The Peasley's Table is a look into our everyday life of the food we prepare and eat with our family. We believe food impacts the quality, quantity, and type of life you are able to live. The fact is, the food you eat will impact your life. Whether it is for the better or worse depends on the food you consistently put in your body. We are passionate about making healthy investments in our bodies and the food we put into them is a vital component. Our goal is for you to choose a lifestyle where you are consistently eating good foods that promote health in your body instead of promoting disease. We are choosing not to diet. To plan on eating a certain way for a short period of time means you will revert back to the way you were eating before. A healthy lifestyle is about choosing to eat in a way that you can sustain for the rest of your life. Hopefully as you see and try the recipes we put on our tables, you discover eating good food tastes great, and is not difficult to prepare. Every once and a while you may see us around Holland enjoying a treat that falls into the "little to none" category. We stress a lifestyle we can maintain, not one peasleytablewe despise. Holland has a lot of great restaurants we enjoy!

Let’s start by defining some terms so we are all on the same page.  Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before we eat them.  For our purposes we will define “natural” food as minimally processed, or not having any food additives, such as hormones, antibiotics, sweeteners, food colors, or flavorings that were not originally in the food.  One last food term to define and that is organic food.  Organic food means produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation.  When it comes to animals producing meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products, it means no antibiotics or growth hormones were used. 

The purpose of food is to provide our bodies with calories and nutrients. We have to consume food for our bodies to function, or our bodies will break themselves down to provide energy for our brain and other organs to function. Our culture has twisted the relationship we should have with food into something that won't make sense to you after reading this. Our culture has made us think the food that is good for us is either low in calories, low in fat, or sugar free. If food has been altered from its natural state, then it offers fewer nutrients to help heal our bodies, and will cause damage to our bodies over time. Our bodies are not designed to break down processed foods or artificial chemical bonds made in a lab. This leaves us with nutrient deficient food pbcvegetablesthat is loaded with harmful additives. Natural, organic, and whole foods come with the proper tools our bodies need to properly digest the food, use it as energy efficiently, and promote health.  Organic, natural, and whole foods promote health by providing essential vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Our bodies need these nutrients at the cellular level to make a large impact to our bodies as a whole. We are designed to break down food made of organic compounds that our bodies’ enzymes recognize and gain the proper nutrients from.   Our bodies are not made to recognize, process, or digest food that has been processed and chemically altered from its natural state. Food serves a more important purpose in our body then just providing us with a sensation of being "full". Instead, we are designed to break down foods that are free of chemicals and preservatives. This being said, we want to eat food that give us calories and nutrients we are able to use to promote health in us.

We want to be eating foods that will decay or “go bad” if we don’t eat them after a relatively short amount of time, and we have great reasons why.  If the food will go bad it means that is alive and is loaded with nutrients.  It also means that the food breaks down relatively easy, which is great for our digestive system.  Lastly, this means we are eating fresh foods that do not have a lot of preservatives.  Here is a health tip for you, if you want to lose weight cut processed foods from your diet. This basically means anything that comes out of a box that you would buy at your smoothiegrocery store.  Fruits and vegetables are two groups of food that we eat a high quantity of.  We frequently eat fruit and vegetables as snacks between meals or later that night. Some sliced apples that are crisp and sweet with almond butter make a great healthy sweet snack. In addition to snacking on vegetables, they also consist of the majority of what is on our plates. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, calcium, protein, vitamins, and minerals our bodies need for health.  Raw (uncooked) fruits and vegetables come wrapped with the proper “tools” our bodies recognize and actually help our digestive system break itself down so we can get the proper nutrients from them.  Fruits and vegetables are very nutrient dense foods so it makes sense why it is important to eat a lot of them on a regular basis.  In our “some” category we eat animal protein, nuts, seeds, quinoa, legumes, brown rice, and beans.  These products provide the macronutrient protein to our bodies.  You notice nuts, seeds, quinoa, legumes, and beans provide us with a great source of protein, so this means we do not need animal protein every day to get more than enough protein. Quinoa actually has all 9 essential amino acids!


What we do not eat a lot of is gluten and dairy products.  We will look at dairy first.  3 out of 4 people do not have the proper enzyme (lactase) to break down dairy products.  This is why many people experience gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea when they consume dairy.  If we continue to put food in our body that our body rejects, then we are causing an assortment of problems.  We are causing inflammation to our digestive system irritating our organs including stomach, duodenum, jejunum, ileum, and colon.  In long term studies there are no health benefits in consuming dairy products over other products that provide you with the same nutrients.  Where do we get our calcium?  We get our calcium in almonds, almond milk, kale, spinach, sunflower seeds, broccoli, almond butter, etc.  There are many foods that are rich sources of calcium. 


We also do not consume a lot of gluten.  Gluten, or rather its gliadin fraction, is a type of protein found in most, but not all, grains. Some of these are wheat, barley, rye and most oats.  This protein is difficult for our bodies to digest.  The grains we have today are not the grains our ancestors had.  Our grains are of much less variety and highly commercialized.  Due to gluten’s properties, it is difficult to for us to digest resulting in gut inflammation. Gluten also has a high concentration of Omega 6 fatty acids which increase inflammation in the body; we don’t see any health benefit to consuming it on consistent basis.  Inflammation in our bodies can be the cause of auto immune and chronic diseases.  Also, where inflammation is present, there is an increased rate of cell reproduction or “turnover”.  The more frequent our cells “turnover” the greater possibility for genetic mutation to occur.  This increases our risk of developing cancer.  Cancer is an uncontrolled cell growth.  The more we can do to reduce chronic inflammation in our bodies, the better our bodies will function.  Gluten comes in grains that are very high in carbohydrates.  Our body breaks carbohydrates down into glucose our brain and body use as energy. The problem is the left over carbohydrates are turned into fat.  Many health care providers still recommended that their patients consume a large amount of grains in their diet to lose weight. This is non-sense because the carbohydrates not used right away are stored as fat. We promote food that will help your body function better.
We hope you enjoy the healthy recipes we are serving our families and choose to invest in your health as well; You are always welcome at The Peasley’s Table!