Good afternoon 🙂
I’m teaching 8 classes and I’ve been a big slacker in researching things for friends/clients (but I’ll admit, I’ve been researching the things that interest me the most…).
Often, when I am trying to help someone improve their health, we have to find substitutions for “old” habits—without that, we’re bound to try and rely on willpower (which is a dirty word, in my book). The issue is sometimes that the substitutions sound good in theory—but they aren’t satisfactory in practical application (i.e. the person still yearns for the old habit).
Don’t get me wrong, there is effort and determination involved in making lifestyle changes. A lot of it. But we can set up the scenario in such a way that it’s not so difficult (did you know that studies have shown that people who use a restriction method for losing weight closely mimic the mind/thought patterns of people who have gone through a famine? It takes 6 months to undo the damaging mental patterns afterwards).
Today I have a few random thoughts on how to improve the quality of the foods in your life, while saving money and not feeling deprived.
I got the idea from Laura at Never Not Beautiful.
Start with quality nuts (mixed nuts or trail mix—even if it has chocolate or other non-nut ingredients in it) …The end result is that you will have homemade nut butter for significantly cheaper, and you know exactly what is in it (no weird canola oils or anything added that you don’t want).
Many babies who are not breastfeeding, are given soy formula. Every time I hear this, I cringe—soy formula sounds pretty good, right? Well, the main issue is that soy has estrogenic properties. Studies have shown female babies who drank soy formula reach puberty earlier, that there may be a link to ADD, and there is speculation (that has not been proven yet) that it can lead to a whole host of other problems. Soy’s high levels of manganese and low ability to promote nutrient absorption are also concerns. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend using soy formula.
Formula, in general, is highly processed with highly denatured proteins. Did you know it’s possible to make your own formula?!
Here are your choices:
1. Raw organic milk (from grass-fed Jersey or Guernsey cows that are free of tuberculosis and brucellosis)
2. Best quality pasteurized whole milk, not homogenized. Culture it for 12 hours with piima culture or kefir grains to restore enzymes lost in pasteurization.
3. Make a milk-free formula made from organic liver
Here are the step-by-step instructions for the most common ways to make formula. Remember the book, Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon that I’ve mentioned before? She has great information in the book on this topic, and you can find support (plus evidence against soy formula) and the recipe for this method through the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Happy Thanksgiving, Friends! I am working this week (there’s no vacation from online education!), and I’m totally happy about it—I celebrated by buying new measuring cups and trying a new recipe for high protein bread (lots of eggs in this one!).
Here’s the link to Maria’s website where you can get the recipe.
Quick update on fitness and food: I decided to do the Intermittent Fasting one or two days a week instead of everyday. I stuck with it for a month, and didn’t notice much except that my body fat percent went down by 1% and I felt like I was eating more (or at least being hungrier) later in the day. Currently, I’m just going to focus on keeping my protein intake high, and I’m experimenting with some new supplements. For fitness, I’m doing cardio first thing in the morning, and sticking with my interval timer workouts for strength training (generally around lunch time).
Have you tried anything new in the kitchen or any DIY projects that save you money and improve the nutritional quality of what you’re eating?
Have you ever made formula for your baby?
How about nut butter?
If not, would you consider either one?