Delicious Dill Carrots, Steamed Asparagus, and a Lovely Braised Lamb Shank Recipe

By Health Coach Melanie Rathbun FMCHC

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow ~ Proverb.

The first day of spring has come and we’re well on our way to longer days filled with sunshine, flowers, new hopes, and new beginnings! What is your favorite part about spring?

We’ve been busy in the Horse Lover’s Kitchen preparing some traditional selections, including vegetables, that celebrate the harvest this time of year.  With Easter just around the corner, we’ve included a few extra recipes this month that could make for a well-balanced meal to share with loved ones. There is a recipe for dill carrots, steamed asparagus as well as a lovely braised lamb shank (with some garlic of course!).

In moderation, lamb is an excellent source of protein along with nutrients like iron, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B12. When selecting your lamb meat, it would be wise to pay attention to how it has been raised.  Feeding animals a grass-fed diet means that...

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Garlic - The Stinking Rose

By Health Coach Deborah Cox FMCHC, NBHWC

History of Garlic

The word garlic comes from the Old English word garleac meaning “spear leek”.  Garlic’s origin is Western and Central Asia, where it flourishes in the wild.  The progenitor of modern garlic, Allium sativum, most believe is Allium longicuspis, yet a few believe it could be A. tuncelianum, or A. macrochaetum.  Garlic has a truly diverse history from being worshiped and used as an offering to ancient gods to being rejected so much that its only usefulness was hog feed.  Throughout time, garlic has been used as food, money, medicine, an aphrodisiac, and an ingredient of potions of all sorts.  It may be the earliest documented plant to be used for the maintenance of health and treating disease, some of the earliest references of its use date back 5000 years or more.

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In ancient Egypt, garlic was used as a staple in the diet of the workers building the pyramids as it was...

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Special Feature Article for March at BWC For Horse Lovers! The Sitra Pro Pressure Cooker! My New Favorite Cooking Pot!

In my constant search to further my understanding of human health, a while back I was focusing on lectins as taught by Dr. Grundy, MD.

Dr. Grundy advises that by pressure cooking lectin-rich plant foods such as beans, one can mitigate the negative effects of lectins (1). Lectins are essentially plant defense compounds that when eaten by humans can act as anti-nutrients which may block absorption of vital nutrients in our gut and also can increase intestinal wall permeability which is known as Leaky Gut (2).

That got me thinking about how a long time ago I had an old-fashioned yet well-made pressure cooker that I used often. But, I do not have that cooking pot anymore.

So, I decided to search for a new pressure cooker and low and behold I found a true gem of a pressure cooker! And, an excellent company to buy it from as well! That is what I would like to share with you in this article.

I discovered the company, Culinary Habana, which is owned by Kimberly Batarse and located in...

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The BWC For Horse Lovers Brain Body Wellness Program!

brain health Feb 28, 2021

By Cate Cummings APRN, FNP, IFMCP, ReCODE 2.0 Certified Practitioner

Alzheimer’s Disease is now the third leading cause of death in America (heart disease is first and cancer is second) and is predicted to afflict approximately 45 million currently living Americans (Bredesen, 2020, p 10). Almost everyone knows of at least one person who has unfortunately suffered this all-too-common fate. It does not have to be this way – thanks to Dr. Dale Bredesen, M.D.

The world is indeed very fortunate that Dr. Dale Bredesen has devoted his life to unravelling the true causes of Alzheimer’s Disease. Through his tireless efforts, he has discovered how to successfully prevent or even reverse cognitive decline. By following Dr. Bredesen’s advice we can help this scourge become a RARE disease instead of it being the very common devastating affliction that it is today (Bredesen, 2020, p 4-5).

Alzheimer’s Disease causes tremendous suffering to not only the person who is...

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Roasted Maple Rutabaga Recipe

By Health Coach Melanie Rathbun FMCHC

Often overlooked, the rutabaga is a root vegetable that can be mistaken for a turnip.  Purple and white turnips are usually two or three inches in diameter, but a rutabaga with its brownish white color is twice that size.  Have you tried this wonderful vegetable?

If you haven’t yet tried consuming this healthy alternative, now may be a good time.  It’s high in fiber, which we know is great for digestion and gut health. Some of us may not be getting enough fiber in our system these days.  It’s a good source of potassium and calcium, both important mineral for our bodies, plus it’s full of antioxidants.  The rutabaga is a member of the cruciferous family, so it’s full of glucosinolates, sulfur containing compounds which are known to prevent cancer.  It’s higher in protein and lower in calories and carbohydrates so a wonderful choice for feeling fuller, longer. Learn how to grow your...

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Growing Great Rutabaga!

By Health Coach Deborah Cox FMCHC, NBHWC

Roota-what-a???

History

The Rutabaga, Brassica napobrassica or napus, often called Swede, does not have an extremely long history, yet researching it and reading others’ perspectives on it was both interesting and gave me a few chuckles.  The most common belief is that the Rutabaga originated sometime in the 17th century when as one source put it: “the wild cabbage (Brassica oleracea) and the turnip (Brassica rapa) got jiggy somewhere in Bohemia.”  Others attribute the creation of the rutabaga to Swiss botanist Gaspard Bauhin, and still others think that due to the extreme cold hardiness of the plants the cross could have occurred as far back as the Middle Ages (5th century to approximately the 14th century).  Rutabagas were popular in the northern areas of Europe where they were relatively easy to grow in the colder climates.  One of the earliest uses for this relatively simple vegetable was as feed for...

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The Pegasus Project

horse rescue Feb 28, 2021

This month I have the great pleasure to share with you a very special equine rescue center in North Texas located an hour east of Dallas near Tyler, Texas.

This horse rescue is named The Pegasus Project with the motto “We Give Horses Wings”! The famous winged horse of Greek Mythology is a very fitting image to describe the healing transformation that occurs when these once suffering horses come under the care of this amazing horse rescue!

This motto speaks volumes as they liberate abused, neglected, and starving horses from their physical suffering and help heal their emotional wounds as well. Through their excellent holistic equine care and rehabilitation, the founders, Allyson and Mike DeCanio, and their staff are very often able to bring horses, mules, and donkeys back from the brink of death to vibrant health. Once restored to health, these horses can then lead happy, healthy lives in their new adopted forever homes.

The Pegasus Project was begun by Attorney Allyson...

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Honey

By Health Coach Deborah Cox FMCHC, NBHWC

According to the beloved Winnie the Pooh:

“And the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey.”

And then he got up, and said: “And the only reason for making honey is so as I can eat it.” So he began to climb the tree.

                                                            Winnie The Pooh, Chp. 1, (1926) A.A. Milne

Every time I think of honey, I see this little rotund, and very astute, bear with his hand or head stuck in a HUNNY pot, and I get a smile on my face, a chuckle remembering my Grandma reading us stories of Pooh’s escapades when I was little. 

History of Honey

Honey has been a part of...

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Biological Dentistry: The Safest Form of Dentistry

By Cate Cummings FNP IFMCP

This month I would like to share with you the importance of working with a biological dentist to maintain healthy teeth and gums and a healthy oral microbiome (which is the balance of microbes within our mouths).

A most fortunate aspect of my Texas location is that I live about an hour away from one of the very best biological dentists in the United States. His name is Dr. Stuart Nunnally and his practice is called Nunnally Freeman & Owens. Healthy Smiles For Life. He is located in Marble Falls, Texas. Dr. Nunnally has been both my dentist and my husband’s dentist for the past several years. Our health has greatly benefited from his dedication to helping people have healthy teeth and a healthy oral microbiome!

Dr. Nunnally has clients come to his Texas office literally from all over the world! He has a genuinely kind and friendly personality and is an expert at helping people restore their oral health back to an optimal state. By doing so, his...

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Nut Butter Chocolate Fat Bombs: a Unique Valentine's Treat!

By Health Coach Melanie Rathbun FMCHC

Have you heard of fat bombs?  I know many folks hear those words and feel the inclination to shy away. I mean aren’t we lead to believe that fat is bad?  I will answer that with a resounding, no!  Quality healthy fats are our friend, and our bodies feel best when we fuel ourselves with clean sources of energy in whole form. 

Fat bombs are low carb, keto and vegan friendly no-bake treats!  They’re typically made with ingredients such as nut butters, coconut oil, cocoa powder and only a little sweetener in pure form.  We at BWC for Horse Lovers prefer natural sweeteners such as honey, and do our best to avoid refined sugar, so we’ve included a recipe below for you to try at home.  Many of you have been making healthier choices this year, and we want to ensure we always continue to support you in your goals for long lasting change. 

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we all know...

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