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I hope you find the information and services contained within this site informative, eye-opening and above all, deep down, it makes sense to you. The world we live in is a stressful place. These stressors, over time, wear us down and manifests in all the signs, symptoms, health complaints and dis-ease diagnosis that encumber us all. What you need to remember is that we were not meant to live this way. Everyone should have the health, fitness, energy and vitality to live life the way they want. Rather than looking at your health problems as problems, consider them to be teachers, opportunities to change what is wrong. Take back control of your life, your health destiny.

While the different pages of this site give an overview of the services I provide: FDN, Metabolic Typing and Functional Fitness. They are just a starting point. This blog page is the entrance to the proverbial “rabbit hole” where information flourishes and new topics lie around every turn. On the right side of this page are a list of categories. Each one will list all blog entries related to that topic. In addition you can use the search option. Over time the resources will continue to grow and expand and I invite you along for a journey down the Rabbit Hole. Let’s see where it goes together….

Food Matters – Calabacitas Recipe

I promised a follow up recipe offering an incredibly tasty side-dish to the Carne Guisada recipe (http://wp.me/p3hWct-iy). Here it is; Calabacitas, a relative to the traditional succotash.

If you have handy knife skills, you can potentially have this dish ready, from scratch in 30 minutes. It really is that simple.

While so many people get into a rut of only eating from the same small limited list of foods, this recipe includes a wide assortment of nutrient dense ingredients readily available from your local farmers market. It doesn’t get much better than to hit the market, purchase, local, freshly picked, healthy food and then have it ready for eating a few hours later.

Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Food Matters – Carne Guisada Recipe

Eating can and should be enjoyable, tasty and good for you! While there is no recipe, much less a food, that is perfect for everyone, with a modification or two you should be able to make just about any recipe more appropriate for your unique metabolism and needs.

This recipe for Carne Guisada, a Texas variation of a traditional beef stew, is really simple and rather delicious. The hardest part was waiting for it to finish cooking as the aroma was permeating the entire house. I tried going outside but the ventilation fan was on so that didn’t work so well.

The best part is with 8-10 servings, there are always leftovers.

I mentioned adjustments. If you prefer to not expose yourself to flour, you can always layer this atop a small mound of rice and there are other thickening options available.

You may be wondering what to serve with it, I will be following this post with another one offering an excellent and easy to prepare side dish; Calabacitas (http://wp.me/p3hWct-iB).

I would love to hear what you think after you make this yourself.

Metabolic Chaos™

Your body consists of cells.

These cells make up tissue, glands, organs and ultimately complex systems or metabolic pathways.

For instance; Hormonal, Immune, Digestive, Detoxification, Nervous, Hypothalmus-Pituitary-Adrenal / Gonadal / Thyroid Axis, etc.

These pathways, along with fluids, gases, chemistry and energy work together interacting with each other, people, places and things…….or life.

Driving this metabolic orchestration is a detailed set of instructions, a program or innate intelligence.

This intelligence resides in each of the 100 trillion + cells of your body.

You were born with this intelligence, it is YOUR birthright!

When this orchestration is functioning optimally the body is in a state of homeostasis, where you experience true health and vitality

Metabolic Chaos™ is the term referred to when there is a disruption to this orchestration.

At its core, at its simplest, you initially lose function at the cellular level.

This cellular dysfunction resides within specific tissue,  it’s not systemic……at least not yet!

If ignored, this dysfunction can rapidly “snowball”, negatively impacting other tissue, glands, organs and ultimately systems.

Early on you may experience mild symptoms.

If ignored, there is a significant decrease to overall health (quality of life), which can force you into the medical model of drugs, surgery, invasive procedures and unintended consequences.

If caught early enough, you can not only slow down, but in many cases reverse this process.

You can create order and function out of chaos!

The art of healing or self-care is more than just discovering the root causal factors through careful histories and well-chosen functional labs.

The art of healing requires personal responsibility to AWAKEN oneself and understand that one’s health is the result of the environment…… and the lifestyle choices made within that environment.

In other words, how you choose to interact with people, places and things including yourselves ultimately determine your state of health and vitality.

It’s time to AWAKEN YOUR HEALTH!

FDN® Functional Health Coaching not only uncovers healing opportunities, it also offers proven, time honored health building principles, and the assistance of personalized, customized coaching.

You don’t have to travel this journey alone!

Food Matters – Tomato Jam Recipe

It’s summer so I can’t help myself. I have to offer this easy, tasty and addictive recipe for Tomato Jam!

I don’t recall where I found this recipe but I am glad I saved it and can pass it on.

My plan each summer is to make enough to satisfy my current needs and also enough to get me through the winter. The jam freezes nicely in pint sized canning jars.

I am sure you will love it. If you don’t have enough tomatoes in your garden head out to your local farmer’s market or even roadside produce provider (remember to ask questions about how the tomatoes were grown, use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, etc) and purchase what you need. Try to bypass the mass produced and relatively flavorless grocery store tomatoes. You deserve better, both taste and nutritionally!

 

Food Matters – The EGG

The images you are looking at are the difference in lifestyle between a Cage-Free chicken and a Pasture-Raised chicken.

When I look at these images, I see a choice. A choice, not only as to how you spend your money but more importantly the farming practices you support.

I support my Amish farmer by purchasing his pastured chicken eggs versus other less expensive and lower quality product.

According to a 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project nutritional difference exist

Pastured Chicken Eggs contain on average

  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 7 times more beta carotene
  • 4-6 times more vitamin D

Significantly more nutrition in the same sized package. Is it worth it? Of course! The value of pastured eggs is even higher when you factor in the impact from having poor health & vitality.

With the exception of “Pasture Raised”, most terms used to describe eggs don’t mean what you would think.

CAGE FREE: This only means the chickens are not in cages. They can still be confined in a building, often in large numbers, with little or no outdoor access.

FREE RANGE: According to the USDA, chickens must be allowed outdoor “access”. Key words; “allowed access”. Reality is a “cage free” environment with a small door that opens outside to a few square feet of space.

VEGETARIAN FED: Chickens are NOT vegetarians. Healthy chickens thrive on bugs and insects. If vegetarian fed, the chickens are most likely raised indoors, caged or cage-free, but does it actually matter at that point?

PASTURE RAISED: There are no current guidelines. This term is typically used by sustainable farmers to mean the chickens are raised outdoors, in pasture (on grass) eating bugs, insects and anything else it can find.

PASTURE RAISED is what you should look for as it best allows a chicken to express its “chicken-ness”, at least until agri-business highjacks the term.

SOURCING PASTURE RAISED EGGS
Without traveling to your farmer’s farm or coordinating a drop site, your best source is your local farmer’s market where you can buy direct from the farmer. You can not only ask questions about farming techniques practiced, but receive answers.

AWAKEN YOUR HEALTH!
Empower yourself and make informed, educated choices when it comes to nourishing your body

“You can’t get health from an unhealthy plant or animal.”

The Stress Cascade

  • Are you challenged by health complaints that either won’t go away or are getting worse?
  • Have you recently received a diagnosis and you’re trying to understand why?
  • Have you been told that there is nothing wrong with you, yet you strongly disagree?

Does any of this sounds familiar?

I offer you something to consider……that a stress cascade is in play.

Our modern lifestyle is highly stressful; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.

Existing metabolic/functional imbalances or deficiencies are further compromised in the presence of chronic or acute bouts of stress.

If these imbalances are ignored or masked, by Rx/OTC drugs, stimulants or suppressants, the imbalances spread impacting other functional pathways

Over time, Metabolic Chaos™ ensues.

Metabolic Chaos™ is often HIDDEN within the metabolic systems of the body, including:

  • Hormone Imbalances / Adrenals (HPA Axis)
  • Immune system
  • Digestive system
  • Detoxification pathways
  • Energy production / Cellular function
  • Nervous (Brain) System

This manifests as symptoms or health challenges that if not resolved, leads to illness, disease and a decrease in quality and length of life.

The eight (8) most common health challenges (symptoms of Metabolic Chaos™) are:

  1. Headaches / Migraines
  2. Sleeplessness / Insomnia
  3. Tiredness / Fatigue
  4. Sinus / Allergies
  5. Mental Fragility (Moodiness, Anxiety, Depression, Irritability)
  6. Tension (particularly in the neck/shoulders)
  7. Digestive complaints
  8. Unwanted weight

If you understand how the body functions;

  • what stimulates, assists and supports function
  • what impedes and disrupts function

Then you can create positive change

You can make educated, informed, proven, lifestyle choices…. that build Health & Vitality

It’s time to Awaken Your Health!

It’s time to learn a proven form of self care and avoid being forced into the medical model.

FDN® Functional Health Coaching is designed, with the aid of state of art lab testing and tools, to give your body what it needs so you can experience what you want…..true Health & Vitality.

Make an investment in your health you won’t regret.

Tomato Garden Pie

I love this time of year, to be honest I love just about every time or year. When it comes to food, it is Tomato time. And what better use for a plump, ripe yummy tomato than a Summer Garden Pie!!!

I have had the opportunity to try over a dozen variations on this theme and every one has been a disappointment compared to this one.

I do encourage you to buy, fresh, organic and local when able. If you are not growing tomatoes in your backyard garden, you will easily find them at your local farmer’s markets. The taste explosion in your mouth will make these tomatoes so much better than anything found in your grocery store.

I have included a family recipe for a simple pie crust. It make a huge difference in the final product. Let me know what you think after gobbling up the entire pie!!!!

You Have A Choice

You Have a Choice….

You can learn a holistic form of self-care…..

  • based upon functional lab testing
  • customized around your unique biochemical individuality
  • utilizing proven health & vitality building natural protocols

or……

You can be forced into the medical model where pharmaceutical drugs, surgery and a one-size-fits-all approach is the norm.

You Have a Choice……

Be proactive and discover the root cause of your health challenges and eradicate them.

or……

Be reactive hoping for the best and never sure what will happen next.

It’s time to Awaken Your Health with FDN® Functional Health Coaching.

Make an investment in your health you won’t regret!

 

Food Sensitivities/Allergies and Vaccines?

I am offering this information and questions to stimulate your thought process, maybe initiate some investigation and your asking of a few questions so than an educated knowledgable choice can be made.

The question is whether there is a connection, a correlation between the food proteins contained in modern vaccines and the epidemic level of food sensitivities / food allergies present in modern America?

Here is a link to a modern study (2015) that brings to light evidence that there does exist a link. https://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/evidence-that-food-proteins-in-vaccines-cause-the-development-of-foodallergies-and-its-implications-for-vaccine-policy-2329-6631-1000137.php?aid=60994. This study was published in October ’15 in the Journal of Developing Drugs.

This connection is not new as Nobel Laureate Charles Richet demonstrated over 100 years ago and many studies in the 1940’s demonstrated.

What further complicates or adds to the connection is the commonplace C-section. Bypassing the birth canal removes the exposure of the infant to the healthy, nourishing bacteria the reside within the mother. A child born via C-section has, from birth a compromised micro biome and as a result a less effective immune system.

Intact food proteins should not be found within the bloodstream, amino acids from broken down proteins, sure. Vaccines inject these elements and more directly into the bloodstream bypassing the body’s natural defensive barriers.

On top of this we have the toxic aluminum and mercury present along with other unnatural adjuvants. Heavy metals are not to alter cell function directly by contact and indirectly by displacing nutrients, Heavy metals also are very harmful to the nervous system and brain.

Making matters worse is that there exists a very high correlation between the GI tract’s mucosal barrier and the blood brain barrier. If one is compromised, so is the other. Another protective mechanism is not capable of performing its job and heavy metals are known to find themselves a home in fat tissue, which you brain is primarily composed of.

So I have to ask, is there a connection between the large exposure of heavy metals through vaccines early in life to the increase in neurological disorders we are see in adults and not only the elderly?

I also have to ask this question. If food based proteins in vaccines are contributing to food sensitivities and allergies, would the presence of human tissue cells also found in vaccines be contributing to the significant increase in auto-immune diagnosis?

Is it that hard to consider that the body’s immune system could mistake it’s own tissue for very similar “other” human tissue injected directly into the blood stream. If the immune system finds these “other” human cells in proximity to the thyroid for example, maybe it gets confused and begins attacking the thyroid itself? One this process starts, it may very well continue and then decades later, a doctor decides to take a patients concerns seriously or the patient pays out of pocket and runs a thyroid panel containing thyroid antibody markers and before you know it, Hashimoto’s is diagnosed. While a diagnosis of hypothyroidism is partially a thyroid problem, Hashimoto’s is primarily an auto-immune condition and should be dealt with very differently.

I don’t want to pass judgement on anyone’s choices regarding vaccines. All I ask is that you remain open-minded to the possibilities and do some investigation. It may greatly benefit your health and the health of your children.

Food Matters – Mongolian Beef

I found this recipe and it looked appealing. Unknowingly I have unleashed a monster. This is seriously addictive. I have already reordered a larger amount of Sirloin Tip steak from my farmer.

I will say I did not have, nor could I find easily the Arbor peppers. I ended up using Poblanos fresh from the garden and Shishitos from the farmer’s market. I prefer the taste of peppers over merely the presence of heat. These are a very nice combination.

This dish is easy to make, does not require a lot of time or prep and rewards you with a delicious savory meal to enjoy with loved ones, or just yourself…..doesn’t really matter!