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From a Resident Chef

Date: 8/22/2017 10:05 AM EDT



The experience of this beautiful eclipse yesterday reminded me of the power of circadian rhythms.

As the day became night for a brief period, immediately, the crickets began chirping as if it were dusk and birds were singing as if it were dawn.

Pretty incredible that these creatures who are inferior to humans in intellect responded by instinct and intuition to the eclipse.

God separated the day from night for a reason.

Ideally, we should rise at dawn and shut down at dusk.

Today, however, we seldom follow this schedule because we have artificial light that keeps us up till midnight and beyond plus we always have 'one more thing' to get done.

We also work all kinds of shifts and socialize till dawn then sleep till noon.

But the fact remains that we should be in sync with the circadian rhythm of nature.

Sleep at the appropriate time of night is crucial to our health because it is between 10:00 pm and 2:00 am that our immune system is recharging.
This is universal and does not vary from person to person.

We are also a sleep deprived nation with more health issues tied to lack of sleep than we realize.

In today's world we may not go to sleep at dusk or wake up at dawn but whether we are a morning person or night owl, we need to try and be at rest between 10:00 and 2:00 to recharge our immune system for optimum performance.


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Date: 5/3/2017 4:54 PM EDT

2 years ago I participated in a fundraiser...proceeds to benefit the homeless.  

The Key Note Speaker was a Rabbi and within the first paragraph of her presentation she asked why we were building so many homeless shelters when we should really be preventing homelessness.

I've thought about this statement over the last couple of years and used it as sort of an analogy for several different scenarios.

For example, the Health Care Epidemic...

Did you know that more people die from chronic illnesses than contagious diseases in this country?

It then stands to reason that the many medical facilities being built are in response to the growing number of chronic illnesses which are mostly preventable with simple lifestyle changes.

Are we perpetuating this epidemic by building so many medical facilities?

Are we perpetuating this epidemic by only allowing Health Insurance to be used for Alopathic medicine?

Is this perpetuating the complacency with our own health? 

This complacency has contributed to the epidemic enabling the Pharmaceutical Industry to continue  capitalizing on our ill health by providing 'their' solution disguised as HealthCare.

Alopathic or mainstream medicine is necessary for trauma/emergencies and a handful of contagious diseases each requiring an immediate call to action.   

However, these methods only treat the symptoms of chronic illnesses. 

This is not Health Care....It is disease management.


As long as we remain on the drug, symptoms will be kept under control and the residual income continues to contribute to Big Pharma's bottom line.


When we pay insurance premiums in exchange for low copays, prescriptions and 'wellness' visits we are then presented with a choice as a solution to a chronic illness.....prescriptions or maintaining our own health.

Choose the former and the Pharmaceutical Industry will be more than happy to accommodate us to the tune of 242 billion dollars annually in this country. 'We The People', are the payee.

Choose the latter and we take our power back.


Chronic illnesses are reversible, if addressed in time, and in most cases preventable but each requires a lifestyle change.


And the definition of insanity?  
Doing the same thing over and over hoping to get a different result.

Clearly a paradigm shift is needed here.

Resolution vs Solution
Proactive vs Reactive
HealthCare vs SickCare
Farmaceutical vs Pharmaceutical


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Date: 5/1/2017 8:56 AM EDT

2 years ago I participated in a fundraiser...proceeds to benefit the homeless.  

The Key Note Speaker was a Rabbi and within the first paragraph of her presentation she asked why we were building so many homeless shelters when we should really be preventing homelessness.

I've thought about this statement over the last couple of years and used it as sort of an analogy for several different scenarios.

For example, the Health Care Epidemic...

Did you know that more people die from chronic illnesses than contagious diseases in this country?

It then stands to reason that the many medical facilities being built are in response to the growing number of chronic illnesses which are mostly preventable with simple lifestyle changes.

Are we perpetuating this epidemic by building so many medical facilities?

Are we perpetuating this epidemic by only allowing Health Insurance to be used for Alopathic medicine?

Is this perpetuating the complacency with our own health? 

This complacency has contributed to the epidemic enabling the Pharmaceutical Industry to continue  capitalizing on our ill health by providing 'their' solution disguised as HealthCare.

Alopathic or mainstream medicine is necessary for trauma/emergencies and a handful of contagious diseases each requiring an immediate call to action.   

However, these methods only treat the symptoms of chronic illnesses. 

This is not Health Care....It is disease management.


As long as we remain on the drug, symptoms will be kept under control and the residual income continues to contribute to Big Pharma's bottom line.


When we pay insurance premiums in exchange for low copays, prescriptions and 'wellness' visits we are then presented with a choice as a solution to a chronic illness.....prescriptions or maintaining our own health.

Choose the former and the Pharmaceutical Industry will be more than happy to accommodate us to the tune of 242 billion dollars annually in this country. 'We The People', are the payee.

Choose the latter and we take our power back.


Chronic illnesses are reversible, if addressed in time, and in most cases preventable but each requires a lifestyle change.


And the definition of insanity?  
Doing the same thing over and over hoping to get a different result.

Clearly a paradigm shift is needed here.

Resolution vs Solution
Proactive vs Reactive
HealthCare vs SickCare
Farmaceutical vs Pharmaceutical







  

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Date: 1/24/2017 1:00 PM EST

It has been my observation over the last several decades that people in this country seem to define themselves by their ill health.

Conversations surrounding our personal health issues in social settings are about as common as small talk about the weather.  Seemingly harmless, but for me it reveals something a little more...

Some of us like to have a chronic illness and somehow once there is a name attached to it, it gives credibility.


We are the only ones that have the ability to truly take care of ourselves because everywhere we go...there we are.

If we take care of ourselves, then we take our power back...plain and simple.


What if we lived in a place and time where we didn't discuss our ill health as if it were a badge of honor.  

Small talk about upcoming medical procedures and tests, cholesterol, blood pressure and A1C numbers would be replaced with healthy recipes, how many miles we walked or cycled and how we slept like a baby then woke up refreshed, ready to face the day.

Imagine the butterfly effect it would have on our society raising the bar to become the best version of ourselves in order to carry out our lives?


Food is Healthcare!
 
We all should know this, yet we refuse to do it because....healthy food is too expensive, right?
 
Well, so are pharmaceuticals.
 
Yet we are paying insurance premiums for something that resembles healthcare when in reality it is only disease management.

And from a financial standpoint we think it makes more sense to pay a copay and prescriptions to manage our chronic illness when whole food is really the long term answer.
 
So, a culture shift is needed before this situation bottoms out.  

God designed our bodies to heal themselves but we have to facilitate this healing.

Food in its whole unaltered state was created by God for medicine.
 
Our bodies are not sick because of a pharmaceutical deficiency....our bodies are sick because of a nutrient deficiency.
 
Choose Farmacy!







 



 

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Date: 1/21/2017 7:33 AM EST

I just learned about a really cool method called Dry Brining.

In my previous blog about the importance of vitamin D, I think you'll enjoy this simple salmon recipe.

It goes something like this...

  • Take a nice Wild Caught Salmon filet, skin on.  
  • In a bowl blend together 1 part raw sugar and 3 parts sea salt.  
  • Toss in some fresh chopped herbs that appeal to you for salmon. 
 For example I used a 5-6 oz piece of salmon, 1/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup salt and about 1/3 cup fresh chopped dill.
  • In a glass dish spread a layer of the dry brine on the bottom.  
  • Place the piece of salmon on top then spread the remaining brine on top of the salmon and sort of press it into the flesh.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap then place in fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prep some veggies of your choice to go with the salmon.  
For example...I charred some broccolini to a crisp tender in a pan with a little olive oil sprinkled with an aromatic spice blend.  Very simple.
You may want to serve this with some brown rice, as well.  Cook the rice in a chicken stock for more flavor and add additional veggies here, such as diced carrots and fresh peas.
I think a side of fresh Pico De Gallo would work well with the salmon as a side. 

  • Remove the fish from the fridge after 30 minutes and dip the fish in a bowl of cool water to rinse off the brine mixture.  Pat dry with paper towel.
  • Heat a skillet to medium with a little olive oil seasoned with some salt and maybe some dried herbs...just anything to impart more layers of flavor.
  • Place fish, flesh side down into skillet and when the fish cooks about halfway up flip and cook skin side down. 
Serve alongside the veggies and you will have a flavorful, satisfying meal that was prepared in the most unique and simple method.

Enjoy this Vitamin D rich salmon!
 

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Date: 1/20/2017 12:21 PM EST

Is this truly the season for the flu?   

From the interviews in the recent 9 Part Docuseries, Vaccines Revealed, one such interview with a scientist that Dr Tony Bark interviewed revealed that the flu doesn't just come around in the cold weather months.  It is a year round virus.   

So why does there seem to be more incidence of the flu at this time of year?  

Limited sunlight. 

The flu vaccine supposedly builds antibodies therefore protecting us against the flu, but since the flu changes every year it stand to reason that antibodies are NOT the most important line of defense.  

You can't build an antibody against a virus that doesn't circulate year after year.

So if antibodies are not the solution, what is?

The level of vitamin D in your blood is most important in defending against the flu. 

Why?


There are receptors on each immune cell which require the attachment of vitamin D in order to produce A.M.P., an antimicrobial protein which are antivirals that protect against the flu.  


 
The best defense is to have a primed and ready cellular immune response. 

It has been my personal observation that ever since the skin cancer scare and the slathering on of sunscreens for fear of the sun, people have had low vitamin D levels.

Soon after the excessive use of sunscreens was embedded into our culture, the cholesterol lowering Statin drugs were developed and being used as a treatment against heart disease.

According Suzy Cohen, author if the book Drug Muggers, in an interview with Doug Kaufmann, a biologist, there was a recent discovery that these statin drugs may deplete or lower the body of vitamin D levels.

Furthermore, Dr Lorraine Day and Dr Batman(as they call him) when the sunlight hits our skin it pulls cholesterol to the surface of the skin and turns it into vitamin D.  Pretty amazing!

No wonder we have had such a low incidence of vitamin D in the last 30 or more years.  This vitamin is critical in so many ways.

Some good sources of vitamin D in food are portobella mushrooms(exposed to sunlight), fatty fish like mackerel, tuna, smoked and canned salmon, herring, halibut, swordfish, sardines, eggs and pork, to name a few.

Choose a good supplement and remember that Vitamin D is food soluble meaning it has to be eaten with food for absorption.



Please do not discontinue using sunscreens.  Just simply take precautions by using a sunscreen that contains no toxic ingredients, wear a hat or cover up so that you don't get burned.   

We tend to be extremists in this country so the 'everything in moderation' rule should always be practiced.   

Sun is very healing in moderation so get some mild sun exposure and let your skin drink it in.  
 
It not only is the best source of vitamin D, it provides your body with melatonin(a sleep hormone) and serotonin(for immunity and depression), both very calming.

I encourage you to express these concerns with your Healthcare Provider and if he/she suggests or insists on giving you the flu vaccine don't be afraid to ask questions:

  • Can you name 3 ingredients in this vaccine?
  • Can I request thimerisol(mercury) free and/or aluminum free vaccines?
  • How can flu vaccines provide an antibody against a virus when that strain is not likely to surface again?
  • Did you know that vitamin D is critical in protecting us against the flu...and that there are receptors on each immune cell which require the attachment of vitamin D in order to produce A.M.P., an antimicrobial protein which are antivirals that protect against the flu?
  • Based on my health assessment and blood work, what is the appropriate amount of vitamin D that you recommend for me to take? 
So if you are concerned about the flu vaccine....ramp up your vitamin D.  

Natural sources from God...always best!



 

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Date: 1/16/2017 8:07 PM EST

Herbs and spices not only impart great flavor to dishes but provide nutrients and outside of the occasional food allergy, have no side effects.

Turmeric, for example, is a root herb that looks like ginger root.  It is a common ingredient found in most curries and it is what turns curry powder the golden orange color.

The medicinal component to this herb is curcumin. 
A powerhouse nutrient!

It is a natural antiviral, anti microbial, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory, it heals wounds....and that's just for starters.

One rounded measuring teaspoon per day is the recommended adult dosage.

A friend of mine from India told me once that he and his wife used to add a teaspoon of turmeric to their childrens' water every morning and they never got colds.

Because it heals wounds I keep it in my spice kit when I'm cheffing because if I cut my finger I just apply some turmeric to the wound, slap a band aid on it and keep working.

Herbs and Spices...Nature's Medicine!

It's cold and flu season so try my version of the below recipe. 
 

GOLDEN MILK, TURMERIC MILK or TURMERIC TEA
Compliments of Eclectic Personal Chef, LLC
Adapted from the internet and revised

¾ cup water + ½ cup coconut milk(original recipe)
                    Or
1 ¼ cups coconut milk(my take, personally I like this better)
1 rounded teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger(no need to peel)
½ star anise(this is my addition, great for digestion)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract(my addition, optional)
Honey to taste
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper(you don’t taste this but it is needed for absorption of curcumin)

Whisk together then heat, strain, pour into a cup and sip.  Warm and soothing, this beverage is great before bedtime.

Make this in batches of the dry ingredients and keep on the shelf in a glass jar, then shake to incorporate ingredients before measuring out into the milk.

In this case, when preparing this method for 1 person, 2 measuring teaspoons of the dry ground spices is the portion to use.

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Date: 1/7/2017 8:44 PM EST

Eclectic Personal Chef is having a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Light refreshments will be served so an RSVP is requested.  Please call (704)650-5767.

Below are the particulars:

Union County Chamber of Commerce
903 Skyway Drive
Monroe, NC  28110

11:00 a.m.
Wednesday January 11, 2017

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Date: 1/4/2017 10:54 AM EST

My Personal Chef Business is having a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Light refreshments will be served so an RSVP is requested.  Please call (704)650-5767.

Below are the particulars:

Union County Chamber of Commerce
903 Skyway Drive
Monroe, NC  28110

11:00 a.m.
Wednesday January 11, 2017






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Date: 12/31/2016 2:30 PM EST


Exposure to natural sunlight prompts the body to produce a chemical called serotonin, a natural anti depressant.  
Since some become more depressed during Winter months the conclusion was drawn, by the medical industry, that limited exposure to the sun during those Winter months must be the cause.
 

Hence, the condition, Seasonal Affective Disorder was born.  This may be true, in part and for some but it is interesting to me that the beginning of daylight savings time, which occurs in mid Fall when days are becoming shorter and exposure to sunlight is limited, is the same time that we Americans are feasting on junk food....Standard American Diet.
 

From Halloween till the end of the year, we have managed to wreck our bodies with the leftover Halloween candy, rich food and alcohol, staying up late at parties, not sleeping well then getting up to go to work, skipping our morning workout or run because we feel hungover from rich food devoid of valuable nutrients.
 

No wonder we're depressed. We are running on empty fuel.   Add to this equation the stress of the holidays and our immune system is operating in the red making us more vulnerable to illness.
 

Cheeses, pates', sweets, breads, heavy appetizers along with limited vegetables and water, plus alcohol intake naturally creates imbalance in the body.

When we feed our body healthy food and limit alcohol intake, we sleep better, feel motivated and energized to work out which in turn prompts us to eat healthy again.
A general sense of well being, peace and calm is the balanced state that follows.
When we have unhealthy eating habits, we don't feel like working out, an activity which helps the body produce serotonin, as well.
By the time the holidays are over it takes us a few months to get back on track.
Prompted by the New Year, we are resolved to get healthy which takes 2 months to undo the damage that occurred the last quarter of the previous year.
 

So....
Seasonal Affective Disorder?
or
Standard American


Pharmacy or Farmacy?

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