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    • Being in tune with our bodies

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    •  10/1/2010 1:24:26 PM
    •          Over the past year and half I have been learning how important it is to be in tune with my body. When I switched to eating a whole food plant based diet, I started to notice how good I felt when I ate greens.  Then when throwing cheese or a meat back into my diet at times, it immediately takes me down. I can feel every bite  of good or bad food I eat. My emotions relate to my nutrition for the most part. If I am having a slow tired day, I can take a look at what I have been eating over the last couple of days and figure out why I am sluggish. Its amazing how simple it is for me now. Two years ago, when I ate what I wanted when I wanted, I couldn't tell the different affects foods made on my body. Staying in tune with my body on the physical aspect has been an ongoing journey. 


             This year, as I set my marathon goal, I got excited and realized a Boston Marathon isn't out of reach. I know my body, I am learning proper athletic nutrition. This became my goal. I have 5 months to get ready. I signed up for several races along the way to help prepare me for my St George Marathon Oct 2nd 2010. My training consisted of boot camp workout  3 days a week and running three days a week.  I found the perfect recovery drink (Brendan Brazier) in "Thrive'. I was feeling great. My knees started getting achy, so ice and just keep going.  Then they got to the point where walking hurt, so Physical Therapy.  It helped enough to keep me going. Then the pain came back so strong, I had to stop running for 6 WEEKS! It was tough, but I really still wanted to get to these races and my Boston Marathon.  I got back in the game after about 5 weeks of rest. I was so excited I got going and ran for weeks pain free. The pain slowly crept back in, and worked its way up to my hips. I ran anyway, it was race time. Ran my half marathon and got a PR. I pushed my body beyond its limit. Then my hips got worse.  A lot of ice and I was back in game, ran a 186 mile relay and had a blast. Weeks away from the marathon, I got a great recommendation for a athletic chiropractor. I met with him, he pinpointed the source of all my problems/pain. My hips, after having the twins (almost two years ago) had been rotated funky causing my leg lengths to be off by at least half an inch. Causing knee pain and eventually hip pain. The Doc adjusted me and I knew I was going to be good to go. I ran my final long run two weeks ago, I finished strong. Had a another doc appointment and got really sore from all the adjusting. My muscle had spent the last two years supporting my rotated hips. Now they are shifting and strained. A lot more ice and rest. I went for my final run this Monday, 1/2mile into it, I limped, then I cried. The pain in my hips came back and I limped another mile and half before my thoughts shifted " what is that pain, why now, push through it, its just sore muscles..." and on and on. I came home, put ice on it, and called my friend who is a massage therapist (and my marathon running buddy). She made time to fit me in for a massage. I hoped that after that I would be good to go. 


              24 hours from now I would be walking around with a medal around my neck and after finishing 26.2..... I have had several talks with friends and some self realizations and finally have come to a conclusion. I have to listen to my body. I cannot keep asking too much of it. I need to back off and not push beyond my limits.  After tears and a couple of doughnuts (yes cream filled ones!)  I realized this is not only not my year for Boston, but not my year for a marathon. Six months of training and hoping.... its been heartbreaking and eye opening. One friend said to me "this is the only body you get, there will be many other marathons."  


               So I end with that, THIS IS THE ONLY BODY WE GET, let's listen to it, treat it well, and of course feed ourselves properly. There will be many other opportunities for medals, but I would regret running and pushing my body too far, then limping the rest of my life. Thanks for listening. Take care! Happy Whole Food eating!


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    • Let's help our kids have healthy school lunch options!

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    •  9/24/2010 11:21:12 AM
    • I am so excited about this movement!

      Giving our kids better options at school. I really think that is key to the success of having a healthier nation!

      A letter from Jillian Michaels:

      Jillian Michaels 

       I’m the tough trainer on The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian, and I am passionate about helping people reach a healthy weight. But I’m writing to you with a request that just might put me out of business.

      I want you to help fight childhood obesity so that fewer people will need to go through the difficult process of shedding excess pounds. More than a third of America’s children are now overweight or obese. That’s why I recently wrote to Congress asking for healthy school lunches.

      Now I’m inviting you to take action! Will you please contact your member of Congress and ask him or her to ensure that H.R. 5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act, is voted on and passed this month?

      This bill will help schools serve more fruits, vegetables, and plant-based meal options—healthy choices that will help students reduce their risk of obesity and diabetes.

      When students go from health class to the school cafeteria, the lessons they just learned should be reflected in the lunch line. They should see fruits, vegetables, and vegetarian meal options naturally low in fat and free of cholesterol. They shouldn’t be forced to load up on processed meat and other high-fat, high-sodium foods that could harm their health.

      Please contact your member of Congress today and ask for healthy, plant-based options in the school lunch line. Your support would make a world of difference for children.

      Jillian Michaels

      Jillian Michaels


      Another letter I received yesterday! It's not hard, just click the link and send a quick letter. We have a chance to change he way things are done for our kids. It's pretty exciting. Let's make it happen!


      Congress is on the verge of voting for a new Child Nutrition Act, and we’ve received word that an excellent House version of the bill, which would allow more children to have access to healthful plant-based options, may be rejected for a much weaker, stripped-down Senate version.

      This Senate version will make it harder for children to choose healthy food options in the cafeteria.

      Our chance to improve school lunches across the nation lies in the hands of Congress today! Please urge key leaders in the House to pass the superior House bill, H.R. 5504, and reject the Senate’s bill, S. 3307.

      Send a letter to Congress before it’s too late!


      Elizabeth Kucinich
      Elizabeth Kucinich

      Elizabeth Kucinich
      Director of Public and Government Affairs



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    • Breakfast Burrito

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    •  9/17/2010 3:45:34 PM
    •  I'm calling it a breakfast burrito even though we ate it for dinner:) I was talking on the phone with my sister, walking her through a butternut squash recipe while trying to come up with what I could make for dinner. It slowly evolved into this yummy meal. I just kept adding things until... viola!





      I started with:

      3 Baked potatoes cubed

      1 red pepper chopped

      1 sweet onion chopped

      1 TBSP olive oil

      1-2 TBSP season salt -to taste

      1/2 bunch chopped Kale

      4-6 whole wheat tortillas


      Heat oil in pan on medium, then add onions and peppers, let them cook for a few minutes then add potatoes. Since the potatoes are pre-cooked it only takes a few minutes to get them crispy. Turn off the heat, place the chopped kale on the cooked veggies and cover with a lid for 2-3 minutes, this will steam the kale. 


      Next take the whole wheat tortilla and heat it in a dry pan on medium, both side for 1-2 minutes each side. This just makes the tortilla easy to handle. Scoop the veggie mixture onto the middle of the tortillas and top with avocado, tofutti sour cream, and fresh salsa. Roll it up and ENJOY! 


      I overloaded mine(below) a bit, but it was a delicious success, even my kids loved it!! A new staple in our house! YUM!


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    • Cancer: Is Chemotherapy the only answer?

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    •  9/3/2010 4:17:50 PM
    •      As you all know from my bio, I carry the gene (BRCA1) that has caused cancer is several members of my family. I have watched them go through chemo and surgeries to heal/cure them. When they found out I had the gene as well, they said with out hesitation, " ...have the elective surgeries... You don't want to go through what we have had to.. The key is prevention".   As you all know I have chosen a different path, one not explored by many. I am eating a whole food plant based diet to prevent the cancer from ever coming. Will that work? I sure hope so, but I must have a plan of action if for any reason the cancer does come. I have annual meetings and blood tests at the Huntsman cancer Institute, where I meet with genetic counselors and discuss my personal plan. This year when I met with them I was armed with all sorts of information about nutrition and prevention. They listened and even agreed with me, but they did question me in ways that made me think that I'm not bullet proof and there is a chance, however slim it may be. I went home excited to have them listen to me about nutrition prevention, but I was still a little uneasy.

        Since that day last April, I have read through several books trying to find my solution, I was THRILLED when I came across (by way of maintenance mommy) Suzanne Somers book, "KNOCKOUT, Interviews with Doctors who are CURING CANCER and how to prevent getting it in the first place". 

      This book has opened my eyes to other options. I know for sure chemotherapy is NOT the answer for me, but I would encourage you to read this book and decide for yourself. There are many doctors who are starting to look at other options and recognizing that chemo is not the only answer, and maybe not even a good answer in the first place.

      One Doctor, Dr. Gonzales said:" A stage IV patient who has metasases, has had no chemo and radiation, and has been diagnosed within two months of seeing us has over a 50% chance of doing really well. As soon as patients have chemo and radiation their chances of success, although not completely eliminated, are lessened."

       He also said: " There are ONLY THREE types of cancers that respond to chemotherapy, if they do, in fact, respond: testicular cancer, some lymphomas, and childhood leukemias."

      I have since shared this book with a friend whose husband was recently diagnosed with cancer (melanoma), his doctor highly recommended one year of chemo. I think the odds they gave him where one year chemo will decrease his chance of re-occurance by 10% or so. when she was telling me, I was shocked and just smiled and listened, until I found my window to speak on nutrition and tell her about this book. She listened and actually went out and bought the book, She has read some of the book and they have decided NO CHEMO for them! So great. I hope they look into nutrition more. 

      I just talked her the other day. She told me about a friend of hers whose husband has cancer, but they don't feel good about chemo. She told them about the book and their choice not to... it's awesome to see the ripple effect. She told me how good it felt to share this information. When we have information, we need to share. That is why we started our website in the first place. 

      My hope with this post is not to change mind about what they think is right or wrong. I just want you to know that there are options out there, its time we question the status quo for cancer. There are doctors willing to help, treat, and CURE cancer without poisoning our bodies. I hope that this post might make you think and do the research for yourself. Find what you feel is right and true. 

      I know for me I have a plan, I know there are options none of them include chemo and that is empowering. 

       Books I highly recommend if cancer is a concern in your family:

      Eat to live: Joel Furhman

      The China Study: T Colin Campbell

      Knockout: Suzanne Somers


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