Thursday, June 30, 2011

Freedom Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my Freedom Hop Giveaway.
 This hop is hosted by my book review site I Am A Reader Not A Writer & by Simply Stacie.

I've received several books for review that have to deal with health & exercise.  I'm so far behind in my reviews I haen't had the chance to read these yet.  I'm offering the winner of this giveaway their choice of one of these books.

ARC of Get Energy by Denise Austin

29 Days to Your Perfect Weight by Michele Bertolin & Richard Fast

30-Day Method by Tracy Anderson

Portable Pediatrician by William Sears

To enter just leave a comment on this post. Make sure there is a way I can contact you if you win. Open to US only.

There are over 200 blogs each hosting a book giveaway. The hop officially runs from July 1st to 7th.

Website: Power Of Food

I was adventurous today and tried out a recipe from Adam Hart's Power of Food. He has a lot of great videos on how to make raw & healthy foods.

I had all but one ingredient on hand already to make his energy bars so while out I stopped by the health food store to pick up some hemp seeds.

The ingredients are dates, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and ground flax. They turned out ok. I'll eat them and I'm sure my husband will. The kids aren't too sure yet but I'll keep encouraging them to try them! I added too much water and it made them a little too sticky.

He also had a video for how to dry mangoes. Since I had bought mangoes from Bountiful Baskets last week and had not gotten through all of them I decided to dehydrate some of them. Cutting mangoes is a lot harder than it appears! Hopefully they'll turn out as good as our dehydrated apples did.

Giveaway Winner: The Big Book of Green Smoothies

I used to randomly choose the 
Midsummer's Eve Giveaway winner.

Congratulations to

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Food Demo @ VSU

Tonight I attended a food demo put on by the Vegetarian Society of Utah.  As I've said before I'm not planning on becoming a complete vegan or vegetarian but I'm trying to feed my family more raw, whole foods so it seemed like a good place to get some ideas.

They demonstrated 7 different recipes - 5 of which were edible - 1 which I could have eaten if I was really hungry and 1 that would have taken a lot of effort to gag down.  3 of the recipes are ones that I will probably make here at home because I think I can get the kids to eat them.

Currently our diet is consisting of a lot of soup and stir fry.  I'm amazed at how many vegetables I can get everyone to eat by making vegetable soup or stir fry.  The only problem is I feel like all I do is cook and the dishes rarely get completely done...

Probably best of all was the lady I sat next to who was full of information and resources.  I also signed up for a health for life cooking class.  It is not food I would usually eat - but I'm hoping to learn a few new recipes and try some new foods that hopefully my family will eat.

Website: Dr. Janet Starr Hull

I'm spending way too much time reading health & nutrition blogs & websites lately.  One I've come across in the past and came back to today is Dr. Janet Starr Hull.

Her ideas and suggestions just make sense to me.  Here is a list of suggestions from a recent post she made.

Here are some suggestions on how to support your immune system:
  • Avoid ALL GM, GE and GMO foods;
  • Reduce your intake of refined sugar and fat;
  • Avoid margarine and hydrogenated oils;
  • Increase your intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids found in flax oil, salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and trout;
  • Take a perle of evening primrose oil daily for omega-6 oil, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA);
  • Avoid white bread and refined flour;
  • Avoid all diet sweeteners;
  • Add fiber to your diet through fruits, raw veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains;
  • Avoid pastries, doughnuts, French fries, chicken nuggets, candy, and sugar-free gum/condiments;
  • Eat several small meals a day as opposed to three large meals;
  • Reduce your intake of all colas and carbonated drinks;
  • Supplement daily with a quality multi-vitamin and trace mineral from the health market;
  • Supplement with extra vitamin C from ascorbic acid daily;
  • Add other antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin E and selenium at least three to four times a week;
  • Get plenty of rest and regular, mild exercise.

Nothing too wacky or too far out there... just things we should all be doing.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my Midsummer's Eve Giveaway. Many of you know me from my book review site I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. If you follow me there you may know that my son has been quite sick. He has never received an official diagnosis. Many illnesses and diseases have been thrown around but there were never any concrete answers. The first doctor we saw basically told us to put him on medication and leave him on it for at least 6 months despite the terrible side effects.

I've always been a little on the alternative side: not a huge fan of doctors or medication so this treatment was not ok with me. Although I know doctors have their place I've come to believe much of our illnesses and problems come from our lifestyle most especially the way we eat.  This led me to start researching for alternatives to the medication the doctor wanted my son on.  I was surprised at the wealth of information I found and am grateful to have found some wonderful  new doctors who have helped us get him off medication and figure out what is really going on with him.

We've made some drastic changes in our home the past 3 months. We're moving towards a whole foods diet and using vitamins and minerals instead of medication. No sugar, no processed foods, lots of fruits & vegetables. Amazingly enough my son is doing fine. In fact he's better than fine and  is better than he has been in a long time. Not to mention I've lost 20 lbs without exercising, my kids are sleeping through the night and my husband noted that he no longer has heartburn or indigestion. So even though the illness has been a huge trial, it has also been a blessing because it led us to make these changes that have so positively impacted our life.

One of the things we have done is to start drinking green smoothies. Now let me tell you I am not a fan of vegetables. But I knew I needed to start eating more of them and getting my kids to eat more of them so I started making green smoothies to disguise them.  What I found out was I loved green smoothies and now crave them. It's rare that a day goes by without a smoothie.

I had the chance to attend a class given by Robyn Openshaw recently and purchased several of her books. I ended up with a digital copy of The Big Book of Green Smoothies as well as a paperbook copy

I'd love to get someone else enjoying green smoothies so I'm giving way my paperback copy. I have flipped through and tried a couple of the recipes. So this book would be considered used but is still in great shape.

I encourage you to take a look at Robyn's site or check out one of the many other smoothie sites that are on the internet.

Giveaway open to US only.
To enter just leave a comment on this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Inspired Kathy

The Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop runs until Midnight on June 24th. Be sure to stop by and enter all the other giveaways.

Website: Doctor Myhill

I have found a new site I love.  Doctor Myhill

The aim of this website is to give individuals access to all the information and some tests they need to take control of their own health. Everyone should follow The general approach to maintaining and restoring good health, which involves eating a stoneage diet, taking a basic package of nutritional supplements, ensuring a good night's sleep on a regular basis and getting the right balance between work, exercise and rest. Because we live in an increasingly polluted world, we should probably all be doing some sort of detox regime. Start with Your very good health!

Yes she's alternative and yes her practice is being investigated for prescribing vitamin injections and while under suspension for "practicing" medicine by acting as an impromptu midwife (she delivered piglets)? I'm really not a conspiracy theorist and I do believe government has it's place but it seems more often than not they are going a little too far.

This quote from her site really hit home for me:

There is nothing like having an illness to give one a good incentive to find the answer! Indeed much of my medicine has been learned from patients doing their own research and trying different things.

That is where I've found myself - doing my own research and finding those who know the answers.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

In Search of Fresh Fruit & Veggies

Since I was out of town on Monday I didn't order my Bountiful Baskets for today. So I decided to check out the Farmer's Market & Fruit Stand in town.

Unfortunately both were a disappointment :(

I guess I just had too high of expectations. The last Farmer's Market I went to was years ago when we lived in Olympia, WA. There were tons of vendors and tons of selection. There were not many vendors at our farmer's market and not much selection. I did get a few things - cherries, onions & eggs so it wasn't a complete waste of time.

I remember stopping at Frei's Fruit Stand as a child when we were on vacation. I had high expectations and was expecting a lot more locally grown and organic produce. It was mainly the exact stuff you'd find in the grocery store shipped in from other states. There were a few locally grown items but not many. The prices were ok and the produce looked good. Perhaps I'll make a trip back when the fresh locally grown peaches are in stock.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Dr. Cindy Schneider

We took a road trip this week to Arizona for an appointment with Dr. Cindy Schneider.

Although our son has not been diagnosed with Autism there was no doubt from some blood work that we had done there were some definite nutritional deficiencies & metabolic abnormalities. We live in a small town and I've been frustrated by the lack of answers that have been available.  I've been doing my best based on the research I've done to help our son but as he is always telling me I'm not a doctor and I don't know everything.  Although I knew we were headed in the right direction I was still shooting in the dark.

A friend recommended we make an appointment with Dr. Schneider. I figured we didn't have anything to loose other than the cost of the trip and appointment and had much to gain. Although her practice focuses mainly on children with Autism she practices Nutritional Intervention which is what I was looking for.

I absolutely loved Dr. Schneider. She was fabulous and so knowledgeable. While I love our current pediatrician, he was clueless as to what some of the abnormalities in lab work meant. Dr. Schneider on the other hand knew exactly what it meant and how to help, it's after all her specialty.

The 2 hour appointment went by way too quickly but we left armed with new information and knowledge.  There are 2 more labs we're waiting on results and then we have a follow up in a couple weeks.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

If Man Made It, Don't Eat It

If Man Made It, Don't Eat It! 
~Jack LaLanne

That is my new motto.  I think I'll print it out and put it on my fridge.

Today I read the book Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman.  There was a PBS special 3 Steps to Incredible Health that I wanted to watch today.  I attempted to get our TV to work but didn't have any luck so I read his book instead.  I must say of all the books I've read I think his is one I can agree with almost completely.  I'm adding his food pyramid to my fridge too...