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SPRING into Wellness!

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Believe it or not, Spring is just 8 days away!!! Yep! Clocks just “sprang” ahead last night, and the Spring Equinox is Monday, March 20!

The word “spring” brings to mind not only the season, but also “spring” as in “launch”, “spring in your step”, things “springing up all over”, such as flowers and plants, and finally, “Spring cleaning”. Not only is it time to clear out the dust bunnies that may have gathered in your home over the winter months, but it is also time to clear out your liver and jump start your health in preparation for the faster paced fun-in-the sun Summer months.

Eating for SPRING, eating with SPRING

Mother Nature provides us with the perfect foods to help us “Spring clean” our bodies. The flavors of Spring are those meant to encourage movement and detoxifying, and make way for new life. The flavors are termed “bitter” , “pungent”, and “astringent” in Chinese medicine and the Indian healing system of Ayurveda. The color is bright, spring green. Two seasonal favorites which are champions at Spring cleaning are asparagus and dandelion greens. Asparagus is a wonderful blood cleanser and dandelion greens not only strengthen the liver, but also aid in kidney function. Dandelion greens act as a very mild diuretic and are rich in calcium, folic acid, potassium, vitamin A, iron, choline, and vitamins B1 and B2, as well as trace minerals. These vegetables, as all vegetables, are best when they are organic, fresh, and locally grown. (If you are interested in why this is so, contact me for further information.) Asparagus should be cooked until just done, or still firm, and lightly steamed, to retain maximum vitamins and minerals. When cooked correctly, the color of asparagus brightens. Dandelion greens are best raw, tossed in with your other salad greens to retain their vitamins and vitality.  You may also wish to gently steam or sauté them with other greens, such as chard and/or spinach.

Another aid in our Spring journey toward wellness is the lemon. We know it is astringent because of the way we “pucker up” when we taste it. Squeezing fresh lemon over salad or your favorite vegetables is a wonderful way to promote digestion and cleansing, and it tastes great, too. Drinking a fresh lemon juice beverage in the morning will help to wake up your liver, readying it for its workday of cleansing and detoxifying.

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‘Tis the season to go RAW more than cooked!

Look for foods full of life force and vitality–Spring energy. Look for anything green, Spring green. And include any of the following veggies in your diet, in abundance: asparagus, arugula, dandelion greens, radishes, daikon root, kale, Chinese cabbage, lemon, parsley, spinach, okra, green onions, snap peas, spring greens, micro greens, baby greens of all sorts. Be sure to “spice things up” during this season, to clear out the stagnation that came from the hibernation of the Winter. Some spices that will help “fire things up” and get things moving? Yep, you guessed it: garlic, ginger, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili peppers…

Along with eating to cleanse and clear out old, stagnant energy, consider including the young, bright energy of Spring in your diet. An easy way to do this is to add raw SPROUTS to your salads or steam or sauté them in lemon and ghee or olive oil. Growing your own sprouts is a wonderful way to experience the bursting energy of Spring right on your windowsill or counter top. You will be surprised to discover how easy it is to do, and how quickly they sprout! “Spring” into Spring!

 

I invite you to join me online for a Spring Cleanse! Refresh and renew your liver and yourself with a cleanse! We’ll start on the Spring Equinox, Monday, March 20. You can find more information here: http://bit.ly/2nty87A

May your journey to wellness this Spring be delightful and delicious!

 

 

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Tools to Soothe and Stabilize!

Some of you may not know that my company, Simply Being Well, celebrated its 10 year anniversary last year. Ten years!

Simply Being Well began with the tagline: Herbs, Oils, Essences, and Whole Foods. I started with a desire to share my knowledge of alternative healing modalities with everyone–especially moms and those who wanted to be moms someday. I offered classes and workshops, and had a private practice. Simply Being Well evolved to focus on teaching cooking classes and training Traditional Food Cooks and Teachers based on Weston A. Price and the cookbook, Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. That’s where Cooking for Well-Being came from.

I taught my first cooking class on a six foot table at a local food co-op in Bethesda, Maryland, in September of 2006, after being asked to “teach Nourishing Traditions”. Who knew that first class would be the catalyst for 10 years of teaching cooking?! I loved it. I still do! And I believe, in my heart of hearts, that “food is the foundationTM” of well-being. That’s why I continue to teach Cooking for Well-Being, and help people to source clean, sustainable food, and guide people through their healing journeys with food–nourishing, traditional food and, specifically, the Gut and Psychology Syndrome–GAPS–Diet, since 2010.

All along, however, I have continued to work with clients, offering various vibrational remedies to support them on their way. That is still very much a part of Simply Being Well and my Wellness Consultations. Flower essences, therapeutic grade essential oils and other alternative modalities can be very powerful assistants on one’s way to heath. (For more information about the Vibrational Cause of Chronic Disease, see my article here). So, while “food is the foundation” of Well-Being, it’s not the only thing. Remedies from the plant kingdom can surely help ease the way, and I test for specific remedies to clear the cause of specific symptoms for clients.

In times of chronic stress, trial, or turbulence, we need all the tools we can get to help us maintain alignment and stability. It is this knowing that has led me to offer a series of videos on “Tools to Soothe and Stabilize”. There are very simple things we can do to help ourselves, our families, our children, our pets to weather storms with more ease. It is my hope that these short clips will help you on your way.

You may find them on my YouTube channel (subscribe!), and on my Simply Being Well: Cooking for Wellbeing Facebook Page.

Here’s the link to the first Tools to Soothe and Stabilize I hope it serves you well!

 

For Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig,

For the Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride

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Holiday Bloat? Something you can do right now!

If you are like most people. you may be feeling a bit bloated or heavy around the middle right now. A few days –or weeks, in some cases–of holiday festivities are taking their toll… on your energy level, your brain function, your digestion and your waistline.

We still have a week to go until the ball drops on Time Square to ring in 2017, and there may be more gatherings and parties ahead of you before you make that New Year’s Resolution. I mean, why start now, right?

There is a very simple thing that you can do right now that will help. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive, it tastes good, and it is high impact on your liver…which will help ease that bloat. You’ll feel better soon, and you will be better able to handle the upcoming indulgences.

What is it? The humble lemon. Yep.

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Every morning, cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a glass of warm water. Add a pinch of turmeric or cayenne, if you would like to go turbo. Be sure the lemon is organic, so that you can avoid adding more toxins to your diet, those toxins we are trying to get rid of… ! If you drink tea, herbal, green, or black, try adding a bit of lemon to each cup or mug. Throughout the day, squeeze a bit of lemon into your water glass. Room temperature or warm water works best, because “cold contracts and warm releases”.

If you’d like a little boost to your immune system, eat a bit of lemon rind-chock full of citrus bioflavanoids, Vitamin C, and potassium!

 

For those of you who would like to start the New Year with a gentle cleanse and re-balancing, join me for my one week, online program, Resolution: Re-Set! January 9-16, 2017. Anyone can join me from around the globe. You can find more information here: https://goo.gl/fNA2hY The price goes up on December 28, so register now to receive your Resolution: Re-Set info and package!

Happy cleansing!

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“Moobs”: What to do when your Boy Child has Man Boobs

Sadly, I am not kidding.

I am blessed to have a 10-year-old son. Having that 10-year-old also puts me in contact with other boys and girls of his age by virtue of the activities in which he participates. One of those activities takes place every week, and attracts boys and girls alike. The majority of the children are between the ages of age 10 to age 17. There are also adults that play – but the bulk of those that I see playing from week to week are between the ages of 10 and 17. The majority of children come from middle-class homes, in a “mid-sized college city” in northern Colorado. But this could be any city in America. It may very well be yours, if you take a look around.

These are our children. They are our future. I am writing because I am seeing some very disturbing things as I observe and interact with this particular segment of our population, and it leaves me with questions about the viability of our tomorrows. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, I am not over-emphasizing these issues. Not only is the brain function of some of these children low and/or impaired, but their ability to procreate—fertility—may also be at risk.

The first concern I will write about is the concept of boy children having breasts. (Yes. True. They do.) This is the first of a series of articles. Other topics I will write about in the future that are showing up in this population: obesity (we are talking real obesity, not just a few pounds overweight—this is 20 pounds, 30 pounds overweight as a child), severe acne (which is NOT inevitable), girls with a boy’s body– that is, failure to develop breasts and hips– black circles under eyes, pale skin tone, (almost translucent, as in I can see their veins),  inability to focus, aka ADD or ADHD…tragically, I could go on.

Now, I know as well as you know that boy children are not supposed to develop breasts. However, more and more of them are developing breasts-so much so that there IS a medical term for this “condition”: gynecomastia. They are also “jokingly” called “man boobs”, or “moobs” for short. I am not talking about a weight problem. It is not the result of being overweight. These man boobs are occurring even on those that are slightly built, or trim or slim. It is an estrogen problem. And here’s an idea of how it happened. (Stay tuned and I will tell you what you can do about it.)

Where is the estrogen that is causing our males to develop female body parts? It is in the food, and it is in the environment. In this article, I am going to talk about the food. Subsequent articles will address the environmental issues. The biggest culprit in terms of estrogen in food is soy. When might the story begin? Is it in the soy formula that feeds the male infant? Soy formula has more estrogen in a bottle than a month’s supply of birth control pills. And much of it is genetically modified (GMO).

Phyto-estrogen filled soy may be found in many foods. (And soy is very high in phyto-estrogen.) There what I call “overt” soy — that is, soy food products with the word “soy” right on the label such as tofu, and soy-based products such as tofu pups and tofu ice cream, soy milk, and soy creamer. There is also soy that is seemingly hidden in our foods – specifically as soy lecithin, which is an emulsifier – that is found in many foods. Soy lecithin is found in almost every chocolate bar or candy bar that is made in America at this time. And this soy is not organic (unless specifically labeled as such. Since the soy is not organic, it is most likely GMO, as more than 90% of the world’s soy is now GMO.)   Soy may also be listed on an ingredient label as natural flavor, TSF (textured soy flour), TVP (textured vegetable protein), TSP (textured soy protein), MSG, mono-diglyceride, soya, soja, and yuba.

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Have a little TVP (unfermented, processed, GMO soy) in your burrito! NOT!

The biggest culprit for our boy children maybe the protein bars or “power bars” that they consume– two and three a day sometimes. These bars have soy protein isolate as the main protein ingredient. According to the Soyfoods Association of North America, soy protein isolate “is a dry powder food ingredient that has been separated or isolated from the other components of the soybean” and  “… soy protein isolate is made from de-fatted soybean flakes that have been washed in either alcohol or water to remove sugars and dietary fiber.”

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One example of a protein bar…

Okay, enough with the soy problem. I could go on and on, as we look into the other foods that have soy in them…including seemingly innocuous canned tuna fish and meats, gravies, soups, cereals… What other foods are fraught with hormone disrupters for our boys? Conventional dairy…and conventional meat. What is “conventional dairy”? Where is it found?

Conventional dairy is any food made out of milk (milk, cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, kefir) that is not organic. Conventional dairy accounts for the majority of dairy in the United States—about 97% of it.

According to the USDA, only about 4-4.5% of the fluid milk products (that means milk and milk products you can drink, not cheese, or yogurt or kefir or butter) in the US were organic in 2013. That means that about 95-96% was conventional. EEEK! Conventional dairy farmers can use growth hormones to increase milk production (and feed them other things, everything from “erythomycin… testosterone, estadiol benzoate, sodium bicarbonate, poloxaline, propionic acid, chicken manure, cattle manure, chocolate, stale pastries, cement dust, molasses, candy, urea, hooves, feathers, meat scraps (but not from ruminants, as that has now been banned due to BSE/madcow), fish meal, pasta, peanut skins, brewery wastes, cardboard, corn silage, GMO grains, and various pesticides.” (Chris Kerston)

Meat can also be a contributor to the hormonal imbalance that can result in man boobs…Conventional meat, that is. “Conventional meat” is any meat that is not “organic” or grown by organic-or better-standards. Again, according to the USDA, only 3% of meat produced in the US was organic as of 2015. YIKES! One more time with feeling, cows on feedlots (conventionally produced meats) are fed soy and corn…think estrogen and GMOs!

Given our food supply and the amount of soy, estrogen-like compounds and hormones in it, is it any wonder why our boys are developing man boobs? I think not. And as mentioned previously, there are environmental factors as well. I’ll explore those next.

What you can do if your male child is developing breasts

In order of impact:

  1. Cut out all unfermented soy! That means protein bars, protein shakes, and anything with TVP, soy protein isolates, etc., added.
  2. Feed your child organic dairy. Better, feed him fresh dairy from cows that graze on pasture. For sources of real milk near you, see www.realmilk.com or www.westonaprice.org
  3. Feed your child organic meat. Better, feed him grass-fed and –finished meat. Look for grass-fed and –finished meats at Farmer’s Markets, or check out some of these sources: in DC Metro area, Maryland and Virginia: Fields of Athenry Farm, Polyface Farm, Smith Meadows Meats; on line: http://www.eatwild.com/products/
  4. Eat at home. Stay away from fast-food, notorious for soy protein additives in their food products. Here are a few: FAO on meat products with high levels of extenders and fillers, Wise Traditions Spring 2015

For more information about the dangers of soy, check out some independent research.

For more information about GMOs, http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/issues/311/ge-foods/ge-food-and-your-health

In my next post, we’ll talk about contributing environmental factors, and the easy things you can do to mitigate the environmental impact of estrogenic compounds on your sons, (and brothers and husbands). Stay tuned!

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Great Children’s Book: The Adventures of Andrew Price!

 

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Love traditional food? (You must, if you are reading my blog!) Ever wonder how to explain the importance of nutrient-dense food to children in a way that is fun and informative? Here’s the answer! The Adventures of Andrew Price is a wonderful children’s book that does just that. In this book, the fictitious great-great-nephew of Dr. Weston A. Price follows in his footsteps and discovers how traditional societies nourished themselves for optimal health. Sandrine Love, founder of Nourishing Our Children, collaborated with Mohammad Naser to publish the book. Simply Being Well is a proud sponsor of the book because I love the idea of helping to spread the importance of nourishing, traditional food to children.

Full Circle!

I was so thrilled to hear that The Adventures of Andrew Price went to Africa! Feels like the teaching has come full circle! The book (the great-great-nephew) followed in his great-great-uncle Weston A. Price’s footsteps, returning to the place where much of Weston Price’s research about traditional diets was done. How cool is that?! I think it is very cool. Read on to hear how Andrew Price got to Africa!

Hilda Labrada Gore, host of the Weston A. Price Foundation’s podcast series and a local chapter leader, has made two trips to Africa thus far on behalf of the Foundation. Her intention has been to inspire those she met to take an interest in their own traditional diets and to teach about what Dr. Price observed when he traveled to Africa himself.

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While in Kenya, Hilda visited an orphanage and school called By Grace. Those she visited have cows and drink raw milk from the cows. Their diet is a mix of traditional and so-called modern foods. Hilda read The Adventures of Andrew Price with the intention to teach the students and teachers about the value of their traditional diet. Above is a photo of Hilda at the school with the book.

Promotion

This book is currently on promotion!! What a deal!!

For an investment of $25 by June 24, 2016,   you will not only receive this fabulous book,  The Adventures of Andrew Price , but also ALL of Nourishing Our Children’s downloadable education materials which includes our DVD as .mov files, as well as the e-book, audio book, PowerPoint, study guide, food pyramid chart and food pyramid photographs after the promotion. That is a bundle that normally goes for a $150.00 donation! These are fabulous educational materials. They are visually beautiful, easy to follow, and top-notch professionally done. I LOVE them, and can wholeheartedly recommend. them.

If you have children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, friends with children, teach children, participate in moms or parents groups…I encourage you to purchase a copy! The Adventures of Andrew Price is a great tool for communicating, in a simple way, the basis of the Weston A. Price principles and the importance of eating nourishing, real foods!

 

The complimentary bundle of educational materials will be emailed to all who order the book on June 25, 2016.

Note that this  book is a limited edition and there are only a few boxes of books left!

Book Review

Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and author of several books, including Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats has purchased copies of The Adventures of Andrew Price for her grandchildren and written a Thumbs Up Book Review of the book!

Check out these Testimonials!

“The minute The Adventures of Andrew Price arrived, we opened it right away and began to read it. It’s my son’s new favorite book and has opened a lot of discussion of grassfed milk and how we want to protect ourselves against cavities. So happy about this book, I hope more are to come … maybe a story about kids who eat their liver and cod liver oil! I could use a book like that! My son is five. When his friend came over to play, he was excited to show him the gallon of grass-fed milk we had in the fridge!” – Erika

 

5 Stars

“What a wonderful book. I pre-ordered this book before it was written and was thrilled to pick up my copy at the Weston A Price Foundation’s annual conference in November.  I was not disappointed!   It’s a beautifully bound hard cover book that is colorful and engaging.  It is a great way to introduce the next generation to the timeless principles discovered by Dr. Price.   It is not easy taking on such a in-depth volume, such as Dr. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, and succinctly summarizing the important points in a way that is relevant and understandable to children, yet the author, Sandrine Love, does just that.  She not only summarized the diets of traditional people that Dr. Price studied, but also the consequences of not eating a traditional diet.  I highly recommend this book for children of all ages.

Combine it with the Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children and you have the ultimate duo for beginners of all ages to not only understand, but to implement a traditional foods lifestyle.” – Barbara Geatches

5 Stars

“I read The Adventures of Andrew Price to my 4 year old boy, and was very impressed with the book – it’s beautifully illustrated, and the story is both entertaining and instructive. While reading about the dietary changes that occurred to various cultures as they became more modern, I asked my son what he thought happened to the people. He immediately said: “They got cavities!” I was so proud of him for making the connection, and grateful for such a beautiful book. It speaks to children a lot more than all the lectures we parents can give them!” – Joanna Leyla

5 Stars

“The story told by Andrew Price is appealing to both young and old.  My 3 year old is now very concerned with unnatural ‘holes in his teeth’, or cavities, and reading it gives me a great opportunity to teach him about the importance of eating real food.  We have read it many times over.  My husband also learned new information from the book!  It is a darling book with fantastic illustrations.” – Jenny Moreland

5 Stars

I was at the Wise Traditions conference in Anaheim and this book was selling like hotcakes! I understand why. It is a perfect way to educated children (and adults) about Weston A. Price’s travels and discoveries. And it’s inspiring! When you turn the last page, you are ready to go out and eat well to be well (and to tell others about nourishing foods, to boot)! – Hilda Labrada Gore

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New! GAPS Intro Diet Chart!

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So you have been wanting to try the Gut and Psychology SyndromeTM (aka, GAPS) diet, but you don’t know where to start.

Or…you have tried it before, but got confused, and dropped out.

Or…the “Intro” sounds scary and you can’t quite figure out what to eat when, or how to move from stage to stage, or even how many stages there are. (What’s a “stage”, anyway?)

Or…you know you have symptoms of a leaky gut, but don’t know what to do about it.

Want some assistance in sorting it all out? Yes!

Want this all to be easy peasey? Yes!

How about a handy, dandy, well-organized and beautiful chart that lets you know what to do, how to do it, and when?

Yep. It now exists!

I am happy to announce my third chart, this one for the Intro Diet of the Gut and Psychology Syndrome, the healing protocol developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. This way of eating heals the symptoms caused by a leaky gut. Symptoms include: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, schizophrenia…and many more!

Why did I develop another chart, you ask? Because I love charts. (Really, I do.) I love how I can take a lot of information and put it in one place, and make it easy to understand. (Check out my other charts on how to properly soak and cook Grains and Beans, and…one on First Foods for Babies!)

I am also a teacher to the core of my being. I love to share information. I love to educate. Most of all,  I love to give people tools to help them to heal themselves.

I developed this particular chart because I believe in the healing capabilities of the Gut and Psychology SyndromeTM protocol.

Why now? Because I keep meeting people, hearing stories, and working with clients to implement the GAPS diet that are very confused. Confused about what to do when, (what to cook and when to eat it…and how to move from stage to stage).  So, I took matters into my own hands, and created this chart.

As I mentioned earlier, it is easy to follow, contains all the information you need, and is pleasing to the eye. My hope is that it will assist many people on their journey back to the innate health and well-being that is their birthright. The chart is available now, on my website, as a download.

If you are a Certified GAPS Practitioner, and you would like to have charts available for your patients and clients, contact me for bulk orders. Monica@simplybeingwell.com

GIVEAWAY!

I will be giving away 5 of my new GAPS Intro Diet Charts on September 1, by random drawing. These will be printed charts that will be mailed to winners. One chart per household.

The deadline is August 31, at 10pm MT. Everyone who enters will be notified of the results via email.

To enter to win your GAPS Intro Diet Chart, please answer the following questions in the comments, with a minimum of 5 sentences.

What has your experience with the GAPS diet been? What questions do you have regarding the diet? What are you hoping to gain from the Intro Chart? If you are new to the diet, what are you hoping to heal by going on it?

If the Chart is not enough, you may wish to set up a Wellness Consultation to go learn how to easily cook for the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet! Sometimes it takes just one consultation to get on the right track!

Here’s to ease of healing!

Be well, all!

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Up Next on Generation Regeneration | VoiceAmerica™: Me!

Generation Regeneration | VoiceAmerica™.

“Up next on Gen R tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14, at 12pm PST or On Demand!

Hippocrates had it right: Let food be thy medicine, and medicine by thy food. The amazing Teaching Chef Monica Corrado of Simply Being Well: Cooking for Well-being will expand on this and how she has uses food to help with autoimmune disease and neurological disorders like Autism spectrum. Join us for some mid-day brain food!”

Follow the link above to tune in! or tune in HERE

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