BlogTalkRadio Show #2!!

Join my friends and I as we discuss digestive health during our second episode on BlogTalkRadio! 

Many chronic health issues stem from the health (or lack of health) in the digestive system.  We're going to get down to the nitty gritty, discussing how digestion occurs in the body, what can throw off the digestive system, what digestive system imbalances look like, and how to mend the digestive system. 

We're even going to discuss a controversial article that has recently gone viral ... you don't want to miss it!!

Thank you to all the listeners of our first show, over 2,000!!!!  We are so honored that you want to hear what we have to say, so we definitely have future episodes in the works :) 

Click the link to listen in!! 

Zone in on Health on BlogTalkRadio 

"Zone In On Health" on BlogTalkRadio!!

My friends and I now have a BlogTalkRadio show called "Zone In On Health", yay!! 

I hope you can listen in :) 


Join Zone In On Health for our first episode! 

 Our lymphatic system is so important to overall wellness. It's our inner plumbing. If it gets clogged or backed up, it can create internal havoc.

Learn more about how the lymphatic system works, what burdens it, and how to get your lymphs flowing!

Your hosts:

Burnette Nguyen http://burnettenguyen.com - She is a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Foot Zonologist from the Nordblom American Institute of Foot Zonology.

Adrienne Johnson http://adriennejohnson.squarespace.com - Adrienne is a Certified Foot Zonologist from the Nordblom American Institute of Foot Zonology and a certified Rejuvenation Diet instructor. 

Dana Tran http://www.danatranwellness.com - Dana is a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Foot Zonologist from the Nordblom American Institute of Foot Zonology.


What I eat for Breakfast!!

I get this question all the time:  "What DO you eat??" 

When I respond "Seeds, fruit, veggies, roots, seed like grains, more veggies, and more fruit!" I usually get a few responses like "You must always be hungry" or "That does not sound very good!" 

Well it is good and I'm not hungry!  I love food and I eat all the time, probably too much.  This is a social convention that we have adopted as a society, and we really need much, much less food than we actually eat.  I would say that 90% of eating is to feed the "mental and emotional" body, the little kid inside of us who still wants sweets, the crying teenager who has a broken heart and wants comfort food, you get the idea.   

Okay, that could be a week long blog session, so back to what I eat for breakfast!  Here are two very simple, very satisfying and easy breakfasts that I enjoy. 

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The {Simple} Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are the latest fad in the health community, and have been for almost 10 years.  What started with the all fruit smoothie years ago has transformed in to a household buzz word.  At least one person you know is probably consuming one every day, maybe even you!

Green smoothies are a fantastic way to get whole, raw veggies and fruit in to your diet.  The more raw food we can eat the better, as it is what we are made to digest.  Raw food has undisturbed vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes that are perfect for well balanced health. 

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Must watch video on GMO's

May 25, 2013 is the worldwide March Against Monsanto.

lthough I cannot attend because of 2 events that I am already going to on that day, I hope that you or your friends/family consider attending!

GMO's are poison to the body, they are not food, the body does not recognize them as food because their DNA has been manipulated.  Instead, the body takes in these toxic food "products" and they make us sick.  They have been linked to auto immune diseases, infertility, inflammation, and cancer.

ust say no to GMO's!

Rich + Creamy Fruit Dip Recipe

It's raw

It's vegan

It's freakin delicious!!

I love chips and dip, and although I really try to not eat chips because of the rancid oil that they are fried in, I love chips and want to eat them often!  Sometimes I make my own in the dehydrator, but that hasn't happened in a few weeks.  Although I love it when I make chips/crackers and this reminds me that I need to do it more :)

I was munching on Bare Fruit organic apple chips from Costco and really felt like I wanted to dip them in to something.  I browsed through my cabinets, and saw the melted coconut oil on my stove top (it's been pretty hot here lately).  I found some cashews, and it gave me an idea!

I made a cashew buttery dip with coconut oil, coconut water, and dates.  I dipped the apple chips in it and it was sooo good!  Then I dipped strawberries in it for dessert.  More yumminess!  Then I took it to work in my lunch and dipped raw apple slices in it.  I ran out of apples but spooned the rest of the dip out until it was gone.  Yes, it's that good!  It's rich and creamy, but smoother and thinner than nut butter because of the added coconut oil.  The flavor of the cashews with coconut is divine!

The recipe is simple, and I didn't measure anything so I'll try to quantify the amount of ingredients as best as I can.

Oh, and I don't have any pictures of it because I already ATE IT ALL!!

Raw Vegan Cashew Coconut Dip/Spread

1  c. cashews (soak for a few hours)

1/2 c. melted coconut oil

1/4 c. coconut water/filtered water with 2 dates soaking in it (can do for 1/2 hr or longer to soften the dates)

Dash of vanilla

Dash of Himalayan sea salt

rain the water from the cashews and rinse.  I highly recommend soaking all nuts/seeds/grains if possible, but more on that topic at another time.

Add cashews, melted coconut oil, coconut water/water and dates to blender. 

You don't have to use a high speed blender like a Blendtec or a Vitamix, so if you don't just make sure to soak the cashews and dates for a long time so that they soften enough to blend.

ou might need more cashews, more water, etc to adjust the creaminess level.  This was not as hearty as nut butter, but was more runny and easy to spread.  It's the perfect fruit dip for dessert.  I think I might even put it on my kamut pancakes next time I make them.  um!!

ope you like it!  I hope to post more recipes as I make them and as the ideas come to me. 

Forks Over Knives

his could be the first generation of children in the United States that lives less than its parents. -Richard Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General

recently watched "Forks Over Knives" for about the 4th time.  I love this documentary for many reasons.  For me, it solidifies why I have chosen eat a plant based diet.  The research findings are intriguing and astounding.  I also love that the two doctors in the documentary, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn, were raised on dairy farms and now advocate a meat and dairy free, plant based diet!

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he basic premise of the film is that although the U.S. is the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are the most overweight, the sickest, and on the most prescription medication than any other nation.  The film examines the claim that most, if not all degenerative diseases that burden us, can be controlled or even reversed by eating a plant based diet free of animal products and processed food.

ere are some of the startling statistics from the film:

  • About half of all Americans are taking some form of a prescription drug
  • The U.S. spends $2.2 trillion on health care (in 2011)
  • Health care per person in the U.S. is more expensive than any other nation, yet we are sicker than ever
  • Diet related health issues like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure cost the U.S. more than $120 billion/year (in 2011)

 

If this is intriguing to you (and why wouldn't it be!!), I highly suggest watching "Forks Over Knives".  A great follow up, which is also on Netflix streaming, is "Forks Over Knives:  The Extended Interviews".  Like the title, it has more in depth interviews with Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn, as well as other main contributors. 

And because I know you want even more fun, check out Dr. Esselstyn's son Rip Esselstyn's "Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue".  He is a plant-strong firefighter who advocates for teaching people how to transition to a plant-based diet.  A mantra that he repeats often is "real men eat plants"! 

ll of these can be viewed on Netflix instant streaming, yay! 

Start the organic made-on-the-stove-or-in-the-whirly-pop-with-organic-coconut-oil-and-himalayan-sea-salt popcorn and settle in for a night of mind-bending, educational films! 

Isn't that how everyone spends their Friday night ;-) ??

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Rip Esselstyn also has a book coming out in May, "My Beef with Meat", which I can't wait to read! 

A strong, manly firefighter discussing the ins and outs of why to eat a plant-based diet ... yes please!!

So ... how did you get started?

I'm not really sure I can answer that in one easy swoop.

 Actually, I know I can't.  So here's what I'll do.  My journey to wellness, holistic living, and FootZoning has really just begun, even though it started quite a few years ago.  Here's a quick timeline of what happened, to help bring on the realization that  wellness is a lifelong goal, and not a one time quick fix.  If you have questions, please comment and I'll be happy to reply!

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Oh, you're one of those health nuts ...

Yeah, I guess you could say that I am.  But really, who cares?  Aren't we all "nuts" in our own weird way about things that we are passionate about in life?  What is "normal" and not nuts anyway?  I'm not sure I want to be that, because it sounds terribly boring!  What it comes down to, is I care about my health and the health of others, of my family, friends, and those I come in to contact with.  I have done my research and have found what works,  for me.  And I'm still researching and learning new information all the time.  What I find could be helpful for you as well, or you could think it's complete garbage.  But it's up to you to decide!  I'm not going to tell you what to do or how to eat.  I am simply going to present information that I have found over the years to be helpful, and you can do with it what you will!  Hopefully someone will read my findings, and it will help them too.  That's what I'm here for!

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