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Sugar is so sneaky . . . it even has undercover names that allow it to sneak into your diet where you least expect it!  Unfortunately, we kinda have a “thing” for it!  But since 1970, the amount of sugar in processed foods has nearly doubled, largely because sugar is cheap and readily available.  During the fat-free craze of the early ‘80s and ‘90s, manufacturers removed fat from packaged foods and replaced it with sugar to make up for the lack of taste.  Since then, fat has come back, but the sugar has remained.  But finding the sugar isn’t always…

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Most people are familiar with the term, “gluten sensitivity,” but many people are unsure exactly what it means or what the symptoms include.  Gluten sensitivity is a digestive health issue, like celiac disease, in that people who ingest wheat, rye, or barley suffer stomachaches, bloating, and diarrhea. But someone who is “gluten sensitive” doesn’t test positive for celiac disease, nor do they have the characteristic intestinal damage. "For whatever reason, people have symptoms that mimic celiac disease, but they test negative to the screenings. And they clearly get better with a gluten-free diet," says Alessio Fasano, MD, medical director of…

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As we continue our discussion on the healing power of food, nothing illustrates this concept more effectively than Conni’s Story. Conni and Chris have been married for seven-and-a-half years. At their wedding, Conni was morbidly obese.  She knew something about the abuse endured by obese people in our society. By then, she had lost track of the number of times she had been humiliated in public, called ugly names by strangers, and been physically hurt by people who felt entitled to treat her as less than human because of her weight.  People constantly told Conni she was lucky that Chris…

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Do you know that most French fries and potato chips contain insane levels of acrylamide? OK, wait . . .  what is acrylamide? Acrylamide (ACR) is formed naturally when starch-rich foods are fried, baked, grilled, toasted or microwaved at high temperatures (ie: chips, french fires, and bread.)  The result is a chemical substance and known carcinogen.  Studies have already confirmed that it causes cancer in laboratory animals, and human tests are currently in progress. According to some studies, French fries and potato chips contain about 300 times more acrylamide than the safe limits recommended by WHO (World Health Organization). Unfortunately,…

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Ever gotten into a discussion and wished you had access to the multitude of reasons why dairy is probably the worst food on the planet? Well if so, you are in luck. Joseph Keon PhD has just written one of the most important books documenting the massive problems associated with cow's milk.  A wellness consultant, nutrition and fitness expert for over 25 years, Dr. Keon holds a doctorate in nutrition, is considered a leading authority on public health and is the author of three books, including Whole Health: The Guide to Wellness of Body and Mind and The Truth about…

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Whole Raw Food Now is dedicated to providing the latest information on the benefits of a whole, plant-based nutritional diet.  The foundational components of this type of diet include raw and living foods such as uncooked fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and sprouted grains.  If you are seeking to improve your health or to lose weight, learning more about the amazing power of plant based foods will start you on an incredible journey!  Please join us for the . . .   Introduction to Whole Raw Food, pt ISaturday, July 2, 1:00 - 3:00 in Alpine ($15.00) This class is designed for anyone…

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If you're looking for a powerhouse of nutrition and health benefits to add to your smoothie, salad, or side dish, look no further!  Cabbage packs an incredible punch of nutrition to your daily routine!  This amazing vegetable (Brassica oleracea) comes in several varieties—green, red, and Savoy. Because different types provide different health promoting compounds, it's beneficial to eat all kinds. For example, Bok Choy has a higher beta carotene and vitamin A content than other varieties. Also, the red coloring in red cabbage is from a high concentration of anthocyanin flavonoids. These compounds are known for their anti-oxidant properties. Red…

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One of the most frequent questions around plant-based meals stems from the concern for "clean" food.  As we know, pesticides have inherent toxicity because they are designed to kill living organisms that are considered "pests."  But, many pesticides are also known to pose significant, acknowledged health risks to people—including birth defects, damage to the nervous system; disruption of hormones and endocrine systems; respiratory disorders; skin and eye irritations; and various types of cancers.  Some studies have also indicated a link between Parkinson's and pesticides. Crops have varied amounts of risk for containing high amounts of pesticides, mainly due to the predominance of…

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Testimonial

I have a testimony about the smoothies and I'll try to make it short.  I started walking in Lakeside this past Monday.  I'm not an exerciser at all so this is as new to my body as all the good smoothies I've been drinking!  There's a pretty big hill where we live and I like to challenge myself to walk down and then back up the hill.  Today was my fourth day walking about three miles.  I've done pretty good each day except for today.  When I got home I was in so much pain I could barely stand up, I was hurting all over.  So much that I took ibuprofin and lay on the bed in tears.  I was laying there for a while wondering why today was so much different than the other three days where I'd had some muscle aches but nothing too unbearable.  Then it hit me.  The ONLY thing I did differently today was I DID NOT have my smoothie.  I usually make a good amount and drink 1/2 during the day before my walk and then I drink the other 1/2 after my walk.  The more I thought about it, I felt like if I would just get off of the bed and make the smoothie I would feel better.  I don't think I'm crazy or that it's all in my head.  Of course the pain reliever helped but I honestly feel like my body was craving the "good stuff"!

Thanks for letting me share this with you.  My family and friends all think I'm crazy for drinking my smoothies and even my husband is complaining because I'd rather drink the smoothie than eat the SO-bad-for-you sloppy joes and macaroni & cheese that I made him for dinner.

Thanks for taking the time to tell people the TRUTH about food, SAD and the science behind WHY we need to change our diets.  If you ever wonder if what you're doing is making a difference, it is.  :)

Sincerely,

Rebecca B.
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