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OnlyMeg

I am only Meg.  “Just” human.

And I am my own experiment. When it comes to our health there is no one size fits all, we each have to recognize and respond to what our body tells us. I have been conducting my own health experiment for going on ten years now. I have had good ideas and bad ideas. Learned a lot about what works for me and what doesn’t. Am always learning to better read my own body’s biofeedback, a fancy word for what makes me feel good and what makes me feel sick or get pimples or not wake up in the morning. Each one of you is a different person. (Duh no kidding Meg, most of you are thinking right now.) But my point is, what has worked for me may or may not work for you. My goal is simply to inspire you to begin your own experiment. And since we all love to go on the internet and search for what other people have done, who knows you may try something I did and have it work for you. Or you might read my blog and say wow this chick is crazy, and my friends and family would agree with you.

That said my experimentation has made me a different person. At 19 I was facing a life of no energy, joint pain, asthma, and who knows what else. Now I have good days and bad days, but overall I am pain free, asthma free, and wake up with energy most mornings despite a very very busy life.

It’s not easy. But neither is being sick. I choose this maybe you will too. Or maybe you will just be entertained by another crazy blogger. Either way if you are reading this, I hope you enjoy!

OnlyMeg

DISCLAIMERS:
1. I am not a medical professional, any information contained within this website should not be used as medical advice.
2. Some links contained within this website are to affiliate websites and I may receive compensation for your following these links. (I sure hope I do cuz I wanna keep blogging!)
3. All information and product recommendations are based on my own research, bias, and personal experience.

Just a little rant…

Don’t worry I won’t make this a habit. But I just have to rant a bit…

I went to buy the ingredients for this delicious recipe to use up egg whites.

Specifically I needed to get chocolate extract. Chocolate extract – seems simple enough? But of course I have become addicted to label reading/checking. I don’t even remember the last time I bought something without reading and obsessing over the ingredients (unless it was just simply something I KNEW was bad and was going to get it anyways).

And what was in EVERY single chocolate extract my local health food store carried?

wait for it…..

Agave syrup/nectar.

For those of you unfamiliar with the dark side to this “healthy” sweetener that is hitting the shelves of almost every supermarket today, this is a good read.

My favorite fact is this one:

The fructose in agave is not L-fructose which is the primary fructose molecule in fruit or honey. Rather, it is D-fructose which is a reverse isomer with reverse polarity to the small amounts of natural D-fructose found in fruits. Alarmingly, this means that the D-fructose in agave is not recognized by the human body as are natural forms of fructose that are used for energy utilization. Instead, the unnatural form of D-fructose in agave primarily raises triglyceride levels and increases adipose (fat) tissue.

Well guess what, I walked out without any chocolate extract. And you know what, the cookies turned out delicious without it! 🙂 Added just a bit of cinnamon for some extra flavor.

Are you a notorious label reader?

Breakfast this week: Spanish Omelette

I was looking for new inspiration for a make ahead breakfast this week, using ingredients I already had, and stumbled upon this recipe in my Nourishing Traditions cook book:

Spanish Omelette (potato omelette)

3 red potatoes – thinly sliced
1 onion – sliced
6 eggs
4 tablespoons olive oil (I used butter because “low” on my stove is still too hot for olive oil)
salt
pepper
thyme

Cook the potatoes in the oil, remove and do the same with the onions. Add potatoes back into pan and flatten down. Meanwhile whisk eggs with your seasonings. Pour over the potatoes & onions. Cook for a few minutes, pulling edges back to allow uncooked egg to flow down. Place under broiler for a couple minutes. Slice into wedges and serve.

Out of sheer laziness/lack of time, I cooked the potatoes and onions all together. I don’t know if it would have been way better if I hadn’t done this, but I do know it tastes good as is!

Top 25 Fitness, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Tips for 2013

A great post from the Healthy Home Economist – nuff said.

The problem with modern orthodontics

http://curetoothdecay.com/blog/assembly-line-orthodontics-can-damage-faces/

This article speaks for itself…. as a follow up on my article Monday about teeth, I have been researching more and more information regarding braces and other dental appliances in an effort to help my sister discover her best possible route to dental health.

It is a very sobering article – especially if you have children, please read this!

Teeth, stress fractures, tooth powder, and more

I am sitting here on my couch on a RARE Monday morning that I actually am not having to race off at the crack of dawn (which is an hour earlier after this past weekend’s time change, can I get a hooray! from all the busy early risers out there?). And what am I thinking about as I drink my morning breakfast – a bulletproof coffee thick with grass fed butter and coconut oil – with just a hint of blackstrap molasses? Well don’t worry it is not about my coffee – though I will be sharing plenty of that on another day – but no it’s teeth.

Dental health. and most of all the nutrition and natural care required for it. Why?  It is something I have thought a lot about in the past couple of years but I am thinking about it today because of my dear older sister.  Yesterday when discussing her finally finally getting braces to correct gaps as well as still possessing baby teeth at THIRTY years old – I finally convinced her to switch to using tooth powder. Not “all natural” toothpaste, not flouride free toothpaste – no tooth powder. As a lover of the foamy clean feeling I had been unable to convince her to make the switch in the past. What was the breakthrough? My teeth!
I am the youngest of three daughters – my older sisters were born a mere year and a half apart – and as any readers of Dr. Weston A. Price will no doubt appreciate – this spelled trouble for my middle sister who’s dental problems were in part described above. Not only that but due to a S.A.D. diet my oldest sister too had her share – in the form of very crooked teeth which were straightened as “normal” in her teen years by braces. Where did I get left in all this? Well I am 7 and 9 years younger than my sisters – and I definitely seem to have benefited from the long spacing as well as my mother’s improved diet during my sisters’ childhoods. Part of this time they lived in a rural area, often eating wild game, always fresh ground whole grains – everything homemade and from scratch – more by circumstance than choice. To this day my mother still has staunchly avoided all gross factory fats – always enjoying the delicious taste of good old fashioned butter. The catch? By the time I came along – well guess what? She was tired, living in suburbia, and gross commercial foods had become staples. Canned, frozen, microwaved, fast food. Loads of sugary breakfast cereals and tons of nutritionally void breads and desserts. The result? To this day I have not had braces – and I am happy with the straightness of my teeth, hooray!
But I had two root canals by the time I was 14. Along with multiple other fillings. When I was 19 I started having a series of health problems and began learning about traditional nutrition (thanks to my oldest sister) and began a slow process of changing my diet. But what about my teeth? Well I still had cavities and lots of tooth sensitivity to cold as well as, oddly enough and I never understood this, to sugar.  When I was almost 23 and I finally dragged myself to the dentist after a life long fear (induced by crummy dentists as well as a high tolerance to numbing medications and way too much dental work). I had one small cavity that needed filling – and two infected root canal treated teeth. One of which turned out it’s roots reached into my sinuses – a cause of all the sinus problems I’d been having perhaps? That I don’t know. But so I went in and had these two teeth (as well as four impacted wisdom teeth) removed.  What else did I learn at the dentist at that time however?

I had some pretty bad stress fractures in my front top teeth. When I got home and told this to my husband – he was like “well duh, I could have told you that.” They were obvious, and admittedly I had just been trying to not think about those ominous lines on my front teeth. They were not the “you’re teeth are about to break in half” kind. But definitely of concern if they were to get much worse. What was I going to do about it? I had no idea. So now we are too the main point of this story! I had tried using baking soda instead of toothpaste off and on in the past – it really works wonders for whitening!  But had always ended up going back to the $1 “all natural” fluoride free toothpaste. A lot because my husband was unconvinced to try anything but a standard old toothpaste – he was addicted to the whitening, plaque removing, foamy, sweet and minty commercial toothpastes. And I never wanted to spend the $5-10 on a tiny thing of tooth powder that I knew was the only way he would try it – let’s face it, baking soda tastes gross. But one day maybe a year ago – I did. And I got my husband to try it. He has never looked back, and neither have I.
I had known that powders were better because it allows all the minerals in my mineral rich diet and water to absorb into my teeth and make them strong – but just last week after 2 years I suddenly was like “hey, I wonder how my stress fractures are doing?” and they were gone.

Gone

Gone

Gone!!!!

Now I don’t know how long it took of consistent no toothpaste use for this to happen – because I wasn’t looking for it. It could have been a couple months – it could have been almost this entire 2 years. But what I do know – is that it happened.  And now my sister is convinced and was headed out to buy tooth powder.
For those of you who are addicted to a strong minty flavor and some foaminess – I can recommend “EcoDent Daily Care Tooth Powder” It is strong and minty and gets just a little bit of a foam going to satisfy a toothpaste addict during the transition. I still enjoy an occasional baking powder scrub for that nice whitening affect.
The other thing she is going to try? Oil pulling with coconut oil – but that is a story for another day, because I do still have to go to work. But spoiler alert – it seriously helped with my cold and sugar teeth sensitivities….

Roasted Delicata Squash

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Apple Enchilada Inspiration

Deep South Dish: Apple Enchiladas.

Came across this recipe today – and the name immediately intrigued me. Apples are in abundance this time of year, so I clicked it – knowing full well I would be modifying the recipe. As you will come to learn, for me a recipe is at best a starting off point, I have trouble containing myself when it comes to tweaking and playing with a recipe – even before I’ve ever tasted it!

But I had no idea how much! First of all – the flour tortillas had to go, I am a corn tortilla gal all the way! Second, when it comes to desserts I prefer them to be rich and satisfying. So in will go some cream cheese or creme fraiche inside the “enchilada”, along with more butter and less sugar in the sauce.  And then for that kick – this definitely needs to be heated up with an abundance of spices: cloves, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg – I am going to throw the works at it. And maybe just a splash of lemon…

When my apples arrive this week in my CSA box – I will try out my recipe idea as soon as I can. I’ll let you know how it turns out, complete with pictures of course!