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January 12, 2012 / amberwoodterracechiro

January nutrition folks

Another nutrition course is underway and, I have an amazing group of people to work with! All of you that were at the first session, I want to hear from you. If want you to ask me questions, challenge ideas, get the most out of this class! I hope to hear from you soon as you begin your Paleo journey!



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  1. Susan Coddens / Jan 13 2012 8:13 am

    Last nights info was good. We think we try to eat healthy, but learned we have a long way to go!!

    What would you recommend drinking ?

    • drangelalucterhand / Jan 13 2012 8:42 am

      Water is your definite go-to for beverages. The general rule is drink about half your body weight in ounces each day. So, if someone weighs 100lbs, they would need to drink 50oz daily. On top of the water amounts, any herbal tea, unsweetened tea, black coffee (not decaf) are options. I like people to stay away from fruit juices, but vegetable juices can be highly beneficial. If you have a juicer, that makes things so much better in that regard!

  2. Eugene Washburn / Jan 13 2012 10:11 am

    Last night was very good…Learned a few new things, like NO “McDonalds”..LOL… Life will NEVER be the same. But was very informative, however I have a couple of questions…Can ya believe it?.. Ok here goes…What about drinking this new V-8 Fusion drink? is that an exceptable source in lieu of fruit juices?…Also we are talking a lot about healthy eating and getting our bodies in the best condition with proper consumption, what about showering or bathing?….Our skin is the largest organ we posses, is it something that needs to be addressed (or maybe you are going to in the next class) as well? such as what types of soaps or shampoos etc. Maybe this doesn’t relate to what we are doing with this class, but just thought I’d toss it out there and see what kind of response is possible.

    • drangelalucterhand / Jan 13 2012 10:39 am

      Good questions. I’ll address them one at a time. I do not support using V8 fusion juices because they are sweetened with either sugar or artificial sweetners. Even if they weren’t, there is a lot of sugar in fruit juices, which is deterimental to sugar regulation and biochemistry. So, I usually let people have SOME fruit juice if it comes from your own juicer and you drink it within 30 minutes. Remember that apple turning brown after it has been cut? Same concept applies to fruit juices; if they have been juiced and put on a shelf for months, you BET there has been oxidation and a lot of nutrients are broken down. Therefore, fruit juices are more like sugar water. Sorry. ;(

      Toxins in cosmetics. SUPER important. I often talk about this topic a lot with my individual patient counseling because it’s a seminar on its own! I will keep it short here; Everything you put on your skin goes straight into your blood stream. That is why you can have pain relief patches, or birth control patches as an administration of drugs. When it comes to lotions, etc., you have to be very careful not to use products with heavy chemicals (which are most on the market) on your skin. I like the Burt’s Bees line. If you eat something with pesticides, at least your liver helps detoxify it because that’s its job! However, everything you put on the skin bypasses that liver detox step and goes straight to the major highway we call blood! If you want to see how your products rank on the toxicity scale, I encourage you to visit a website that is very comprehensive: You can type in any product and see what’s in it, how toxic it is, and what health effects it will have on your body.

  3. Brook / Jan 13 2012 6:06 pm

    Great class last night…I have even shared some of the info with a neighbor this morning. I have done a good job with my eating today and my recording of what I am eating. Over the past few years I have “experimented” with some different kinds of eating….vegetarian…vegan…. and I am excited to see how this new lifestyle change will work for me…I have several health issues… and I would like to be able to feel and look and be the best me that I can be. I know I have a long way to go but I am excited to see what happens. One thing I need to work on is the “eating until you are full” part because I just like to eat…I eat when I am bored, sad, stressed….

    One thing I have been wondering over the past few months is- are people who subscribe to the Paleo idea of wellness ever Christians or do they mostly just belief in Evolution or share some mixed version of the two? I am a Christian…and I do not belief that man evolved from apes or little specks of chemicals…. I have thought about how my own personal beliefs mesh with this whole Paleo thing. I believe God created man. But maybe when God created man, he intended for him to be a hunter gatherer, not to eat fast food and fill our bodies with processed chemical combinations in boxes with labels that we call “food”. It doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that Adam and Eve ate Big Macs. They were eating the amazing “whole foods” that God provided. Man created Big Macs….not one of our best inventions….even though they do taste really good 🙂

  4. Brook / Jan 14 2012 9:20 am

    Dr. Angela,
    A few questions….
    What do you normally like to eat for snacks?
    What about condiments….Is it okay to use a little ketchup w/o hfcs…I know ketchup contains a little sugar…what about mustard?…mayo?
    What is the deal with miso? I used to eat it often when I was eating a more vegetarian diet. I think it is good for the gut..doing the same things as yogurt.
    I am thinking about buying a cookbook online. What would you recommend for a working mom of two. I consider myself a pretty good cook..My husband will eat anything. My kids like the normal kid foods and they are good veggy eaters. broccoli, cauliflower……my 11 year old will eat avacados, raw peppers…. They love pancakes, waffles…

    • drangelalucterhand / Jan 14 2012 5:45 pm

      I like to eat nuts and fruit usually although hard boiled eggs and carrots are often a go-to snack for me, as well. Sometimes I eat almond butter by the spoonful…what can I say? I listed several cookbooks on your resources slide from Thursday night, and they are all good. My personal favorite is Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals but Everday Paleo gives you kid ideas and how to get them involved. In my opinion, some of the recipes from that particular book are less complex in terms of flavor profile. You are more than welcome to look through any of mine at the office.

      Condiments are great if you make them yourself. The Primal Blueprint cookbook has a lot of homemade condiments in it. Ketchup, mayonnaise, dressing, etc are all in the back. If you buy them bottled, most have sugar added. 😦

      In terms of Paleo lifestyles and religion, I do not think the two are affiliated. There are people of all religious beliefs that eat this way. The thing they all agree on is what humans were designed to eat, and those things are provided through nature. As with anything living on Earth, there are some things that are nourishing to our bodies and some things that are toxic. Unfortunately, we have adopted some methods of processing that make toxic things edible…but then detrimental to our overall health. Beliefs about where we all began do not change the lists of foods that create healthy environments in our bodies. I think next Thursday will tie some of those ideas together for you when we go over some of the bigger concepts.

  5. Brook / Jan 15 2012 1:02 pm

    I made a few recipes from the class this weekend. I made a batch of the egg cupcakes yesterday evening and had a few for breakfast today. This morning I made a smoothie with coconut milk. (I make smoothies all the time but never with coconut milk.) Today, I made the five-spice steak and broccoli for lunch. My eleven year old really liked it. I discovered the Tamari that I had in the cabinet was not wheat free but I did use it anyway. Also, yesterday when I went to Yoder’s in Shipshewana their grass fed selection was not so great, but they had some things. I usually buy my beef there because it is hormone and steriod free…anyway that is the kind of steak I bought…but it was grain fed.

    Taking baby steps,

  6. Steve Streeter / Jan 18 2012 4:44 pm

    Peas…..yes or no?

    • drangelalucterhand / Jan 18 2012 9:39 pm

      Technically, no because legumes are a “no.” However, it’s one of those that’s on the fence.

  7. Eugene / Jan 19 2012 11:21 pm

    What’s your thoughts on pressure cooking your food? We just purchased a pressure cooker because of the info we read on them and how well they work and…having them NOT cooking off all the nurtrients and vitamins that we are so short on anyway. The food tastes Great and its not all yucky lookin or flavorless…Now there’s a good thought….Good healthy food that tastes good Hmmm

    • drangelalucterhand / Jan 20 2012 10:16 am

      Pressure cooker looks like a great option. Maybe you guys can teach me a thing or two. I’ve never used one!

  8. Eugene / Jan 19 2012 11:26 pm

    Just wanted to say…..Very GOOD class….was really gettin into it and now it’s over….But learned a lot in such a short time….Thank you Dr. Angela…..Job well done !! Till next time :0)

  9. Brook / Jan 20 2012 6:56 am

    I was just wondering about your 8 weeks to wellness class. Can a couple participate in this together or is it just for one person at a time for the price?

    Also, veggie-wise what about green beans okay or not….

    By the way, my second graders lunch menu today- hot dog, baked beans, jello, graham crackers….no veggies, no fruits, no whole foods, This is what kids in American are eating for lunch…..I should be packing for him more,,,,

    • drangelalucterhand / Jan 20 2012 8:26 am

      I know! Terrible! That’s why we should be REALLY thinking about what we feed our kids at home and getting involved with shifting things like that in our schools. How can we expect any growing child to grow up healthy, alert, and enganged when that’s the fuel they are fed? Not to mention how many don’t get PE or recess anymore! We have a huge impact on these things people; if you have a child, I encourage you to have a voice.
      About the 8-week program, I ALWAYS let spouses do it together because I find that it is more successful in terms of transition. Let’s be honest, the health of the family is often similar because their environment is similar. If I can get both parents on board with WHY, it makes a bigger impact. Remember the whole environment issue around genetic expression? I encourage both parents to be healthy and set a good example and therefore do not charge extra for them to participate together.
      Green beans-eat ’em. 😉

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