December 26, 2012

{Natural Wellness} Reviewing the Basics

Week two of my Natural Wellness course, aka 'mama school', was spent covering the basics of holistic nutrition, in other words learning how to supply the body with the right kind of nutrients to build and support strong terrains. Although there were many places that I needed to make notations in my text, as a means to help me remember these important points, I want to share one paragraph that surely stuck out to me...
"Furthermore, the general population falsely associates a healthy body with a slim figure, further complicating the concept of a healthy diet. While healthy individuals may be less likely to be overweight or obese, malnourished individuals come in all shapes and sizes. The amount of fat a body stores is no reflection of nutrient availability. Thin people may have as many health problems as obese individuals, but their problems will have different names and symptoms."  Page 21 - Natural Wellness ~ Jessie Hawkins
Do you hear what is being said, thin doesn't always mean healthy... but our society as a whole pushes thinness as a standard for health or as the standard for being 'in' health. I love that this truth is finally being spoken! Some of us will never be bone thin... I remember back in my junior year of high school when I was a size fourteen and striving to obtain a size twelve.

You Know: Peer Pressure. Personal Acceptance. Being Cultural Appropriate in Style and Size...

Eventually I managed to hit my goal, but with a price... and in the end a size twelve, for me, gives the appearance of being deathly ill. I was sick all the time and honestly in very poor health. I went from being a lower body weight lifter with tone and strength to a stick with circles under my eyes. Not good. Not pretty. And definitely not healthy.

Yes, I could loose some weight and tone up my temple now, which is the plan, however I am in better health than I was four years ago simply by eating the foods our Heavenly Father calls clean, drinking my milk raw, and learning how to use and consume whole foods.

This Unit Covered:
  • Carbohydrates - which by the way are needed for survival and are often the brunt of fad diets and marketing ploys. Your body needs fuel, period. Did you know that 'insufficient carbohydrate intake can lead to insulin resistance, causing blood sugar imbalance.' {page 24, Natural Wellness, Jessie Hawkins}
  • Fats - the good, the bad and the ugly. Again, your body needs certain kinds of fats to function and grow properly. I love this article on fat, except the lard portion of course, but it does a great job sharing some of the facts.
  • Cholesterol - learning about LDL [low density lipids] HDL [high density lipids] and VLDL [very low density lipids]... the HDL's should be higher than 40 and the LDL's lower than 130 - this is a very shortened & condensed version.
  • Proteins - those very important building blocks for our temples. Proteins are found in both plant and animal foods, and should be consumed daily, however too much can effect the ph level of your systems in a negative way.
  • Sugar Substitutes - I think I could now write a whole paper on sugar substitutes and the effects of all things sweet, but the one thing that concerns me is that if Xylitol can be harmful to dogs and other household pets, shouldn't we be a little concerned.
  • Fiber - you need 25 to 40 grams a day. Neglecting this requirement has more side effects than not going to the restroom.

Soaked Pancakes Using Emmer Grain

Unit Two Project: create a four day menu using whole foods, without repetition... I did create and use the four day menu, however I slipped on the repetition part. Around here, we hate to throw away left overs so we usually eat them until they are gone or I create something new from them.

Day One:
  • Scottish oats w/raw milk, maple syrup and milled flax.
  • Mongolian Beef w/ Brown rice.
  • Veggie Pancit
  • Bananas 
Day Two:
  • Scottish oats w/raw milk, milled flax and coconut seasonal nog.
  • Lentil tacos w/ whole wheat tortillas, veggie and cheese toppings.
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, and apples.
Day Three:
  • Soaked pancakes w/peaches and raw milk. Using kamut flour and flax.
  • Kefir smoothies w/hemp powder and strawberries.
  • Chinese cabbage soup w/venison.
  • Apples
Day Four:
  • Scottish oats w/raw milk and milled flax.
  • Veggie Pizza w/carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower.
  • Left over cabbage soup, because I made too much.
  • Apples

Let Your Food be Your Medicine: study the foods that begin with a 'c' through the foods that begin with an 'f.'  I chose carob, cranberry, eggs, and flax to share with you. There were a lot of yummy foods that fell in this section so it was hard to choose.

Carob: this stuff is amazing, and interestingly enough the 2012/2013 Winter Heirloom Gardener Magazine had a wonderful article on carob. Although carob may take some getting use to, many assume it will taste just like chocolate, and well - it doesn't really... it has a slight bitter taste to it. Cost wise carob is much cheaper than chocolate powder, recently we paid $6.95 for five pounds.

Cranberry: best know for their antibacterial properties, thus the effects on urinary tract infections, however if you would like to read more about the science of cranberries please take a detour, this article is direct, factual and covers all matters cranberry. We enjoy cranberries in many ways, but two of our favorites are in scones and orange cranberry muffins.
  • How Cranberries are Harvested and Processed {video} *Youtube source - so please use personal caution because of sidelinks.

Eggs: not all eggs are created equal, and if you can not raise free range - pastured hens yourself I would encourage you to find a farmer who can... remember to ask if he or she supplements with genetically modified feed, which kinda negates the purpose.

Flax: great for you. add it to everything. eat lots. stores well. fairly easy to get. can replace some fat in your baking. we prefer organic.
  • Flax Seed Health Q & A
  • Irish Flax Farming - if you take the eight minutes to watch this video, think about how our husbands would come home... and how this type of living would effect your way of life today. {Youtube source}
There was a lot of 'meat' to this chapter, as you can tell by the length of the post... but I hope you find it useful and it encourages you in some way.

~ Blessings!

My Next Unit: Holistic Nutrition Part 2

*please note that my posts are editorial in nature and are not meant to be taken as a way to treat or diagnose illness. Please practice personal health safety. I am currently taking a self paced course from Vintage Remedies called Introduction to Natural Wellness by Jessie Hawkins, please feel free to head over there if you are interested. ~ Blessings!

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