Just Enjoy Food

Providing Recipes and Resources to Support a Healthy Life


Healthy Oils. Does the words bring terror to your mind? Oil… Fat… can it be healthy? Can you eat it without actually getting fat?

Let me first off start by saying that our bodies need fat. Our brain is about 60% fat, fat coats our nerves, our cell membranes have a bi-lipid layer. Having a diet high in healthy fats are critical to a healthy body. It is necessary for a brain to function well, for our nerves and for our 10 trillion cell membranes.

A diet low in healthy fats can starve our brain and cell membrane which can lead to brain fog, a hard time with memory, fatigue, low immune system and inflammation. And inflammation is the foundation of any and every disease process. Knowing which oils are healthy and should be used in daily living is essential for a healthy body.

There is a major difference between healthy oils and unhealthy oils. And it’s a good think to know the difference between them too. Healthy oils consist of fats that nourish and heal the cell membrane and other tissues in the body. Unhealthy oils lead to dangerous inflammation. They keep the cycle of inflammation going and often times we don’t know we are eating an unhealthy or bad oil. The problem with unhealthy fats is that they are often touted as being healthy from the governing bodies and mainstream media. You can’t turn on a cooking show, the news or watch a commercial without an unhealthy oil being marketed as being healthy in one way or another. For example: vegetable oils. Vegetable oils are only healthy in vegetables. When extracted and bottled up they are known as PUFA’s (Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids) and they are very inflammatory to our bodies. Every TV commercial tells you how amazing canola and vegetable oils are. Even the news shows tell you to replace the oils you cook with currently with canola oil. Let’s get to the truth about oils!

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I have to say, I’ve never been much of a pasta person. Even when I ate grains I never felt good on pasta. (I guess I was listening to a few clues about my body?). But I love sauces and the flavor of really any kind of sauce you can slather on pasta. Since hearing about vegetable noodles and the Spiralizer I love all things veggie-noodles!

This dish uses my Cilantro Brazil Nut Pesto recipe. You can also use the more classic basil pesto too. This is a simple and easy side dish everyone will LOVE!

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Did you know that Pesto is really easy to make? And it’s seriously a fraction of the cost of what you can buy at the store? Plus, you get to control the ingredients you put into your pesto too. One of the things I love most about making my food at home is the ability to control the quality and quantity of ingredients. I mean, let’s take pesto as an example. I’ve seen so many pre-made pesto brands that have canola or another type of inflammatory vegetable oil in them. I don’t have that in my house, why would I spend money to buy that product? At our health food co-op we have some great pesto that they make fresh. If I am in a hurry and need a quick and fast dinner I will buy their pesto. I approve of the ingredients and it tastes great. But the price is about $6.00 for less than 8 ounces. It’s a little spendy. Especially when I can make over double the pesto for about the same price. And it’s simple, quick and easy to make!

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Today I had SO MUCH FUN recording my first webinar. I love teaching! And teaching classes are one of my favorite things to do. And the best way for me to do that and reach the most people is in a webinar format.

I want to share the recording with you. In this webinar I go through my current favorite essential oils that go beyond the basic Everyday Oils. I hope you learn a ton and find some new favorite oils!

Click Here to learn more about Essential Oils

Click Here to learn more about building an essential oil business

Click Here for my Essential Oils 101 Class

 

P.S Right now I’m having some technical issues with the webinar and it was taken off of You Tube. I am working to get it back up, so thanks for being patient!

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Why I Write

Why I Write


Oct 6, 2014

I was nominated by by my friend Chloe of How We Flourish to explain why I write my blog. I thought the topic was amazing because I love sharing personal stories about the WHY behind what I do.

Let me begin!

Why I Write Dr. Meghan Birt

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This if my first fall recipe of the season. And I can’t be more excited!!

As I’m typing up this recipe I am keeping my feet warm in my fuzzy slippers, drinking a big cup of beef broth and burning a natural cinnamon candle. Ah, it’s amazing!! I love summer but there’s something special about fall and when the temps start dropping. I have to be honest, I’m not ready for winter. This past winter was intense so fall and fall recipe can stick around for a long time in my opinion. I am fine with that.

One of my favorite cakes is carrot cake. I pretty much love all kinds of cake (seriously I have a love for all things cake). But carrot cake is at the top of my list. And a few weeks ago I decided to try my hand at a grain free and refined sugar free carrot cake. And let me tell you, it is amazing. This is a perfect recipe for anytime of the year, but the fall especially.

It’s crispy fall weather comfort food.

Enjoy!

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Essential Oil Spotlight Lavender Essential Oil- Just Enjoy Food

Ah, Lavender essential oil is seriously one of my most FAVORITE of the Young Living oils! In my video I share my favorite uses for lavender oil. Lavender is nicknamed the “swiss army knife” of oils. It seems like there are millions of uses and it can be good for almost anything. But, to be fair, it is the go-to essential oil of so many people!

Remember: When in doubt… use Lavender!

 

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