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What does “diet” mean to you?

Written by: Rebecca Baird, April 23, 2010

The word diet means: “food and drink considered with regard to their nutritional qualities, composition, and effects on health” (Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 2009). This word usually means something very different to clients. People who are overweight, or concerned about their health view dieting as a horrible last ditch effort to solve their problem. Diet, or nutritional food plan, should be considered the first step to getting healthy. The problem is that most people look at the foods they like to eat as “bad” or “tabu” because of the nutritional content of the food. There is a learning curve which happens during the beginning stages of food modification when people realize that they can have that chocolate cake, it just needs to be constructed a bit differently. Below is an awesome recipe for a flourless chocolate cake which is out of this world and is actually a great choice when having that chocolate craving.
The learning curve, for most any alteration in daily habits, is about 6 months from beginning to the time one is comfortable with the new idea or concept. Changing our eating habits is a gradual process. First we should incorporate more high fiber, whole foods into the diet, and then begin eliminating poor choices from the old diet. That makes the transition gradual enough and relatively painless.

Flourless Chocolate Cake
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup butter
4 eggs
¾ cup organic cane sugar
¾  cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup semi-sweet baking chocolate chips
Just enough heavy cream to cover chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a round 9 inch baking pan with organic canola cooking spray (or Pam). Take a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper and cut it in a circle to fit into the bottom of the pan. Place this in the bottom of the pan, and then spray with cooking spray. Set baking pan aside.
In small saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat. Turn off heat and add the 6 oz of chocolate chips and cocoa. Then add sugar, mixing well. Next add the eggs and mix very well.
Pour into the greased cake pan. Bake in oven approximately 40 minutes (check between 25 and 35 minutes to make sure it is not burning). When perfectly baked the top will have cracks in it.
Remove cake from oven and allow to cool, undisturbed for about 12 minutes. Place cake plate over the top of your pan and then invert the plate and cake so that you are now looking at the bottom of your cake pan resting on top of your cake plate. Gently remove pan from cake, and carefully peel away the parchment paper.

For glaze: Place chocolate chips and cream in a microwave proof bowl. Microwave for about a minute and stir. You may need to microwave a bit longer depending on the wattage of your microwave. It should look smooth and creamy when it is ready. This is a ganache topping and can be refrigerated and re-melted if you make extra.
Top the cake with ganache topping (chocolate chip and cream mixture), let cool and slice into wedges. Top with fresh fruit and enjoy. 🙂

The skinny on fat.

Written by: Rebecca Baird, May 13, 2010

Conventional nutrition professionals would ask me why I think that a diet which includes raw, whole fat, dairy products would be a good choice for a patient who has elevated cholesterol. A conventional nutrition professional would say that the patient should be on a low fat diet in order to lower the cholesterol content in the blood.
Foods which contain saturated fat, such as whole milk and cheese, do not cause fat build-up in the blood, in the form of triglycerides or cholesterol, and do not cause heart disease. The most recent information concerning this comes from a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The data which was gathered “concluded that there is no relationship between the intake of saturated fat and the incidence of heart disease or stroke” (Siri-Tarino, et al, 2010).
Cheeses, cream, milk, and butter should be made from whole milk and if possible unpasteurized as raw milk has been shown to be superior to pasteurized milk in protecting against infection, diarrhea, tooth decay, and many types of cancer (Weston A. Price Foundation, 2010).

Siri-Tarino, P., Sun, Q., Hu, F.& Krauss, R. (January 13, 2010) Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Retrieved on May 13, 2010 from
Weston A. Price Foundation (2000) What’s Wrong with “Politically Correct” Nutrition? Health Topics – ABC’s of Nutrition. Retrieved on May 13, 2010 from