Believe it or not I didn't used to eat vegetables. It's true! Prior to 3 years ago I wouldn't touch a single one! You can ask my mom, my dad, my husband, or my in-laws and they will confirm! When I started my nutrition course I thought I was eating healthy, at that time my routine consisted of organic eggs, protein shakes, organic chicken, grass fed beef, and salad for the most part. It wasn't until I was studying to become a Certified Nutritionist that this really changed. Believe me, if I could've gotten away with NOT eating vegetables I would've. Although now that my taste-buds have come alive, I feel SO MUCH BETTER and wouldn't change a thing!!
Of course, my goal in becoming certified was to eat in a way that tastes good AND keeps me as healthy as possible. Most importantly, I wanted to be able to share this information with family and friends. During this time I was exposed to study after study that revealed not only the health benefits of plant foods, but the toxins containe...
My system used to get all out of whack when traveling, how about you? I started realizing that for me there was a connection to my fast food consumption and constipation. I wonder if anyone else has seen a link with these two items in their lives. Once I had made this connection I started bringing ex-lax with me on trips as a solution. Of course this was before my certification as a nutritionist and now I have much better solutions.
First of all, let's talk about how the "popping a pill" solution worked. The first time I used this solution was after a plane trip to Kansas City (from Florida). The ex-lax worked quickly that's for sure, but I was up all night getting rid of the fast food items I had consumed. I had the sweats and the shakes and thankfully my husband slept through my self-induced drama while my stomach and colon emptied out. But by morning I felt fine.
The problem with this method is two-fold (at least):
First, I was knowingly (even if I didn't even realize it yet) consuming...
In the film, “What the Health,” Dr. Neal Barnard gives an explanation of his understanding of what drives type two diabetes:
“Diabetes is not and never was caused by eating a high carbohydrate diet, and it’s not caused by eating sugar. The cause of diabetes is a diet that builds up the amount of fat into the blood. I’m talking about a typical meat-based, animal-based diet. You can look into the muscle cells of the human body and you find that they’re building up tiny particles of fat that’s causing insulin resistance. What that means is the sugar that is naturally from the foods that you are eating can’t get into the cells where it belongs. It builds up in the blood and that’s diabetes.”
Insulin resistance is when there is enough insulin but it's not working. Our muscle cells can become resistant to the effect of insulin when fat (fat inside our muscle cells) blocks the signalling pathway process so that (regardless of insulin intake) it's not able to open the glucose gates and bloo...
A few years ago, before becoming a Certified Holistic Nutritionist I was out with my husband and we met up with another couple. The wife was just gorgeous, however she suffered severely from MS. My heart went out to her and I had actually just read an article a few days prior regarding Aspartame's role in the neurological system of our bodies and how it could cause MS in some people.
I know that this theory has since been disputed by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and other organizations. But that evening I watched this beautiful woman down at least 6 Diet Cokes and couldn't help but to think that the correlation may very well be real.
Of course, like usual when I am out and about and see these types of situations I am politely quiet while my inner voice is screaming TELL HER, TELL HER!!! I know that most people don't want me to tell them a thing and if I did then I would be the hater trying to take away the one thing that brings her joy.
You know I'm always talking about avoiding toxins and getting nutrients into your body, right? With all my talk about eating whole plant foods people still ask about counting calories and I understand why! First of all that is how we've been conditioned and secondly we have goals!!
Most of us have goals to lose weight, so how does plant based eating fit into weight loss? First and foremost we need to especially focus on nutrients when losing weight, the last thing we need is to get sick and blow the whole plan. Am I right?
As you may know I discovered a GREAT tool for tracking nutrients called Cronometer. I love it because it's easy to see what nutrients you might be lacking so you can make the change accordingly and it's also easy to see what bad stuff (cholesterol, fat, etc) you are getting too much of as well!
But what about tracking calories? I found a great tool that doesn't necessarily track calories, but assigns points to your food and is super easy to use. My husband heard about i...
Do you know what TOR is? Well, according to Wikipedia it is a free software for enabling anonymous communication. LOL, well obviously I'm not talking about that TOR, what I'm talking about is an enzyme. TOR is an AGING enzyme! Wouldn't it be cool if there were ways to inhibit this enzyme to extend your natural life span?
There have actually been more than 5,000 papers published over the last decade on this engine-of-aging enzyme, and there is a drug called Rapamycin that inhibits this enzyme.
The drug Rapamycin has been used experimentally to extend lifespan, but is already in use clinically to prevent the rejection of kidney transplants. Interestingly though, patients who received Rapamycin due to renal transplantation had a peculiar “side effect,” a decrease in cancer incidence!! In a set of 15 patients who had biopsy proven Kaposi’s sarcoma (a cancer that often affects the skin), all of their lesions disappeared in every patient within three months after starting Rapamycin thera...
If you just have to have shrimp, please seek out shrimp from a clean source. By eating farmed shrimp you are opening up your system to many, many, many health problems. This is because Farmed Shrimp is Highly Contaminated (contain hazardous drugs, chemical residues from cleaning agents, pathogens like Salmonella and E.coli, along with other contaminants like mouse and rat hair) and Non-Regulated (less than 2% imported into the US is even inspected). CLICK HERE for an article by Dr. Mercola with more details.
Also, shrimp has been linked to various neurological orders as it contains BMAA; a neurotoxin with a highly possible link to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Here is a report from 2015 from SCIENCE DAILY.
If you still choose to eat shrimp (hopefully only every now and then) then please make sure it is from a clean source! The trick is finding wild shrimp harvested from the cleanest cold-water sources possib...
Human life began in the garden and I believe the nourishment for our life was also found in the garden. Beyond my Holistic Nutritionist Certification which focuses on plant based eating for healing there are also Biblical references as such which I find extremely interesting.
First of all, God tells us what to eat in Genesis:
Putting what God says here in Genesis 1:29 into modern English, it would read: “I have given you raw fruits and vegetables, seeds, and nuts to be your food!”
Don't you think that God knew what he was doing? Would he instruct human creation to consume a pure, raw, 100% plant-based, vegan diet if it weren't what our human bodies were designed for?
If God the Creator, told that first human creation that he was to eat only the raw fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts found in the garden then God must have known what He was doing!
Thus, this Genesis 1:29 diet is God’s perfect plan and will for the nourishment of the human physical body He (God) created, not just for t...
While I was studying for my Holistic Nutrition Certification there were a LOT of books that I had to read, however my favorite was "WHOLE" by Dr. T. Colin Campbell.
If you are confused about what to eat to stay healthy and prevent illness I highly recommend this book. In "WHOLE" the author states “The primary reason our very costly health-care system is broken is because it doesn’t deliver health, and seems to have little interest in doing so.” As he mentions, the focus should be on controlling disease, as opposed to controlling costs. Instead of focusing on preventive medicine we need preventive lifestyles.
Politicians have missed this completely due to the pressures (implied or direct) from the medical communities.
If the important question of how health can be improved is actually asked then this would lead us directly to nutrition! However, that answer is not profitable for big pharma, doctors, insurance companies, or even the food industry in general. Talk about losing votes a...
After giving in to my vices during and after Hurricane Irma I knew I was in need of healing. Too many comfort foods and my immune system was definitely compromised. Too many organic chips, cheese loaded foods, and of course wine and my body was hollering out STOP THAT'S ENOUGH!
I knew what was going on, but just to be sure I was listening my system filled up two lymph nodes in my neck with some of the toxins I had consumed. It was obvious that my lack of real, plant based foods had created this situation so at first I didn't feel the need to see a doctor. I just needed to detox and vowed to consume whole plant based for the next week to superpower my immune system!
It started out well, I had my Plant Shake (with spring water, strawberries, blueberries,
and a banana blended in) for breakfast each morning. For lunch I would have a heavy loaded veggie dish with a salad and maybe some rice, but no cheese and very light on either stir fry or Mexican sauce. For dinner I would have anothe...