Not Writing Much Lately Here

August 14, 2007 at 12:02 am | Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

I haven’t been writing much here lately and tonight I was thinking about why that is.

I think it is primarily because there is a lot going on in our lives right now. Lots of other stuff on my brain. But then I also think it is because I have been feeling so well lately, that I haven’t looked into health stuff much. I am still on the journey, I am not saying that, but I am just not finding myself seeking out as much information about it. Therefore, not having much to send your way here.

It’s a good thing, really. A good thing, that my health is better! A REALLY GOOD THING!

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Whole Foods Podcast

August 9, 2007 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Links I Like | Leave a comment

My friend, Rob, pointed out to me today that Whole Foods has podcasts!

I just listened to the Back to School podcast, as my daughter will be going to Pre-K this year.

So, great idea. I also liked it because I can listen to it as I browse around other stuff on-line. Check it out. You don’t have to download it, you can just listen straight from there.

Praises!

July 21, 2007 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Nutrition Info, Story Spotlight | Leave a comment

I just wanted to share with you all an observation I made the other day.

You see, we are out in Colorado right now for a conference. This is my 6th summer coming out here. I must say, every time I have been here before I have been sick in some way. In fact, one year I had this horrible sinus infection that had me bed-ridden for days.

But, I am very excited to announce that I FEEL GREAT this time! No allergy issues, sinus stuff, nausea, stomach problems, fatigue, etc! And I have to attribute it to our journey to better health. As you have been reading through this site, we have made several changes over the past year or so. From eating to changing toiletries/cosmetic products, cleaning products, great supplements, and just being more informed.

I am so excited!

Everybody Poops

July 12, 2007 at 1:21 am | Posted in Links I Like, Nutrition Info | 4 Comments

Or do they? πŸ™‚

I came across two blogs the past couple of days that have discussed either an issue with poop or a need for more fiber. It reminded me of our own poop issues in our house through the years. You see, years ago I struggled with IBS. It was HORRIBLE!!! Let me just say…sometimes I would be hours in the bathroom buckled over in pain! I was even on medication to try and help it. Then, my daughter had issues with constipation as a baby and toddler. I mean the girl would go 4 to 5 days sometimes without a poop. And let me tell you…that makes for one cranky toddler!

So, what has helped us?

Well, definitely adding more fiber! And getting rid of all forms of the white, processed flour junk. And we also did a blood food allergy test. The actual test we did is called an IgG test. We discovered we were allergic to dairy and eggs (and my daughter was also allergic to soy). But, even if you are not allergic to dairy, I would recommend eliminating it because dairy is very constipating.

My first post on here was about Dr. OZ on Oprah. I love his very candid explanations about health and our bodies! Here is another article from him that I especially love – “Everybody Poops!”

Highlights include:
“You want to hear what the stool, the poop, sounds like when it hits the water. If it sounds like a bombardier, you know, ‘plop, plop, plop,’ that’s not right because it means you’re constipated. It means the food is too hard by the time it comes out. It should hit the water like a diver from Acapulco hits the water [swoosh].”

“What part of your body is most similar to your brain? The surprising answer is your small bowel, where most digestion occurs. If your bowel’s not happy, those same chemicals influence your brain.” (Goes along with the same principle I shared here about the Enteric Nervous System)

“We are the best health educated society in the history of mankind but we don’t take information and use it to motivate us to change our behavior.”

SO…how’s your poop?! Ha Ha…couldn’t resist! But, that is rhetorical, so please don’t answer that!

Posts

July 1, 2007 at 11:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hi. I probably won’t be posting for a while here. Not going to be on-line much and will not have much time to work on it anyways. But keep seeking the pieces to the puzzle! And we’ll connect up later.

Links I Like

June 25, 2007 at 11:46 pm | Posted in Links I Like | Leave a comment

Recently, my friend Rob asked me for some web page links about a health topic we were discussing. It got me thinking…maybe the rest of you all would like to see what I save as my favorites in regards to health topics.

So, I will start with what I shared to Rob on the Enteric Nervous System. Otherwise known as Your Second Brain in your gut, or the whole brain-gut connection. I starting learning about this when Natalie was having some gut issues and behvior issues. My Dr. told me that there are as many neurotransmitters in your gut as there are in your brain. And those neurotransmitters are responsible for your serotonin levels and norepinephrine and all that. So, if your gut is out of whack, it makes sense that it would effect your emotions. And once we started helping Natalie’s gut to heal and eliminated her food allergies…it definitley helped her behavior!

Here are some links that talk more about it. Enjoy!

http://altmedangel.com/gutbrain.htm
http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Wexler3.html
http://www.psyking.net/id36.htm

Food Friday 4

June 22, 2007 at 7:52 pm | Posted in Food Friday | 1 Comment

Today’s recipe – my new favorite thing for breakfast. I try to make a double batch and freeze them, then heat in Toaster Oven.

Orange Cranberry Flax Muffins (this is allergen-free for us)
2/3 cup craisins – chopped coarsley (I usually run mine in the blender for a minute or so)
2 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup flax seed – ground
1/2 cup sugar (or I use a little less than that of the Agave Sweetner)
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp Ener-G egg replacer (I’m sure you could substitute with a real egg, but we are allergic to eggs)
1/4 cup oil (I prefer Grapeseed oil or safflower oil. Have to write about that sometime.) πŸ™‚
3/4 cups Orange Juice
1/2 cup rice milk (Probably could use regular milk, but maybe not if you read my post about dairy) πŸ™‚
1 tsp vanilla

1. Put the cranberries in a bowl and pour enough hot water to cover them. Stir and set aside for at least 15 minutes to allow the cranberries to plump up.
2. Preheat the oven to 400ΒΊF. Spray the muffin pan with non-stick spray.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flours, flax seeds, sugar, egg replacer, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, stir together orange juice, rice milk, oil, and vanilla.
4. Strain the liquid from the cranberries into the liquid ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add liquid. Stir just to until all flour is moistened;don’t over-stir. Stir in cranberries.
5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of one muffin comes out clean.
6. Remove muffin pan to a wire rack. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before carefully removing muffins from cups. Makes about 14-16 regular-sized muffins.

Meat Recall

June 11, 2007 at 2:17 pm | Posted in Nutrition Info | 1 Comment

A meat supplier has greatly expanded a ground beef recall, which now includes about 5.7 million pounds of fresh and frozen meat that may be contaminated with E. coli. Here is an article from Fox news which gives more details.

Another article I found was from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). In response to this recall, the PCRM are offering a free 16-page Vegetarian Starter Kit to worried carnivores (you can find the details for that in the article). I also like where the article says:

β€œIt is time to kick the meat habit,” says PCRM president and nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D. β€œIn addition to the risk of E. coli, the fat, cholesterol and cancer-causing agents in meat, chicken, pork, and other animal products are devastating to public health. Vegetarians enjoy lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and a number of other diseases.”

It is no wonder this meat becomes contaminated during animal slaughter. Check out this video to see the process. (I must warn you that it is pretty graphic, but very enlightening) – “Meet the Meat”

And what do I think personally? Well, I tell you, it is becoming less and less appealing to eat meat and poultry! We have cut down a great bit, but still have it some. It’s hard to change to completely vegetarian. I definitely have become convinced of buying organic, free-range meat in the products we do consume! It is more expensive, but as seen from the information here, it is worth it!!! Plus, with reducing our consumption of meat, we aren’t buying as much anyway. Definitely something to think about!

My Supplements

June 10, 2007 at 9:16 pm | Posted in Nutrition Info | 2 Comments

I had a request the other day to blog about the supplements I currently take and/or which ones I believe to be important for most people. Let me first say, that I do believe taking supplements is necessary in our current world. Our diets are so varied that we don’t get the necessary nutrients for optimum health. And even if you do eat a well-balanced diet each day, you just can’t possibly get the same amount you could obtain through supplements. I remember when I was pregnant with Nicholas, I experienced severe Restless Leg Syndrome. Well, my nutritionist suggested I take a potassium supplement. My OB suggested I just eat more bananas. His statement was not realistic! First of all, I HATE bananas, so eating them was not an appealing option. Second, even if I did eat them, I would have to eat like 10 bananas a day to reach the equivalent of a supplement.

I will also say that I have learned a great deal in the area of supplements in the past two years. I have become increasingly aware of the importance of taking supplements that are from whole-foods or phytonutrient based as opposed to synthetic types. You see, the synthetic just are not as bio-available to our bodies. Meaning our bodies can not process them as efficiently, therefore not reaping the true benefit. And furthermore, they could actually harm your body since the body has to work so hard to break it down. So, I am a firm believer in whole-food based products and phytonutrients.

As for what I take – I currently take a line of products through my nutritionist from Premier Research Labs. The more I look into this product, I believe it is pure stuff! No excipients, binders, fillers, etc.

Greens Mix – Which is basically a nutrient grass rich supplement and Chlorella (which a couple of sites I read say Chlorella is one of few supplements they believe everyone should take).

EFA Oil Blend (Essential Fatty Acid) – I love the fact that this product has EFA from unrefined oils, not just fish oil (because there is differing research and opinions out there about the purity of fish oil products and some would even say that they can weaken your immune system). This is also a very beneficial supplement for everyone because our diets severely lack EFA!

So, those are two products I believe and have found to be consistently recommended for everyone and everyday use. Now, it doesn’t matter if you do Premier Research Labs, but I would recommend these products in some form. I also believe that Probiotics (which are beneficial bacteria) are very important in regaining and maintaining healthy flora in the gut. Especially if you have ever been on or are currently taking anti-biotics! Anti-biotics essentially kill every bit of bacteria in your body – both the bad and the good! Which can set you up for a whole host of problems if your gut is not healthy (and I can vouch for that from experience!).

As for the other products I take – they are more targeted for specific issues and health challenges I have. For one…my hormones! Yikes! Now that has been a big mess and that is the case for most women, especially as we get older. So, I take two products through Premier called Fem Balance and Multi-Pollen. I must say (not to give too much info to the men readers), these products have helped regulate my ladies’ days (as we affectionately call them in our house) tremendously! Praise God! I also take Paracidin, which is to help cleanse my gut and system from parasites. Which is a whole nother story that I will not get into right now. And my favorite, above all others, is Tranquinol! You can tell just by the name that this is golden!! It truly has helped me to relax more and sleep so soundly!!! I LOVE IT!

One website that I found to have great information about each of these products from Premier Research Labs is called PhPure. You can check the detailed data sheet on each product and read more about its uses. I have not ordered them from there because I get them straight from my nutritionist, Dr. Heise. Let me know if you have any questions.

Food Friday 3

June 8, 2007 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Food Friday | Leave a comment

Today I wanted to post a recipe for these Yummy Meatballs I made yesterday. You see, I am trying to get away from using as much red meat, so I found this recipe for Turkey Spinach Meatballs. That’s right…spinach! Which I also love about it, because I absolutely love Spinach. I know, who loves Spinach besides Popeye. Well, the rest of my family is not too fond of it, but I would love for them to get used to eating it because it is so good for us! I must say that when Jason first saw it he was a little worried but he really liked them!
We even served it with our Red Pepper Pesto sauce and it was delicious!

Turkey Spinach Meatballs
1 5oz package frozen chopped spinach (in fact I even chopped mine up more in the food processor)
1 pound ground turkey
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup onions diced real small (again I put mine in the food processor or you could use a blender)
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 Tbsp italian seasonings

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare spinach as directed on package. Wring dry in paper towel. Mix all ingredients together until combined. Form into balls, arrange on non-stick baking sheet. Roast for 25 minutes. Serve on top of sauce or place in spaghetti sauce to simmer. The longer they sit, the more flavor they will have. Serve over pasta.

ENJOY!

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