Every Friday, I post a photo sent in by a reader and offer feedback and comments on the meal. This is YOUR CHANCE to have your meals critiqued by a real live nutritionist. If you’d like to participate, email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your meal. I’ll choose a new one each week, so make sure to check back every Friday to see if your meal was selected! Follow me on facebook for more details and reminders.
Now, on to the fun stuff. This week, reader Kayron B. sends her beautiful dinner:
This looks awesome. They’re cute little cabbage wraps! I need to start requesting recipes to go along with the photos, LOL. This is a grain, dairy and gluten free meal. My first comment is that it looks like the cabbage leaves are steamed or cooked, which is great. Raw cabbage (and any raw cruciferous) contains goitrogenic compounds that can suppress thyroid function. Cooking deactivates the goitrogens. Raw cabbage, kale and broccoli can also cause digestive upset, so good on you for cooking your cabbage, Kayron.
There’s not much to pick on here. This meal has a good protein source, organic pork, (albeit pork is not particularly rich in beneficial fatty acids like grass fed beef, lamb and salmon) and a good mix of veggies and spices. From a culinary perspective, I would suggest using lime instead of the OJ and even cilantro too. Cilantro chelates heavy metals from the body. The only other thing I could pick on is the Sriracha. Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Sriracha, but the chemical preservatives potassium sorbate, sodium bisulfite bum me out. That’s why Nom Nom Paleo created a natural, preservative-free Sriracha. Shazam!
Mary Vance is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and author specializing in digestive health. She combines a science-based approach with natural therapies to rebalance the body. In addition to her 1:1 coaching, she offers courses to help you heal your gut and improve your health. Mary lives in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Read more about her coaching practice here and her background here.