Looking forward

21 blog posts in 21 days??!! What was I thinking…. not to mention the first 5 days of this little challenge were full of tests and classroom work while I was away in DC getting my Nutritional Therapy on!  The almond butter withdrawals and emotions of mourning the temporary goodbye of my nutty chunky friend must have completely gone to my head!  I’m not sure what that means, LOL.

Sometimes we will fail, its just a part of life but it’s how we move forward that dictates the significance of our failures.  If you fail and dwell on the failures you can never move on, holding on to them will keep your gaze looking back instead of forward into something new or sometimes better.  I’m not always a believer of “things happen for a reason”  and when someone says this to you once things start looking up…. it’s because of you.  It happens because of the push to move forward into a positive new way of thinking and determination. You create your success, it doesn’t just fall into your lap.

I try and think of this quote everyday <3 It helps me find balance, motivation, and a calmness within myself.  We are individuals, embrace the self love and you will always be joyous.IMG_3333

 

 

Sugar, I can’t quit you

Sneaky, overbearing, fun, taunting, pushy, delicious, pretty, ugly, I hate you, I love you, leave me alone, no come back, feels good, feels bad, feels really bad, but really good! Oh sugar… you are such an evil, decadent, addicting temptress of the night…… that is full of disease and hate and just wants to kill.

Refined sugar has become a constant in our modern diet and our bodies have become so addicted to it, It’s in everything!  The average American eats 140lbs of refined sugar a year, if you think this sounds crazy look in your fridge and cabinets and read the labels. Everything from condiments, cereals, bread, crackers, cookies, salad dressing,  milk, pasta sauce, spices, peanut butter, snacks, lunch meat, and even yoghurt has refined sugar in it, and heaven’s to Betsy if it is in your baby food or baby formula! (Handclaps and high-fives to those who do everything you can to avoid this “white death”) However, I don’t blame it entirely on the consumer, we have been fed so many terrible untruths about health by the FDA and its backwards guidelines (have you heard… a poptart is healthier than an avocado).

Stick with natural sugars such as honey, quality maple syrup, and fruit. These beauties can substitute out the bad sugars when baking, give you that sweet “fix”, and are an excellent choice for a snack or dessert. Umm… have you ever had a grilled peach??!!! IMG_3234

Below I have listed some of the beautiful gifts our friend Sugar likes to leave behind…

  • Obesity
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease

RUDE

 

*Completed day 2 of 21 health bombs (don’t say bomb on an airplane)!….. And I’ve also given up almond butter for 21 days because I have abused my “appropriate spoonfuls in one day” allowance, day 2 is now in the books! Woof, this is brutal.

Relax + Inhale + Chew + Swallow + Repeat

Get ready for 21 days worth of fun food and nutrition facts…now that it is in the universe it has to happen (no pressure me)!  Some will be long and lengthy and some will be short and sweet, fun and informative nonetheless.  My CrossFit family has begun a 21 day challenge full of badassery aka eating real food and lifting a lot of heavy shit. In celebration of this I thought it would be fun to share amazing things I have learned in my journey of becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Yay “Real Food”!

Day 1 of 21 days of health bombs (don’t say bomb on an airplane)

Did you know that before you even begin eating the process of digestion has already begun?  Well…. this is if you get your mind right.  Digestion is a north to south process with the most important part beginning before you even put that first bite of delicious in your mouth.  In order to begin the process of digestion we must bring our bodies to a parasympathetic state, our daily lives have become so sympathetically stressed we are not slowing down to enjoy the most important part of our day… giving ourselves nourishing food hugs.  Below I have listed directions on how to take yourself on a little therapeutic food journey, practice this method with every meal and your digestive process will thank you.

Before you begin eating try to relax. Sit in a calm and quiet environment, unplug yourself and give respect to the food you have just prepared.

Take 3 big deep breaths and with each breath smell the food and breath it in.
Notice anything? Are you beginning to salivate…… of course you are!  This is your brain bringing you into a parasympathetic mode and preparing your body for digestion.  More evidence of innate body amazingness are that gastric fluids being stimulated by the stomach in preparation for the nom noms.  Proper HCL production (hydrochloric acid) is imperative in digestion and overall health, without it you are leaving yourself susceptible to yeast, bacteria, parasites, and viruses.  If you don’t have enough stomach acid, foods get all kinds of rancid and backflow up into your esophagus burning the living bajeebers out of you (heartburn).  Guess what else?! Stomach acid is good for you! It allows the breakdown of food to occur and stimulates the  proper southern flow of digestion, so think of this when you reach for that antacid.  Antacids only mask the symptoms and can impair your natural production on stomach acid greatly, leaving you to rely on them because you’ve abused your own natural production.  Big time stomach abuse!

Now chew, but take your time.  Take it slow, show it you care.  Chew your food for at least 30 seconds. 
This also allows the brain to trigger the proper digestive response to the foods you are eating including more production of saliva. Your saliva contains a mixture of electrolytes, hormones, and enzymes and they are just hankering to breakdown the carbohydrates being consumed.   If you don’t allow your body to produce appropriate amounts of saliva to break down carbohydrates these starches will enter the small intestine this way allowing undigested foods to enter the colon. This leads to all kinds of digestive disruption such as candida which is super no Bueno.

Swallow + Repeat

Now, wasn’t that nice?  We are so busy and have very little “me time”, let this be part of it because nutritionally dense food is awesome, eating is awesome, and you are awesome!

It’s like taking your insides to the spa, FOOD HUGS!