Fun with Food

Immune System Support

i went to see "poopy pam" today (i know, my mom and i can't help that play on alliteration--sorry pam!). she is a source of inspiration to me in so many ways. for one, as you enter her office, you are greeted with a sign that says:"live with intention". i ask you to sit with that one for a minute...just close your eyes, and put your hands in your lap with your palms facing up...go on, i'll wait.

what does that mean to you? for me, it means to let your intuition (spirit) guide you, at every moment of the day. to not be reactive. to look people in the eye and smile at them--the person at the check-out counter in the drugstore, or the cashier at the bank, or the receptionist at your dentist. to take care when you're backing your car out of the driveway. to breathe a little deeper. to hold that cup of tea in your hand a little longer. to make a call to a friend to ask how they are. to hang your clothes with care. to relish in what makes you feel good!!:)

pam mcdermott is a hydrocolonic therapist in cape cod, sandwich, MA.

hydrocolonic therapy is an ancient, alternative health care practice born from the egyptian culture, and used by the romans and the french, many years ago. essentially, it cleans your colon out.

did you know that 80% of your immune system is directly related to how your digestive system operates?

i realize this can be a taboo subject for most, but i invite you to take one week and journal your bowel movements. do you have them everyday? how does your stomach feel while you're eating, or after? write it down.

i know for me, i don't digest nuts or nut butters very well, and often times, i will feel nauseas after i eat something too sweet.

if you don't eliminate the waste in your colon, you're just asking to get sick. you need to get the toxins out!

by the way, colds and flus are a direct result of what's going on in your stomach. ironically, i've been fighting an infection the past few days, so i am so grateful to have washed my colon of the debris and now have a clean slate to build off of.i'm taking 100 billion strength probiotics to allow the healthy intestinal flora (bacteria) to thrive.

support your belly with a daily probiotic of at least 15billion organisms per dose.

when the bad bacteria sits in your stomach, it starts to feed off it, and produces more, which eventually overthrows the good bacteria and creates an imbalance! a gross thing to ponder, but i think significant in keeping you aware of this concept, is that rats/vermon feed off trash, right? if there isn't any trash in the can, we won't have a rat problem, now will we?

that being said, the foods that cause bad bacteria to take hold are, yep, you guessed it--sugar.

which includes anything that breaks down as sugar: flour, alcohol, and even refined sugars (agave, maple syrup, etc.) and some fruits, unfortunately. it's best to limit these foods if possible. there is some hope though--you can also kill these little suckers by taking garlic pills, or oil of oregano pills, or caprylic acid (also in coconut oil--hurray!).

when i'm in pam's care, i feel nourished and supported.

her office is a perfect representation of feng shui. it's a happy place. it's full of loving intention. it inspires me to appreciate the connection to everything in our lives. whatever you do in your profession/vocation, do it with sincere care. even if you think your job is stupid or meaningless or unfulfilling, i ask you to welcome the opportunity to engage in your work. put loving intention behind each moment, each hour, each day, each week and see how the beauty in nature and creation unfolds before you.

take a deep breath before you write an email or a text. none of this instant gratification nonsense. take a moment to be mindful as to how it will be perceived once you exert your energy. remember, we are all energy and to some degree, each of us humans is offering another human a very significant imprint on our lives...yes, even that person who almost ran you off the road today.

welcome that negative energy as a source of what you're projecting...maybe you're not projecting it today, but maybe you did a few years ago...

we are all connected on an energetic playing field in this massive universe, and it is our job to rise to each occasion, each lesson, to do the best we can, given our circumstances. karmically, we learn and grow, if we are open and receiving of the love that connects us all.

please set your intention with me today, for the week to be filled with a life lived with intention. see how your perception in each day changes, and don't forget to check in with yourself. state your intention in the morning, at your lunch break, and before dinner...maybe you need to write it down on post-its and put it on your mirror, in your drawer at work, or in your car.

now go take care of that colon, to take care of you!

in health and happiness,

xx, kate

Love yourself with food.

we've all heard that saying, "you are what you eat"...it might sound sort of childlike, but how you want to look and feel, is directly related to what you put into your body. we all know this on some level, but try to come down to this simple child's perspective with me. as they say, the truth is simple. if you eat a muffin, you'll have a muffin top--don't make it more complicated than it needs to be.

forget about the nutrition fact labels, forget about diets, and how many grams of carbs are in an apple, and let's get real with food--just as it is.

if you haven't read michael pollen's book, ''in defense of food", please do. he eloquently illustrates the concept of how we've gotten away from our perception of the food on our plate. instead of eating our sandwich to fill our bellies and bodies with nutrients and satisfaction, we're automatically calculating how many calories we just consumed, and how many carbs or protein or fat we're getting into our 'daily allowance'. totally absurd! but unfortunately, this is the americanized mindset in our modern society.

food offers us so much more than nutritional content. its an opportunity to come together with family and friends. it's a way to celebrate. it's a way to seek comfort.

it's an opportunity to practice self-love.

ultimately, it's God's gift to us--it's nature's candy. but, i'm not talking about packaged goods on the shelves...i'm talking about food in it's natural, wholesomeness. you see, once you start eating cleaner, you start thinking and feeling clearer.

i literally have become one with nature. it's a total mind, body, spiritual connection now. it's a beautiful fusion of energy, awareness, and love with myself, and the planet as a whole.

when i eat kale, i feel like a leafy green--i feel bright, flexible, vibrant and airy. if i eat squash, i feel soft and calm. when i eat too much nut butter, i feel thick and sludgy. etc. etc. etc....you get the point.

so stop worrying about numbers, and start focusing on ingredients! how do they process in your body? how does it make you FEEL? everybody's different,especially depending on your lifestyle, so explore what works for you, but keep it simple.

keep in mind that whatever you're seeing on the outside, is exactly what's going on, on the inside.

for example, if you have any kind of skin issues, you most likely have an imbalance of bad bacteria in your gut. if you have dark circles under your eyes, you most likely are stressing out your adrenal glands/kidneys.

but more importantly, not only are we what we eat, but what we are experiencing in our life, is directly related to how we're treating ourselves.

what better of a way to treat yourself with love, then to be kind to your body by eating whole foods?

be gentle and compassionate with yourself. take care of yourself, and the universe will take care of you.

life begins and ends with you, so love yourself and all your flaws, and breathe life in and out.

vibrate the expression of your true essence.

all my love to you <3