Entertaining the AIP Diet

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food

 Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food– with these words spoken way back in 5th century BC, Hippocrates the father of western medicine recognised the value of eating well and the potential of certain foods for good health…

 

I just returned from Texas and my friend has just started this AIP diet.  She is working with a functional medicine DR and they have decided her auto-immune system is why she isn’t feeling well.

 

My history with health is an interesting one.  I have never been super healthy.  As a matter of fact people often tell me “you’re the sickest healthy person I know.”  I have been using NSP herbal Supplements and vitamins for years, and they have changed my life.  You should have seen how sick I was BEFORE!

 

Doctors can’t seem to ever explain what is wrong with me.  I know I have an auto-immune marker that always shows up on blood tests, that then leads them to look at things like Lupus or MS but it always comes back as inconclusive. But here’s the kicker: I refuse to accept a “diagnosis” anyway…….so it honestly wouldn’t matter what the diagnosis would be.  I’m going to do what I can to be healthy. (expect give up coffee! LOL I have switched to organic and I also have reduced the amount I drink.)

 

At any rate I’m going to give it a shot.  The list is small on what foods you can start with… it seems a little daunting, but I’ve gotten creative with some foods!  Follow me on FB and I’ll keep you posted on the recipes and the progress.  I am usually more inclined to gradually work into a diet, but for the sake of testing this out, I’m going to jump in both feet and go into this diet cold turkey (again I’m not giving up coffee just yet!)

 

’til next time~
Jennifer

 

OH PS if you want to read more about the “life coaching side” of this transition check out my post here:

Are you willing

 

 

**The information from Small Town Lady, LLC is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose and treat diseases. If you have any health problems consult a healthcare practitioner before embarking on any course of treatment.

Holiday Stress? Time for Self Care

The season is upon us!  Are you singing

“fa la la la la” or “bah humbug?”

are you burnt out?

are you burnt out?

Holidays are supposed to be joyful and happy however sometime the hustle and bustle is too much and we find ourselves stressed out and exhausted!

Now is a perfect time to implement self care.  Self care is highly over looked and completely under-rated in our busy society.  Sometimes it’s even looked at as being selfish……It is not selfish.  It is essential.  We are human, we need good food, and plenty of water and plenty of rest.  Unless you want to end up feeling “burnt out”, self care is important.

 

We have examples in the Bible that display self care.  Jesus practiced self care and urged his apostles to as well:  Mark 6:30-31 The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat. Matthew 14:22-23 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.

How do you practice self care?  

Here is a list of my favorite ways to take care of myself:

  • Epsom Salt baths
  • Vitamins/Minerals/Supplements (Nutri-Calm, Anxiousless)
  • water water and more water……drink plenty of water each day.
  • 5-15 minutes of meditation
  • 3-5 minutes of deep breathing
  • yoga
  • massage
  • coffee with a friend
  • read a book or watch a movie

L&J (67) - Version 2This is just a list ideas.  Self Care literally just means taking care of yourself. Doing something just for you.  Something you enjoy…anything.. or nothing! If doing nothing for a few minutes makes you happy, then that is self care!  Don’t over think it, don’t judge what self care is for you…just do something for at least a few minutes each day that is specifically for yourself.

Self care is important for stress management.  Relaxing a few minutes each day can enhance feelings of well-being.  And when you take time to take care of yourself, you will find that you are more equipped to take care of others.

Till next time,

Jennifer

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The Power of Parsley!

I’m writing this blog today because a friend of mine has been having trouble with kidney issues.  She has been fighting a kidney infection, but she goes to the doctor and gets medicine, and starts feeling better, but then it comes back.  Yesterday as we were visiting, she told me about the kidney problem and that she was starting to have the pain again, so of course I started in on all of the natural remedies for kidney stuff!  One of the tips I gave her is a recipe for Parsley Tea to help with her kidney infection, and she said ” You know Jen, you should put this on your blog!” so here we go!

You probably have a few things in your pantry/cabinet/ or refrigerator that have healing properties that you don’t even know about!  Parsley being one of them.20141001_084957

Did you know:

  • If you chew on parsley after dinner it can deodorize your breath
  • The flavonoids in parsley provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities.
  • Herbalists use parsley to support the kidneys and urinary system.
  • Parsley provides numerous trace minerals.
  • Parsley stimulates digestive fluids.
  • Parsley strengthens the adrenal glands.
  • Parsley helps with kidney stones and gallstones

Crazy huh?  Who knew that something as simple as parsley was a powerhouse of health?  Well, our ancestors did, but we as a culture have lost the art of healing ourselves over the years because it is so easy to just run to the DR. and get a prescription! Right?

My family has used these old “wives tales” for years, probably because we didn’t have the money to run to the doctor’s office for everything, but also probably because along the generations we have passed down remedies that work.  The more I have learned about natural medicine the more I have realized that all these little “tricks” and “secrets” that Grandma taught us have actually been natural healing…

20141001_090201Here is the recipe for Parsley Tea:

Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.

 

Turn off the burner and toss in some fresh parsley and let it steep for about 5 minutes.

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Strain the parsley and walla! You’ve got Parsley Tea!

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I like to add peppermint to flavor it.  You can also add stevia if you like sweet tea. Add Ice and Lime to make an iced tea, or drink it hot.  ENJOY!

Till next time,

Jennifer

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Allergies got you sneezin?

This time of year the sneezes start!  If you’re having trouble with allergies contact me for information about HistaBlock or order nowaddtext_com_MTgwMzEyMTMwMg

Benefits:

  • Supports the body in times of respiratory stress.
  • Supports the body’s efforts to maintain a healthy mucous membrane.
  • Supports free breathing and may help reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with irritants.

How It Works:

HistaBlock provides nutrients that support healthy respiratory function as the body battles irritants, pollutants and toxins. Stinging nettle provides well-known support against seasonal airborne substances. This formula provides antioxidant strength to help stabilize mast cells.

The antioxidant quercetin has been used for its reputed effects in supporting the respiratory system. Quercetin may help stabilize cells that release compounds when exposed to irritants. Bromelain is an enzyme that works to help reduce the swelling of mucous membranes during times of respiratory stress. Bitter orange contains synephrine, which helps the body support open airways.

 

Till next time,

Jennifer

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What’s in your supplements? Why quality is important!

Recently on Doctor Oz, there was an episode about the quality of over the counter vitamins.  In this episode ConsumerLab completed testing on some over the counter supplements.  It’s a little scary to know that you may not be getting what you are paying for.  Let alone the problems that can come from taking supplements that are contaminated or have the wrong amount of a vitamin in it. They said 40% failed the testing!  Yikes!

This is why Nature’s Sunshine is my choice of products that I recommend to my clients. (and yes NSP passed the testing by Consumer Labs.)

NSP tests thoroughly to ensure quality at every step of the way!
NSP scientists visit their herb growers and vendors to examine their fields and check their harvesting and cleaning techniques. NSP tests raw materials and product batches in their labs for purity and potency. And NSP even keeps samples on hand for future testing needs should they arise.
Click here to watch the NSP Quality video.
I have personally visited the manufacturing plant in Salt Lake City, UT.  I was very impressed with the cleanliness and the operating procedures.
Call me for your vitamin and supplement needs!  Make sure you are taking what you think you are!

Till next time,

Jennifer

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