Are Dietary Hangups Eating Away Your Travel Plans?

Perhaps for me– and maybe you too– travel and being “on-the-go” seem like an accomplishment! In my case this is primarily because of the way diet affected me, ever since childhood.

My parents liked to get out and take me places, but I was sluggish, depressed, got car sick easily and complained a lot. The high carb diet of the 70s and 80s took its toll on me early. If your daughter is “sleeping beauty”, or your son seems overly tired, its important to look into the causes. In my early twenties, I finally figured out I had hypoglycemia, or blood sugar imbalance. Cereal and fruit for breakfast, sugary snacks, peanut butter and jelly on white bread for lunch, juice… At dinner, meat and potatoes finally balanced out my system, so that I felt like staying up late at night because I could finally concentrate on homework and reading. But during school, I simply could not make it through the day. I craved lunch meat and McDonald’s hamburgers– and although those aren’t the healthiest foods, my body felt it had a right to some protein and fat.

Some questions to ask ourselves:

  • Are we relying on high carbohydrate, sugary foods as snacks or meals?
  • In spite of the organic or gluten-free label, is it going to raise our children’s insulin level, leading to sluggishness, poor concentration and future diabetes?
  • Is there any real nutritional content to the food, or is it just filler?
  • Do we view the foods we feed our kids as being “fun” or the better choice– “nourishing?”
  • Are we giving in to peer pressure to feed our kids what other kids are eating?
  • Do we pay attention to our kid’s behavior based on what they’ve been eating?

Our bodies do need fat for energy, and for proper hormonal balance. When I found out about the Weston A. Price Foundation in my late twenties, I was ecstatic! Finally, free health information from a non-profit group equipped with research and advice for healthy eating! In spite of the plethora of health information reaching us over the internet, I have always come back to this group as the voice of reason, and the true meaning of “balanced diet” and “whole foods.” Although critics may say that too much emphasis is placed on animal products, the truth is that http://www.westonaprice.org is a non-profit group providing research about the quality of our food, how the nutrients work in our bodies, and where to find good quality, wholesome foods. As far as the ratio of meat, milk, vegetables and carbs– that is up to you and your doctor or natural health guru. The information you will find is not a diet plan, nor does it restrict any group of nutrients in favor of another.

In spite of the wonderful resources I have been privileged to find over the years, I feel that there are seasons where I’ve been overly busy in the kitchen, and this has prevented me from doing what I really love– getting out there and experiencing life! Especially when I found that my children had allergies and intolerances. When my daughter began developing severe rashes all over her body due to eating certain things, it was time to stay home and make everything from scratch. Fortunately, acting on what we knew, we were able to get her gut and her body stabilized within about six months.

While traveling and being on-the-go may seem like an accomplishment, if we are coming home from it all feeling wiped out and miserable, it may require taking a fresh look at the health equation. If we are obsessing  over the health equation, it may be time to get back to the basics so that we can actually get out and enjoy life!

 

 

 

Travel, Zika Virus, and Cedar Oil

The most important thing for travelers to know about Zika is that though it is not a serious health condition for most people, they still need to take precaution not to spread it.

This implies not getting bitten by mosquitos in the first place.

Secondly, if you have been bitten, you may or may not become infected. If you have become infected, you may or may not know it, because only one in five people will show symptoms. Still, being bitten repeatedly can spread the disease to other mosquitos, who in turn can spread it to other people.

Here is the product I highly recommend, and I’ll explain why in a minute: Cedarcide

Here are some facts from the WHO and the CDC:

On February 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that Zika is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, similar to last year’s Ebola virus outbreak. Though the spread of the disease (especially to pregnant women) is of concern, the average traveler does not have much reason to fear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that, “People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.” (CDC website)

The risk factors are highest for unborn babies, as the CDC states, “Zika virus can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby.” The rise of microcephaly (or small brain), a defect associated with the rise of Zika, has not entirely been confirmed by scientists, but is suspected. The CDC advises caution for pregnant women, and recommends avoiding areas with Zika, if possible.

For the average person, Zika lasts about a week, and causes some discomfort, such as rashes, pink eye, and joint pain. In rare cases, it can cause a sort of paralysis. (CDC website).

There are many other diseases in the tropics that come from mosquitos, such as dengue and malaria.

Cedarcide products use cedar oil, which has been used as an insecticide for thousands of years without insects developing any sign of resistance. My husband and I have experience with cedarcide. The year that we had our first baby, the cats decided to bring in fleas. A flea infestation developed rapidly that fall, and because of the baby, my husband and I wanted something natural. After doing some research, we ordered large containers of cedarcide and fumigated our house with it. Although we did have to leave the house for a few hours, it is a natural formula with no toxic residue.

We were happy to learn that  Cedarcide has developed an even stronger bug spray, that kills bigger bugs, such as mosquitos, ticks and bed bugs. Yes, cedar oil not only repels them, but can kill them on contact! The formula has been tested for potency by independent labs, and it is effective for being in the deep woods. Cedarcide sells Tick Shield industrial strength formula for outdoorsy types, nontoxic bug repellent for babies, and everything in between. If you are pregnant and considering travel, I recommend doing your own research first. Better to take precaution during those nine months. But for the rest of us, Zika and other diseases should not hold us back! In fact Cedarcide sells a travel size repellent and a bed bug kit for travelers to take on airplanes.

 

How Do You Stay Healthy on the Go?

IMG_0414Heart healthy, gluten free, unprocessed, low sugar… How do you meet all these standards for a busy lifestyle? I’d love to hear stories of how you and your family stay healthy on the go! Please feel free to send a comment!

I will be sharing some exciting ways that we have learned! whether we’re on a road trip, or just running errands!

Today I wanted to share some fun recipes for the New Year! You remember in my last post how my little one threw almonds into our soup– and gave us a solution for the noodles that were purposely left out! Well here is that recipe, and a couple other fun fresh ideas to take us from winter into spring!

Red Relish Valentine’s Day Salad:

1 cup pomegranate seeds

1/2 cup beets

1/2 cup toasted walnuts

2 Granny Smith apples

2 cups frozen cherries (Costco!)

1 bag cranberries, lightly steamed until they pop (2 minutes)

1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

1/4 cup olive oil

Go-Green Kiwi Smoothie

2 large avacados

as many kiwis and green apples as you can fit into the blender

fresh sprouts or your preferred vitamin mix

optional maple syrup or honey to sweeten (Our family is OK with unsweetened!)

You may add other green vegetables if you like, but I prefer to keep fruits with fruits and veggies with veggies (its a little easier on the stomach that way)

Almond Crunch Stew

In a large pot, saute 1 large onion, red or yellow bell peppers 4 organic zucchini or summer squash in butter till soft. Add 1tsp oregano, 2-3 tsp of creole spice mix (2 tbsp celery salt, 1 tbsp sweet paprika, 1 tbsp course sea salt, 1 tbsp fresh ground black pepper, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, 2 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp allspice.)

When the vegetables are soft and mixed well with the spices, pour in chicken or beef broth, and let simmer. (Optional: saute some ground turkey or chicken in a separate pan and add to the soup. Garnish with almonds and cilantro!