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Why You Should Go "Pro" With Probiotics

WARNING: This type of food may produce a balanced ‘bio–culture’ in the gut, a functioning digestive system and a sense of physical ease stemming from lessened inflammation throughout the body.  In some cases, daily use and developed habits of eating this food can lead to a ‘happier’ state of being.

FUEL YOUR BODY WITH LIVE PROBIOTIC FOOD

Probiotic is a term for food that is ‘alive’, full of much-desired nutrients, vitamins and microflora known as ‘lactobacilli’ all of which boost the immune function of the body.   

These elements alone aren’t the only cause of a ‘happy’ gut; an added advantage is that the microflora convert food into nutrients that are more easily absorbed and used by the body.  Probiotic foods contain live, HEALTHY bacteria that digest our food and create a ‘gut culture’ that fights the organisms that harm us.

 

HOW RAW FOODS CAN HELP HEAL YOUR GUT

Raw foods, fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kim chee (a Korean condiment), and certain yogurts contain ‘live’ cultures.   If you’ve had several courses of antibiotics over the past years, take the birth control pill and/or even ‘suffer’ from a general dis-ease in the gut, look to including probiotic foods in your daily diet as part of an overall regime for wellness.

There is always a danger in making assumptions about possible ‘happiness-making’ substances – or even a claim to know what happiness is- yet I will put my money on the idea that we can satiate ourselves and live more contently when we consciously choose, prepare and enjoy the very substance which is designed to keep us alive and well.

Tags: probiotics, whole foods, natural foods, raw food diet, gut health

April 6, 201

WHY THE MODERN DIET IS LEADING TO MODERN HEALTH ISSUES

WHAT IS THE MODERN FOOD DIET?

Food is life.  Without it we die.   Yet, it is such an intuitive act, that we don´t necessarily think about what we eat.   Modern day diets in many parts of the world, including here, have given access to an abundance of choices as to what to eat. Whether to eat out or in, or eat Mexican or Asian is often the dictates the how we think about what to eat.  We eat what we are in the mood for and what we crave and desire.  We eat to feel satisfied.   We even eat to keep emotions down.  Yet, considering it as daily encounter with a ´help or hurt´ scenario, it becomes hard reminder that what we eat matters.  And, if what we eat is not real food or real sustenance for the body, then it a likely harmful.

WHAT IS REAL FOOD?

So, what is real food? What does it mean to eat a whole foods diet, packed with actual nutrition?  And, what is not real food? (And, how did it get to even become a question for people?).  Modern history has taken the idea of omnivore to a new limit.  A large population has been introduced to new ´food like´ substances, or, if you will, have adapted to a new food creation because instead of scarcity which once ruled adaptation, over the past 50 years much of the developed world has incorporated new foods because of abundance.   Even where the abundance is not apparent, there is a ripple effect from where it is. 

Modern life offers an overwhelming choice in what to eat.  It´s the era of the uber-omnivores (and picky ones, as a result).   Where as before people ate when hungry, now people, in developed nations, eat throughout they day and tend to eat to feel satisfied.   They eat the ‘choice cuts’, and now expect a full basket of vegetables to be available year round thanks to growing imports from Mexican growers. People eat for pleasure and entertainment and to be social.  So much choice allows for this drastic change in the human diet.

However, now there is an emerging consciousness that much of the food choices in the supermarket aisles are not real foods.  And, no one contends that fresh food will always pack more nourishment then the canned or processed ´foods´ we find in the middle aisles.  The distinction between real food and food-like, means distinguishing between eating something that has grown, grazed or swam versus something which was chemically or commercially processed.   

As a school teacher I would often wonder if the kids in my classroom were not somehow ´telling´ me something when most would gladly grab a artificially colored blue drink and most would reject any food that was green and plant-based.   It seemed astounding that plant foods that had been a staple of human diet for millennia should be so readily rejected.  But, somehow ´blue drink´ is so eagerly chosen over green juice.

It’s no wonder that fad diets and media blitz so easily captivate the minds of so many.   It’s any wonder that we know what to eat at all.

Healing With Food: From Pastry Chef To Natural Foods Chef

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I'm a Brooklyn girl, so I love to eat good food. I'm also an accidental whole foods based healthy eater.  

Here's my story:

Opening A Bakery in Central Mexico

In May of 2009 upon opening a bakery in Central Mexico (a dream come true having fresh, hot croissants at my fingertips every morning!), a doctor told me that he suspected that I had gluten intolerance.  Taking gluten out of my diet was akin to telling a painter she could no longer use the color red in her painting. It was not just eliminating such a versatile and exemplary ingredient that was most upsetting, it was considering the idea of having to turn away food offered to me.

 

Eating To Live Instead Of Just To Survive

Eating is what we do to survive.  It is, perhaps, the most mundane act we engage in each and every day.  However, as a conscious act, it can be done for basic vitality and love. As an unconscious act, we run the risk of hurting ourselves and suffering needlessly.  My job is to steer people on to a better path by sharing a vast passion and vocabulary which is accessible to all.To me, food represents a primary social exchange. I love to feed and, equally, love to be fed.

The doctor sympathized when I explained that if someone were offer me a fresh, homemade lasagna that I would have to eat it!

Transforming My Health & Becoming A Natural Foods Chef

Upon selling the bakery two years later, fatigued, battle worn and with terrible indigestion, I attempted 3 months of life without croissants, crusty breads and pasta.  No wheat, period.  Needless to say, that was the start of a deep transformation.  Lifelong, chronic health issues cleared up like magic.  Sluggish digestion, constant indigestion and even a rather signature “wacky” personality dissipated.  I was amazed to find after so many years that it was the very food I was so passionate about that was acting as a poison.  I just never knew how to read the signals.  This discovery, however, lead me on a whole new relationship with food, real food.

Opening My Natural Foods Kitchen

In 2010, I opened up a juice bar and cooking school and combined my two passions, cooking and teaching which led to me to establish a career of working with people individually and in groups to offer guidance on how to eat for their health without sacrificing all the sensuality and pleasure that food has to offer us on a daily basis. I became a whole foods chef, focusing on therapeutic diets.

 

Want to learn how to eat to live instead of just to survive? Sign up for one of my classes or stop by the Pura Vida Kitchen.