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Obesity in America

Obesity in America
Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

According to their definition are you obese? What changes have you noticed since COVID 19 besides McDoanld’s menu change? Did you know that sales tax in Virginia increased since the pandemic? Are we progressing or digressing as a nation? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

As a staff member stated at a restaurant serving up foods like mushroom melts and sweet potato fries said “We need to get back to nature.” Eliot Colman teaches us what food should look like from the beginning and how to grow it truly organic.

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Remember Super Size Me – McDonald’s

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Super Size Me
Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Recently I went to McDonald’s and I was beyond shocked. They had no grilled chicken sandwiches or salads. I am not sure if they took sliced apples off the menu or any of their other healthy or healthier options. After Super Size Me and major pressure to put more healthy options on their menu McDonald’s added healthier options such as grilled chicken sandwiches and salads. None of which I could find on their menu. When I asked them about it, they stated they no longer offered these items on their menu.

Have you been to McDonald’s lately? They still have smoothies on their menu, but how healthier are they really? Do you think they should return salads and grilled sandwiches back to their menu? Did you know McDoanld’s has different menu offering depending on the country? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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COVID 19 Interruptions and Excercise

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As we often state, we believe exercise to be one of the 3 pillars of overall health. The other pillars being health (whether or not one is disease free) and diet. So, when the pandemic hit we were in our exercise grove. We felt great and exercise was contributing to our overall health. Then as we all know the pandemic hit. When the pandemic hit many things shut down and the world was forever changed. In Norfolk, VA, USA where we are, many things reopened a few months ago. But, like many others we were slow to venture out and have remained home as much as we can. Many people pivoted and simply exercised at home. Those people, organizations and companies who pivoted and pivoted fast and early were indeed smart. We wish them well as we wish everyone around the globe dealing with COVID 19 well.

We interrupted our exercising and did not exercise at home. However, we did change up our medicinal consumption. Before we were close to the path of healing but something was missing. Now that we have pivoted our medicinal consumption we feel that we are on the right track to healing. Stay tuned for updates on how the healing process progresses for us. We also made some simple changes in our diet based on our overall medical consumption strategy. We are also super happy to be back at the gym and implementing, what we feel is one of the pillars of good overall health, an exercise plan. We are back and with a partner. We both played sports, so we are excited to be exercising and getting physical again.

Despite the interruptions that COVID 19 have caused, not to mention the many illnesses and deaths, we are back stronger and healthier than ever. Did COVID 19 cause you to pivot your daily routines? What do you do at home now or in a different space than you did before COVID 19? What routines are you getting back into? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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The Truth about Desserts

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The truth about desserts is that you may love them. We definitely love them. Any informed organic consumer will be the first to tell you that just because it is organic does not mean it is good and nutritious for you. In other words, an organic apple is probably better for you than a bowl of organic chessy mac. Nonetheless, they are both organic. So, let us break that down for you. The process of growing foods organically is healthier for you than growing food in non organic means. The organic growing process is true or truer to nature and the natural process of growing foods. Food that is not grown organically involves chemicals and several other food production process frowned upon by even the USDA, even with its recent criticisms from true organic growers. Once one has an organic array of foods, then from there it is best to choose those foods best for you.

When considering what to eat and diet, one should have a clear understanding of their over all and holistic health. What is beneficial to one will not be beneficial to another. A person with anemia and a person with diabetes will have totally different diet needs. There are many ways to gain an understanding of one’s overall health and one’s dietary needs. Here are a couple of ways:

  • holistic doctor
  • dietitian
  • nutritionist
  • medical professional / doctor
  • Once one has a clearer picture of their dietary needs, one can make informed and educated decisions on how to best feed their bodies what it needs to perform at its best. Diet is only part of the picture. We believe that overall health and well being involves 3 pillars:
  • Health (many health professionals also include spiritual and emotional well being in this)
  • Physical Fitness – Exercise
  • Diet

Some of you are probably saying to yourselves, “I thought this article was about desserts.” You are so right! It is. So, let us get back to the good part. Our desserts are made with organic ingredients whenever possible. If not organic then natural. We select ingredients that are good for you but not necessarily “healthy” similar to organic foods (like the apple and the chessy mac). If one has to have a dessert, our desserts are an excellent choice. Of course desserts like all other things should be eaten in moderation. If given a choice, an organic salad is probably healthier for you than an organic cookie. Love them as we do, we indulge in a dessert or two. Nonetheless, when we do we make sure that they are as good for us as they can be. Refined and processed foods such as granulated sugar and flour never make it at the top of health lists. Nonetheless, we choose organic sugars and flours. So, we invite you to indulge responsibly by shopping our desserts (cookies, bars and squares).

What foods, or more specifically vitamins and minerals, are an important part of your diet? Why? What are your health needs? Do you have a chronic illness? The bible speaks clearly to us about healing. Chronic illnesses can cause other illnesses because your body is in a state of constant disease. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Space X, Space Food

Space Food
Source: NASA
Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Just this past week NASA astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splash down in the Gulf of Mexico. With commercial space travel well on its way and the thoughts of colonization of space on the minds of many country leaders, have you given any thought to space food? Do you think you will ever go to space one day? What will you eat when you get there? Is space food healthy and nutritious? What are the body and health implications for eating space food? Share your comments with the community by posting below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Harvesting, Cooking & Eating Swiss Chard

Growing and harvesting Swiss Chard is a tremendous joy. But, eating the fruit of one’s labor must be the best part. Today we clipped some Swiss Chard fresh from the garden and made a lamb and swiss chard warp with it the same day. It does not get fresher than that! We harvested Swiss Chard by clipping a third of its leaves and clipping from the outside. Plants such as lettuces tend to grow from the inside leaving the mature leaves on the outside. Also one should leave leaves on the plant such as these (also herbs) so they can continue to photosynthesize and grow more leaves.

I harvested these leaves which were used in a lamb, salmon and vegetable wrap. We hear that the harvest was delicious. What are the benefits of eating fresh foods? What are the benefits of growing your foods organically? How can you and yours benefit from growing and harvesting your own foods? Share your comments with the community. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Beginning the Journey to Healing – 2

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This is the continued article from the previous day about what we hope is the beginning of our journey to healing. When we began this journey we knew that diet would be an important part of the journey. We thank you for taking the Journey with us and hope that it helps to feed and enrich your lives and indeed your overall health. The turning point of our journey began a long time ago and encompasses many people as each individual contributed their own knowledge and wisdom from chefs to dietitians and medical professionals. Western medicine presents many barriers to a true and total healing. Western medicine focuses highly on managing symptoms and the medicines that the pharmaceutical industry profits profoundly from. We do not consider hormones a medicines and thus our journey to healing has begun with zero medicines. Our journey took a significant turn when we walked into a holistic pharmacy (namely, Peoples Pharmacy of Norfolk, VA who are able to help you wherever you are located) or some vitamins. We believe that these holistic doctors were able to put us on the path to health in under a month and to diagnose the issue immediately. Some of us struggled with similar issues for years and others even longer.

All of my symptoms have begun to mitigate after we address what we believe is the root of the problem. It is only about a month in on this leg of our journey but we have already begun to see the difference. In another 2 months we are told the results will be better. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated on our journey. We take vitamins, minerals, spices, foods and oils combined with a strategic diet with foods that have medicinal benefits. We pray that these articles are transformative for you. Thank you for taking this journey with us. How do you wish you could improve your health? How has your health hindered you? How has your health changed your life? How have these articles helped you? How can they help your friends and family? Post your comments below. Share the wealth of health with your family and friends by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Beginning the Journey to Healing

Diet & Health Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Most people will tell you that at the center of good health is diet and exercise. And we would agree. Our journey however has lead us to look at health as the third pillar of over good health. While one may exercise and have an excellent diet, these do have a profound on your over all health. But health in itself can be a little more complicated than just exercise and diet. In fact many people in excellent health have reported contracting COVID 19. While COVID 19 did hit communities with preexisting conditions hardest, this does not mean that people without under lying conditions were not also hit. Indeed they want you to know that COVID 19 has impacted us all: old, young, sick and healthy.

Perhaps this was what was so confusing to us. While we were all in pretty good health, we still struggled with health conditions that impacted our health. Chef Ponder really challenged me not to accept diagnoses. One of the most impressive things about Chef Ponder is that he is not only a great cook but an excellent student of food and human begins. He talked alot about how things in our environment can impact our health. Things like temperature and available foods can impact our health. For instance, if one’s relatives are from a warm climate and they then move to a cold climate, they will eat different foods because they eat what is available. This difference in diet can impact one’s health. While one maybe eating “healthy”, the food may not be proper given the history of your family. In other words it can have an impact on your body and thus health.

Chef Ponder along with many others along this Journey have helped us to begin what we hope is a path to our healing. Read the next article to learn more. What health concerns do you have? Have you found your path to healing? How long did it take you? Who helped you?

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Dick Gregory: Health

Dick Gregory, Food and Health
Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

How do you choose a healthier diet when you feel that you can not afford it? How do you make the switch from more medicine to more healthier foods? What do you think about eating more fruits and vegetables than meats? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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The Organic Consumer

The Organic Consumer
Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Do you feel food labels are transparent enough? Can you distinguish clean, natural and organic foods by their labels when you shop? Next time you go shopping read the labels on your food and share with us what you discovered? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing

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