Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sweet Potato Souffle

This delicious sweet potato recipe will sure to be a favorite for the Thanksgiving holiday!

Cook and mash 3 large sweet potatoes or yams = 3 cups
Add and mix together:
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup sucanat
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2/3 cup evaporated milk

Pour mixture into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Mix topping mixture below and sprinkle on top of mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes

Variation: Use a total of 4 eggs, 4 cooked sweet potatoes, 2 T coconut flour, replace the turbinado sugar with agave and use buttermilk in place of evaporated milk.

1 cup whole grain corn flakes (You can also use whole grain oats)
1/2 cup macaroon style coconut (non-sweetened)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2 T Turbinado Sugar or Sucanat

Sunday, November 9, 2008

hGH - Human Growth Hormone

We all want to look and feel our best all the time. It seems we are constantly trying to find the "magic" supplement or food that will delay the aging process within ourselves. Of course, on top of clean eating, we should be exercising, supplementing and getting plenty of good sleep to stay looking and feeling as young and healthy as possible.

When we are young, our bodies produce large amounts of what we call Human Growth Hormone or hGH. As we age, we produce less and less of this "wonder" hormone. hGH is needed to build muscle strength and size, aids in muscle recovery, repairs/rebuilds cells, is key to weight loss, helps with immunity and is needed to look and feel young. If there is a "magic" anti-aging supplement, hGH would be it!

As we get older, there are a few things we can do to keep our hGH at it's peak.

1. Get plenty of good quality sleep - our bodies produce most hGH when in a deep sleep
2. Eat Clean - Lean protein is needed to sustain/produce good hGH levels
2. Exercise - Exercise stimulates the production of hGH

Inhibitors of hGH that you will want to avoid are hyperglycemia, estrogen and interrupted sleep. Stay away from refined sugars/foods that promote hyperglycemia. Avoid hormone replacement if possible and avoid consuming too much soy as it increases estrogen production. If you have issues with getting quality sleep, depending on the problem, there are many herbal formulas that can assist in helping you get a good nights rest.

hGH supplementation is very costly so I recommend promoting the natural production within the body by taking the best possible care of yourself.