Homemade doesn't take as much time as you think. Natural, whole foods made at home taste so much better and you can control what goes into your body.
Peel up lots of sweet potato and rough cut them into long strips. Put them into a mixing bowl. Chop up 2 tbsp of fresh rosemary. Add it to the bowl of potato along with a pinch of Himalayan salt and olive oil. Toss everything together and put on a baking sheet. Any extra can go in the fridge, up to 5 days, for another meal. Cook in the oven 300F for 50 minutes or until done. Don't forget to turn them over after 25 minutes.
Sweet potato is low on the glycemic index, full of soluble fibre and minerals. Rosemary is a great liver detoxer. Olive oil is an essential fatty acid and antioxidant
Make sure you don't hear it over 300F or it will change the composition of the oil to not being beneficial.
Your body is self-healing with the proper nutrients. By making constant adjustments, your body stays in balance (homeostasis). Like the saying "with every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction", as hormones speed up or slow down metabolism and muscle contractions can speed you up or slow you down. Symptoms appear when the body isn't in homeostasis and this is when your body needs your help. If you continue to ignore symptoms by masking the problem (the band aid effect), then the symptoms will eventually turn into something more serious:
Eczema can become asthma
Migraines can lead to liver issues
Leaky gut can cause allergic reactions
Low blood sugar can lead to diabetes
Stress can weaken the immune system
Lower back pain can be from overworked kidneys
High cholesterol can lead to an underactive thyroid
Did you know that any symptom can be an allergy? According to Naturopath doctor Carolee Bateson-Koch, this is believed when there is an unexplainable symptom like a banana causing a swollen joint 2 days later as the relationship between a delayed response from something you ate. This makes you wonder how healthy food can be causing disease in the body. Food allergies have been noted by Dr. James C. Breneman that 60% of the population allergies or intolerances are unknown, and it is important for people to know the cause of their allergy. Also, he comments that individuals have very little awareness that gall bladder symptoms can be caused by allergies, even though they have no classic symptoms. A child who wets the bed can be linked to an allergy; usually milk.
Here's the problem with individuals googling their symptoms to see what it could be. According to Dr. Robert C. Atkins, the "one-cause-one-disease" only fits the criteria for scientific testing, as they most often use the double blind study. This is for the best way to evaluate single variables and pharmaceuticals. Did you know that nutrients like vitamins and minerals are never found alone in nature, so a testing of a single nutrient could give poor test results because synergy action is required. Therefore, singling out a nutrient like calcium for bone support might be needed in a high dose by itself and a less dose with magnesium & vitamin D because the results are better. Your body might require just one nutrient due to deficiency or a few nutrients that work together like a formula (for example bone formula for calcium metabolism). Again, your body gives you symptoms of what is deficient. However, anxiety can be caused by lead toxicity, Candidiasis or an imbalance in the nervous system. Fatigue can be caused by Candidiasis, underactive thyroid, low levels of iodine, B1, B3, folic acid, PABA or sodium-potassium imbalance. Of course there are other symptoms that help narrow down what the root cause could be.
Body systems assessment is the way to figure out the root cause of symptoms. Wouldn't you rather reverse symptoms than mask it? Wouldn't you rather feel the energy that your body produces from food? You eat food anyway, why not food for your body needs in order to rid yourself of symptoms or reverse some diseases? Your body can heal itself, so why not let your body do just that?
Get your lifestyle and body systems assessment today! Heal your body with food.
The purpose of vaccinations are to eliminate children suffering of infectious diseases of previous eras. It is rare to hear of a child dying from polio, smallpox or any disease, which individuals vaccinate. The universal illness of measles was big in the 1960's, but close to being extinct today. The interesting part of historical medical sources is that infectious diseases declined by 90% before the introduction of vaccinations. The sanitation movement across Europe and America between late 1800s and early 1900s have experts believing that this was the explanation that caused the decline of epidemic diseases; sewage systems, garbage dumps, public water supply. Also, the claim of better nutrition.
What About Toxins and Contamination?
Toxicity is a major concern, as they contain stabilizers so they don't degrade into inactive fragments in the vial. In general, vaccines contain weakened or killed viruses by substances like formalin. Vaccination defenders have claimed that the cause of autism is not from vaccines. In 2010, scientist at the University of Pittsburgh revealed that a standard dose of childhood vaccines were given to infant monkeys had developed symptoms of autism. Vaccines are a shock to the immune system as they can contain up to four neurotoxins like formaldehyde, glutamic acid, mercury and aluminum. The mercury free vaccines are higher in aluminum.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Polio was administered and knew it was contaminated with SV-40 (simian virus number), but didn't understand the full consequences of this contamination. Vaccines can get contaminated because they are grown on live cells and then harvested. The host cell can have other viruses growing on it too, and they get harvested with the vaccine. For example, the polio vaccine was reported to be contaminated with a money virus in 1959 by Dr. Albert B. Sabin (the maker of the live vaccine) because the vaccine was grown from the kidney tissue of the African green monkey. People have argued that the human-monkey hybrid inoculation against polio, given to humans, explains the spread of animal to human viruses, such as HIV-1. Anthropologist would argue a different theory on the spread of animal to human viruses.
Do Vaccines Create Predictable Medical Problems?
According to Dr. Leonard Horowitz, there is a connection of vaccines to chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, MS, allergies and other diseases. If you ask about the ingredients of a specific chicken pox vaccine, you will learn there is MSG, aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, foreign DNA and RNA. For more information on linked diseases to vaccines, read
Emerging Virses: AIDS and Ebola -Nature, Accident or Genocide?
by Dr. Horowitz. In 1997, the genetically engineered recombinant DNA vaccine - hepatitis B was linked to an epidemic of autoimmune insulin-dependant diabetes from a New Zealand study. Other autoimmune disease-vaccine connections are lupus, chronic fatigue and MS.
Here are a few summaries of other studies with increased medical problems with vaccinated children in comparison to unvaccinated children:
1992 New Zealand Study Results - 226 vaccinated children showed an increase of tonsillitis, hyperactivity, sleep apnea, and epilepsy compared to 229 unvaccinated children.
1997 New Zealand Study - 1265 children surveyed where the vaccinated group experienced allergies (30%) and asthma (23%) in comparison to the unvaccinated group that experienced asthma or allergies incidences.
2000 Africa Study - Over 15000 children were observed from 1990-1996 that showed the death rate in vaccinated children in comparison to unvaccinated children was double from whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus.
2004 British Study - 30,000 vaccinated and unvaccinated children were compared, as the vaccinated children had a higher risk of allergic asthma by 5.04%.
2011 German Study - 8,000 unvaccinated children ranging from birth to 19 years old announced that vaccinated individuals have 2-5 times more disease and disorders then the unvaccinated.
Should the public be more informed about the good and the risks involved with vaccinations, since it is for the common good?
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Why do we try so hard to over complicate food? Simple tastes just as good as complicated and high technical dishes. Restaurants have wonderful salads that are packed full of many different toppings that they believe you want for that healthy choice. The added nuts, seeds, dried fruits, cheese and another crunchy element (dry noodles, corn chips, croutons) can add extra calories, salt and sugar. The calories can always be used up throughout the day by exerting energy. That 'catch up on the gossip' luncheon with your friend can continue with a 30 minute walk with hand weights, so you can re-enact the some boxing scenes from Rocky.
Sodium intake should max-out at 1500mg for the day. It is easier to keep that potassium-sodium ratio balanced, blood pressure in check, blood vessels and kidneys have a little less strain. Nobody wants to be stressed at work, so why would you stress your organs? As the boss of your body, you might need some better training. Never take your body for granted because you don't want it to quit, go on strike or call in sick.
Refined sugar in the body can be a bigger issue with some individuals than others. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that quickly passes through the stomach and on to the colon. The colon is the place for good and bad bacteria. Good bacteria need to be fed, which is carbohydrates like banana, asparagus and fermented foods. Bad bacteria have a simpler palate for simple carbs, such as sugar, donuts, cake, pie, ice cream and sugar drinks. Bad bacteria can help you feel bad about yourself by causing bloat, gas, body odor and rot those teeth. When you order your healthy salad, who do you want to feed? The good, the bad and the ugly teeth?
One of my simple, homemade, organic and homegrown (mostly) salad packs a punch! I used basil, tomatoes, avocado, chicken, nutritional yeast and some spices.
Basil has benefits of reducing nausea, stomach cramps, aids digestion and promotes normal bowel movements. Did I mention it is a good source of calcium?
Tomatoes help protect against infection as it is a natural antiseptic, can help purify the blood. Studies have reported tomatoes help in some cases of gout, high blood pressure, sinus problems, help dissolve gallstones and relieve gas in the stomach. The nicotinic acid helps reduce LDL blood cholesterol.
The avocado has a large supply of vitamins and minerals, so they are recommended for malnutrition; vitamin C, B, A, protein, fat, calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium. It has reported to help with insomnia, nervousness and constipation.
I season my chicken many different combinations to match my mood; spicy, rosemary-lemony or smoked paprika. Once all the ingredients are in nice chunks, toss together, sprinkle with nutritional yeast, Himalayan salt and pepper. Simple can pack lots of nutrients and flavour without the extra frills.
Eczema can be caused by an array of things like allergies, medication or irritating chemicals. It is often associated with asthma. It is commonly found on the wrists, knees, inside elbows and face. It looks like red skin lesions that are cracked with a thickened skin that form blisters. This inflammatory and very itchy disease is known as atopic dermatitis. Food allergies established with eczema are tomatoes, eggs, foods with preservatives, wheat, food colouring and cow's milk.
What if you have no food allergies or intolerances? Nutrient deficiencies can also contribute to the formation of eczema and a depressed immune system. Deficiencies in zinc, selenium, essential fatty acids and vitamin A. These are definitely supplements you need to take to correct the deficiency.
It takes time for eczema to fade away, stop itching and reducing inflammation. Dermagen C cream is perfect for eczema and other skin conditions. It helps with inflammation, itching, calming the irritated skin and clear up skin by providing a protective barrier. For more information on this cream, click on the link below.
The cause of the common cold can be from any 200 viruses, but typically the rhinovirus. The cold virus makes its presence by a stuffy or runny nose, scratchy throat, maybe chills and a low grade fever. These symptoms are the body's attempt to eradicate the viruses. Inflamed and runny nasal passage is a guard against further spreading and invasion. Getting more than 2 colds per year is a sign of a compromised immune system. Colds can be prevented by strengthening the immune system.
Drink 8oz of water, bone broth or herbal teas every hour. Aim for mostly water. Avoid honey, orange juice and other natural sugars because they depress the immune system. Take a pure grade vitamin C. Over the counter vitamin C can come from a poor source, contain fillers and/or sugars. If you have citric allergies, then I don't recommend vitamin C. Thymus extract once or twice a day. Also, Echinacea is a popular remedy for the common cold.
Influenza is started by different viruses that are grouped as type A, B or C. Over 90% of type A is responsible for major epidemics and flu cases. Type B is the less severe type and type C is more milder that can give you cold like symptoms. Antibiotics are no match for viruses, as bacterial infections do respond to antibiotics. Vitamin A, B complex to help fight the stress of healing and encourage antibody production, tissue salts for chills and aches.
The amounts to be taken vary from person to person. If you need the proper amount, length of time and a pure source of supplements, then send me an email through my website.
The digestion is the process responsible for breaking down and converting food into substance, so it can be absorbed across the tissue of the intestine (epithelium). Food goes from a complex substance to a simple substance by converting the structure into their particular building blocks. For example, animal protein is broken down into amino acids, potassium, zinc, B12 and other nutrients. This conversion is preformed with enzymes in the digestive tract.
What happens if your body have low levels of enzymes or the pancreas is exhausted to the point it isn't excreting digestive enzymes? The pancreas is the sole means of protein digestion when hydrochloric acid is too low. The stomach enzymes that digests protein is active pepsin, which hydrochloric acid is needed to convert inactive pepsinogen to active pepsin. Most of protein digestion should be done in the stomach. With an underactive stomach, problems arise like food allergies, intolerances, leaky gut, dysbiosis or a compromised immune system.
Leaky gut allows theses undigested foods (especially proteins) to be absorbed. The immune system doesn't recognize the substance and launches an attack, as a response to these allergens, and this results in food sensitivities. What happens if the immune system is always called to action to handle this? Then the immune system becomes hyper-active and weakened. This leads to frequent infections, autoimmune disease, asthma and cancer. Maybe it is time to think twice about digestive enzymes. Here are some lab pictures of food with and without digestive enzyme supplement.
This shows zucchini digested after 3 hours with and without V-enzymes. A little scary!
I had no idea that soft egg whites don't break down very well. It is a lot more undigested in me because I have no gall bladder. Yikes!
A nice roast or steak on the BBQ is a favourite for me, but take a look at how it doesn't break down. If you aren't a complete chewer, then it is a lot worse!
No wonder adults have milk intolerances. Look at the undigested protein from this liquid.
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V-enzymes (vegetable enzymes) helps digest proteins found in plants and from animals.
Digest Gluten Plus is specifically degrades the gluten component with protease enzyme mix and helps digest proteins.
Digest Dairy Plus supports digestion of foods containing lactose and helps prevent symptoms of lactose intolerance.
The clinical definition for depression is based on the following criteria:
1. Either weight loss due to poor appetite or weight gain with increased appetite
2. Physical inactivity or hyperactivity
3. Decreased interest in activities or low sex drive
4. Hypersomnia or insomnia
5. Energy loss or fatigue
6. Inappropriate guilt or feeling worthless
7. Loss of concentration or reduced ability to think
8. Death or suicide thoughts that are reoccurring
With the presence of 5 of these symptoms, there is a definite indication of depression. An individual with 4 symptoms could be depressed too. You would definitely need to see a qualified doctor to be diagnosed. There are lifestyle changes that may help an individual develop a more positive mental attitude.
1. Exercise regularly
2. Practice stress reduction/relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga pose or meditation for 10-15 minutes every day
3. Laughter is a great medicine, so watch a hilarious movie or laugh with a friend
4. Goal setting
5. Seek help from a mental health professional
You eat food anyway, so make sure it's the right food. Bump up that fibre from fibre-rich plants like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains. A build up of toxins due to a backed-up elimination process (CONSTIPATION) is never a good thing. You need to avoid stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and other stimulants. There is a good supplement protocol that is helpful like vitamin C, E, flaxseed oil, folic acid and B12. According to Natural Alternatives to Prozac, St. John's wort can be just as effective as prescribed antidepressant drugs like Prozac and without the side effects. Of course, you should never take St. John's Wort with antidepressants as there are reports of negative consequences.
Let's talk nutrition, as this is my specialty. It is time you fed your brain with optimal nutrition, so you can prevent and/or stop suffering from unnecessary mental health problems. What is the best brain food? That would be carbohydrates because glucose is the most important nutrient for the nervous system and the brain. Humans need fuel, glucose is our fuel. In a way, humans are solar-powered because we eat plants that collect energy from the sun and then break the Sun's energy down into glucose. The Sun's energy is burned in all of our cells. The brain actually consumes more glucose than any organ, close to 40% of all the carbs you eat. Of course these are complex carbohydrates and not simple carbs like refined sugar, white bread and white rice.
We can make energy from the 3 macronutrients; carbohydrates, protein and fat. When an individual decides they are going to consume little carbohydrates, energy is made from burning fat and protein. The problem here becomes the buildup of toxins in the body because protein and fat are a 'smoke' fuel and carbohydrates are 'smokeless'. Unfortunately, individuals go on low carb diets and have no idea what internal problems they are creating because the information is not out there.
Did you know... if all the water was squeezed from your brain that 60% of the dry weight of your brain would be made up of fat! These fats are consistently being replenished, so continual consumption in extremely cruitial for your brain health. The brain and nervous system depend on cholesterol, Omega 3 (EPA and DHA), Omega 6 (GLA), saturated and monounsaturated fat. Omegas need to be refilled through the diet, whereas cholesterol, saturated and monounsaturated can be made within the body.
Essential Fat Deficient Test
Difficulty learningPoor memory/difficult concentratingImpaired visionDry, unmanageable hair or dandruffDry/rough skin or eczemaBrittle, soft or easily frayed nailsExcessive thirst/frequent urinationPMS or breast tendernessInflammatory problems (arthritis)High blood pressure or lipidsSlow wound healingPhobias, fears, night terrorsObsessive or compulsive behaviourAnxiety or depressionSuffer from motion sicknessHave fits or convulsions
You are more than likely to be deficient in essential fats if you answered "yes" to 4 or more of these symptoms. Of course, a blood test would give you a precise way to know what you are lacking in essential fats.
A deficiency in amino acids can cause depression and lack of motivation. The amino acid tryptophan has been proven to been proven more effective than antidepressant drugs. Amino acids come from protein and almost all neurotransmitters are made from protein. The main neurotransmitters for depression is serotonin, which is responsible for keeping you happy, getting rid of the blues and improving your mood.
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I was never a fan of stuffed peppers until I changed the rules. Changing the rules is fun and super tasty! I used a mix of ground chicken and pork. I try to only have beef once a week, so I substituted. I had lots of green tomatoes this year because of the cold growing season, so why not utilize them.
Things I added to the meat mixture:
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup sliced fennel
1 cup green tomatoes
1 cup chopped herbs (lovage, Greek oregano, purple basil and cliantro)
1 small onion
4 cloves minced garlic
3/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1tsp smoked paprika
After mixing the ingredients, I stuffed the half peppers with the meat mixture. Each half pepper got 1 tbsp of sunflower oil on top and sprinkled with diced red tomatoes.
You can put these in the freezer uncooked, provided the meat wasn't previously frozen or cook them up right away. Make sure the peppers are covered when cooking, so they don't burn. 350F in the in the oven for 40 minutes or until cooked.
You can try this recipe or find your own nutrient dense foods to make that perfect stuffed pepper.
American researchers noticed the bigger the serving or portion size, then more calories are consumed. A study was conducted where people were given large containers of soup or popcorn and the other group was given small containers. The large container group consumed 73% (popcorn) and 43% (soup) more calories than the small container group. Try using smaller plates in order to consume less calories.
2. Eat Smaller Meals
Plan you day to consume 3 smaller meals and 2 or 3 snacks. Intervals of roughly 3 hours apart. Regular and small meals increases the metabolic rate after eating for a short period of time. It is boosted approximately 10% for 2-3 hours after you eat, so avoid skipping meals.
3. Consume Enough Protein
Protein will help stop you from wanting to over eat, as amino acids are the most satisfying nutrient. A meal's calories may be burned off as heat, giving a protein meal a higher calorie burn percentage of up to 20%. Don't get me wrong, your metabolism is raised after eating anything, so include protein with every snack and meal.
4. Breakfast Benefits
Kick start your morning with a good breakfast with a combination of carbohydrates and protein. You will burn those calories throughout the day and your metabolism and you get a energized kick start. Eggs and toast or oatmeal and protein powder are a few options.
You continue burning calories 1-2 hours after vigorous exercise. Actually, you burn calories faster because your body repairs muscle tissue and refills ATP-PC energy reserves by breaking down the high energy phosphates that are stored. This is known as the after-burn, which comes mainly from the body's fat.
6. Add Muscle
Two weight training sessions a week is recommended by the American College of Sports and Medicine. Studies show that you RMR will increase after three months of weight training. By just adding a pound of muscle can burn and extra 65 calories.
7. Walk After a Meal
Turn what you just ate into heat and burn more calories by walking at a moderate pace after a meal. Walking within an hour of eating can encourage the energy to be used instead of storing it as fat.