Volume VI

It's been a crazy long time since my last newsletter and there is good reason. My family moved to the sunny south! We are glad to be in Wilmington, NC, but moving ranks fairly high on most stress scales. Packing and moving a large home and shop was incredibly stressful. I'm still trying to get my cortisol down into normal levels.

Not easy, but the relocation was worth it. My husband, Bryan is a contractor/builder (the best, may I say) and is reestablishing his business after traveling back and forth for two months to Baltimore. He was completing a large commercial job up there.

Because of some great networking contacts and writing for two Wilmington publications, Lindy Ford Nutrition and Wellness, LLC is taking off. One surprising thing that happened was I continued to help many people from the Baltimore area. I didn't think this would happen, but because of Skype, it did. Love that technology and many of my Wilmy clients use it as well. 

Because of Skype, I am privileged to not only work with patients from Baltimore and Wilmington, but all over the US.  I love my job and helping people move towards optimal health. 

I'm also writing for the Wilmington Business Journal and Livin' Out Loud Magazine here in town and both endeavors have been rewarding. It's just hard to find time to write all these articles, but I plug away at it daily. 

I've also made significant relationships with several progressive physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are referring patients. These relationships are synergistic and greatly benefit our patients.

We are attending a wonderful church only 6 minutes from our house and this week will be facilitating a small group with a wonderful, seasoned couple. We also enjoy hosting a game night for neighbors and friends once a month-crazy fun.

Piper loves our new neighborhood pool and all the friends she's made here in NC. She just started Kindergarten and it was harder on mom than Piper. She is the baby and it is unbelievable that she can possibly be 5 years old! We love the school here and Piper's new teacher.
We promised Piper a kitten when we got settled in Wilmington. We thought she would forget. She did not. We now have a new baby, a sweet tabby kitten named Maisy. 

It's hard to relocate and essentially start over, but with God's grace, we will move on and expect great things from Him. 

Quite often I hear, "I want to eat healthy, but I'm too busy." There are many pieces to the proverbial health puzzle, but in my book nutrition is the biggest. Ignoring the healthy eating piece is like driving a car on low fuel and saying, "I'm just too busy to stop for gas."

I relate and empathize with this time crunch issue. I run a business as well as a household complete with a plethora of kid activities. To keep it real-my busy life will always make eating healthy a challenge. If I received a surprise inheritance from a "rich old uncle," the first thing I'd do is hire a full-time chef (who does dishes too).

I'm a nutritionist, so not only do I want to practice what I preach, I truly desire the benefits of greater energy, better sleep, focus and great health that good nutrition uniquely gives me. I want that for you also. These ten tips are not exhaustive, but are ways that have helped me make eating healthier, easier and more time efficient.

1. Batch cook or plan a prep day.
When making sauces, chilis, soups and casseroles, double or triple the amounts, or make enough for a small country. My husband and I usually do this together. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze individual meals for up to 3 months. If you have time, set aside a half or whole day regularly to batch cook. When I lived up north, I did this with a group of friends. Every task is easier with conversation and a glass of wine.
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"I have suffered from anxiety for nearly 20  years. My battle with this has taken me to  several therapists and doctors as well as a  variety of anti-depressants, all of which  had side effects and terrible withdrawal  symptoms. After giving birth to my sons,  my condition worsened and I once again  began the cycle of therapy and anti- depressants, until I found Lindy.  I always suspected that my condition was  related to a reproductive hormonal  imbalance.  However, following blood work  Lindy was able to confirm my suspicions  and prescribe a regime of supplements as  well as recommend a doctor who could  look further into the issues. Six months  later I am feeling better than I have in  years and I am not taking a SSRI. I greatly  appreciate all that Lindy has done for me."
--Patient, Age 33

"Your body is a temple, only if you treat it as one." 
--Astrid Alaud

In my practice, I'm always happy to work with younger people. They are wise 20 and 30 somethings who see the start of health issues and refuse to allow their futures to be defined by them. These people know that you "pay now or you pay later" and the price you pay later is exponentially higher. It disturbs me, though, when I see younger people playing Russian roulette with their health. They don't possess the vision that the habits they are adopting now have a profound effect now AND later.

Diseases like diabetes, Alzheimers and many kinds of cancers start in young bodies and manifest fully in older ones. What does that mean? It means you don't wake up at the age of 50 with full blown diabetes. Yes, there is the genetic predisposition (I'm a diabetic ready to happen), but the disease has been slowly taking hold of you since you were young. There were clues, but they don't fully manifest until later.

The good news? START NOW to change the gene expression in your body. This is called Nutrigenomics, a burgeoning field of nutrition that I recently learned about in grad school. Nutrigenomics means that lifestyle choices (principally nutrition) can literally change your susceptibility to disease. You can avoid diseases that are genetically programmed. Exciting? You bet--especially for this girl whose parents died at 51 and 52 (3 months apart from each other) of heart disease and cancer. My genes may be programmed for these diseases, but my lifestyle choices are saying, "No!" I don't know about you, but that is empowering and takes me out of the victim mode. YOU are not a victim either, Beautiful Person.
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