Many of you have asked me about gluten and why so we are seeing so much about about it lately. It is curious to all of us that a basic food like wheat can be blamed for so many health maladies in the general population, not just among people suffering from Celiac Disease.  In my medical school master’s program, we talk much about Gluten Sensitivity the benefits of eliminating gluten to decrease inflammation. The benefits of deleting gluten are well researched and are experienced routinely by physicians who seek to get to the root cause of inflammatory illnesses. I have experienced it in my own life and in the lives of my friends who were seeking solutions.  In researching for this week’s posts, I learned that the herbicide glyphosate is better off avoided.  For the details, read the posts from February 23, 24, and 25.  In tomorrow’s post, I will talk about strategies to help you navigate the gluten-free jungle.  We are learning together.

A beautiful quote by a physician that I respect:  “As a pediatrician, and even more so as a father of three children, I like to stress how beneficial it is for families to share healthy meals together in a relaxed atmosphere.  Nutrition plus nurture is a very powerful tool for successful and happy children.” By Alessio Fasano, M.D.  He is the founder and director of the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  

This blog has been such an exciting journey!  I appreciate every single one of you, my readers. You are my inspiration.  I am humbled by the power of the internet to create community among such a world-wide audience.  In this past week, we’ve had visitors from Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Belgium, Ireland, Costa Rica, Granada, India, Australia, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Latvia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Russia, Denmark, and Japan.  Woohoo!

Dr. Debbie’s Green Chili Chicken Soup

Soup is a restorative, comforting meal any time of the year!  Add your favorite “zip” to this homemade treat.  You will need:

  • 4-5 pieces of uncooked chicken
  • 6 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 1 onion
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked rice (organically grown)
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning and/or sage
  • 1- 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley

The assembly is quick and easy:

  1. Cook the chicken in the broth until tender (30-40 minutes).  Remove chicken and cool.  Bone chicken and set aside.
  2. Add rice, vegetables and seasonings to broth and simmer until tender.
  3. Add lemon juice, butter, and chicken.   Adjust seasonings to taste. The butter is a flavor boost.
  4. Garnish with parsley.
  5. Gather at the table and enjoy!
Food For Thought - February 26, 2016

Food For Thought – February 26, 2016