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Yummy Bowl of Oats- 2 Ways!

Sometimes, I love a good old creamy comforting warm bowl of oatmeal in the mornings.  Below, I have 2 delicious recipes for you!

Vanilla-date sweetened oatmeal with fresh peaches, roasted sunflower seeds and coconut butter drizzle!

2/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup vanilla cashew milk (I had homemade, but you can use any store bought milk really, ex: almond/coconut/cows milk etc)
2/3 cup water
couple drop vanilla extract
1 big chopped date
dash of cinnamon
pinch sea salt

Add all of the above in a saucepan and let come to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Then scoop out into 2 bowls, top each bowl with fresh peach slices, 1 tbsp roasted sunflower seeds, drizzle with 2 tsps coconut butter* and 1 tsp maple syrup. Sprinkle more cinnamon if you like and splash some more milk if you like.

*You can easily substitute any nut/seed butter like amond/peanut/and even tahini (tahini is a bit bitter, so then you would need to increase the maple syrup a bit, but nonetheless, delicious!)

Also, this made enough for me and my 2 1/2 year old daughter.  If you need 2 servings for adults, you can increase oats and water/milk to 1 cup each!

Carrot and date oatmeal with apples and almond butter

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut milk
1 ½ cup water
1 large carrot, grated
1 big date, chopped
Splash of vanilla exract
¼- ½ tsp cinnamon
Pinch sea salt

Bring all of the above to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes or so. Mix in 2 tsp of maple syrup. Then scoop out into 2 bowls and top each bowl with fresh apple slices, 1 tbsp almond butter, and some chopped pecans. Sprinkle with more cinnamon if you like!

Try these out and let me know what you think !  Usually the base for my oatmeal bowls are pretty much the same.  The toppings are everything and really, I’m in it for ALL the toppings !! 🙂

Sometimes, I mash in some banana into my oatmeal and sweeten it that way instead of dates.  and then you can just top with blueberries, walnuts and some good healthy fat like organic pastured butter/ghee, nut/seed butter, etc.   I like using spices like cinnamon, cardamom or even a little ginger because it helps with digestion !  Enjoy!

 

How to Stay Balanced with the Changing of the Seasons?

Summer to Fall edition!

Fall has officially started! Cooler weather is clearly setting in. The squirrels are super active, leaves are slowly changing color and very soon crunchy leaves will start to cover the ground, and there will be pumpkin and apple treats everywhere soon!

So, how do we transition from the high energy, warmer and longer days of summer to the more cozy, shorter and cooler days of fall?  We might still not be dressing warm enough, still adjusting to new routines and demands with school/college/work in full swing, staying up late as we’re still used to the more carefree summer schedule, still enjoying ice creams and sundaes even as the weather gets cooler etc. These things can take a toll on our health with seasonal changes, weakening our immune system (NOT great for flu season coming up!) and causing us added stress. Here are some tips to help you stay balanced with the changes that come from summer to fall.

1. Get out those cozy sweaters! Chillier weather calls for a bit of layering up or wearing some light outerwear. Some of us might already have reorganized our closets putting away summer clothes and bringing out the warmer ones . The cozy feel of sweaters can feel like warm snuggles on a cold day. Preserving our body heat in cooler weather especially in our core is an important energy saver for our bodies believe it or not. It also adds to your trendy fashion flair if that makes ya happy!

2. Start your day with a warming spiced drink- it could be infused waters/herbal teas, matcha lattes, golden turmeric milk, chia tea etc! Swap your cold juices, iced teas, sodas for warming drinks. (If you drink too many smoothies, swap some of them also!) Adding warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom etc will boost your circulation, metabolism and immunity in the colder months.

My favorite thing is to make a warm ginger and lemon tea in the morning. The way I make it actually CONVENIENT for me is by pureeing some ginger with some water in a blender/food processor (I do 2 cups chopped ginger and 2 cups water) and then freezing it in ice cube trays. Then in the morning, I boil some water, throw in one of the ginger ice cubes, squeeze some lemon juice in it and mix in a little honey.

3. Eat more seasonal foods- the harvest of fall is abundant! Reach for the squashes, root vegetables like carrots and beets, apples, pears, etc. These are nature’s comfort foods for this time of the year. Eating more warming soups, stews, breakfast porridges and roasted vegetables in cooler weather will be more nourishing for the body.

4. Go to bed earlier! -As the sun starts to set earlier, the days are getting shorter and nights, longer. Be in tune with the natural rhythms and head to bed a bit earlier getting more restorative rest. The cold forces us to slow down a bit, stay home and cozy up with our loved ones. This slowing down actually promotes optimal health and energy in the colder months.

5. Drink lots of water! – make sure you’re adequately hydrated since colder weather is drying. Dryness can lead to achy stiff joints, dry skin, constipation, headaches and weak digestion. Sipping on water throughout the day preferably room temp or slightly warm is very rehydrating. If you constantly feel dry mouth, add a pinch of Himalayan pink salt and squeeze of lime in your water.

6. Take walks outside and soak up all the fall beauty, enjoy the beautiful colors, breathe in the crisp fresh air and listen to the crunchy leaves while you’re walking. Experience with all your senses. This will just bring you into the present moment, bring you into gratitude and have a calming effect on your mood and body.

We should celebrate the good of every season. We definitely have fall-themed activities planned like apple-picking, going to the pumpkin patches, corn mazes, baking fall treats, doing nature themed arts and crafts, etc.   Also, October is my birthday month ! I hope your fall goes fantastic!

What brings you joy and happiness?

What brings you joy? What brings you happiness?

I’ve found these to be very important questions to ask ourselves.

It’s weird because when I thought about the answer to this for myself, it was hard for me to come up with answers! I really had to sit, ponder and reflect to come up with specific things or else I was going down the very general, very vague route of answering with “oh, my family and friends”. After journaling a bit, I realized some of the things that I know for sure bring me happiness, I wasn’t doing ENOUGH of them! They were things I did once in a while unfortunately.  We all just get so busy with our to-do lists that incorporating things that give us joy and happiness on a consistent, regular basis is a challenge.

So, now I want to share 20 things that make me happy with you.  I’ve also added in parenthesis how I’ll actually be incorporating some of them into my life. Now, I encourage you to write down your own list of 20 things that make YOU happy.  They don’t have to be grand things, but just simple little pleasures! And once you have your list, make sure you actually DO those things that make you happy.  Schedule them in, into your life, daily, weekly and/or at least monthly depending on what it is.

Why is this important? Are we being selfish and self-absorbed by wanting our happiness? NO way! Because doing what makes us happy is THERAPEUTIC!! It enhances your WELLBEING which encompasses mind, body and soul health. When we are not happy in our lives, the effects of that will show up as toxic and negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  Many people who have hard addictions are actually using that as an escape route from their depression or anxiety.  On the contrary, when we have positive feelings more often and then we make decisions and choices from this place of happiness rather than a place of frustration or anxiousness, our overall quality of life increases.

Here is my list:

  1. Going out to eat at different restaurants and enjoying gourmet meals (definitely love to do this 3x a month or so)
  2. Going to the farmers market and picking out fresh seasonal produce (summer is here, yay, so this more feasible now!)
  3. The sunshine and warm weather (Being out in nature and the outdoors more when the weather is like this)
  4. Watching squirrels! Because livening in NY, they’re everywhere (You might think I’m weird but they are pretty entertaining lol and for me it’s a sign of God watching them dig, harvest and munch away all by God’s design)
  5. Exploring Manhattan (have to plan this out more, maybe once a month)
  6. My kids saying the cutest things EVER (this happens daily alhamdulilah and now I seek it out even more by engaging in interesting conversations with my kids where they and their imagination takes the lead along with their cutest work-in-progress grammar skills).
  7. Going to brunch or a nice café with my friends (Also, need to plan this once a month. As a mom, this has gone down considerably!)
  8. Quiet post-dinner night time walks around the block with my mom and kids (aim for daily, but most likely be 4-5x a week)
  9. Connecting with my creator in a very SINCERE prayer (every late night prayer inshallah)
  10. Having picnics outside (once a week with my girls, doing lunch outside)
  11. The color rose gold with light sparkles! (adding more to my wardrobe and accessories)
  12. Snuggling with my babies!! (every night inshallah)
  13. Laying in my moms lap and watching a good TV show with her
  14. Dark chocolate with almonds anything especially homemade chocolate chip cookies!
  15. Avocado salsa and tortilla chips while watching a good movie
  16. Vacations with family and friends
  17. Going for a light run and feeling the wind on my face (aiming 3x a week)
  18. Lavender mist spray on my pillow every night before sleeping
  19. Being confident and speaking up for my truth gracefully
  20. Waking up to having my breakfast pre-prepared like a yogurt parfait or overnight oats!

By all means, this is not an exhaustive list! For example, my mom’s biryani also makes me so happy, watching the clouds slowly moving is almost therapeutic for me, watching tennis with my dad and wrestle mania with my brothers (like we did in childhood together), apple-picking and other autumn activities bring me joy, etc. I hope you get the idea!

Of course, ultimately, happiness is an inside job.  External circumstances shouldn’t dictate your happiness, but they definitely can give you the much-needed boost.  We are a combination of internal and external factors, nature and nurture, body and soul right? So, lets do this.

Let me know if you make your list of 20 things that make you happy and if you want share it with me or on your social media and tag me @healthwithafrina 😊 You can also use the hashtag #20thingsthatmakemehappy

Making Desi food healthier!

South Asian Food (Desi food)

After becoming a health coach, do I still eat desi food? I often get asked this question now. (Desi is collectively referred to the people from the South Asian subcontinent which includes India, Pakistan and Bangladesh). The answer is YES, of course! All ethnic cuisines have their share of health benefits. For example, Desi cuisine utilizes lots of healing, anti-inflammatory and digestive aiding SPICES. We also have a variety of lentil-based dishes that are amazing for health. With that being said, our desi cuisine is notorious for using lots of oil and carbs with not enough fresh vegetables.

So, how do I healthify my desi food a bit more? By making sure I have lots of VEGETABLES on my plate! By using LESS oil and preferably better QUALITY oil like a coconut oil (I use refined coconut oil since it’s neutral tasting and smelling), avocado oil, or the traditional Ghee (making sure the Ghee is pasture-raised since it’s cleaner and most nutritious then).

Also, I try not to overcook the HECK out of our vegetable dishes. I’ll usually make the masala (spicy sauce) first fully and then add the vegetables, so they don’t have to be cooked for too long on high heat.

I’ll serve my desi food with a light, refreshing salad (cucumbers, tomato, onions, mint, cilantro and lemon is my favorite with desi food) to balance out the meal. I also do this to make sure I have that extra anti-oxidant loaded, phytochemical loaded goodness in my meal just so that if I’m consuming something along with it that isn’t optimal (like let’s say non-organic meat or like a curry dish cooked in a lower quality oil like canola-because let’s be REAL, these things can happen when you live with other family members and it get’s expensive or very inconvenient for you to include the higher-quality versions of these all the time), I’ll have those fresh vegetables to kinda detox and offset any negative effects of those non-optimal items.

In the picture above, I have daal (lentil soup/stew), chawal (rice) and karahi gosht (a spicy goat curry) along with some sautéed kale (I didn’t get enough greens that day, so had to have my daily share!) and a fresh side salad of cucumbers and bell peppers (with a simple dressing of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, paprika and salt). The addition of the greens and salad also has you eating less carbs like the white rice over here because it really helps fill up your stomach. Some of you, I know might be cringing at the idea of sautéed kale with your beloved karahi gosht, but I prormise you when you mix some into the curry, it all still tastes very good! Our desi sauces and curries are SO flavorful on their own that they can easily handle extra greens in there. Sometimes, I’ll add in roasted vegetables instead of the greens or salad, or like a quick sautéed/stir-fried vegetable side like my sautéed green beans with lemon zest recipe posted here on the blog.

And there you go, healthy eating is really not that complicated. Just make sure you’re using higher quality ingredients and lots of veggies. It’s always ideal to consume organic meat in moderation of course, so limiting meat intake and having more vegetable-based dishes is the way to go. Higher quality fish like wild salmon, tuna, cod, mahi mahi, etc are all GREAT choices as well!

Simple Sauerkraut Salad

Great for sauerkraut newbies who wanna reap the benefits of probiotic-rich fermented foods but are not used to their VERY distinct tangy/sour flavor . Sooo good!

1/2 chopped bell pepper
1/2 chopped medium onion
Heaping 1/3 cup sauerkraut (I used the Trader Joe’s brand which has garlic and pickled cucumbers)
Toss together
Drizzle in 2 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp honey, a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch salt and some pepper
Mix it all up and serve
(Makes 2 servings)

Rasberry smoothie bowl


1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp raw honey or 1/4 cup peach juice (I used a peach juice that I had diluted with water from before.  You can also use any juice like apple or orange (diluted if you want less sugar)
About 2 tsps or so coconut oil
1-2 tablespoons collagen powder
1 tbsp ground flax seeds (optional)
1/4 tsp ginger (optional)

Add your favorite toppings . I did almond butter, sliced pistachios , more sprinkle of ginger powder. Hemp seeds would’ve been a great topping but I didn’t have any on hand then.

All recipes are estimates 🙂

Sauteed Green Beans with lemon zest

Ingredients:

1/2 lb green beans, trimmed and cut in half (frozen and pre cut is fine also)
1 tbsp oil
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
around 1/2 tsp garlic powder
zest from 1/2 of a lemon
A good squeeze of lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Bring some water to a boil in a pan and boil green beans for around 4 mins and drain (I’ve  used frozen green beans and I didn’t need to do this extra step , I just went straight to the steps below)

In same pan, heat oil, add chopped onion and cook till a bit soft (4 mins or so)
Add green beans and cook on medium-high for 2 mins, add minced garlic, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and cook for 5 or more minutes till green beans brown in places.
Turn off heat and add lemon juice and zest. Mix and done!

All recipes are basically estimates 🙂

Redefining Beauty

I attended the new beauty revolution telesummit and loved it! Their goal was to REDEFINE beauty. This post was inspired by that program, particularly Shakaya Leone, a natural aesthetician who was a guest speaker there.

Beauty. This one word holds a lot of importance for a woman. What is beauty? One thing for sure, it definitely is NOT just a physical characteristic. It is soo soo much more. A leading example of beauty would be the beauty of nature. The natural world around us radiates with beauty. Just imagine a romantic sunset, a delicate flower, or a sparkling starry night sky. How their beauty is such a coolness to the eyes and just so uplifting to the spirit.

Now what makes nature so beautiful? Its beauty lies in its rich DIVERSITY. Each creation in nature has a unique color, shape, size, pattern to them, and it is in this individuality that their beauty shines. In the same way, we are also creations of God and each one of us has something deeply beautiful about us. All we need to do is embrace our beauty just like the natural world around us does so, so gracefully. We need to realize that tall, short, brunette, blonde, wide-boned, petite frame, light-skinned, dark-skinned, long nose, wide nose, etc are different pieces to that unique beauty we each possess. Ms. JoAnne Dodgson, a renowned healer, teaches us a beauty lesson from nature.  She says, “bears don’t worry about the shape of their bodies. Dragonflies aren’t distressed by the size of their wings. Oak trees don’t attempt to look more like the pine trees. Beauty sings out from the sunsets and echoes in the wind and shines down from the moon and dances in the sea and whispers on wings and howls with coyotes and lingers in the scent of the sage. Beauty calls out from the mountains and rumbles with thunder and sits quietly with the owls and soars with the hawks and buzzes with the bees and glistens in the shimmering ocean. In nature’s beauty, there are no winners or losers, and no better-thans or less-thans. Beauty is simply in the honoring of what is, a celebration of life in all its magnificent, mysterious, remarkable forms.” Wow! right? Just observe the natural world around you and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

So, basically, what this is saying is that your beauty is in who you are. Your whole being. The very essence of you. The design that makes you, YOU. Just like the beauty of a full moon or a waterfall is in their essence. The creator with his infinite ability to create has proportioned and fashioned you in a way that you are an ORIGINAL in this world. An exclusive piece. Shakaya Leone says that beauty is present within all of us, but not all of us are connected to our beauty.  We just need to connect to our beauty and then nurture it. To connect to and nurture our beauty on the physical realm, we really need to nourish our bodies with more wholesome fresh foods because “beauty is the natural result of vibrant health” as she puts it. Delight in eating more fresh crisp apples, sweet-tart berries, fragrant oranges, juicy pineapples, thirst-quenching watermelons, crimson beets, bright green spinach, cool cucumbers, creamy avocados, crunchy cabbage or just pour yourself a glass of freshly squeezed juice daily. They are filled with living enzymes and antioxidants that are easily absorbed by the body and can do wonders for your skin, hair and overall health. These are water and nutrient-rich and so detoxifying! Here’s a recipe from Shakaya: If you have a juicer: take 3 apples, 1 beet, 1 cucumber and 1 lemon and juice it. It is so refreshing and delicious. Also, a cool tip: You can stain your cheeks with some beet juice for some rosy cheeks!

Now of course, nourishing your body will nurture your physical beauty, but there’s a higher form of beauty which comes from nourishing your heart and soul. This is when your true beauty will manifest. The physical body will eventually wither away anyway, but when you nurture and connect to your higher beauty, you will light up like a brilliant star who’s beauty will remain long after you’re gone. There’s a great saying of the Prophet Muhammad in Islam (peace be upon him) that God does not look at your faces and bodies, but your hearts and deeds. This is the ultimate beauty as the beauty from your heart and deeds can bring benefits to the world and humanity long after you’re gone. In my training as a holistic health counselor, we learned a great exercise called finding your signature strength. It’s an exercise that will help you connect to your higher beauty.

Here’s how to do it:

First, make a list of your signature strengths. Some examples of signature strengths are kindness, fairness, humor, bravery, curiosity, love of knowledge, etc. Also, add to that list your skills, talents, interests. Now, think of ways you use these things in your life already. Then think of ways how you can use them even more regularly. Lastly, think of how you can use them in the service of something larger than yourself like in some positive organization, i.e. your community, school, place of worship, etc. We all have things we are good at or maybe even just average at, but we can develop them and cultivate them and become greater than we’d ever imagine ourselves to be. So, think what’s your strength? Or what’s your passion? What gives you joy? Then use it as described above.

I believe we each have a gift to give to the world especially being women. We really need to embrace our femininity because being feminine is beautiful in and of itself. We are nurturers and caregivers by nature, many times even putting the needs of our loved ones before ours. God has honored us with such mercy and compassion and these are divine attributes which he expresses through us. So, to connect to your higher beauty, find out what your gift is, develop it, grow it, and then deliver it to the world. It could even be that immense love you feel for your beautiful child, so you can use that by raising him or her in the most positive way. That is not an ordinary thing. That is an expression of your beauty and your legacy!

So, how can you fully express your true beauty?

Mindful Breathing

We all are walking miracles. One of the many miraculous things about us is our body. I mean we have over 100 trillion cells in our body, and each cell works at lightening speeds to keep our hearts beating, lungs breathing, muscles working, nerves firing, etc without us even realizing it. We need to honor this creation, so it can serve us better and enable us to fulfill our divine purposes in life. One of the easiest things to do for this which is also absolutely free of cost is deep, mindful breathing!

Obviously, we all breathe, or else we’d be as good as dead! But due to our modern lifestyle, we spend more time indoors in front of our computers, hunched over our desks or chilling on our couch watching television. We don’t get enough fresh air and stress, poor posture, this fast-paced life all lead us to taking in short, shallow breaths from the chest. However, if we want optimal health and vitality, we should practice breathing more fully and deeply from our belly.

Here are all the benefits:

 Improves circulation- our blood can deliver more nutrients and oxygen to all our cells, so they can rejuvenate us fully.
 Helps our body detoxify – by allowing the lymph to drain out. Lymph is a fluid that collects all the toxins, byproducts, and wastes from our cells and tissues. Our lymph relies on breathing or bodily movement to move around (unlike the blood which has a pump to move it around aka the heart). So, it’s great for some easy cleansing.
 Promotes deep relaxation ! You see, when we are stressed or anxious, our stress hormones go way high which causes our muscles to tense up, we breathe rapidly, our chest constricts, our mind races, etc. However, when the stress is gone, we let out a deep breath which sends signals to the brain that everything is ok and our muscles then relax, our heart rate slows down, our chest expands, our mind quiets, etc. It’s like a natural tranquilizer.

Here’s how to do it:

Sit in an upright manner. Be comfortable. Not stiff or tense. Now, exhale fully through your mouth (with that whooshing sound). We start with exhale because to get a full inhale, we need to empty out our lungs completely first. Now, inhale quietly through your nose to the count of 4 and then exhale noisily through your mouth to the count of 8. Repeat this about 4 to 5 times and try to do it twice a day: in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to bed. Overtime, this will really give you deep relaxation, and you can use it at those times when you most need it.

There’s another great benefit from this that I have to dedicate a whole section to! It’s that mindful breathing helps facilitate weight loss! Get this, our body needs oxygen to burn the food we eat! Think of it this way, our metabolism is like a fire. When you eat slowly, breathing in more oxygen, your digestive fire burns brightly. When we eat too fast, not breathing properly, our digestive fire becomes dim, which means sluggish metabolism and weight gain.

So, try this nourishing protocol once in a while when you have the time:

Before you begin eating, stop to breathe slowly until you feel calm. Then say a prayer of gratitude for your food. You can light a candle too to enhance the feeling of calm. All this preparation to eat will also give time for your body to release its digestive juices and enzymes, so it can better digest your food for you (this is important as we all increasingly are dealing with more digestive disorders like acid reflux, constipation, IBS, etc). Now, chew slowly and tune in to the smell, the flavor, and the texture of your food and savor every bite. You will experience more pleasure from your food this way, and therefore you will be satisfied with less (when you mindlessly stuff yourself, you can feel hungry again not too late afterwards). Also, it takes our brains about 20 minutes to register that our stomach is full, so if you eat too fast, you can eat past the point your full and feel bloated and uncomfortable later. So, let’s try to change our habits of eating while driving, on the subway, just multi-tasking etc. because our body does not like to be in a highly alert, “fight or flight” mode when it’s trying to digest and absorb that food to nourish us. Nourishment, in and of itself is a peace-loving thing. So, let’s try to practice taking breaths full of nourishment !

Back To Basics: Traditional Foods

Nothing can get more basic than following the ways of our ancestors; the older generations that lived IN and WITH nature! The foods these humans ate were deeply nourishing. They enjoyed the highest quality, freshest, and purest of foods! We can learn great wisdom in creating health by studying these primitive cultures.

To illustrate this, I’d like to share with you the story of a dentist. Dr. Weston A. Price was amazed at how primitive people who followed their traditional diets had broad straight white teeth like the keys of a piano. They had no teeth deformities like crookedness or tooth decay where as in our times, almost all the kids need braces and get cavities. Dr. Price then visited some villages in Switzerland where the people still lived this way, isolated from modern society. The children there had excellent dental health, and the men in the village had very robust physical health. He found out that the #1 food in their diet was raw milk! They raised their cows and goats on open pastures where the animals grazed on green grass. Their other main food source was rye. They made it into sourdough bread which required a very long preparation but one which maximized the nutrients in it. They also had sacred foods for pregnancy and lactation as these times you need extra nourishment. The sacred food for them was a type of butter! The butter was harvested at the prime of spring when it was greener pasture than ever and the animals were better nourished.

The Eskimos, another group of people in Alaska, had never had cases of cancer or heart disease as long as they were eating their traditional foods. Their traditional diet’s main food actually was meat! They had lots of fish, and they fermented their foods a lot which again maximizes the nutrients. Their sacred nourishing food was salmon eggs. As soon as they started eating western foods, the same major diseases started emerging among them as well.

You might be thinking dairy and meat?? These foods are supposed to make you fat and sick. I’m not promoting a dairy and meat diet, I think we get enough of that already anyway. I’m only trying to bring awareness to the fact that it is the QUALITY of the food that matters most. They ate whole foods that were seasonally and locally available to them which means they were super fresh and therefore super nourishing. Another major difference: these people grew their food in mineral-rich soils. Our soils are mineral-deficient due to over-farming and mass production. They raised their animals on open fields of green grass under the sunlight enjoying fresh air. In our corporate farms, we confine our animals in feedlots where they can be grossly overcrowded living in filthy conditions. We feed them grains (along with growth hormones) to fatten them up (so that we can get bigger profits in sales), but they are not designed to eat those things! They then get sick, and so we treat them heavily with antibiotics. I mean it doesn’t take a genius to see the difference in the quality of the food here.

So, here’s the conclusion: we need to have a back to basics revolution! I’m not saying let’s become hunters and gatherers, but let’s try to eat more fresh, natural, minimally processed foods! Now a days, we see most food all wrapped up and packaged in our supermarkets with hundreds of foreign ingredients (written in a language that only a chemist would understand), and we have no idea where it came from, how it was grown or raised, and how it was processed. This “processing” is done by food manufacturers largely to either enhance the flavor or appearance of the food with chemical additives or to preserve the food, but in this process, the food’s nutritional value is significantly reduced! So, let’s just try to eat less of those denatured chemicalized and processed foods that lack any real nourishment! Let’s replace these with fresh whole foods (seasonal and local is even better), and I promise you’ll feel a dramatic shift in your energy! All nourishment is found in mother nature, not in some chemical laboratory or big factory that is most likely looking out for its own interests! When we eat nourishing foods, we can get rid of daily issues like nagging headaches, random aches and pains, weight resistance, low energy, etc. that can really negatively affect our quality of life. Food is a great blessing from God, but it can also be a curse, so please choose wisely! I invite you to explore the natural health food industry as they are trying to bring us back to the basics!