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It's true.  I do add salt - SEA SALT - to my food and I'm not worried that it will sabotage my health at all.  In fact, I add it because I know my body needs it for optimal health.

It never fails.  Whether it is the holiday season or some other celebratory time, people center their social events around food.  With that comes the conversations on who is making what and what ingredients they'll use for it.  Along with that comes the comments "Oh that has too much fat in it - I can't eat that!" or "Oh, I'd love to eat some of that but I have to watch my salt intake."  Really? Well, I respectfully disagree.  Ever since my research began into the world of food about 8 or 9 years ago, I have not only learned about the horrors of MSG and other artificial ingredients which my family now avoids, I've also learned that all of those 'taboo' ingredients the general public avoid aren't really all taboo at all - in fact, some of them are downright HEALTHY and essential!!!

Yes, my family DOES eat high fat foods - dairy, meats, etc. that come from quality grass-fed animals.  Yep, even bacon. Somewhat often.  Furthermore, I don't worry at all about adding salt to our foods.  That's because we use sea salt.  And yes, there really is a difference.

Before I go into the details here, let me remind you - I'm NOT claiming to be a medical doctor here (see my disclosure page), but I HAVE done a LOT of intensive research through the past 9 years - and I do keep re checking on what I've learned - and let me tell you, not everything we learned in junior high health class is true.  So while I'm not a doctor, I do have information for you that you can take with a grain of salt (silly pun intended) or you can use it to spark your own research so that you can see for yourself.  Just be sure to consider your sources.  A reliable source is not one that is closely connected to the food industry making money to keep feeding the public lies.

It all started back in 1924 when there was a big epidemic.  A large number of people were suffering from goiter, a swelling of the neck or larynx due to swelling the thyroid gland usually caused by iodine deficiency.  People were not eating enough iodine rich foods such as seafood (shrimp, seaweed, etc.) as well as quality grass-fed dairy and eggs.  So someone got the not so bright idea (though they thought it was at the time) to add iodine to salt. But this factory made salt is overly processed and not truly fortified as much as you would think. This all comes from the ongoing issue of how so many medical studies only focus on one factor at a time and ignore other critical components of the issue. ...continue reading "I Add Salt to My Food – and I’m not worried a bit!"

Eggs are the most inexpensive quality form of protein someone can buy. There are 6.3 grams of protein in just one large egg! So if you are trying to  figure out how to make a whole foods lifestyle fit into your budget, eggs are a good staple to rely on.

Eggs are very nutritious.  They are not only a good source of protein but are rich in essential fatty acids (fatty acids your body can't create from other materials and, therefore, we must consume from quality food sources) and vitamins!  Unfortunately, for years, people thought eggs were problematic for cholesterol and a cause of heart disease.  Thankfully most people realize now that this is a thoroughly outdated 'scientific' concept.

It is important to note, however, there is an ENORMOUS difference between store-bought CAFO eggs than the eggs you can buy from your local farmer who has free-range chickens eating what chickens should be eating.  Store bought "CAFO" eggs are eggs from chickens that have been raised in an overfilled hen-house or cage that never see the light of day, are filled with antibiotics and hormones (yes, these do end up inside the eggs) and are fed grains (usually GMO grains).   Truly free-range pastured eggs come from chickens that generally run all over the farm eating insects and plant material they find on the ground.  This is what chickens are supposed to eat in a natural world and it is the food that makes their eggs the most nutritious.  There are many other types of eggs that fall in between these two types but the most nutritious is definitely the eggs coming from the entirely cage free, antibiotic free, hormone free and grain fed free chickens!

These pastured chickens have eggs have higher amounts of Omega 3s, beta carotene,  and vitamins A, D and E. They also happen to be lower in cholesterol and saturated fat though I don't believe that actually matters  -   but that's for another post...

Here's Two of My Favorite Egg Recipes:

Crustless Kale Quiche

  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh kale (broccoli or spinach is good too!)
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of your choice ( I like a blend of mozz, parmesan and cheddar)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.  Saute kale and mushrooms until kale is wilted and mushrooms are softened.  Stir in bacon and let mixture cool.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese and pepper.  Add kale mixture to this and stir well.  Scoop into greased pie pan.  Bake in the preheated oven about 30 minutes or until eggs are set.  Let cook about 5-10 minutes before serving.

This makes a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner!  We like to serve it over a bed of greens with some fresh sliced tomatoes and avocado for a side dish!

Grain Free Banana Pancakes

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • cinnamon to taste

Blend the above ingredients together well until no lumps remain.  Pour batter into greased pan and cook pancakes.  Serve with butter, ghee, maple syrup or other topping of your choice.  Enjoy!

My toddler LOVES these pancakes!!!

Resources for additional information:

Authority Nutrition

Food Renegade

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"Your genetic history is not necessarily your destiny."                   ~ Tana Amen  B.S.N.,  R.N.

Epigenetics.

I am fascinated by this.

I am new to the term but not the concept.  My husband and I came to the conclusion, after the research that we've done over the past 7 years or so, that genetics was not what it was cracked up to be. We no longer believe that just because a disease runs in a family, one is certain to get it.  That doesn't mean we don't think it's possible...but we believe that other factors come into play and that these 'genetic' or 'hereditary' diseases are preventable.  Now I have a word for it.

I first ran across the word in The Omni Diet.  And then again in It Starts With Food.

It turns out this term has been around since 1942 when the word was coined by Conrad Waddington, a developmental biologist and geneticist. So perhaps I've come across this word before -  but it didn't sink in before now.

Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression which is  not caused by changes in the DNA sequence.  It is the coming together of your genes with your environment. While we are all born with a particular genetic code, our environmental input including diet, exercise, sleep patterns, emotional stress, excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, air quality, exposure to chemicals, etc. affects whether certain aspects of that code are switched to the 'on' position.  In other words, one can carry a gene but that doesn't mean the gene has to be ignited or become active.

So the old term "you are what you eat" really does bring truth since the relationship between environment (the food you eat) and chemical compounds that make up the epigenome is intertwined and continual.  It determines whether your genes are expressed as health or in illness.  You will not develop heart disease, bipolar disorder or Parkinson's disease because your father or your mother did. It takes the combination of your genes with your environment to bring on this chain reaction.  Therefor, as Tana Amen states in her book, The Omni Diet, "Your genetic history is not necessarily your destiny".   

Furthermore, YOU are in control of many of these factors!  YOU determine what food you eat, your exercise level, your consumption of drugs and alcohol, whether you buy organic vs. conventional produce which strongly affects the number of chemicals your body ingests, and more!

Online Resources:

The Epigenome NoE

DNA Isn't Everything 

Why Your Genes Don't Determine Your Health

Summary of the Whole 30 - It Starts With Food

**  Just to note.  The resources and links I give you are for your information.  I do not receive any monetary benefits from telling you about them.