Too busy to cook? Really?

We are all busy in different ways. Are we too busy to cook? I think what it comes down to is priorities. What is most important to us? Is our health and the health of those around us, important to us? Do we care where our food comes from? Do we care what effect food has on our body during and after we eat it? The documentary, “Food Inc.” brought up a great point. “Every time we make a purchase we are voting.” Wow. That is powerful and very true. Every food purchase is also a vote of support for the method of production that was used. That means that every time we purchase from a local farmer or buy organic food we are saying we want more of that food to be produced.

When patients look at what I recommend for them to eat they may say, “ what am I going to eat” or ‘ what is left to eat?”. The answer is real food. Not processed. We have become dependent on foods that are filled with chemicals and preservative. We dependent on it to keep up with our hectic schedules. But how normal is it to be too busy to cook and prepare our own food? Do you have a chemical tongue? My friend and whole foods expert, Coralie Murphy often asks the members of her Cleansing groups.

It takes time, yes it does. It takes time to learn to cook with whole foods. But my friends I assure you it is worth it. You are supporting so many good things such as local farmers, a way of growing vegetables and raising animals that is kind to the earth, animals and ourselves. You are voting for less chemicals to be produced and that means less pollution. And guess what? You are voting for a healthier body and mind for yourself. Chronic illness is a result of poor diet and high stress. We don’t have to keep searching. We can look for the answers on our plate. If you want to feel different, eat different. Yes, slow down and cook. Decrease your stress by slowing down and then you can cook to improve your health! What will you do with the extra energy?


Life truly is an amazing dance between the inner & the outer – a journey of your human needs and soul desires. Debbie Ford: 1955-2012.

Our soul desires us to have the most fulfilling and ALIVE experience that is possible. In order to do this we need our body to function well so that it is not preventing us from moving forward (physically and spiritually). This means we need to nourish our body and insist that it is treated well by none other than YOU.

-Sleep (7-9 hours per night),
-Nutrient rich food is food that is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and low or completely void of insecticides
-Water that is clean and at least 6-8 glasses per day
-Exercise in the outdoors at least 5 days per week for a minimum of 20 minutes or 4 days of a minimum of 30 minutes.

These are necessary for the body to perform its basic functions like digestion, elimination, muscle repair, bone restoration and others too. Are you wondering why you aren’t feeling full of energy, aches and pains are starting to greet you in the morning, days without headaches are more rare than days with headaches? Is your digestion causing you dis-ease, do you have symptoms of hormone imbalances or you are taking medications to have “normal” blood work or to eliminate the messages your body is trying to give you. Go through the above basic lifestyle habits and rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 (10 being 10% performance). How high do you score ? Try incorporating all of these consistently for …………EVER! After a month score yourself again. These habits are essential to incorporate into your lifestyle if you want to experience health and to have the energy and ability to reach your potential!

Dr. Glenna Calder

Acid Reflux! How to put out the fire!..or the cough..or the nausea.

Heartburn, acid reflux, GERD…What is the cause? What is happening inside us when this occurs? What have we done to create the environment to ignite the flame inside?

Acid reflux can present itself to you in many forms such as a burning sensation or pain anywhere from the stomach to the throat, a chronic sore throat, a persistent cough, nausea or a sensation of a lump in the throat.

The importance of acid!

Acid is produced in our stomachs and it has a purpose; to digest proteins and to activate digestive enzymes that break down our food so that we can absorb nutrients. Stomach acid also kills harmful bacteria in our stomach that may cause infections in the body. We do not want to decrease the acid in the stomach because our stomach should be a ph of 1.5-3.5 or in order function ideally.

What is happening inside our body when we feel symptoms of acid reflux?

Usually the lower esophageal sphincter (which consists of muscle tissue) has loosened and acid is getting past this sphincter into the esophagus. The esophagus is not prepared to handle acid. It does not have cells that secrete mucus and bicarbonate (an alkaline substance) like the stomach does to protect itself from acid.

What caused the damage?

Our lower esophageal sphincter may get damaged when we eat large meals, lie down within 2 hours after eating, take medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen which decrease the mucus production in the stomach, eat too fast so that our body doesn’t have time to prepare for digestion, consume acidic foods such as coffee, or carbonated beverages which cause acid to move up into the esophagus and cause distention of the stomach which damages the sphincter.

What can we do?

Acid reflux is caused by lifestyle…I said it. We can prevent it and even more we can heal our damaged cells in the esophagus!

Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day. This gives your body what it needs to produce adequate levels of mucus to protect the stomach lining. (caffeine-free herbal teas count as water as well as water with lemon or lime).

Have your last bite 2-3 hours before your bedtime.

Stop coffee, tea and carbonated beverages. If you find it hard to quit then go down to 1/2 cup per day before noon time.

Eat smaller portions and instead eat 5 smaller meals per day.

Decrease acidic foods such as tomatoes, vinegars to once per week and in the first few weeks eliminate them all together to let your body heal.

Eliminate or decrease wheat, dairy and sugar for a few weeks as well to improve overall digestion which will decrease bloating taking some pressure off the overworked lower esophageal sphincter.

After a few weeks you will be feeling better and your body will thank you for it in many ways- not just by producing less pain in the upper GI! Give it a try you owe it to your digestion!

I will be writing many posts here on the blog talking about healthy living! My goal is to inspire you to find your Prescription for Balance! I will introduce you to wonderful people, interesting thoughts and proven ways to live in alignment physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. To me that includes going after the healthiest, happiest version of YOU! So stay tuned for links to information on health, nutrition and lifestyle guidance.

You can also check out the monthly radio show I co-host with Mildred Lynn McDonald, where we interview brilliant individuals who are willing to share with us their perspective about living in Balance.

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