Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Cereal, potatoes, toast and pancakes are all favorite ways for Americans to start their day.  Dowse it with some syrup, sugar or fruit and then we’re out the door ready for the day’s action!  Wash it down with some juice or coffee and it’s nearly the perfect recipe for blood sugar mania.

The body requires continuous energy to perform all the necessary actions of life.  The blood sugar is the basis of this energy, feeding every cell the necessary fuel to replicate, eliminate, transform substances and much more.  Not only does blood sugar provide our physical energy, but it also provides our mental energy and the fuel to stabilize our moods.

Blood sugar may not be given much attention until the moment when it’s disruption creates a crisis.  Symptoms of low blood sugar are often more easily identified by those closest to us, like our friends, partner’s or parents!  Crabbiness, being short-tempered, inability to focus, anxiety and panic, light-headedness, shakiness and fatigue are all common symptoms of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.

High blood sugar goes unnoticed by most people until it is identified in the blood with routine lab testing.  When the blood sugar is high, there are not typically immediate symptoms but it can contribute to fatigue, increased thirst, blurry vision and a sense of feeling “off.” Over long periods, high blood sugar or hyperglycemia results in damage to the delicate capillary beds in the body.  This especially affects the hands, feet, brain, eyes, nerves and heart.  Diabetes Mellitus (type I or II) is a disease of poor blood sugar regulation, either innate or acquired.

Blood sugar levels normally have a degree of variation throughout the day.  This is based on a complex relationship between the liver, pancreas and endocrine or hormonal system.  Each day, we have a cycle of energy produced by our adrenal glands, known as our circadian rhythm that directly influences our blood sugar.  Ideally, when we wake in the morning (preferably on our own without an alarm) we have the highest energy of the day, a strong appetite and mental clarity.  As we approach mid-day, the energy level lowers gradually and we experience mid-day hunger for our lunch.  Then we descend gradually into the evening with our energy dipping to it’s lowest around 10pm.

Variation in this rhythm explain why some people are morning people and others are night owls.  The circadian rhythm can be disrupted by a variety of factors including night shift work, chronic stress, inadequate nutrition, trauma and illness.  When disrupted, the circadian rhythm can significantly impact the energy we perceive as our ability to get through the day.  Beyond this, it also affects the immune system, digestion and our hormonal balance.

The liver is the organ in charge of providing a continuous supply of sugar or glucose to the blood.  When we eat a meal, the liver is going to be triggered to put the glucose into storage once the food is broken down.  In between meals, the liver is going to be triggered to remove glucose from storage and release it into the blood.  Along with the liver, the pancreas works in partnership to transport glucose into each cell of the body, ensuring that the sugar reaches the areas that need it in an effort to not overwhelm any part of the body with too much.

The body is amazingly resilient to balance blood sugar and adapt to extreme variations in diet and lifestyle.  The fact is that a person can start their day with coffee and doughnuts and not be apparently harmed, right away.  While nobody is going to be better off eating doughnuts for breakfast, there are times in our lives when it can cause more harm than others.

  • Childhood:  The immature organ systems are vulnerable to variations in blood sugar.  Because developing bodies have a high demand of energy, the necessity to provide a healthy, balanced source of fuel is great.  In kids, blood sugar fluctuation is most easily identified by their tantrums, tearfulness, hyperactivity or episodes of being “difficult”.
  • Times of High Stress:  When we endure a high degree of physical or psychological stress, the resiliency of the blood sugar regulation is more vulnerable.  When we exist in a fight or flight state, the body is forcing more energy into the system to endure the stress.  If we choose not to eat well, we are more likely to suffer long-term health consequences.
  • Illness:  When dealing with an illness, the body is utilizing all the resources it can to get well.  If the blood sugar is unstable, it can weaken the immune system resulting in a longer duration of illness.  This is especially true of chronic disease.
  • Hormonal Fluctuations:  As we shift from one era of life to the next, the hormonal changes significantly tax the liver.  When the liver becomes over-burdened blood sugar can be more difficult for it to control.

Feeding ourselves well requires more than just making healthy choices for our ingredients.  It also requires portion control.  The basic guideline for blood sugar management encourages a strict limitation on processed foods.  Simple carbohydrates increase blood sugar such as many of our typical breakfast foods, any sweeteners, fruit, processed grains such as breads, pastas and cereals.

For optimal blood sugar support, focus on the ratio of each meal incorporating approximately 30% protein, 30% vegetables and 30% complex carbohydrates with each meal.  The remaining 10% can be the fruits, simple carbohydrates and oils.  This is a general guideline and some people will benefit from a very different format for blood sugar control.  For a personalized approach to your healthcare, contact Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic. Image

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Keeping our bodies strong and able to adapt to the changing tides of viral mutation is ultimately the best we can do to prevent colds and flus in the winter.  Additionally, restoring oneself in the cold, dark season will prepare us for a healthier spring and summer to come.

Simple steps include:
-Maintaining optimal nutrition with a whole foods diet and vitamin supplementation.  Avoid cold and raw foods in the wintertime to maintain the body’s internal warmth.  Ginger tea can be especially helpful to keep digestion strong.
-Get regular exercise.  The best detoxification is warming the body through exercise.
-Rest whenever your body requires it.  Sleep extra hours whenever you’re starting to feel run down.  Indulge in napping to aid restoration.
-Explore home remedies for immune support.  Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C.  Lemon water daily can aid detoxification.  Ending showers with cold water helps preserve and restore energy, etc…
-Work with a Naturopath and/or Chinese Medicine practitioner to support your organ systems to ensure optimal function.

Winter Immune Boost  Stew

Support yourself this winter with warm soups filled with immune boosting herbs and spices.

1 lb. cubed lamb meat
2 cups shitake mushrooms
2 cups barley or quinoa
1 cup chopped scallions
3 cloves chopped garlic
1-2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
6 cups filtered water
Salt and pepper to taste.

Brown meat on a skillet.  Saute scallions and garlic.  Add all ingredients
together, boil, then simmer for 90 min.
Enjoy often!

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I don’t remember how it started but several years ago my husband started a health kick and declared November as a sugar free month.  I love to support any ambition towards healthier routines and sugar is one substance we can all do without, or at least have a break from for a month at a time.

11 reasons to go sugar free (and I don’t mean changing to sugar replacements either!) –

  1. Break the addiction.  I once saw a bumper sticker that said, “Sugar, the Gateway Drug!”  I could not agree more.  It is our first experience with the dopamine surge that leaves us wondering how we felt that way and how can we get more.  Setting ourselves free from the habits that rule us is always a liberating experience.
  2. Lose weight.  Sugar consumption tends to increase compulsive eating and triggers a habitual response that result in people eating more and more.  Sugar is also incredibly calorie dense so we end up taking in far more energy than we’re able to use up.
  3. Stop the stinky gas!  Sugar feeds bacteria and yeast in the body that produce gases as they reproduce and grow in numbers in the gut.  What may be blamed on the dog can often be alleviated by cutting the sugar intake.
  4. Mood stabalization.  Not only does sugar affect our dopamine receptors, but it also triggers cortisol release in the body.  This results in an up and a down.  On top of that, blood sugar stability is very vulnerable to high concentrations of dietary sugars at once, particularly if they’re eaten on their own rather than with a big meal.  Sugar is then a triple whammy to the mood.
  5. Improve your energy.  The up and the down, the roller coaster ride of modern day life.  Depending upon stimulants to get through the day (sugar being a main culprit) results in a relative “over-ride” of your body’s natural energy system.  When a body has relied upon stimulants long term, it is likely that the adrenal system is no longer able to maintain a normal energy level without it.  Best way to prevent this is to keep stimulant us to a minimum, find routine, fun ways to reduce stress in your life and sleep when you’re tired rather than pushing through.
  6. Peace of mind.  Living free of habits, mood alteration, energy disruption and overgrown microflora results in a very pleasant peacefulness I highly recommend.
  7. Cancer prevention.  The first nutritional recommendation to cancer patients in integrative medicine is to cut out the sugar.  Sugar feeds cancer.  Cancer cells metabolize much faster than normal cells and require massive amounts of energy.  Sugar is their perfect medium.  Considering how long it often takes for a cancer to develop and be discovered, you can never begin prevention of cancer too early.  Start now, by not feeding it.
  8. Pain relief.  Sugar consumption increases the inflammatory response in the body.  The result of this in tissues that are already upset and painful is an increase in upsetness and pain.  In addition, many people have a sensitivity to sugar that will result in headaches, menstrual cramping or joint pain.
  9. Improve immune function.  In the same way that sugar feeds microbes in the digestive system, it is also going to feed the bacteria, virus and spirochetes that are involved in both acute and chronic infections.  In addition, sugar has a depressant effect on the white blood cell activity resulting in the body having a weaker immune response to illness.
  10. To set a good example.  It is clear that there are far more negatives than positives to sugar consumption.  Yet it is a huge part of most peoples daily lives.  So many of us have strong childhood associations to sugar.  Receiving sweets as a child was often the best reward.  By eliminating them from our diet, we can offer our children the opportunity to have a healthier start in life and hopefully not struggle with this one.
  11. To see what happens!  Give it a month.  You might even find you prefer it!

For a personalized nutritional assessment or if you’re challenged with blood sugar issues and experiencing severe cravings, I’m happy to help ease your struggle with natural medicine support.

~Dr. Hart

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It’s 2016, and unless you live in Oregon, Washington or Vermont, your insurance based healthcare is NOT going to keep you well.

As much as I cringe at the analogy of our bodies being like cars, people inevitably think of themselves that way all the time.  The squeeky wheel gets ignored until it’s a screaming or debilitating pain.

We pay for car insurance and know it’s going to be there when we crash (after paying our deductible).  But, we don’t expect car insurance to wash our windows, vacuum the interior, change the tires, the oil, the belts or even cover our annual tune-ups to see how things might be deteriorating within.

Health insurance is not much different in most states.  It will help out with emergency room visits, and sometimes cover basic screenings for life-threatening illnesses (PAPs, prostate exams and mammograms for cancer, bone density screenings for osteoporosis, etc…)  And it usually covers an annual exam to check for hypertension, monitor growth and BMI and provide medications that treat the symptoms.

Unfortunately, our current medical model misses out on how to keep people healthy.  While pharmaceutical medications are necessary in many circumstances, supporting health naturally so we don’t need them or improving health while we’re on them so we only need them short-term is ideal.  It’s no fault of modern Doctors, its the larger systems emphasis on drugs and surgery as the only medicinal tools.

Most of the current drug safety information is based on short-term controlled trials and the harm of utilizing medications is always acknowledged in their litany of side effects.  As research continues, we learn of previously unknown harmful effects from long-term or combined medication use. 

Fortunately, humans have been living a very long time and we have an immense history of health and vitality to learn from traditions around the world.  Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Native American medicine, Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophical medicine, Western herbalism and the European Eclectic physicians are among my favorites.

With Naturopathic medicine, we are able to address the foundation of imbalances and improve our health over time from a truly integrated perspective.   It’s the journey of a lifetime, not a one stop shop!  With ancient systems, we learn what our bodies need, where are weaknesses are and how to improve ourselves day by day.  With modern science we get detailed information on changes and stats of organ function.  Naturopathic medicine is the most comprehensive medical training in holistic medical assessment from both perspectives.  For details on educational curriculum, check this comparison out:  Nat-Med-Ed-Comp-Curricula

At Stillwater, we want to support the community in their long-term health.  Trained as holistic primary care provider, naturopathic doctors work to not only address the current symptoms and diagnosis (working in conjunction with your other physicians, medications and insurance system) but to be your guide and ally in your health journey toward optimal vitality. We believe in making the best use of tools from all systems of healthcare and healing.  It’s 2016, shouldn’t we have it all?

At Stillwater Clinic, we have created a Membership program to provide people with an affordable addition to their routine healthcare costs.  Plans range from $35. per month to $300. depending upon the intensity of need for change.  These rates are significantly reduced from the fee’s of other medical specialists in our effort to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all.

Whether you’re passionate about maintaining the health you’ve got, you recognize your health is lacking by a sense of something’s not right or you have a serious diagnosis contact us to find out which package is right for you.


Stillwater Healing Arts 2016 membership plans include:

BASIC CARE – $35./month or $420./year ($580. value)

  • Annual integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • 3 acute care appointments 
  • 6 spa visits (foot spa & sauna)

This package is intended for individuals who have good health, who wish to keep it that way with annual evaluations of what’s going on under the surface and some tune-ups along the way. For pediatric patients, spa visits can be utilized by parents!

INTERMEDIATE CARE – $65./month or $780./year ($1060. value)

  • Seasonal integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • 3 acute care appointments
  • 6 spa visits (foot spa & sauna)

This package is intended for individuals who have mild symptoms and want to support the annual rhythm of their health with 4 quarterly Naturopathic and Chinese medicine evaluations and treatment plans. Ideal for individuals with low-grade or controlled health issues such as; allergies, headaches, intermittent digestive challenges, PMS, controlled autoimmune disease, cancer relapse prevention, and others.

TREATMENT FOCUSED PLAN – $140./month or $1680./year ($2360. value)

  • Annual integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • Twice monthly treatment sessions (Acupuncture, Bodywork or Hydrotherapy)
  • Monthly spa visits with the foot spa and private sauna use.

This package is suited for individuals who may be in optimal health but utilize their bodies intensively and want to keep things tip-top, such as; athletes, performers, dancers, yoga instructors, builders, farmers and those who know the personal value of routine care. It also serves patients who have chronic health challenges that know what they need. For example, ADD/ADHD treatment, emotional health with 5-element acupuncture or chronic pain. This is also the package recommended for macular degeneration treatment.

COMPREHENSIVE HEALTHCARE PLAN – $175./month = $2100./year ($3060. value)

  • Monthly comprehensive integrative medicine appointments
  • Monthly spa visits – foot spa and private sauna use
  • 6 Additional acute illness or injury appointments

This package is suited towards individuals with uncontrolled health challenges who are in need of comprehensive evaluation and treatment. This commitment will be necessary for successful treatment of conditions such as; menopausal transition, adrenal fatigue, infertility, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, obesity, heart disease, diabetes. This package serves as the foundation for natural cancer treatment support, chronic infectious disease treatment and chronic degenerative conditions such as Parkinsons, MS, auto-immune disease and dementia. However, more support may be necessary depending upon diagnosis and evaluation.

INTENSIVE TRANSFORMATION – $300./month = $3600./year ($5520. value)

  • Monthly comprehensive integrative medicine visit
  • Weekly treatment sessions (Acupuncture, Bodywork or Hydrotherapy)
  • Twice monthly spa visits – foot spa and private sauna use

This package is designed to help individuals who are ready to make dramatic changes to their health. Ideal for those with undiagnosed medical conditions, at a place of significant life change, extreme symptomology, chronic pain or addiction. This program serves as the foundation of our holistic mental health & addiction program as well as our weight loss program.

All Programs Include:

  • 20% discount on additional appointments.
  • Email and phone support with our holistic Doctor.
  • Annual Membership – automatic payment required with 12 month contract.
  • We can customize any plan to meet your needs, budget, family and employee packages.
  • Member discounts for special events, classes and other programs as well.

Schedule today and we’ll get the right package created for you!

Questions?  Feedback?  Curiosity?  I’d love to hear from you!

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This season, the transition for kids returning to school after a playful and sometimes exhausting summer begins.  To spare yourself and your little ones the stress and upheaval of a new routine, prepare their bodies for the transition.

Early Mornings

The transition to living a life on schedule is a dramatic shift in some households where kids have been able to sleep in to their hearts content.  Sleep deprivation can cause significant challenges in mood and behavior.  Even missing 30 minutes of sleep per night can cause a young student to operate at a whole grade level below what they’re authentically capable of!

Crank back the clock gradually by re-setting the bedtime routine.  Setting the bedtime back 15 minutes each night is enough to shift the system without causing the confusion and insomnia of trying to get to bed too early.

Sleep support for the routine’s transition:

–       Chamomile tea is a safe and yummy sleep aid for all ages.

–       Passionflower solid extract is useful to help calm hyperactivity.

–       Valerian tincture is useful for adults to get to sleep earlier, but is not recommended for children due to its affect on neurotransmitters.

–       Warm baths with Epsom salts and lavender flowers is a luxurious way for anyone to relax, ideal for the whole family!

High-Paced Activity

Keeping up with the intellectual demands of the school year can be an abrupt transition from summer’s freedom.  Mental overload is a true obstacle that can be very intense for some kids.

Nutritional support to help the brain thrive:

–       Blood sugar balance – breakfast feasts are an important way to give your kids the tools their brains and bodies will need to perform their best.  Approximately 30% protein, 30% vegetables and 30% complex carbohydrates (whole grains) is the formula for optimal blood sugar.  This is especially important during phases of significant growth.

–       Omega 3 fatty acids – supplementing the brain with omega 3’s in the form of liquid or chewable fish oils gives kids a neurological boost for extra synaptic activity.

–       Fresh fruit or protein snacks are key to keeping the energy going.  Crackers, sweets, breads, cookies, pretzels and other carbohydrate full packaged foods will encourage a blood sugar rush and predictable crash that won’t be appreciated by the teachers.

Afternoon Ease

Just when they’re completely wired or totally zapped, kids return home from their active day at school to deal with all the aspects of family life.  Chores, homework, connecting with family and the myriad of activities they’re involved with can push stress over the top.  Assist the afternoon ease by facilitating a stress free after-school time and help their bodies learn stress management early.

Tools for after-school ease :

–       Afternoon napping – Surveys of individuals who routinely nap in the afternoons demonstrate greater productivity and brain function.  30 minutes of quiet reading or just lying still sharing stories of the day’s activity can help make this down time appreciated.

–       Attention – while focus is a challenge for many kids at school, attention it is something everyone benefits from when received from others.  Make the transition out of school activity a special time for parent-child connection.

–       Tea time – the tradition of afternoon tea is especially helpful for the transition from one hectic thing to the next.  Licorice root is a very sweet, delicious herb that helps balance stress.  Combined with lemonbalm or another nervine herb greatly balances the mood.

–       Nature – spending time in nature greatly reduces stress hormones in the body.  Plan some after-school nature exploration, hikes or just a picnic out back.

Immune Assault

Back to school means back to the plethora of immune exposures that for some can be year-long sniffles and sneezes.  While it is beneficial for the immune system to be challenged, the way we deal with it makes the difference between a beneficial experience for the body or a harmful one.

Boost the immune system naturally-

–       Herbal allies – boost immune activity with elderberries and astragalus while feeling well and Echinacea when an illness tries to creep in.

–       Hydrotherapy – supporting fevers naturally is the best way for the body to improve overall health.  The fever process encourages dramatic detoxification, improves gene transcription and eliminates an illness.  Stopping a low-grade fever can create confusion in the body and leave a pathogen to settle into the body. 

–       Homeopathy – safe and effective, homeopathic medicines allow for quick symptomatic support to the challenges of colds and flus. 

For more information on tools for natural medicine and optimizing your child and family’s health, visit us at Stillwater Healing Arts in Lyons today!  Now registering for our upcoming season’s classes on tools for everyday wellness.  Our 6 week THRIVE! series teaches individuals how to use herbs, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, nutrition, mindfulness and more for everyday ailments and health.  Visit us online at http://www.stillwaterhealingarts.com.

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tranquil balanceDo you ever feel confused about what your diet should be? Or wish to have alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine? Have you questioned the balance of vitamins and pharmaceuticals in your routine to wonder how what you do today might affect you long-term?

Information can be extremely confusing about health and it often can feel like every bit of information out there conflicts with something else. When it comes to navigating our own health choices, it can be exhausting to sort through the data to make a choice you can feel good about. Typically, we end up doing what we’ve always done out of a lack of understanding a better way.

  • 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.
  • In 2005, 133 million Americans – almost 1 out of every 2 adults – had at least one chronic illness.
  • Obesity has become a major health concern. 1 in every 3 adults is obese and almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese.
  • About one-fourth of people with chronic conditions have one or more daily activity limitations (Statistics from the US Center for Disease Control).

Despite the statistics, the majority of chronic illnesses are preventable. We can reduce our cancer risk by up to 60% by adopting diet and lifestyle habits appropriate to our personal needs. Chronic diseases have direct correlations to improper care of the body, nutritional deficiencies and inflammation.

Whether you’re already dealing with a chronic illness or trying to prevent one, there are some not-so-basic premises of health that can open up a world of better understanding.

Natural medicine philosophy rests not only upon what the latest scientific research discovers, but also on what traditional systems of healing have known for thousands of years about the human body. While our lifestyles and habits have changed considerably, our biological blueprint has not. Now, more than ever the guidance from those who knew how to live well, generation after generation, can help us.

At Stillwater Clinic, we offer a 16-week Holistic Health Immersion program, taking individuals on a journey through their own health exploration to equip them with foundational tools to last a lifetime. Program options include education only with our weekly classes (Monday nights) or a full package of healthcare services to accompany your exploration!

Week 1: The Spectrum of Healing. This introductory class includes a comprehensive look at the array of options in healthcare and how to get the most for your health.

Week 2-8: THRIVE! Natural Medicine Essentials is a 6-week series exploring simple ways to improve your health with things you may already have in your home! Drawing on traditions from around the world, discover healing opportunities through herbal medicine, homeopathy, breath-work, meditation, food as medicine, hydrotherapy and more.

Week 9-11: Understanding Life’s Phases: As we grow older we encounter new obstacles and opportunities. Recognizing the ways to best address the needs of each era is an important part of health.

Week 12-16: Holistic Anatomy: Take a journey into the self with this series explaining the dynamic relationship of the body, mind and spirit. Merging western physiology with Chinese medicine and more to form a comprehensive understanding of the bodies 12 organs and what they each need for balanced, optimal health.

Natural medicine and holistic healthcare provide resources not only for living well, but to move beyond crisis management and toward true healing of the body. When given the proper tools, we have the capacity to thrive. If you feel like you are limited in mind, body or the connection between the two, it’s time for a fresh start.

Next program begins September 1st, 2013. Space is limited so please register early. So far, our participants have accomplished remarkable transformations! Many have successfully and painlessly eliminated prescription medications from their daily routine. Over a dozen have made major career or relationship changes that they’ve wanted to do for years but hadn’t had the energy for. One participant expressed, “After a lifetime of studying natural medicine on my own, I’ve finally had the paradigm shift of understanding to truly make use of the tools.”

Our goal is to provide the community with the tools for optimal living and the education and information to know what to do with them. For more information, visit www.stillwaterhealingarts.com/immersion/.

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It’s the time of year to spend more time each day outdoors than in.  Eating meals outdoors on the patio or at the park is a great way to soak up the sun or relax in the shade and enjoy the season!

Reflexively, we may reach for the sandwiches, chips, pasta salad, juice boxes and beer.  But, taking a moment to consider what our bodies might really want and we just might find our perfect picnic looks completely different.

What is Paleo?

The Paleo diet, short for Paleolithic is a dietary trend that is changing people’s energy, sense of vitality, digestive embarrassment, waistlines and much more.  The gist of the story is, skip the grains.  And the dairy, processed oils and junk food.

Long before farming our distant ancestors are believed to have lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.  Leaves, berries, tubers, insects and meats were the most abundant food.  As anyone who has grown a garden may know, grains are not the most easily accessible food source.  Our spinach, kale, celery, cucumbers, carrots and more are ready to be eaten as soon as they’ve plumped right up in the ground.  From field to fork, grains take considerably more processing in order to be edible.

Health Benefits

One of our great challenges as human beings is that our biology does not keep up with our creativity and innovation.  Today, grains may be the most readily available food source.  Crackers, cookies, pastas, breads and chips store well and are easily packed with preservatives to last even longer.  Modified from their original form with science, grains become puffs, tings, flakes, charms and other curiosity provoking yummy crunchy things.

Interesting as they seem, grains tend to pack less nutritional punch than vegetables, fruits and meats.  The purpose of the grain of a plant, like all seeds is to preserve itself through the alimentary canal of a larger creature who happens to chomp it down.  Then it will plant into the dirt with some voluptuous compost and start life anew.  Grains come well equipped with a protective force field known as phytic acid.  This compound limits the grains digestibility by tightly binding minerals creating a strong internal layer.

For someone with a powerful digestive system (pH drops below 3 in the combustion chamber of the stomach’s hydrochloric acid bath) phytic acid may be no big deal.  But to the lady eating while she’s driving her car, the guy who’s munching during a meeting, the kids eating mid-stride during backyard playtime and Mom who hardly sits down anymore to eat, the hydrochloric acid may only be a trickle because the body’s attention is elsewhere.

We all need to take a break from life to do nothing but appreciate and ruminate our delicious meals.  But to make things easier on ourselves skipping grains may be the thing for you.  Gluten intolerance, Celiac disease, irritable bowel, gas, bloating, Crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, fatigue, headaches and more have been successfully eliminated by some individuals with a grain diet.

The Picnic Basket

Appetizer – Fruity Salad: finely chopped apple, celery and raisins with fresh squeezed lemon juice.  Get your palate ready with this nice mix to give your blood sugar a boost.  Fruits tend to digest best on their own which can also elevate the blood sugar too quickly.  Paired with a watery, fiber rich vegetable like celery and a balance is struck in flavor and benefits.

Main Dish – Seaweed Wraps.  Create a layer of prosciuto, lettuce leaves, sprouts and sauerkraut in the center of a nori sheet.  Moisten one edge and wrap tightly around the inner filling material.  The moisture of the sauerkraut will help hold the nori together, but don’t wait too long to eat it or it may get soggy!  Seaweeds are one of our under-appreciated foods in western culture as their mineral and specifically iodine content can’t hardly be beat!  Be sure to source from clean(er) waters as they can bind to contaminants from the waters in which they grow.

Side – Salted cucumber slices dipped into tahini.  Double yum!  This quick and tasty snack is high protein with the sesame seed tahini and is a great source of calcium.

After-Snack – Coconut date rolls.  Easy to travel, these treats can be easily made at home by tossing some dates into the food processor and them rolling them in shredded coconut.  Add some cocoa powder for some extra enjoyment.

Dessert – Lemonade popsicles can be made to be electrolyte packed treats for kids wearing themselves out on hot days.  Combine a squeeze of lemon, pureed berries and some liquid stevia to suite your palate.  Pour into ice cube trays with toothpicks to grab and eat quickly once frozen!

Drink – The herbal tea combination of hibiscus & peppermint is ideal for a hot summer day.  Both herbs have a cooling nature and delicious flavor.  Stillwater has a Summer Cooler blend with this combo available in the store!

Like all diets, no one way of eating will suite everyone.  Vegetarian diets, vegan diets, Anti-inflammatory, raw foods, the Mediterranean diet and more all have their place and usefulness depending on where a person is at in life’s phases. To learn more about discovering the right diet for you, consult with myself at Stillwater Clinic any time of the year!

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