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Let’s all have a healthier New Year! How to start? Cut these ten foods out of your diet. If you can’t cut them out completely at least cut back!a healthier new year

 

Canned Foods: I admit my pantry does contain canned food. It’s convenient and in the winter it is hard to find fresh produce so we sometimes resort to canned foods. However canned foods also contain BPA – a toxic chemical linked to neurological effects, diabetes, heart disease and a increased risk of breast and prostate cancers. Acidic foods, such as tomatoes cause the BPA to leach into your foods. Best alternative is to stick to fresh produce, can your own harvest or switch to frozen foods. Replace your canned broth with home canned broth.soup, broth, prudent pantry

 

Processed Meats: Most deli meats are made with meats treated with sodium nitrate, which your body converts to nitrosamines, which are cancer causing chemicals. If you are going to eat meat avoid processed meats and go for local and sustainable raised meat.

 

Margarine: Healthy fats are essential to your diet. Margarine and other butter imposters are loaded trans fats, free radicals, emulsifiers and preservatives, which can all lead to health problems. Good old-fashioned butter, when made from grass fed cows is a healthy option.

 

Vegetable oils: vegetable oils are made in a factory usually from genetically modified crops, which have been heavily treated with pesticides. Unlike butter or coconut oil, just pressing or separating naturally can’t extract these vegetable oils. They must be chemically removed, deodorized, and altered. These are some of the most chemically altered foods in our diets. The oils you choose to cook with must be stable enough to resist chemical changes when heated to high temperatures, or you run the risk of damaging your health. Whenever I cook, I use either butter or coconut oil. Coconut oil is practically 100% saturated, which means it is stable at high temperatures. It also is very beneficial to the health of your body.oil, prudent pantry, coconut oil

 

Microwave Popcorn: Honestly, you shouldn’t eat anything that’s been put in a microwave, but especially microwave popcorn! The bags of microwave popcorn contain chemicals called perfluoroalkyls, which keep the grease from leaking through the wrappers. These ‘gender bending’ chemicals disrupt the endocrine system and are carcinogenic. Opt for the old fashioned route of stovetop or air-popped popcorn.

 

Non-Organic Produce: I’ve read plenty of articles about the ‘safest non-organic’ produce to eat. Sure, the thick skin of the fruit or vegetable may ‘protect’ the edible portion inside, but what about the fact that the chemicals are sprayed on the plants, leach into the groundwater and are absorbed into the plant by the roots? Produce that has been treated with toxic chemicals affects the planet as a whole regardless of the thickness of the skin of the product. Do yourself, and the rest of us a favor, buy local and organic whenever possible.Oranges and lemon

 

Table Salt: Did you know that processed salt is 98% sodium chloride and the remaining 2% consists of dangerous chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate in addition to fluoride? Natural salt, like sea salt for example, is only 84% sodium chloride with the remaining 16% consisting of trace minerals like silicon, phosphorous and vanadium. Salt is essential to your health in it’s natural form.

 

Soy Products: Soy is one of the leading genetically modified (GM) foods on the planet today (along with corn). GM soy has been shown to cause damage to the female reproductive system and is toxic to the placenta. Soy can be found in practically everything from protein bars to bottled fruit drinks to soups and sauces to baked goods and even breakfast cereals! It’s important to read labels as soy is hidden in many processed foods. The only soy which can promote health is organic fermented soy products.

 

Artificial Sweeteners: Without going into too much scientific detail, aspartame forms methanol in the body. Methanol is carried into the brain and bone marrow, where it’s converted into formaldehyde, which damages DNA. All animals, except humans, can harmlessly break down methanol into formic acid. This is why animal testing is incorrect in regards to the safety of artificial sweeteners and humans. If you need to sweeten something go for natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or stevia.

 

Sugar: As a continuation of the point above, sugar suppresses the immune system, leads to weight gain and leaches precious minerals from your body. Sugar is actually an anti-nutrient, meaning that it leaches nutrients from your body! Because certain nutrients are removed from sugar in the refining process, your body cannot process it. So, it leaches minerals from your body to attach to the refined sugar molecules in order to move the sugar through your body. Also, because it’s an anti-nutrient, sugar also causes calcium to be lost in the urine, which in turn is replaced by calcium from the bones, leading to osteoporosis Stay away from processed foods and drinks in order to stay away from sugar, and stick to the natural sweeteners.White sugar

 

So let’s all make a few changes to what is found in our pantries and plan to enjoy a healthier new year. Cook from scratch whenever possible, eat whole un-refined and fresh foods and know where your food is coming from.

 

As Michael Pollan stated beautifully: “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.gardening, prudent living

Did you know it takes less than an hour a day to be lean, fit, alert, energetic, healthy and optimistic for decades to come?exercise

Nature is not a treadmill at the gym. It’s an ever-changing physical environment, so it should come as no surprise that a variety of different exercises and intensities do more good than a single, unvarying routine. Nature’s rule is simple – do something real everyday. Whether the exercise is long, slow and steady (an hour or two of vigorous walking) or shorter and more intense (running, swimming or using the exercise machines at the gym) is a lot less important than the “dailyness” of it, six days a week.exercise So experiment with a variety of aerobic exercise and find an outdoor sport that you like: biking, kayaking, or hiking. Keep your heart rate in the high aerobic zone at the gym and in the low aerobic zone while exercising outside and you’ll get great results.exercise

The sooner you start in life the better the payoff. It may seem exhausting to fit exercise into your crazy work schedule, but that’s looking at it backward. We are not tired at the end of the day because we get too much exercise. We are tired because we don’t get enough exercise! We are mentally, emotionally and physically drained from being sedentary. Study after study shows that we function better, with more satisfaction and less sleep when we’re fit. If you put any value at all on your quality of life, the time your spend exercising becomes a bargain.exercise

When it comes to exercise, “I can’t afford it” is not a valid excuse. Check out some of the following ways to cut your gym bills or ditch them all together by exercising at home.

Try out as many gyms as you can before committing. Most facilities will happily give you a free day or a week pass for a tryout.

If you have a local YMCA near you that may be your best gym option. It doesn’t have to be a big fancy gym, even your local fitness center may have all you need and is usually easier on the wallet.

If there is a university in your area perhaps they offer a discount for the community members.

There are also many video programs or online programs if you are committed to working out at home.

Beachbody on Demand has a wonderful selection of workouts available online or you can purchase various workout DVDs. Everything from Yoga to Hard Core!

Make a commitment to start exercising today, even a 20 minute walk each day will help your body and your mind!exercise

Stress is any circumstance that imposes special physical or psychological demands on us or throws us off our equilibrium. Positive stress is often reflected in a confident attitude and superior performance. When we’re under pressure, we experience heightened energy and motivation levels that enable us to function at our best. A certain amount of stress also makes life interesting. With too little stimulation, we become bored and frustrated.

On the other hand, too much stress pushes us into overdrive or distress. It’s not unlike the strings on a guitar: when they’re too loose, the sound they make is poor; too tight, and the strings can break. “Stress can be the spice of life,” says Dr. Mark Ketterer, a clinical psychologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, “or the kiss of death.” It’s the latter possibility that should worry us.

Unfortunately, modern society tends to produce constant distress. How we respond is up to us. Anything you can do to relax your mind and body on a regular basis will enhance your ability to manage stress. Set aside time for yourself in the midst of your busy schedule. Then look for an activity that will help you switch of and relax. Go for a walk, read a book, listen to music, soak in a warm bath, practice yoga. Never use lack to time as an excuse to keep you from practicing relaxation techniques. Here are a few of my favorite ways to relax.beach

Exercise. People who exercise frequently experience more positive moods and less anxiety that people who exercise little r not at all. One reason may be that the physical act of exercising allots the body to “throw of” tension. Anyone who runs, walks or swims regularly know that post-exercise feeling; the body feels tired, even drained, but good and less stressed out.exercise

Get enough sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to psychological distress, including depression and anxiety. Make sure your are getting a good nights sleep!

Listen to your spiritual side. Good family relationships, getting together with friends are all associated with less stress. Studies have found that having a religious faith and a sense of spirituality can also reduce stress. Having close friends that can pray with you and for you and knowing that the Lord is there for you are great stress relievers.church

Turn off the television. Many people have the TV on all the time and you can actually get saturated with all the information. Watching the news and how TV news is presented and sensationalized can increase anxiety. Every day we are subjected to unforgettable image of violence and destruction. Turn off the TV and opt to get more of your news from written reporting which tends to provide a calmer account of events. Concentrate on your immediate surroundings; family, work, friends and community. Be more involved in real life events and you will feel less anxious and more in control.

How do you handle the stress in your life? For me it’s regular exercise, taking long walks with friends and working in the garden. I know the world is crazy around me but I can take pleasure in these simple acts and stop stressing!garden flower

You should not overlook the ocean when it comes to caring for your skin (which is a little difficult to do, as the ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface).  The ocean provides us with many natural products that can moisturize, exfoliate, and heal our bodies.  Your skin is the biggest organ on your body, so it is crucial to give it the care it needs to stay young and healthy.  Below are some ways that you can involve the ocean in your daily skincare regimen—and how the earth’s most abundant resource can benefit your largest organ.

Seaweed
Many spas have used seaweed masks and cleansers for years.  Seaweed is packed with minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, polysaccharides, and amino acids (For more information about the vitamin and mineral content in seaweed, check out this blog). So whether you eat it or slather it on your face, you are doing your body good.  Seaweed can help protect the skin from the sun, collagen degradation, and help your skin continue to look youthful.  Seaweed is used in many skin products, from toners and cleansers to masks and lotions.  Seaweed is very resilient, and has a uniquely powerful regeneration process (sea kelp can regenerate two feet per day).  This can help your skin renew itself as well as moisturize, prevent damage, and protect the cell membranes.  Seaweed is also known to help prevent breakouts, as it is a natural anti-inflammatory.  You can either buy seaweed-infused health products, or you can make a DIY mask out of dried seaweed sheets (just be careful not to get the flavored ones!) Seaweed is just something that you cannot go without.

 

Algae
Algae has been referred to as a “magical ingredient” in skincare and health products.  It can help the skin retain water, and help form the protective barrier in your skin because they aid in stabilizing minerals in the skin.  However, you do need to be careful, as there are many different types of algae, and some can cause dermatitis. Common algaes used in skincare are green algae, blue algae, brown algae, red algae, Irish moss, etc.  Algae and seaweed are in the same family, but are distinct organisms.  Algae has been used to help prevent wrinkles, under eye bags, acne, dryness and dullness.  Many beauty products already contain algae, but it is always beneficial to use more in your skincare.  There are algae-infused beauty wipes, color correcting creams, masks, scrubs, hydration creams, setting powder, etc. You should include algae in your everyday skin regimen if you do not already.  algae mask on man's face

Mud Masks and Creams
Mud is also a popular oceanic ingredient in skin care.  Mud masks and baths have been used since ancient Egypt.  Mud produces a cooling effect, and removes toxins, tightens the skin, improves circulation and hydration, and will help rejuvenate your skin.  But before you go outside putting the mud in your backyard on your face, realize that only certain types of mud that are beneficial for the skin.  Most of the time, you can buy a good mud mask or a mud cream from your local grocery store or beauty supply outlet.  Many ocean mud masks get their mud from the Dead Sea as it is rich in many minerals including magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium.  You can use the mud masks on even the most sensitive skin. Dead Sea mud can also prevent hair loss, so while you are massaging the cream on your face, rub some on your scalp as well.  Mud masks can exfoliate and moisturize at the same time.  They also restore your skin’s pH balance.It is large portrait of girl with black clay mask.  

Sea Salt
Sea salt is different than other salts because it is made from evaporating water, rather than mining deposits.  It is a natural detoxifier, and is known for making the skin feel soft and smooth.  Sea salt is typically found in body scrubs and bath salts.  Sea salt scrubs are excellent exfoliators and cleansers and are easy to make at home.  Just make sure that you use sea salt that doesn’t have rough edges.  Sea salt is also common in bath salts. While most baths leave your skin feeling pruny, baths with sea salt leave your skin feeling soft due to the balanced environment preventing osmosis.  Salt baths can also remove impurities from the skin, and can help ease achy muscles and flu-like symptoms.Beautiful young woman applying scrub treatment on the skin  

 Guest post by Darci Maxwell.

We all want to be healthy and live a healthier life. There are many simple steps we can take to do this.

Beware of liquid calories. When you drink a sugary beverage, you don’t feel as full as if you had eaten the same calories from solid food. Studies show that people consuming sugary beverages don’t compensate for their high caloric content by eating less food, thus resulting in weight gain!soda

A simple rule to remember is one Lewis First, MD and Jerry Larrabee, MD suggest to parents. This advice would be good for us all to head. Their daily remedy calls for a “5-2-1-0” prescription. That is 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables, two hours or less of screen time, one hour of exercise and no sugar-sweetened beverages.

Understand the natural sugars vs the added sugars. Soda is the number one primary sour e of added sugars in Americans diets. Added sugars are those that don’t occur naturally in food or beverages. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise that you limit intake of added sugars as they cause weight gain and can prevent you from eating more nutrient rich foods.

Avoid fruit juice, even though fruit juice has more nutrients, it still contains as much sugar and calories as soft drinks!

Here are several ways you can save calories by making healthier choices.

Instead of drinking a medium café latte made from whole milk (265 calories) try a small café latte made with fat free milk (125 calories).Cafe LatteInstead of drinking a 20oz bottle of non-diet cola with your lunch (227 calories) drink a bottle of water. (0 calories)

Instead of drinking a 16oz sweetened lemon iced tea from the vending machine (180 calories) enjoy a sparkling water with natural lemon flavor (0 calories) or brew your own glass of iced tea.

At dinnertime instead of drinking a 12oz glass of non-diet ginger ale with your meal try a plain glass of water or one with a slice of lemon or lime (0 calories).

With just these simples steps you will save yourself over 670 calories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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During the winter months when there is so much flu going around we try to take all precautions to stay healthy. When my son was younger he would usually be the one to catch whatever flu bug was going around. A friend of mine shared this recipe for The Master Tonic and once we started using it even my son stayed healthy! I’ve often thought it would also make a good seasoning for a Chinese dish! It is meant to be used to gargle with first and then you swallow it. If you use really hot peppers I swear you can feel the heat flowing through your blood vessels. I have shared this with several friends who now use it regularly during the flu season as well.

I share it with you today exactly as it was shared with me. Beware when you chop fresh horseradish the fumes are quite powerful and when you chop hot peppers DO NOT rub your eyes, and be sure to wear gloves!

Wear gloves when chopping  hot peppers!

Wear gloves when chopping hot peppers!

Master Tonic: A Natural Antibiotic

Pro biotic: antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitical.

Important note: As required by law, this information is provided by the right of free speech for educational purposes only, as natural or non-pharmaceutical remedies or therapies are in some nations today now often deemed illegal. We must therefore insist that if you are ill or have any disease or healthy problem that you contact a medical doctor immediately and ask their advice before trying any formulae, or suggestion given in this material.

This is a modern-day version of a recipe for an extremely powerful natural antibiotic originally used to fight infection like the Bubonic Plague that killed over a third of the world in the 1300’s. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics it fights both bacteria and viruses, and is effective against pathogens that have developed immunity to existing drugs.

hot peppers, horseradish, garlic, ginger, vinegar

Master Tonic Ingredients

Master Tonic:

1 part fresh chopped garlic cloves (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral anti-parasitical)
1 part fresh chopped white onion, hottest onions available (similar properties to garlic)
1 part fresh gated ginger root (increases circulation to the extremities)
1 part fresh grated horseradish root (increases blood flow to the head)
1 part fresh chopped Cayenne Peppers, the hottest peppers available, i.e. Habanero, African Bird, or Scotch Bonnets etc. (A great blood stimulant)
1 bottle raw, unfiltered, unbleached, non-distilled apple cider vinegar

Fill a large glass jar ¾ of the way full with equal parts of the above peeled, fresh, chopped or grated herbs.

garlic, onion, horseradish, ginger, hot peppers

Ingredients layered in a large glass jar.

I use a ½ gallon glass-canning jar and add a cup of each of the above ingredients.master tonic Then fill up the rest of the jar to the top with raw, unfiltered, unbleached, non-distilled apple cider vinegar.Master tonic

(It should look milky) shake jar at least once a day for two weeks.

Unfiltered Master Tonic

Unfiltered Master Tonic

After two weeks filter the mixture through a clean piece of cotton (an old t-shirt) or cheesecloth, then bottle and label. If possible make sure all the vegetables and herbs are fresh and organically grown, use dried herbs only in an emergency.

This tonic stimulates maximum blood circulation while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood. It strengthens the good guys (probiotic) in your system that help defend against infection that broad-spectrum pharmaceutical antibiotics kill. This formula is not just for the sniffles; it has helped to turn around the deadliest of infections.

The dosage is ½ to 1 ounce, two or three times daily (1-2 Tbsps. a time), gargle and swallow. Don’t dilute with water. For ordinary infections, a dropperful taken 5-6 times a day will deal with most conditions. I am not a doctor so if you have any concerns check with your doctor before using.

(The friend that shared this with me got it from The University of Natural Healing, Dr. Richard Schultzs’ adaption of Dr. Christopher’s’ original anti-plague tonic)

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