100 Days of Real Food Cookbook Review

Hey Mama Bears!

Today I’m excited to tell you about Lisa Leake’s new cookbook, “100 Days of Real Food.” Many of you know that I started my own health journey nearly three years ago after my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. I learned all about GMOs, chemical preservatives and about a bunch of stuff in today’s “food” industry that really isn’t good for us or our long-term health. Bloggers like Lisa have been instrumental in my journey and I’m so grateful to them for all the information they put out there to make it a bit easier for mommies like myself to take our  families into a path of wellness, which is no easy feat.

 

100 Days of Real Food cookbook What I LOVE about Lisa’s book is that it’s filled with easy recipes that don’t require you to be in the kitchen for hours and don’t require unfamiliar ingredients that are hard to find. I’m no chef, and with keeping up my house and keeping up with my 2 year old and 3 dogs I don’t have time to spend hours preparing a single meal so quick, easy, healthy recipes are just my thing. This book is so much more than just a cookbook! It’s loaded with information about food, grocery shopping, budget friendly meal plans, freezable recipes and so much more! I think that for anyone who is new to the real food movement and new to learning about healthy eating, this book will make a great addition to your kitchen and a wonderful guide for your journey.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~ Hippocrates

 

 

A healthy recipe everyone will love!

Its been really hot here in Northern Texas for the past 3 weeks so what better way to cool down than with healthy, homemade yogurt pops? Let me tell you, my son Deci loved these pops and as a crunchy mama, I felt really good about letting him enjoy this treat!

Check out the recipe below (click on the image)

Frozen Yogurt Pops recipe

 

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Deci enjoying the orange cream flavor

100 Days of Real Food Challenge

I want to challenge y’all to take Lisa’s 100 Days of Real Food Challenge, your body will thank you for it.

Give her a thumbs up on Facebook and order your copy of 100 Days of Real Food here.

Until next time mama bears, be well! xoxo

Is Your Cookware Poisoning You?

Toxic cookware

One of the things that I was floored by when I began my health journey was learning that the cookware I owned could actually be poisoning us and worst of all, that it is perfectly legal. Maybe you already eat pretty healthy but you’ve never given much thought to the cookware you’re using. If you’re into eating healthy, then you probably already know what kinds of food to eat and avoid for optimum health, you know to exercise and you probably know about toxins that can have a negative impact on your health. But have you ever given thought to the cookware you’re using to cook your meals in?

According to Dr. Mercola there are several types of cookware that leech dangerous toxins right into your food. The following are the toxins most commonly found in cookware although there are other radical elements that can be found as well.

  1. Aluminum
  2. Non stick anodized aluminum
  3. Ceramic coated non stick aluminum

PFOA

One of the biggest problems with non-stick cookware is peflourooanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used to create Teflon. This chemical releases its toxins once heated and reaches dangerous toxic levels at 446 degrees Fahrenheit.

In animal studies the following problems have been identified with PFOA exposure:

  1.  Major organs such as the brain, liver, prostate, thymus and kidneys show toxicity.
  2. Changes in pituitary reaction in female rats.
  3. PFOA’s associated with tumors.

According to the EPA (environmental protection agency) the use of PFOAs presents significant developmental and reproductive risks in humans. The EPA has also recommended that PFOA be classified as a human carcinogen, in other words, cancer causing!

Even more disturbing is that a study by the CDC showed that 98% of Americans had PFOA’s in their bodies.

Aluminum

Aluminum is problematic because there is a well known Alzheimer’s and aluminum toxicity connection. If you notice, your aluminum foil has a shiny side and a dull side. The dull side is a protective coating that separates aluminum from contacting your food. When you cook in aluminum cookware, there is no barrier and the aluminum leeches right into your food. Aluminum is not easily detoxified from the body through bodily fluid. It goes into your blood stream when ingested and deposited into your brain, bones and tissue. High levels of aluminum have been found in breast tissue of women with breast cancer.  And since I’m on the aluminum topic, it is in every conventional deodorant as well.

You may be wondering, well if they know this, why is it allowed?  I don’t know the exact answer but probably for the same reason that GMOs have been allowed to contaminate our food supply…money and greed.

So what can you do to reduce your exposure?

Here is my cookware set and it’s really all you need to cook everything.

Stainless Steel

Cast Iron

Ceramic

Glass

Changing your cookware is definitely an investment but one that is well worth your health.

What cookware do you use in your kitchen? Do you plan on buying new cookware? Share with me in the comments below!

Sources: Dr. Mercola