I learned to love yams and sweet potatoes only after I moved to a gluten-free and organic diet, due to severe allergies. And only after I found out how really easy it was to make yummy organic home-made oven-baked food. And only after I discovered how really delicious these are with my scrambled eggs or over-easy organic pastured eggs breakfast!
After much resistance and arguing, “I can’t give up my breads!” I finally got to a point where I simply had to find a healthier way to eat. No more glutenous breads or grains for me if I wanted any semblance of a quality of life again.
My Naturopathic Doctor gave me a pdf list of suggested eating, which helped me let go of any resistance in order to surrender into my new state of becoming healthy. Fortunately, after a week or so I knew I would never go back to eating bread again, because I began feeling so much better. No, I wasn’t where I wanted to be, but I just knew that if I stuck to this new way of eating, I would regain my health. I then bought a paleo cookbook and began experimenting in the kitchen.
Apparently, in generations past, our ancestors didn’t eat grain. Rather, they seemed to know intuitively what to eat and what to avoid as far as food. This video claims that grains possess a strong outer layer that breaks down the gut villi and microvilli, which are small hairlike structures in the intestines. One illustration I heard that helped me understand what that might look like is to compare my gut villi to a shag carpet. If I eat grain, the shag will get worn down, not unlike a smooth office carpet. From that image, I realized I couldn’t have proper digestion if I lost my “shaggy” intestinal villi.
At the beginning of the agricultural age, the “fake-food industry” began mis-informing the population in order to promote gorging on grains. In fact, the industry-promoted food guides tells us over and over that grains are the most important diet ingredient we “should” be eating: “And eat mostly grain!” Look at the results of that propaganda. I’m here to tell you that grains can be very harmful to certain body types. One in four adults and one in 10 children in Canada are now living with obesity. This means roughly six million Canadians are affected by this condition. Please do your own research because I’m not a doctor. I only know what works for me. I would have likely died already if I kept on eating grains because it was killing my gut flora and degrading my health.
Oh, how I do digress. Back to this yummy baked yam I’ve been making since working with my Naturopathic Doctor.
Yummy Baked Yam
1 large yam, cut into 1/2 inch chunks (or Sweet Potatoes)
2 Tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil
Sprinkle of Herbamare Original (or sea salt)
Sprinkle of organic garlic powder
Sprinkle of parsley leaves
Set oven at 350 degrees
Melt the Coconut Oil on a cookie sheet, which only takes a few minutes
Distribute yam chunks on cookie sheet
Sprinkle Herbamare and organic garlic powder on yam chunks
Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees
Turn yam chunks over
Bake for another 10 minutes
Remove from oven place in serving dish
Lightly sprinkle with parsley leaves
I suggest using all-organic ingredients to avoid unwanted herbicides or pesticides used by today’s food industry.
If you’re wondering what to do with the baked yams, I fry them with onions and enjoy them with a couple of fried eggs. It’s a delicious, nutritious paleo-style breakfast!
I welcome your comments!