Counting CARBS Isn’t Working??

Many years ago- in the mid 60’s- I began learning how to eat right for my body, lose weight and be healthy. I also learned about ketosis and fasting. At that time and into the 70’s, I was checking out Dr. Atkins and began following his advice because after reading his book, Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution, I found it made sense and it worked very well for me. Unfortunately many of his colleagues did not agree with him at all, so it took 10 years before they had checked it out and tested it enough to begin recommending it. Now today, his discoveries are often recommended and his books are still available in book stores. FAST FORWARD TO NOW–

I am carbohydrate intolerant, so his diet for turning our body into a fat burning machine instead of a fat storing one is the way I need to go. Over the years for a variety of reasons, I got away from his plan and gained weight– then started the yo-yo diet thing– then discovered chemical-free eating and bulletproof coffee. Now I know what to do but it has not been easy because even though I’ve had 2 or 3 doctors tell me to just count carbs, not calories, some family members don’t want to accept it… well folks- this body is mine not theirs and I am now determined to lose those last few very stubborn pounds. Soooo after seeing this article by  Craig Fear, I knew I had to share it with you and get back on track– not your track– not some else’s track, but the track that is right for my own personal body. If, as I share with you, it seems you might benefit from a good healthy low carb diet, do go for it. I can’t recommend it enough– last night I got some Ketostix and today I’m on my way! Here is the ad that got my attention… 

You’ve embraced butter and coconut oil. You’ve quit sugar entirely.
But the weight is not coming off…?

 What are Ketostix? What is a Ketogenic Diet? 

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Wikipedia   Ketostix is the best, fastest and easiest way to know if your body is now burning fat- I don’t want to be without them as I begin to get back to fat burning mode!

If you just skipped over this article by Craig Fear, I suggest you take time to check it out- he is good!!

NOW- To turn your body into a fat burning machine you must lower your carb intake until the Ketostix turns purple. Start with about 60 a day and after a day or two if it’s not purple, lower your carbs by 5 more– or you can just start with no more than 10 carbs a day and when it has reached a dark purple, add a few each week until it no longer turns a dark purple, but is still well within the purple range- at least a good moderate. At that point you know that is the amount of carbs you must stay at or below in order to burn your fat.

YOU WILL SOON DISCOVER that pure protein and saturated fats are not only healthy for us- they contain NO CARBS! Actually, most meats and seafood have no carbs. Good healthy natural oils have NO CARBS, so use all you want and we prefer coconut oil for most of our oil, but we also have some olive and avocado oils in our kitchen. Butter has only a trace and eggs and cheese are very low in carbs- since an egg is only about half a carb, you can have two and only add one carb. Because cheese is high in protein and fat, it tends to be very low in carbs. One ounce of cheddar cheese has less than half a gram of carbs, so shred some on your salad and add nothing to your carb count. Make a yummy cheese omelet using 4-oz or less of cheese and add only a couple of carbs. You will also be pleased to know that a nice fresh salad of lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, radishes and onions can just be counted as a 10- no need to try to figure out exactly how much of what is in it. I often like to slice a half of fresh avocado on mine, so then I add 9 or 10 more carbs.

While checking out articles and information for this, I discovered that some have tried a Ketogenic diet and said they didn’t like it- it came with side effects and made them very tired. The answer to them was they were not getting enough nutrients in the foods they were eating and several supplements were suggested. I have never had a problem when doing this diet and believe it is because my doctors (I have a medical and a naturopath) take a blood test and tell me which vitamins I need more of. THEREFORE- with this super-low carb way of eating at the moment, I am taking the following– From Purity, Perfect Multi-Super Greens, G.C. Flex, and KrillBerry. From Dr. Tobias- KIDNEY, from GNC- Calcium Citrate Plus with Magnesium & Vitamin D-3 and from NATURE’S NUTRITION- TURMERIC CURCUMIN w/Bioperine. My probiotics are from United Probiotics and are both pre and pro. I get my zeolite from Waiora- NCD2. YES- this is a lot and you may not need this much- just let your doctor (preferably a good Naturopath) guide you.

In addition to his tips, Craig Fear is now offering a FREE book full of recipes and further information. We don’t know how long it will be available, but get it if you still can. I can’t recommend this enough!

You may also want to review my pages on EAT HEALTHY! and OUR ONE DAY DIET. May we all do better in this new year ahead!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Why You SHOULD NOT Go On A Diet!

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What does the word ‘diet’ mean to you?

To most people, it means eating a certain way to lose weight, or to cure a disease, and most of these people only plan to do it short term– until they are the desired weight, or until their medical problem disappears. Then what? They go back to the way they enjoyed eating BEFORE, and wonder why the problem comes back- why didn’t that diet work long-term, they wonder, and why, now that I’m just fine, has my problem returned? I can’t stay on that diet forever- what should I do?

IF YOUR PROBLEM IS MEDICAL, you need to see your doctor and follow his or her advice. If it’s possible, I recommend a good Naturopath, otherwise, you may have to ask questions and choose a doctor who’s most qualified to deal with your problem. You can remove toxins by using Zeolite and keep colds and flu away with a good vitamin that contains sun-ripened fruits and veggies. There are many companies that sell these, but we recommend Purity because you will get great service from them and even some free samples. We have a Supplements?! page that tells you how to order from them to get the best prices, and you will find other goodies we like on that page too, that will enable you to achieve and keep great health! https://talknshare.wordpress.com/supplements/

IF YOUR PROBLEM IS BEING OVERWEIGHT,  there are many ways you can address it and not gain back all you lose, but the bottom line is simply this– if you use a diet you cannot do for life, then after you finish it, you must discover how to feed your body differently than before your diet, so that you keep your new-found slimmer and healthier figure. That sounds frustrating to me, so I recommend you start an exciting  journey of  healthy eating that you find to be delicious, that you can do for life, and at the same time enables you to lose those unsightly excess pounds. Someone once said that to lose weight, all we need to do is begin eating right and our bodies will adjust. This is true, but first we need to know how our own body needs to eat, don’t we? To start with, you may wish to count calories or carbs and since a couple of doctors have told me not to count calories, only carbs, that is what I suggest. Did I just hear someone disagree? Perhaps you are one of a great many who believe that only calories matter and you must exercise them off to lose weight. There are now studies out that show this not to be true. I personally experimented with this and discovered that a yummy steak served in all it’s juices and fat won’t put any weight on us but that same amount of calories in starchy foods- (potatoes, rice, bread) will. We now know that protein and fat will not put any fat on us and are basically zero carbs. If you keep your carb count at 60 or less a day, and follow our suggestions on the EAT HEALTHY! page, before long you most likely won’t have to count anything, nor will you be hungry as much as you once were- how sweet is that! Here’s a few pointers to get you started…

  • If God made it, eat it in its natural form, after all, God would not have given us foods that were not good for us, so if man played with it and said he made it better, question it- and most likely you won’t want to eat it. A good example is butter. God enabled us to have a great product to enjoy on our toast and vegetables, but money-hungry, greedy man decided he could make something we would buy to fatten his wallet, so he invented margarine and told us it was heart-friendly and better. Many bought into that idea- ever notice how many man-made butters and oils are on the market? Another example is wheat. God intended us to have grain and make bread, but once more man decided he could extract money from us by bleaching it, which removed all nutrients, then adding a little back so he could call it enriched and we’d buy it. That worked too- ever notice how many unhealthy flour products are available? Then of course, there’s sugar. Another of God’s plants processed, bleached- all healthy nutrients removed, and sold simply because it is white and sweet- does color REALLY matter? Cane sugar is slightly brown when pressed and dried, and since it tends to be fattening if eaten to excess, just as is honey, even this natural sugar should be limited. If you want a lot of sweet, then Stevia is a good choice. If you’re careful about which one you buy, it will not be bitter because the outer leaves will not have been used.
  • Check the ingredients of all your favorite foods. One example is peanut butter. If it’s just peanuts and sea salt, great, but if it has sugars, preservatives, etc. added to it, get another brand. The foods you get should not have added sugars and most oils are not good for us. You must learn to read labels and make good choices. Just changing the brands you purchase is a great beginning.
  • Then there is chocolate. Mmmmmm… white and milk chocolate is not a good choice, but there are some yummy dark chocolates out there. Some tend to be bitter, but if you taste around, you will find some that suits you! Better yet, some are made with only good healthy ingredients- and those are the ones I buy!

If you want more information than this to get you started, cruise through the links you will find on our EAT HEALTHY! and ONE DAY DIET pages. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, make a comment asking and I’ll research and publish something especially for you- and others who would like the information you desire.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH AND SLENDER BODY!!

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Is Your NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION To LOSE WEIGHT?

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There seems to be two- sometimes three times a year we hear someone say ‘I really need to lose some weight and want to start NOW!’ The times we notice it most are at the start of a new year, a short time before swim suit season and a little before a wedding or other special occasion.

Unfortunately we often hear it from the same people who’ve said it before. Why is that? Are these overweight folks just looking for a temporary fix to make them look better in photos? Perhaps a Doctor told them they needed to drop some weight for their health. Whatever the reason, a great many people lose- gain- lose- gain- lose- gain– we call it yo-yo dieting and for many it is a way of life. I attended a seminar once and the leader said something I’ve never forgotten– ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got’.  So very true, isn’t it?

What if I shared with you a very easy way to stop the yo-yo diet thing and do something good for your body that would keep the unwanted pounds from returning? What if it was not only easy but allowed you to eat your favorite foods- gave you more energy- would you want to know more?

Many people have published books and magazines that tell us how to eat and exercise for our best health- so why is our nation getting fatter and sicker?

WHAT DO I RECOMMEND?

So glad you asked!!  I believe that eating chemical-free as much as possible and including lots of protein and healthy fats in your diet is the very best way to go- and a wonderful filling beginning is a yummy Bulletproof Coffee or Tea!

As I suggest you make some small adjustments, you will begin to notice that we are recommending you stop eating foods that contain chemicals and begin eating foods that are chemical-free and that are natural from Mother Nature- not man-made fake and artificial foods.

SO WHERE TO BEGIN? We suggest that each week when grocery shopping, you make one change for the better. Certainly you may make as many changes as you like, but making just one each week will soon show you how easy and tasty healthy eating can be. 

Perhaps the first week you will want to shop the organic isle, avoiding the fruits and veggies that are GMO and those that have been sprayed with chemicals. Perhaps you would like to change your artificial dairy products to real and natural ones- whole milk, real butter and cheese. We suggest your eggs come from range-free hens because we are what we eat and so are our animals, and the things they get in their food goes into their eggs and then into us- it’s the circle of life.

Then there are the many isles of processed goodies. When you need more peanut butter, we suggest Peanut Butter & Co. instead of another brand like perhaps Skippy’s. Why? Check the ingredients and you will see Skippy’s has in addition to peanuts and salt– sugar, and hydrogenated vegetable oil (cottonseed, soybean and rapeseed oil).  We were surprised to see the word rapeseed instead of canola because it is the same thing, but some people seem to think there’s a difference and believe canola is good when actually it is the very worst oil you can use. CONTRAST this to our very favorite– Smooth Operator is the regular basic peanut butter and the ingredients are simply peanuts, a little bit of salt, a bit of palm fruit oil and a little bit of dried cane syrup for sweetness.  This delicious no-stir version brings you closer to the peanut butter of your childhood without the high fructose corn syrup and the hydrogenated oil! YUM! HOWEVER my personal favorite is Dark Chocolate Dreams. Ingredients? Peanuts, dried cane syrup, cocoa, cocoa butter, palm fruit oil, vanilla, lecithin, (from sunflowers), salt.FD choc. dreams Always check the ingredients label when changing brands and avoid items containing processed sugars, sugar alcohol’s, vegetable oils that may contain canola and preservatives- especially MSG. If the item you are considering has a lot of things you don’t recognize as food, your body probably won’t either and will just store it into your fat cells to keep you safe.

Are flour and bread items presenting a problem? Some of my doctors have told me wheat is no longer good for us as it was in Bible times because it has been changed so much over time by money hungry companies and some doctors are saying we should all eat gluten free foods, opting to get only sprouted breads, rolls, cereals, etc.. We have found that we really enjoy Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix- makes great waffles too!  We also enjoy oats- not just oatmeal, but granola too. When we have cereal I love Bare Naked Cereals but have to be careful. Some companies that start out good to gain you as a customer switch over to adding things like sugar and canola thinking I’m sure, that you won’t notice.

It’s DINNER time and you want TACOS! FD 2 tacoThe only change I suggest you make to what is one of our favorite dinners, is to put a bit of salad on your plate, set your baked potato on that and then fill it with everything you want on your taco including the hot sauce YUM!!

So you believe you’d like to switch to Stevia? Be careful- some of these have been played with by big companies and Truvia is one we can’t recommend- they put Erythritol (a sugar alcohol) in it and that has been shown to make some people sick. We’ve found we like SweetLeaf and NuNaturals best.chocolate_peanut_butter_malt_balls_2

So now you’re in the candy isle? Our very favorite thing is to go to the bulk section at our Fred Meyer store. They have super delicious chocolate peanut-butter malt balls! They are all natural ingredients and sweetened with cane juice. They also have chocolate covered raisins and almonds with only good ingredients. Then we get some slightly roasted or raw mixed nuts. After we get them home we can mix them all together for a trail mix or just put them on our coffee table in separate dishes to enjoy for an occasional snack. If you like to play in the kitchen, creating yummy things- especially no-bake candies and cookies that use oats, you may wish to get some of the good choc. chips from this bulk isle and then make your own yummies using recipes you have or one of ours- you’ll find them here.

Let’s close this subject with a word to those who’ve heard they should STOP DRINKING CARBONATED BEVERAGES— Really?

FD- 1 drinksodaMany have- say they’ve lost a lot of weight even the first week and don’t miss having soda’s. Then there are those who really want to have a carbonated drink– for a number of reasons many really enjoy this, so for them we did a study and taste test. We can recommend Zevia and you can get it in a case of 24 with 12 different flavors or just a pack with only one flavor. If your local store doesn’t carry these, Amazon has them and we love shopping Amazon! Sooo- switch your current tasty soda for these tasty ones and lose a bit more weight! Yes- no need to suffer a diet you don’t like- just eat and drink healthy chemical-free foods and drinks. Your excess weight will begin to ‘magically’ disappear!

If you read through my EAT HEALTHY! and OUR ONE DAY DIET pages, you’ll discover all the exciting details you may be missing! I LOVE the tasty way I eat now and I LOVE that I no longer gain when eating an occasional day of chemical-filled foods and drinks with family and friends! I will NEVER go back to the ‘good old days’ because these days are soooo much better!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!!

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TURMERIC- Just How Good Is It Really?

     

We’ve been hearing a lot about turmeric. It is in some of our foods- usually the yellow ones like mustard.

Turmeric has been an important spice in cooking for thousands of years and more recently has been the subject of our study because it has been brought to our attention in a number of ways and some believe it to be a truly important SUPERFOOD that enables our body to work much better when we include it in our foods than when we don’t get much of it. Also, there are companies that want to take advantage of this healthy-for-us root, so they package it, make claims that may or may not be true and run to the bank with your money while leaving you with more questions than answers. 

We have noticed that from time to time certain foods will take center stage with claims that they are good for everything that can possibly go wrong in our body, and if those claims were correct, we know that eating only that one food would fix all our problems… so what is the truth and how should we eat?

I like to go BACK IN HISTORY– way back to when God created our earth, the animals, plants, fish, birds– and of course man. Everything was done for our benefit and enjoyment. We have green leafy things great for salads and a wide colorful variety of solid things- carrots, beets, radishes, potatoes, and a great many with more than one color- turnips come to mind.

Then of course we have a great variety of fruits, berries, nuts and CHOCOLATE!! Why, you may ask, do we believe God made chocolate- where does it really come from? Good news- it grows on trees! It all starts with a small tropical tree that is native to Central and South America with many being grown in Africa and is called a cacao tree (Theobroma cacao, usually called simply, “cacao.” Theobroma is Greek for “food of the gods.”) The ridged, football shaped pods, encase a sticky white pulp and about 30 or 40 seeds. The pulp is both sweet and tart and is eaten and used in making drinks. The seeds, were you to bite into one straight out of the pod, are incredibly bitter, but they are what we get our cacao powder from.

Since God created the sugar cane and the cacao bean, He intends us to have and enjoy them, but I really don’t believe He intended us to change them into something else. Had God wanted sugar to be bleached white with much of its nutrients removed, I believe He would have created it that way. Same with flour- had God wanted wheat to be snow white and contain poisons to keep insects away, I believe He would have created it that way. I personally believe God wants us to protect and tend our crops without changing their properties.

For these reasons, I believe we should consume and enjoy a wide variety of foods and herein lies our problem. Some people do eat a very wide variety, but in our busy and modern society, a great many don’t. Therefore when claims are made about certain foods and drinks that seem to be true, less than honest companies will create a product containing that food or drink that is not actually going to do all they advertise it to do, or just add a bit to the ingredients of their product knowing that when you see it in the ingredients list you will think you’re getting more than they are actually putting into it. Sad but true.

OK- Back to TURMERIC.... I would like to share two videos with you- they are among several that have been sent our way. We would like you to know the story of one doctor who found a solution to his wife’s Alzheimer’s. He was able to create a 21 day diet plan to help people with this illness. We have checked it out and can tell you it uses coconut oil, black pepper and turmeric. We can also tell you that even though eating his 21 day diet would no doubt do wonders for you, so will the way we suggest you eat on our EAT HEALTHY! page. Here is the link to his video- Memory Repair Protocol, Martin Reilly.

The second video had us laughing so hard my tummy hurt! Yet at the same time, it contains much truth. I have a thyroid that barely works and needs a hormone supplement from my Naturopath. One of my doctors said I needed more saturated fats for this problem and told me I should eat avocados and coconut oil- in his opinion they were the very best source for what my body needs. In recent years coconut oil has been recommended for many things, so it has become a favorite for shampoo and skin cream as well as bulletproof coffee. Please know that I don’t use the same oil in the bathroom as we do in the kitchen. I buy a coconut oil shampoo and a coconut oil moisturizing cream for my skin. NOW- please enjoy this very funny, but mostly true video.

You may wish to check out this article in Consumer Review.. Is Your Turmeric Effective?however, we have chosen one by Nature’s Nutrition that has more than the minimum recommended, and have decided to replace our Ginkgo Biloba supplement with this.

Wondering how you can add turmeric to your foods?

1. Add it to scrambles and frittatas.

Use a pinch of turmeric in scrambled eggs, a frittata, or tofu scramble. If you or your family are new to turmeric, this is a great place to start because the color is familiar and the flavor subtle.

Get a Recipe: Southwestern Tofu Scramble

 2. Toss it with roasted vegetables.

Turmeric’s slightly warm and peppery flavor works especially well with cauliflower, potatoes, and root vegetables.

Get a Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin

3. Add it to rice.

A dash of turmeric brings color and mild flavor to a pot of plain rice or a fancier pilaf.

Get a Recipe: Fragrant Yellow Rice

4. Try it with greens.

Sprinkle turmeric into sautéed or braised greens like kale, collards, and cabbage.

Get a Recipe: Cabbage in Mild Yogurt and Mustard Seed Curry

5. Use it in soups.

A bowl of vegetable or chicken soup feels even more warming when it’s tinged with golden turmeric.

Get a Recipe: Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

6. Blend it into a smoothie.

While fresh turmeric root is especially great in juices and smoothies, a pinch of ground spice is good, too. The slightly pungent flavor is usually well masked in smoothies.

Get a Recipe: Superpower Morning Smoothie (the recipe doesn’t call for turmeric, but you can definitely add it!) 

7. Make tea.

Simmer turmeric with milk and honey to make an earthy and comforting beverage.

Get a Recipe: Turmeric-Ginger Tea

An Additional Tip: If you’re looking to get the health benefits of turmeric, pair it with pepper. Herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt tells us, “To get the most out of your turmeric add 3% black pepper to the mix. Black pepper improves the bio-availability of turmeric, making smaller doses more effective.” This works out to about 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper to 1/4 cup of turmeric. To make it easy, I simply premix pepper into my jar of turmeric.

By now we hope you know that all the foods God has given us to eat are good for our body, but they do not all contain the same nutrients, and therefore we need a wide variety to be at our very best physically. We want to know what the various foods do and which ones serve us best, so there are many studies- some honest, some not- on a variety of foods, both by those who want the truth and those who are looking to make a quick buck at our expense. Because most of us don’t get enough nutrients in our foods, we need to supplement with good live vitamins and detox our bodies in order to avoid colds, flu, diabetes, cancer and many other things that keep us from being our best. If you wonder what we take, you will find them here on our Supplements?! page.

We like WebMD and are pleased to bring you some of their information.  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-TURMERIC.aspx?activeIngredientId=662&activeIngredientName=TURMERIC

We have enjoyed Dr. Mercola’s information from time to time and he has not disappointed us here– we would like to try his recipe for Basmati Rice with Cashews, Raisins, and Turmeric!    http://foodfacts.mercola.com/turmeric.html

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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One Nutrient CAUSES Most Body Fat And Disease, One Doesn’t!

We’ve been hearing so much recently about illness due to diabetes and cancer, that we want to reach out again to those who have it and those who have it within their families. One sad fact we have noticed and learned again today, is that some people are very closed minded about these things, while some are open to exploring ALL possible solutions to their problems. There are some who want to go only to doctors who prescribe drugs, ignoring the fact many things can be cured using the natural things God gave us within our food supply system. Yes, God made all plants and some like Aloe Vera and Marijuana are great for their healing properties, yet can be abused. I wish to pass on something my Mother taught me very early in life– Drugs make sick people well and well people sick. NEVER take a drug unless you are sick, then stop as soon as you are well.

So– for the best health you can enjoy, free of diabetes and cancer, eat as chemical-free as possible and take natural supplements proven over time to work. You may wish to check out our Supplements?! page.

Now- let’s go over this link from the past. Coach Josh was one of our favorite nutritionists and you will find him throughout this health blog.

Introducing- Einkorn flour and things made from it….

FD einkorn_flourFD cookies jovial-shop-home-einkorncookiesWhen Coach Josh sent us an email telling us that this certain nutrient CAUSES most body fat, that got our attention, because we know he is right, but have just recently discovered a terrific answer that we think most people are not yet aware of. Take it from here, Josh…

It’s crazy, really. Man takes sugar cane or vegetables like corn or beets (which are full of fiber and various vitamins and minerals in their natural state), and completely strips them of all health-promoting properties.

What’s left is a fast-digesting, highly addictive, nutritionally dead food that causes sickness and even premature death when consumed in excess.

Of course I’m talking about sugar and, in the case of wheat, white flour. Contrary to popular belief, “stripped carbohydrates” as I call them (in all their various forms like sugar [sucrose], flour, enriched white flour, enriched bleached flour, enriched wheat flour, wheat flour, semolina flour, white rice, maltodextrin, glucose, fructose, malt syrup, corn starch, dextrose, and levulose) are really America’s most fattening and dangerous obesity addictives. Although, ironically, most processed, “fat-free” foods are loaded to the gills with them.

Jeannie here… Coach Josh always tells folks to leave these sugar and flour products out of their diet, so when our daughter discovered the great wheat products from Italy, it was very exciting and we recommend them on our EAT HEALTHY! page. YES!! These are totally delicious and my body doesn’t react the same way as when I eat flour products from here in the US. I have not broken out in rolls of fat and my hunger has not gone out of control as I have experienced in the past. We continue to order their products because they are nutritious as well as yummy. You will find their website here- ENJOY!!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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5 Reasons You Should Eat Chocolate Every Day

We enjoyed this article and want to share parts of it with you here. To see the whole article, here is the link.

Most ‘Chocolate’ Isn’t What You Think It Is…

Melting chocolate.by Kelsey Ale – Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Natural Chef

It’s no secret we are a world of chocolate lovers – if there was ever any doubt, we only need to consider that we consume $83 million dollars worth of the stuff every year!

Yes, chocolate makes us happy (very, very happy) – but it also does so much more. It’s good for our brain, for our heart, and for our relationships.

Basically, chocolate can solve most of our problems 😉

All joking aside, in case you needed another reason to eat more chocolate, I’m going to give you 5 reasons right now that reveal why you should give in and eat chocolate everyday…

1. Chocolate protects your heart.healthy-heart-small
Researchers at Sweden’s Linköping University showed that within 3 hours of eating 2.6 ounces of unsweetened 72%-cacao dark chocolate, participant’s’ blood pressure decreased by 18%. These results are similar to the actions of a class of hypertension drugs called ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors.

While doctors are not yet prescribing doses of chocolate as medicine, I think it’s a program patients would stick with…

2. Chocolate can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

I bet you didn’t realize that chocolate is an incredible versatile ingredient that can be worked into both sweet cakes and savory sauces alike. Some classic recipes, like Mexican Mole, have used it since the beginning to bring depth and richness to non-sweet meals. You can even add a touch of melted dark chocolate to your marinara sauce to make the flavor pop!

Just in case you worried you’d have to eat bon bons all day, this is one way eating chocolate everyday can be made that much easier…

3. Chocolate is the ultimate chill-pill.

A study reported in The Journal of Psychopharmacology revealed that a compound found in chocolate, called polyphenols, may indeed ease feelings of anxiety. Participants in the study who consumed high amounts of cocoa polyphenols in the form of a dark chocolate mix reported greater calmness and contentedness than those who did not consume the polyphenols.

While more research is still needed on the subject, I’m going to play it safe and make sure to eat my polyphenols regularly…

4. Chocolate is a great way to make friends!

…Because who doesn’t love chocolate?

Chocolate treats are great for office parties and baby showers, and they make excellent little gifts for friends and family. Share the love!

5. Chocolate supports healthy gut bacteria.

Believe it or not, studies have shown that regular consumption of the compound called ‘flavanols’ found in cocoa increases the healthy bacteria in your gut. This is because the flavonols are not completely absorbed during digestion, and when they get past your stomach they provide food (also known as “prebiotics”) for your good bacteria to munch on. I’m sure you had a “gut feeling” about this 😉

…As you can see, science is on our side when it comes to loving chocolate!

But to be clear, the wrong kind of chocolate can wreck your health, leaving you bloated, foggy-headed, and with more padding – in all the wrong places. We know that so many of the chocolate treats out there today are unhealthy, full of processed, refined, unhealthy ingredients that will leave you overweight and unhappy…

However, eating the right kind of chocolate can boost your mood and your health, and give you all of the amazing benefits we listed above!

Luckily,  there’s a simple solution that allows you to have your chocolate and eat it, too…

FOR MORE AND TO GET THEIR 25 DECADENT HEALTHY RECIPES THAT ARE Gluten-free and Paleo-friendly, go to this page. YUM!!

YES- it’s true- CHOCOLATE is good for us- it’s what companies put into it that makes it bad for us- processed sugar, flour and other things our system often has a problem with! If you use only chemical-free ingredients your goodies will be totally delicious and your body will be healthy- and yes- slim and trim. To see more of how we eat for our good health, check out our EAT HEALTHY! page now!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Weight Loss Industry Has Nothing To Do With Health???

THERE IS SO MUCH TRUTH HERE, much of which I’ve discovered and shared already, but I think those interested in good health should hear from more than one source before making decisions on what to believe and act on, so here is an article from the Eat Local Grown  site that I want to share with you.

The diet industry reached 61 BILLION dollars in 2013 in the United States alone, but people are fatter than ever.  Between magic pills, diet food, and commercial weight loss plans, the obesity epidemic is a HUGE business.

Despite all of the do-good advertising and the inspiring slogans, the secret is, the diet industry doesn’t actually want you to lose weight, at least not for the long term.  A customer who fails to maintain weight loss ends up being a long-term customer, contributing to the business’s bottom line.  Richard Samber, the former Finance Director for Weight Watchers, was questioned about the company’s 16 percent success rate after five years.  Get ready….he explained “that the business is successful ‘because the other 84 percent have to come back and do it again.  That’s where your business comes from.’” (source)

So basically, your failure means their success.

If you lose weight and keep it off, they don’t make any more money off of you.  They have a vested financial interest in keeping you fat and unhealthy.  Despite the false advertising facade of fit-looking people, nutritious looking food, and promises of boundless energy and vigor, the commercial weight loss industry has absolutely nothing to do with health.

The thing is, it’s simple.  If you eat actual food and you move your body more, you will lose weight.  But there isn’t any money in that formula, so the “experts” don’t tell you this.

I’m not coming at this from the perspective of someone who has always been lean.  I had on and off weight issues for the greater part of my adult life.  I’ve had babies, I’ve yo-yo dieted, I’ve gained and lost and gained again.  I tried pretty much every diet out there.  It wasn’t until I learned to eat REAL FOOD and became well nourished that I began to feel good in my body.  Am I perfect by supermodel standards?  No way.  But I’m strong, I’m healthy, and seem to be in a lot better condition than a lot of the other moms I see picking up their teenagers at the school.  I eat carefully and I exercise and I am, and always will be, a work in progress.

Because I have had long-term struggles with my weight, I can relate to the rest of the folks out there who are going through the same cycles.  I tried many of the commercial programs too, back in the day, and here is what I learned:  Although they talk about “healthy” weight loss, the products they promote have absolutely NOTHING to do with health.

They are pimping  artificial foods, loaded with chemicals and with very little nutritional value. Instead of learning about balancing your macro-nutrients, you are learning about how to fill your belly with items that have all the nutritional value of a bag full of Styrofoam packing peanuts. Instead of learning the simplest concept in the world, balancing your calories in against your calories out, you learn that drinking things loaded with aspartame might kill a few brain cells but it keeps the hunger at bay.  You learn that the only way to stay hydrated is to add little tubes of alleged vitamins and artificial sweeteners to your water.  (Jeannie here- we’ve discovered that chemicals kill and all calories are not equal. It is actually better to count carbs if you really need to count something and if you are eating REAL FOOD and getting lots of HEALTHY protein along with the saturated fats that are found in the healthy foods, you will not be hungry. Consider starting your day with a Bulletproof coffee and adding a scoop of Whey Protein powder to it- kills my hunger for hours and will probably do the same for you- wish I’d known this YEARS ago!)

The last weight loss event I attended was what really opened my eyes to this. They were discussing breakfast.  The instructor was showing the audience how to scrape all but the barest amount of peanut butter off of your piece of toast in order to get a lower points value.  I politely pointed out that it was very important to have enough “good fats” in your diet and that I used the whole darned two tablespoon serving every single time.  I said that we’d be much better off to cut out the toast than the peanut butter being scraped off if we really wanted to be healthy. Let’s just say that the comment was not well-received.

Here’s the thing, and it is very very simple.  There is one major reason that people overeat.

They aren’t eating real food.

They are eating these puffs of air with no vitamins and minerals. They are eating artificial concoctions that do absolutely nothing to nourish the body.  They are hungry five minutes later because their bodies are crying out, “FEED ME!  I need some nutrients! PLEASE! I’m hungry!”

It isn’t because they have not eaten enough calories that they are hungry. It is because they have not eaten enough FOOD.

Let me prove it. Let’s look at the ingredients lists of a few popular “diet” foods.

Jenny Craig

First, I’m going to pick on Jenny Craig.  The diet encourages you to eat 3 frozen processed meals per day.  The first thing I came across on my search was the “Breakfast Scramble” – how bad could that be?

I’ll show you EXACTLY how bad it could be. Following, please find the ingredients list taken directly from Jenny’s website.

jenny craig scramble

Ingredients:

ROASTED POTATOES (RED SKIN POTATOES, DEXTROSE, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE), SCRAMBLED EGG WHITES (EGG WHITES, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, NONFAT MILK, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, SOYBEAN OIL, CARRAGEENAN, SALT, EGG FLAVOR [PROPYLENE GLYCOL, NATURAL FLAVORS] , GUAR GUM, XANTHAN GUM, ANNATTO COLOR), WATER, REDUCED FAT CHEDDAR CHEESE (LOW FAT MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES, ANNATTO COLOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE), MILK (WITH VITAMIN D), TURKEY HAM (TURKEY THIGH MEAT, WATER, LITE SALT [POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM CHLORIDE], SUGAR, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, SALT, CARRAGEENAN, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVORING, SODIUM NITRITE) , REDUCED FAT MOZZARELLA CHEESE (PART-SKIM MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, ENZYMES), AND LESS THAN 2% OF FAT FREE CREAM CHEESE (CULTURED SKIM MILK SOLIDS, CULTURED SKIM MILK, SALT, SUGAR, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, SODIUM TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE, STABILIZERS [CAROB BEAN AND/OR XANTHAN AND/OR GUAR GUMS AND/OR CARRAGEENAN], POTASSIUM SORBATE AND CALCIUM PROPIONATE [AS PRESERVATIVES], ENZYMES, VITAMIN A PALMITATE), MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, MIREPOIX BASE (SAUTÉED VEGETABLES [CARROTS, CELERY, ONION], SUGAR, MALTODEXTRIN, CORN OIL, SALT, CORNSTARCH, AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVORING), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, SPICES, CHILI PEPPER.

Are you kidding me??????

We have all sorts of GMO corn products, carrageenan (learn more), MSG (learn more), a crap-ton of stuff I can’t pronounce, and in all, 68 ingredients.  If I wanted to make this myself, I could easily do it with less than 10 and it would taste better too. All this actually needs is potatoes, eggs, veggies, and some cheese.  If I wanted to walk on the wild side, I could get a little bit of local natural ham or bacon and add that in too.

This is not food! This is artificial food. Why in the name of all that is holy do eggs need egg flavoring?  I’ll tell you why – because there is far more chemical than actual egg in that dish, so they have to flavor it up to make it taste like what you think you’re eating!

Nutrisystem

Nutrisytem is Jenny Craig’s more expensive sibling – the uptown version.  But the high price doesn’t make it better quality.  The food is dreadful for you.  Check out the ingredients in this breakfast burrito.

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FILLING: EGGS (EGG WHITES, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, NONFAT DRY MILK, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, SOYBEAN OIL, CARRAGEENAN, SALT, NATURAL EGG FLAVOR, GUAR GUM, XANTHAN GUM, ANNATTO (COLOR)), WATER, REDUCED FAT MONTEREY JACK AND CHEDDAR CHEESES (CULTURED PASTEURIZED PART SKIM MILK, SALT, CHEESE COLOR, ENZYMES), BELL PEPPERS, ISOLATED OAT PRODUCT, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, GREEN CHILES, ONIONS, CHILI PEPPERS (CHILI PEPPERS, CITRIC ACID), FLAVORINGS, GUAR GUM, SALT, CRUSHED RED PEPPER, VINEGAR;BEANS: COOKED BEANS (WATER, PINTO BEANS), GREEN CHILES, CORN STARCH, JALAPEÑOS (JALAPEÑO PEPPERS, SALT, ACETIC ACID, CALCIUM CHLORIDE), SALT, CRUSHED RED PEPPER; TORTILLA: BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR ENRICHED (NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, VEGETABLE OIL (CANOLA AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL), SALT, DOUGH CONDITIONER (INVERTED SUGAR, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, WATER, CELLULOSE GUM), BAKING POWDER (CORN STARCH, SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ALUMINUM SULFATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), GUAR GUM, CORN FLOUR (GROUND CORN, TRACE OF LIME), DEXTROSE, ISOLATED OAT PRODUCT, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, SUGAR, SODIUM METABISULFITE

Again, many of the same bad actors as we saw above.  This is NOT food – this is a foodlike substance. When you consume this, you aren’t giving your body very much that it recognizes as nutrients.

Medifast

Probably the most expensive of all of the commercial plans is Medifast.  This “supervised” diet must be paid for up front (up to $2000, with some programs being even MORE) and that doesn’t even include the approximately $100 per week in alleged “food”. The caduceus symbol in the logo gives the impression that this is a healthy physician-recommended way to meet your goals.

The most popular program is called “5&1″.  That means the dieter consumes 5 Medifast processed meals and one “lean and green” meal – so one meal per day that is actual food.  Here is one of the Medifast snacks, accurately named a “puff”.  This counts as a “meal” on Medifast, and they tout, “You get a whopping 11 grams of protein in each pack. A healthy meal for anytime or anywhere!”

Soy protein isolate, tapioca starch, corn flour, pea fiber, soybean oil, whey, dextrin, cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), salt, maltodextrin, onion powder, chili pepper, garlic powder, buttermilk solids, spice, torula yeast, natural flavor, lactic acid, jalapeno pepper, yeast extract, paprika extract (flavor and color), turmeric extractives (spice and color), potato starch, corn starch, guar gum.

*cringe*

That is horrible. That is NOT a meal.  It’s chock full of GMO ingredients (remember that more than 85% of soy and corn grown in the US are genetically modified.)  How can people actually expect to live on this?  And what if they DO successfully stay on this program and lose the weight that they need to?  How on earth can you transition from that to food?  Despite the one year maintenance plan, the outlook for long term success is grim. A former Medifast insider who prefers to remain anonymous says, “The failure rate is very high – they refuse to publish the stats.”

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers is better than other choices because you can opt to eat your own food instead of their nasty chemical concoctions. However, many of the recipes rely on sugar free, fat free fake foods, touting them as great substitutes for what you really want, when, again, you are just eating artificial food laden with chemicals.  If I had to recommend a commercial diet plan, it would be Weight Watchers, but you must beware of the products they sell and the recipes they push.   They teach you about portion sizes and caloric reduction, but not a whole lot about actual nutrition.  The meetings and group setting are really motivating – there’s a lot of support.  However, if you are athletic or if you have a physical job, you’re going to be left hungry if you follow their plan.

The best way to lose weight is…

The best way to lose weight is to nourish your body.   It might sound counter-intuitive when compared to all of these plans that restrict you, but you will find that when you eat good food, real food, with real nutrients, a reset occurs. It doesn’t happen on day one, or even necessarily on day 5 or 6. But one day you will wake up and realize you just aren’t that hungry. You will not crave a bag of Cheetos.  You won’t want to consume stuff that makes you feel like crap afterwards.

Many people will lose weight simply by switching from a typical North American diet to a whole foods diet.  Your body will naturally settle into a comfort zone as it becomes accustomed to receiving actual nourishment.  At some point, many find it necessary to get a little bit more strict in order to continue losing weight. At that point, tracking your caloric intake and balancing your calories in/calories out should help the weight loss continue. (Jeannie here- some can lose by counting calories, but most do much better counting carbs- keep them at 60 or less a day- you may certainly go lower if you stop losing before reaching your goal.)

Not only did our ancestors eat things that their bodies recognized as food, but they also had to provide the food for themselves. They couldn’t just run to the grocery store and load up a cart. They farmed, they hunted, and they preserved.  Therefore, they got a lot more exercise than most of us do today, and that also helped keep their weight under control.

The obesity epidemic in America is not, as First Lady Michelle Obama would like to convince us, because of our inability to decipher nutrition labels. It is because of our lifestyles. We have it too easy, grabbing a store-bought package and microwaving it and calling it dinner. Furthermore, our food isn’t food and our bodies are crying out for nutrients, leading us to eat more and more empty calories in a desire to satiate our need for nourishment.

Unlike the commercial weight loss industry, I’m not selling you anything. If you quit buying Diet Coke and Lean Cuisine meals and switch to organic veggies and lean meat, I won’t make a dime. But I hope that what I’m saying empowers you to take your health into your own hands.

You want a magic pill?  Here it is:

Eat real food. Move more. Lose weight.

It really IS that simple.

Jeannie here- Yes, it is simple- just change some brands of what you do buy- eat as natural as possible leaving out as many chemicals as you can and your body will thank you for it. To learn what we eat and the foods and brands we suggest, go to my EAT HEALTHY! page. Oh- I don’t sell anything either and all my information is FREE- Why? Because I love God and want to thank Him for our many blessings. He asks that we love and help each other and this is the path in life He has given me. I hope it will bring a blessing to you as well.

You are always free to choose, but you are never free from the consequences of your choice!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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10 Safe Unhealthy Foods– Say What??

   

We love Mamavation’s web site- she has lots of great articles, and this one caught our eye! We are going to give you the highlights of it, but if you’d like to read the whole article, here is the link- https://www.mamavation.com/2015/05/safe-unhealthy-foods-10.html.

10 Safe Unhealthy Foods that you can Eat

Not that long ago, we were told that fats were a no-no in our diets, salt was harmful and butter promoted heart disease. A lot of us structured our family meals around low fat foods, thinking we were doing the right thing to help our kids stay healthy. But recent research has proven otherwise. We now know that healthy fats are good for the growing brains of our children, that low fat foods are full of unsafe chemicals and sweeteners and that the healthiest, most filling way to feed a family is with real food. In fact, the U.S. Government is considering dropping warnings about the dangers of cholesterol from their recommended dietary guidelines.  Cholesterol, though, is only one of the items that has gotten an undeserved bad rap. Let’s take a look at some of the foods we can now welcome back into our family’s diet – with pleasure!

10 ‘Unhealthy’ Foods that are actually Safe to Eat

1. Salt

Growing up, I remember my dad being taken off salt completely to lower his elevated blood pressure, which was the norm back in the 80’s. However, while it’s true that studies show that removing salt can lower blood pressure, it can actually be harmful to remove it from your diet. Sodium is a nutrient that our body requires. In fact, Scientific American reported on the benefits of salt in 2011, including one study that said, “the more sodium people ate, the less likely they were to die from heart disease.” That said, the American Heart Association reports that many studies have shown that African Americans are more sensitive to hypertension caused by salt than other ethnic groups. Studies are unclear on the reason behind this genetic association, but it’s worth keeping in mind when you are buying for your family. While still a matter of controversy, we think that eliminating salt altogether is a bad idea. You may want to watch your intake by avoiding processed foods altogether. Instead, you can cook with salt, for the best way to take it in. You can also check out the benefits of Himalayan Salt, which include immune system support, allergy prevention and decreased blood pressure.

2. Bacon

This formerly unhealthy food that is now safe to eat in moderation. Now, I’m not going to recommend you go on a daily bacon-eating binge. After all, all bacon contains nitrates, which can be unhealthy for some people (even the naturally occurring ones), although the dangers of nitrates are a subject of controversy. But bacon always gets a bad rap, when in fact, half of its fat is the healthy kind and high in oleic acid may help prevent diabetes, according to Weston A Price. Bacon is full of vitamins and minerals, and sodium (see salt above). We recommend pastured-raised bacon fed naturally. Bacon is heavy and greasy and that may not always play well with a sensitive stomach but otherwise, add it to your child’s plate – once in a while!

3. Pastured Eggs

Another flexible food, the real pop from pastured eggs comes from the yolk – so stop eating only the whites! Eggs are not only a good source of protein and Omega-3, they contain lutein for healthy eyes, choline for healthy cells and brain development, and essential amino acids for healthy hair and nails, plus folic acid and B12 for optimal neural and nervous system health, not to mention other vitamins and minerals. You may even be able feed a toddler eggs every day, although your best bet is to change up the foods they eat daily. Learn how to safely choose eggs for your family.

4. Avocados

These have long had reputation for being unhealthy, but avocados are loaded with fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats. They also have more nutrients than other fruits (yes, they are a fruit!) and less sugar than most. Finally, they help you control your appetite and are flexible and are listed on this year’s Clean Fifteen list from Environmental Working Group – so dig in! And if you really want to know all the benefits of avocados we have 11 reasons why you should be eating more of them.

5. Grass Fed Butter

Miss butter? I did too, until I learned that grass fed butter is actually good for you! According to Authority Nutrition, grass fed butter is loaded with Vitamin K2, which prevents calcium from building up – and clogging – your arteries. It also contains one of the best sources of a fatty acid called butyrate, which has anti-inflammatory qualities and may actually be a better way to fight heart disease. Grass fed butter may also help prevent cancer, control blood sugar and hunger, lower cholesterol and boost the immune system. If you can’t tolerate or are allergic to dairy proteins, we recommend trying ghee – real butter with the proteins removed!

6. Bananas

This delicious and filling fruit has long been vilified for its sugar and starch content but your body cannot absorb the type of starch it contains and therefore, you won’t get most of the sugar or carbs. Bananas, however, are another great source of butyrate. They are also filling, the best base for almost any smoothie and so flexible to cook with that you can actually make bread from them without flour – perfect for anyone doing a grain or gluten free diet. Bananas have also been observed to fight depression since they contain a chemical that the body converts to serotonin, which can elevate your mood. They are also a great source of calcium. And, a 2005 Swedish study showed that diets high in produce, especially bananas, seemed to lower the risk of a particular kind of cancer.

7. Raw Milk

Illegal in many places and controversial in all, raw milk is another “unhealthy” food that is safe to eat. Despite the FDA’s campaign against raw milk, it’s unclear whether homogenized, pasteurized conventional milk – which can be full of bovine growth hormones and susceptible to bacteria like E.coli after pasteurization – is actually safer than raw milk because few studies are available. Organic, grass fed cows are much less susceptible to these diseases – and that makes raw milk a choice worth considering for your family. RealMilk.com cites a 2003 FDA study that estimated deli meats and hot dogs are 9-10 times more likely to be dangerous than raw milk. And in 2013, the New York Times reported on raw milk, citing a study that showed that European children who drank unpasteurized milk were less likely to get asthma. In America, the Amish consume raw milk and that correlates with less allergies. In fact, raw milk may contain probiotics to help you balance your gut so consider trying organic raw milk the next time you see it available. There are many other reasons why raw milk is beneficial, but we do recommend you buy organic from a trusted and recommended brand, like Organic Pastures. They test daily for bad bacteria and the test results are available within hours, not days.

8. Coffee

Most of us moms enjoy that moment when the kids are safely on the school bus and we can have a little “me time” with that cup of coffee. For years, coffee has been vilified too: it’s a diuretic, it’s addictive, it can speed you up. If any of these are a problem for you, skip to the next item. But coffee can also have some positive qualities, too. Coffee drinkers may live longer and coffee may lower risk of melanoma and Type 2 diabetes, among other diseases. There has even been controversy about coffee’s ability to help prevent ADHD in kids – but I wouldn’t advise putting your child on coffee. After all, it is still an addictive substance, as most people who’ve had to go without can attest to! Check out the pros and cons of drinking Bulletproof Coffee.

9. Grass Fed Red Meat

Suffering from much of the same bad rap as bacon, red meat can be healthy for a growing child – if you buy the right kind. We recommend grass fed, organic only beef. This type of beef is leaner, has a better Omega-3 to Omega-6 balance, less risk of bacteria contaminants like Salmonella, less exposure to pesticides and, according to The Mayo Clinic, more nutrients and antioxidants than conventional beef. What better way to get hungry kids full than a grass fed hamburger wrapped in lettuce? It’s the perfect meat for summer grilling too.

10. Chocolate

The old adage of chocolate being bad for you probably has more to do with how it’s made. Generally, chocolate is loaded with high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, artificial colors and flavors, and plenty of unhealthy additives. However, organic high quality chocolate can be good for you. It may lower your cholesterol, prevent memory decline and reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. This is great news for kids – and, I suspect, many moms too! For your healthiest selection, choose organic and/or GMO free dark organic chocolate without additives.

How do we manage to make the most nutritious, affordable and filling choices for our kids? One way we can do this is by making sure we have the right information when do shop and plan our menus for the week. Keep reading labels and make smart choices avoiding toxic ingredients that can harm our kids. Once labeled dangerous and unhealthy, these foods are now safe to eat. Our kids need nutrition that feeds their growing brains and keeps them sharp so don’t be afraid of buying real food that kids love. It will do their bodies good!

Jeannie here- you will find healthy eating choices for the whole family on our EAT HEALTHY! page– and it’s ALL DELICIOUS too!

A bit about the Author: Mamavation

Leah Segedie is the Founder of Mamavation and Bookieboo, a blogger network. After losing over 100 lbs, she started a career mentoring women in health and since then has assisted in over 3,500 lbs lost via the Mamavation community. She works from home in her fuzzy slippers and WE LOVE HER!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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CARBS- Good, Bad, What IS Good For Us?

        

Years ago if you had a weight problem, you were told to count calories and if you needed to gain weight, increase calories and if you needed to lose weight, decrease calories. Since that didn’t work as well as many thought it should, some doctors and health nutritionists began studying why and it was discovered that calories really don’t matter, but carbs do!

Good healthy fats contain a LOT of calories, but few, sometimes NO carbs. That means if you eat a huge steak- or any meat- including the fat, you will not gain, but if you were to eat that same amount of calories in a starch- bread, rice, potato- you would gain. That means to gain weight, eat more carbs and to lose weight, eat less carbs. Even though many doctors are beginning to share this information with their patients, some don’t and you will still see some in the medical and nutritional community pushing the ‘calories count’ theory.

I recently discovered an interesting article that I will share with you here and make my own comments along the way in blue…

The Truth About Low Carb Diets: 7 Facts You Need To Know

Low-carb diets work.
That is pretty much a scientific fact at this point.
At least 23 high quality studies in humans have shown this to be true. In many cases, a low-carb diet causes 2-3 times more weight loss as the standard low-fat diet that we’re still being told to follow. Low-carb diets also appear to have an outstanding safety profile. No serious side effects have been reported. In fact, the studies show that these diets cause major improvements in many important risk factors….

Fact 1… Carb Restriction Lowers Insulin Levels

Insulin is a very important hormone in the body.
It is the main hormone that regulates blood sugar levels and energy storage. One of the functions of insulin, is to tell fat cells to produce and store fat, and to hold on to the fat that they already carry…

Bottom Line: Blood levels of the hormone insulin go way down when carb intake is reduced. High insulin levels contribute to fat storage, and low insulin levels facilitate fat burning…

Fact 2… Water Weight Drops Rapidly in The Beginning

 In the first 1-2 weeks of low carb eating, people tend to lose weight very quickly. The main reason for this, is reduction in water weight. The mechanism behind it is two-fold:
Insulin: When insulin goes down, the kidneys start shedding excess sodium from the body. This also lowers blood pressure.
Glycogen: The body stores carbs in the form of glycogen, which binds water in the muscles and liver. When carb intake goes down, glycogen levels in the body go down, and the water follows along. This does not happen to nearly the same extent on a higher carb diet, even if calories are reduced significantly.

Bottom Line: When people go low-carb, they lose significant amounts of excess water from their bodies. This explains the rapid weight loss seen in the first week or two.

Fact 3… Low Carb Diets Are High in Protein 

In most studies where low carb and low fat diets are compared, the low carb groups end up eating much more protein.
This is because people replace many low-protein foods (grains, sugars) with higher protein foods like meat, fish and eggs. Numerous studies show that protein can reduce appetite, boost metabolism, and help increase muscle mass, which is metabolically active and burns calories around the clock. Many nutrition experts believe that the high protein content of low-carb diets is the main reason for their effectiveness.

Jeannie here- This seems to be a good place to recommend you read my EAT HEALTHY! page.

Bottom Line: Low carb diets tend to be much higher in protein than low fat diets. Protein can reduce appetite, boost metabolism and help people hold on to muscle mass despite restricting calories.

Fact 4… Low Carb Diets Have a Metabolic Advantage

Woman Standing on The Scale, Frustrated  Although this is controversial, many experts do believe that low carb diets have a metabolic advantage. In other words, that low carb diets increase your energy expenditure, and that people lose more weight than can be explained by reduced calorie intake alone. There are actually some studies to support this. A study conducted in 2012 found that a very low carb diet increased energy expenditure compared to a low fat diet, during a period of weight maintenance.

Bottom Line: Low-carb diets appear to have a metabolic advantage, but most of it is caused by the increased protein intake. In the beginning of a very low carb, ketogenic diet, some calories are wasted when glucose is produced.

Fact 5… Low Carb Diets Are Less Varied, and Lower in “Food Reward”

Low carb diets automatically exclude some of the world’s most  fattening junk foods. (but these can be easily replaced when you stop eating junk and eat chemical-free- sweet and delicious too!)

Woman Holding Chocolate and Apple This includes sugar, sugary drinks, fruit juices, pizzas, white bread, french fries, pastries and most unhealthy snacks. There is also an obvious reduction in variety when you eliminate most high-carb foods, especially given that wheat, corn and sugar are in almost all processed foods.  Jeannie here- we’ve discovered great substitutes for all these unhealthy foods and snacks. As more and more companies begin using natural, healthy, chemical-free ingredients, we have a wonderful and tasty variety to choose from! We’ve been eating this way for awhile now and never feel deprived, nor do we crave things we should avoid.

Bottom Line: Low carb diets exclude many foods that are highly rewarding and extremely fattening (only to those still eating chemical-filled foods). These diets also have less food variety, (not anymore) which may lead to reduced calorie intake. (Only if you wish).

Fact 6… Low Carb Diets Significantly Lower Your Appetite, Leading to Automatic Reduction in Calorie Intake

Hungry Woman Probably the single biggest explanation for the weight loss effects of low carb diets, is their powerful effects on appetite. It is well established that when people go low carb, their appetite goes down and they start eating fewer calories. In fact, studies that compare low carb and low fat diets usually restrict calories in the low-fat groups, while the low-carb groups are allowed to eat until fullness. Despite that, the low carb groups still usually lose more weight.

Many people who go on a ketogenic diet feel that they only need to eat 1 or 2 meals per day. They simply don’t get hungry more often. There is also some evidence that low carb diets can have beneficial effects on appetite regulating hormones like leptin and ghrelin.

Bottom Line: Low carb diets lead to an automatic reduction in calorie intake, so that people eat fewer calories without having to think about it- especially when eating chemical-free. I’ve had three doctors now tell me we should forget calories and just count carbs– I’ve done it and it really does work! If you are trying to lose some weight, keep your carbs at 60 or less per day– more about this on my EAT HEALTHY! page.

Fact 7… The Long Term Effects on Weight Loss Are Not Very Impressive

Even though low carb diets are very effective in the short-term, the long-term results are not that great.

Most studies that last for 1-2 years show that the difference between the low-carb and low-fat groups mostly disappears. There are many possible explanations for this, but the most plausible one is that people tend to abandon the diet over time, and start gaining the weight back.

This is not specific to low carb diets, and is a well known problem in most long-term weight loss studies. Most “diets” are incredibly hard to stick to. YES- Which is exactly why we tell our readers NOT TO DIET! Instead, choose a nice healthy, yummy chemical-free way to eat and do that- your days of yo-yo dieting will be over and you will be healthy, slim and trim for life. Since including healthy fats and proteins in your diet will greatly reduce hunger, many of you will no doubt do best to include a bulletproof coffee with a whey protein powder added to it in the morning, then follow our EAT HEALTHY! page.

Take Home Message

Some people refuse to accept that low carb diets can work, and that people can eat as much as they want, because that must violate the calories in, calories out model.

However, when you understand the mechanisms behind low carb diets, you can see that the CICO model is not being violated, and the laws of thermodynamics still hold.

The truth is, low carb diets work on both sides of the calorie equation.

They boost your metabolism (increasing calories out) and lower your appetite (reducing calories in), leading to automatic calorie restriction.

Calories still count, uh, no, actually they don’t according to three of my doctors and I have proven it true in my own body, it’s just that low carb diets automate the process and help prevent the biggest side effect of conscious calorie restriction, which is hunger. I have also proven with my own body that having a bulletproof coffee with protein powder kills my hunger for hours. So, folks- EAT HEALTHY! Your body will thank you and your friends will ask for your secret! Do tell!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Here’s 29 Foods With Big “Health Claims”, But Make Us Sick & Fat!!

   

Eat Local Grown has given us many great articles and we recommend them! When we saw this one we laughed a lot, but at the same time it is sad that so many are deceived by money-hungry companies who care only about your money and not your health. Here is the article…

Just the other day a friend came over and said “everything causes cancer, so I’m just going to eat whatever I want.”

Seeing as how this is a pretty common thing to joke about, I started thinking: why is it so hard to figure out what’s healthy?

And how should people figure out what to eat to stay healthy, anyway, if it’s apparently that difficult?

Well, I not only want to show you here that it’s not hard figuring out what to eat, but also that there are a few key rules that make it incredibly easy to figure out.  Seeing as apparently 47% of Americans agree with this statement that “everything causes cancer” (in other words, there’s ambiguous information on what’s healthy food) I did some research.

Naturally, I took my research to the grocery store.

The Surprising Ways That Food Companies Try to Trick You

I casually walked through every aisle of the grocery store and picked out things with labels that could be considered misleading, or otherwise made you think the product is healthy. Things that children or uninformed people might fall for.

The first one? Snapple.

#1 Snapple “Juice Drink – All Natural”

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Ahhh all natural eh? Big green text that claims this is all “natural.” Sure! Maybe it is.

But with 46g of sugar, I highly doubt that. That’s enough to make a horse diabetic.

All natural, yeah it’s great for you!

We instinctively read “all natural” and are disarmed. As you’ll see in the next few minutes, this is a very common tactic for getting you to think things are healthy and that natural = always healthy, when in reality there’s usually a lot of other stuff added.

#2 Quaker Oats: “Heart Healthy Whole Grains”

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With a big heart saying “heart healthy whole grains” you know this must be a health food, right?

Yeah.. until you flip it over and read, “ARTIFICIAL Fruit & Cream FLAVORS” which are conveniently written in an off-color that blends in, in a smaller font. Each part of the oatmeal (the flavoring, the oats, the fake fruits) has an ingredient list 30+ items long too.

Trickery at its best.

Heart healthy, for sure!

#3 Raisin Bran – “Good Source of Fiber & Made With Whole Grain!”

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This is a little scary to me – that sugared up breakfast foods can be marketed to kids and moms trying to convince them that there’s actually healthy stuff in it, when they know there isn’t.

Yummy fiber! Yummy whole grains!  Don’t forget the 19g of sugar and the ingredient list 50 items long!

This is taking advantage of selective attention at it’s best – provide a little positive about something to help draw attention away from the negative and obvious.

#4 Kellogg’s “Fiber Plus Antioxidants”

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Yayyyy I need more fiber to poo, right!? Fantastic! These will do great.

Wait. I can get antioxidants from a dessert bar too?! Sinfully delicious!

This one I call the “too good to be true.”  You know it’s a dessert bar. But there’s good stuff in it?! Win!

But when you read the ingredient list, it’s 30+ ingredients, with half a dozen preservatives and words I can’t pronounce.

And that’s saying something because I majored in Bio in college.

#5 Pop Tarts “Good Source of 8 Vitamins and Minerals”

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I’m amazed that people fall for this.

Pop tarts. A good source of vitamins and minerals? Are you kidding me? I almost wanted to bring an uzi into the poptart factory and start shooting.  The sad thing is that people fall for this.

The ingredients in pop tarts are a high school science experiment – there is nothing that even resembles food anywhere on the label. Pretty much the only real foods on the entire label are cinnamon and brown sugar.

But I think psychologically it does something interesting… when we see pop-tarts, most of us are like “Okay, I know it’s bad” and then make a decision.

But once they add “Great source of antioxidants, calcium and minerals!” it suddenly sounds a little be less sinful, right?

#6 Chocolate Milk – “Vitamins A&D 37% Less Fat Than Whole Milk!”

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Ingredients?  Okay, so there’s actually milk in this. Good sign.

Ingredient #2 = sugar. Ingredient #3-6 = cocoa mix science experiment & preservatives. Ingredient #4 = Artificial flavors.

De-lish.

#7 Arizona Iced Tea “NO Calories!”

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At first we’re like, “oh, sweet, no calories!?”  But that should raise some huge warning bells. How can you consume something (unless it’s water), without it having any calories? How in the world does it have substance?

When you see splenda, acesulfame potassium, sucralose and virtually all of the artificial sweeteners, that should make you stop and think.

In the next week or two I’ll have a long post on the research behind all of these additives. I’ll save you time though: you don’t want them in you.

 #8 Frosted Flakes “Good Source of Vitamin D!”

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Some more selective attention. “Look mommy! I can get vitamin D from this!”

You know where else you can get it, kid?

By turning off your computer and playing in this thing called S U N L I G H T.

In any case, you’re looking at 11g of sugar (better compared to some breakfast cereals), preservatives, and a long list of artificial flavors.

No, Tony, they’re not GRRREAT.

#9 Juicefuls “Juice Filled Fruit Snacks – 100% Real Fruit Juice In the Center, Made With Real Fruit!”

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Hehehhee.

Ingredient #1 “juice from concentrates.”   “Made with real fruit.”  But what they neglect to tell you is that it’s 2% fruit juices, and 98% dyes, sweeteners, and preservatives.

Yep, there’s fruit juice in there all right…. about a tear drop worth.

#10 Kraft Easy Cheese “Made with Real Cheese!“

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Okay, let’s start with a fun game first:

Does it really seem likely that cheese could come out of a spray can?

In reality, there’s not really cheese in there at all, it’s a clever mix of whey and milk protein with other additives that make it somehow seem like cheese.

Oh, and then other goodies to make it taste like “bacon flavored cheese” (gross).

#12 Lucky Charms “With WHOLE GRAIN First Ingredient!”

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Woohoooooo, we’re getting whole grains in the cereal!

Don’t mind the 10g sugar, 170mg sodium (how is there that much salt in cereal, anyway?), marshmallow sugar, more sugar, corn syrup, added colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, and other goodies. Those are okay though. There’s whole grains in there folks!!

Sigh..

#13 Tradewinds Slow Brewed Ice Tea “100% Natural”

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To be honest, this one isn’t that bad. The first ingredient is brewed tea. Victory!!

Unfortunately here’s 19g of sugar in one 8 oz serving, in addition to some yummy caramel color.

If you’re into reading science journals, read this toxicity report on a common issue with caramel colorings.

So, no, this isn’t 100% natural. Yeah, the teabag and water are natural, but not the 19g of added sugar making you obese.

#14 Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup – “Healthy Request – Heart Healthy, 0g Trans Fat”

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Heart healthy? DERP.

Let’s start with this one. In that one bowl of soup, there’s about 40% of your daily sodium intake. In just 140 calories of soup.

The noodles have an ingredient list 20 items long. Preservatives, artificial flavors, and other fun stuff!

Then we get into the chicken (this part is funny). The first ingredient in the meat is “mechanically separated chicken.”

Uhh…

Generally I put this in the “eat at your own risk” category.

#15 Betty Crocker Sour Cream & Chives “Made with 100% Real Mashed Potatoes.”

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See, the problem with saying “100% real mashed potatoes” is that I envision someone stuffing already made mashed potatoes into a box, then maybe adding some slight preserving solution, and voila it’s ready for me! Maybe that’s how you envision it too.

Let me tell you what’s actually in this…

Potatoes, salt, MSG, Artificial Flavors, Hydrogenated oils, silicon dioxide, and another half a dozen preservatives to keep it fresh.

All this time I thought Betty Crocker cooked those mashed potatoes and put them into a nice to-go bag for me! Arggggg

“Made with 100% real mashed potatoes” means “Yea, there are a couple potatoes in here.. mashed in with a bunch of preservatives and other things you can’t pronounce.”

#16 Dole Fruit in Gel “All Natural Fruit”

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This one was interesting.

You’d think that, seeing as I can see the fruit in there, they would be telling the truth.

Well, yeah, there’s fruit in there… but the third ingredient is sugar (22g in each container), the fourth is an artificial sweetener, and the 5th, and the 7th, and a tremendous amount more.

So yeah, I guess there’s fruit in there, in addition to a whole bag of other fun goodies.

#17 Chocolate Cupcake Pudding “As Much Calcium As an 8oz Glass of Milk!”

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Selective attention once again.

Great, calcium like there is in milk.

There’s the subtle “Hey, there’s something good in this… it’s okay to buy it” hint. When in reality, you’re getting calcium, but also sugar, hydrogenated oils, and a half dozen colors and preservatives.

#18 Kool Aid- “Good Source of Antioxidant Vitamins C & E – 35% Less Sugar Than Leading Regular Sodas”

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Apparently, since vitamin C & E are antioxidants, and since you can add them via ascorbic acid to food, even food that is obviously unhealthy can make health claims on the front of the package.

I think kids (in particular) sometimes get misled and think “Yummmmy it tastes like vitamins mommy! And look, it says there’s vitamins!!!”

Unfortunately, kool-aid is another high school science lab experiment. The first two ingredients are the sweeteners – sugar and fructose – and then a dozen other preservatives, flavoring agents, and artificial colors. No sign of real food anywhere in this cocktail.

#19 Heinz Ketchup “Grown Not Made”

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To be honest Heinz is not that bad –  As far as preservatives, additives, dyes, etc. go.  But it does give you a misleading idea that it’s all “grown, not made” and that it’s totally healthy.

It might have been ten years ago, but now they proudly have high-fructose corn syrup and corn syrup as the third and fourth ingredients.

Seeing as we’re in an obesity epidemic, and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been shown to have a whole host of issues related to that, this one is out of the running too.

Read more about HFCS herehere and here. (Dorky science talk, read at your own risk)

#20 Powerade “Advanced Electrolyte System: Vitamins B3, B6 and B12″

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Let’s start with the obvious: since when did we need powerade to replenish electrolytes?

Hasn’t this thing called, uh, water (+ food & fruits) done the job for the past, say, couple hundred million years?

Alright. Let’s give powerade the benefit of the doubt. Let’s assume it actually is a lot better to replenish thirst than water.

But let’s look at the ingredients now.

#1 water, #2 high fructose corn syrup (20g sugar in this drink), yellow 5, and some other goodies.

The irony is that if you did a hard workout, and then drank this Gatorade after, you’d see yourself getting progressively fatter due to the sugar and calories it has anyway.

So you might not want to give your kids this after soccer practice…

#21 Minute Maid Fruit Punch “Made With Real Fruit Juice”

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Now this is funny.

Ingredient #1 is water. So far so good.

Ingredient #2 is the list of sweeteners – high fructose corn syrup, sugar.

Finally, ingredient #3 is the fruit juices. But whats scary (and important to know) is that the higher up sugar and HFCS appear on the ingredient list, the more there is, and the more it makes up the drink or food you’re consuming.

Straight from the FDA:

FDA Sugar

So, not only is there a LOT of sugar in this,  there are also several dyes and several preservatives. This story is becoming pretty repetitive, right?

#22 Waist Watcher Diet Root Beer

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This one was just hilarious so I had to put it in here.

Waist watcher. Diet. Soda?

You know something is funny here, right?

This falls in the category of “have your cake, eat it, and not get fat.” You know it’s not true.

Keep these paradoxes in mind.

#23 Pepsi “Throwback Made with REAL Sugar”

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This one is pretty hilarious too.

Made with real sugar!? I can FINALLY drink soda now, since it’s all natural!

I swear to god I’ve heard people say this. I have literally heard people say “it’s natural sugar!” and ignore the fact that one cup has 40g of of this “natural” sugar.

Natural or not, have fun with the “natural” diabetes you get from drinking this regularly.

#24 Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookies “100% Real Chocolate!”

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No way!?  There’s just chocolate chips – pure chocolate in here? Sweet! Pillsbury made a come around.

Well, not really.

You’ve got “chocolate chips” in there, in addition to artificial flavors, hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, and the other typical stuff you usually find in foods made in labs.

#25 Top Chef “Healthy Choice – No Preservatives” Frozen Meal

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No preservatives. Really?

I don’t know what the FDA classifies as preservatives. But in any case, I’ll point out a couple interesting things:

  • Caramel color
  • “Flavoring”
  • “Chicken type flavor”

Hmmmmmm… something to ponder.

#26 Freschetta “Naturally Rising Crust” (Sneaky one here, read on)

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While I was reading the cover of this pizza box, I thought it was quite strange that they mentioned that it had a “naturally rising crust.”

Ugh… aren’t all frozen pizzas you put into the oven naturally rising? So why would they mention it?

Well, “naturally” is conveniently featured in big green letters – the same ones you typically associate with “healthy” or “organic” food labels.

In other words, it’s a direct attempt to play with your psychology and for a split second make you think it’s remotely healthy.

That is, until you see the ingredient list.

Not only is it one of the longest ingredient lists I’ve ever seen, they take the sneakiness up to another level: they bold each major word in the ingredients list, so you think you’re just seeing bacon, garlic, etc. But once you read what the bacon is made of is where it gets hairy.

More clever tricks to try to convince you that it’s not as bad as it really is.

#27 Eggo Waffles “Protein Original – Good Source of Protein!”

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More selective attention at its best.

Yay, 8g of protein? You mean I can now get my protein from eggo waffles instead of eating eggs for breakfast? YES-YES!!

Well, yeah you get 8g protein. I’ll give you that.

But you also get sodium aluminum phosphate, yellow 5, yellow 6, and 390mg of sodium in just one serving.

Classic case of of “you should probably keep reading the label to see what else is inside.”

#28 Minute Maid “100% Natural Flavors”

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This is deceptive marketing at its best.

You look on the container and see fresh fruits. It looks healthy. It gives the illusion of being healthy.

But when you read the label you see that high fructose corn syrup is higher on the list than fruit.  Apparently, those “fruit juices” make up that less than 1%. So yeah, sure, there’s fruit juice. But 99% is high fructose corn syrup and flavoring mixed in water.

Sneaky, sneaky people.

#29 Welch’s Fruit Snacks ” Family Farmer Owned Made With Real Fruit, Fat Free, No Preservatives, 100% Vitamin C”

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Unfortunately, these bad boys are one of my favorite cheat foods.

It looks great on the front, they deceive you with the whole “family farmer owned” BS which makes you feel like they’re your friendly neighbor Bob.

Then it says “made with REAL fruit.”  Well, actually, some fruit juice. Quickly followed by high fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial flavors, and then a couple different dyes.

Sorry Welch’s, you sure taste good but you can’t fool Alejandro!

The 5 Sneaky Tactics Underlying These Labels

Underlying all these labels are a few common methods of tricking you.

#1 The “too good to be true” promise.

“Weight watchers soda” see #22

#2 The “calorie free” promise

If there aren’t calories, and you’re consuming something other than water, you should be worried. Usually that means they’re loaded with artificial sweeteners which have questionable effects on the body.

#3 The “have your cake and still lose weight”  promise

Low calorie type labels often are low on calories but high in something else. Salt or sugar are usually the big two. Toss in some dye, artificial flavors, and voila, you’ve got your typical supermarket concoction.

#4 The “this has good stuff in it, I swear” promise

Selective attention – 8 g of protein! woohooo, but that’s not all.  Sure, it’s got “real fruit” (1%), but it’s also got a whole host of other crap.

#5 The “look, my label is green and mentions ‘natural’ and looks like it should be on the cover of a healthy food box”

Putting fruits, fresh veggies, and mentioning “natural” on the front are all ways of deceiving you.

So How Am I Supposed to Know What to Eat?

So, let’s go back to the conversation with my friend (who thinks that everything causes cancer).

I told her, “Just eat real food.”  (Which is something I often talk about in regard to weight loss, too).

How do you know what’s real food?

Uhhh… the same way a squirrel knows what to eat.

That means, ideally:

  • Nothing in a box
  • Something you can pull from the earth and eat (plants)
  • Something that eats things that you can pull from the earth (animals)
  • Foods in the, uh, food section of the market: the fresh section with produce

If you eat things in a box:

  • Health food stores do a good job weeding out most of the bad stuff
  • Watch out for more added sugar and salt
  • Use common sense- if it sounds weird or too good to be true, it probably is
  • Ask yourself: Would grandma know what this is?

Editors note: Click here to Find a Local Farmer

Jeannie here- YES! It’s so very important to read the ingredient labels before buying what you believe to be a good for you food! To see some of the foods we recommend because we’ve checked them out, go to our EAT HEALTHY! page.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Can Skinny People Have A Fat Problem?

    

Why “Skinny Fat” Can Be Worse than Obesity

Some time back I wrote an article about how fat is actually our friend because it is a warning that if we keep eating the same foods every day that we currently do, we are on the path to illness, not health. We will very likely have not only things like high blood pressure and high cholesterol to contend with, but diabetes and cancer could very well be in our future and we could even have a heart attack or stroke without warning.

So that means thin people are healthy- don’t have to eat any particular way and will not get sick, doesn’t it?

Actually, no. Unfortunately you may have known someone (I did), who looked to be healthy but got cancer. Many of us know healthy looking people who have had a sudden and unexplained heart attack or stroke- some even died without any warning or chance to fix the problem they didn’t know they had.

S0 for that reason, when I saw this article, I knew I had to share. May I now introduce you to Dr. Hyman who has written many great articles.

We have a big fat problem. America is a fat nation, and we are failing to solve our big fat problem. Failing big-time. Almost 70 percent of Americans are overweight. The latest study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows about 35 percent of Americans are obese.

It comes as no surprise, then, that one in two Americans has what I call diabesity— the spectrum of imbalance ranging from mild insulin resistance to pre-diabetes to full-blown type 2 diabetes. The scariest part is that 90 percent of those suffering from this serious health condition don’t even know it.

Our diabesity epidemic aside, being overweight or obese can increase your risk for numerous problems including stroke, some cancers, heart disease, and depression. It can also seriously diminish quality of life.

What many people don’t realize is that we can suffer all these problems – diabesity and all its detrimental health consequences – even if we’re normal weight or underweight.

In fact, about one-quarter of the remaining 30 percent of those who don’t fall into the overweight or obese categories are what I call “skinny fat,” and the ramifications can be even more devastating than being overweight or obese.

The “TOFI” Epidemic

While the word “diabesity” is made up of the concepts of obesity and diabetes, even those who aren’t overweight can have this problem. These are the “skinny fat” people. They are “underlean” (not enough muscle) instead of “overweight” and have a little extra weight around the middle, or “belly fat.”

Scientists have a word for this phenomenon: Thin on the outside, fat on the inside, or TOFI. Dr. Jimmy Bell coined this acronym to describe people who are thin but unhealthy.

These skinny-fat people have a low body mass index (BMI) but very little muscle. They maintain a normal weight while suffering all the consequences of diabesity on the inside.

You might know someone who falls into the TOFI category. They eat whatever they want and stay thin, and you might even envy their ability to devour a piece of chocolate cake and not worry about their weight.

They might do some brisk walking or yoga, but they rarely engage in muscle-building exercise. Even though they are average or below weight, TOFIs often lack muscle tone. They often look tired, haggard, and even pale.

While they may not be technically overweight and may even look skinny on the outside, TOFIs have the metabolic features of a pre-diabetic obese person: Low muscle mass, inflammation, high triglycerides, low good cholesterol, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure.

If you’re overweight or obese, you’re well aware of the repercussions. Unfortunately, TOFIs often aren’t aware they can suffer the same consequences, which ultimately makes “skinny fat” more dangerous than being overweight.

“TOFIs probably need to worry more about their health than others, because the fat deposits they carry are hidden in the white fat that lies around their vital organs, streaked through their underused muscles, and wrapped around the heart,” writes Jo Revill in The Guardian. “It is this fat that sends out the chemical signals which eventually lead to insulin resistance, diabetes and heart conditions, rather than the fat lying in dimples underneath the skin.”

I’ve mentioned how most overweight people already have “pre-diabetes” and have significant risks of disease and death, yet they just don’t know it. Well, TOFIs fall squarely into that category, too.

A few extra pounds of belly weight, while remaining otherwise lean, can signify you are a TOFI. So can lab tests. You might be of normal weight, but have high triglycerides, low HDL, small LDL particles, and high blood sugar and insulin – all  “TOFI” signs.

Unfortunately, unless a person is overweight or obese, doctors might choose to ignore these warning signs that ultimately become big red flags for diabesity, heart disease, cancer, and much more.

Currently there are no national screening recommendations, no treatment guidelines, no approved medications, and no reimbursement to health care providers for diagnosing and treating anything other than full-blown diabetes.

If you fall outside that category, where you are pre-diabetic or otherwise heading down the diabesity highway – and a lot of people do, including TOFIs – then doctors usually do not express concern.

Think about that. Doctors are not expected, trained, nor paid to diagnose and treat the single biggest chronic disease in America, which, along with smoking, causes nearly all the major health care burdens of the twenty-first century, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and even cancer.

Confessions of a Former TOFI

Full disclosure: I was once a TOFI.

I used to eat Grape Nuts and ice cream for breakfast. I invented Oreo cookie ice cream. When I was a kid in the 1970s, I would come home from school and get a giant bowl of vanilla ice cream and a bag of Oreo cookies. I would take one whole row of Oreos from the package. I would carefully scrape off the white sugary part in the middle and sprinkle it on top of the ice cream. Then, I would crumble the cookie part into the ice cream and stir it all up until it was a creamy, delectable delight. Yum!

When I was 18, I became a vegetarian and thought giant cookies made with whole wheat flour, chocolate chips, honey, and nuts were a health food. Every night, I would slather mounds of honey over peanut butter on a big slice of bread.

That was the low-fat 80s, when honey, maple syrup and sugar were health foods. After all, they were low fat. Our own government was encouraging us to eat 8 to 11 servings of rice, cereal, bread, and pasta every day.

Cereal? Really? Most cereals are 75 percent sugar. That’s not breakfast. It’s dessert, even the whole-grain ones.

As my friend, Harvard professor David Ludwig, MD, PhD said once, “If you eat a bowl of corn flakes without the sugar or a bowl of sugar without the corn flakes, below the neck, they are the same thing. Your metabolism can’t tell the difference.”

As an adult, I continued my love affair with sugar and carbs. I made my own bread and pizza dough and ate pasta most nights. And of course, I was never without my Chunky Monkey and mint chocolate chip ice cream every night. I made waffles and pancakes regularly for my kids (and I ate them, too!). They were drenched in maple syrup, of course.

I constantly craved sugar and carbs. I didn’t realize that they had hijacked my taste buds, brain chemistry, hormones, and metabolism. I didn’t realize that I was a food addict. And I was not alone. The average American eats 146 pounds of flour and 152 pounds of sugar per person, per year. When combined, that’s almost one whole pound a day for every man, woman, and child.

Here’s the thing. I was never really overweight (except about 10 pounds or so), but I noticed that my body was changing, that I was getting a bit flabby. I realized I had TOFI. I was skinny fat with love handles. Yikes!

Aesthetics aside, I also got chronic fatigue syndrome. It was sugar (and a few other things) that threw my body into a tailspin. Every night, before I went to work in the emergency room, I would eat a giant chocolate chip cookie and a half pint of Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond ice cream.

Then, everything crashed. I had rashes from yeast overgrowth under my eyes and itching in places I would rather not mention. My stomach was bloated, and I couldn’t digest food. My muscles ached, and I had brain fog. I had FLC Syndrome. I felt like crap.

I realized that the “healthy” low-fat, high-carb diet I was on was making me sick and making me TOFI.

If you’re a former TOFI, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you’re a current TOFI, don’t despair. I’m here to help you turn things around.

Overcoming TOFI Starts with Your Diet

Whether you are overweight or underweight, the consequences can become perilous. But there is hope. The right foods can help you attain and maintain a normal weight. The “prescription” for a TOFI is very similar to someone who is overweight, since the end goal is the same: Become lean and healthy, and maintain an ideal weight.

To do that, you’ll want to focus on real, whole foods. Every meal should contain copious non-starchy vegetables, four to six ounces of lean protein, and gluten-free grains (such as quinoa, black rice, and buckwheat) in their whole-kernel form.

Also include nutrient-dense starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes and winter squash; low-glycemic fruit such as apples, pears, berries, or pomegranate; and beans and legumes.

Healthy fats become one of the easiest ways to normalize your weight, have glowing skin, and feel better. Have one serving of a healthy fat (e.g., ¼ avocado or 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, walnut oil, sesame oil, extra virgin coconut butter, or nut or seed butter – such as almond or cashew) with each meal.

Never skip meals, especially breakfast. If getting the day’s most important meal becomes a herculean challenge, consider some of my easy-to-prepare recipes.

For more information to overcome TOFI and maintain a healthy weight, see my book The Blood Sugar Solution. And, if sugar holds your health hostage and you want to forever break free from its grip, then I recommend doing my Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, which will help you seamlessly transition into The Blood Sugar Solution.

Strength Training: The Secret Weapon Against TOFI

Although some people are obviously overweight and you expect them to have a higher level of fat, others are what we call “skinny fat people” because they look skinny but have very little muscle.

That’s because it’s the ratio of fat to muscle that makes the biggest impact on health and metabolic balance, and a person’s outward appearance can be deceiving in this regard.

Suppose you lose 10 ounces of muscle a year. Even if you gain 10 ounces of fat per year during this time, the numbers on the scale may not change significantly and your clothes may not fit differently. In other words, at age 70 you could end up the same weight you were when you were age 20 but become twice as fat because your muscle tissue was replaced with fat!

We call this “metabolic obesity” or “skinny fat syndrome.” It has the same dangerous consequences for your health as being obese. As you lose muscle, you lose mitochondria and your metabolism slows down.

With age comes muscle loss. Strength training helps increase muscle size and strength. Strength training also boosts energy-producing mitochondria and metabolic rate so you burn more calories at rest or sleep.

Strength training can also help reverse or prevent diabesity. One study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found a twice-per-week 16-week resistance training program significantly increased insulin sensitivity in overweight Latino adolescent males.

Another study in the International Journal of Medical Sciences involving Hispanic adults 55 or older with type 2 diabetes found 16 weeks of strength training resulted in improved muscle quality, skeletal muscle fiber hypertrophy, accompanied by changes in biochemical markers known to contribute to whole-body insulin sensitivity.

It’s a win-win: Do strength training and you look better, feel better, reverse TOFI, and with that, reduce your risk for diabesity and other problems.

If strength training interests you – and as a TOFI, it should – find something you like and then vary it. By simply using your own body weight for training, stair climbing, push-ups, or squats can be a great start.

Finding a gym and using weights is another way to build muscle. If you have never lifted weights, be sure to get some help from the fitness trainer in the gym to learn proper technique and form to avoid injury.

Ideally, you want to build up to two sets of 8 to 10 repetitions of an exercise using a weight that leads to muscle fatigue for each major muscle group. A 20-minute routine two to three times a week can cover all the bases.

Who doesn’t have 40 to 60 minutes a week to invest in health and boosting brainpower?

7 Additional Strategies to Become TOFI-Free

As I mentioned above, many of the same solutions I provide for people with diabesity also apply to TOFIs. The basic idea involves giving your body the key components it requires so you stay lean and healthy, without being over- or underweight. Diet and exercise aside, these seven strategies can help you overcome TOFI and become your healthiest self.

  1. Address food sensitivities. Besides making you fat, food sensitivities can create miserable symptoms and contribute to inflammation, setting the stage for numerous symptoms including fatigue, headaches, and generally feeling like crap. Besides sugary and added-sugar products, you’ll want to eliminate all gluten and flour-based products (including gluten-free goods) and dairy. Too many people, trying to eat healthy, are eating too much gluten-free junk food like cookies, cakes, and other processed food. Just because a food is gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Gluten-free cookies and cake are still cookies and cake! Vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds, and lean animal protein are all gluten-free— stick with those.
  2. Reduce stress. Stress can wreak total havoc on your health and happiness. Before your meals or any other time you need to mentally unwind, try my Take-Five Breathing Break. My UltraCalm CD can help you unwind after a long day. So can a hot bath, which relaxes your muscles and reduces tension physically and psychically. By adding one to two cups of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate), ½ to one cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and 10 drops of lavender oil to your bath, you will gain the benefits of magnesium absorbed through your skin, the alkaline-balancing effects of the baking soda, and the cortisol-lowering effects of lavender, all of which help with sleep.
  3. Track your results. Tracking your food intake every day, along with your exercise, sleep, symptoms, and “numbers” (including weight, waist size, and lab test results) can hold you accountable to your health goals. Recognizing how you feel and what you experience as you alter your food intake and start to exercise more is like “innercise,” building the self-awareness needed to strengthen your ability to create high-level wellness and wholeness.
  4. Take 20 minutes every evening to write about your day. Try to write without stopping. If you don’t know what to write, just say, “I don’t know what to write,” until something comes to you.
  5. Stay hydrated. Drinking clean, fresh, pure water — six to eight glasses a day— has many benefits. Often we think we are hungry when we are thirsty, or we are tired when we are really dehydrated.
  6. Get seven to eight hours sleep. Lack of sleep or poor sleep damages your metabolism, causes cravings for sugar and carbs, makes you eat more, and drives up your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and early death. Getting enough sleep and sleeping well are essential for health and an easy way to maintain blood sugar balance and a healthy weight. You want to prepare for sleep. Take a “holiday” during the two hours before bed. Creating a sleep ritual can guide your body into a deep, healing night’s rest. Create a special set of things you do each night before bed to help ready your system for sleep. Visit this blog for more strategies to get a great night’s sleep.
  7. Take my foundation supplements. Studies show among its benefits, taking a high-quality multivitamin can reduce inflammation and fill in the nutrient gaps you’re probably not getting in your diet. I also recommend combining a diet that includes wild-caught fish regularly with omega 3 supplements. See this blog for a complete list of basic nutrient recommendations.

Jeannie here- Yes, supplements are important because we don’t always eat the way that is ideal and many of our foods are picked green before they have the health benefits of being sun-ripened. A number of companies sell these and if you wonder what we take, visit our Supplements?! page. To see how we eat deliciously and stay healthy, visit our EAT HEALTHY! page. 

So folks- it really doesn’t matter whether you’re fat or thin- for the best of health, we must put healthy chemical-free foods into our body since it is made up of what we eat- and leave the junk foods on the shelf at the stores.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Huckabee- You CAN Cure Diabetes Naturally- I Did!

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We were excited to see this video by Governor Mike Huckabee and surprised to learn that he had Diabetes and lost 100 pounds by doing natural things– the same natural things we talk about here in our health blog- even recommending cinnamon! Watch this video, check it out, then read our EAT HEALTHY! page. There are two other people whose knowledge we would like to share with you here as well.

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The TRUTH is Type II diabetes is 100% curable and you can get on the path to a healthier life by watching this informative video to learn how to fix the real cause of diabetes… using natural, safe, and easy methods that are right at your fingertips…

Sincerely,

Coach Josh

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After his personal success at shedding 100-plus pounds, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee shares his secrets to creating better health habits to last a lifetime. In QUIT DIGGING YOUR GRAVE WITH A KNIFE AND FORK, a leaner, fitter Governor Mike Huckabee motivates readers to better health. With his new 12 ‘Stop’ program, he encourages people to break free from the destructive habits that threaten their health and self-esteem. According to Huckabee, focusing solely on weight loss usually leads to failure, and attention to total body health is the only way to truly succeed. Filled with Huckabees realistic lifestyle changes, practical fitness approach, and humor, QUIT DIGGING YOUR GRAVE WITH A KNIFE AND FORK motivates readers to take action and realize fitness is not a fad, it’s forever. Watch this video now- you’ll be glad you did!    https://diabetesreversed.com/ptn/cpa/2?subid=1060

Now let’s hear from Jonathan Benson, staff writer for Natural News for more information on this subject you may find to be helpful.FD AppleHealthy food and drink choices that can treat, cure type-2 diabetes…

The average diabetic is more than likely used to hearing all about the types of things he or she should not be eating and drinking. But how often are diabetics advised about what they can, and should, be eating and drinking, particularly as these foods pertain to treating and even reversing diabetes?

There are a number of foods and beverages that can actually help cure type-2 diabetes, if only the mainstream medical system understood and was willing to share this critical knowledge with the public. But since this information remains largely obscure, we would like to take the opportunity to share some of it here for your enrichment.

According to Body Ecology, the root cause of type-2 diabetes is a flora imbalance in the gut that is marked by a systemic yeast infection known as candidiasis. And the only way to effectively eliminate this blood-borne infection, of sorts, is to feed your body with the nutrients and probiotics it needs to regain proper balance.  So here are some helpful tips for eating and drinking your way to a life free of type-2 diabetes:

Eat more leafy green vegetables. Since they are both highly alkalizing and cleansing, leafy green vegetables are a great food source that will feed your body the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it needs, and help restore a proper pH balance in your system. Both of these functions will help rid your body of toxic yeasts, and create conditions in which blood sugar is properly regulated and balanced.

Kale, collard greens, bok choy, spinach, green cabbage, turnip greens, arugula, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, mustard greens, and broccoli are all great examples of leafy green vegetables that help fight diabetes and restore vibrant health. Concerning cabbage, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables, it is typically better to eat these gently steamed, boiled, or cooked, as this process makes them more digestible, and also unlocks many of their most powerful nutrients.

Eat more sea vegetables. Seaweeds and other sea vegetables are packed with dozens of trace minerals and other elements that are absolutely vital for maintaining the proper flow and transport of oxygen throughout the body; normalizing the nervous system, and stimulating the growth, maintenance, and repair of tissues and bones.

Nori, kombu, wakame, hijiki, dulse, arame, and agar are all excellent examples of sea vegetables that combat obesity, improve digestion, regulate blood sugar, and balance out fatty acid levels in the body. Anti-inflammatory sea vegetables also effectively detoxify the blood, balance thyroid function, improve energy levels, and promote proper hormone regulation, among other benefits.

Eat more Celtic Sea salt and other mineral-rich earth salts. Though often demonized in modern culture, salt is actually a vital nutrient that, like sea vegetables, is loaded with powerful trace minerals. But the type of salt that promotes health is not typically found in salt shakers and processed foods, but rather is known by names like Celtic Sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, and “full spectrum” sea salt.

Celtic sea salt in particular, which is carefully collected and preserved fresh from the Celtic Sea, provides your body with a full spectrum of trace minerals and other natural elements that promote adrenal and thyroid health, alleviate various skin conditions, promote immunity, relieve congestion, fight allergies, and alkalize and cleanse the blood. Celtic Sea salt also helps improve natural blood sugar regulation and metabolism.

Consume more apple cider vinegar. This miraculous substance can be taken straight, or added to fresh juices and other beverages. But no matter how you choose to take it, apple cider vinegar is a powerfully-effective — and very inexpensive — natural remedy for type-2 diabetes and many other common conditions. And depending on your tolerance level for its pungent flavor, apple cider vinegar is fairly simple to incorporate into your daily regimen.

Numerous studies have shown that vinegars, and especially apple cider vinegar with the ‘Mother’, help decrease both fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. The presence of acetic acid in vinegar also helps prevent the absorption of certain sugars and starches in the intestines, allowing them to pass through without negatively affecting blood sugar levels.

Drink more fresh coconut milk, coconut water. Forget the sugary, and even sugar-free, beverages often recommended by mainstream health experts as safe for diabetics when consumed in moderation. Natural coconut water, which is rich in energy-boosting electrolytes and natural sodium, is a great alternative to conventional sports drinks, processed fruit juices, and of course soda beverages.

Potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, calcium, phosphate, bicarbonate, and sulfate all make up the nutritional profile of coconut water, which is the semi-translucent liquid naturally found at the center of a coconut. These electrolytes are vital for re-hydration, and they also act as a type of cell food for facilitating cell communication and function.

Unlike artificial sports and energy drinks, which are loaded with synthetic vitamins and food colorings, coconut water contains naturally-occurring sugars that are perfectly balanced with the electrolytes, vitamins, and trace minerals also present. Drinking coconut water instead of things like Gatorade, for instance, will ensure that your body remains hydrated, but also stable in the blood sugar department.

Cod liver oil, raw butter, ghee, sauerkraut, aloe vera, green tea, nopal cactus, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, kombucha tea, and ginger are all beneficial foods for diabetics as well. To learn more about what has helped other people treat and even cure their type-2 diabetes, visit the Earth Clinic:   http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/diabetes.html

Jeannie here– Yes, the foods we eat are VERY important and delicious too, as long as you follow ONE- YES, JUST ONE simple rule! This past year we learned that simply leaving ALL CHEMICALS OUT of our foods is the very best way to lose weight and be healthy for life. No yo-yo dieting- nothing hard or difficult to do- just read labels and don’t buy foods containing chemicals. Are you aware that all processed foods- (yes, even sugar)- are considered chemicals because their natural state has been changed? You can continue to make your favorite recipes and enjoy them as long as your ingredients don’t contain chemicals- simply change your brand of flour, sugar, oil, etc. and continue to create and enjoy those great goodies handed down from Grandma! HOW EXCITING!! To discover how simple, fun and delicious this is, go to our EAT HEALTHY! page and begin now to enjoy a wonderful life free of Diabetes and other disease.

You are always free to choose, but you are never free from the consequences of your choice!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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GMOs- SAFE OR NOT SAFE?

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Caught Red-Handed: What GMOs Really Do to Your Health

There’s perhaps no other food term more hotly debated right now than genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, and for good reason: although GMOs have been added to our food supply for over twenty years, food advocates are demanding that more research is conducted to find out what exactly are the health benefits and risks of GMOs. One of the biggest advocates against GMOs is bestselling author Jeffrey Smith—and he says time is running out.

He’s spent years researching the effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on our health. The FDA and other governmental bodies say the science isn’t conclusive yet, but Smith doesn’t want to wait until illness and disease rates increase even more before we finally admit the truth about GMOs.

In his latest book, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, he outlines the 65 health dangers that studies have found concerning genetically modified food. So far, animal studies have linked genetically modified food to infertility problems, immune problems, accelerated aging, and gastrointestinal problems. The DNA of genetically modified organisms is altered and causes mutations, changing the natural genes of plants. These new genetically modified proteins have been linked to increased allergies and disease.

There are six major food crops that rely on genetically modified ingredients to withstand weed killers—but in doing so, the biotech industry is mutating plants with little thought about the effect it might have on our bodies.

“GMOs hasten the spread of antibiotic resistance disease, they harm insects, contaminate neighboring crops, and damage soil. Doctors worry that GMOs can cause unexpected health consequences that might take years to develop,” said Smith, as part of the Food Revolution summit. “Yet the biotech industry tells us there is no scientific evidence that GMO foods harm the environment and food. We have caught them red handed rigging their research to avoid finding problems. They do it over and over again.”

The most compelling evidence that shows GMOs can and do pose a risk to human health is the personal stories Smith hears every day.

“We are starting to gather evidence from people removing GMOs from their diet, and from thousands of doctors who are prescribing non-GMO diets,” he said. “They describe improvements from a variety of diseases and disorders like gastrointestinal problems, immune system problems, fertility issues, organ damage, and even mental issues. There is improvement in symptoms related to autism, anxiety, and even depression.”

Smith pointed out that after GMO soy was introduced into the human diet, allergies to peanuts doubled. In the U.K., soy allergies increased by 50% after GMO soy was introduced into the human food chain. GMO soy contains 25% more tripsen inhibitors than what is found in regular soy protein, which may explain the rise of allergies. “It could be the tripsen inhibitor or the cross-reactivity between soy and peanut enhanced by genetic engineering,” he said. Other studies have found that rats who are fed GM corn developed large tumors, and died prematurely.

Smith says we need to stand up to food manufacturers, giant food corporations, and our own governments to demand more information on the dangers of GMO foods—before it’s too late.

“We’re the first generation raised on GMOs,” he said. And it’s creating a new host of diseases, while “the government is having lunch paid for by the biotech industry.”

Ultimately, Smith said, it will be up to the consumers—people like me and you—that demand change and will see results.

Sources:

“Doctors’ health warning: Avoid genetically modified foods,” Institute for Responsible Technology web site; http://www.responsibletechnology.org/docs/140.pdf, last accessed May 20, 2013.

“Protecting your family from GMOs,” Food Revolution 2013 Summit, April 28, 2013; http://www.foodrevolution.org/calendar/april-28-is-your-food-safe/, last accessed April 28, 2013.

“About Jeffrey Smith,” Seeds of Deception web site; http://seedsofdeception.com/about/, last accessed May 20, 2013.

Jeannie here- each of us must decide for ourselves just how we want to eat and if that way suits us and our body best. Discover how we enjoy eating on our EAT HEALTHY! page.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Crohn’s- Medical Doctors VS Naturopaths

                

Functionally there is very little difference between the various Doctors. They all went to medical schools. They can all diagnose and treat disease. What makes them different is the philosophy they bring to the process– and we believe philosophy is very important. WHY?

The MEDICAL DOCTORS believe in using drugs to achieve success and even though some drugs have always been a great way to allow our body to heal itself, over time they have become big business and now much of the time only symptoms rather than the root cause is treated.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS focus on using nature and natural remedies to treat illness at the root cause if possible and usually try to treat symptoms as a secondary fact until the root cause can fully be addressed.

Recently we saw an article celebrating the fact they now have a vaccination to treat Crohn’s Disease. BRITISH RESEARCHERS believe that they have made an important breakthrough in the search for a vaccine against the crippling digestive illness Crohn’s disease.

WebMD- New Drug for Crohn’s Disease Shows Early Promise

We really like the WebMD site for many things we research and perhaps you will find it to be a good resource for you as well.

Patients with Crohn’s will experience flare-ups followed by periods of remission. A combination of medication, lifestyle changes, diet, and surgery can help keep the disease under control so that patients are able to live a normal life.
Read more at http://www.symptomfind.com/diseases-conditions/crohns-disease-prevention-treatment/#M88bVp0oVByzS6B8.99

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NOW that we’ve shared what the Medical doctors are doing, let’s give a bit of space to the Naturopath doctors.

Heal The Root Cause, drrondrucker.

Fungus Found Inside Humans Identified For The First Time As Key Contributor In Crohn’s Disease 

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have discovered a fungus that works with two types of bacteria to cause symptoms of Crohn’s. This is the first study to find a fungus that plays a role in the development of the disease. The hope is that the identification leads to new ways of treating Crohn’s.

Coconut oil and Crohn’s disease

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Natural Health 365 has some interesting articles and address this subject as well.

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After this in depth study, we know you may always have to carefully guard against this disease, but we believe eating chemical-free and taking live vitamins will help you more than anything else you can do… except the microwave. Try NOT using it.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Are Kids Vitamins REALLY Important?

                             

We had an extended winter and have been seeing plenty of illness. The question is now asked– ‘How can I best keep my small child free of colds and flu?’ Some of those asking have nursing babies and/or toddlers. Some are still expecting and want to know the best things to do once baby is here because a friend’s baby was sick and their Pediatrician didn’t have an answer that worked for them.

WE HAVE ALL HEARD THAT WE ARE WHAT WE EAT- and for baby, that process begins while growing in the mother’s womb. What mommy eats will not only affect baby’s growth in the womb, but also affects her breast milk and contributes to the health of baby for better or for worse as the mother nurses. If the mother is healthy, baby will no doubt be healthy, but if the mother didn’t get what she needs, neither will baby.

Some mother’s pump their healthy breast milk- keep it in the frig until needed, then warm it in the MICROWAVE! BIG MISTAKE!! In the journal Pediatrics, a study revealed that using this to warm breast milk reduced many of its disease-fighting capabilities. Other studies have shown that using a microwave to heat and cook foods, reduces the amount of nutrients those foods have, so even if you eat healthy, your microwave can cancel much of the good being done.

If you didn’t get good live vitamins while pregnant, it gets a bit more tricky- you will want baby/toddler to get what is needed to keep flu and colds away, but since he/she can’t chew or swallow vitamin pills, how do you get a good live vitamin down him/her? We suggest two ways. Get the ones for adults so you too, can keep well, then take just one capsule, open it and add it to something baby is eating or drinking. OR- get the children’s chewable ones and crush one, adding it to Baby’s food or drink of your choice. LIVE VITAMINS WORK- DEAD ONES DON’T. If your family is taking vitamins and get a cold or the flu, CHANGE YOUR BRAND!! There are a number of companies that make good live ones. If you don’t want to search them out and wonder what keeps Hubby and I well, it’s Purity.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Another 10 Nutrition Lies That Are Keeping Americans Sick (and Fat)

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After cruising around for more information, here are some interesting facts I’ve uncovered that are news to many.

There is no shortage of health advice out there, and no shortage of bad advice to go along with it. Some misguided ideas and beliefs are harmless— but others are outright dangerous and can lead you down the road to chronic health problems and may even trim years off your life.

It is critically important to decipher fact from fiction. Many nutrition myths get repeated over and over until they are mistaken for truth, especially when perpetually spread by public health authorities.

But the good news is that slowly, the real truth finally appears to be reaching mainstream audiences, as evidenced by the eagerness of satirists to take a jab at the food industry.

In an article addressing destructive nutrition lies, Kris Gunnars of Authority Nutrition1 is among those admirably trying to bust the dangerous dietary myths that continue being spread by so many nutritionists. I agree with the majority of his points, but have added a few others that I believe to be important. Read on for my own top 10 list, which builds upon his.

Lie #1: Breakfast Is the Healthiest Meal of the Day, and You Should Eat Many Small Meals a Day

There is now a good deal of research supporting the health benefits of intermittent fasting—which is what you are really doing whenever you zip out of the house in the morning without breakfast.  Jeannie here- it is so good that we have it in our blog and you may read about it in the ONE DAY DIET!

Recent studies suggest that intermittent fasting can provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction which many studies have shown to dramatically increase life span in animals. It may also be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday calorie intake. X X X  Jeannie here- I’ve now had 3 doctors tell me not to count calories, just carbs. It works well because only the calories from carbs add to your waistline… Example: A huge steak containing a lot of saturated fat won’t put an ounce of fat on you, but that many calories in potatoes, bread, rice, etc. does and your waistline will indeed grow!

Besides turning you into an efficient fat burner, intermittent fasting can also boost your level of human growth hormone production (aka the “fitness hormone”) by as much as 1,200 percent for women and 2,000 percent for men.

Intermittent fasting and continuous calorie restriction have both been shown to produce weight loss and improve metabolic risk markers. However, intermittent fasting tends to be slightly more effective for reducing insulin resistance.

Other benefits include reducing inflammation, improving blood pressure, and increased lean body mass. Intermittent fasting can also improve your brain function by increasing levels of BDNF, a protein that protects your brain cells from the changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

There are several types of intermittent fasting to choose from, so I recommend experimenting to see what style works best for you. One of the easiest, however, is to simply skip breakfast, and limit your eating to a narrow window of time each day—say between 11am and 7pm, to start. You can review my more comprehensive article on intermittent fasting for more details. Jeannie here- I love Dr. Mercola and suggest you check out this article. It will explain things very well and of course we encourage it in our health blog– Dr. Mercola says ‘Intermittent fasting is more a lifestyle than a diet’ and we find that to be true– I never diet, but often for a variety of reasons do some fasting. I have written some articles that include fasting and the most important thing you should know is that fasting and starving are two different things. Fasting brings great health, while starving brings a slow death. BIG difference!  I believe you will get the most help from my Intermittent Fasting! page. Please read and enjoy it.

The advice to “eat six small meals per day” comes from seemingly logical principles (portion control, keeping your energy up, stabilizing blood sugar, etc.), but in reality, eating this way has not been shown to provide these benefits. We seem to need periods of fasting for optimal metabolic function.xxx

Lie #2: Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease

The dangerous recommendation to avoid saturated fat, which arose from an unproven hypothesis from the mid-1950s, has been harming people’s health for about 40 years now. As recently as 2002, the “expert” Food & Nutrition Board issued the following misguided statement, which epitomizes this myth:

“Saturated fats and dietary cholesterol have no known beneficial role in preventing chronic disease and are not required at any level in the diet.”

Similarly, the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get 45-65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 20-35 percent from fat, and 10-35 percent from protein. This is the polar opposite of an ideal fat to carb ratio and virtually guarantees you a heightened risk of disease.

Most people benefit from a diet where 50-85 percent of daily calories are derived from healthful fats. However, you need very few, if any, carbohydrates for optimal health. Although that amount of fat may seem like a lot, fat is very calorie-dense, and will therefore still constitute the smallest amount, in terms of volume, on your plate.

The truth is, saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide the building blocks for your cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances, without which your body cannot function optimally.

Fats also serve as carriers for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and are required for converting carotene into vitamin A, absorbing minerals, and a host of other important biological functions.

Read more about TOP 5 HEALTHY FATS

Lie #3: High Omega-6 Seed and Vegetable Oils Are Good for You

Of all the health-destroying foods on the market, those made with highly processed vegetable and seed oils are some of the worst. When consumed in large amounts, as they are by most Americans, they seriously distort your important omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. In a perfect world, this ratio is 1:1—but the average American is getting 20 to 50 times more omega-6 fats than omega-3 fats. Excessive omega-6 fats from processed foods significantly increase your risk for heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other illnesses.

Many vegetable and seed oils are also genetically engineered, which only compounds their health risk. More than 90 percent of US canola oil is GE. So what’s the best oil to cook with? Of all the available oils, coconut oil is the one of choice for cooking because it’s close to a completely saturated fat—meaning, much less susceptible to heat damage. And coconut oil is one of the most nutritionally beneficial fats. For more information about coconut oil, please see our special report. Olive oil, while certainly a healthful oil, is easily damaged by heat and is best reserved for drizzling cold over salad.

Lie #4: Artificial Sweeteners Are Safe Sugar Replacements for Diabetics, and Help Promote Weight Loss

Most people use artificial sweeteners to lose weight and/or because they are diabetic and need to avoid sugar. The irony is that nearly all of the studies to date show that artificial sweeteners cause even MORE weight gain than caloric sweeteners. Studies also show that artificial sweeteners can be worse than sugar for diabetics.

In 2005, data gathered from the 25-year long San Antonio Heart Study showed that drinking diet soft drinks increased the likelihood of serious weight gain much more so than regular soda.2 On average, each diet soda the participants consumed per day increased their risk of becoming overweight by 65 percent within the next seven to eight years and made them 41 percent more likely to become obese. There are several possible reasons for this, such as:

  • Sweet taste alone appears to increase hunger, regardless of caloric content Jeannie here- my hunger is never increased by the sweet taste of things I eat because I eat low carb and chemical-free foods. I love the chocolate peanut butter malt balls we have and usually eat 2-3 after dinner because they are a bit sweet and I LOVE chocolate! These satisfy my desire for a yummy sweet chocolate ending to my meal and I never get a hunger or craving for more.

  • Artificial sweeteners appear to perpetuate a craving for sweets, and overall sugar consumption is therefore not reduced, leading to further problems with weight control3

  • Artificial sweeteners may disrupt your body’s natural ability to “count calories,” as evidenced by multiple studies. For example, a Purdue University study found that rats fed artificially sweetened liquids ate more high-calorie food than rats fed high-caloric sweetened liquids4

The list of health risks associated with artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, continues to expand. I maintain an ongoing list of studies related to the detrimental effects of aspartame, which I recommend you review for yourself if you are still on the fence. I invite you to watch my aspartame video, as well. Jeannie here- We did a study of Stevia sweeteners because they are made from the plant and found not all stevia is the same. Some companies add things like erythritol (a sugar alcohol) to it. Other sugar alcohols are sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and isomalt. A good stevia powder is an excellent natural sweetener but only if it has no fillers. SweetLeaf seems to be the best one, since it has 0 calories, 0 carbs and excellent taste. However we prefer NuNaturals because SweetLeaf seemed to clump in our coffee a bit. It does have some Maltodextrin to keep it from clumping, but we have just learned the source of Maltodextrin has changed in 2015, so perhaps we will go back to SweetLeaf.

Lie #5: Soy Is a Health Food

The meteoric rise of soy as a “health food” is a perfect example of how a brilliant marketing strategy can fool millions. But make no mistake—unfermented soy products are NOT healthful additions to your diet, regardless of your age or gender.

I am not opposed to all soy— properly fermented and preferably organic soy, such as tempeh, miso, and natto, offer great health benefits, courtesy of the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) the fermentation process produces.

Thousands of studies have linked unfermented soy to a number of health problems, however. More than 90 percent of American soy crops are also genetically engineered, which only compounds its health risks.5 If you find this information startling, then I would encourage you to review some of the articles on my Soy Page.

Read more about the DAMAGING EFFECTS OF SOY

Lie #6: Whole Grains Are Good for Everyone

The use of whole grains is an easy subject to get confused about, especially for those with a passion for health and nutrition. For the longest time, we’ve been told that whole grains are highly beneficial. Unfortunately, ALL grains can elevate your insulin and leptin levels, even whole grains and organic varieties—and elevated insulin/leptin increases your risk of chronic disease. This is especially true if you already struggle with insulin/leptin resistance, which would manifest as high blood pressure, distorted cholesterol ratios, being overweight, or diabetes).

It has been my experience that more than 85 percent of Americans have trouble controlling their insulin and leptin levels and have one or more of the symptoms listed above. You may be one of those if you struggle to maintain an ideal body weight and body composition, tend to accumulate fat around you belly, or have a suboptimal lipid profile. In fact, insulin/leptin dysregulation is a common indicator for many of the diseases so prevalent today, such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and cancer.

Many whole grains also contain gluten, which is a common trigger for allergies and sensitivities. Subclinical gluten intolerance is far more common than you might think, with symptoms that are not always obvious. I strongly recommend eliminating or at least restricting grains from your diet, as well as sugars/fructose, especially if you have any of the conditions listed above. As a general rule, the higher your insulin levels are, the greater your grain restriction should be. Jeannie here- Considering the way our wheat crops are grown here in the USA, we suggest you eat NO products that contain wheat, but instead get sprouted ones. You will find this article on wheat to be most enlightening.

Lie #7: Genetically Engineered Foods Are Safe and Comparable to Conventional Foods

Genetic engineering (GE) of our food may be the most dangerous aspect of our food supply today. I strongly recommend that you avoid ALL GE foods. Since more than 90 percent of the corn and 95 percent of the soy grown in the US are GE, then you can count on virtually every processed food having at least one GE component if it doesn’t bear the “USDA 100% Organic” or non-GMO label.  Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of them is that the crops are saturated with one of the most dangerous herbicides on the market, glyphosate, to the tune of nearly a billion pounds per year. This toxic chemical can’t be washed off as it becomes integrated into nearly every cell of the plant, and then gets transferred into your body.

No one knows exactly what will be the ultimate impact of these foods on your health, particularly over the long term. Animal studies have pointed to increased disease, infertility, and birth defects as the top contenders. The first-ever lifetime feeding study showed a dramatic increase in organ damage, cancer, and reduced lifespan. It’s important to realize that, unless you’re buying all organic food or growing your own, you’re probably consuming GE foods on a daily basis.

Lie #8: Eggs Are Bad for Your Heart

Eggs are one of the most demonized foods in the US… thanks to the cholesterol myth. The misguided belief that cholesterol, such as in egg yolks, will give you heart disease is simply untrue (see Lie #1). Studies have shown that eggs do NOT have a detrimental impact on cholesterol levels and are actually one of the most healthful foods you can eat. In one Yale study,6 participants were asked to consume two eggs daily for six weeks. Researchers found that this egg consumption did not spike cholesterol levels and did not have a negative effect on endothelial function, a measure of cardiac risk.

Choose pasture-raised organic eggs, and avoid “omega-3 eggs” as this is not the proper way to optimize your omega-3 levels. To produce these omega-3 eggs, the hens are usually fed poor-quality sources of omega-3 fats that are already oxidized. Omega-3 eggs are also more perishable than non-omega-3 eggs.

Lie #9: Low-Fat Foods Prevent Obesity and Heart Disease

Conventional recommendations over the past 40 years or more have called for drastically decreasing the overall fat in your diet, but this fat aversion is a driving force behind today’s metabolic dysfunction, obesity, and ill health. As discussed earlier, most people need between 50 and 85 percent of their calories from fats—a far cry form the less than 10 percent from saturated fat recommended by the USDA!7 Kris Gunnars stated it quite nicely:8

“The first dietary guidelines for Americans were published in the year 1977, almost at the exact same time the obesity epidemic started. Of course, this doesn’t prove anything (correlation does not equal causation), but it makes sense that this could be more than just a mere coincidence.

The anti-fat message essentially put the blame on saturated fat and cholesterol (harmless), while giving sugar and refined carbs (very unhealthy) a free pass. Since the guidelines were published, many massive studies have been conducted on the low-fat diet. It is no better at preventing heart disease, obesity or cancer than the standard Western diet, which is as unhealthy as a diet can get.”

Let’s face it, if low-fat diets worked, the United States would be the healthiest nation on the planet—folks have been following them since the late 1970s! But if you look at the following graph, you can see that America’s waistline has done nothing but expand since then. There’s no telling how many people have been prematurely killed by following these flawed guidelines. Yet, despite mounting research to the contrary, low-fat diets are still being pushed as “heart healthy” by the majority of nutritionists, cardiologists, and the like.

Lie #10: Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calorie

I have already covered how insulin resistance is a key factor in disease (see Lie #4). A diet high in non-fiber carbohydrates—particularly processed grains and sugar—leads directly to insulin and leptin resistance. When your highest percentage of calories comes from healthful fats, these problems just don’t exist. Most high-carb diets are high in sugar and starch, not vegetables. When the low-fat mantra swept over the country, the high-carb craze soon followed. When fat was removed from foods, something had to be added back in to make foods more palatable—and that something was sugar. Particularly, highly concentrated forms of fructose, such as high fructose corn syrup, which spell metabolic disaster for your body.

A high-carb diet disrupts your insulin and leptin signaling, and over time may very well result in type 2 diabetes. By contrast, a diet higher in beneficial fats corrects these metabolic issues. Recent research has demonstrated that the ketogenic diet—one marked by carbohydrate restriction and substantial healthful fats—extended the lifespan of mice by 20 percent, because it optimized their insulin sensitivity and other metabolic processes. There is evidence that low carbohydrate diets, combined with appropriate amounts of protein, can even slow down Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Now for the #1 Truth…

The more you can eat like your ancestors, the better—fresh whole foods, locally and sustainably raised, and foods that are minimally processed or not processed at all. These are the types of foods that your genes and biochemistry are adapted to and will provide you with the ability to reverse and prevent most diseases. You will find these at your local farmer’s market, food co-op, or in your own backyard garden. And you will be amazed at the positive changes you’ll see in your health when you “clean up” your diet!  Be wary of nutritional advice from mainstream “experts” as it may not be based on science—or based on bad information that is several decades outdated. Truthful, accurate information is your number one weapon in taking control of your health.

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The bottom line is simply this- in order to be healthy slim and trim, you will need to follow a low carb, high fat diet such as we suggest in our EAT HEALTHY! page. We believe that page is the backbone of our blog and contains the most important information you will need. FD choc crepes

We do welcome your comments and questions.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH- ALWAYS!

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Top 10 Food Lies That Keep Us Sick and Fat

We are pleased to bring you this very informative article by Dr. Hyman and are so very pleased to be able to share from him some important things we learned long ago.

Dr. Hyman Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. He is a practicing family physician, an eight-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and has been a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, the Today Show, CNN, The View, the Katie Couric show and The Dr. Oz Show.

When it comes to weight loss, there’s a ton of advice out there. The problem is, most of it is terrible, outdated and scientifically disproven, and if you believe it, it could be getting in your way.  So let’s take a look at the Top Ten Food Lies that keep you sick and fat.

Food Lie #1: All Calories Are Created Equal

When I walked into an 8th grade class recently, I asked them if there was a difference between 1000 calories of broccoli and a 1000 calories of soda. You know what I heard? A unanimous, “Duh! Yes!”

The idea that, as long as we burn more calories than we consume, we will lose weight IS SIMPLY DEAD WRONG.  The lie is that losing weight is all about energy balance or calories in/calories out. Just eat less and exercise more is the mantra we hear from the food industry and government agencies. It’s all about moderation. How’s that working for America?

The truth is there are good and bad calories. And that’s because it’s more than a simple math problem.

When we eat, our food interacts with our biology, which is a complex adaptive system that instantly transforms every bite. Every bite affects your hormones, brain chemistry and metabolism. Sugar calories cause fat storage and spike hunger. Protein and fat calories promote fat burning.

What counts even more are the QUALITY of the calories.

What are high-quality calories? Whole foods – fresh foods, foods like great-grandma made. Good quality protein: grass-fed animal products (not factory farmed), organic eggs, chicken, small wild fish, nuts and seeds. Good carbs: vibrantly colored vegetables, the brighter the better (you can binge on these!). Fruits like wild berries, apples and kiwis-  and super foods like chia and hemp seeds. Good fats like avocado, extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds, coconut butter and omega-3 fats from fish.

Food Lie #2: Don’t Lose Weight Too Fast, You’ll Gain it All Back

Slow and steady is what we are told. No quick fixes. Don’t lose more than a pound a week. This is dead wrong.

Studies show the opposite – that a jump-start leads to more weight loss over time.

If you reboot your metabolism with a quick detox from sugar, processed food and junk, you will reset your hormones and your brain chemistry making it much easier to sustain the changes.

The key is to use a healthy, sustainable strategy for weight loss that balances your hormones and brain chemistry and doesn’t put you in a starvation response.

That allows you to lose the weight and keep it off – I see it with my patients all the time – if you see results, you feel empowered and get inspired to keep losing weight.

 

Food Lie #3: All You Need is Willpower

This is one of the most insidious lies pushed on us by the food industry and government.

Their mantra is this: Eat Less, Exercise More.

The implicit message in this idea is that the real reason we are all fat and sick is that we are lazy gluttons. If we just stopped stuffing our faces and got up off the couch and moved our butt, we would lose weight. It is moral failing, weak psychology, apathy or worse that prevents people from moderating their food intake and exercise. This is nonsense.

If you try to control your appetite with willpower, you will fail. We have short-term voluntary control and can starve ourselves but then our bodies compensate by slowing our metabolism and dramatically increasing appetite. It is unsustainable. If I asked you to hold your breath for 15 minutes – no matter how bad you want to make it happen, you’re just not designed to pull that off.

When your taste buds, brain chemistry, hormones and metabolism have been damaged by sugar and processed foods, willpower alone won’t do it. If you are addicted to sugar and refined carbs you cannot white knuckle it for very long. You have to naturally reset your brain chemistry and hormones so your body will automatically self regulate and the cravings disappear and hunger will be in balance.

When your metabolism has been hijacked you need to detox from the addictive power of sugar and flour and replace them with real, whole, high quality foods. That will allow your appetite and weight to automatically regulate without willpower.

Food Lie #4: Diet Soda Is Better Than Regular Soda

I call soda LIQUID DEATH. And you might as well call diet soda “New & Improved Liquid Death,” because it may actually be WORSE.

In a 14-year study of more than 66,000 women, researchers found that diet sodas actually raised the risk of diabetes MORE than sugar-sweetened sodas. One diet soda increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 33% and one large diet soda increased the risk by 66%.

The truth is, diet soda slows your metabolism, makes you hungry for sugar and carbs and packs on the belly fat.

Stay away from all artificial sweeteners, even natural plant based ones. Just add a little raw sugar to your coffee if you want. It’s not the sugar that you add to your diet that’s the problem. It’s the sugar that is added to your diet by big food corporations.

Food Lie #5: Foods Labeled Low Fat or Whole Grain Are Good for You

The low-fat craze of the last 30 years has paralleled the dramatic rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes. When food companies took the fat out of the products it was replaced with sugar. And in those 30 years our sugar consumption has doubled. Saturated fat (not trans-fat) actually makes you satisfied, curbs your appetite and a review of all the research on fat and weight found that fat does not make you fat.

The latest health buzzword is “whole grain.”  Food companies add a few flakes of whole grain to processed foods and try to convince us its healthy. A whole grain Pop Tart? Really?

Most cereals are 75% sugar, even with a little bit of whole grain added. They shouldn’t be called breakfast, they should be called dessert. And we are feeding sugary cereal to our kids for breakfast thinking we are doing something good for them. In fact, we are killing them.

My basic rule for food: If it has ANY health claim on the label, it’s probably bad for you.

Food Lie #6: It’s All About Genetics

You may think if your mom is fat and your grandma is fat, that’s why you are fat – you drew the fat card or the diabetes card in the genetic lottery.

But the truth is there are 32 genes associated with obesity in the general population and they only account for nine percent of obesity cases. So even if you had all 32 obesity genes, you would put on only about 22 pounds.

Plus, our genes only change two percent every 20,000 years. And by 2050 it is projected that over 50 percent of Americans will be obese (now it’s about 35%). Our genes don’t change that fast.

What changed is we went from eating about 10 pounds of sugar per person per year in 1800 to 152 pounds of sugar (and 146 pounds of flour) per person per year today. Those are drugs (processing changes the properties and makes them chemicals), these doses of sugar and flour hijack our metabolism and make us fat and sick.

The truth is that obesity is caused by all kinds of factors, but the least of them is genetics.

Food Lie #7: Eating Fat Makes You Fat

Fat is not a 4-letter word! Eating fat not only doesn’t make you fat, it’s critical to health and weight loss. Studies comparing an identical calorie high fat diet to a high sugar diet had totally different effects on metabolism. The higher fat diet caused people to burn an extra 300 calories a day. That’s the equivalent of running for an hour without doing any exercise. Fat speeds up your metabolism. Sugar slows it down.

In studies of animals eating identical calorie diets of low fat (high sugar) or higher fat and protein show that the higher sugar diets lead to more fat deposition and muscle loss, while the higher fat and protein diets led to more muscle mass and fat loss. And remember that’s while they were eating exactly the same number of calories.

The right fats are actually the preferred fuel for our cells, especially ones called medium chain triglycerides that come from foods like coconut butter. Yes, you need to stay away from trans fats, but good fats like extra virgin olive oil, coconut butter, avocado, nuts, seeds and nut butters keep us full AND they lubricate the wheels of our metabolism.

So don’t fear fat!

 

Food Lie #8: Milk Is Nature’s Perfect Food

Milk is nature’s perfect food only if you are a calf!

For many people, dairy causes inflammation, allergies, congestion, postnasal drip, sinus problems, eczema, asthma, acne and irritable bowel. It also may increase the risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis, increase the risk of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and causes certain kinds of cancers.

And it also spikes insulin, causing us to grow belly fat.

No matter what messages you hear from the dairy lobby – there is nothing perfect about milk! To read more about the dangers of milk, read my blog “Got Proof.”

Food Lie #9: You Have To Starve To Lose Weight

You do NOT have to starve to lose weight! In fact, that’s one thing that my patients love to learn about, they don’t go hungry when eating real whole food. There is no way even the Guinness World Record holder of calorie counting can accurately know their calorie intake. If you eat one extra mouthful of food a day, over 30 years you will become obese. You have to let your body naturally regulate itself by eating the right foods. You can’t count your way to health or weight loss.

In fact, when you balance your hormones and insulin by eating the right combination of proteins, healthy fats, the right carbs (low glycemic) and phytonutrients, you can not only lose weight without starving, you can lose weight without craving all the junk that was making you fat!

Food Lie #10: Exercise Is the Key to Weight Loss

If you think you can exercise your way to weight loss, I am sorry to say you are in for a big disappointment. Do you treat yourself to a post workout sugar-laden smoothie, muffin, or other “healthy” snack? Suck back some Gatorade to quench your thirst after your thirty minutes on the treadmill?

Relying on exercise to lose weight without changing your diet is asking for failure. You can change your diet and lose weight, but if you exercise and keep your diet the same, you may gain some muscle, improve endurance, and be healthier overall, but you won’t shed many pounds.

Remember, if you consume one 20-ounce soda, you have to walk four and a half miles to burn it off. If you consume one super-size fast-food meal, you have to run four miles a day for one whole week to burn it off. If you eat that every day, you have to run a marathon every single day to burn it off.

The simple fact is that you cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet.

Jeannie here- We believe he is right on and we are further pleased to say that our health blog not only gives you much the same information as this- if you follow the advice on our EAT HEALTHY! page, you will become healthy, slim and trim for life… and we charge nothing for our information, nor do we sell anything! We plan to publish another 10 or so ‘lies’ very soon- watch for them!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Can Coffee + Chocolate + Wine = Lean Body?

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Sometime back Coach Josh sent us an interesting email. We agree with him most of the time, but caution you to be careful when straying away from eating healthy. We believe most of the time it should be totally chemical free, probably made with gluten free and chemical free ingredients, but if not, don’t be concerned too much because if you’re following our EAT HEALTHY! page, you will be just fine- cheat days and all!

Coach Josh says–

There’s a raging debate about whether “forbidden foods” such as coffee, chocolate and wine are good for you.

One side thinks these foods KILL your metabolism, accelerate aging and drain you of energy.

The other side thinks life is short, so WHY NOT have some fun…how bad can they REALLY be?

So WHICH Side is Right?

Surprisingly…neither! And that’s good news for your body shape, muscle tone and energy levels.

Study after study has shown these “forbidden” foods extend life span, accelerate fat burning, fight aging and ward off disease.

It all has to do with hormesis — the idea that otherwise toxic substances in LOW amounts make us stronger.

Hormesis is MORE than just a theory a review of 20,000+ articles in the journal Toxicological Sciences showed that low doses of 600+ otherwise toxic substances had a POSITIVE effect. WOW!

The Reason Behind this Bizarre Phenomenon…

While the exact science on this is being worked out, it’s thought that these “poisons” gently stress your energy-producing mitochondria just enough so they adapt and become stronger.

That means EVERY part of your body — your brain, heart, lungs, liver, immune system and more — is FLOODED with energy.

And having more energy has the single biggest influence on your metabolism, health, mood and lifespan.

So next time you want to enjoy a glass of wine, indulge in a bite of decadent dark chocolate or sip a cup of piping hot coffee — don’t feel guilty, just don’t go crazy… everything in moderation.

Jeannie here… the chocolate and coffee drinks can be chemical free and good for you. Hormesis is an interesting subject, but if you’re not into the study of this topic- just want to lose some weight and be healthy, you may want to consider the Our One Day Diet- Yum. That, along with the suggestions on our EAT HEALTHY! page, should serve you very well… and yes, on rare occasion, do enjoy whatever food and drink you like even if it’s a no-no. The next day you can go back to eating the way you prefer- leaving out the chemicals and your body will love you for it!

Enjoy!
Coach Josh

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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COLDS, FLU- WHAT TO DO?

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COLDS AND FLU ARE HERE!!

The Fall and Winter months seem to be the time many people and their kids get sick– colds and flu invade your family. Colds are bad, but flu is even worse, causing many to lose work, school, wages and education.

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Much has been written, said and experienced on this subject, yet with all the information and knowledge available, the germs seem to win the battle.

Can it be that getting sick from time to time actually helps our immune system fight for us in the future? Some think so.

Is it possible that if only we would eat certain foods, that is the answer to never having a cold? Some think so.

I have studied this very subject since the early 90’s and believe I have the answer, because what I learned then has kept both me and my husband free of the colds and flu that we got every year, especially in the fall. Now we never get them, even if exposed by family and friends.

Not long ago, someone told me they didn’t need the vitamins I sometimes recommend because they ate well and were quite healthy. They are right, of course. If we eat a variety of organic, sun-ripened health-giving foods that we grow ourselves or get from our local Farmer’s Market, we very well may never get sick and shouldn’t need extra vitamins. Therein lies the problem. It is sometimes difficult, if not impossible, to get enough variety in our natural sun-ripened foods to keep us well.

We could consume every fruit and vegetable in the produce section of our local grocery, and still get colds and flu. Why? Simply because they were NOT SUN-RIPENED. They were picked green, before maturing into the health-giving foods that they were meant to be. As strange as it seems, it is during the sun-ripening, that the phyto-nutrients our immune system needs to keep us healthy, is put into those wonderful, juicy, crunchy, yummy fruits and veggies.

For that reason, many companies have given us vitamins, telling us that if we take these every day we will be healthy. So, folks- how’s that workin’ out for ya? S. D. Wells put it so well when he said Most generic vitamins like One-A-Day, Centrum, and Equate are synthetic, dead, cooked in laboratories and contain “other ingredients” which are toxic to your body. These brands are owned by the largest corporations in America, like Pfizer and Merck, who would like to see you sick and in need of their toxic pharmaceuticals. They are selling you “vitamins” in hopes that you don’t go out and buy ORGANIC VITAMINS, which actually help you. So not only is your body incapable of using the DEAD VITAMINS, but the other ingredients are making more work for your organs, your cells and your heart. Cancer and heart disease are fueled by people who consume chemicals daily”.

Isn’t it time to change something?

I have discovered a number of companies offer good health-giving vitamins that contain the sun-ripened nutrients our bodies need. You have choices here. You can research and buy whatever you like, or you can consume the ones that keep my husband and myself healthy. I don’t sell anything, nor do I benefit in any way when you make a purchase. You however, stand to benefit because one day when ordering some things, I told my Rep. how much I loved their products and that I was recommending them to readers on a health blog I write. She put me on hold, and when she came back, she said if my readers would call that number and tell her or whoever was in the office at that time that Jeannie James sent them, they would get the same special treatment and prices we enjoy, and that is less than the prices listed on their web site. So- do call Jason at 1-800-595-9462, ext. 5373 and tell him Jeannie James sent you. You may cruise the Purity web site and choose anything you like, but instead of ordering as directed on their site, give Jason a call and tell him what you’d like. He’ll sign you up and take good care of your needs. You’ll save valuable money while getting very healthy and staying free of colds and flu. Oh- one more thing- if you choose a company that claims it will work for you and you get a cold, by all means change your brand- choose another company!

 NOW– Here are the two main ones I recommend, one for adults and one for kids! Let’s keep the munchkins well while they’re in school. We don’t need them getting sick or bringing any big bad germs home, do we? You may need to take the recommended amount to begin with, but if you eat well (see my EAT HEALTHY! page) you may discover before too long that you only need to take about half that amount. Always listen to your body and you won’t go wrong.

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1 kidFB-preventingfluSooo– is this the year you will choose great health over illness for your family? We do hope so.

Hopefully I have answered any questions you may have here, but if not, send me a question from the TALK To Us! page. 

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!!

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Treatment For Dementia And Alzheimers?

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We enjoyed this video because in THE UNBREAKABLE BRAIN, you will learn much of what we already know about Dementia and Alzheimers but didn’t really think about! After all, aren’t these just natural things that happen to us as we age? Aren’t these problems hereditary? They cannot be prevented or even reversed can they? Yes and No. It all depends on what you choose to do with the information that crosses your path in life.

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase ‘WE ARE WHAT WE EAT’, and perhaps you really believed that and perhaps you didn’t. Some people eat dandelion greens because they contain nutrients that are helpful to our body, grow wild and are easy to come by, but would they eat some that had been sprayed with poison chemicals to kill them and keep them out of the yard? Probably not– and the reason they wouldn’t is the same reason we should avoid food crops that have been sprayed to kill and keep unwanted bugs away. The poison gets into the plant or tree and then into the foods we eat, which puts it into us. Some people have a high tolerance for these poisons and some don’t, thus the poisons eaten in our foods affect some a lot and others not at all.

We can take this one step further- the foods our farm animals are fed becomes a part of them, affecting milk, eggs, steak- anything we get and eat from them. I believe POISON INTO OUR BODY IS BAD HEALTH OUT, even if it takes years– consider a smoker who does it for many years before quitting, then is surprised and disappointed when a doctor appointment reveals he or she has emphysema. 

I’ve had very little experience with this, but even though it isn’t much, I will share it with you here…. Some years back I began having  ‘senior moments’. Sometimes a word I needed escaped me and I couldn’t recall it- other times when talking with someone my mind would go blank in the middle of a conversation. EMBARRASSING! Then I discovered Ginkgo Biloba and began taking that supplement and things definitely improved- not perfect, but much better. Awhile back a doctor told me the best thing I could do for my barely working thyroid was to eat more fats and he recommended coconut oil and avocados. Then another doctor said I needed more B-12 because I’m often more tired than I should be. THEREFORE, when I noticed my memory is almost perfect and I no longer have the problems I did in the past, I gave all the credit to Ginkgo Biloba. WOW!! After seeing this video I’m giving only some to that and most to the coconut oil and some to my B vitamins!! Good health is a combination of all the natural and healthful things God has given us through Mother Nature!

FD brain FdTHE BOTTOM LINE— certainly you may get the book this doctor has made available and it would no doubt be helpful to you and those in your life who have memory problems. HOWEVER I noticed as I watched the video that the things he talks about- the foods he recommends- are all the things I recommend in my blog- mostly on the EAT HEALTHY! page- and it is FREE! What you choose to do is your choice and I do hope you will choose the best health possible for your body.

TO THE VERY BEST OF HEALTH ALWAYS!!

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