“You have a clean slate
every day you wake up.
You have a chance
every single morning
to make that change and
be the person you want to be.
You just have to decide to do it.
Decide today’s the day.
Say it: This is going to be my day.”
Real or imagined, when you perceive something as stressful, it creates the same response in the body.
— Dr. Mark Hyman
Not everyone can afford to eat well in America, which is a literal shame, but most of us can: Americans spend less than 10 percent of their income on food, less than the citizens of any other nation.
— Michael Pollan
Only by restoring the broken connections can we be healed. Connection is health. And what our society does its best to disguise from us is how ordinary, how commonly attainable, health is. We lose our health–and create profitable diseases and dependencies–by failing to see the direct connections between living and eating, eating and working, working and loving.
What if the key to you losing weight, clearing up your digestive woes, having more energy, lifting your brain fog, and managing chronic health conditions was in your control?
Well, it actually is! And it’s pretty simple. It’s about changing habits to “clean” up your plate!
You eat to nourish and fuel yourself, right? Most of us in the US have been following the recommended Standard American Diet (SAD) for the past 30 or more years by eating low-fat foods, whole grains, and avoiding cholesterol. And food manufacturers have made it so easy for us! We conveniently stop by the grocery store and pick up frozen, boxed or canned foods to take home and pop in the microwave. Or even easier, drive-thru your favorite fast food restaurant and someone’s already cooked for you. Dinner is served!
Dietary advice followed? Check!
Food is accessible, plentiful and available? Check! Check! Check!
So why then are Americans’ rates of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cancers, auto-immune disease and other chronic health conditions skyrocketing?
Growing up, I was always proud of myself for being like Popeye enjoying eating my spinach. We ate cooked spinach out of the frozen Birdseye box, boiling it with butter and salt. I think that my love of spinach gave me a love of greens in general.
And then I was introduced to kale – THE “QUEEN OF THE GREENS”!
Kale is being touted as “the new beef”. It’s a nutritional powerhouse that should be added to your diet because…
Symptoms are not enemies to be destroyed, but sacred messengers who encourage us to take better care of ourselves.
Ahhh, Fall is coming…
Crisp mornings, warm days, and cool nights. Leaves turning brilliant colors, the rain coming back to Oregon’s landscape, and WINTER SQUASH reappearing at the market!
One of my favorite childhood dinners Mom used to cook was acorn squash baked with spicy sausage, butter and maple syrup. We gobbled them up! And, as I recently found out, this is a recipe passed down from my maternal grandmother.
“How’s your cruciferous vegetable intake?” asked the doctor never.
When concerned with anti-aging strategies, fighting off cancer, and reducing inflammation, cruciferous vegetables should be on your plate.
In general, cruciferous veggies are jam-packed with dietary benefits. They are low in calories, and high in fiber, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, and beneficial enzymes.
Crucifers contain important disease-fighting phytochemicals that may help lower your risk of cancers. In lab studies, the phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables – sulforaphane, indole 3-carbinol and crambene – stimulates enzymes in the body that detoxify carcinogens before they can damage cells.
Coconut water is being marketed as nature’s perfect sports drink. What exactly is it? It is the clear liquid found in the center of a young coconut before it matures. Once mature, the water has solidified to become the coconut’s tasty white flesh.
Grown in tropical regions all over the world, coconut water can be drunk directly from the freshly harvested green fruit. Across the US, pasteurized coconut water is becoming more readily available in cans, bottles and tetra packs. Some health food markets also carry green coconuts in the produce department for a “fresh” source of this beverage. (Fresh would be best coming straight off the coconut tree.)