RANT: Eating Yourself Sick

I’ve been explaining to patients over the years, that we are eating ourselves sick. With all of the chemicals, dyes and preservatives in foods these days, it’s nearly impossible to purchase a real food item in the grocery store.

Even produce is laden with pesticides. These chemicals are known to cause diabetes and cancer. So we shouldn’t be eating them. We should eat only the highest quality of foods because our health is at stake!

But recently, I experienced a gluttonous malady caused not by faux food items, but from the most exquisite dining experience.

A favorite couple booked an 8 course chef’s tasting meal for us. The beautifully displayed morsels kept us “oohing” and “ahhing”, delighting in the tastes, but by the 5th course I was ready to ‘tap out’. Of course that wasn’t going to happen. I kept shoveling in these rich flavors. And while it was of the highest quality, the next day I was sick. I felt horrible. When I was not in the bathroom, I spent the whole day in bed, sleeping off this gorge-fest. I didn’t have a fever, it wasn’t food poisoning (though the thought of food was repulsive), but I had literally eaten myself sick.  I think what this episode of prolonged abdominal cramping and nausea taught me, is that I’ve been overeating the last 30 years, but I had really over done it.

turkey dinner

So while you are gathering this week around robust menus and rotund family members, keep in mind the reason for Thanksgiving.  The purpose is to gather together, give love and gratitude, not to eat until you have to loosen a belt notch!

We have several holidays of gluttony coming up (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, St Patty’s and Easter), so take it easy.

And remember, it’s not just the quality of the food that affects our health, it’s also the volume. We all eat way too much.

So, How will you feel post Thanksgiving feast? Full or fulfilled?

 

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RECIPE: Fixer Elixir

Tis the season for tree timing and gift giving, ’tis also the season for getting….coughs and head colds, that is…

Especially if you are dashing about, decorating the halls, and generally over-extending yourself, you may find yourself a little run down.

The moment you feel that fullness in the back of your throat or the congestion in your nose, concoct this creation to stop that cold before it grows fur and antlers!


Fixer Elixir 2In a blender combine the following ingredients:

1 cup filtered water

1 cup organic spinach

1/2 cup ice

The juice and pulp of 1/2 lemon (seed are fine too)

1/2 inch x 1/2 inch cube go ginger

1 dash (1/8 tsp) cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp of honey (preferably raw)

 

Mix together, guzzle and let the healing begin!

 

RECIPE: Grab and Go Gluten-Free Granola Bars

granola bars

How many of you would like something healthy and delicious that you can grab on the go, that doesn’t have a ton of sugar AND doesn’t cost $2.00 a bar?

These delicious energy-packing granola bars are great for a breakfast bite, a hike, a quick nibble, or crumbled over your granola.

You can add dried fruit , coconut, or, if you want a chocolate fix, add cacao powder or chocolate chips!

In a food processor combine:

6 – 8 Dates, pitted

1/2 cup Rolled oats (not instant oatmeal; the slow cook kind, mine were trader Joes organic, all natural and naturally gluten-free)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds (don’t use the ones with chemicals and preservatives in them, just plain sunflower seeds– salted ok)
I actually used just under 1/2 c sunflower seeds and through in some chia seeds to complete the 1/2 cup, which is tastier and more healthy, you could also throw in some flax seeds or coconut
2 heaping Tbsp of all-natural Almond butter 
5 dashes cinnamon (around 1/2 Tbsp or 1-2 tsp, because I love cinnamon, and it’s super good for you, and smells delicious!)
pinch of sea salt
Spread in to glass, container with sealable lid.  You could cut them in to cubes and wrap in wax paper so they are ready to grab on the go, but I usually store them in the fridge, and cut in to small cubes when I need a quick, healthy, nutritious snack!

RECIPE: Super Boost Smoothie

Do you find it’s hard to get going in the morning? Having trouble deciding on a quick but healthy breakfast option? Are you getting in your 5 fruits and vegetable servings a day?

This vitamin packed smoothie will accomplish all your goals in just a few gulps! The Super Boost smooth will blast your cells with the nutritional and healing components they need to function optimally, all day long!

Your kids’ll love it too!

 

In a blender combine:

1 cup organic carrot juice (you can use 2/3 carrot juice, 1/3 water if you prefer)

1 cup organic spinach

4 organic strawberries (leave caps on!)

3 organic cucumber discs

1 tsp Maca powder (optional)

1 tsp Plant Protein powder (optional)

4-5 ice cubes

 

You can also use frozen organic spinach and/or frozen organic strawberries in lieu of ice if it’s easier!

super boost smoothie
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