What Is Chemical-Free Keto?

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Delicious, because it is real food!!

There are so many different ideas on how people who care about their health should eat that it can- and sometimes does- cause problems.

Let’s go back to the beginning when God created our world. On the 3rd day He created all plants and trees that people and animals would need for food– and that was good, very good. Later He said we could eat meat and drink wine, also. Bread was always important and seemed to be the main part of the meal and was so important that Jesus broke a loaf and shared it, saying we should have some bread (His body) and wine (His blood) often in remembering Him. 

So- what has changed, and why??

Over time big business wanted more money. Before 1870 there was only stone ground wheat. By 1880 all stones had been replaced with iron, steel, or porcelain rollers throughout Europe and America. It marked the beginning of the industrial revolution of our food…

Big business has always wanted to please the most people with foods that cost them the least and bring in the most money. So, over time things were changed.  .

To be continued…

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Exogenous Ketones- Good or Bad?

Coming  before too long— so many need more info on this…

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What Is Natural Flavor? Is It Actually Artificial?

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When checking ingredient labels, we’ve begun seeing ‘natural flavor’ listed in some of them. This has puzzled us because the food ingredients all have whatever flavor that ingredient is– so we have wondered why more flavoring is needed and why the company doesn’t say what it is- vanilla- carrot- raisin- salt? Just what is in this that the company wants to hide from us by saying ‘natural flavor’ and leaving many to believe it is no doubt good because it is something natural? After giving this some thought, we decided to do some research on this mysterious ingredient to see and share with you just what it is… and what we discovered surprised us!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines natural flavor as:

“…The essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”

Here is more…

11 Disgusting “Natural” Ingredients in Your Food CHECK THIS OUT!!

WOW! It isn’t just one or two things? It could be almost anything!! Now we find it most interesting to see that whatever it is, it has been highly processed, and that tells us it is no longer natural, but has been turned into a chemical, and is something we don’t want in our food. WHY do companies do this? WHY?? It may remain a mystery for a long time, but in the end we hope they will stop this deceitful practice and just tell us what the ingredient is that they are putting in so we can decide if we want it or not.



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There Are Exceptions To Every Rule…


You may see how I prefer to eat and supplement on this page. However, to be fair to everyone, I do try a variety of things and recommend those I feel are good in taste as well as nutrition. Therefore, when this came to my attention I ordered some…

I have the samples now. The taste is just fine and they are VERY filling- that is really a great thing. If you would like to check them out, this is their website.

Is this an exception to everything I share on my EAT HEALTHY! page and if so, WHY?? The instructions call for this to be very cold- like a milkshake, but this is winter here now– think I’ll experiment- make it hot- I’ll let you know how it comes out… YUCK! I made it with 2 cups of hot coffee, some coconut oil and a packet of their COOKIES & CREAM– was it the vitamins they put into it? I went to the frig, added 2 cups of Almond/Coconut milk from SILK, along with some stevia– Ahhh- much better! Won’t be making it hot again, but having it room temp or slightly cool will be just fine– very filling, so I still have a half blender full for later! YUM! After checking it out, I believe it can be not just used as directed, but used as a main ingredient in smoothies.

Yes, this seems to be a truly great thing for very busy people, those who don’t take vitamins and those who don’t mind having sucralose in some of the flavors, but now that I’ve tried this, I still prefer the way I eat and drink, taking the vitamins my doctor says I should have and enjoying the  great variety of foods and, yes- bars– have you tried a good fats bar yet? I have and ‘love good fats’ are indeed ‘ridiculously delicious’. Some of their ingredients are questionable though, so since I don’t want to ‘kill my Keto’, I won’t order more.

THE BOTTOM LINE– Experiment as much and as often as you like– or just follow my EAT HEALTHY! page since I’ve already done a lot of that!


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ERYTHRITOL- Chemical Or Natural? Good Or Bad?


Image result for erythritol imagesWe have discovered that a great many people, in trying to lose weight, have begun to use this by the spoon or cupful because it can replace sugar and has almost NO CALORIES OR CARBS! The question then becomes– is there a downside? For many the answer is NO, but for many others the answer is YES.

When I told someone this is a chemical so not something I wanted to eat, the person rolled their eyes as they informed me it comes from some plants and is very natural. Well folks, sugar also comes from a plant and is very natural, so what’s the scoop here? 

Sugar is produced from sugar cane and erythritol occurs naturally in pears, watermelon and grapes. These foods are given to us from Mother Nature and are just fine for us to consume in their natural state. The problem occurs when they are processed, removing natural nutrients and turning them into something that is unnatural and actually toxic to some people. The healthy food industry considers these altered foods to be chemicals- therefore I avoid them, but as with everything else it is always your choice. We decided to ask some Doctors we trust on this subject.

Dr. Axe has an excellent article that I do recommend… https://draxe.com/erythritol/

In it he states that it naturally occurs in some fruits and fermented foods, but the variety being added to food and beverages today is typically man-made from GMO cornstarch, resulting in an ultra-processed food — very far from a natural sweetening agent. It’s one of those “invisible GMO ingredients.”

Next we went to Dr. Mercola, to see what he had to say and found this in his article… Due to the potential dangers of using sugar alcohols, as well as artificial sweeteners, it is strongly recommend that you avoid both products and use natural, healthy substitutes instead.

We love both of these Doctors and have, over the years, benefited from their counsel.

We have also been impressed by Janet Renee, a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. You may find the following article to be of interest. The Benefits and Risks of Erythritol as a Sweetener

The Benefits and Risks of Erythritol as a Sweetener


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Monk fruit extract, also known as luo han guo, is native to the forests of southern China. The fruit itself looks like a melon but is actually a gourd. Monk fruit grows on vines and is about the size of a lemon. Hundreds of years ago, Buddhist monks cultivated monk fruit for medicinal purposes. Since monk fruit sweetener has ZERO CALORIES OR CARBS, it will not raise blood sugar levels. The GOOD NEWS here is it is treated much like the stevia plant and appears to not have been turned into a chemical. Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice. The fruit extract, or juice, is around 150-200 times sweeter than sugar and contains zero calories per serving – meaning a very small amount provides a lot of sweetness. I see that it can be purchased and used just as you would any granulated or powered sugar. CHEERS!

The bottom line… it may be a good idea to avoid Erythritol and follow our EAT HEALTHY! page.



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Are Microwaves REALLY Bad For Our Health, OR Is This Just A Scare Story?


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Microwave ovens are a great time saver in the kitchen. In just a few minutes, we can heat up our dinner, even make a bowl of porridge for breakfast or make popcorn for a snack.

However, the controversy over the safety of microwaves has been growing for years. Some people believe that microwaved food is not quite the same as food cooked with a conventional heating source.

Readers write in with their concerns about microwaves

And that’s a concern for an HSI member named Deloris who starts off an email titled ‘Microwave Ovens’ with a reference to an article she read by US natural medical physician, Dr. Joseph Mercola. Deloris writes: ‘I’ve been using one [a microwave] for over 25 years, as I imagine many folks have. If he’s [Dr. Mercola] right then its only my vitamins and supplements that have kept me alive as I’ve lost a lot of nutrition in reheated food, not to mention possibility of getting cancer. Any comments on this subject?’

There are so many it is a question of where to start. Given how common microwave usage is, Dr.Mercola’s article is just one of several he and others have written about microwaves, and the information usually discussed can be generally summed up with this comment from US HSI Panellist Dr Allan Spreen:

‘What studies exist are all bad news for microwaving they universally describe some type of damage. One study showed breakdown of vitamin B-12 to inactive degradation products in microwaved foods. There’s also a problem with release of potentially toxic molecules into the food from packaging designed to help brown food during microwaving. This includes items such as pizza, French fries, waffles, popcorn and breaded fish.’

These unsettling details about microwaves generally go from bad to worse.

Argument #1: Microwaves cause a significant loss of nutrients in food.

Microwaves are thought to destroy and deform food molecules. In fact, one study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli ‘zapped’ in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97 percent of the beneficial antioxidant chemicals it contains. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11 percent or fewer of its antioxidants.

Other research has found that microwaves destroy the nutritional value of protein in meat.

Besides the loss of nutrients, microwaving forms new compounds (radiolytic compounds) that are unknown to humans and nature. Its not yet known exactly what these compounds do in the human body.

Instead of cooking your vegetables in the microwave, why not steam them instead. It would appear that steaming is the best way to avoid losing valuable nutrients.

Argument #2: Microwaves leak.

In the book, Health Effects of Microwave Radiation Microwave Ovens by Dr. Lita Lee, she states that every microwave oven leaks electromagnetic radiation, harms food, and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous toxic and carcinogenic products.

There has been contradictory research linked to EMFs (electromagnetic fields) produced by appliances like microwave ovens.

Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the US School of Public Health, State University of New York believes it is likely that up to 30% of all childhood cancers come from exposure to EMFs. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns ‘There is reason for concern’ and advises prudent avoidance.

EMFs can be measured with an instrument called a Gauss meter. In fact, here is what one reader has to say when he used a Gauss meter to test microwaves: Measuring with a Gauss meter, every microwave I tested leaked, and was detectable up to six feet away.

So just to be on the safe side, it is best to stand back from your microwave when its running.

 Alternatives to microwave ovens–

Unfortunately, there has not been an abundance of research done on the subject of microwaves. But if you are concerned about using your microwave:

*Get rid of it. That way you wont be tempted to use it.
*Try eating a lot of your food, like vegetables, raw. Ideally, at least one-third of the food in your diet should be raw, since this is the form that will give you the maximum amount of nutrients.
*If you do want to cook some food or heat up leftovers, use your oven or stove. 

Jeannie here– Read this again if you have children, and please realize there is more to good health than WHAT we eat– how it is prepared is VERY important for us all.



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GMO vs Hybrid: What’s the Difference?

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This magazine has many great articles in it and you may check it out by clicking Paul & Ann Malkmus below. A great deal is being written about GMOs and we can’t stress enough how important this could be to you and your family.

Written by: Paul & Ann Malkmus

So what’s better: hybridized foods or genetically modified organism (GMO) foods?

Sometimes the best choice is “none of the above!” However, there are some significant differences.

While hybrids are created by “naturally” crossbreeding similar species to achieve desired traits, GM technology involves selecting genes from any living thing (similar or not) to force the creation of DNA that would never be found in nature.

In the plant kingdom, nearly all attempts to hybridize are imperfect, but are relatively harmless. In fact, many of the commercially available fruits and vegetables you buy are hybrids.

GMO foods, on the other hand, result when hybridization is taken to the genetic level — the concept is a noble one but ill-conceived.

For example, GMO foods were supposed to create “superfoods” that were weed resistant and would lead to an endless food supply. What we now have instead is weeds that can’t be killed, requiring a return to more conventional, time-consuming methods of weed control.

Getting away from these methods was the whole point of adopting GMO technology, which now appears all for naught.

Weed resistance is not the only reason plants are being genetically modified. Bacteria resistance, produce size, and other commercially attractive traits are in the works.

But no one knows if these foods are safe. The only way to tell is to observe the health of those persons who consume GM foods over the long-term.

Care to be a guinea pig? Neither do we!

So, how do you avoid GMO foods? For now, buy organic or foods labeled “non-GMO”.

When you purchase non-GMO foods, you’re voting against GMOs with your purchasing power — making GMOs unprofitable is the only way to stop them from overtaking the entire food supply.

Could GMOs really take over? Yes, here’s how…

If you think about it, open fields of GMO plants have to be pollinated to grow, just like any other plant.

And if cross-pollination with non-GMO plants happens, whether through wind, insects, or other uncontrollable forces, fields of organic produce near GMO fields could be contaminated with GMO pollen — making truly organic foods extinct.

So, whenever possible, choose foods labeled non-GM or non-GMO.

Jeannie here– There is little we can add to this advice, but as much as possible, we do eat true organic and nothing GMO. We have found that Mother Nature gives us all we need to be truly healthy and we do enjoy an awesome chemical-free diet- yummy and healthy, just the way God intended. Wonder what I mean by this? Check out our EAT HEALTHY! page.


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The Keto Diet Simplified

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I was going to title this article ‘Keto Made Easy’, but when I went for images to go with this awesome title– WOW!!! There are books with that name, guides with that name, recipes– you name it and someone is already using that title to talk about something they believe in and want you to know! There is MUCH information and many suggestions out there. WHY??? Well folks, I believe it is because this awesome way of eating for our good health is working for many and has hurt no one. Yes, there are some who put it down, but none who have proven it is in any way harmful, so if someone tells you it is bad for you, do ask them to give you a copy of the study that proves it.

In checking out information on Keto, we discovered not only is there mountains of info– much of it is different! There are companies and people who want to profit from it, so they offer things for you to buy… just Google it and you will be amazed!


I recently had occasion one Saturday to visit a Clinic for a ‘bug’ that was attacking me. I thought perhaps my vitamins were no longer working, so I was concerned. Both this doctor and the nurse checked me over and talked with me about the foods I eat. This is the first time I can recall having a medical doctor discuss foods and the fact they consider flour and sugar to be chemicals because their properties are changed through processing, and I know it is the first time a doctor has told me face to face that I should eat keto because it would help me the most. When my visit was over and I had been assured my vitamins were doing their job- my immune system was very strong and fighting hard for me, the last thing this doctor said was– ‘keep taking your live vitamins, eat a chemical-free keto diet, and you’ll be just fine– if not then you will need to come back.’ Well folks, I am just fine now- my chest doesn’t hurt and that nasty cough is gone!

SO, FOLKS… just how simple is it and why don’t you have to buy anything special? The first thing you need to do is begin eating a chemical-free diet as much as possible and as quickly as you can. Begin shopping in the organic section and stop buying highly processed foods that are loaded with flour and sugars. It is much easier than you might think, just read through my EAT HEALTHY! page if you need some guidance with this.                                                        Image result for chemical-free food images

You can go chemical-free very quickly and without the side effects many say you must suffer when first beginning a keto way of eating, because your body won’t care what brand of bread, butter, dairy, cookies, pasta, chocolate or sweetener you have just as long as it tastes good, is filling, and eliminates your hunger. As soon as  you are eating chemical-free, you may begin to lower your carbs to the recommended 20 per day or less. That means you will stop buying high carb foods even though they are good natural healthy chemical-free foods. Eating Keto is easy- a lot of natural saturated fat, some protein and VERY FEW CARBS. You will be delighted to discover there are NO CARBS in your fats, NO CARBS in most meats, VERY FEW CARBS in cheeses and only half a carb in an egg, so have two, it only adds ONE CARB!

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I have done other articles on this that you might find interesting and helpful, and know you will surely be a little surprised and very pleased at how easy it is to switch from what you currently eat to chemical-free keto. 



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Is Coconut Oil REALLY A Healthy Oil?

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For those of you who still believe ALL fats are bad, consider this message from Dr. Mercola, as he discusses the truth about the many health benefits of coconut oil and why it is better than vegetable oil or any other cooking oil.

Another great source for discovery and learning truth– 

NaturalON – Natural Health News and Discoverieshas published this great article–

The 9 Best Oils For Cooking And A List Of The Worst Oils You Could Use.

This is a truly great article we believe you will find interesting… as a teaser we’ll just share the first one with you here.

1.  Coconut Oil.

The clear winner in this contest is coconut oil. With more than 90 percent of its fatty acids being saturated fats, this makes coconut oil super heat resistant. Although this oil is semi-solid at average room temperatures, it turns liquid at the slightest touch. Coconut oil can literally sit for years in a sealed container and never go rancid.

This oil also has incredibly powerful health benefits. It is rich in lauric acid, which can help to kill bacteria, various types of pathogens, and can lower cholesterol levels in the body. Coconut oil also temporarily raises the body’s metabolism, which can help you to lose weight, especially around your middle. Many people also report that coconut oil makes them feel fuller for longer periods of time, so they eat less at other meals.

To get the most health benefits possible, always choose virgin coconut oil. It tastes great, smells great, can be used in the kitchen and bath (it’s perfect for skin, teeth, and hair as well) and is overflowing with healthy compounds that will benefit everyone in your family.

The 9 Worst Oils You Could Use.

Unfortunately, most of the oils on the market today are industrial seed, GMO, highly processed vegetable oils. These oils are downright dangerous in that they are overloaded with omega-6 fatty acids, which the body does need, but not in these huge amounts.

One thing your body does not need is GMO products and about 90 percent of the corn and soybean grown today and used in cooking oils are GMO. Canola oil is now pure GMO and is not only one of the worst kinds of oils you can consume, but it goes rancid faster than any other oil.

Numerous studies show that these oils lead to serious diseases including heart disease, stroke, metabolic diseases, and cancer. One study showed that the vegetable oils on the following list had between 0.56 and 4.2 percent trans-fats, which are highly toxic to the body and are truly dangerous.

The following list includes oils you should avoid at all costs, no matter how inexpensive they are, and no matter what the claim on the label:

  • Safflower oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Rice bran oil
  • Corn oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Canola oil
  • Rapeseed oil

Read food labels carefully. If any of the above oils are listed, make another choice.



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WHAT Is Keto Flu- Can We Prevent It From Happening?

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Keto flu is a real thing, and often happens when you drastically and suddenly remove carbs from your diet. Also known as the ‘carb flu,’ the keto flu is a natural reaction (almost like a feeling of withdrawal) your body undergoes when switching from burning glucose (sugar) as energy to burning fat instead… and YES! we believe you can certainly avoid this unpleasant thing from happening!

We believe that our bodies are usually smart enough to know what they need. When we take in fake and artificial ‘foods’, if our body doesn’t recognize the ingredients and has no use for them, they are often stored in fat cells in order to keep us safe. We also believe that unless a team of Doctors inform you that you will die within a month unless you immediately start and maintain a keto diet, that you should be kind to your body- treat it well and be gentle, making important changes that will help it, but at a pace that is comfortable for both you and your body.

IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY, it is very possible that everyone’s body is different to the point that they don’t all require the same strict diet as you or other family members. For this reason, let’s start with everyone beginning to eat a chemical-free diet- natural, simple, delicious- something EVERYONE, even baby, can enjoy and also benefit from! As you shop for foods, get your fresh produce from the organic section and make sure your dairy is real and high fat. At this point, please read my EAT HEALTHY! page. That page will give you many options for eating right for your own body and direct you to other helpful pages as well.

As your family begins to eat chemical-free and take in good healthy fats, it may be that some can enjoy the many great foods provided us through Mother Nature, some may wish to learn and follow a Paleo diet or even a combination of Paleo and Keto, (we recommend this page for further information), while others may need to eat a variety low carb diet (usually between 50-150 carbs a day). Then there are people like myself who, for reasons we don’t fully understand, need a keto diet of almost zero to only about 40-50 carbs a day. I know this will take some time and hopefully this special diet will allow my body to heal itself to the point that I can once more eat all the great foods God has blessed us with.

THE BOTTOM LINE… No need to shock your body by switching over to KETO overnight!

1st- Switch to chemical-free eating as quickly as possible. Your body won’t object to having a different brand of bread and cookies- those without chemicals, nor will it object to any chemical-free sweeteners you give it.

2nd- As soon as you’re eating a chemical-free diet, you may begin to lower your carb intake. How low you go should depend on your own body, not something you read or heard somewhere.

JUST REMEMBER… GOD made our body and He also made good natural foods for us to nourish it with. I believe we should be able to eat all the foods God provided- if He didn’t want us to have them, He would not have created them. YES, we do have some problems in this area and we have also been given a number of solutions for those problems. THEREFORE choose wisely.

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



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Is CHEMICAL-FREE And KETO Eating The Same Thing?

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HOWEVER, they both are, in some ways, different-

LET’S TAKE A LOOK– I’ve eaten chemical-free as much as possible for a number of years and always suggest others do the same– so now you ask- just what does that mean? Just what are the chemicals put into our foods and how do we leave them out? I covered that on my EAT HEALTHY! page, but let me say it again for those who haven’t seen it. Eating chemical-free is more than washing pesticides off our fresh garden foods after we get them home. Many foods you are familiar with are considered chemicals by the healthy food industry, because when these food ingredients are processed, it removes much of their nutrients and changes their properties. The result is an ingredient that is often toxic to our system, resulting in fat and/or disease when consumed. I have often used sugar as an example. The sugar cane is a plant that comes from Mother Nature and is a wonderful thing for us to enjoy- it can be squeezed and the juice used to sweeten, or dried and used that way. However, when people decided to process it, bleach it white and give us only sweet granules, it then became a chemical. Because it is high in carbs and many people want a low carb sweetener, stevia and Monk fruit have become popular. They too, are from Mother Nature, and are wonderful to have and use as long as they haven’t had their properties changed, thus turning them into chemicals.

SO what about the Ketogenic way of eating?

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. This has made it a very popular tool for those who need to lose weight and it also has a great many other benefits as well. I’ve noticed that a lot of people are using chemicals to sweeten things with instead of the natural things from Mother Nature, the main one being Erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol and also the main ingredient in Swerve, also very popular with the ‘zero carb’ bunch. Erythritol occurs naturally in pears, watermelon, grapes, and when processed has no carbs but is very sweet- thus is quite popular. Since I do recommend a chemical-free way of eating, I suggest you go with Monk Fruit or a good Stevia (that doesn’t use the whole plant which tends to make it bitter). Neither of these will add anything to your carbs, yet are found natural in nature, so don’t have the side effects that are sometimes experienced by some who use sugar alcohols. We prefer SweetLeaf, BUT do check ingredients.

We are pleased to recommend to you Dr. Ken Berry MD, who has and continues, to study this subject in depth, bringing us many great videos. You can also ask him questions and he will answer, but be patient- he is a very busy man. You may also follow my progress with this article that I keep up-to-date… Keto Foods- No Potato Or Banana?



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Keto Foods- No Potato Or Banana??

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When I first discovered I needed a Ketogenic diet, I was just fine with that- after all, I knew all about counting carbs- learned about those years ago from Dr. Adkins and recently had 3 doctors tell me to count carbs not calories, THEN I DISCOVERED THAT AT THIS POINT IN TIME MY BODY WILL NOT HANDLE MORE THAN 10-15 CARBS A DAY!! WOW!! THAT’S NOT MUCH AT ALL!

As I began to reach out for answers, a few people told me there were now a lot of things I couldn’t eat- I had asked when I could eat potatoes and bananas- something I was having often, and told NEVER! Many of these people also told me I had to count net carbs and track some things. Sounded complicated to me and I just want a simple answer to my question- what can I eat to stay in ketosis and be healthy- and WHEN can I once more eat potatoes and bananas!

As I searched for whatever would be helpful, I further discovered that there are folks who stop turning their test strips purple and struggle with finding answers to many questions– TOTALLY SAD AND FRUSTRATING!

OK FOLKS, ENOUGH ALREADY! Lets start at the beginning and go through this one step at a time. The beginning was when we discovered we had a problem that would be solved either by drugs or a diet to lose weight. I chose to let the natural foods from Mother Nature be my medicine and take in 60 carbs a day or less- then I discovered chemical-free eating and how wonderfully our body responds to it, AND how totally delicious it is! At this point perhaps you would benefit from my EAT HEALTHY! page.

Once I began eating chemical-free, things improved and I no longer gained weight unless I took in a lot of carbs and some chemicals– THEN IT HAPPENED– the doctor said I only had about 15 more pounds to lose, but it wasn’t going anywhere. Was I just on a plateau? When a whole year passed with me at the same weight, my guess was no.

S0– I got some keto test strips, began collecting 0-1 carb foods and dusted off my scale. It is not necessary to test for ketones to know you are once more burning fat instead of storing it, but it can be a helpful tool and is an exciting thing to do– also it is not necessary to weigh every day or week, but it’s a great way to have satisfaction and encourage ones self.

The QUESTION became- just what should I eat each day?

It gets a bit exciting to understand that most meats and healthy oils have NO CARBS!– Then to realize that there is only a half carb in an egg so TWO eggs is only ONE CARB– and to top it all off, cheeses are very low in carbs and one ounce of cheddar is only 0.4 g, less than a half carb!!– well that is very close to Heaven isn’t it? 

Let’s do Breakfast….

We do like cereals, pancakes, waffles and French toast, but our favorite thing is eggs with bacon or sausage, so we have that the most. THEREFORE– I started this journey by having 2 scrambled eggs topped with some cheddar melting over the top- crowned with a bit of sour cream and served with a side of sausage. YUM! Within 2 days I was a nice moderate purple, so next I enjoyed a taco omelet and had a couple slices of fried baked potato (about 2 Tbl.) with it just to see if I would stay purple– I did- and lost another half pound– YAY!! 


Busy and not hungry, however since I don’t want to get hungry before dinner I think I’ll have a bulletproof coffee with a nice big scoop of my whey protein powder. That always works well!


CHEESEBURGERS- I always eat mine on a plate with a knife and fork- no bun, sooo iceberg lettuce goes on my plate, then onion slices, tomato slices, some mayo and last of all two yummy juicy hamburger patties topped with cheddar… getting full but got it all down…. the next dinner I share with you will be on Sunday two days from now…. STEAK & LOBSTER- I learned that the refreshing Chablis I like only has 1 carb per ounce, so I had a wine glass with 3 oz. and a nice big handful of tossed salad along with my steak & lobster tail…. well, I got through this day nicely, still purple, still losing– YAY!! 

So what are the 0-1 carb things I’ve discovered and like?

Just The CHEESE Aged Cheddar,  Parmesan Cheese Crisps,  Cream Cheese,  DNX Chicken BarEpic Chicken BarCoffee Creamers, (Silk) Almond & Coconut Milk,    Swiss & Pepper Jack Cheeses,  Both egg & tuna salads,

I’m adding more! WOW!!

Have you heard of PILI NUTS? YUM! These nuts (pronounced ‘PEE-lee’) contain the highest amount of fat and lowest carbs of any nut. These raw nuts have a delicious buttery taste and come in seven flavors- Natural & unsalted, Himalayan Salted, Ranch, Chili Garlic, Pizza, Apple Spice, and a Turmeric Blend of Coconut Oil, Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Redmond Ancient Seal Salt, Black Pepper. Super delicious– we’ll be getting more of these! When going out to get more, we discovered they have added chocolate to some too, and that some companies are selling these incredible nuts for several more dollars than we can get them, so beware of not just the ingredients, but the cost, since some companies are out to get your dollar rather than helping to fix your health.

One night Hubby made up a plate of sausage and cheese that included sweet-hot mustard and crackers for us to snack on during the movie. I checked the ingredients of the crackers and mustard and said no thanks, but missed the crackers, then had a ‘LIGHT-BULB’ moment- took a pkg of Just The Cheese, broke it into ‘cracker-size’ pieces and YUM! So now I know we can sub these cheese bars for crackers! Wow- who would’ve thought?

Today is Monday and I’m ready to go from 10 carbs a day to 15, so what things will I now allow myself to have?

What are the 6 carb or less things I’ve discovered and like?

Coconut Wraps,  1 Choc. peanut-butter malt ball,  CHOC ZERO,

The Bottom Line is YES, I can have potato and banana- just not much.

EXAMPLE: In the past I would occasionally toast a slice of Ezekiel bread (18 carbs)- spread 2 Tbl of my choc. peanut butter (12 more) over it and then slice a banana on top (27 more), for a grand total of 57 carbs which for many would be a whole days worth and for others would be way too much… sooo- how about half a coconut wrap (3), 1 tsp of the choc. peanut-butter (2 more), and 1/8 of a banana (4), for a grand total of 9 carbs? Perhaps you think that is silly and not worth doing, but for me it works because I get the taste I love and never feel deprived.

Should I discover more goodies, I will add them here- I am planning another order of things I want to try. In the meantime, I know I’ll be just fine with the wide variety of goodies we already have. Sometimes I’ll just have half a wrap, depending on what I want on it, but in time I should be able to have at least 40-60 carbs a day– then I’ll celebrate with some home-made sweet potato fries!

ADDING MORE! CHOC ZERO is a great company! We have now tried their KETO BARK! We got ours from Amazon and was thrilled to discover how yummy it is! This great Chocolate Bark does have 15 carbs in one oz, but also 13 gr of fiber so for those of you who care, you only add 2 gr. carbs per oz. WOW!! For a number of reasons I don’t do net, so I’ll just have a very small piece once in awhile and order more choc squares.

MOON CHEESE by nutraDRIED, is now our favorite baked cheese snack- several flavors including our much loved pepper jack, and guess what! I love the Gouda one the most- YUM.

DARK CHOCOLATE BITES by HAIL MERRY are yummy. 11 g for two, so 4 carbs net for one. YUM!! 

THE TRUCK DELIVERED AGAIN! This time we got Monk fruit sweetener and MCT powder. We chose this particular powder because it is pure and they have put prebiotic fiber in it- something my Naturopath said I needed more of. Sooo this morning my coffee had these two blended into it but I got too much sweetener– Monk fruit is much sweeter than my stevia, so I will need to use only half the amount I’ve been using!! I only put about 1 tsp. of the MCT powder in but I would’ve thought I had added a big scoop of protein powder– WOW– MY HUNGER IS GONE- TOTALLY GONE!! No doubt in the future I will be getting more of this!

Since I LOVE Granola and found this– WOW!! So delicious and healthy!! Great company! I will be getting more and recommend it to everyone!! ProGranola 12g Protein Cereal Vanilla Cinn (Paleo : Low Net Carb : Gluten Free : Grain Free) (45 Servings) (3 Pack)

Through a friend I have now discovered Dr. Ken D. Berry and he has given me permission to share the things he has researched and recommends. Like myself, he sells nothing but does tell us what he recommends. You may ask him questions and he will get back to you! Here is a link to some of the questions he has addressed.

THE BOTTOM LINE… If anyone thinks eating a healthy diet has to be something they wish to avoid- would be boring, not allow them to enjoy their favorite foods and snacks, then they are not understanding the difference between healthy foods, junk foods and all the variety that is possible.



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KETO DIET- Is It For You?

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We have been hearing a lot about how healthy a ketogenic diet is for EVERYONE– but is it really? I recently discovered that there are a lot of folks who, like myself, are carbohydrate intolerant and many have formed groups and help each other in many ways… thus this study and my discoveries, and yes, if you get down to those last few pounds and they just won’t go- before you visit Sono Bello to have that fat sucked out and get rid of it that way, do give this diet at least a 2-3 month trial period.

Nick is the awesome guy who has created the article above and even tells us about himself. He has 14 categories in his blog including Recipes and Nutrition, so you might enjoy checking them out. 

During my study I learned people fall into one of three general categories– Those who can eat chemical-free the way Mother Nature intended and be just fine, those who, for a variety of reasons, need to eat a low carb (50-150) diet to be at their best, and those whose bodies don’t respond well to that so they need a VERY LOW CARB diet (0-50)

In the distant past I did well eating a low carb diet- then I stopped losing even though I still had fat- especially in my tummy and my doctor said I had about 15 more pounds to lose. I finally got some KetoStix and discovered that I can only tolerate 10-15 carbs a day– YIPES!!! 

QUESTION– HOW CAN ANYONE LIVE ON THIS?? OK- Scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast, bulletproof smoothie for lunch and a salad for dinner that includes meat, cheese and eggs– BUT– for how long- forever might not be a great idea– Then I discovered that there are not just a few that have my problem, but thousands- WOW!! Thankfully there are now tons of recipes that are yummy, made with ingredients we can have and will make us forget we are so limited! Also there are companies ready to assist those of us who, for whatever reason, can’t make our own special dishes at home! I am finding these advertised as Paleo- Keto- and Low Carb. We must still check ingredient labels but there are some great things out there!

THIS PAST WEEK I saw a video from a doctor who was discussing our THYROID and what he had to say made a great deal of sense to me, so instead of asking my doctor for a refill, I got some Armour Thyroid. I will check with my doctor and have a blood test in a couple of months to see what he has to say, and by then I should know how I feel and what I think. It seems our thyroid has a lot to do with this weight problem that requires us to eat so very low carb and can possibly be corrected even though all doctors don’t believe the same way about it, but I think it’s worth a try.

This is going to take some time, and some of you may want to know what I’m doing and what is happening, so I will publish this now and update it as I work through it. MY GOAL is to get into ketosis, lose the excess tummy fat, then raise my daily carb allowance until I can eat the way I did in the distant past, which is the way I tell my readers who follow my EAT HEALTHY! page.

We love Dr. Mercola and have become aware that he too, recommends this way of eating for those who need it and has quite a number of articles that is sure to amaze many. He also is giving us some yummy recipes– I want to try the garlic mushrooms! You may wish to visit his site and see everything he offers- here is the main recipe page.


 By Martina Slajerova THANK YOU Martina for making some very yummy things available to us!

Jeannie here– Some of her recipes call for artificial ingredients which to many of us are chemicals, but since you can substitute and since she is so great overall, we are including her here.

From Louise- What Are Ketogenic Fat Bombs, How To Make Them in 3 Easy Steps (PLUS 12 Ketogenic Fat Bomb Recipes) THANK YOU LOUISE!



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10 Things the Processed Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

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We love Dr. Mercola! He has an awesome website!

We will share some of his article here, but to see the whole thing- which is a bit long, but very good, go to his web page here.

By Dr. Mercola
Processed foods are typically loaded with excess sugar, salt, unhealthful fats, preservatives and other additives.

But you probably know this already. What you may not know about processed foods is the extent of the havoc they can wreak on your body, a closely guarded secret that the processed food industry doesn’t want you to know.

In short, though they may taste good and be easy to prepare, when you eat processed foods you’re exchanging convenience for your health.   

In the featured article,1 Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet, explains 10 reasons why you might want to think twice the next time you’re tempted to eat processed foods.

1. They’re Addictive and May Cause You to Overeat

Processing modifies or removes important components of food, like fiber, water and nutrients, changing the way they are digested and assimilated in your body.

Unlike whole foods, which contain a mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fiber and water to help you feel satisfied, processed foods stimulate dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter, making you feel good even though the food lacks nutrients and fiber. This artificial dopamine stimulation can lead to excessive food cravings and, ultimately, food addiction.

2. They’re Linked to Obesity

Processed foods are virtually guaranteed to contain additives that are linked to obesity. This includes monosodium glutamate (MSG), high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and more. Plus, refined carbohydrates like breakfast cereals, bagels, waffles, pretzels, and most other processed foods quickly break down to sugar.

This increases your insulin  and leptin levels, and contribute to insulin resistance, which is the primary underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain.

3. They Break Principles of Food Combining

Some nutrition and health experts, such as Wayne Pickering, believe that eating foods in certain combinations helps your body’s digestive processes to work more efficiently and absorb more nutrients. Wayne actually constructed a very useful food combining chart that can be obtained on his website.  According to one such premise, eating proteins and starches together, which is common in processed foods (such as a pepperoni pizza), inhibits digestion leading to putrification of your food, acidic conditions in your blood and supports disease-causing pathogens in your gut.

4. Processed Foods Lead to an Imbalanced Inner Ecosystem

The microorganisms living in your digestive tract form a very important “inner ecosystem” that influences countless aspects of your health. Processed foods disrupt this system, suppressing beneficial microflora and leading to digestive problems, cravings, illnesses and chronic disease. Beneficial organisms in your gut thrive on whole, unprocessed foods.

5. They’re Detrimental to Your Mood and Brain

Mood swings, memory problems and even depression are often the result of a heavily processed-food diet. In fact, the greatest concentration of serotonin, which is involved in mood control, depression and aggression, is found in your intestines, not your brain! Your gut and brain actually work in tandem, each influencing the other. This is why your intestinal health can have such a profound influence on your mental health, and vice versa – and why eating processed foods that can harm your gut flora can have a profoundly negative impact on your mood, psychological health and behavior.

6. Processed Foods Encourage ‘Eating on the Run’

Processed foods are quick and easy, making them ‘perfect’ to grab when you’re on the go. But eating on the go, or while you’re multi-tasking, can cause you to lose touch with your body’s natural signals telling you you’re full, leading to overeating and weight gain. It’s also more difficult for your body to digest properly when you’re busily engaged in other tasks.

7. Nutrition Labels Can be Misleading

A processed food may be labeled ‘natural’ or ‘sugar-free,’ but that doesn’t make it healthful. For instance, the natural food label on a processed food has no standard definition and really no meaning at all. A “natural” product is meaningless as it can legally be genetically modified, full of pesticides or made with corn syrup, additives, preservatives and artificial ingredients.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also allows processed food manufacturers to use absurdly tiny serving sizes on their labels, which can lull you into a false sense of security when it comes to determining how much of each stated nutrient or toxin, like trans fat, you’re actually consuming.

8. Processed Meats Are Linked to Cancer

Processed meats are those preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or the addition of chemical preservatives, which includes bacon, ham, pastrami, salami, pepperoni, hot dogs, some sausages and hamburgers (if they have been preserved with salt or chemical additives) and more. Particularly problematic are the nitrates that are added to these meats as a preservative, coloring and flavoring.

The nitrates found in processed meats are frequently converted into nitrosamines, which are clearly associated with an increased risk of certain cancers. Meat cooked at high temperatures, as many processed meats often are, can also contain as many as 20 different kinds of heterocyclic amines, or HCAs for short. These substances are also linked to cancer.

9. Processed Foods May Increase Your Risk of Infertility and Malnutrition

Because processed foods are stripped of nutrients your body needs, you could be eating a large number of calories but still become malnourished. In just three generations, a nutrient-deficient diet can lead to infertility, which is on the rise in the US.2 Plus, processed foods often contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients, which are also linked to reproductive problems.

10. Processed Foods Lead to a Long Shelf Life, Not a Long Human Life

Processed foods can last a long time on the shelf without going bad, thanks to their chemical cocktails of preservatives and other additives. Unfortunately, their makers put a lot of money and time into strategies to increase shelf life and create attractive packaging, with little attention put on the foods’ nutrient value or how it will actually detract from lasting health.

What Are the Worst Processed Food Additives?

When foods are processed, not only are valuable nutrients lost and dietary fiber removed, but the textures and natural variation and flavors are also lost. After processing, what’s left behind is a bland, uninteresting “pseudo-food” that most people wouldn’t want to eat.

Additives are added back in not only to slow spoilage, prevent fats and oils from going rancid, prevent fruits from turning brown, and fortify or enrich the food with synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace the natural ones that were lost during processing, but also to improve taste, texture and appearance. When reading product packages, here are some of the worst offenders to avoid if you want to protect your health (many of these are already banned in other countries due to health risks. ):

Ingredient Found in Health Hazards
Coloring agents: blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, and yellow 6 Cake, candy, macaroni and cheese, medicines, sport drinks, soda, pet food, and cheese Most artificial colors are made from coal tar, which is a carcinogen
Olestra (aka Olean) Fat-free potato chips Depletion of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids. Side effects include oily anal leakage
Brominated vegetable oil (aka BVO) Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas Competes with iodine for receptor sites in the body, which can lead to hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, and cancer. The main ingredient, bromine, is a poisonous, corrosive chemical linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss
Potassium bromate (aka brominated flour) Rolls, wraps, flatbread, bread crumbs, and bagel chips See bromine above. Associated with kidney and nervous system disorders, gastrointestinal discomfort
Azodicarbonamide Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods Linked to asthma
BHA and BHT Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer BHA may be a human carcinogen, a cancer-causing agent. BHT can cause organ system toxicity
Synthetic hormones: rBGH and rBST Milk and dairy products Linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancers
Arsenic Poultry EPA classifies inorganic arsenic as a “human carcinogen”

A Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Ditching Processed Foods

When it comes to staying healthy, avoiding processed foods and replacing them with fresh, whole foods is the “secret” you’ve been looking for. This might sound daunting, but if you take it step-by-step as described in my nutrition plan it’s quite possible, and manageable, to painlessly remove processed foods from your diet.

Remember, people have thrived on vegetables, meats, eggs, fruits and other whole foods for centuries, while processed foods were only recently invented. Many of the top executives and scientists at leading processed food companies actually avoid their own foods for a variety of health reasons!

Jeannie here…

Are you now wondering just what you can safely eat? Well as it turns out, a great many people are ditching processed foods in favor of the natural and healthy way God has intended and as they no longer buy chemical-filled foods, some of those companies have begun to offer what those folks want in addition to the things that many don’t want so they will lose less customers. We must still read ingredients but it can be worth the extra minute of our time. ALSO- new companies began to surface and grocery stores are more and more creating healthy food sections for those of us who seem to need and want them. I am able to find a number of great chemical-free foods there. If I want split pea or vegetable soup I can skip the rows of Campbell’s chemical-filled ones and choose from Amy’s many great tasting and healthy ones!

Also I’ve begun hearing a lot about a healthy high fat, medium protein, low carb diet made up of only healthy things called the Keto Diet so I went to Dr. Mercola’s website to see what he might have to say and got a shock– apparently he approves it and has a number of articles— soooo– I’ve  lot of reading to do. If you would like to cruise through his articles on this subject you’ll find them here.  mercola.com/results.aspx?q=Is%20a%20Keto%20Diet%20good%3F 



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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.


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 a great 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!

 What are Ketostix? What is a Ketogenic Diet? 

Wikipedia- 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.

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!

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 medical one that has learned about and recommends chemical-free keto) guide you.

We are thankful for the help we’re getting from Dr. Ken Berry and can recommend him as a great source of very helpful information! In this video he discusses Bulletproof coffee and Fat Bombs, both of which we recommend.

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!



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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.



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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?


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 sickWe’ve found we like SweetLeaf  best, but ingredients must be checked on this one too.


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!



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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



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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!!



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