The truth about cancer… From this Hopsice nurse

There are two ways to be fooled: to believe what isn’t true and to refuse to believe the truth. 

Unfortunately when it comes to cancer and chronic disease, most would rather feel angry and search for the cure rather than to seek the cause and fix the root. 

We are all victims of a rich country who feasts on the poorest of foods, yet we cry outrage when someone we love gets cancer. And of course we do, it devastates nearly half our population, and there’s NO one immune to its effects on families. Yet. We FAIL to fix the roots. We all KNOW food either contributes to health or disease. 

So, you aren’t the only one fighting some type of poor food addiction. I do. We ALL do. I am no better than my neighbor I stand next to. 

It hurts my heart as a nurse to see where health has deteriorated to. How we donate to cancer cures and pat ourselves on the back instead of taking a little time to educate and prepare foods that fuel our families health. We neglect the root and scream outrage instead. 

I will FOREVER be fighting against what I didn’t fuel my body with for the first 35 years of my life. I will FOREVER be fighting FOR mine, and my children’s health and teaching them better habits, and I will ALWAYS walk the line imperfectly -as I do BOTH. 

It’s not okay to stay blind to truth, or to not seek it out, or to close your mind to what may seem “extreme,” simply because you’ve been taught another way. I promise you this: God expects you to take care of your body and how you treat it is a direct respect for HIM. 

He gave you LIFE. You experience everything through your mortal body.

I don’t mean to get all “preachy and religious” but when we talk about pink pancakes, more chemical cures, and even endorse obesity as acceptable, we shame ourselves. Strong words I know. You know me. Again, I fight the same things we ALL do. But as I MINISTER to dying people on a daily basis, I can’t NOT speak truth, share what I’ve learned, do more to teach health and to be healthy. 

I will not shut up or lay down my fight, or my thoughts. My HOPE is, something I say will help promote a change or awareness in you. And if that is all, I have contributed positively. 

Truth hurts when we want to stay blind. 

 I HIGHLY encourage you to turn off main stream TV and media shows and tune into your body, the earth, God, and this:
http://thetruthaboutcancer.com
We can fight our way back to a healthier people. First: there must be honesty and desire.

Xo!

Dori 

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GF Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

They're. KILLER!

They’re. KILLER GOOD !!

Don’t these tease “fall”? I’m ready for scarves, boots and skinny jeans. You can be too.

So. I’ve decided. This isn’t going to be your regular food blog. I’m a Cardiac nurse, not really a food blogger.Sure, I’m both, but really I’m a teacher. I think food is beautiful too. And- I’m skilled in the art of food prep and finding/making healthy recipes. But, let’s be clear— you eat to live not live to eat. That’s why I became skilled.

Once upon a time children weren’t suffering from Type II diabetes, obesity, asthma, autism, and autoimmune diseases. And worse, cancer is a child’s number one killer. Once upon a time, cardiovascular disease wasn’t the number one killer of women (which IS completely reversible through lifestyle changes), and obesity didn’t affect the majority of our country. People weren’t having their stomachs cut open to have them sutured, stapled, sleeved and tied to prevent their bodies from addressing what their minds refused to. Gastric bypass just makes you susceptible to further obesity and chronic disease even more so, because it doesn’t address the core issues AND it creates total malnutrition.I actually don’t know how those surgeons sleep at night. The real issues that span chronic obesity are emotional, mental, lack of knowledge and preparation, and worse- lack of nutrition. Most chronically obese folks show malnutrition. More on that later. The battle isn’t between the fork and the mouth. It’s between the ears. The brain. Cutting the stomach- doesn’t fix the brain. If you’re struggling, you’ve become addicted to that, and food is a crutch. I term it best as “emotional stuffing.”  I understand it, because I’ve done it. And under my oath of nursing, I’m here to say- you have to be honest with why you are where you are when you lead a life of struggle. That’s step one. Admitting powerlessness over a food addiction- any addiction. I will help you, BUT I’m honest. You have to be too.

It used to be, that people took more responsibility for what they consumed and weren’t sheep led by a very deceptive food and drug market. BUT, here we all are, MANY hooked on anti-depressants and food. Depressing? Certainly. Reality? Absolutely. But, sucky statistics and all, and I’m here to say, with education and proactive responsibility, we can change it. Now, to the ones who don’t care, I can’t help you. To the ones who just don’t know where to start, or have started, I’m your resource. SO, let’s talk sugar for just a few. Your body requires glucose for normal cellular function. So, not ALL sugar is bad. However, the food (and especially sugar) industry, along with the drug industry, I would say, is the most deceptive of all.

Let me go back in time for a minute. In the 1970’s, high fructose corn syrup was added to the American diet. It’s cheap, doesn’t make you sick to eat it, but acts as toxic as alcohol is to your liver. Only, you don’t get sick immediately like you do with drinking. Well, OH, but you DO get chronic disease sickness. High fructose corn syrup, along with hydrogenated oils is the main cause of all cardiac diseases, as well as fatty liver, high cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, obesity, and diabetes. It elevates blood triglycerides and stores as either body or organ fat. That’s why 3 year old’s are walking around with high cholesterol, fatty livers and severe vitamin deficiencies with a diagnosis of ADHD. Understand, HFCS is in over 85% of ALL processed foods, and our food chain is 95% processed. How sad. It’s a choice to eat that crap. That doesn’t have to be YOUR reality. Making your food in batch preparation and completing a weekly food prep will prevent this in YOUR home, as it does mine.Yes, it takes learning, commitment, and a little bit of time. But I promise you, it will SAVE you time, money, and assist you to keep YOUR commitment to getting healthier.

To learn how to begin food prepping, view my “Getting started” food prep webinar. 

Back to the sugar. What sugars are good, and what’s bad? Well, the sugar industry changes the names of them constantly to fool you and I, so you must READ LABELS. Stick with what’s truly natural. I’m not going to break every sweetener down here, because honestly, the information is already out there and they change the names of sweeteners a kajillion times.

I will say- one of the BIGGEST irritations I have is when I see healthy food bloggers using agave, truvia, sucralose, and powdered stevia. I would rate agave at having fooled most people as a healthy sweetener. Agave goes through more chemical processes than HFCS. Friends, cactus isn’t sweet. Synthesized chemical sweeteners are NOT healthy. Read this, The 4 best and 3 worst sweeteners to have in your kitchen, and message me with questions.

I will add that chemical sweeteners I DO NOT CONSUME are: Sucralose, Aspartame, Xylitol, Erythritol, Agave, High fructose corn syrup, or powdered Stevia.

What I WILL CONSUME is: Maple syrup (most often my go to), liquid Stevia, Honey, Coconut sugar, Turbinado organic cane sugar, and that’s about it. You don’t require more than those. Honestly. Read the article link I have posted. It’s good stuff.

Now, as for these gorgeous, almost “fallish” looking cookies, I used a coconut sugar, and actually, they were so sweet, I may cut back the amount on the next batch. Again, not all sugar is evil. Here’s hope:

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 cup Whole oats

2/3 cup organic coconut sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup organic coconut oil- melted

1 organic egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup of organic dried cranberries

Course crushed sea salt flakes

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grind whole oats in blender to make a fine oat flour (SO EASY!)

Combine oat flour, baking soda and sea salt, into a mixing bowl.

In separate bowl, cream egg, coconut sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Add dry oat mixture until well blended. Stir in chocolate chip and dried cranberries.

Immediately roll into balls and place on baking sheet (this is NOT a dough you want to refrigerate. It gets as hard as a brick;) Bake for 9-11 minutes until done. Lastly, sprinkle with course small sea salt chunks, and place on cooling rack.

Enjoy!! (These have such a delightful heartiness and richness- you don’t require many to satisfy, and the oatmeal combined with the fat– satiates !)

Feel free to add a bit of shredded organic unsweetened coconut or nuts as well. Go raw for your nuts!

I love feedback, so let me know if you loved these as much as I do!

Eat clean.

Prep your food!

Stop eating crap.

Xo!!! Dori

Sweet Potato Burrito in a bowl (Mason Jar Meal)

 

This week has been one of those there’s not enough time in the day to get it perfect or all done. Or…perfect-er. And I practice what I teach and that is-that is OKAY. It wasn’t my day for photos and NC is infamous for bugs and trying to take photos outside. 😕 But let’s talk about this bowl- it IS perfection. The Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl (jar) has amazing versatility. I can see breakfast, lunch and dinner from it. It’s a fantastic “skillet meal” for the family, literally in MINUTES, and it’s taste is–just divine. AND, it’s a perfect fitness bowl meal for the athlete or gym go-er. This recipe was part of my Rebel Food Nurse webinar series this week, where I taught more than 5 super SIMPLE & QUICK meals- all that can be stored in a mason jar. If you haven’t started prepping in jars yet, male or female, you are wasting more food and money than those who are taking a few extra minutes to just DO IT. One thing I absolutely promise is this- your food will be fresher longer, less waste, and more savings. All food in jars? YES. If it can fit, make it. You can watch my “Getting started” webinar for free here.  If you’re interested in my webinar series of 10 food prep classes, reach out to me. I have a private group in Facebook that contains all of my webinars and am in the process of completing my food prep guide with recipes Ebook.  You will get that for free if you’re part of the Webinar group! 

For this one, I KNOW it will be your favorite and honestly, everything in Sunday’s webinar was beyond amazing in taste and super simple. I keep saying that because, it just WAS. Making healthy FAT BURNING food fuel is simple. The right healthy fats added and the right spices- and👌🏼 it’s perfection. 
For this burrito jar I added to a half quart mason jar: 

1/3 c red onion- chopped small 

1 cup of organic peppers (choose your color preference) -chopped small

1/3 c black beans with fresh minced cilantro

1/4 -1/2 of a medium sized baked sweet potato- diced into chunks

Pre-bake your sweet potato whole, (or slice into chunks, coat in a bit of olive oil – just to moisten, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in oven on 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes) 

Layer in jar as so 😘

 

These were made with everything raw EXCEPT the sweet potato – for two reasons. 1. They will store fresh for well over a week. 2. They take literally less than 3 min’s to sauté to done on the stove top. (And YES, you can also precook these and store in a jar)

I warm my skillet on med- high heat. 

Add 1 tsp of organic coconut oil and let heat. 

Add contents of jar (or make larger size jars for family prep!) and sauté for about 3 minutes. I add 1/2 tsp of this Southwest spice. Let me say : This spice is absolutely my FAVORITE, it goes on everything in the world. How to change the flavor from boring to grand? Just add this with a bit of coconut oil, or this spice and organic yogurt and you’re food is HAWT. I’m totally serious. 

I top my finished “bowl” with chopped fresh organic tomatoes, sliced avocado (I fill a half quart jar of fresh tomatoes and another jar full of sliced avocado and store them week long in my refrigerator to add to dishes) and 1 heaping tsp of organic plain yogurt. 

It’s freakin amazing fat burning fuel. 

Add more protein? HECK YES. Do what YOU like. Eating this as is or adding more to this is great. 

Variations: Add a chicken breast, salmon,  fried egg, pineapple, rice, and/or quinoa.   

Please smear your beautiful sweet potato burrito bowl pics all over my Facebook page. I love feedback❤️

Happy prepping. 

Prep ahead. 

Stop eating crap. 

Xo! 

Dori