How to become familiar with genetically modified food.

Become familiar with common  genetic modified food. These are the products (and their derivatives) that are most likely to be genetically modified: Soybeans – Gene taken from bacteria (Agrobacterium sp. strain CP4) and inserted into soybeans to make them more resistant to herbicides. Corn – There are two main varieties of GE corn. One has a Gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis inserted to produce the Bt toxin, which poisons Lepidoteran (moths and butterflies) pests. There are also several events which are resistant to various herbicide. Present in high fructose corn syrup and glucose/fructose which is prevalent in a wide variety of foods in America. Grapeseed/Canola – Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to herbicide. Sugar beets – Gene added/transferred to make crop more resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Cotton – engineered to produce Bt toxin. The seeds are pressed into cottonseed oil, which is a common ingredient ...(Read More)

Knowing what is in our food is a complex problem

The problem is more complex than blaming any one person. As a Health and Wellness Coach, I spend many hours every week researching the food we eat. Just this week I spent several hours getting through the gatekeepers of a company. I wanted to know for my clients what part of the Agave plant they used and what they used as a processing method. I knew that one part of the agave plant processed one way would yield a low GI of 30 and another part of the agave plant processed another way would produce a high GI of 70. One would cause high blood sugar, heart disease along with speeding up the aging process and the other would produce low blood sugar,  anti aging i.e. slowing down the aging process, and a more healthy lifestyle. Having a job, kids and family where does a parent find the time to ...(Read More)

Small Seeds with a Big Impact on your Health and Wellness

Small Seed, Big Impact The wonderful world of flax seed—by the numbers. A powerhouse food packed with health benefits. If you’ve not added flax seed to your diet, you will soon. First cultivated nearly 3,000 years ago, flax seed has been around a while. Back in the eighth century, King Charlemagne was so convinced of the goodness of flax seed he enforced laws that required the people of his land to eat it. Now, 1,300 years later, experts realize Charlemagne’s suspicions were spot on. Evidence has shown flax seed may help lower your risk of cancer, lung disease, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Recognition of these health benefits has lead to an increase in the amount of flax seed being added to foods such as oatmeal, crackers, and bread. You may want to add it to your food as well. 3 Ingredients What makes flax seed so great? Its reputation ...(Read More)

Are You Really Committed To Your Health and Wellness Plan?

Are you committed to your health and wellness plan? I believe that success, wealth, prosperity, abundance, lifestyle freedom, or however you define your “ULTIMATE success” only comes to those who are committed to their purpose. Those who momentarily want to be involved or want to just dabble with their metabolic health and wellness plan are often left disappointed. See, you and every single successful person you know are alike. You have access to information, and to resources that were once out of the reach of folks like you and me. And you have access to coaches, mentors, advisers, communities, forums, seminars, masterminds and workshops to guide you all the way to success. But even in the best of circumstances some people will stay where they are in life, never achieving the level of success they dreamed of, and in fact they’ll digress, get bitter and resentful of others because of their limiting self beliefs and ...(Read More)

It’s Spring and Fiddlehead season; enjoy this Yummy Recipe.

Sauteed Fiddlehead Recipe It’s Spring and Fiddlehead season—many ask how do I prepare this great green. Here is a simple and delicious way to prepare. After cleaning fiddleheads bring two cups of fiddleheads to a boil and cook one minute.  Remove from heat and drain. Two scallions-sliced or cut in pieces One large clove of garlic or two small—sliced 1 tbsp Coconut Oil Season to taste with salt and crushed red pepper. Heat coconut oil and saute scallions for one minute, add garlic for another minute and now you are ready to add fiddleheads.   Add salt and red pepper to season.  Stir fry for no more than 5 minutes.  Serves 2 to 3

Is Arthritis a Degenerative Condition?

  Is arthritis a degenerative condition?  Are all forms of arthritis auto-immune?  Okay, let’s examine those questions.  This is a topic near and dear to me as I have this condition and have been able to stop all symptoms and regenerate healthy tissue. Is that possible?  Because I work as a nurse I’ve been exposed to all types of medical treatments over the past 39 years. Degeneration is caused by the body self attacking the tissue as with auto-immune conditions or inflammation, oxidative stress or free radical damage, and wear & tear.   In medicine we do not talk about regeneration because we work primarily with drugs or surgery.   Have you ever thought about how miraculous the human body is and about it’s amazing potential to regenerate healthy cells given the right compounds.  I am not talking a drug that shuts down a pathway but about nutrients that decrease damage ...(Read More)

Greek Salad for your Health and Wellness

Our Guest Post today is from Maggie over at www.kidsgoneraw.com Foodie Friday: Greek Salad Recipe Foodie Friday: A Greek Salad that everyone will LOVE! Top it with a feta nut cheeze or some falafel. Salad: 1 head of romaine lettuce, rinsed & dried & chopped 2 tomatoes, diced 1 cucumber,  sliced or diced ½ cup red onion, sliced thin 1 cup raw kalamata olives – optional ½ red pepper chopped ½ green pepper chopped 1 cup of nut feta—see recipe below ¼ cup parsley, chopped Toss all ingredients together in a bowl, except for the lettuce.  Set lettuce aside.  Make dressing. Dressing: ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbs lemon juice 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp dried oregano pinch sea salt pinch black pepper Whisk ingredients together & pour over veggies in a bowl.  Let it sit for 15-30 minutes.  Now toss in romaine lettuce & ...(Read More)

USDA Forces Whole Foods To Accept Monsanto

  “The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must.”   –  Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011 In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation’s 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America’s organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it’s time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack.In a cleverly worded, but profoundly misleading email sent to its customers last week, Whole Foods Market, while proclaiming their support for organics and ...(Read More)

Should You Avoid GMO’s

Why you should avoid GM products. There are many reasons to avoid GMOs—and among them is the shocking new study released on September 19, 2012, that says long-term eating of genetically modified (GM) corn and its weed killer leads to tumors, damaged kidneys and livers, and early death in rats. Add that to the fact that in the only feeding study done on humans, it showed that GMOs survive inside the stomach of people who eat genetically modified (GM) food. That may not shock you, but the implications of it may. The transfer of the GM transgenes to gut bacteria may create long-term exposure to GMOs, since the foreign protein may continue to be produced inside of us. Additionally, past studies in animals ingesting GMOs indicate potentially pre-cancerous cell growth; damage to immune systems and virtually every organ studied in lab animals; smaller brains, livers, and testicles; partial shrinking or ...(Read More)

Balance your body to lose the fat and tone the muscle.

The longer I’ve been in the healthcare industry, the more I realize that a ‘balanced body’ is the key to just about any health goal you might have. Whether you want to lose weight, reduce bodyfat, build muscle, or increase athleticism, the faster you balance your body the quicker you’ll see results. The first step is to balance your ‘Macronutrient Ratio, which is just a fancy way of saying that you have to balance the amount of carbs:proteins:fats you consume. Next, consider the ‘Nutrient Density’ in everything you eat. Not all calories were created equally, not even from the same macronutrient classification or category. Cholesterol is actually normal and great for your body — it’s something your body naturally produces, and it’s required to sustain life.  However, inflammation + high levels of cholesterol consumption with your diet results in a very dangerous situation. Triglycerides are often the root cause of ...(Read More)