Your Success

Your success is dependent upon your commitment to change.  Not the change of the moment, but the commitment to the change required to complete the journey.

You probably measure success the way most people do – the goal is accomplished or progress toward the goal is observed.  But what about when the goal has not been reached.  You started well. You had good resources.  Time was on your side.  Still, you find yourself right where you began or perhaps farther away (or so it seems).  The answer to this dilemma is still the same – “Don’t Quit”. 

I have heard the statement, “But we did that before and it did not work.”  You may remember the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  But the counter statement goes, “The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing expecting different results.”  There are those who are persistent, yet don’t seem to make lasting progress.  I am not encouraging anyone to jump onto the hamster wheel of life, which only leads to futile living.  There is more than persistence required to reach a goal because you do not see clearly all the twists and turns along the way.  Therefore, the important question to ask is, “Why did it not work?”   “Why did I miss the goal?”

As you begin to change, the environment begins to change around you, and in you.  New obstacles and challenges to your ultimate goal will rise up.   These obstacles will test your commitment to the goal you have determined to reach.  As I work with individuals to reach a health goal, sometimes the body responds in unexpected ways. A pain may resurface that has not been seen in 10 years, a thought pattern may become evident that was hidden before, or a relationship may be seen to be a more negative influence than you understood earlier.  These obstacles increase the value of your goal as you commit to the original intent.


Healthy cells

Change in the body takes time.  The average body cell has a life cycle of 90 days.  While some changes can be observed quickly when removing caffeine, or decreasing sugar intake, many of the changes in the body require a brand new cell to take the place of the one that has been living in a toxic environment.  As you continue to pursue healthy changes, new cells are generated that only know this new healthy environment.  As more new cells, experience the new environment, more healthy responses will be realized.  You need to consider a longer timeline towards successful and lasting health changes.

The change of the moment is easy compared to the commitment required after finding so many failed ways to the goal.  Thomas Edison, one of history’s great inventors, has been credited to have said, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”   You need to see that you have gained insight and valuable experience with each effort you apply to reach your goal. 


You cannot succeed alone.  In nature, we see the bee hive and the ant colony thrive because each member works together.  The activity of these species has been called “swarm theory.”   The individual ant or bee will not accomplish much on its own, but together the colony has an intelligence to accomplish amazing things.  This understanding of swarm theory has been applied recently with drones to create the light show at the 2018 Winter Olympics.  1,200 drones with LED lights flew in synchronized patterns to the amazement of the world.   You will be amazed at how relationships can increase your own ability to reach goals.  You need to connect with true friends. You need to connect with God.  You need to look beyond yourself for true health and vitality.


In this age of smart phones and IPads, where everyone is looking at a screen and not talking face to face, you can quickly assume that you have to do this on your own.  Or perhaps, you have taken the mindset, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”  What is true is you have to commit yourself to change because no one else can commit for you.  What is not true is that you have to achieve the change all on your own.  Thomas Edison needed his laboratory assistants, George Washington needed his Revolutionary Army, Martin Luther King, Jr., needed dreamers who shared the dream with him.  You need to identify those true friends who will commit with you and agree that the goal is worth the effort.  Who are those “swarm friends” who you will join to reach the goals that are important for life?  

This week a friend of mine took the old phrase of “try, try again,” and rewrote it for me.  “If at first you don’t succeed – analyze why, adjust, and retry.”  I appreciate these friends who speak truth into my life and help me to press on toward the goal before me.   Like the ants and bees who work together for the health of the colony, these friends are an encouragement to press on in the face of the obstacles and the new challenges that arise.  

Let’s consider my friend’s statement:

Analyze why - What has changed since the original decision was made?  Consider both the positive and negative things.  Take new measurements of the situation to determine where you are now.

Adjust - To continue on the exact same path may not be wise.  If a ship or a plane is one degree off on the steering, the vehicle will not reach the intended destination.  Adjustment is constantly required to get the vehicle to the right place and you need to regularly “adjust” your body to get to the planned destination.

Retry - Put new energy into the effort with the new information you have gathered.  There is no success in quitting.   There is no joy in resigning. 

Your success is dependent on your commitment to change.  Not the decision to change, but the commitment to change required to complete the journey.   Let’s walk this journey together.  Your success is our focus. Contact us and tell us what your health goal for 2018 is.

If you want to start a journey toward better health, let Nutrition Proportion be a friend to come alongside to assist and encourage.   We believe nutrition is designed for healing.   Nutrition is the foundation toward any real progress in health and vitality because nutrition is designed by a loving Creator to sustain life and help your body to respond in the way it was designed.  Contact us with your questions today.

Do One Thing in 2018

I was asked recently, "Is there one food you would recommend to be eaten every day?"

My response – “One apple a day.”

Perhaps you have heard this saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."   The original saying is 150 years old and states, "Eat an apple on going to bed and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread." (1)

This is one of those sayings that has scientific evidence in many areas.

Medications - A 2015 study of apple consumption observed that those who consumed one apple a day required less prescription drugs. (2)  Those who eat one apple a day probably make other healthy choices as well that contribute to this positive association between apples and reduced drugs.

Heart Disease - A 2017 study compared apples high in flavonoids, which are found in the apple skin, with apples low in flavonoids and observed improved blood flow through the brachial arteries when the high flavonoid apples were eaten. (3)  In other words, these apples improved the blood flow through the body.

Cholesterol - The healthy control of cholesterol has also been improved with an apple a day.  A study comparing modern apples with the Annurca apple observed that two small annurca apples a day significantly lowered the bad cholesterol and increased the good cholesterol. (4)  The annurca apple is known for its higher flavonoid content.  Older, heritage apples typically have high flavonoid and polyphenol content.

Blood Sugar – Those individuals who had a daily intake of apple polyphenols, which are from the skin of the apple, had an improved ability to manage blood sugar compared to individuals who did not consume the polyphenols. (5)   One possible reason for this improved sugar control is the polyphenols seem to reduce the sugar absorption ability of the intestines by closing the primary “door” that sugar passes through in the intestines. (6)  

Colon Health – The ability of the polyphenols of apples to “close the door” on sugar transport to cells is one of the pathways to stop the growth of cancer cells in the colon. (7)  A cancer cell has many more “doors” to bring in sugar to accelerate growth, so polyphenols help to close these doors and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.  The peeling of the apple contains the highest content of effective polyphenols with anti-oxidant activity, anti-bacterial activity, and anti-cancer activity. (8)

The older apple varieties that have high polyphenol content include – Braeburn, Jonathan, McIntosh, Gravenstein, and Annurca.  Avoid the newer varieties that have been bred for increased sugar content and size.

An apple a day is one of eight guidelines followed in the Metabolic Balance Program®, a program developed 20 years ago in Germany.  This program provides a personalized meal plan based on your unique blood chemistry.  Those who have followed their personal Metabolic Balance Plan have observed blood sugar levels become controlled, cholesterol levels improve, inflammation decreased, acid reflux disappear, and the body shifts to a healthy weight.

A Free information session about the Metabolic Balance plan is scheduled monthly.  Contact Nutrition Proportion for the next Free Information Session.


1. MacGill, Markus (March 31, 2015) Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?  Medicinal News Today.

2. Davis M. et al. (2015) Association between Apple Consumption and Physician Visits. Appealing the Conventional Wisdom that an Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away. JAMA Intern Med, 75, number 5, published online 30 March 2015, doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.5466.

3. Bondonno NP, et al. (2017) Flavonoid Rich Apple Improves Endothelial Function in Individuals at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. Molecular Nutrition Food Research. 30 October 2017, doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201700674

4. Tenore GC. (2017)  Annurca Apple as a Functional Food for the Contribution to a Healthy Balance of Plasma Cholesterol Levels: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 97(7):2107-2115. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.8016

5. Shoji T, et al. (2017) Chronic Administration of Apple Polyphenols Ameliorates Hyperglycemia in High-Normal and Borderline Subjects: a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 129:43-51. 10.1016/j.diabres.2017.03.028

6. Schulze C, et al. (2014) Inhibition of the Intestinal Sodium-Coupled Glucose Transporter 1 (SGLT1) by Extracts and Polyphenols from Apple Reduces Postprandial Blood Glucose Levels in Rats and Humans. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. 58(9):1795-1808. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201400016

7. Lin ST, et al. (2016) Apple Polyphenol Phloretin Inhibits Colorectal Cancer Cell Growth via Inhibition of the Type 2 Glucose Transporter and Activation of p53-mediated Signaling. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 64(36):6826-6837. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b02861

8. Luo J, et al. (2016) Antioxidant, Antibacterial, and Antiproliferative Activities of Free and Bound Phenolics from Peel and Flesh of Fuji Apple. Journal of Food Science. 81(7):M1735-42.  doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.13353

Vitamin C on Your Table

You can strengthen your immune system for the fall season of colds and flus, and produce healthy skin and bones when you get a daily dose of vitamin C.  As we saw earlier in, The Best Way to Get Vitamin C, your best resource will be the foods you can get in your own grocery store.

So this week, we combine some of the top sources to make a recipe you will enjoy.  This recipe will provide more than 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance and will be delicious too. Broccoli and tomatoes also contain many cancer fighting nutrients in addition to Vitamin C. 

    Sun Dried Tomatoes and Steamed Broccoli

Serves 2

1 lb broccoli  (can be fresh or frozen)   organic is best

3 Tablespoons oil packed sun-dried tomatoes

3 Tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

6 kalamata olives

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Slices of yellow bell pepper can be added to double the vitamin C content  (optional)

1.       Fill bottom of steamer with 2 inches of water and begin to heat water on the stove.

2.       While steam is building up in the steamer, cut broccoli florets into quarters and let them sit so that the enzymes have a brief time to activate.

3.       Steam the cut florets and stems for no more than 5 minutes.  If stems are cut thicker than ¼ inch, they will require 1-2 minutes of cooking before adding the florets.

4.       Transfer steamed broccoli to a bowl.  Toss broccoli with the tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, and seasoning to taste.

 Steamed Broccoli with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Steamed Broccoli with Sun-dried Tomatoes

The Rat's Advantage and Your Design

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that activates enzymes throughout the body, helps build proteins, transforms chemicals essential for nerve communication, and strengthens your immune system.  A rat is able to produce vitamin C in its liver, but you cannot. In fact, most mammals are able to produce vitamin C, but humans, guinea pigs, and monkeys must get vitamin C in the diet, because we do not have the genes that produce the enzyme that creates Vitamin C.

 Y Li,  and H. Schellhorn. (2008) Vitamin C and Human Nutrition.  Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

Y Li,  and H. Schellhorn. (2008) Vitamin C and Human Nutrition.  Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

This enzyme that you are missing is more than a small gene mutation.  The human gene sequence contains only four of the twelve codes needed to produce the enzyme.   Could this significant difference in genetic sequence be evidence of design?

Michael Behe wrote “Darwin’s Black Box” in 1998 and presented the concept of “irreducible complexity.”  The idea describes how a complex mechanism missing one piece will not work.  The example of a mousetrap is given, which must have five components to work properly – the base, the spring, the catch, the hammer, and the arm.   In the same way, there are many structures in the human body that cannot operate if one protein is missing.   The fact that the mouse trap does not work if one of the pieces is missing supports the main idea that complexity requires a design to work.  The structure of enzymes in the human body are much more complex than a mouse trap, and we see from the gene code above that humans do not have the blueprint to create the complex enzyme needed to make Vitamin C.

From a general evolution perspective, those traits that are beneficial for life will be passed on to the next generation, and those traits that are not beneficial will not be passed on because only the fittest survive.  Vitamin C is beneficial to sustaining life.  Sailors on the sea could die within a month if no source of Vitamin C was provided, but the rats on the boat had no worries because their body produced Vitamin C.   It would seem that humans are not evolving into stronger species, but have lost an essential, life sustaining ability that most other mammals have.

However, from a biblical perspective, the design of humans to care for the earth and to honor God is revealed.  First, God provided for the human need by preparing the foods that would be rich in Vitamin C.  Second, man was placed in the garden, surrounded by these rich foods that were designed for his specific needs.  “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food” (Genesis 1:29).   This provision is an example of God’s character.  “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).   From the beginning of time, God has provided for his creation.

Consider the missing gene code as part of God’s design to help each of us to see our dependence on His provision.  His perfectly designed foods are available for your benefit.  You are designed with this need and the provision is available to you.  Enjoy the provision and thank your Creator.

The Best way to get Vitamin C

What is the best way to get vitamin C?

In the previous posts, the importance of daily vitamin C was presented.  So the next question is – what is the best way to get vitamin C every day?  

Vitamin C tablets would be the easiest way to get your daily needs met, but not the best way.  Having some vitamin C tablets on hand is helpful to “fill in the gaps” when the quality of your diet is decreased.  When you shop for vitamin C look at the nutrition label on the bottle to identify the source of the vitamin C.  If the label list includes acerola cherries, rose hips, or some other plant source with high vitamin C content then you have a quality vitamin C tablet.  These tablets include additional parts from the plant that give you a bonus of nutrients.  These additional parts are called bioflavonoids or phytonutrients.  So when you purchase a vitamin C tablet that advertises bioflavonoids, you are purchasing a higher quality vitamin C.  Vitamin C remains one of the least expensive vitamins on the market.

Your food choices will provide the best way to get vitamin C.  So a quick quiz – name the plant food that has the highest vitamin C content per serving at your local grocery store.   Let’s see how close you came –     these sources are ranked by the quantity of vitamin C provided per gram of sugar.   In other words, the more vitamin C you can get with the least amount of sugar content is best.  With that idea in mind, here is

The Top 10 food sources of Vitamin C in your local grocery store

                                              Per g sugar          Per half cup       Daily Recommendation Vit. C

1.    Yellow Bell Pepper, raw         29 mg                    183.5 mg            215%

2.    Red Bell Pepper, cooked      25 mg                    171.0 mg             200%

3.    Broccoli, raw                         18 mg                      93.2 mg             110%

4.    Kiwifruit, raw                         6 mg                      92.7 mg              109%

5.    Lemons, raw                          6 mg                      53.0 mg               63%

6.    Oranges, raw                         5 mg                      53.2 mg               63%

7.    Strawberries, frozen, whole    5 mg                      41.2 mg                48%

8.    Tomatoes, sun dried              4 mg                   101.8 mg               119%

9.    Pineapple, raw                      4 mg                      47.8 mg                56%

10.  Grapefruit, raw                      3 mg                      31.2 mg                 36%

The best way to meet your Vitamin C needs is to be mindful to add these foods to your daily meal plan.  Plan a half cup of one source for breakfast, and a half cup of another source for lunch, and a third source for the evening.  A little consumed with each meal will be more effectively absorbed than consuming a large quantity all at once.

Meet your body's daily need for Vitamin C through your regular intake of these quality foods and your immune system will be strong, your skin will be healthy, and your energy will be improved. This evidence of health points to a wonderful truth of engineering and design.

Next week we will discuss "Vitamin C, evidence of God's Design."