Ounce for ounce, liver is the most nutrient dense food in the world. It’s the ultimate preconception/prenatal food to help build up those nutrient stores and it’s an amazing fatigue fighter! It’s been considered a sacred food in many traditional cultures around the world for thousands of years. But, it can seem a little scary, especially if you don’t know what it’s going to taste like and you don’t know how to prepare it. Here’s a roundup of recipes for the liver beginner, plus methods for adding a little extra liver to food! It’s recommended to get one full serving a week.
We’ve all heard the marketing phrase, “Milk… it does a body good!” But, this is based on the assumption that we aren’t getting enough calcium in our diet, and that we need MORE calcium in the diet for strong bones. It may surprise you to know that most people get enough dietary calcium, but many are not able to USE the calcium in their body – and that the excess calcium could be harming them! In reality, calcium is a game of cofactors, and many people are lacking in the co-factors necessary to assimilate it.
Your body is smart. It constantly has to make decisions and tradeoffs based on priorities. The body will always prioritize keeping you alive today. And thank goodness it does: our body can kick in with adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones) when it needs to so we can survive. Historically, this would only have happened occasionally for very short periods of time, specifically emergency situations, like being chased by a giant moose. In our modern lifestyle, we are chronically stressed. It may be from high sugar intake, which taxes the adrenals, or food sensitivities, or toxic exposure, or psychological stress from grief. This is where problems start to happen: chronic stress throws off the delicate hormone orchestra. Through a series of pathways, stress inhibits reproductive function.
Our hormones are basically little chemical messengers that tell the body what to do. They are a communication system for the body, similar to the nerve impulse messages that move our muscles, but rather than through nerves, the message is sent by the endocrine glands secreting hormones, sending them from one set of cells to another. The balance of our hormones is a very, very delicate orchestra of lots of organs and lots of hormones (over 100 different kinds!), all playing together. A combination of nutrition, lifestyle and environmental factors can throw this delicate balance off, and it can lead to a whole bunch of symptoms.
Are you tired and fatigued throughout the day? Do you feel depression or anxiety? Do you get sugar cravings, muscle cramps or period cramps, or headaches?
I’m kind of obsessed with Moroccan flavors. This is an adaptation of a recipe from the Balanced Bites Holiday eBook that Diane Sanfilippo sends out every year, but this dish is awesome for any time of year, not just the holidays. It’s so flavorful with the cumin and coriander, and the dried figs give just the perfect amount of sweetness. This is awesome over cauliflower rice (or real rice, if you’re #teamwhiterice!)