Wednesday, April 28, 2010

For your digestive health...

If you or someone you know suffers from any type of digestive disorder, this article might interest you. Jordan Rubin was literally on his death bed due to Crohn's disease. He is the author of The Maker's Diet and wants to help others learn how to heal their digestive tracts naturally. I hope to incorporate as much of this into my diet as possible. I know it can only help, and hopefully I can kick medication to the curb for good!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Glenn Helen

Over the past three weeks, we've enjoyed the wild outdoors! We hiked through Glenn Helen last week after stopping for breakfast at the Sunrise Cafe in Yellow Springs. This is my very favorite breakfast spot. You really need to eat here. The food is fresh and delicious and filling enough to sustain you while you hike and explore!

Here are a few of shots of our outing. (We returned today from a three day trip to Hueston Woods. I'll post pictures and video soon!)
Smiling... sort of!

Daddy and his son - two sweethearts!

Wiping off his hands so we can head back home!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Soaked Oatmeal Recipe

As I mentioned a few days ago, I've been reading up on health and wellness topics. Overall, I try to steer clear from as many preservatives, dyes, hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, etc. as possible, but I think there is always room for improvement in what I buy and prepare for our family to eat. (Especially, when it seems like every grocery store in America is chock-full of enticing processed food!) I haven't always been overly health conscious, but over the past three years I've read enough to convince me that some of our eating habits needed revamped. In general, I enjoy learning new things, and for some peculiar reason, health topics constantly pique my interest. And, to be honest with you, one of my goals is to eventually stop taking maintenance therapy drugs for Crohn's disease. I'm not quite ready to make such a drastic jump, but I have high hopes that sometime in the future I might be able to control this disease through diet alone. I hope so!

The week I read that 70 percent of our immune system is located in our digestive tract. Crohn's is considered an auto-immune disease, which in a nutshell means that my body's immunity overreacts and works against itself. Although I'm almost certain genetics plays some part in Crohn's (my brother and I both have it and were diagnosed only three months apart), it's interesting to know that I can make small changes in my diet to gain more nutritional benefits and absorb vital nutrients. I think my digestive tract might be happier with me if I change a few things!

So, this week I'm focusing my attention on whole grains. Whole grains naturally contain an anti-nutrient called phytic acid, found in the hull or bran of grains. Phytic acid blocks the absorption of minerals including zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper. Soaking or sprouting grains helps reduce the amount of phytic acid, therefore enabling the body to absorb and easily digest the grains we consume. This is a wonderful site where you can learn more about traditional cooking and why soaking grains is beneficial. Not only is it beneficial, it's simple, too!

My first experience with soaking grains proved successful! I soaked oats and pecans (it's also good to soak nuts - here's why) in water with a little lemon juice for this tasty oatmeal. We all enjoyed it, and I'm making more this evening. If you and your family enjoy oatmeal, give this recipe a shot. Play around with it, and feel free to share your modifications with me. I'm always up for a new, tasty, and healthy recipe!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Snow, Air Force Museum, Graduation... and this and that!

Here are some recent snapshots of our family. Matt is officially a graduate of the Air Force Institute of Technology! He's on vacation for a few weeks, and we enjoyed our first visit as a family to the Air Force Museum. I've included some other pictures as well including Isaac enjoying our blizzard-like weather this past winter and just being plain cute!
Family fun in the... SNOW!

I LOVE his smile and the way he's snuggled deep in the snow!

Helping Daddy shovel

Our first trip as a family to the United States Air Force Museum

Checking out artifacts from the Korean War era

Just stopping to get some "head nudgies" from Daddy!

We liked this plane - it has "big teef"!
Graduation! Matt in line for his diploma!
It's official! (I do not like this pic of me, but it will have to do!)
Lisa and Jorge, our best friends from Boston (now they live in Montgomery, AL!), came to celebrate with us!

Monkeying around :)

Isaac loves wearing sunglasses... rain, shine, or inside!

Reading to Isaac, Dylon, and Ethan (he's standing up.) We watched the boys while my friend, Christine, and her hubby packed for their PCS to South Carolina. They just finished AFIT as well!
Baby Dylon needed a good nap, so I put him in the hotsling. He is such a cuddle bug, and I enjoyed every minute of it!
That's our family in a nutshell over the past couple of months. I'll update more this week!

Monday, April 5, 2010

still around....

hello lovlies!
yes, i'm still alive and well. matt's on vacation, so i find myself not doing my "normal" routine, which includes using capital letters to start my sentences! tee hee hee! i have lots of updating to do including what we've been up to, what i'm reading (lots of great stuff pertaining to health/ wellness, and i cannot wait to share it with you!), and just loving on my boys. they are too wonderful for words. but, i can't share 2 nite b cuz it's 12:34am, and this wife/mama needs her rest. goodnite. i will catch you all later!