Dieting? Do You Miss Eating Bread?

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Isabel has sent us this exciting email and we know that her information is right on- Coach Josh sent us this information awhile back- we checked it out and shared it with you at that time but believe it is worth sharing again since some no doubt missed it the first time.  Isabel says…

Yes, I eat bread and you can too!

People are often surprised when I tell them about a family favorite breakfast sandwich of 1 egg and 1 slice of bacon on 2 pieces of bread.

What most people are picturing is something you’d get from a fast food drive thru window (which is just not an option for me), but the reality is that I put this simple and healthy breakfast together right inside my own kitchen.

Two slices of bread???  Yep, that’s what I said.

On a flat belly eating plan like Beyond Diet, there’s no reason to give up bread.

See the go-to bread recipes I use for a flat belly

And you have options…

Ezekiel bread and Manna bread are both sprouted grains, which are much healthier and easier for your body to digest (and that means no belly bloat), but what if you’re sensitive to gluten like me?

Well just because my body doesn’t agree with gluten, and I know I’m not alone here, why should I have to give up yummy sandwiches, toast, and other baked goods that everyone else gets to enjoy?

I don’t! And neither do you…

Instead of buying bread at the super market, that I know is going to make me feel terrible, I choose to make my own breads at home.

Now, before you delete this email at the very thought of baking bread, hear me out…

It’s actually quite simple, even for the most beginner of chefs. All you need are easy-to-follow recipes and it’s just like cooking anything else.

That’s why I’m giving you one of my favorite bread recipes today.

This was given to me by my good friend and the author of Better Breads, Kelley Herring.

Paleo Pullman Bread

Makes One 7.5 X 3.5 loaf (12 slices)

Dry Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup almond flour (80 g)
  • 1½ Tbsp. coconut flour (20 g)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 3 tsp. organic psyllium husk powder (9 g) – great for your intestinal health!

Wet Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 3 pastured eggs + 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 35O F.
  • Grease or line the bottom of a Magic Line Loaf pan (7.5” X 3.5”) with parchment. Using the correct pan size is very important for achieving proper height.
  • In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  • Combine the eggs and apple cider vinegar, whisking well. Stir in the dry ingredients to combine. Pour in hot water and stir vigorously to distribute. Batter will be thick and sticky, like oatmeal.
  • Spread into prepared pan. Transfer to oven and bake 35 minutes or a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, store in an airtight container.

Mmmm…I can almost smell it as I’m writing you!

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The best thing about this, and the other recipes in Kelly’s book, Better Breads, is that instead of bread being bad for you, the ingredients she uses actually work to improve your digestion and intestinal health.

So while psyllium husk powder may sound odd if you haven’t used it before, it’s exactly what you need to support your flat belly and full-body fat loss WHILE eating bread!

If you love bread, but you don’t want a bloated belly, or you just can’t digest gluten (like me), then I highly recommend Kelly’s Better Breads recipes.

Click the link below and see how you can enjoy all the “bad” foods of the past, without gaining weight, feeling uncomfortable, or having regret.

(Pizza, chips, bagels, pretzels, and breadsticks INCLUDED!)

Get the Better Breads book- 25 FLAT BELLY baked goods for under $15 

In health and happiness,
Isabel De Los Rios

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH- EAT HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS!

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Your Loved Ones Fight Healthy Eating?

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4 fail-proof solutions for getting your loved ones on board

Isabel sent us this interesting email that has us thinking… yes, it is true that if one person who is into healthy eating does all the shopping and cooking, healthy eating for everyone would be automatic, fun, delicious and no problem. THE PROBLEM OCCURS WHEN… a spouse or other person also shops and brings home unhealthy things because they don’t want to read labels. Isabel says…

Picture this…

My wonderful family (my hubbie and 2 sons) sit down to a beautiful dinner of grilled salmon and veggies that I’ve prepared. I’ve also made some delicious quinoa with sautéed mushrooms to go along side it.

Sounds good, right?

The whole family rejoices at the site of this tasty meal and start to dig in with smiles on their faces.

This is exactly how dinner goes at my house every night…NOT!!

Dinner at my house looks more like this…

“Mommy, I don’t want fish, I want hot dogs.”

“Is there anything else? Did you put steaks on the grill too?”

“I don’t want these brown things (mushrooms). Take them off.”

“Can I just eat chips for dinner?” (The person asking this question shall remain nameless.)

…Yup, that sounds more like it.

Although my household for the most part is a bunch of healthy eaters, feeding my family does not come without its challenges.

Can you relate?

When you started eating healthy did your whole family jump for joy? Cheering for the changes that were to come?

…ummm, probably NOT.

For most people, the biggest challenge when starting a healthier way of eating comes from the resistance of their family. So much so, that sometimes it’s the reason people abandon their new healthy habits all together.

Since I don’t want that to happen to you, and since I’ve had my fair share of resistance from my own family members, today I want to share 4 of my best strategies (that I continue to use in my own life) for getting your family on board with a new way of eating…

1. You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.

Keep it positive and remain upbeat about the upcoming changes. The minute you start preaching, scolding, yelling, or lecturing anyone about how you think they need to eat, you are going to lose them.

I made this mistake with my mother many years ago. I was a young college student at the time and instead of sharing my new knowledge with my mother in a positive way, I would yell at her for eating bread, I would lecture her about her diabetes, and I would try and lay guilt trips on her to make her change.

Do you think any of these strategies worked?

No way!

In fact, it made the situation painfully worse because my mother began to build a wall of resistance against my healthy eating suggestions. It wasn’t until I began to teach my mother in a kind and loving way that she became receptive and open to the information I was sharing. And thank goodness she did because it literally saved her life.

2. Everyone’s timing is different.

Accept that everyone changes at their own pace and in their own time. Some can do it all at once and that’s amazing, but many more people need to take changes one baby step at a time. The important thing is that there is change, not how quickly it happens.

I find that many people have a hard time with their significant others changes when they are not doing exactly what they think they should be doing. Remember, your journey is specific to you and your loved one’s journey is specific to them.

This is something I have to remind myself of daily as my husband is a lot more lenient with his food choices than I am with mine. This doesn’t mean I don’t care about him or that I don’t try and help him whenever I can.

Just recently he told me that his mornings were getting so busy that he’d totally forget to take his Daily Energy greens drink – which is crucial to his overall health, focus throughout the day, and energy levels. So I started making his greens drink instead and put it in the bathroom for him to drink while he was gets ready.

Support your loved ones by providing help wherever it’s needed and they will be more likely to want to follow along with more of your suggested healthy habits.

3. Use a “driving force.”

Find out exactly what motivates your loved ones and use that as a positive driving force.

I remember this specifically 7 years ago when my mother was starting to “fall off the wagon.” It was shortly after my sister had gotten married and I knew she and my brother-in-law were planning on starting a family soon. I asked my mother how involved she wanted to be in the life of her new grandchild.

She responded, “I want to be as helpful to your sister as my mother was with me. My mother really helped me by babysitting, cleaning around the house, and running errands when you and your sister were babies and I’ll never forget how helpful that was.”

It didn’t take long for my mother to see that in order to do those things, she really needed to feel healthy and have tons of energy. So I used her desire to help my sister as the driving force to motivate her to get back on the healthy diet she knew would allow her to help.

I have had similar conversations with my husband when he starts to fall off the health wagon. I know what kind of dad he wants to be to our sons and in order to teach them how to play sports, take them hiking and camping, and wake up early with them each day he really needs to have his health in a good place.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me. Do not use this person’s driving force to create a guilt trip or use words to attack. Remember that people respond better to words of love and kindness than insults and guilt. I know some days that may be hard, but remember, if it is your goal to get this person to live a healthy lifestyle, it will be patience and love that will help you the most.

Most importantly, I have used this phrase often, but it holds true for so many areas of life,

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi

In your case, be sure to focus on your own changes and let the world (your loved ones) see what a positive impact these changes are making in your life. Show them how delicious, enjoyable and easy a healthy lifestyle can be.

4. Variety is the spice of life.

Healthy food has a bad reputation of being tasteless and bland, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, whole, natural foods can include everything from pasta and pizza, to kid-friendly favorites like chicken nuggets and sweet desserts.

If you’re having a hard time coming up with a variety of meals your whole family will love (and can be made easily), get the tools you need to make every meal exciting with new meal plans and recipes that even the pickiest eaters will be thrilled to try.

You may feel like it’s challenging to always come up with new and interesting ways to implement healthy foods into your family’s life, so don’t let this part of your health journey be tough on you. Let me do the work each month and share those great recipes with you.

Get Isabel’s new meal plans and recipes every single month

Don’t let this part of healthy eating stop you from seeing great success.  Let me handle the hard part and you and your family enjoy the delicious meals that come your way.

Jeannie here- I’m not going to check all of the recipes Isabel shares to make sure they are all chemical-free. If you have been (or are) replacing your chemical filled staple ingredients with yummy chemical-free ones, you can safely follow any recipe Isabel shares. Trouble with the flour? It can be gluten free, but now that we can get the good wheat flour that great great grandma used, from Italy- consider these flours. Want to check what is chemical-free- and see what foods we suggest? See our EAT HEALTHY! page! Now that you can make yummy things with good ingredients there is no need to toss your old favorite recipes- ENJOY EATING, ALWAYS!

Popular Health Resources:

1. 3 superfoods for “veggie resistant” in your life

2. 25 chocolate recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

3. 27 simple “life hacks” for transforming your body fast

In health and happiness,

Isabel De Los Rios

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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SOBE – The Best In Water?

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Don’t like to drink plain water? Of all the flavored waters out there, which are the very best for you?

Flavored water can sound appealing when you’re trying to drink more water for your health and weight loss, but there are 2 dangerous ingredients in almost all of these store-bought drinks that will sabotage your hard work. Learn what to look for and how to make naturally flavored water that can actually maximize your body’s fat-burning power. When Isabel sent this to us we knew we had to share. You’ll find her video on water to be very interesting and we recommend you watch it… http://www.beyonddiet.com/info/love-it-or-leave-it-sobe-drinks?

When Isabel said we should make our own to make sure it was good for our body, we did a bit of research and came up with some treasures from Kat Robson!

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Sometimes plain old water just doesn’t cut it. The thirst-quenching solution? Fruit-infused H2O! Infused waters are easy to make, nutritious, and refreshing. Simply use any fresh fruit (except bananas—they don’t work well), herbs, and spices to turn your once plain water into a refreshing, flavored drink.

Here’s how to make four of my favorite combinations:

Minty Cucumber Lime

1/2 cucumber, sliced
1/2 lime, sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Strawberry-Lemon with Basil

1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Watermelon Mint

1 cup cubed watermelon
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Pineapple-Orange with Ginger

1/2 cup cubed pineapple
1/2 orange, sliced
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

You’ll Need:

1-quart jar
Water
Wooden spoon
Raw honey or another sweetener (optional)

Directions:

  1. Choose which recipe you’re making—or come up with your own combination—and gather all of the ingredients.
  2. Place fruit, herbs, and/or spices in bottom of a jar, and muddle with a wooden spoon. (That basically means mash up fruit to release some of the flavor-filled juices.)
  3. Fill jar with water and give it a taste. (You can also fill jar with seltzer water for a fizzy treat.) If you’d like something a bit sweeter, add some honey or stevia and mix until dissolved.
  4. Enjoy as-is or refrigerate overnight for maximum flavor.

To Your Good & Happy Health!

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SOY- The ‘Magic Bean’?

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“Think soy milk is a health food? Soy meat substitutes? Soy ice cream? Think again.

Did you know that soy is one of the most destructive foods that you can eat for your thyroid?

While traditionally prepared soy like naturally fermented soy sauce,
fermented tofu, miso, etc. can be part of a healthy diet, the over-processed soy used in industrial food is not.”

At this time, we would like to share with you an article written by Kristen M…. she is great and offers tons of useful information. In her article, she writes…

Are you convinced yet about the dangers of soy? Many aren’t. “Is soy bad for you? …Really?” I hear the question so often I want to scream.

After decades of hearing marketing spin about how soy is a wonder food, a protein-rich legume able to rescue us from our dependence on meat, I suppose it’s understandable why so many people have yet to understand fully the dangers of soy. Really, you’re not going to get the full story unless you research it on your own. And why would you, when soy is “universally” touted as a health food?

Well, it isn’t.

Dangers of Soy

Thankfully, more and more independent research has been done regarding the dangers of soy, and what it’s revealed should scare you.

Phytoestrogens

Soy is higher in phytoestrogens than just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies. In recent years, you may have read about studies which indicate phytoestrogens are good for you. But ask yourself, who funded those studies? The soy industry, that’s who. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is downright dangerous for the human body 

It’s only common sense. No one argues, for example, that a leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido is unopposed estrogen, or estrogen dominance. Why, then, would anyone argue that we should consume more of a food high in estrogen?

An infant taking the recommended amount of soy formula is consuming a hormone load equivalent of 4 birth control pills a day! Is it any wonder we’ve seen such a dramatic rise in precocious puberty with young girls starting their periods at 6 and 7?

Goitrogenic

Soy will destroy your thyroid. Many foods are goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing), but soy is king of them all. Goitrogens work by preventing your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine. Friends, I believe this is what happened to Oprah’s thyroid. She pushed soy for years, featured it in everyone one of her “healthy” diets, and it destroyed her thyroid. If your thyroid fails, what happens? You gain weight. You have a harder time regulating your moods. You get colder more easily. You’re more easily fatigued. You demonstrate an inability to concentrate and remember details. The list goes on. You simply don’t want to mess with your thyroid.

Phytates

Phytates are enzyme-inhibitors that block mineral absorption in human digestive tract. They are naturally present in all grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes (which is why everyone should read this primer on how to eat grains, if you eat them at all.) But soy is so high in phytates that it’s almost impossible to get rid of them. Simply soaking soy overnight in an acidic medium won’t do the trick. Soy must be fermented in order to be digestible to humans. That means that if you eat soy at all, you should stick to fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, natto, or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari).

Trypsin inhibitors

Finally soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme we need to properly digest protein. Without enough trypsin, you’ll experience many digestive problems including stomach cramps, diarrhea, and bleeding. You’ll also be leaving yourself open to future problems with your pancreas.

Debunking The Asian Soy Myth

But, people say, what about Asians? They eat soy every day, and they’re so healthy!

In this article by Nina Planck, she writes:

Soy farming started around 1100 BC in China, where it was used to build soil fertility and feed animals. Soy beans were not considered fit for humans until the Chinese learned to ferment them, which makes them digestible. Asian diets now include fermented soy beans in the form of natto, miso, tamari, and tempeh.

Soy producers want you to eat more soy — more than the Asians eat, and more than is good for you. The Japanese and Chinese eat 10 grams of soy per day — about two teaspoons. Yet a soy manufacturer recommends Americans eat ten times what the Japanese eat — 100 grams of soy protein per day. In The Soy Zone, Barry Sears recommends a daily diet of a minimum of 50 grams of soy, and up to 75 grams for women and 100 grams for men.

It’s like red wine: a glass or two a day may be good for you; a bottle or two every day rots your liver.

Did you catch that? Asians only eat 2 teaspoons of soy a day, usually as a condiment, and it’s highly fermented! Fermentation takes care of many of the dangers of soy. Plus, the typical Asian will also consume soy with mineral-rich and nutrient-dense foods such as fish broth (naturally high in iodine & other minerals which support the thyroid).

So, Is Soy Bad For You?

The short answer? YES! Let’s be clear on the recent history of soy. The soybean was a modest and unpopular crop until food manufacturers intent on creating cheap vegetable oils convinced the U.S. government to start subsidizing it. The soy was turned into oil, and the industry was left with an industrial waste product. Then somebody had a brilliant idea:

Let’s take this industrial waste product full of toxins and carcinogens — isolated soy protein — and turn it into food that people will eat!

Soy foods were born. From Nina Planck’s article:

The FDA refused to approve isolated soy protein as a safe food additive with the designation “Generally Recognized as Safe.”

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland withdrew its application for the coveted GRAS status for soy protein, after an outcry from scientists about the toxins and carcinogens that come with it. They can still put soy protein in your food, but they have to get pre-market approval for every product.

Isolated soy protein is no health food. But we don’t eat soy protein with a spoon. How do we eat it? It is the main ingredient in soy burgers, ice cream, milk shakes, and fake cheese. These soy protein products are phony foods — but they must look like the real foods they imitate. So the soy industry transforms a small yellow soy bean into something resembling a hamburger. They make soy “milk” and “ice cream” white and creamy.

The other ingredients in these foods are no better for you than the soy protein that goes into them. Soy milk, for example, is simply a cocktail of soy protein, sugar, and vegetable oil. The “natural” MSG formed in soy processing is already bad for you, but even more MSG, and more flavorings, are added. Imitation foods need a lot of help to be tasty. Many savory soy foods are loaded with additives to give them the flavor of the real foods they mimic. Most imitation meat, for example, contains man-made MSG, which causes migraines and is associated with brain cancer.

Soy foods aren’t real food. They aren’t traditional. They aren’t old. They’re industrial waste products dressed up in pretty clothes and marketed to an ignorant public.

What Do I Recommend As Alternatives To Soy Milk?

If you can’t do dairy and are looking for healthier alternatives than soy milk, please see Healthy Milk Substitutes, With Recipes for a couple of excellent alternatives you can make at home.

One alternative I particularly enjoy is coconut milk. It’s full of the best kinds of saturated fat — medium chain triglycerides — which help speed your metabolism. It’s also exquisitely flavorful and perfect stirred into curries, soups, and sauces. Sadly, almost all coconut milk available at your grocery store comes in BPA-lined cans. To my knowledge, only Native Forest brand is BPA-free, and not all stores carry it. Click here to find coconut milk sold in BPA-free packaging online.

Liked what you read so far? You may find these posts interesting: 

The Dangers of Splenda

MSG Hides In Alexia Organic Fries

Jeannie here- just want to check out Kirsten’s web-site? You’ll find this interesting site chocked full of useful information here: FOOD RENEGADE’.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Bacon, Eggs and Avocado Again? Getting Bored?

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Isabel has once more sent us something you may find of interest- especially if you are interested in Paleo—

Have you become bored with the way you eat? Here’s Isabel with a new suggestion for you–

I can remember years ago when I first tried a more “Paleo” style of eating…

My energy was bursting. Fat was flying off.  My health was feeling better than ever.

For breakfast? Sizzling strips of bacon, fresh sliced avocado, and pasture-raised eggs – over easy is my favorite (with a little organic coffee and coconut milk)… The TRUE breakfast of champions! This paleo breakfast is much better for you than the typical American breakfast of cereal, which only destroys your insulin sensitivity, kills your energy, and messes up your hormones.

Who knew bacon and eggs would be the trigger for my new-found fat loss results and more stable energy. Every day, I’d wake up, and look forward to the sound, the smell, the taste.

Until one day… I didn’t.

I had to admit to myself, I was getting sick of the same old eggs and meat and avocado every morning. It was just getting boring to eat the same thing every day for breakfast.

Now I was in a quandary. What to eat? What to do? Going unhealthy with cereal or bagel options was out of the question. It’d been months since I had any grains.

And skipping breakfast altogether was simply not an option. I’m usually hungry when I wake up in the morning, and although I’ve tried the intermittent fasting, I didn’t find it very enjoyable. I prefer to eat a nice breakfast instead!

Scouring the Internet for a tasty and satisfying Paleo breakfast ideas proved frustrating and time consuming.

And then one of my business partners sent me these incredible paleo breakfast recipes

Hmmmmmm, delicious. Recipe after recipe, everything I tried, tasted sooo delish! And since they use natural ingredients, just like Beyond Diet, they were easy to use every day.

Now I finally had what I craved… Even more variety.

The best part?

These Paleo-friendly breakfast meals can all be made within 10 short minutes! Just as fast as whipping up bacon and eggs.

In the process, my health got even better.

Whoever said it is right… Breakfast *IS* the most important meal in a Paleo day. And double that, especially when you’re following these awesome recipes:

>> Paleohacks Awesome Paleo Breakfast Recipes

I still love bacon and eggs for breakfast maybe once a week. But now I have so much more variety, I never get tired of anything. Everything is just so delicious.

In health and happiness,

Isabel De Los Rios

Jeannie here- you will find more yummy suggestions on our EAT HEALTHY! page– and do try a bullet-proof coffee!

To Your Good Health– AND Happiness!

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Bulletproof COFFEE– Good Or Bad Idea?

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By now we have read a great many articles– some for this drink and some against. We have also done our own experiments and here is what we’ve found…

Bulletproof coffee can be a very healthy thing, but like all good things it can also be abused and turned into a not-so-good thing. When we first discovered this strange-to-us drink, it was being advertised as a diet for losing weight and we were also told it MUST be made with a certain kind of coffee and a certain kind of oil made from coconuts… so we decided to do our own experiment!

Into our kitchen I went- poured a cup of coffee (hubby doesn’t use the expensive kind that we were told it must be), put butter into it (ours has salt in it), added our regular coconut oil and some stevia, blended it well and guess what! It was very tasty and very filling- a good thing to include in your diet- you would quite possibly not need a diet pill- how awesome is that!

Yes, the more natural and not processed our foods are, the better they are for us and chemical-free is definitely the way to go for good health.

There are many ideas and suggestions out there, so I will put the ones I feel have the most merit here for your further information.

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Bulletproof coffee Video

We found a lot of companies are pushing MCT oil, but after reading up on it we’ve decided not to recommend it. MCT Oil is Manufactured – Coconut Oil is Natural. We refer you now to this really great article written by Brian Shilhavy, who actually lived in a coconut producing area of the Philippines for several years with his family, observing firsthand the differences between the diet and health of the younger generation and those of his wife’s parents’ generation still consuming a traditional diet. 

MCT Oil vs. Coconut Oil: The Truth Exposed

After experimenting with this, we discovered that just stirring your coffee with the butter and oil is not the best way to go– Coconut Oil Coffee should be Blended, Not Stirred… That’s the Secret to the most delicious success!

As I cruised through a great many articles, I’ve discovered so much about how the coconut is beneficial to our health- talked with a couple of my doctors and was told that the most natural and beneficial thing I can do for my thyroid (which is still very low and needs help), is eat a lot of natural saturated fats and one suggested avocados and coconut oil would help me the most! IT HAD NEVER OCCURRED TO ME THAT TO WORK WELL, OUR THYROID GLAND NEEDS GOOD SATURATED FATS!  I know medical doctors are not allowed to tell you about natural ‘cures’, but must only tell you to use drugs. I believe we need to change that! I already eat avocados sometimes and have coconut oil for cooking and this new bulletproof coffee– looks like I’ll increase both– look out thyroid, here it comes!

The Coconut & Thyroid Connection:

How to Get More Coconut Oil in Your Life–

From the Hearty Soul

So, now you know that eating more coconut oil is incredibly beneficial for your weight loss and heart health goals. But how are you going to go about eating more coconut oil? Eating chunks of it off of a spoon doesn’t seem like the most appealing way to go about it, so I searched the internet for some recipes using coconut oil and found a bunch of good ones from The Restless Palate. Enjoy! … Jeannie here- we checked these out and are thrilled to discover healthy CHOCOLATE is a part of these yummy recipes!

About The Coconut Mama–

Tiffany-150x150Hi! I’m Tiffany – aka Coconut Mama. I’m a real food mama of three coconut babies. I’m passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, I use coconut products in almost all my recipes. You can download my free Coconut Flour Recipes E-book here. Thanks for stopping by!

We love her site and have found that for the most part, we can recommend her! You can check out what she says about Coconut Oil Coffee here.

Delicious No-Bake Carrot Bites with Almonds and Coconut  [Paleo]

This is for all of the carrot cake lovers out there. These No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites can be prepped in just minutes and are the perfect little on-the-go snack or healthy dessert.

Why is it my favorite you ask? Well these No-Bake Carrot Cake bites are super moist, crunchy and sweet, how could you go wrong? These bites are completely raw, too, but don’t be fooled, they’re totally the real deal!  Jeannie here- try these with your bulletproof coffee! Breakfast or lunch never had it so good!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ Cups Finely Grated Carrots
  • ½ Cup raw almonds
  • ½ Cup Raw Walnuts
  • 1½ Cups Medjool dates, pitted (like these)
  • 1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup (like this)
  • ¾ Cup Dried Coconut (I use this brand)
  • 1 tsp. Ceylon Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Ground Ginger
  • ⅛ tsp. Nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. Cardamom
  • A Pinch of Salt
  • Coconut Whip Cream Frosting (recipe here)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Begin by grating your carrots on the smaller side of a box grater. Gently squeeze out the excess liquid from the grated carrots.
  2. Once the carrots have been squeezed dry, measure them until you have about 1½ cups.
  3. Next, grind the almonds and walnuts until they begin to turn into a flour, but not so much that they turn into nut butter.
  4. Add in coconut, spices, and salt and pulse for 10 seconds.
  5. Next, add the carrots, syrup and dates to the food processor, and mix until the dates become well chopped.
  6. Using a cupcake tin with plastic wrap or wax paper strips, place about 2-3 Tbsp of mixture in each cupcake hole and press down for even hardening.
  7. Place in freezer for 1 hour to harden.
  8. Cover with coconut whipped cream.

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Coconut Oil – The True Story

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Coconut Water Kefir

This drink is basically fermented coconut water. It is an unbelievably rich probiotic drink that also contains really high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes.

Coconut water kefir is believed to be the most beneficial probiotic beverage because it has a much more potent effect on the digestive system than any dairy probiotic food such as yogurt.

Some folks buy it already made and some prefer to make their own. To make your own, you will find instructions here.

More on our thyroid–

All my life I was told we must have iodine for our thyroid and it was so important that it was being added to our salt. Now I’ve been getting more complete information. It seems very little is in our salt and we need to eat sea food and greens that contain iodine and iron. A good Naturopath should be able to take a blood test and guide you in eating and taking the supplements best for your body. My husband and I have both been told to limit our salt intake and the pink Himalayan salt is recommended, so that is what we’re using now.

FD 3 Coffee 9-Healthier-1Paleohacks has recommended 9 ways to make your coffee more healthy.  We especially like 7 of them and sometimes even add some of our whey protein powder, turning it into a bulletproof smoothie.  1. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners And Refined Sugar- use raw honey or stevia  2. Avoid Artificial Creamers- use real cream or even almond milk  3. Use Filtered Water and Organic Beans- some coffee beans have been heavily sprayed  4. Add a pinch of Ceylon Cinnamon to help control your blood sugar  5. Add Grass-fed Butter to Coffee- saturated fats are wonderful and filling.  6. Add Coconut Oil to Coffee- possibly the best saturated fat you could choose  7. Add Cacao to Coffee- especially nice for mocha lovers, and healthy too.

We’ve been hearing a lot about Intermittent Fasting lately, so I think this is a good time to refer you to the article I did on FASTING some years ago.

What Is Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting?

Basic Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

Bulletproof Coffee Fasting is like intermittent fasting, except you are consuming Bulletproof Coffee recipes in the morning.

What makes Bulletproof Fasting so much better?

  • Healthy fats from grass-fed butter and coconut oil provides a stable current of energy, sustaining you through the entire day.
  • Coconut oil increases ketosis, boosting your metabolic rate up to 12%.
  • Coconut oil leads to greater losses of fat tissue.
  • Coffee raises cell energy while inhibiting muscle-building for a brief period. This causes the muscles to ‘spring back,’ building more muscle as soon as you eat.
  • Bulletproof intermittent fasting extends your life, improves brain function and strengthens your immune system.

How To Make Perfect Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof coffee is popular for a reason. This high fat low carb coffee is rich, frothy and tastes awesome. Here’s a simple version of how to make basic Bulletproof coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter (like Kerrygold)
  • 1-2 Tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 cups hot freshly brewed organic coffee
  • add-in spices, flavors or sweetener like NuStevia (optional)

Instructions:

  • Brew coffee. This can be espresso, drip, french press, etc. and if you like you can preheat your blender with hot water while your coffee is brewing, then empty it when your coffee is ready.           
  • Add coffee, butter and coconut oil to blender, blend and froth.                       
  • Add any extras you desire: Cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, sweetener (honey or stevia).                            
  • Blend until there is a thick layer of foam on top like a latte. Yes, you can also use a hand held blender – they’re inexpensive and work great.

Here are some tips we picked up along the way…

1. Not all coffee is equal. The wrong coffee (those containing mycotoxins) will zap your energy, leaving you lethargic and irritable. Choose organic coffee to avoid chemicals.

2. Only use grass-fed butter like Kerrygold. Butter from grain-fed animals has a different fat composition. It doesn’t blend as well, doesn’t taste as good, and lacks fat soluble vitamins (which is one of the reasons this coffee is ‘bulletproof’). Don’t use low-fat or butter substitutes!

3. Butter alone does NOT make your coffee Bulletproof. The coconut oil in your Bulletproof coffee promotes high energy, fat loss and increases brain function. It also makes the coffee have a better feel in your mouth.

4. Don’t use Bulletproof coffee as a total meal replacement for a long period of time just because you’re losing a lot of unwanted weight. Bulletproof coffee is very filling, so this may be tempting, but you should eat a good chemical-free meal once a day- or at least 2-3 times a week, so your body won’t be missing out on important nutrients, protein and vitamins that it needs.

5. Blend, blend, blend… or it won’t taste the same. Stirring won’t emulsify your Bulletproof Coffee. To get that rich, creamy texture you MUST use a blender.

6. If you want to add a sweetener, use a good stevia like NuStevia. Use caution when adding organic syrups and raw honey. The extra carbs add up quickly because of the sugar content and can be a problem for some low carbers.

There are a number of wonderful and helpful recipes you may find to be an exciting addition to your busy life…

Bulletproof Coffee Drops

Bulletproof to go!! Easy drops make any hot beverage instantly Bulletproof. (Recipe from Stalkerville.)

Bulletproof Coffee Drops

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (if you use a lot of cinnamon, get Ceylon, not cassia)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions:

  • Combine butter with the melted coconut oil, sea salt and cinnamon.
  • Whisk and pour into an ice-cube tray.
  • Freeze and remove and pop the drops into a glass container and cover. Store in the fridge until you are ready to use.
  • To make Bulletproof Coffee, place one of the cubes and 10 oz of hot coffee of your choice in a blender and blend until well combined and foamy. Drink and enjoy!

Bulletproof Coffee Gummies

Portable energy shots with the added benefit of grass-fed gelatin.

Bulletproof Coffee Gummies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hot fresh brewed organic coffee
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp organic vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp grass-fed gelatin
  • sweeten to taste with stevia

Instructions:

  • Blend all in your blender until mixed well and frothy.
  • Pour into candy molds and put in the fridge until set (20 minutes to 2 hours).
  • Pop out of molds and store in a container. When you are ready, drop them into your coffee or eat them whole!

Bulletproof Coffee Packs

Bulletproof mocha coffee in bulk for travel and fast morning coffees. (Recipe found on Imgur.)

Bulletproof Coffee Packs to Go

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 20 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup cacao (or cocoa), to taste
  • Ceylon cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. No lumps!
  • Pour into 20 small cups to make the fat packs. Add lids and refrigerate.
  • Make your coffee. Place a fat pack to your empty cup or mug.
  • Add coffee until the cup is half full. Add sweetener.
  • Mix with a blender or frother. Add remaining coffee and enjoy.

NOW LET’S SHARE A VARIETY OF BULLETPROOF COFFEES- EVEN TEA AND HOT CHOCOLATE!

Bulletproof Hot Cocoa

Bulletproof Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or regular cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Bring the water and coconut milk to a boil a small saucepan.
  • Mix boiling liquid with all other ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Blend with a blender or hand mixer until frothy.
  • Transfer the Bulletproof hot cacao to your favorite mug and drink up!

Bulletproof Green Tea

Bulletproof Green Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 teabags organic green tea
  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 cups ice cubes

Instructions:

  • Brew your favorite cup of tea using twice the number of teabags.
  • Add coconut oil and butter, blending well until frothy.
  • Chill the tea in the freezer for a few hours.
  • In a blender, add ice cubes and tea.
  • Blend for 3-5 minutes, until well incorporated.

Gingerbread Spiced Bulletproof Coffee

Gingerbread Spiced Bulletproof Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp gingerbread spice per 2 Tbsp of coffee grounds
  • 1 Tbsp of grass-fed butter
  • 1 Tbsp of coconut oil

Instructions:

  • Sprinkle the gingerbread spice mix into the coffee grounds. Brew the coffee using your preferred method.
  • Pour hot coffee into a blender. Add grass-fed butter and coconut oil, plus any extras like sweetener if preferred.
  • Blend for 30-60 seconds until frothy and creamy.
  • Sprinkle with extra gingerbread spice, or use Chai tea instead of coffee.

Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof Latte

Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof Latte

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup strong, brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/3 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • pinch of salt
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • nutmeg, to taste
  • whipped coconut cream (optional)

Instructions:

  • For the unsweetened coconut milk, scoop the solids off of the top of the can before measuring out a cup of the remaining liquid. Whip the solids for a topping, if desired.
  • In a blender, combine the coconut milk with the coffee, pumpkin puree, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings, as needed.
  • Fill two tall glasses about 2/3 of the way with ice cubes. Pour half of the mixture into each glass. Garnish with whipped coconut cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve immediately.

HOW ABOUT SOME SWEET DESERTS!

Bulletproof Cocoa Mousse

Bulletproof Cocoa Mousse

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brewed organic coffee
  • 1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 packet stevia

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend until frothy.
  • Pour into a bowl and set in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Serve with whipped cream or as is.

Bulletproof Ice Cream

Bulletproof Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole eggs plus 4 yolks (pastured of course)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 10 drops apple cider vinegar or lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brewed organic coffee
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/2 cup water or ice

Instructions:

  • Blend everything but the water/ice in blender.
  • Add water or ice and blend some more. Ideally, you want a yogurt-like consistency for a creamy ice cream. Add more water for a firmer, icy texture.
  • Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and turn it on.
  • This will make perfect consistency ice cream.

Bulletproof Coffee Strawberry Cream Pops

Bulletproof Coffee Butter Cream Pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup brewed cooled coffee
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 packet stevia

Instructions:

  • Blend fresh strawberries in the food processor until smooth. Add brewed, cooled coffee and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • Prepare a pot of hot water for a double boiler.
  • Place the egg white and sweetener in to a metal bowl in the double boiler.
  • Beat the egg white mixture until the mass is stiff, glossy and silky.
  • Remove from double boiler and place egg whites into a new bowl. Add small pieces of room-temperature butter, making sure the last piece added is fully integrated into the mix before adding more.
  • You will finish with a creamy, yellowish butter cream.
  • Add the strawberry-coffee-cocoa mixture and whisk (or use an electric mixer) until well combined.
  • Pour into popsicle molds. Place in the freezer for an hour until set.

Bulletproof Pumpkin Frappuccino

This recipe makes 2 small or 1 large frappuccino

Bulletproof Pumpkin Frappuccino

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cold coffee
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 packets stevia
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • heavy cream (optional)

Instructions:

  • Brew the coffee, pour into a large mug and refrigerate overnight. Your coffee must be very cold.
  • In a small bowl whisk the milk, pumpkin, sweetener, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg until well combined. Pour into ice-cube trays and freeze.

Bulletproof Pumpkin Frappuccino How To

  • Once coffee pumpkin ice cubes are frozen, add to a blender or food processor. Blend on high until smooth and icy. Add more cream to reach your desired texture.
  • Top with whipped cream, if desired and serve immediately.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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WARNING SIGNS: Memory Loss, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, Dementia–

I have pinched nerves resulting in numbness and very bad balance at times. As the doctors are working to discover if and how I can be fixed, family and friends have suggested a number of possible problems and solutions– everything from inner ear infection to Parkinson’s– so I’ve now done a study and would like at this time to present Dr. Russell Blaylock.

Know These Warning Signs

Meet Dr. Russell Blaylock

Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., has worn many expert “hats” over the past four decades.

After attending medical school, he completed a general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency. And for over 25 years, Dr. Blaylock worked as a highly regarded neurosurgeon, practicing in major hospitals in the Carolina’s.

He co-invented an intricate neurosurgical procedure that’s still in use today, and has taught surgical procedures to medical school students.

However, his medical practice took a dramatic turn after both his parents contracted Parkinson’s disease, and later died when conventional medicine failed them. Please watch his video and then read our EAT HEALTHY! page. We think you’ll be glad you did.

We were impressed with Dr. Blaylock’s message, as it brings the same information we’ve been getting from our own doctors as they work to discover how to fix my pinched nerve problems– and we’re gaining on it! This past week was very interesting, informative and helpful. To Be Continued…

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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TO LOSE WEIGHT, BEGIN WITH TODAY!

If you want to lose weight, begin where you are.
Don’t shoot for some goal in the future too far.
Begin with today and work hard to achieve,
And the losses you’ll see will make you believe
That a goal can be reached–but not in one bound.
Each step takes you closer by ounce and by pound.
-Carol Ackerman

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We love this quote by Carol Ackerman! We’ve discovered losing weight is easy for some but hard for others to achieve.

Here in Talk ‘N Share, you will find my own personal experiences that have enabled my success and may very well help you as well. Everyone can achieve their goal of having a slim, trim and healthy body, but everyone won’t get there using the same tools. Think about it- people usually drive a vehicle or take a bus, train or plane to go many miles and there are dozens of different ones they can choose from- some people actually choose to walk or run, but in the end, most get to their destination goal- they just didn’t get there in the exact same way.

FD 3 weigh4OK- Let’s address the elephant in the room- the extra unhealthy weight no one mentions in polite company. Here in this Health Blog I share many ways of achieving your goal, what has worked for me and what I am doing now. If you look at the menu on my Talk ‘N Share site you may see a number of things that peak your interest.  Coaching Korner, EAT HEALTHY! Skinny Body MAX- Your LAST Diet? Yummy & Healthy Smoothies, and others- after reading these you should have a good idea of how you’d like to proceed.

WHAT AM I DOING NOW?

A combination… I like to start my day with coffee, so am making a Bulletproof one each morning- today I put 2 cups of hot freshly brewed coffee into the blender, added 2 T of real butter, 2 T of pure coconut oil and 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder. It had that foam head so many like and was a nice quick version of a yummy healthy Mocha.

A bit later I joined hubby for breakfast and had scrambled eggs the way I like them best- cheese melted on the top and sour cream on top of that- also 2 or 3 slices of bacon- mmmmm, GOOD! Since I eat chemical-free, I’m just not hungry anymore, so I had another cup of coffee but will not eat again until dinner. Tonight we’re having steak and I think I’ll just have a salad with mine, although if I’m a bit hungry I’ll have a small baked potato as well. I usually like chocolate after dinner, so 3 choc. peanut butter malt balls will be just perfect. If this sounds like the One Day Diet, it is close but I’m not concerned about any ‘rules’. I simply eat whatever I feel like, when I feel like, and enjoy the wonderful healthy slim and trim results!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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ALZHEIMERS- Can It Be Avoided?

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Did you know that certain foods can actually DAMAGE your brain and your memory?

Coach Josh has sent us an interesting email we want to share with you here. He says in part… If you’re currently experiencing any kind of memory issues, if you feel your memory is fading, or if you’ve been known to have a “senior moment” every so often lately, it may be directly related to certain foods in your diet.

What ARE the 5 foods you should not eat?

You will see this as a ‘come on’ for a variety of products in various companies and if you check them out you will see that there are many more than 5. We cover that on our EAT These NEVER!! page. Here are two examples- both articles are right, yet they both suggest different things. You may find them to be of interest- especially the hot dogs- definitely an American favorite!

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/health/2013/08/19/sgmd-gupta-foods-to-avoid.cnn.html.

http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/top-5-food-ingredients-you-should-never-eat/

When David Jack, a nutrition expert and contributor to Men’s Health Magazine outlined his list of 5 foods you should never eat, KTRH News decided to get an expert opinion from a Houston nutritionist.  Kristi King is a clinical dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital and Clinical Instructor at Baylor College of Medicine and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She offered the following comments on Five Foods You Should Never Eat.

“Strawberries tend to be one of the fruits that have higher amounts of pesticides found in them.  So a lot of times people will say to avoid strawberries or to buy organic, and if you have the money to buy organic I definitely encourage that.  However if you do love strawberries and want to eat them just make sure you wash them thoroughly and get all the pesticides off, dry them thoroughly, and they should be a little bit safer for consumption.

“White chocolate sounds like a good thing because we’re eating chocolate, which we know is full of anti-oxidants,  however the white chocolate is actually just the butter part of the chocolate making process, so all of the flavinols and anti-oxidants are removed from the white chocolate.  So during the chocolate making process all those good nutrients are being stripped from it and leave us with a real buttery smooth taste but unfortunately many of the nutrients are gone out of it.  So if we’re going to eat chocolate let’s stick to the dark chocolate, we want to look for 70% K-Cal in dark chocolate and that’s when you know you’re getting the good stuff.

Alfalfa sprouts tend to be sold in health food stores, and in healthy sandwiches.  It’s a great product, however it does require a warm place to grow, and when you have foods that require warm environments they’re going to be more at risk for food-borne illnesses and contaminating other foods that they touch. Alfalfa sprouts are not as easy to wash as other fruits and vegetables, so if you are at high risk, as someone with auto-immune deficiencies, young children, older adults, senior citizens, I say avoid the alfalfa sprouts use cucumber, zucchini, carrots, or grated cabbage or squash to add to your crunch to your salads or sandwiches.

Tomatoes are a great source of nutrients.  They’re full high in lycopene, it’s a great anti-oxidant.  However when we put tomatoes in a can we’re just starting to realize that a lot of the acid from the tomatoes are causing the lining put in the can as a preservative to leech into the food. So if you can buy tomatoes in something like a jar, that will be a little healthier for you, put you at less risk and tends to be more natural.”

Swordfish is one of the fish that contains the highest level of mercury.  Eating swordfish, especially if you have a medical condition that causes you to be susceptible; we want to make you avoid that.    Aiming more for fish that are found in the wild – salmon, Pacific tune, may have some mercury but it’s not going to be as much as in swordfish.

7 Memory-Killing Foods You Should Never Eat- And Why–

Food scientists are shedding light on items loaded with toxins and chemicals–and simple swaps for a cleaner diet and super-sized health.

Clean eating means choosing fruits, vegetables, and meats that are raised, grown, and sold with minimal processing. Often they’re organic, and rarely (if ever) should they contain additives. But in some cases, the methods of today’s food producers are neither clean nor sustainable. The result is damage to our health, the environment, or both. So we decided to take a fresh look at food through the eyes of the people who spend their lives uncovering what’s safe–or not–to eat. We asked them a simple question: “What foods do you avoid?” Their answers don’t necessarily make up a “banned foods” list. But reaching for the suggested alternatives might bring you better health–and peace of mind.

1. The Endocrinologist Won’t Eat: Canned Tomatoes
Fredrick Vom Saal, is an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A.

The problem: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people’s body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. “You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that’s a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young,” says vom Saal. “I won’t go near canned tomatoes.”

The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings), such as the brands Bionaturae and Coluccio. You can also get several types in Tetra Pak boxes, like Trader Joe’s and Pomi.

Budget tip: If your recipe allows, substitute bottled pasta sauce for canned tomatoes. Look for pasta sauces with low sodium and few added ingredients, or you may have to adjust the recipe.

2. The Farmer Won’t Eat: Corn-Fed Beef
Joel Salatin is co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming.

The problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. But more money for cattle farmers (and lower prices at the grocery store) means a lot less nutrition for us. A recent comprehensive study conducted by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. “We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure,” says Salatin.

The solution: Buy grass-fed beef, which can be found at specialty grocers, farmers’ markets, and nationally at Whole Foods. It’s usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don’t see it, ask your butcher.

Budget tip: Cuts on the bone are cheaper because processors charge extra for deboning. You can also buy direct from a local farmer, which can be as cheap as $5 per pound. To find a farmer near you, search eatwild.com.

3. The Toxicologist Won’t Eat: Microwave Popcorn
Olga Naidenko, is a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group.

The problem:
Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize–and migrate into your popcorn. “They stay in your body for years and accumulate there,” says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.

The solution: Pop natural kernels the old-fashioned way: in a skillet. For flavorings, you can add real butter or dried seasonings, such as dillweed, vegetable flakes, or soup mix.

Budget tip: Popping your own popcorn is dirt cheap

4. The Farm Director Won’t Eat: Non-organic Potatoes
Jeffrey Moyer is the chair of the National Organic Standards Board.

The problem:
Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes–the nation’s most popular vegetable–they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting. “Try this experiment: Buy a conventional potato in a store, and try to get it to sprout. It won’t,” says Moyer, who is also farm director of the Rodale Institute (also owned by Rodale Inc., the publisher of Prevention). “I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”


The solution:
Buy organic potatoes. Washing isn’t good enough if you’re trying to remove chemicals that have been absorbed into the flesh.

Budget tip: Organic potatoes are only $1 to $2 a pound, slightly more expensive than conventional spuds.

5. The Fisheries Expert Won’t Eat: Farmed Salmon
Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, published a major study in the journal Science on contamination in fish.

The problem: Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. According to Carpenter, the most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe, which can be found on American menus. “You could eat one of these salmon dinners every 5 months without increasing your risk of cancer,” says Carpenter, whose 2004 fish contamination study got broad media attention. “It’s that bad.” Preliminary science has also linked DDT to diabetes and obesity, but some nutritionists believe the benefits of omega-3s outweigh the risks. There is also concern about the high level of antibiotics and pesticides used to treat these fish. When you eat farmed salmon, you get dosed with the same drugs and chemicals.

The solution: Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it’s farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon.

Budget tip:
Canned salmon, almost exclusively from wild catch, can be found for as little as $3 a can.

6. The Cancer Researcher Won’t Drink: Milk Produced With Artificial Hormones
Rick North is project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society.


The problem:
Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers. “When the government approved rBGH, it was thought that IGF-1 from milk would be broken down in the human digestive tract,” says North. As it turns out, the casein in milk protects most of it, according to several independent studies. “There’s not 100 percent proof that this is increasing cancer in humans,” admits North. “However, it’s banned in most industrialized countries.”

The solution: Check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk. These phrases indicate rBGH-free products.

Budget tip: Try Wal-Mart’s Great Value label, which does not use rBGH.

7. The Organic-Foods Expert Won’t Eat: Conventional Apples
Mark Kastel, a former executive for agribusiness, is co-director of the Cornucopia Institute, a farm-policy research group that supports organic foods.

The problem: If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. Why? They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don’t develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently. The industry maintains that these residues are not harmful. But Kastel counters that it’s just common sense to minimize exposure by avoiding the most doused produce, like apples. “Farm workers have higher rates of many cancers,” he says. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides (from all sources) with Parkinson’s disease.

The solution: Buy organic apples.

Budget tip: If you can’t afford organic, be sure to wash and peel them. But Kastel personally refuses to compromise. “I would rather see the trade-off being that I don’t buy that expensive electronic gadget,” he says. “Just a few of these decisions will accommodate an organic diet for a family.”

Jeannie here- you will no doubt find our EAT HEALTHY! page to be most helpful in being able to eat a healthy diet that is easy to achieve and very delicious- a wonderful way to be slim, trim and HEALTHY for life!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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SALT Is GOOD- How Could It Possibly KILL Us??

I recently received  a request from my friend Julie to research various salts and only a day or two later Leah from Mamavation sent an interesting article, so here we go- THINGS ABOUT SALT that may have made you wonder…

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It’s no secret that salt can impact your health. It’s an essential nutrient and our bodies can’t function without salt. We’ve been hearing for years that Americans need to reduce their sodium intake. Sodium is one of the leading causes of high blood pressure, and the number one cause of preventable death in the world. What you might not know is that which type of salt you use matters. Not all salt is created equal.

Different Types of Salt

There are many different varieties of salt, and it’s important to differentiate them before discussing how they can affect your health. Let’s start with what most likely comes to mind first–table salt.

Table Salt

Table salt is manufactured and heavily refined sodium chloride. The salt is heated to over 1200 degrees Fahrenheit to remove impurities, which also removes many of it’s naturally occurring elements. Almost pure sodium chloride is what remains, as table salt is 99% sodium chlorideThe salt is then ground until very fine, and as a result the salt clumps together. Anti-caking agents are added to prevent clumping, but that’s not always where the additives stop.

Things like iodide, fluoride, dextrose, potassium iodide, MSG, aluminum derivatives and even more can be added to conventional table salt. Table salt is bleached to get its bright white color too. Most salts found in nature aren’t white. Speaking of where salt it found, one way table salt is produced is by gathering flaky residue from oil digging.

Sea Salt/Kosher Salt

Sea salt is obtained through a different method than most table salt. The salt is dried through the evaporation of sea water. Sea salt retains more of the natural minerals such as beneficial magnesium, potassium, and others. It contains slightly less sodium by volume than conventional salt, perhaps because the salt crystals are left larger. Larger crystals also means no need to add anti-caking agents.

Kosher salt is very similar in make up as sea salt, but the crystals are usually ground slightly more. It too can be derived from the sea, but it is also cultivated from underground. It’s commonly used for curing meats. Natural and unrefined sea salts have around 84% sodium chloride content. Refined version will have closer to 93% sodium chloride.

Himalayan Crystal Salt

This characteristically pink salt is harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas and gets its pink color from the iron oxide in the salt. It’s considered very pure and has been shown to contain 84 natural minerals that occur in the human body. Due to the large number of minerals in this natural salt, Himalayan salt is only 85% sodium chloride. It usually comes in large crystal form, and is even sold in solid blocks.

Himalayan crystal salt is said to have numerous health benefits, such as improved mood, lowed blood pressure, sleep benefits, prevention of allergy symptoms, and it can help support the immune system FD 1 pink salt

Dangers of Table Salt 

Now that we’ve determined how table salt differs from some of the other varieties of salt, let’s look at what the differences mean for your health.

Sodium Chloride

Research shows that a diet high in sodium chloride actually drives autoimmune disease. It does so by introducing pathogenic TH17 cells.   Mice were used in one portion of the study and the raised levels of sodium chloride triggered the autoimmune development of encephalomyelitis, the inflammation of the brain and spinal chord.

Sodium Benzoate

This synthetic chemical is sometimes found in table salt. Those sensitive to sodium benzoate can experience hives, allergic reactions, or asthma attacks.  Sodium benzoate is especially of concern when combined with citric acid. Considering how prevalent salt is in cooking, that combination is likely. The mix of these two ingredients forms a cancer-causing chemical, benzene.

Aluminum

Aluminum hydroxide has been linked to Alzheimer’s. Other forms of aluminum have show to negatively impact bone formation.

Fluoride

Fluoride has been linked to developmental neurotoxicity. It can damage the brain, decrease IQ, and harm bones, kidney function, and the thyroid.

Dextrose

We’ve mentioned dextrose before. This processed sugar is made from GMO corn, which can be treated with the herbicide glyphosate. This heavily used chemical has been deemed as a probable carcinogen. In addition, dextrose contains MSG, which can lead to feelings of nausea, brain damage, learning disorders, and behavioral problems.

Iodine

Iodine naturally occurs in certain foods and salt, however table salt is stripped of the naturally occurring form. Synthetic iodine is then added to conventional salt, and our bodies just cant absorb it the same. It’s true that we need iodine, but the mineral’s natural form is much more absorbable and better suited to preventing iodine deficiency. Very high levels of iodine can actual adversely affect the thyroid. It’s best to get this mineral from sources such as seaweed, seafood, and food grown in soil rich with iodine.

Other Health Concerns

Iodized table salt is commonly linked to hypertension. The blood stream attempts to move this processed salt away from the heart, thus elevating blood pressure. High blood pressure can result in stroke, dementia, and heart failure.

The average American consumes between 4000-6000 mg of salt per day, while the recommended amount from the AHA is just 1500 mg. Choosing a salt lower in sodium chloride can help reduce the effects on your health. It is said that conventional salt can lead to other side effects such as cellulite, arthritis, stroke, gallbladder and kidney stones, muscle problems, and digestive problems.

Sodium intake is especially a cause for concern for African-Americans. They develop high blood pressure more often at a younger age than the general populationA staggering 73% of African-American hypertension patients were found to have salt sensitivity. Though one reason as to why they are more sensitive to salt has yet to be determined, there are many evidence backed theories. Some suggest that it is due to a social and economic factors, as well as diet. Sodium is far more prevalent in processed foods and fast foods, so African-Americans should take care with their diet. The CDC recommends African-Americans limit daily sodium intake to 1500 mg, yet a cheeseburger with toppings almost hits that limit with 1108 mg of sodium, and that’s before the fries. A KFC Variety Big Box meal contains 3000 mg, double the recommendation in just one serving. Considering African-Americans are 80% more likely to die from a stroke, and nearly half of both African-American men and women will develop high blood pressure, diet and the sodium level of the salt they use is of utmost importance.

Choose Wisely

Let’s face it, we need salt. Not only is it essential to our health, but it also brings out the flavor in our food. What we don’t need is the health problems caused by processed salt and synthetic additives. When you are choosing what salt to cook with or season your food, opt for unrefined, natural salt. The salt you choose, such as Himalayan crystal salt, can even provide additional benefits to your health.

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ARE THE OTC DRUGS YOU TAKE REALLY SAFE, DOCTOR APPROVED?

4 Commonly Prescribed Drugs That May Not Be Safe

To sell drugs, ads raise awareness of conditions people never worried about before and probably don’t have.                              By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNetbigpharma_750

They are so common no one thinks twice about them: drug ads that tell you about a disease you might have and a pill that could treat it. Just “ask your doctor,” they say, if the pill is right for you.

Until 1997, such direct-to-consumer (DTC) ads did not exist because without a doctor’s recommendation, how could people know if the medication was appropriate or safe? The only thing people knew about drugs and drug risks was from ads they peeked at in medical journals at the doctor’s office.

But after the ads started in 1997, the allergy pill Claritin became a household word, along with Xenical, Meridia, Propecia, Paxil, Prozac, Vioxx, Viagra, Singulair, Nasonex, Allegra, Flonase and, of course, Lipitor—and Big Pharma became a Wall Street darling.

Now the American Medical Association (AMA) is taking a second look at DTC advertising. In November 2015, doctors at the AMA’s Interim Meeting sought a policy to address one of its biggest problems: the growing proliferation of ads “driving demand for expensive treatments despite the clinical effectiveness of less costly alternatives.” Billions are spent advertising expensive new drugs that are not clearly better than existing ones, the AMA said. The Kaiser Family Foundation agreed and said exorbitantly priced drugs—like $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C drugs and recently approved PCSK9-inhibiting cholesterol drugs—are the “public’s top health care priority.” The new cholesterol drug will cost an estimated $14,000 a year.

Looting tax dollars and raising health premiums is only one result of DTC advertising. To sell drugs, the ads raise awareness of conditions people never worried about before and probably don’t have. Some conditions are so rare the ads appear to be selling the disease itself. How many people, for example, suffer from “Non-24,” a condition that mostly affects blind people yet is currently advertised on TV? How many people suffer from “exocrine pancreatic insufficiency” and need to ask their doctor about their “poop” as other ads currently suggest?

Nor are the drugs even clearly safe. Many of the aggressively advertised drugs have risks that have surfaced after their ad campaigns expire (Others like Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, Trovan, Meridia, Seldane, Hismanal and Darvon were removed from the market altogether).

Here are some heavily advertised drugs that are not necessarily safe.

1. GERD Meds

Few had heard of the condition gastroesophageal reflux disease before DTC advertising. While a small percentage of the population may have GERD, the condition is widely believed to have been pushed to sell proton pump inhibitors (PPI) like Nexium. In many cases “GERD” is really heartburn and can be treated with Tums or Rolaids, critics said.

GERD has made a lot of money. The “Purple Pill,” Nexium, made almost $5 billion in the U.S. in one year and the class of PPIs made $13.6 billion, translating into 119 million prescriptions. But safety questions have followed.

In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that PPIs are linked to Clostridium Difficile or C. Dif, a sometimes deadly intestinal infection that is becoming increasingly drug resistant. In 2013, medical literature linked PPIs to fractures, calcium and magnesium deficiencies, community-acquired pneumonia and vitamin B-12 deficiencies. Other research suggests PPIs might cause blood vessels to constrict and cardiovascular risks and this month, research said PPIs may be linked to increased risk for chronic kidney disease.

2. Lipitor

If DTC advertising was the medium that made Big Pharma a Wall Street darling, statins like Lipitor were the drug class. In 2005 statins earned $18.7 billion in the U.S. and Pfizer’s Lipitor became the best-selling drug in the world.

Patients loved statins because they could ignore diet and exercise advice and still, apparently, reduce heart attack risks; their body would “forgive” the bacon cheeseburger. But not all medical voices agreed. Some wondered why the nation spent approximately $20 billion a year on cholesterol-lowering drugs instead of effective, less dangerous and less expensive lifestyle and diet changes. Others questioned the value of statins themselves.

High cholesterol, which statins treat, is a “relatively weak risk factor for developing atherosclerosis,” Barbara Roberts, an associate clinical professor of medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University told me. “Big Pharma has consistently exaggerated the benefits of statins and some physicians used scare tactics so that patients are afraid that if they go off the statins, they will have a heart attack.” Though many doctors have “swallowed the Kool-Aid,” Dr. Roberts, author of The Truth about Statins, said, “diabetes and smoking are far more potent when it comes to increasing risk.”

In 2012, the FDA floated new risks to the entire statin class, adding warnings to their labels about memory impairment, diabetes, liver injury and muscle damage. Memory problems had always been suspected with statins, but after Lipitor’s patent ran out, they were confirmed.

3. Crestor

Statins were given a big boost by Paul Ridker of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who presented the results of a study on the statin Crestor, funded by its manufacturer AstraZeneca, in 2009. Even though Ridker was co-inventor of a related patent and stood to profit from sales and study authors listed 131 financial ties to Big Pharma, the media were wowed. Headlines screamed “AstraZeneca’s Crestor cuts death, heart attack” and “Crestor study seen changing preventive treatment!” Ka-ching.

But doctors posting online comments in the New England Journal of Medicine were not convinced, especially since the study was stopped early because, AstraZeneca said, of its clearly positive results. “It is well established that RCTs [randomized controlled trials] stopped early overestimate benefits significantly,” wrote a physician from Rochester, Minnesota. “It is shocking that this trial was terminated 50 percent through, based on a small absolute benefit, with real questions about long-term risk,” a poster from LSU Law Center, read.

During Crestor-mania, few remembered that the FDA’s own David Graham had named the drug among the top five most dangerous in Capitol Hill testimony. Public Citizen, the national watchdog group, had petitioned for the drug’s withdrawal and research in the journal Circulation found Crestor “was significantly more likely to be associated with the composite end point of rhabdomyolysis, proteinuria, nephropathy or renal failure” than related drugs.

4. Vytorin

Vytorin was heavily advertised as treating both genetic and dietary sources of cholesterol and combined the statin drug Zocor with the anti-hyperlipidemic drug Zetia. The problem was, it was marketed before a study confirmed its effectiveness and when the study was published, it found Vytorin had no effect on the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Oops.

Like other expensive and popular drugs, the issue wasn’t just that Vytorin did not work any better than a much cheaper drug. Its makers, Merck and Schering-Plough, also admitted “theoretical” safety concerns about liver damage. In 2014, American Journal of Cardiology authors reported an unexpected increase in cancer incidence and mortality in subjects possibly linked to ezetimibe, one of the Vytorin ingredients.

Vytorin demonstrates well the AMA’s current concerns about profiteering. The state of New York paid $21 million for Vytorin in two years out of its Medicaid dollars—a likely worthless drug. “Drug companies are on notice that concealing critical information about life-saving prescription drugs, profiting at the expense of patients’ health and wasting taxpayer dollars, is simply unacceptable,” then New York Attorney Andrew Cuomo, now governor, said.

Vytorin was such a scam, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked the General Accounting Office to investigate why the FDA would approve a drug to reduce artery-clogging plaque that didn’t reduce artery-clogging plaque. Former Congressmen Bart Stupak (D-MI) and John Dingell (D-MI) asked why Schering-Plough Executive VP Carrie Smith Cox unloaded $28 million in stock when she knew the study failed before the public did.

“Many consumers may not have taken Vytorin had they been aware of the study results,” Rep. Stupak said during hearings. He might have added “had they not seen DTC advertising.”

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Stop Eating These?? Eat These Instead!

Joel is a treasure of wonderful helpful information!

I can eat the things he mentions here, because I’m not sensitive to foods that contain gluten, although I have noticed they do make me break out in rolls of fat, and right where I don’t want it! It was only after my Naturopath told me that actually no wheat products are good for us because they have, over time, been altered from the good healthy foods they once were, that I began avoiding them– and now that we’ve discovered our wheat crops are being soaked in poison to make harvesting easier, you can bet I will try not to consume ANY!!  PLEASE read this article! I’ve enjoyed Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain breads for years, but didn’t know until recently they also make tortillas, bagels, rolls and other things we can enjoy. I really LOVE being able to have a healthy version of things that are now a bad choice from most companies.  OK, lets hear from Joel…

Hey, it’s Joel, and I actually just got home from the grocery store.  In fact, as soon as I’m done writing this powerful fat-burning newsletter, I’m gonna head on over to the el kitchen (Spanish for kitchen) and make me some fajitas. Mmmm fajitas…so good 🙂

So what did I buy from the grocery store? Wouldn’t YOU want to know?

Just kidding, I’ll tell you.

I bought a bunch of stuff that you already know is healthy (plenty of fruits, veggies, etc) and then quite a few things that most people don’t use but are WAY healthier than the “healthy” option of similar food items that people do normally use.

Confused yet? Let me break it down in to practical examples.

Most people would choose 100% Whole Wheat bread as a “healthy” option. I didn’t buy 100% Whole Wheat bread, I bought Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain bread.

Is 100% Whole Wheat bread the worst thing on earth? Not necessarily, although our wheat is now being poisoned before harvest- but the FDA says it only affects us very minimally, but Ezekiel bread is just 100 times better. Organic, Sprouted, 100% Whole Grain flour-less bread, and a 2-slice serving even contains 8 grams of complete protein (and 6 grams of fiber). So yes, it’s better.

Not only did I buy some Ezekiel bread, but I also bought some Ezekiel flour-less tortillas (for my fajitas) – same whole grain, complete protein goodness as above.

So that was the first “healthy” food swap I made.

Second, I bypassed the All Natural Peanut Butter and instead picked up a jar of Enhanced Almond Butter by Naturally More. Why? Because Enhanced Almond is like super nut butter, and I’m all about being super. That and the fact that peanuts are one of the most common food allergens, and when consumed regularly can cause slowed weight loss in those sensitive to it (which is actually the majority of individuals).  In addition to that, Enhanced Almond is also fortified with flax seeds to give it a nice Omega-3 kick. Best. Nut-butter. Ever.

Up next was my third food swap, and that was when I passed through the dairy isle. See you later organic milk, I’m grabbing the almond milk instead.

Again, a lot of individuals are sensitive to dairy, and actually experience accelerated fat loss by removing it from their diet. I hardly drink milk anymore, and instead opt for almond milk whenever possible.

No lactose, no dairy, no indigestion, no bloat…and frankly, I think it tastes better.

And oh yeah, it has one THIRD the calories of regular milk while scoring far lower on the Insulin Index.

Joel Marion, CISSN
Author, 30 Second Hormone Fix

Jeannie here– Joel believes a Leptin supplement can help if you seem to be stuck and recommends it. We did a bit of research on leptin and recommend you read about it on WebMD! We tried the product Joel recommended and did not feel it helped us, so after reading more articles, we cannot recommend it, but if you wish to try it, do! It won’t hurt you and if it helps- well that is what Talk ‘N Share is all about! We still stand solidly behind the information we have for you on our EAT HEALTHY! page- it works great for us!

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Fibromayalgia, Anemia, Diverticulitis And Other Yucky Things…

Not long ago I heard some people talking about medical problems they were having and decided to look some of them up to see if they had anything in common regarding symptoms and cures. It was an interesting study. In the end it seems that what we eat is the most important thing we can do for the best health possible and good live vitamins are important, since mostly dead ones can’t keep us well. My EAT HEALTHY! page may not enable you to be healed of your problem, but following it will put your body in the best health possible for you and it may even result in a lack of pain from your problem. Yes- I challenge you to try it!

Fibromyalgia-

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event… to see this whole article, go to mayoclinic.org

Treatment-

Self-care is critical in the management of fibromyalgia.

  • Reduce stress. Develop a plan to avoid or limit overexertion and emotional stress. Allow yourself time each day to relax. That may mean learning how to say no without guilt. But try not to change your routine completely. People who quit work or drop all activity tend to do worse than do those who remain active. Try stress management techniques, such as deep-breathing exercises or meditation.
  • Get enough sleep. Because fatigue is one of the main characteristics of fibromyalgia, getting sufficient sleep is essential. In addition to allotting enough time for sleep, practice good sleep habits, such as going to bed and getting up at the same time each day and limiting daytime napping.
  • Exercise regularly. At first, exercise may increase your pain. But doing it gradually and regularly often decreases symptoms. Appropriate exercises may include walking, swimming, biking and water aerobics. A physical therapist can help you develop a home exercise program. Stretching, good posture and relaxation exercises also are helpful.
  • Pace yourself. Keep your activity on an even level. If you do too much on your good days, you may have more bad days. Moderation means not overdoing it on your good days, but likewise it means not self-limiting or doing too little on the days when symptoms flare.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy foods. Limit your caffeine intake. Do something that you find enjoyable and fulfilling every day.*

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Anemia

Abnormal Paleness

Look at the mucous membrane (water line above the lower lashes) of your eyes. Seem normal? Well, if it appears pale, it is a surefire sign that you aren’t getting adequate red blood cells. Not just your eyes, anemia patients can also notice paleness in their face, palms, as well as nail beds. Do not ignore lack of color of the skin as it is a clear sign of you being anemic.

Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues. It has many symptoms and being pale is one many people recognize. Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.FD 3 anemia

Fatigue

Typically, the first and the most common symptom of anemia is loss of energy or fatigue. It is not that usual sluggish feeling you get on being stressed or after working overtime. It’s different type of weakness – people have bone tiredness, which affects the overall quality of their life. So, if you remain exhausted all the time lately, get in touch with a doctor immediately. You can learn 21 signs to look for here.

Different types of anemia include:

Although many parts of the body help make red blood cells, most of the work is done in the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the soft tissue in the center of bones that helps form all blood cells.

Healthy red blood cells last between 90 and 120 days. Parts of your body then remove old blood cells. A hormone called erythropoietin (epo) made in your kidneys signals your bone marrow to make more red blood cells.

Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells. It gives red blood cells their color. People with anemia do not have enough hemoglobin.

Hemoglobin The body needs certain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to make enough red blood cells. Iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid are three of the most important ones. The body may not have enough of these nutrients due to:

  • Changes in the lining of the stomach or intestines affect how well nutrients are absorbed (for example, celiac disease)
  • Poor diet
  • Slow blood loss (for example, from heavy menstrual periods or stomach ulcers)
  • Surgery that removes part of the stomach or intestines

Symptoms

You may have no symptoms if the anemia is mild or if the problem develops slowly. Symptoms that may occur first include:

  • Feeling grumpy
  • Feeling weak or tired more often than usual, or with exercise
  • Headaches
  • Problems concentrating or thinking

Exams and Tests

The doctor will perform a physical examination, and may find:

  • A heart murmur
  • Low blood pressure, especially when you stand up
  • Pale skin
  • Rapid heart rate

Some types of anemia may cause other findings on a physical exam.

Blood tests used to diagnose some common types of anemia may include:

Other tests may be done to find medical problems that can cause anemia.

Treatment

Treatment should be directed at the cause of the anemia, and may include:

  • Blood transfusions
  • Corticosteroids or other medicines that suppress the immune system
  • Erythropoietin, a medicine that helps your bone marrow make more blood cells
  • Supplements of iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, or other vitamins and minerals

Possible Complications

Severe anemia can cause low oxygen levels in vital organs such as the heart, and can lead to a heart attack.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if you have any symptoms of anemia or unusual bleeding so they can give you the needed tests to know just what kind you have and can determine the best treatments. Have you noticed that anemia seems to be a lack of certain vitamins and minerals in our diet?*

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Diverticulitis

Sometimes, especially as they get older, people can develop little bulging pouches in the lining of the large intestine. These are called diverticula, and the condition is known as diverticulosis.

When the pouches become inflamed or infected, it leads to a sometimes very painful condition called diverticulitis. In addition to having abdominal pain, people with diverticulitis may experience nausea, vomiting, bloating, fever, constipation, or diarrhea.

Many experts believe that a low-fiber diet can lead to diverticulosis and diverticulitis. This may be why people in Asia and Africa, where the diet tends to be higher in fiber, have a very low incidence of the condition.

Diverticulosis usually causes no or few symptoms; leaving many people unaware that they even have diverticula present.

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Diverticulitis Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Diverticulitis may need to be treated with antibiotics or, in severe cases, surgery.

Diet for Diverticulitis

If you’re experiencing severe symptoms from diverticulitis, your doctor may recommend a liquid diverticulitis diet as part of your treatment, which can include:

  • Water
  • Fruit juices
  • Broth
  • Ice pops

Gradually you can ease back into a regular diet. Your doctor may advise you to start with low-fiber foods (gluten free bread, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products) before introducing high-fiber foods.

Fiber softens and adds bulk to stools, helping them pass more easily through the colon. It also reduces pressure in the digestive tract.

Many studies show that eating fiber-rich foods can help control diverticular symptoms. Try to eat at least 25-35 grams of fiber a day.

Here are a few fiber-rich foods to include in meals:

  • Einkorn whole-grain breads, pastas, and cereals- NOT things from processed flour.
  • Beans (kidney beans and black beans, for example)
  • Fresh fruits (apples, pears, prunes)
  • Vegetables (squash, potatoes, peas, spinach)

If you’re having difficulty structuring a diet on your own, read and follow our EAT HEALTHY! page and you will be able to eat in a delicious way that works for you.

Your doctor may also recommend a fiber supplement, and drinking enough water and other fluids throughout the day will also help prevent constipation.

Foods to Avoid With Diverticulitis

In the past, doctors had recommended that people with diverticular disease (diverticulosis or diverticulitis) avoid hard-to-digest foods such as nuts, corn, popcorn, and seeds, for fear that these foods would get stuck in the diverticula and lead to inflammation. However, recent research has noted that there is no real scientific evidence to back up this recommendation.

In fact, nuts and seeds are components of many high-fiber foods, which are recommended for people with diverticular disease.

*Not medical advice. Consult a doctor for medical advice.

OTHER YUCKY DISEASES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

-Gastrointestinal disorders

-Obesity

-Diabetes

-Heart Disease

-Depression

-Autism

-Infertility

-Cancer

-Multiple Sclerosis

-Alzheimer’s disease

-And the list goes on and on and on … by now you may have noticed that our bodies are made up of what we eat so our diet is very important in keeping us well. We believe if you follow our EAT HEALTHY! page you can’t go wrong- you will, in most cases, become well and stay that way for life. A doctor once told me that if everyone ate and supplemented like I do, hospitals wouldn’t have nearly so many in them and cancer would be very rare indeed.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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THE REAL REASON WHEAT IS TOXIC (It’s Not The Gluten)

We truly give a huge Thank You to Sarah and Julie for providing this most important information– WHY, you may ask, hasn’t this been front page news on every news source in America? Good question, isn’t it?

by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economistreal reason wheatThe stories became far too frequent to ignore.

Emails from folks with allergic or digestive issues to wheat in the United States experienced no symptoms whatsoever when they tried eating pasta on vacation in Italy.

Confused parents wondering why wheat consumption sometimes triggered autoimmune reactions in their children but not at other times.

There is clearly something going on with wheat that is not well known by the general public. It goes far and beyond organic versus non-organic, gluten or hybridization because even conventional wheat triggers no symptoms for some who eat wheat in other parts of the world.

What indeed is going on with wheat?

For quite some time, I secretly harbored the notion that wheat in the United States must, in fact, be genetically modified.  GMO wheat secretly invading the North American food supply seemed the only thing that made sense and could account for the varied experiences I was hearing about.

I reasoned that it couldn’t be the gluten or wheat hybridization. Gluten and wheat hybrids have been consumed for thousands of years. It just didn’t make sense that this could be the reason for so many people suddenly having problems with wheat and gluten in general in the past 5-10 years.

In my own home, I’ve long pondered why my husband can eat the wheat I prepare at home, but he experiences negative digestive effects eating even a single roll in a restaurant.

Finally, the answer came over dinner a couple of months ago with a friend who was well versed in the wheat production process. I started researching the issue for myself, and was, quite frankly, horrified at what I discovered.

The good news is that the reason wheat has become so toxic in the United States is not because it is secretly GMO as I had feared (thank goodness!).

The bad news is that the problem lies with the manner in which wheat is harvested by conventional wheat farmers.

You’re going to want to sit down for this one.  I’ve had some folks burst into tears in horror when I passed along this information before.

Wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest 

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980.  It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

wheat graph 2According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT who has studied the issue in depth and who I recently saw present on the subject at a nutritional Conference in Indianapolis, desiccating non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate just before harvest came into vogue late in the 1990′s with the result that most of the non-organic wheat in the United States is now contaminated with it.  Seneff explains that when you expose wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it actually releases more seeds resulting in a slightly greater yield:   “It ‘goes to seed’ as it dies. At its last gasp, it releases the seed” says Dr. Seneff.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, as of 2012, 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat has been treated with herbicides. This is an increase from 88% for durum wheat, 91% for spring wheat and 47% for winter wheat since 1998.

Here’s what wheat farmer Keith Lewis has to say about the practice:     I have been a wheat farmer for 50 yrs and one wheat production practice that is very common is applying the herbicide Roundup (glyposate) just prior to harvest. Roundup is licensed for preharvest weed control. Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup claims that application to plants at over 30% kernel moisture result in roundup uptake by the plant into the kernels. Farmers like this practice because Roundup kills the wheat plant allowing an earlier harvest.

A wheat field often ripens unevenly, thus applying Roundup preharvest evens up the greener parts of the field with the more mature. The result is on the less mature areas Roundup is translocated into the kernels and eventually harvested as such.

This practice is not licensed. Farmers mistakenly call it “dessication.” Consumers eating products made from wheat flour are undoubtedly consuming minute amounts of Roundup. An interesting aside, malt barley which is made into beer is not acceptable in the marketplace if it has been sprayed with preharvest Roundup. Lentils and peas are not accepted in the market place if it was sprayed with preharvest roundup….. but wheat is ok.. This farming practice greatly concerns me and it should further concern consumers of wheat products.

This practice is not just widespread in the United States either. The Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom reports that use of Roundup as a wheat desiccant results in glyphosate residues regularly showing up in bread samples. Other European countries are waking up to to the danger, however. In the Netherlands, use of Roundup is completely banned with France likely soon to follow.

Using Roundup as a dessicant on the wheat fields prior to harvest may save the farmer money and increase profits, but it is devastating to the health of the consumer who ultimately consumes those ground up wheat kernels which have absorbed a significant amount of Roundup!

wheat graph 1While the herbicide industry maintains that glyphosate is minimally toxic to humans, research published in the Journal Entropy strongly argues otherwise by shedding light on exactly how glyphosate disrupts mammalian physiology.

Authored by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff of MIT, the paper investigates glyphosate’s inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, an overlooked component of lethal toxicity to mammals.

The currently accepted view is that ghyphosate is not harmful to humans or any mammals.  This flawed view is so pervasive in the conventional farming community that Roundup salesmen have been known to foolishly drink it during presentations!

However, just because Roundup doesn’t kill you immediately doesn’t make it nontoxic.  In fact, the active ingredient in Roundup lethally disrupts the all important shikimate pathway found in beneficial gut microbes which is responsible for synthesis of critical amino acids.

Friendly gut bacteria, also called probiotics, play a critical role in human health. Gut bacteria aid digestion, prevent permeability of the gastointestinal tract (which discourages the development of autoimmune disease), synthesize vitamins and provide the foundation for robust immunity.  In essence:

Roundup significantly disrupts the functioning of beneficial bacteria in the gut and contributes to permeability of the intestinal wall and consequent expression of autoimmune disease symptoms

In synergy with disruption of the biosynthesis of important amino acids via the shikimate pathway, glyphosate inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes produced by the gut microbiome.  CYP enzymes are critical to human biology because they detoxify the multitude of foreign chemical compounds, xenobiotics, that we are exposed to in our modern environment today.

As a result, humans exposed to glyphosate through use of Roundup in their community or through ingestion of its residues on industrialized food products become even more vulnerable to the damaging effects of other chemicals and environmental toxins they encounter!

What’s worse is that the negative impact of glyphosate exposure is slow and insidious over months and years as inflammation gradually gains a foothold in the cellular systems of the body.

The consequences of this systemic inflammation are most of the diseases and conditions associated with the Western lifestyle:

-Gastrointestinal disorders

-Obesity

-Diabetes

-Heart Disease

-Depression

-Autism

-Infertility

-Cancer

-Multiple Sclerosis

-Alzheimer’s disease

-And the list goes on and on and on …

In a nutshell, Dr. Seneff’s study of Roundup’s ghastly glyphosate which the wheat crop in the United States is doused with just days before harvest uncovers the manner in which this lethal toxin harms the human body by decimating beneficial gut microbes with the tragic end result of disease, degeneration, and widespread suffering

Got the picture yet?

Even if you think you have no trouble digesting wheat, it is still very wise to avoid conventional wheat as much as possible in your diet!

 You Must Avoid Toxic Wheat No Matter What

The bottom line is that avoidance of conventional wheat in the United States is absolutely imperative even if you don’t currently have a gluten allergy or wheat sensitivity. The increase in the amount of glyphosate applied to wheat closely correlates with the rise of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Dr. Seneff points out that the increases in these diseases are not just genetic in nature, but also have an environmental cause as not all patient symptoms are alleviated by eliminating gluten from the diet.

The effects of deadly glyphosate on your biology are so insidious that lack of symptoms today means literally nothing.

If you don’t have problems with wheat now, you will in the future if you keep eating conventionally produced, toxic wheat!

How to Eat Wheat Safely

Obviously, if you’ve already developed a sensitivity or allergy to wheat, you must avoid it.  Period.

But, if you aren’t celiac or gluten sensitive and would like to consume this ancestral food safely, you can do what we do in our home. We only source organic, preferably low gluten, unhybridized Einkorn wheat for breadmaking, pancakes, cookies etc.  But, when we eat out or are purchasing food from the store, conventional wheat products are rejected without exception.  This despite the fact that we have no gluten allergies whatsoever in our home – yet.

I am firmly convinced that if we did nothing, our entire family at some point would develop sensitivity to wheat or autoimmune disease in some form due to the toxic manner in which it is processed and the glyphosate residues that are contained in conventional wheat products.

What Are You Going to Do About Toxic Wheat?

How did you react to the news that US wheat farmers are using Roundup, not just to kill weeds, but to dry out the wheat plants to allow for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest and that such a practice causes absorption of toxic glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides, right into the wheat kernels themselves?

Did you feel outraged and violated like I did? How will you implement a conventional wheat-avoidance strategy going forward even if you haven’t yet developed a problem with gluten or wheat sensitivity?

What about other crops where Roundup is used as a pre-harvest dessicant such as barley, sugar cane, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets?  Will you only be buying these crops in organic form from now on to avoid this modern, man-made scourge?

Credits: Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sources and More Information

Roundup: Quick Death for Weeds, Slow and Painful Death for You

Glyphosate now commonly found in human urine

Glyphosate, Celiac and Gluten Intolerance

The Glyphosate, Celiac Disease Connection

Hybrid Wheat is Not the Same as GMO Wheat

The Dutch Ban Roundup, France and Brazil to Follow

Is it the Gluten or is it the Glyphosate?

Can Celiacs Eat Sourdough Bread?

Pre-harvest Application of Glyphosate to Wheat

Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases

Yield and quality of wheat seeds as a function of desiccation stages and herbicides

Wheat farmer weighs in on the use of Roundup as a wheat desiccant

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!!

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Homemade Master Muffin Mix

We have found yet another great website for your healthy eating enjoyment! Super Healthy Kids has a wide variety- something for everyone!

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This homemade master muffin mix can make breakfast fast and easy, while still being very healthy!

Muffins can be worse than donuts.  I saw my kids eat an entire muffin, from a store that shall not be named, at a church camp-out last weekend.   The muffin in question; 690 calories, 48 grams of sugar, and 32 grams of fat!  And they had no trouble eating the entire thing!  I have always loved muffins though, so I knew there could be a better way.  Sometimes the best thing for a busy morning is pre-made muffins.  But this is how we make them better.master muffin mix in a jar from shk First, we start with our very own homemade muffin mix!  This is easy. We used:

  • 8 cups of whole wheat flour (Jeannie suggests Einkorn organic)

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

  • 1/3 cup baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 cup coconut oil (in the solid state)

Mix all the dry ingredients together, and then cut in the solid coconut oil as if it were shortening.  Use a pastry blender to incorporate it well into the dry ingredients.

Store your mix at room temperature or below!  Any warmer, and your coconut oil will become soft and liquid.  If you live in a very warm climate, store your mix in the fridge.

I printed some Avery labels (because I’m no designer myself, and the labels are super easy!) for my jar.

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After you have your mix, make your muffins!  We simply use 2-1/3 cup of muffin mix with 1 egg and 1 cup of milk.  Then, to flavor them, you can use two methods.

1) If you want all the muffins the same, mix the extra ingredients into your muffin mix!  All of it.

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2) If you want a variety of muffins, simple top your muffins with your desired fruit or spices!

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Then bake at 400 degrees.  For mini muffins we bake for 10-12 minutes. For large muffins, we bake for 20-22 minutes.

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The flavor possibilities are endless.  The ones I have pictured here, but also peach, almond poppyseed, cinnamon crumble, chocolate, and so many more! Be creative!

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Below we’ve listed some ideas for you!

variety of muffins

Muffins Mix-ins

spice cranberry

 Cinnamon Cranberry

Add 3/4 cup dried cranberries, 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.

apricot

Spiced Apricot

Add 3/4 cup dried apricots, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

banana nut

Banana Nut

Add 2 medium bananas, sliced,  1/2 cup walnuts, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon

raspberry muffins

Raspberry

Add 1 cup raspberries.

pumpkin chooclate chips

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip

Add 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin) and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

apple pie

Apple Pie

Add 1 medium apple, sliced thinly and chopped plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.

peanut butter muffin

Peanut Butter

Add 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter.

strawberry muffin

Strawberry

Add 1 cup sliced or chopped strawberries.

toasted coconut

Toasted Coconut

Add 3/4 cup shredded coconut.

plain muffins

Plain

Don’t add anything!  Slice in half and make a sandwich!

 

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Is Your NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION To LOSE WEIGHT?

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

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

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

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

WHAT DO I RECOMMEND?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you read through my EAT HEALTHY! page, 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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Can Migraine Headaches Be Prevented Or Cured?

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By Willow Tohi 

I believe eating a totally healthy diet will correct most problems including these terrible headaches that make so many people very ill, but there is much controversy on this subject, so I am sharing this article from Willow. 

More than thirty million people in the U.S. suffer from migraine headaches. That means that there is a migraine sufferer in twenty five percent of households, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders. Traditionally, sufferers use prescription drugs – 2.5 times more than the amount non-sufferers use – to help them get through it. However, even with the prescriptions, most experience an inability to function normally while having a migraine. The American Academy of Neurology says migraines range in severity and often come with a variety of symptoms from pulsating and throbbing pain, to light and sound sensitivity, to nausea and vomiting. There are a variety of triggers, including:

– Fluorescent lights
– Coffee
– Dehydration
– Smoking or alcohol abuse
– High blood pressure or hypoglycemia
– Vitamin B or D deficiency or mineral imbalances
– Reaction to food additives such as MSG, sugar, colorings, or preservatives
– Oral contraceptives or prescription medication
– Food allergies or intolerances

Rather than treating migraine pain with drugs that have potentially serious side effects, consider that these headaches are likely a symptom that the body is out of balance.

Natural treatments

There are lots of ways to treat a migraine headache with natural remedies that have a better success rate and far fewer health risks than prescriptions, including herbs, supplements, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, and aromatherapy.

HerbsFeverfew is effective at preventing migraines, but not stopping them once they’ve begun. The plant’s active ingredient, parthenolide, inhibits the chemicals in the brain that cause the blood vessels to dilate. Another preventative with a lot of recent success in blind trials is butterbur extract. Used medicinally since the middle ages, butterbur extract can be taken daily as a preventative to reduce the number and severity of attacks. It is available commercially in capsules, powder, tincture, or other forms and is thought to have both antispasmodic effects and anti-inflammatory properties. It should be taken for 2 to 3 months until the migraine sufferer experiences a period “free of migraines.”

Self help techniques – There are several things a migraine sufferer can do after the onset of a migraine to help ease the pain. Hydrotherapy is easy, and it works. Contrast showers help with many ailments. Stand in water as hot as you can stand for two minutes (this increases blood flow to the skin), then as cold as you can stand for two minutes (this sends blood to the core of the body). Alternate back and forth for 20 minutes to increase blood flow and circulation, bringing nutrients to organs and carrying away toxins. Another way to use water to help with a headache is to put your feet in very cold water and a hot rag on the back of your neck. This helps bring the blood down out of your head, by sending it to your feet.

Working acupressure points such as pinching the soft tissue between your thumb and forefinger can help alleviate pain as well. Another technique is to put your thumb in your mouth on the same side as the migraine pain, reaching up to find the cheekbone. Press that bone up and out. Repeat on the other side. Then place both thumbs on the upper palate (inside the mouth) and press the sides out. Several repetitions may be necessary. Relax and breath deep. Slowly inhale and exhale all the way out.

Last but probably most important, make the necessary diet corrections. There is no substitute for water. When you are thirsty, it is not for coffee or soda, but water and only water. When you drink anything else, you need more water to flush that out. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Eating more fruits, vegetables and juicing are the best ways to correct nutritional deficiencies, along with good vitamins.

Aromatherapy – Peppermint and lavender are used most often, but rosemary, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and basil often work well also.

Jeannie here– To learn more, check out my pages on Fasting, Supplements?!, and Healthy Eating. It is also a good idea to see a Naturopath who will guide you.           

WE WISH YOU THE VERY BEST IN GREAT HEALTH!

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Actually, How Good For Us Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

I HAD NEVER LIKED VINEGAR, so paid no attention to it until the last year or so. Now Isabel has sent an email telling me much of what I’ve already learned– and MORE, so I appreciate her input and want to share it with all my readers!

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used this amazing elixir as a natural antibiotic and antiseptic to heal patients as far back as 400 B.C.!

This almost magical liquid has WAY more beneficial uses than you could have imagined.

The new guest article below uncovers 81 unique ways that ACV can change, save, improve and simplify your life!

Discover 81 Reasons why you need to use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day

Mother Nature’s All-In-One, All-Natural,
Cure-All, and Multi-Purpose Life Elixir
Backed by Research and Natural Health Enthusiasts since Hippocrates…

How would you like to walk into your local grocery store and buy ONE thing off the shelves that could replace:

  • Just about every over-the-counter (and probably some your doctor’s prescribed) cream, ointment or tonic in your medicine cabinet!
  • Your expensive beautifying skin cleansers and age-spot treatments! The dozen or so chemical-ridden kitchen and bathroom cleaners stashed under your sink!
  • The pet products you’re going broke using to keep your pets healthy and pest-free!
  • The pricey personal care products your family goes through like water!
  • And much, much more!

So much more in fact that you could fill a book with all the incredible uses of this ONE all-purpose solution that can take care of everything from a mosquito bite to…

  • Keeping fleas off your dog…
  • Fueling your work-out endurance…
  • Providing key nutrients that protect against heart disease…
  • To even making it harder for cancer to grow in your body!

Jake Carney, Founder
The Alternative Daily

Dear Friend,

What am I talking about? Only THE most talked-about “natural remedy” in Folk medicine ever—Apple Cider Vinegar!

The healing power of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV for short) has been known for millennia—dating back to ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. The Roman Army—once the most powerful and formidable conquerors of the known world—used an ACV tonic to stay strong and healthy…hippocrates  And Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used this amazing elixir as a natural antibiotic and antiseptic to heal patients in 400 B.C.!

And there was nothing “magic” about it—just good common sense, concentrated nutrients and one extraordinary ingredient found only in ACV…

But folk remedies carried down though hundreds—even thousands—of years are not the only proof that ACV is the real deal. Research is starting to validate mounds of anecdotal evidence that ACV is not only useful—it’s effective!

Just look at the science…

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  • Weight Loss! In a Japanese study participants who drank more ACV than their counterparts during a 12 week period had lower BMI, waist circumference and visceral fat than the control group who drank none!
  • According to one study, consuming ACV decreased the risk of esophageal cancer!
  • In clinical trials, ACV was shown to slow the growth of cancerous cells within the prostate!
  • And the Gerson Institute—a leader in cancer research and treatment—fights cancer with a therapy that alkalizes the body to inhibit the growth of cancer because cancer can’t survive in an alkaline environment. ACV naturally alkalizes your body!

I could go on and on and detail 81 ways that ACV can CHANGE, SAVE, IMPROVE and SIMPLIFY your life!

That’s no exaggeration! After months and months of research into what is no doubt the most beneficial natural health tonic ever known to man, I’ve uncovered…

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  • 58 ways ACV can improve your healthranging from minor to life-saving…
  • 15 household usesincluding cleaning and gardening solutions that are all earth and animal-friendly…
  • Five ways to pamper and care for your skinon the cheap…
  • And three personal care uses that will not only save you tons of money—but are toxin free, unlike what you’re probably using now!

In fact, I’m going to tell you about so many incredible uses for ACV that you’ll want to run to your nearest grocer and get your own bottle right away! And I hope you do!

But first, let’s talk about why ACV is so amazing and how to make sure you get the right kind of ACV to start rejuvenating, healing, burning fat, preventing chronic illness and feeling better!

The Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle

acv natureRaw organic apple cider vinegar truly is nature’s perfect miracle food—and should never be confused with regular clear vinegar. Clear vinegar has none of the health properties of ACV and can actually be harmful.

Traditional uses of ACV are almost limitless! To name just a few… ACV has been used to ease digestion, aid in flu prevention, reduce inflammation, regulate pH balance, ease nausea and heartburn, as a staple in detox regimens, and for a number of skin conditions—including reducing acne and smoothing wrinkles!

But why exactly does ACV contain so many healing properties?

The secret may lie in its alkalizing effect!

Even though ACV is acidic (like a lemon or lime), it creates a perfect alkaline environment in your body that is the exact opposite of what most diseases require to thrive.

And then there’s the incredible concentration of naturally occurring vital nutrients…

Raw, organic ACV is made from organic apples and undergoes a double fermentation process, which produces enzymes and preserves its health-promoting characteristics. Some of the most beneficial nutrients in raw, organic ACV include:

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  • Potassium: essential for normal heart, kidney and other organ and cellular function
  • Iron: important for blood health
  • Magnesium: vital to heart health
  • Enzymes: boost chemical reactions in the body
  • Malic acid: protects vinegar from viruses, bacteria and fungus
  • Acetic acid: slows the digestion of starch and inhibits bacterial growth
  • Calcium: builds strong bones and teeth
  • Pectin: helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Ash: maintains a healthy alkaline state in the body

Plus, ACV provides a veritable smorgasbord of vitamins and powerful antioxidants including vitamin A, B6, C, E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, beta-carotene and lycopene!

But there is ONE extra-special ingredient that puts ACV over-the-top in health-promoting potential—and that’s “Mother.”

Also known as Mycoderma aceti, Mother of vinegar is created when acetic acid bacteria and a type of cellulose develop during the fermentation process.

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Mother of vinegar is harmless—and the phenomenal health-promoting characteristics it possesses are out of this world! Such as living nutrients and friendly bacteria—the kinds you hear about that are so important for “balanced” health…

A body that’s not properly pH balanced is wide open for disease and sickness because:

#1 Acidity robs minerals from bones, cells, organs and tissue!

#2 Without minerals—vitamin absorption is compromised!

#3 Toxins and pathogens easily build up and the immune system is suppressed!

This is why Hippocrates made ACV his go to treatment of choice to fight infections—and why more and more people are realizing…

Natural REALLY IS better!

This wonderful clump of soil we call home is truly a miracle! Everything—I mean everything—we need to thrive and survive is here on God’s green earth… but we haven’t been the best stewards.

gmo freeIn an effort to make more and better food and feed billions of people, something has gone awry. The food we eat is processed or genetically modified—or pumped so full of antibiotics and pesticides—you have to wonder… are we trying to poison ourselves?

There’s something wrong with our way of thinking when something as pure and natural as ACV is considered an “out of the box” remedy—when in fact it’s just a good old simple common-sense way to promote overall health and well-being!

So why do some people find it hard to believe that one simple food can do so much good? Partly because we’re conditioned to believe that natural cures don’t work, and that we have to put our faith in dangerous pharmaceuticals to find relief.

Now if that’s not “out of the box,” I don’t know what is! How often has the next big drug been fast-tracked through the FDA and fed to millions of trusting people expecting to be cured…

Only to discover that the medicine they were taking was making them sicker—even killing them?

But as soon as you understand the “business of medicine” it all becomes crystal clear: Conventional medicine is about treating your symptoms—not preventing illness.

Mother Nature, on the other hand, is all about handing you just what you need to enjoy…

Pure and Simple Health
with Apple Cider Vinegar

Using ACV to promote your well-being, stop hair loss, treat a bladder infection, alleviate allergies, reduce varicose veins, lower your blood pressure or soothe a sore throat is so simple—you only have ONE rule to follow…

acv glassDilute, dilute and dilute.

It doesn’t get much easier than that!

 ACV is highly acidic—so it’s always best to mix it with water. If a particular remedy calls for two teaspoons of ACV to be ingested—stir it into a glass of water—because drinking ACV straight may damage tooth enamel. Or burn going down the hatch. Drinking diluted ACV tastes just a little sour, but I’ll tell you… it’s much easier to drink to your health than deal with the long list of downright scary side effects you’ll hear on the TV drug commercials—the ones that make you wonder if it’s safer just to stay sick!

But drinking ACV isn’t the only way for you to reap its healing benefits—sometimes just a little dab will do ya…

First Aid with ACV

I wasn’t exaggerating when I said I could name 58 health purposes for ACV.

I’ve already mentioned a few—including how ACV has been shown in studies to impact the fight against cancer, support heart health, and prevent many common illnesses.

And there are plenty more ways it can safeguard you against other life-threatening illnesses!

But let’s start here with some simple, basic, every day health issues that I bet you, a family member, a friend or neighbor could definitely put to use today starting with…

ACV First Aid: External Itching There are numerous causes of external itching—dry skin, allergic reaction, an imbalance in the body—you name it! And lotions or creams don’t always soothe. In fact, if you’ve scratched till your skin is raw, lotion can further irritate.

But I can almost guarantee that no matter the cause—a little ACV can tame an itch in no time.

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APPLICATION:

• 1/4 cup ACV
• 1 cup water
• 1 clean cotton ball

Directions
Mix ACV with water
Dab the affected area a couple of times a day
Stop when the itching subsides

No more running to the drugstore to take care of:

  • Painful boils!
  • Athlete’s foot!
  • Jock itch!
  • Fungal ear infections!
  • Corns, calluses or warts!
  • Even swollen, unsightly varicose veins!

Only vary the ratio of ACV to water (you’ll discover how easy it is to do) and you’ll be able to home treat just about any annoying skin condition without costly ointments or prescriptions!

Considering you’d pay about $12-$15 for the leading over-the-counter anti-itch or anti-fungal cream—and only about $6 for a 32 ounce jar of raw, unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar that you can use again and again and again…

I’d say that’s not only effective medicine but smart economics!

ACV First Aid: Sore Throat. Most of the time a sore throat is nothing serious—and if caught early enough a common sense remedy like ACV can save you hours of time wasted at the doctor’s office—and a hefty co-pay IF you have insurance!

In cases of viral infection, antibiotics don’t help—but that doesn’t keep doctors from over-prescribing unnecessary medication that could make matters worse.

APPLICATION:

• 1/4 cup ACV
• 1/4 cup filtered water

Directions
At first sign of sore throat
Mix ACV with water
Gargle with this solution for at least 30 seconds
Rinse with Water
Repeat several times

You can save yourself time and MONEY by using ACV the next time:

  • Your allergies flare up!
  • Someone in the family experiences minor constipation!
  • You have trouble sleeping!
  • A painful canker sore won’t go away!
  • Bad breath becomes an embarrassing problem!

The everyday health uses for ACV are limitless—and I’ll tell you how to discover even more—but first, I want to show you how to make the switch to safer…

Personal Care, Skincare,
and Beauty Tonics with ACV

If you haven’t started using organic personal care products you really should consider it. Your health depends on it!

The toxic load found in shampoos, deodorants, lotions—just about every personal care product you have in your shower or vanity right now—is posing a very real threat to you, your family and the earth!

The Extension Toxicology Network (EXTOXNET) states that “chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, causing toxic effects.”

That’s why it’s imperative to only put ON your skin that which you would be willing to take into your body!

ACV is not only a safe and effective personal care alternative, but it offers a multitude of age defying, toxin-free benefits to keep your entire body clean, bacteria-free and healthy, starting with…

ACV Personal Care: pH Skin Balancerface skincare ACV contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that balance the skin’s pH—making it a great natural choice to keep your skin looking and feeling its best!

In addition, ACV naturally contains alpha hydroxy acids—the key ingredient in most high-priced skin creams—which help to remove dead skin cells.

Why pay upwards of $35 or more when you can choose your own bottle of ACV for about $6? Again, it’s just good common sense!

Plus, people who commonly suffer from acne, dry or oily skin will find that their skin is much more balanced when using ACV, with fewer breakouts.

To treat your whole body to an invigorating, age-defying ACV spa-style wash, try this:

APPLICATION:

  • Fill a small wash basin with warm water and ½ cup of ACV. Standing in the shower or tub, dip your hands in the mixture and massage all over your body until thoroughly wet.
  • Massage the balancer into your skin until it is dry; do not wash off.
  • As an alternative, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray yourself after your shower or bath for an invigorating pH balancer.

ACV also makes an excellent cleanser and can be mixed with a few other natural ingredients for an excellent beautifying mask!

ACV Personal Care: Hair Rinse hair rinseyour grandmother can probably attest to this old-time favorite beauty use for ACV…

If you wash your hair with conventional shampoo, a residue builds up over time. This can cause your hair to become dull and lifeless.

To remove the residue and restore shine and bounce, do this:

 APPLICATION:

  • Mix 1/2 teaspoon of ACV with 1 cup of water
  • Pour onto your hair
  • Rinse with water

The shine that ACV leaves behind is absolutely gorgeous! And think about how little it will cost you compared to the expensive “clarifiers” found at the salon. And this DIY treatment can be done on your time in your own home!

In addition to naturally luxurious hair care—ACV can be used as:

  • An effective deodorant for both men and women!
  • A soothing aftershave!
  • A tonic to rejuvenate tired eyes!
  • An effective treatment for nail fungus!

Have you ever seen ONE substance that could do so much? It’s a testament to its nutrient density and the miracle of “Mother!” In The Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle—81 Ways to Naturally Cleanse Your Body & House and More, you’ll learn…

  • How to fade age spots using ACV!
  • The secret to reducing damaging inflammation with the right amount of ACV!
  • The recipe for a lavender-scented deodorant that smells great and keeps odor-causing bacteria away that you can make yourself with ACV!
  • How to get your system balanced and never experience Candida—yeast overgrowth—again!
  • The spa-like steam treatment using ACV that nourishes your skin!
  • How to reduce hot flashes—with this special mixture 3 times a day!

As mind-boggling as all this is—your body is only a fraction of what ACV can take care of…

ACV Around Your Home and Garden

Chemical dangers—to us, our pets and the environment—abound in the harsh cleansers and detergents we use to clean our homes.

Weird thing is—in an effort to protect ourselves from bacteria we’re being exposed to a bigger danger! These chemicals can cause asthma, cancer—and even harm our DNA!

ACV is a perfect all-in-one natural cleaner that can decontaminate your bathroom, your kitchen, remove rings on furniture and even take care of your toughest jobs, like…

ACV Home Use: Unclogging Drains

Commercial drain cleaners are dangerous and can cause stinging of the eyes, rashes, respiratory damage and other medical conditions. To avoid this, use a mixture of ACV and baking soda. This solution is not only better for your health, but also better for your pipes.

APPLICATION:

  • Funnel ½ cup of baking soda into your drain
  • Follow it with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • After the foaming stops, flush the drain with hot water and wait five minutes
  • After this, flush with cold water

ACV—your trusty companion around the house can also…

  • Make your bathroom smell fresh and your toilets sparkle!
  • Shine your mirrors, windows and tile floors!
  • Clean your microwave using this super easy method that requires no scrubbing!
  • Remove fridge and smoke odors!
  • Remove mildew!

acv labelOutside ACV can help…

  • Kill weeds—simply spritz it on and watch them wither!
  • Improve garden soil!
  • Preserve fresh cut flowers!
  • Keep fleas and ticks at bay!
  • And much more!

If you took care of all of those chores using store bought products you’d spend anywhere from $75 to $100 at the least! Your ACV will come in around $6—and won’t expose you to any chemical dangers whatsoever!

But for those dangers you may have been exposed to in the past, ACV is a natural “chelator”—especially when it comes to heavy metal poison.

Just two tablespoons of ACV in eight ounces of water, three times a day can detoxify and regulate the pH of the body while supporting your body’s two most important organs for detoxing—your liver and kidneys!

Just one of many, many ways that…

ACV Can Really
Boost Your Health To the Moon

We’ve covered several remedies for non-life-threatening ailments and conditions, but it’s time to get serious about the significant impact ACV can have on your health.

Metabolic syndrome is growing at epidemic proportions—and that means more people than ever are struggling with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Instead of treating these illnesses after a person is sick, wouldn’t it be better to prevent them? Of course it would!

A precursor to metabolic syndrome is dangerous belly fat. This fat is different than fat in other parts of a person’s body—and is an early indicator of heart disease and diabetes.

While there is no replacement for a healthy diet and exercise to manage weight, apple cider vinegar does show potential for managing hunger and weight control by helping people feel fuller.

ACV Health: Heart Health Exercise and good nutrition are essential for a healthy heart. Avoiding processed foods and trans fat is also vital.

In addition to being a rich source of potassium and magnesium—two nutrients especially important for a strong healthy heart—ACV provides a constant supply of power and energy to the heart.

ACV contains a natural chemical that works with heart fuel to make the heart muscle stronger while normalizing blood pressure and cholesterol. Recent studies indicate that ACV can even reduce arterial plaque!

Unlock your full health potential with this
super potent and delicious all-purpose tonic!

Is your blood sugar out of whack? Here is what researchers are discovering about the inherently therapeutic value of apple cider vinegar:

  • How to get your system balanced and never experience Candida—yeast overgrowth—again!
  • The spa-like steam treatment using ACV that nourishes your skin!
  • How to reduce hot flashes—with this special mixture 3 times a day!

As mind-boggling as all this is—your body is only a fraction of what ACV can take care of… Arizona State University doctors Carol S. Johnston and Andrea M. White surveyed 11 people afflicted with type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar right before bed lowered the blood sugar levels of these individuals by 4 to 6 percent by morning.1

There’s more…

Another study led by Dr. Johnston gave subjects, some with insulin resistance and some without, 20 grams of apple cider vinegar and 40 grams of water. Results showed that the after-meal blood sugar levels of the subjects with insulin resistance was 34 percent lower when they drank apple cider vinegar.2

And more…

Research performed at Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan, discovered that the acetic acid found in vinegars inhibits the activity of carbohydrate-digesting enzymes, including sucrase, mastase, lactase and amalase. This inhibition results in select sugars and starches passing through the digestive system without being digested, having less impact on blood sugar levels.3

The Amazing Benefits of  Apple Cider Vinegar Don’t Stop There…

ACV has been known to aid with dry skin: Equal parts of apple cider vinegar and Aztec Secret Indian Clay will help to detoxify and clean out your pores.

Spent too much time in the sun and got burnt? Forget the creams and lotions for your sunburn, try applying a cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to your burned skin. It will provide instant relief and rapid healing.

Do your armpits stink and are you concerned with conventional deodorants and the aluminum in them? Although the smell of apple cider vinegar is strong, it acts as a powerful deodorant. Rub a little under your armpits before you work out and odor will be a thing of the past.

If your feet or hands are swollen, try rubbing a little apple cider vinegar into them. You will experience cool relief and a reduction in swelling.

DID YOU KNOW: An estimated 585,720 people will die from cancer in 2014, according to an American Cancer Society Report. Nearly a third of these deaths will be due to tobacco use alone. An additional third of cancer deaths will be caused by being overweight, lack of physical activity and poor diet, the organization says.4

Apple cider vinegar may kill cancer cells or retard their growth. According to one study, consuming organic apple cider vinegar also decreased the risk of esophageal cancer.5 In clinical trials, pectin, contained in apple cider vinegar, has been shown to slow the growth of cancerous cells within the prostate. Apple cider vinegar cleanses the colon, which also supports a healthy prostate.6

And So Much More!

There are so many ways to show you how to use ACV to naturally nourish, heal, clean and simplify your life that there is just no way to list it all here…

So I’m going to spill the apples, so to speak, about the exclusive e-Book we’ve published called…

The Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle—81 Ways to Naturally Cleanse Your Body & House and More!

First of all, our intent is not to get rich off this book. At $10 a copy (specially priced for Alternative Daily readers!) that would be nearly impossible!

acv free reportEspecially since we’ll be giving away a free report (valued at $34)—32 Purifying Apple Cider Recipes That Unleash Your Well-Being—with every book!

And it’s not our intent to sell apple cider vinegar since I’ve encouraged you to get to your nearest grocer and get your own right away. And in this amazing book—we’ll even tell you how to make your own!

But it IS our intent to help you discover the truly miraculous health properties of ACV and learn how to make Mother Nature’s all-in-one, all-natural, cure-all and multi-purpose life and household elixir part of your daily life!

That’s why, in The Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle—81 Ways to Naturally Cleanse Your Body & House and More, you’ll discover…

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  • The dangerous chemicals that have been linked to cancer, loss of fertility, Alzheimer’s and morethat you’re consuming when you put store bought personal care products on your skin!
  • How to use ACV to ease the burning pain and swelling of gout!
  • The ACV formula that de-frizzes your hair, prevents split ends and stimulates hair growth!
  • The recipe for a safe, effective all natural laxative made from ACV!
  • The 8 foods, in addition to ACV, that can improve your dental health and rid bad breathe naturally!
  • The sure fire way to end heartburn—instead of just masking it!
  • The detoxing and beautifying mask made with ACV and two other all-natural ingredients so gentle and good for your skin you should apply it weekly!

And—as promised—we’ll send you your Special FREE Health Report: 30 Purifying Apple Cider Recipes That Unleash Your Well-Being, along with your book, right away…

This exclusive Special FREE Health Report helps you take full advantage of ACVs power to safely and naturally detox your entire body through 30 delicious recipes—so you can experience the complete well-being that Mother Nature intended!

Jeannie here– we have no reason to discourage you from making this purchase, as we believe it is wonderful and helpful information that will serve you well. However, the ACV drink is on our EAT HEALTHY! page along with the right foods and supplements you need to keep you and those you love healthy and free of disease, even removing toxins from your system. We sell nothing, but provide our readers with information we’ve proven works for us.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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What Is Yacon (Yakon)? Good or Bad For Us?

I recently became aware of Yacon Syrup, checked it out and like what I’ve discovered. Below are some articles and comments from others whom I trust to give us the real information we need and want- also, I got some so I can be a guinea pig, using it myself and letting my readers know how it works for me. I’ve learned that it has been eaten in many parts of the world for more than a thousand years, but is fairly new to our western civilization– now I’ve tasted it and it is good- a great new syrup for our pancakes and waffles– OK, what are others saying?

Nature’s Healthy Sweetener: Yacon Syrup

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Many of us are becoming conscious about sugars and sweeteners in our diet and their effect on our body.

With so many people suffering from diabetes and other health maladies, many wonder if something that is sweet can still be good for us, low calorie, and organic?

How Yacon Syrup Benefits More Than Weight Loss

Learn more about yacon root syrup as a low-glycemic natural sweetener with medicinal properties that are very beneficial to the entire digestive tract.

 Jeannie here- I’ve read a lot now about it being sold as a way to rid your body, particularly your belly, of those pesky unwanted fat rolls, but as you just learned in this video, it will take more than a ‘magic syrup’ to lose weight, keep it off and be healthy. To see how I am using it, go to my EAT HEALTHY! page.

Yacon: Sweet & Healthy

by Tracey Roizman, D.C., Demand Media

Yacon, Polymnia sonchifolia, also known as Peruvian ground apple, is a native of South America that is a relative of the sunflower. It produces juicy, edible tubers, from which its name, translated as “watery root,” is derived. People in the Andes have enjoyed yacon as a food source for more than a thousand years. Yacon offers certain health benefits.

Blood Sugar Management

Syrup made from yacon root may help lower your blood sugar, according to a study published in the April 2009 issue of “Clinical Nutrition.” Sugarlike molecules in yacon known as fructooligosaccharides, which are derived from a nondigestible carbohydrate called inulin, provide about half the sweetness of sugar without raising blood sugar levels. In the study, obese volunteers with insulin resistance, which is the inappropriate response of cells to the presence of insulin, were given two daily doses of yacon syrup containing 0.29 grams and 0.14 grams of fructooligosaccharides per kilogram of body weight. At the end of the 120-day study, the participants had achieved significantly lower fasting insulin levels. However, fasting blood sugar levels were not affected. The study also showed that yacon syrup promoted weight loss and suppressed appetite.

Cancer Prevention

Potential anticancer benefits of yacon were demonstrated in a tissue culture study of human cervical cancer cells published in the October 2011 issue of the journal “Fitoterapia.” Yacon compounds inhibited the growth and reproduction of cancer cells and promoted early cell death. In a tissue culture study published in the December 2010 issue of the journal “Chemistry and Biodiversity,” a fungus that grows on the roots and leaves of yacon demonstrated anticancer benefits against skin, colon, nerve and blood cancers.

Liver Health

A combination of yacon and silymarin, which is the active component in milk thistle, improved cholesterol and blood sugar levels in patients with metabolic syndrome in a study published in the March 2008 issue of “Food and Chemical Toxicology.” Metabolic syndrome is a combination of conditions that increases risk for heart disease and diabetes. In the study, participants consumed 2.4 grams of yacon and 0.8 grams of silymarin a day for 90 days. Results showed the combination supplement improved cholesterol levels and prevented fat accumulation in the liver, leading researchers to conclude that yacon and silymarin may promote healthy heart and liver function.

Dietary Uses

Fresh yacon has a slightly sweet taste and a crunchy texture similar to that of an apple, while its flavor is close to that of watermelon. South Americans eat the tubers, which can range from yellow to purple, as a fruit, with lemon juice and honey, or they add it to fruit salad. You can also stir-fry, roast or bake yacon as a vegetable. Use yacon leaves, also high in inulin, to wrap other foods as you would cabbage or grape leaves, or brew them to make an herbal tea. Yacon syrup and powdered yacon supplements are also available.

Yakon syrup derived from Yakon plant has become very popular recently due to its weight loss and health properties. Provided below is valuable information about this product, including its uses, benefits, and potential side effects. You will learn about different Yakon products in forms of syrup, powder or capsules.

Yakon plant - source of Yakon syrup

There is never a shortage of health products in the market, whether they are weight loss supplements or overall boosters designed to help body systems perform better. The Yakon Syrup is one of the most recent products to invade the Health and Wellness market, and it has made quite a splash that even health care professionals have taken notice. Btw, you can find two different ways this product’s name is written: Yakon syrup or Yacon syrup – it is exactly the same product.

Yakon in All its Forms

Before delving deeper into the Yakon weight loss and health benefits, it is necessary to know and understand the different forms Yakon come in.

Yacon Syrup

This is perhaps the most popular form of this product since it is how Yakon was first introduced in the market. The syrup form also provides the most flexibility in use since it can be consumed purely as a supplement or as a practical sweetener.

Yacon Pills / Capsules

As with most weight loss products, Yakon comes in pill form for easy consumption. It is a lot easier to carry around a bottle of pills without having to worry about spilling it and making a mess in your bag or luggage. As of today, Yakon pills come in bottles at 500mg per capsule.

Yacon Powder

Just like its syrup counterpart, this is meant to be consumed as a supplement or an alternative sweetener for foods and/or beverages. While the shelf life of Yakon syrup and powder is pretty much the same, the latter is much easier to store and can be easily transported without worry of spillage (this is an important point for people who travel a great deal and would like to take their supplements on the road).

Yakon Syrup Benefits

As with most things in life, you probably would want to start with the good news. The benefits of Yacon Syrup, in no particular order, are as follows:

FD 1 syrupRapid and Sustainable Weight Loss

One of the things that sets this product apart from every other weight loss aid in the market at the moment is that Yakon syrup does not only help you lose weight, but it also allows you to keep it off. There are dozens of fairly effective weight loss pills and supplements in the market that work well as far as reduction goes, but not so much when it comes to maintenance. Yakon syrup works very well in terms of curtailing your appetite as well as speeding up metabolic rate, which are both necessary in order to gain significant results.

Many who are new to the idea of using Yakon syrup as a supplement want to know whether this product can provide them with lasting results even after they stop consuming it (or at least cut back on the daily dose). It is good news all around because while it is highly recommended to make this part of your daily health routine, there are no significant drop-offs in quantifiable results if you stop using Yakon syrup.

This is not to say that you will never gain back the weight you lost (it would still depend on whether you revert back to unhealthy eating habits and cut out exercise entirely from your regular routine), because there is a chance you might. However, there is no need to worry about the yo-yo effect, which refers to erratic weight fluctuations that can, in certain serious cases, cause health as well as emotional issues.

For weight loss, it is recommended taking 1 teaspoon of 100% yacon syrup with or before each meal. It can also be used as a sugar substitute, such as in tea or coffee. You can use it in place of syrup or molasses on pancakes or waffles, or add it to oatmeal or fruit. It has been used as an alternative sweetener for diabetics, vegans, and those seeking to reduce sugar intake.

Taking a teaspoon of syrup 3 times a day seems to promise excellent results in as little as 2-3 weeks. In the weight loss studies conducted on Yacon syrup, as much as 70% of the subjects lost 10% to 15% of their total body weight in matter of six to eight weeks of continuous consumption (1-2 times per day).

Blood Sugar Maintenance

Seeing as Yakon syrup is primarily a sweetening agent, it makes for a wonderful substitute to sugar and other artificial/processed sweeteners in the market. This is good news indeed for those who are battling diabetes, or are otherwise concerned with their blood sugar level. In those times when you really cannot do without a little sweetness in your beverage (be it morning coffee or tea), Yakon syrup provides a healthier alternative as it does not increase glucose level in the blood.

Alleviation of Constipation and Other Symptoms of Digestive Distress

People who struggle with weight issues generally do not have the best eating habits to begin with, which can also lead to certain digestive problems such as constipation, persistent flatulence, and even malabsorption of nutrients.

Yakon syrup provides help in this regard by cleansing the digestive tract, specifically the colon as well as the small intestine. Getting rid of toxins as well as deposits of undigested food lodged in the digestive tract is good for promoting better nutritive absorption and preventing bouts with constipation.

Note: The substance FOS or Fructooligosaccharides is not broken down during digestion so it passes through the digestive system intact. On the way out, it takes toxins and free radicals along, effectively cleansing the body.

Potential Side Effects of Yakon Syrup (and other forms of Yakon supplements)

Even some of the best gifts from Mother Nature have certain drawbacks, albeit minor ones. As in the case of Yakon syrup, there are a few caveats that you need to know before deciding to try this product.

Certain drawbacks to using Yakon include the following:

  • Excessive flatulence
  • Loose stool
  • Minor nausea
  • Loss of appetite for extended periods

It is imperative to understand that the potential side effects listed above usually only manifest if you are overdoing (possibly doubling the recommended dosage) your consumption of the syrup (or whatever form you are taking Yakon). In some cases, the digestive distress and flatulence can be experienced during the first few intakes (normally within 2-3 days of first use), just because the body is not used to Yakon syrup.

Most of the time, there is barely any discomfort to expect when using Yakon for the first time as long as you follow the right dosage.

Unless you have a very rare allergy to the Yacon plant, there is no real danger in trying the product at all.

Dr Oz’s Impressions

One of the main reasons why people even bother to look up Yakon on the internet is because it has been extensively endorsed by Dr. Oz (note that Dr. Oz does not actually endorse any specific product or brand, but he does believe in the merit of pure Yakon). When he first introduced this supplement to viewers of his TV show, he stressed the fact that people should use this not just as a weight loss product (although it is its main purpose), but instead an all-around health aid.

Jeannie here- We’ve learned that some experience this syrup solidifying in the bottom of the bottle and since we wanted to enjoy it right down to the last drop we did an experiment–  We started using ours instead of honey and pancake syrup, then I began putting it into the special vinegar drink I have every day. Soooo- when the first bottle was gone, instead of tossing it, I decided to fill it with my vinegar to see what might happen- I did want to make sure the bottle was rinsed out good and I hadn’t wasted any. WOW!! The vinegar began to turn brown from the bit of syrup left in the bottle and I no longer needed to add stevia to my drink in order to tolerate the vinegar taste that I have never cared for- OK, vinegar lovers you may laugh at me, but hear this– we had a nice salad for dinner one night and knowing that some people actually like to put vinegar and oil on their salads- (I’ve never understood that- just eat mine without dressing or have avocado slices on it)- I decided to pour a little vinegar from the yacon bottle on my salad as an experiment. Wow, wow, super-wow!! I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love!! From now on I will put this yacon vinegar on my salads!! So delicious- sooo good for me- healthy in every way- and it will be good to the last drop!

After reading many articles, we have decided to end this with a page from the CONSUMER REVIEW.

Where to Buy Yacon Syrup

There are many places where you can buy Yakon syrup. However not all products are the same in purity and strength, as some companies dilute or process at too high a heat. If you are looking for an effective weight loss aid, or just a good healthy pancake syrup that will provide great nutrition and health benefits, you can’t go wrong with Pure Yakon syrup if it is at least 41.39%  FOS, but preferably more. The one we got is 76% FOS and we purchased it from Amazon. So far we’re very happy with it.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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Agave Nectar- Good or Bad? Yacon?

We have wondered about Agave for quite some time- we know it is from a plant and we know that some feel it is just fine for us to consume and others feel it is to be feared like a bad weed– SO– we’ve decided to do our own study and decide for ourselves– to eat or not to eat, that is the question.

“The process by which agave glucose and inulin are converted into “nectar” is similar to the process by which corn starch is converted into HFCS. The agave starch is subject to an enzymatic and chemical process that converts the starch into a fructose-rich syrup—anywhere from 70 percent fructose and higher according to the agave nectar chemical profiles posted on agave nectar websites.

Compare that to the typical fructose content of high fructose corn syrup (55%)!

The harmful effects of sugar are among the few things that most health experts agree on. Everyone knows that sugar is unhealthy and most health conscious people try to avoid it. Not surprisingly, all sorts of other sweeteners have become popular, both natural and artificial.

One of those is called Agave nectar, a sweetener that is found in various “health foods.”

It is claimed to be natural, and marketed as a diabetic-friendly sweetener that doesn’t spike blood sugar levels.

However, if you ignore the marketing claims and take a look at what Agave nectar really contains, you will learn that it is actually even worse than plain sugar.

Let me explain why…   What is Agave?

The Agave plant grows natively in the southern U.S. and South America. It is most commonly associated with Mexico.

Although most Westerners only recently started hearing of Agave, it has been used in Mexico for hundreds (if not thousands) of years.

Back in the day, the Mexicans used it for various purposes and believed it to have medicinal properties.

This is what the Agave plant looks like:

Agave Plant Growing in Field

The Mexicans also used to boil the sap (sugary circulating plant fluid) to produce a sweetener known as miel de agave (1).

But the most common use of the Agave plant is fermenting the sugars in it to produce the alcoholic beverage called tequila.

In fact, tequila is the most common commercial use of Agave today and one of Mexico’s best known export products.

Like many plants in their natural state, Agave probably does have some health benefits.

However, as is so often the case, when the product is processed and refined it tends to lose some (or all) of these beneficial health effects. This appears to be the case with the refined Agave sweetener that people are consuming today.

Bottom Line: Agave is a plant that grows in large amounts in Mexico. It has a long history of use as a medicinal plant, sweetener, and can also be fermented to make tequila. 

How is Agave Nectar Made?

Maple Syrup

The sweetener commonly sold as Agave nectar would be more accurately labelled as Agave syrup.

The truth is… it has very little in common with the traditional sweetener made by the Mexicans.

The starting process is the same. They take the plant, then cut and press it to extract the sugary circulating fluid.

This fluid is high in sugar, but it also contains healthy compounds like fructans, which are linked to beneficial effects on metabolism and insulin (2).

However, when processed into a syrup, the manufacturers break the fructans down into fructose by exposing the sugary fluid to heat and/or enzymes (34).

This process destroys all of the health promoting properties of the Agave plant, and instead produces the concentrated syrup available on store shelves that is falsely claimed to be healthy.

The manufacturing process is similar to how other unhealthy sweeteners are made, such as High Fructose Corn Syrup. It should be noted here that it is mostly the high heat used in processing that kills the otherwise beneficial  properties of the raw plant.

So… the sweetener sold as Agave nectar is NOT truly “nectar” – it is a refined, processed sweetener made from Agave nectar.

Bottom Line: The Agave sweetener sold today is made by treating the sugars with heat and enzymes, which destroys all the beneficial health effects of the Agave plant. The end product is a highly refined, unhealthy syrup.

Agave Nectar Does Not Spike Blood Sugar Much

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of how quickly the sugar in a food enters your bloodstream.

Woman Wondering About Syrup

Generally speaking, the higher the GI rating of a food, the greater the blood sugar spike and the worse it is for your health (567).

Unlike glucose, fructose does not go directly into the bloodstream and therefore doesn’t raise blood sugar or insulin levels in the short-term.

This is why high fructose sweeteners are often marketed as “healthy” or “diabetic friendly.”

Agave nectar has a very low GI, primarily because almost all of the sugar in it is fructose. It has very little glucose, at least when compared to regular sugar.

A recent study in mice compared the metabolic effects of Agave nectar and sucrose (plain sugar) after 34 days. The mice getting agave nectar gained less weight and had lower blood sugar and insulin levels (8).

This is actually what we would expect in a short-term study, as the glucose in plain sugar elevates both blood sugar and insulin levels, whereas fructose does not.

That being said… the glycemic index is just one of many things to consider when looking at the health effects of sweeteners.

The harmful effects of Agave (and sugar in general) actually have very little to do with the glycemic index but everything to do with the large amounts of fructose… and Agave nectar is very high in fructose.

Bottom Line: Agave nectar is low in glucose and therefore doesn’t spike blood sugar levels much. This gives the sweetener a low glycemic index.

 Agave Nectar is Dangerously High in Fructose

Glass Full Of Sugar Cubes

Sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contain two simple sugars… about half glucose and half fructose.

Although both glucose and fructose look very similar, they have completely different effects in the body.

Glucose is an incredibly important molecule. It is found in many healthy foods (like carrots and potatoes) and our bodies even produce it to make sure that we always have enough.

In fact, every living cell on the planet has glucose in it… because this molecule is absolutely vital to life.

Whereas every cell in the human body can metabolize glucose, the liver is the only organ that can metabolize fructose in significant amounts (9).

In the context of a high-carb, high-calorie Western diet, eating a lot of added fructose can wreak havoc on metabolic health (10).

The liver gets overloaded and starts turning the fructose into fat, which gets shipped out as VLDL particles and raises blood triglycerides. Many researchers even believe that some of the fat can lodge in the liver and cause fatty liver disease (111213).

Although fructose doesn’t raise blood sugar levels in the short-term, it can contribute to insulin resistance when consumed in large amounts.

This can cause major increases in long-term blood sugar and insulin levels, strongly raising the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (141516).

Eating large amounts of fructose can also have various other harmful effects… such as increasing small, dense LDL particles and oxidized LDL (very bad), cause belly fat accumulation, to name a few (17).

Here’s where it gets really interesting… Agave nectar is about 85% fructose, which is much higher than plain sugar (18).

Keep in mind that none of this applies to whole fruit, which are loaded with fiber and make us feel full quickly. We are well equipped to handle the small amounts of fructose found in fruit.

This “Healthy” Sweetener is Even Worse Than Regular Sugar

If you must add some extra sweetness to your diet, agave nectar is absolutely not the way to do it.

Agave nectar may just be the unhealthiest sweetener in the world. It makes regular sugar look healthy in comparison… and that is saying something.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Agave nectar

Blue Agave (Agave tequilana)

Because agave nectar dissolves quickly, it can be used as a sweetener for cold beverages such as cocktails, smoothies, and iced tea.

Agave nectar (more accurately called agave syrup) is a sweetener commercially produced from several species of agave, including Agave tequilana (blue agave) and Agave salmiana.[1][2] Agave syrup is sweeter than honey and tends to be less viscous. Most agave syrup comes from Mexico and South Africa.

Agave syrup has been marketed as a “healthful” sweetener, but this fact has been the subject of criticism due to its very high fructose content (which is even more than high fructose corn syrup in its fructose content by weight) and its potential to lead to insulin resistance and significantly increased triglyceride levels (a risk factor for heart disease).[3][4]

Production

To produce agave syrup from the Agave americana and A. tequilana plants, the leaves are cut off the plant after it has aged seven to fourteen years. The juice is then extracted from the core of the agave, called the piña.[2] The juice is filtered, then heated to break the complex components (the polysaccharides) into simple sugars. The main polysaccharide is called inulin or fructosan and is mostly fructose. This filtered juice is then concentrated to a syrupy liquid, slightly thinner than honey. Its color varies from light- to dark-amber, depending on the degree of processing.

Agave salmiana is processed differently from Agave tequiliana. As the plant develops, it starts to grow a stalk called a quiote.[5] The stalk is cut off before it fully grows, creating a hole in the center of the plant that fills with a liquid called aguamiel. The liquid is collected daily. The liquid is then heated, breaking down its complex components into fructose and glucose and preventing it from fermenting into pulque.

An alternative method used to process the agave juice without heat is described in a United States patent for a process that uses enzymes derived from the mold Aspergillus niger to convert the inulin-rich extract into fructose.[6] Aspergillus niger, a fungus commonly used in industrial fermentations,[7] is “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.[8]

Composition

Agave nectar consists primarily of fructose and glucose. One source gives 47% fructose and 16% glucose;[9] another gives 56% fructose and 20% glucose.[10] These differences probably reflect variation from one vendor of agave nectar to another.

Culinary use

Agave syrup is 1.4 to 1.6 times sweeter than sugar[11] and is often substituted for sugar or honey in recipes.[12] In cooking, it is commonly used as a vegan alternative to honey for those who choose to exclude animal products from their diets.[13] Agave syrup dissolves quickly and so it can be used as a sweetener for cold beverages such as iced tea. It is added to some breakfast cereals as a binding agent.

Agave syrups are sold in light, amber, dark, and raw varieties. Light agave syrup has a mild, almost neutral flavor, and is therefore sometimes used in delicate-tasting dishes and beverages. Amber agave syrup has a medium-intensity caramel flavor and is therefore used in dishes and drinks with stronger flavors. Dark agave syrup has stronger caramel notes and imparts a distinct flavor to dishes, such as some desserts, poultry, meat, and seafood dishes. Both amber and dark agave syrups are sometimes used “straight out of the bottle” as a topping for pancakes, waffles, and French toast. The dark version is unfiltered and therefore contains a higher concentration of the agave plant’s minerals. Raw agave syrup also has a mild, neutral taste.[dubious ] It is produced at temperatures below 118 °F (48 °C) to protect the natural enzymes, so this variety could be considered an appropriate sweetener for raw foodists.

Health effects

The impact of agave syrup on blood sugar (as measured by its glycemic index and glycemic load) is comparable to fructose, which has a much lower glycemic index and glycemic load than table sugar (sucrose).

However, consumption of large amounts of fructose can be deleterious and can trigger fructose malabsorption, metabolic syndrome, hypertriglyceridemia, decreased glucose tolerance, hyperinsulinemia, and accelerated uric acid formation.

Due to its high fructose levels, agave syrup has the potential to lead to insulin resistance and significantly increased triglyceride levels (a risk factor for heart disease).[3]

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John Kohler.

The Truth about Agave Syrup:
Not as Healthy as You May Think

A relatively recent trend in raw food preparation is the use of agave syrup (also called agave nectar) as sweetener is called for in raw recipes.  I am often asked about my views on this sweetener.

When I first switched to a raw food diet in 1995, agave syrup was unknown and was NOT USED IN RAW FOODS!  I first learned about agave syrup back in 1999 or 2000 at a trade show for the health food industry, which I attend regularly to keep up with the latest in the health and nutrition field.  I asked several questions, got some samples, and inquired on how the company processed the agave syrup.  At that time, I learned that it was processed at roughly 140 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit11, so I certainly didn’t consider it a raw food by any means.  Just like agave, some people consider maple syrup a raw food, but all maple syrup is heat-treated and is therefore not raw at all.

Unfortunately, there are no “raw labeling laws.”  Anyone, anywhere, at any time can put “RAW” on their label and to them it can be supposedly raw since it is made from a “raw” material or simply not roasted. Just because it says “RAW” doesn’t necessarily mean that it was processed at a temperature under 118 degrees and still has all its enzymes, nutrients, and “life force” intact.  For example, when you notice the difference between raw carob powder and roasted carob powder in the store, it is my understanding that the “raw” carob powder has been heated to about 250 degrees, whereas the “roasted” carob powder has been heated to about 450 degrees.  The additional heat applied to the “roasted” carob powder causes the carob to “caramelize,” thus making it darker in appearance and different in taste as compared to the “raw” carob powder.  Some stores sell “truly raw” carob powder, it has a more chalkier texture than supposedly “raw” carob powder.  Jaffe Bros in Valley Center, California is a source of the “truly raw” carob powder.  There are several raw food snack bars that say “RAW” but have ingredients such as cooked cocoa powder (that can’t be raw) and cashew nuts (most of which are not truly raw).

So agave needs to be hydrolyzed so that the complex fructosans are “broken down” into fructose units or it won’t be sweet!!  Great- now I’m eating hydrolyzed raw agave syrup!

Let’s suppose for arguments sake, and to give agave the benefit of the doubt, that even with “new” technology, companies are somehow able to process agave syrup below 118 degrees so it could be considered actually “raw”.  We still need to ask the question, is it good for us?   Some foods, even if they truthfully are raw, may not actually be HEALTHY.  Based on what I have learned about agave syrup, I believe it to be one of these foods.

My answer to the question, “Is agave nectar good for us?” would be “NO” based on my research.  Here is a sample of my findings:

  1. Agave Syrup is not a “whole” food. It is a fractionated and processed food.  Manufacturers take the liquid portion of the agave plant and “boil” it down, thus concentrating the sugar to make it sweet.  This is similar to how maple “sap” that comes directly from a tree is heated and concentrated to make maple “syrup.”  Agave Syrup is missing many of the nutrients that the original plant had to begin with.
  1. Agave Syrup was originally used to make tequila.  When Agave Syrup ferments, it literally turns into tequila.  The enzymatic activity therefore MUST be stopped so that the syrup will not turn into tequila in your cupboard.  Raw or not, if there is no enzymatic activity, it is certainly not a “live” food.  As Raw Foodists, we want the enzymes intact.
  1. According to my research, there are three major producers of agave syrup.  Some of these companies also have other divisions that make Tequila.  For the most part, agave syrup is produced in the Guadalajara region in Mexico.  There are those within the industry who I have spoken to at various trade shows who say that some of the agave syrup is “watered down” with corn syrup in Mexico before it is exported to the USA.  Why is this done? Most likely because Agave Syrup is expensive, and corn syrup is cheap.
  1. Agave Syrup is advertised as “low glycemic” and marketed towards diabetics.  It is true, that agave itself is low glycemic.  We have to consider why agave syrup is “low glycemic.”  It is due to the unusually high concentration of fructose (90%) compared to the small amount of glucose (10%).  Nowhere in nature does this ratio of fructose to glucose occur naturally.  One of the next closest foods that contain almost this concentration of glucose to fructose is high fructose corn syrup used in making soda(HFCS 55), which only contains 55% fructose.  Even though fructose is low on the glycemic index, there are numerous problems associated with the consumption of fructose in such high concentrations as found in concentrated sweeteners:
  1. Fructose appears to interfere with copper metabolism.   This causes collagen and elastin being unable to form.  Collagen and elastin are connective tissue which essentially hold the body together.A deficiency in copper can also lead to bone fragility, anemia, defects of the arteries and bone, infertility, high cholesterol levels, heart attacks and ironically enough an inability to control blood sugar levels.2
  2. Research suggests that fructose actually promotes disease more readily than glucose.  This is because glucose is metabolized by every cell in the body, and fructose must be metabolized by the liver. 3 Tests on animals show that the livers of animals fed large amounts of fructose develop fatty deposits and cirrhosis of the liver. This is similar to the livers of alcoholics.
  3. “Pure” isolated fructose contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals and may rob the body of these nutrients in order to assimilate itself for physiological use.4
  4. Fructose may contribute to diabetic conditions.  It reduces the sensitivity of insulin receptors.  Insulin receptors are the way glucose enters a cell to be metabolized.  As a result, the body needs to make more insulin to handle the same amount of glucose.5
  5. Consumption of fructose has been shown to cause a significant increase in uric acid. An increase in uric acid can be an indicator of heart disease.6
  6. Fructose consumption has been shown to increase blood lactic acid, especially for people with conditions such as diabetes.  Extreme elevations may cause metabolic acidosis.7
  7. Consumption of fructose leads to mineral losses, especially excretions of iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc compared to subjects fed sucrose.8
  8. Fructose may cause accelerated aging through oxidative damage.  Scientists found that rats given fructose had more cross-linking changes in the collagen of their skin than other groups fed glucose.  These changes are thought to be markers for aging.9
  9. Fructose can make you fat!  It is metabolized by the liver and converts to fat more easily than any other sugar.  Fructose also raises serum triglycerides (blood fats) significantly.10
  1. Agave Syrup and other concentrated sweeteners are addictive, so you end up trading a cooked addiction (eating candy bars or cookies)  for a “raw” addiction which is not much better.  Eating concentrated sweeteners makes it harder to enjoy the sweet foods we should be eating – whole fresh fruit since they don’t seem as sweet by comparison.
  2.  Long-time raw foodist and Medical Doctor, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D. says that agave nectar raises blood sugar just like any other sugar.  Dr. Cousens wrote a book, “There Is a Cure for Diabetes”.

Whole fruits generally contain a much smaller amount of fructose compared to sucrose and glucose.  In addition, fruits contain vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber, and other nutrients.  Our bodies are designed to digest a complete “package” of nutrition that appears in whole, fresh, ripe fruits.  Could nature be wrong?  For example, it’s always better to eat fruits whole or blend them rather than juice them.  When you juice fruits you remove the fiber which helps to slow down the absorption of the sugars. Concentrated sweeteners also contain no fiber and have much greater concentrations of simple sugars than are found in fresh fruit or even juices.

Now that you have a better understanding about Agave Syrup, hopefully the companies selling “raw” agave won’t dupe you.  They are out to make a buck, which in this case is unfortunately at the expense of your health.  If you are making a “raw” recipe and it does require a concentrated sweetener, I have some recommendations for some better options to use instead of agave:  (Listed in order of preference.)

  1. Use ripe fresh fruits.  Ripe fruits contain nutrients, fiber and water, a complete package, as nature intended.  I find that ripe and organic fruits are usually sweetest.
  2. Use fresh whole stevia leaves.  Stevia is an herb that actually tastes sweet but contains no sugar.  This herb can be very hard to find fresh, so I personally grow my own.  If fresh leaves are not available, get the whole dried leaves or the whole leaf powder.  Avoid the white stevia powder and the stevia liquid drops as they have been highly processed.
  3. Use dried fruits.  If you need a “syrup” consistency, just soak the dried fruits in some water and blend them up with the same soak water.  Dates, figs, and prunes are some of the sweetest dried fruits that tend to work well in recipes.  Try wet Barhi dates blended with a little water for an amazing maple syrup substitute.   Please note: Since there are no raw labeling standards, some dried fruit may be dried at higher than 118 degrees, and thus, not really raw.  If you want to ensure you are eating really raw dried fruit, it is best to dehydrate it yourself.
  4. Raw Honey is a concentrated sweetener, and although not recommended, in my opinion it is better than agave syrup because it is a whole food and occurs naturally in nature.  Of course, honey is not vegan and that may be a concern for some.   I recommend purchasing local honey from a beekeeper.

Other “concentrated sweeteners” that are often seen in raw food recipes include:

1)     Maple Syrup which is not raw and heat processed. If it is not organic, it may also contain formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals.

2)     Sucanat or evaporated cane juice is pure dried sugar cane juice.  Unfortunately this is processed at a temperature above 118 degrees and therefore can’t be considered raw.

3)     Yacon Syrup is a syrup from the root of the yacon plant in South America.  It is once again, a concentrated sweetener processed at a temperature of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

The moral of this article: Eat whole fresh fruits and vegetables, they are always best.  Always question processed and concentrated foods that are not found in nature, even if “raw”.

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I have decided that I will avoid foods containing agave in any form, just as I avoid HFCS. Now I want talk a bit about Yacon Syrup, but first let’s answer a few questions about raw vs cooked foods. Raw foods are still raw if not heated beyond 106 degrees, although some believe they are only considered cooked if the temp. goes beyond 118 degrees.

goodfood is an interesting website and I like their article ‘Raw vs cooked’.

About Food has a great page about Raw Food Diets and Dehydrator “Cooking” which says in part… 

“The basic idea is that cooking destroys not only many of the vitamins in food but also enzymes that may be important to our health.

Food that reaches 118F is no longer considered raw because apparently it is at temperatures above that that the food’s nutrition is diminished.

Because of this, dehydrating temperatures for food that still qualify as raw once dried are typically between 105F/41C and 115F/46C. That is significantly lower than the 135F/57C to 150F/66C usually recommended for drying fruits and vegetables. What this means is that if you want to dry foods but still keep their raw status, you’ll need to allow for up to 1/3 longer drying time than the usual dehydration recipe will specify.”

I am not a Raw Foodist. I believe that God intended us to have both raw and cooked foods. I do however, strive to have a happy balance and eat whole natural foods as much as possible, and cooking until just done, not until all nutrients are boiled out and destroyed.

Yacon Syrup is a liquid sweetener made from the yacon plant and has caught our attention!

FD 3 Yacon saladWhen we saw this article, we just had to share!    Yummy Yacon Root

  1. Yacon root is a superhealthy sweet treat people in South American have been growing for centuries.

  2. What is yacon syrup?

    Yacón syrup is a sweetening agent extracted from the tuberous roots of the yacón plant indigenous to the Andes mountains. It was used by the Incas. In Peru, people eat yacon because of its nutritional properties—few calories and low sugar…

    how does yacon syrup work

    What Did We Discover?

    A good Yacon Syrup extract must contain Yacon Root with at least 41.39% Fructooligosaccharides (FOS). It must be 100% pure with no fillers, binders or any other artificial ingredients. We think it would possibly make a good topping for pancakes and an excellent ‘sugar substitute’ for many foods. THEREFORE– we will now order some and see if it passes our taste test!  It’s later- we did and love it!!

    100% Pure Yacon Syrup, All Natural Sugar Substitute, Metabolism Booster (8 oz.)

    • Made of 100% Pure Yacon Syrup (76% FOS)
    • High in Prebiotics and Probiotics
    • Use as a Natural Sweetener in Foods You Eat Every Day Without the Extra Calories!
    • Aids in Weight Loss by Suppressing Your Appetite and Boosting Metabolism
    • Proven to Help Lower Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels, Increase Bone Density, Improve Immune System Function and Increase Energy Levels

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews (we’ll give you 4)

    *You MUST decant it!! (We discovered there is a better way to make sure you get to use all of it– see below this persons report.)

    I love Yacon Syrup. Its flavor profile makes it amazing in recipes where one might otherwise use molasses–so anything with chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, spice, etc. I’ve heard that heat robs it of a lot of its health benefits, so I use it in low temp recipes only, like paleo chocolate bars or shakes. I have tried a couple of brands now and I found this particular brand satisfactory and a reasonable price.

    When you read reviews of Yacon Syrup you’ll often find people complaining about the syrup solidifying in the bottom. In my experience, that happens regardless of which brand of Yacon Syrup you buy. At least 1/4 of the bottle’s contents will always solidify at the bottom. Using hot water to get this last bit out is impossible, as it solidifies to the consistency of caramel, which simply won’t come out through the narrow neck of the bottle no matter what you do.

    Now, whenever I buy Yacon Syrup, regardless of the brand, I always decant it into a wide-mouth glass jar. Then, to get my full money’s worth, I carefully cut off the top of the plastic bottle and use a knife or spatula to dig out the thick solids at the bottom and stir it into the jar with the rest. The thick stuff is perfectly good … it’s just too thick to come out the narrow neck of the bottle. And even though it will still solidify at the bottom of the glass jar over time, it’s a whole lot easier to get it out with a spatula (and there’ll be less of it, because it’s easier to stir the syrup as you use it.)

    Jeannie here–  We’ve been using ours instead of honey and pancake syrup, then I began putting it into the special vinegar drink I have every day. Soooo- when the first bottle was gone, instead of tossing it, I decided to fill it with my vinegar to see what might happen- I did want to make sure the bottle was rinsed out good and I hadn’t wasted any. WOW!! The vinegar began to turn brown from the bit of syrup left in the bottle and I no longer needed to add stevia to my drink in order to tolerate the vinegar taste that I have never cared for- OK, vinegar lovers you may laugh at me, but hear this– we had a nice salad for dinner one night and knowing that some people actually like to put vinegar and oil on their salads- (I’ve never understood that- just eat mine without dressing or have an avocado on it)- I decided to pour a little vinegar from the yacon bottle on my salad as an experiment. Wow, wow, super-wow!! I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love!! From now on I will put this yacon vinegar on my salads!! So delicious- sooo good for me- and it will be good to the last drop without the hassle and work this woman went to!

    *Great alternative to artificial sweeteners and it has so many benefits A+++.

    I mainly began researching sugar alternatives when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It was very important to look for natural sweeteners that the body could digest slower. I used it daily in my coffee to replace sugar. I started out with a tiny teaspoon because I didn’t want to over sweeten my coffee. I was surprised that it was mild compared to my expectations. It sort of resembles molasses in color but is not as thick. Because its a liquid I wasn’t sure how strong it was going to be. It wasn’t overpowering at all. It sweetened my coffee and I didn’t notice any weird taste or aftertaste it was just sweeter. I really like that it has prebiotics and probiotics. I was brainstorming on all the things I could make with this syrup. Put it on oatmeal, pancakes, dips and salad dressings. Replace honey on cornbread or honey in mustard honey dressing. I am also wondering if I can use this in or on homemade ice cream. I recommend this as an alternative to sugar and artificial sugar.

    *Pleasant taste.

    Tastes more like a mixture of chocolate syrup and molasses. A good substitute for maple syrup. Works well on whole wheat waffles or as a snack on rice cakes.

    *I can definitely feel the difference after taking this….

    I can definitely feel the difference after taking this. Before, I would try and limit myself to what my diet should be, but ultimately would give in to the hunger and pick a snack out of the pantry. Taking this, I no longer feel this snacking urge, and has really helped me to lose weight.

    Yacon.jpgWe hope you have enjoyed learning about Agave and Yacon, but most of all we hope it will be helpful to you in the future as you decide how to sweeten in good health.                                     TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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