My Story

May 31, 2007 at 9:32 am | Posted in Story Spotlight | Leave a comment

I know I have some of my story written in the “About Me” section. But I thought I would highlight some more today.

You see, I think many of my readers think I have always been this way in my thinking about health and nutrition. I have had some conversations and interactions with some people that have reminded me of thoughts I used to have or statements I would say. And it kind of makes me laugh to see the drastic difference in my thinking now. Here are some examples:

“It doesn’t matter what we eat, we are all going to die anyway.”

“I don’t care what I eat. I just want to enjoy myself.”

“I just want to go to the Dr and have him give me a drug and make me feel better!”

“I hate water! I just can’t drink it!”

“Why would the FDA approve something if it bad for us?”

“It’s carcinogenic? Who cares. I’m sure everything is carcinogenic at some point. What are we suppossed to do, just move to our own farm?”

“People actually make things from scratch now days? Why bother when they already have it all made for you in a box.”

I remember in our previous job, the man we worked with was very ill. There were all kinds of people sending him information about all kinds of alternative treatments. And I just thought it was crazy! “Why would anyone pursue that kind of treatment? They should just pick one Dr and do what he says.”

So, surprised?

Much of our society thinks this way. And many of us don’t know where to even start in trying to think and do the opposite. And quite frankly, it is hard to go against the grain.

I just wanted to show that it is a process. It’s not like I woke up one day and thought this way, or that I was even born this way. And I am still in process. I am learning, discovering, or trying different things every day.


Kim’s Story

May 21, 2007 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Story Spotlight | 1 Comment

I wanted to start some posts under the category “Story Spotlight”. This will be a place where I highlight individuals and their stories in health and nutrition. Today I wanted to share about my friend, Kim.

Recently I was very excited to run into some friends of mine that moved away a few years ago. The bizarre thing was that we ran into each other in BIG Atlanta where neither one of us lives (but we were both visiting people)! It was so great to see them. One of the things we began talking about is nutrition. We discovered in talking that we have both changed in our eating and lifestyles. And I was very excited and challenged when I heard Kim’s story. So, I asked her if I could share it with you.

I think there is a spiritual & Biblical responsibility to be good stewards of the gifts we’ve been given, our bodies! I have become passionate about health and want to share it with people I love, whether it be family or friends. I have to tell you first, that I am a complete food addict. Last year, I went through Celebrate Recovery for a year (it’s like AA for addictions, hurts, abuse, etc), one reason being to face my addictions to food. It came down to being a spiritual matter for me…I was turning to food instead of God for comfort, like most everyone else out there who has issues with food. I realized at that time that I was really an addict because food to me is like a drug. I have never been overweight so people have always laughed at my gorging saying they wish they had my metabolism. Overeating has been a big problem my whole life. So now that I have faced my demons (but still really struggle with them) my husband & I don’t want our child to be the same way. We want to start her life physically but also mentally healthy. I think we as parents have such a responsiblity to our kids, and on the American diet, parents are actually killing them.

I was so challenged by her story. It was great to hear her heart and desire to see how we can really overlook the importance of being good stewards with our bodies.

Food Friday 2

May 11, 2007 at 8:09 am | Posted in Food Friday | 3 Comments

Ok…so my Food Fridays did not start out real consistent. I apologize for that.

potpieBut I do have a yummy recipe for today:

Homemade Chicken Potpie

2 Tbs olive oil
1 medium yellow onion – diced
2 Tbs flour
1 1/2 cup chicken broth (I highly recommend an organic brand, or at the very least, make sure you get one that doesn’t have MSG in it)
1 bag frozen mixed veggies (I like the one with corn, peas, carrots, and green beans)
1 – 2 cups cooked chicken – shredded (depends on how much chicken you want…I personally like more veggies than chicken)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 piecrusts

Saute onion in oil for 3 minutes. Add flour, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Still stirring, add broth. Cook until thickened about 4 minutes. Add mixed veggies, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat.

Spoon mixture into bottom pie crust. Top with the other pie crust. Moisten edges and pinch down. Cut a few small slivers on top. Place pie pan on cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.

This is so easy, yummy, and I love that it is made with such simple, pure ingredients. I can have my potpie without all the preservatives.

Got milk?

May 9, 2007 at 10:56 pm | Posted in Nutrition Info | 5 Comments

got milkThe other day we had a cup in our house that said, “Got milk?” I think Jason must have gotten it free some where.

Well, I had this big debate in my head over this cup.

You see, we don’t drink milk. We are allergic to it. But not only are we allergic to it, in my search for substitutes for milk products, I have become very aware of the research showing that milk is not all it is cracked up to be.

So, I thought, I just can’t promote this product that is so misleading and causing loads of health problems for much of our society that has bought into their marketing. And I quickly threw the cup in the trash.

You may be wondering what is so bad about milk.

The Chicago Tribune cited milk as, “the sacred cow of the American diet, and that it is under attack and not just by animal-rights activists. Though federal dietary guidelines and most mainstream nutrition experts recommend that people age 9 or older drink three glasses of milk a day, researchers are examining the role of dairy in everything from rising osteoporosis rates, Type 1 diabetes and heart disease to breast, prostate and ovarian cancer.”

Some leading practitioners of integrative medicine, including best-selling author Dr. Andrew Weil, suggest eliminating dairy products from the diet to help treat irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, eczema and ear infections.

And apparently Starbucks has even decided to “Hold the Hormones”. An article at MSNBC says that “Starbucks is moving towards milk that is free of the artificial hormone known as rBGH, which is given as a supplement to dairy cows to increase milk production. Critics say that rBGH given to dairy cows increases the level of another growth hormone in both cows and humans known as IGF-1, and that elevated levels of IGF-1 has been associated with increased cancer rates. Critics also say growth hormone supplements are harmful to the dairy cows.”

There is even more information out there to prove that cow’s milk is just that…milk for cows.

And as for the question which I get asked a lot, “How do you get your calcium?” Milk is not the only source for calcium. In fact some researchers are finding that are bodies don’t really absorb that much from milk as we think, and that we can get as much, if not more calcium from other food sources (especially green vegetables). In fact, in a 100 calorie serving of romaine lettuce, there is more calcium than milk. And broccoli has about the same amount as milk per 100 calories. And to put your mind at ease for my calcium intake…I have had my blood work checked and my calcium levels are great (and I have been off dairy for almost a year).

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