Open-faced breakfast sandwiches

Holly and I are at it again! Click here to watch our video: Part 3 of our non-traditional breakfast series.


1 slice gluten-free toast (we used Food for Life China Black Rice)

3-5 medium shiitake mushrooms

1 cup spinach (definitely organic, spinach is in the Dirty Dozen)

2 slices bacon (organic, antibiotic and growth hormone free, nitrite free)

1/4-1/2 avocado

1 tbsp butter or ghee (ideally from grass fed cows)

Sea salt, black pepper, other spices you like

Serves 1

How to:

Put the bacon in the oven first. You can use a broiling rack or pan with wire rack to minimize bacon grease. Cook on 350 for 15 minutes or until it’s to your desired consistency.

Begin sautéing shiitakes on low-medium heat in 1/2 tbsp of butter. When soft (about 3 minutes), add spinach and sauté for another 1-2 minutes until spinach is just wilted.

After your bread is toasted top with butter and smeared avo. Then add bacon and top it off with veggies.


Alternatives to toast:

The Black China Rice bread has 18g carbs, 2g protein, and 2g fat and 90 calories. With the protein from the shiitakes and bacon and the fat from butter and avo – this is a well balanced meal.

You could also use a sprouted grain or gluten free wrap, a vegetable wrap (made from raw chard leaves or collard leaves), or even a small bowl of rice or quinoa as your base.

Gluten-free bakery in Santa Cruz

Who says if you are gluten intolerant or suffer from Celiac’s disease that you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Pele’s Oven has moved into 504A Front St. offering Santa Cruz locals a full spectrum of gluten-free goodies. Their grand opening will be in early April (date TBA). Currently they sell commercially to Shopper’s CornerDeluxe Foods and The Palm Deli in Aptos, and Pleasure Pizza. Once open, their storefront will offer a gluten-free food court.

What is gluten and why should everyone proceed with caution?

All grains have the protein gluten, however, the family of glutens that are toxic are found in wheat, barley and rye (or any grain processed on machines that process these three grains). Gluten is not required in the diet for good health.

The challenge to people who already know they have a gluten sensitivity or Celiac’s is that gluten finds its way into all sorts of foods and sauces that you wouldn’t expect. Unfortunately, if someone is sensitive to gluten, strict avoidance is necessary to stop the body from makingantibodiesEven one small amount of a gluten food every month can activate the antibody response sending one’s health into a tailspin. The world’s leading gluten expert Dr. Thomas O’Bryan says that it takes anywhere from 3-6 months before the body stops making antibodies after any gluten exposure.

According to author Nora Gedgaudas of Primal Body-Primal Mind, diagnosis of full-blown Celiac’s disease has increased 400% in just the last fifty years and gluten sensitivity is linked in some way to all 86 autoimmune diseases. Feeling “fine” when you eat grains does not mean that you aren’t sensitive to gluten: eight of 10 people with gluten intolerance are asymptomatic, so proper testing is advisable. Fortunately, better testing became available in January 2011.

If you catch gluten intolerance and/or Celiac’s disease early, you can spare your health from a world of hurt. These are serious health issues and why a bakery that prides itself on being delicious AND gluten-free will be welcomed with open arms to the Santa Cruz community.

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Prism glasses, posture and desk jobs

Sitting for long hours can wreak havoc on your posture over the years. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get work done lying down instead of sitting? You can if you use prism glasses.

What are prism glasses?

These nifty contraptions change the line of sight without distortion and can be worn over prescription glasses allowing you to lay down, set your laptop, research book, etc. on your tummy and read. Genius. Responding to e-mail, posting to Facebook, texting, or watching a movie is also possible.

Why is lying on your back important for posture?

Posture benefits of lying on your back can be significant. Thethoracic spine, the largest curve (middle portion) of the spine, is in an extended position when we lay down. Since our spine is a closed chain kinetic system, one area affects the other. One degree of extension (lengthening) of the thoracic spinecan influence up to 13 degrees of change in the cervical(neck) spine or three degrees in the lumbar spine. When we lose the natural curve of any portion of our spine, we lose proper loading of our joints. Years of misalignment can lead to many postural abnormalities such as having a hunched, rounded, forward leading head. This quickly leads to pain and muscular imbalance. Between tension headaches and low back pain, the usefulness of proactive pain reduction alone justifies lying down for a portion of your day especially if you don’t have to fall behind with your workload.

For those that have the opportunity to experiment while in a supine (lying down) position, the Egoscue Method offers simple suggestions that will induce spinal changes more rapidly. One of the best is the supine groin progressive position. Rolling on a towel or foam roller is another useful technique.

Prism glasses improve compliance for exercises for postural therapy by leaps and bounds. Posture therapy expert and colleague Dustin Dillberg finds that his clients have much better and more rapid postural improvement if they can spend an hour or two on the floor each week in the supine groin progressive position. Time flies by when reading, checking e-mail or making calls on speakerphone. Could these glasses revolutionize office workstations? Perhaps in the not-so-distant future, we will walk into an office and everyone will be lying down with their legs up, laptops on their stomachs, working away.

When you are sitting, having the right chair and posture as well as some proper stretch breaks can make a huge impact on maintaining a pain-free body.
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