nutrition

Chicken Liver Pate

Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods out there! Full of B-vitamins, minerals, and protein, it’s a superstar food to include on a weekly basis. If you naturally love liver, I’m jealous! Pate and hiding it in meatloaves or other dishes is the only way I find it palatable. Most of the time, I’ll even buy the pate because I’d rather not prepare it myself. Or, at least that used to be the case. Enter this recipe. For whatever reason, I have no problem cooking up this pate and eating it straight away. It was even delicious warm. I know, I wasn’t expecting that either. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Chicken Liver Pate

1 pound chicken livers, preferably pasture raised
1 shallot, minced
1/2 cup butter, divided
1/2 cup red wine
4 cloves roasted garlic*
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 sprig rosemary
1 tablespoon lemon juice
sea salt

Method
1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add chicken livers and shallot and cook until browned.

2. Add red wine, roasted garlic, dijon, thyme & rosemary to the skillet and cook until most of the liquid is gone. Add lemon juice.

3. Transfer liver mixture and butter to a food processor and process until smooth. Add sea salt to taste.

4. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week. I usually freeze half the mixture in smaller mason jars.

Serve with almond flour or flaxseed crackers, apple slices, salami & raw cheese. Also delicious heated in pan with steamed or roasted vegetables.

*Roasted garlic: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Take a full head of garlic and chop about a 1/2-inch off from the top. Drizzle exposed cloves with olive oil and wrap the head of garlic in tin foil. Roast for 30-40 minutes.

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A diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis generally means supplemental thyroid hormone will be needed long-term but there are absolutely things you could be doing to reduce your antibody levels and keep you on the lowest possible dose necessary to feel well.

#1 Selenium

Selenium plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormone as well as in many aspects of the immune system. That is why even a mild selenium deficiency can contribute to increased antibody levels. Selenium status can be improved simply by consuming 2-3 Brazil nuts each day. So simple!

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Sleep sets the foundation for all of our physiological rhythms. The thyroid, like all of our endocrine glands, releases hormones at a different rate during different times of the day and in different situations. We also do a majority of our healing at night, which means if sleep is disturbed the potential for healing is greatly reduced, if not eliminated. By establishing a strong foundation of sleep, the endocrine and immune systems can begins to rebalance and heal.

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Even though we talk about the thyroid as an isolated glad, it is part of a greater whole within the endocrine system. The thyroid is most directly linked to the adrenal glands and the sex glands (ovaries/testes) so anything that effects those other these organs also effects the thyroid. I’m mostly talking about hormone disruptors as substances that mimic estrogen in the body. The list of hormone disruptors that are a part of most people’s lives every day is astounding. So many chemicals are allowed into our homes, onto our skin, in the air we breathe, and in the food we eat. The most effective ways of reducing daily exposures to chemicals is by eating organic, whole foods, drinking filtered water, and utilizing skin care and cleaning products that are chemical-free. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a couple wonderful platforms, Skin Deep and Dirty Dozen, to help make the world of chemical avoidance so much easier.  

#5 Heal Your Childhood Trauma 

The thyroid matures when a child is between 4 and 7 years old. Any trauma experienced during that time can affect how well the thyroid gland functions for the rest of one’s life. Traumas are can be anything that your nervous system wasn't not prepared to handle at the time and can include things like moving, the death of a friend or family member, abuse or being teased or bullied at school. Addressing the lasting effects of childhood traumas can be an incredible way of supporting the body to heal itself. Homeopathy is my favorite of gently supporting a person’s release of long-held trauma, no matter how significant. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) can also be helpful in this process.

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