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Wake Up Call

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In the last two years, one cousin and three close friends have died. The first two friends were my best girl friends from childhood. We played together from elementary school age and graduated high school together. The third was one of my college friends.

My cousin, who is younger than I, died in September 2010 from lymphoma. My first girlfriend died in August 2010 from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Her husband, who also graduated from high school with us, preceded her in death in 2009. My second childhood girlfriend, succumbed in June of this year, to cancer. My college friend just died suddenly October 3, 2012.

It is being said that our children’s generation will not live as long as their parents. I think it’s already happening.

We are not living as long as our parents.

Read more.

If you didn’t click the link to read the rest of the article, please do … This is important. It truly is a matter of life and death.

With the holidays upon us, why not start with making your holiday foods a little healthier this year? Even the goodies can be healthy. Check out these articles to find out how …

Healthy Holiday Fare

Are You Ready For A Healthy Holiday For A Change?

Just because it’s the holidays and the traditional foods are less than healthy doesn’t mean we can’t have healthy holiday food. We can and it can taste delicious too… AND you can feel good about indulging.

For more healthy recipes, click here.

It’s early enough now, that with a little planning, you can raise the bar on your holiday food choices and enjoy healthy holiday fare. Your body will thank you!

Turkey Tips And Thanksgiving Recipes

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In one week, it will be Thanksgiving here in the U.S.  Here are some tips to help you  make this Thanksgiving a healthy one.

  • Choose a pastured turkey if possible. Conventional turkeys are raised on factory farms, in close unhygienic quarters, injected with antibiotics and fed GMO grains. You will pay a little more for a pastured turkey, but did you know that poultry that are injected with brine may contain up to 40% salt water? So if you subtract the weight of the brine, your cheap factory farmed turkey isn’t so cheap any more. Get more tips on choosing your turkey here and a recipe for Turkey with CranApple-Sage Stuffing.
  • Enter to win a turkey “raised with care.”
  • What kind of veggies do you like with your turkey? Click here to get some healthy veggie  and other recipes  …
    • Sage Green Beans with Pinenuts
    • Ginger Carrots
    • Cuban Stuffed Turkey
    • Deviled Eggs
  • One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is Sweet Potatoes and Apples. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in my house without it.
  • No meal is complete without a big healthy salad … tossed greens with at least 4 or 5 different raw veggies. Get some ideas here.
  • Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without dessert. So, here’s a healthy recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Pie. If you don’t want to watch the video, the recipe is about 1/3 of the way down this page. You’ll also find more Thanksgiving recipes before you get to the pie.
  • If you’re not a pumpkin pie fan, here are a couple other healthy desserts for you to enjoy…

So, there you have it. You are now armed with a variety of healthy recipes for a healthy Thanksgiving feast.

Enjoy!

Healthy Halloween

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On Halloween, our little “trick or treaters” get so much candy, full of sugar and chemical additives. Sugar is known to cause hyperactivity in children and dental caries, as well as mood swings, depression, and obesity. But, it’s not only the sugar that’s so bad for them. It’s also the other chemical additives, including artificial and natural flavors and FD&C colors, most of which are derived from coal tar which is a carcinogen.

AND just about all candy now contains GMOs, unless it’s USDA certified organic, has a Non-GMO Project label or is listed in the Non-GMO Shopping Guide.

Here are five tips on how to reduce the sugar, chemical and GMO load this Halloween:

1. Instead of candy, give penny toys, removable tatoos, stickers, apples or mini boxes of raisins.

2. If you have little ones, have a party at your house and give toys, stickers and healthy snacks.

3. Let your kids dress up in their costumes and take them to a movie instead of trick or treating.

4. Let your kids dress up in their costumes and take them shopping for a special toy

5. If your kids do go out trick or treating, let them choose 5 candy treats from their treat bag. Allow them to eat only 1 a day and put the rest away. They’ll probably forget about the candy after that.

These hints will make your Halloween a little healthier and still let you fully enjoy the spirit of the season.

The Truth About Antioxidant Foods

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Antioxidants are substances found in fresh, whole foods that reduce oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

There are a lot of antioxidant supplements that are being promoted for their health benefits … to reverse aging, to increase strength and endurance, to boost the immune system, etc.

A lot of superfoods are being heavily promoted for their antioxidant properties.

From all this, we get the message that antioxidant supplements and superfoods are essential for good health.

But how much should you take and can you take too much?

Read more.

Turmeric Tea

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    Turmeric is a common spice used in Middle Eastern cooking. It has therapeutic value as well.

    It …

    • is anti-inflammatory
    • is antimicrobial
    • is a disinfectant
    • reduces cancer risk
    • slows the progression of Alzheimer’s
    • may help fat metabolism
    • speeds healing

    If you don’t use turmeric in your cooking frequently, you might want to
    try Turmeric tea.

    Before I tried it, I was concerned that it might have a strong,
    disagreeable taste. It doesn’t. I find the flavor rather mild.

    Here’s how I  make the tea …

    I put about 3/4 tsp of turmeric in a small glass pot with about 3 cups
    of water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool. Pour
    into a cup slowly, leaving the sediment in the bottom of the pot.

    Sip throughout the day.

    Caution: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile
    obstruction. If pregnant, check with your physician before using.
    Turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

    Caution regarding herbs in general: Not all herbs are safe for everyone.
    Make sure you do your research before choosing to use herbs and herbal
    remedies.

    You can get quality organic turmeric or other herbs at Mountain Rose Herbs.

    Health Benefits of Cilantro

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    Cilantro, also known as coriander, is a power-packed herb that is not only delicious, but it’s good for you as well.

    Here are 7 benefits of including cilantro in your diet…

    1. It’s a natural cleanser and detoxifier
    2. It aids in digestion
    3. It’s anti-inflammatory
    4. It’s an antioxidant.
    5. It boosts your immune system.
    6. It’s a natural antiseptic
    7. It increases your HDL cholesterol (the good one) and lowers the LDL (the bad one)

    Click here for some healthy recipes to add cilantro to your diet.

    Health Benefits of Healthy Fats

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    Low Fat and No Fat products and diets are dangerous to your health!

    This is the exact opposite of what you hear from most sources offering nutritional information.

    The truth of the matter is that your body needs healthy fats because …

    Healthy Fats

    • are carriers for the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K
    • are necessary for the health and maintenance of the cells in your body
    • provide the building blocks for your body to produce hormones
    • are a concentrated source of energy
    • are necessary for your body to convert carotene to vitamin A
    • are required in order for your body to absorb minerals
    • are satisfying so you can go longer without getting hungry

    Insufficient fat in your diet can cause

    • depression
    • fatigue
    • poor concentration
    • mineral deficiencies
    • weight gain

    The famous Framingham Heart Study which began in 1948 set out to prove that saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet caused heart disease.

    Six thousand residents of the town of Framingham, MA, were selected and divided into two groups … those who ate large amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, and those who ate little.

    The groups were compared every five years. After 40 years, the director of the study had to admit that “In Framingham, MA, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person’s serum cholesterol… we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active.

    “The study did show that those who weighed more and had abnormally high blood cholesterol levels were slightly at more risk for future heart disease, but weight gain and cholesterol levels had an inverse correlation with fat and cholesterol intake in the diet.”(Source, p. 5)

    So, what are healthy fats?

    • organic coconut oil
    • real organic butter
    • extra virgin olive oil
    • animal fats from healthfully raised animals
      • duck and goose fat
      • lard
      • tallow

    If you haven’t seen this video produced by the University of South Florida, How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic, you are in for a real eye opener.

    The Food Your Body Was Designed To Eat

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    When you drive a car, you put gas in the gas tank … because that’s the fuel your car needs to run on. If you put olive oil, soda or water in the gas tank, you’re not going to go anywhere because it doesn’t feed your car what it needs to fire up the engine and go.

    Your body is just like your car.

    Have you ever seriously thought about what kind of fuel your body was designed to run on?

    What nutrients does your body need and are they in the foods you choose to eat and feed your family?

    In fact, have your ever asked yourself  if the “food” you buy is really food?

    Well the truth of the matter is, most of it isn’t! Most of it is chemicals, altered and processed to make it look and taste like food, but it’s not feeding your cells the nourishment they need to not only survive, but to thrive.

    Even the meat, eggs and dairy that comes from the factory farms are not truly “real food” because their nutrient composition has been altered as a result of the drugs, GMO feed and the fact that the animals are fed food that is not their natural diet.

    So what kind of food is your body designed to eat?

    Your body hasn’t changed much in the last 40,000 years … in terms of the nutrients it needs to be healthy. However, the food supply and our diets have changed drastically. And along with these changes have come diseases that did not exist in ancient times.

    Our ancestors were hunter-gatherers. They ate meat, fish, berries, vegetables and nuts and seeds. They ate a variety, whatever they could find. As the seasons changed, so did the foods available to them. They got their nourishment from real whole foods.

    These are the kinds of foods our bodies were designed to eat.

    What about dairy?

    According to the Primal Diet milk products are not included. However, occasional use of raw dairy products from cows with the A2 beta-casein gene and raw goat milk products are acceptable.

    On the other hand, Jordan Rubin, founder of Beyond Organic, encourages abundant use of raw dairy products from these A2 cows as this is how he healed himself from the brink of death about 15 years ago. He also is a strong proponent of the real foods that are the basis of the Primal Diet.

    So, which way is right?

    They both are.

    Everyone is a unique individual and there is no one right way to eat for everyone. Both of these dietary approaches offer a healthy way to nourish your body with real food.

    Which one is right for you?

    You’ve got to test it out and see for yourself.

    Note: The Primal Blueprint Cookbook has some great, healthy recipes. Every single recipe in this book is healthy with all healthy ingredients.

    How Do You Define Processed Foods?

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    My definition of processed foods is any food that has been changed by removing or adding anything to the final product. Basically it’s any food that comes in a package and is not in it’s natural state.

    In other words processed food is not real food.

    Real food … my definition … is food that is grown in nature, as nature intended, and meant to be eaten by humans. It can be plant or animal.

    Real food is rich in the nutrients inherent in the food. It is not altered.

    Any food that has been altered, resulting in loss of nutrients is processed.

    Here is an excellent article, titled “How do you define processed foods?” about introducing solid foods to your baby.

    Even though it’s about babies, the information is relevant for everyone who ever buys any food that comes in any kind of package.

    Read the article.

    Are You Eating Rancid Oils?

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    You may be without even knowing it.

    Oils become rancid when they’re oxidized, primarily through exposure to air, heat and light. This leads to the formation of free radicals. Eating rancid oils makes you vulnerable to diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

    The oils most prone to become rancid are the polyunsaturated oils, like

    • corn
    • soy
    • canola
    • sunflower
    • safflower
    • cottonseed

    It’s very likely that these oils are rancid when you pick them off the grocery store shelf before you even get them home.

    These oils should never be heated.

    But they are … often.

    They’re commonly found in processed foods – baked good and chips, even organic. Check the labels if you have some of these foods at home or the next time you go to the grocery store.

    They’re used for cooking when you eat out. Even a famous fast food restaurant that is building a reputation for healthy fast food cooks with soy oil.

    What should you use instead?

    One of the best oils to cook and bake with is coconut oil. Use it for stir-frying instead of olive oil. Olive oil is best for salad dressings and not recommended to be heated, even though it is a monounsaturated oil, not polyunsaturated.

    Duck and goose fat are very stable and highly prized for cooking potatoes in Europe.

    Beef and mutton tallow and suet are very stable and also are healthy cooking fats. Just be certain that they are from healthy animals, not factory farmed.

    Butter is also a healthy fat for cooking. Try frying your eggs in it for a rich delicious flavor.

    Flaxseed oil, a healthy polyunsaturated oil found in the refrigerated section of your health food store, is rich in omega 3’s and can be a healthy addition to your diet. Use it on salads, but never heat it. One thing that I rarely see mentioned about flaxseed oil is that to get the health benefits from eating flax, you need to also be eating healthy saturated fats.