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Discipline; the Engine that gets you to good health

 

 

One of the biggest roles I play as a health coach is motivator. So many clients want to feel better and see changes in their health but in the beginning they just can’t seem to resist the ice-cream or the chocolate or fill in the blank with your fave food. Part of it is physical addiction but the biggest hurdle is plain old discipline.

 

One of the best things I have developed through my life is strong discipline. It’s because of lots of self talk that says “Joy it’s not worth it!”  Whether it was watching the pounds or detoxing.

I believe the most important thing is to ask yourself “Self, what is your motivation?” And make sure you give yourself one heck of an answer.

We can talk ourselves into or out of anything.  It all comes down to your motivation. It has to be strong and it has to be purposeful.

 

Once, I healed a bad case of gastritis with diet.  I learned to de-stress with yoga, breath deeply, and I followed a strict diet of protein, vegetables and good fats. Discipline was key. I had important goals I did not, no, would not mess up. The choice was stay on medication that could destroy my digestion for life or heal naturally. I’d say that’s a strong motivation, especially when you have a family who depends on you.

 

The only way to whole-body health is by harnessing your discipline and putting into action all the knowledge you know will change everything.

There is a sense of power and happiness that comes from dedication to your self. 

We have to grow up and realize that choices have consequences and the world owes you nothing. 

 

Make good choices about the foods you eat and smarter choices about lifestyle. Add movement into your day, consciously relax; meditate or tap away stress. This stuff is so life changing its crazy. Most people need support to stay with it at the beginning.  Once you start and see the symptoms change its so much easier.

 

So define your motivation. What is it for you?

 

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Bulletproof Coffee

From the time I was a little girl, really little (like 3 or 4 years old), I remember begging my mother for a little of her coffee poured into my milk.  Maybe it was the delicious aroma I smelled every day as my mom perked a pot of coffee in the morning, or how special it seemed to the adults around me.   My Mom called it my coffee, as in  “I can’t function until I have my coffee.”  That’s important stuff!  So it’s not surprising that I love coffee.

As I got older, and I was finally allowed to drink coffee, I realized I didn’t feel so good when I had it.  I became all shaky and felt weird from the caffeine.  So I had decaf coffee.  Later on in my late twenties, as I was getting more and more into healthy eating and lifestyle, I gave up drinking coffee.  I learned how it was acidifying, and that it was like drinking pesticide juice because of how the beans are commercially grown and processed.

I discovered grain coffee, a coffee-like drink made from barley and chicory.  It was okay, but nowhere near the taste and smell of real coffee. If you are a real coffee lover, it’s not gonna bring it home for you.   Twenty-five years I settled for walking into Starbucks, getting an unsweetened iced tea and watching my husband drink his delicious latte.  At least I got to smell it!

Then a great thing happened. I started reading about something called Bulletproof coffee.  All over the Paleo community, people were talking about it.  Healthy coffee? I couldn’t believe it.  I heard it from all the experts.  Mark Sisson was drinking it, but it was hard for me to believe because even the best organic coffee gave me terrible headaches and stomach aches.  Then I went on the Bulletproof website, Upgradedself.com, and I heard the greatest pitch ever from Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof executive.  He claimed that the micotoxins, mold, and pesticides found in commercial coffee are responsible for making people sick from coffee and not the coffee itself.  If you tell me there is a possibility that I can drink coffee, well you know I am going to try!  So I ordered the purest, best Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee and put it to the test.

I am having my freshly ground and perked coffee most mornings, bulletproof style, blended with 1 tbsp. grass-fed butter and 1 tbsp. MCT oil (concentrated coconut oil).  So delicious!  Full of antioxidants and good nutrition.  Yum, and I didn’t get the least bit sick!  No headaches, no stomach aches.  They claim that the good fats mixed together with the coffee slow down the absorption of the caffeine, as well.

Of course, my family caught on to this amazing coffee and two of my kids claim that I ruined any other coffee for them.  Since they’ve been drinking Bulletproof coffee, they actually taste the pesticides in all other coffees and they can’t drink it.  This makes me so happy!

I always say I am a human science project; I test everything on myself first.  Let me know if you try it and what your experience is. It is one thing you can change that will make your life a whole lot healthier.  I love to start my day with coffee; there is something nostalgic and cozy about it, my coffee.

 

 

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Ear infections. What can you do naturally?

Back in the day, I watched my own children suffer from many recurrent ear infections.

Researchers and doctors thought that they were primarily bacterial which is why they prescribed lots of antibiotics.  We now know 80% of ear infections are viral in origin, not bacterial and they resolve without treatment in 4-7 days.

 This is clear in research but the memo hasn’t gotten out because most doctors still prescribe the antibiotics.  Parents are really distressed. It is difficult to see children having so much discomfort.  I remember my own kids screaming and pulling on their ears. Yikes! I couldn’t stand to watch it.

The problem is you have a 2 in 10 chance that the antibiotic will work.

 Causes

 Common causes of ear infections are;

 -Antibiotic use.  Antibiotics disrupt gut flora and predispose children to becoming more susceptible to ear infections as they get older.

 -      Food allergies.  Studies show, between 45 and 80% of kids with recurrent ear infections have food allergies to gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, some non-gluten grains.  These food allergies cause leaky gut, which disrupts the gut biome and causes immune disregulation.  This makes them more susceptible to viral infections.

 -Low vitamin D levels .  Vitamin D plays such an important role in immune function.  Studies show that many kids with ear infections have a very low vitamin D level.

 How can we treat ear infections naturally?

 -Chiropractic and kinesiology are great for treating viral infections.  Many Chiropractors specialize in treating children.

 -Fix food triggers and improve gut health, which will strengthen the immune system.  Try an elimination diet.  Take all gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, and all grain out of the diet and see if it makes a difference.

 -Xlear is a xylitol based nasal spray.  Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that breaks down bio-film.  Bio-film forms and makes it hard for the immune system to detox offending pathogens.

 -Garlic Mullein oil. Both garlic and mullein are anti-microbial and have a soothing effect on the ear.

 -Elderberry and Echinacea.  Both are herbs that support the immune system. Check the dosage with an herbalist.

 -Vitamin C.  Use up to 400mg for a 1-3 year old child.

 -Fermented cod liver oil is a potent immune booster. Just adding that to the diet can drastically reduce the frequency of colds and infections. For a 1 year old use 1ml. During active infection use 1.5-2ml.

 -Probiotics.  Under 2 years old use Ther-biotic infant formula. Give all children probiotic foods. Naturally fermented sauerkraut, kefir, beet kvass, fermented cabbage juice and other naturally fermented vegetables.

 -Ginger compress-  on children over 2 years of age do a ginger compress on the kidneys.  According to Chinese medicine an ear infection is stagnation in the kidney.  I have a how-to do a ginger compress video on my website. It is also amazing for coughs and bronchitis.

 -Dr. John Doulliard, an Ayurvedic specialist, recommends putting olive oil in your child’s nose and ears every day.  He believes fluid and colds are a response to a dry mucous membrane in those areas and putting the oil in prevents that reaction. I know people who have been very successful with that application.

 

It’s going to be a long winter, let’s make it a healthy one. Be green, never be blue, eat the rainbow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preparation is Gratification

I had an enjoyable conversation with a beautiful young mother today.  She wanted to hear what I eat so she could determine what would be a good way for her to eat.

She caught me on a good day.  If this were last week, I would have told her ‘I am barely eating enough’.  I was recently very off in the timing of my meals.  I was just too busy.  That happens sometimes. If it continues too long it will effect blood sugar levels, cravings and energy levels.

A good friend listened to me complain about my weight going up a few pounds and we looked at what I was eating.  It was not enough, which was throwing off my whole metabolism.   This week I got my priorities in order and each day prepared my meals so that I got to eat at the proper times.

I am simple with what I eat.  For breakfast lunch and dinner I eat raw greens like baby arugala, spinach and mesculin.   I like to add a few other colorful raw or cooked veggies.  I prefer plain salad these days with no dressing.   I am enjoying tasting the vegetables. I have been having my fat as a couple of slices of avocado or a few olives. I may also cook my eggs with a bit of grass fed butter. I always like to have some fermented vegetables with each meal, like sauerkraut or fermented carrots or a naturally fermented organic pickle.  Variety is truly the spice of my life.  Last but not least I add a serving of a good quality protein.  Eggs prepared in a variety of ways, chicken, wild fish, beef or lamb.  I have a snack, which is usually my PaleoZip protein powder in some type of shake   with berries and almond milk.  These days as the weather is getting cooler, I love having hot water with lemon throughout the day.

 

I prepare any food I need to take with me, grab a kombucha tea and I’m off.

As we talked I realized preparation is key to a healthy diet.  It is an expression of self-love, really.  When we eat well we feel good.  All of us should practice extreme self-care and self-love.  Preparing and taking time to sit down and eat is gratifying. We are worth it.

Check out this blog post for more tips about preparation……..http://www.joyharari.com/the-zen-of-cooking-healthy-meals/ 

 

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What is Vitamin P?

My newest goal in life is to include more play and pleasure into my everyday, which are equally as important as good food and exercise.

 

I woke up on Sunday morning to a clear, cool, and sunny day.“What a great day to go rent bikes in Central Park, ride to the Boathouse and have a drink,” I said to my husband. This was not my idea, but was a good idea given to me by friends as we walked on the High-line in Chelsea last Saturday night.  I made a mental note and thought, wow, I have to do this!  I don’t always have such great ideas myself, but I am good at picking them up wherever I can and putting them to good use.

 

So, that Sunday, I skipped my morning workout, which is usually not so much fun, or very long, and rode a bike with my husband through Central Park for a few hours.  We laughed and enjoyed the beautiful park together, and I hardly realized I was riding!   Okay, maybe it was the Paradise Martini at the Boathouse (which I highly recommend), but really I think it was the exhilaration of good company and plain old having fun. Here’s to exercise that doesn’t feel like work! Cheers!

We went for an early dinner. I had a tricolor salad and tuna steak with a red wine reduction, spinach and mashed potatoes. It was delicious, I might add.  I ate slowly, happily and enjoyed every bite.

The result of my fun day was so amazing for my mind and body. I was relaxed, in a great mood and I slept soundly at night. I actually felt my endorphins elevated and I just felt good!!  I also noticed how good my digestion was in this state.  This is called the Cephalic Phase Digestive Response, which basically means that happy chemicals = good digestion.

I read a book by Norman Cousins, The Anatomy of an Illness.  In it he wrote about how he cured his disease with laughter.  He watched I love Lucy and other comedies and laughed so hard that it stimulated all the healing chemicals of the body. There is something to play and pleasure.  If stress, as we know, is harmful, well what’s the opposite?

Beyond nutrition and physical activity, we can infuse joy into our food, and fun into our exercise.  It is a mistake to assume diet is the only reason for good or bad health. Even when the intake of food is perfectly figured out, we should never forget that play and pleasure are key components of good health.

Think of play and pleasure as Vitamin P.  A big dose is recommended very often!

 

http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/emotionalmental-health http://www.nifplay.org/opportunities/personal-health/

 

 

 

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5 Amazing Things Gut Bacteria Can Do

I am obsessed with the human gut biome.  The more I read about it the more it amazes me.  The balance of bacteria is proving to be much more important than we ever thought possible.  The more I learn the more passionate I become about a gut supportive diet that includes naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, naturally fermented pickles and kvass.

I want to share with you some amazing things that gut bacteria can do.

 

1)   Gut bacteria learn from each other. They can directly exchange genetic material from other bacteria and take on enzymatic functions, immune defense functions and other digestive mechanisms.

2)   Gut bacteria can help improve our bone mineral density by increasing the expression of calcium binding proteins.

3)   Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient. It is found in seeds, grains, nuts legumes and many other foods.  Certain gut flora can actually turn phytic acid into a B vitamin called inositol.

4)   According to Dr. Art Ayers an optimally outfitted human biome that is given sufficient nutrition can manufacture all the vitamins a person requires.

5)   Our gut biome represents a second brain.  They produce a lot of neurotransmitters.  95% of our serotonin and ½ of our dopamine is produced in the gut by the bacteria.  They can make us depressed, anxious, compulsive and even autistic.

 

By this list of benefits we can see how important a good gut biome is to our physical and mental health and well being.  Take care of your gut!

-Eat the highest quality foods that you can find.

-Have probiotic-fermented foods every day.

-avoid antibiotic use

-avoid harsh chemicals in your food and your environment.

-take steps to calm your stress like meditation, breathing, and yoga.

-Follow  Paleo/Primal diet and lifestyle guidelines.

 

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Avocados

 

 

Eliminating grains is one of the best and healthiest ways to normalize your weight and support your health.  When you cut down on non-vegetable carbs you need to increase your intake of healthy fats.

 

Avocados are an excellent source of good fats.  They are especially rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy, which you need more of once you remove those carbs.

 

Improved weight management is one of the health benefits of eating avocados.  All those good fats help to balance insulin.  Avocados are also high in potassium; they will help balance your vitally important potassium to sodium ratio, which is critical for optimal health and disease prevention.

 

Frequent hunger is often times a major clue that you’re not eating correctly. According to research published in the Nutrition Journal, eating just one-half of a fresh avocado with lunch may satiate you if you’re overweight, which will help prevent unnecessary snacking later.  Fat is more satiating then carbs so if you have cut out the grains and feel hungry and that you “can’t do without the carbs” remember this is a sign that you haven’t replaced them with sufficient amounts of fat.  You want to make sure you are having the best types of fat.

 

Sources of healthy fat include;

-Olives and extra virgin olive oil

-coconuts and coconut oil

-butter made from raw grass fed milk

-raw nuts

-organic pastured egg yolks

-grass fed and finished meats

-and of course avocados!!!

 

According to the California Avocado Commission, a medium Hass avocado contains about:

  • 22.5 grams of fat, two-thirds of which is monounsaturated
  • 3 grams of total carbohydrate
  • Less than one gram of fructose per one ounce serving

The fact that avocados are so low in fructose is another great thing about this fruit. They also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including:

  • Fiber (approximately eight percent of your daily recommended fiber intake)
  • Potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana)
  • Vitamin E
  • B-vitamins
  • Folic acid

Due to its beneficial raw fat content, avocado also enables your body to more efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients (such as alpha- and beta-carotene, and lutein) from any other food eaten in conjunction with it. One 2005 study, found that adding avocado to salad allowed the volunteers to absorb three to five times more carotenoids antioxidant molecules, which help protect your body against free radical damage!

Avocados are also one of the safest fruits in terms of chemical contamination, which means there’s virtually no need to spend extra money on organic varieties.

The easiest way to eat an avocado is raw, either added to your salad, which is what I typically do, or you can eat them alone. A dash of Himalayan salt and some ground pepper will spice up the flavor, if you like. But there are many other ways to include avocado in your diet as well. For example, you can:

  • Use avocado as a fat replacement in baking. Simply replace the fat called for (such as oil, butter or shortening) with an equal amount of avocado
  • Use it as a first food for babies, in lieu of processed baby food
  • Add it to soups

For hundreds of unique recipes that include avocado—from salads to dessert whip and everything in between—check out the California Avocado Commission’s Website. If optimal health and weight is your goal, there’s no getting around your diet. And contrary to popular belief, it’s the sugar and fructose in your diet that is packing on unwanted pounds—not the fat! So, if you want to lose weight, you really need to pay careful attention to avoid sugars, and that includes all grains, even organic ones, as all grains quickly break down into sugar in your body. Don’t forget to try my Avocado Chocolate Pudding recipe.

So raise a martini glass filled with guacamole….To good health!!!

 

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Coconutz Chocolates

Coconutz Chocolates. They sound sinful and yet they are actually a superfood. Coconut oil, raw honey, cacao; ahhh so good and so good for you!

Coconut oil with its medium chain fatty acids, is great for the brain for starters. It’s satisfying good fat and helps stabilize the insulin levels.

 

Coconut oil is antibacterial antiviral   And anti fungal.  is full of antioxidants and Lauric acid (a medium chain fatty acid, known to destroy lipid coated viruses like HIV, herpes, influenza and many more).what else is coconut oil good for?

HIV-AIDS

Thyroid disease

Diabetes- type 1 and 2

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

Crohn’s Disease

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Digestive Health and Intestinal Absorption

Weight loss and belly fat

Acne

Anti-aging

Dry skin

Hair (makes it gorgeous and silky, no more frizz)

Candida yeast infections

Alzheimer’s Disease (see video)

Common colds

Athletes foot

Diaper rash

Etc., etc., etc.,….

A true miracle food.

 

Lets look at raw honey; Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. Raw honey’s benefits don’t stop there. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers. Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.

 

Another main ingredient in Coconutz Chocolate is cacao. Its known as a super food and has many antioxidants. The much touted nutritional benefits or raw cacao range from reducing cataracts to improving heart function to alleviating stress. The theobromine naturally found in raw cacao is a mild, non-addictive stimulant that some believe can treat depression. It may cause the brain to produce more of a neurotransmitter called anandamide which would account for the euphoric sensation some feel when indulging in chocolate. Not much is known about how the ancient civilizations of the Americas used chocolate, but it was certainly treasured by them for medicinal purposes. Nowadays we know that raw cacao is certainly very high in antioxidant flavonoids, sulfur and magnesium. The essential fatty acids found in chocolate may help the body to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. Amongst the loftiest claims in raw food culture is that raw cacao (without added sugar or dairy products) will reduce your risk of cancer as the high levels of antioxidants reduce the amount of free radicals in the body.

Please note that some people are very sensitive to chocolate and do not do well when consuming it.

Michelle Jemal makes these delicious chocolates in so many yummy flavors. She is awaiting her kosher certification. As of now there is Nut cluster bars, mint, mini peanut butter cups, and mini almond butter cups. They are so delicious!! They are also organic.  Try them all. They are a great way to get some extra good nutrition into your diet while enjoying the delicious taste. Yum!

 

 

 

 

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Is Butter Secretly Ruining Your Health?

Is Butter Secretly Ruining Your Health?

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 Growing up, butter was an absolute staple in my household. We thankfully never got into the margarine craze because my mother believed that butter was good for the brain. Turns out, she was right about that and scientists have now concluded that butter is actually good for you in other areas too. It’s high in a compound call CLA that protects you from tumor growth and cancer, is not inflammatory like man-made oils from corn, canola or soy, and provides a nice dose of Omega 3 fatty acids, if you get it from the right source. But finding the right source can be tricky given all the buzz words and fancy marketing these days. Choosing the wrong type of butter can secretly ruin your health without you even knowing it! Here’s a look at what’s really going on and how to choose the healthiest butter for you and your family.

Beware of Monsanto Butter

 

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I call conventional butter “Monsanto Butter,” because it comes from cows fed almost entirely genetically engineered or GMO grains and Monsanto is the largest producer of GMOs.

Conventionally raised cows are most commonly fed GMO corn and soy, however, some farmers fatten up their feed with additional sugar from GMO sugar beets and cottonseed. Cotton is the most toxic crop because it isn’t treated as a food crop but as a textile (it has less regulation.) And then conventional dairy cow feed is sometimes fortified with additional protein, Omega 3 fatty acids and CLA from GMO rapeseed (canola) because the cows are not getting these nutrients naturally from the grass. GMO alfalfa hay is also commonly fed to cows. So basically, conventionally raised cows are almost entirely getting their food from GMOs – food that was created in a laboratory, that hasn’t been tested long term, but has produced horrific results in several alarming animals studies.

Over 49% of all GMO corn is fed to animals or livestock. Only 2% of the GMO soybeans grown are actually fed to humans, the other 98% get fed to animals. Those figures are pretty scary once you consider the astronomical amounts of herbicides being sprayed on these GMO crops and what they are doing to the increase cancer rates, harm the environment and ourselves.

Land O’Lakes = Monsanto Butter

Land O’ Lakes was a staple in my household growing up. We’d use the whipped butter like it was nobody’s business – my mom would use it on her infamous parathas (Indian stuffed flat bread), in countless desserts and to make homemade ghee. Once I found out what was really happening at Land O’Lakes, my Mom and I had a little chat. I explained to her that Land O’Lakes is owned by a pro-GMO company called Dean Foods. Land O’Lakes co-developed genetically engineered alfalfa, directly contributing to the GMO animal feed supply. I also explained that Land O’Lakes contributed nearly $100,000 to the “No on I-522 Lobby” – the bill to label GMOs in Washington State. This is all on top of the fact that Land O’Lakes is not organic, raises their cows with growth hormones linked to cancer, antibiotics and harmful pesticide ridden GMO feed. I told my Mom she has to stop buying Land O’Lakes if we are going to change this world!

Knowing all these facts, plus the health risks of consuming GMOs, my Mom finally asked “what butter can I buy?” Well there are many brands out there that are light years ahead of Land O’Lakes. Here’s a Butter Buying Guide that will help you (and my Mama) navigate the butter aisle next time you hit the market:

 

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How to Choose The Most Nutritious Butter

  1. Organic - First and foremost, look for organic butter. This will ensure there are no growth hormones, antibiotics, harmful pesticides and GMOs being fed to the cows. Growth hormone or rbGH that is used to raise cows conventionally is linked to cancer and often accumulates in highest concentration in animal fat. One organic brand I’m suspicious of however, is Horizon, they are owned by Dean Foods (the same company that owns Land O’Lakes). The Cornucopia Institute has filed complaints for labeling their product organic while maintaining factory farm production methods. I won’t buy Horizon organic for that reason.
  2. Grass-fed - Grass-fed or pastured raised cows are going to be more nutritious than cows raised with grains. Remember, the highest amounts of the most beneficial CLA and Omega 3 fatty acids naturally come from grass-fed cows. Also grass-fed cows produce butter with 50 percent more vitamin A and E and 400 percent more beta carotene (which gives the grass-fed butter a deeper yellow color).
  3. Ghee - Ghee is clarified butter where all the proteins, milk solids and lactose is removed. This makes the butter more digestible, concentrated with nutrients and really great for immunity building. Ghee does not need to be refrigerated, it can stay on the counter for a few months without going bad. People with dairy allergies or sensitives often do ok consuming this type of butter. Pure Indian FoodsPurity Farms  and Ancient Organics have the best offerings in that they are both high quality, organic and grass-fed.
  4. In an ideal world, you would be able to find butter that is both organic, grass-fed and no additives like Organic Valley (in the green foil wrapper) , but sometimes that’s just not the case. In that circumstance, I would go for either an organic butter or grass-fed butter like Kerrygold (please note – Kerrygold uses some grains that could be GMOs a couple of months out of the year because grass doesn’t grow year round in Ireland – they admit that 3% of their feed could contain GMOs). Choosing regular organic butter will lessen your exposure to pesticides but will also provide less nutrition since the cows will mostly be fed organic grains vs. grass. Regardless, these choices are superior choices over conventional butter and both options (in light green on the chart above) will lessen your exposure to GMOs.
  5. Beware of butter mixes with labels like “with olive oil” – 9 times out of 10, these butters will have one or more GMO ingredients like soybean, corn or canola oil. These mixes may have questionable additives in them too – check the ingredient list just to be sure!
  6. Don’t Eat Butter? Here are some Vegan Substitutes - If you are vegan, skip all the “butter like” or fake butter spreads like Smart Balance that contain GMO oils, artificial ingredients made from petroleum and unnecessary preservatives. Instead, choose 100% coconut oil, olive oil, red palm oil (that is sustainably harvested from Ecuador and does not hurt the rainforest) or hemp oil instead. Also coconut manna, or butter works well too, when slightly heated it spreads just like butter. (These are also much healthier than organic spreads like Earth Balance that are usually a combo of inflammation causing oils).

 

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Sharing the truth is the first step in changing the food system. If you know someone who is buying Monsanto butter, please share this information with them. Our choices can really change the marketplace, make us healthier  and change companies decisions to use these unhealthy ingredients.

Much Love,

Food Babe

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Fermented Cod Liver Oil; Why Should We Take It and How to Get It Down

 

 

What is so great about fermented cod liver oil?  Well if you are one of my clients you know I absolutely insist that this is one of the few supplements you must take.

It is an insurance policy that makes up for a lot of dietary mistakes.  Kids are slammed from every direction with candy.  The bus driver, school, the hairdresser, just about everyone wants to make your kid happy with candy.  Please make sure they get their cod liver oil, please!

When taking fermented cod liver oil people notice a decreased incidence and duration of illness. Many see improvements in PMS symptoms.  Dr. Weston Price used it to reduce tooth decay and to treat connective tissue diseases.

It provides Vitamin D, which does all of the following;

-Helps mineral reabsorption in bones

-Protects against infection

-Prevents heart disease

-Reduces radiation poisoning

-Helps high blood pressure

 

It also provides vitamin A which;

-Improves reproductive abilities

-Fights depression and anxiety

-Has a positive effect on hormones

 

It has omega 3 fatty acids they;

-Protect against oxidative damage

-Improve skin health

-Protect against cardiovascular disease

 

The next question is why fermented cod liver oil? The best reason is that it is not an industrial product; it’s the real deal.

-It has no alkali refining

-No bleaching

-No winterization

-No deodorization

-no stripping of vitamins A and D

 

Many processed cod liver oil supplements are stripped of vitamins A and D and then synthetic vitamin A and D are added back in.  Not good.

Fermentation is the traditional way that people took Cod liver oil.  It adds probiotic goodness and a deeper and broader range of nutrients including CoQ-10.  Basically you are getting more bang for your buck!

 

Ok, now the million-dollar question… How to get it down! I agree it is not pleasant tasting.  However, there is a cinnamon flavor that is really doable.  I also recommend the orange flavored capsules.  The cinnamon liquid is much more cost effective than caps and you are getting more CLO.

I recommend Green Pasture ‘s Blue Ice brand.  For kids start with ¼ tsp.  Adults ½ tsp.   Pregnant and nursing moms take more, 1 tbsp. For people with depression and anxiety also up the dose.  I have been known to advocate a bit of bribery to get this into your children, a few stevia chocolate chips or points toward a toy.  The best idea (which I say all the time) is to be a good example and let your kids watch you take your dose of Cod Liver Oil.

Take it! Let me know how you feel in the comments below!