Mathea Ford: [00:00:26] Hi there! It’s Mathea. Welcome back to Nutrition Experts Podcast. The podcast featuring nutrition experts who are leading the way using food starts today. Right now with our next guests. It’s great to have Jenna Drew on the show today. Jenna, welcome to Nutrition Experts. I’m excited to have you on the show and share your expertise with my tribe.
Jenna Drew: [00:00:48] Hi Mathea! I’m super excited to be here and I can’t wait to share this message with them to you.
Mathea Ford: [00:00:54] We were talking and you live on a farm now. What kind of motivated you to start homesteading and work with these?
Jenna Drew: [00:01:03] Yeah. So, we have lived in the concrete jungle of New York City for about the last eight years and we just kind of got sick of seeing concrete everywhere and not having nature surrounding us besides a park. So we made the move to lay out upstate New York and now we have over 20 acres we have 20 different raised bed gardens that are getting started inside the gardens. We actually have eight different hives of bees and I don’t know if you know this but there’s actually in each hive about 50 to 65,000 bees in each one.
Jenna Drew: [00:01:44] So that means we have to have two million bees which is crazy and on our property now and we’re getting chickens for their eggs. And really we were looking for a better quality of life now that we have a little one. We’ve got a little girl who’s going to be two this summer and we’re expecting our second little girl coming this summer too. So we wanted them to have a different lifestyle and have access to the foods that they’re going to be eating through are actually growing their own food. So we’re really excited to kind of instill this value and this love for Whole Foods into our little ones.
Mathea Ford: [00:02:25] So you going to use the bees to make honey? And also obviously the pollinate your gardens? Any sort of other reason that you have the bees or just for that?
Jenna Drew: [00:02:35] Exactly! So, we’re using them for the pollination since we have fruit trees. Most of the time you need to use some kind of chemical process to help them pollinate. So, this gets rid of that. So, we have you know that all natural back to nature pollinate everything with the bees when it comes to the fruit trees as well as the flowers and even the herbs and vegetables so that really just brings back another step to nature with the bees and they’re kind of fun to learn about. We have somebody that’s kind of teaching us what to do and when to do it with them so we can really get the best honey coming this fall.
Mathea Ford: [00:03:14] I’ve heard that local honey is really great for helping with like allergies or any sort of just to help your body because they do get that pollen from local area and then make the honey and then therefore you’re kind of getting exposed to that.
Jenna Drew: [00:03:30] Exactly! So, the bees are out there pollinating what’s around you and what’s on your property or different you’re miles around it. So it’s it’s helping you support your own immune system with what’s being grown locally so you can kind of fight back another way when it comes to those seasonal allergies when everything starts blossoming and pollinating and just starting to look beautiful. Unfortunately, some people create that seasonal allergy time which is not fun for anybody that has to deal with it. So just that extra boost you can give yourself locally.
Mathea Ford: [00:04:08] Great! So Jenna, what made you interested in those topics or that area?
Jenna Drew: [00:04:15] Really it started for my own health issues. I was about 21 years old and I had just graduated college. I was starting to take up a lot of different elements that weren’t of issues before I had been diagnosed with asthma and I had always been very active. I played sports, I ran track and I never had respiratory issues until my early 20s and that was sort of a red flag for me. I started getting these heart palpitations in the middle of the night where I would just wake up in the middle of the night and I feel like I was having a heart attack because my heart was beating hard out of my chest.
Jenna Drew: [00:05:01] You know it happened out of nowhere and then I kind of started getting this cyst like acne that would form at the base of my chin and it would be so painful that I’d actually have to go into my dermatologist and I’d have to have him drain this. Anytime that I touched it or put make up on, it was so inflamed and irritated and painful and then that I started getting belly bloat and I was having a lot of issues with focus and concentration especially at my job. And since I was newly graduated from college this is one of my first jobs and I was so afraid of not being productive and getting fired and knowing that my boss had a notice these kind of days I would get into in the afternoons and a brain fog that I would have. But what really made me pay attention is going to the doctor and I would tell him what was going on and the one day he said “Well, could you possibly have some kind of depression? Is that a possibility? What are your thoughts on that? And Mathea, whenever he said that it was like somebody slammed me with a train I just stopped dead in my tracks because I had always felt like I was very positive and very optimistic, very outgoing. I was always the happiest person in the room and to hear him say “Well, Jenna you might have some kind of depression.” I knew that was my wake up call where something had to change and something wasn’t right in my system. Luckily, I hadn’t been introduced to a woman who had written a cookbook that was all about living gluten free and allergen free. And it was because her daughter had celiac disease. When I need that connection and of course you know I want to see some doctors to get the diagnosis.
Jenna Drew: [00:06:58] But I realized how it all relates back to foods and how whatever we put into our body really either makes us thrive or it makes us feel sluggish and bloated and gross. Right? So and I got some training and mainly because I am a super nerd. I would totally weigh that up there and admit to and I actually have my Master’s in Library Science. So I’m not sure how much nerdier you can get than that but I started doing research and I got trained as a mind body fitness coach and not really because I had ever foreseen working with clients yet but actually mainly because I wanted to figure out for myself how the foods I was eating were affecting my mind and were affecting my body. And then you fast forward throughout the years,I started using natural remedies like essential oils. I started eating whole foods and seasonally cleansing and getting certified as a help coach and eventually I decided it was time to jump into this and start sharing all this knowledge that I had kind of collected and created resources for over the years because it was just for my personal use then and my family and making us healthier. Right? So, it got to the point where I couldn’t help but start trying. And that’s that’s kind of where I am now.
Mathea Ford: [00:08:27] You got diagnosed. Obviously, you have blood tests. They verify that you have celiac allergy and then you just went about with the background that you had. Having experienced someone who is writing a book about celiac or recipes for gluten free, how did you go about the change?
Jenna Drew: [00:08:44] Even though I knew a lot about gluten free it was pretty dramatic because I had been somebody that never really paid attention to ingredient list or you know what was actually in the foods I was eating I just cared about having tasted. And at that point a whole lot younger, it was about how quickly they could be made. Whenever I started to actually pay attention to food labels I would remember spending hours still at the grocery store and looking at the ingredient labels and starting to try to decipher what some of those words are that you can’t even pronounce underneath the ingredient list. And I would actually remember calling companies while I’m at the grocery store talking to their representatives and figuring out if there was any gluten in these foods because back then they actually didn’t have to list the top allergens. Now they have to list wheat and dairy and soy and eggs and peanuts and they needn’t have to do that before. So now it’s a lot easier but it’s still quite a transition and learning curve. But you know I don’t to learn how to cook for myself and it made these real foods and it got to the where I started developing this goal of just eating around the perimeter of the grocery store because then I didn’t have to worry about what was really in the foods because it was all fresh produce, it was fresh poultry and meats and fish and eggs and I didn’t have to really spend all that time looking up every single ingredient. Plus it was a lot healthier for me.
Mathea Ford: [00:10:24] I’ve seen it where as gluten free has become more of a popular diet.
Mathea Ford: [00:10:31] Not necessarily related to having been diagnosed with that condition but more people’s desire to do gluten free whatever their personal motivation is for that, there’s more processed foods that are now gluten free. So, how do those fit into a gluten free diet or how do you incorporate those or do you what do you do? How do you feel about that?
Jenna Drew: [00:10:56] Personally, I think that a cupcake is a cupcake no matter if it’s gluten free or not. And that being said as somebody that first diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, chances are there’s a lot of inflammation that’s happening in the gut. And a lot of damage that’s been done. So, when you’re first diagnosed I always like to lead clients into this real food diet to help heal that gut because you need to heal it f or you to start feeling better. And that’s hard to do when you’re still eating a lot of processed foods. Because even though they are gluten free it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthier. There is different, there’s you know there’s some sugars in there. There’s still different carbs. There’s there’s a lot of ingredients that may not be as healthy for you as you need especially after you may have gone through a lot of health issues from your gut. So, really it’s back to the basics at the beginning and eating those real foods that are going to nourish you. You’re going to get the nutrients that you need because when you have damage in your gut the villi which are you know they’re those little hairs that are in the lining of your intestines that basically pull the nutrients from your foods to help you digest it. Those are all damaged.
Jenna Drew: [00:12:21] So, basically when you’re first getting started on a gluten free diet you’re going to be the major healing curve and you’re going to start to feel better. Those villi might not be quite h ealed yet. It can take a lot of time to heal those. So, starting right away with processed foods, you’re not going to be able to get as many nutrients from those as you would. You know the fresh or seasonal produce or those real food that provide most of your nourishment.
Mathea Ford: [00:12:52] Do you see a lot of value in foods that are like probiotics or prebiotics type things to help with that gut healing or to just maintain that gut once you get back to that baseline I guess you call it after you remove the gluten then you’ve stopped the inflammation?
Jenna Drew: [00:13:12] Absolutely! I think those healing foods whether it’s the drinking K ombucha or Kefir or any probiotic infused foods, taking a probiotic that has been researched to make sure… The number one thing with most probiotics is the bacteria gets released before it’s supposed to in your intestines. You want to make sure you’re getting a good probiotic that’s releasing it where you need it and That is so important in my opinion for everybody to be taking a probiotic but especially if you need support in your diet and especially if you have gluten sensitivity or celiac because you are damages all in the gut and then that happens, we produce less digestive enzymes and less bile which again helps us digest her foods. And you can get all that support from a probiotic. So really with Celiac you’re hit from both ends with the damage that guts, you are not digesting or foods you’re not getting the nutrients.
Jenna Drew: [00:14:18] So when you add in that probiotic it’s just like adding millions of other little fighters in your gut to help do the work for you.
Mathea Ford: [00:14:26] If you’re starting to see some of these things are there something that we can do? Because they’re not always going to be celiac but they could be affected by the food that you eat.
Jenna Drew: [00:14:35] Absolutely! So when it comes to these symptoms coming up and there’s actually over 300 different symptoms of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease so it can be really hard to diagnose. The average is actually about eight years for somebody to be diagnosed properly with celiac disease because it can come up similar to IBS or Crohn’s or Colitis or other digestive issues too especially if those are your main symptoms and it can be hard for doctors to diagnose. So, you know where to start keeping track of the foods that you’re eating. Especially if you’re noticing digestive issues or you’re feeling say after your lunch usually feel very tired, very sluggish or you’re getting migraines or headaches consistently and that the easiest way to do that is with a food diary or food journal. And this isn’t necessarily keeping track and counting calories of what you’re eating it’s more important to think about what food you are actually eating and ingesting than the calories are in them when it comes to this food diary. And the reason behind that is because then when you do go to the doctor you’re not trying to piece together what you ate that day or how you felt exactly that day.
Jenna Drew: [00:16:01] You can have this diary that you take with you and you can show him or her you know after after you had lunch this day I felt really bloated or I felt really exhausted. And then this food made me feel like this and that. And it really starts to piece together this puzzle for you. I think anybody that’s dealing with issues around foods or maybe inflammation or bloating or headaches or energy that food diary can be a really key component for you. And it can be as simple as taking notes in your phone and getting a little notebook that fits in your purse and keeping notes after you eat. And how you feel or you know I have a great template at I usually give to clients, it’s a freebie that you can keep track and it makes sure you remember what you had before breakfast and after lunch. Not only just right after you eat because most sensitivities can show up three to four hours later and sometimes days later. So, that can make it pretty difficult for the diagnosis. So keeping track in the food is really important. And one thing that I do want to mention because we’re actually going through this process with my little girl. She has been gluten free since she’s been born and we’ll actually introduce solid foods and that’s just because we have a totally gluten free house so we don’t have to worry about cross contamination or anything like that while we’re at home. So, we’re starting to discuss with her doctor and her pediatrician how we’re going to test her for this celiac gene or if she has issues with gluten because you actually have to be eating gluten to be diagnosed with celiac disease.
Jenna Drew: [00:17:54] So, you know I love the idea of elimination diets and I have an amazing program I walk women through that totally. It cuts out you know wheat, gluten, dairy, wheat, corn, soy other cause of the main causes of food sensitivities and issues and then we slowly reintroduce them. W hat you have to be careful with is if you do feel it may be gluten that’s leading to Celiac Disease. You actually have to be eating gluten for about three to four weeks before they can test you to accurately get a diagnosis. So, it be very tempting to just run out and eliminate gluten from your diet immediately if there’s symptoms that are lining up with that diagnosis, you might want to talk to your doctor first because the last thing I like to see clients do is eliminate gluten and feel amazing and then they talk with their doctor and they find out the only way to get the diagnosis is to start eating and again and feeling bad.
Mathea Ford: [00:18:59] What are the biggest mistakes that women make with food and eating and and the types of food that we eat? What do you say?
Jenna Drew: [00:19:08] Well, I think some of the biggest mistakes that we make is we were eating based on what other people are recommending and that can be magazines that we read or commercials that we hear or even you know those claims that we see on food labels. And I think what it comes down to is we’re all unique whenever it comes to our foods, we’re different chemically, we have different fingerprints and our digestive systems a ll work a bit differently in our bodies so when it comes to foods there is this idea of bioindividualality.
Jenna Drew: [00:19:44] And basically what that means is even if a food is quote healthy it may not necessarily be healthy for you. So, getting down to the root of what foods could actually make you feel good then you know you can focus on eating those it will give you more energy, more clarity. It will make you feel better and cutting out foods that don’t serve you. So, if you know that certain things trigger your headaches or your energy drains or feeling sluggish and you can cut those out. So really being empowered when it comes to what you’re eating is super important.
Mathea Ford: [00:20:25] So, what are some of your favorite foods the things that are healing foods?
Jenna Drew: [00:20:28] I love berries. Like this summer is my season because I’m obsessed with all kinds of fruit and I eat berries all day long like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries you name it. I usually have a bowl of mixed berries beside me at all times or I’m sort of in a smoothie or you know they’re on top of something else that I’m making because for some reason you know back to that bioindividuality those just make me feel great. And looking back all through my childhood that was my go to was fruit whenever I needed a snack or I needed to feel better or I just needed you know back up, it was always going back to fruit. And you know for some people that can make fruit can make them feel a little bloated or tired because there’s sugar in there. So it makes them crash. But for me it was always about thriving with berries.
Mathea Ford: [00:21:29] Have they uncover that proper diet or what they need? Because like you said it’s individual, it depends on a lot of things?
Jenna Drew: [00:21:39] Well the easiest way is to go through something like an elimination diet where you’re cutting out common allergies or common things that are caused sensitivities or issues within your body like the top allergens are eggs and corn and wheat and soy and different grains and even some people beans and onions or nightshade. So, it’s really you want to cut out those common causes of inflammation or irritability or issues and slowly start to add them back in. Now, it doesn’t necessarily get to the bottom of all of your food issues because again you could be somebody that totally thrives while eating an avocado and then there could be the next person who that just makes them feel bloated and sluggish. You never quite know. So it’s really about keeping track so you can start with those common causes of issues. Right? And then you can get a little bit deeper. So once you rollout those main triggers start to play with your foods and then keep track of how you’re feeling after you eat them. If you notice like there are certain things that I eat that within three hours. You don’t want to be in the same room with me because they make me so irritable that I know that I have to avoid those or else.
Jenna Drew: [00:23:06] And then you know there’s certain foods that if I eat them I know that I need to be like ready to go outside and do yardwork because I’m going to have so much energy and I’m going to feel great that I can’t eat them right before bed or else then I can’t sleep. So it’s really that discovery process and it may feel a little overwhelming but the best way to take this is make it really fun and introduce new recipes to you and your family while you’re learning exactly what’s making you feel good. Maybe you can take the guest work out by doing different programs that are already structured for you. Especially if you’re super busy and you don’t have to worry about kind of creating recipes that remove those common allergens. Then you can just go get your shopping list and start cooking whatever’s on the meal plan. So, that can make it really easy for you to figure it out and just keeping track using that food journal.
Mathea Ford: [00:24:06] You talked about a little bit about being mindful kind of paying attention to what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. I have some friends who’ve done the different diets a whole 30 for example and they don’t necessarily notice the change while they’re doing it and they may feel just because it’s an adjustment, you have to kind of think about what you can eat all that stuff. But then once the 30 days is over then they go back to eating some of those foods and they’re like “Oh, I really see a difference.” So is that kind of a common experience with your clients? How do people deal with that?
Jenna Drew: [00:24:47] Absolutely! So, when you remove that common trigger from your diet and then you reintroduce it, you can notice big changes. So, at first if you’re just eating your normal lifestyle and it’s normally in the food that you’re eating it may not be as prominent.
Jenna Drew: [00:25:05] And you might not notice that but once you remove that ingredient or that food from your your regular routine and it’s been out of your diet for say that 30 days or even even two weeks or so and you reintroduced it, you are going to notice if it’s going to cause you headaches or irritability or make you feel drained, you’ll see those differences and that’s kind of the idea behind. You go through these programs. The program is super important to help you feel great because you’re going to get some real food nourishment. But the key part which most people miss is actually this what you do afterwards that second phase that kind of hit phase where you’re adding foods back in and that can be called like the reintroduction of foods and that’s where you start to notice the hidden triggers or the foods that are causing issues. So, as you’re finishing a program like that I always suggest do it slowly. So, don’t just immediately run out and eat a cheeseburger if you eliminate a dairy and gluten and wheat and other things from your diet because you’re not going to know if the genes or the gluten or the wheat or any other ingredients that are in that burger. Right? So it’s really about focusing on the reintroduction so you can notice the difference and it does take some commitment.
Jenna Drew: [00:26:34] It’s not always that easy it’s because sometimes you get through that program and the whole 30 days you’re just craving something right and you can’t wait until day 31 when they just go chomp on this whenever this food craving is but if you are slow and you’re patient with yourself and you’re really mindful about how you reintroduce that food that’s where you’re going to see the most benefit.
Mathea Ford: [00:26:58] So, Jenna what are some ways that the listeners can use this information we’ve been talking about in their daily lives?
Jenna Drew: [00:27:05] When it comes down to it, you just have to be proactive and as you’re growing and you’re learning more about yourself you’re going to become more empowered. And it’s not just in the decisions that you’re making with your foods but often it starts to creep into the way that you know you’re taking care of yourself, your family, your health care. When it comes to the gut, there’s a quote that says “All disease begins in the gut.” And it so when you’re really introducing these real foods and these nourishing foods and you’re taking care of your gut, you’re going to be feeling a lot better overall. And right now you know whenever it comes to your health care system which don’t get me wrong I think there’s a time and a place for our health care system ends. I might not be here today if it wasn’t for my daughter might not be. But you know there’s things that definitely don’t fit well with me and one of the biggest things is right now chronic disease is growing in our country and around the world. It’s the rates of people being diagnosed with something chronic or just growing and you know of course our healthcare system it’s kind of that symptom focused. Right? So they’re focusing on what ailments you’re dealing with and not necessarily what’s the root cause of what’s going on.
Jenna Drew: [00:28:31] So when it comes to empowering yourself with these foods and discovering what does make you feel good and make you feel like you’re thrived and have all this energy and you can focus and clearly and really live that better lifestyle for yourself, you can actually get down to the root of what’s going on and not just the symptoms. So, I think that’s really important when it comes to our daily lives. And also for those of you listening out there with a family you know this becomes really important for that next generation. Right? And thinking about what our kids are seeing us do and what foods they’re s eeing us make and eat and serve at the dinner table so that we can teach them how to eat these real foods instead of you’re turning to the drive thru or turning to those easy processed foods, they’re going to have a better relationship with food in their future.
Mathea Ford: [00:29:28] So, who is the best suited like best type of person to go through this change or to go through the process of an elimination diet or trying to find the foods that are healing them?
Jenna Drew: [00:29:41] Usually when clients come to me it’s because they’ve tried everything else. They have tried it prescription they’ve tried this, they’ve tried that and nothing seems to be working in getting rid of whatever is happening in their body whether it’s you know the bloating, the digestive issues, the focus, the headaches and they’re looking for a solution. And it may be outside of that traditional health care.
Jenna Drew: [00:30:09] So, if you’re somebody that’s in that position where you feel like you’ve tried everything but you’re still dealing with headaches or bloat or digestion issues it may be time for you to to look at that elimination diet. It may be time for you to turn to your foods to see if that could be the cause of what’s causing your issues. You know I love working with women who you know they’re busy they’re active. They don’t have time to be spending hours in the kitchen because when I first started eating real foods, I was probably in the kitchen about five minutes a day before that because I just did whatever was possible to get in and out as quickly as I could. And I know what it’s like to be in that place. And now you know I’ve got it down to a system where you know we can work together and figure out how in fitting real food into your diet can work even if you live on a busy schedule whether it’s you using technology like I love the crockpot. I’m like such an avid fan of that I haven’t switched over to the instapot yet which I know people are going crazy for it right now. But whether it’s using tool like that to make your life easier, whether it’s meal planning, to take the guest work out of going to the grocery store. You know just simple ways that you can incorporate these real foods into your diet.
Mathea Ford: [00:31:36] And how do you think it’s affecting, it’s going to affect health care?
Jenna Drew: [00:31:39] People are just getting smarter and they’re getting more interested in their own health care. They want to know how they’re going to feel and what’s going to make them feel better.
Jenna Drew: [00:31:52] It’s no longer necessarily you go to the doctor you have a three minute conversation with them and they prescribed something and you’re okay with it. People are asking questions with all the documentaries that are out there today about our foods with all the research that’s coming out, with all the tools that are helping you monitor what’s going on in your body. Everything’s changing because of that technology. You know now there is no actual in-home tests that you can do to test the amount of bacteria that’s in your gut. There’s in-home tests to find out food sensitivities. There is. There’s different things that you can do to be more proactive. And I think that’s totally going to flip the health care system when we have these empowered people that are out there and they’re interested in feeling better and they’re not okay with just taking another pill for it. They want a different option. They want to feel empowered. They want to know that they can create this revolution within themselves. And I think that trend is just going to continue. And it’s only going to get bigger over the next few years as more and more information comes out about food and how that relates to your health and even your emotions and how you feel. And there’s a growing trend for health coaches out there as so there’s many more people that are becoming health coaches every day because of different experiences they’ve had by introducing real foods and now they’re sharing their stories so that’s just empowering the revolution even more.
Mathea Ford: [00:33:33] So, I know you talk about nourishment and gratitude and how they work together so can you talk a little bit about that?
Jenna Drew: [00:33:43] I love to talk about gratitude and positivity.
Jenna Drew: [00:33:46] This is when I made my genius stones I like to call it. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Strengths Finder where you can find out your top five strengths.
Mathea Ford: [00:33:55] I am. I have that.
Jenna Drew: [00:33:57] Ohh! Okay. The positivity is my top strength. I don’t know if you can know that from what I do and I just started embracing this and incorporating it into the work that I’m doing with clients and gratitude becomes super important with your food because it’s super easy. We walk into the grocery store and you can buy avocados from Mexico in our stores in New York at any time in the year. Right? Think about what they used to do back in the day. Whenever you only had access to the foods that work around locally in those seasons? You couldn’t make anything that you wanted. So, today we are we have so much access to the food and I think that makes us miss the importance in the work that goes into actually growing and harvesting these foods that are nourishing us. So, even in New York I always had this little garden that at one point I had a garden on top of a garage roof because I just wanted to grow some of my foods and it was just herbs and easy things to grow that point. And now it morphed often you know these raised bed gardens that are all to my yard and having that touch in the soil with the dirt and seeing how the plants are growing and thriving and changing and teaching my little ones about that, it instills that gratitude for the food that we’re eating.
Jenna Drew: [00:35:26] And you don’t have to go out and start your own garden or dive into a community garden or anything like that to experience is gratitude but it can be as simple as actually thinking about the foods that you’re eating while you’re eating them. And like you said before about being a means to an end to reshape that view on foods and actually think about what you’re chewing. And I know my husband, it sounds crazy but like when we first started dating he would be done with his meal within three minutes of it being put in front of him because he would just chow down and eat everything so fast and not even realize what he was really eating. Right it was just gone. I think that goes back to a lot of you know his military background where they didn’t have time to eat. Right? You didn’t. That was just the quickest part of your day and you got it and he got out as fast as you could. And now it’s more about realizing you know what’s on your plate, how it tastes, how it feels when you’re chewing it how you are digesting it and just being more mindful about what’s on your plate becomes really important.
Jenna Drew: [00:36:45] And when you start to practice this especially if you have any kind of disconnect with foods whether it’s your feeling those over eating or anxiety around foods or eating or you just being somebody that is known to be a snacker or over eater. When you actually start to think about the foods that you’re eating and processed them more slowly it can help you realize what they’re doing for your body and to curb those behaviors. So, it really becomes important to just express some gratitude and while you know we don’t necessarily say grace before meals or have any kind of your religious preference around or even just taking a second to note how delicious your dinner was or how much your little one love that asparagus or how much your husband complimented you on that meal you just cooked? You’re gratitude around that can make a big difference in your growth. And in that desire to keep eating real foods.
Mathea Ford: [00:37:56] That was lovely! It’s really funny because when you mentioned your husband you need really fast. I just thought of the military because when I was in the army that’s how kind of life was you quickly ate your food and didn’t think about it. But I’ve started doing a little bit of that gratitude with meal than just you know saying I’m thankful for all the Earth has given me and thankful to have such a plentiful supply of food. And it really does make you slow down and just savor those bites. I had an aunt who chewed her food probably 40 times before she swallowed it and it took so long to eat with her. I remember the little kid it was awful but now I remember that and I’m like she was really really enjoying that food.
Jenna Drew: [00:38:49] Yeah I heard that too where people say to chew your food between 40 to 100 times before you actually swallow which you know I’m not in that place yet because I am still a busy momma but I know how much more that can make you pay attention to the foods and help you digest the better.
Mathea Ford: [00:39:09] Well and I think it also adds to satiety that gives that hormone release from your stomach the opportunity to happen and everything but it’s just funny. That was 30 years ago. And you see she had been doing that all her life so she probably had great gut health. So, can you tell me your favorite foods to eat? You’ve already said how about berries. But you have any other favorite foods?
Jenna Drew: [00:39:38] I love making guacamole. That is one of my favorite foods to have. And I’ve always been a snacker. So one of my biggest junkfoods like I love chips like s alty chips. They were always m y favorite and guacamole was like the perfect fit especially those yummy and crunchy tortilla chips. And so now I’ve actually replaced what I snack on those on the guacamole and then I mix it up between a cucumber or carrots and I’ve done celery or jicama and making it a little more healthy by cutting up those tortilla chips that can be super simple change for most people. I do a lot of cooking with essential oils and so for my guacamole now. As much as I love growing my own herbs it’s not always easy or convenient. Right? To chop up a ton of cilantro. So, I actually made cilantro oil and lime essential oils to make my guacamole. So, you’re getting the benefits of those oils in your in your foods and you don’t have that big mess to clean up with you know cutting and juicing the lime too and cutting of the herbs. I love guacamole. We are big hosts.
Jenna Drew: [00:40:58] We love to have people over and entertain. So, we’re having making fun little appetizers. It’s kind of my genius stone too. So, I love putting out fun snacks and dips and little treats that are kind of unexpected or go to you was usually like cheese platter and meat platters and all that stuff. And over the years I’ve kind of morphed into you know the healthier treats like the guacamole with the different food you use the options or bacon wrapped dates like those are my to die for. And there’s sugary and sweet and delicious but still semi healthy for you right? Of course you know we love putting out some cheese platters every once in a while. That’s one of the foods I have to be careful with because it can cause a lot of congestion for me. So I just have to be very conscious about avoiding that platter for at least the whole day. Really those fun, most entertaining are some of my favorites.
Mathea Ford: [00:42:03] Well, Jenna thank you so much for being on the podcast today. It was a pleasure to have you on the show. I know my listeners have learned a lot about celiac, different types of foods that you can eat and how they affect your body. So, I really appreciate you coming on the show. If listeners want to connect to you what’s the best way to do that?
Jenna Drew: [00:42:22] Mathea, I’m so excited I was able to join you and share this message with your listeners. And if you’re interested in learning more. There’s a couple different places you can connect with me.
Jenna Drew: [00:42:32] I do host a podcast it’s called gratitude and grace. You can find that on iTunes. So if you’re somebody that really fits with that message of positivity, definitely jump over it and have a listen. I mention a food diary a few times throughout those podcasts so if you want a free template you can go to JennaDrew.com/fooddiary. And on that website you’ll find a lot of health and wellness tips as well as just another way to look at your overall wellness. And I do share my new journey into homesteading and motherhood at lifedefinedbygrace.com. So, you’ll see some ideas for self care over there and gardening tips. So I’d love to connect with you and help you on this path to wellness.
Mathea Ford: [00:43:24] I noticed you had a lot of smoothie recipes on jennadrew.com.
Jenna Drew: [00:43:28] Oh yeah there’s actually I am obsessed with smoothie bowls now too so I started with smoothies and then it slowly morphed into these smoothie balls. You know where you can decorate them all and so I’ve got seven amazing smoothie bowl recipes on there that you can download that are all super yummy and of course you know you can pick and choose your toppings but I provide recommendations on there too so you’ll find some of those amazing recipes as well.
Mathea Ford: [00:43:59] Great! So, well, guys this has been another great episode of the Nutrition Experts Podcast. The podcast is all about learning more you can do more with nutrition in your life. You’ve just listened to an episode of the nutrition experts podcast.