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Your health may NOT be 100% determined by your genes

May 24th, 2018 | no comments

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  • Mel’s weekly food pick:
    Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour
  • Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
    Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

You exercise most days of the week, eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink plenty of water, get enough rest, and visit your doctor at regular intervals…but what about your belief system? Do you believe your body is already healthy or are you taking these measures out of fear to delay what you believe to be your ultimate genetic fate (i.e high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, etc.)?

Your belief system plays a big role, especially when it comes to the state of your health. Dr. Bruce Lipton, the author of The Biology of Belief, speaks of something called epigenetics. In a July 15th, 2014 blog post, Lipton defined epigenetics this way:

Instead of the widely held, largely deterministic belief among biologists about genetics, namely that our genes “control” or “determine” us, it is rather the case that our genes respond to cues in their environment, such as one’s experience and perception of, or beliefs regarding your own life.

Dr. Lipton went on to explain the science behind epigenetics in an August 28, 2014 blog post:

In a plastic tissue culture dish, the composition of the growth medium (environment) controls the fate of the cells. The human body, is by definition, a “skin-covered culture dish” containing fifty trillion cells. The cells are maintained by a culture medium popularly known as blood. The chemical composition of the blood is the equivalent of the culture medium used in the plastic culture dishes. Changing the composition of the blood’s chemistry is the same as changing a culture’s growth medium. The brain is the regulatory organ that regulates and maintains the chemical composition of the blood. The brain’s control of the blood’s chemistry is linked to our perceptions (mind) and emotions (reflecting chemical signals in the blood). When you have a perception of love, the brain releases oxytocin (love hormone that regulates the body’s metabolism and supports growth), serotonin and growth hormone, all chemicals that when added to cells in a culture dish will enhance growth and health of the cells. In contrast, when a person is in fear, their brain releases stress hormones (cortisol, norepinephrine and histamine) that shut down a cell’s growth process and inhibits the immune system, which happens to be completely unsustainable for life.

He ends by stating the following:

Your thoughts adjust the brain’s control of the blood, which in turn controls the fate of the cells … mind over body!

I invite you to read the above paragraph again so that you can fully understand the power of your thoughts and beliefs in all areas of your life. Essentially, what Dr. Lipton is suggesting is that your mind controls your genes.

You are not a victim of your genetics. You can change your mind any way you desire- positive or negative. A victim mentality of: High cholesterol runs in my family, therefore I am doomed to get high cholesterol, can very easily be changed to the empowerment mentality of: I am in complete control of my health and I call the shots. I am healthy and well and my blood is clean and pure.

It really is a matter of choice! Choose to think and believe in an empowering manner … what can it hurt?

Still, you may not be convinced that thoughts become things and have the power to affect your physical world. Let’s move to an example offering evidence you can see with your own two eyes.

Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author, photographer and researcher, did some mind-blowing work on how thoughts and feelings affect physical reality.

Using samples of newly formed ice crystals, Dr. Emoto showed how their patterns changed shape and color depending on the nature of the words, concentrated thoughts and music they were exposed to. For example, when exposed to kind and loving words, such as gratitude, love and peace, the water crystals formed beautifully colored snowflake patterns (top image). Interestingly, when exposed to negative statement, like “you fool”, “you disgust me” and “evil”, the crystals formed asymmetrical patterns with dull colors (bottom image).

This research opens up an entire new world of possibilities on how the power of our thoughts create our reality. Just imagine the state of health you can create for yourself by simply shifting your thoughts and beliefs just a little bit. You have so much more control than you think!

Mel’s weekly food pick:
Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour

 

Coconut flour is made from ground and dried coconut meat, which is the white interior portion of the coconut. It has a natural sweetness, making it ideal for baking, and is suitable for those following a gluten-free diet.

Two tablespoons of coconut flour has only 3 grams of net carbohydrates– this is due to its abundance of dietary fiber (7 grams per serving).

You can use coconut flour to make:  

  • Breads
  • Muffins
  • Cookies
  • Pancakes
  • Pizza crust
  • Sandwich wraps
  • Breadcrumbs 

For a high fiber muffin recipe using coconut flour, check out this week’s recipe pick for Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

I love blueberry muffins, but I don’t like what they do to my blood sugar. I adapted a recipe I found online by cutting the amount of honey in half and adding psyllium husk powder to increase the fiber content and lower the glycemic response (the effect that a food/meal has on blood sugar after it’s eaten) of the final product. As a result, these muffins are NOT sweet, but I think you will find the coconut flour offers a pleasant natural sweetness on its own. 

Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins taste amazing with a dab of butter or fresh ground peanut or almond butter. 

The best part about these muffins is they are diabetic-friendly, with 8 grams of fiber, loads of good healthy fat, 6 grams of protein and only 10 grams of net carbohydrates.

They are also gluten, dairy, and grain free! If I am going to enjoy a Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffin for breakfast, I usually smear it with a teaspoon or two of Kerrygold grass-fed butter and pair it with a hard-boiled egg. Enjoy! ♥ 

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Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins
Whip up a batch of these amazing muffins and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or freezer for up to a month (but I doubt they will last that long!). Spread with grass-fed butter or fresh ground almond butter and pair it with a hard boiled egg...breakfast is served! This recipe is free of gluten, dairy, and grains. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic coconut flour Nutiva brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. psyllium husk powder I use NOW brand psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 10 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 organic free-range eggs
  • 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic coconut flour Nutiva brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. psyllium husk powder I use NOW brand psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 10 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 organic free-range eggs
  • 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the coconut flour, salt, baking soda, psyllium husk powder and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. In a blender or bowl mix the honey, milk, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla. Add the chia seeds and blend on low. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the blueberries to mixture at the very end, and gently stir together.
  4. Spoon the batter into greased cupcake sleeves or tins and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Cool on rack and serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 180Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 8 g; Sodium: 260 mg; Potassium: 85 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 18 g; Dietary fiber: 8 g; Net Carbohydrates: 10 grams; Sugar:  9 g (6 grams of added sugar from the honey); Protein: 6 g

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