My passion is teaching and sharing information with others to help them in life. This passion has not dwindled since my retirement as a Registered Nurse and National Board Certified Teacher of Career and Technical Education for the Health Sciences in the high school setting.
I have found people of all ages are genuinely interested in learning how their bodies work and how they can improve their health issues. As I taught students and worked with staff, a pattern emerged over the years: chronic fatigue for all, student’s inability to concentrate or meet their potentials, and universal dependence on sugary carbohydrates. This was followed by battles with being over-weight, having diabetes, skin disorders, girls with ovarian cysts, and anemia. Could these problems be related?
Having struggled with hypoglycemia most of my life, I was always armed with emergency “rescue food” to ward off the effects of my regular blood sugar crashes. This usually meant keeping peanut butter crackers or a sugary peanut bar close at hand, for a bad “crash” would affect me for hours even after resolution. Yet, I was always someone who ate “well” and did not depend upon “junk” food. Ever since growing up with my mom reading Adele Davis’ books on eating right and good supplementation, I still strive to eat what is “best” for me. But was I on the right track?
I know first-hand how the road to doing what’s right for our bodies can be a rocky path full of twists and turns; people saying ‘do this’ and ‘eat that’ only to find out some special interest was profiting (including our government). Case in point, our daughter’s battle with undiagnosed Celiac Disease that took a toll on her body, health, and life; and her Pediatrician’s response to my joy at finding the reason for all of her health issues by saying it was nothing more than a, “trendy diagnosis.” That, and my nurse’s training to be a patient advocate, have driven me to want to guide others’ awareness and education about food and health.
I believed all the hype about whole grain and drinking more milk, never realizing such a diet was contributing to my general ‘dis-ease,’ hypoglycemia, bloating, and gas.
Then our daughter mentioned a way of eating called Paleo. Lights went on! Bells rang! The more I read, the more sense it all made – especially with my medical background and knowledge of anatomy. It comes down to eating whole food, devoid of grains, dairy, sugar, or legumes, with plenty of seasonal fresh vegetables, some fruit, seafood, pasture raised meats and poultry, and, strangely enough, plenty of good fats!
My goal with this blog is to share information and resources with you to expand your understanding of the science behind what we should eat and that optimal health is possible one meal at a time.
Enter the teacher!