Olive pate

(Pâté, of course)

Olive pate is surely the easiest of all pastes to make and with its delicious piquant flavour certainly one of the healthiest and best.

Because of a substance called oleocanthal it makes up an important part of any chiropractic website.

And, because of its purely Mediterranean vegetarian origins there is no way you might confuse it with dog food which certainly goes for liver pâté for example.

Sometimes I hate the web; it won't allow me to spell pâté properly with the little do dahs on the a and the e in the headline; Googs gives me the two's up. Apologies to the purists.

Olive pate

De-pitting olives

Using a strong glass, squash the olives. The pits come out easily, pop them into the jar and the flesh into the blender. Careful not to muddle them up!



INGREDIENTS

  1. A cup of pitted black olives
  2. A quarter of a clove of raw garlic (and better still drop two or three cloves of garlic into a drop of water and bring to the boil for half a minute - it takes out the bite of raw garlic, but of course you lose some of the nutrient value of raw food)
  3. A couple tablespoons of olive oil.
  4. A couple slices of peeled lemon, pulp and all. Watch out for pips.
  5. Optional: A teaspoon of cream or feta cheese. But then you must enjoy it within a day or two.
  6. Optional: Tapenade. Simply add in a couple of teaspoons of capers and perhaps a half a teaspoon of anchovy paste.

Simply throw together and use this blender. The conventional one is too messy and the ingredients will hardly reach the blades. A stick blender is a must for every kitchen. I like this one, around $35 because it's more powerful than el-cheapo has comes with a plastic mixing jug. The underpowered blenders are too weak for making hummus.


Rinse the olives and capers before chopping.

Normally I don't keep pitted olives. They're not half so nice as whole fruit but sometimes I cheat. Or, if I'm feeling virtuous or the huge 6 lb can we buy needs finishing then I do it properly; pit the black beauties and suck the pits dry.


If you cut the olive once and give it a good press with a strong glass, the pit usually pops out. It takes about 10 minutes to do a whole cup. But if you miss just one pip, you run the risk of breaking a tooth, or smashing your blender.

If you decide not to use the pitted, carefully go through the flesh a second time with a fork. Today I was ultra careful, and one pip still got through.

If you want your pâté on bread just add less olive oil; makes great lunch sandwiches. If you want it to go on a salad than add more extra virgin.

Keep your olive pate in a small bottle covered with a thin layer of olive oil to stop it oxidising and then refrigerate. It doesn't keep indefinitely, but it's so delicious it won't last anyway.

Tip:

Half the work is cleaning the blender afterwards. I usually go right on and make another dip. Tonight I first made the olive pâté, and then Baba Ghanoush; so easy, using eggplant's anti cholesterol properties.



When you're in the swing of things, it's easy to keep going. Took no more than another 10 minutes to make up a bottle of our favourite Olive Garden Salad dressing. You've already got the lemon slices , and I usually add a slither of hot pepper to my Olive pate, and the rest into the olive oil dressing. Olive Garden Salad dressing ...

Honest injun, all three took no more than an hour to make, though I haven't washed the blender yet. Make sure you pull the plug first. It'll make fine work of your fingers should you inadvertently touch the ON button.



So, why is a chiropractic website fascinated with a olive pate recipe. Olives contain a substance called oleocanthal which is a natural anti inflammatory and oxidant. It's what we call in medical terms a COX inhibitor.

Whilst the main cause of osteoarthritis is joint fixations which cause immobilisation arthritis, there are over 100 forms of arthritis. IA is just the most common; almost no one escapes it. Any natural antiinflammatories that we can consume, particularly when in it's in food so delicious as olives, should form part and parcel of the healthy living tips on any Chiropractic website; think olive oil benefits.

Thought: Tragically so many men drop dead within two years of retiring. The reasons are complex, but loving healthy food I'm absolutely convinced is one of the ways we men can look forward to reaching a happy, healthy eighty.


Pickling olives

Pickling olives is really easy, and you can choose your own ingredients. Make sure there's a jalapeno amongst them.

If you have a smallish family the idea of a large tin of olives may be daunting. The answer is pickling olives. Really very easy... only olives with pits, remember. PICKLING OLIVES ...


What's for lunch?

Tapenade, of course.

Tapenade is just as easy to make. Don't buy it because they have to add a huge amount of chemicals to preserve it.

If you love healthy Mediterranean food then this simple recipe is right up your street. Perfect for a tapas if you're having guests for lunch, or just on a sandwich as a side dish to your ratatouille; made in a jiffy.


All that hype about olive oil


Oleocanthal

Oleocanthal in olive oil is what gets chiropractors excited.

Olive oil has many healthy properties. Let's mention just two.

Firstly it contains a compound called oleocanthal which is a natural anti inflammatory and anti oxidant.

Not very strong, true, but oleocanthal is a Cox inhibitor like the best NSAIDs. So eating olives and olive pate and having olive oil daily in your diet means you can are continually giving your joints and blood vessels small, safe doses of anti-inflammatory substances.


Anti inflammatory drugs

Oleocanthal won't cause heart disease or make a hole in your stomach like anti inflammatory drugs taken daily might. Did you know that around 14,000 Americans die EVERY YEAR from a bleeding ulcer directly caused by drugs like ibuprofen?

Oleocanthal blocks the inflammatory prostaglandin cycle by a completely different mechanism to ibuprofen, not affecting the heart and gut adversely in the way that Cox inhibitor drugs do.

Read more about this in this research article on Dual antiinflammatory drugs from the Journal of Rheum and Arthritis.


The trick is to consume the extra virgin olive oil daily. The anti inflammatory effect of oleocanthal is really quite weak; you'd have to consume about half a bottle of olive oil to get the same effect as a prescription dose of ibuprofen; one sixth of a bottle to get the same effect as a single over the counter dose. But consumed daily, the continuous health benefits are enormous.

And that's where making olive pate or tapenade, having a Greek salad,  and so on, comes in; enjoy the fruit of the Mediterranean in one way or another daily.




Secondly, it's been well established that a high ratio of omega 6/ omega 3 in the diet is strongly inflammatory. In short if you consume too much omega 6 and too little omega 3.

So, to have less inflammation in your muscles, joints and blood vessels, consume more omega-3 foods like fatty fish and freshly ground flaxseed, and consume less omega-6 foods like sunflower oil.

Read more about the omega-3 in fish oil and the flax seed nutrition benefits ...


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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