Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How STRESS causes disease......

This weeks blog is about stress, but first, meal plans.

I can't wait for my Spring garden!

Saturday-***Turkey cacciatore(slow cooker) with white rice in broth and kale chips
Sunday-Deconstructed beef burgers with avocado, fries and*** bacon drop biscuits
Monday-Sprouted Lentil Salad with Lamb steaks
Tuesday-Venison stir fry with rice noodles and broccoli
Wednesday-Teriyaki salmon with soaked white rice and snow peas
Thursday-Paleo Taco Chicken(slow cooker)
Friday-Family Get together and I will bring the grain free Pizza.

The cool thing about meal plans and prepping is that if you want to switch up a day, you can!

                                               Lets talk about Stress this week(all types)

FYI: 98% of disease is caused by stress. 
I was shocked to learn this statistic during my CHEK training.  There is good stress and bad stress,  we need good stress for hormone production. 
Do you know the types of stress that can have an impact on your health?  Read on to learn more!

    Physical stress is what most people think of ‘stress’.  The business deal at work, the baby sick all the time, the budget for the month less than last month.  These are the stressors we think about.   There is also Chemical stress, Electromagnetic stress, Psychic stress, Nutritional and Thermal stress that can cause disease.  ALL of these factors play into a healthy or unhealthy body. 

    Lets take a deeper look at these different stressors individually.  Physical stress is the stress we feel with daily activities and in our life. The job, family, car, finance and home are all very common stressors for the physical. Physical stress is what most people think of as ‘stress’.   The following types of stress are not commonly thought of as stressors,  however, they are just as important to reduce and control.

    Chemical stress, our daily lives are surrounded by chemical stress that our body has to deal with and it is obvious to me, that we are struggling to manage.  Chemical stress includes things like our polluted and contaminated air, medical drugs that are prescription or over the counter(they are still chemical), as well as industrial toxins(things like plug-ins scents, scented candles, chemical cleaners, perfumes and hair dye etc.) 

     Electromagnetic Stress (Radiation), is going to be a hard one for people to rid themselves of in the world today.  ELM stress comes from cell phones, microwaves, computers, wi-fi.  Most people don’t realize the impact of these stressors until it is to late.  ["The microwaves produced by microwave ovens damage the cell wall of foods to such a degree that the gut receptors are not likely to recognize microwaved food particles as food, resulting in a immune response"  How to eat, move and be healthy, by Paul Chek.] Things to help reduce ELM stress....Pong cases for cell phone and/or q-links, Himalayan salt lamps especially if you work around computers(we have 4 in our house), crystal diodes to wear around your neck to protect from ELM stress(my daughter wears one to school because she is on or around computers all day)  Turning off your wi-fi.   The easiest is to STOP USING THE MICROWAVE(I have turned mine into proofing oven and storage for cast iron pots)

     Psychic Stress your thoughts, words and deeds play a huge part in your level of stress.  Are you a 'debbie downer' or always gossiping and saying hateful things about yourself or others.  You have to change your mind to change your body.  Positive thoughts and words can change your entire way of living.  Start by saying positive affirmations to yourself and then bring it to others.

     Nutritional Stress this should be obvious, but for most people, it is not.  Eating displaced foods like GMO(genetically modified organisms), non organic fruits and veggies with pesticides or irradiated foods cause our body to not function properly because they are not ‘REAL FOOD’.  When you eat these displaced foods, you body goes into a flight or fight response each and every time to fight for survival using organs, glands and tissues at its expense.  I won’t go into great detail here but EAT REAL FOOD like your ancestors.

     Thermal Stress is basically your sleep wake cycles.  Our body needs time to recover daily, we need a minimum of 8 hours(more if you work out).  Lights out by 10:30, up by 6:30 is optimum(and no TV or electronics 2 hours prior to bed, it disrupts your cycles).  These can be adjusted for your schedule(I am in bed by 9, on a late night, and up by 4:15 most days).  Cell phones by your bed or under your pillow disrupt your cycles as well.  Leave your phones in another room.  Ideally you have physical repair, during sleep, from 10pm to 2 am and psychological repair from 2 am to 6 am.  If you are in a constant state of stress, your repair mechanisms are damaged putting you in to adrenal fatigue.  So GET SOME SLEEP!

I will address each one of these stressors in detail in later posts.

How someone handles stress is extremely important for their overall health and wellbeing. 

Just a few easy things to reduce stress...Eat Real Organic Food, sleep in blacked-out room with no TV or Computer before bed and no CELL PHONE under your pillow or on your night stand.  Reduce exposure to all chemicals by using essential oils and natural cleaners like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and borax.  Try to reduce exposure to ELM stress by investing in salt lamps and diodes as well as protective coverings for your cell phones.  Stop using the microwave and think positive thought and your life will be less stressed!

Being healthy is taking responsibility for ones self.  The ability to choose directly influence well-being. What you eat and how you choose to exercise dramatically influence how you interpret life events and how rapidly you age!!!!!!

Slow Cooker Turkey Cacciatore (you can do this freezer style)

1 lb chicken mixed meat (frozen) or 1 leg/thigh from turkey

3 T olive oil

1 large green pepper (seeded and sliced)

1 large red pepper (seeded and sliced) (or jar of roasted red peppers)

1 large yellow pepper (seeded and sliced)

1 large celery stalk (chopped into pieces)

3 large garlic cloves (minced)
1 cup diced carrots

1 can diced tomatoes
1 tsp or more to taste oregano
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to ziploc bag. Freeze. Or all add ingredients to slow cooker.
Write on Bag
Thaw slightly and add contents to slow cooker.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve with soaked rice and veggies.

Grain free Bacon Drop Biscuits for burgers 
6 pastured eggs
Bacon drippings from 1 pound of cooked bacon (we use beef bacon from US Wellness Meats)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 pound nitrate-free, sugar-free bacon
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Fry bacon in a skillet until crispy. Set aside. Blend eggs, bacon drippings and salt in a bowl, reserving some bacon dripping to grease your muffin pan with (if you let the bacon drain onto a paper towel, use the greasy paper towel to grease your muffin pan). Add coconut flour and mix until there are no lumps. Crumble bacon and mix it and the cheese into the batter. Pour batter into greased muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes.

**These were a tad dry because I didn't use all they drippings, you need all the drippings from the bacon.  They were good!

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