Whole30™ Back To School Lunch Box Series: Sub Theme

Head over to Instagram to see the first series of themed lunch box ideas that follow the Whole30™ Meal Template. This week's theme was "Subs" and I showcased Italian, Club, Roast Beef, Tuna and Meatball. For anyone interested in receiving a handy downloadable collection of the entire collection of ideas along with some bonuses, be sure to sign up for my email list so that it will be emailed to you on 9/1/18. When you sign up today, you'll receive a Whole30™ Friday Night Pizza Inspiration List as a thank you for signing up. 

One thing I'd like to note is that for all of these posts I chose fruits and vegetables that are colorful. Not all of them are seasonal and that can increase costs. Also, you/your kids may not like some of the ones pictured. Please know that you can substitute any of the ones shown with compliant fruits and vegetables and that these are just suggestions. You'll find a list of a lot of more ideas on the 80 Whole30™ Back To School Lunch Ideas that I created here.

Recipe Booklet: Summer Bowls

Happy Summer, friends! I've created an e-book for you that contains a variety of delicious "Summer Bowls" for lunches or dinners that will hopefully save you time this summer. These recipes are all whole food based and naturally gluten and dairy free. Most of these recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less, so you will be out of the kitchen and back to the pool, beach, or wherever your plans take you other than the kitchen this summer!

I've included a bonus grocery list for further time savings - remember to cross off anything you already have before you head to the store to save yourself some (vacation? shopping? spa?) money ;) 

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Good question!  One form I will have you fill out is a questionnaire that evaluates your answers to point out possible areas of nutritional deficits and body imbalances pointing towards affected organs/body systems allowing me to give you nutritional recommendations to bring back balance.

The philosophy behind Nutritional Therapy is that our health is based on 5 body systems:

Digestion, Blood Sugar Regulation, Fatty Acid Balance, Mineral Balance, and Hydration. Ideally, we need to eat a properly prepared nutrient dense diet, digest and absorb it, to provide our bodies the nutrients they need. In addition to the nutrition, there are lifestyle aspects such as proper sleep, stress management, exercise, and connection that also should be well managed. 

So, the simple answer to the question of defining nutritional therapy is finding the right nutrition and lifestyle plan for you based on your body’s unique needs. Contactme today to help you create your plan!

Book Review: Why Stomach Acid is Good For You

In the book, Why Stomach Acid is Good for You, Natural Relief from Heartburn, Indigestion, Reflux and GERD by Jonathan V. Wright, MD and Lane Lenard, Ph.D., the authors discuss just how important the role of having a sufficient amount of stomach acid plays in preventing many common ailments. Often these ailments are treated with prescriptions or over the counter medications that further reduce stomach acid that makes the conditions even worse or possibly keeping the problem in a constant state instead of working towards improvement. Stomach acid is necessary for good digestion and nutrient absorption.

The concept of “bowel breath” was revelatory to me. I’ve known people who have the condition who go through breath mints and brush their teeth using tubes of toothpaste weekly making no dent in their mouth odor. I have even advised them that it was likely more than “bad breath” and to seek further guidance. The natural asthma relief section was also revelatory to me. While I was aware of removing dairy products, the link to stomach acid, pepsin, B12 and intrinsic factor, and the ability to possibly provide permanent relief naturally without steroids is a truly preferable therapeutic protocol in my opinion. Reading about the link between Rheumatoid Arthritis and low levels of stomach acid expanding it to other autoimmune diseases as well as other illnesses as a result of being immunocompromised was enlightening. 

In the Rheumatoid Arthritis section it’s noted that there was research done by Dr. Roger Wyburn-Mason on amoeba being found in the joints of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Nothing was found beyond the scope of his study other than the general principle of normal stomach acid being able to kill such organisms such as amoeba, and this is an example of very individualized research.

This book was filled with a lot of helpful information beyond “don’t take antacids.” The links to so many health issues and keeping stomach acid at the proper level provided a lot of new informatio. Leaky gut has been such a hot topic and the stomach comes before that so this book was very informative in providing insight into more natural therapies.

Whole Foods

More than a store :), whole foods are foods in their simplest form and free of additives or preservatives. For example the carrots pictured to the left are an example of whole foods. Eating a diet based on a variety of properly prepared whole foods is a good starting point for providing us with the nutrients our bodies need to thrive.

Book Review: The Big Fat Truth

In the book, The Big Fat Truthby Nina Teicholz, the main idea is that there is no reason to fear fat in our diets. The author sums it up as saying that eating a diet high in fat, low in carbohydrates is preferable to eating a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet. In evaluating more than a century of studies and interviewing many people (doctors, RD’s, public health officials and more) she states that eating a diet that contains eggs, whole fat dairy, and meat has been shown to fight heart disease, cancer and diabetes. This contrast the low-fat, high carbohydrate diet that has been recommended due to politics, media and other pressures that has caused rates of obesity and diabetes to rise and heart disease to continue.

One nutrition point I found alarming was the discussion of putting four-year olds on cholesterol lowering diets and the drug, cholestyramine. I didn’t realize that Dr. Ornish’s study was based on only 22 subjects. That’s not so much a nutrition point, but certainly a scary point about how much influence someone can have with the power of misinformation. Case in point, when my husband will order an egg white only omelet because he “heard that was healthier.” The discussion on toxic heated oils and the thick gunk that they produce in fast food and mom and pop restaurants was beyond disturbing to me. I knew about the heating of the oils, but not this shellac factor and how it gets on walls and clothes and needs to be chemically dissolved because of the gunk it produces. It is beyond disturbing to think of the affects this is having due to ingestion, let alone on the skin of anyone working with it, or inhaling it. 

The author provides a compelling read on the subject of fat and how it relates to disease history in the United States. Knowing that it was so thoroughly researched over a nine-year period and done so with an investigative, unbiased approach makes the conclusions an even more credible and invaluable tool for personal benefit. It is a book I’d recommend to a nutrition enthusiast or knowledge seeker, not a casual reader. I personally enjoyed it and appreciate the efforts of the author to produce such a phenomenal book.

Book Review: Nourishing Traditions

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. is a cookbook that goes beyond providing delicious recipes. It provides the reader with an education on the foundations of nutrition. It also provides a framework to guide the cook reading along the opportunity to make informed choices in food selection and preparation to maximize the nutritional value from foods.

A new point about nutrition to me that I learned from reading this cookbook was that there are no pure forms or starch or protein including the fact that sugar can be found in meat, and not in a Maple Bacon recipe, but a natural state. Lard being an excellent source of Vitamin D was new information to me as it is not a source I see commonly cited. Another concept I learned about nutrition from reading this cookbook is that consuming a lot of protein without adequate fat can result in rapid growth as well as a depletion in reserves of Vitamins A and D. 

The cookbook points out the research findings of Dr. Weston A. Price as well as much other research to highlight the issues with the politics behind many current governmental regulations. 

I purchased this book well over 5 years ago after learning about it from a trusted source. It was the first source to introduce me to the concept of proper soaking and fermenting food. It also discusses the benefits of drinking raw milk. I grew up drinking raw milk on visits to my grandmother's cousin's dairy farm. It was my favorite childhood place to visit! Drinking the cream that settled to the top of the freshly collected milk was considered a treat and often the source of sibling discord ;) 

This book introduced me to the findings of Dr. Weston A. Price and his fascinating findings from his world travels in the early 1900's. I found it to be a hugely helpful resource and continue to recommend it to people since my original purchase.