You Are What You Eat: the benefit of hormonally-balanced, low glycemic food

If we are what we eat, then why don’t more people care about what they put on and in their bodies?  Every week I hear about another diagnosis of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, yet all anyone seems to do is drop their head and pray then drive to the doctor for medication.   Yet from what I’ve seen, one medication turns into 5 then into 10 quite quickly because of the enormous side effects and contra-indications.

What if the answer was simple, cheap, effective, on your terms and without a doctor’s visit/prescription/lecture?

GREAT NEWS!!  IT IS!!  You can start right now in what you choose to drink/eat or not drink/eat.  It’s as simple as your next visit to the refrigerator or grocery store or restaurant.  No need to wait for insurance approval or pharmacy fill lines.

fruit & vegsWe under-estimate the healing power of food, the original medicine of our ancestors.  Imagine how long & healthy we could live if we combined proper nutrition with medical science!  Currently people live longer but not necessarily fuller lives, unless you look at their waistlines and blood sugar levels.  People are sicker, fatter, & more dangerous to themselves and sometimes others than ever before.  We are busier but are we more productive?  We make more money than previous generations but are we happier?  We have more freedoms but are we really free anymore?  I meet people every day that are slaves to their medicine cabinets, their sofas, their melodramas, and their doctors.  My father became a physician in the 1950s when people rarely came to the doctor except when deathly ill or having a baby.  Now people go to doctors on monthly if not a weekly basis.  Millions if not billions are being poured into a failing system that does not truly heal the sick but often creates a codependent, more sick population.  Doctors know less about true nutrition and whole health than ever before, often suffering from cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and the like as much as the population.

How can we trust healthcare professionals who either don’t know how to or don’t care about their own health and wellness?

IT’S TIME TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH – YOUR LIFE!

Let’s learn what is truly healing for our bodies and minds and fill ourselves to the brim with nourishment so we are no longer an over-fed but under-nourished country.  With hormonally-balanced & low glycemic food, your health and wealth will begin to shift drastically.

Nutritional Guidelines:

50% non-starchy vegetables (low or medium heat/not fried)

25% lean, hormone-free proteins (animal or bean/lentil)

15% high fiber (GF) carbs & low glycemic fruit (berries & green apples)

10% healthy fats/oils (olive: no heat, sesame/avocado/walnut: heat)

In my research for nutritional & skincare products that follow a green, clean policy, I have found and teamed up with a company called Arbonne because what we put on our skin, which can be found in every major organ in the body in 26 seconds, is just as important as what we put in our bodies.  For more information on the company, products, and philosophy, contact me.  I’ll show you the how and why and how to purchase products at affordable prices (25%+OFF retail prices listed on website).

Additional Information:

The Arbonne Ingredient Policy has 3 parts to its philosophy: pure, safe, & beneficial.

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Pure  = free of harmful chemicals (like mineral oil/petroleum/parabens/phlates), artificial ingredients/sweeteners, GMOs, gluten, animal-products; vegan-certified, plant & botanical based ingredients

Safe = US & European guidelines with objective, conclusive, & scientifically supported sources

Beneficial = clinically tested with superior results

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Traveling Herb Kit

Check out this great herb kit to-go for short and long trips.  Being a food snob and amateur chef, I am always prepared for unacceptable eating experiences.  I spent the last two weeks in South Africa in a semi-rural and underserved area.  In order to ensure gastro-intestinal health and proper nourishment, I packed nut butters, smoothie mixes, TravelPro homeopathic spray, organic dried meats, pre- & probiotic powders, herbs, and whole food supplements.  I arrived home unscathed and stomach intact.

Be a girl scout / boy scout my friends and ALWAYS BE PREPARED!

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Winter Soup for the Soul

Coconut Curry Red Lentil & Butternut Squash Soup

2 TBS sesame/avocado oil
1 onion, chopped
1-2 TBS minced fresh ginger root
2-3 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup dry red lentils
1 cup butternut squash and/or sweet potato (peeled, seeded, & cubed)
2-3 cups water/vegetable broth
1/2 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 TBS curry powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
Cayenne Pepper (optional)
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh Cilantro (garnish)
Toasted Pepitas/Sunflower Seeds (garnish)

Directions

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, and cook the onion, ginger, & garlic until onion is tender. Add Lentils to pot & dry cook for 15 secs. Stir in the squash, water, & coconut milk. Season with curry powder, garam masala, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes, or until lentils and squash are tender.  Toast pepitas/sunflower seeds with Braggs Aminos/soy sauce then sprinkly on top with cilantro.

Inflammation & Food Remedies

Here’s an overview & review of the May 2012 article by LifeScript.com called, Arthritis Remedies: 10 Foods That Help and Hurt.

First a little biology review about how the body processes what we eat and why we get the physical results that we do or don’t.

Your LIVER is your 2nd largest organ.  Its job is to as refine, detox, and convert everything you eat, breathe, & slather on your skin (FYI, 60% of what you put on your skin enters your body via bloodstream and within 20 seconds has hit every organ).  What you put in either creates balance/homeostasis or inflammation/toxicity.  When your liver gets overwhelmed with hormone- & antibiotic-filled foods that are high fat, high sugar, and/or high protein, it gives up and starts surrounding what it can’t filter with fat & water to protect your organs.  Hence the formation of the “spare tire” around your torso.

Fats, sugars, and proteins are necessary for proper body & brain functioning BUT the quality and quantity of those foods is the crux of the function of dysfunction (i.e. inflammation => pain) you experience.

EXAMPLE: I removed all hormone- & antibiotic- meat and dairy, refined sugars, simple carbohydrates, processed snacks, and artificial sweeteners from my nutritional profile well over 6 years ago.  Within a year or so of completely removing these things, I began experiencing…..

  • weight loss
  • improved mood
  • increased energy
  • off all prescription medications
  • clearer thinking & reasoning (most of the time 🙂 )
  • triathlete!  (this is a constant work in progress but I’m training for Ironman St. George 70.3 for May 2015)

SO, what foods are “yays” & which are “nays”?

The biggest & best way to find out is to go through a supported Inflammation Evaluation that helps you figure out which foods are causing your particular inflammation.  There are gentle and non-starving ways to do this assessment and the friendly staff @ Awakened Living Therapeutics (a.k.a. me, Lyndsey Robinson) can guide you in the how & why.

But, if your not ready to know the Mysteries of Your Universe … of pain, then check out the article at the top and the listings below.

Foods that Help:

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  • Omega-3 Fish: salmon, herring, trout, tuna, & sardines
  • Omega-3 Nuts: walnuts, flax seeds (freshly ground), pumpkin seeds, pistachios, pecans, & macadamia nuts
  • Tart Cherries (fresh or frozen @ Costco)
  • EVOO (don’t heat it or overeat it!)
  • Onions & Leeks
  • EGCG often found on Green Tea
  • Calcium/Vit. D (15 min. in the sun – no sunscreen & dark leafy green vegs; dairy is a poor source of both & causes internal inflammation – use Kerry Gold’s grass-fed butter & cheese if you when you do use dairy)

Foods that Hurt:

  • processed foods (because of high sugars & refined carbohydrates)
  • high glycemic fruits (like bananas, pineapples, grapes, watermelon, mango, papaya; choose frozen organic berries & green apples for keep your blood sugar more stable)
  • sugar (all forms, preference to Stevia Leaf but read the ingredients to ensure it’s just Stevia & maybe inulin fiber OR coconut sugar)
  • safflower, corn & soybean oils (use coconut-high heat, sesame-medium, olive-low)

I hope this overview helped.

If you’d like more information, contact me.

Pre- & post- holidays are a great time to rest, restore, & renew your Self and your Life.

Peace & Prosperity to You All!

“That’s because I eat properly – red meat and gin!”

Today on the Diane Rehm Show, in honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday, Bob Spitz discussed his new book about Child, called Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.  On the program today, a clip from a 1985 interview by Diane Rehm, was played where Rehm asked Child how she managed to maintain a schedule that would tire a great many people. “Well,” Child quipped, “that’s because I eat properly — red meat and gin.”

While eating red meat & drinking gin alone do not constitute a balanced diet, Julie was one of the first to emphasize eating a whole, balanced, freshly prepared meal.   As a foodie & novice chef in my own right, I adore Julia Child and what she did “for the servantless American cook who can be unconcerned on occasion with budgets, waistlines, time schedules, children’s meals, the parent-chauffeur-den-mother syndrome or anything else which might interfere with the enjoyment of producing something wonderful to eat” (Child, Bertholle, & Beck.  Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 1961).

As athletes or individuals who just want to live a healthy, happy life, balance is the key word.  Diets never work because they always deprive us, limit us, put rules on us…and most Americans instantly buck at the sight of another RULE.  When the body and particularly the MIND feel deprived then a state of wantinggrasping, and/or craving is created.  When the craving begins, our rational, balanced thinking disappears and we become creatures desperate for fulfillment.  It’s a basic instinct that is triggered and the only way to shut it off is to allow ourselves the opportunity to practice moderation.

Practice, practice, practice.  Train, train, train.  That’s all we do so we should be fairly familiar with it, yes?  Food has become such a crutch or crucifix for so many, so don’t hear this as a flippant demand to “pull yourself together!” or “just do it!”  If it was easy, our country wouldn’t have obesity, diabetes, and heart disease on the most wanted list of how you’ll probably die.  The good news is that we do have control.  It just takes practice.  Mindfulness is what makes our performance improve, so let’s bring mindfulness into our eating.

Mindful eating saved me & many others from disordered eating and thinking about food.  Eating is about nourishing our bodies, taking care of our minds and bodies like we care for our clothes or our cars.  Bad gas in the tank = bad performance on the road.   Click here for more on mindful eating then EMAIL ME for extra support on how to bring this piece of training into your own life.

Keep it simple: the fresher, the better.  Good food doesn’t have to be expensive or extensive to create.  Let me show some simple techniques so you can EAT BIKE RUN & REFLECT more efficiently.