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Food sensitivities are believed to cause chronic inflammation, chronic disease & general malaise. They are growing more commonplace, yet they are difficult to detect. Most of us experience the symptoms of food sensitivities as fatigue, joint & muscle pain, mental fog, sleepiness after eating, anxiety, depression, irritability, acne & other skin disorders, weight problems, gas & bloating, insomnia, ringing in the ears, coughing, acid reflux, mouth sores, food cravings, high blood pressure and more. Do you fit any of these criteria? If so, download this podcast and share it with others. This interview with Joy Supplee, MS, RD, examines what they are, how they develop, how to get tested and start the road to recovery, and offers hope for promising health. Listen to the interview here (you can listen from your computer or download as an MP3).

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Chronic over-scheduling is a habit I learned in college and am still learning to unlearn this habit. Does this sound like you or anyone you know? If so, you can probably list off the annoying consequences of an over-scheduled life. I’m all too familiar with them, which is why I am untraining myself. Over-scheduling has taught me many positive things too, such as how easy it is to say “yes” and how hard it is to follow-through when over-committed. Now, I choose my yes’ more carefully. Over-commitment also taught me how to be nimble and quick in the kitchen. Sometimes though, “nimble” + “quick” = blackened (burned) sandwiches because I decide that I can throw my clothing on while my sandwich is grilling. But for the most part, I’ve learned it wisest not to multi-task while cooking, and if I decide that I must (again, out of compulsive habit), I now mostly choose to multi-task on other kitchen activities so that I am near my cooking foods. Ultimately, I am striving to stop multi-tasking because it is less effective than uni-tasking, but the habit isn’t easily kicked!

This recipe is a way that you can prepare a quick quesadilla in less than ten minutes (if you don’t putz around). You can dress it up with salsa and a salad or just take it plain and naked with you for a little grab and go goodness. If you have the room on your griddle, complete both quesadillas at once. My iron skillet is a little too small for two quesadillas to lay flat side by side, but when I’m hustling, I squeeze them both in together and make it work!

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Enjoy the grub, homies!

Ingredients: Organic corn tortillas, 2 cups chopped kale, ~ 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, ~1/2 cup shredded jack or mozzarella (organic, of course!).

Place corn tortilla on a hot griddle (over medium heat). Pile it with ~ 1 cup of chopped kale. You’ll think this amount of kale is NUTS, but just you wait til you see the shrinkage!

Artistically line your sliced or shredded cheese over the kale and sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped nuts.

Cover pan with lid until kale wilts and cheese melts.

Voila! Melts in just a few quick minutes.

Fold over and press down with your spatula to seal the deal.

Serve with salsa and a sprig of celery florette, salad, or whatev. Or, take it naked as a grab ‘n go snack.

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Love,

Frances

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Fresh strawberries from a U-Pick It farm near Mt. Vernon, Washington.

What do imported grapes, domestic blueberries, celery, lettuce, strawberries, spinach, bell peppers, peaches and nectarines have in common? If they are conventionally raised, they have some of the highest amounts of pesticides of any produce available. They are known as the “Dirty Dozen”, and experts  strongly recommend that you purchase these items organically. The trouble is, some items such as bell peppers, are waaaaay more expensive if purchased organically. My solution? Select an alternative produce item if the cost is too burdensome. Or, grow it yourself.

 

Baby spinach growing big and strong in our little home garden!

The Environmental Working Group, or EWG, also provides a “Clean Fifteen” list that names the cleanest non-organic, or conventional, foods are avocados, domestic cantaloupe, onions, and a few more. These are safer to purchase non-organically. The foods selected for the “Clean Fifteen” and “Dirty Dozen” were tested for pesticide residues after produce was rinsed and/or peeled. Often, people think that purchasing produce with skin gives their food a layer of protection from pesticides. But little do they realize that fruits and veggies are porous, and are comprised primarily of water. They absorb everything from their skins and make it part of its cellular makeup, just as our bodies do with whatever we put onto our skin. Not everyone can afford a fully organic diet – nor is creating a fully organic diet an easy task. Thanks to this guide from EWG, however, we can selectively decide which produce  we must buy organically, and which we can cut corners on. Print the list and keep it with you for an easy reference. Make sure everyone in your family understands the list, too.

An even better option: grow the produce that is expensive to purchase organically!

Okay, now I want to hear from YOU: Do you purchase organic foods, and if so, which items are top priority to buy as organic on your shopping list? Please tell me in the comments section below.

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Thanks for your support!

xoxo

Frances

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Plants are friggin’ sexy. They have refined themselves through countless and fast life cycles to maximize their attractiveness to humans. Edible plants keep us sexy by helping us stay healthy, lean, youthful, energetic and glowy. Let me tell you a bit more.

Most of us don’t realize this, but plants that are exposed to more bugs (via fewer pesticides) actually have a stronger plant immunity. So yes, organic is usually better (there are some exceptions, and that’s another blog post, Darlin’.) Much like in the animal kingdom where the predator preys on the young and the weak, bugs prefer to eat weaker plants. They usually leave the stronger plants alone because strong plants produce their own pesticides & insecticides that repel creepy crawly pests. Essentially, the more bug exposure plants experience, the stronger the plants become because they are defending themselves by creating more of these endogenous* bug repellants. Gee, doesn’t that sound like a handy skill to have in during mosquito season?

The stress from pest exposure helps the strong plants become “super-duper” plants because they develop more endogenous phytochemicals**, while the creepy crawlies munch out on wimpier plants. This strong plant immunity results in tough anti-cancer, anti-aging, anti-disease compounds within the plant that are just waiting to join you and help you in defending your body against modern diseases, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other unappealing diseases. *THANK YOU, PLANTS!* This all promotes a sexier, stronger you!

Get your sexy on! First, start with colors. Eating a rainbow of colors will supply you with a better variety of nutrients. Try a new plant or fruit each week. Edible plants provide you with the hot-ticket phytonutrients that people pay a wallop of cash to buy in the form of supplements. You might already be familiar with a few of them: lycopene, zeaxanthin, lutein, carotenes, and so on. FYI: Supplements can never replace real food. You get waaaay more from whole foods than from the sum of its manufactured parts!

Do us both a favor: save the money you would spend on supplements by purchasing and eating more plants. At the end of the day, you will still have money left over, and have me over for dinner for telling you this money-saving, health-saving tip! Plants are pretty sexy, don’t you think?

What are your favorite plants to eat? Which ones are repulsive to you? Please post your answer in the comments below. I want to hear from YOU, oh sexy plant eater!

Do you think this post is helpful? Please rate it, “like” it, and share it with others! And thanks for reading. Love ya!

Hugs and plant kisses,

Frances

Definitions:

* Endogenous: produced from within

**Phytochemical:  These are protective, disease-preventing, non-nutritive plant substances that are vital for preventing diseases.

Phyto = plant

+ Phytonutrients: essential nutrients that protect and promote life, found in plants.

 

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Eat foods that closely resemble their form and color when plucked from the dirt, tree, or vine. Think: how did my body evolve to eat food? (this is not a subtle plug for raw food diets, so don’t get excited!) The more processing your  food has undergone, the fewer nutrients are left to help keep your immunity strong. What’s more? Processing often introduces novel proteins & other foods (those that are new and unusual and therefore not known to your body), which increases your exposure to harmful substances. These chemicals are linked to modern chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, obesity, malabsorption, food intolerances, digestive disturbances and more. Bleh! That is definitely not sexy!

For all y’all vegetarians out there, take a look at your fake meats, fake cheeses, fake milks, protein supplements. The ingredients are usually NO BUENO, friends. (Full disclosure: I was a vegetarian for 13 years and developed severe food intolerances largely in thanks to those highly processed fake vegetarian foods.)

 

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I’m very excited because I have finally finished a cooking video for you. I had a lot to learn about shooting, editing, and producing. This video is in honor of colorectal cancer awareness month and my goal is to share with you foods and herbs that prevent or fight cancer. This is so exciting because we have our health in our hands. Nature provides us with a powerful pharmacopeia of medicines that rival anything modern medicine can provide. Don’t you think?

My goal in this video is to teach you a simple recipe using powerful anti-cancer foods. Please view, comment, share and enjoy.

Thanks for your support, my friend!

With love,

Frances

Enjoy!

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March is ringing in with two very FABULOUS topics: NUTRITION AWARENESS MONTH  and COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. These topics are surprisingly related, and it is my intention to help reveal the connections between nutrition and cancer. My girlfriend, Chelle, was diagnosed about three months ago with colorectal cancer, stage III. She is  30 years old. Her nurses are shocked at her story because she has this terrible disease at such a young age. Most people diagnosed with colon cancer are at least 50 or older. Nonetheless, Chelle is strong and spirited, and the nurses who help oversee her chemo love and adore her as though she were their own family member. I join these nurses in being deeply concerned for Chelle – and for others with cancer – and in praying for her full recovery.

This month, let’s explore together some of the many foods and lifestyle factors that prevent cancer. Your feedback is important, so please share your comments and ask your questions! Also, a quick update on the anti-cancer nutrition interview – for personal reasons, Gretchen is no longer available for the interview and I am working on creating the replacement.  I need a little time to work this out. Thank you for your patience and understanding! I guess this is part of my learning curve in creating interviews with experts. My intention is to continue interviewing experts on specific topics of interest to you. Please comment on the topics you are interested in learning so that I can work on delivering valuable subject matters for you! =-)

I want you to view the following video on foods that starve cancer. I’ve watched it several times and it continues to reveal new information each time. Minute 12:01 he discusses what foods to eat. Minute 12:54 shows food list of cancer fighting foods.

Eat to starve cancer

With Love,

Frances

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