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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.

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!

Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide … Marks 20th Anniversary

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Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide  To What’s Safe & What’s Not has been in print for 20 years. The 20th anniversary is being marked by the release of the new 2013 Revised Edition … the 7th revision.

What started out as a little white 64 page pamphlet that listed only rating codes and food additives …

Food Additives: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not

has evolved into a 144 page pocket-size 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; in fact, 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

Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide  To What’s Safe & What’s Not is a handy pocket-sized book that you can easily carry with you in your pocket or purse when you shop. You will become a master label reader and you will know what’s in the food you’re buying and whether is it’s safe or not. It will help you to make informed choices about the food you eat.

Learn more here … but don’t buy.

Take advantage of our 20th anniversary special offer here
Good until April 15, 2013.

After April 15, get your copy here.

Paleo On The Go Review – Texas Chili

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Have you ever made chile?

It sure tastes good, but can easily take hours in the kitchen to prepare. That doesn’t take into account the time to shop for the very finest organic ingredients.

Well, you can have delicious, organic Texas Chili, delivered right to your door, without all the work that goes along with making it yourself.

It’s mighty tasty. A little bit spicy … not real hot, but a definite zing to it.

With real …

  • Grass-fed, grass-finished, dry aged, ground beef,
  • bacon,
  • onions,
  • celery,
  • green pepper,
  • carrots,
  • tomatoes (diced, crushed and paste),
  • beef stock,
  • spices

It is quick and easy to prepare, a great dish to have on hand when you want a fast, satisfying and healthy meal.

Another thumbs up for Paleo on the Go Texas Chili!

PaleoOnTheGo Review

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Eating a Paleo diet is undoubtedly healthy, but it can be time consuming to prepare your Paleo meals from scratch.

I’ve made some tasty recipes from the Primal Blueprint Cookbook. While some are relatively quick and easy to prepare, others take a bit of time. So, I don’t make them as often as I would like because of the preparation time.

PaleoOnTheGo is healthy Paleo Fast Food.

Generally when you think of fast food, it’s higly processed and full of unhealthy chemical additives. Not PaleoOnTheGo. Here’s where you can have your fast food and eat it too!

Two of the Recipes I’ve tried so far …

Shrimp Scampi
Ingredients:
Wild Caught Shrimp
Clarified Butter
Garlic
White Wine
Lemon (Zest)
.
Collard Greens
Ingredients:
Collard Greens
Bacon
Onion
Chicken Stock
Balsamic Vinegar
Garlic
Salt and Pepper

Collard greens have never been one of my favorite greens. I eat them occasionally because I know they’re good for me and by eating an assortment of different greens I get a greater variety of important nutrients.

Let me tell you…

Those were the best collard greens I’ve ever tasted. They were simply out-of-this-world delicious.

I’ve always liked shrimp and these definitely satisfied my picky palate.

The best part is that all I had to do to prepare them was heat a pan of water to simmering. Put the packages in the water and set the timer for 3-5 minutes. I made a quick salad while I was waiting  for the shrimp and collards to warm and in just a few minutes, I had a delicious, nutritious, healthy meal.

The PaleoOnTheGo foods were delivered to my door frozen – from Florida to California – in 5 days. No need for chemical frozen foods from the grocery store or GMO, trans fat fast food from the drive throughs and fast food joints. With PaleoOnThe Go, you can have a meal in minutes that is truly healthy for you…  And they’re organic too!

Click the image below and find out for yourself.

Paleo Fast Food

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The Paleo Diet, the diet of our ancestors, is the healthiest diet. We still have the same genetic makeup of our ancestors, yet the food we eat is so unlike what they ate and is wrecking our health. The diseases of today were unknown ten thousand years ago.

So what did our ancestors eat that was so healthy?
• Lean animal foods
• Vegetables
• Fruits
• Nuts and seeds
• Healthy fats

The Primal Diet is very much like the paleo diet, but also includes occasional healthy dairy.

One of the things I hear a lot is that it’s so inconvenient to always have to cook from scratch. We live a fast-paced, hectic lifestyle, it can often be difficult to plan and prepare healthy paleo or primal meals.

Now you can have your healthy paleo food without all the shopping and prep time. You can have healthy paleo meals delivered to your door … just heat and serve.

This is not like packaged, processed foods. It is real healthy, organic paleo food cooked from scratch, delivered directly to you. Just pop it in a pan and warm it up. You’ve got a meal in minutes. It can’t get any better than that … you get your healthy paleo food and you get to eat it too … in record time.

Enjoy!

Do You Eat Any Of These Foods?

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Besides being unhealthy because of their chemical additives, highly processed, nutrient deficient and GMO ingredients, they are loaded with excessive calories.

Fast Food Items with 1000 Calories and More
How Many Calories Counter

For healthier choices, you can make your own fast food at home.

Use organic, grass fed beef for your burgers.

Cut your organic potatoes into French fry size pieces. Place on a cookie sheet greased with coconut oil and bake them at 350 degrees F. Better yet, use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes.

Healthy Snacks and Finger Foods

Non-Dairy Blueberry Ice Cream

Tasty Veggie Dip

Healthy Snacks Your Whole Family Will Enjoy

Carob Coconut Candy

Get more healthy recipes here.

So, you see, healthy eating can be delicious and tasty. And it doesn’t have to take a lot of time to prepare. Try these recipes. Enjoy them. Your body will love you and you’ll be healthier for it.

Join the Boycott

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There were many organic and natural brands, that are owned by Big Food, that contributed to the NO on Prop 37 campaign. They don’t want you to know what’s in your food.

Now, it’s time to tell them you don’t appreciate their support for hiding GMOs in you food. Let them know that you will NOT purchase their products until they meet the conditions set forth in the boycott

(1) Speak out publicly in favor of state efforts to label genetically engineered food.

(2) Contribute as much money to Label-It Washington’s Initiative 522 campaign as their brand’s parent corporation donated to the No on 37 campaign in California.

Let them feel it where it hurts … in their bottom line.

The companies to boycott are …

PepsiCo (Donated $2.5M):

  • Naked Juice
  • Tostito’s Organic
  • Tropicana Organic

Kraft (Donated $2M):

  • Boca Burgers
  • Back to Nature

Safeway (Member of Grocery Manufacturers Association, which donated $2M):

  • “O” Organics

Coca-Cola (Donated $1.7M):

  • Honest Tea
  • Odwalla

General Mills (Donated $1.2M):

  • Muir Glen
  • Cascadian Farm
  • Larabar

Con-Agra (Donated $1.2M):

  • Orville Redenbacher’s Organic
  • Hunt’s Organic
  • Lightlife
  • Alexia

Kellogg’s (Donated $791k):

  • Kashi
  • Bear Naked
  • Morningstar Farms
  • Gardenburger

Smucker’s (Donated $555k ):

  • R.W. Knudsen
  • Santa Cruz Organic

Unilever (Donated $467k):

  • Ben & Jerry’s

Dean Foods (Donated $254k):

  • Horizon
  • Silk
  • White Wave

Click here to join the boycott.

Choose to buy from these companies that supported Prop 37

Ambrosial Granola, inc.
American Natural & Organic Spices
Amy’s Kitchen
Ancient Organics
Annie’s, Inc.
Applegate
B-Alive Natural Foods
Bad Ass Organics
Beagle Bay Organics
Beanfields Snacks
Beanitos, The Original Bean Chips
Bear River Valley Beef
Blackbird Naturals
Brad’s Raw Chips
Bucha Live Kombucha
Bumble Bee Health Foods
Cal-Stevia
Cazadero Winery
Chappellet Winery
Charcoal Companion Inc.
Clif Bar & Company
Country Choice Organic
Cyanotech
Davidsons Organic Teas
Dirty Blonde Brownie Company
Earth Balance
Earthbeam Natural Foods
Earthbound Farm
Earthbound Honey Ltd
Eden Foods
Edward & Sons
Elemental Superfood
Energy Essentials Whole Plant Food Manufacturing Company
Foothill Organic Growers
Four Elements Organics
Foxy Treats
Funnel Mill
Gjelina
Glee’s Baking and Milling Company
Glutino Food Group
GoMacro Inc
Good Earth Natural Foods
Grain Place Foods, Inc.
Granny Lulu’s Gluten-Free Gourmet Sandwiches
Greenville Organic Foods Organization
Guayaki
Gum Tree Inc.
Hail Merry Snacks
Hawaiian Ola
Health-Ade
Healthforce Nutritionals
Heartsong Pasta
Hoa’s Vegetarian & Vegan Spring Rolls
Humboldt Hot Sauce
J&H Produce, Inc.
Jasmin’s Goodies
JuicePlus+
Kona Coffee Farmer’s Association
Las Hermanas Organics
Late July Organic Snacks
Little Bee Pops
Lopino Foods
Lundberg Family Farms
M2 Ingredients, Inc.
Made In Nature
Majestic Chili
Mamma Chia
Mary’s Gone Crackers
MegaFood
Merton’s Maple Syrup
Mt. Eden Organics
Nativas Naturals
Natural Import Company
Naturally Yours Organics
Nature’s Express
Nature’s Kitchen
Nature’s Path Foods
New Chapter
Numi Organic Tea
Nutiva
Organic Valley
Organicville
Pacific Foods
Passport Dinners
Patagonia
Pines International, Inc.
Pop Culture Beverage Company
Purely Organic, Ltd.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery
Rumiano Cheese Co.
Sambazon
San Diego Soy Dairy
Scenario International LLC
SeaSnax
Simpli
Sky Island Organics
SlantShack Jerky
Sproutpeople
St. Helena Olive Oil Co.
Staff of Life Natural Foods
Starbars™
Stonyfield Farm
Straus Family Creamery
Sue’s Organics
SunRidge Farms
Sun Warrior
Sunfood
Sunshine Natural Health Foods
Tambor Açaí
Tasty Brand, Inc.
Teeny Tiny Spice Co. of Vermont
The California Olive
The Grove Certified Organic California Produce
Tilted Shed Ciderworks Hard Cider Brewery
Turtle Island
Udi’s Gluten Free Foods
Uncle Matt’s Organic
United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI)
Via Organica
Vivapura
Wallaby Yogurt Company
Whole Living Naturals
Whole Soy Company

So you see, you still have a lot of choices.

If we want to make a difference, we have to vote with our dollars. That’s the only way right now that we can create change.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Print out the list of companies to boycott and the list of brands to support.

Together, we can make a difference!

See all Prop 37 endorsements here.

Does Your Olive Oil Measure Up?

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There’s a lot of counterfeit olive oil out there!

Instead of 100% pure extra virgin olive oil, you might be getting virgin rather than extra virgin. Worse yet, you might be getting olive oil that has been diluted with sunflower oil, soy oil or canola oil.

If you buy the cheaper brands of olive oil, you are at risk of buying the counterfeits.

How can you be sure the olive oil you buy really is olive oil?

Read here to find out more.

I just tested my olive oil and it did not pass the test.