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Healthy Produce: Purchase vs. Grow Your Own

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Are you concerned with the quality of your organic food?

I know I sure am.

It’s not bad enough that the quality of organic food is declining and the organic standards are being weakened. Now Whole Foods Market is implementing a new rating system that can give non-organic, pesticide-laden produce a higher rating than USDA certified organic produce.

This is maddening.

What can you do about it?

Grow your own food.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb or don’t have a lot of time.

I have failed at gardening year after year after year. This year was my last ditch effort. After attending an event where there were numerous organic gardeners giving free advice and selling the best organic plants and amendments, I decided to give it another shot. I bought one zucchini plant, then went out on a limb and bought a cucumber plant a couple weeks later.

The zucchini started dying first. I struggled to figure out why. I adjusted the watering, worm castings and organic fertilizer that was highly recommended by the organic gardeners who gave me what seemed like no-fail advice. It just kept getting worse and worse. Then the cucumber plant also started dying. I was at wits end. I didn’t know what to do. I just knew I wanted to grow my own food from now on and I was going to figure out how.

I saw an ad online for an Aerogarden, a hydroponic growing system compact enough to keep on your counter indoors … and they guaranteed their seeds would grow or they would replace them. I thought it was worth a try, so I bought one. To make a long story short, it did grow, but it was such a cramped space that the lettuce and herbs did not produce as bountifully as if they had more space. I expected to be able to stop buying lettuce and herbs and make my salads exclusively from my Aerogarden. That was not the case. While I was getting small amounts every day, I still had to supplement my salad greens and herbs with those I bought.

I was again frustrated. Even though I was growing my own food, it did not measure up to my expectations of how much I would be harvesting daily.

One day while walking through the farmer’s market, I came across a vertical, aeroponic growing system that uses no soil, waters itself automatically, uses 90% less water than conventional gardens and you can grow year round.

I was interested.

I bought a Tower Garden and have not only put plants started from scratch into my new garden, I took the lettuce and herbs that didn’t have enough room in the Aerogarden, that had just about outlived their useful life, and put those in my Tower Garden. They have continued to grow much taller than would have been possible in the Aerogarden and have even started sprouting new growth at the bottom of the stalk of one of the lettuces.

I was going to take my dying zucchini and cucumber and put them in the Tower Garden too. Unfortunately, the zucchini was too far gone. It was dead. However, the cucumber seemed like it might have some life left in it. So, that went in the Tower Garden. It’s been about three weeks and it has very slowly shown new growth at the end of the plant. I wasn’t sure if it was going to make it. Then just yesterday, at three places along the stem where all the leaves and flowers had dried up and fallen off, I noticed new leaves sprouting … on a part of the plant that I had thought was dead. My cucumber plant is coming back to life.

Just a week ago I went to a presentation where I was able to pick up some seedlings for my TG. It’s been amazing and very fulfilling to watch these plants grow.

Anyone can be a successful gardener. If I, an infamous plant-killer for many years, can grow a healthy, nutrient-dense garden, anyone can.

If you are local to San Diego County, you’re invited to come to an event at my office in Escondido on Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m.

Get more info and directions here.

If you’re just too far away to come, check out my website and contact me if you have any questions.

It is more important now than ever to have safe and healthy food and now you can grow your own whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a plant-killer like me.

Click here for info on the Tower Garden event at my office.

Click here to learn more on my website.

Juicing vs. Smoothies

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Which is better?

It depends on your health goals

If you want the most nutrients per glass, you’ll want to juice. Ninety-five percent of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes we need are in the juice of raw vegetables and fruits. The emphasis should be on vegetables 5:1 over fruits. This highly concentrated mega-cocktail of nutrients enters your bloodstream rapidly and by-passes your digestive system. Your digestive system gets a rest and your body gets a power-packed infusion of nutrients.

When you juice, you are not getting the fiber – just the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. You get the nutrition without the fiber. If you don’t have enough fiber in your diet from fresh whole foods, this might not be the option for you.

On the other hand, when you have a smoothie, you get vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and fiber. The nutrient density is less than what you get in freshly made juice, because the quantity of produce you use in a smoothie is significantly less than when you make juice. However, you get all the fiber from the vegetables and fruits you use in a smoothie. Like with juice, I recommend vegetables 5:1 over fruits. Fruit smoothies are high in sugars and most people could use less sugar in their diets, even if it is from whole foods.

Both freshly made juice and smoothies can be healthy choices. It’s a matter of what your health goals are.

Here’s the recipe for the juice I make every day from all organic produce:

4 ounces of green juice from cilantro, parsley, collards and kale
1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
half a cucumber or enough to make 4 ounces of cucumber juice
1 small beet or half a medium beet
2 carrots (the carrots and beet should make about 4 ounces)
4 ounces of celery juice (about 3-4 ribs)

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the bottom a large mug, then pour in the juice and stir.

Enjoy!

Liver- Gallbladder Cleanse

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Eat fresh beets. This is especially important for women.

6 week program to stimulate your gallbladder and innervate your liver and colon:

Mix:

  • 1 cup of finely shredded organic raw beets
  • 2 T either extra virgin olive oil or raw flax oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Take a tsp of this every hour or two during the day for 3 days. Then 2 tbsp 3 times daily before meals for 1 week. Continue taking 2 tbsp 3 times a day 3 days a week for 1 month.

This is a powerful flush for your liver and gallbladder. It will help stimulate better digestion in general, lower blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides), and help you regain energy

This should be repeated once a year.

If this does not lower your cholesterol and triglycerides, and solve your liver/gallbladder problems, you may need digestive enzymes.

NOTE: This is not medical advice. It is for educational purposes only. If you have high cholesterol and/or triglycerides or any other health problems, you should check with your doctor.

Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMOs (FULL LENGTH VIDEO)

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The world’s leading Scientists, Physicians, Attorneys, Politicians and Environmental Activists expose the corruption and dangers surrounding the widespread use of Genetically Modified Organisms in the new feature length documentary, “Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs”.



Healthy Eating … It’s a Challenge

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Is eating healthy food, consistently, every day on a regular basis a challenge for you?

If you’re like most people, the answer is probably yes! Even the most conscientious healthy eaters may often find themselves in a predicament when it comes to choosing nourishing foods or meals.

There can be many reasons for this …

If you’re just becoming conscious of making healthy food choices you may be confused by the many conflicting opinions as to what’s healthy and what’s not. There are numerous resources that claim to offer you the best choices for your health and well being. But, they don’t all agree.

Who do you believe?

How do you know the truth about what healthy food choices are?

Perhaps you’ve been preparing food the same way for years and now you find out that your preparation methods are not the best and may contribute to ill health. Or maybe you just haven’t taken the time or don’t have the time to learn how to prepare food from scratch.

Where do you start?

Do you eat out frequently, or just on occasion?

How do you know how healthy the foods are at the restaurants you choose? If you eat at fast food restaurants, you probably already know they aren’t the healthiest choices. But what if that’s all you can afford?

And what about taste?

You may have some favorite foods that you love that don’t provide the best nutrition. Maybe you think that healthy food doesn’t taste good. Or perhaps you haven’t tasted any healthy foods that suit your taste buds.

Deciphering the ingredients …

Let’s not forget about the various different products that come in packages – boxes, bags, jars, etc. Have you ever tried reading the ingredients lists to figure out if they really are healthy or not? Or maybe you just gave up because it all seems like Greek to you.

Well, there are answers to all these questions.

There are reliable sources for healthy eating information. Preparing healthy food doesn’t have to be hard. And yes, healthy food does taste good.

It’s no surprise that eating healthfully can be a challenge given the way our food is grown and processed and the advertising messages that are sent to you via all the different media.

So, let’s go sort it all out. Come on over to Healthy Eating Advisor on Facebook and let me know what you want to know.

See you there!

Have You Fallen for the Food Con?

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In your quest for eating healthier foods, have you noticed that there’s a lot of contradictory information about what’s healthy and what’s not? There are a lot of food myths, many of them intentional.

What?

Do I mean that there are sources of healthy food info that are purposely lying to you about what is healthy and what is not?

Yes. That is exactly what I mean.

You can see this played out perfectly in the movie, Fed Up. If you haven’t already seen the movie, I highly recommend it.

Fed Up

To rent it from amazon.com for $3.99/$4.99 HD, click here. Your rental is good for a month, i.e. you can start watching it any time in the month after your rent it; but once you start viewing it, you have 48 hours to finish it, i.e. your rental ends 48 hours after you start viewing.

To purchase it on amazon.com for $9.96, click here.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the movie kind of leaves you hanging at the end… wanting for more info… What do I do?  How do I do it? How can I stick with it?

I want to continue the conversation with you where Fed Up left off. What do you want to know? What kind of help/support do you need? How can you succeed at consistently making healthy food choices and loving it?

I am going to do this on my Healthy Eating Advisor Facebook page. Like my page, then you can join in on the conversation.

If you know anyone who could benefit from good solid guidance on what’s healthy to eat and what’s not and how to stick with it so that your health improves and flourishes, please share this message with them.

There is so much misinformation about food in our society and our health has been devastated by it. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity are all lifestyle issues and can be helped and even reversed in many cases with proper diet and lifestyle changes.

So, are you up for the health of your life? Please join in on the conversation at my Healthy Eating Advisor Facebook page.

First, Watch Fed Up.

Then come over to Facebook, like Healthy Eating Advisor, and join in the conversation.

This is all about helping you sort out fact from myth and misinformation, how to implement healthy food choices, how to like healthy foods, some delicious healthy food recipes (yes, healthy food really does taste good) … whatever you need, ask and we’ll discuss it, provide tools and info to help you feel better, live longer and healthier. This will be a support system for you where you will find others, like you, who want to eat healthier and be healthier, even if those around you don’t.

I understand that often you succeed or fail based upon whether you have support in what you are doing. Let Healthy Eating Advisor Facebook page be your support system and let 2015 be your start to a healthier you.

See you on Facebook!

Digestive Dysfunction May Be Destroying Your Health

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Did you know that sixty-percent of the Unites States population alone is dealing with at least one symptom of digestive dysfunction?

You name it — gas, bloating, heartburn, abdominal pain, candida, constipation, diarrhea — the statistics say that YOU are more than likely experiencing one or more of them, right now at this very moment.

Living with digestive problems has become the new normal. Typically, they begin as minor complaints — a little indigestion here and there, the occasional tummy ache or bout of heartburn.

Sooner or later, what was once a minor annoyance becomes something that can literally take over your life. This usually happens for two reasons — embarrassment and ignorance.

Learn more HERE!

Sign up for this FREE online event HERE!

The Natural Cures Movement … Free Online Event!

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Natural Cures Movement

Learn secret cures to naturally heal your body from 30 unique presentations! The Natural Cures Movement includes natural remedies and treatment protocols for specific conditions like hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. The home remedies and natural cures you will discover could help you begin a path to better health and disease prevention! Plus, it’s FREE and online from October 6-13. 2014.

This event will provide you with all of the healing information you need:

  • From the top doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths and health experts in the world
  • To learn the best natural remedies and treatment protocols
  • To use plant­-based medicine for specific conditions like hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease
  • And so much more!

Register for FREE now

Take your health to the next level when you join Dr. Josh Axe, founder of one of the top 25 natural health websites in the world, DrAxe.com, and author of The Real Food Diet Cookbook. It’s his mission to to educate millions around the world in order to help them transform their health.

The Natural Cures Summit is online and FREE from October 6­-13, 2014!

Here are a few of the incredible presenters:

Dr. Joseph Mercola, Take Control of Your Health & Insulin
Dr. Josh Axe, Natural Cures for Leaky Gut
Sayer Ji, 10 Food Medicines That Could Save Your Life
Dr. Tom O’Bryan, Overcoming Gluten Sensitivity
Katie Wellness Mama, The Coconut Oil Cure
Suzy Cohen, RPh, Natural Remedies for Thyroid & Autoimmune Disease
Vani Hari, How to Cure Yourself Despite Food Companies and Your Doctor
With 30 expert presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for you or someone important to your life!

Better yet, if you register today, you’ll have access to the following FREE GIFTS:

Watch the first two talks of the summit:

  • Dr. Tom O’Bryan: Secrets to Overcoming Gluten Sensitivity
  • Suzy Cohen, RPh: Top 10 Natural Cures for Diseases you THINK you have

And, download the “Go Naked Cookbook” by Dr. Josh Axe and Cynthia Pasquella. This eBook contains 100+ gluten-free recipes that support healing naturally.

Come listen to The Natural Cures Movement from October 6-13, 2014!

Register for FREE today.

I’ll see you at the Natural Cures Movement!

Do You Know How to Stay Clean in a Toxic World?

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Everyone is toxic. You can’t avoid it. We live in a toxic world.

But you don’t have to just accept it.

Find out what you can do to protect and improve your health at the Detox Summit.

Detox Summit

Click Here to sign up for FREE!

See you at The  Summit!

News Release

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Hidden Poisons In Your Food

It’s getting harder and harder to make healthy food choices these days. Deceptive marketing and misleading labeling are commonplace. Some critical information necessary for you to be able to make truly healthy choices is legally absent from the label. It’s almost impossible for the average consumer to know what’s really healthy to eat.

You really need to be a food detective to give yourself half a chance of choosing foods that promote rather than destroy your health. However, there is so much misinformation about what is truly healthy that even the best investigators can be fooled. A number of experts and organizations that claim to provide genuine facts to help consumers stay healthy are guilty of spreading half truths.

Most people don’t have the time or desire to spend hours upon hours researching the literature to discover the truth about the food they eat. And even if they do, few know how to tell if a study is biased and provides incorrect information. For example, one study may say soy is healthy and healing. Another says it’s harmful. Other examples of controversial foods or food ingredients with conflicting messages about healthfulness include canola oil, meat, high fructose corn syrup and aspartame.

So, what’s a person to do?

The key is finding a few honest and reliable resources that you can trust to provide accurate and truthful information.

One of those resources is Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide To What’s Safe & What’s Not. It has stood the test of time. Soon to be released in its seventh edition, the 2013, 20th Anniversary Edition has grown from a 64-page pamphlet listing only food additives and their safety ratings to a 144-page book that gives information on …

  • how to read labels
  • how to identify and avoid genetically engineered foods (GMOs)
  • why Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) does NOT mean an additive is safe; and why many GRAS additives are NOT safe
  • identifying additives that are potential carcinogens
  • how to identify irradiated foods and why they should be avoided
  • what those pesky little stickers on produce items mean
  • food additives that are not listed on the label

Everyone needs to know this information if they want to be healthy. The book is pocket sized and easily carried with you to the grocery store when you shop.

The author, Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C., has been actively investigating and researching the safety of food additives since 1991. She is committed to finding the truth about these chemicals, many not adequately tested and used far too often, in the food we eat.

Her interest in the study of ingredient safety started with the “Healthy Eating” classes she held in her office. It accelerated in December 1990 when her dad was diagnosed with cancer.

Farlow is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a specialty in Nutrition. She practices chiropractic and nutritional counseling at her office in Escondido, CA, and also does telephone consultations. Counseling patients since 1984, she is a veteran at teaching people how to make healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide … can be ordered online at foodadditivesbook.com or on amazon.com Farlow can be contacted through her website, christinehfarlowdc.com.