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Friday, April 26, 2013

Potato-Less Potato Salad

I love potato salad. My mom made the best and I've always tried to duplicate it. But now I generally avoid potatoes except for a few recipeslike this Hearty Vegetable Stew. Why? Well they're starchy and quickly turn to sugar in your body. They're inflammatory as opposed to their beta-carotene cousin, the sweet potato or yam, which is anti-inflammatory.

So I decided to duplicate my mother's recipe, as best I knew how, with a healthier substitute. I've got to give my sis-in-law, Marion, credit. She gave me the idea when she served a mock-potato salad at Easter.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wisdom Wednesday

Non GMO Project Verified sealTip
Stay away from GMO corn. Unless it's organic or carries the Non-GMO seal, don't eat it. Tests show GMO corn contains 13 ppm of glyphosate (poison in Roundup®) plus high levels of formaldehyde. The EPA standard for glyphosate in American water supplies is 0.7 ppm, and organ damage in animals has occurred at levels as low as 0.1 ppm. Plus a 2012 nutritional analysis shows GMO corn severely nutrient deficient.

Friday, April 19, 2013

What's Bugging You?

Photo by Jayanta Behera
Last December I had a run-in with a few bugs. You know. Those nasty bacteria that can send you into a feverish episode requiring you to step back, rest and get your body back on track. Might also involve taking an antibiotic to kill off the bad guys. Of course there's always some collateral damage and good guys succumb to the process.

The Inside Story
Science is just beginning to learn which bugs inhabit our bodies and how vitally important they are to being healthy.

In a healthy, balanced gut (aka gastrointestinal tract) you'll find:
  • 100 trillion microbes
  • 85% good bacteria and 15% bad
  • 10,000 different kinds of bacteria
  • 10 times more bacterial cells than total body cells
  • 95% of the genetic material of your body is NOT yours!
Bacteria are active participants in life-processing functions of the body: metabolizing food, releasing vitamins and breaking down toxins. Most important, they are key to a robust immune system and it's ability to fight infection and disease.

Recent studies at the University of Pennsylvania show that mice grown germ-free or on antibiotics are less able to fight infection. This same effect can be seen in people who often get secondary infections after a long course of antibiotics.

The Outside Story
On another level, antibacterial soaps, cleaners and hand-wipes are everywhere (except in my household). American's obsession with hygiene not only affects the body's ability to fight infection, but may cause it to turn on itself. There has long been suspicion among medical researchers that the rise of autoimmune disorders such as asthma could be promoted by the sterility of our homes compared to when we lived less concerned about germs.

Diversity Is a Gut Instinct
Our gut community of microorganisms is crucialthe more diversity the healthier we are. Gut makeup is determined by age, where we live and diet. We cannot be whole without a diverse and vast array of microbes swimming around inside and crawling around outside. It's what keeps us able to fight off disease and avoid the onset of the many autoimmune disorders now plaguing our health system.

A recent study in the journal Science found that the presence of bacteria on the skin offered another immune protection than what's provided by the gut. Bacteria on your skin protects you from infection AND even allergies. Your skin is a first line of defense for infection. We've also learned that gut bacteria and skin bacteria communicate in some way to provide effective defenses.

Breaking It Down
Here's 8 tips on how to optimize and protect your microbial community:
  1. Clear your house of antibacterial products
  2. Take a probiotic
  3. Eat more raw foods
  4. Add cultured and fermented foods to your diet
  5. Consume only meat and dairy from grass/organically-fed animals labeled as antibiotic-free
  6. Avoid fructose and sugarit wrecks havoc on your immune system
  7. Don't take antibiotics unless you have a bacterial infection
  8. Get outsideget your hands dirty and plant a garden 
The expanding body of scientific evidence that bacteria in the gut play a role in health and disease (including asthma, allergies, autism, skin problems and autoimmune disorders) should cause us to think about how that affects our lives. Here are some important findings to keep in mind about bacteria:
If you want to learn more about the process of fermenting foods and Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Nutritional Program check out this series of videos, an audio interview with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.



Now that you know you harbor a veritable zoo inside your body, one that's essential to your health and being disease-free (raise your hand if this is news to you...), shouldn't you be feeding it well?

Take heed for your own health and spread the word. Use the share tabs below this post to tell your friends about this very important health information.

Lots of stuff to chew on in this post. Fire away with the questions. You surely have many. What did you find most compelling in this post?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hearty Vegetable Stew

Easy recipesthat's me. This recipe came into my email inbox from Veronica Grace, vegan chef and photographer, over on Forks Over Knives. I recommend you get on their email list for great health information and recipes.

If you haven't seen the documentary film, Forks Over Knives, I recommend you do. Backed by information from the famous China Study, it asserts that virtually all disease can be averted, controlled or even reversed by eliminating animal-based and processed foods from our diet. In addition, the film shows food as medicine put to the test.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wisdom Wednesday

Tip
Here's a way to think about fast food... yes it is addictive.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Eliminating Unhealthy Food

Eliminate Unhealthy Food
Recently in the grocery store, I ran into a friend I don't see very often. She was focused on reading a food label. Turns out she recently changed to a plant-based diet and found she felt so much better (and looked better I might add).

Influenced by such films as Forks Over KnivesHungry For Change and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, many people are making the change to eat less processed food and eat a more plant-based cuisine.

For many, the change to a plant-based diet requires a process, which should begin by eliminating   unhealthy, processed foods.