In a pot, pour in the broth and coconut milk. (For a low-fat version, add 1½ cups more broth instead of coconut milk.) Then add onion, cauliflower, sea salt, red pepper flakes, ginger root, and curry powder. Boil until soft and remove from stove. Add minced garlic and fresh lime juice. Blend in blender until desired consistency. Pour in bowl and sprinkle with chopped cilantro and turmeric powder.
Trying out the liver cleanse recipe, Chickpea Quiche, from Medical Medium’s book – Liver Rescue. Love trying out different healthy recipes where food is your medicine. This dish is to prepare you for an eventual liver & gallbladder cleanse.
roasted broccoli, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and garlic (yum)
Who doesn’t love red onions? Try them roasted – even better.
You could be developing an autoimmune disease, one of the most common diseases today, and are not aware of it. This is because autoimmune diseases sometimes start off as “silent” autoimmunity. This means your immune system is attacking tissue in your body but the damage isn’t bad enough to cause symptoms yet.
Autoimmune disease is more common than cancer and heart disease combined, and that’s just the diagnosed cases. Many, if not most, cases of autoimmunity are happening without a diagnosis.
This is because medicine does not screen for autoimmunity until symptoms are advanced and severe enough for a diagnosis and treatment with steroids, chemotherapy drugs, or surgery.
Autoimmunity: The disease for the modern era
Autoimmunity can affect any tissue in the body or brain. It occurs when the immune system attacks and damages tissue as if it were a foreign invader.
Common autoimmune diseases include Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, Graves’ disease, multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and psoriasis. More than 80 different autoimmune diseases have been identified so far.
Autoimmune disease affects 1 in 5 people, the majority of them women. It is believed women are more commonly affected because of their hormonal complexity. Although autoimmune disease is very common, the statistics do not tell the whole story.
Autoimmunity can happen long before diagnosis
Autoimmunity can begin long before damage is bad enough for a disease to be diagnosed. Many people can go years, decades, or even an entire lifetime with symptoms but never have damage bad enough to be labeled disease.
As an example, autoimmunity against the pancreas can cause blood sugar issues long before the development of type 1 diabetes. Additionally, about 10 percent of people with type 2 diabetes, which is caused by diet and lifestyle, also have pancreatic autoimmunity. This is called type 1.5 diabetes.
One of the most common autoimmune diseases is Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Patients may need to gradually increase their thyroid hormone because although they were diagnosed with low thyroid, the autoimmunity was overlooked and left unmanaged.
Or a patient may have an autoimmune reaction that has not been recognized as a disease. For instance, autoimmunity to nerve cells may produce symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis (MS), which is an autoimmune reaction to nerve sheathes. However, because the autoimmunity is not attacking nerve sheathes specifically, the patient cannot be diagnosed despite MS-like symptoms.
Autoimmunity can attack anything in the body
People can also have symptoms that suggest many types of autoimmunity. Although symptoms vary depending on which tissue is being attacked, many autoimmune sufferers experience chronic fatigue, chronic pain, declining brain function, gastrointestinal issues, hair loss, weight gain or weight loss, brain fog, and more.
Fortunately, functional medicine offers lab testing that can screen for autoimmunity against a number of different tissues. We also use strategies such as an anti-inflammatory diet, blood sugar stabilizing, gut healing, addressing toxins, and habits that minimize stress and inflammation.
Ask my office if autoimmunity may be causing your strange and chronic symptoms.
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