So as some of you may have heard I am currently attending a Naturopathic Medical School. Part of our homework is we have to teach a class based on what we learned from our previous class. I will always be posting some highlights, links to the visual aids, and other things we may have talked about during the class.
I originally planned to do my first class this last Thursday 7/25/13 - but it didn't work out because only 2 people showed up and it was thrown together really fast. Then today I realized I was going to be around my family and friends-- so why not try to get some of this class out of the way since I have to turn my homework by August 7th?!
SO- here are some of the highlights and what we talked about today during the class in case you missed it!
**We talked about foods and how quickly they go from your stomach to your intestines. We talked about foods you could eat together for optimal digestion. For example, Yogurt takes 2 hours to get from your stomach to your intestines. So you can add fruit which takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes to get to your intestines. So the fruit kind of gets your thyroid stimulated and starts proper digestion.
--The Importance of Fat--
**We live in country that says we can't eat fat because it will make us fat. In all actuality, in order to lose fat we have to eat healthy & good fats. Also toxins are stored in our fat and they can't get out until we start burning the fat that is in our bodies. The toxins can cause free radicals and other illness' in our bodies. Good fat nourishes our nerves, helps rebuild tissue, promotes brain growth, and many other things.
**Many people who are diabetic or pre-diabetic use artificial sugars in order to try to maintain a "normal" lifestyle. Truth is our bodies were never meant to live on a bunch of sugars anyways! Then you add in artificial sugars- which deaden your nerves- but in a way that causes neuropathy, headaches, and chronic pain. There are many other things you can do besides eat artificial sugars. We covered sugars that you can use that are safe.
**The average American consumes a lot of processed foods on a daily basis. Enriched flour is one of the worst and most common processed foods that we consume- it is in crackers, cookies, pastries, breads, etc. We talked about the different types of processed foods and how to start living a life free of processed foods. We also discussed a blog that I really like and brought a lot of awareness to cutting out processed foods. It is a blog that is run by a woman named Lisa Leake- she has tons of recipes, articles, and ways to live a healthy lifestyle without processed foods!
Here is her website: www.100daysofrealfood.com
--Foods that are good for certain organs--
**If you spend some time and actually look at the fruits and vegetables you consume, you will see that they show resemblances to certain organs in our body. They also happen to have certain qualities that are great for the organ in which they resemble. For example:
*The cauliflower looks like the brain. It is chock full of brain building vitamins and minerals.
*The tomato that is organic and non GMO has 4 chambers in it, if you cut it horizontally. Which organ contains 4 chambers? The heart! Tomatoes have tons of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and act as a blood purifier.
*The carrot if you cut it horizontally, has a small circle in the middle and resembles an eye. Pretty much everyone has heard that carrots are good for the eyes! They are full of Vitamin A and beta carotene which is the body uses to maintain proper eyesight.
Here is the link to the visual aids that were used in today's class! If you have any questions please email me at Jessica@healthybychoice2012.com
Click HERE for the visual aids!
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I'm a dog loving, earth conscious, recycling, tree hugging, breast feeding, cloth diapering, whole food eating, semi-vegetarian weirdo! I am a Nutritionist, Holistic Health Coach, Personal Trainer, and Naturopathic Practitioner. I am currently attending school to be a Naturopathic Doctor!