A True Relationship With Food

What creates a real, true relationship with food in our lives?

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Like the law of gravity, there are certain laws of nutrition that influence our lives in a very broad sense. We all know that laws of nature determine outcomes. If we step off a cliff, the law of gravity acts in a way that creates suffering for us. We fall and hurt ourselves.

Like that, when we “step off a cliff” nutritionally with food choices we make, suffering in the form of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis can occur.

For decades, research has shown the relationship between nutrition and the prevention and even reversal of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and much more. The research shows that by following some simple laws of nutrition, we stay healthy, we don’t fall off a cliff.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at some of the elements that we consider make up the laws of nutrition that help us avoid or eliminate these kinds of diseases.

For years, we’ve been saying that our bodies regenerate when we eat a wide variety of organic, High Nutrient Dense whole foods. These are the elements of the laws of nutrition we want to explore: a wide variety of food, organic food, High Nutrient Dense food and whole food.

This week, let’s take a look at organic.

It’s hard to tell if there’s much difference between organic food and conventionally grown food by just looking at it. But there are several things to consider.

The first is that conventional foods have traces of herbicides and pesticides that can’t be seen. Most all of these are known carcinogens. So, although there are only traces of these toxins in conventional food, in wanting to create a healthy relationship with food and align with the laws of nutrition, we suggest leaving them alone.

Also, research has shown there’s a difference in the nutritional content of organic food vs. conventional. Take a look at the chart below.

This was shocking to us when we first saw it. How could there be 11 times more calcium in an organic tomato verses a conventional one? Or that there was 22 times more iron in organic snap peas than conventional. That seemed unbelievable. But this reality was pointed out by what a Naturopath told us.

When we had our all-organic restaurant in Santa Fe, we had a naturopathic doctor volunteer with us because she wanted to learn more about organic food. She said the one thing she saw brought improvement to all of her patients regardless of what the condition was, was when they made the shift to organic food.

That makes sense when we see nutritional differences like these together with the fact that her patients were no longer being exposed to toxins.

Try organic and see what your body says when you get present with what you’re eating. See what you’re drawn to in having a real relationship with food, one that aligns us with the laws of nutrition that keep us healthy, vital and full of energy.

And for a recipe, today we’re offering baked fries, low in oil and high in spices. So wow! We cut everything into fries or cubes, stir them in a bowl with oil and spices and bake them. It’s that simple!

To Your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill

Baked Sweet Fries (Serves 4)

Baked Sweet Fries

3 medium yams sliced into fries or small cubes
3 medium sweet potatoes sliced into fries or small cubes
3 medium potatoes sliced into fries or small cubes
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400º F.
Add avocado oil to a bowl large enough to hold the potatoes and add the spices. Mix thoroughly. It will be a stiff paste.
Add potatoes and mix until well coated with spices.
Pour potatoes into a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure the tray is not overcrowded, that potatoes are just one layer high.
Bake 40 minutes at 400º F. You can bake them longer if you like crisper.

(If you would like a copy of the Organic charts above, just click on the chart and it will download automatically)

Circumstances Are Neutral

The more we understand the nature of the mind, and that we are always experiencing our moment to moment thinking, we see that circumstances are neutral. What gives circumstances life and flavor is the meaning we give to them.

Think of a debate, a political debate or a “family feud”. Two very different points of view about the same topic or incident. So, what if circumstances and topics are inherently neutral and it’s our thinking about them that gives them the meaning and importance they hold in our lives?

What kind of impact could this understanding have on our health? Take a few minutes to watch this week’s vlog to explore it more.

The recipe today is baked chickpeas with a Za’atar seasoning. We love having baked chickpeas around for a snack or to add to salads. Today’s recipe uses a Za’atar flavor base, which is a traditional Middle Eastern seasoning and gives a very herbal taste. It’s yummy. I always love variety and this flavor would be wonderful to top salads or dark leafy greens. Enjoy!

Baked Chickpeas with Za’atar

To Your Amazing Health,

Connie and Bill

Za’atar Flavored Baked Chickpeas

1 28 ounce can chickpeas, drained
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoon za’atar seasoning

Add the oil with the spices to a large bowl and mix thoroughly. It makes a stiff paste.

Add the drained chickpeas and mix well so all the beans are evenly coated.

Lay parchment paper over a large baking pan and spread out the chickpeas.

Roast the chickpeas for 30 minutes stirring or shaking the pan every 10 minutes. A few chickpeas may pop. This is normal. The chickpeas are done when golden and crispy on the outside.

To make your own Za’atar:
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup sumac (found at a Middle Eastern food store)
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried marjoram
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon group black pepper

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend to combine. Store in a glass jar or plastic bag.