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A year and a half ago I met with a doctor and found out I had a huge list of health issues….
… And several other problems as well. To top off the list, I found out that I was also expecting my fourth baby (my oldest was only three at the time) my body was sick, depleted, and tired. Then I found you!
I purchased your health assessment and meal plans. I followed your guidelines carefully.
With lOVE, JG“
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What mineral is needed by every cell in the body, yet odds are you don’t get enough of it AND IT CAN MAKE YOU CRAVE CHOCOLATE? Hint: It’s not calcium. Give up? Magnesium. It gets little attention now, but rising evidence implies that magnesium benefits your heart and bones, plus it may help prevent diabetes and migraine headaches.
Deficiencies also cause muscle spasms and pain, insomnia and fatigue. Magnesium assists in maintaining muscle and nerve function, maintains heart beat, helps our immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium is also great for diabetics because it helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Magnesium is also being researched as a natural way to curb food cravings. It is found that as magnesium deficiencies increase so do food cravings. Supplementing with a therapeutic dose of 600 milligrams of a magnesium supplement has been shown to significantly calm food cravings.
Early signs of magnesium deficiency include nausea, fatigue, or weakness. As magnesium deficiency gets worse, restless leg syndrome, numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, mood changes, or irregular heartbeats can occur.
I take 600mg of magnesium-glycinate (NOT Magnesium oxide)every night before bed to enhance my health in many ways (including helping me to fall asleep). Magnesium has been proven to:
-Aids in fighting depression
-Reduces food cravings
-Beneficial in the treatment of PMS
-Relieves restless leg syndrome
-Particularly important for maintaining a normal heart rhythm and is often used by physicians to treat irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).
-Beneficial for bladder problems in women, especially common disturbances in bladder control and the sense of “urgency.”
-Helps in the treatment of high blood pressure
-Beneficial in the treatment of neuro-muscular and nervous disorders
-Helps prevent kidney stones and gallstones
-Vital for a healthy immune system
-Keeps teeth healthy
-Magnesium is used by the body to help maintain muscles, nerves, and bones.
-Energy metabolism and protein synthesis
-Helps regulate blood sugar levels
-Adequate intake of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D coupled with overall proper nutrition and weight-bearing exercise throughout childhood and adulthood are the primary preventive measures for osteoporosis
-Useful in treatment of polio and post-polio syndrome
-Useful in the treatment of prostate problems
-Helps reduce stress
Dietary magnesium does not pose a health risk, however therapeutic doses of magnesium in supplements can promote unfavorable effects such as diarrhea. Choosing the correct form of magnesium will help prevent this undesired effect. Magnesium oxide is found in Milk of Magnesia…so of course that version of magnesium will cause diarrhea. Choose magnesium-citrate or magnesium-glycinate; which are highly absorb-able forms and cannot be found in your typical retail store; these are found in health food stores, your local nutritionist or chiropractor. These versions are a little more expensive, but you are ensuring you are absorbing the nutrient; it is money well spent.
I recommend taking magnesium around 30 minutes before going to bed. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant that helps our sleep. I recommend 400mg for most people; if someone is suffering from a medical condition or is on medication that depletes magnesium, they may require more, up to 1,000mg per day. In addition to supplements, taking baths with magnesium salts is extremely helpful. Absorbing magnesium through the skin stimulates the production of DHEA, the anti-aging hormone.
My tip is to make this in a pie or cake pan (lined with parchment paper and greased well) and under-bake it just a touch. Let it cool and cut into individual servings to store in the freezer for ‘portion control’. When a craving strikes, take your little piece of heaven out and warm in the oven or microwave for about 20 seconds just until ‘gooey and melty’ top with a dollop of cream cheese frosting!…oh my!
“HEALTHIFIED” FLOUR-LESS TORTE
7 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
14 TBS (1 3/4 sticks) butter or coconut oil
1 ¼ cup erythritol (or Swerve)
1 TBS Stevia Glycerite (adjust to desired sweetness) (omit if using Swerve)
5 large eggs
1 TBS coconut flour
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 inch pan and line with parchment paper (greased or mini muffin tins). Grease parchment paper. Brown the butter (if desired…tastes way better!) in a saucepan. Once the butter is brown (not black!), slowly add the chocolate (don’t burnthe chocolate). Add the sweetener. Let cool in fridge. Once cool, add one egg at a time along with the coconut flour. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese frosting
1 stick salted butter
8 oz cream cheese or coconut cream
3 TBS unsweetened Almond Milk
1 TBS Stevia Glycerite (to taste)
Brown the butter in a sauce pan (stir constantly on high heat until light golden brown – it makes such a difference!!!). Once brown add the cream cheese, almond milk, and sweetener to taste. Mix until creamy and allow to cool for at least 2 hours, it will thicken. Spread on top of cake (add almonds if desired) and enjoy. Makes 16 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving):
Traditional Flourless Torte = 521 calories, 27.4g fat, 4.8g protein, 57g carbs, 2.1g fiber
“Healthified” Torte = 261 calories, 27.4g fat, 4.8g protein, 4.2g carbs, 2.1g fiber