Does Food Really Matter?

“Maybe if I am more careful about what I put into my body, then my health will improve.” I was having a conversation with a group of people when someone said this to everyone. When she said this, I thought to myself, “Maybe?! Are you kidding me? What you put into your body makes all the difference in the world.”

But then I had to stop myself from thinking too harshly of this mindset. Before 2011, I didn’t really believe that food made much of a difference for my health. I hated cooking and I ate the most convenient, processed Fake Foods.

I have learned a lot since then. I was recently surfing the web and came across the term “Real Food Crusader”— this term was used to describe the Wellness Mama and is now a term that I would use to describe myself.

What is Real Food?

In simple terms, Real Food (as opposed to “Fake Food”) is food that has not been adulterated with manmade chemicals or additives.

Why does Real Food make you healthy?

Your body knows how to use Real Food to build a strong body and it knows how to use Real Food to effectively eliminate toxins from the body.

Your body doesn’t know what to do with Fake Food. If your body can’t efficiently eliminate the Fake Food (which is basically toxic to the body), the Fake Food/toxicity stays in your body, leading to obesity and disease.

What are the benefits of Real Food?

A person with a strong, less toxic body will have a better mood, less weight, glowing skin, and more energy. Real Food can alleviate and eliminate disease.

How do you become a Real Food Crusader?

I know that Real Food can be expensive, so I don’t fault people for buying Fake Food. If it is difficult for you to afford Real Food, start small. Start by swapping one Fake Food for one Real Food. You can also save money by shopping at Thrive Market. Vote smart with your dollars. Hopefully, if more of us support farmers and vendors that provide Real Food, it will become more of an affordable norm!

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Turmeric: One That Wins Over Diseases

My enthusiasm for natural health began more than six years ago, and I am still amazed whenever I discover a natural solution that works so well. A few months ago, my husband started taking turmeric oil and he started to feel relief from his joint pain the very next day!

Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years for cooking and medicinal purposes. A search on PubMed for turmeric resulted in 4841 articles. Current research shows that turmeric may be beneficial for the nervous system, skin and metabolic processes. These are just some of the benefits that I found on the database.

I was also fascinated by the names of turmeric. In Sanskrit, turmeric has at least 53 different names. Here are some of my favorites.

  • Hridayavilasini: gives delight to heart, charming
  • Jayanti: one that wins over diseases
  • Jawarantika: which cures fevers
  • Kashpa: killer of worms
  • Laxmi: prosperity
  • Mehagni: killer of fat
  • Varna Datri: enhancer of body complexion
  • Vishagni: killer of poison

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Reference

Aggarwal, B. B., & Prasad, S. (2011). Turmeric, the Golden Spice: From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine. In I.F.F. Benzie, S. Wachtel-Galor (2nd ed.), Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.

This post was published on March 8, 2019. It was updated on December 20, 2019.

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I Tried Raw Milk

I was recently battling an itchy, painful skin condition (psoriasis?) on my hands for about five months. Because of my skin, I drastically changed my diet, read books about natural health, and saw some unconventional medical providers. In my quest to heal my skin, I came across raw (unpasteurized) milk. Wow! I didn’t know that raw milk was so controversial.

The Center for Disease Control makes raw milk sound super dangerous while raw milk advocates claim that it is a lot safer than other foods that we eat on a regular basis. While raw milk advocates claim that it is a complete superfood that is wonderful for allergy sufferers, the gut, skin, and immune system, raw milk antagonists claim that these benefits have not been proven. Raw milk advocates also claim that pasteurized milk (almost all the milk in the U.S.) has been stripped of the components that make it so healthy, and that the pasteurization process actually makes the milk unhealthy for us.

So, who should you believe? I’m not going to tell you that, but I will tell you about my experience with raw milk. The Natural Health Nut inside me had to try it!

First off, it wasn’t easy to find someone that sells raw milk (the sale of raw milk is illegal in some American states). When I finally found a vendor, my first experience with raw milk was raw goat milk. It was delicious!

To get my hands on raw cow milk, I went to the Weston A. Price website and contacted my local Weston A. Price chapter. Weston A. Price was a dentist that traveled the world and studied the eating habits of healthy people. If you are looking for raw milk, you can also go to realmilk.com.

The raw cow milk was very creamy and delicious. I also started consuming raw kefir and raw cheese. In the past, when I consumed pasteurized dairy, I used to experience nasal congestion. This didn’t happen to me when I consumed raw dairy!

You may be wondering if I am concerned about the safety of raw milk. Chris Kresser claims that the chances of becoming hospitalized from drinking raw milk are very small–you are actually three times more likely to die in a plane crash. 

With that being said, to be completely honest, there was one time that the raw kefir tasted funny and I had major stomach upset. But, to be fair, I ate some questionable meat on the same day. So, I don’t know if my stomach was upset due to the raw dairy or the meat.

I haven’t had raw milk or raw kefir in a couple of weeks. I miss it! I think that it is helping with my gut; also, my skin is almost completely healed! Because I made so many health changes in the past few months, it’s hard to tell which changes were the most beneficial for my recovery. Who knows? Maybe the raw milk played a role in healing my skin.

Want to know something really cool and odd? Apparently, there are Raw Milk vending machines in Europe!

So, what do you think? Do you drink raw milk, or do you think that it is too risky?

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Fun, Fab, FAT diet

It’s dinnertime! It’s time for the low fat, low carb, low sodium meal again. Sound delicious? Not really! These are the kinds of meals that I used to make in 2010. I’m so glad that I am not eating this way anymore. Do you know why? Research shows, and health gurus agree that…fat…is…good for us! Our brains and bodies need fat to work properly. It’s also difficult to feel satiated when we don’t consume enough fat. Filling up on carbs to feel full may lead to health problems like diabetes and obesity.

If you want more information about a diet high in fats, you may want to read about the Ketogenic diet. My husband has been on this diet and has lost 40 pounds. Personally, I don’t follow a particular diet. I believe that the ideal diet includes organic/natural/clean foods and should contain mostly vegetables/fruits, some meat, and minimal grains/sweets.

Regardless of the diet that you follow, our bodies need fat. Some healthy fats include organic/free-range eggs, organic/free-range chicken, organic/grass-fed beef, organic ghee, avocado oil, coconut oil and olive oil (please note that olive oil becomes unhealthy when cooked at a high temperature).

Let’s get back to dinner. Now I’m hankerin’ for a large portion of colorful vegetables, some grass-fed beef and a small portion of sprouted rice. Let’s throw in some organic ghee and avocado oil. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Bon Appetit!

This post was originally published on February 6, 2019. It was updated on November 8, 2019.

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Healthy Smoothies

Making smoothies is a fun and easy way to add more vegetables, healthy foods and supplements to your diet. Continue reading for some tips on making smoothies!

THE BLENDER

First off, if you want to make smoothies on a consistent basis, I recommend that you buy a high-quality blender. The first blender that I used was not very powerful and it was a smaller machine. It took a long time to mix all the ingredients together and the finished product was not very smooth. When it broke, we bought a two-quart Waring (MX1000XTX) blender. This professional blender cost us a lot more than our last one, but it was worth it. The Waring quickly and effortlessly blends fruits and vegetables with a 3.5 horsepower engine!

THE INGREDIENTS

Vegetables: I like to use kale and spinach because I need to add more green foods to my diet. Carrots and cucumbers are also great choices. These will all provide vital vitamins, minerals and fiber to your body!

Fruits: I love pineapples, kiwis, avocados, bananas and berries. Be careful not to put too much fruit in your smoothies, especially if you have diabetes and/or if you are trying to lose weight.

Seeds: I usually forget to eat seeds unless I add some in my smoothies. In addition to a long list of other healthy benefits for the body, flax seeds and chia seeds provide support for the digestive system, skin and heart.

Supplements: I like to use Ancient Nutrition’s Multi Collagen Protein. According to the bottle, Multi Collagen Protein is a “superfood powder” that is designed for “promoting healthy skin” and “supporting healthy joints.” Bee pollen is also wonderful for the immune system and the whole body!

Natural Sweeteners: If you want your smoothie to taste sweeter, opt for raw honey or organic stevia. In contrast to artificial sweeteners that harm your health, honey and stevia can boost your health in many ways. For example, honey is packed with antioxidants that can help prevent diseases and research has shown that stevia can help fight cancer.

RECIPES AND RESOURCES

Smoothies for Specific Ailments: In the past, I regularly made smoothies from the book entitled “Dr. Tom Wu’s Different Approach in Natural Healing: Conquer Cancer and Other Diseases with Simple Foods.” This book contains smoothie recipes for specific ailments/body systems. The Skin/Digestion smoothie was helpful with my daughter’s eczema and my psoriasis. I haven’t made this smoothie in awhile because it was time-consuming to make and it didn’t taste very good. However, I definitely recommend this book for people that want to heal their bodies with healthy foods. In addition to an improvement in my skin, I always felt more energized after drinking Dr. Wu’s smoothies.

Gut-Healing Smoothie: My favorite recipe contains almond milk, kale, spinach, avocado, bananas, ginger, flax seeds, bee pollen, hemp hearts, raw honey and collagen protein. Unlike other healthy smoothies, this one is reasonably tasty because of the bananas and honey. I always feel satiated and strengthened after drinking this smoothie; it also makes my dry skin feel better. You can find the recipe at Dr. Axe’s website (click here). Please note: for this recipe, you might need to decrease some of the ingredients to fit them all in your blender (they did not all fit into my two-quart blender).

Thrive Market: If you aren’t sure where to buy certain ingredients and health supplements for your smoothies, consider Thrive Market. Buying health supplements on Amazon is not recommended.

What are some of your favorite smoothie recipes?

This post was originally published on January 10, 2019; it was updated on October 11, 2019.

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