Boil up and us sparingly as a lovely refreshing drink
Over time, stress can leave the adrenal gland exhausted by constantly producing adrenaline and CORTISOL. Licorice supplements can give the ADRENAL GLAND some relief. Licorice root extract can stimulate the adrenal gland, which promotes a “healthy level of cortisol in the body. “
Why does cortisol increase Weight Gain
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Whenever you experience something your body perceives as a threat, like a large dog barking at you, a chemical known as adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is released in your brain. This triggers your adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenaline.
Cortisol is the main hormone involved in stress and the fight-or-flight response. This is a natural and protective response to a perceived threat or danger. Increased levels of cortisol result in a burst of new energy and strength.
In the fight-or-flight response, cortisol suppresses any functions that are unnecessary or detrimental to that response. During a fight-or-flight response, you can have:
Here we balance the mildly grassy flavor and slightly astringent mouthfeel of green tea with honey and lemon. Oversteeped green tea can be bitter, so don’t brew it any longer than 3 minutes. And be sure to steep in simmering water: water that looks like it’s steaming, with little bubbles, but not boiling.
1/4 cup loose green jasmine tea, or 12 green jasmine tea bags
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more whole sprigs for garnish
4 cups simmering water
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup honey
4 cups cold water
Steep loose tea (or tea bags) and mint leaves in simmering (not boiling) water for 2 to 3 minutes.
Strain the tea (or remove tea bags and mint leaves) and pour into a large pitcher. Stir in lemon juice and honey until the honey is dissolved. Add cold water. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Serve over ice with mint sprigs, if desired.
I have been missing hummus in a major way lately, and finally got around to trying this experiment with cauliflower to stand in for the chickpeas. I noticed recently that my low carb cauliflower puree has the consistency of hummus when cold, and thought if I added just the right ingredients I could mask the cauliflower flavor enough to convince people that it was the real thing.
3 cups raw cauliflower florets
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp coconut oil
½ tsp salt
3 whole garlic cloves
1.5 Tbsp Tahini paste
3 Tbsp lemon juice
2 raw garlic cloves, crushed (in addition to above)
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¾ tsp kosher salt
smoked paprika and extra olive oil for serving
Combine the cauliflower, water, 2 Tbsp avocado or olive oil, ½ tsp kosher salt, and 3 whole garlic cloves to a microwave safe dish. Microwave for about 15 minutes – or until softened and darkened in color.
Put the cauliflower mixture into a magic bullet, blender, or food processor and blend. Add the tahini paste, lemon juice, 2 raw garlic cloves, 3 Tbsp olive oil, and ¾ tsp kosher salt. Blend until mostly smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
To serve, place the hummus in a bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika. Use thinly sliced tart apples, celery sticks, raw radish chips, or other vegges to dip with.
Approx. nutrition info per ¼ cup: 141 calories, 14g fat, 3.5g net carbs, 2g protein