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! THE TRUTH IS– YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY ANYTHING TO BEGIN EATING A HEALTHY KETO DIET AND BENEFIT BY IT!!! 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. 

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!!

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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.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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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!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Is CHEMICAL-FREE And KETO Eating The Same Thing?

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THEY ARE BOTH MOSTLY ORGANIC–

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?

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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ERYTHRITOL- Chemical Or Natural?

We 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. Perhaps you will find this article to be of interest.

The Benefits and Risks of Erythritol as a Sweetener

BY  JANET RENEE, MS, RD
The Benefits and Risks of Erythritol as a Sweetener

SO WHAT ABOUT MONK FRUIT?

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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!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Keto Foods- No Potato Or Banana??

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WHAT DO YOU MEAN, NO POTATOES OR BANANAS??

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!! 

LUNCH??

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!

Dinner….

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 Bar,        Epic Chicken Bar,   Coffee 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!

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KETO DIET- Is It For You?

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A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO THE KETO DIET : EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW… From LEP BLOG

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.

NOW- HERE ARE SOME YUMMY AND GREAT FAT BOMBS!!

 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!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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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 

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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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. 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.

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!

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

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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?

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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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