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Zyto Scan

Have you every heard of a Zyto Scan? This may be a little out there for some of you, but I would encourage you to open your mind to the possibility that it works. Because of some experience I have had in the past with Naturopaths and other holistic health doctors, I believe the body can tell you what you need. I have done bio meridian testing and muscle testing before so this is another tool like those that measure electric pulses in your body and which organ systems are being stressed. The results for me were spot on. Maybe a little embarrassing, but spot on. I had rushed off the last two mornings without my normal routine of meditation, water, reading and (do I dare say) my morning poop. Yep, I said it. I hadn’t had a bowel movement for two days, which isn’t normal for me unless I am off of my normal routine. I have always struggled with my digestion and still am trying to work on my gut so that it’s not such a struggle for me when I don’t have the perfect situation. You’ll see from my testing that it was spot on.

Here is my video with my friend Kaylee Powers. She is an expert in Ameo Essential Oils.

Let me know if you want to try this amazing Zyto Scan out for yourself.

Since I came up with digestive problems, I thought I would share the best things I know of that has helped me with the system gets backed up. Here are some suggestions to help with having good bowel movements everyday.

1. Start the day with a quart of water. I usually put 1 tsp of hymalayn Sea Salt in mine to rehydrate my cells. I also drink water with a half lemon squeezed into it. If you drink this warm it helps even more. My normal routine is water with salt, reading scriptures, prayer, meditation and if no urge has occurred, then I go do my workout. I then drink lemon water the rest of the morning until I am reading to break my fast from the night. If I haven’t gone yet, this usually does the trick when I sit down to do my emails and have that warm lemon water, which is also great for the liver.

2. Move in the morning. I love to workout in the morning. I get it done and it is great for your cortisol to get moving also. Yoga moves are especially helpful with digestion. If you do “cat” and “cow” moves and some sun salutations in the morning as part of your mediation, then that can really help. Everyone should be enjoying exercising and finding something they love to do. Walking is wonderful, HITT training, weight lifting, your favorite sport, Zumba, really you just need to move everyday.

3. Take magnesium the night before. I would dare say that everyone is deficient in magnesium because of the lack of minerals in the soil and hence in our food. Magnesium helps you sleep and relax so it’s perfect to take before bed. Magnesium Glycinate is well absorbed and you can order it with no shipping at NutriKey online. Also Magnesium Lactate is a great source because it isn’t synthetic and is a whole food option for magnesium. It is from Standard Process and you can buy it here in Sandy, Utah from Dr. Stockwell’s office.

4. Take Vitamin C in the morning and night. Vitamin C is wonderful for stress, the formation of collagen and connective tissue, immune boosting, helping with free radical damage and its used to manufacture glutathione, which the most powerful antioxidant in the body. I am trying Standard Process’s Cyrutta Plus, which is food based. Another brand that is good is by Solaray and you take 1-2 mg a day.

5. Flax Seeds- This is something that if everything else fails, will work for me and my body. I take 1-2 TBS of golden flax seeds and put them in a coffee grinder, then I pour it into 8 oz of water and mix and drink. I usually do this at night if I didn’t have a good bowel movement that day and I am guaranteed that tomorrow it will be award winning!! You can do this everyday if you really struggle with digestion. It doesn’t taste great, but you just drink it down and your done. It’s important to take this with water to really do the job were looking for it to do.

6. Put 1-2 drops of Ameo essential oil,  Gest-Calm into your morning water everyday. I just started doing this after this scan and it has been great to add to my routine.

Everything got right back on track once I realized that I needed to put all these 6 things into practice. I feel like this is an important topic and no one should be embarrassed about it. We need to be making sure that the body is getting rid of all the toxins inside of us through our poop, urine, and sweat. That’s the only way they come out, so we need to make sure everything is working right.

Update on Angie is that she is starting another round of Chemo this week. Thank you for all your prayers for her. I know they are helping her. She is an amazing women and is still fighting everyday for her life.

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What Foods can heal?

I just wanted to let everyone know how Angie is doing lately. I really wish I lived closer to I could tell you a little more about how she is doing, but from our phone conversations, she is hanging in there. She was in and out of the hospital this past few weeks. She thankfully got home yesterday. They did a surgery to stop some internal bleeding. It was very scary to think about her and what she was going through, but through prayers and our Heavenly Father, she is home now. We are still praying for a miracle and believe that through the Lord all is possible if it’s his will. I know that so many of us are being changed for the better just through watching Angie go through this. Trials are what change us. It seems like such a helpless situation when it’s the ones you love and not yourself. You wish you could do more, but really that is when I realized that I can do more through my prayers and my Savior, more can be done. I know that our prayers are answered through others, so thank you to all who have been there and helped Angie and her family in so many ways. I know the doctors are guided more through our prayers. I also know that all of us that can go to the temple and put her name on the prayer roll are doing more by letting the Lord bless Angie. We love you Angie!

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Recent 4th of July photo of Angie and her husband Justin.
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Foods that heal the Muscular System

I have a real testimony of how food can heal the body. I know that Angie has tried her best to eat the things that support the body in all the healing that she is trying to do right now with the cancer treatments she is undergoing. I KNOW that it makes a difference.

I have seen this over and over again in my own body and also my family. Just a few examples is that when I was 30 years old. I felt like I was going thru pre-menopause. It was crazy. I was losing way too much hair, not sleeping at night, having night sweats, irregular periods, if any at all, and even started to get some gray hairs. I was wearing contacts and glasses at the time, which I had worn for about 6 years. I had skin issues and my hair was not just thinning but was breaking all the time and course. I lost the outer 1/3 of my eyebrows and was having constipation problems.  Later, I realized I was having thyroid issues even though the blood test I took told me everything was “normal” with me. Well, after changing my diet from the SAD diet, (standard American Diet) to one full of live plant foods, I started to have less of these symptoms. I was drinking green smoothies everyday, then started to add salads into my food everyday. My next step for soaking and sprouting the grains I ate and making fermented foods. After about two years, I started to notice that my eyesight was getting better, so much that I stopped wearing my contacts and glasses and still don’t to this day. I also started to sleep better and my skin and digestion was improving. I stopped losing so much hair and it started to grow faster. The only thing that wasn’t improving was my periods, so I keep researching and reading. I decided that I need to add more healthy fats into my diet and organic grass-fed meats, organ meats, pastured eggs, coconut oil and MTC oil, avocados, and even sardines. My periods started to come again and were even consistent. I have had them every month for the past year and half, which is really abnormal for me.

When I went on the GAPS diet to continue to further heal my gut, I also added many supplements from Standard Process. These are all food and plant based supplements, not synthetic vitamins. Just this last week I noticed a wart that I have had for 15 years starting to go away. That may seem so small to most people, but I have tried everything over the years to get rid of it. It was under my nail bed and after many doctor acts, shots, burns, oils, duct tape, you name it- it never would go away. It is barely there now. In just the last two weeks it has went away. I remember reading that warts are caused by mineral deficiencies. I don’t know if that’s true, but I think all the amazing supplements and bone broth I have been eating has made the difference. Now if I can just get rid of my gray hair, that would be AMAZING!

This blog post is just to get you to think about how much FOOD really does matter!!! I could go on and on about the small things that I have seen improve in my kids and husband because of what they put into their bodies everyday with their food. Sometimes you can see things instantly and others things take years to heal.  It’s not about perfection, but are you feeding your body what it needs to heal? I made this little video to tell you about all the amazing food we are blessed to eat if we choose.

Happy Birthday Angie!!

Happy 41st Birthday Angie Eller!!!

I love you more than words can say. I hope your day is filled with love and hope. It is amazing how many people are praying for you. Your such a special women. Your my hero. These are a few of the photos I could find. It is so funny to think about how big our hair was in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Wow, that was some serious work and hairspray, especially on my hair. I know some of these photos you will probably hate, but I think you looked beautiful always so just embrace it. I always wanted to be more like you.

Love you sis!

Pray for Angie

My sweet sister is in the hospital. She has been doing the infusion treatments of chemotherapy. When I talked with her yesterday morning, she was so tired she couldn’t walk her dog, which is something she does and has been doing every morning. She has been coughing a lot, which is what she did before because of the fluid in her lungs caused by the lung cancer. She unfortunately has been coughing up blood and last night she had to be admitted into the hospital for a blood transfusion. The cancer is still growing, despite the chemo treatments. They aren’t sure what to do next. I have never felt so helpless in my life. The only one to turn to now is the Lord.

I am asking all who see this to please say an extra prayer for my sister today. If you can share this post, I know there is power in prayer and we need that power. I know many of you don’t know her personally, but she is an angel. She is the most self-less, kind, patient, beautiful, smart, determined women I know. She has lived her life for her children and husband. She has done everything for them including working full-time their whole marriage and working the night shifts so she could be home with them when they needed her. She is an amazing mother and has kept her family together despite some serious challenges and trials.  She needs a miracle. I don’t know if it’s the Lords will, but if it is, will you please pray with us for her?

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Healthy Hollandaise Sauce

I wanted to post an update on Angie. She is in the middle of her infusion Chemotherapy  treatments. They sound pretty rough. She has been really tired, nauseated, and is couching more lately. We all constantly worry about her, but just have to trust the Lord and believe with all our hearts that the treatments are working. There is no other choice right now, but to think positive. I realized the best I can do for her, is to go to the temple every week and do initiators. The blessings for the body with the initiatory endowment is absolutely amazing. I have been able to do this for the last three weeks and it’s really my life that it has blessed. I have felt more patient and more at peace just from going every week to the temple. This life is hard and we just are not going to understand why certain things happen to people we love. This life is definitely a test. Angie is helping me be better and live a better life. I believe the Lord is with her in this battle.

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I wrote this blog post last week before I left for a family reunion but never got to finish it up, so it’s a few days old. No, I didn’t just get done swimming on a Sunday. 🙂 This is just a quick easy recipe to add some variety to your healthy meals your making for your family.

I love summer!! I love not having to rush my kids out of bed and force them to eat before they are hungry and rush to carpool. I love being in the water and sun everyday. I love having fun with my kids and laughing more. I am so grateful for Angie being my greatest teacher this past year and half. I am really trying to make the most of each day, or at least make some great moments in each day. It is so hard to keep the perspective of what’s really important. I just get stressed out about things that don’t really matter in the long run, but we are all human and that is part of living this human experience on this earth.

Last night, I made a quick video, which I debated because I hadn’t brushed my hair since swimming in the pool and have no make up on, so I don’t look great. But you know what, I am just not going to worry about that this summer. This is such a simple sauce and so good! My favorite way to use this is over some baked wild salmon. We used it poured over our broccoli last night and still divine. This recipe is from Dave Asprey.

Bulletproof Hollandaise Sauce

• 2 Pastured Egg Yolks

• 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

• Pinch Of Sea Salt

• Dash Of Cayenne Pepper (Optional – Leave Out If You’re Sensitive)

• ½ Cup Melted Grass-Fed Unsalted Butter Or Ghee

• Small Bunch Fresh Parsley (For Optional Garnish)

Mix the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne in a blender on low for about 30 seconds, then slowly pour in the melted butter or ghee. And once the mixture has emulsified and thickened, you’re done! Top with a garnish of parsley if you choose.

How do I balance my hormones naturally?

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I had the opportunity this weekend to speak at a Relief Society Conference for the LDS church. I was speaking on the Word of Wisdom for our day and Self Reliance. It was so hard for me to narrow down what I wanted to speak on because I am so passionate about how what we take into our body, really does and can make a difference to how we feel each day. I have seen it in my own life and loved ones. As I was telling everyone my story and telling them about those I love that are going through illness and sickness, I could see all the women shaking their heads. I knew every single one of those 40 sisters, either had health problems themselves or knew someone very close to them that was. After the class I had a few sisters tell me about their battle with cancer, or their loved ones battle. I had some sisters relate to me their own autoimmune health problems and hormonal problems. One sweet lady asked me if I would go into more details about my hormones and how I have been able to get them back into balance and start having regular periods again. This post is for her and her lovely daughter.

This has been my personal journey and still is my mission. I am still working on keeping my hormones balance, especially as I get older. I notice that there are a few main things I need to do to really keep things into check. Just last week, I did a 100 mile bike race. That is not normal for me to do such long endurance exercise, but I was invited by a lovely group of women that I just couldn’t say no to spending the weekend with them. I loved the whole experience, but I know my body and doing things like that, especially without a lot of training are a huge stress to my body and hormones. I actually skipped my period just during the few weeks of riding such long miles because it was such a stress to my system.  It made me realize that I need to go back to make sure I am doing all of the things I have learned and be kind to my body.

I have to be very conscious of how my body is feeling everyday and what it needs. If I wake up exhausted, then I change my workout to a long walk outside or some yoga. We also have to feed our body what it needs to rebuild and restore. The last thing is to really think about what endocrine disruptors are you putting on in and onto your body everyday. All the chemicals, fragrances, cleaners, beauty products, shampoos, hairsprays, and more are all being absorbed into our body and really do affect our hormones. I didn’t have my period for over 6 months straight just a few years ago. I was irregular for months before that. In the last year, when I put all the pieces together, I was finally able to start having my periods every month, 28 days apart. It was like a miracle since I had been to 3 different doctors over the last 6 years. They all wanted to put me on prescription medications to help but I didn’t want to go that route. I felt great, but just knew there was something I was missing. I studied and tried new things and this is what really started to help my hormones and continues to help me stay in balance.

Here are my top 10 things that have made the difference for me.

1. Adding healthy fats into my diet everyday. There are Kerrygold Grass-fed butter, organic coconut oil, avocados, and high quality animal fats-(I do this through bone broth everyday).

2. Adding grass-fed meats into my diet, especially organ meats. Here is my recipe for liver that you will actually love. I was so surprised that I like this recipe:  Liver

3. Adding wild caught fish, especially salmon and sardines into my diet every week.

4. Improving my sleep and my setting my circadian rhythm for the day. Here is my Sleeping Tips link to my blog post. You can also get a video if you sign up to be on my email list @thehealthmama.com.

5. Started meditating every morning, taking deep breaths and visualizing my body working well, smiling, and seeing my day in a positive way.

6. Making sure I was still getting organic vegetables into me at every meal and not eating processed foods from a package.

7. Avoid toxic cleaners and beauty products. They are so easy to make and save you a lot of money. I have lots of recipes on this site or there are tons out there.

8. Exercising everyday but not overdoing it. I love short burst training workout to get my heart rate up and burn fat. They are about 20 minutes long and then they are done. You are not over stressing your body like long cardio can do for you. The body can be very sensitive to this for some people. I am one of them. Listen to your body. I recommend doing a little yoga everyday along with some deep tissue work.

9. Don’t eat processed, refined sugar. This doesn’t mean you can’t ever have treat. We actually have them every single day at our house. I don’t want anyone to every feel deprived and I am hoping my kids will choose those over what they get when they leave my house. Be creative and use whole foods. We currently are loving our frozen berries or cherries from Costco, drizzled with some raw honey and either homemade yogurt or coconut cream on top. We also make our own homemade ice cream out of full fat coconut milk, raw honey, vanilla, and egg yolks. Just search the internet and keep them clean. Use the sweetness that nature gives you, like local fruit in it’s season.  Just watch the amount of carbohydrates your getting everyday so that your insulin isn’t getting spiked all day long.

10. Find someone you can buy eggs from that has pastured chickens. It is not expensive for what you get. Keep your yolk runny so you can really get all the nutrients in the yolk. I love to have mine on top of my salads. I fry it in a little ghee or grass fed butter and sea salt.

One other thing, start your day with a quart of filtered water, either with fresh lemon juice or 1/2-1 tsp unrefined sea salt, like a Himalayan salt. This will help feed your adrenal glands and also hydrate your body for the day. The lemon will help your liver to detox. You can do both if you like the taste. The Himalayan salt is kind of sweet so it’s not hard to drink at all.

Good luck my new friends. Be patient and consistent and love yourself. There is a wonderful book that I have read more than once. It is by Dave Asprey, called The Better Baby Book. I read it not because I was pregnant, but because it is all about helping women to prepare to have a baby and get their hormones back on track. It’s great for women struggling with infertility or even women going through menopause.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

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Yes, I said Bacon. If you would have asked me when I was going through my Vegan phase if I would ever eat bacon again in my life, I would have told you absolutely not. Man, I was really missing out on some amazing flavors. Let me say that I don’t believe that bacon is a health food and I don’t believe we should consume large amounts of it on a daily basis. A little goes a long way to add flavor. I use 1-2 pieces on my salads all the time with a few fried eggs that have the yolk runny. They are delicious salads if I do say so myself!!

Just like any meat, there are big differences in what kind of bacon you buy and if it will contribute to disease by eating it. I recommend pastured pork from a local farm if possible. I know that is hard for a lot of people. You can order pastured pork, online from Pete’s Paleo. They give you a discount on your first order. It is like a ham almost. You can tell this stuff is the real deal and it’s delicious. You can also buy nitrate free, less processed bacon at Costco by AppleGate Farms or at your local health food store. Yes, it is three time the amount of money, but it is a different food than the cheap stuff. It is worth the money, just use less and eat it less often.

This is one of my favorite recipes from Diane Sanflippo. It is easy, delicious and my family loves it. We buy organic chicken thighs when we can. If your not buying organic, I suggest taking the skin off the chicken but when it’s organic, you can leave it on. There is a lot of fat in this recipe, but if its organic meats than it is a healing fat and won’t hurt you at all. I like to turn the chicken breast about half way through so that both sides gets the bacon cooked a little crispy. You can just cook it a little longer depending on how thick of bacon you use.

Bacon-Wrapped Smoky Chicken Thighs
Yield: Approximately 4 servings.
Click here for estimated nutrition facts.

Ingredients:
4 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
8 slices of bacon
2 tsp Smoky Spice Blend
Preparation: Preheat oven to 375. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with 1 tsp of Smoky Spice Blend, then wrap each one in 2 strips of bacon. Sprinkle with the remaining Smoky Spice Blend and bake for approximately 40 minutes. Enjoy! Smoky Spice Blend: Ingredients:

1 Tbsp chipotle powder
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp onion powder (eliminate to make this FODMAP-free)
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp sea salt
1/2 Tbsp black pepper
Preparation: Combine all spices in a bowl, then store in a small container. Yield: 4 bacon-wrapped chicken thighs

Roasted Cauliflower

Update: Angie is doing Chemotherapy Treatments and trying her best to stay optimistic. She has been tired and the nausea hits in the evenings. Please continue to pray for her. There is such strength in numbers and I believe in the power of prayer.

Last night we celebrated my daughter Ella’s birthday. She got to pick where to go out to eat and picked Texas Roadhouse, mostly because of their delicious, melt in your mouth rolls. Keep in mind that the kids just finished their clean eating, healing and nourishing GAPS diet. I could see the damage coming. I knew this was going to be a rough night for me and watching my kids eat these all night, except Isaac because of his gluten intolerance. Well, it was worse than I thought because not only was their rolls, but because I let the kids order what they wanted even after trying to prompt them to get some “better” options, I told them it was up to them. My kids didn’t pick good choices, had chocolate milk and lemonade, kept eating rolls and really had a great time. Adam and I paid the price because they were so hyper and bouncing off the walls the rest of the night. I am just gearing up for Isaac’s headache today. I hope that doesn’t happen, but there is a good chance it will. Why is it so dang hard to get your family to eat healthy?

I know this is real life and life is to enjoyed, including food. I guess I don’t understand what is enjoyable about eating the food that doesn’t make you feel good and actually makes you feel horrible later on. I also remember how horrible I used to eat and how addicting those foods are. Logically, I know that my kids have to live in the real world and make their own choices and live with their own consequences. What is that balance? We don’t eat out often, especially fast food, so hopefully that helps. They did so amazing on our GAPS diet last month, that it just kills me to watch them eat such bad foods. I am still their mom and it’s not like they bought their own meal last night, but I also told them it was ultimately up to them. Letting the control go, is really hard for me. I have to hope that they will come to recognize the difference in how they feel when they eat food that nourish and heals and then foods that cause disease and inflammation. Today, we are filling up our meals with foods that will nourish them, especially after last night. My goal is to always have a safe place for good food at our home, including wonderful treats and tasty meals. Sometimes it is so easy and simple we forget about basic vegetables being so delicious.

This is one of those recipes that is almost silly to post because it is so easy. I have already shared how easy it is to roast your vegetables, but sometimes we just need the reminder of the simplicity of just eating real foods.

This roasting method is highly adaptable, so feel free to use any oil and seasonings you like. I’ve been using a garlic-infused olive oil for extra flavor lately, but using coconut oil also makes this roasted vegetable practically melt in your mouth! Topped with a generous sprinkle of sea salt, it’s the perfect way to get anyone to enjoy more vegetables– including my toddler!

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Easy Roasted Cauliflower
Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

1 large head cauliflower, chopped into small florets
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive or (melted) coconut oil
Sea salt & black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F and arrange the cauliflower florets into a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. (You may need to use two pans to fit them into a single layer, depending on the size of your cauliflower and baking sheets.) Drizzle the cauliflower with the oil and use your hands to toss the cauliflower directly in the pan, making sure to rub and coat the vegetables evenly in oil. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and pepper, as desired.

Place the pan(s) in the center of the preheated oven and roast for 35 to 45 minutes, until the cauliflower is golden and tender enough that it is easily pierced with a fork. (The smaller you chop the florets, the faster they cook– so, the smaller the better!)

Top 10 cancer treatments and my favorite Liver recipe

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I always am thinking about my sister. I don’t think a day goes by that I haven’t thought about her about 100 times. She is my inspiration to try and live better each day. She is my reminder of what is important and helps me to stay close to the Lord because I know she needs his help and so do all of us that love her. This life is meant to have trials, challenges, pain, heartache, and suffering. It can be hard to understand but we truly cannot change or become the person we need to be unless we are tried, challenged, stretched, and tested. I don’t know why it seems like some people are tested more than others. The Lord just wants us to come to him and he will help you through any trial that you have to bear.

Angie starts Chemo tomorrow, so let’s all pray for her and her body’s ability to fight this cancer.

I wanted to share this blog post by Dr. Josh Axe. I love his website. If your not following him on Facebook, you should. He is smart, open, and giving with all he has learned. He has a personal story with his mother and cancer so he has done the work helping to support her in healing.

Here is the link to his article:

http://draxe.com/10-natural-cancer-treatments-hidden-cures/

If you noticed that liver was on his list. I want to help everyone start eating more organ meats, including me and my family.

This recipe has been the best one that I have found to get liver into you. No more liver smoothie’s for me or swallowing chunks of raw liver. I’m serious!! You have to try this. Mary from the Paleo Chef came up with this recipe.

Bangin’ Liver
1/3 cup cooking oil/fat of choice (I prefer ghee)
1 lb calf’s or chicken liver, chopped
6 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 chili pepper, seeded and chopped (add as many as you want to make it really spicy)
1 1/2 tbs cumin powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp cloves powder
1/4 tsp cardamon powder
Juice of one lime or lemon
1 tsp salt

Sprinkle some salt on the chopped liver
Heat up the oil/fat in a large frying pan, keep the cover nearby
Add the liver and stir carefully, allow the liver to brown
Once the liver has changed colors add all the rest of the ingredients and mix well
Cover and let cook for another 15 minutes on med-low heat
When serving, be sure to scrape some of the sauce & browning that has occurred in the pan.
Serve with an additional squeeze of lemon/lime and salt to taste
I also drizzle high quality extra virgin olive oil to top it all off.

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