How Food Choices can Lead to Illness: Get The Health Edge with Mark Pettus and John Bagnulo

John Bagnulo and Mark Pettus continue their discussion in this latest podcast from The Health Edge.

This week they talk about the fundamental changes in our modern diet over the last 2-3 generations and how those changes are driving the current epidemic of chronic complex disease.

Growing rates of obesity, diabetes, inflammation, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autoimmunity are all linked to dietary choices we make. Mark and John will explore the specific role poor quality carbohydrates are playing in disease and a diminished quality of life.

Tune in to you and Tune in to the podcast link below for top tips on self-care, what foods to avoid and why. Conventional wisdom to "eat everything in moderation" just doesn't work in this day and age.

If we were working out in the fields haying all day, it might still apply - but we're not...we're sitting at desks, behind steering wheels, stressed out and eating the wrong things.

It's time to CUT.IT.OUT. Listen to this helpful podcast to understand how and why to make some simple but profound changes to your diet.

To accompany this discussion, Mark's lecture Understanding Metabolism from the BHS Creating Health and Wellness series provides excellent additional reference. 

Almond Joy

Photo courtesy of the adorable  Road to Less Cake

Photo courtesy of the adorable Road to Less Cake

I now love almond milk thanks to a recipe I found on nutritionist Kathie Madonna Swift's website.

For a delicious breakfast smoothie or snack, I prepare my own almond milk using the recipe below. I then add 1-2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil, a ripe organic banana or two [not over-ripe or under-ripe], and some organic cinnamon.

Soaking the almonds overnight in water is a must, but I don't bother to strain them with a cheese cloth. While I like the chunkier texture, not every one does.

I didn't know why almonds should be soaked so I emailed Kathie Swift and asked her why. She explained that "Almonds have toxic enzyme inhibitors which protect them from sprouting too soon. By soaking almonds you release these inhibitors and allow the almonds to begin the sprouting process. A sprouted nut additionally provides extra nutrients and soaking them greatly aids our ability to digest them."   

Now, that's a swift reply! Kathie lives and works right here in Lenox, Massachusetts as a registered dietitian nutritionist in the field of integrative and holistic nutrition. She is one of the many trusted health and wellness super-stars that "we locals" are lucky to know.  

Almond Nut Milk recipe by Chef Caroline Nation

This is a FODMAPs - Foundation Recipes [Click here, if you'd like to learn what a FODMAP is.] 

Fresh homemade almond milk is easy to make from scratch. Use your homemade almond
milk in smoothies, shakes and soups if you like.
Servings: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus soaking time

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • Water for soaking nuts
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Soak the almonds in water overnight or for at least 6 hours.
Drain water from the almonds and discard. Blend 3 cups water, almonds and vanilla until
well blended and almost smooth.
Strain the blended almond mixture using cheesecloth or other strainer.
Homemade raw almond milk will keep well in the refrigerator for three to four days.

Variation: Once coconut milk is made, add in blender 1-2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil, a ripe organic banana or two [not over-ripe or under-ripe], and some organic cinnamon

Ginger's Got It Goin' On

Next time you reach for an Advil or Tylenol, think about using Ginger instead as a natural way to combat inflammation.

Ginger root has anti-inflammatory properties that can be beneficial for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia and seasonal allergies. 

Ginger is a gastric stimulant that can kick-start your organs in the morning, influence a good digestive system and break down fat. It's known to alleviate bloating, flatulence, diarrhea and constipation; relieve dizziness and nausea; lower cholesterol levels and decrease systemic blood pressure.

Ginger possesses blood thinning capabilities that help in the treatment of heart disease and it boosts your immune system by warming the body and helping it break down the accumulation of toxins in the organs, particularly the lungs and sinuses.  

KICK START YOUR DAY. Drink 8oz of “Good Girl Ginger Tea” first thing every morning. The anti-oxidant powers of ginger are a great way to clear your system and your sinuses. Here's a quick and easy way to prepare...

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Peel and slice organic ginger into thin pieces, approximately 1 cup and place in a large 4 cup teapot.  Boil water and wait for it to cool down to about 140°F/60°C to prevent burning all the goodness out of the ginger then pour water over ginger. Let sit until cooled. Refrigerate overnight and drink first thing on an empty stomach in the morning. Add lemon or [local] honey if you like. You can probably get a second pot from the same ginger, so go on, add some more hot water for another round! Do this every day and you might never need to pop Tylenol ever again. Go Good Girl, Go!

Here is a helpful article from Dr Oz in The Oz Blog .