Sunday, August 31, 2014

#Realhealthchallenge for the #KICKcancER foundation!




         September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. You all are going to be very “aware” by the end of September. You may have even stocked up on your “gold attire,” and slightly resemble a 90’s rap artist. Gold is the color for pediatric cancer. You may not be aware that at least 45 children every month get cancer. You may not be aware that more children die of cancer than any other disease. You may not be aware that childhood cancer only gets 3.8% of the funding allocated to cancer research. I want you to be aware, and heck, go ahead, go gold if you want! As a mother of a 3-year-old cancer fighter, someone who has helplessly watched her child be put to sleep, more times than she can count, someone who has cried herself to sleep more nights than not at the heartbreak of her baby boy's illness, it is empowering and encouraging to see people stand up and support our heroic children battling cancer.

BUT what I beg of you is to think twice before you donate, making sure that your funds are being utilized in the best, most productive way to help our children heal.  When we donate to the large ‘cancer research’ organizations the majority of money will go to the pharmaceutical companies who then give a $20,000,000 grant (as an example) to a research group.  That pharmaceutical company is not going to be very happy if the research group discovers a ‘natural supplement or natural diet’ to cure cancer.  They want to see a drug produced that will make them a very large profit.  I can assure you, that cancer is a very, very lucrative industry. 

          What we DON’T need is more toxic drugs.  Chemotherapy is a cytotoxic poison and radiation is devastating to the human body, particularly to young children who are still developing.  Do some of those drugs prove effective?  Yes, but we have been fighting this cancer war since Nixon declared the official “war on cancer” 40 years ago with the National Cancer Act. What have we been fighting this war with?  Drugs, drugs and more drugs.  Here is the problem: The price per drug approval is about $1.6 billion, which effectively eliminates innovative drugs by individuals and small pharmaceutical companies. In short, the drug industry is a playground in which only the largest monopolies on earth can afford to play.  This is why alternative treatments and holistic therapies to help these children heal and address the UNDERLYING cause of their cancer will most likely not become mainstream in the medical world.  We have to do our part in privately raising funds to provide the education and resources for families who are in the fight of their life.

The problem with all of the funding going to pharmaceutical companies is that too many children are dying from TREATMENT not the actual disease.  If they don’t die from treatment, two-thirds of children treated for childhood cancer will suffer long-term effects from treatment including loss of hearing and sight, heart disease, secondary cancers, learning disabilities, infertility and more.  This is unacceptable but most importantly REVERSIBLE.  Let's take a stand to educate and provide these precious children the ability to #KICKcancER.  Simply implementing a detox regimen into their protocol to help the toxic dead cancer cells and remnants of the poisonous drugs be pushed out of their system can make a HUGE difference.  Did you know that when you break down a tumor it releases dead tumor waste that is extremely toxic to the body and needs to be eliminated? 


Photo courtesy of Weston A. Price Foundation
How about providing an organic, ketogenic diet, which has been proven to effectively kill cancer cells?  In fact, here is a study that shows that you can dramatically reduce the amount of chemotherapy used to kill cancer when implementing a ketogenic diet.  "There is no drug company behind the ketogenic diet and yet probably can never be unless someone starts marketing eggs and bacon, covered in cream sauce as a drug," According to Dr. Donald Shields, former Chief of Pediatric Neurology at UCLA. 

We humbly ask that you would join us in the month of September to kick off the fundraising for The KICKcancER Foundation.  The KICKcancER Foundation has been created in honor of our 3-year-old cancer fighter, Kicker.  The purpose of The KICKcancER Foundation is to educate families on the need to implement alternative healing protocols for their children, alongside conventional medicine. We hope to provide financial resources to these families to afford not only alternative physicians, but organic food from local farms, supplements to support their immune system, detox supplies and nutrients to help rid their bodies of the toxic residuals from the chemotherapy and radiation.  Most families experience a huge financial hardship when their child is undergoing cancer treatment and have little monetary resources to consider any alternative treatment. 


          We would like to invite you to participate in a #realhealthchallenge for the month of September. The intention is to not just bring awareness to pediatric cancer, but to create change in a healthy way. We want this to go viral!  Let's show the world how we are going to help these kids #KICKcancER by doing healthy activities, eating healthy food and living a healthy lifestyle.  Record a video or take a picture of yourself doing one thing that represents real health and then challenge your friends and family to do their own #realhealthchallenge!  When you accept the #realhealthchallenge, we would be honored if you would make a donation to the #KICKcancER Foundation by visiting www.kickcancers.org.  Let's make a difference one #realhealthchallenge at a time helping kids #KICKcancER.  Make sure to use hashtag #KICKcanCER and #realhealthchallenge and share your photos and videos on the KICKcancER Facebook Page


Below is an example of the #realhealthchallenge! Ready….Set….GO!!!!!!




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Healthy School Lunches: Kid Tested and Approved!


I see you there, running around like a banchee warrior with your head chopped off.  Half dressed,  coffee in hand, forcing your kids to inhale their breakfast while you guilt-i-ly throw some pre packaged form of something that is sold as food, (but you can't quite pronounce most of the ingredients), in their lunch box. As you lovingly smack their cute little rear-end pushing them out the door with a kiss, you promise that "tomorrow your lunch will be better and healthier!" You then fall into the couch with your cold cup of coffee and think "what the hell just happened." And your second thought is, "I could really use some ideas for more creative and healthy lunches."
It is important to understand that packing nutrient dense meals for our children is so beneficial for their health, their learning abilities, their future, their mood, and so many other things. Do you want your child to thrive and stay healthy during cold and flu season? Do you want them to succeed in their classroom? It does take a bit more time and a lot more preparation, but like most of the parents that I know-their families' health and well being comes first, therefore it is worth it to them to take the extra time.

A few important items to have on hand to make packing nutrient dense meals more convenient, possible, and edible while out of the home:

*This Thermos is handy for keeping food warm or cold.

*This Thermos is great for beverages-it will certainly keep your raw milk cold or for keeping broths or soups warm!

*Ice Packs to keep food cool and non-perishable

*Non plastic water bottles are very important. Stainless steel is great, but if glass is permissible then this one is my favorite

*Food storage is important, it is always best to avoid plastic if possible, these are my absolute favorite stainless steel containers!

*Reusable Silverware is great as well, that way you aren't sending them with your fine china, expecting them not to loose it!

*Lunch boxes that are insulated and compact are important. This is a great one for younger kids, and for older kids or adults, we really like this one.



Here are our top 6 favorite healthy-kid friendly lunches: 
(These are Josh, Selah and Kicker approved)

1. Leftovers!!! This is such a great and easy way to nourish their body-for example, last night we made homemade chicken strips and that is what Selah will bring to school tomorrow with a side of homemade ranch.


2. Organic salami and raw cheese served with raw veggies and homemade ranch, 1/2 banana, trail mix 

3. Apple Nut-butter sandwiches served with deviled eggs and sugar snap peas: Core an organic apple and slice widthwise. Spread nut butter of your choice on both sides and sprinkle with homemade granola. You can add raisins as well. Place the other slice on top and serve as a 'sandwich.' 

4. Organic whole milk yogurt (preferably cultured) and berries served with a grain free muffin and celery with peanut butter: If there is a milk allergy, try this delicious coconut milk yogurt.  

5. Grain-free graham crackers with cream cheese, served with homemade beef jerky (recipe below) and organic berries

6. Roast beef Roll Up served with guacamole and plantain chips (recipe below) and orange slices: Take 2 thinly sliced pieces of organic roast beef and place a piece of raw cheese on top. Add a thinly sliced tomato, slice of avocado and a piece of lettuce and roll up and keep together with a toothpick. We also will spread a little bit of homemade ranch or mustard on the meat or cheese.


A general rule of thumb that I educate on is to have a balanced meal that looks like 40% carbohydrates, 30% fats and 30% proteins.
HOWEVER-for children it should be more like 40% FAT, 30% carbohydrates and 30% proteins

Basic Guidelines for Proper Nutrition

40% Carbohydrates 30% Proteins 30% Fats
The majority of your
carbohydrates should be
low sugar vegetables that
are raw or lightly cooked.


*Include two or three fresh, whole fruits (not juice) each day.
*Occasionally, include starchy carbs (properly prepared whole grains, brown rice, rolled oats, etc.)

*Try to keep the calorie intake of the starchy carbs to less than 15% of your diet.
*Select organic products whenever possible.

Avoid:
*Refined/processed carbohydrates, including all sugar/white flour products.

***Rule of thumb- if it comes in a package with more than 3 ingredients, it has been refined and processed
Incorporate good sources of
protein into your diet:


*Grass-fed beef
*Organic, free-range poultry

*Whole, raw or cultured dairy products
*Organic pastured lamb
*Organic, free-range eggs

*Low-toxicity WILD seafood

Avoid:
*Soy

*Farmed seafood
*Conventionally raised, grain fed meat

*Pasteurized, homogenized milk
Incorporate good sources of
fat into your diet:


*Nuts and seeds
*Raw, cold-pressed oils from nuts and seeds
(Note: These oils are in
dark containers and are often
refrigerated. Avoid the oils
in clear plastic bottles on
the grocery store shelf.)

*Cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil

*Saturated fats from healthy sources
*Butter and other raw dairy fats
*Raw, organic coconut oil

Avoid:
*Hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats

*Highly processed vegetable oils
*Trans fatty acids
*Fried foods

Some helpful hints:
use sundays to prepare for the week:

*Bake a whole, organic, chicken or put a grass-fed beef roast in the oven (so that you have meat for lunches for the week)

*Hard boil eggs-these make a great on the go breakfast or snack

*Bake a batch of healthy cookies like these!

*Make sour gummy candies for their lunchtime treat (recipe below)

*Make hummus, homemade ranch or any other healthy dips to entice your family to eat more veggies

*Make this yummy granola for granola bars or to serve with whole milk plain yogurt

*Make sweet potato chips, plantain chips or kale chips (recipe below)

*Slice raw veggies and store in a sealed container in the fridge

*Make fruity ice to add to water bottles for a water flavor enhancer (recipe below)

*Make a big batch of beef jerky (recipe below)

*Prepare a big batch of trail mix: this could include raw nuts of all kinds, unsweetened coconut flakes, organic raisins or currants, dried organic fruit of your choice (unsweetened of course)

Gummy Candies
4 TBL grassfed beef gelatin 
3 TBL raw honey
1/2 cup organic fresh squeezed lemon juice (if you don't want them as sour, use less lemon juice) 
1/2 cup fresh organic berries, blended (we prefer raspberries or strawberries) 
Mix all ingredients in small sauce pan over low heat until melted and smooth. Pour into candy mold (this is a great one) then freeze for 10 minutes. Store in the refrigerator to keep fresh for up to 3 weeks!

Plantain Chips
3 ripe plantains (they are ripe when they look really beat up and black)
1/4 cup coconut oil
Sea salt to taste
Leave the peel on the plantain and cut off the ends.  Still with the peel on, slice the plantain as thin as possible lengthwise.  leaving the peel on while slicing will help prevent smashing the plantain.  After the plantain is sliced, carefully remove the peel and place the sliced plantains into a skillet of hot coconut oil. Fry for about 2 minutes on each side, using tongs to flip, and being careful not to burn. sprinkle with sea salt.
**recipe courtesy of Everyday Paleo

Sweet Potato Chips
2-3 sweet potatoes cut into very thin rounds
1/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil
black pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 450F. Lay sweet potatoes on baking dish, brush with butter/coconut oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning over half way through the cooking time. (If you find that the chips are not quite crispy enough, then you can increase the amount of butter/coconut oil and fry them on the stove top in an iron skillet).

Kale Chips
1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried
2 TBL olive oil
1-2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
Sea salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 275F. Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, garlic powder, cayenne and sea salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes.

Fruity Ice
12 rasberries or blueberries
1 lime cut into thin wedges
2 lemons cut into thin wedges
1 cup of fresh mint leaves
4 fresh strawberries, sliced
Arrange 6 ice cube trays on the counter and fill about 1/2 of the way with filtered water. Then mix and match the above ingredients into each water cup in the tray and freeze. Add to water bottles to not only keep water cool, but to enhance the flavor, which will encourage our littles to drink more of it!

Beef Jerky
2 lbs of grass fed round top or any other inexpensive cut of grass-fed meat
1/2 cup raw honey
1 TBL freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
You can ask your butcher to slice the roast for jerky meat, otherwise, slice thinly, lengthwise and place in a large stainless steel or glass container with a lid. Melt honey over low heat and add pepper and garlic powder. Mix well and pour over the meat. Place in fridge for 6-24 hours to marinate. Place in your dehydrator and follow the jerky specific instructions for time and temp. If you do not have a dehydrator you can use your oven, but you will want it on the lowest setting and to check every 30 min to ensure it is not overdone. Store in fridge.



Sunday, August 3, 2014

What is the Ketogenic Diet & Where Do I Begin?



The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies
Cancer is an obligate glucose metabolizer. Your normal cells have the metabolic flexibility to adapt from using glucose to using ketone bodies. Cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility, so when you eliminate carbs, which turn into sugar, you effectively starve the cancer!

The Ketogenic diet has not only been proven effective for cancer, but also for epilepsy, inflammatory disease, infertility, enhanced athletic performance, weight loss, autism, diabetes and heart disease. This diet was designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic. Despite being highly effective in treating disease, it fell out of fashion due to the surge in pharmecuticals in the 1940s. Since then, numerous studies have been done by different physicians and scientists, such as Dr. Otto Warburg, Dr. Thomas Seyfried and Dr. Domininc D'Agostino, proving the powerful healing ability of Ketosis.
Dr. Otto Warbug won the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his research on cancer. He discovered that cancer cells have a fundamentally different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells, cancer cells tend to feed on sugar. More recently, Dr. Thomas Seyfried, has confirmed and proven Dr. Warbug's findings, through his tireless research.
“When we’re dealing with glucose and [cancer] management, we know from a large number of studies that if respiration of the tumor is ineffective, in order to survive, the cells must use an alternative source of energy, which is fermentation. We know that glucose is the primary fuel for fermentation. Fermentation becomes a primary energy-generating process in the tumor cell. By targeting the fuel for that process, we then have the capability of potentially managing the disease.”
Dr.Seyfried’s work confirms that sugar (glucose) is the primary fuel for cancer cells, thus removing glucose from the diet and providing an alternate fuel, such as fat, you can dramatically reduce the rate of growth of cancer. So why can our healthy cells survive on fat alone, but cancer cells cannot? Here is a  great explanation by Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, PhD
"Your normal cells have the metabolic flexibility to adapt from using glucose to using ketone bodies (fat metabolized). But cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility. So we can exploit that.” Cancers cells have a “fatal flaw.” 
They do not have the metabolic flexibility that your regular cells do, which means that they cannot adapt to using fat for fuel. Halle-freaking-luiah!  If cancer cells need glucose to thrive, and carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, then cutting out carbs literally starves the cancer cells and you turn your body into a “fat burning machine.” So lets simplify this; limiting our intake of carbohydrates to non-starchy vegetables and very minimal fruit, increasing our intake of healthy fats, such as organic, pastured meats, pastured eggs, raw dairy products and tropical plants (avocado, coconut, palm oil), then we begin to transition our body into a state of Ketosis, right? Right!
Depending on what type of disease or health challenge you are trying to heal, is what determines how strictly you need to implement the diet. For those with cancer, epilepsy or autism for example, it is very important to drastically reduce the blood glucose level in the body, therefore following a strict protocol of Fat: 90%, protein: 7% and carbohydrates 3%, is effective. You can manage this through measuring your food using this scale. For those who are wanting to loose weight, get pregnant, enhance their physical performance, reverse diabetes or an autoimmune disease, you can be a bit more liberal with your protocol. I would still recommend eliminating most carbohydrates, all grains and sugar (wheat, rice, oats, corn, potatoes, rye, bulgur, etc.) with the exception of vegetables and minimal fruit. It is important to work with a trained health practitioner when implementing a new dietary protocol. 


Below is an example of a day following a nutrient dense, ketogenic diet:

Breakfast: Organic eggs cooked in organic raw butter, pastured bacon and a forkful of homemade sauerkraut or cooked spinach.


Lunch: Wild salmon, roasted with butter and lemon, small salad with pine nuts, avocado, raw cheese and olive oil and; balsamic

Snack: Coconut cream smoothie: 1/2 cup berries, 1 cup full fat coconut cream/milk, 2 TBL coconut oil, 2 TBL nut butter, 3 drops of pure liquid stevia.

Dinner: Taco Bowl: grassfed ground beef cooked in butter, *soaked black beans cooked in homemade broth, organic cream fraiche or sour cream, raw cheddar cheese, avocado, onions and tomatoes chopped.

Dessert: Spoonful of coconut butter (this stuff tastes amazing by the way, and very effective for satisfying sweet cravings and controlling blood sugar spikes)!

DON'T GET OVERWHELMED! Start simple- for example, eliminate all grains and sugars for 1 meal a day for an entire week. Then, the following week, eliminate all grains and sugars for 2 meals a day for 2 weeks. Do the best you can with what you have! 

*Soaked Black Beans: 2 cups black beans, warm filtered water, 2 TBL whey or lemon juice, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 quart of broth, sea salt and pepper. Soak the beans 12-24 hours in water and whey, then drain and rinse. Add the beans to a pot filled with broth, garlic, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Skim the top and reduce to simmer for 6-8 hours. Soaking the beans increases the nutrient density and digestibility of this food.