Stone Ground Salmon

Let's chat benefits of fatty fish!

It may sound crazy to talk up fatty fish, however it's a common misconception that fats are "bad" for us. In fact, they have a lot of health benefits and are necessary for our bodies to function properly; it's just important to focus on the types of fats that our bodies will process the best, i.e. from real food sources.

Fatty, or oily, fish is amazing for us since it contains many vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D which most of us are deficient in, are a clean protein source, and most importantly Omega-3 polunsaturated fatty acids. These are essential, meaning our bodies rely a lot on food to provide them. Omega-3 fatty acids can help with reducing inflammation, lowering risk of heart attacks and stroke, help with brain development (especially for my mammas to be out there, this one is important for the baby as well!), and there are many other benefits as well.

I love Salmon and Sardines the most out of all the fatty fish sources, and this week I was really feeling like salmon. My favorite easy recipe when short on time is this Stone Ground Salmon recipe - it requires 3 ingredients, a pan, and an oven and can be paired with literally anything you have on hand.


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb wild caught salmon fillet
  • 2 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut or olive oil
  • Roasted veggies and greens on the side, if desired

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees, then line baking sheet and lightly oil
  • Place the salmon, skin down, on the baking sheet and slather on the mustard
  • Bake until bright pink color is gone, about 20 minutes depending on your oven
  • Pair with whatever sides you're in the mood for, such as my carrot fries!

My Post-Birth Control Journey; Part 1

I first had my menstural cycle at 10 1/2, a pretty young age to start. It was dark, heavy, clotted, and painful and much to my dismay lasted for anywhere from 8-14 days each month. I'll never know if the Chemo I had as a child created an imbalance, but once I expressed concern with my flow, the immediate response was "just take birth contol" - just like that.

At that time, we didn't really know what the difference was, take a pill, period is manageable, simple and easy right? Well, not exactly. I couldn't have known it then because there wasn't much education around it, but the pill would be masking my symptoms that were alerting me to an imbalance in my body and would then further disrupt my body's ecosystem once off the pill about 14 years later.

But, since I was dealing with a doozy of a cycle, it sounded like a good option after awhile.

  • To be honest, it was terrifying and often I would just lay in the shower for hours just to avoid having to worry that a sneeze, cough, or jump would cause me to leak through a super tampon and through my liner.

  • I’ll also never forget the day I went to my High School for the first time as an 8th grader to tour the school and meet some fellow upperclassmen. I wore these adorable white capris with wedges, a floral top, and made sure to do my hair. You never know! I was chatting with some new acquaintances when suddenly one of them ran over and wrapped his black sweatshirt around me. I had thought it was hot in the auditorium, but the reality was that I had gotten my period and bled through my pants so badly – and I’m quite sure many people saw before someone helped.

  • I think that partially shaped my hatred for my flow and was one of the reasons I decided to go on the pill. In addition to that, I had hyperhidrosis where my armpits were so sweaty that I would have to always wear black clothing just to hide that fact that even when it was freezing, I was sweating. I couldn't have known then that it was my hormones going crazy, but I knew I wanted a solution

I started to take packs of birth control pills back to back through advice from my OBGYN at the time, to only get a period every 2-4 months rather than monthly since they continued to be long, heavy, & painful. I didn’t realize was that years later, the pill would impact me in a different way, one that wasn’t so supportive of my health journey. And I would come to find out that my diet could have helped me all this time with both issues.

Flash forward to June, 2018 coming off the pill, I knew I had been preparing my body for this day by supporting it with a whole food plant-based diet and lots of exercise. But by lots, I mean lots, and I was way too thin at 99lbs for my 5’4” frame. Sure, I was stoked to see all of the muscles I had worked so hard to build and to have less than 10% body fat but because I didn’t have my cycle as a clue to my overall health, I had no idea the havoc all of this was causing and no idea what I was in for.

I'd love to continue to share my journey with you, to shed some light on what happened to me and how I used food, acupuncture, and stress relief as medicine to help stablize my system and heal. This is by no means meant to scare anyone away, because to be honest everyone is so different. I have friends who came off of the pill and were fine!! However, I know enough of us are affected by the pill this way and it impacts fertility and so much more so I think it's important to share and to talk about. I'm not a doctor so read at your own will, don't try anything I've done just because I've done it. Consult your doctor, do your own research too ... but if we can help each other by talking about these things, I think we can all heal a little more!

Homemade Vanilla Nut Milk

I can never really believe how much is added to our food that doesn't need to be there and that without really paying attention, we consume things because they taste good.

For example, I was about to open a can of tuna the other day, and noticed that there was soy listed as an ingredient. Soy. In my tuna? Why not just tuna, water, and nothing more? Part of the reason is because the food needs to stay shelf stable which makes sense to me, but what doesn't make sense is that all of these additives cause havoc on our bodies.

Nut milks is one of those things that can easily be chock-full-o-more than just nuts. So whenever I can, I like to make my own to keep at home. It's amazingly easy, tastes so good, and is much healthier for you.

You'll need to purchase a milk bag, which can be found on amazon - it's basically a super fine fabric strainer that helps to keep the solids that don't get broken down by your blender. The longer you soak your nuts, the less solids you'll have, and the better your blender, that will also be the case. However I usually don't have a ton of time, so I just repurpose the flour to make muffins or something delicious.

Let me know how it goes for you, and what variations you come up with!!


Ingredients:

  • 1/2c sprouted walnuts and almonds
  • 1 1/2c filtered water
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, add and combine all ingredients and allow to blend for about 2-3 minutes
  2. Take out milk bag and large bowl and place milk bag into bowl open enough to pour in the blended mixture
  3. Pour in mixed liquid and slowly close and lift up the bag, squeezing gently and slowly to allow the liquid to pour out and any solids to stay behind. Be gentle and thoughtful - going to fast could mean the milk shoots out in random places!
  4. You're finished when no more liquid is coming out.
  5. Store the milk in glass container in the fridge for up to 5 days, separation may occur so just shake gently before pouring
  6. You can dry out the solids if you want, and use them as a floury base for muffins or cookies!