Tuscan Peasant Soup

I was so hungry for some Tuscan soup as we had to cancel our trip to Italy due to the current travel restrictions.  I reveiwed lots of recipes, evaluated what I had in the pantry, and created this amazing soup!  It was so good.  Before the first bowl was consumed my husband requested that I not freeze it all!  He was already anticipating eating it again the next day!  Now that’s a great dish!!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Pound Cannellini Beans (Or Combination of Beans),
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 4 Medium Garlic Cloves, Unpeeled
  • 2 Bay Leafsimg_5898
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Cloves Of Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Small Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Stalks Celery, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Carrots, Peeled And Finely Chopped
  • 3-4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 12 cups water or stock of choice
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, And Cracked Black Pepper To Serve
  • Finely Chopped Fresh Herbs (Parsley)
  • 4 Ounces Pancetta  Cooked and Crumbled (You Can Use Bacon if desired)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the oil in the stock pot, and add the img_5901onions, garlic, celery, and carrots and cook until the onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Add the beans (drained), bay leafs, thyme sprigs, and 12 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cook for about an hour and a half, or until the beans are almost tender.  (I choose to use 1/2 chicken stock and 1/2 water with some bone broth with collagen for my optimal health)! Collagen Bone Broth
  3. Remove from the heat, remove the bay leaves,  and thyme sprigs.
  4. Return the pureed beans to the pot, and mix bringing back up to desired level of heat.
  5. Serve the soup in bowls, with a drizzle of the extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkling of cracked black pepper on each.
  6. Sprinkle a little fresh herbs just before serving.
  7. Top with Pancetta/Bacan crumbles if desired.

 

Ancient Grain Bowl with Salmon

As we are still attempting to stay satisfied with our food experiences during this pandemic, we were remembering a wonderful ancient grain bowl with salmon that we had at True Food Kitchen.  It was fabulous!

We explored recipes on the internet, looked through a few cook books at home, and took inventory of our ingredients as we had not been to the grocery store in about 3 weeks.

As a result, we came up with this flavorful and healthy dish!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Harissa
  • 1-2 Tbsp of water

Bowl Ingredients

  • 2 – 4oz. pieces of salmon
  • 1/2 cup uncooked or 1 cup cooked quinoa or any superfood grains
  • green veggies (broccoli, snap peas, asparagus, cucumber—anything you have on hand)
  • 8oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp basil pesto
  • lemon wedge
  • sesame oil
  • small handful greens

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spread potatoes in an even layer. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring once.
  2. In a sauté pan, combine the remaining sweet potato ingredients— soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, sesame seeds, syrup, harissa and water. Bring to a simmer and let thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, season salmon with a bit of sesame oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Once potatoes have cooked for 15 minutes, add salmon and mushrooms to the sheet pan. Flip potatoes, and cook 12 minutes (or until your salmon is cooked how you like).
  1. In the meantime, cook your grains.
  2. Sauté veggies in a little bit of olive oil and squeeze some lemon juice on them.
  3. When sheet pan is done cooking, add sweet potatoes to the pan with the glaze, toss to coat.
  4. Then plate! Start with grains at the bottom, then add the other vegetables in sections, (mushrooms, sweet potatoes and green veggies) top with the salmon (I also found the skin could easily be removed from the salmon during transfer).
  5. Garnish it with avocado, and a spoonful of  basil pesto!

 

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Chicken Tomatillo Soup with Purslane!

Chicken, Purslane, and Tomatillo Soup

This is absolutely one of my favorite soups! I love it! It’s kind of like Chicken Tortilla Soup but better due to the addition of the purslane and the tomatillos!

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Purslane, if you’re not familiar with it, is the top known plant source of omega 3 fatty acids.! It’s a low growing, fleshy-leafed plant with a flavor that is mildly acidic and vaguely lemony. Purslane is also among the most common of weeds. If if you have a garden there is a good chance you have purslane growing as a weed. In much of the world however, this is a cultivated and much loved vegetable. In this country, if you don’t have it available to you as a weed, I understand it is sometimes sold in Mexican markets under the name verdolaga. There is also a cultivated variety which can be grown from seed, though I have not yet tried that method.

Purslane

Several years ago, I discovered this super green in my garden and have been enjoying it ever since. Last year after moving across the county, I was very thankful when I found some in my elderly friends garden that I was tending. I harvested all that I could. It tends to die out when it gets really warm so if I see it, I grab it! I leave some of the plant in hopes that I can go back for a second harvest. I wash it and separated the leaves and then chopped the tender stems and freeze it. Then I can used it all winter in my soups!! A couple of weeks ago I spotted some in my garden. Did I get excited! I also realized that I had some extra jalapenos and tomatillos that I needed to use from my last trip to the grocery store which was a couple of weeks ago due to the stay at home. Realizing that it’s been quite warm, the decision to make and serve hot soup on a warm June day might be in question. But the tartness of the tomatillos along with the slightly lemony flavor of the purslane actually makes this a refreshing soup for a hot day.

Ingredients:

1 Chicken breast, fully cooked and shredded 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large white onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (or more) jalapeno peppers, deseeded and minced
2 ripe tomatoes, diced
10 oz (about 5 medium) tomatillos, husked, washed, roughly diced
3 sprigs of thyme
2 bay leaves
2 large boiling potatoes, peeled and diced
1 quart chicken stock
2 cups packed fresh purslane, chopped into 1-inch pieces (I use leaves, plus the thin stems at the top of the plants)
Salt
Cilantro for garnish, add some chips, cheese, and a dab of sour cream if desired!

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add garlic and jalapeno and cook until they’re softened. Add the tomatoes and tomatillos and cook until they are almost dry.

2.  While cooking the above ingredients, cook the chicken breast and after cooling shred/pull with a fork.  Set aside.

3. Add chicken stock, potatoes, thyme sprigs, and bay leaves. Simmer until the potato is tender.

4. Add the chicken and purslane. Simmer until tender. Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Serve garnished with cilantro.

Common Questions About Creation

As I was looking for a way to stay productive during the COVID-19 epidemic, and to prepare for additional quiet time over the next few months, I decided to spend some extra quality time in the Bible.  I ordered a couple of study guides online and one of them touched on the first book of the Bible, Genesis.  Now many of us have read the first couple of chapters in the Bible, so I was a bit surprised when I was drawn into the details of creation in more depth as I was looking over each day of creation.  Towards the end of the first chapter, my exercise activity from the study guide was to respond to a handful of statements based on my readings in Genesis. They were as follows:

  1. This world as we know it was formed by chance as new forms of life developed from matter that spontaneously became more complex.
  2. The sun, moon, and stars influence a person’s destiny.
  3. God is one with nature.
  4. The human body is inherently evil.
  5. Everything and every day are equally sacred as well as ordinary.
  6. God was lonely, so he created people.

I have to say that I felt confident that I had all the answers already.  Then when I considered expressing my point of view to others, my perspective, and my belief along with supporting scriptures, that’s when realized I had some more studying to do.  So, I went to work!

I will start with the fact that I believe the Bible, the whole Bible — not parts and pieces, not just the easy parts or good parts. The whole Bible.  In my opinion, if I do not trust the whole Bible to be true then I could not trust any of it to be true. I understand at a high level, all the Old Testament prophecy and the extreme probability of the 300+ prophecies not coming to fulfillment.  Yet, the fact that every single one of them have been fulfilled up to this point is amazing!!! I also believe the Bible to be true because I personally have experienced a relationship with God and I have seen first hand how God has worked in my life in many ways!

Now, let’s get started with each of the statements in question—-

  1. This world as we know it was formed by chance as new forms of life developed from matter that spontaneously became more complex.

The bible tells us that all things were created by God.  Created means to be made of nothing.  When we create a beautiful painting, work of art, or a fabulous new recipe – we are using pre-existing materials.  And as much as science would try to influence us to believe that life evolved by itself over time, many scientists have come to realize that though they may not be able to see God’s presence and activity directly evident in the science, they realize that God is the artist of the natural mechanisms that sustain life.   Additionally, we must come to realize that no new creation is taking place. Mutations occur but only within a species and do not cross over to another species.  More complex does not necessarily mean better either—as frog cells are more complex than human cells I am told!  And though matter is constantly changing the trend is deterioration not new creation!

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”.

John 1:3 “All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made”.

Colossians 1:16,17 “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together”.

Hebrews 1:3 “He (Jesus) reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the exact likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word.”

So, no, I do not believe that the world was formed by chance as new forms of life develop from matter that spontaneously became more complex! God created the world and everything in it!

2. The sun, moon, and stars influence a person’s destiny.

Now I must say that this is the question that probably drove me to document my efforts.  I am exhausted with the worshipping of the sun, the moon, the stars, and the universe from people I know and people with whom I have relationships!   I want to sit people down and talk through it ….but of course we all need to be politically correct these days and that would not be socially acceptable in most situations and in today’s environment.  We can continue to find ways to share God’s word so that it can reach others and pray that they accept and receive the wisdom of God.

Ok, back to the question. The bible not only tells us that God created these heavenly bodies and named them, but it also tell us the purpose in which they were created. Don’t you think that if they were designed to influence our destiny, that God would certainly have told us?

Genesis 1:14, 15  “God said, ‘I command lights to appear in the sky and to separate day from night and to show the time for seasons….I command them to shine on the earth”.

Deuteronomy 30:19 “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God”.

Genesis 1:14-19  And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights-the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the fourth day”.

When we worship the sun, moon, and stars and do not acknowledge God who created them, It angers him. This is called worshipping idols in the Bible. God is a loving, merciful, and a just God. When we worship other things like people, money, possessions, or power for a few examples, we are worshipping idols too.

Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction: whoever sows to please the Spirt, from the Spirit will reap eternal life”.

The Bible says that what we need to learn, to train us in righteousness and good works, is the Bible itself!

2 Timothy 3: 16,17 tells us that “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

So again, no.  I do not believe that the sun, moon, or stars influence a person’s destiny! Turning to the Bible is the most optimal focus to impact our own destiny! As the Bible is sufficient to teach us all that God intended!

3.  God is one with nature.

The Bible tells us that God created nature, not that he is one with nature!  This included the sky, dry land, water and the sea, vegetation, seed bearing plants and trees that bear fruit.  And that through God’s creation of nature we can see God’s invisible qualities!

Genesis 1:9-12 “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities –his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

Psalm 19: 1,2 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

Nature itself attests God’s existence.  Nature is not identical to God–but rather that God communicates and reveals himself through nature that us humans may not otherwise know. 

Flame skimmer California dragonfly (AKA Firecracker)

Like his attention to detail and his imagination that we can see in the intricate beauty of all creation. Just take a walk in a garden. The flowers with so many different colors, shapes, and kinds! I saw a beautiful dragonfly a few weeks ago that was just breathtaking! Take a look at this detail! Wow!

What about the beauty of the sunrise, the sunset, and the clouds?  The beauty of the moon, the stars, and the night sky?  You can see God’s love and kindness in creating such glorious beauty for all to see and enjoy!

The diligence and consistency in which God sustains life through the placement of the sun, the rotation of the earth to provide the warmth we need –yet not too much to burn everything up! 

These “messages” that are delivered to us day in and day out leave us without excuse.  Mankind suppresses the truth of God every single day in the choices we make, the way we live our lives, the way we do not acknowledge or give thanks and praise for every single blessing we have in our lives! 

James 1:17 “Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”.

Next time your eyes look upon a marvelous sight, offer a prayer of thanks to our Creator!

I believe that God created and sustains nature.  God is not one with nature! And that we can learn so much about God through nature!

4.  The human body is inherently evil.

We need to stop for a moment to just consider the fact that God made us in his image and that God breathed into us His breath of life!  We were infused with the most significant and magnificent substances.  We were created beautifully and in the image of God! This means that we have a spirit and that we are eternal beings just like God!  Just let that sink in! 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart!”

In the whole of Genesis 1, God uses the word “Good” seven times and on the last day it was “Very Good”.   When God created, formed, and filled the world he stepped back to look and evaluate his work.  God deemed it all “Very Good”!  God is Good!  The world was created Good.  I was created Good!   You were created Good!  It was not until the fall of man when Adam and Eve sinned when the image of God in them became distorted.  God also, through Jesus Christ, provides a remedy to resolve the implications of the fall which restores our relationship with God when we trust in him and acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Savior!    ***I will cover that in more detail in the last portion of the article below.

Genesis 1: 31 “And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

The human body was created GOOD!  The human body is not inherently evil.

5.  Everything and every day are equally sacred as well as ordinary.

The bible tells us that this is not truth.  After God finished creating, he gave us an example of the blessing of rest.  He set a pattern that man would enjoy and rest in our Creator.   It signified the completion of the creating work that was done.  We remain on a seven-day cycle because God is on a seven-day cycle.   God then blessed the seventh day and made it sacred.

Genesis 2:2,3 “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done”.

We also learn in Colossians that there is no room for judgment or legalism with a life that is centered on Jesus.  The focus needs to be on Jesus not practicing a perceived religious requirement!

Colossians 2:16, 20 “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath Day!  Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules”. 

So, no; everything and every day are not equally sacred.

6.  God was lonely, so he created people

We were created in God’s image that we might be God’s representatives in his creation to do exactly what he had done.   We were created in his image to work, to fill the earth by being fruitful and to multiply, and by bringing order to creation by cultivating the earth and exercising dominion over every living thing on earth!   

Just like God filled the earth through creation and brought order to it!  We must understand that we were not the main focus in creation but rather it is the glory of God which is at the heart of creation.  We were created to glorify our creator and enjoy him forever.   

Genesis 1:28-31 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”

The bible clearly tells us why we were created and does not say that God was lonely. 

7.  What makes a person good is how he or she treats the people and the world around him or her.

This is the most important question in this entire article.  I hear many people shut down the discussion regarding a relationship with God or knowing and needing Jesus with a statement that they are good people.  They say they do not need Jesus.  They say that they are kind, they treat people right, they give to the needy, they do not cuss, they do not drink, they do not steal, they have never killed anyone, and on and on!  Those are wonderful behaviors, but they also do not qualify to make a person good by God’s righteous and just standards…they do not make a person righteous or blameless in God’s sight.  These are current earthly human standards. Being righteous and blameless in God’s sight is what really matters considering that we were created with eternity in our hearts and we will live in eternity somewhere forever.   We have a choice to make because God created us with free will.   Do we need a personal relationship with God? Do we need Jesus or not?  How will this decision or lack of a decision impact each of us?   Let us find out.

Now we have already covered that each of us was created good.  Then I mentioned “the fall” when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden–***(Genesis 3).  God created us with the ability to make choices – they executed their choice of free will!  Adam and Eve made a choice to disobey God.  The result was that the image of God in them became distorted but was not lost completely.  And the scriptures tell us that their relationship with God was destroyed.  Because God is a righteous and just God.  The same as when you and I get angry when we see injustice in the world today.   God gets angry when he sees injustice! 

Through this sinful choice of Adam, all of humanity has ‘inherited’ our sinful nature through our bloodline…. from Adam!  The good news is that all of humanity can progressively grow in our likeness of God through redemption in Christ Jesus and be reconciled to God once and for all eternity.

The scriptures tell us that we are all sinners through Adam and that our relationship with God has been disrupted and broken! 

Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way, death came to all people, because all sinned”.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

You see God has been holding back his wrath for all the sin and sinners in this world.  He has been mercifully waiting for humanity to recognize and acknowledge our glorious creator, savior, and redeemer.  

One must understand that:

  • We are eternal beings
  • We have all sinned
  • We were created with free will and need to make a choice.  With God or without God for eternity
  • Being a good person with today’s human standards does not make a person good in God’s eyes

So, no, the way we treat others does not make a person good!  What makes a person good is to be reconciled to God through His only son Jesus Christ who paid the cost for our sins on the cross. This justice satisfies the wrath of God for our sins.  But we must make the choice. 

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”.

John 3:3 “Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again’”.

John 14:6 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No man comes to the Father except through me’.

You can make that choice right now if you have not yet done that!  Thank Jesus for paying the penalty for your sin and ask him to be your Lord and Savior.  The amazing thing is that when you do this, God will hear you and draw you near to him. Your relationship with God will be reconciled forever!  For eternity! Your new life starts right away!

Romans 10:10 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith”.

2 Corinthians 6:15 “And he died for all, that those who no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again”.

Revelations 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me”.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

God will also work in your life and the Holy Spirit will show you the way as promised…..Pick up your bible and start reading it. God teaches us through his word, the Bible!

John 14:26 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”.

Thank you for reading my article!

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”. 2 Corinthians 13:14

Green Rice (Green Onions, Cilantro, and Lime)!

This rice recipe brings a bright flavor to a side dish of rice by using lime juice and fresh cilantro and green onions.  You will love its freshness beside many favorite main dishes that pairs well with rice. Just consider these ingredients and added citrus along side vegetable skewers, chicken, pork, seafood, and beef kebabs for instance!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup long-grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped fresh green onions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Directions:

  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium sauce-pan; stir in rice.
  2. Cover and cook 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  3. Stir in butter and salt.
  4. Combine cilantro, green onions, and lime juice.
  5. Add to rice; stir well.

For a healthy twist use our Collagen Bone Broth. Read about the benefits of collagen Here.

The Benefits of Vegetable Nitrates for Cardiovascular and Brain Health

In 2009, Michigan State researchers published a curious finding in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – that people who had a diet high in leafy green vegetables consumed up to 5+ times (550 percent) more dietary nitrates than the average daily intake (1).

Prior to the study, there was controversy over the role of nitrates in the diet and whether or not they were good for health. In fact, sodium nitrates in processed meat had been associated with cardiovascular risk and a litany of other chronic diseases (2-3).

But there’s a key distinction between nitrates found in vegetables in comparison to those found in processed meats. In processed meats, sodium nitrate can lead to the formation nitrosamines under acidic conditions. It’s a simple reaction between nitric oxide and the amino groups of proteins.

The resulting nitrosamines can accumulate in concentrations that appear to raise the risk of oxidative damage to cells and their DNA (4). On the other hand, vegetables contain a variety of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant polyphenols that inhibit the production of potentially harmful nitrosamines.

Here’s the health bonus! The natural occurrence of nitrates in vegetables also has an added circulatory benefit (5-7). When absorbed, the body converts nitrates to nitrites for use in releasing nitric oxide. Nitric oxide release can support blood flow throughout the body.

Did you know that our brain, which weighs approximately 3 lbs., consumes 25% of our overall oxygen? So it’s important to support transporting that oxygen through our bodies efficiently to oxygenate our brains and keep them healthy and fully functioning.

In conclusion, the health impact of nitrates comes down to the source – whether from processed meats or from fruits and vegetables. Dietary nitrates may be one of the chief underlying reasons that eating vegetables (especially the green leafy kind, such as arugula, kale, and spinach) supports cardiovascular health, (which in turn keeps our brain oxygenated), particularly when combined with other heart-healthy dietary habits like limiting saturated fats, added sugars, and eating foods like fish, poultry, nuts, and low-fat dairy products (5, 6).

For these reasons we recommend consuming Amped™ NOx which provides fruit and vegetable extracts to support nitric oxide, increase oxygen delivery, and improve arterial flexibility, endurance, and recovery for everyone; not just the athletes!

References

  1. Hord NG, Tang Y, Bryan NS. Food sources of nitrates and nitrites: the physiologic context for potential health benefits. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Jul; 90(1):1-10.
  2. Scanlan RA. Nitrosamines and cancer. 2000 Nov. Retrieved from http://margotbworldnews.com/News/Apr/Apr22/usehtml
  3. Bryan NS. Nitrite in nitric oxide biology: cause or consequence? A systems-based review. Free Radic Biol Med. 2006 Sep 1; 41(5):691-701.
  4. Vareille M, Rannou F, Thélier N, Glasser AL, de Sablet T, Martin C & Gobert AP. Heme oxygenase-1 is a critical regulator of nitric oxide production in enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli-infected human enterocytes. J Immunol. 2008 Apr 15; 180(8):5720-6.
  5. Van Duyn MA & Pivonka E. Overview of the health benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption for the dietetics professional: selected literature. J Am Diet Assoc. 2000 Dec; 100(12):1511-21.
  6. Joshipura KJ, Hu FB, Manson JE, Stampfer MJ, Rimm EB, Speizer FE, Colditz G, Ascherio A, Rosner B, Spiegelman D & Willett WC. The effect of fruit and vegetable intake on risk for coronary heart disease. Ann Intern Med. 2001 Jun 19; 134(12):1106-14.
  7. McKnight GM, Duncan CW, Leifert C & Golden MH. Dietary nitrate in man: friend or foe? Br J Nutr. 1999 May; 81(5):349-58.
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ALL Created In His Image – ALL Loved!

What would Jesus do? What did Jesus do? When we need clarity and direction, comfort, peace, and joy…..get in the Word of God and let your heart and soul soak up the Truth!!!

All created equal in God’s own image!!! Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
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God loves everyone of us exactly the same and died for each of us!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his own begotten son, that whosoever shall believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Jesus was our perfect example of Love and gives us instructions on how to love each other.
Ephesians 4:32. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Love is indispensable. Without LOVE we have nothing!!!

And now I will show you the most excellent way.”

1 Corinthians 13. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Let’s love on everyone today! Shine the Light! Shine the Light of Jesus!

A New Way to Age Well

Everybody ages. It’s inevitable and a fact of life. But aging doesn’t have to mean slowing down or settling for less-than-perfect health. It’s time to say goodbye to the ways people have aged in the past and introduce a new way to age.

As with all aspects of health, no one product is the answer. Instead, we offer total health and longevity products formulated to target the physiological changes associated with accelerated aging: muscle loss, weight gain, oxidative stress, insufficient micronutrient intake, and threatened cellular integrity.

Here are 5 steps to combat unwanted, age-related changes.

Step 1. Age Strong

Age-related muscle wasting, or sarcopenia, is caused by inadequate dietary protein intake, lack of exercise, increased oxidative stress, and other nutritional imbalances. People who are physically inactive can lose as much as 3 to 5 percent of their muscle mass each decade after age 30. With 24 grams of the right type of protein including whey protein rich in branched-chain amino acids, the IsaLean® Shake supports optimal protein absorption and effective muscle building for aging adults.

Step 2. Age Lean

With age-related muscle loss comes fat gain. Adults can gain as much as 1/2 a pound of fat every year after age 30. It’s not surprising then that more than one-third of U.S. adults over age 65 are obese (1). The Isagenix Healthy Aging solution combines protein rich Shake Days using IsaLean® Shake with very low calorie-intake Cleanse Days to build muscle, burn fat, and assist with long-term weight maintenance. Making Cleanse Days a lifelong habit using Cleanse for Life® can also assist with healthy aging.

Step 3. Age Happy

One of the greatest contributors to premature aging is stress. While short bursts of the stress hormone, cortisol, can help avoid life-threatening situations (think “fight or flight”), chronically elevated levels create an imbalance of oxidative stress within the body leading to serious health consequences over time (2, 3). Priming the body with the Adaptogens found in Ionix® Supreme can help strengthen your capacity to resist and reduce the effects of stress.

Step 4: Age Nourished

Complete Essentials™ Daily Pack is more than a vitamin pack. It contains the right amounts of vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants in convenient A.M. and P.M. packs to complement your diet and support healthy aging. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009-2010 shows that nearly the entire U.S. population is at risk of vitamin and mineral insufficiency—and older adults are no exception. (Complete Essentials™ with IsaGenesis® is also available combining the benefits for steps 4 and 5)

Step 5. Age Protected

An important part of healthy aging is maintaining the integrity of the 100 trillion cells that make up the body, specifically by supporting telomere health. These little clusters of DNA at the end of chromosomes provide cellular protection and allow cells to divide and replicate—an essential function for tissue growth. IsaGenesis® is scientifically designed to deliver optimal levels of active ingredients targeted to support telomere health. (Complete Essentials™ with IsaGenesis® is also available combining the benefits for steps 4 and 5)

Aging is a complex interaction of genetics, chemistry, physiology, and behavior. With this in mind, Isagenix is committed to creating products and systems supported by science to establish a new way to age—one that’s defined by a high quality of life.

References

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “State of Aging and Health in America.” Retrieved on September 16, 2014 from: http://www.cdc.gov/features/agingandhealth/state_of_aging_and_health_in_america_2013.pdf
  2. Morley, et al. From sarcopenia to frailty: a road less traveled. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2014 Mar; 5(1):5-8.

Nabi et al. Increased risk of coronary heart disease among individuals reporting adverse impact of stress on their health: the Whitehall II prospective cohort study. European Heart Journal, 2013.

Why you should care about probiotics

Why should we care about probiotics?  After all, the first time I remember hearing about probiotics was on a commercial about yogurts with added probiotics and I thought “Another gimmick to sell products”.

Of course I knew very little about the meaning of the word probiotics, but I did know that yogurts had cultured or fermented milk in them and were good for you.  I’ve come to realize they naturally contain some species of probiotics and what manufacturers were now doing was adding other species of live bacteria to enhance the yogurts’ probiotic content.

Fast forward to now and a lot has been discovered about the value of probiotics.  Probiotics are the human microbiome.  If you look up the definition of biome it is: “a large naturally occurring community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat, e.g. forest or tundra.”  Microbiome is the biome that is living in our body.  Instead of types of trees in a forest our microbiome is made up of types of bacteria.  There are at least 5,000 known diverse species of bacteria.

Yes!  They are in us.  What’s more fascinating to me is that it is estimated there are more than 100 trillion bacterial cells in a human body.  That’s about ten times more than the number of human cells in a human body.  So really on a cell count basis we are 90% bacteria!  However, they don’t weigh much; those 100 trillion cells weigh around three pounds which is also the weight of the average brain.

Here’s what has been a recent learning for me.  Nearly 80% of our immune system is found in our digestive tract and everything depends on the health of our gut and the amount of beneficial bacteria that live there.  That means from how well we digest food, how many nutrients we absorb, and our ability to keep bad microbes in check is all depending on our microbiome.

Scientists are now calling our microbiome a newly discovered organ in the human body.  Although this news surfaced on March 27, 2018 it is a pretty new finding but truly outlines the importance of our microbiome.

What are some of the symptoms of an unhealthy gut?

  • Stomach issues like gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn can all be signs of an unhealthy gut. This may include food intolerances which are the result of difficulty digesting certain foods.
  • Weight gain and obesity can be related to an unhealthy gut. This can occur when certain bacteria that affect how different foods are digested and produce chemicals that help make you feel full are missing in an unhealthy gut.
  • An unhealthy gut may contribute to sleep disturbances such as insomnia or poor sleep, and lead to chronic fatigue. This is because the majority of the body’s serotonin, a hormone that affects mood and sleep, is produced in the gut.  So an unhealthy gut can impair your ability to produce it well.
  • Skin conditions like eczema and acne may be related to a damaged gut. Inflammation in the gut caused by a poor diet or food allergies may cause increased “leaking” of certain proteins out into the body, which can in turn irritate the skin and cause these conditions.
  • It is thought that an unhealthy gut may increase systemic inflammation and alter the proper functioning of the immune system. This can lead to autoimmune diseases, where the body attacks itself rather than harmful invaders.
  • There is some evidence that food allergies may also be related to gut health.

Clearly we should seriously consider probiotics in our health regimen.  Do your research and choose wisely.  I have done mine and I am very satisfied with my newly found probiotics product.  It meets all these criteria: (Click here for more information)

  • All natural ingredientsprobiotics photo
  • Diverse number of strains including different product for vegetarian vs. conventional diets
  • Strength in CFUs (Colony forming units, a measure of the amount of probiotics)
  • Delayed release capsules to protect probiotics from stomach acid (They can reach the gut undamaged)
  • Shelf stability (Storage, handling, shipping)
  • Third party testing to ensure the product delivers the probiotics as stated