Oh hello there! My name is Gladys. Welcome to Healthy Chow Now! – a blog where I showcase my love affair with healthy and yummy food! I cook. I take pictures of them. And then I share them with you guys! This is a space for cooking ridiculously delicious yet nutritious eats in a jiffy–no more than 30 minutes! I have been doing this in my Facebook page just for the fun of it, that people especially the hubs, have been urging me to start a food blog for some tine now. So here we go…..
So why in the world am I posting my food in FB?? Hahah! Well….Have you ever eaten something soooo incredibly good, all you wanted to do is immediately turn to the person you’re with, and say,”TASTE this!” Or when you find this incredible deal at the mall, and you go texting your friend all about it so she won’t miss out? Or when you learn something sooo BIG and IMPORTANT and LIFE CHANGING, you just want to share it with everybody? Well, this is why I’ve been posting my food and writing this blog. I’ve learned so much about nutrition and how FOOD REALLY MATTERS, I can barely control myself in excitement to spread the word about my epiphany. Because you see, I’ve been doing it all wrong. Well, most of us do.
For something we typically do at least 3 times a day, most of us are clueless how the food we eat affects our bodies. I mean, who knew that our food choices can be the culprit behind our breakouts, depression, low energy, migraines, even cancer risk? This is a foreign concept to most of us. I used to think that I was “on the right track” when i removed the batter off my KFC chicken, OR opting for the reduced fat muffin and gulping down a large Coke as long as it’s “diet”. I was all about counting the mighty calories. FOOD is not a number. Food is food. Food is nourishment. Calories are simply energy. But in our body-fearing world, calories can equal body judgement, or lack of will power. TRASH that way of thinking! That’s a lie and that’s bullcrap! Oops! Sorry, couldn’t help myself. You know what we need to focus on instead? Focus on food QUALITY. The higher the quality of your food, the higher the chances you’ll reach your natural weight. Your liver won’t be bombarded with extra toxins from pesticides, hormones, excessive sugar, glutenous goons. :). The liver will then be freed up on its job to clean the blood and metabolize energy.
When we eat real food, we don’t skip the nutrients and we don’t use chemicals to substitute for nourishment. Our bodies can finally “chill”, and we reap glowing skin, longer stronger and shinier hair, stronger nails, more energy, an ideal weight, better mood, no more pesky itchy breakouts, no more running to the bathroom every time I…oops you eat (which was my case, I had IBS-Irritable Bowel Syndrome yikes!), and of course and most importantly, VIBRANT health.
My obsession with nutrition has lead me to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in 2014, where I earned the title Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I am a full time nurse at a maternal child unit at a local hospital. Though I am not officially seeing clients at this time, I’m going to be forever the go-to nutrition consultant around my loved ones and friends, and you lovely folks, too, if you allow me.
So what can you expect from this blog? I don’t advocate for any particular dietary theory. One of the important lessons I learned from IIN is that there’s no such thing the “perfect diet” for everyone. Your choice of food (provided it’s whole and derived from nature), can be as personal as your choice of music, your fashion style, your choice of pets. Having said that, this is how MY eating looks like: I eat 5-6x per day, I choose organic whenever possible. I’ve redone my budget to have food as top priority. However, if your budget truly limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the dirty dozen your organic priorities. Read this: What does organic mean?? Water is my favorite drink, and drink it as much as I can. I have learned to get savvy with labels–no human made, no long stretch of ingredients I can barely say. I avoid preservatives, color additives and toxic binders, stabilizers, emulsifiers and fat replacers because of the havoc they can cause our bodies. Check this list of the top ten food additives to avoid. The majority of what I consume is plants. I pay close attention to the glycemic load (the number that estimates how much the food will raise a person’s blood glucose level). So I limit my intake of sweeteners, and I stay away from overly processed and refined food-like stuffs. I don’t count calories, but I do mind my portion sizes. I eat produce that is seasonal and local. It is less taxing on my wallet and our environment. Farmers markets are awesome for this reason. I place a lot of consideration to the food’s micronutrients, which is just a big fancy word for good stuffs you already know like vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids. I eat protein and good fats–omega 3-rich foods such as salmon, sardines, chia seeds, coconut, avocados, olive oil. I stay away from trans fats and vegetable oil like a plague–they are highly inflammating! It’s one of those things that aggravate my IBS symptoms. Dairy (except for hard and aged cheeses and raw milk ) AND gluten also aggravate my IBS symptoms. I eat gluten-free whole grains 2-3x per week, possibly more on my high-activity days. I eat meat or animal products that are pasture-raised and/or grass-fed. I’m not afraid of butter and bacon-if I know where they came from. I eat very little soy products usually in the form of the fermented kinds, like miso or its younger form edamame. For every study that say SOY is good for you, there’s another that says it is not. There’s breast cancer presence in my family tree so I peronally decided not to include it.
This is what works for ME. And it took me some time to finally learn to listen to my body, and honor it with what it tells me. I can’t believe it, but I am actually thankful now for my IBS, because it serves as my radar to how I should be nourishing my body. Eating this way also keeps me maintain my body weight effortlessly. I have never felt this good in my entire life! I will be sharing with you recipes that are simple yet ridiculously delicious. As much as I love cooking, I can’t be bothered for more than 30 minutes in the kitchen. Because I also want to spend even more time actually dining and spending time with my loved ones with whom I’m preparing the meals for. For the most part, that’s none other, than the hubs.
Yep, you guessed it right. That’s the hubs, Greg. And the cutie doggie is Abbie, our four-legged daughter.
The following organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods in your local area that has been raised in a humane, sustainable manner:
Local Harvest-This website will help you find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
Farmers’ Markets-A national listing of farmers’ markets
Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals–A free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns and hotels and online outlets in the United States and Canada.
FoodRoutes-“Find Good Food” map help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs and markets near you.
The following are a few of my favorite nutrition and wellness blogs. It is my hope that they will help guide YOU fine-tune your own nutritional needs as much as they did me.
Thanks for visiting my internet home! My goal is to add something new once a week. Remember, you are ENOUGH. And God loves you!