Enter the Cooked Veggie Lab

 The Stewarts’ Cooked Veggie Lab 

 

Last time I published a post about the raw salad creation process we use in our home.  Here’s an example of the wild, inventive (some would even say reckless) cooked veggie experimentation that goes on with Dr. Anne and me.

As mentioned before, we consume the vast majority of our veggies in their raw forms due to time constraints.  However, we do love cooked veggies AND cooked veggies contain some benefits over raw veggies — improved digestibility and improved bioavailability of micronutrients, to name two.  So Dr. Anne and I will break out the skillet a few times a week and water saute some veggies.

In our home, the initial part of the process for prepping cooked veggies is the same as for the raw veggie salad.  That is, what veggies do we have in the house?  The answer to that question sets the tone for the entire process.

This evening. we had lots of veggie options, but no leafy greens.  We usually try to include those to get the G in G-BOMBS!

Step 1: What do we have to cook?

  • We’ll try combining almost any veggies and fruits together.  Neither of us tolerate beans all that well, so we usually leave those out.

Step 2: Prep!

  • Chopping counts as steps on a FitBit or other activity tracker!  This does not need to be pretty, just be safe — no fingertips on the cutting board please!  Pro Tip — Chopping frozen fruit is super easy and much easier than starting with fresh fruit.

As you can see, we have chopped red bell peppers, chopped cauliflower, sliced baby bella mushrooms, chopped frozen mango, chopped frozen pineapple, and (not pictured) black sesame seeds.  Yum!!  Before this, we’d never have thought of cooking these things together.  But, in the words of Chef Gusteau (Disney Pixar’s movie “Ratatouille”) “…anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.”

Step 3: The water saute!

  • Water sauting is the healthy alternative to oil sauteing and it’s super easy!  Just heat the skillet/saute pan on super high heat until drops of water sizzle and dance on the pan.  Then add about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of water to the pan — it will steam like crazy!  Quickly add your veggie and begin stirring/tossing just like you would for oil sauteing.  Remember, it’s high heat so it doesn’t take long for the veggies to cook.  Add more water as necessary…just enough to keep the veggies from sticking to the pan.

  • We begin with red bell peppers for about 3 minutes.

  • Then we add the chopped cauliflower for about 2 more minutes:

  • Then we add the black sesame seeds (about 1 tbsp) for 1 minute.

  •  Next, we add the mango (about 1 cup) for 1 minute:

  • The pineapples go in next (about 1 cup) for 1 minute:

  • Finally, the mushrooms go in (1 small pack of baby bellas sliced after the stems are removed) for up to 3 minutes:

  • This is what it looks like when it’s all done and ready for serving.  I like to remove it from the heat and transfer it to a dish to minimize further cooking in a hot pan:

Step 4: Enjoy the flavors and the micronutrients!

  • We had also had some leftover raw green salad (romaine, shredded brussels sprouts, grape tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumbers mixed with some leftover sauteed mushrooms and carrots) AND some cashews (1 ounce per the Aggressive Weight Loss plan that I, not Dr. Anne, am following) sprinkled/shaken with garlic powder.

It was fabulously delicious!  It made enough for several meals and it kept quite well in the fridge because we didn’t over cook the veggies.

We hope this helps you keep eating to live!!!

— Dr. Dave

Big Frickin’ Salad by Dr. Dave

What’s it Like in Dr. Dave’s Salad Lab?  (Here’s a peek…as told by Dr. Dave.)

I do not have the time or motivation to cook complicated plant-based recipes by Dr. Fuhrman.  I have done it a few times, but it is not a sustainable habit for me.  So, I almost 90% of the food I eat is raw.  And, of that 90%, at least 75% of that is salad-based.  I find it is the fastest, simplest way for me to create meals in bulk.

So here’s an example of how I create a salad that I divide into 5 meals over 3 days.

The fundamental basis of my salad creating is “What is in the fridge?”  For this salad I had a wide variety of greenery and other goodies to choose from.  This is not always the case and often my salad is couple of heads of romaine and a couple of other veggies.  So please do not walk away from this with the idea that all of my salads are this busy and rich.

First, and foremost when it comes to salad ingredients are the greens.  In this case, I used 2 heads of romaine (ANDI 510) and 3 heads of bok choy (ANDI 865).  Per Dr. Fuhrman, I chop the greens up really small so I don’t need to chew them so much.  Chopping also activates lots of enzymes and phytochemicals in the greens to make the nutrients more bioavailable.

2 heads of romaine

Bok choy, raspberries, and green onions

Now for the extras!  You’ll notice in the image above, I like to include fruit in my salads.  Raspberries (ANDI 133) are somewhat nutrient dense and add a sweetness/tartness that breaks up the mundane flavor and texture of a salad.  There are 4 bunches of green onions chopped up in that image also.  Green onions (ANDI 173) are a milder way to get some G-BOMBs into your salad.  Although later you’ll see that I included more onions!

I love me some bell peppers!  Nutritious red and yellow bell peppers (ANDI 224), 1 of each, add vibrant color, juiciness, and sweetness to a salad.  We had some cilantro (ANDI 481) leftover from another meal, so I decided to throw that in.  Cilantro is a micronutrient powerhouse and when mixed into this busy salad, I could not even taste it.

Red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, and cilantro

Next up, I chopped 2 medium raw red onions (ANDI 107) and 2 pink grapefruits (ANDI 120)!  What a weird combination, but I had both of them handy and decided to go for it.  The grapefruit added more sweet/tart juice to the salad so that I almost did not even need a dressing.  A QUICK WORD ON ANDI SCORES: They are not the end-all-be-all of deciding what are the healthiest foods.  They are part of the information we use to choose our food.  There are thousands of micronutrients, phytochemicals, and enzymes contained in whole foods that no single score will ever be able to completely capture.  So use the ANDI score as a guide — it is an excellent one.

Raw red onion and grapefruit

Another weird salad addition?  Sauerkraut 1.5 cups.  Raw cabbage has an ANDI score of 352, but I am certain fermented cabbage has a higher score than that thanks to the microbes making tons of additional micronutrients during the fermentation.  SECRET TIP:  Strain the sauerkraut before adding it to a salad.  Put it into a strainer and then use a bowl to press the kraut and get as much of the juice out of it.  Catch that juice and drink it!!

Straining the sauerkraut

Blueberries (ANDI 132) and 1 cup (chopped) baby carrots (ANDI 384) are next.  Why?  Again, because we had them in the house.  Now, baby carrots are not as micronutrient dense as regular carrots because they are missing the peels.

Carrots and blueberries

Now, the last 2 pictures show ingredients that anyone trying to lose weight should use sparingly — avocados, nuts, and seeds.

First, the avocados (ANDI 28).  I used 2 for this salad.  Remember, this is a salad that will be divided into 5 separate salads.  Avocados add creaminess and richness, along with some good plant-based fat.  Chop them us and just stir them in.

2 avocados

Finally, the nuts and seeds portion of the program.  Again, be careful with these while trying to lose weight.  Raw walnuts (ANDI 30) add some meaty flavor and make this a very filling salad.  I used about 1.5 cups.  Sunflower seeds (ANDI 64) provide tons of minerals and a gentle crunchiness.  I used  about 1/2 cup.  The ground flax seed (ADNI 103)/chia seed (ANDI 77) blend is one of my favorites to add to salads and smoothies.  I used about 1/4 cup for this salad.

Mix it very, very well in a ginormous bowl and doesn’t it look pretty!  This took me about 30 minutes to prepare, but that takes care of 5 salads so return of investment is huge.

Beautiful bowl of goodness!

Divide it into whatever clean pyrex containers are not already being used for other leftovers and pray you can find the lids (That’s a side rant about pyrex lids.  Those things disappear faster than socks in the dryer!)  The bowl in front is the portion I eat right away.

A few days of salad!

Then I sit down with my lovely, amazing family and enjoy this salad with my most favorite salad topper — pico de gallo (Not sure what the ANDI score is but it’s onions, tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro)!  That’s right…I am adding even more onions!  G-BOMBS!!!  Yes, I eat the entire container of pico.  Then I sometimes top it with a little dab of coconut aminos.

Dinner of champions!

After that meal I am full and micronutrient-saturated!

All done!

Remember, a salad is like a painting.  Just pick up the brush (or knife, in this case) and start creating and enjoy!  — Dr. Dave

Can Intravenous Vitamin C Cure Cancer?

Can Vitamin C Cure Cancer?

Schedule Your IV Vitamin C Therapy AppointmentIf you or someone you love is suffering from cancer, you may have heard that high doses of Vitamin C can be an effective treatment for cancer.

And you may be interested to know that high dose Vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for cancer since the 1970’s. These studies have found that the body is better able to absorb and utilize high doses of Vitamin C when it is delivered intravenously directly into the patient’s bloodstream.

If you take a look at the National Cancer Institute’s website, you will see a summary of research studies and clinical trials indicating that high doses of Vitamin C have proven effective in the treatment of many types of cancer. Specifically:
 
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  • Treatment with high-dose vitamin C may slow the growth and spread of prostate, pancreatic, liver, colon, malignant mesothelioma, neuroblastoma, and other types of cancer cells.
  • Breast cancer patients who received IV vitamin C had better quality of life and fewer side effects than those who did not receive IV Vitamin C.
  • In a small study of 9 patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, patients who were given chemotherapy once per week for 3 weeks along with IV vitamin C twice per week for 4 weeks stopped the progression of the cancer for a period of months. The combined treatment was well tolerated and no serious side effects were reported.
  • In a 2014 study of 27 patients with advanced ovarian cancer, patients who received IV vitamin C along with chemotherapy had fewer serious side effects from the chemotherapy.
  • Combining high-dose vitamin C with radiation therapy killed more glioblastoma multiforme cells than radiation therapy alone.

How Vitamin C Cancer Therapy Works

Rather than attack cancer cells directly, vitamin C compounds appear to convert into another oxidized substance known as dehydroascorbic acid, or DHA. The DHA tricks cancer cells into accepting it for entry. Only once it gains access, this DHA is converted back into ascorbic acid (a type of vitamin C), causing cancer cells to essentially commit suicide.

“The current study reveals that DHA acts as a Trojan horse,” reports Medical News Today. “Once inside, natural antioxidants in the cancer cell attempt to convert the DHA back to ascorbic acid; in the process, these antioxidants are depleted, and the cell dies from oxidative stress.”

Another cancer researcher, Dr. High Riordan, has found that intravenous vitamin C does more than just kill cancer cells. It boosts immunity and can help the body wall off cancer tumors. High doses of Vitamin C inhibit hyaluronidase, an enzyme that tumors use to metastasize and invade other organs throughout the body. It induces apoptosis to help program cancer cells into dying early.

Dr. Riordan also found that cancer patients frequently exhibit classic symptoms of scurvy that generally go unrecognized by conventional physicians. These symptoms include chronic fatigue, listlessness, bruising easily, poor appetite, difficulty sleeping and a low threshold for pain. Vitamin C reverses these symptoms of scurvy and helps restore the patient’s energy levels and ability to sleep well.

Cancer patients who receive IV Vitamin C have reported that their pain level goes down, and that they are better able to tolerate their chemotherapy. They bounce back quicker since the IV Vitamin C reduces the toxicity of the chemotherapy and radiation without compromising their cancer cell killing effects.

In summary: IV Vitamin C therapy can help cancer patients withstand the effects of traditional cancer therapies, heal faster, be more resilient to infection, develop a better appetite, and remain more active overall. These things promote a better response to their cancer therapy.

Learn More:

> Loudoun Holistic Patient Testimonials: IV Nutrient Therapy

> Is Intravenous Vitamin C Cancer Therapy Effective?

> Vitamin C Selectively Kills … Colorectal Cancer Cells

> Intravenous Vitamin C and Cancer

Meet Kathy Blum, Holistic Nutrition Counselor, Leesburg, Virginia

Meet Kathy Blum, Holistic Nutrition Counselor


 

Kathleen Blum, Holistic Nutrition Counselor, Leesburg VA Loudoun Holistic Health Partners is pleased to welcome Kathy Blum to our in-house team of wellness providers.

Kathy is a holistic health and nutrition counselor and the owner of My Homegrown Health in Leesburg, Virginia. She teaches individuals and communities about nourishing food and healthy living. She also holds a master’s degree in Holistic Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University.

Kathy’s  passion for health and nutrition began 20 years ago after her young daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening peanut allergy. On a quest to find nut-free food, she began reading labels and researching ingredients. Kathy was shocked to learn about the toxins in our manufactured food and soon realized that the only way to keep her daughter safe and her family healthy was to eat REAL food — the way nature intended.

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Since then, Kathy has made it her mission to help others transition to a healthy eating lifestyle.

Kathy works with individuals, families and groups, to guide and support them with their wellness goals. She also leads store and farm market tours, community workshops, cooking classes and other events.

Kathy’s holistic approach focuses on the understanding that the quality of our food, our lifestyle and our environment is key to our health and wellness. As an organic gardener and a supporter of local sustainable farms, Kathy teaches her clients where to find the most nutrient-dense food and how to properly prepare it.

As an advocate and activist for food quality and transparency, Kathy also works with grassroots and national organizations to lobby Congress and other governmental agencies to ensure and protect Americans’ right to know what’s in their food, and to eliminate toxic chemicals in our food and our environment.

Kathy lives in Leesburg, Virginia, where she and her husband love to grow organic food, hike, travel and explore the beautiful local farms and vineyards. But most of all, she loves spending time with her children and family and preparing and enjoying delicious meals together.

Kathy is an active member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

Special Offer for Loudoun Holistic Concierge Members and Guests

Kathy is offering special discounts to members of Loudoun Holistic Health Partners Concierge program, and nonmembers as well.
LHHP Concierge Members can receive 50% off their initial 90-minute holistic nutrition consultation with Kathy.

Nonmembers can receive $25.00 off their initial 90-minute consultation with Kathy.

During your initial consultation, Kathy will review your personal health history, health concerns, diet and lifestyle and goals.

For more information, call Kathy direct at (703) 687-6003 or visit Kathy’s website at MyHomeGrownHealth.com

Flu Vaccine Alternatives: IV Nutrient Therapy

All-Natural Flu Prevention: IV Vitamin Infusions and Nutrient Therapy

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Avoid the Flu This Season with All-Natural IV Vitamin Infusions and Nutrient Therapy

October and November mark the onset of the flu season. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccination before the end of October to protect yourself from catching the flu.

But before you rush out to get a flu shot, I want to make sure you know about the effective all-natural alternative to flu vaccinations available to you here at LHHP.

High-dose multi-vitamin infusions strengthen your immune system, aid in detoxifying your body, and revitalize your energy levels so that you are less susceptible to flu, colds and other illnesses as well.

The flu can a be very serious illness. Here in the United States, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year with the flu or with flu-related complications. And I have seen estimates that more than 36,000 people die from the flu each year.

Flu vaccines are hit or miss when it comes to protecting people from the flu. Getting a flu vaccination doesn’t provide guaranteed protection against the flu because there is no way of knowing for sure which flu viruses will be circulating in any given year.

Our intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy patients report remarkable health benefits from our high-dose multi-vitamin and mineral infusions.

In addition to enhancing your immunity against flu and colds, these treatments are also effective in alleviating the symptoms of acute and chronic conditions such as:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Lyme Disease
  • Migraine Headaches
  • SIBO (Small intestine bacteria overgrowth)
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • … and more.

For athletes, our IV nutrient therapies can also enhance sports performance and recovery.

FREE With Your Loudoun Holistic Concierge Membership

Members of LHHP’s Concierge Medicine program can receive two IV Nutrient Infusions
at no additional charge as part of your membership.

IV Vitamin Infusions are also available to the general public. Call our office at (703) 779-2801 for more information and to schedule an IV Vitamin Infusion appointment.

IV Nutrient Therapy Success Stories

IV Infusion Therapy for Lyme Disease

IV Therapy Alleviated Shingles and Restored Energy

IV Therapy for Chronic Fatique and Headaches

After 6 Years of Illness Health and Energy Levels Are Restored

IV Nutrient Therapy and Vitamin Infusions

What is Intravenous Nutrient Therapy? How Does It Work?


IV Nutrient Therapy/IV Vitamin Infusions deliver high doses of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants & amino-acids) directly into your blood-stream, cells and tissues. It is far more effective than vitamin and mineral supplement pills taken orally because it offers better absorption as well as faster delivery to your body’s cells and tissues.

Is IV Nutrient Therapy Right For Me?

Many patients begin IV Infusion Therapy because they did not experience the health improvements they wanted by taking oral supplements alone. If you are sick, suffer from chronic illness or digestive difficulties, your body may not be able to absorb vitamins & minerals.  IV therapy patients report that their IV therapies have helped to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with allergies, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, heart disease and more. IV infusion therapy is also beneficial for athletes who want to enhance their sports performance and speed their recovery after sporting events.

What Are the Benefits of IV Nutrient Therapy / IV Vitamin Infusions?

When the balance of essential vitamins, minerals & nutrients fall outside the optimal range a person can feel fatigued, drained, tired, depleted and even experience pain and muscle soreness. These unpleasant symptoms can interfere with everyday life and make it difficult to get through your day [(or even your week & month(s)].

Our patients tell us that they have experienced increased energy, improved ability to concentrate and focus, enhanced mood, decreased pain, stress & anxiety, improved sleep, increased immunity, improved muscle recovery and hydration to name a few. IV infusion therapy can help restore your health so you can resume the normal activities of daily life and feel great again!

Is IV Nutrient Therapy Painful or Uncomfortable?

Our IV infusion therapy is conducted in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. The IV is typically placed in your arm and is more comfortable than having your blood drawn. There is virtually no pain involved. You will be placed in a private room where you will be able to “unplug” from the outside world….. and just relax.

What kind of IV infusions do you offer?

  • Meyer’s Cocktail – like an IV multivitamin
  • Glutathione – the most important detox chemical in the body
  • Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant, chelator, anti-infection agent
  • Acute Viral – a Vitamin C combo infusion to battle acute illness
  • Magnesium – a key nutrient for relaxation, heart and muscle health

How Do I Get Started with IV Infusion Therapy?

Call our office at (703) 779-2801 and our friendly staff will be happy to schedule your appointment.

Read More About The Health Benefits of IV Nutrient Therapy

IV Nutrient Therapy Success Stories

IV Infusion Therapy for Lyme Disease

IV Therapy Alleviated Shingles and Restored Energy

IV Therapy for Chronic Fatique and Headaches

After 6 Years of Illness Health and Energy Levels Are Restored

Intravenous Nutrient Therapy – IV Vitamin Infusions – Leesburg VA

What is Intravenous Nutrient Therapy? How Does It Work?


IV Nutrient Therapy/IV Vitamin Infusions deliver high doses of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants & amino-acids) directly into your blood-stream, cells and tissues.  It is far more effective than vitamin and mineral supplement pills taken orally because it offers better absorption as well as faster delivery to your body’s cells and tissues.

Is IV Nutrient Therapy Right For Me?

Many patients begin IV Infusion Therapy because they did not experience the health improvements they wanted by taking oral supplements alone. If you are sick, suffer from chronic illness or digestive difficulties, your body may not be able to absorb vitamins & minerals.  IV therapy patients report that their IV therapies have helped to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with allergies, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, heart disease and more. IV infusion therapy is also beneficial for athletes who want to enhance their sports performance and speed their recovery after sporting events.

What Are the Benefits of IV Nutrient Therapy / IV Vitamin Infusions?

When the balance of essential vitamins, minerals & nutrients fall outside the optimal range a person can feel fatigued, drained, tired, depleted and even experience pain and muscle soreness. These unpleasant symptoms can interfere with everyday life and make it difficult to get through your day [(or even your week & month(s)].

Our patients tell us that they have experienced increased energy, improved ability to concentrate and focus, enhanced mood, decreased pain, stress & anxiety, improved sleep, increased immunity, improved muscle recovery and hydration to name a few. IV infusion therapy can help restore your health so you can resume the normal activities of daily life and feel great again!

Is IV Nutrient Therapy Painful or Uncomfortable?

Our IV infusion therapy is conducted in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. The IV is typically placed in your arm and is more comfortable than having your blood drawn. There is virtually no pain involved. You will be placed in a private room where you will be able to “unplug” from the outside world….. and just relax.

What kind of IV infusions do you offer?

  • Meyer’s Cocktail – like an IV multivitamin
  • Glutathione – the most important detox chemical in the body
  • Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant, chelator, anti-infection agent
  • Acute Viral – a Vitamin C combo infusion to battle acute illness
  • Magnesium – a key nutrient for relaxation, heart and muscle health

How Do I Get Started with IV Infusion Therapy?

Call our office at (703) 779-2801 and our friendly staff will be happy to schedule your appointment.

Patient Stories: Health Benefits of IV Nutrient Therapy

Linda Allen: IV Infusion Therapy for Lyme Disease


 

IV Therapy Alleviated Shingles and Restored Energy


 

IV Therapy for Chronic Fatique and Headaches


 

After 6 Years of Illness Hadley Allen’s Health and Energy Levels Are Restored