Eating nuts during pregnancy may lower kid’s allergy risks

Peanut allergy and pregnancy

Ben and Scotty eat peanuts

My sister and poor nephew found out (the hard way) that he has a nut allergy.  I can’t imagine a life without almonds, pecans, peanuts, etc. and the poor guy can’t have any of them.  Medscape medical news reports on a recent article published online in JAMA Pediatrics that children who are exposed to peanuts or tree nuts in-utero or via nursing, at least 5 times a week, are significantly less likely to develop nut allergies.  A. Lindsey Frazier, MD from Dana-Farber Children’s Cancer Center in Boston concludes, “Our study supports the hypothesis that early allergen exposure increases the likelihood of tolerance and thereby lowers the risk of childhood food allergy.”  The researchers also note that mothers who consumed the largest amount of nuts were more likely to introduce them to their children earlier.  These mothers also reported the highest consumption of fruits and veggies, which “may also lower risks for allergies and asthma”.

Thanks mom for peanut butter/apples, peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter ice cream, chocolate covered pecan caramels, and pecan pie!


Green juice vs smoothie

TA Liquid Program 2014

Tracey Anderson joins the juicing masses in 2014 with her Liquid Program

My friends from NY don’t get it, but sometimes I’m too hot and lazy to chew food.  I briefly sojourned into juicing but found it too be too time consuming.  Plus, I like consuming the fiber with the juice because it’s how fruits and vegetables are found in nature and it’s more filling.

Nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder writes that “fiber is critical for ongoing cleansing by sweeping out toxins on a regular basis, helping to keep your digestive tract and body clean, and also keeping you more full so that you tend to eat less heavier and/or acidic foods throughout the day.”

It seems like in Austin, doing some sort of cleanse, especially the Master Cleanse or a juice cleanse has become really trendy for weight management.  My interest was sparked when I read that Tracey Anderson is launching a new juice line because she has been vocally opposed to cleanses as a form of weight loss.  She tells LA Confidential magazine that, “juice cleanses are something I am not an advocate of because they actually stop one’s digestive system, which is not something that we want to be doing often. It can actually destroy the way our metabolic rate functions”.  Janet Brill, R.D. agrees, stating that juice cleansing slows down fat burning processes, the body goes into “starvation mode”, and is prompted to rob muscle mass for fuel.

Slowing down your metabolism is counter-productive if your goal is weight management, so her concerns make sense to me.  Also, buying organic isn’t convenient or cost effective all the time, so keeping in mind the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of the plants most heavily contaminated with pesticides will help in knowing when organic is preferred:

#1 apples; #2 celery; #3 cherry tomatoes; #4 cucumbers; #5 grapes; #6 hot peppers; #6 Imported nectarines; #6 peaches; #7 potatoes; #8 spinach; #9 strawberries; #10 sweet bell peppers; #11 kale/collard greens; #12 summer squash

Immanuel – “God with us”: The in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit

Matthew 16:15

Matthew 16:15 verse “Who do you say that I am?

My first memorable experience with the Holy Spirit happened when I was probably around 11 or 12.  In rural New York State, I walked 20 minutes to my bus stop and waited anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes more for my school bus to arrive.  The excruciating 20 minutes extra was usually because of an ice or snow storm.  In NY, snowplows continually use salt to keep the roads clear and it’s illegal for cars to have bald tires.  Bad weather is not an excuse for not showing up.  I don’t remember school being closed for “snow days”.  So I waited.  My fingers and toes would tingle with pain from the cold and I had to pace and sometimes dance to 80’s music to keep from going numb.  Before any yogi told me about visualization, I was doing it as a pre-teen in 1981.  I imagined a light in my chest, and it was like the sun, warming me from the inside.  Knowing myself at that time, I could not attribute that visualization to me.

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16.  “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19.  “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”  Romans 8:11

Who is Jesus?  He cannot be ignored.  Christmas can be tolerated but not ignored, and thinking it’s a vestige of pagan ritual is being mis-informed.  Grace is the greatest mystery – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  A mystery only God knows and science, religion, nor culture can explain.  Only through your own choice can you encounter this mystery.

Isaiah 7:14 prophesies “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”, which means “God with us”.  In Romans 8:9, Paul writes, “you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”  And that is a choice, free will.

In 1 John 2:27, John writes “As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.”   The creator of all that is seen and unseen wants to have a personal relationship with you through his Holy Spirit.  His light is good and brings peace.

An apple a day: Make sure it’s organic!


Environmental Working Group Shoppers Guide

Researchers published an article in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) showing that “small dietary changes as well as increased use of statins at a population level may significantly reduce vascular mortality in the UK.”  They measured an apple-a-day assessment versus statin therapy as preventative treatment to decrease heart disease fatalities.  They found that either approach is effective in reducing mortality and that “choosing apples rather than statins may avoid more than a thousand excess cases of myopathy and more than 12 000 excess diabetes diagnoses”.  In the article, they do not encourage patients to discontinue their statin therapy, rather, they are promoting consumption of apples as a means to reduce risks of heart attacks and strokes.

Keep in mind that apples are the #1 food on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list that ranks foods contaminated with pesticide residue, even when washed and peeled.  So when possible, buy organic.