I’m 30! I had a wonderful birthday weekend and feel refreshed and renewed. I had time to rest, read, run, shop, and rejuvenate. I checked out the book “Crazy, Sexy Kitchen” by Kris Carr and Chad Sarno from the library before I left for my little getaway. The title makes me blush a little, but the content of the book is fantastic if you are a novice at eating a plant based diet. In the forward, the author describes how in 2003 at age 31 she was diagnosed with stage IV sarcoma cancer. This age struck a chord with me since I turned 30 over the weekend. She did her research and discovered that cancer develops and grows exponentially faster when our bodies are inflamed. She changed her lifestyle and adapted to a plant based diet and now 10 years later, she is not in remission, but she LIVES an energy filled life and managed to beat the odds for the doctor’s predictions on her life span.
The other chef in the book (Chad Sarno) told his story of battling with chronic asthma as a child. He had frequent asthma attacks in his classroom at school and on the sports field. In his late teens he learned about the connection between asthma and dairy products. He decided to cut out dairy from his diet and within six months his asthma disappeared. His story also struck a chord with me because my little Noah had RSV six times before the age of one. When he was diagnosed with pneumonia at 14 months I decided to switch over to a more homeopathic doctor because I had a gut feeling that his issues were diet related. The first thing the doctor told me was to cut out dairy and soy (with the exception of raw goat milk). Noah didn’t get sick for an entire year.
A quick word on inflammation from the book:
“Inflammation is the root cause of many, if not all, chronic diseases. Cancer, heart disease, arthritis, allergies, asthma, Alzheimer’s, digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, even obesity and diabetes each have major inflammatory components…when your body hits an inflammatory overload, your defense system gets so overwhelmed and confused that it literally doesn’t know the difference between the invader and you. As a result, your well meaning immune system turns on itself, destroying healthy cells, tissue, and everything else in its wake…By decreasing the amount of acidic inflammatory foods (meat and dairy; refined carbohydrates; wheat; processed foods made with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats; and let’s not forget the chemicals, drugs, and anything you can’t sound out phonetically – even if it’s vegan. Processed is processed.) while increasing the amount of healthy and alkaline plant foods, you flood your body with vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants, fiber, and so on.” -Kris Carr
The book is helpful because it really explains in simple terminology why a plant based diet prevents disease, what tools you need for your kitchen, tips for preparing and storing fruits and vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, etc…and so much more! The book touches on juicing, dehydrating food, money saving tips, eating locally, etc… The second half of the book is filled with recipes that look fairly simple and yummy. I always appreciate pictures in recipe books! I recently read the book “Disease-Proof your Child” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Kris Carr’s book echoed so many things in Dr. Fuhrman’s book, specifically regarding the inflammation in our bodies due to animal protein and processed food.
I felt compelled to share because I am inspired and ready to live a little differently in my 30’s. If you have any book recommendations I’m all ears! I can’t read enough about these things. I know in my spirit that I have no control over the number of my days on this earth, however I have been entrusted with my body and my children’s bodies for the time being. I’ve asked this before but please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a mom like me who is on this real food journey. I’d love for you to do a guest post and share some of your favorite recipes. It’s not as overwhelming when we know we aren’t alone. And I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, if I can do this, so can you. If you asked me eight months ago if I could see myself making homemade bread and salad dressing, eating organic as much as possible, and starting a food blog I would have looked at you like you were nuts! I’m such a beginner but there is no better time than now, right? So hop on over to the library and check out these books (or buy them if you can!)…hope your Monday is wonderful!