I’m kicking off the New Year by putting the spotlight on my awesome friend, Amanda Hodgson from www.MyCrazyNonToxicLife.com. She’s runs a very informative blog focusing on how to feel great while easily living a healthy lifestyle with hypothyroidism (although not exclusive to those with thyroid complications). Her blog addresses everything from non-toxic cleaning products, non-toxic personal care, beauty products, advice on various non-toxic lifestyle adjustments, fitness and my favorite part… YUMMY healthy food!
She recently released an eBook, Guide to Nontoxic Living that you can purchase. I highly recommend it, especially for those who are easily overwhelmed with all the endless information out there on the internet. This is a great way to get started to an overall non-toxic, healthy start to living. I will let her take over from here… OH! And hang around a little longer for recipes on how to make her Cajun Sirloin & Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, PLUS dessert; Berries, Graham, and Chocolate Bowl. You won’t go hungry, trust me!
Before we get into the recipes, here’s a little background on me. I’m an army wife and a step mom just trying to live a healthy lifestyle while still actually living and enjoying the things I love. In 2009 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism & put on synthetic hormone treatment. Not only did the medication do absolutely nothing for my symptoms, it made things much worse. After going to multiple doctors complaining of my various ailments (I’ll spare you the details) and being told one too many “I don’t know why you still feel bad”, “your thyroid is fine”, I’d had enough!
I decided to research what lifestyle changes I could make in order to make myself feel better. I found quite a few areas where changes could be made, from food to personal care to household cleaners to certain types of exercise. Using the knowledge I gained by reading books, studies, etc. I decided to start a blog in hopes of helping others who had similar experiences. Food was a major change for my husband and I. We switched to organic food wherever possible, and I had to remove gluten, dairy, un-fermented soy, refined sugars and anything artificial from my diet. I’m a very stubborn person, so I was determined to eat delicious food despite these new restrictions!
The meal below is one of my favorites! It’s a nice splurge to have every now and then. Red meat is a great source of B-12. I’m love to eat grass fed beef because cows that are fed a proper diet are higher in B-12 and Omega 3 fatty acids, both of which are typically deficient in people with hypothyroidism. Now, on to the food, I hope you enjoy!
CAJUN SIRLOIN & BACON WRAPPED ASPARAGUS
Lean grass fed top sirloin
1 bundle large asparagus stalks
1 package uncured bacon from animals with no hormones or antibiotics
Break the fibrous ends off the asparagus stalks. Wrap the bacon around the edible portion of the stalks. Place on a foil lined cookie sheet. Bake on 350 degrees for 25 minutes to cook the asparagus, then low broil for 25 minutes to get the bacon crispy. Adjust time if necessary to get to bacon to desired crispiness
Rub the steak in olive oil & coat each side in Cajun seasoning. Place the steaks on the grill for 6 minutes per side (for medium rare) on the max setting (approximately 600 degrees on our grill).
BERRIES, GRAHAM & CHOCOLATE BOWL
I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m not much of a baker. Never have been, and with my dietary restrictions it’s just easier not to! When I’m in the mood for a dessert, I get creative with fruit. This dessert goes really well with the steak & bacon-wrapped asparagus. It’s pretty basic as you might imagine. Simple, easy & delicious is right up my alley!
As I’m sure you know, the cook times will need to be adjusted for your oven and grill.
Organic strawberries & blueberries
Raw dark chocolate
Gluten free graham crackers
Rinse berries, slice the strawberries, and break the graham crackers over the berries. Put the chocolate in the microwave for approximately 10 seconds (raw doesn’t melt well but it will make it warm and easier to pull apart). Sprinkle the chocolate over the berries. Drizzle the top with honey and ENJOY!
When I put this dessert together I was really craving a sweet dessert. This definitely satisfied that craving without taking my diet off track. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do! If you want more yummy, healthy recipes mixed in with nontoxic living tips, please follow my blog at www.MyCrazyNonToxicLife.com!