4-Ingredient Mayo Plus Ranch Dressing

Put the following in a quart jar:
  • 1 cup extra light tasting olive oil (I've also used sunflower oil)
  • 1 farm fresh egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Start with the same 4 ingredients listed for the Mayo! Then add the following to the jar:
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (or a drop of YL Black Pepper Vitality Oil)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or use fresh garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (or use fresh onion--I like green onions here)
  • 1 Tablespoon(ish) dried parsley (or a drop of YL Parsley Vitality Oil)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
Use an immersion blender to emulsify mayonnaise/mix salad dressing. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Synthetic Supplements?!

Synthetic Supplements?!
**This post is based on information from my researching friend and health mentor Amanda Uribe and shared with her permission. :-) 

In the last blog post, we talked about "modern malnutrition" and the need to supplement our diets, because even if you eat organic foods and avoid most processed foods, our diet still contains only a fraction of the necessary vitamins and minerals our bodies need.

As you may know, vitamins and minerals work hand in hand. For example, we all know we need Vitamin D and calcium, but do you realize Vitamin D is necessary for our bodies to absorb calcium? We also need magnesium in order for calcium to enter our bones. 

OK, so what's your point, you ask? We need both vitamins AND minerals, it's true--BUT sadly, many options contain synthetic ingredients instead of whole food sources. What difference does it make? ALL THE DIFFERENCE, my friend!

Whole food vitamins contain essential trace minerals necessary for synergistic operation.

Synthetic vitamins contain NO trace minerals and therefore deplete the body's own mineral resources and in exchange offer only moderate functionality! You are doing more harm than good if you are taking vitamins with synthetic ingredients.

So how are we to know if an ingredient is synthetic or not? Well, honestly, there is no fail safe way to do so. I know, not very comforting. But there are some key words and letters to look for that are sure indicators.
  • Words that end in "-ide" or "-ate" indicate product containing salt forms; these are most often synthetics.
  • The letters "dl" that appear before the name of an ingredient indicates the supplement is synthetic.
synthetic vitamin A: retinyl palmitate
synthetic vitamin E: dl-alpha-tocopherol
Look for the whole food source in the ingredients. If you don't see actual fruits, veggies, fish, or plant life listed there, RUN!
Now…be aware that what you are (or should be) doing is looking for the name on the vitamin or supplement bottle and then researching further. The vitamins CAN sometimes come from a whole food source. But, for example, if the label just states “riboflavin” or “biotin” without listing the source, DO MORE RESEARCH. For example, whole food sources of riboflavin are:
  • almonds
  • beef liver
  • eggs
  • lamb
  • lentils
  • milk
  • mushrooms
  • quinoa
  • spinach
  • tahini
  • wild salmon
  • yogurt
But synthetic riboflavin is made with acetic acid and nitrogen or using genetically modified bacteria and fermentation. It will simply be listed as "riboflavin" without the ingredients showing whole food source.
Same with ascorbic acid: this is often derived from a compound in nature, but then modified in a lab. But it CAN be derived from a whole food source with minimal processing. You’ll need to research the product further to determine if it is a synthetic or whole food derivative.
This is a post to START your questions and research. Labels that list vitamin names and ONLY those names—without listing the whole food source it was derived from—are quite often synthetic.
And listen…if you ARE NOT SURE…I’m just saying…maybe it’s time to switch to Young Living vitamins and supplements! This is what we have done, because we KNOW beyond the shadow of a doubt that we are absolutely using the best products available. Not only are YL vitamins and supplements made with whole food sources, but they also contain essential oils to enhance their bioavailability, allowing our bodies to absorb even more of the needed components!

The information in this post and the previous one are part of a "Dr. Mom" series I've provided for free along with my friend Amanda Uribe in my private wellness community. If you'd like more specific information on vitamins and other natural means of supporting your health, join us!

And if you're looking for other ways to be healthy, check out my free guide, 4 Ways to be Fit for Life!

Modern Malnutrition

Modern Malnutrition
**This post is based on information from my researching friend and health mentor Amanda Uribe and shared with her permission. :-) 

Have you ever thought about the fact that as Americans, we may very well be malnourished? Ridiculous, right? Food is everywhere! The grocery store shelves are bursting with all kinds of food! OK, maybe not during the COVID-19 pandemic…but regardless, even my big family of 11 is hardly starving, snack-rationing measures notwithstanding.
But the truth is, our nutrition is far inferior to what our ancestors ate, though they had much fewer food choices and may not have even eaten three meals a day. What they did eat, though, was actual food…not food-like products. Our food today may satiate our hunger, but it provides little else in the way of nutrition. Even organic produce lacks vital nutrients our bodies need.
Chronic disease and illness are at an all time high. Most diseases we hear about repeatedly are inescapably related to the foods we eat (or don't eat). Many foods are both chemically saturated and vitamin-absent, a terrible combination for our long-term health. Eating from the family garden has become a thing of the past, and those who still strive to do so find the garden
  • depleted of enzymes and minerals,
  • filled with pesticides and toxins,
  • and generally lacking the core necessities to offer pure value.
To compensate, food manufacturers tout products with hollow claims of being “fortified,” “natural,” or “enriched.” Don't be fooled! It's all marketing. I don’t care what the package claims, sadly, there is no such thing as a "natural Pringle." As my friend Amanda pointed out, with well over half of all corn now being genetically modified and specifically bred with known neurotoxins and compounds to eliminate pests, even the simplest of ingredients on a package could mean nothing. We need to look further to see where those ingredients came from originally.
These marketing techniques are confusing. Cereal, crackers, and other packaged products may sound healthy because the note on the box says “fortified with essential nutrients" or "enriched with Vitamin D." But what does that truly mean? Unfortunately, it means before that product was placed into its packaging, it received a spray dusting of synthetic nutrients and likely synthetic preservatives to enable it to sit on your pantry shelves for up to a year or more! And…I hate to break it to you, but even “natural,” “nature made,” or “naturally” are also marketing terms that don’t carry weight when we are looking at nutritional value. Even arsenic, lead, and petroleum are natural and organic. We wouldn't eat those, right? Oh, but we do! They've been found in major everyday food staples on shelves the world over. Gah!!

So we see that our modern diet is sadly lacking vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function properly; thus, even the most conscientious eater needs to supplement. But alas! We can't even pick up a bottle of vitamins from a store shelf and trust that they will pick up the slack for our poor quality foods! Why not? Well, even many vitamins and supplements are replete with synthetic ingredients!

It's up to us to invest some time and energy into the research needed for this. Our health is too valuable to substitute one poor choice with another. In the next blog post, we will cover some things to look out for when it comes to synthetics in vitamins.
Meanwhile, if you appreciate the information in this post, I encourage you to check out my private group Fit for Life, where I've been sharing educational units to help folks take charge of their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. This post comes from a "Dr. Mom" series I'm sharing with more fabulous information from Amanda Uribe. We're covering a lot of ground, from elderberry to colloidal silver to vitamins and more! And if you find yourself concerned about COVID-19, check out my free guide, 3 Ways to Avoid Pandemic Panic!

It All Started With Food

It All Started With Food
It was a Saturday in January 2011, and I was on a massive grocery hunt. My friend Sidra, who had taught me about the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet, was taking me to the places she had found best for healthy food shopping. I had already gutted my pantry--who knew there was high fructose corn syrup in so many items?! Pretty much everything in a jar or a box had to go. We had eaten up most of the fresh items, so my refrigerator and freezer were ready for the loads I would haul home. 

When all was said and done, I had spent over $750 total at Dorothy Lane Market, Natural Grocers, Trader Joe's, and Meijers. Not only did I buy food (which I didn't think would last more than a week, with 5 kids plus my husband and myself to feed), but also I had needed to get some specific kitchen tools, to include a giant stock pot (for homemade chicken broth) and an immersion blender. And just like that, I plunged into a different world, one that included things like:
  • probiotics
  • grass-fed beef
  • organic everything
  • raw milk
  • coconut and almond flours
  • homemade sauerkraut, yogurt, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and more.
It's been a long time since that long, difficult, yet incredibly educational year we spent on the GAPS diet. I am thankful we do not HAVE to be on such a strict eating plan long term. And yet I am also grateful for the knowledge I gained--reading product lables, choosing our foods carefully, and being aware of what we put in and on our bodies. We've been on an intentional health journey ever since, one I will pursue for life! I'm not leaving the state of my overall wellness to chance, nor am I beholden to any genetic codes. My daily choices matter. And so do yours!

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For me...it all started with food. What was the catalyst for YOUR health journey?