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Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp local honey 1/3 cup blackberries Process all the ingredients together in a blender and then season with ground pepper and sea salt The beauty of this recipe Read more
Considering that a typical household in the USA spends 90% of their food budget on processed foods, we are exposed to a multitude of food additives that have negative health side effects. Since Susan was cured by eliminating red dye # 40 from her diet–consider what ailments you could cure yourself of by eliminating your unknown nemesis? The long term consequensces and cumulative effects could be your silent killer!
The top five food additives to avoid:
Aspartame is a high intensity sweeter that has hit the market at an alarming rate in food items entitled “diet” or “sugar-free”. It is classified as a carcinogen and is highly neurotoxic! Headaches, dizziness, confusion, migraines and seizures can all be caused from it. Allergy and Asthma suffers should avoid it as well. Check out the documentary Sweet World: A Poisoned World to learn more.
MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in many soups, salad dressings, chips, and frozen entrees. Yes, it’s in a lot more than just Chinese food. The real trick is that the FDA allows 20 other pseudonames for MSG to be used in package labeling! MSG has the ability to affect neurological pathways in the brain and neutralize leptin’s (hormone that controls appetite) ability to tell our bodies to stop eating. That’s why it’s virtually impossible to eat just one or two Cheetos!
High Fructose Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup is a highly refined sugar that is derived from the processing orf corn. It is mainly used in prepackaged food. Since these types of foods are the primary source of calories for most Americans, it is one of the greatest offenders!!! HCFS contributes to weight gain more than any other substance.
Food coloring is found in meats, soda, juices, and salad dressings. It may contribute to behavior issues and play a significant reduction in a child’s ability to learn. This may be while I had a 2 hour drag out protest from Emma last night when I told her it was bath time! I caught her drinking a diet coke when I got home from work. Ironically, most of the dyes used in our foods have been banned in most other countries including Norway, France, and Sweeden.
Trans fat is one of the most dangerous substances to consume. It is used to enhance the shelf life of food products. It is found in margarine (yep–still one molecule from plastic), chips, baked goods, and fast foods. Trans fat increases LDL levels and lowers HDL (good cholesterol) increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, inflammation, and diabetes.
Watch this little tidbit! Very informative!
How many have someone dear to their their heart who has either had breast cancer or had their life changed by this wicked disease? I’m guessing many people hold this close at heart . This article may enlighten you.
Dr. Mercola reported this week on a study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology that 99% of 160 breast tissue samples tested from mastectomies contained Parabens. (n-propylparaben, methyparaben, n-butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylaraben).
Parabens are found in the vast majority of skin care products. They contain a synthetic estrogen that is the major factor seen in the growth and development of breast cancer. EPA testing concludes that ingredients in skin care and personal care products are reaching havoc on our hormone levels. Chronic long-term low dose exposure to these chemicals will accumulate in the body and eventually settle into practice of mutating cells and creating free radicals.
DON’T LET THIS—–
Http://www.cleure.com is a company dedicated to making products without additives
Dr. Flora Stay has been in the wellness industry for over 30 years. After graduating from University of California at San Francisco with her doctor of dental surgery degree (D.D.S.), she knew her path was clear towards health and wellness. She became passionate about helping others take responsibility towards their health.
She is an author (Secret Gateway to Health), speaker, practicing dentist and professor at University of Southern California. Dr. Stay noticed the need for a truly safe and effective toothpaste in 1993. Since then due to popularity of her dental products and demand from loyal customers, the Cleure line has grown to include personal care, skin care and makeup.
In Her Own Words:
My background has influenced my passion towards developing healthy toothpaste, skin care and personal care for everyone. I come from a family of doctors: three brothers (cancer specialist, pathologist, internist), and my father was a university professor with 3 PhDs in science, who discovered many medicinal plants and wrote 20 volumes of botanical books found in most universities.
As I listened to my brothers, especially the cancer specialist Dr. Kooros Parsa (Ventura County Hematology, Oncology Specialists), talk about the yearly alarming increase in numbers of patients, I began to research why cancer was on the rise.
There are many possible causes for cancer, but we can minimize the risk with our lifestyle.
Safer choices in using skin care, personal care and cosmetics lead to a healthier life. I believe you can be beautiful without added toxins in daily used products.
My promise is to develop safe and effective (salicylate free, fragrance free, ecologically responsible, hypoallergenic formulas) non-irritating products, reasonably priced, without animal testing. You can enjoy youthful, radiant, beautiful and healthy skin, hair and a beautiful smile with Cleure, without added questionable toxins.
One small point that Dr. Chris makes in this anti aging lecture is my big take away point. He describes a Free Radical (an unpaired electron) in terms that I can actually wrap my small brain around. In a nutshell, my husband and I go to a couples party one evening. Because I am a sap, I decide to bring cousin Joe that just got divorced because I feel sorry for him. Well, cousin Joe is slightly depressed, drinks a few too many Sun King’s, and hits on everyone’s wife! Hence CHAOS ensues and healthy paired couples are broken up! Cousin Joe is a free radical! He is a toxic cell that breaks apart healthy paired cells and reproduces with them chaotically to cause disease. It’s that simple. That being said–don’t invite Joe to the party! Don’t create chaos in your own body, mind, or spirit.
For more on anti-aging from Dr. Christopher Nagy visit: http://yourpersonalwellnesscenter.com/
Thanks to Chris for allowing http://www.angelamd.com to share his wonderful lecture.
In this documentary, the thing I found most interesting is a chart that shows three diagrams of the stomach. In three different scenarios, you can see what eating 500 calories of plant-based foods does to fill the stomach and to trigger receptors to let your brain know you’re full, compared to eating animal and dairy products that are calorie-rich but nutrition dense. That’s really what it’s all about. The reason that fruits and veggies are the superheros of the nutrition world is that they are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, plant proteins, complex carbs, good fats, antioxidants…all with relatively low-calorie counts. Just for fun, I decided to see what a person could eat in one day for 1200 calories — the same number of calories as a McDonald’s Big Mac, fries and a coke. (Did you catch that? ONE lunch at McDonald’s is the equivalent of a full day’s worth of calories). Here is what you could do with 1200 calories instead:
Thanks to my fabulous patient Annie for sharing this with us! Sometimes a picture says more than words.
What A Unique Way To Present This
4.2 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar = 1 cube !
Someone ought to get an award for this. We know the facts, but this
brings it into perspective quickly, doesn’t it?
Each cube is a teaspoonful.
Now someone needs to do this with salt!
‘When someone shares something of value
with you and you benefit from it, you have
a moral obligation to share it with others.”
So send it on!!
I had a wonderful Mother’s Day–I spent it laughing with true belly laughs doing mundane chores with my kids and family. I appreciate the blessings I have been given and especially take the time to think about them on these holidays! I’m lucky that my Mom is there to support me and not afflicted by disease— however, many people are and are not so lucky. I am more than thankful that Dee is a fabulous mom despite her woe for her own mother’s ailments. She has learned from the best example that keeping God or Kindness as your king will always lead you in the right direction.
Dee writes today:
“Mother’s day anthem for 2012. It was a great day. All that ever matters to me is getting to spend time with my mom and my daughters. Over the past few days, I’ve been in touch with my brother and sister more than usual and we were all three reminded of how close we are and how great our appreciation is for our mom. She currently lives in a nursing home after suffering a stroke when a brain aneurysm ruptured 20 years ago. She is wheelchair-bound and after surviving breast cancer a year and a half ago, she also was admitted to and then discharged from hospice for failure to thrive.
Today’s visit with her was, at her request, lunch at Bob Evans. She ordered a side dish of sausage gravy and biscuits, only eating half. From the time we picked her up she started thanking us for the “treat.” Then she stated and reiterated how blessed she is, for having a good home with fun activities, good food, and a lot of friends. When I walk into a nursing home and look around, just being there briefly is more than I care to be there. Her food is ground up in a food processor to make it easier to chew and it seems to be bland and flavorless. People around her moan and call out into thin air. And even though it is a very clean place, relatively, it sometimes smells like an outhouse.
|God actually, is everywhere, often in the shape of mothers!|
And yet, my dear mother whose left breast is missing, and has no use of one leg or hand, is perpetually blessed. I’m blessed just to know her.”
I read a post on Facebook the other day–it said that giving up complaining is one of the 15 things that will make you truly happy. Apparently your mom is a step ahead of the rest of us. My father had a stroke a few years ago and was fortunate that it did not leave him paralyzed. It did affect his balance and he had to spend a few weeks in a rehabilitation center. It was a difficult time for all of us and we are blessed that he is doing well now. I think my vow in honor of your mom tomorrow will be to go an entire day without complaining about anything. It may be rough and I may have a really interesting post for you tomorrow –but, I will try. The best way to change the world is to change yourself!