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February 10, 2020

Dairy, especially cow milk, is one of the most common allergy or intolerance foods. If you have a true allergy, your body is reacting to the protein component of milk. If you have an intolerance or sensitivity, your ability to digest lactose, a sugar component of milk, may be lacking or impaired. 

Human breast milk contains lactose. To break it down and digest it, babies produce the enzyme lactase. When a baby is weaned, the lactase production gene is often turned off and production stops. From then on, instead of lactose being digested properly, it becomes
food for gut bacteria, which produce gas as a byproduct. This can cause symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea. A relatively new gene mutation that occurred about 10,000 years ago enables an estimated 35% of people to continue digesting lactose into adulthood. This is called lactase persistence.

Lactase is produced by cells in the small intestine. Due to many factors including our stressful modern lives and po...

February 9, 2020

Serves 6

Ingredients:

3 cups red lentils

2 15 ounce cans coconut milk

2 yellow onions, chopped

2 lemons, juiced

1/2 tablespoon lemon zest

5 1/2 tablespoons chopped ginger

1 bulb garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

8 cups chicken broth or chicken bone broth

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons dry thyme

1 tablespoon curry powder 

1 bunch lacinato kale, chopped into bite size strips

chopped cilantro, lime wedges and your favorite hot sauce for garnish

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients except 1/2 of the lemon juice, kale and garnishes in a slow cooker. Cook on low 5 hours. 

Stir in kale and remaining lemon juice. Cook 5 minutes, or until kale is softened and bright green. 

Top with cilantro, a squeeze of lime and your favorite hot sauce and enjoy! 

If you enjoy this recipe, you might like the recipes in my e-cookbook, 31 Whole Food Dinner Recipes (that happen to be gluten free, grain free...

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