A big thanks to Kevin Deeth for another great exercise post!
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A big thanks to Kevin Deeth for another great exercise post!
I’m so proud today! I’ve been having a rough week having to doll out some difficult diagnoses to patients. That is ultimately the worst part of my job! I hate telling someone they have cancer or disease even if it is something we can treat and cure. I feel like it rips a piece of my soul out every time–not to mention that I look like HE double hockey sticks the rest of my day because I cannot let someone cry alone. So with swollen eyes and mascara stained cheeks, I forged ahead to see Miss Susie, one of my dear patients with diabetes. She started my wellness program reluctantly back in December and has vowed to stick with it. Upon starting, her blood sugars were out of control and her Hgb A1C was 10! (this is the average blood sugar over 3 months in a diabetic and should be 6). Today, she clocked in 18 lbs lighter with an A1C of 7 and I am starting to take her off of medication. I have to mention that during the last 9 months –her husband was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery as well! So despite her emotional hurdles–she was able to overcome her disease by taking charge of her diet and what she actually put in her mouth and it has made ALL the difference. My day is a little brighter now thanks to Susie who took a leap of faith with me and vowed that she would do what we told her. She is my strong wellness warrior with the strength it took to get rid of diabetes!@! Eat your veggies people! This whole food business really does work! You can get better if you really want to!
So I received an eggplant in my Green Bean Delivery organic veggie bin and I had no idea what to do with it. I have ordered eggplant parmesan out at a restaurant before and liked it. However, my novice cooking skills have made me quite intimidated to buy one and actually cook it myself. Not to mention my girls have automatic scowl mode ingrained when they see a plate that isn’t filled with mac-n-cheese or pizza. Here is a great recipe by Irene Young passed down by her mother Linda from the village of Mesta, Xios, Greece.
Linda’s Summer Vegetables
1 lb eggplant cut into chunks
1 zucchini, cut into chunks
olive oil- 1/2 cup
1/2 lb trimmed, fresh green beans
2 large potatoes diced
2 large bell peppers diced
2 large carrots sliced
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 medium onions
2 lbs ripe tomatoes quartered
1/2 cup parsley chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Clean eggplant and zucchini and cut into chunks and salt—then let sit for 1-2 hours–this is called bleeding the eggplant which helps take the bitterness out of the meat and draws the moisture out so that the eggplant doesn’t absorb too much liquid when cooking.
2. Pat the eggplant dry and saute in olive oil. Then add a dash more oil and add the green beans, potatoes, peppers, carrots and mushrooms; cook for 15 minutes and then add onions and garlic; cook 5 minutes and add tomatoes and parsley; cook for 10 more minutes.
3. Place the vegetable mixture in an oven-safe dish. Cover and bake for 45 min at 350 degrees. Add cheese and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.
What was my last meal?
Grass fed beef and veggies–yeah!
What is my next meal?
A big ‘ole chicken quesedilla from my favorite mexican restaurant La Hacienda!
Hipocracy you may say. But , I have an unhealthy relationship with mexican food. I can tell you exactly when it dates back to . In medical school, my roommate and I were chronically stressed and frankly probably clinically depressed because we literally lived and breathed medicine. We had no time for socializing were buried in books almost every waking hour we weren’t in class. Grabbing takeout mexican food and watching Jerry Springer episodes(yes we felt validated and normal seeing their dysfunction lives) on the weekend was a special treat to anticipate. So I have formed a comforting connection with eating mexican to make me feel good. It’s unhealthy but not necessarily a toxic coping mechanism. So I choose never to break that strategy for fear that the deprivation of my lifelong habit would allow me to pick up an even more toxic habit (ie doing drugs or something). Like relationships between people, the relationships we have with food can be healthy, unhealthy, or downright destructive. Many of my patients often exhibit signs of the latter, as many relate to food as medication, a best friend, or an escape from reality. Without understanding these relationships, making long-term dietary changes can be impossible. I choose the lesser of the evils and try to maintain insight into why I am making that choice. I am choosing to eat poorly tonight but I’m not going to make that choice again for a while. This is my one wild night then back to the books and the goal at hand! No different then medical school–you gotta stay on course for the goal at the end. Unfortunately, the health goal doesn’t end with a diploma or a degree–it’s a lifelong journey in vitality.
Here is a nice interview excerpt by Christa Orecchio, a clinical nutritionist that works on breaking programming lying at the root of unhealthy eating habits.
You can find more Real Food information on Sean Croxton’s site http://www.undergroundwellness.com
I absolutely love this gal! She is an inspiration and I believe everyone is affected by cancer in their lives at one point or another. It may be a friend, loved one or themselves and it is always game changer. Kris stands for empowering yourself against disease and facing it with positivity. Her movie, books, newsletters, and blog are a daily inspiration for me and my patients. Take some time to watch this superhero gal in action in the trailer from her movie “Crazy Sexy Cancer”.
I’m Kris Carr, author of the New York Times Best Seller, “Crazy Sexy Diet,” and founder of Crazysexylife.com, an award-winning and fantabulous wellness site with daily articles from leading experts and cutting-edge resources for building vibrant health and happiness. My wake up call – a stage 4 cancer diagnosis, with no cure and no treatment (Zoinks!) – ignited a personal revolution and taught me how to take responsibility for my well-being at the deepest level imaginable. Now I want to show you how to step into your destiny and become the CEO of your own health. Radiance is your natural state. You can banish the blocks that hold you back with a plant-powered diet and Crazy Sexy lifestyle!
Each and every one of us has the power to ignite a wellness revolution in our kitchens. Change now. Get juiced now. Learn to live like you really mean it and teach others to do the same. By joining the revolution, you vow to wake up and take a stand for your well-being. No one can take better care of you than wise, brilliant, capable, and STRONG you.
This self-care thing is bigger than many of us imagine. The pursuit of personal health, spiritual wealth and happiness is actually a political statement, a peaceful protest and a powerful act of love. Why? Because in order to care for ourselves in a full-tilt-boogie-I’m gonna-walk-the- talk sorta way, we must rebel against the broken systems that support dis-ease and dismantle the status quo. We can’t wait for special interests, government policies, subsidies, agribusiness, factory farming, pharmaceutical industries and advertisers to change. But we can get off our sofas, vote with our forks and knives and heal the way we eat, drink and think.
Read the guiding principles of the Crazy Sexy diet and lifestyle I’ve outlined below and make these simple health habits stick. Get inspired – print it out, hang it on your fridge and read it daily! This step alone will have a huge impact on your life.
Keep in mind, this is just an overview of the guiding principles. To dig deep and make lasting changes, grab your copy of “Crazy Sexy Diet” here.
Make juice not war and remember, you are the change you’ve been waiting for… Peace & Revolution,
Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that acts like the hormone estrogen in your body, is used to create the epoxy linings of canned food. BPA is a chemical created over 70 years ago as a drug that was intended to promote healthy pregnancies. It was never used as a drug so the food industry saw no problem adding it to a wide range of products, including canned food linings and plastic food containers. Low levels of BPA exposure have been linked to abnormal development of reproductive organs, behavior problems in children, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic changes resulting in diabetes.
BPA is generally used to keep fats from becoming rancid. It is most commonly found in butter, meats, snack foods, cereals, dehydrated potatoes and beer. It is also used to preserve food color and flavor so it’s added directly to many packaging materials.
Eat Your Veggies! Eat Your Veggies!
Just another reason to avoid it if it’s in a box, package, or can! Shop the perimeter of the grocery! It goes a lot faster and you don’t have to curse under your breath at the lame geeky people who spend 10 minutes reading the label of a product and then putting it back. You know they didn’t take the time to read the Oreo label, but when it comes to buying their pasta–they only want whole grain! Check out this excerpt from Mayo Clinic regarding how to avoid BPA products.
When I was a little girl–the words “become a professional and don’t expect someone else to take care of you” were gently and repetitively etched into my head. I think that is why I aspired to become a doctor. I didn’t want to do law, I have no passion for rules. A business owner seemed too processed for me. I wanted to help people.
When I was in college after already committing my life to become a doctor, I became terribly ill and landed a spot in the hospital. My doctor at the time told me “You are not going to die” That phrase I will never forget because at that moment–I felt like I might. I was then forever indebted to becoming that person who would reassure a patient that their darkest hours were not at hand. I studied hard and abstained from activities my peers were engaged in only to persue my dream. Eleven years ago my dream came true and I was finally the doctor starting practice and ready to change the lives of many. I was trained to treat every disease with the best of medicines and could conquer any patient’s complaint. Unfortunately, those concepts drastically changed as I continued to evolve as a person and was touched by each patient that I met. After ten years of medicine I could feel myself beginning to change but I wasn’t quite sure just what the change was. Then the day Susan came in I began to have a greater focus.
A few years ago, Susan, a popular vet in the local community with 4 boys, came to me tearstricken and upset. She had developed an autoimmune disease seven years before that had debilitated her to the point that she was unable to function as the woman, mother, and wife that she had once been. Tears welled in my eyes during that annual visit as I noted her spirit and life’s luster being eroded by the burden of her disease. I told her … “I am no superwoman, I have no answers for you.” We could only pray together that things would change.
The following monday morning she called and said “My pastor pulled me aside after church on Sunday and told me he had dreamt I got a second opinion and was healed.” I immediately called a physician who I had not seen since residency. He was leaving for a mission trip to Haiti the next day and the only way he could see her was if she could be there in thirty minutes. Ironically, she had no patients scheduled that day, had a babysitter for her kids, and was already having lunch in the area. He told her that it wasn’t a disease, it was an allergy. He hadn’t a clue as to what she might be ingesting that would cause this severe reaction. Eventually, she discovered that she had to eliminate red dye # 40 from her diet and she is 100% healthy now.
I have spent countless hours walking in the woods and enjoying my own family. Yet, I continue to watch many other patients struggle with their inability to share the same pleasures in life. I have now realized that I have been on the wrong track. We dont need to cure and treat disease–we need to prevent it!
All the years of training to to heal people have proven that I have been coexisting with them. I must shift my role to help them before the diseases takes hold. I must help my patients change themselves. I realize that the best way to change the world is to change yourself.
Ever wonder why you immediately feel calm and relaxed when you walk into a spa for that much-anticipated massage after a long week? The aroma of the spa is invigorating and uplifting. Spas often use essential oils that have positive effects on the hypothalamus and limbic system in our brains. Thus, they immediately relax us and detoxify our thoughts. Our noses know exactly how to harness the healing power of plants which is why oils can be so effective in the healing process. Essential oils have been used for centuries in traditional cultures for purification and medicinal purposes. Essential oils can be inhaled as well as applied topically to penetrate cell membranes thus enhancing cellular function.
Beware–when buying essential oils, quality is key. Synthetic oils found in most health food stores can be toxic. They are created with solvents and high heat that damages the plants. The companies that make them also often use chemicals to extend their shelf life. You must get therapeutic grade oils that use steam distillation as a water extraction process and not chemicals
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Conventional diet wisdom is wrong! Changes in our diets have occurred as a result of the agricultural revolution 7,000 years ago. Unfortunately, the more recent industrial revolution has happened so quickly that our genes haven’t had time to adapt. Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes were virtually nonexistent before we rapidly changed our diets. Our ancestors for more than 2 million years ate meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Grains like wheat and corn, soybeans, and sugar were not part of their diet. The processed foods that we are consuming now only contain food like substances and not nutrients. If you don’t believe me–go into Walmart and count how many healthy looking people over the age of 30 you see. More food for thought—Watch this tidbit about the Paleo Diet.