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5 Worst Protein Bar Ingredients

I found this great article on Protein Bar Ingredients on Dr. Laura Bomback’s web site...she’s a Nutrition Response Testing(R) Practitioner and Chiropractor in Fall River, Mass.

5 Worst Protein Bar Ingredients

By Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

Protein bars…so convenient yet so full of garbage. They hold the promise of being healthy, easy and full of muscle-building protein.  But have you ever taken a few minutes to look at what’s actually IN them?

I think you’re going to be in for a shock when you read the TRUTH about the ingredients in some of the most popular protein bars on the market right now.

Let’s get right to it:

1 – Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)

This is, unfortunately, one of the most prevalent protein sources you’ll find in protein bars, especially those marketed to women. This marketing would have you believe that soy is an excellent protein source for women because of the isoflavones found in it. In reality, studies have indicated that these soy isoflavones can actually be TOXIC because of how the soy is processed (fermented soy products such as tofu are fine, just FYI). In addition, SPI was actually considered a WASTE product in soy processing until recently, when it was discovered that money could be made by passing it off as a protein source. It’s cheap and definitely NOT a high-quality protein. It should be avoided.

And the final nail in the soy coffin: GMO. A very high percentage of the soy grown in the United States is from genetically modified organisms (GMO). They don’t currently have to be labeled as such, but if you’re buying any sort of processed food, chances are very good you’re getting a GMO-sourced product.

2 – High Fructose Corn Syrup

This is an easy one to figure out…the adverse health effects of it are well documented (contrary to what the commercials from the Corn Growers Association claim – those are truly among the most annoying commercials in existence, trying to make people who question corn syrup look stupid). It’s one of the WORST things you can eat and yet there are still bars that use it as a primary ingredient.

3 – Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil

Palm kernel oil is a cheap, unhealthy fat. Unlike plain palm oil, palm kernel oil can’t be obtained organically. Instead, the oil must be extracted from the pit with a gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent. The fractioned form is the most processed…if you see that in the ingredients, you should definitely avoid it.

4 – Sugar Alcohols

This includes ingredients like Maltitol Syrup, Xylitol, Sorbitol, Lactitol, Mannitol, and Erythritol. Sugar alcohols are included in bars for sweetness…especially in bars that are “carb controlled”. Sugar alcohols don’t impact blood sugar as much as regular sugar because they’re not well absorbed in the digestive tract…and when things aren’t well absorbed in the digestive tract, things happen (if you know what I mean).

In small amounts, sugar alcohols aren’t a big problem, but if you start getting into the double digits of grams of sugar alcohol (and many low-carb bars are in the 20 gram range), THEN you can start to see unpleasant digestive issues.

5 – Artificial Sweeteners

I won’t get into the whole debate about whether artificial sweeteners are bad for you or not and what they turn into in your body, etc. Personally, I’m of the mindset that if it’s created by science, chances are good your body won’t recognize it and won’t be able to metabolize it into something actually good for you. Therefore, I try and stay away from artificial sweeteners as much as I possibly can. I find the actual natural flavor of real food to be pretty good :). In Summary…

Those are the top 5 worst protein bar ingredients…and you will actually find bars that contain ALL of these ingredients in them.

The main problem I have with the vast majority of protein bars today is that at their most base level, they’re deceptive. The bars are put forward as convenient, healthy alternatives to food for “on the go” people. Yet when you take a close look at the ingredients, they’re actually WORSE for you than most candy bars.

Obviously money is the biggest factor…companies that use high-quality ingredients in their bars have to charge more for them in order to stay in business. Hence the brick-like slop sold in bar form that you’ll find in the grocery store aisles today.

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Cleanse Time!

I woke up last Monday morning knowing I needed a cleanse. The urge had been brought on by an exchange Keith and I had had the day before:

Keith: “Did you know I paid $10 for that bag of nuts?”

Me: (feeling indignant, with a mouthful of peanuts and cashews) “……..”

Keith: “Maybe you should try to exercise more self control.”

So enough was enough. I knew a cleanse would help me get rid of the food cravings that had been creeping up on me and also help to slim me down a little. Not that I’m overweight, I just have this extra layer of something (fat) around the middle developing, and I don’t want to get used to it.

I turned to the Standard Process Purification program. This program has stood us in good stead in the past, both in helping our clients and also for ourselves. Keith reminded me that he had lost 30 lbs. in the past when he followed the plan for a month.

The general gist of the Standard Process Purification program is that you eat only vegetables, fruits and green shakes for 10 days, after which you add in some solid protein for the rest of the cleanse (10 more days). So it’s a 21-day program. The vegetables can be cooked or raw. This is a great time of year to do this cleanse because there are plenty of wonderful vegetables and fruits available.

You can find the full Standard Process Purification guide here.

Key food items to cut out are: nuts, dairy, meat (at least for the first 10 days), and cheat snacks like sugar free chocolate and protein bars. I would have to find other foods to snack on.

When I announced to Keith that I was going to do a cleanse, he suggested, “maybe I should do a cleanse too!” And thus we are doing the cleanse together. It’s great to have a partner to encourage you through the cleanse!

Cleanse update so far: I began last Monday, July 18. I felt great the first day. The second and third day I had some tiredness and mild headaches. This is normal when cutting all junky foods out of your diet, as the organs begin to recover. By day 4 I felt fine with lots of energy. On day 7 I felt a major energy drain and realized it was because I needed protein. So I added in some salmon. Most people can wait the whole 10 days before adding in protein, but I know myself and adding the meat and fish was necessary. Still going strong today on day 11! And I am down 3 pounds. I might just keep this cleanse going even after day 21, so I can enjoy the beneficial effects as long as possible!

Here is my food journal for the first few days on my cleanse:

Monday, July 18, 2016

AM: coffee with butter, water with whey protein (pre-workout), SP Complete shake (post-workout)

Lunch: SP Complete Shake

Dinner: SP Complete Shake, peppers and cucumber with guacamole

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

AM: Coffee with butter, SP Complete shake

Lunch: SP Complete Shake

Snack: SP Complete Shake, carrots & hummus, green pepper, 1/2 avocado

Dinner: SP Complete Shake, cucumber, green pepper, guacamole, 1 roasted beet

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

AM: Coffee with butter, SP Complete Shake

10 AM: 1/2 avocado

Lunch: SP Complete Shake, green pepper, cucumber, guacamole, carrots, hummus, 1 red beet, mango

Dinner: 2 dill pickles, SP Complete Shake, cabbage, onion, summer squash curry with coconut milk and cilantro

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Man looks shocked; have you heard this chiropractic myths?

6 Chiropractic Myths EVERYONE Wonders About

If you’ve heard about chiropractic doctors, chances are you’ve heard at least one of the many chiropractic myths.

Read on for the truth!

 

Myth #1:

Once you start seeing a chiropractor, you need to see them for life.

Truth:

Most people start seeing a chiropractor for a specific pain in their body, and see quick improvement.  My patients also notice that they tend to sleep better, digest better, and get sick much less often.

As a result, when they are healed of whatever brought them into my office, they tend to still like to get regular adjustments (between once a month, and once a week).  Some decide to only be seen when they have “problems”.  How often a person gets adjusted is always up to them.

 

Myth #2:

Chiropractors “crack” bones.

Truth:

Chiropractors NEVER crack bones!

This is what I thought before I saw a chiropractor, and nearly stopped me from seeing him!  Thank God I didn’t give in to my fear, and saw the chiropractor!  I’d still be in pain today if I didn’t!

A chiropractic adjustment creates traction in joints, just like when you “crack” your knuckles, or open a can of soda.  There is gas under pressure in the fluid in your joints.  When this negative pressure/traction is applied to a joint, the gas escapes, causing an audible “pop”.

It’s the traction of the joint that resets the nerve fibers as they come out of the joint, which stops pain, and increases function.  The “pop” is just a cool side effect.  Within about 20 minutes, the gas re-enters the fluid in between the joints. So a chiropractic adjustment is perfectly safe, it just sounds scary.

 

Myth #3:

Chiropractors are not “Real” Doctors

Truth: 

We’re real doctors all right, but we’re specialists in spinal and bone health and injuries.

Just like you wouldn’t see a chiropractor if you had a cut, or a bone break, or a bad infection, you wouldn’t see an MD for most pain syndromes (although unfortunately, a lot of people still do, hence the epidemic of painkiller addiction and multiple surgery syndrome in our country).

The truth is, Medical Doctors and Chiropractors have roughly the same number of classroom hours.  It’s just that the Medical Doctors focus on Immunology, Pharmacology, and Surgery, while Chiropractors focus on Kinesiology (the study of movement), Chiropractic Manipulations and Adjustments.  Here’s a couple of websites you can see the exact breakdown of our respective educations:

http://backtochiropractic.net/PDF/Chiropractic%20Education%20VS%20Medical%20Education.pdf

http://www.uni.edu/biology/sites/default/files/chiropractic_education_vs_medical_education.pdf

 

Myth #4:

Chiropractic adjustments hurt

Truth:

Hardly anyone ever says that their Chiropractic Adjustments hurt-they wouldn’t be coming back if they did!

People who haven’t been adjusted THINK that Adjustments hurt based on the noise they sometimes make, but like I explained above, this is nothing to be concerned with.

The most people tend to feel is a stretching sensation in the area being adjusted, but that’s about it.

 

Myth #5:

Chiropractic is expensive.

Truth:

Chiropractic is way cheap compared to drugs and surgery (and way more effective too!)  A chiropractic adjustment costs less than a person’s copay most of the time.  There’s been numerous studies showing how much cheaper chiropractic is then drugs and surgery.

The one I like best is this quote “A prospective cohort study of Washington state workers found that 1.5% of workers who saw a Chiropractor first for work related back pain review later had surgery, compared to 42.7% of those who first saw a surgeon.” Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). May 15 2013;38(11):953-964.

Here’s a link to a bunch of different study summaries:

http://www.chiro.org/LINKS/ABSTRACTS/Chiropractic_Cost-Effectiveness.shtml

 

Myth #6:

Chiropractic can cause stroke.

Truth:

This one has been around for a while.  The debate rages on and on.  I just reviewed the web, and everyone has their own opinions.

Mostly, people who are obviously biased against chiropractic say yes, while people who are pro-chiropractic say no.

Even totally conservative Web MD says the if there even is a correlation, you’re 500x more likely to die following neck surgery, 53x more likely to die from narcotics given for neck pain, and 153x more likely to die if you take NSAID’s for neck pain.  That’s freakin’ WebMD!

So here’s my take on it, and my experience with strokes:

About 10 years ago, I had an sweet elderly lady come into my office pleading with me to adjust her neck because it hurt so much (in the beginning stages of a stroke, people often have neck or head pain, that, guess what?  They go to the chiropractor for !).

Normally, I would’ve just adjusted her.  But using kinesiology, her body said that her neck did not need to be adjusted, so I refused.

That night, she had a massive stroke, resulting in balance issues, and an inability to speak.

The point is, if I had adjusted her, I would’ve been blamed!  I really think that chiropractors get blamed for causing strokes, when really the case is that the person was already having a stroke.

I read that you’re twice as likely to have a stroke after a visit to your MD.  Does that mean that MDs cause strokes?

Not at all!

It just means that the two events happened close to one another, like my patient seeing me.

There’s a saying that says “Correlation does not mean causation”.  I think this is the case with chiropractic.

 

As you can see, there are many chiropractic myths.

But the truth is found it our results! Find out for yourself today what chiropractic can do for you: call (717) 392-6606 to book your appointment!

Mommy Needs Whole Food Nutrition

Mommy needs whole food nutrition and the exact right supplement program (as determined by Nutrition Response Testing(R)). These are important for everyone’s health, but most importantly for hopeful, or expecting mothers. Getting onto a nutrition plan should begin well in advance of trying to conceive. This will ensure that mom (and dad!) have the best chance of an easy pregnancy and a healthy, well-nourished child. It makes sense! It’s because the proper development of the growing child depends on the nutrients available to the child from preconception through childhood.

Here are some important points for mommy and daddy to consider when baby-having is on their mind:

  1. Both mom and dad should be on a nutrition program at least three months before trying to conceive. This will improve their nutritional profile and ensure the baby has enough good vitamins and minerals to grow a healthy body.
  2. Whole food vitamins are perfectly safe and very effective for mommy and baby because they are made from food! Whole food vitamins are also great to help with milk production when breast-feeding.
  3. During pregnancy, as much as possible, eat foods in their whole form. Pasture-raised, organic, local–get the best quality you can. You’re growing another human body, in all of its wondrous complexity. This is not a time to skimp!
  4. Here is a great resource for feeding the family: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/

And now here is the featured diet log of our client T.  who had high blood sugar and now he has brought his blood sugar down to normal (and avoided having to take meds! Go!) and lost 15 lbs so far and is still losing. He is following a “ketogenic diet” which is very low in carbohydrates, and very high in fat. He says he does not even crave sugar or sweets on this high-fat diet.

Tues

Breakfast 3egg omelette, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, one spicy italian sausage, guacamole cooked in avocado oil with avocado oil poured onto it

Lunch 2 organic gluten free and dairy free hotdogs, goat cheese crumbles, poured avocado oil on them

Snack 2tbsp of Almond butter

Dinner 1 doz wings with broasted hotsauce, celery, dipped in guacamole

Snack 2tbsp of almond Butter

Wednesday

Breakfast 8 gluten free meatballs, goat cheese crumbles, sirracha sauce, covered in olive oil

Snack 2tbsp almond butter

Lunch pulled pork, guacamole, avocado oil

Dinner Chicken smothered in guacamole, broccoli

Snack 2tbsp almond butter

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Whiplash

93% of patients with chronic whiplash pain who have failed medical and physical therapy care improve with chiropractic adjustments. (Injury, 1996)

Chiropractic is THE BEST therapy for whiplash injuries. It’s criminal that doctors don’t prescribe it first. And it’s a pity that more people don’t see chiropractors for these types of injuries. Please tell anyone you know who has a whiplash injury to see a chiropractor first.

It’s also useful to know that in Pennsylvania, if you are injured in any way involving a car (whether it’s your car or not…whether you were at fault or not, even if you smash your thumb in the door, for example), YOUR own auto insurance is responsible to pay based on the medical benefit you bought on your policy. And you can seek care from the health care provider of your choice. Make the smart choice to avoid chronic pain…choose chiropractic! Just call our office and we will help you…(717) 392-6606.

Here is my food journal for the last several days:

Monday June 27, 2016

7:00 AM: coffee with butter, 3 pcs of turkey sausage

10:00 AM: 1 apple with pb

5:00 PM: 2 chicken sausages

8:00 PM: potato chips, hummus & carrots

8:45 PM: coconut milk & whey protein

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

6:00 AM: coffee with butter

7:30 AM: coffee with half and half, scrambled eggs, creamed chipped beef

2:30 PM: carrots & hummus, celery & pb

4:00 PM: SP berry bar

9:00 PM: chicken meatballs

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

7:30 AM: coffee with butter

8:00 AM: more chicken meatballs, carrots & hummus

2:00 PM: tuna salad from Lemon Street Market, 1/2 cucumber, sliced, 1/3 bar of stevia-sweetened dark chocolate

3:30: SP berry bar

8:00 PM: @ DipCo (Wing Night!) Greek salad with feta, cucumber, onion, spinach, artichoke, and black olives – Greek dressing. No roll! 1/2 dozen wings with Jamaican jerk sauce and blue cheese on the side w/celery, 1 Murphy’s Irish stout

 

Watermelon

Wondrous Watermelon

Your acupuncturist wants you to know…that watermelon is a potent Chinese herb that will help you survive the summer heat. That may sound obvious, but honestly, if you have trouble surviving the heat of summer, I highly recommend eating a bit of watermelon daily. It’s also helpful to remember that many inflammatory issues are at heart, a heat response. So, we can
feel worse during the summer months because nature is heating our already overheated bodies. Watermelon will chill and hydrate.

Some conditions which may benefit from eating watermelon daily during the heat: Depression, Anxiety, Acne, arthritis, eczema, colitis, diverticulitis, and asthma.

 

And here’s a note from Dr. Sheehan:

“The Horrible Flu Experiment:

So a couple of weeks ago, while I was down in Florida, right after I was done teaching, I suddenly came down with the flu. Of course it was Monday, Memorial day, and I couldn’t get my supplements. Suddenly, I got a wicked fever. My whole body ached. I was dizzy. I was exhausted. At first, I didn’t even realize I had the flu. I hadn’t had it in years. During my times when I had lots of immune problems, I had gotten lots of colds, but no flus. Needless to say, it totally took me by surprise, and I felt like
complete garbage. I have new respect for my patients who say that they get the flu. Something good did come out of it though. One of the things that we learned in Nutrition Response Testing Advanced Clinical Training was that Cataplex AC was the go to supplement for the flu, both respiratory and bowel versions of the flu. As soon as we got back to Lancaster, Laura tested me, and lo and behold, I needed Cataplex AC. So I took it. I felt better in about 20 minutes. So what’s the moral of the story? Always
keep these supplements on hand, and start taking them if you feel like you’re getting sick. Take them while you call my office for an appointment, to make sure we get the exact right program to handle your immune situation.

At the first signs of a cold-3 Congaplex, and 6 Antronex per hour

At the first signs of a flu (bowel or upper respiratory)-3 Cataplex AC and 3-6 Antronex per hour.

Hope this helps next time you feel under the weather!”

 

Here is Laura’s food journal for the last couple of days:

Sunday, June 5, 2016

6:30 AM: coffee with butter, 1 PB meal bar

9:30 AM: 2 pieces of sugar free chocolate, 3 pork rind banana fritters

11:00 AM: 1/2 of a diet pepsi

1:00 PM: 1 naked burger, ok it had homemade mayo on it, baby carrots with hummus

4:00 PM: protein shake with coconut milk, whey protein, blueberries, strawberries, and carrot greens

Monday, June 6, 2016

7:30 AM: coffee with butter, pork sausage with fried onions

12:30 PM: Himalayan buffet – lettuce, cucumber, vegetable dishes, spicy chicken balls, lentils in cream sauce, 2 veggie pakoras, mint chutney, onion chutney

3:00 PM: 1/4 of a diet pepsi, black tea

 

 

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Springtime Forest

Springtime Speaking

Today, we will begin with a word about springtime from Guinevere, our staff acupuncturist:

“Your acupuncturist wishes you knew…that spring is here to teach us about flexibility. According to Chinese Medicine, spring begins in early February. That’s when the sap starts to run in the trees again, and the seeds just begin the hard work of opening. Spring takes a long time. It’s full of ups and downs, and wind! So, much wind!

How comfortable you are with the changeability of spring can teach you a lot about how comfortable you are with your life in general. Do you get upset when it’s so windy? Depressed when it’s dreary out? Delighted when the sun shines? These are indications that you may have a thing or two to learn about flexibility. Check your body. How flexible are you physically? One trick to becoming more flexible mentally, is to become more flexible physically. Spring is the time for working on your tendons and sinews. So, if you’ve been musing about trying a new yoga class…now is the time to take action!

There’s much more to Spring than flexibility, but becoming more aware of your own flexibility is the best way to begin your discovery of this beautiful, if sometimes frustrating, season. I’ll tell you more about how to make the most of Spring next time.

With Love,

Guinevere Crescenzi, M.S.O.M., L.Ac”

Thanks, Guinevere! I myself have practiced springtime flexibility recently when I dehydrated the beef heart, as you may recall from two entries ago. All of the heart and meat got dehydrated, along with the berries. Dr. Sheehan blended the dried meat and berries up in the Vitamix. The result was a thick powder. I mixed everything together and added some rendered pork and chicken fat that I had on hand. As I rendered the fat I added some cinnamon, cardamom, and clove for a garam masala-type flavor. The end result was something akin to a crumbly fruit roll. It tastes amazing! So satisfying, and not gross at all! I have found how to get my organ meats in, and also what to snack on while traveling. Too bad it takes such a long time to prepare…but in the case of pemmican a little work goes a long way.

Here is an excerpt from my food journal:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

4 AM: 2 cups black tea with a splash of raw milk

7:30 AM: 1 cup yerba mate with/splash raw milk, mixed nuts and seeds, 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs baked with salsa

10:00 AM: mixed berry SP bar

1 PM: chicken thigh with salsa

3 PM: chicken meatballs, mixed seeds and nuts, plain organic whole milk yogurt w/ 1 scoop of whey protein powder

7:30 PM: paleo almond flour cookie

9:30 PM: baby carrots, hamburger patty with radish & hot peppers, more yogurt

Thursday, May 19, 2016

7 AM: yerba mate w/splash milk & monk fruit sweetener

8 AM: chicken curry with cabbage, carrot & onion

9 AM: 1.5 cup whole raw milk w/ paleo bulk formula (post work-out)

12 PM: SP berry bar

1:30 PM: more chicken curry

8:00 PM: dozen wings (homemade), steamed radish greens, 1/2 glass red wine

Pins in the face

Acupuncture = Beauty

Everyone is concerned about beauty. It is likely that everyone is at least a little bit vain. I am no exception. So when I heard about Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, I knew we just had to offer it! This article explains well how acupuncture promotes beauty. Guinevere Crescenzi, our acupuncturist on staff, gave me an introduction to the procedure last week. I told her, since entering my 40’s, I am concerned about sagging skin around my mouth. She told me I was crazy and she didn’t even see anything. But I insisted, so she put a few acupuncture needles in around my jaw line. She also put a few needles in my forehead creases (which I have had since I was a teenager, but I digress). I also told her I had had a little dot on the tip of my nose for several months that was not going away. So she put a needle in it. I also have two little skin tags on my face next to my nose. She put a small circle needles around one of them in a “surround the dragon” formation, which is supposed to draw energy out of whatever is in the middle. Then she said “that’s enough needles!” and left me to rest for about 45 minutes. Which felt awesome and very relaxing, although I do have to admit all the needles surrounding my cheek mole did sting a tiny bit.

The next day, as I looked in the mirror to examine the results of my acupuncture facial, I noticed my cheek mole was slightly flatter and my nose dot was gone! I’m not sure about my sagging jaw skin. But I’m sure I will need more than one treatment for that. I also felt that my skin was clearer. Guinevere says that a weekly treatment for 6-12 visits should produce a visible “lift.” And who wouldn’t want more beauty?

So here is my diet log for the last couple of days (since eating for beauty is important too):

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Breakfast-9AM: Vernalis Diner in Mahanoy City, PA – coffee with 1/2 and 1/2, potato hash with onions, steak and mushroom omlette with mozzarella (which was awesome, by the way)

Snack-12:00 PM: home-made pemmican (more on that next week), mixed nuts

Lunch-1:00 PM: tuna salad on a salad from Pasquale’s with ranch

Supper-9:00 PM: canned chicken breast with salsa and avocado – Dr. Sheehan made this easy meal!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Breakfast-8:30 AM: mixed nuts, meatloaf, yerba mate

Snack-10:00 AM: dairy free choco mint bar, black tea

Lunch-1:00 PM: more meatloaf

Snack-3:30 PM: plantain chips

Supper-9:00 PM: more meatloaf, chicken meatballs, sugar free almond flour cookie

Beef Heart

Wild Dehydrating

So I have this dream of camping and backpacking, but there is one problem–I have not yet discovered dehydrating my own food. Commercially available camping and backpacking food is full of nasty refined carbohydrates. This quandary has been on my mind and I daresay an obstacle to me exploring these potential favorite outdoor activities. I was on a walk with Dr. Sheehan yesterday and we do some of our best thinking together while walking in nature. One of us mentioned pemmican. Have you ever heard of it? It’s a dried meat and fruit snack that doubles as a survival food. Native Americans used to prepare it to sustain them when away from camp. By all accounts, one can survive on pemmican indefinitely. It’s prepared from dried and powdered meat, dried and powdered fruit (usually berries), and animal fat.  So if I could just make some pemmican, my camping-food dilemma would be solved.

When researching how to make pemmican online, I found some interesting methods. Here is a good one from Mark’s Daily Apple. And another method from The Practical Primitive. Finally I settled on a simple recipe I found, but will substitute ingredients I have on hand. So this morning was a whirlwind of slicing up thawed beef heart and lamb heart, which I will mix with ground beef. I got out the food dehydrator and cleaned it thoroughly (I’ve owned this particular gadget for about 8 years and this is the first time I have used it…what kind of whole food advocate am I??) I placed the thin (or as thin as I could get them) slices of heart on the dehydrator trays. Don’t they look lovely? Then I took some ground beef and made thin patties to dehydrate as well. So now my meat is happily dehydrating on the counter. Sadly I just undertook this meat dehydrating adventure, so I will have to report on the results in the next post. Until then, enjoy my food log from last week. And forgive the chips. It’s because of hormones–yes, I am blaming hormones.

5-5-16

Breakfast 7:30 AM: coffee with butter & more butter

8:00 AM: chicken meatballs with mushrooms and organic salsa

10:00 AM: salted roasted mixed nuts

11:00 AM: herbal chai tea

1:00 PM: 3 eggs over lite with asparagus and salsa

2:00 PM: black tea

4:00 PM: pine nuts, a sugar-free Klondike bar

8:00 PM: half a bag of lard-cooked chips, chorizo with onion, plantian and guacamole, polar black cherry seltzer (not sweet)

5-6-2016

7:00 AM: coffee with butter, ground beef and chicken stew with cabbage, carrot and curry

10:00 AM: mixed nuts

1:00 PM: mixed nuts, raw carrots, hummus, potato chips

2:30 PM: 1 cup raw milk, 2 scoops of Paleo Bulk Formula (24 g protein)

5:30 PM: butter, the rest of the potato chips

6:30 PM: chicken meatballs with onion & salsa

7:30 PM: pine nut primal butter cookies

10:00 PM: celery, seaweed salad

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My poor toe

Smash! Nutrition for Injuries

I recently got re-schooled in how useful nutrition can be for injuries. Two nights ago I was moving things around in the office and I dropped part of a CD player on my foot. I was trying to carry too many pieces at one time and one got away and landed directly on the base of the nail bed of my right big toe. I dropped to the floor. Oooooooouuuuch! I could do nothing but writhe around in pain for about a minute. Finally, I managed to hobble to my feet and get the rest of my evening activities accomplished. But when it came time for bed, I was worried. I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep. I was in too much pain. I tried some herbal pain relief and homeopathics. Didn’t make a dent. I resisted the Advil because it bothers my stomach. Finally at 2 AM I broke down and took some. It knocked the pain down a very slight tick. Just enough so I could get to sleep for a couple of hours. The next morning as I awoke I wondered how I was going to get through my work day with the pain I was in.

Then it hit me. Nutrition! I think nutrition for everything else, and it always helps me. But for some reason I hadn’t been thinking with the nutrition for injuries. It’s hard to break that medical-think (where you need something–a drug of some sort–to force the body’s symptoms down). The nutrition-think is to help the body along with what it’s trying to accomplish. So I immediately had Dr. Sheehan test me for supplements that provide the correct nutrients to help the body regulate the fluid balance and help tissue integrity. I took a dose and, voila, within a few minutes the pain level was down from a 9.5 to an 8! Now I don’t know about you, but I think a 9.5 pain level is too much to go through the day with. But an 8, although not good, is more manageable. This was yesterday. I made it through the day (albeit at a slower pace than I would have liked). I was able to sleep last night, through the night. The pain in my toe is localized to just the nail now. It’s getting better! I had to pound that particular whole food supplement all day. Frequent, high doses. But it’s helping. And now I won’t need to drill a hole in my nail (eek).

The moral of this story for me is to think nutrition first. Unless there’s an obvious situation that requires emergency medical attention, of course. Get the emergency handled and then help the body along with the correct supplements. Injuries respond to the exact right nutritional protocol as determined by Nutrition Response Testing(R). It makes sense, because in any kind of traumatic event or stress your body will need more of certain types of vitamins and minerals. Nutrition works!

Here is my food log for my trip. I’m not 100% proud of it because I didn’t feel so well on all the restaurant food. The bottom line is that my body is sensitive to crappy food and I have to keep it to a minimum.

4-27-2016 (Wednesday, the day I left to go to Florida for training)

6:45 AM: coffee with butter

8 AM: chicken and beef stew with onion, cabbage and cauliflower

12 PM: more chicken and beef stew

2:00 PM: salad at the airport with broccoli and tuna salad on top. It looked good in the case but had this gross sweet glaze on it that did not bode well, iced tea

4:00 PM: mixed nuts, peanuts, sea snax (on the plane)

7:00 PM: at a health food store cafeteria: paneer with potato, tomato and carrot, salmon, cucumber

9:00 PM: sugar free coconut ice cream, sweetened with erithrytol

4-28-2016 Thursday

7:30 AM: coffee with butter, turkey breast, carrots and green beans (cooked in my motel kitchenette)

10:00 AM: mixed nuts

12:30 PM: diner food – everything omlette with cheese and meat, mixed veg, potato

2:00 PM black tea chai with half and half

3 PM: spicy walnuts

8:30 PM: Caribbean restaurant: 1 mini-cornbread muffin (mistake), mashed sweet potato, jamaican greens, breaded fried shrimp (mistake), grouper cake, rice, tuna kebab with onion

4-29-2016 Friday

7:30 AM: coffee with butter, more turkey breast, spinach, green beans, carrot, avocado

10:30 AM: walnuts

12:45 PM: Greek Diner: clam chowder, icelandic cod, mashed potato, mixed veg

7:00 PM: Fancy restaurant for supper: raw salmon with avocado and plantain, mint, cucumber, lemon and lime virgin cocktail, sea scallops with potatoes, spinach, and some kind of sauce, broccoli and cheese soup

Both Thursday and Friday night I woke up in the middle of the night and was not able to sleep for several hours. This means I have consumed too much of some kind of food I am sensitive too. So now that I’m home I’ve cleaned up my act a bit. No restaurant food yet! And I’m feeling better, except for my toe 🙂

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