Archive for June 2010

Is It This, Or Is It That?

June 28, 2010

There are so many conflicting points of view related to diet and health. In my last post, I mentioned the Metabolic Typing Diet. We tried the recommendations based on our type, but found that it didn’t make things smoother, and in fact, we really missed our mostly raw diet. I also noted that just following the gluten-free diet wasn’t satisfying because I started to eat more gluten-free desserts that had sugar, and the consequences are that my body is not happy. So, intrepid researcher, Steve, found a couple sites by two raw foodists that brought more information forward about the metabolic typing diet that reminded us once again that we must be careful not to take ANY opinion on diet as the only way.

Through our own experimentation and willingness to adapt, will we be able to find what works for us, and what doesn’t. We need to be explorers in the micro molecular world of what makes our own unique selves tick at all levels. Our bodies are not merely the physical elements they are made up of, but also the mental and spiritual components that drive us forward.

Today I’m going to investigate the information given by the two raw food guys and google around to see what else comes up. I’ll report my findings as we continue this journey into raw! If you are interested, the site that leads to several sites Steve found is  http://www.thinkandgoraw.com/MetabolicNonsense.htm

Until next time, Happy Day! (KJ)

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Complexity and Simplicity

June 15, 2010

I’ve mentioned before that the raw food diet has been wonderful in many ways, but still the lingering health issues defy solution through eating properly alone. So, I’ve gone to other modes of investigation and in doing so, have found several books worth looking at for anyone who wants to find a health model that will be effective in helping make sense of the puzzle of our bodies.

As the step-daughter and granddaughter of physicians, I was brought up to have respect for medicine…but it was not the medicine that is practiced in today’s world. We did not use antibiotics indiscriminately, or drugs for every symptom in the book. I was brought up with onion syrup as a very effective cough medicine and herbal remedies for ear aches and other forms of tonics to assist with various ailments. In today’s world, there is a drug for any little thing we have, and as one of the books I’m exploring suggests, there are so many specialists that nobody is looking at the whole body to see how one ailment is affected by something else. We have become a society addicted to specialized fields of medicine and drugs that mask symptoms, but have nothing to do with healing. And it is the healing that interests me.

My uncle had a stroke a couple of years ago and is now on 13 different medications. He has all kinds of side effects from them, but stays on them because he’s been brainwashed that he must. Advertising on television, which used to be forbidden to drug companies, is now wide open – and for those who watch the evening news, you know it’s mostly commercials with the latest pill that will cure all ailments in spite of the hurriedly explained side effects. And the truth is, the number of deaths that occur from drug interaction are under-reported and a travesty in a system where most drug education for physicians comes from the drug salesmen! We have become so technological that medicine now really means drug or cut. Yet, it does not have to be that way.

In their brilliant book, Ultra-Prevention, Mark Hyman, M.D. and Mark Liponis, M.D., recount their own personal journeys through the medical system that brought each of them to the recognition that there had to be a better way to handle degenerative and chronic disease. They researched, studied, did self-healing, and as a result have put together a practice that is based on Integrative Medicine…meaning whole body, mind, and spirit. They’ve found remarkable “cures” come in ways that utilize the intelligence of the body and adaptive changes in what we eat, the minerals and vitamins we get, as well as exercise and mind calming techniques. They bust the myths we’ve all been brainwashed to believe, and it is a liberating experience to find this kind of insight coming out of two MD’s from the established medical community. I’ve seen work done by intrepid researchers, chiropractors, and bio-chemists that suggest there is a better way, but to have MD’s confirm it is a validation that appeals to the part of us that believes in the ultimate authority of doctors.

http://www.amazon.com/ULTRAPREVENTION-6-WEEK-PLAN-THAT-HEALTHY/dp/0743448839/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276637953&sr=1-1

Another important book, recommended by Dr. Joseph Mercola, ( http://www.mercola.com ), is The Metabolic Typing Diet, by William Wolcott, which does not look at symptoms or diseases, but rather gives an extensive quiz to determine the metabolic type of the patient. In so doing, there is a host of right and wrong foods, vitamins and minerals for particular metabolic types that can assist the health detective in finding out what is going on with the body and why. Beyond metabolism, the book addresses all the systems within the body, pinpointing more completely what is appropriate for one person while something else is better for another. You can read very generous excerpts from the book on Amazon by clicking on the cover of the book and going to the content section. Reading what is there is an education in itself.

http://www.amazon.com/Metabolic-Typing-Diet-William-Wolcott/dp/0767905644/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276637800&sr=8-1

We’ve made medicine out to be a complex industry of finding the right drugs for ailments, and yet the body has a remarkable ability to be a self-correcting universe when given the right ingredients. We just have to work with it intelligently and know how to do proactive self-care so that in the event that we really do need the help of a modern drug, it will be used effectively with discrimination. In the meantime, if we learn about what we put into our bodies and follow a healthy regimen of living, we may find ourselves drug free for life. I like that idea!! (KJ)

A Lovely Birthday Party, Prayer, and Vitamin B12

June 5, 2010
Raw Dinner Plate

Raw Dinner

We had another lovely evening with friends, enjoying the benefits of the raw food diet. It was a birthday celebration, and the Thai coconut soup was a huge hit.

We followed this with the spiralized zucchini, yellow squash, and parsnip topped with our raw tomato sauce. Zucchini crackers with two types of humus were side accompaniments, and we had lovely fresh strawberries with a gluten-free small cake for dessert.

Raw Coconut Soup

Raw Coconut Soup

Gluten-Free Birthday Cake

Gluten-Free Birthday Cake

Our friends told us about a yummy dessert they make – a Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie! They use hazelnut milk,  peanut butter, cocoa powder, and 1 or 2 bananas. Steve and I perked up at this idea, so he went into the kitchen and whipped up a yummy smoothie with raw almond butter in place of the peanut butter, raw cacao powder, and a teaspoon of vanilla. DELICIOUS!!

On another note, I’ve noted that lately I’ve felt a little bit “off”. I know that there is a lot of toxicity that is supposed to be exiting the body as we change over to more and more raw food, however, this has been a little strange. I prayed about it, and lo and behold, this morning I received an e-mail newsletter from Dr. Mercola in which he mentioned the importance of Vitamin B12 for people who are vegetarians and vegans. When he included the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency, I felt I’d found the answer to my recent unpleasant symptoms. Fortunately, I had B12 sublinguals in 5,000 units (which he recommends) and took one. Within an hour, my vision improved, my energy level rebounded, and my balance was better.

This just goes to show us that even if raw food is good for us, we do have to make up for some of the things we might otherwise need in minerals and vitamins to make up for missing ingredients in our diet.

Once again, I was shown the validity and importance of prayer, and the point was well taken. Rather than waiting until everything else fails, THAT is the place we need to go first, for aren’t we reminded through one of the most universal prayers to our Creator, “give us this day our daily bread”?

In order to receive, we have to ask, and in so doing, our lives unfold with so much more grace and less internal stress. I once was told that prayers that aren’t prayed can never be answered, and the beauty of prayer is that it is just a request away!  We are the ones who needlessly frustrate ourselves by trying to do it all alone, and yet here is a freely given gift. My gift today was Vitamin B12, and for that I am deeply grateful . Amen! (KJ)

Fried Onion Rings No More!

June 3, 2010
Raw Onion Rings

Raw Onion Rings

Years ago, I used to love deep-fried onion rings, and would order them whenever we went to get a burger and fries. However, as we were more aware of the problems with deep-fried food, I didn’t have them anymore. That is, until now! But THESE onion rings are NOT deep-fried, they are dehydrated!

You might wrinkle your nose at that, but I had leftover sauce for the kale chips we make, and we’d made a lasagna a few nights before with lots of leftover raw onions, zucchini, and yellow squash. I got the idea to coat them all with the kale batter and see how they would taste after being dehydrated. I didn’t tell Steve as I wanted it to be a surprise. They were very tasty, and he liked the idea – deciding we should just do onion rings.

Kale Chips & Raw Onion Rings

Kale Chips & Raw Onion Rings

We made a large batch of them and dehydrated them for about 7 hours. I took them out before they were totally dried, and they were good, but put them back for another 8 hours and WOWIE ZOWIE!!! These are a winner, and naturally we are going to make more.

Now I’m thinking what else we can dehydrate with that sauce, like artichoke hearts and apple slices. There are endless possibilities – the world is our oyster….er, ‘scuse me…I mean, Cauliflower!!

Yum!!! (KJ)