Friday, February 20, 2015

Digestive enzymes really do work plus "Egg Mcmuffin redo"


Have you ever had trouble remembering which side of your vehicle is where the gas goes in? The lady in the YouTube video above had more than just a little trouble. She tried five times moving her car with the same result each time---being on the wrong side.

I laughed at this poor woman's misery but yes, I have done the same thing (well, maybe not five times but at least once or twice). I also realized I had been equally impaired at figuring out how to get any benefits from using digestive enzymes. I probably changed digestive enzymes as many times as this woman moved her car without any success.

Now, I know location of the gas cap is everything with getting gas and timing is everything with taking digestive enzymes. Here's my tip: don't eat anything until you've taken your digestive enzymes and HCL, if needed. I mean it. Don't eat anything. That means no nibbling while you are cooking or snacking without taking digestive enzymes.

I confess I violated all these rules. I snacked without digestive enzymes, and cooked and nibbled without digestive enzymes. The result was I wasn't digesting my food because like many fibro sufferers my gut does not produce digestive enzymes. Trust me. It makes a world of difference if you take them before even having even one bite of food.
Revamped Egg Mcmuffin

Eating eggs was not in my diet repertoire one year ago. First of all, I had a long history of hearing how eggs raise your cholesterol, especially if you eat the yolks. I thought eating a whole egg was a death sentence so I avoided the yolks and ate only whites. The result was I developed a sensitivity to the whites which I construed as more proof that eggs were bad.

Now, we know that eggs (free range or organic eggs) are a great way to add first-class protein to a meal or snack. We know protein is good for the liver. We know your body and your liver need cholesterol to be healthy. We know if you don't eat any cholesterol-containing foods, your liver will manufacture cholesterol anyhow to keep you alive. If your liver is healthy, it will make the good HDL cholesterol which controls the bad LDL cholesterol.

Recently, the FDA updated its food guidelines to say eggs did not contribute to cholesterol and were okay to eat. Eggs (as long as they are free of hormones and antibiotics) are a nutritional super food. They contain:
  • Choline: An essential vitamin needed for cell building, choline is more concentrated in egg yolks than any other food. Nerve signals, including heartbeat, require choline but deficiency is common.
  • Vitamins galore Eggs (especially the yolks) are rich in vitamins A, D, E and all of the B vitamins, as well as the following minerals: zinc, phosphorous, iron, calcium, iodine, potassium and selenium. Rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, egg yolks protect against cataracts and macular degeneration.
Some individuals are allergic to eggs. Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children, second only to milk allergy. Symptoms of an egg allergy reaction can range from mild, such as hives, to severe, such as anaphylaxis. For these individuals, strict avoidance of egg and egg products is essential.


"We like eggs a lot! Yum!"
What you need for a paleo-style Egg Mcmuffin:

2 eggs (free range, organic)
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 T. almond flour or 1 T. farmer's cheese (if eating modified paleo to include cultured foods) or 1 T. riced cauliflower
1 slice good quality Canadian bacon
Optional: 1 slice good quality cheddar cheese (again, modified paleo)
What to do:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on the parchment paper and spread it out.

Next, make your "English muffin." Mix 1 egg in a small bowl with baking soda and your choice of almond flour, cauliflower or farmer's cheese. (I used farmer's cheese because I am trying to keep fermentation potential low.)

Drop the mixture by dollops on the parchment paper. You should get about four discs the size of an English muffin. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.




In the meantime, prepare your sunnyside up egg and slice of Canadian bacon. You can do this in a skillet or on another baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Assemble your ":Egg Mcmuffin" by placing one slice of Canadian bacon, the egg and optional cheese on a disc. Cover with another disc. Serve with sauteed veggies on the side.

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