Why to Detox Before Pregnancy

As many of you know, I’m the mother of two. These blessings didn’t come without struggles. I’ve lived through pregnancy loss and other complications, which gave me the opportunity to learn more about my own health and vitality. Because of these experiences, I’m passionate about helping other women in this phase of life. If you’re thinking about conceiving, there’s a lot you can do to help with fertility, successful pregnancy outcomes, and the health of your precious babe.

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Why I Love Functional Medicine

What is functional medicine, and why do I love it so much? Many of you have heard me talk fervently about functional medicine. If you get me started, it’s quite obvious that I’ve found my calling in life. But a lot of you are still asking, what is functional medicine? Let me first explain my path.

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Caramelized Oranges

I love to serve fruit for dessert in lieu of starchy and overly sweet treats. This recipe, inspired by Fancis Mallmann’s Seven Fires, is one of our favorites. We serve it with coconut whipped cream.

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Easy Grain-free Pancakes

Recipes for grain-free, gluten-free, no-added-sugar pancakes are floating around Pinterest in various forms… banana, pumpkin, sweet potato. They key is soft fruit (or sweet potatoes) and eggs. And that’s pretty much it. Easy.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Golden Beets

OMG. I’m now a beet lover. Can’t say they’ve been at the top of my list. But this creamy combo of sweet potatoes and golden beets really compliments each other.  Thanks Kati + Kyle for sharing this awesome idea!

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Kabocha Squash

I have to say, Kabocha is my favorite variety of squash. You can even eat the peel! Compared with butternut squash, it’s lower in carbohydrates (good if you have blood sugar issues), and loaded with beta-carotene. I followed this super simple preparation from Nom Nom Paleo.

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Lemon Chicken Salad

This is a nice, light summertime dish. It’s my go-to for a picnic, but also makes a quick lunch. I like to serve it with my new favorite almond flour tortillas from Must B Nutty or homemade wraps. It’s also good with Mary’s Gone Crackers, which are gluten free but not grain free. Or serve it inside half an avocado or with lettuce boats.

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Gluten-free Wraps

Sometimes a girl just needs a tortilla. Or a crepe. Or whatever. These satisfy my need to wrap up eggs and chicken salad. This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Against All Grain by Danielle Walker, and uses arrowroot powder which is a gluten free starch.

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Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting

I found this recipe on my new favorite blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life. It’s yummy. And as you know, I’m already obsessed with cashew cream. If you want to experiment with macadamia nuts, those would work well, too.

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Paleo Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

This was the chosen recipe for my birthday this year… which just happened to coincide with Mother’s Day. I love carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. So we made this paleo version with a vegan cashew cream frosting, using a recipe modified just a bit from The Detoxinista. Gluten free, dairy free and no refined sugar. So I don’t feel bad eating the leftovers for breakfast.

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Apple Streusel Egg Muffins

This recipe is from Diane Sanfilippo’s Practical Paleo and is reminiscent of french toast. I like that it’s heavy on the egg, with no added sugar and very little coconut flour. These make a perfect breakfast or snack on the run. 

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Caring for Your Cast Iron

Cast iron is surprisingly economical, durable, and – most importantly – doesn’t leach nasty chemicals into food. To achieve even heat distribution, preheat it on the cooktop for about 10 minutes before you start cooking.  Keeping it seasoned is the trick, as a well seasoned skillet contributes to the natural, easy-release properties… in other words, I can fry an egg on mine, no problem. So guess what? I’m not a fan of Teflon!

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner… but if you’re anything like me, you’re celebrating this weekend on Nueve de Mayo. I’ve been making this recipe for carnitas, or pulled pork, consistently for the last 3 years now. If you’ve been to our annual fiesta, you know what I’m talking about. And you’ll see it again.

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Fresh Herb Chimichurri Sauce

This is one of those recipes that will make you smell like garlic for a week, but will make anything you grill this summer WAY more delicious. We love it with chicken, steak, potatoes and grilled veggies like eggplant and mushrooms. It’s from our favorite Argentine chef, Francis Mallmann. My husband and I fell in love with his cookbook Seven Fires after honeymooning in Argentina.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower makes a great rice substitute. I like this recipe because it is EASY.  It goes great with any Asian inspired dish, or is a perfect one pot meal when paired with a little leftover chicken or pork. I usually serve it alongside a green salad.

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What to do with Kids in San Antonio

I became a mom in San Antonio, and I learned that I’m not the kind of mom who can stay at home all day. San Antonio became a great place for me as a mother because there is so much to do with kids, all within a 10 mile radius of our old neighborhood – just north of downtown near Alamo Heights. Here’s my top 10 list of things to do with your little one in the Alamo city…

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I'm Dr. Christine Maren, a board-certified functional medicine physician and mother of three. I advocate for real food, healthy living, and clean beauty. I think physicians should be role models when it comes to nutrition and healthy living. This is where I share that passion. Thanks for joining me!

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