Secret #1 on Delicious Cooking – A tasty five-course series

Some people find cooking to be therapeutic, while others despise it entirely. Despite your personal stance, if you care at all about your weight and health, then you better care about what you eat. It’s your everyday food choices and eating patterns that will ultimately make a tremendous impact on your waistline, cholesterols levels, blood pressure, and so much more. In today’s busy world, it can be a real challenge for many of us to find the time to prepare healthy and delicious meals. Learning to eat the right foods is one thing; developing our culinary skills is yet another. If you’ve been struggling in this arena, then today’s your lucky day. Starting right now, I’m going to be divulging secrets which are bound to help you eat healthier and improve your cooking skills.  These secrets will be shared over a five course series so you can digest one delicious nugget at a time.
Secret number one: Choose good quality ingredients! This secret is the foundation for any healthy and delicious meal. Good quality foods are not only better for you, they taste better too! Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t mean you should brand health food into any one category, such as gluten-free, fat-free, low-carb, and so on. Don’t get neurotic or confused by hypocritical information. Of course some individuals must adhere to certain guidelines such as following a strict, gluten-free diet; but keep in mind that someone’s tolerance for gluten as with any other food sensitivity or issue, is still a personal matter. Yes we should learn to qualify our food choices based on our particular needs, but we must always consider the inherent quality of the food itself.
When trying to determine what constitutes good quality ingredients, we must pay close, and I mean very close, attention to the details. For example, some food items might be labelled in such a way that sound 100% healthy, but because of other additives, the quality of those goods instantly deflates. Unfortunately, countless people have been duped because the danger of such additives are not readily known. Some are falsely touted as healthy and yet these additives are frequently hidden within many packaged items. Though I don’t want to divert into this subject of so-called processed health foods, the same rule still applies. When choosing good quality foods or anything that comes in a package, we must pay very close attention to the details—a huge part of this first secret. To help you in making that determination, let’s use a comparison to illustrate.
The next time you go grocery shopping, consider the history of that chicken you’re about to purchase. Do you know whether the chicken fed on cheap grains—genetically modified food which also contained harmful pesticides? Was the chicken crammed in a cage with other chickens; forced to stay inside where their feces spread and built bacteria? Was the chicken induced with antibiotics and plumped up with growth hormones? Sorry to break the news, but unless you’re raising chickens yourself or choosing organic, the answers to these questions is an overwhelming yes.
On the other hand, if chickens are raised on an organic farm they enjoy a diet the way mother nature intended. This includes non-GMO grains, bugs, and different types of grasses without pesticides or harsh chemicals. Those chickens get plenty of exposure to sunlight, are allowed to roam free-range and often moved to lush new grasses for feeding. They aren’t crammed into cages with other chickens, forced to live in unsanitary conditions with their animal by-products. Nor are organic chickens induced with antibiotics and plumped up with growth hormones.
So if you are what you eat, then the better quality choice here becomes obvious. And when it comes to delicious cooking: Better Quality = Better Taste. As mentioned in my book, to eat healthy we must choose foods that are a product of nature versus a product of industry.  Focus on ingredients that are natural, unrefined and unprocessed.  To help facilitate this process, let me give you a few more examples.
Choose Himalayan pink sea salt over processed, white table salt. Why? Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements, whereas processed table salt has none, or at best one—iodine. White salt of any kind, even if it’s labeled as sea salt is not full-spectrum meaning it’s devoid of the essential minerals your body needs. Not only are those pink crystals better for you, they’re bursting with flavor. No comparison in taste to the white stuff.
Replace canola oil with a variety of oils that includes extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil. Why? Canola oil is highly processed and genetically modified—it’s anything but natural. There exists no canola plant. However, canola oil is contrived from rapeseed oil which is used as a lubricant and biodiesel fuel to power motor vehicles, aircrafts, steam engines and other naval vessels.  In several countries, canola oil is illegal to give to infants. Enough said there.
Use organic butter as opposed to margarine. Why? Again, margarine is not a product of nature. It’s created through a process called hydrogenation meaning the oil has been chemically altered and highly refined—the end result makes it a source of aluminum and nickel. A diet that contains aluminum has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, senility, osteoporosis and cancer. Some research suggests that margarine is nothing but plastic butter. As far as taste, well…I think real butter tastes better than melted Tupperware any day.
To discover the other four secrets on delicious cooking, be sure to follow my blog! https://theproactivehealthsolution.wordpress.com
Click here to order the new version of The Proactive Health Solution!!

Some people find cooking to be therapeutic, while others despise it entirely. Despite your personal stance, if you care at all about your weight and health, then you better care about what you eat. It’s your everyday food choices and eating patterns that will ultimately make a tremendous impact on your waistline, cholesterols levels, blood pressure, and so much more. In today’s busy world, it can be a real challenge for many of us to find the time to prepare healthy and delicious meals. Learning to eat the right foods is one thing; developing our culinary skills is yet another. If you’ve been struggling in this arena, then today’s your lucky day. Starting right now, I’m going to be divulging secrets which are bound to help you eat healthier and improve your cooking skills.  These secrets will be shared over a five course series so you can digest one delicious nugget at a time.

Secret number one: Choose good quality ingredients! This secret is the foundation for any healthy and delicious meal. Good quality foods are not only better for you, they taste better too! Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t mean you should brand health food into any one category, such as gluten-free, fat-free, low-carb, and so on. Don’t get neurotic or confused by hypocritical information. Of course some individuals must adhere to certain guidelines such as following a strict, gluten-free diet; but keep in mind that someone’s tolerance for gluten as with any other food sensitivity or issue, is still a personal matter. Yes we should learn to qualify our food choices based on our particular needs, but we must always consider the inherent quality of the food itself.

When trying to determine what constitutes good quality ingredients, we must pay close, and I mean very close, attention to the details. For example, some food items might be labelled in such a way that sound 100% healthy, but because of other additives, the quality of those goods instantly deflates. Unfortunately, countless people have been duped because the danger of such additives are not readily known. Some are falsely touted as healthy and yet these additives are frequently hidden within many packaged items. Though I don’t want to divert into this subject of so-called processed health foods, the same rule still applies. When choosing good quality foods or anything that comes in a package, we must pay very close attention to the details—a huge part of this first secret. To help you in making that determination, let’s use a comparison to illustrate.

The next time you go grocery shopping, consider the history of that chicken you’re about to purchase. Do you know whether the chicken fed on cheap grains—genetically modified food which also contained harmful pesticides? Was the chicken crammed in a cage with other chickens; forced to stay inside where their feces spread and built bacteria? Was the chicken induced with antibiotics and plumped up with growth hormones? Sorry to break the news, but unless you’re raising chickens yourself or choosing organic, the answers to these questions is an overwhelming yes.

On the other hand, if chickens are raised on an organic farm they enjoy a diet the way mother nature intended. This includes non-GMO grains, bugs, and different types of grasses without pesticides or harsh chemicals. Those chickens get plenty of exposure to sunlight, are allowed to roam free-range and often moved to lush new grasses for feeding. They aren’t crammed into cages with other chickens, forced to live in unsanitary conditions with their animal by-products. Nor are organic chickens induced with antibiotics and plumped up with growth hormones.

So if you are what you eat, then the better quality choice here becomes obvious. And when it comes to delicious cooking: Better Quality = Better Taste. As mentioned in my book, to eat healthy we must choose foods that are a product of nature versus a product of industry.  Focus on ingredients that are natural, unrefined and unprocessed.  To help facilitate this process, let me give you a few more examples.

  • Choose Himalayan pink sea salt over processed, white table salt. Why? Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements, whereas processed table salt has none, or at best one—iodine. White salt of any kind, even if it’s labeled as sea salt is not full-spectrum meaning it’s devoid of the essential minerals your body needs. Not only are those pink crystals better for you, they’re bursting with flavor. No comparison in taste to the white stuff.
  • Replace canola oil with a variety of oils that includes extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil. Why? Canola oil is highly processed and genetically modified—it’s anything but natural. There exists no canola plant. However, canola oil is contrived from rapeseed oil which is used as a lubricant and biodiesel fuel to power motor vehicles, aircrafts, steam engines and other naval vessels.  In several countries, canola oil is illegal to give to infants. Enough said there.
  • Use organic butter as opposed to margarine. Why? Again, margarine is not a product of nature. It’s created through a process called hydrogenation meaning the oil has been chemically altered and highly refined—the end result makes it a source of aluminum and nickel. A diet that contains aluminum has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, senility, osteoporosis and cancer. Some research suggests that margarine is nothing but plastic butter. As far as taste, well…I think real butter tastes better than melted Tupperware any day.

To discover the other four secrets on delicious cooking, be sure to follow my blog! https://theproactivehealthsolution.wordpress.com

Click here to order the new version of The Proactive Health Solution!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Secret #2 on Delicious Cooking: A Tasty Five-Course Series

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3211175826_1bab9ec1ba_nIf you’ve been following my blog, you already learned secret number one on delicious cooking. As mentioned, better quality ingredients = better taste; and remember, knowing what NOT to cook with, is equally important. Today we’re moving onto the next secret, so in case you missed the first post on this series, don’t forget to catch up and read it.

Secret number two: Believe in yourself.  Now you may be scratching your head wondering what in the world does believing in yourself have to do with cooking a delicious meal. Maybe you were anticipating a secret ingredient like a pungent spice loaded with antioxidants. Surely I should tout the flavorful health benefits of thyme, fenugreek, and turmeric, right? Not so fast. First, you need to just start believing in your ability to whip up a delicious meal.

Why? Here’s the deal. Believing in yourself is a secret ingredient! Having confidence in the kitchen…

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Secret #3 on Delicious Cooking: A Tasty Five-Course Series

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279775064_117a6d9fbb_nYes, it’s been a while. Hopefully, you didn’t forget the first two secrets in this tasty five-course series! So before moving on, let’s recap. Remember, the first secret—use good quality ingredients; this carries tremendous weight. Why? In a nutshell, better quality equals better taste. The second secret—just believe in yourself—simple enough, yet quite powerful.  You shouldn’t allow a flopped dish to make you throw in the kitchen towel so to speak. When you follow the next secret, you’ll have a better chance of turning those flopped dishes around.

Secret number three: Be Creative!   Cooking is not just a skill; it’s an artistic expression. Consider for a moment, all those beautifully decorated wedding cakes or your niece’s festive Christmas cookies. Flip your TV channel to The Food Network and watch experienced bakers duke it out in a creative battle of Cupcake Wars! Yup, even that monstrous sandwich your little brother…

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Secret #4 on Delicious Cooking: A Tasty Five-Course Series

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25631580153_593008b3e0_nHave you ever watched an episode of Chopped on The Food Network? If so, you get it. A contestant prepares a meal that hits all the right notes and tastes ultra-yummy. As a result, the judges tend to be more forgiving if that same meal had been served with a less-than-perfect presentation. In a competitive throw down, the tastier meal will triumph over another dish that might look prettier on the plate, but falls completely flat on the flavor profile. It’s only human nature that many of us make assumptions about a dish based upon what it looks like. However, as the old adage goes, you can’t always judge a book by its cover. Realistically, what keeps us coming back for more is every scrumptious bite of goodness.

To elaborate, let me give you an example.  Every so often, my family and a few extended relatives will gather together for…

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Secret #5 on Delicious Cooking: A Tasty Five-Course Series

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15683243130_b852e6747a_nJames 1:2-4 (NIV) “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

At the beginning of this series, I mentioned that if you care at all about your health and weight, then you’d better care about what you eat. That sounds great in theory, but for busy people, preparing healthy and delicious meals is a very tall order. Realistically, everything takes work. Reading labels, scrutinizing GMO vs. non-GMO ingredients, staying in-the know, grocery shopping, hauling groceries, putting them away, prepping meals, and developing a decent set of culinary skills requires time and energy. For many of us, to say that perseverance is needed is quite the understatement.

Cooking for yourself is one thing. As hard as that may be for…

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Where’s the sanity?

Two years later and this post still rings true!

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8229756685_a196043384_nIn light of the recent terrorist attacks on Paris, let’s pause for a moment to reflect. What has happened to the sanity of humanity? What type of God would demand killing innocent civilians? Realistically, there is no such God, because this is all the work of Satan himself. The Bible states in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15—“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”

To maintain our own sanity and well-being during these horrific tragedies, we need gain some sense of what we’re up against. Unfortunately, it’s not simply ISIS that poses a major threat. Indeed Satan uses these indoctrinated and highly skilled militants as a clever means to orchestrate his elaborate schemes of evil. The magnitude of this battle however, is much greater than ISIS. We’re facing…

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Secrets on Delicious Cooking: A Tasty Five-Course Series

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3621275081_bf3e1f3f67_nSome people find cooking to be therapeutic, while others despise it entirely. Despite your personal stance, if you care at all about your weight and health, then you better care about what you eat. It’s your everyday food choices and eating patterns that will ultimately make a tremendous impact on your waistline, cholesterols levels, blood pressure, and so much more. In today’s busy world, it can be a real challenge for many of us to find the time to prepare healthy and delicious meals. Learning to eat the right foods is one thing; developing our culinary skills is yet another. If you’ve been struggling in this arena, then today’s your lucky day. Starting right now, I’m going to be divulging secrets which are bound to help you eat healthier and improve your cooking skills.  These secrets will be shared over a five course series so you can digest one delicious nugget…

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Finding Our Moral Compass

Many months later with Trump, these words still resonate.

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We are all unique souls traveling on this planet—learning, loving and living from day to day. Each individual soul is connected to a universal consciousness. This means that although each of us have been created in ways that are magnificently different from one another, we are still one and the same. How can this be? Essentially, we share the same collective consciousness. For instance, when a mother learns that her child has been bullied and beat up at school, she’s outraged. That’s because the heart of a good mother is the same regardless of where she lives or her social standing in the world. A mother’s political views and the color of her skin are entirely irrelevant when it comes to keeping her child out of harms way.  Of course, it’s not just mothers. As a collective consciousness, whenever we witness or hear about blatant, horrific crimes against innocent lives…

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The Effects of Stress

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2858445782_9b6962ae31_nNobody is immune from stress. Every week I hear all sorts of stories from my clients; some are being bogged down by the demands of a rigid work schedule while others face strenuous family obligations. Interestingly however, much of the way we deal with stress is based on our own perceptions and how we respond within a given set of life circumstances. What’s a source of pleasure for one person could cause major anxiety for another. Consider Marcus who loves to cook, yet his sister Gabriela, utterly despises it. This helps us to see that not all stress is created equal. For Marcus, cooking is enjoyable so his stress would be considered the good kind or eustress—it’s fun and exciting. Ironically, the same activity makes Gabriela extremely anxious, but her stress would be classified as acute. Keep in mind however, that acute stress is not necessarily bad—it’s a short-lived stress that may…

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How to Proactively Manage the Stress in Your Life.

The word ‘proactive’ is in the title of my book for a reason and after reading it, you’ll quickly realize why. Being proactive empowers you to manage your lifestyle and yourself so that you can become the healthiest version of YOU, healthier than you ever dreamed possible—in your mind, body and spirit! Yet in today’s world, you might question whether such an ideal is even feasible. Especially when we observe that social media has begun usurping our precious day, politics have viciously divided our country, and leaders within our government (on all sides) appear to be reeling from ongoing dysfunction. This modern-day mental stress might affect the well-being of some individuals more than others, but unless we’ve been living under a rock, we are all touched by it. Inevitably, too much stress, in any of its various forms, can take a toll on our psyche, collectively and individually. Sooner or later, something has to give.

Case in point. Recently, Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, (R-LA) took a bullet during a routine baseball practice. Was such a tragedy imminent due to the huge political schism which has polarized our country? Think about it. The gunman wasn’t a Jihadist or member of ISIS plotting to eradicate the GOP. He didn’t shout “Allah Akbar” during his rampage; nevertheless, his intent was the same—namely, to kill. Politically, this shooter James Hodgkinson, was a left-wing Liberal, and a member of several hate groups; one of which he took literally, called: Terminate the Republican Party. Obviously, he was a highly disturbed man and exceedingly stressed—mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Although America has suffered long from the mental instability of numerous deranged individuals, we cannot understate the gravity of these stressful times. Anxiety has increased significantly in our country as we observe the ramifications of post-election stress. Isn’t it time to calm down and let reality sink in?

If we put our differences aside, we should recognize that politically motivated violence along with its demoralizing rhetoric is unacceptable. Plain and simple. However, there are plenty of Americans who are still very angry and unwilling to normalize Trump’s presidency. It may be rough, but they really need to lighten up. Why? Here are a few reasons. First, even Trump supporters can admit that Donald Trump is not a normal president—he’s as unconventional as it gets. So from this vantage point, despite our political affiliation, we genuinely have a lot more in common than we realize. Second, the checks and balances established within our constitution will keep America grounded to her principles regardless of who resides in the Oval Office. Third, if we don’t unite as a country, this means more gridlock in Washington and less peace for all of us.

Furthermore, anger is a normal human emotion—we all have it. However, when anger begins to wreak havoc on others through hateful speech and actions, it’s a red flag of mismanaged stress. We may be fuming about a certain situation, but it’s how we respond in that situation which can make all the difference in the world. Notice I used the word ‘respond’ and not ‘react’. Reacting is involuntary, responding however, means we are making a choice based on our values. As discussed in my book, responding is a byproduct of being proactive. In other words, as we learn to be proactive, we can still choose our own private response even in the midst of suffering.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can hurt you without your consent.” Gandhi said, “They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.” When we proactively manage our life, this helps us gain the control to better manage our health and stress. There couldn’t be a better time to start implementing this life-changing Proactive Health Solution (PHS) Principle: Be Proactive—it’s a HUGE remedy to managing stress!

Pause for a moment to reflect. This pause shouldn’t be a ‘stop to smell the roses’ moment. It needs to be a very long moment to get serious, and think about your life. Take a personal inventory. Are you proactively managing your life? What are your priorities? How would you rate the quality of your life? Do you genuinely value your health and if so, what are you doing to manage your stress? Does wisdom, clarity and peace guide your decisions? Are you living a purpose driven life, or just going through the motions?

That’s a lot to take in and figure out on your own. However, when you follow the roadmap of the Proactive Health Solution with its five progressive components, you will naturally evolve from Lifestyle Management into Healthy Self-Management as you travel on a journey toward optimal health. You will gain the peace of mind and discipline that’s so desperately needed in these high times of stress. The Proactive Health Solution is a powerful bridge that will lift you up, not tear you down. It will support and encourage you regardless of your political stance. All of us, need this. Now. Click here to order your copy today!