Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
~ Jim Rohn
Last Friday was my fourth trip over to the Cleveland Clinic. The drive has become second nature and the two hours is a nice time to get quiet and just be for awhile. I’m still not a fan of hospitals, but I continue to be impressed by the Clinic’s emphasis on a calming atmosphere. As described in another post, the music playing throughout the hallways is reminiscent of a day spa and that, coupled with their use of nature and reflection pools, truly does create an environment of hope and healing.
There is an abundance of natural light:
This is Dr. Young’s office where we sit and review my lab work:
Dr. Young spent an hour with me comparing the lab work I had done last April (pre-Celiac diagnosis) to what I had done just a few weeks ago (8 months gluten-free). The difference is remarkable. My inflammation markers in April 2015 were skyrocketing around orbit. With the elimination of gluten, the help of a nutritionist, and an overhaul of my food choices, those numbers have turned around and are headed back to earth. The satisfaction on Dr. Young’s face put a smile on mine.
Driving home with my results sitting on the seat next to me, I couldn’t help but give thanks for this crazy journey. I started cataloguing all the things that I have learned, but one in particular stands out above the rest: Food is powerful medicine. I have learned that it is responsible for not just how we look and feel, but how we think too. For me, good health begins and ends with a happy gut.
Now, with that being said, I am by no means a perfect eater. (Oh, hello chocolate chips..) However, this experience is making me a much more conscious eater. I am on a mission to take the foods that I love and find healthier, more nutritious versions of them.
Let’s start with potato chips. I grew up on them. They were a staple of every packed lunch I ever carried to school with me. And to this day, I still love them. But I have learned that most are fried in highly inflammatory, highly refined and processed oils such as corn, soybean, canola, safflower, and sunflower oil. These are all omega 6-rich, inflammatory polyunsaturated fats and reduce the availability of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats in our tissues. Oy.
One day last fall as I was relaxing in Texas, I was reading an article by a renowned Integrative Medicine doctor. He made mention of Jackson’s Honest Chips as a brand that he enjoys. I did a quick store locator search and saw that they were available in a store close by, so off I went. I fell in love at first bite. I even returned a few days later to bring a few bags home to Pittsburgh with me. Since that time, I have found a limited selection in my local Whole Foods. The first day I saw them on the shelf, if the stock boy hadn’t been in the way, I would have done a cartwheel right there in that aisle. I was so happy to see them!
Jackson’s Honest are “The Original Coconut Oil Chip”. They are made with nutrient-dense, organic coconut oil. Coconut oil’s main fat is lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that positively impacts cholesterol levels. It also contains vitamins E and K, and iron, and has both antimicrobial and antifungal properties. I’m now a coconut oil devotee and use it for both baking and cooking. So when I fell in love with these chips and took a closer look at the company behind them, I discovered that Jackson’s Honest was started by a mother of four in Colorado. Jackson is the name of her oldest son who has faced significant health issues since he was a toddler. Jackson’s Honest Chips were created out of a need for nutritious snacks to feed him and his three younger siblings. It’s quite a gut-wrenching and heartwarming story, and you can read it here. These mouthwatering chips are cooked low and slow in small batches, and are vegan, gluten free and Paleo-friendly.
Just look at the golden goodness of these sweet potato chips:
The kind folks at Jackson’s Honest would like to give one of my readers a selection of their chips. By leaving me a comment below, you will be entered to win:
- 1 bag of Sea Salt Potato Chips
- 1 bag of Sweet Potato Chips
- 1 bag of Barbecue Potato Chips
- 1 bag of Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips
- 1 bag of Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips
- 1 bag of Salsa Fresca Tortilla Chips
Please leave a comment by 5:00 pm EST on Thursday, March 3rd. Open to U.S. residents only. I will then have the random generator choose a lucky recipient of 6 bags of Jackson’s Honest Chips. I’m excited for one of you to try all 6!
In the meantime, visit jacksonshonest.com for more information and sign up for their newsletter for the chance to receive special offers.
I’m so grateful to this family in Colorado who have created a snack that I can enjoy while still taking care of my body.