We are entering a new era of nutritional philosophy and rethinking what constitutes healthy diet and eating patterns. It is possible to live a long life filled with energy for each day that is disease, medication, and pain-free. Yes, we will grow older, and we will slow down, but we need not be wracked with pain from arthritis, plagued with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or die early from cancer. Yes, our bodies are governed by the law of atrophy, but how soon we progress to our end and in what condition, is a choice we make every day by what we put in our mouths. Food is the building block and is the number one determinate regarding the condition of our health. Food controls not only our physical health but our emotional and mental health as well. While each of us has constitutional differences influenced by environmental factors, scientists have confirmed we all share the same hunter-gather genetic, biological, and physiological makeup formed 40,000 years ago.
The path to health is not strewn with sugar and grain products of any kind. We have been brainwashed by well-meaning people to believe bread is the staff of life. However, it is the staff with which to beat your body into deterioration whether be it physical, emotional, or mental ailments. People all over the world have an addictive relationship with food. Particularly in the USA, we obsess over sugar, grain products and bad fats, and consume inordinate amounts of food in relation to the calories we expend. Not only does sugar and grain ingestion increase disease of all kinds, but it kills healthy bacteria in our stomachs which decreases our ability to fight off viral and bacterial diseases.
Hi, my name is Jacqueline Peppard. This website features low carbohydrate, paleo friendly, low on the glycemic index, and predominately gluten free recipes. Also provided here are nutritional and health related information to aid you in the journey. My knowledge has sprung from my observations of what has worked for me and others. Throughout the years, I have read volumes of literature regarding health and nutrition with an inquisitive but skeptical eye. My beliefs with regard to achieving optimum health are the result of years of practical experience and experimentation. My fascination with diet and its correlating mind and body connection began early at 11 years old when my grandmother introduced me to Prevention Magazine. I have tried many different dietary theories, from Macrobiotics, Vegetarianism, Low and Fat-Free, Fruitarian, Pritikan, Atkins, and Paleo diets with varying success and failures.
What is a balanced diet? I remember learning about the USDA’s food pyramid components while earning a Girl Scout badge, and it had subconsciously guided my past food choices. Dr. Atkins refuted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’ s food pyramid when he said “I believe that the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid’s recommendations have directly contributed to the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes we now face in the United States.”
The Paleo Diet is a modified Atkins with an emphasis on good fats obtained by eating organically grown, pasture raised, and grass fed animal products, and eliminates the dairy products allowed by the Atkins diet. The Atkins Diet opened my mind to an alternative way of eating, and provided a natural progression into the Paleo. Now I eat what is best described as a modified Beyond Paleo diet – but still low carbohydrate based.
Cooking has been a lifelong pursuit. I remember watching Julia Child as a kid when her shows were still in black and white. My first cooking experiences were inspired by my mother’s Betty Crocker’s Cookbook (kind of embarrassing to admit) and later the Joy of Cooking, cookbook bibles for the average American at the time. Eventually, I spread my wings and discovered other cookbooks rich in gourmet opportunities as I explored the culinary arts. Eventually, I began adapting my favorite recipes so as to achieve long term faithfulness to a low carbohydrate, sugar and gluten free diet without feeling deprived. Will I live well into my 90s like my great- and great-great-grandparents? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, I am taking the advice of another nonagenarian, Julia Child, to “…enjoy food and have fun. It is one of the simplest and nicest pleasures in life.”
I am always sad to hear of the various health problems individuals suffer from, and their inability to restore their bodies to health without drugs. The world is flooded daily with conflicting information from the web, TV, periodicals, and books. What is one to believe? There is a wealth of profit-driven misinformation disseminated to lure us into eating foods that are plain bad: “Franken-foods” as Dr. William Davis so aptly describes in his book Wheat Belly.
This blog grew out of my desire to relieve suffering, educate and inspire. It is my hope the information provided here and my recipes will assist you in your journey to achieving vibrant health. It is never too late to start healthy eating and living patterns, but if adopted early, will prevent irreversible premature damage. A healthy mind and body is the greatest gift – with good health you are given the opportunity to achieve happiness and the ability to enjoy all that life has to offer.
Don’t be shy, say hello. Feel free to contact me, it’s nice to talk to a real person. I always like hearing from you and do my best to respond to your emails or comments on blog posts ASAP. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The recipes and information provided in this website are for educational purposes and not meant to be used to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for your particular illnesses. If you are pregnant, taking medications, or suffering any serious illness, changes to your diet or vitamin supplementation must be done in conjunction with your doctor’s supervision. Low-carbohydrate diets WILL change your body and impact the medications you need or no longer need.
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