“What the Health” Documentary – Don’t Take It at Face-Value

Several people have come to me since the “What the Health” documentary came out to discuss and ask questions about it. I am sharing lots of resources for you to read and listen to and to use your critical thinking skills on, as well as some of my personal thoughts.

When reading this post keep in mind my POV:

  • I believe in eating real whole foods.
  • I believe in eating lots-o-vegetables and fruit.
  • I believe in sourcing the best and highest quality of food (particularly meat, eggs, and milk) possible.
  • I believe in voting with your dollar.

I believe that big agriculture, factory farming, and big government have done the American people (and others we provide food for) and the planet a massive disservice. This may not have been the intention, but has been the result nonetheless. Anyone who does not tie all three of those groups together is already someone not to listen to.

I highly suggest you take the time to educate yourself….read, research, be informed from all sides, use critical thinking and common sense to drive your thoughts, opinions, and actions – do not just believe any deplorable, extreme video, article, book, or documentary that someone decides to put out there.

Reviews and Articles by Other Real Food POV People to Read:

There are articles that have been written as though “What the Health” documentary is pure fact. I did take the time to read some of them. The fact is that what they say and the statistics they spout are not pure fact. If you read What the Health: A Wolf’s Eye View alone will debunk the majority of them. If you only read one of the articles linked above, read that one.

Side Note: Please watch documentaries with a discerning eye.

ByCandace Blog Posts to Read:

Books to Read:

Podcasts to Listen to:

Sustainability Websites:

My Personal Choices

I do my best to not support with my dollar factory farmed (conventionally raised) foods, particularly meat and eggs. I do my best to not purchase GMO foods. I do my best to sources grass-fed and finished beef, bison, and pork; wild-caught fish and seafood; and organic vegetables from local farms. If you buy quality foods from farmers who are running their animals and growing produce on the same land all the better for the environment. If you purchase food from local farms you can reduce the carbon footprint; the food doesn’t have to travel far. Buy local and buy in-season. I’m not perfect in this endeavor, but I put forth a valiant effort.

Side Note: You can do these things on a budget! You have to put forth some effort to do it.

My Opinion

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The extremism of the documentary “What the Health” is a big red flag that should pop-up in your mind when you watch it.

  • The documentary is fear-mongering and propaganda.

I agree that there is “collusion and corruption in the government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick”. I do not agree with “What the Health’s” solutions to these issues.

  • If you go to their webpage and take-a-gander, you will find that these folks are trying to make money off of creating fear in people. I see the selling DVDs, a Cookbook, a Companion Book, a T-Shirt, and a Meal Planner. Give me a break people! Boooo on you!
  • It would truly be amazed if the makers of this documentary have ever taken a physiology or human biology class…or read any books, journals, or non-biased studies on their own that was to the contrary opinion. It is easy to see what you want to see when you are only looking at things that agree with your opinion.

They list off a boat-load of modern western diseases, all of which is associated inflammation. Nothing causes inflammation faster in the body than grains, processed grain products, sugar, alcohol, vegetable oils, trans fats, fried foods, fast food, conventionally raised diary, and artificial sweeteners. In addition to….yep….grain-fed meats and processed meats (in the factory meat farms). If you notice, all of the things listed are products of man….not real whole unadulterated food.

It is no secret that these foods will make you sick! So why all the hype?

Vote with Your Dollar

Nothing will change the face of our food landscape like withdrawing our money from “the system”. The other thing I agree with is…that drastic measures need to be taken or we are going to end up in the gutter…..broke…with lots of sick people and no “sick-care” in sight to put a band-aid on it.

On repeat….source your food locally, seasonally, organic, grass-fed, grass-finished, pastured, and raw. Source as close to how and where it fell off the tree, grew out of the ground, raised and ethically slaughtered. Your food should spoil and need refrigeration or the freezer.

Please take the time read through my other posts listed and linked to above for more information, as well as the others that I’ve linked to.

It’s Been About 2 Months

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I can’t believe it has been about 2 months since I’ve posted anything. Time flies. So much life has been going on that I just haven’t….

The weekend of 08/11 – 08/13 me, my husband, my sister, and her boyfriend went to a place called The Retreat at Artesian Lakes.

The incident(s) in Charlottesville happened…..sooooo that was time consuming, distracting, and infuriating to say the least. I could write a dissertation on this subject, but let me leave it at “People-Be-Crazy!”.

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Then Hurricane Harvey hit Houston! We were one of the few super fortunate that did not get water into our house.

I worked for a month from home because my office building flooded again this year; it also flooded in the 2016 Memorial Day flood.

My little dog loooooved having me home all day.

Then I found out that Don Williams died 09/08! WHAT?!?!? His voice is like butter!

My husband and I crashed my Aunt’s house party on 09/10 cause…..chicken fried steak and black berry cobbler.

Then….Hurricane Irma hit!

Aaaaand there was all this….too….fires….

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My friend Meagan and I went to the 50th Annual Fall Antique Fair in Round Top, TX the weekend of 09/29 – 10/01.

Then mix in a full-time job, birthdays, and brunches….aaaand we basically arrive at today. As you can see….LIFE….good stuff, scary stuff, bad stuff, more good stuff…..LIFE.

I hope to have more to share soon….

 

 

The ‘Paleo Diet’ IS Plant Based

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There are a lot of misconceptions about the Paleo Diet. One of the biggest misconceptions is that the Paleo Diet is a meat based diet, which is not entirely true. This misconception feeds directly into the second largest misconception about the Paleo Diet, which is that it is a low carbohydrate diet….which is also not inherently true.

In my opinion, the Paleo Diet IS plant based.

The brown section in this picture below is not accurate! The green section in this picture also is not accurate….plant based doesn’t = vegan. Plant based means plants are the foundation of the diet aka: the majority of the food you eat. Eat in the orange section of this picture (maybe + raw dairy if you tolerate it), your body will thank you in all the right ways.

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In the Beginning of Modern Day Paleo

Loren Cordain, Ph.D.  is the grandfather of the Paleo Diet (yes, I just made that up!). According to Cordain, the premise of a Paleo Diet should be 19-35% protein, 35-45% non-starchy fresh fruits and vegetables (low glycemic index foods), high fiber, no trans fats, low Omega-6 fats with an increased amount of Omega-3 fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), low sodium and high potassium, increasing dietary alkalinity, and a higher intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant phytochemicals.

While Cordain promotes lots of non-starchy fresh fruits and vegetables, which most people will agree is healthy, he also has written about eating sweet potatoes….which is a starchy carbohydrate. The starchy carbohydrates are particularly important for very active people and professional athletes.

Robb Wolf is the grandson of the Paleo Diet (yes, I just made that up!). His first book the Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet goes into great detail about eating whole real foods and why it is important to do so. His second book, Wired to Eat, he addresses the carbohydrate issue at length (along with many other things). The short of it is that different people handle different amounts of carbohydrate differently. Meaning the need for and ability to tolerate starchy carbohydrates is highly individualized.

It is safe to say that for most average people with desk jobs that the amount of starchy carbohydrates required is much lower than what the Standard American Diet (SAD) / My Plate recommends. Cutting out grains, legumes, and white potatoes alone will cut most people’s carbohydrate intake down by ¾. So, I can see where folks get confused about Paleo being a low carbohydrate diet, because that is much lower than what the average American typically eats. What people forget when switching to Paleo from SAD is that they can replace the processed carbohydrates with whole food carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, butternut squash, plantains, yams, parsnips, winter squash, carrots, beets, cassava, taro root, and onions).

Plants Are the Foundation

The common thread between Cordain and Wolf and most every other Paleo promoting person in the real whole food space (Chris Kresser, Balanced Bites, Coconuts and Kettlebells, The Real Food RDs, Not Just Paleo, PaleOMG, Predominantly Paleo, Paleo Parents, Real Food Liz, Stupid Easy Paleo, The Paleo Mom, and the list goes on and on) agree that non-starchy fruits and vegetables aka: Plants are the foundation to the Paleo Diet and good health.

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The Evolution

An evolution has occurred in the thinking around the Paleo Diet. The basics of “eat whole real nutrient dense food” (grass-fed meats, wild-caught seafood, fresh vegetable, fresh fruits, eggs, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils) is the same; the part that has changed is that instead of it being dogmatic of ‘there is only one way’…the thinking has changed to individualization of ‘do what works for you’. Some of the folks in the Paleo space have included legumes back into their diet (whole, soaked, and sprouted before cooked), because that works for them. Some include white rice, white potatoes, and or steel cut oats in their diet because that works for them. Some also consume raw dairy because it works for them. Make no mistake….these will not work for everyone and you will not know, until you remove them for a while (3 to 6 months or longer) first.

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What Hasn’t Changed

One constant of the Paleo diet is eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. Eating high-quality meats and seafood. Eating high-quality fats (avocado, grass-fed butter, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, walnut oil, flaxseed oil).

Not eating cereal grains, conventional dairy, refined sugar, processed foods, and refined vegetable oils.

Here is a site that has lists of foods; those to eat freely and those to avoid. Diane Sanfilippo also has wonderful one-page guides that are super helpful.

Affordability

In the shortest way I can tell you, I would like to address the misconception that eating the Paleo diet or eating real whole food is expensive. The first and I think most the important tip I can give you to afford buying real whole foods (they really aren’t expensive, that box of cereal is), is to reallocate your money from the packages, bags, and boxes to the real whole foods. If you do not buy the $5 box of cereal, you can buy $5 worth of fresh vegetables. Note not all of them need to be organic, also saving money. See the “Dirty Dozen / Clean Fifteen” lists.

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Other tips for saving money is to buy in bulk, buy directly from the farmers and ranchers, buy towards the end of the farmer’s market, buy online using discount codes and Thrive Market, buy in-season foods, and frozen veggies can cost less than fresh veggies.

Food Sources

If you live in the Spring, TX or The Woodlands, TX area, Theiss Farms Market also provides year-round seasonal fresh vegetables and fruits through their Fresh Pick program. They have an option for delivery as well as pick-up. You can pick and choose what you want or you can purchase an Assorted Box for 2 people $25 or Assorted Box for 4 people $40 that consists of enough produce to last 7 days per person.

The “Healthcare” System

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I believe with all my heart that if people in leadership were focused less on making money and more on doing the right thing the “healthcare” system reform our country so desperately needs would come to fruition. Unfortunately for us…that is not the case.

While once upon a time, I do believe that it was not the intention of people in leadership (aka: government) to screw-up “healthcare”….it now is and has been for a long while.

In my opinion, the federal government has no place and no business regulating and profiting from “healthcare” in this country. I remind you that the federal government was developed to do three things only: 1) govern foreign affairs, 2) conduct war, and 3) regulate currency” (http://www.history.com/topics/constitution). My personal belief is that…we need to break-off “healthcare” and big-pharma from the government placing them into a free enterprise system.

It has been a while since I was in high school….so just as a reminder…”free enterprise is a type of economy where products, prices, and services are determined by the market, not the government. It’s capitalism, not communism……prices go up and down because of supply and demand. Private companies compete for profit without government interference” (https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/free%20enterprise).

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I do know that while our “healthcare” system, I call it our sick-care system, is fantastic at acute emergency care…it really really sucks at long-term HEALTH care. The word ‘healthcare’ implies that the system promotes and encourages health. In its current model it doesn’t.

The word “doctor” from its Lain root doc(ēre) means “to teach”. It wasn’t too very long ago that doctors would travel around helping people and teaching people….providing care for people. That isn’t the case these days for sure; the government created system won’t allow it! Doctors are forced to spend approximately 10 minutes (if you are lucky) with each patient and prescribe the latest and greatest drugs that the FDA approved for whatever symptom the patient comes in with or run the risk of losing their license to do business (I can’t even say the word ‘practice medicine’ anymore).

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The system is broken and the people of this country are suffering for it. Yet all most people do is complain about it, most people don’t actually do anything. It is a large problem…very overwhelming for the average person to take on. What we have is the Federal Government, Medical Insurance Companies, Big Farma, and the FDA calling the shots, making tons of money while holding our doctors hostage and watching the citizens of this country get sicker and sicker. By the way, this is also where food subsidies comes in, but that is a whole other rabbit hole.

Where is the justice? It will take an uprising to change this big money-making-machine! Is this likely? No. Is it possible? Yes.

I am fortunate to have found (through hours and hours of research) a relatively progressive thinking primary care physician that as actually tested me for nutrient deficiencies and “prescribed” vitamins to me. I currently choose to pay a $225.00 annual fee (per person) to my doctor that allows her to provide medical insurance to her staff and it also allows her the ability to spend 30 minutes with me each time I visit her. I also work with a functional medicine doctor who is also a nutritionist and chiropractor. Most of her services are outside of medical insurance coverage, because the medical insurance providers somehow get to dictate to me what services I need for the money I pay them. She is my true health care….identifying the root-cause of the symptoms I have, not just managing or covering-up the symptom. Be aware that making a symptom go away doesn’t make what is causing the symptom go away.

This is where self accountability comes in. Vote with your dollar. Doing what you need to do to make and keep your body healthy so you are not fully dependent on this broken down sick-care system.

I know how difficult it is; I am presently dependent on the system. My body isn’t fully healthy. You can bet I’m working on it. I’m spending my money and effort where it matters most. I’m doing everything I can to give my body what it needs to heal itself. Our bodies are created to heal and regenerate. What a glorious creation we are.

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The sick-care system isn’t going to fix itself. I do not think that we can rely on our government to do what is our best interest. We have to take responsibility for our part in the system and our part in our own health or lack thereof. Do what you need to do for your body to be healthy.

Learning Opportunities – Applied Knowledge is Power

Check out these two articles by Chris Kresser

  1. Healthcare vs Disease Management
  2. Two Reasons Conventional Medicine Will Never Solve Chronic Disease

Article: The American Medical Nightmare: Are We Ever Going to Wake Up? by: Steven Wright

Below are a few books you may be interested in reading:

Podcast: Joe Rogan & Chris Kresser on Paleo and the Modern Healthcare System

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If you want to make some noise…..here are a couple of links to contact congress men and house representatives. Keep and email template in your ‘drafts’ box and shoot them out an email every week!

Recipe: Main Dish – Asian Inspired Lettuce Wraps

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This is a super easy and fast recipe that I like to make for a weeknight meal. This was the second time I made it and I tweaked it just right to the point that it was so very delicious I want to eat it again and again. Which means…it is so very tasty that I needed to share it!

Writing this all out…it looks complicated, but it is not! It is meat, carrot, rice, lettuce, and sauce. The whole meal only took me 30 minutes to make.

Tools:

  • Chopping Board
  • Knife
  • Large Skillet
  • Spatula or Spoon
  • Small Bowl
  • Whisk or Fork

The Meat:

  • 1 lb of Ground Meat of choice (grass-fed beef, bison, elk, venison, turkey, chicken)
  • Garlic Powder (sprinkle liberally)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp of Five Spice (to your taste preference)
  • ½ – 1 tsp of Powdered Ginger (to your taste preference)
  • 1 – 2 Pinches of Red Pepper Flakes (to your heat preference)
  • 1 ½ Large Carrots or 2 Medium Chopped Finely

Optional Veggie Additions: Finely chopped onion (or the white part of green onions) or julienne red bell pepper

The Sauce:

1 Cup of Cooked Jasmine Rice (I like to cook my rice in broth for added flavor)

Optional Toppings:

  • Sesame Seeds
  • Green Onions (I used homemade dried chives)
  • Cilantro Leaves
  • Chopped Avocado

Directions:

Wash and dry lettuce leaves and place on a plate like tiny bowls. I usually double or triple the leaves to make a secure wrapping surface. Finely pre-chop carrots and set aside. If you are adding finely chopped onion or julienned red bell pepper, pre-chop those as well.

Side Note: You can not only pre-chop all your veggies, but you can pre-cook the rice, and pre mix the sauce. This can be much easier for folks…instead of multi-tasking during the cooking process, particularly if it is the first time you’ve made a dish. This is called Mise en Place (MEEZ ahn plahs) it “is a French term for having all your ingredients measured, cut, peeled, sliced, grated, etc. before you start cooking. Pans are prepared. Mixing bowls, tools and equipment set out.” (Google it).

Over a medium-high heat brown meat of choice in a large skillet (if you use a lean meat you may have to add cooking fat). While browning sprinkle liberally with garlic powder, add the ginger, five spice, and red pepper flakes. Cook through to the point of the meat getting a little crispy.

While the meat is cooking start cooking the rice. If using traditional stove-top rice it takes approximately 30 minutes total. Instructions for the rice I linked to above: bring rice to a boil, stir, cover and reduce heat to low simmer, cook for 15 minutes, turn off heat moving to another burner location, remaining covered…allow to sit for an additional 10 minutes, uncover and fluff with a fork. You can pre-cook rice the day before or you can use a pressure cooker or rice cooker to speed up the rice cooking time.

Once the meat is about ¾ the way cooked, add the finely chopped carrots (and other optional veggies) and continue to cook. Siring occasionally.

While the rice is cooking and meat is browning, assemble the sauce. In a small bowl whisk together the liquid aminos, pure maple syrup, sesame seed oil, lime juice, and chopped pickled ginger. Set aside.

Once the meat is starting to get a bit crispy (the rice should be around 7 minutes from being complete), reduce to a medium heat and pour the sauce over. Stir well. Once the rice is done, turn the heat off under the meat and mix the rice into the meat mixture. This is also the time I added a Tbs+ of homemade dried chives.

Spoon the meat and rice mixture into the lettuce cups/wraps and top with your preferred optional toppings.

Done. Eat. Enjoy.

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With the leftovers, I made a salad with avocado, warmed-up and dumped the meat mixture over the top, and used Bragg’s Ginger and Sesame salad dressing. It was sooooo good!

Leftover Asian Lettcue Wraps

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Thrive Market allows you to shop for all the healthy food items you know and love at discount prices, because they cut out the middle man, and it gets delivered to your door so it also saves you time. Not only to you save money, but for every paid membership Thrive Gives a membership to a family in need.

The second best part, aside from saving money, is that all your favorite pantry items will be delivered to your door and you don’t have to go to stores which also saves you time and energy. And who can’t use more money, time, energy?!?!

I officially have a hobby!

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I now have a real hobby for the first time in my whole life! I’m so happy and excited about it!

I’ve been wanting to include this hobby in my life for several years and decided this year I was going to pull the trigger and do it!

Here I am – my first time in my kayak.

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The fun and benefits of kayaking for me is:

  • Being in nature                         (aka: Forest Bathing – sorta…)
  • Being on the water                    (aka: Lowers Stress – very calming to me)
  • Getting some sun                      (aka: Vitamin D)
  • Great upper body workout         (aka: Strong arms)

I love kayaking

I hope that all of you are making time to have some fun too!

Pressures and Expectations

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I’ve touched on this subject little in a previous post called “My Thoughts on Feminism”, but after listening to JJ Virgin speak with Sean Croxton on one of his podcasts (which I highly recommend) it got me thinking again about women and myself and what pressures and expectations we perceive to be.

I also wrote a post called “Your Power, Your Control, Your Responsibility”. The intersections of what I wrote in these two posts and the pressure and expectations we perceive is where I believe the magic can happen.

 

I think that a lot of women if not most women or all women perceive pressure and expectations are put upon us….from society, parents, spouses, children, bosses, ourselves….etc. There is pressure to do it all and do it all well.

BUT, the beauty is we don’t have to! Let me say that again….we (YOU) don’t HAVE to!

In my opinion, this concept is real feminism.

YOU ARE NOT WORTH LESS because you can’t or don’t want to do it all and do it all well! YOU ARE NOT WORTH LESS because you don’t want to conform to others expectations nor succumb to outside pressures.

You DO NOT have to do it all and do it all well!

You do what you can do the best you can do it and the rest will be there tomorrow. Ask for help where you need it to get things accomplished. The unrealistic expectation of doing it all yourself it not only ridiculous but is tearing women down….physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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It is your choice to accept the pressure and expectations of other people outside of yourself. It is your choice to set your own expectations, your own rules, your own thoughts and feelings. You do not have to accept what others want to impose on you. If you do, that is your choice too.

BUT, if you don’t like what others want you to do, want you to be, want you to say, want you to look like…..then you can choose to politely decline and then go do, be, say, and look whatever and however you choose and want. (caveat: provided none of it causes harm to anyone else around you)

Side thought: You also do not have to explain yourself to anyone you don’t want to. You can simply say no. You have the right to say no; do not feel guilty about that.

 

Stop giving your power away. Take control of yourself. Be you. Be happy being you.

While I’ve made tremendous strides in the right direction, I still struggle with all this on the regular.  I tell myself exactly what I’m telling you, which turns it around for me. Then I move forward one day at a time, one mistake at a time, one thought at a time. It is in my control. It is in my power. It is my responsibility. It is my choice. To be me. To be happy being me. To live my life how I chose to live my life. Not doing it all!

Release Expectations

Here are a few short videos clips by Girls Gone Strong that are so great!

  1. Kelly Coffey – Part 1 The Manifestation of Shame and Blame
  2. Kelly Coffey – Part 2 The Manifestation of Shame and Blame
  3. Neghar Fonooni – Rewrite Your Reality

I pray that each woman reading this post receives this message to change their perspective and take action to elevate any pressure or expectations that they don’t want.

Knowledge is Power

Recipe: All-In-One-Meal – Roasted Salmon with Crab Meat Topping and Asparagus

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Tools:

  • Chopping Board
  • Knife
  • Paper Towels
  • Parchment Paper or Silpat
  • Large Zip Lock Bag or Large Bowl
  • Pan (Short Lip)
  • Small Bowl
  • Spoon

Ingredients:

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Directions:

Pre-heat oven or toaster oven to 375 degrees. Cover a short-lip pan in parchment paper or silpat.

Rinse the fish in cold water and lay on paper towels and then use additional paper towels to dry the fish on the top side. Place dried fish on the lined pan bottom side up and season with salt, garlic powder, and seasoning blend of choice. Flip over (top side up) and repeat seasoning. Set fish aside.

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Cut the ends off the asparagus, place in zip lock bag, add avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon pepper, and garlic powder (optional) and seal the bag. Shake and rub the mixture into the asparagus. Set aside to marinate.

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In the small bowl, mix together the crab meat, mayonnaise, chives, lemon pepper (to taste), garlic powder (to taste), and salt (to taste). Place the crab meat mixture on top of the salmon.

Place the asparagus around the salmon and add small amounts of butter over the top.

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Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Broil for an additional 2-5 minutes at 450 – 500 degrees.

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Done. Eat. Enjoy

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Thrive Market allows you to shop for all the healthy food items you know and love at discount prices, because they cut out the middle man, and it gets delivered to your door so it also saves you time. Not only to you save money, but for every paid membership Thrive Gives a membership to a family in need.

The second best part, aside from saving money, is that all your favorite pantry items will be delivered to your door and you don’t have to go to stores which also saves you time and energy. And who can’t use more money, time, energy?!?!

 

Body Types

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Your body is your body. My body is my body.

No two bodies are exactly the same.

There are three primary body types and then blends between the three.

  1. Ectomorph – “lack of much fat or muscle tissue”
  2. Mesomorph – “ well-developed musculature”
  3. Endomorph – “preponderance of body fat”

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I typically do not suggest people use Bodybuilding.com as an authority or resource for nutrition, but for some things their resources work great. I’m using their page on the three body types as my resource for this information. They also provide a quick and easy test for you to take to determine where you fit into this spectrum and they provide some suggestions for food and exercise. I personally fall as an Endo (38%) Meso (63%) [Ecto 0%].

Gauge Girl Training (Christine is a mesomorph) has a YouTube channel with very helpful videos on this subject. I’ve linked to my favorites below.

She also has individual videos for each body type you can check out if you like.

I also am a big fan of Jen Heward (who I think is also is a mesomorph). Below are a couple of her YouTube videos.

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One of my biggest peeves as of late is ectomorph fitness/nutrition gurus. For example, Heidi Powell (who I actually think is great and she is so sweet and funny) posts “before and after” pictures on Instagram and talks about her perspective and journey, which she has the right and space to do. If you have seen the Powell’s work and client transformations, they have worked with a lot of people and helped them regain their health and fitness.

While I do realize that thin people (aka: ectomorphs) can have body dysmorphia and struggle to keep weight on (oh poor babies), I personally find it quite difficult to take fitness and nutrition advice from someone who has no idea what it is like to live in a body that holds on to body fat.

She talks about how she is 20lbs heavier (all muscle) than she has every been in her life and how great and strong she feels; and goes on to say that we shouldn’t allow the scale to determine our self worth. I agree with that, we shouldn’t allow our weight to determine our self worth and value in the world. I say good for her! Truly! I think that she does look a lot better now than before. I tend to really like muscular looks on women.

But…I wonder if she would still feel the same way and still say all the same things, if her weight gain were 20lbs of body fat and not muscle? For me…it is a hard pill to swallow for an ectomorph to tell me “You are perfect….just the WEIGH you are”.

My Thoughts – Be the Best Body YOUR Body Can Be

  • Body comparison is the death of self-esteem. Stop comparing your body to someone else’s body. Yours is yours and theirs is theirs.
  • You cannot change your body type. It is what it is. Stop trying to change your body type to look like something it will never be able to look like.

Here is a fantastic article by Coconuts and Kettlebells called “Why I Don’t Want Six-Pack Abs“.

Jordan Syatt has videos I like too – here are a few:

I hope you enjoy the resources and videos I’ve linked to and they help you to realize that your body is your body and there is nothing wrong with your body because it doesn’t look like what you see on Instagram, Facebook, movies, or TV.

You should look like you, not like someone else. Love and Hugs

Recipe: Side Dish – Roasted Cabbage

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This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. It is easy and delicious!

Tools:

  • Chopping Board
  • Large Knife
  • Short-rimmed baking sheet

Ingredients:

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Pull the first couple of layers of cabbage leaves off and discard. Slice cabbage head in ½ inch slices or as thin or thick as you like them; the thicker they are the longer it will take to cook. Also cut out the core on each middle slice and discard, as it doesn’t cook down well enough to eat.

Spray the bottom half of the cabbage slices with avocado oil and season with salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and herbs of choice. Place the slices on the baking sheet bottom side down, then squeeze the juice of 2 -3 lemons all over the topside, spray with avocado oil, season, and top with a pad of butter.

Roast in the oven for approximately 40 minutes. Cabbage should be soft all the way through and browned on top and around the edges.

Side Notes: Temperature of ovens vary, you may have to cook longer or increase the temperature to 400 degrees. If you have convection setting, turn it on for the last 10 – 15 minutes to get a nice browning on top.

Done. Eat. Enjoy.

This dish is something I usually make at dinner time, but eat it at every meal until it is gone!