Much of life is striving to make sense out of nonsense.  I’ve spent most of my adult professional life learning scientific principles for health and applying them practically in my clinical practice to help people live better. My current pursuit of a Masters’ Degree in Nutrition is further evidence of my sincere commitment to help people be healthier.  That all sounds good on the outside but I believe it to be nonsense if only viewed from a finite, worldly perspective.  

While it seems that START SOMEWHERE is all about anti-aging strategies, it is actually much more.  It only makes sense to me when viewed in the light of eternity and basking in the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection.  Grace has to be the foundation.  I believe we were each designed with a unique purpose and our bodies are merely our vehicles to accomplish those purposes.  While antiaging strategies make life more abundant and fulfilling, the objective is to use our unique gifts to make the most of the years we are given in service to others.  Though our days are numbered, we have choices in how we use those days!  Happy Easter!

#AskDrDebbie: “I hear so much about oxidative stress and free radicals.  What exactly does this mean?” -Geri R.

You are so right, Geri.  Those terms are mentioned frequently in any writing about nutrition but it can be difficult to discern exactly what that means to you and your health.  Oxidative stress is an underlying factor of lifestyle diseases and many kinds of cancer.  Understanding it and embracing solutions is a wise way to LIVE YOUNGER.  

When our bodies process or metabolize the oxygen that we breathe or the food that we eat, our cells produce energy.  “Free radicals” are the normal byproduct of this energy production and they can be good or bad.  In excess, they can damage nearby cells, including the mitochondria, and DNA.  On the positive side, they stimulate tissue repair.  When the free radical production overwhelms the repair process, oxidative stress results.  

Here are just four examples of oxidative stress contributors:

  1. Detoxification of pollutants such as pesticides or cigarette smoke
  2. Physical or emotional stress
  3. Inflammation, either acute or chronic
  4. Processed foods and dietary sugar  

As long as you have enough antioxidants, then the balance is maintained and damage is minimized or prevented.  Be alert to these signs of oxidative stress:

  • Memory loss or brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • Susceptibility to infections
  • Vision problems
  • Inflammatory health conditions such as Periodontal (gum) Disease, Fibromyalgia, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, anxiety, insomnia, cancer, and many more

To reduce oxidative stress, you have two basic options:  minimize exposure to unnecessary oxidation and/or increase your antioxidant intake.  Easy START SOMEWHERE strategies include decreasing your intake of sugar and processed foods, allowing yourself time everyday to de-stress, finding ways to keep moving, and eating more fresh, whole food.  Simple changes yield big results!  Be encouraged!  It’s easy when you START SOMEWHERE.

Gluten-Free Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad (Lia Griffith)

You will need:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Sea salt
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2/3 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Here’s the drill:

  1. Place quinoa, salt, and water into rice cooker. After cooked, remove from cooking pan into large bowl and let cool. Place in refrigerator to cool.
  2. In small bowl whisk lemon juice and garlic gradually adding in olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Add cucumber, tomatoes, herbs, and scallions to bowl with quinoa. Mix in dressing and finish with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Can be made a day ahead. Keep covered and chilled.

Here’s an ancient START SOMEWHERE quote:  “The beginning is the most important part of the work.”  (Plato)

Resurrection Miracle

Resurrection Miracle