Beautiful, Healing Foods…

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”― Hippocrates

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I am passionate about people living a life of health and vitality and am saddened when I see those living in pain or less than the optimal life they could be enjoying. For that reason, I have been wanting to do a blog post about the life-changing, and sometimes life-saving role our diets play in our quality of life for quite some time. After binge-watching a few Netflix (links below) with my husband over the last few nights, I couldn’t put off a post like this any longer!

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cookieandkate.com

Growing up, my maternal grandmother was one of my favorite people in the world.  I loved spending time with her in the summers listening to her stories, making Christmas ornaments in the winter, and eating chocolate mint ice-cream and Russel Stover chocolates in any season! Sadly, she died at what would be considered young today, her body hunched over and joints crooked with painful arthritis while she dutifully consumed the myriad of prescription drugs prescribed to make her life somehow more pleasant.  I vividly remember sitting at her kitchen table with her one day as she sorted through her many medications, and somehow, even at a young age, I knew there was something very wrong with that picture.  Had I known then what I know now, I would have done my very best to convince her to get rid of the processed foods and lay aside at least some of the Russel Stover to make room for some more fruits and veggies.

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Great food blog and cookbook…cookieandkate.com.

I’ll skip many details of my own health journey or this post would be way too long. I will say, however, I was fortunate to be raised by a mother, a nurse by profession, who was  very much in tune to the role of proper nutrition and diet in a healthy lifestyle.

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recipe from Cookieandkate.com

Last winter I had a bit of a health scare, and thankfully it was just a scare, but for the week of uncertainty I spent many hours researching health sights on the web and found this gem:  https://www.chrisbeatcancer.com.  This site is loaded with nutritional information and video testimonials of people who all beat cancer through diet and some also with alternative remedies.

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Another great cookbook and food blog

I decided to try this plant-based diet, and my husband also joined in.  The great news for him was that at his next doctors visit six weeks later he had lost 11 pounds, but even better his blood pressure had dropped 40 points…enough to keep his doctor from prescribing blood pressure medicine, yahoo!!  For myself, I noticed that the mysterious leg pain that was so bad it would keep me awake at night disappeared, as well as the sometimes intense hip pain.  I would have considered myself a really healthy eater even before this…organic, non-gmo food, very little processed foods, occasional juicer, but switching to this plant-based, sugar-free diet was the real health ticket for me-no pain, yes please!

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From son of Dr. Esselstyn in movie Forks over Knives

One thing I learned in the Chris Beat Cancer series, is that processed dairy raises the risk of breast and prostate cancer, a fact which has been scientifically known since the 70’s.  Immediately what came to my mind were all the cute little pink ribbons found in the dairy aisle…funny, I’ve never seen even one in the fruit and vegetable aisle, hmm.  I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about that one, but my less than noble conclusion was verified in the documentary we watched last night, which I highly recommend, called What the Health.  This video was a real eye-opener, it will make you mad, but that can be a really good thing if it stirs you to action to improve your health.  It is also filled with some very inspiring stories though, so I promise you’ll be smiling at the end!

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Engine 2 blog/recipes..

Two other great documentaries: Forks Over Knives, which has some seriously jaw-dropping studies, and the really inspiring and definitely entertaining one: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  Both sites have many resources listed, as well as links to the movie, the second can be viewed free on the site for a limited time, so go enjoy!

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From Engine 2 recipe index

 

 Lastly, I highly recommend the incredibly informative video series called The Truth About Cancer which can be found at this site: https://www.cancertutor.com/global-cancer-documentary/  Face it, sadly we all know of people who could benefit from this info. and for so many ailments other than cancer.

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The Wimpy Vegetarian blog

In closing, let me just say that I am very thankful I live in an age where we have life-saving  medicines and technology, but the fact remains that there are many, many diseases that can be prevented altogether, and in many cases even reversed with the food choices we make.  The good news is…

God has filled our earth with wonderful, natural medicines just waiting to be consumed, and that my friends, is really, really something beautiful.

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ohsheglows blog

Until next time!

∼Jen

So, I think I’m supposed to add a disclaimer here, but very important, nonetheless, Please check with a doctor and be monitored before deciding to decrease or stop any medicines or adding herbal remedies!  

 

11 Replies to “Beautiful, Healing Foods…”

  1. Great post! Our refrigerator and pantry both stay fairly bare, for the most part (not that we don’t partake in a few processed foods from time to time). Because my husband and I work out and eat healthy we have found (knock on wood) that it has been a long time since either of us have been sick. There’s a lot to be said about the closer to the earth you eat, the healthier you are!

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    1. Wow, that’s awesome Donna! It really does make such a difference, and I was just brought to tears at some of the health victories in the movies…amazing what a difference good food can make!

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    1. Oh wow, thank you for telling me that, those stories just make my day! We have lost so many we know to cancer the last few years, it is heartbreaking, these movies are so inspiring you will enjoy! By the way, I just loved your post on February, if you don’t mind, I would like to reblog it sometime soon. You are just such a gifted writer I hope you consider putting your blog entries in book form someday:) Happy Sunday, it is 70 degrees here, yahoo!!

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      1. You’re welcome, and thank you, I would love to share your blog here. My husband self-published some books on HULU, if you ever want any info. on that I’ll be glad to pick his brain!

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