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No turkey dinner would be complete without an amazing turkey gravy to go along with everything. This recipe makes what is without a doubt the most perfect turkey gravy ever. You won’t be able to resist dousing your turkey, stuffing, and veggies in this delightfully good gravy. It’s so good that I would almost recommend making two batches -- it’s sure to disappear quickly once your family members get a taste of it!

The Secret Is In the Turkey

The key to making a good turkey gravy that is full of delicious turkey flavor is to use the pan drippings that are left over in the roasting pan after it’s done cooking. What you’re going to do is take that pan and add in some bone broth or just plain water if you’d prefer. Heat it all up, being sure to scrape the yummy bits off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. You’re going to want to skim the fat off the top of the resulting drippings while following the recipe, and if you find it a little lacking, feel free to add some ghee to it. This combination of turkey fat, broth, and ghee provides the gravy with it’s unbelievable flavor.

Afterwards it’s just a simple matter of adding in some arrowroot flour to give the gravy a thicker texture and to polish the recipe off. The version of gravy I had when growing up that my dad used to make included wheat flour in it. Since switching to a paleo diet though, I obviously avoid wheat and any other products that contain gluten. It’s a good thing too, as wheat and refined grain intake are known causes of inflammation. (1) The arrowroot makes a fantastic replacement to use in gravies, and it’s incredibly healthy as well. It’s quite easy to digest and adds just the right amount of thickness.

When you put all of these ingredients together, you end up with a turkey gravy that’s absolutely bursting with flavor. You just won’t be able to resist smothering every item on your plate with this gravy once you try it out for yourself. It goes wonderfully on top of turkey, stuffing, peas, corn, and if you’re so inclined, mashed potatoes. Just make sure to save some room for dessert too.

P.S. – Just in case you end up with any leftover turkey, here’s a few other fantastic paleo-friendly recipes that use turkey that you might enjoy:

#1 – Quick and Easy Turkey Meatloaf

 

#2 – Classic Paleo Turkey Burgers

 

#3 – Stovetop Sweet Potato, Kale and Turkey Chili

Perfect Paleo Turkey Gravy
Jess (Paleo Grubs)

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A systematic review of randomized controlled trials of DHA supplementation of pregnant and breastfeeding women failed to find any clear and consistent short- or long-term benefit for psychomotor, mental, visual, or physical development. Perhaps DHA supplementation during pregnancy has no effect because the body wisely protects the growth of the baby’s brain by drawing off of maternal stores of DHA, upregulating maternal DHA synthesis, and preferentially shuttling it to the fetus. But what if moms don’t start out with large maternal stores? In other words, maybe DHA failed to help women who were already getting enough, but perhaps women with very low intakes would benefit from DHA supplementation. My video Should Vegan Women Supplement with DHA During Pregnancy? explores the evidence available to date.

It’s interesting to note that, by 1978, researchers already were suggesting a plant-based diet as the diet of choice in the treatment of our number-one killer, heart disease, but babies breastfed by vegan moms had significantly less DHA in their bloodstreams, presumably because the moms had significantly less DHA in their breast milk.

The question is whether these differences are of any consequence. The growth and development of vegan and vegetarian born children are normal as long as they’re getting their B12, and “[t]here is no evidence that neural or intellectual functions are impaired.” In fact, the two studies we have on kids in vegetarian communities showed they had higher IQs, though that may be because their parents tended to be better educated. However, even though the kids seemed fine, that doesn’t rule out the possibility that there may be some “subtle differences…in visual or neural functioning.”

It would be interesting to compare the function of babies getting vegan breast milk levels versus general population levels. In one of the studies I profile in my video, it shows that vegans hit a level of 14, vegetarians 30, and omnivores 37. Another study compared 0 to 32, 64, and 96, and, though 32 worked better than 0, more than 32 didn’t add anything. This could explain why the general population at 37 doesn’t benefit from additional DHA supplementation. But what about down at 14? Most studies at that level show no advantage over 0, though one study found a benefit supplementing at as low as 5, but that doesn’t help us.

Just because babies breastfed by vegan moms have significantly lower DHA levels in the blood, that doesn’t necessarily mean they have lower levels in their brain, which is where it counts. What we need is a randomized, controlled trial in non-fish-eaters of DHA supplementation. Until then, it’s going to remain uncertain. So, what should pregnant and breastfeeding women who avoid fish do in the meanwhile? Low intake of DHA doesn’t “necessarily equate with fetal DHA inadequacy,” but new data suggest that some infants may not be getting enough and could benefit from their moms supplementing. Given this, I recommend pregnant and breastfeeding women on plant-based diets to follow the consensus guidelines to get about 200mg of preformed DHA from an uncontaminated source, like algae oil, which is probably the best combination for all women given the state of our world to minimize exposure to toxic pollutants such as dioxins, PCBs, and mercury. 


To gain a better understanding of why algae oil is better than purified fish oil, I encourage you to watch my video Should Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Take DHA.

I’ve discussed concerns about pollutants in seafood during pregnancy in a number of my videos:

Finally, for more on taking long-chain omega-3s to protect your heart, see: 

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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a Holiday Gift Guide to help you find something for everyone on your list

With the holiday season fast approaching, I thought it’d be fun to put together a Holiday Gift Guide to help you find something for everyone on your list. This is a collection of some of my kitchen favorites, items my family loves, and some things I have my eye on for family, friends–and even myself! Here are my picks:

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The Alpha and Omega … one of God’s many names that define His ability, and also His foresight. God knows the beginning and the end of all things, including what it takes to maintain His creation, the human body. The Garden of Eden not only provided the first two humans a place to live but also the types of food they needed to keep their physical bodies fit and sound.

God makes His instructions clear in Genesis 1:29: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.“ Raw and natural foods come from living plants, which is what our “living” bodies need to thrive. As God’s medicine, a plant-based diet takes “the ultimate” proactive approach to health and well-being.

The Body’s Self-Healing Potential

The human body remains in a constant state of healing and repair, from cuts and bruises to new cell and tissue generation. The body’s potential for self-healing inevitably rests on the quality of food we eat. Raw and natural foods act as God’s medicine, supporting the body’s ability to heal and maintain optimal health. Unlike processed foods, such as sugar-laden treats and fatty meats, raw plant foods contain living enzymes and vitality, which are critical to maintaining the body on a cellular and system level. The “living” state of raw plants can be seen in how a carrot, when placed in water, will sprout roots.

A diet of “dead” food only leaves the body with less vitality to fend for itself, which becomes increasingly harder with age. When fed a consistent diet of living food, the body regains its natural self-healing potential and can fend off sickness and disease.

God’s Medicine—The Components

Raw Foods

Raw foods include any and all garden-grown fruits and vegetables. In their natural state, these foods are nutrient-dense, containing everything the human body needs to thrive. These types of foods should make up 85 percent of a healthy-eating lifestyle. The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables not only produce optimal physical health but also enhance your emotional well-being and sense of contentment. Foods that make up this category include:

  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Natural sweets, such as date-nut squares and fruit smoothies
  • Whole grains, including granola, oats, and muesli
  • Beans, including sprouted garbanzos, raw peas, and sprouted lentils

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Cooked Starches

Raw fruits and vegetables may well provide the body’s nutrient and fiber needs, but protein is equally important. The cooked starches portion of God’s medicine is also garden-grown but eaten in cooked form as opposed to raw form. Cooked starches provide the needed calorie counts that maintain a healthy weight, along with the protein materials that help build cells and tissues. Cooked grains, beans, sweet potatoes, and homemade soups are just a few foods that fit the bill.

Foods Designed for the Human Body

God has imbued the human body with a natural intelligence that maintains its systems. While medical treatments can deliver positive results, any healing that occurs relies on the body’s self-healing abilities to work. God’s medicine (the natural foods that grow from the earth) is designed to nourish the natural intelligence that maintains the body. Psalm 103:5 says it this way: “ … who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

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It’s Our Choice to Make: God’s Medicine vs. Man’s Medicine

Each one of us has the freedom to choose the form of medicine that will sustain our health, and it all boils down to two choices: God’s medicine vs. man’s medicine. God’s medicine sustains wellness. Man’s medicine treats sickness and disease. Revelations 18:24 brings up an important point: “. . . for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” Interesting enough, the word sorceries comes from the Greek language, meaning pharmacy and pharmaceuticals or drugs. Drugs have become the go-to solutions in man’s medicine, treating sickness and disease, as opposed to supporting the natural intelligence that our bodies hold.

Unfortunately, disease results when we don’t give our bodies the food it should have. In effect, the serpent in the Garden of Eden didn’t just deceive Eve but also used food to do it. Ultimately, the choice between man’s medicine and God’s medicine boils down to watching our bodies struggle with sickness and disease or living long, healthy, vibrant lives.

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