I know, right? So weird! Basically I have always craved red meat and the nutrients it provides. And liver is definitely a Superfood. Dr. Terry Wahls recommends eating 16 ounces of organ meat a week, which equals about 4 to 5 servings, depending on your protein requirements. While that definitely doesn’t have to be 16 ounces of liver, I do suggest eating it either once a week or in pill form. To put it simply, eating liver helps support your liver. this means that you will support your body’s ability to rid of toxins. The nutrients also support energy and brain function. Many think that eating liver means you are being exposed to all the toxins that animal’s liver filtered out but I assure you that this is not an organ that will add to your toxic load. In fact, as I mentioned above, it will actually support your body’s detoxification pathways.
So many traditional recipes include things like milk, gluten and other grains, refined oils and various irritants, allergens and inflammatory ingredients. For perhaps obvious reasons (or not so obvious if you are new or unfamiliar with those worlds) , the Paleo and AIP have remade these recipes avoiding the aforementioned ingredients. While there is great quality recipes out there, my experience has left me missing the spreadability (yes I made that word up:) of traditional pate’s . They also didn’t have the same flavors that I was used to eating and so I wanted to recreate those flavors and textures in my own recipe. This is what I came up with.
The recipe makes one serving, but to make it for more people, simply use 1 large, black skinned avocado with one pound of liver.
3-4 ounces of grass-fed beef liver or organic, (preferably pastured if available) chicken livers.
1/4 black skin avocado, ripe
1/2 cup sauteed leeks- measured raw
2 cloves of garlic, cooked with the leeks
1 tbs fresh herbs (can use more, i’ve used double) or 1 tsp dried herbs. I suggest thyme and/or rosemary.
1 to 2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs coconut oil or palm shortening, for cooking only.
Cook the liver in the coconut or palm shortening with the leeks and garlic in a separate pan or cooked after the meat. Cook the liver on low and cook gently until the liver is cooked through but not overcooked. You don’t want any pink but also not crispy. I suggest cooking it on medium low with a lid on it and keeping an eye on it. The leeks and garlic should just be cooked until soft. You can add the herbs to the leeks and garlic.
Place items into a small (2 cup) food processor with the avocado and process until it is smooth. You may have to press it down with a fork in between pulses to keep the puree in line with the blades. If you are making a large batch and therefore using a large food processor, you will not need to do this (they are usually better quality and better at mixing the food in general). When the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and smooth, you may need to gradually add the olive oil and blend that in so that it is not overly thick. It should be the consistency of a thick dip.
Serve with optional fruits and vegetables such as radishes, carrots, cucumbers or apples. It is also excellent with plantain chips!
If you’ve seen any documentary on how food and nutrition affects health then you know that food can be a powerful agent of either good or bad. It is said that “every bite you eat is one step closer to health or disease”. And a journey is made up of several small steps. I’m going to break those steps down for you below and at the end, I am going to give you an opportunity to receive a free healing menu plan. I am also going to give you an opportunity to sign up for my free 7 Day kickstart, a 7 day email series to help you through your first week if you decide to start a healing journey. But for right now, let me tell you why these steps are the basics of healing most chronic conditions.
As a health coach I work with many chronic conditions and we work on many related parts that attribute to and are a part of chronic conditions. We balance blood sugar, improve energy, reduce pain and inflammation, increase energy and mobility, identify food triggers, and we also improve digestion and cognitive function. We even grow better hair and nails! When you have a group of people with chronic conditions you often find that there are some overlapping categories that seem to pop up in most of your clients. The individuality of each person is very unique but the causes are generally the same. So I wanted to give an overview: how does one reverse or improve a chronic condition?
While not every situation can be reversed, it is not unheard of to reverse type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disease, depression or ADHD. If they cannot be reversed, then they can be improved most of the time. Most of these chronic conditions can be improved by focusing most of all of the following health categories:
1. Improve Gut Health.
Gut health is being linked to every chronic condition from autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune, diabetes, Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety and even hormonal imbalances. So much of our immune system, hormone and neurotransmitter production, the ability to break down our nutrients and get rid of toxins (a source of physical stress and oxidative damage) is dependent on the health of our Gastrointestinal tract. The “gut” includes the stomach, intestines, gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. For this reason, we often start with gut health in our journey toward healing.
2. Identify food sensitivities.
Food sensitivities have been linked to ADHD, depression, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, and other inflammatory disorders. A food sensitivity is different than an allergy and can simply mean that a person feels better without the food than with the food on their plate. This may mean that their digestion improves, their energy, or even their blood sugar or pain levels in their joints. Identifying any foods that may be aggravating your health, is a key step in feeling better sooner. Many food sensitivities can be reversed, which means removing them may be temporary.
Toxic buildup can put stress on our bodies, causing inflammation, weight gain, pain and dysfunction. It can affect any body part including the digestive system, the brain, or your joints. Supporting your body in getting rid of stored toxins can reduce inflammation, pain, weight, swelling, or dysfunction. Also, avoiding exposure to toxins where possible can make it easier for our bodies to store less of these chemicals in the future.
4. Support the Immune System.
Autoimmune, chronic viruses, Chronic Fatigue, Lyme disease, and possibly others whose causes are “unknown” may benefit from boosting the immune system. A dysfunctioning or suppressed (or even seemingly overactive) immune system can make one feel “yucky” all on its own. By supporting the immune system, but not stressing it, we can possibly return it to its normal functioning state. A normal immune system can fight the “bad guys” like chronic viruses and also knows when to “turn it off” so it doesn’t attack us!
5. Support the Adrenals.
Let’s face it: Chronic conditions are stressful. Even if you do not have adrenal fatigue, (but especially if you do) life and illness can be very hard on our bodies. For this reason, supporting the adrenals can not only improve your sugar-handling (the ability to maintain healthy blood sugar levels), inflammation, wear and tear on the body, reduce heart attack and stroke risk, regulate weight and hormones, alleviate depression and anxiety, affect sleep, digestion, and much more.. it can help you heal from chronic conditions. It can also improve energy and the immune system.
6. Targeted Nutrition.
This is where things get even more unique to you. While each of the above categories are addressed differently for each person according to their own body and unique situation, this area is the most unique to you. In this category, we not only focus on specific foods to improve the health of a specific organ or body system (such as the thyroid, or the nervous system, or even the brain), but also have to address any deficiencies. We may optimize a nutrient to manipulate the body into doing its job better, or your body may just need more of a specific nutrient to thrive than your mate’s body needs. An example of this may be to focus on electrolyte rich foods to help regulate blood pressure or heart rate. We may reduce high glycemic foods for a person with Diabetes, or incorporate bone broth for someone with leaky gut.
This area is similar to targeted nutrition but the “nutrition” in this case refers to lifestyle changes. This includes working on “primary foods” a term coined by Joshua Rosenthal to refer to the things that feed you but don’t come on a plate. It may refer to exercising to reduce inflammation or increase mobility. It may refer to prayer or meditation that helps you reduce adrenaline or cortisol. It may mean incorporating social time into your schedule to increase your body’s ability to heal. It can also mean watching the sun set to help with adrenal fatigue, sleep and circadian rhythms. Regardless of which areas of your life need help to improve your chronic condition or the symptoms that bother you, there are often “bio-hacks” to help you get the results you are looking for on your journey.
That was a lot of information, wasn’t it? And it is a lot to think about.. but I want to assure you that I don’t expect you to go out in one day and do all of this. Remember above that I said that we often start with the gut. If you haven’t gotten started with your gut health, then check out my beginner’s guide to healing your gut. If you have a chronic condition of any type, I suggest starting there. As always, If it is too overwhelming or you are feeling unsure, hit the reply button and I’ll be happy to schedule a free health coaching consultation to help you decide what the right next step is for you.
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Feel free to comment below, I love hearing from my readers. You can also contact me directly through the email in the top menu bar if you have any questions or would like to sign up for a free consultation to see if health coaching is right for you. A free consultation is a great option for someone who thinks they may need help continuing their journey. This is great for someone who has either has 1.limited time or 2 doesn’t want to figure things out on their own or 3. has already healed their gut and is eating an anti-inflammatory and healing diet but wants to take things to the next level of their healing journey. It may also be appropriate if you find getting started intimidating, overwhelming, or want to explore other options and paths to wellness.
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