I have been trying for a few years to perfect the perfect all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. This is a great, all-purpose flour/starch blend for making tasty and nutritious baked goods….that look AND taste good. This blend seems to do the trick in many of my converted recipes. When looking for a wheat-free substitute for wheat flour, you will need to consider a blend. This is because no other single flour or wheat-free starch behaves the same way as wheat flour...Read More »
GMO’s, or genetically modified organisms, are becoming a real problem in the U.S. and are contributing to a number of illnesses and deaths. Even though they are a known health concern, why does the U.S. continue to modify our food today? These are questions that have been asked for years, with few answers. For the last 50+ years, genetic engineering has been promoted as the solution to end… World hunger (i.e. yield). Malnutrition (i.e. nutrient content). Herbicide...Read More »
Here we are at the end of our 4-part “Understanding Toxicity” series. We’ve explored how to determine what your body’s reactions might be when exposed to toxins. Now we’ll take you full circle in the cycle of toxicity. Immune reactions Your immune system develops reactions to substances it’s not equipped to handle on top of the preceding phenomena. Specifically, an immune reaction is when the body produces antibodies to fight an...Read More »
What the human digestive tract looks like The human digestive tract is a 30-foot-long tube, with lots of folds and bends, of varying surfaces and purposes, that runs from the mouth to the anus. Centered around the small intestine, extending upward to the stomach, downward to the large intestine, and sideways to the supporting organs, the “gut” as we call this area is the foundation of human health or disease. Focusing in on where the action’s happening, we find a...Read More »
Today I’d like to give you an introduction to your microbiome. As you will learn, they play a huge role in shaping who we are. The human digestive tract houses bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, molds, protozoa, and worms totaling about five pounds, and numbering in the trillions. When referring to their community, we now call this mass of microbes our “microbiome.” And when referring to their category, we call them either “gut flora,” “microflora” (old names),...Read More »
Unusual gluten containing products to avoid Whether you’re experiencing gluten intolerance symptoms, celiac disease or you simply want to life a gluten-free lifestyle for optimism health reasons (per your doctor’s orders), these gluten containing products should be avoided. You’ll notice at the end of the list, that food manufacturers use ingredients that are often “code words” for gluten. This list is intended to help you sharpen your...Read More »
Beans are one of the most powerful, nutrient-dense plant proteins around. There are so many choices: creamy cannellinis, meaty garbanzos, sweet adzuki, tender pintos, and so many more to choose from. Consider this: Beans are packed with tons of fiber, as well as plenty of iron and protein. They are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. They are low in calories. Plus, studies have found them to lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. What To Do With...Read More »
Are artificial sweeteners really bad for us? As I continue to research, I find newly released information about foods and substances we should NOT consume. Today, I want to talk to you about beverages that contain artificial sweeteners. You know, that white stuff that tastes like a strange sweet chemical that food manufacturers add to products to make you think you’re doing something good for your body. I know you love your zero calorie desserts, yogurts and sodas,...Read More »
Laurie Mrva, Daleville, VA
I hired Cathy to redesign my office space to enhance the functionality and create a space that I want to work in. Change in any form is never easy, but Cathy listens to your needs and makes recommendations in a gentle and supportive manner. Her focus is to understand how you need your space to function, so that the outcome is both aesthetically pleasing and feels natural based on how you personally process information. Thank you Cathy!
Velly Chowder, South Africa
Mostly I’m thankful to Cathy Dick, for helping me a lot with previous decision making and daily planning. She has helped me put into practice a mind-set to be something that I wish to accomplish by the end of each day to the end of the year– focus on that, and make sure I do things in terms of preparing myself mentally and physically before I start. She has a lot of great resources that she shares freely too. You can trust her to do what she says she’ll do.
Robin Anderson, Rock Mount, VA
When we were first referred to Mrs. Cathy Dick at One Degree Forward, my first question was, “Is she a doctor?” If the answer had been yes I think I would have refused. Instead the answer was like a breath of fresh air.