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WQW #34: Eating Your Way to Good Health

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Thank you to those who linked to last week’s post.


This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is a quote to go with your post. Write a poem, story, or memoir. Share photos and a story or no story. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.

Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome. 


“Healthy foods are those that provide you with the nutrients you need to sustain your body’s well-being and retain energy. Water, carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals are the key nutrients that make up a healthy, balanced diet.”

Women’s Nutrition

For More Ideas about Food and Healthy Snacks


Eat Your Way to Good Health

This is my fourth post on the theme of fitness this year for WQW. On one of my former posts, Yvette Prior of Priorhouse Blog wrote many comments about fitness. I got her permission to copy them and use them for this post on Eating Your Way to Good Health. I am not a doctor, but few people would disagree that diet is a crucial building block of good health. So sit back and enjoy these pithy quotes from Yvette who studies all things, and pictures by me – some nutritious, some not.

Sometimes we do not do enough prevention early on – like is the best cancer prevention to catch it early? That is BS – the best cancer prevention is to get off the standard American diet – and my husband calls it the unholy Trinity – 1) industrial oils (canola, vegetable, etc – they are better for automobiles rather than humans and avocado coconut, or olive oil are better); 2) sugars that suppress the immune system – even agave and fruit can wreak havoc on someone with toxicity and buildup – (and the awful corn syrups scar the liver); and 3) grains – they hurt the gut and pull from health (but our culture is in denial about this big time and I was brainwashed to think a multigrain cracker or bread slice was better for me than a piece of beef)

Yvette Prior
Typical Soup and Salad Appetizer

Is this healthy, or what would you change to make it so?

Main Course

Seafood is often recommended in diets. Even for me – a non-lover of shrimp, lobster, or most crawlers, this looks delicious. What could be the harm in it? My guess is a little sugar.

I know you know so much of this health stuff and just sharing because it is a passionate area for me and even though I knew to stay away from chemicals like aspartame, nitrites, artificial colorings, and flavorings – I did not “get it” about those other things – resistance and denial are natural when the information is to contrary to what we have been taught.

Yvette Prior

What about Vitamins to Supplement What’s Lacking in Food?

I have taken vitamins for years because for years my diet go-to favorites have been anything with sugar. Since my injury last year, I have cut out sugary foods except for an occasional holiday. Doing that has made a tremendous difference in my digestive system, though not my weight.

These blurry sweets were under glass to keep me from trying them.

Many doctors prescribe vitamins – it amazes me actually how they use so many supplements in IVs and even the bottle stuff – for example, I know two people that have prescription vitamin d3 (when they could buy it OTC for cheaper) I had to use a myriad of things – and will take various supplements for the rest of my life. “Logos Nutritionals” are the vitamins that really worked for me and saved me – in fact, one day I will post about how much I love those supplements and how my body lapped up their formulas. whew –

Yvette Prior

There might be some clues your body gives you if you need a supplement. When my mother was on dialysis after her cancerous kidney was removed, her potassium and sodium levels got out of whack. She would start a sentence and stop mid-sentence forgetting what she was even talking about. As soon as her minerals were back in balance, her brain worked as it always had.

Folks with low iron (anemia) might chew ice and then don’t chew it anymore when their own levels are high. Some folks bite on chalk if they are low on minerals like calcium and magnesium etc.

Yvette Prior
Australian Pumpkin and Feta Cheese Salad

When I went to Australia in 2016, I craved pumpkins. Everywhere I went I ordered pumpkin. It may have just been delicious rather than some need in my body. I’ve never quite been able to reproduce the flavor here in the U.S. But I did figure out what to buy to get that particular pumpkin flavor. I found it labor-intensive to prepare, but it is delicious.

Butternut Squash

What Else Can Go Wrong in Your Stomach?

A while back I did a lot of research on parasites in pets and humans – and everyone has various parasites but some folks get unique ones in their gut – or they get a “parasite burden” that is out of whack and this can lead to teeth grinding at night and to the need to graze on food, crunch, or chew…. The work of Hulda Clark

Yvette Prior

I don’t have much experience with parasites, but Corona Virus can work havoc on your digestive system whether you are human or feline. Did I tell you that Nutter Butter has Feline Corona Virus? He is eating his probiotic food and an occasional piece of boiled chicken, but so far his system is still not healthy. One friend treated her cat for three months before it got well. Brewers yeast and pumpkin may be helpful, but I haven’t found Brewers yeast yet.

Brewers dried yeast packs the nutritional content that dogs and cats need It is a protein source rich in amino acids and B vitamins. Amino acids help a pet build and maintain his or her muscles, bones, blood, organs, immune system, and coat and nails.

Pet Food Institute

Additional WQW Posts on Fitness

IRL (In Real Life)

We are having another blogger meet-up if anyone happens to be passing through the Prescott area on September 15th. Let me or Lisa from Micro of the Macro know if you are interested in meeting us for lunch.

Lunch at noon at the Cellar Creekside, September 15th Right off Highway 17 on Highway 169 going into Prescott Valley. RSVP

What About Your Experiences?

Remember if you are researching a topic, you have found a gold mine of quotes. I summarized articles, and the name or website behind the post adds the gravitas I might lack about a topic. Don’t forget that songs count as quotes, too.

Ongoing on Always Write

  • On September 6th Story Chat presented Gary Wilson’s new story, “A Daily Regret”. Look for it. It’s the last of Year Two.
  • PPAC #62 – “Bears, Totems and their Friends” (Photographing Public Art Challenge) is your choice of art – no theme! I will be traveling and moving two households into one so will miss three weeks if anyone would like to host PPAC.
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • September 14: Senses: Sight
    • September 21: Autumn or Fall Hosted by Priorhouse Blog
    • September 28: Fire, Writer’s Choice or WOTY I will be gone this week. If you would like to host, please let me know.
    • October 5: Fitness Follow-up #3 Make Your Efforts Do Double Duty/ or favorite indoor sports or exercises I will be gone this week if anyone wants to host WQW.

This month I will be traveling to Portland to meet up with several bloggers, my brother, and a good friend who moved there from Woodlake, CA. We are also in the process of combining households with my sister-in-law. I say that to tell you that I will not have a post for three weeks on Always Write. Again Yvette Prior will host on September 21, so enjoy visiting her blog and linking your posts there. Let me know if you can help out with one of the other weeks.

I also apologize to those challenge hosts who provide inspiration for my post. I realized suddenly at 5:00 am this morning that today is actually Wednesday and not Tuesday. Rather than getting frantic, I did not quadruple dip this week.

  • For a list of past WQW posts visit my WQW Page

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  1. HI Marsha, this is a great post and I enjoyed the way you meshed Yvette’s quotes with your pictures and commentary. I rarely add sugar to my dishes and I often cook from scratch as I prefer to eat good home cooked food with few preservatives and colorants.

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    • May I come to dinner? It sounds like you are a great cook. I am excited because I had forgotten I bought butternut squash already prepared from Costco a couple of days ago. I’m going to bake it tomorrow and use it in salad. Yum! You are welcome to join us. 🙂


    • He is still having problems, but doesn’t seem to be losing weight and acts like he feels ok. It may just take a while for his little body to adjust.


    • Cooking and experimenting with food, is right up your alley with What’s on Your Plate. You really delve into the topic. If I had more time to be thorough, I’m sure I could have found some great posts of yours to link to. Feel free to link any of them in your comments.


  2. Marsha
    You did such a wonderful job with all

    Of your health posts and I am honored to have sown of my little tidbits included here. I like how you added them in with variety and photos.

    And regarding sugar – when you mentioned a little bit of sugar in that meal – well I have heard that sometimes that minor amount of sugar can be okay as it works with food – I don’t eat too much tomato sauce but I know some chefs that insist a dash of sugar works with the sauce.
    And so i think the small amounts in recipes is okay At times – right?
    It s just that in our culture – most folks are having sugar throughout the day- not just a dash in a meal.
    Also regarding sugar – I am still learning here with everyone else – but have been exploring fruit and I think once the gut and body is healthy – small amounts of fruit (seasonal) might have many benefits
    — over the summer – my spouse and son tried a “meat and fruit” diet with a combat called “heart and soil”
    Another topic I am exploring more is how bad certain vegetables might be for human consumption
    – the lectins and some vegetables and plants are considered “survival” food….


    Also wanted to say that I am really glad you included my favorite vitamin brand – logos brand Thymic Formula is my fav!

    In closing –
    Two things to remind folks of
    1) food choices will change if someone is healing from an autoimmune disease, or if they have had rounds and rounds of Antibiotics – many folks have systemic candidiasis and have different needs

    2) we need to be prepared to change our mind as we grow and learn – many years ago I learned a lot from “mark’s daily apple” blog and a few times – mark Sidon and other folks there have changed their mind (did a 180 or 360) about a topic.

    And so in a world with such corrupted food, brainwashing, with so many chemicals, and then individual differences – we should all be prepared to grow with insight and try to grasp that “maybe we were wrong” (or right)

    Thanks again for featuring some of my quotes Marsha

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    • I’m glad you like what I did with your quotes. I’ve had them sitting in my draft file for a while, and I liked them when I read them and liked them even more when I started building my post. Kirstin’s post had some really good pointers as well. We are all learning, and we have to moderate as best we can. It makes life interesting as we make choices. Thanks again for providing the “meat” for this post. 🙂

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      • I have been thinking about this post all day- with smiles of course
        – but it was also a little bitter sweet because it reminded me of the pervasive lies in our culture – and about the chemicals that are everywhere

        In fact – I took a photo to show you – it was of this “smoothie” packet and the ingredients were sugar (first item) and just crap

        So when I make my WQW post with this health topic theme (this weekend) I will show
        You the photo – sad because those kind of products confuse and trap folks – but I digress
        Have a nice day and ttys

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  3. My gut has been in sad shape since adding one medication to the bunch I already take. To be fair, it hasn’t been great in about 20 years, or since my first surgery for ulcers. But I was doing OK until this new medication. I really have a choice, to reduce the pain level I’m in so I can more almost like a normal person or take care of my gut, but be unable to do much of anything. So I’m doing my best, but it ain’t easy.

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    • I’m so sorry, Marilyn. We need all of our body parts to work. We really notice the loss when the major ones go haywire. You have a very hard choice to make. I don’t know what I woud do.


  4. Why we have such a contentious relationship with food, I’ll never know, Marsha. At least I do. Somehow our themes line up this week since Sunday Stills color challenge is apricot! Hey, that is a food and healthy one at that! I happened to snap some pics at the farmers market last week when Hans was buying peaches and apricots. I’m fresh out of them so I’m off to eat some cold, crisp green grapes!

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  5. Gosh, I just love reading about staying healthy this way. We’ve been adding a collagen powder supplement to our coffee in the mornings with great success (along with a bunch of other supplements).
    And we just watched the movie “That Sugar Film”. I recommend it for anyone because it’s about all of the hidden sugars we don’t even realize when we try to eat healthy.

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    • So what does collagen powder do for you. Your skin looks amazing. Is that why? I add Muscle Milk to my coffee to take in enough protein. It has been a hard habit to develop to eat enough protein. I’ll check out the Sugar Film.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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