Natural Health Blog

Thanksgiving Day Digestion Tips

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Turkey Day is upon us and while I don't want to rain on our collective culinary parades, I do want to offer some helpful hints. My suggestions will assist you in digestion, assimilation and avoiding the post-meal-coma's. 

(Unless you really want one, which I totally respect!)

  • Do digestive enzymes the morning of (3-4) on an empty stomach and then if you can 1-2 more times throughout the day. This will help you digest and assimilate - and not feel like crap!
  • Try to limit the volume of beverages you drink while eating. 4oz at the time of a meal -tops. Liquids, (especially cold ones), slow down digestion by diluting stomach acids. Cold beverages must be "warmed up" by the body and require more work for the body to process.
  • Try fill your plate with at least half vegetables. Salads, green beans (yes even the casserole), sweet potatoes, are just a few. 
  • *Opt for 1 starch on the plate and stick with that. Perhaps you're dying for the bread rolls or crescents? Or maybe your a mashed potato girl (or boy). Limiting these complex carbs will assist in digestion.
  • Wait at least an hour after eating to have your desert. (I know- bummer). By doing this your giving your stomach a moment to process all that you ate before tossing in yet another type of food, (sugar and even sometimes fruit), that require another set of processes for the body to handle. This can really bog down the system leading to gas, bloating, fatigue, and even have you feeling a bit lethargic. 
  • HAVE FUN. I know it's tough to be with family sometimes, but remember; in the end all we really have is family. Let the annoyances roll off your back and look for all the bright spots and cling to them with a death grip. 


Reach out if you have questions and have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Ladybugs & French Fries:)

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I was just reading in "The Botany of Desire" by Michael Pollan how organic farmers use ladybugs for pest control. I knew this before but seeing this sweet girl in the garden made me think again about what I learned in his book...

The farmer he interviewed (along with two GMO farmers) used crop rotation, diversity in the species of his potatoes, & lady bugs to keep his plants healthy - his yields were just as high as one of the GMO farmers & only slightly less then the other GMO farmer. He could also get more money for his potatoes as they are organic. While there was more work, it was less automated than the GMO farmers, it was better for the land, his employees, the water supply near the farm and of course - the potatoes:)

Potatoes happen to be one of the worst sprayed foods that I've ever read about. Fungicides, pesticides, herbicides; all in a by-weekly rotation all season long...ALL in the name of perfect McDonald's French fries. 

McDonalds is the largest buyer of spuds in the world. And along with the worlds demand for perfect fries, McDonalds desire to make them perfect & the identical each time and at each location - feeds the need for monoculture/GMO potatoes.

When different varieties are grown (there over a thousand!), this diversity helps plants "one-up" pests & fungi making it harder for them to get a foothold. This also helps preserve the strength of the species for future generations of farmers and gardners. 

Viva la variety baby!

 

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Whole Foods Market Is Finally Here In The "D"!

It's been one year since they broke ground for the new Whole Foods Market in Midtown Detroit and today is opening day! I'm really excited for this for several reasons: 

1.) Whole Foods Market (WFM), despite what you've heard, does A LOT for the community. I was always impressed with what they give back in donations, education to it's team members and customers AND support to local companies and farmers. In this way, WFM will be helpful for the revitalization of Detroit. 

2.) WFM recently chose to label GMO's by 2015 in all their products - this is a HUGE deal for the organics industry and a massive undertaking on their part as they literally have tens of thousands of products.

3.) I got my natural health start at WFM in the vitamin section "Whole Body"- and for that I will always be truly grateful. Without them, I wouldn't be typing these lines. 

While no person, situation or company is without it's flaws, Whole Foods Market is trying to do something better, raising the bar for accessible, natural and whole food. This helps to spread foods gifts of health to people. They have the 365 line which is very affordable and if you take some time to learn to shop there, utilizing their extensive bulk department, on sale produce, and the 365 line - it really is like shopping at a regular grocery store. 

In the words of their proud and amazing store team leader Larry Austin, "Get It In"!

 Congrats Whole Foods Market Detroit!