Clean Eating Blog
Pam Dazey is a Certified Nutrition Specialist*, whose primary focus is helping individuals who have recently been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, gluten intolerances, Crohn's disease, food allergies, candida, leaky gut, and environmental illness. She works with children and adults doing nutritional counseling and teaching cooking classes. Pam considers herself to be a "clean eating mad scientist cook" who can turn any ingredients into a delicious meal.
*Please Note: This blog is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition. The information contained is educational. For medical care, see a licensed health care practitioner.
|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.
|Posted on May 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM|
WEEK TWO: Omit all soda pop—including diet soda; drink only purified water
The body’s calcium reserves are depleted by drinking soda pop because they are high in phosphorus. Fake sugar is just that … fake! Artificial sweeteners increase appetite.
Tap water in west Michigan contains high levels of chlorine. Chlorine destroys B vitamins, which are required for metabolic activity — this means that they help make energy and set it free when your body needs it. This group of vitamins is also involved in making red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout your body. Every part of your body needs oxygen to work properly, so the B vitamins have a really important job. B vitamins also assist in dealing with stress.
Water that has been infused with fresh fruit, vegetables, or herbs are a great way to begin reconditioning your tastebuds desire for pop. I find that many clients are addicted to the bubbles. As a part of the weaning process, try drinking a carbonated mineral water with no additives and infuse it as shown above. Pinterest has many wonderful recipes for healthy infused water.
|Posted on April 15, 2016 at 1:10 PM|
WEEK ONE: Stop eating in your car
A few years ago a friend asked what I thought were the top ten things someone could do to begin integrating healthier eating habits. I know for many of my nutrition clients, this is where they begin their journeys. So I have mapped out a 10-week strategy to begin thinking differently about food and your relationship and behavior with it.
Do not eat meals from a fast food restaurant … NO drive-thrus; NO eating your car
- Resist your temptation if this is a regular habit.
- Journal if this brings up feelings such as despair, anger, depression, overwhelmed, etc.
|Posted on April 5, 2016 at 7:40 PM|
Gluten-Free Fig, Goat Cheese & Blackberry Pizza**
I was in the mood for something new ... I had a pre-made gluten free pizza crust (Mama Mary's brand) waiting for something creative ... so I looked in my fridge and pantry and pulled these ingredients together:
Carmelize at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes:
1 sweet vadalia onion, cut into thin slices
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and left in large chunks
olive oil; salt and pepper
Prepare while onions and garlic are carmelizing in the oven:
1 sliced dried fig
goat cheese, crumbled
blackberries, sliced in half
torn spinach, radicco, arugula (leave fresh and add at the end)
Spread pre-made gluten-free crust lightly with olive oil.
Add toppings in this order: figs, onions & garlic, goat cheese, and sliced blackberries.
I baked mine at 475 degrees for 8 minutes according to package directions for the pizza crust.
Top with torn fresh greens after removing from oven.
It was delicious! The blackberries held their shape and became sweet and yummy.
**Addition: I made this again a couple weeks later and added some oven roasted fennel. It was also delicious!