Tumeric, Ginger, Tahini-Miso Glaze Pan Seared Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon

 
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All salmon is not created equal.

Farmed raised salmon are kept in tight-nit pens where they are unable to swim, move around or use their muscles as they were designed to work.  Farmed salmon are fed grains, artificial coloring, growth hormones and a linty of pharmaceuticals. On the other hand, wild caught Alaskan salmon spends their lives in the open, swimming upstream and using all of sinews to work and expend energy. Wild salmon is high in Omega-3’s, which has been shown to lower risks of heart disease, LDL cholesterol, is low in inflammatory Omega – 6’s. Wild caught salmon is a one of the healthier sources of protein as well as being a great source of vitamins and nutrients, including Vitamins A, C, D, E, B-12 and niacin.

Now that you know that wild Alaskan salmon is optimal for your overall health, and especially for your brain health, let me teach you how to turn a piece of salmon into a superfood and mega-nutrient rich meal in only a few steps.



Why is this good for you?

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Wild caught Alaskan salmon is a superfood, as discussed above. There is a major difference between farmed raised salmon and wild caught Alaskan Salmon. One is a super food, a nootropic, and the other is a neurotoxin, and incredibly harmful to your immune system.

It is so important to try to avoid farmed salmon, and even wild caught Scottish salmon.

Restaurants are now selling wild caught Scottish salmon and emphasizing the "WILD". In my opinion, this is almost criminal. Scottish "Wild" caught salmon usually are not released from the pens and freed into the wild and the fish contain large amounts of pesticides, neurtoxins, enviromental toxins, and other contaminants that are perilous to the human, brain, immune system, and overall health. 

In 2013, Scottish wild caught salmon was removed from the Marine Conservation Society 's (MSC) list of "fish to avoid" and changed to the list properly titled, eaten "very occasionally" list. 

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This by no means that this fish is a health food, or even remotely good for you. When dining out to eat, especially at a high end, health conscious restaurant, make sure they are not serving WILD SCOTTISH salmon.

So we know to use wild caught Alaskan Salmon! Good!

But the turmeric, ginger, olive, oil, sesame seeds in the recipe are also packed with vitamins and nutrients. From the high levels of fat and ketones in the sesame seeds to the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, olive oil, and ginger, every bite of this meal is packed with powerful nutritional "magic", and energy.

Food is medicine, as Socrates so famously stated. And that Marry Poppins song, "A Spoon Full of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down" drives me nuts! 

Why do you need a spoon full of sugar in order to eat medicine? If your medicine, or vitamins and nutrients taste good, and satiates you, why do you need sugar?

Do you get my point?

 

 

 

Health Warrior Pro Tip: How To Stock Your Kitchen

In the battle against your health, your FORK is your weapon of choice. 

But if you are a true health ninja, a Health Warrior, you need to use your weapon wisely.

After you have “unjunked” your kitchen (your first wise move towards your health goals), it is now a safe zone, a health sanctuary, where you cannot  “cheat” and make poor and nutrient-low food choices.

As discussed in a previous blog, keeping your kitchen free of all junk food and "toxins" is important to maintaining a healthy and vibrant lifestyle.

As a species, we are hunters and gatherers and we are meant to eat 6-8 small meals a day. This is contrary to the sociological concept that we eat three, sedentary communal meals a day, which has only become a societal tradition and practice throughout the last few thousand years. Once we restock your kitchen, you will be able to live, and snack freely, during all hours of the day.

What to NOT Have in Your Kitchen

“JUNK”

  • All gluten
  • All dairy (besides grass fed butter or ghee)
  • All processed and processed sugars
  • Anything that has more than 5 ingredients on the ingredient list

What You SHOULD Have in Kitchen

Food

  • Organic fruit
  • Every single vegetable you can imagine!
  • Grass fed beef
  • Free range chicken
  • Lamb
  • Bison
  • Wild caught Salmon (preferably Copper River salmon)
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Sardines
  • Lobster
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • A variety of ethnic seasonings (curries and Asian spices)
  • Free range eggs (rich in omega-3’s)
  • Organic lentils, garbanzo beans, and a myriad of other beans
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Dried fruits
  • Most all coconut products

Oils

  • Grass fed butter
  • Ghee
  • Coconut oil
  • Toasted Sesame oil
  • Chili Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Walnut Oil
  • Pine Nut Oil
  •  Truffle Oil

Milk Substitutes 

  • Almond Milk
  • Hemp Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Cashew Milk
  • Soy Milk (use sparingly due to the high levels of estrogen, which can lead to breast cancer)
  • Rice Milk (use sparingly due to the simple fact that rice is a grain)

Sweeteners

*Use all sweeteners sparingly.

  • Maple Syrup 
  • Honey
  • Agave
  • Coconut Sugar

Coffee

When you are functioning on a high level through proper nutrition and exercise, you are not really in need of caffeine to stimulate you and raise your dopamine levels. When you eat food containing the amino acid dopamine, and its close cousins, epinephrine and norepinephrine (which comes in the form of  the essential dietary amino acid phenylalanine), your mood, energy, focus and attention are all boosted, ultimately thwarting the need for coffee and caffeine. 

Foods containing these amino acids are high quality proteins such as lean poultry, fish, beans, nutsneeds and eggs.

However, if you are a coffee lover (like I know so many of you go-getters are), Bulletproof coffee is your savior.

I am not a proponent of caffeine, but I am a proponent of fat, and the ketogenic diet. 

Bulletproof coffee is essentially a power, fat cocktail. If you want to start your day right, Bulletproof coffee (or tea, if you don't want caffeine, but just the fatty goodness - think Yak butter tea in the Himalayas) is one of my favorite treats to start the day if I want to be sharp, and ultra-focused to start my morning. 

Bullet Proof Coffee

  • 8 oz of coffee with 2 tbs of unsalted grass fed butter (you can also use coconut butter or ghee)
  • One tbsp. of “Brain Octane” MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) oil
  • One tbsp. of raw, unrefined coconut oil.
  • Blend in Vitamix or any blender and enjoy.
  • (Add cinnamon for flavor)

Follow the Roadmap

Now you have everything you need to know in order to take back your health, and stock your kitchen with the proper nutrient rich, whole food that will catapult you into a world of wellness and longevity.

The quest for vitality and ultimate health and happiness is within your reach. I have given you the road map that most doctors, or most health coaches would have charged you thousands and thousands of dollars for the same information. 

My goal is to show you that this is easy. 

If you want to continue to believe that collective narrative that it is too hard to get healthy, too hard to make good decisions, and too expensive to take care of yours and your families health, then just know that I am going to stand here, defiant in my belief, and change your mind, one by one.

The battle for your health is in your hands, now let me just provide you with the right tools to prepare for the war of your life. But the beautiful part about the battle is that you can never lose, you can just decide that it is not time to fight. 

You will always win if you are able to believe in yourself, love yourself, and have a community that supports you through every step of the way.

With those tools in hand, you will soon find yourself victorious, and living a life you always dreamed of!