Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach

Archive for April, 2012

Urgent Action Needed Regarding CARRAGEENAN!

Comments Off on Urgent Action Needed Regarding CARRAGEENAN!

Carrageenan is currently allowed in USDA certified organic foods.

Degraded Carrageenan is a possible carcinogen, as determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and should NOT be allowed in certified organic foods.

Although food grade carrageenan is claimed to contain only the native, non-degraded carrageenan, research has proven otherwise. “A 2005 study showed that not a single sample of food-grade carrageenan could confidently claim to be entirely free of the potential cancer-causing material.”

Carrageenan’s status as an allowable ingredient in organic foods will be voted upon by the USDA National Organic Standards Board in May.

Please send your comments to the USDA, by May 3, to remove carrageenan as an allowable ingredient in organic foods.

The safety of organic foods is at stake here!

Food Additives News

Comments Off on Food Additives News

Food additives are chemicals added to processed foods to give them a better taste, consistency, texture, color and a longer shelf life. Most food additives are not adequately tested individually, and NONE are tested in the combinations found in the packaged foods on the grocery store shelves.

Many food additives are known to cause adverse effects, including skin irritation, allergic reactions, and even more serious conditions like liver and kidney problems and cancer.

Some of the chemicals added to processed foods can even rob your cells of the vital oxygen your body needs for life. Some of the oxygen-robbing food additives include …

  • Sodium benzoate, which when used in products containing vitamin C can cause the formation of the cancer-causing chemical, benzene.
  • Canola Oil
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), also an excitotoxin which kills your brain cells.
  • Nitrates and Nitrites
  • Margarine
  • See more

Make sure you keep health-destroying food additives out of the food you eat. Click here to find out how.

Health Benefits of Cultured Foods

Comments Off on Health Benefits of Cultured Foods

Before the days of refrigerators and freezers, food was preserved by lacto-fermentation. This not only preserved the food, but also enhanced the nutritional content.

Cultured foods are more nutrient dense than the same non-cultured foods and are rich in probiotics, enzymes and anti-microbial organisms. They promote the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestinal tract and help to maintain a healthy gut.

The most common lacto-fermented vegetable is sauerkraut, but just about any vegetable can be cultured.

Click here and watch the video to see how easy lacto-fermented vegetables are to make.

Healthy Recipes For Your Bones

Comments Off on Healthy Recipes For Your Bones

There’s more to the health of your bones than taking calcium supplements. Good bone health requires a wide variety of nutrients. These delicious, nutrient-dense recipes will help you feed your bones nutrients it needs in a tasty way … for your enjoyment.

Creamy Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

Salmon with Roasted Asparagus

Chickpea & Walnut Hummus

Get the recipes here.

Health Results From Balance

Comments Off on Health Results From Balance

Cancer is just a word that creates fear. Forget about that word, and let’s just focus on balancing your body. All illnesses are just symptoms of imbalance. No illness can remain when your entire system is in balance.”

This is a quote from the book, Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing, by Anita Moorjani.

How do you create balance in your body?

It’s a matter of giving your body what it needs in all areas … body, mind and spirit.

Balance in your body starts with giving your body the essential nutrients it needs … vitamins, minerals, enzymes, cofactors and undiscovered nutrients found in healthy food. But not just any healthy food … food that is healthy for YOUR body.

Just because a food is generally healthy and rich in health-giving nutrients, does not mean that it is healthy for you!

You’ve heard of some people not being able to eat certain foods, like wheat, eggs, oranges, soy, etc. because of reactions they have to them … food allergies.

You can also have delayed reactions to food, called food sensitivities or food intolerance. The effect of these responses your body has to intolerant foods can manifest as just about any form of less than optimal health. You will more than likely not be able to make an association between your symptoms and the foods that caused them because of the delay between eating the food and the symptoms actually appearing.

However, if you continue to eat the foods you are sensitive to, you will never be able to achieve good health. And it will only get worse as time goes on. You will continue to develop more and more symptoms and more ailments as your immune system continues to attack the food you’re eating. AND no matter what you try to heal yourself, if you do not eliminate your food sensitivities, you will not get the results you are looking for.

How do you eliminate sensitivities?

You can try to do it yourself by using an elimination diet. Eat only one food for 4 days and if you have no reaction to it, then you can add another food. You eat those two foods for 4 days. If you have no reaction, you add another food. If you have a reaction in the four days, label that food as an intolerant food and don’t eat it. Keep on doing this … for months and months until you have tested every food you want to eat.

There are a couple drawbacks to the elimination diet …

  1. Sometimes you may have a food sensitivity reaction, but it’s so mild, you’re not sure if you’re having a reaction or not. If you’re not constantly focused on paying attention for reactions, you might miss a reaction.
  2. It will take a long time to complete this program so that you know that you’re not eating foods you’re sensitive to. Most people don’t have the willpower to stick it out.

There is an easier way. It’s called the ALCAT Test. It’s a blood test that measures your response to a panel of foods and gives you a list of foods that you have severe, moderate or mild intolerance to. Plus it gives you a list of safe foods that you have NO reaction to. It’s EASY and ACCURATE.

Learn more here.

Now, for balancing mind and spirit, you  need to take time to relax, nurture yourself, get exercise, reduce your stress, meditate, participate in a spiritual practice. Choose those modalities that resonate with you … AND take time for you every day.