I saw a documentary called Food Matters years ago. Every time I watch it something else strikes me as highly beneficial to my family. One of the last things that intrigued me was the statement that our body treats cooked food like a foreign object and if we don't counter balance the cooked with the raw by 50% or better than we have increased inflammation in our bodies. As a former, medication dependent Type 2 diabetic there were lots of things I changed about my diet to aid in the healing; decrease the inflammation and hormone production of insulin. My pancreas was just overworked and tired... Cutting simple carbs and almost all sugar was the first step, taking supplements to give my body back what it was missing and to keep giving it what it needed, and exercising to release healthy endorphins and destress my body made a huge different right away. I am a work in progress but I feel amazing most days and have been medication free for 4 years this month.
What we put in our bodies when it comes to nutrition is more important than exercise and even more important that sleep. So, I'm on a mission to better my family with better nutrition. Today's recipe is simple and super yummy.
People ask me, what if I don't like XYZ or my husband/family won't eat XYZ. You have to retrain your palate and your thinking. If it's better health you are truly after you will train your palate to like more wholesome, home grown, as God intended us to eat foods. Start by ridding your pantry of as much processed food as possible...cereals, chips, snacks, and even canned goods. A little at a time replace them with healthy alternatives.
I hope this and other ideas I will be sharing are as delicious for you as they are for us...
Cucumber & Tomato Salad
1 cucumber peeled & diced
1/2 sweet onion diced
3 Roma tomatoes diced
Toss all veggies together with 2 tbs of a simple Italian dressing. The best kind have healthy fats like olive oil, vinegar, and herbs only. No additives if possible or make your own.
Chill for 1-2 hours and serve as a side dish or on a bed of greens for a yummy salad. You can also toss them with long grain brown rice or quinoa if you want to incorporate healthy grains.