Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Dirt Cure

I am crazy about The Dirt Cure.

Dr Maya Shetreat-Klein is fearless in connecting the dots between our soil, our food, our guts, our bodies and our brains to find lifelong health.

"All health begins in the gut. Most people think of the brain as the top of the totem pole, but in many ways, it's downstream from other organs. The gut - the body's soil - calls many of the shots. An unhealthy gut - or depleted soil - leads to an unhealthy immune system, endocrine system, and nervous system. These lead to disordered focus, cognition, behavior, sleep, and mood, among other symptoms. It's why, if not addressed, a child's disrupted gut can trigger an allergy or reactivity and eventually present as stomachaches, asthma, ear infections or croup, and later morph into troubling neurological dysfunction."                  
                                             Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD - "The Dirt Cure"

I've always loved the saying, "no guts no glory". Over the past few years, I have realized just how fundamentally true it is -
as an individual in search of good health,
as a Mom trying to buy, grow, cook and eat well for my family table,
as a coach inspiring my athletes to improve both mentally and physically on the field, and
as a Food Ambassador working to inspire better food education everywhere.

"Mistakes made in life are our lessons in disguise. 
And sometimes, the best lessons learned, came from the worst mistakes made."              -

The human soul is passionate about solving problems. Previous decades gave birth to new agricultural technologies and a factory farming system that had hoped to fix global problems of disease, weed control, crop failure and food shortages. Unfortunately, these technologies are producing unintended, horrific consequences on our health and well being.

Without the alarming increases in allergies, asthma, ADHD, Autism and learning disabilities would the microbiome research have risen to the forefront like it has? Would Dr Maya have written this book if her child did not get sick? Would I have EVER tried an elimination diet for Abbie if she had been thriving in school?

We will continue to make mistakes, we MUST continue to learn from them.

I just hope and pray we all have the gumption - THE GUTS - to fix them before it's too late.

Thank you Dr Maya
for being brave enough to write this book
for connecting the dots between such complicated issues
for giving us practical solutions on how to heal our food, our families...
and ultimately

Join me - It's time to open up your napkin around The Dirt Cure.

Our family tables will thank us later gator.



My top two article reads for the week:
"No Food is Healthy, not even Kale" + Study: Monsanto's Glyphosate now most heavily used Weed Killer in History


Still rocking out the #chimmie500 no matter where I go, workout clothes or NOT! HA! Go Hawks!