Nourished Metabolism Book Review

I recently had the fortune to receive a copy of the Nourished Metabolism. I have been seeing it on all the blogs I like to haunt read. Nourished Metabolism is written by Elizabeth Walling, creator of the blog: The Nourished Life. The site is fabulous, easy to read and great information. I’m a big fan. The book was a straightforward, no nonsense quick read. I loved Walling’s voice and her sensible advice. Her vocabulary really resonated with me: Balance and Nourishment. Ms. Walling discusses a nourished vs sTrEsSeD metabolism. Good information.

It really spoke to me about the dangers of obsession, restriction, stress…. I’ve been doing this whole “diet” thing for a lot of years now, always trying to stay abreast of what is the healthiest.. and its amazing how far I have come. In my late teens/early 20’s I did the Slimfast Diet, Atkins diet, vegan diet (although there was just more than health to my coming to veganism). Boy do I sound fickle? Or what?? But I’m not going to stop my pursuit of what works for me and my family. We’ll find it.

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And finally I am reading what I really needed to hear, read, see… balance.. 

I really enjoyed her discussion of “busting the diet myth”. A lot of “AHA” moments.

So, no, I’m not going to tell you what you want to hear. I’m not going to make
promises about melting fat away or finally wearing that tiny bikini lurking in
the back of your closet. If you’re reading this book, then you may be
interested in losing some weight, but right now I want to focus on a subject

that’s often left to the wayside when weight loss is on the mind: your health

That right there, is a statement I can trust. She is not trying to “sell” me anything. There wasn’t even any product links. There is plenty information about biofeedback, learning about your metabolism, superfoods, digestion, exercise, handling stress, and getting good sleep.

I really enjoyed her closing chapter, her final thoughts:

Keep Perspective
Improving your health doesn’t happen overnight, but I can attest to it being a
rewarding journey. Remember that eating and living well takes practice, just
like learning to swim or mastering smart phone technology (I still don’t know
what some of those icons do!). It’s something that comes with time and
experience, and that’s part of the fun. You’ll always be learning more about
yourself and your body, and every day is another chance to put that
knowledge to good use.

Wonderful read, I highly recommend checking it out. You can get a copy here.

OHHH I also wanted to note that Ms. Walling has a small excerpt on Carrageenan. I posted earlier on this pervasive ingredient. 

Carrageenan has frequently been shown in studies to
cause ulcers and cancer in animals. It is actually used in animal studies
to induce ulcerative colitis because it is so effective in causing digestive
distress.
Carrageenan should be avoided as much as possible, especially if you
tend to have digestive problems. But carrageenan is incredibly
pervasive in the modern food supply. It’s in a wide variety of
commercial beverages (like whipping cream) and many packaged
foods. It’s even commonly found in seemingly “natural” foods like sour
cream, cottage cheese, non-dairy milks (like almond and coconut milk),
and ice cream.
Check your ingredients carefully or make these items at home from
scratch to keep carrageenan out of your diet

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Stir-Fried Broccoli Slaw

First off, I need to apologize for my photography skills. They aren’t exactly up to par and I’m using my iphone to take pics but I’m trying. 😉 Second, Connor is officially my food model.. although getting him to wear clothes is something I need to work on. Without further ado,

 

 

I like to think that I’m so organized with Pinterest and all, but in reality, I look in the fridge and just throw something together. My home-made mayo epic-ally failed. FYI: NEVER add gelatin to runny mayo. What the heck was I thinking?

 

Recipe:

Look in fridge, grab randomly, toss in pan, add fat. Good to go. Hehehe ok here it is

  • Chop some sweet potato and shallot (or garlic and onion), warm in pan with extra virgin coconut oil and some sea salt
  • Add in broccoli slaw (broccoli, carrots, purple cabbage). I cheated and bought it shredded. Oh so easy peasy.
  • Shred some roasted chicken. I also cheated on this and bought an already ready chicken and just shredded from leftovers last night. 
  • Add a generous dab of Kerrygold butter when nearing your desired done-ness. I didn’t want it mushy but cooked enough that Connor could eat it. The broccoli slaw tends to be a real jaw work out raw. 

-Omit the chicken/butter and you have a healthy tasty vegan meal. It made tons. This lil dish is our lunch, Oliver’s dinner at work served with a generous salad and probably our breakfast tomorrow served in scrambled eggs. Yum. 

 

KeVita Review and giveaway

Oh how I love KeVita. They make the perfect refreshing drink. The taste is refreshing , delicious, and satisfying. Let’s start with who they are: (Keep reading for the giveaway at the end of the blog post)

From their website

What is KeVita?

KeVita® Sparkling Probiotic Drink is delicious vitality in every sip. At the heart of KeVita is its proprietary culture with four strains of live probiotics. Created with optimum health in mind, KeVita is handcrafted in its own facility in Southern California. Enjoy a variety of low calorie flavors including Coconut, Mango Coconut and Pomegranate. KeVita is certified organic, non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten free and vegan.

Refresh yourself daily with KeVita. Enjoy delicious vitality and love in every sip!

– See more at: http://kevita.com/about/what-is-kevita/#sthash.I0yH8tHc.dpuf

 

Also Kevita is USDA certified organic, low calorie, NON-GMO (woohoo), gluten free, and vegan!

KeVita has an impressive list of flavors, the only sad part is most of the stores I go to, only have 1-2 flavors. 

  • Coconut
  • Lemon Ginger
  • Strawberry Acai Coconut
  • Mango Coconut
  • Pomegranate Coconut
  • Pomegranate
  • Pomegranate Black Tea
  • Living Greens
  • NEW: Mojita: Lime Mint Coconut
  • NEW: Daily Cleanse: Lemon Cayenne

Let’s start with the Lemon Ginger:

Hands down, my favorite combination. It’s light and fizzy and perfect for re-hydrating.  It’s not just the great taste that draws me to this product, the ingredient list is quite impressive. I think KeVita is perfect for someone who hasn’t really gotten into drinking Kombucha or finds that Kombucha is too overwhelming. 

The ingredient list boasts: Reverse Osmosis Water, Organic KeVita Probiotic Culture, Organic Cane syrup, organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic cold pressed lemon juice and ginger whole plant extracts, organic fig concentrate, purple carrot juice color.

Pretty impressive to me! Its a super pick me up. 

I also tried the Mango Coconut:

This flavor definitely has more punch, fruity and tropical. My BF Oliver said this was his favorite but I guess I’m more of the traditional flavor girl, can’t beat lemon and ginger! I could see serving this flavor as a punch at a party! OOOO! Just had a thought… a KeVita party. LOL. Yeah I’m a dork like that. 

Here is the awesome ingredient list: Reverse osmosis water, organic KeVita probiotic culture, organic coconut water, organic mango puree, organic apple cider vinegar, organic natural mango flavor, organic natural coconut flavor, organic stevia, organic fruit and vegetable color

Now for the giveaway! Enter below for your chance to score a coupon for a free drink (although tiny print says you are responsible for sales tax which is roughly 25-32cents) PRETTY FREAKING good in my book!

 

OK! Leave me a comment with the flavor you would like to try. Also like me on FB or follow me on Twitter and let me know in separate comments that you are/did. I will randomly pick a winner on 9/17/13 and announce the winner. Good luck. 

 

Have a super awesome day. 

More info on going Paleo

So one thing I sorta still struggle with is cooking and buying meat. I just plain don’t like buying meat at the grocery store, it looks gross.  I’m good with buying salmon and maybe some ground beef but holy smokes! the price for “grass-fed” beef is ridiculous. 

I was not a perfect Vegan by any means but I did struggle with here and there meat/butter cravings. And I gave in when they were overwhelming. I went Vegan after watching Earthlings which was a great documentary. At the time I felt like animal protein was evil, health wise, for our planet, and well… for the animals! 

 

I still struggle with the idea of mass production/farming/slaughter and like to think in my head about happy farms with animals roaming freely being treated with respect and let’s face it.. slaughter is slaughter.  While I know there are farms like this that exist, its not the norm. 

I can read research articles until my eyes pop out of my head about meat being good and being bad but what it really comes down to is… the health of my family. I’m really trying to dial our eating to be as healthy as possible yet money is always a huge factor. 

I’ve been searching for local farms that have pastured eggs and grass fed beef at a reasonable price but haven’t nailed anything down yet. For instance, I bought grass fed ground bison at Fred Meyers for like 8 bucks.. that was only 1 meal that fed Oliver, Jake, Connor and I. Wouldn’t have worked if Hanna and Ollie were here. (Jake absolutely loved the bison, he requested that I cook that a whole lot more)

So these are the challenges I am facing: Budget and well the “yuck/slight guilt” factor. 

One of my favorite blogs (Kristen Suzanne) chronicled her transition from Raw Vegan to Omnivore. Its a great read and I highly recommend it, she has tons of yummy yummy recipes. Through her site, I discovered the BulletProof Diet. This sounds very gimmicky to me but a quick browse through his website looks promising. 

Here’s some information from their website:

14 Steps To Eating The Bulletproof Diet

1. Eliminate sugar (including fruit juices and sports drinks that contain HFCS, honey, and agave) .

2. Replace the sugar calories with healthy fats from the Bulletproof Diet such as grass-fed butter, ghee, and MCT or coconut oil.

3. Eliminate gluten in any shape or form.  This includes bread, cereal, and pasta.  Do not make the mistake of resorting to gluten free junk food, which can be almost as bad.

4. Remove grains, grain derived oils, and vegetable oils such as corn, soy, and canola.  Also remove unstable polyunsaturated oils such as walnut, flax, and peanut oil.

5. Eliminate all synthetic additives, colorings, and flavorings.  This includes aspartame, MSG, dyes, and artificial flavorings.

6. Eat significant amounts of pastured, grass-fed meat from big ruminant animals such as beef, lamb, and bison.  Pair this with fish, eggs, and shellfish.

7. Eliminate legumes such as peanuts, beans, and lentils.  If you must have your beans, soak, sprout (or ferment), and cook them.

8. Remove all processed, homogenized, and pasteurized dairy.  High fat items can be pasteurized, but they should be grass-fed.  Full fat, raw, whole dairy from grass-fed cows is okay for most people.

9. Switch to grass-fed meat and wild caught seafood.  Eat pastured eggs and some pork, chickens, turkeys, and ducks.

10. Switch to organic fruits and vegetables.  This is more important for some plants than others.  See this site for details.

11. Cook your food gently, if at all.  Incorporate water into your cooking whenever possible and use low temperatures.  Do not use a microwave or fry.

12. Limit fruit consumption to 1-2 servings per day.  Favor low fructose containing fruits like berries and lemons over watermelon and apples.

13. Add spices and other flavorings from the Bulletproof Diet.  Favor herb based spices such as thyme and rosemary over powders. Use high quality ones, recently opened.

14. Enjoy your food.  (I particularly like this one!)

 

I just borrowed this book from Amazon and will review it when done. (I super ❤ Amazon Prime)

Anyone else read this? Thoughts?

 

Paleo Food and going to court

—-Originally published on Blogger in July 2013—–

 So I’ve dabbled in veganism, vegetarianism, raw foodism, lots of isms. Recently I’ve started to really give Paleo a go and I’ve enjoyed a number of brilliant blogs but I love reading this one currently: Wellness Mama

I’m actually going to give the 30 Day Challenge a shot. I’ve added Ghee into my diet lately and eggs and some meat and I really feel REALLY good. I’ve cut out a lot of fruit except for berries and am aiming for a lower carb intake to help shed the last of the unwanted weight. Seems to be working (of course coupled with regular exercise!).

Here’s a snapshot of what I made today:

 The first mixture is:

-Chopped Cucumber
-Chopped Tomato
-Dash of Garlic Exra Virgin Olive Oil
-Dollop of horseradish mustard
-Salt (pink himalayan) and Pepper to taste
 

2nd concoction:

-Broccoli slaw with purple cabbage and carrots
-Dollop of organic mayo
-Drizzle of garlic extra virgin Olive Oil
-Salt (PH) and pepper to taste
 

The smoothie in this picture is Connor’s:

-Banana
-Frozen Mango
-Almond Milk
-Spinach
-Vanilla Stevia
 
And well my scale is broken.. due to some rather rambunctious 2 year old.. hmmmmm.. but I’m thinking I’ve gained a few lbs (all muscle of course) but I’m going to be real about this challenge and need to have a starting picture so here goes:
 
And lastly,

I’m freaking out about practicum on Thursday. I go in at 9 for an hour of training then have to head over to court to present to the judge on a case. Its not like I haven’t spoken in court ( I was a CASA forever ago) but I really REALLY REAAAAAAAAAAAAALLY have a hard time with public speaking. And then back to training for the rest of the day.  Its only Tuesday night and I have butterflies in my belly. Uggh. Belly (and beware if you click that belly link you will see something frightful). That reminds me of a douche whom I ran into at a grocery store who recognized me from my time working at an inpatient psych unit.. After his long winded explanation about the evil-ness of meds (of which I won’t disagree) and how he was not and is not crazy, he then proceeded to exuberantly state “CONGRATS, how far along are you?”

It was actually really hard in the pic above not to suck it in.. I’m so used to pulling that damn lower belly in… but with keeping on track with diet and exercise hopefully I won’t have to do that anymore!