Winter squash with onions and rice

I had a chance to grab some winter squash which I know is good for you if only because it is orange in color inside. The orange color means it is anticarcinogenic, according to what I have read.

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I know the outer skin is tough to cut, but I decided I was going to try and create a tasty and healthy meal with it as a challenge. It wasn’t too expensive and it was a change from the green vegetables I usually eat so I started finding recipes online to work with, and create my own.

One of the recipe’s I found said that you can boil the squash to make the skins tender, then scrape out the meat once it’s cool.

I grabbed these winter squash’s and began cutting them in half to put in a large pot of hot water on the stove. I cut with a sawing motion and smaller knife, eventually pulling them open with a small hammer and a screw driver. They cracked open. Once in half I scraped out the seeds, and placed them in salted water to boil on the stove. After about 40 minutes they were tender enough to drain in a large food strainer under cold water. Then I scraped out the meat of the squash after they were cool enough to touch and it left a soft pile of orange tender squash meat.

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I wanted to add some stuff to make it tasty enough to eat every day, to use as left overs to take in small plastic containers for my lunch. It was a process. I made the rice and added quinoa which takes about 20 minutes to cook with the lid on, and the pan left on low. If you time the rice and the quinoa for how long each has to cook, respectively, you can add them both to a large covered pot. I always add butter, salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, turmeric, veggie bullion and some dried parsley for looks.

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Then I used a saucepan and cooked sliced mushrooms, onions in coconut oil, with more garlic salt, onion powder, pepper and turmeric that I get at any store. I added a ground beef and sausage combination I got from the store, to taste up the meal.

It was a lot, I know, and probably much more than people are willing to cook for a meal at home. I just wanted to show you some ideas I have had in cooking with items I usually don’t buy. I also want to use squash more often. Next time I may experiment with some kind of oven-cooked winter squash, with the bottom cut off so it’s flat on the bottom. Then I would stuff the inside with cooked rice, coconut oil, and top it with walnut bits.

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squash-mealHere is my final dish with the following:  winter squash, rice and quinoa, mushrooms, onions, and ground beef with ground sausage.

It’s tasty, and surprisingly healthy using coconut oil with spices making it tasty. I did not use butter but the flavor was fantastic, especially since the ground sausage had it’s own juicy flavor with the beef.

Salt and pepper makes the flavors pop.  I use sea salt.  Every little bit of trying to use minerals and vitamins help the thyroid heal.  

I hope you become inspired to try your own squash recipes and maybe use cinnamon and nutmeg with melted butter in some concoction using acorn squash, or some other squash you’d like to experiment with.

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Is your low-thyroid linked with leaky gut?

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I discovered another reason I may have low thyroid that I hadn’t read before.  It may be that I have leaky gut syndrome, which is an inflammation of the gut caused by stress, toxins, bacterial imbalances.  Leaky gut has been tied to hypothyroidism, or low-thyroid issues.  I did not know this until very recently after finding Dr. Axe’s webpage about this connection between low-thyroid and leaky gut syndrome.


I had been treating my low-thyroid only and did not know that I should also treat my intestines making sure that the lining of my intestines were a healthy barrier against toxins.  

Outside of trauma, the body maintained a wonderfully effective selective barrier in the small intestine, one that allowed nutrients to enter, but kept out metabolic wastes and microbial toxins rampant in the intestines. – Functional Medicine University

Eating the wrong foods like the typical American diet can cause leaky gut.  Basically, the lining of the intestines become more porous, allowing tiny particles of food to enter the bloodstream and toxins to enter the small intestines where they don’t belong.  

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An autoimmune response that can create illnesses, such as asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, eczema, urticaria, migraine, irritable bowel, fungal disorders, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory joint disorders including rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a website page published by Functional Medicine University.

I felt better when I quit eating prepared meals from the freezer section of my grocery store, as well as any breads, cereals, processed cheese, processed yogurt, and quit eating the candy left out at work on the desk where I work.  Sugar is pretty much gone from my diet; I have switched to stevia only.  I also didn’t get enough rest, which added to the stress of daily living.

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Instead I’ve amped up juicing where I have my juicer where I regularly juice foods every day, and I’ve added what Dr. Axe says is beneficial to treat leaky gut syndrome, and that is drinking bone broth.  I made a special trip to my local health food store and bought chicken and also beef bone broth.  Dr. Axe says to drink this every day, even go on a fast using bone broth.

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I also make sure to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables.  I lightly steam cruciferous vegetables because they are supposed to be harder for those of us with low-thyroid, where eating raw cruciferous vegetables might block the thyroid functioning so that they block thyroid hormones from being produced.  

I find I need plenty of protein in the form of meat, fish and eggs.  I feel better with protein. I read somewhere that some of us low-thyroid people need more protein, and I agree.

Now that I have started eating better for my leaky gut, I feel a lot better.  My waistline has also decreased and my pants fit better.  I feel truly less bloated, and I have more energy.  

I think eating clean foods and being aware of what leaky gut syndrome is has helped me feel better in the long run.  I can digest my food better and generally feel more energy.