• 8 pears
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • Topping:
  • 1 c. slivered almonds
  • 1/2 c. Birch Benders Pancake mix
  • 1/2 c. ground flax
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 3 tbsp. coconut sugar
  • Salted Caramel Sauce:
  • 14 oz. full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 c. coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. maple extract
  • 1/4 tsp. stevia
  • lower sugar option in recipe

As I try to find my mojo in the kitchen after being MIA for a short time, I realize just how much life has taken over the last 2 months! Boy a lot has happened since then… a diagnosis that rocked my world, hurricanes, my beloved doggie almost died{2x} and election highs and lows!

I actually have been in my kitchen cooking up a storm but my heart and energy was placed on making my bone broth and healing soup recipes for my Dad, who received a diagnosis that knocked the wind out of us temporarily. I have missed you dearly and appreciate some of the emails wondering where I was.

If you want to lend an ear or an eye {wink} in this case to reading the details of how to make lemonade from those lemons in life I am finally obliged to share it with you. It is as if we decline even wanting to mutter the word because it has such a heavy burden attached but fortunately we know that such a diagnosis of esophageal cancer doesn’t have to mean it is a death sentence.  Let me explain.

Although my father truly was a mess 6 weeks ago, a product of poor choices and medical debauchery he has fortunately taken this diagnosis as a final wake up call!  Dad was the typical American who had stents put in, quadruple-bypass surgery years ago, overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high diabetes markers, high inflammatory markers, anxiety, COPD, Barrett’s syndrome, acid reflux and many other symptoms of dis-ease.

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Of course we talked to him until we were blue in the face over the years that he didn’t have to sell his health to the devil {after all we help people everyday reclaim their health}.  However, you know how it goes people have to want to make the changes, you can’t lead a stubborn horse to water…and this one is an IRISH STUBBORN mule!  Love you Daddio if you are reading this!

Anyway, Dad didn’t like the 40% survival rate of 5 years with the barbaric surgery and chemotherapy treatments {that he would endure for up to a year}, so he decided he wanted to research the other options!  Well you can imagine my joy at that because truthfully, I don’t think my dad was strong enough to endure that year of misery and complications because he didn’t have a strong constitution to begin with.

Most people sadly don’t even know about the other options.  If you have a friend or loved one that has been spoken for by cancer click here and read what our dear friend at “Chris Beat Cancer” has to share about the alternative treatments.  Oh, and let us just say it might not be a popular choice with traditional doctors but these options really have my dad’s best interest at heart!

Let me share the good news with you!  My dad has been under my husbands care at our Natural Medicine Clinic for the last 6 weeks and Dad has been on a strict detox that he has with joy stuck too!  He has lately said he is so excited to get his health back {happy dance}!!

Dad’s lab work is bewildering to most traditional doctors but as extraordinary as it might be this is very plausible in the Functional Medicine world.  His blood work and body’s chemistry has transformed through diet, specific supplements and herbs. His diabetic markers are normal now, blood pressure is normal, cholesterol normal, inflammatory markers are normal {when high disease is present in the body}, he doesn’t even have acid reflux or heartburn any more!  In fact many of you reading this have allowed us to be part of your personal health journey and for this we are thankful!

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I have to share this with you too, one of the glitches in my father’s case that makes me furious but if I can tell you this in love it may just save another soul! My father was diagnosed 2 years ago with Barrett’s syndrome which just means a person has had chronic heartburn and acid reflux that leads to cells changing in the esophagus due to acid exposure.

It was suggested to my father that every 2 years he should have a scan to keep an eye on any cells that might decide to go rogue. Having this syndrome gives a person a higher risk of developing esophageal cancer. Then to add insult upon already a serious insult he was prescribed a popular {now over the counter} heartburn medication otherwise known as proton pump inhibitors {PPIs} for the last 7 years {smh}!

You may be asking, “Why is that a big deal?” On the label of this PPI’s their are several warnings but one that especially is concerning as it mentions 2 types of throat cancers that are at a 40% higher risk if taking this drug; that by the way, is meant to only be a short-term treatment of 4-8 weeks.

So I ask you, if you had this information about the DOUBLE cancer risks between the PPI’s and the Barrett’s syndrome that my dad has wouldn’t you suggest a different solution?!  How asinine is this? Instead of suggesting to the patient to change their diet they give them over the counter drugs that supposedly stop the acid reflux and heartburn but allows damage to still be done.  If you want to read more or share with a loved one the recent studies and why the gold-standard treatment for these ailments might be making you worse READ HERE.

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OK so I am done ranting, which I normally don’t take kind to myself but when you mess with someone I love I will not be a shrinking violet…….someone recently called me such and honestly, I like violets {or any flower for that matter}. I’m not sure that I would consider myself shy or afraid to have a voice in social situations {if the matter pressed my heart as such in this post}.  I prefer not to attract attention or cause strife so I will be the flower in the field turning to the sun looking for the peace in every situation.

This wall flower did find some heavenly peace in Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix! I am drooling over here at the thought of their fluffy gourmet pancakes that are totally grain-free and all you do is add water!!  They are a staple in my pantry and our daughter makes them all by herself…no messy egg cracking or oil pouring!

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Salted Caramel Pear Crisp {paleo, vegan, refined sugar free}
 
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Serves: 8-10

Ingredients
  • 8 pears
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • Topping:
  • 1 c. slivered almonds
  • ½ c. Birch Benders Pancake mix
  • ½ c. ground flax
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • ¼ c. water
  • 3 tbsp. coconut sugar
  • or ¼ tsp. stevia
  • Salted Caramel Sauce:
  • 14 oz. full fat coconut milk
  • ¼ c. coconut sugar
  • or 8 dates & ¼ tsp. stevia
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. maple extract
  • ¼ tsp. stevia

Instructions
  1. Wash pears, slice them and add to small- med. glass dish with lemon and nutmeg.
  2. In a separate bowl mix all topping ingredients and add it in dollops to top pears.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 350 oven until it is slightly golden.
  4. To make the caramel sauce add all the ingredients in the blender and puree until creamy.
  5. In a small saucepan add sauce and on low to medium heat stir for 5 minutes.
  6. Taste caramel sauce and add extra stevia to taste.
  7. Drizzle over warm pear crisp and enjoy!

Notes
We have made this recipe with apples too! If you are making this for a crowd that is not familiar with clean-eating I would add 2 tbsp. coconut sugar to the pears and nutmeg. You can make the caramel sauce ahead of time but putting it in the fridge will give it a firmer texture so you will need to give it a good stir or heat it up gently. It makes plenty and will last up to a week in the fridge. It tastes great in yogurt or over plain fruit. We are in love with the NEW Birch Benders Paleo Pancake mix but you could use another brand. They have a line of amazing products so be sure to check them out! Please use organic ingredients when you can.

 

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With a Spoonful of Health,

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