New Documentary On Its Way

My husband and I came across this trailer last night.  I am excited to see it in a theatre released next month.

Fed Up is going to be the next and newest spark bringing attention to the health crisis of the world focusing mainly on North America.

This is one you are not going to want to miss. Looks like the awareness and education is powerful.

Here is the trailer and the direct link.

Happy Birthday Son

Today was my son’s 3rd birthday. We had lots of fun in a sheet tent we put up out back, used our imaginations and atePhoto on 2014-04-08 at 08.32 snacks in our “travel machine”. The birthday party is this Saturday but today I made him a vegan, gluten-free cake that turned out pretty well.

Here is the recipe. I used white rice flour because he is allergic to brown rice, and I pushed in blue berries and strawberries just before I baked it.

Here is the vegan frosting I used.

We played this awesome game from his GiGi that I think is perfect for toddlers and pre-school.  This saturday I think we will be making this go fish game with the crew. I downloaded it  from a blog I came across.

I hope your day had some kind of free fun, similar to what a 3 year-old feels most of the time.

Looking into Leaky Guts

Have you heard any thing about leaky gut syndrome? In my last post I mentioned that just about everyone I know has some kind of food sensitivity due to  undigested food particles leaking into the blood stream.

I made a suggestion that GMO’s possibly play a role in this. The truth is the more I learn the more I realize that there are so many things working against our quest for good heath and vitality.

Here is a quick video to give some food for thought.

With my new found food restrictions I have to be honest eating hasn’t been as enjoyable as the Green Belly Chef would like to admit. It actually feels a little stressful to figure out what to fuel myself  and my family with. Figuring out just what will be helpful and not harmful until I get to the bottom of my triggers will not be as easy as eating what I feel like. My compassion for those that have been living on the S.A.D. for most of their life and are trying to carve out a better lifestyle, is growing.

This journey I realize will be more than likely years long. As long as I am willing to stay focused on the prize of feeling healthful, energetic and as young as I am or heck even younger, I should be alright.

With so many theories on deficiencies and absorption issues, its hard to stick with what I  already know and belive. I’ll be consulting my professors at Cornell to see what they think of all this talk on the necessities of eating animals to cure autoimmune issues. Until then, I’ll be working on my energy/feeling good journal, and recording my diet.

The more I learn about Hashimoto’s the more I realize that you too could be suffering from this and not know it. Thousands are, because your doctor told you your thyroid T3 and T4 were within normal limits or that your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is elevated but still within normal limits.  The references for this are outdated and inaccurate. These values are so personal, and sensitive. This is something you want to treat in the preliminary stages and not just put it on the back burner.

But what if you feel fine, but you know your sister is struggling after the 3rd kid. It might not just be because she has 3 kids. Or what if you know your aunt has an auto immune disease. This suggested lifestyle adaptation will be helpful to anyone with any autoimmune challenges. The body is out of whack and you can let it heal its self if we give it what it needs and get out of the way.

I found this awesome blog.  It ties us ladies (and I know there are plenty of guys out there too) together to figure this out and to advocate for ourselves. Any one of the symptoms is enough to do further exploration. If you care about feeling good and just don’t think that you do, start digging. Or rather DIG AT IT as my new found go to book  is defining for me.

Depletions Digestion

Iodine, Inflammation, Infection, Immune Balance

Gut, Gluten

Adrenals, Alkaline Phosphatase

Triggers

Intolerances,

Toxins

Check out the book,  and the blog. There is so much more you can do for yourself than just take a pharmaceutical.

 

Have a wonderful week and join us in our joy as my son turns 3 on Tuesday and my daughter turns 1 on Thursday.

 

Wentz, I., and Nowosadzka, M. (2013). Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause.  San Bernardino: LLC

Autoimmune Disease

GBC is back and thank you for your patience. My Son had a serious injury 9 days ago. We are adjusting to the big cast and he is well on his way to healing his hand. Hopefully 3 weeks from now the cast will be off. This is a long, attempt to make up for some lost time.

Things have been quite busy trying to keep up. I don’t believe I shared on the blog about my recent diagnosis with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s. I found out a few months back. Conventional medicine offered me a pharmaceutical for the rest of my life. This is still an option, but since I wasn’t too stoked about taking a pill for the remainder of my days, I pursued naturopathic medicine.

The protocol included a whack of blood tests, which ruled out any major deficiencies and detected the thyroid antibodies along with several other things. I have been taking several natural supplements including high doses of iodine and vitamin A. I also use a tincture 2 x a day and a bovine adrenal cortex extract. Thank goodness I am a whole food plant based dieter because I love the heath benefits, and not because I am focused on vegan philosophy. If this wasn’t the case bovine anything would have been out of the question. I hope to only be taking these supplements for 3-4 months and of course there is a huge diet piece. Almost immediately after taking these, I started to feel better and at one point I ran out and dramatically noticed.

Part of the learning about my health process required me to invest in an immuno bloodprint of my personal IgG food sensitivities. Turns out I am allergic to a lot of the bean family, pineapple, a few vegetables, eggs, coffee, garlic, and both brewers and bakers yeast along with a +3 sensitivity to wheat.

This autoimmune disease  is 10:1 more likely to affect women to men. A big part of healing from this will be my diet and cleansing my body of the yeast which these food sensitives have promoted.

Starting tomorrow I will take large amounts of yeast killer, cleans my body for about a week, and then rebuild my probiotic healthy bacteria levels.

I am learning from a book called Thyroid Root Cause, by Isabella Wentz.

I just returned from a convention in Las Vegas learning about a cutting edge, new, health care, medical device. I was blessed to meet the scientist that developed these power strips and sit in his discussion on the preliminary tests they are doing with power strips and autoimmune diseases like Lupus. I have been using these strips for about 6 weeks now and sharing them with friends and family. We are loving the results. The FDA gives me the right to say that power strips offer temporary relief of pain and improves the quality of the skin. But the long term health benefits of regular application of these little, holistic, modern, forward thinking, enerceutical strips is unlimited. I love them and I plan on talking more about them in the future.

Watch here if you are curious what they are.

Back to the diet side of things.

It has been my experience that most of us have some food sensitives. Many conventional doctors don’t believe they really exist, they also typically don’t recognize yeast overgrowth in the body. However in my world, most of my friends and family have food sensitivities of some kind. Typically they are the foods you eat the most of because your body has plenty of opportunities to develop antibodies.

Why do we have leaky guts? Why do these food particles leak out of our digestive tract before they are absorbed by the intestinal wall? That is for another post. But I think we all should have a good understanding of what GMO’s are and how we have been exposed to them since the 80′s without knowing it.

Meal service will resume this week. I am working on a quality post taking a good look at the popular, palaeolithic diet.

Wish me luck and I look forward to hearing from any of you about anything that came up for you in this post!

Happy Monday. Enjoy your week and show gratitude for all the gifts you have been given. It’s a beautiful way to be.

 

Services on Hold Till Further Notice

Hi Folks,

Sorry for the missing posts. This week my family experienced an emergency. We are recovering and adjusting. As a result all meal services, juicing services and blog posts will be on hold until next week.

I apologize but I have to give 100 % to my family right now.

Hug your loved and little ones a little tighter today.

Thanks for understanding and I’ll be back soon.

GBC

Comfort Food Recipes

celtic art.jpgGood Morning March 17th and Happy St. Patties Day!

Some of you may know that I am half British. My father is from N. Ireland and I have lots of first cousins, a special Aunt and extended family living on the Green Isle. I have had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time in Ireland and the U.K. A big part of my personality and pride comes from being British or Northern Irish.

Probably a big part of my whole food journey began with my father’s           “war-time cuisine” eating. Dad grew up during WW2 in Belfast. A lot of what they had to eat (which wasn’t very much) was basic whole foods, prepared simply to get the most out of them.

As I grew up in our family home, Dad continued on this culinary tradition. Mom loved to cook gourmet and comfort foods, but dad loved to focus on his Irish roots. Most of Dad’s food preparation efforts left something to be desired to say the least, however they encouraged me to focus on vegetables.  My favourite food from 11-17 was Greek Salad (thanks for the intro Mom), and pamphrey (a spring cabbage specific to Northern Ireland) I’d take pamphrey any day actually.

Today is minus 25 degrees C in Ontario, Canada. I thought I would suggest some good ‘ol Irish comfort foods and see if I can find some vegan WHFBD recipes to go with them. This list is in recognition of St. Patty’s day and the comfort necessary to get through these wintery days. I know most of my readers are down in the desert, but I think we are all typically hunting for something new.

  1. Champ is by far the best Irish staple. Use vegan butter and an unsweetened rice or dairy free milk to make this animal free.
  2. Cabbage is very Irish. My favourite kind is impossible to find. But this recipe looks amazing. Hold on the bacon and use some paprika instead.
  3. Irish Stew is an easy go-to minus the beef. This recipe is very similar to one I make at home. I’d skip the raisins and cinnamon.
  4. Irish wheaten bread is a classic meal staple. Heirloom wheat, and organic (or vegan) butter are my notes for this dish. But if you have never tried wheaten bread, it’s worth the sample in the traditional form.
  5. This blog has some awesome fun Irish food ideas. Enjoy checking them out.

It seems that most of us have some connection to the emerald isle through a line of lineage. I hope you find a way to enjoy the Irish spirit whether you are of blood descent or not.

I head back to Phoenix soon, but tonight I’ll be out on the slopes hitting up this winter with Canadian spirit. Thank God for the snow gear. Man it’s cold up here I think I had forgotten this part of my Canadian childhood. Too many years away from it now.

Wishing you the luck of the Irish and the spirit this day channels for us all.

 

Routines

It’s been four days of Canadian winter vacation already. So far are having lots of firsts and fun here in Northern Ontario. Wonderful to be with family and hopefully to see some friends. As I am fitting into my host’s routine and balancing what the kid’s needs are, I am reminded of how important it is to find a balance for our diet day to day, especially when on vacation.

Without my juicer, vitamix, pantry of whole foods or weekly CSA share, combined with the constant opportunities to eat out, there are challenges.  I am reminded of how important it is to make healthy food choices your first priority.

We know (but a reminder is nice) that its the choices we make every day that make the greatest impact on our life.  This impact is far more than the choices we make once in a while. If you chose to save a dollar every day for 35 years you would have almost $13 000 compared to the  $3500 if you saved $100 once a year. Simple example I know, but small consistent choices are totally our key, and to some people money talks more than vitality.

I often remind people that our body is the only one we get in this life here on earth. It is the only thing that stays with us on our entire journey from birth to death. How could we think of anything more valuable to maintain then our precious, and incredibly complex body. We can’t do enjoyable things without our health.

So here in Canada, I am having to focus more on our food choices because we are out of our comfort zone. It’s giving me some good insight into what it would be like for others starting out on their whole food journey.

Some people are creatures of habit, others like myself love change. Either way, we all need to find a way that fits for us. One that is focused on  food choices. So many people form a fitness routine (which is also very important) but then fuel their bodies with processed and animal based foods. The justification is because they burned X amount of calories at the gym today and they will be back in there tomorrow. The keys are fuel your body  with nutrient dense, plant-based foods along with your trips to the gym, quality water consumption, stress-reduction and connection to others.

Even slim people are unhealthy if they are eating trans-fatty, animal based, processed diets. Overall health cannot be achieved with exercise alone. 

When on vacation temptation is so great. So many people work to loose weight for a vacation only to gain it all back while enjoying, relaxing and being merry. Finding a way to maintain the majority of your healthy habits along with the extra celebration- food opportuunities is a very important balance. Don’t throw away all your focus and figure you will get back on board when you get home. Chances are you will move further and further away from the progress you made. 

Here are some of the things I am doing to try to fit my normal routine into my vacation schedule:

  1. First thing when you land, go grocery shopping. Buy some fruits, snacks, vegetables, things you can cook if you have a kitchen. Plan on doing a little cooking so that you aren’t tempted to eat out every meal of every day.
  2. Bring some staples with you from home. I brought with me health food staples that I can eat every day. My chia blend, hemp seeds, coconut oil, and a few bars. As I focus on eating them, it encourages me to continue to make better choices. An environmental cue of sorts.
  3. Find a way to make smoothies. If not every day at least most days. If you are staying in a hotel, find a juice or smoothie bar close by.
  4. If you have access to an oven (I am staying with family) make a batch of nutritiously dense muffins or squares so keep on hand for snacks and on the go. (I used oats instead of quinoa flakes, and added frozen berries, hemp seeds, chia and organic sugar).
  5. Eat a nutritious plant-based breakfast. I am not talking processed, extruded cereal from  a box. I mean a calorie dense, nutritious breakfast that will set the tone for each day. Google some simple ideas.
  6. If you can’t see yourself cooking much, or don’t have access to a kitchen, hit a health food store and set yourself up for success.  Spend a little upfront on whole food staples (raw nuts, seeds, fruits, minimally processed bars, organics) having access to these things daily will not only keep you reminded of how much you want to live and feel well,  but you will be forced to actually eat them because you spent the money already. You will be pleased with the choice in the long run.
  7. Pay attention to how you feel after you eat out. The more processed foods you eat, the more down you will feel. 
  8. Focus on eating vegetable dense dishes when you do eat out.
  9. Pat attention to your water source. I couldn’t believe almost all the bottled water options here had fluoride in them. It was hard to find a fluoride free water, something that is so important to me.
  10. Choose what is really important to you and don’t stress the rest. I recently was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and so gluten, wheat and dairy need to be completely eliminated from my diet. But while I am on vacation and trying to go with the flow,  I am focusing on eating gluten-free and eating less dairy. When I get home to my safe kitchen, I’ll carry on gluten and dairy-free/animal-free.

Above all enjoy the time you have off. We all deserve it.  Spend time with loved ones if you can. Make the trip more about caring for others and yourself. Don’t stress about your diet,  just keep it a priority.

Remain mindful of how important our health is and how closely this precious health is connected to what food we put into our bodies. Make your food choices one at a time and remember to enjoy each one you make

 

 

Thanks for reading.  Until next time, enjoy today for the gift we have been given, for He has given it to us.

 

 

Nutrition Fundamentals 501

Things have been very crazy around here and I am sorry to say  readers, postings have suffered.

I wanted to compile some of the facts I learned during my nutrition fundamentals 501 class.

Here is a link to the stir fry sauce from this weeks meal service. I made the basic sauce 4th one down on the list. Several clients requested the recipe to the dessert squares. This is the recipe I used except I had blueberries instead of cherries and I used Mila instead of whole chia.

From my first module, here are some of the key takeaways.

  • You have seen this list before but here it is again
  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancers
  3. Lower Respiratory Disease
  4. Stroke
  5. Accidents
  6. Alzheimer’s
  7. Diabetes
  8. Influenza and Pneumonia
  9. Nephritis Syndroms
  10. Suicides

All the diseases in bold are chronic and degenerative and could be treated and prevented with a plant based diet.

  • 2/3 of adults are now overweight and 1/3 are obese with a BMI of 30 or more
  • 80% of those young obese people grow up to be obese
  • Hypertension is a precursor to other serious diseases
  • US medical care is 2 x more expensive then the ranked #2 in the world,  yet quality of care is ranked around 35-40th
  • we have 24 000 prescription and over the counter medicines in The US
  • 74% of the population uses at least 1 prescription a day
  • 85-93% of seniors use 38.5 prescriptions  a year costing $2810 a year
  • 106 000 deaths from drugs every year (drug interactions, or wrong prescriptions filled)
  • Our pursuit of the reductionist model of nutrition (individual nutrients, micro and macro are responsible for bodily function) instead of the wholistic  (all nutrients working in a synergistic effort as they are found in foods together) approach that Dr Campbell suggests is what has lead us astray.
  • Our misunderstanding of nutriton leads to:
  1. personal health compromise
  2. excessive spending of money
  3. environment degradation

More modules and facts to follow:) Have a wonderful healthful day.

 

Campbell, T.C. (2007, September).Design and methodology of the China project. Journeys. Lecture conducted from eCornell  University, Ithaca, NY.

High Cholesterol?

I actually have first hand experience with this. I have had a series of blood work done, some before and after Christmas. I was able to see first hand how much increase in blood chlosterol my festive eating created. I had about 30% more dairy over the Christmas holidays than I normally would and it was reflected in my HDL and LDL!

I get a kick out of the snack industry and their TRANS FAT labeling. Maybe we should start labeling chicken “Not a chlosterol free food” or a bell pepper TRANS FAT FREE!!!

Take a look at this video and pay attention to where chicken, cheese and burgers fall on the trans/saturated fat and chlosterol spectrum.

My juicing class for this Friday has been postponed for a few weeks too much going on with the Verrado farmers market, open farm day and friends from out of town. Make it an awesome Thursday.

Asian stir fry for tonights meal service.

 

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