Recipes

Korean Turkey/Beef Bowl

Korean Beef Bowl

Cheater korean Turkey/beef bowl – tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

I don’t eat much Beef, So I made this recipe with organic ground Turkey! it was delicious! 

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed 

1/4 cup soy sauce (GF Tamari)

1 tablespoon sesame oil 

1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, or more to taste 

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

3 cloves garlic, minced 

1 pound ground beef (Or Turkey)

2 green onions, thinly sliced 

Cooked rice, for serving

In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce (GF Tamari), sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger. 

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes. 

Serve immediately with rice. I also make with steamed Veggies! Yummy! 

Recipe and Picture by Damn Delicious. 

Lifestyle

10 weeks of training down!

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This is my 10th week working with my trainer! If you’ve read a little about my recovery you know that my training has been a major factor in beating POTs syndrome.

I am currently at 2 days a week for 10 weeks with my amazing trainer and new friend Marisol (you can read about her here) kicking my ass into high gear. Her motto in most of our training sessions is “I can, I will” and “come on! push, you can do anything for 15 seconds”, crazy when you hear it but then realize she’s totally right! Even if I can only do something for 15 seconds, its 15 seconds longer then doing nothing!

Here are a few of my current workouts. I usually have an hour training session.

Sprint Runs .25 of a mile. (My current pace 2 mins)

Planks (Hold until failure) I am currently at 2 mins.

Front lunge with 6 pound ball.(as many as possible in 1 minute). (repeat 2 more times).

Dumbell lifts. (as many as possible in 1 minute). (repeat 2 more times).

Sit ups with ball. (as many as possible in 1 minute). (repeat 2 more times).

Lifestyle

Birthday Vegan Cupcakes! Yay!

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Just had my first birthday being gluten and dairy free! I was so worried about what the heck I would have instead of the typical birthday cake! Lucky for me, my family has been super supportive of my recent lifestyle change and found a vegan and gluten free bakery that would make vegan cupcakes! I mean, how amazing is that! and really, how tasty can they possibly be anyways….

Surprisingly, they were absolutely delicious! Very pleasantly surprised. It was so special for my mom and sister to go out of their way and find these little cups of love! I thought I would share this great find! If you happen to be in LA make sure to stop in a try the cupcakes! 

Keep in mind you need to order in advance! They had a 2 week wait list for a birthday cake! 

 Karma Baker
1145 Lindero Cyn Rd 
Suite D3
Westlake Village, CA 91362 
 (747) 222-7379

Recipes

Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Kung Pao Shrimp

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Lately I have been craving Chinese food! I found these awesome recipes on pinterest of course! I made the mistake of making the shrimp very spicy! Warning: try only adding a few of the dried chilis, do not cook them for long! 

Chicken Lettuce Wraps 

1 tablespoon olive oil 

1 pound ground chicken 

2 cloves garlic, minced 

1 onion, diced 

1/4 cup hoisin sauce (GF)

2 tablespoons soy sauce (GF)

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 

1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger 

1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste 

1 (8-ounce) can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced 

2 green onions, thinly sliced 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 

1 head butter lettuce

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat. 

Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce (GF), soy sauce (GF), rice wine vinegar, ginger and Sriracha until onions have become translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. 

To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style.

Found this amazing recipe on Damn Delicious. 

Kung Pao Shrimp

1/2 tablespoons oil

1-inch piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

1/4 onion, quartered

1/2 green bell pepper, cut into pieces

10 mini dried red chilies (use half of the quantity if your dried chilies are regular or longer size)

12-15 big shrimp, shelled, peeled and deveined

1/4 cup roasted peanuts

3 stalks scallions, use the white parts only

Kung Pao Sauce: 

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce, for example: ABC Kecap Manis

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

4 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

3 dashes white pepper

1/2 teaspoon Chinese black vinegar, rice vinegar or Apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Mix the Kung Pao sauce ingredients and set aside.

Heat up a wok and add the cooking oil until the oil is very hot. Add the ginger and do a few quick stirs. Add the onion, green pepper, and dried red chilies. Stir-fry until you smell the spicy aromas from the dried red chilies. Add in the shrimp and roasted peanuts and keep stirring.

When the shrimp are almost cooked, add the Kung Pao sauce into the wok, keep stirring until the sauce thickens. Add the chopped scallions, do a few quick stirs, dish out and serve hot.

You can read more about this recipe on Rasa Malaysia

Perspective

My Update from Dr. Cannom

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Happy Monday! If you haven’t seen my Instagram yet you may not know that it was my birthday!  Yay, another year! and I can already feel that 28 is going to be my year! Not only was it my birthday but it was also my 4 month follow up after my tilt table test. I met with Dr. Cannom at Cedars Sinai on Friday May 8th. We looked back at my tilt test and all my previous notes, which were pages! (I have to say, Dr. Cannom takes the most in depth notes ever!). Which I love, because if you know me, I always have a millions questions and comments.

The doctor went back over my notes regarding my tilt table test and it turns out the tilt test is actually positive! (In the hospital the resident doctor interpreted it negative). I knew it was positive!…I could feel my heart pounding out of my chest during the procedure. To be honest, I feel such a sense of relief to know that I can move on and realizing that POTs is the final diagnosis.

During my appointment with Dr. Cannom, I told him about my gluten free, dairy free diet and exercise regime. In which I have been strictly obeying for months. He believes, that exercise is a main factor in my healing. I went from wheelchair bound the first week of illness to running 2-5 miles and training with a personal trainer 2 days a week. (I am almost at 1 year later). Its amazing the progress I am having and it is even more amazing when doctors notice how much better I am getting.

We did have a long conversation about the emotional state of most patients with POTs; and how a lot of POTs patients do become depressed and somewhat give up on making a difference or pushing themselves to get better. I was one of those people in the beginning, I thought would never get better and couldn’t understand the”why me” thought constantly on my mind. It was horrible. Then I realized I was so young, had so much ahead of me and have always been a fighter who was an over-achiever.(especially in running or working out).  If someone told me I couldn’t do something I did it and did it to the best of my ability. I knew I needed to get in this frame of mind back and push! I pushed so hard and broke through and now am on my way to recovery.

Dr. Cannom is convinced that I am going to recover 100% with my attitude and very disciplined new lifestyle. I may never be able to sit in the sun on  hot summer days for hours, drink alcohol/party like I used too or run on no sleep, but I will be better and be able to live the cleanest, healthiest life possible. Life changes and everything happens for a reason. I may have some set backs and major heart tachycardia, but I will survive! I now know what to do and how to treat myself.

I am so beyond thankful for Dr. Cannom and he willingness to listen and take care of me. He made me believe I was going to get better. Thank goodness I was able become his patient!

Hopefully I continue on the path of no episodes and my next follow up with be in Aug. 3-months. We are hoping my blood pressure will stay normal and I won’t have to many set backs!

I am feeling so lucky and blessed!

 

Recipes

Marisol’s Green Chicken Enchiladas

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Many of you have met my trainer Marisol on my previous post! You will be seeing a lot of her on the blog in coming months. Here is an awesome guest recipe from Marisol my trainer! Enjoy! 

1 rotisserie chicken

10 tomatillos, stems removed

1-2 jalapeño peppers or serrano peppers for more spice

1 cup chopped onions, divided

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

2 garlic cloves

1 ½ teaspoons of salt or to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tomato chopped

12-15 tortillas (Corn Gluten Free).
Optional: Additional toppings such as Mexican Crema or sour cream, Mexican Queso fresco, chopped lettuce, avocado slices and tomato slices can be added and adds that finishing touch to a traditional dish.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Shred the chicken with clean hands and remove all bones. Set aside.
  2. Place tomatillos and peppers into a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. In a blender, carefully puree tomatillos, peppers, ½ cup of the hot water, ½ cup onions, cilantro, oregano, cumin, garlic and salt. Pour into a wide dish and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Add ½ cup onions and chopped tomato. Sauté until onions are translucent, about 7 to 8 minutes. Add shredded chicken and ½ cup of the tomatillo sauce and mix well. Set aside.
  5. In another frying pan warm up tortillas just until they get soft. Dip tortilla into tomatillo sauce place it on a baking sheet, add chicken mixture and roll. Continue to do this with all the tortillas filling up the baking sheet.
  6. Pour ½ of the remaining sauce over rolled enchiladas, cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Garnish with crema, queso, chopped lettuce, avocado slices, and tomato slices. Remaining tomatillo sauce can be used for adding extra on top.

Makes: 6 servings   Total Time: 1 hour

Lifestyle

Fitness

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I am finally getting around to post one of the most important factors in my recovery from POTs, my fitness routine.

During the first month of POTs (before diagnosis) I went from being in a wheelchair, barley able to stand; upon standing my blood pressure would drop at least 35 points leaving me faint and blacking out. I went through this until I was put on medication to help raise my blood pressure. I then started slowly walking, my husband would go with me everyday. In the beginning, I would barely make it a block. I pushed through every single day and slowly made it to where I am today. 

I am currently training about 4-5 days a week, two of those days with my trainer. Marisol with Marisol Fitness.  It has been a long hard road.  

Before my crash and being diagnosed with POTs syndrome, I was and extremely active person. I ran my first marathon in 2010 after never being a true runner. I worked with trainers, IMG_3650nutritionists, mentors and other professional athletes until I become one myself. I was so passionate about being active and healthy. I couldn’t ever imagine getting to the scary point I did with my health and POTs.

Currently, recovering from POTs syndrome, I finally found a trainer who can push me to a certain extent and is so passionate about helping others achieve their personal fitness goals. Marisol understands my personal struggles and still pushes me above what I thought I was able to do. Throughout my training sessions with Marisol, I have become stronger, leaner and finally working off the excess flab of not being able to work out for a year! As you can imagine, being an athlete prior to POTs it was devastating to not be able to workout. Since starting my workouts I find myself being less stressed, anxiety is lower and I have been able to start sleeping through the night. 

I wanted to remind my friends and the POTs community not to forget that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Get up everyday, shower, get mentally prepared to push yourself to get better. Using a bike and slowly working your way up can make all the difference in the world. Don’t give up. Be a fighter and find a trainer who gets it.  Working out with a trainer or buddy helps you overcome the fears of being able to workout on your own. 

I hope you enjoy some of my workout routines and feel inspired start moving!

My current workout schedule:

Monday- Morning run 1-2 Miles (just to get moving) 6PM-7PM Training with Marisol-(Strength weight training). Exercises will be posted soon. 

Tuesday- Morning on Treadmill for 45 mins or a gym workout with my husband. 

Wednesday- 6PM-7PM Training with Marisol-(Strength weight training). Exercises will be posted soon. 

Thursday- Usually take the day off. 

Friday- Morning run and AB workout. 

Saturday- Easy beach hike with my Hubby or the day off. (Nothing to crazy).

Sunday- Light morning jog and some leg work.

I can, I will. 

 

Perspective

Division of Gastroenterology with Dr. Treyzon

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Throughout my blog post’s I’m sure most of you have noticed the amount of specialists I have seen. From San Diego to LA I have met some amazing doctors. I m lucky enough to have found a team I continue to work with at Cedars Sinai.

For about 5 months specifically before seeing doctor Treyzon, I suffered from major symptoms that left my active lifestyle nonexistent. I was in and out of the ER multiple times and sent to many specialists in the San Diego area. All the doctors I was referred to were a disaster! None these doctors were listening to me, my symptoms and the hell I was living! After dealing with the mess of trying new doctors waiting for appointments and each doctor prescribing me random antibiotics for issues they didn’t really know I had. I was left being exhausted and losing hope of figuring out what the real problem was.

I then was referred to Dr. Treyzon through another doctor (my internal medicine doctor in LA, she raved about this young, amazing GI specialist). I drove to LA with all my medical records and about 2 pages of symptoms I was experiencing for the past 5 months. He sat down with me and listened to EVERYTHING. We came up with a few recommendations for other specialists I needed to see ASAP. (which you can read more about here). Within a few days I was on my way to start testing for underlying conditions.  I have to say with the help of Dr. Treyzon I accomplished more in 4 days then I had in 5 months of being miserably sick!

During this time we have solved my GI issues, which I have been dealing with for years! I completed  an my upper endoscopy and with those results, retired my prescription antacid medication. After continuously taking it for 3 years… Thanks to Dr. Treyzon I figured out I never even needed to be on it! I have to say, I’m probably the biggest baby and scared out of my mind to take any medications, have any procedures and do anything that has the potential of making me feel any sort of pain. Dr. Treyzon and his staff made me feel so comfortable, less nervous and actually excited to figure out what was going on.

After being so sick for months prior to my appointment with him, I turned into a worry wart, borderline hypochondriac and am so so thankful for Dr. Treyzon and his staff for their continued email communication and quick responses to my crazy and frequent emails and calls! He actually himself has called to follow up with me, which is amazing! He has also saved me a few times from more pointless ER visits. I cannot express enough how amazing he is!

Here is an educational post from one of the best out there, Dr. Treyzon:

“How often should you see a doctor? It depends on whether you are feeling sick or well, and if you are interested in preventive screening. Screening is performed on non-symptomatic individuals who are at risk of developing cancer as a result of increasing age or a family history of cancer.

We recommend regular screenings for preventive health, especially for conditions of which you have a predisposition. These screenings can lead to early detection, treatment, and reduced chance of mortality. Colonoscopies and high-sensitivity fecal occult blood tests, for example, detect abnormal polyps in your digestive tract that could become cancerous. These screenings are recommended for people above age 50. If you have a family history of early colon cancer, we typically start screening 10 years before the diagnosis of the family member’s cancer. 

 In America, we typically do not screen for stomach cancer because of its relatively low prevalence. However, if you are of Asian heritage and particularly if you have a family history, it would be a good idea to get screened for H. Pylori infection, which is one of the most common causes of chronic gastritis, intestinal metaplasia, peptic ulcer, and cancer of the stomach. There is a simple breath or stool test that can detect this condition at a young age. If found early it could potentially decrease many years of chronic inflammation and therefore reduce your risk of ulcers and cancer of the stomach. 

For those who smoke, a low-dose helical computed tomography has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths between ages 55 to 74. Mammographies screen for breast cancer and are recommended for women ages 40 to 74, especially those age 50 or older. Pap tests and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing reduce the incidence of cervical cancer. These are recommended to begin at age 21 and end at age 65. 

 A healthy diet includes fruits, vegetables, whole-grain foods, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products. I recommend eating less total fat, and limiting the amount of red meat, sweets, and salt consumed. Exercise is also really important. One way to think about it is to try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on four days a week.”

Leo Treyzon M.D.
Clinical Chief
Division of Gastroenterology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8631 W. Third Street, #1015-E
Los Angeles, CA 90048
P 310.652.4472

 

Recipes

Vegan Gluten Free Protein Pancakes

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Um Yum! Found this little package of goodness at the store! I highly recommend Wholesome Chow products! They have been so fun to bake with Dairy free and Gluten free. 

Click here to Buy. 

What you need:

1 Scoop Pancake Mix

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar

(I like to add 1 banana) 

Blueberries 

Agave Nectar

Made these beauties with a little blueberries and agave nectar!  

Lifestyle

Cucina Enoteca

 

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Italian, how the heck do you go out for Italian (my favorite) when your living gluten and dairy free! I thought it would be terribly hard. I was pleasantly surprised and excited when our server Chris told me he could make it happen. He went out of his way to check with the kitchen on what they could do and came back with some very delicious ideas. Although I thought I would be able to eat everything he was proposing I stuck with these two delicious dishes! 

We started with the delicious Beet Salad. It is served with a yogurt balsamic dressing, and they were able to just give us the balsamic. It was to die for! It tasted just as amazing as it looked. 

Short Rib Pappardelle with GF Pasta and No Cheese.  AMAZING. Seriously it was so hearty and delicious I couldn’t stop eating it! ShortRib

For my dessert, I opted for a glass of wine. (I like to drink my calories on date nights, hehe). 

I highly recommend Cucina Enoteca! Yummy! Make reservations because it is a very busy place! 

Cucina Enoteca 2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014