Unexpected Bonus

One of the amazing perks of being a Holistic Nutrition Counselor is the people in my everyday life who are trying to improve their lives or are just curious ask me questions, I love love love when people follow my advice and then tell me about the positive effects!

Unexpected boosts to my day.

If you know me and you ever have a question I can help you with please don’t hesitate to ask. You know I got into this originally to help myself and now I relish being able to help others.

It’s really Poppin’ now!

As soon as those bins of fresh corn start showing up in the vegetable section you know it is time for summer and cookouts!  Corn is so versatile and been around as a staple for so long that it’s easy to overlook what a healthy food it can be.

Different types of corn can have very different nutritional profiles. Popcorn for instance has a much higher mineral content than sweet corn, but sweet corn is higher in many vitamins.

A bowl of air-popped popcorn dusted with some herbs and spices can be an amazing snack. Just skip the oil and salt!

Corn actually contains high amounts of anti-oxidants, as a matter of fact, higher amounts than many other grains that we eat. This makes it a  terrific cancer fighting, immune system boosting food source.

How do I tip the scales?

Sometimes you have to choose

In the last few months I have been struggling to learn how best to help certain clients. I have thought back on each situation and looked for commonalities. I am a big believer that one of the most helpful things you can do in your life is look for patterns. If they are good ones embrace them and if they are bad you find a way to break them. This is the pattern I see so frequently:

  1. There is a bad news of some sort. A new high weight achieved, a close family member is ill, or a scary diagnosis from a doctor.

  2. Immediate action is taken! Join a gym, throw out all the junk food, contact a nutritionist.

  3. A few days go by, things no longer seem so urgent.

  4. Back to the where we started

  5. Again there is a bad news of some sort. A new high weight achieved, a close family member is ill, or a scary diagnosis from a doctor.

  6. Immediate action is taken! Join a gym, throw out all the junk food, contact a nutritionist.Changes are made in our lives, we vow to do better.A few days go by, things no longer seem so urgent.

  7. Everything takes too much effort. Annoyance develops that it is not easier, why do you have to put so much thought into it?

  8. Back to the where we started

As a counselor it frustrates me that I cannot develop a skill to break through the first time around. As a person who has made permanent changes to my life it hurts me because I know how much better it will be on the other side of the effort.

Have you made significant changes in your life? What helped you cross that line between sorta kinda maybe going to do it to full steam ahead?

The mighty little lion roars!

Did you know Dandelions are part of the Sunflower Family? Not hard to believe when you’re looking at that beautiful ball of sunshiny yellow!

Dandelions are amazing plants that are powerhouses of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals! As we have taken manicured lawns to an art form the beautiful dandelion as fallen out of favor but maybe it’s time to add it back into our daily routine.  Just 3 oz of raw dandelions greens contain  203% of the daily requirement of Vitamin A!

 

Carrot Time

At this time of year the mind naturally drifts to Carrots!
All the talk of Bunnies for the last few weeks makes it impossible not to think of these sweet crunchy healthy snacks.
Carrots are filled with many things that can help a cancer patient, Vitamin A, Fiber, Beta Carotene to name a few.

Something that may surprise you is that Carrots may actually be healthier for you if you cook them. Cooking makes the Beta Carotene in carrots more readily available to your body while other nutrients may be slightly diminished with cooking.

How about a nice salad with raw carrots and a side of beautifully steamed carrots with the meal? The best of both worlds.

Cabbage!

With the arrival of March we will start seeing an abundance of Cabbage at the grocery Stores. St Patricks day often brings many different wonderful cabbage dishes. One of my favorites is Sauerkraut Soup!

Cabbage is an amazing food for your health. Filled with anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties cabbage may play a large roll in both cancer treatment and cancer prevention “To date, more than 475 studies have examined the role of this cruciferous vegetable in cancer prevention (and in some cases, cancer treatment). “

You should be eating about a cup of cabbage a day in one form or another to reap the benefits. Luckily there are many delicious options to make this an easy task.

Cancer Treatment, chemotherapy & Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth is my personal nemesis right now. I have been undergoing chemotherapy for the last three and a half years and one of the side effects that is cumulative for me is dry mouth! It’s not just about comfort, it can cause physical damage to your mouth, tongue and teeth.

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments cause dry mouth by damaging the salivary glands. Chemotherapy causes dry mouth by making saliva thicker. But this is usually a temporary symptom that clears up about two to eight weeks after treatment ends. Radiation therapy to the head, face, or neck may also cause dry mouth.”

I recently changed medicines and now my dry mouth is extreme so it seemed like a good time to do some research on Foods & Dry Mouth relief.

There are a couple of prescription products available here in the US but the ones I have run across leave a lot to be desired. They are quite expensive and the relief is very short term. My favorite part of the last one I tried was the instructions to use every two hours and not eat or drink anything an hour after using. Talk about having to schedule your day!

I liked a lot of the suggestions on this page. Though nutritionally speaking I might make a few changes for anyone reading it. Xylitol is a sweetener that is used in a lot of commercial dry mouth products. You can also buy it as a stand alone sweetener or as mints or gum. One big word of warning – It is EXTREMELY poisonous to DOGS. Do not keep this anywhere that there are dogs. You just know that they will find it.

Sugar should be avoided in general and specifically for people trying to deal with cancer, but sugary candy can feel excellent on a very dry mouth. Throat drops usually count as sugary candy so be careful about the amount you are getting in a day.

Eat more fruit. If you can eat citrus, eat citrus. I also found that pickled beets of all things offered some great relief. Pickles and any sour foods will help but be careful of your salt content. I see a few places recommend cheeses and other places don’t. I don’t eat a lot of cheese, but I can tell you cheeses like Feta can really suck any existing moisture right on out. 🙁

The one big piece of advice is of course drink, drink, drink. Always have a glass or a bottle of something at your elbow.

My last piece of advice is BRUSH YOUR TEETH often! Mint may cause you some problems so try different things, but your teeth will be damaged by all of the sugar you are sucking on and by the changes to your saliva.

 

 

“Tis (almost) the Season for

Dark Chocolate!

There is a lot of information about why Dark Chocolate is good for you. Good for your heart, good for your mood, certainly good for the economy in February!

What about cancer? Does chocolate have an effect on cancer?

An article published by a Doctor at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii states “intervention studies, despite their short duration, have reported some favorable changes in biomarkers assessing antioxidant status but very few findings related to inflammatory markers. In moderation, cocoa products may offer strong antioxidant effects in combination with a pleasurable eating experience. ”  High AntiOxidant foods are recommended for cancer patients, or anyone who wants to stay healthy and do everything they can to avoid cancer.

While there have been no conclusive studies that say eating Dark Chocolate helps prevent cancer,  if there is a chance and it tastes good, why not? Just remember chocolate is a high calorie food so everything in moderation!

Black-Eyed Peas

Eating black-eyed peas on New Years day has been a tradition for many families for a very long time! Maybe it’s because our ancestors knew how good they were for us and wanted to start the year doing something wonderful for their bodies.
Black-eyed peas are filled with Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Potassium, Fiber and they have a nice punch of protein to help your body repair damage and keep itself strong.
You can prepare them in many different ways; soups, casseroles or eat them by themselves as a side dish. Any way you serve them up is sure to make your body happy to celebrate the beginning of 2018!

Inaugural Real Post!

Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year.

Sign me up

I ran across the site on the left from a link in one of my instagram accounts.

I think their name is difficult to pronounce but what a nice idea! 

I just signed up for the started kit hoping for some good information and maybe some inspirational Vegan receipes. You never know maybe the UK Vegans eat differently than I do!

I am always looking for new ideas!