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EWG’s Good Food on a Tight Budget

This is a web page I’m sharing with all of you for those who need help like I do with budgeting to eat healthy. It’s a very handy guide that’s quick and simple to use. It’s perfect for those just starting out on the healthier road to buying better food. This is a great place to start and I’m sure you’ll love it! After watching the video make sure you either click on the link under the video for their free guide OR visit their web page with this link  EWG.org

BETTER FOOD, LOWER COST
Stretching your dollars to get a month’s worth of healthy, filling food is a challenge. EWG assessed nearly 1,200 foods and hand-picked the best 100 or so that pack in nutrients at a good price, with the fewest pesticides, contaminants and artificial ingredients. Enjoy!
Here is the link to get their free guide that you can print up at your own convenience. Or visit their beautifully laid out web page. Completely user friendly, very visual (if you like that kind of thing, I do) with large buttons. (oooh look at all the pretty buttons, which one should I click on first?) lol
**My little personal disclaimer about their opinions in the dairy section: I do not agree with their views or opinions on what they say about milk. I completely disagree with those statements. ** To know more about the reason’s why I disagree with them read my post here…Dairy
 
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Clean 15 A Follow Up to the Dirty Dozen

Clean 15 … A Follow Up to the Dirty Dozen

 

This is the list of the non- organic produce that is the safest to eat with out the Organic label…

This list includes:

  • onions
  • avocados
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • sweet onions
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The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen

budget

budget (Photo credit: 401K)

We are all on a budget these days and for a lot of us, let’s face it, it’s hard feeding your family a completely organic based diet. Especially if you are a single family income. (Like us) So,  I wanted to post a list for you of the top 12 non-organic, contaminated foods. The one’s you should ALWAYS buy ORGANIC and  NEVER compromise on!

Also, since I brought up the topic of budget and affordability, in my opinion if you are trying to “clean up” your eating NEVER compromise on the meat you buy either. If you can’t fit into your budget, the safest grass fed beef, then, I suggest you cut it out all together. I believe you should not compromise your health for cheap, dirty meat.

Please remember this, if nothing else…You WILL PAY for your choices in food, whether it’s out of your pocket, or in the form of you or your families health. Risking your health and well being, just isn’t worth the cost!

Here’s a smart phone app link  for the dirty dozen . Free from Itunes

 

12 Most Contaminated

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes


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What is GMO?

Stop! Genetically modified organism(s) - GMO.

Stop! Genetically modified organism(s) - GMO. (Photo credit: in search for a new country of residence)

What is GMO ? So glad you asked, let me regale you. GMO is an acronym for Genetically Modified Organism. They have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.”GMO food may make you sick. Studies link GMOs with toxins, allergies, infertility, infant mortality, immune dysfunction, stunted growth, accelerated aging, and death.”

In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. According to the USDA in 2009, 93% of soy, 93% of cotton, and 86% of corn grown in the U.S. were GMO.

There is absolutely no consumer benefit’s to GMO’s. A 2008 CBS News Poll found that 87% of consumers wanted GMOs labeled). And, according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 53% of consumers said they would not buy food that has been genetically modified. Here’s some good news though,  it’ll only take 5% of the U.S population to change what type/brands of foods they buy in order for the largest food conglomerates to switch back to non GMO, due to a reduction in their market share. Basically it comes down to simple mathematics. GMO means agribusiness, agribusiness is Kraft, Heinz,Kellog’s, Quaker, Nestle, etc. etc. the list goes on and on. These companies purchase the commodity crops because they’re grown faster and cheaper. For us the consumer that translates to less safe and empty food nutritionally. All these things play a factor in these companies “bottom line.” It’s up to us as consumers to determine which way the food industry swings. We all vote with every dollar that is spent on the “national brands.”

I will elaborate more on how GMO’s are far less nutritionally dense in a follow up post. Thank you for stopping by. If you like this article please spread the word. Thank you! God Bless!

The reason behind GMO’s is agribusiness.

 

 

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Not False Hope

The purpose of my blog is not to give a “false hope” of healing. It is also not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician. Statements with in this blog are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.

I do however, strongly believe, that with proper nutrition, pure whole organic foods and probiotics you will provide your body with the right nutrients to give your self a fighting chance at healing and getting well. I think of clean and responsible eating like this…imagine a tall industrial building in the midst of construction, the foundation was laid, the inner workings have been installed, including framework, electrical, plumbing etc. Then the builders realize that all of the building materials are weak and have been compromised. So they begin to reinforce all of the existing components and what they end up with is something better, stronger and healthier than what they started with. The right foods can help rebuild and reinforce your current health state. God created our bodies to heal and repair it self. But if it doesn’t have healthy cells to help repair it, then it’s just drawing from the currently sick and weak cells. So give your body a boost, at least this way it will have a fighting chance to triumph over disease. What ever you happen to be dealing with.  So, may the God of the universe who created you bless your efforts on your road to good health, wellness and recovery!

Don’t believe me about the “types’ of food you eat? Then just ask your self this simple question…Is what you’re doing now working for you?

Labeling for products that meet the USDA-NOP s...

Labeling for products that meet the USDA-NOP standards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Do you have an Undisciplined Appetite?

Let’s start with the word Gluttony-Such a STRONG biblical word, so does it still have meaning for us today? Let’s take a look…”Gluttony usually indicates excessive eating and drinking, and it does refer to a ravenous, nearly unstoppable, appetite. It is to food what greed is to material wealth.  Specifically in scripture gluttony is associated with eathing foods forbidden to the Israelites, the meat and delicacies that are called “deceptive food” (Prov. 23:1-3,20,21) It was also associated with a  loose and undisciplined lifestyl.”  That is not to say we are not “allowed” to eat meats, fish, poultry etc. On the contrary, today everything that lives and moves is given to us as food. (Genesis 9:3)

Modern day has celebrated gluttony, we see it all over television with shows such as “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Man vs. Food, etc. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to bash those shows;  there is entertainment value in them for sure, and I enjoy watching them too but living that type of lifestyle has it’s consequences.

Daniel, from the bible, recognized that food and drink affected nutrition and health. Read about it here Daniel 1:8, 12-16

“Many modern foods have been robbed of their vital nutrients and contain ingredients that may fill our bodies with elements that take the place of nutritious food.” (Is an understatement) The “gluttonous use of foods high in sugar and fat,fillers, enriched flours and empty calories, GMO’S, the use of pesticides, herbacides, fungicides etc. takes away from the nutritional balance  of milk, fruit, vegetables, meat, and bread, which contain fiber and other nutrients for good digestions and health. We should not live to “satisfy our selfish and harmful appetites but rather use our bodes to bring glory to God.) 1 Corinthians 6:19.20

sources used for this post include the  NKJV  women’s study bible second edition

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“Humans Live to Eat” …but We Need to Eat to Live!

Humans Live To Eat (clip from movie Over the Hedge) This is one of my favorite parts of the movie of Over the Hedge because unfortunately it’s the sad truth for most Americans! Click on the link above to see what I’m talking about. (We are making ourselves sick and we can prevent it)

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Eating to Live

Did you know that the major causes of unhealth that result in 85 percent of all deaths are health issues that can be addressed through diet and lifestyle changes?

The good news is that you can learn how to make healthy changes in your life, starting with learning how to eat to live.

Proper diet is imperative for extraordinary health, but since the mid-20th century, the standard American diet has lost its nutritional power due to factors such as:

  • Commercial farming methods resulting in mineral-deficient soil; an over-reliance on pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and other drugs used in raising livestock.
  • The popularity of fast-food, processed foods and junk foods with chemical additives, unhealthy fats and trans-fatty oils, white flour and refined starches—all with low to no nutritional value.
  • Environmental pollutants which poison our air, land, water and food.

The first thing to remember in eating to live is to eat what has been created for food and eliminate or at least minimize processed, commercially grown food. The second thing is to eat foods in a form that is healthy for the body. Emphasize a whole-foods diet rich in the highest quality proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. These are found in foods and beverages like organic fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, pure water, cultured beverages and organic, free-range meat and poultry products.

Macronutrients and Micronutrients
Macronutrients are nutrients required in the highest amounts; micronutrients are essential dietary elements required in only small quantities. Our bodies require the three macronutrients protein, carbohydrates and fats. Proteins supply energy and provide the structural components necessary for growth and repair of tissue.  Carbohydrates and fats function to supply energy. Vitamins and minerals are needed in small quantities (micronutrients), but are essential for normal growth, muscle response, health of the nervous system, digestion, production of hormones and metabolism of nutrients.

Eat What Has Been Created for Food
Eating what has been created for food includes consuming a diet rich in healthy proteins, carbohydrates and fats found in lean wild meats, poultry and fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, properly prepared grains and healthy sweeteners and beverages. Consuming whole foods (unprocessed foods) is key.  Organic foods are recommended. They’re foods without commercial pesticides, fungicides, antibiotics and preservatives.

Proteins
Include healthy proteins, which are the building blocks of organs, muscles, nerves, enzymes and hormones. Only animal proteins, like meat, eggs and dairy,  contain all of the essential amino acids and  are complete protein sources. Recommended animal proteins are properly raised beef, lamb, buffalo, venison and other clean red meats; fish with fins and scales from oceans and rivers; chicken, turkey and other poultry raised in a free-range setting.

Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates provide energy needed to drive bodily chemical processes. The simple sugars eaten by our ancestors were highly nutritious fruits and vegetables, raw honey and sprouted/germinated grains. (Sprouting and germination allows grains to come alive, making nutrition within the seed available.)

Fats
Healthy fats are necessary.  Here’s why:

  • Fats are building blocks for cell membranes, hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters (messages from your brain to your body that make you think, feel and move).
  • Fats slow down food absorption so you can go longer without feeling hungry.
  • Fats are needed to absorb and use vitamins A, D, E & K.
  • Fats help to keep us warm and cushion organs.
  • The brain is 60 percent fat and needs fat for connecting brain cells and making sure signals get through.

It is important to get healthy fats, so include foods such as properly raised beef, ocean-caught fish and free range, organic high-omega-3 eggs. Choose grass-fed, free range or organic meats because when animals graze on their natural diet of greens, their diet is automatically rich in these essential fats.

Remember, eating food that is healthy, useable and health-promoting for the body—natural, organic, unprocessed and properly prepared—provides food that is high in nutrients, easily digestible and free of chemicals and additives.

The Perils of Modern Processing, Additives, Preservatives, etc.
Since the early 1900s whole grains have been routinely processed, removing most of their nutritional content, and the average diet has been comprised of processed foods rather than fresh foods. The past two generations have literally grown up on highly-processed fast foods, leading to diets of:

  • Increased sugar, refined grains and flour
  • Pasteurized, homogenized, skimmed dairy products from antibiotic and hormone-laden cows
  • Unhealthy fats (such as trans-fatty-acid laden hydrogenated oils)
  • Soda (one of America’s most popular beverages)
  • Junk foods with little or no complex carbohydrates, fiber, essential vitamins and minerals, and never meant for human consumption.

Whole Foods and Organic Foods
Remember, consuming whole foods (unprocessed) is key to eating the healthiest way, and organic foods—foods lacking commercial pesticides, fungicides, antibiotics, hormones and preservatives—are recommended. Whole foods contain all the essential nutrients and other important natural compounds, and have not been highly processed or loaded with man-made chemicals.

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