Archive | October 2015

Debunking the Debunkers of Supplement Myths

Experts on nutrition wrote an article recently proclaiming that most supplements are not as beneficial as you believe. They decreed that we receive all the vitamins and minerals we need through our daily diet. True, in a perfect world. When I grew up on a dairy farm, we obtained our beneficial nutrients from a fresh garden and livestock. th3LFKKNLW

In today’s world however, in our over-processed soil with chemicals, it’s not always true. When produce is purchased at the grocery, stored in the fridge for weeks, you aren’t receiving the same active benefits as something fresh-picked from the field.

These experts advocated that supplements are a waste of money. Also true, if misused. But there was no clarification or detail within this piece. I’m filing this under a “little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”

I felt compelled to expound on their partial claims:

Claim: A multi-vitamin is unnecessary but vitamin D is essential so the body can absorb calcium.

True, especially in the rainy areas of the country where sunlight isn’t prevalent. But beware: this article never addressed how much to take! Caution: D is a fat soluble vitamin and too much festers in the fat cells. AND the provided stock photo showed at least seven vitamin D pills in a hand! The average reader might believe the more vitamin D the merrier . . . not so!

Simply popping a vitamin D capsule doesn’t activate all its properties. It requires a physiological conversion in the liver and kidneys before it is totally utilized. That is why eating as cleanly as possibly is essential to total health.

Claim: Skip probiotics. Consume yogurt and other fermented foods instead.

Yes unless you are taking an antibiotic which kills ALL bacteria, good as well as bad. This would leave the body open to infection or other illnesses. Fermentation assists in the digestibility of foods in the gut, thus preventing the build-up of toxins, preventing disease.

There was also no common-sense advice to consume only good quality yogurt with “active cultures” and no fillers like artificial sugars (no “lite” yogurts please!) high fructose corn syrup or starches.

There were no recommendations as to of what constituted “other” fermented foods like sauerkraut, cottage cheese, anything pickled, and kefir which also contain probiotics.

Claim: Zinc – take it!

This supplement was highly recommended because it attacked cold symptoms. True, but again, it never once advised how much to consume. A balanced intake is important. No more than 100 mg. is recommended per day because more will depress the immune system.

Zinc works in conjunction with vitamin A and E, both fat soluble vitamins to maintain proper blood balance.

Practical Biblical Application:

I see a Biblical principle within this and I bet many pastors will too. Simply reading a health article does not make one a nutritional “expert” any more than someone reading one Scripture passage makes them an “expert” on a certain Spiritual subject.

Despite years of seminary training and continual study, I surmise pastors have in their congregation, one who has read a bible verse and believed they knew more about it than you did simply because they read that particular passage and interpreted it for their own benefit!  A wise reader most look at the whole picture and cross-reference knowledge or they will be led astray.

For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,…”  (Proverbs 2:10, 11)

God gave us two ears to listen and one mouth to speak for a reason. Crave knowledge, discern and wisdom will follow. Never stop learning.

The Pros and Cons of Red Wine

th5T07EJ34October is turning out to be a month of “Well, Duh” televised health claims. Yet another was made recently regarding the healthy benefits of red wine if taken in moderation. Once again, if one follows a Biblical diet plan this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

As a Christian nutritional counselor I look at whether wine is beneficial in two ways: one as a nutritionist and the other as a Christian.

First, as a Christian, let me ask you a question: Would Jesus ever tempt someone to sin? Of course not! Jesus is perfect and as the Bible states, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;” (James 1:13)

Jesus’s first miracle was turning water into wine (and please don’t insist it was grape juice.) Therefore, when presenting it to his host to drink, he would actually be tempting someone to sin. Granted, grape juice is a fine substitute if one doesn’t imbibe.

Secondly I look at it through nutritionist eyes. Remember 2 Corinthians 10:23 again. Moderation is key. A glass of red wine at dinner is healthy but over two glasses tips that balance detrimentally, especially if one is a woman. Too much wine can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, liver problems, breast cancer and pancreatitis. Even as the Bible states a little wine is acceptable, “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.( Timothy 5:23)  it also urges moderation: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to  debauchery.” (Ephesians 5:18)  Balance.

Now I am not advocating that someone start drinking red wine if they choose not to. Christian balance is also about not being a stumbling block to another. If I realized someone had an addiction to alcohol, I certainly wouldn’t offer them wine nor drink wine in front of them. Bear in mind that our God is a God of common sense as well!

Some of The Benefits of Red Wine:

  1. Red wine kills e-coli, parasites and bacteria. Wine was an essential beverage in Biblical times when residents lived without refrigeration. (One reason why unclean foods were forbidden at that time.)
  2. Red wine assists in circulation issues by removing plague from your arteries so blood can flow more freely, lowering blood pressure and coronary heart disease.
  3. Ongoing studies say it may help diminish kidney stone risk.
  4. Red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful antifungal, antioxidant which builds up the immune system and lowers unhealthy fat content.
  5. That being said, a little assists with weight loss using ellagic acid  but at 9 calories per gram (1/4 teaspoon) it can really put on the pounds.
  6. Studies are promising regarding its ability to fight cataracts.
  7. Red wine boosts our good HDL levels while lowering bad LDL cholesterol levels.
  8. It’s rich in potassium which maintains healthy fluid balance.
  9. It fights free radicals, therefore assisting in anti-aging. (But once again, too much alcohol ages.)
  10. Most recently, studies have found that red wine regulates blood sugar, great for Type-2 diabetics. (But so does cinnamon, green tea, fiber.)

Caution: Too much wine can interfere with the absorption of vital nutrients such as calcium which could be detrimental to regulating blood pressure and osteoporosis.

Now you might disagree with me and that’s fine. I don’t enjoy Mt. Dew but I’m not telling you to avoid it. We live under Grace.  The Jewish Talmud states that “Wine is the foremost of good medicines.” If it’s good enough for the Jewish nation, that’s good enough for me. What’s the expression? “God says it, that settles it?”

 

Eating Right Isn’t Complicated

Eating right shouldn’t be that complicated. God advised Adam how to eat in one sentence:

“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”  Genesis 1:29.

Simple, concise, easy to understand. Nothing complicated. Only after the Flood (REAL climate change) did God instruct us to eat meat.

Then some fad-diet-gurus came along and really messed with our heads.  “No, don’t eat carbs, they’re bad for you!”  “No legumes!” or other such nonsense. Even Christians fall for these false diet doctrines!  And you know why??  Because some believe if it’s simple – it’s too easy.  Life is complicated so one must suffer in order to achieve ‘perfection’.  Well, who do you believe, God or some guy who wants to make a fast buck at your expense? th7QKR9FEN“As for me and my house . . .  I will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.    

So How Should We Then Eat Overall?

  • Eat for good quality nutrients.
  • Eat smaller portions, taking calories into consideration.
  • Learn to eat only until you’re satisfied, not till you’re full.
  • Slow down, chew your food, enjoy the pleasure of taste.
  • Moderation is essential. (1 Corinthians 10:23)

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

It’s imperative to “break that fast” or your body thinks you’re ill. It’ll slow down your metabolism in order to protect you.

So first, eat breakfast!

Yogurt:

thBZB5RUVIStart with 6-8 oz of a good quality yogurt with no artificial sweeteners: Dannon Natural, Stoney Farms, Mountain High. The good bacteria gets down into your gut and builds up your immune system. Add berries or a banana if you desire.

Next consume a serving (check the label, each is different) of a good high (5+ grams) fiber cereal.  Good quality cereals include Grape nuts, Great Grains, Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat, any Kashi Go Lean or Fiber One products. High fiber cereals shouldn’t taste like sawdust! Drink water afterwards. The fiber expands, binding with the bad artery clogging LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, removing them from your system.

What about eggs? Choose wisely. A whole grain English muffin with 1 egg, small slice of Canadian bacon/ lean ham (Bacon contains nitrates, preservatives and dyes) with a slice of 1% white American cheese is a great treat.  Limit fried potatoes and overly buttered toast. Use jams or a good quality peanut butter instead. Balance lunch then, with mostly fruits/vegetables, 2 ounces of lean protein.

What about juices?  When consuming juice rather than the fruit, you rarely get fiber. Choose a fresh orange at 60 calories rather than juice at 120 for 6 ounces. Orange juice with pulp is a better choice. Cantaloupes, bananas, berries contain great amounts of potassium, magnesium, beta carotene, lutein and antioxidants for heart and eye health.

In a hurry? A smoothie using a ripe banana, orange juice, yogurt, 1% milk and ice cubes, can be a wonderful potassium-magnesium shake!

Pancakes? Buckwheat rather than white flour pancakes provides better fiber for insulin management. Try fruit toppings rather than syrup.

Coffee?  Two cups usually – more and you lose valuable bone density and nutrients. Green tea, no problem.

Pop-Tarts?

You probably know my answer to this one. One Pop-Tart has approximately 200 calories and few nutrients. Furthermore, in an hour you’ll be hungry because of an insulin/sugar drop. What’s my mantra? Nutrients!  You could consume three oranges for the same calorie count.

Bottom line; eat breakfast to rev up your metabolism each morning. Use common sense and don’t stress out. Ate a fatty breakfast? Consume more vegetables for lunch!  You control your own eating habits. Honor God with that control.

Oh For Heaven Sakes! What Makes a Healthy Diet?

Here we go again. Yesterday, Broadcasters were lamenting the fact that nutritionists have gotten it all wrong over the past few years.  Now it seems,  eggs, real butter and sugar are fine for us. Well my goodness, who knew??? (Said with tongue planted firmly in cheek.)

For the past twenty-five years as a Biblical Nutritional Counselor, I have maintained my own Biblically-based diet plan and ignored false diet gurus. Trust God’s Truth. The Bible declares that when God created the world He created all things “Good.”  My God does not make mistakes. He didn’t create a potato for example and then exclaim in worried tones, “Oh my goodness, what have I done? I forgot to tell Adam that potatoes are bad for him!”   No, God makes no mistakes nor lies.

“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” ( Numbers 23:19)

thUB571GO7God told Adam in Genesis 1:29 “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” (chocolate comes from a tree by the way) and then in Genesis 9:3 professed that men could consume meat for maximum health.

More Truth: 1 Corinthians 10:23 states that anything is fine in moderation.  But with that in mind, I do try to avoid chemicals, dyes, processed foods with preservatives as much as possible. The body doesn’t recognize these as foods and therefore they remain in the liver indefinitely.

There are many components to a healthy lifestyle but here are three important ones:

Consume Variety:

If we only ate the same foods every day, we would imbibe the same nutrients each day. Each food selection is a combination of essential nutrients. Cutting out an entire food group is a dangerous game. By only consuming a diet of fruit for example, one would skip 50 other essential nutrients  needed to maintain maximum health.

We need a diversity of complex carbohydrates, lean protein and good fats for an all around healthier lifestyle. Consuming a rainbow of foods would make getting those essential nutrients easier. Listen to your body’s cravings and choose the best alternative possible. (i.e. Whole wheat over biscuits.)

Usually the darker the food item, the more valuable it is, nutritionally speaking. That means dark chocolate is much better than milk chocolate and you can skip white! One exception however, is cheese. Try to choose a lighter color such a provolone, Swiss or mozzarella containing less fat and cholesterol.

Fiber:

Fiber is essential for removing toxins from our system. Less fiber equals more impurities, which produce ketones and a more acidic pH. The Atkins and Paleo Diets advise more (even processed) meat products and not as much fiber choices as the Mediterranean, DASH and Volumetric diets. Anyone consuming less fiber tends to be grumpier, constipated and illness prone. Fiber is easily found in whole grains, complex carbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds: a Biblical Diet!

Water:

Water washes away impurities which if they remain, stresses the body and changes body chemistry. But carbohydrates retain water. Therefore if you skip complex carbs, when you go back to consuming them, your body will retain water weight(not fat) but you’ll think you are getting fatter.

Water transports nutrients, binds our cells together and maintains brain health. I’ve written a great deal on water so use my search engine to find more facts about water.

I urge you to maintain a Biblical Diet for diet gurus are not smarter than God! Amen?

 

Thank you for the “Sisterhood of the World” Award

How wonderful to discover while on vacation that I’ve been nominated by a lovely new follower, Fashionable Librarian for the Sisterhood of the World Award.  I am honored and thank her so much for thinking of me.  Please check out her fabulous “fashionista” blog at   sisterhood[1] http://conciergelibrarian.com/2015/09/26/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

I find these type of awards a wonderful way to discover more about our blogging friends. Only wish I could nominate many more. Have fun with this one!

Here are the simple rules for participating:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate ten blogs, notify them.

Questions I had to answer:

What is your ideal vacation spot?  

Where do I start? Possibly the coast of Spain, the Highlands of Scotland? The Rhine River of Germany? No, I think my favorite place is a small area high above Innsbrook, Austria called Pertisau. An absolutely breathtaking, peaceful village surrounded by mountains. My husband and I loved cross-country skiing there. Enjoyed stopping at local eateries for gluwein and brats as we progressed.

Where are you from?

Having lived in 14 States, moved over 20 times in my life as a girl, while in the military, golf and on God’s ministry, I’m from “everywhere.” Educated up north, raised mostly in the south.  Best of both worlds!

What is the national dish of your country?

Probably Bar-B-que, wouldn’t you think, USA?

Dark or milk chocolate?

Definitely dark!!! Nutrients you know.

Coffee or tea?

Always preferred coffee until we moved to Ohio where the winters are freezing and spiced teas warm us up!

Do you have a pet?

Had a skunk, raccoon, calf, cats, duck, (until he went to duckie “heaven” my mom said. Can’t eat duck to this day) Now we own two crazy dogs, a Cocker and Lhasa who frequently get mentioned in this blog.

If so how did you decide on a name?

They fit the names they already had, couldn’t change ’em.  Too stubborn . . .  dogs that is, not us.

Reggae or Hip Hop?

I guess Reggae because of it’s happy Caribbean beat, but love all types of music from Jazz to Country.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Mmm, any place near the ocean. Mykonos, Greece sounds good.

Why would you want to live there?

The warmth of the people, the freedom to write.

Here are my questions:

  1. Would you rather win an Oscar, Pulitzer, Nobel or other award? Why?
  2. What would be your dream job?
  3. What characteristics describe your ideal husband?
  4. What’s your favorite place to vacation?
  5. What’s your greatest skill?
  6. What was your first car?
  7. What were you like in high school?
  8. Have you met a celebrity? Who?
  9. Have you been on television?
  10. What historical person would you invite to dinner?

Have fun!  Here are my Nominees:

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  2. http://dgkayewriter.comhttp://faithpondering.com
  3. https://saminaiqbal27.wordpress.com
  4. http://lorriebowden.com
  5. http://stormiesteele.com
  6. http://fromtrextotigress.com
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  8. https://mothergrowfitter.wordpress.com
  9. https://courtingmadness.wordpress.com
  10. http://amydavisart.com

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,”  (1 Corinthians 1:4)