Well, here we are, Thanksgiving week. Ivan and Beth are especially grateful this year after both receiving the “all clear” from cancer. Before sharing some tips for how to indulge without doing too much damage to your health, below is a recipe for Ivan’s favorite Thanksgiving dish, adapted to fit the Misner’s new, healthy lifestyle:
Misner Plan Corn Casserole
1 stick grasse-fed Irish, or goat, butter
2 pastured eggs
16 oz. organic, non-GMO cornbread mix
8 oz. organic, non-GMO sweet corn (frozen is fine) with 3 oz. filtered water
8 oz. Organic, non-GMO sweet corn, puréed with 2 oz. goat kefir milk, sea salt, black pepper and 1 Tbsp. raw agave – viola: creamed corn!)
4 oz. goat or sheep milk yogurt (or plain yogurt, if you cannot get goat or sheep milk yogurt)
6 oz. shredded goat Gouda
Melt butter in a small skillet, transfer to 8X10” baking dish and whisk in eggs until blended. To this mixture, add the cornbread mix and incorporate thoroughly. Add corn and creamed corn, and stir in yogurt until blended. Pop into a 350 degrees fahrenheit oven for about 15 minutes. Add grated cheese to melt at the end of cooking cycle. Remove from oven when firm in the middle and cheese is completely melted. Serve warm and enjoy. Serves 8.
We know you will enjoy this dish.
So what can you do to still enjoy your family’s lavish buffet, Aunt Ethel’s coconut cream pie, Grandma’s pecan pie, Sister Suzi’s brownies, not to mention all the other rich and (not-so-healthy) dishes on the Thanksgiving table? We know you are going to indulge, and even over-indulge, and we want you to have a nice holiday, not worrying too much about being strict with the Misner Plan right now.
Here’s the secret: your liver is going to need extra support to make it through the sugary scene, not to mention the additional adult beverages we usually all enjoy a bit more of than normal during these occasions. We have prepared three important tips for you to follow to be sure you are supporting your liver, which is the organ working the hardest to deal with extra sugars and alcohol:
1. Remember to eat healthy fats during your meals. If you have the option to bring a dish to the holiday meal, bring the guacamole (for the healthy-fat-laden avocados); as an alternative to turkey, wild-caught salmon; a home-made dressing with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar; and even a bowl of raw, germinated nuts. These foods will give your liver added support right now.
2. Remember to drink enough pure, filtered water so your liver can function properly. With the added adult beverages, coffees, eggnogs, etc., it can be easy to forego the necessary amount of water to keep from becoming dehydrated. You will still need to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, at 150 pounds, you will need to drink 75 ounces of pure water. If you dont’ like the taste of plain water, add a squeeze of organic lime, or drop a few organic strawberries into the bottom of your glasss water bottle for a nice, light fruity flavor.
3. Remember that fermented foods are your friends during times of indulgence. We all know that yogurt (our preference is goat or sheep milk yogurt) and kefir (same preference) are lacto-fermented and are beneficial for health, but look outside the box at kimchi and sauerkraut for a wider variety of lacto-fermented foods. These foods are medicinal and can help you with the holiday seasonal meals.
If you follow these three tips, you’ll be happier on January 2 when you step on the scale to survey the results of all the rich foods, and sugary treats.
And if you are ready to create some changes in the new year, please enjoy our free webinar on our new Misner Plan 90-Day Challenge, where we will be putting you together with three phenomenal health coaches, and all three authors of Healing Begins in the Kitchen (Ivan, Beth, and Eddie) to help you with your 2018 health goals.
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