What diet is truly right for you?

I’ve learned so much this week about diets and dietary theories! There are thousands upon millions of diet books out in the marketplace today; The Fast Metabolism Diet, The Lose Your Belly Diet, Dash Diet, The Case Against Sugar Diet, Super Shred Diet, Body Reset Diet, The Negative Calorie Diet, The New Atkins For The New You Diet, are you confused yet? Because I can do this all day…

The truth is, there are a lot of great, nutritious diet plans out there and the trick is to find which one works for you. And, to realize, it may work for you today, but 6 months from now, your body may need something different. We call this Bio-Individuality. One person’s food is another person’s poison. The fact is, men eat differently than women. Teens eat differently than older people. Very young children need more food than someone in their 60’s, etc. Here’s another example, you can’t tell a construction worker who’s on the go for 8-10 hours a day that fasting is right for him. It may be – but you get the idea. There is no ‘perfect diet’.

One area of nutrition that, at this point, fascinates me is Macrobiotics. Macrobiotics, with its brown rice, beans, sea vegetables, and Asian yin-yang philosophy of finding balance in life for health and vitality, was the original counterculture diet back in the ’60s. It’s actually been around much longer than that.

A macrobiotic diet isn’t just about your weight – it’s about achieving balance in your life. It promotes a healthier, more holistic long-term lifestyle for men, women, and children that encompass mental outlook as well as food choices. Macrobiotic dieters are encouraged to eat regularly, chew their food extremely well, listen to their bodies, stay active, and maintain a positive mental outlook. And eat real food. By real, I mean food that comes from nature, in its simplest form. This makes sense to me! Here’s an example of an unbalanced life; over the past few years, when my husband would come home from work, he’d start to raid the fridge and/or the pantry, looking for and eating anything that looked remotely appetizing. He would continually say “I’ve got to lose weight” but then go on his eating spree. I finally told him, “I don’t think you have an eating disorder, I think you have a career disorder” which started a whole other conversation that we can get into later.  The fact is, he wasn’t really hungry, he was just stressed. And eating made him feel better for a short period of time but terrible about himself and his weight long-term. He needed a balanced life, which I’m happy to report he’s embracing.

On my macrobiotic learning quest, I started reading the benefits of wheatgrass. Here are just a few of the health benefits of wheatgrass:

Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and Vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, I and K. It is extremely rich in protein (who knew!) and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Wheatgrass juice contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which is an important blood builder. I’m feeling healthier just telling you about it 😉

So, this morning, I took the challenge and made my own wheatgrass shot! I bought a package of fresh wheatgrass at my local health food store. Put some wheatgrass and just a bit of filtered water in my Magic Bullet and blended it for about 1 minute. Put that through a strainer and voila – Linda’s very own wheatgrass shot! I liked the taste and loved the smell! It reminded me of the first few weeks of Summer and freshly cut grass. I encourage you to try it and tell me what you think.

What diets have you tried that worked and made you feel great? That didn’t work? I’d love to hear from you. Cheers to your own path!

 

What’s lurking in your household cleaner?

I just love finding new, safe and healthy alternatives to what I’m currently using either in my home or on my body. Have you ever looked under your sink at the ingredients of some of your usual household cleaners? Or worse yet, checked the EWG site to find out if what you’re using is healthy or toxic? Eek!

We’ll talk about EWG – Environmental Working Group in another blog. You’re going to LOVE them!

A few weeks ago, I decided to take a closer look at what I was using and I was shocked to uncover what I did. The truth of the matter is, if you’re concerned about your health and helping the environment, your toxic household cleaners will likely be the first to get the boot! And for good reason. The household cleaning industry is largely unregulated and companies aren’t required to include ingredient lists for cleaning products. Go ahead, take a look…I’ll wait here J

I know what you saw on your household cleaner labels, lots of sunshine, butterflies and smiling faces, right?

Companies take full advantage of that lack of regulations to make false claims about their cleaning products and to include toxic chemicals in their products without letting the consumer know. It’s hard to know just how bad these chemical concoctions really are for your health and the environment.

That’s why the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research organization known for its personal care product database, has created a new database that includes more than 2,000 household cleaners. The EWG ranks the cleaners based on how hazardous their ingredients are and how much information they include on their labels.

Here’s just one of their Hall of Shame Cleaners – Scrubbing Bubbles. I, personally, was so disappointed because their brand mascot, the smiling, scrubbing sponge, is so darned likeable. Likeable to look at, yes, good for your system – NO! This product contains chemicals banned in the European Union including DEGBE, which can and does irritate and inflame your lungs. The EU bans this chemical in household cleaners in concentrations above 3%. This product contains up to 10%.

So here are just a few simple, nontoxic solutions for your home. These are all safe and cheap! And, you probably have all the ingredients to make your own cleaners in your home.

FRESH LEMON – Lemons help get rid of water stains and increase shine. Simply cut one in half, rub it on your sink and shower faucets and admire the shine.

BAKING SODA – Baking soda can be used as a nontoxic scouring agent for scrubbing your sinks, bathtubs and shower floors.

WHITE VINEGAR – One of nature’s best antibacterial and antiviral agents, white vinegar can be used for various cleaning needs. Simply mix one part vinegar with three parts water for a simple countertop spray, or place ¼ cup in toilets for an effective routine cleaning.

The Icky Truth About Teflon

Recently I’ve been exploring more about food, healthy cooking and how food has a positive, or negative impact on my health. 

The first area of food/health/cooking I’ve explored are the tools I use in my kitchen. Because, believe it or not, the tools you use directly impact the food you cook and then eat. Which brings me to TEFLON which most, if not all of us have in our kitchens. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Teflon can be toxic to humans, animals, and the environment. If you choose to use Teflon (like most of us do – let’s face it, it’s already in our kitchens and it’s not practical to throw every pan we own in the garbage) follow these rules for your safety:

1. Do not use at high temperatures – ONLY use Teflon pans at medium to medium-low temperatures.

2. Do not heat your pans dry as this may cause toxic particles to become airborne and embed into your lungs. Always have oil or liquid in a Teflon-coated pan before heating.

3. If you scratch a Teflon-coated pan, throw it away to avoid releasing chemicals into your food. Think about it, where do all those little scratches of Teflon go when you’re cooking??? Always use wood, silicon, or other non-scratch utensils with nonstick pots and pans.

4. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning to avoid damaging the surface.

As the months and years go by and my Teflon pans get scratched, I’ve tossed them in the trash. I’ve replaced most of them with cast iron pans, but I also want to explore cooking with Stainless Steel.

Any Kitchen Tools ideas/thoughts you can share?

Here We Go!

 

Welcome! I’m so glad you chose to join me on this crazy journey! I’m Linda, a very proud Momma of 3 grown boys, step-mom to 1 girl and 2 boys who I’m crazy about, a few daughters-in-law who warm my heart and grandmother of 6 of the best kiddos on the planet!! Oh yes, I can’t forget about my Granddog Hayden.

At this point in my life, I’ve decided to take a very different journey. I’ve taken a step back from the corporate world where I was a successful sales manager. I worked for fantastic brands and fabulous products. I truly loved what I was doing, the people I was blessed to work with and my fantastic customers but knew in my heart something was missing. Always striving to be the best I could be, I decided to enroll back into school…gulp. I’ve decided to get my Health Coach Certification so I’ll share every step of the way with you! As I learn, so will you! Let’s get started and see where this path takes us…