A Healthy Delicious Gluten Free Cheese Cake with Options

You’ll Love Feeding The Kids (and yourself) This Easy Cheesecake, it's so good!

When my lovely sister-in-law Sveta became an American citizen a few years back, I made her a cheese cake with berries in the shape of the US Flag.

I’ve always loved cheese cake but after being diagnosed with Celiac disease 15 years ago, I could never eat it – knowing it was made with wheat and loaded with gluten.

I’ve since created my own variation and it’s not only delicious it’s healthy (well healthier than a typical bowl of cereal for breakfast).

My oldest son Ryder has voted this cheesecake become a regular tradition on holidays like “4th of July”.

The boys helped and Dax added the little Flag he hand made.

I make the crust first – it’s usually a “whatever I have on hand type of thing” this time it was:

Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Coconut Butter – blended it together in the food processor until the right consistency to place down in the bottom of the pan to make a crust. I did not bake this first, I then just added the liquid and baked..

You can also buy GF graham crackers and substitute those for the regular recipe but I feel they just have too much sugar and stuff I don’t want to eat or feed my kiddos.

Here is another “recipe” I have also used this as the “crust”  when I had a lot more time to actually make my own “cookie crust”:
organic brown rice flour (about 2 cups)
a pinch of baking soda
honey (a little over 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup of coconut oil
cinnamon essential oil (can use ground cinnamon I’m just out right now)
vanilla extract
(I blended all this together but found it lacking so I add:
a hand full of mulberries, pumpkin seeds, the left over almond butter (about 1/3 cup and some dates)
I then added some water to make less dense, I blended it in the vitamix until it was like yogurt.
I spread this on a coconut oil greased cookie sheet and made one giant cookie.
I over baked it so I could make the “cookie crumbs”. Once it was fully baked and cooled slightly, I blended it in my food processor with some kerry gold butter (from grass fed spring cow milk – higher in D and K2 – essentials fatty acids for good brain and bone health).

Then I packed this into a 9 X 12 pan and baked it for about 10 minutes at 350.

While this was baking I made the cake part (you can even make this without a crust, I’ve done it lots)

3 packages of organic cream cheese
1 16 oz package of organic sour cream (I use nancy’s with live cultures)
Maple syrup Grade B or C -(but now they call it A) if you can get it (much higher in minerals)
4 Free Range Organic Eggs (we use duck as I’m allergic to chicken)
Vanilla extract (I make my own with ground raw vanilla beans)
Lemon essential oil about 5 drops (optional)

Blend this together (I plop it all in my Vitamix and whirl away for a about 45 seconds to a minute – do the finger taste test – yum or add what you think might be needed.

Pour this in the pan and bake for about an hour to an hour and half- I bake mine at 350 and for roughly an hour – then I turn the oven off and let it “bake” for a bit longer. The outside should be firm and can be slightly golden while the middle will look a little jelly like. That’s good.

Add  berries to the top – or chocolate or not.

Everyone had to have a bite before I could freeze it. It’s delicious warm but it’s heaven lightly frozen as a good cheese cake should be.

The Vital Connection Between Brain and Digestion

Monday Morning Mentoring

The connection between the brain and the gut is one of the most important concepts for us to understand in this day and age of overly processed diets.

Our brains require at least 25% of our nutrient intake. So if we are eating a poor diet, you can bet your brain will not output much of anything of quality. We see this in a higher rate of suicide, depression, anxiety. We see this in an inability to focus, anger and emotional difficulties.

We need to take a deeper look at this correlation, personally as well as a nation.

While I said 25%, that is for adults. Infants require over 85% of nutrients for the brain health and a child – 45%. So if we are not aware of the correlation of gut and digestive health and the brain, we are not addressing the source of the problems we face as a culture.

What is the absolute worse thing you can do for your brain – feed it —- did you guess it?? YES! SUGAR!! That glucose is NOT helping the brain. What does the brain need? What is it’s primary building block – FAT. But not any kind of FAT – we need nutrient dense, toxin free fats. That’s going to look like pasture raised, organic, wild caught in clean waters – animal tissue. That’s been really hard for me to get around being a 12 year vegan. But folks, the science is out. We are not meant to thrive as vegans.

Is It Better To Get My Nutrition From Supplements or Food?

Tuesday Tip of The Day

“Is it better to get my nutrition from supplements or food?”

This is a question I get often. I always believe it’s best to get nutrients from our food, growing what you can yourself, getting food locally, bio-organic and pasture raised or organic in the stores.

Kale is abundant in the garden now and I can eat up to 10 cups of this a day in a salad, stew and with kale chips.

That’s a lot of nutrition right there. With nutritiously dense soups and stews this time of the year, (from bones and meat from local pastured beef) it doesn’t take a lot in terms of time or money to maintain good nourishment free of supplements.

However, I do personally additionally take MCT oil and EFAs and occasionally extra D3 K2 and magnesium as well as other trace minerals. I also cook with a lot of herbs and roots on a regular basis using food as my medicine.

#tuesdaytip #optimalnutrition #yogilachi

 

Send your questions to stephana@yogilachi.com or post them in the reply here.

Hippocrates is Right – Digestion Is At The Root Cause of All Disease

Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the gut”.

When it comes to chronic disease, no doubt the root cause stems from poor digestion.

Improving your digestion is the one thing toward holistic health that can make the most positive difference in your well being.

When people come to me after trying every diet out there and still can’t seem to lose weight – I know it’s their digestion.

When I see clients who say they have the best diet ever, yet complain of low energy, skin issues or cravings of sugar. I go straight to addressing digestion. Because even if you are eating the “best diet ever”,  if your digestion is not working properly you may not be assimilating your nutrients.

One of the questions I ask every client is about their bathroom habits – it may not be a pleasant topic but it’s vital. My grandmother knew that if you were sick – there was something wrong in the train station.

If you eat and experience ANY of the following – there is likely something non optimum with your digestion and a back log in the “train station”.

Abdominal cramps

Gas

Bloating

Belching

Abdominal pain & discomfort

Fatigue

Alternating constipation and diarrhea

Passing mucus

 

 

Let’s look at why your digestion may be out of balance.

What causes bad digestion?

Eating very quickly, not chewing your food well.

Eating while on the run/while multi tasking, watching TV, reading, texting, checking social media, etc.

When your body is in the sympathetic state  your “rest and digest” branch of your nervous system or the parasympathetic state is off. When your sympathetic nervous state is fired up, your body produces adrenaline which takes blood away from your stomach and lowers stomach acid so you won’t digest food very well.

The gut flora can be out of balance. This is especially true for those who have taken a lot of antibiotics over their lives.

What can you do to improve digestion?

Chew your food slowly and completely – your stomach does not have teeth, let your mouth and teeth do their job.

St in peace and in a comfortable place without distractions or stressful conversations.

Do not read anything while eating.

Be present with your food and breathe.

Eat from a place of gratitude and breathe.

Put time aside each day to plan, prepare and enjoy healthy and relaxing meals.

Keep your portion sizes about the size of your fist so you’re not eating too much.

Eat living foods like kimchi, fermented veggies and fresh greens with every meal – these foods have built in enzymes to help digest the food.

It’s best not to drink with meals – and never drink ice water with meals.

I find that most of my clients are low on  HCL and benefit greatly with a supplement of digestive enzymes,

Put your fork or spoon down in between bites.

Drink water between meals.

Digestion requires a lot of energy and resources so you must do everything you can to take extra stress off of your body.

You will be amazed how much better you feel when you begin to improve your digestion with these simple and effective tips.