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Recipe: Low Carb, Low Fat General Tso’s Turkey


Gen Tso’s Ground Turkey

Ingredients:

3lbs ground turkey 

2 red peppers (any color)

1 bag riced Cauliflower 

Mushrooms (I used fresh baby Bella’s this time)

Olive oil 

1/4 cup Braggs liquid aminos 


1/2 cup rice vinegar (no sodium no sugar added) 


1 spice packet of Gen Tsos chicken 


Meat seasoning optional: 

Cayenne pepper

Black pepper 

Chipotle pepper

And I topped it with jalepeno pepper flakes 

Directions:

Pour olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan a little extra is ok! 

Brown the meat and season it then drain offf the excess oil into the original container and throw out! Don’t clog your sink drain! 

Then add the remaining ingredients and stir thouroughly! 

Cover and cook on 5 for 10mins 

Add the jalepeno flakes garnish 

Remove from heat and allow to cool a little and then enjoy! It’s that easy! 


For the authentic Asian feel you can top with hot sauce and drizzle sirarcha mayo! 

**Update** July 2nd this time they only had Broccoli and Cauliflower rice mix, which is great because I love both!  

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Recipe: Low carb, low fat, Taco Turkey Sola

This is a recipe given to me from female bodybuilder Women’s Physique competitor Caridad Sola! 


Ingredients: 

Olive oil 

3lbs ground turkey 

1 bag of Riced Cauliflower 

2 red bell peppers (any color will do)

1 packet of 30% less taco seasoning 

1 8oz can of tomato sauce 

Optional: 

Mushrooms

I added: 

Cayenne pepper 

Chipotle pepper 

Black pepper


My store wanted to charge $5.95 for riced cauliflower and this bag of diced up was $2.99 so I went with the better buy! 




You can go fresh mushrooms, I used can because they last longer and I will have them on hand. Make sure you buy the no sodium added! 

Directions:
Chop up peppers and mushrooms if you have to and set aside. 

Pour olive oil into a deep pan to cover the bottom, don’t worry if you pour too much the extra benefits will be good for you! 

Brown the turkey meat and pour off the extra fat back into the original container. Don’t pour it down the drain! You will eventually clog it! I cooked it on a 5 heat

Add the remaining ingredients cook on high for 10mins and then turn to 2 and simmer for 20mins. 

At first it will look like there isn’t enough liquid, but once you cook it, the juices from the pepper will release and add to the tomato sauce! 


Serve and enjoy! 

If you want to get shredded add this to your diet regimine and work your butt off in the gym! 

**Update** 1 hr later

I made a second batch and it came out much better! The only thing I did different was brown the meat with the additional spices. I still waited to add the taco spice packet after the meat was browned and the other ingredients were added. 


Spice it up! 

Try it you will like it! 

**Update** June 25th 2017 

This is the riced Cauliflower


This is the final dish


The riced Cauliflower is more money in my store. The benefit is in the cook time! 

10 mins on high and 5mins to simmer after the meat is brown because you don’t need the extra time to make the cauliflower bits to get soft. The riced Cauliflower cooks really fast. The extra 5 mins is to make sure the peppers are cooked and the juices released. 

Check it out try it both ways see what you like best! You can also grab a whole head of Cauliflower and pulse it in a food processor/vitamix for the ultra money saver! If you have one. 

**Update** July 2nd this time they only had Broccoli and Cauliflower rice mix, which is great because I love both!  


Supplement Review: Trimfit water with Trisynex

  TRIMFIT IS THE FUTURE OF FUNCTIONAL BEVERAGES. A CATEGORY CREATOR.
All natural weight loss water clinically
proven to help people:

LOSE WEIGHT

LOWER BODY FAT

BUILD LEAN MUSCLE

TRIMFIT is a category-creating functional beverage containing a proprietary active ingredient that is patented and clinically proven to safely help people lose weight and lower body fat while building lean muscle. While diet colas and other zero calorie flavored waters are targeting those who are simply looking to avoid extra calories and weight gain, TrimFit is the only beverage that helps people lose weight. With the obesity epidemic affecting millions of Americans, the need for a true functional weight loss beverage couldn’t be greater.
UNIQUE FORMULATION

TrimFit is the only bevereage in the world containing the patented ingredient Trisynex. TrimFit’s formulation is:

ALL NATURAL

SUGAR-FREE

STIMULANT-FREE

GRAS CERTIFIED

5 CALORIES IN EACH 8OZ. SERVING

HOW IT WORKS

Trisynex naturally adjusts your “fuel gauge” hormone leptin and a “fat-burning” hormone called adiponectin. These two harmones elevate your fat-burning potential so you stay satisfied (less hungry), lose body fat, and build lean muscle. While results may vary, TrimFit, with a balanced diet and exercise program can help you achieve and maintain healthy weight levels and a toned body shape. 

THE TRIMFIT WAY

Our consumer marketing strategy is designed to drive awareness and trial by introducing TrimFit’s all natural, healthy approach to weight loss. 

 trisynex-featuresIn an eight week clinical trial at the prestigious University of Connecticut Human Performance Laboratory, the average weight lost among those consuming Trisynex was 21 lbs – 10.5% of their starting weight and 17% loss in Body Fat.

The clinical claims are as follows:

Significantly reduces body fat and body weight

Significantly reduces hip, waist and thigh circumference

Modulates the key “fat” hormones, Leptin and Adiponectin

Increases lean muscle

Increases energy

Additional Research and Development

7 years of research and development at the University of Minnesota
US patent covering 29 structure function claims

Additional study at the Pennington Biomedical Research Lab

Study publication in the European Journal of Applied Physiology

-revbrandsinc.com

This has a promising ingredient profile! That was the first thing that caught my eye! 

  

That label above is not what is on my water! Did they improve the ingredients? 

  
On the one bottle it says vegetable and fruit juice for color and on this one they add a bunch of vegetables and fruits. Yet it is still less than 1% 

This is what I hate to say: exactly what Michelle Obama is talking about! The 1st label is accurate! Fruit juice for color. Less than 1% means it will give you no benefits! 

However the new label lists them all out as they are in there and tricking you to believe they are benefiting you! 

You look at the label and say: Wow a sports water with spinach, carrot, beet, shiitake mushroom! Nice! But then if you pay attention (key word if) you see it is less than 1%! 

Not cool! But does the Trisynex really work? Stay tuned! 

I actually didn’t see the Erythritol when I first looked at the label! But I certainly tasted it! Yuk! 

**Update** April 4th 2016

Check this coolness out! I was having trouble finding the product. The gas station I typically get it at $2/bottle is out of stock. I wrote the company and they wrote back: you can save money and buy on Groupon. The offer was removed from Groupon and I wrote back telling them that. What happened next? The CEO called me directly telling me he will honor the price and Mailout the cases and I can send in a check after I receive them. How cool is that?? That’s awesome! 

**Update** April 28th 2016

I see a big difference in belly fat! I have gone through 3 cases of 12 and I have been having 2 drinks a day. 1 at 6am on an empty stomach and one at 430pm with a meal. 

I have been doing a low carb meal for 3 weeks and 1hr of cardio a day, but my weight hasn’t moved much. I am still 287-288. My arms are massive right now (on a low carb diet that is awesome) usually I’m flat after a while. 

**Update** May 5th 2016

I have now finished 4 cases 2 drinks a day! I had a carbohydrate refeed day and any weight lost is now back and my stomach is puffy. That tells me the loss was only water weight and the product doesn’t work to reduce fat! I am seriously disappointed! I am going to have to call this myth busted! (I miss myth busters)! 


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Congratulations! Thank you all for reading and making this blog worthwhile! Please spread the word to all of your family and friends. Let’s blow up the number of hits we get this year!!  

Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the years! I appreciate your continued support, your insightful questions and comments and I would love to hear more from all of you, whether it’s nice or bad! Just speak your mind and above all have fun! 

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Recipe: Grilled Chicken Bacon and Avocado Salad

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Prep: 15 minutes

Serves: 6-8 (Depends how you serve it. It’ll go farther on sandwiches.)

6 organic chicken breasts, grilled (organic chicken breasts typically are quite a bit smaller than the huge, non-organic because of the lack of hormones. So keep that in mind)

5-6 green onions, diced

1 package bacon

2 avocados, cubed

2-3 tablespoons organic or homemade mayo

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 400 and bake bacon on a cookie sheet until slightly crispy. When finished, transfer to a lined plate and blot excess grease. Finely chop.

-Grill the chicken (I used garlic, salt, pepper and onion. Pretty basic.) and let rest. Cube when cooled.

-Dice green onions and cube the avocado. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add mayo. Start small and add more if you need to. I don’t put very much at all, as you can tell in the photo. Just enough to give it a little moisture. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with sandwich buns or alone.

This is also really yummy leftovers, so it can be eaten at any temperature. Warm, cold or room temp.

-akitchencafe.com

As you know I like to take healthy Pinterest recipes and make them healthier!

I have a couple great tweaks!

1. bake the chicken you can add whatever spices to it to make you happy.

2. (Tweak) instead of bacon use turkey bacon. I used applewood farms

3. I diced up scallions and (tweak) I added fresh cilantro

4. Homemade Mayo or organic mayo is still mayo! You can dress up a turd it’s still a turd! (Tweak) I made a healthy dressing! Take a cup of plain greek yogurt add in powered ranch dressing.

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I then added a dash of garlic powder and a dash of cayenne pepper for taste. Mix and add as needed to the recipe.

5. Cube up 2 avocados.

Mix everything up in a big bowl and use a big slotted spoon it’s much easier to mix that way!

Then I am going to make a healthy salad/spinach salad, add some vegetables and fresh mozzarella then top with the avocado chicken bacon salad mix and drizzle it with fig balsamic glaze.

Viola you are done and ready to enjoy with no guilt!

Stay tuned for the practical application!

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My wife made sliders

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I made a salad with mozzarella, I finished the ricotta Salata, I chopped up pickles, red pepper, used my ghost pepper hot sauce and drizzled it with the balsamic glaze.

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It was delicious!!

Enjoy!

Remember; like always if you make one of my recipes send me an email with your practical application and pictures and I’ll post it! Feel free to comment also!


Supplement Review: Munchable Cordyceps

Cordyceps Munchable

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Cordyceps is a mushroom. The wild variety used in herbalism grows in very high mountains, primarily in Asia. The most famous, Di Tao source of wild Cordyceps is the Himalayas. This wild Cordyceps is very rare and extremely expensive. Mycologists have developed a cultured (cultivated) variety using the Cordyceps militaris species of Cordyceps. It is grown in a super-clean environment on a base of organic brown rice. This “munchable,” or edible, Cordyceps is an amazing treasure of health. It is a superb value. It is many multiples less expensive than the wild variety from the snowline of Tibet or Bhutan, yet it is very close in nutrition and herbal potency. In fact, it has a higher content of the established key component of Cordyceps, cordycepin, than the wild variety. It may be eaten raw, several pieces a day, or may be cooked into soups and teas. It has a delicious and interesting mushroom flavor that makes it easy to consume regularly. This amazing superfood should be in every home elixir bar and kitchen.*

Ingredients: Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) ascocarp (fruiting body)

Usage: Consume several strands at a time for energy and well being. Or cook in soup or tonic tea.

Remember Ron Teeguarden’s “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word – Compliance. If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

-dragonherbs.com

Studies with Cordyceps sinensis

Much of what is known about Cordyceps sinensis we owe to the research of Dr. Georges Halpern, a physician and professor emeritus with the University of Hong Kong, and author of several books about Cordyceps.

Research suggests that Cordyceps may improve the BIO ENERGY status of animals and probably in humans. This would happen because Cordyceps improves the internal balance mechanism, thus making the utilization of OXYGEN more efficient. These properties may account for the overall physical enhancement, the added endurance, and the anti-fatigue effects which are seen in humans using the Cordyceps supplement.

1. Cordyceps Improves the Respiratory Function
Several scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cordyceps sinensis in alleviating the symptoms of several respiratory illnesses including chronic bronchitis and asthma (Reference 2, Chapter “Effects on the Respiratory System”, pages 429-432). In a double blind, placebo controlled study with 30 elderly volunteers Cordyceps significantly improved the maximum amount of oxygen these people were able to assimilate (Reference 4).

2..Cordyceps increases cellular Oxygen Absorption by up to 40%
(Lou Y, Liao X, Lu Y. Cardiovascular pharmacological studies of ethanol extracts of Cordyceps mycelia and Cordyceps fermentation solution. Chinese Traditional and Herbal Drugs 1986;17(5):17-21,209-213) Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases improvement of 40% after Cordyceps supplement. (Wang WQ. J. Administration Traditional Chinese Med 1995;5 (supp;):24)

3. Cordyceps Improves the Functioning of the Heart
Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cordyceps sinensis on heart rhythm disturbances, such as cardiac arrhythmias and chronic heart failure (Reference 2, Chapter “Effects on the Cardiovascular System”, pages 436 – 441).

An even more vigorous study was conducted using “in vivo” mouse model induced acute Pulmonary Edema (Pneumonia) which causes systemic lack of oxygen, acidic body, and death. Research results show that animals taking Cordyceps had a significantly greater survival rate of 20% mortality vs. 80% mortality in 30 minutes. This is a startling 400% improvement. (From Wan F, Zhang S. Clinical observations of fermented Cordyceps sinensis (Cs-4) in antitussive, expectorant, and antathematic effects. Collection on the Basic Medicinal and Clinical Studies of Submerged Culture Cordyceps sinensis. Beijing, Nanchang, China:Jiangxi TCM/IMM, 1985:35-39)

4. Cordyceps Helps Maintain Cholesterol
Four excellent studies have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis helps to lower total cholesterol by 10 to 21% and triglycerides by 9 to 26%. At the same time it helps to increase HDL-cholesterol (“good cholesterol”) by 27 to 30% (Reference 1, Chapter “Effects on blood lipid metabolism and arteriosclerosis”, pages 299 – 301).

Blood Cells – Improves Blood Cell Viability & Function.

Genetic – Promotes DNA Repair

Liver Protection – Improves Liver Functions, helps with Hepatitis and Cirrhosis Sub chronic and chronic hepatitis on related liver diseases are more prevalent than most people think. Liver is the living filter of the human body, cleaning the blood and all other fluids of impurities. There is no way for you to survive, much less feel healthy, without a functioning liver.

Research clinical trials on 33 patients with Hepatitis “B” and on another 8 patients with cirrhosis taking Cordyceps supplement showed 71.9% improvement on “Thymol Turbidity Test” and 78.6% improvement in” SGPT Test” both of these are enzyme test showing improving functions of the liver. (Zhou LT, Yang YZ, Xu YM, Zhu QY, Zhu YR, Ge XY, Gao JD. Short term curative effect of cultured Cordyceps sinensis (Berk.) Sacc. Mycelia in chronic hepatitis B. China J Chinese Materia Medica 1990;15(1):53-55)

5. Chronic kidney diseases improvement
(3) Chronic kidney diseases improvement of 51% after only one month with Cordyceps supplement.(Jiang JC, Gao YF. J Administration Traditional Chinese Med 1995;5(suppl):23-24)

6. Cordyceps Reduces Tumor Size in Cancer Patients
Several clinical studies have been conducted in China and Japan with cancer patients (References 1 and 2). The studies were done with CSE (Cordyceps sinensis mycelium) using a therapeutic dose of 6 grams per day (= 4 capsules twice daily). In one study with 50 lung cancer patients administered CSE in conjunction with chemotherapy, tumors reduced in size in 46% of patients. A study in cancer patients with various types of tumors found CSE (6 g/day for over 2 months) improved subjective symptoms in the majority of patients. White blood cell counts were maintained and tumor size was significantly reduced in about half of the patients. Researchers in Japan reported that CSE enhances the general reactivity of the immune system in individuals with cancer. To discover this, they subcutaneously injected mice with cancerous (lymphoma) cells and then orally administered CSE. This lead to a reduction of tumor size and prolongation of the host survival time. CSE also improved the antibody responses.

7. Immune System
Increases NK cell activity, makes more MUSCLE – Increases Power, builds better/younger cells.

Recharge the Protective Army of NK cells – Your body’s ability to fight infections and tumors depends on the availability of Natural Killer (NK) Cells. These are essential first lines of defense for our body’s protection mechanisms commonly known as the Immune System.

Several scientific studies of Cordyceps have especially focused on Natural Killer (NK) cells and Cordyceps effect on them and cancer formation. One such in-vitro study demonstrated Cordyceps adding significant enhancement of NK cell activity in normal individuals as well as leukemia stricken individuals. (Liu C, Lu S, Ji MR, Xie Y. effects of Cordyceps sinensis on in-vitro natural killer cells.

Chinese J Integrated Traditional Western Med (Chung-Kuo Chung His I Chieh Ho Tsa Chih) 1992;12(5):267-269) showed that natural Cordyceps enhanced the NK cell activity of normal patients by 74% and increased the NK activity of leukemia patients by 400% and similar improvements of NK cell activities was found in big melanoma cancer (Xu RH, Peng XE, Chen GZ, Chen GL. Effects of Cordyceps sinensis on natural killer activity and colony formation of B16 melanoma. Chinese Med J 1992;105(2):97-101)

8. Improvements in the Immune System
The improvements in the Immune System were so impressive that Dr. Zhu at the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 1998 stated: “Because of the above profound influence on immune functions, natural Cordyceps products have been used in many clinical conditions in patients with altered immune functions.”

9. Anti-aging
The First Anti-Aging Supplement Known to Mankind
It’s An Anti-Aging Fighter with clinical research proof in controlled studies which showed that elderly patients suffering from fatigue and some senility related symptoms reported. (1) Improvements in the reduction of fatigue 92%, of feeling cold 89%, in dizziness 83%, after taking Cordyceps for 30 days. Patients with respiratory/breathing problems felt physically stronger and some were able to jog for 600 ft. (Cao A, Wen Y. J Applied Traditional Chinese Med 1993;1:32-33)

10. Cordyceps Protects against Free Radical Damage
Several studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis protects against the damages caused by free radicals, and as such has powerful antioxidant properties (Reference 1, Chapter “Äntisenescence and Oxygen-Free Radical Scavenging Activity”)

11. Cordyceps Reduces Fatigue
Several studies with animals have demonstrated that Cordyceps sinensis increases the cellular energy production and oxygen supply. A double blind, placebo controlled investigation showed a marked reduction in fatigue in elderly patients when they were given three grams of Cordyceps daily. In another study, Cordyceps sinensis improved shortness of breath and reduced fatigue in patients suffering from chronic heart failure (Reference 1, Chapter “Improvement of physical performance and quality of life”, pages 293 – 295).

12. Cordyceps Helps Discomforts from Tired Legs
Several studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis improves the flow of blood in the body by relaxing the smooth muscles of the blood vessels allowing them to expand. Cordyceps also improves the functioning of the heart and lungs (see above). Cordyceps therefore prevents or reduces the contraction of blood vessels which interferes with the flow of blood vessels in the legs, the main cause of tired legs (Reference 2, Chapter “Effect on the Cardiovascular System”, pages 436 – 441).

13. Endurance & Stamina
Reduces muscle Soreness, Enhances Recovery, Promotes Better Oxygen efficiency,

14. Fitness
Increases ATP Synthesis, Promotes Faster Energy Recovery, Reduces Fatigue, Improves Physical Function, Provides More Stamina.

15. Cordyceps Improves Stamina and Athletic Performance
Several studies with animals have shown that Cordyceps sinensis increases the cellular energy production and oxygen uptake ( Reference 1, Chapter “Improvement of physical performance and quality of life”, pages 293 – 295). A study with mice demonstrated their improved swimming capabilities after six weeks of Cordyceps supplementation compared with a control group (Reference 3, page 260).

16. Cordyceps radically increases cellular energy
Cellular energy, which is also known scientifically as the ATP/IP ratio. Cordyceps has been clinically proven to increase cellular Bio-Energy by as much as 55% (Reported XU C.F et al in ZHU J-S, Halpern GM, Jones K. The Scientific rediscovery of a precious ancient Chinese herbal regimen: Cordyceps sinensis: Part I. J Alt Comp Med 1998;4(3):289-303.)

17. Cordyceps Combats Sexual Dysfunction
Three separate Chinese double blind and placebo-controlled studies with over 200 men with “reduced libido and other sexual problems” showed remarkably similar results. On average, 64% of the Cordyceps-users reported significant improvement at the conclusion of the experimental period compared with 24% of the placebo group. In another double blind, placebo controlled study conducted with 21 elderly women with similar complaints, 90% reported improvements of their condition following the use of Cordyceps, compared with none in the control group (Reference 1).

18. Hormones – Adrenal Thymus, Mitochondrial energy.
Dramatic Natural Improvements are seen in endocrine hormone levels, in fertility, and in Sexual Libido for men and women.

19. Sexual Function
Improves Libido and Quality of Life in Men & Women, Fights infertility, Increases Sperm Count, Increases Sperm Survival.

(1) Research on animal studies shows cordyceps increases natural sex hormones(Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented Med 1988;9:29-31)

(2) Prevention and improvement of adrenal glands and thymus hormones, and infertile sperm count improve by 300% after cordyceps supplement.(Huang Y, Lu J, Zhu B, Wen Q, Jia F, Zeng S, Chen T, Li Y, Xheng G, Yi Z.. Zhongchengyao Yanjiu 1987;(10):24-25)

(3) Human clinical studies involving both men and women of 189 patients with decreased libido and desire showed improvement of symptoms and desire of 66% (Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented Med 1988;9:29-31) and

(4) Another double blind study by the Institute of Materia Medica in Beijing, China showed a woman improvement of libido and desire at 86%. (JIA-SHI ZHU, M.D., Ph.D. The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Vol.4, Number 3, 1998, pp.289-303)

(5) The most dramatic physical proof came from Fertility Study (Guo YZ. J Modern Diagnostics Therapeutics 1986;(1):60-65) involving a clinical research of 22 males showed that cordyceps supplement increased clear evidence of 33% increase in sperm count, decreased 29% incidence of sperm malformations, and a 79% increase in survival rate after 8 weeks of cordyceps supplement.

Acknowledgement
Much of what is known about Cordyceps sinensis we owe to the research of Dr. Georges Halpern, a physician and professor emeritus with the University of Hong Kong, and author of several books about Cordyceps. His interest and commitment have resulted in making available to the Western world the many research studies conducted by Chinese scientists published in various Chinese scientific journals. These investigations with Cordyceps sinensis have been summarized in the following scientific articles:

1. Zhu, J.S., Halpern, G.M., and Jones, K. (1998): The Scientific Rediscovery of an Ancient Chinese Herbal Medicine: Cordyceps sinensis. Part I. Journal of Alternative and complementary Medicine 4(3), pp 289-303.

2. Zhu, J.S., Halpern, G.M., and Jones, K. (1998): The Scientific Rediscovery of a Precious Ancient Chinese Herbal Regimen: Cordyceps sinensis. Part II. Journal of Alternative and complementary Medicine 4(4), pp 429-457.

3. Mizuno T. (1999): Medicinal effects and utilization of Cordyceps (Fr.) Link (Ascomycetes) and Isaria Fr. (Mitosporic Fungi) Chinese Caterpillar Fungi, “Tochukaso” (Review). International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms 1 (3), pp 251-261.

4. Xiao Y., Huang X.Z., Chen G.,Wang M.B., Zhu J.S., Cooper C.B.: Increased Aerobic Capacity in Healthy Elderly Humans given fermented Cordyceps Cs-4: a Placebo controlled Trial. Ann. Meeting American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA, June 3-5, 1999.

For Performance Enhancement

Biological Active Ingredient Levels about 5.3 times higher
than the best wild collected samples

Increases ATP production – Increases Oxygen Utilization
Decreases Blood Pressure – Regulates Blood Sugar
Decreases Appetite – Increases Libido & Sexual Function
Decreases Alcohol Desire

Product Applications

Sports and Performance Enhancement
Alcohol-ex Preparations
Weight Loss
Sexual Function in Men and Women
Diabetes Control Supplements
Jet Lag
Immunomodulation
Veterinary Medicine

-earthpulse.com

Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris?
AUTHOR STAFF WRITER
Cordyceps
You may have heard about Cordyceps medicinal mushrooms, but are all Cordyceps really alike? Should I choose Cordyceps Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris?

In order to demonstrate how supplements that sound very similar can have dramatically different health benefits, let’s discuss magnesium for a moment.

Many people think that all magnesium supplements produce the same health benefits. And yet, some of the supplements consist of magnesium oxide, some contain magnesium citrate and yet others may include magnesium bis-glycinate. The sad fact is that all of these supplements have different potencies and differ greatly when it comes to your body’s ability to absorb magnesium. And, did you know that magnesium stearate is used in the lubrication process when producing supplements? If ANY of your supplements contain magnesium stearate – listed as an inactive ingredient – the supplement’s absorption rate is probably reduced!

Should I choose Cordyceps Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris?

Medicinal Mushroom Information Center wrote a story last year about Cordyceps medicinal mushrooms, asking how is it possible that you can buy a bottle of Cordyceps Sinensis from a U.S. manufacturer, probably for $2-$4 per bottle, even though China’s Xinhua news agency reported that the price of Cordyceps Sinensis has surged to a new record: $1,500 per pound! Cordyceps is collected between May and July in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan around heights of over 11,000 feet above sea level. This makes it extremely difficult to collect, and therefore the price has gone up ten-fold in just ten years.

Because of the high price of the original Cordyceps, other strains of Cordyceps are being marketed. We are not quite sure if wild Cordyceps Sinensis or more industrially produced Cordyceps Militaris produce exactly the same health benefits, but the sales of Cordyceps Militaris are booming in China! According to a new research report by Reportsnreports, China’s Cordyceps Militaris market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 20% until 2017.

According to the report, Cordyceps Militaris’ cordycepin content is higher than the content of wild Cordyceps Sinensis and yet, its price is more easily accepted by consumers.

It sounds almost too good to be true! Is it really possible that much cheaper Cordyceps Militaris is as potent or even more potent than Cordyceps Sinensis? Or is Cordyceps Sinensis more potent because of possible synergistic qualities that natural compounds often have, and artificial strains may not?

Diabetes Relief behind popularity of Cordyceps Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris?

It is understandable why Chinese people have a craving for Cordyceps, whether it is Cordyceps Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris. Diabetes has become even a bigger problem in China than it is in the United States. The country has a higher rate of incidence than the U.S., and screening for the disease is not covered by insurance plans.

China now has the largest diabetic population in the world (114 million), according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

China’s diabetes prevalence has increased from just one percent in 1980 to 11.6% in 2010, which is even higher than the United States (11.3%). What is even worse is that almost half a billion people or 50% of all adults in China are believed to have pre-diabetes!

Medicinal Mushroom Information Center earlier reported that researchers Kan Wei-Chih, Wang Hsien-Yi, et al. set out to test the effect of Cordyceps Sinensis on blood sugar levels, glucose and insulin tolerance, cholesterol triglycerides, and levels of lipoproteins in mice with induced diabetes.

One group of mice were fed a high-fat diet over a course of eight weeks while a second group had a regular, control diet. Cordyceps sinensis extract was given to diabetic mice over two or four weeks while body weight and blood samples were recorded throughout the trial. The results showed no significant effect of cordyceps sinensis on cholesterol or triglyceride levels after four weeks but increased insulin levels in the blood. They believe this is due to stimulation of cells in the pancreas.

In other words, Cordyceps could provide much needed relief for China’s diabetes epidemic. Whether this can be accomplished by using Cordyceps Sinensis or Cordyceps Militaris remains to be seen.

-medicinalmushroominfo.com

You are supposed to eat a few strands at a time and at .1 grams of carbs that’s not a problem!

They actually taste great also!

Check them out! With all the potential health benefits it’s worth the price! Buy now and munch away!


Recipe: Avocado Breakfast Pizza, low carb, gluten free!

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You know I can’t just copy a recipe on Pinterest! I have to alter it to make it more healthy and delicious!

Alterations:
Instead of bacon I will use Turkey Apple Sausage with Gouda. Instead of Queso Fresco I will use Ricotta Salata I got at whole foods. It crumbles nicely and the sheep’s milk is nice!

For bread I got a low carb, gluten free flatbread for me and a whole wheat pita for my wife.

I will probably add sweet red peppers and a dash cayenne pepper to hers and straight up hot sauce to mine. Probably Trinidad Scorpion Pepper sauce!

Stay tuned for the practical application

**Update** January 22nd 2015

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Half a lime is too much! I used a half a lime on all 4 pizzas. Also eating it like a pizza is hard! We ate it like a taco.
It was awesome however!

This was awesome! I soooo enjoyed it! I would continue to play around with the different crumbled cheeses, possibly Feta, Ricotta Salata or Queso Fresco.

Do you know any other cheese that crumbles and would be great on top? If so please tell us!

Play around with the toppings and create a new meal every time!

Play around with the meat: possibly bacon, turkey bacon, sausage, turkey sausage, lump crab meat, ground beef etc…

Next time I would add cilantro and lime juice. I love fresh cilantro!


Supplement Review: Paleo Wraps – low carb made from coconut

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These 100% Paleo Coconut Wraps have revolutionized the Paleo community. Our Paleo coconut wraps are a convenient, tortilla alternative for your Paleo Lifestyle. Whether you are travelling abroad, eating at your favorite restaurant or just going to work, school, or home, these portable wraps are for you.

With a shelf-life of nine months, there is no need to refrigerate or freeze these “tortillas” at all. You may enjoy our wraps after storing in near room temperatures. Our dehydration process acts as a natural preserver. But be sure to not put them in direct sunlight or high heat for extended periods of time.

Key Benefits

70 Calories
4 Net Carbs (fiber minus carbs)
Minimal to NO IMPACT to blood sugar
High Level Of MCT’s (From Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil)
Healthy?

Absolutely. Our Paleo Wraps are derived from organic coconut meat & coconut water. They are nourishing since they are made with beneficial coconuts and are a raw, alkaline food choice, filled with enzymes. This Paleo staple is extremely pure given that they are made from hand-harvested, unadulterated organic coconuts with absolutely no unnatural preservatives added. Not to mention, they are raw, gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and egg-free. Oh, and did you know that oil in coconut meat promotes weight loss? Now you do.

Versatile?

You bet. Feel free to create whatever dish you’re craving with our wraps. Whether you desire burritos, quesadillas, sandwiches, sushi, crepes, or just a simple snack, our Paleo wraps are ideal for stuffing whatever you see fit into them. You are only limited by your creativity. They don’t tear or fall apart and the texture’s amazing.

BPA Free Bags?

You know it. We package these Paleo wraps inside a BPA-Free bag, which causes absolutely no harm to your body.

Paleo Wraps are low in calories, carbs and sugar with no cholesterol whatsoever. Adding these scrumptious “tortillas” to your low calorie diet, is perfect. You can’t go wrong with these low carb wraps either.

Ingredients: *Coconut Meat, and *Coconut Water, *Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil. (*Derived From Organic Coconuts)

Paleo Wraps Are Lab Verified By Medallion Labs: (Click Here)

Allergen Free

No Gluten
No Grain
No Soy
No Junk
No Dairy
No Added Salt
Just Amazing Flavor!
Paleo Wraps are made in a dedicated gluten free facility! So if you’re like me and can’t have gluten then these wraps are perfect.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (14g) 1 Wrap
Servings Per Container 7
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 4.5g 22%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 0%
Potassium 270mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 6g (4 Impact Carbs) 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Soluble Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 2%

-paleowrap.com

These wraps are just as good as the competition and Green Life Market in Butler, NJ sells them for $8.99 as opposed to Grass Roots in Denville, NJ selling Sunfoods wraps for $11.99

Paleo Wraps come in regular and Tumeric. They taste the same, but you get the added benefit of tumeric.


Supplement Review: Sunfood Raw Vegan Coconut Wraps

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Coconut Wraps
Derived from organic coconuts, our raw coconut wraps are a healthy and mouthwatering way to make a variety of dishes such as burritos, wraps and sushi. A cholesterol-free food that’s low in carbohydrates, these wraps have fiber, protein, healthy fats, and minerals such as potassium, calcium and iron. A gluten-free alternative to wheat, corn and flour based tortillas, they’re a nutritious and delicious way to make your favorite raw snacks.
The Sunfood Difference
Our raw, vegan, non-GMO, coconut wraps are made with the simplest of organic ingredients: nothing more than coconut meat, coconut water and unrefined coconut oil. Packed with delicious flavor, they’re free of added salt, preservatives, grains, dairy or soy. These wraps can last nine months from the day they’re made without the need for refrigeration or freezing.
For further reading, check out this article!
Say Goodbye to Bread and Tortillas

Brand Sunfood
Benefits
Coconut Wraps have:
Potassium which may help maintain healthy blood pressure in combination with a low sodium diet

Calcium which may assist in supporting strong bones

Suggested Use : Try as a replacement for bread or tortillas. Wrap your favorite raw veggies like avocado, tomato or lettuce, or various spreads like hummus or nut butters to make a healthy snack anytime!

Ingredients: All derived from organic coconuts: Coconut meat, coconut water, and unrefined coconut oil

Specifications: Non-GMO, Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free

Storage: Place in a sealed container and store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
-Sunfood.com

These wraps are awesome! They are also much stronger than I thought! I jam packed it with grilled chicken and a little fresh mozzarella and it didn’t break at all!! The taste is very good, it doesn’t have an overpowering coconut taste, but It does have a coconut aftertaste.

These are awesome if you are on a low carb diet! Hunt them down!

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Supplement Review: Chia Pod

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The perfect energy boosting breakfast, Chia Pods contain one full serving of sun ripened chia seeds mixed with fruit and coconut milk.

DARK CACAO
Bittersweet dark cacao is blended with creamy almond milk and sun ripened chia seeds.

BLUEBERRY
The tartness of real blueberries, blended with sun ripened chia seeds and pure coconut milk – with no added sugar.

COFFEE BEAN
Rich, cold-brewed coffee is blended with sun ripened chia seeds and coconut milk.

LEMON & DATE
Sweet, sticky dates and the freshness of lemon, blended with sun ripened chia seeds and coconut milk.

STRAWBERRY
Sun ripened chia seeds are blended with the sweetness of juicy, ripe strawberries and coconut milk.

MANGO
The tropical freshness of real mango, blended with sun ripened chia seeds and pure coconut milk – with no added sugar.

BANANA
Naturally sweet ripe bananas are blended with sun ripened chia seeds and pure coconut milk – with no added sugar.

VANILLA BEAN
12 Pack
Sun ripened chia seeds and pure coconut milk are blended with the sweet spice of vanilla and cinnamon- with no added sugar.

Whether at home or eating on the go, get a head start on your daily nutrition with this delicious, nutrient rich breakfast.
-thechiaco.com.au

An Australian company available in the U.S. I found it in whole foods.

Chia Pod is a really good source of fiber! The blueberry has whole real blueberries in it. The taste…. Well… Isn’t the greatest, but it is good for you! If you need a low carb, high fiber snack; this is a great choice. It’s also all natural.

If you are wondering about the consistency it is exactly like tapioca pudding without the cream.

Check it out!