What I’ve Been Researching This Week:  While pharmaceutical drugs can do amazing things to help many people, there are often nutrient depletions that piggy back with the benefits.  These nutrient depletions can lead to second-hand problems.  This past week’s post have been on cholesterol lowering drugs, oral contraceptives, and acid suppressing drugs/antacids.  Tomorrow I will address what you need to know about commonly prescribed medications to lower blood sugar.  You can LIVE YOUNGER by knowing what you are putting in your body.  

I hope you smile from the inside out with this quote:  “A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.”  –Washington Irving

Art can make you healthier:  In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health published an article reviewing current research on the connection between health outcomes and the creative arts. I’ve experienced this in my own life and in the lives of countless others.  Art is a great way to relax!  In 1946, the World Health Organization defined health as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being rather than just the absence of disease or infirmity.”  I’ve heard this phrased in a different way: “Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy.”  Chronic diseases, many of them lifestyle diseases, now affect millions of people worldwide.  These maladies form slowly before the symptoms appear.   Chronic stress and depression often accompany these ailments.  LIVE YOUNGER with creative activities such as gardening, music, visual arts, crafting, dancing, and expressive writing. They are definitely as important as the other items on the “to do list.”  They help alleviate stress and nurture community, which is good for your body, including your brain.  Creative expression can be a powerful part of healing.  START SOMEWHERE today to find an area that you enjoy.  Join me for Snail Mail Monday where there is no wrong way to play!

Sam’s Cream of Broccoli Soup

This soup is a modified recipe from The New Atkins For A New You Cookbook by Colette Heimowitz.   Our son, Sam, has now successfully lost 29.5 pounds in eight weeks with a Low Carbohydrate/High Fat eating plan.  I learned about the “science” of this in my Medical School Masters Program from Eric Westman, M.D.   It’s not for everyone, but it is working effectively for Sam.  He had a blood test last week and his cholesterol and triglycerides are in the low-normal range, which is an area to monitor.  Talk to an informed physician if this is something you are interested in.  

  • 4 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 pound Broccoli florets, cut into 1” pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Arrowroot (this thickens it)
  • 1 cup sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Ham pieces

This satisfying soup takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish once you have the ingredients.  A beautiful thing about Sam’s eating plan is that we are planning our menu for the week on Sunday and shopping all at once.  It is so nice to have dinner plans and avoid the 5:00 mob at the grocery store!  Here’s where your taste buds get tickled:

  1. Combine broth, salt, and pepper in large saucepan; bring to a gentle boil.
  2. Add Broccoli, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until tender.
  3. Transfer soup to a blender.  Hold the lid down firmly (a tip based on my experience of not holding it down firmly) and blend to desired consistency.  We like it chunkier than puree.
  4. Return soup to saucepan and reheat.  Whisk in Arrowroot and cream until thick – about 5 minutes.  
  5. Add Cheese and Ham pieces.  
  6. Smile and enjoy.

Thank you for taking time to stop by Start Somewhere Wellness.  Small changes yield valuable benefits.  You can do it.  I will help you.

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2804629/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2804629/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/arts-and-health/201507/art-therapy-it-s-not-just-art-project

Food 4 Thought March 11, 2016

Food 4 Thought March 11, 2016