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10 Weeks to Healthful Living - Week Ten

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 2:15 PM

WEEK TEN: Get the entire family involved in "Meal Prep Sundays"

This is a good time to share daily events, discuss goals and feelings, create healthy habits, etc. Children and partners want one-on-one time and this is the perfect activity to create that space. You will be able to put “Good Food Fast” type meals on your table if you have planned your meals for the week and prepped ahead of time. We end up in drive-thrus buying detrimental foods due to poor planning.

  • Roast a chicken, turkey, etc. and package in single servings to grab on the go from the freezer
  • Have hard-boiled eggs on hand to grab for a quick protein snack
  • Create snack packs of fresh vegetables or berries for quick snacks on the go
  • Prepare quinoa tabouli, which has fresh vegetables, herbs, and high protein grain for grab-n-go lunches for the week
  • Make smoothies with protein powder
  • Simmer a pot of healthy soup for evening dinners or to pack in a thermos for lunch
  • Teach your children well ... eat real foods ... and be well!

10 Weeks to Healthful Living - Week Seven

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 1:20 PM

WEEK SEVEN:  Shop the "edges" of the supermarket

The most healthful foods are located around the parameter of stores. The middle aisles contain processed, devitalized foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, and dairy are around the edges.

10 Weeks to Healthful Living - Week Six

Posted on August 11, 2016 at 12:35 AM

WEEK SIX: Add three foods that are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids

Flaxseed oil, flaxseeds, flaxseed meal, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, avocados, some dark leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach, mustard greens, collards, etc.), salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, albacore tuna, and others.

Research shows omega-3’s can help prevent heart disease, maintain optimum blood pressure and cholesterol levels and give almost immediate relief from joint pain, migraines, depression, autoimmune diseases, improved brain function and many other conditions.

Making Peace with Doing Dishes!

Posted on August 10, 2016 at 1:25 PM

I admit it ... I hate to empty the dishwasher! I'm not sure why. I just do!

I read an article online about someone who wanted to eat healthier but grumbled that eating real food makes a lot more dishes to wash. Well ... that is true. Eating real food takes effort. You have to think about it, you have to plan, and you have to clean up the kitchen after you are finished. BUT, none of those are reasons to NOT get healthy.

It's not that I mind cleaning up the dirty dishes, it's putting away the clean dishes that causes me to groan and go limp!

Today as I finished eating the delicious fresh vegetables from the garden that required a sauté pan, a spatula, two knives, a cutting board, a strainer to keep the pits out of the fresh squeeze of lemon, and the container where I had prepped the kale and green beans the night before, I finally decided to make peace with the dirty dishes! That food was delicious, nutritious, and my body feels good when I eat like that. I have more energy, my mind is clearer, I poop better, I sleep better, my mood is better, and my body hurts less when I eat clean. Eating real food matters.

So today I invite everyone to choose health. I love the quote on my SERVICE MENU page that says:

"People are fed by the Food Industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the Health Industry, which pays no attention to food."

—Wendell Berry

So ... keep it simple, keep it real, and keep it healthy! Your body will love you for it. The incentive is your health. Seriously ... love yourself enough so that you decide to do it for your health.

Eat in peace, crank up your favorite tunes and dance happily as you clean up your kitchen!

Expose Kids to Real Food Early

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 11:40 PM

Kids will learn to eat what they see ... expose them to nutritious, delicious food BEFORE they have teeth!

At five-months, my great niece Sydney is eager to watch me prepare dinner and she carefully studies us as we eat. I am happy to say she is seeing great examples of real food. 

I am teaching my niece Suzanne gardening skills this summer. How to buy non-GMO organic seeds, plant, water, harvest, and combine food for a delicious dinner.

On the menu last weekend from our garden:
organic turkey burgers
organic green beans
organic summer squash salad with fresh mozzarella served over mixed organic greens

I can't stop thinking about how delicious this meal was!!

Just eat real food!!!

10 Weeks to Healthful Living - Week Five

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 6:55 PM

WEEK FIVE: Read Labels

Follow three key rules for buying ...

1. Do NOT buy/eat anything that contains High Fructose Corn Syrup. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a type of sugar that has been processed and combined with corn syrup to produce a cheap, easily dissolvable sweetener. But the liver quickly absorbs this sugar where it is converted into fat. Since your brain doesn't recognize HFCS as regular food, it never shuts off the appetite center -- so you keep eating. Blood sugar levels rise, massive amounts of insulin is recruited to metabolize it and then you crash and feel hungry again. It is found in soft drinks, fruit juices, salad dressings and baked goods. Read the food labels of products in your pantry and refrigerator and throw out all products that contain HFCS.

2. Do NOT buy/eat any prepared food that has more than five ingredients. This is a good indicator that you are not eating real food but instead, something created in a chemical lab to simulate food.

3. Do NOT buy/eat products that contain ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Keep it simple. Keep it REAL! And keep it organic whenever possible.

10 Weeks to Healthful Eating - Week Four

Posted on June 7, 2016 at 9:20 PM

WEEK FOUR:  Visit a health food store or local organic farmers market

Do not buy anything on this visit ... unless you see something new or yummy you would like to try! The idea is to step into unfamiliar territory and see items you are not accustomed to seeing or using. This can be overwhelming so time activate your visit. Do not stay any longer than 30 minutes.

Begin to think about visiting your local farmers market on a weekly basis. Local markets provide support to our local economy, use less petroleum to transport foods around the globe, contain less chemicals to keep the food fresh for transport … and so on.

Ask someone that can give you a tutorial to go with you in case you have questions or need support.

If your lifestyle includes the majority of your meals being purchased through a drive thru window, REMEMBER, you are here becasue you are taking a step outside your comfort zone.

10 Weeks to Healthful Eating - Week Three

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 6:45 PM

WEEK THREE:  To begin ... eat one fresh vegetable and one fresh fruit per day

Many people never eat any vegetables. The daily requirement is NINE servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day. Begin with one of each to create a new habit and increase every week until you maintain nine per day.

Try them oven roasted or in smoothies so you get used to eating them. Eat a wide variety and try to eat the color of the rainbow every day to acheive optimal health.

Eat organic whenever possible.