Hello Readers, I have had some nice surprises this month. It started with Frank’s beach walk post HERE and then Marsha let me know some of my quotes were featured for “Writer’s Quotes Wednesday” (WQW): “Eating Your Way to Good Health”- Here.
- It was so uplifting to see some of my health tips featured. It reflects a lot of time that was spent exploring alternative information about restoring the body’s terrain. Always learning and I am always ready to modify and realize I need to learn more.
- While making something to join in with WQW this week, I decided to get quotes from Shelley @Quaint Revival. I really like the way she shares her insights. That led to doing a mini interview with Shelley and I am excited to share it today.
- These interview posts can be a bit long – so feel free to SKIM or maybe come back later to read it. I think you will find some helpful takeaways.
PRIORHOUSE: Shelley. Thanks so much for doing this interview. As noted, I was originally just going to get some quotes from you to join in with WQW’s health topic. But that led to a mini interview and I feel like your health changes could inspire others.
SHELLEY: Thanks for the warm invite to join in on the mission to share what we have learned. And I agree, if we can change just one life, it’s worth it.
PRIORHOUSE: Even before you and your husband changed your eating choices, I enjoyed following your alternative approaches for healthcare. Like the way you used essential oils to remove a brown spot – and how you tried natural remedies (for the unicorn bump) before rushing into an allopathic approach (which is often sick care that is too fast to slice, poison, and burn).
So…. Do you have any tips for someone who wants to improve their health?
SHELLEY: Like Dr. Bos says, “Do it anyway you can.” And if you want health improvements, then you will have to have an open-mind. Once you start exploring and learning all the things that are opposite of what we’ve been told to believe, like back in the 80s and 90s we were told that sugar helped curb appetite, you can’t look at food the same as you did before.
PRIORHOUSE: I thought you were going to start with the lies about how fat was bad and that eating fat would make us fat. However, healthy fats are brain food and eating a fat-rich diet, with red meats, gives us long-term fuel. But you are so right, the lies about sugar seem to still be everywhere. In fact, I just saw Lizzo’s Vegan Instacart grocery list and it was chemicals, packaged “fake” food, and sugar!
SHELLEY: The overconsumption of sugar is one of the top causes of all the diseases that, sadly, are reversible with diet changes. Also, for health improvements, I would recommend that people stay open to experimenting with what foods trigger blood sugar spikes and fasting from morning sugars. The goal is to assess and measure what your body tells you it’s doing with the food you’re consuming. It is very enlightening.
PRIORHOUSE: Do you have a specific Quaint Revival post that gives highlights about your (and your husband’s) health journey and Keto lifestyle.
SHELLEY: Yes, this post HERE, “Pancakes, Pizza, and Burgers, Oh, My!”
Two Shelley quotes from that post:
“The best part of the diet changes we’ve made is that we don’t feel like crashing after a meal. No matter how warm and cozy it is to lay around like a cat. I don’t lay around the house dreaming of my long-beloved Tostitos anymore either.”
“We’re full, though, and sleep well. We wake up in the morning without feeling the need for snacking between meals.”
PRIORHOUSE: The term KETO is rather ambiguous and it makes me disgusted to see so many chemicals added to packaged and processed junk food that is then advertised as Keto. If anyone wants more information about keto, Mark’s Daily Apple has a FREE “Beginner’s Guide to Keto” HERE. Do you have a favorite Keto meal?
SHELLEY: A meal we enjoy is a grilled cheeseburger on lettuce (skip the bun) – which is also quick and easy to make. When it comes to good eating, I feel as if I am spoiled. My husband doesn’t like to repeat meals too often and he also does tons of research for new recipes. So every meal is my favorite. All of my husband’s meals are delicious and satiating, that’s the key – we’re never hungry and we feel satisfied.
“Keto doesn’t have to be boring.”
PRIORHOUSE: Do you still do intermittent fasting?
SHELLEY: Yes, we fast a few times a month. We also, for the most part, eat supper at 4:30 pm and don’t eat breakfast until 9:00 am. So we have an eating window from 9 am – 4:30 pm. The longest fast we’ve done was 36 hours. We never eat after sunset.
PRIORHOUSE: You and I have briefly chatted before about the animal-based diet. Last month, we did the Heart and Soil AB30 (here). I like how Heart and Soil worded it:
“Swap survival foods (vegetables and grains) for the most treasured foods of all time (meat and organs, fruit and honey). ”
I had to modify my meals because I can’t have very much fruit sugar, but I did enjoy eating more meat – and having raw cow’s milk! Inhale some veggies I am not ready to give up and The challenge has caused me to rethink the lectin-rich veggies that are not as good for us as claimed.
SHELLEY: Funny you mention this topic… because we’ve naturally morphed more into an animal-based diet. We rarely eat veggies, and if we do, they’re seasonal. I do enjoy some fruit – like avocados to start the day and maybe end the day with wild frozen blueberries in Greek yogurt. This morning, I had leftover sardine and avocado spread on an Egg Life wrap (Mr. wasn’t up for cooking today).
I agree that plants are not the best thing for us to eat. And there is merit to what you’ve learned so far!
PRIORHOUSE: Out of the many health books you have read in the last few years, what are the top two you would suggest for folks who want to try a new approach to health?
SHELLEY: Oh my, that’s tough, I’ve read a lot of good books and all have made an impact on the journey away from the processed foods we used to eat.
Most recently, I read a book that I highly recommend by Dr. Annette Bosworth – “Anyway You Can.”
The book that kicked us off on our journey was “The Salt Fix” by Dr. James DiNicolantonio. I always craved salt, aka, craved my Tostitos. When in reality I was deficient in salt and so are most people.
“Salt isn’t bad, sugar is.”
I’ve attached a picture of the books I read early on in our journey.
SHELLEY: I know you asked for just two books, but…. there is another book worth mentioning. “The Hacking of the American Mind” by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL
This book is very convincing if someone wants to understand more about the politics of the food industry.
PRIORHOUSE: While on the topic of books, you recently shared (here) how Dan Antion’s book, Knuckleheads, (here) –offered you some nice refreshment. I also checked out his book in the summer. I liked the back stories and the descriptions – it was like someone was casually talking and I found it easy to follow. You already shared your review in your post but do you have a quick takeaway to share now?
SHELLEY: As I read Dan’s book, I enjoyed the casual conversations too – it felt real to me, just like visiting Dan’s blog does (recent No Facilities post here). I enjoyed the gifts the boys had, and, not that this is what Dan was doing with his story, but in a way, I felt as though each boy was learning to accept their own intuition about life and how to navigate how we’re treated or not treated – that’s something we all go through as we mature. Our childhoods help us even when we’re being knuckleheads as we learn and grow.
PRIORHOUSE FAVORITE SHELLEY PHOTO
While I was looking through some of Shelley’s recent posts to find some images for this interview, this next image made me smile. It totally has the Quaint Revival “quirks, quips, and photo clicks” vibe! Also, readers – not sure if you noticed that many of today’s photos have a hint of “apricot” or an orange color. This is to connect with Terri’s color of the month, which is apricot – HERE. And it just so happened that some of Shelley’s recent photos had the apricot color – even the t-shirt she was wearing in the opening photo was apricot.
- “Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going,” by Dr. David Kundtz
- “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott.
- I love to learn new things and so a passion for books connects to that.
- My learning is inspired by my personal interests and book content has to something I want to explore for myself, not just learn it for the sake of learning a required thing (think school).
- If the topic of a book sucks the life out of me, then I have no desire to read it and I will move on.
- Work-related themes
- Alzheimer’s disease and brain health
- Organizing (I wanted to be a professional organizer at one point until I learned that I like to revive and organize, not to maintain that clever system I came up with! LOL – aka, Dubious Minimalism).
- Leadership in the workplace.
- Procrastination & getting things done
- Sadly, I have very few fiction books. I do enjoy reading fiction, I just don’t have hard copies stored for reference if needed – except for Dan’s book.
- Again, it’s the learning I enjoy and photography allows learning and experimenting. I like to take photos from different angles or I try to get a different composition in the same photo from the time I tried before.
- I have a photo of my grandmother holding a camera at hip level as my inspiration. I use that hip-level technique often – thank goodness for SD cards.
- “Prevention is better than cure.” Erasmus, 1509.
- “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.” Mary Jean Iron
- Thanks for joining us today. You can find Shelley online at Quaint Revival: Quirks, quips & photo clicks – HERE.
- Thanks again to Marsha for making time to write about topics like health and wellness. If one person gets inspired to “rethink” their approach to health and wellness – then we all feel that our sharing has much value.
- Be sure to check out last month’s feature interview with author Ana Linden – HERE.
- Later this month I will have September’s feature Interview, which is with Equinoxio.