My Food Style

Happy Thanksgiving!

My Food Style is once again celebrating the feast of all feasts, Thanksgiving! This time of year millions put down their diet plans and meal replacement shakes and takes hold of turkey legs and rich creamy gravy. This is not the time for you to worry about calories, and certainly not the time to worry about Interstitial Cystitis.

It has always been my goal to bring flavor to your food style. However, during this time of year, I truly want to recreate the nostalgia we all love to share. What would Thanksgiving be like if we had to cut out the classics dishes that are grandmothers so perfectly prepared? I went over last year’s menu, keeping turkey and adding chicken. However, I wanted to add some more exciting flavors and unique textures. You will find bulgur wheat and cherries highlight the menu. I included a new recipe for the turkey, which emphasizes crispy skin and juicy meat.

While the dishes may seem a bit whimsical, keep in mind, I create each one with your pallet and skill sets in mind. Thanksgiving Day can be stressful. With tons of food cooking simultaneously with in laws spilling drinks on your couch, I twisted the menu to alleviate the anxiety of this celebration. You will cook like a champion, and eat like a king.  

One of the first blogs I ever wrote was last years Thanksgiving: We are all Pilgrims blog. This year I keep it simple. Enjoy the menu and enjoy the free recipes. Most of all enjoy the family and have a Happy Thanksgiving!   

Eating Healthy With the Seasons

I love this time of year. Every deep breath is finished with a crisp cloud on the exhale, signaling that fall is officially here. In Colorado the snow has begun to creep its bittersweet face into our climate, making the early morning stroll to my car a dreaded one. As for those of you around the world conveniently located under the warmth of the sun, I envy you. Well that’s until I pull out the ski gear long forgotten in the corner of our closet. Another forgotten item usually stowed away until fall is my crock-pot. This one-dimensional cooking vessel is your hired hand. Starting dinner before breakfast is the coolest idea since the fanny pack, and much like the fanny pack, your crock-pot is all about what you put inside, fall definitely brings plenty of healthy options to mind.
Eating foods harvested during their particular season will ensure you receive their maximum nutrients. According to, Significant differences were found in the nutrient content of pasteurized milk in summer versus winter. Iodine was higher in the winter; beta-carotene was higher in the summer. The Ministry discovered that these differences in milk composition were primarily due to differences in the diets of the cows. With more salt-preserved foods in winter and more fresh plants in the summer, cows ended up producing nutritionally different milks during the two seasons.
Now do not panic and pour your milk down the kitchen sink, but be encouraged because there are several fall foods that are healthy, delicious, and grown locally. A quick list includes; apples, banana, papaya, avocados, bok choy, broccolini, cabbage, carrots, celery, leeks, mushrooms, parsnips, bell peppers, potatoes, acorn squash, broccoli, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, celery root, chayote squash, radishes, garlic, pumpkins, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, turnips, and winter squash.
Now I do not expect you to zoom to the grocery store and pile up on each item. However, you should hurry; it is only 71 days until winter! Follow the Pot Roast recipe for the ultimate crock-pot dinner.

How to Maintain Healthy Iron Levels

Do you remember the Iron Kids commercials that came about in the late nineties? Each commercial would advertise to both the parent and child using bright colors and detailed dietary information. Personally, I didn’t care for Iron Kids bread, it tasted funny. As long as my mom removed the crust I could care less if I were eating Iron Kids or Magnesium Kids bread. None the less, I gobbled it down to appease my parents and to fuel my adolescent activities. Now that I am grown and have a doctor reviewing my charts, I take my dietary deficiencies more seriously.

Living with Interstitial Cystitis does not have to diminish your iron intake. There are several foods that contain high levels of iron and are still safe for you.

“Iron is important,” the doc says to me. “Do you eat much iron, Daniel?" As he looked over my chart I’m reminded of how much I detest rhetorical questions. Who eats enough of anything? With a sense of humor I replied, “I keep a baggy of broccoli in my glove compartment and an ice jug full of vitamin C inside my fanny pack. The doctor snarled, and with his sloppy penmanship scribbled down some notes encouraging me to look into foods that are high in iron.  

I learned that without enough iron you get lethargic and could potentially become anemic, making it difficult to fight off infections and illness. Consuming a healthy amount of iron helps brain function and metabolism. Iron can increase your workout intervals, resulting in more weight loss and improved energy.

Living with Interstitial Cystitis does not have to diminish your iron intake. There are several foods that contain high levels of iron and are still safe for you.
•         Meats - beef, pork, lamb, liver, and other organ meats
•         Poultry - chicken, duck, turkey (especially dark meat)
•         Fish - shellfish, including clams, mussels, and oysters
•         Leafy greens of the cabbage family, such as broccoli, kale, turnip greens, and collards
•         Legumes - lima beans, dry beans, including pinto beans, and black-eyed peas
•         Gluten-free whole grain bread and rolls

Enjoy this free recipe. For more Interstitial Cystitis recipes containing iron rich foods visit our recipe section.

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