Sugar Calorie Creep!

Calories creep, just sneak up on you when you aren’t looking.

You do need calories because they provide energy. Sources of calories (called macro-nutrients) are protein, fat, and carbohydrates (sugar). But vitamins and minerals (called micro-nutrients) are the stuff that makes that energy work for you, tells your body to operate correctly. You find vitamins and minerals hiding out in the whole food sources of calories.

Virtually every natural food from the pasture or the garden contains some protein, fat, carbohydrate (sugar), vitamins and minerals. Your health is ultimately attached to the vitamins and minerals, not the calories. Got it? Continue reading

The Difference Between Full and Not-Hungry

What’s the difference between full and no-longer-hungry?

I have out-of-town friends who have both changed their way of eating. We will call them Dick and Sally. Dick’s primary interest was to control his blood sugar because he is a diabetic. Sally, on the other hand, was just being a supportive wife but she wouldn’t be unhappy if she lost some extra pounds.

This new way of eating (WOE) eliminated or almost eliminated processed food and sugar, pretty much a whole food diet of meat and vegetables. You know, the food that is around the perimeter of the grocery store. Continue reading

It was Serendipity!

Was life perfect yesterday? You had a plan and the plan played out exactly as you intended? More likely, a thing or two went awry.

The election didn’t go as you hoped. Perhaps a deer found the front of your car, your child gets up with these words, “Mom, I have to bring treats to school today,” or you spend the day in pain in the emergency room. This is just how life is going to be, “making the best of a bad situation.” Do you remember that old song?

Hard as it is to believe, any one of these plans gone awry may be a serendipitous moment. One of my favorite sayings is this, “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” A fortunate happenstance sometimes called serendipity. Continue reading

The Rock Bottom Line

The Rock Bottom Line

We all yearn to “feel great”, don’t we?

We want to wake up daily full of energy, think clearly, and have no pain or discomfort. Periods of illness are short lived and disappear on their own. Only healthy folks can make that claim.

If you watch TV, follow Facebook, read newspapers and magazines, you know one thing for sure. They are all filled with promises of amazing symptom relief with some supplement or medication. Don’t be fooled. Continue reading

How to eat healthy on a limited budget

Empty Wallet
“I am single, on a very limited budget, and buy the cheapest food I can. Over the last year I have gained a lot of weight I need to get rid of. The food your book says to avoid just happens to be the stuff I can afford. How can a person eat healthy on a limited budget?”

Semi-regularly I write a column in the Montgomery County News responding to questions posed by my readers. This reader has a dilemma shared by many, what the heck to eat when the wallet is usually empty. Continue reading

Hungry, eat all day long!

 

It’s All About the Food has a new column in the Montgomery County News. It is my health and nutrition version of “Dear Abby”, now aptly named “Ask Pat.”  Printed below exactly as it appeared in the paper.

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Hardly a day passes that I don’t hear questions about my book. Sometimes readers have trouble personalizing information to their own situation and need a little help. And maybe, God forbid, I didn’t make everything perfectly clear. Anyway, whenever I answer a question I suspect someone else will also want to know. So here is my health and nutrition version of “Dear Abby.” Pose your question and I will do my best to answer.

Today’s question was asked in regard to losing weight: 

“You said in your book that calories really don’t count. That seems to disagree with everything I have been told. How can that be?” Continue reading

When mothers know what is needed, you can count on us. We got it!

 

Let me tell you about mothers. We are more interested in what is good for our children than for ourselves. Slather those youngsters with sun screen while I burn to a crisp – a tan today is more important than the potential for skin cancer in the future FOR ME but not for for my children. My mother was deathly afraid of water and would do nothing to get over it. But she sent my sister and me for swimming lessons even before we went to school. When mothers know what is needed, you can count on us. We got it! Continue reading

Symptom? Migraines

Anyone who has ever had a migraine knows they are ugly. My daughter was once periodically incapacitated by extreme, disabling migraine headaches, flat in the bed in a dark bedroom, unable to move or converse.  At other times she was nauseated, dizzy, and lost balance. “Just leave me alone,” she said in a whisper. Females, it seems, are prone to more frequent and severe migraines. Now is that fair? Continue reading