Sweet potatoes are tasty and nutritious.
They are relatively fast and easy to cook.
They are a wonderful substitute for commonly used white potatoes.
Why Sweet Potatoes?
Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals. They have vitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin B, vitamin E, Vitamin C, potassium, manganese and others. Which means, they are a great antioxidant and are great for you heart and cardiovascular system. They are also good for the brain, nervous system and eyes. Sweet potatoes are excellent for your skin and hair, they are considered as one of the ‘Beauty Foods’.
Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, thus they are good for weight management.
We were told for years that they are safe.
Here is some news:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food.“1
It seems that the FDA is getting set to classify PHO’s as a food additive and therefore they would become a regulated ingredient. This could mean that food producers would have to reduce or eliminate them from processed foods.
Fall vegetables and fruits are packed with needed vitamins to boost your immune system for the upcoming winter season. Buying seasonal foods are also the least expensive way to eat. In addition, most of the fall-harvested foods are long lasting and are great for long-term storage.
Many people believe that the best diet is a seasonal diet i.e., eat what is in season.
What would be a second best option, when organic food is not accessible?
When we don’t have access to organic food – food labelled as ‘Natural’ quickly comes to mind. But as you may know, ‘Natural’ is a vague term that has been exploited by clever marketing. Additionally, by reading the ingredients, you will often discover that there is nothing natural about products that are labelled ‘Natural’.
That is why, the second best alternative to ‘organic’ are ‘GMO free’ products.
Have you ever fallen into the trap of believing labels that claim ‘Natural’?
A clean, nice, ‘Green Package’ that looks attractive – must be good? After all it’s ‘Natural’, right?
Blinded by the packaging you buy this ‘Natural’ product, only to be disappointed later.
As it often turns out – ‘Natural’ is not really natural after all.
There are many examples of labeling that are misleading.
Here is a great one and an expensive one as well.
courtesy off: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ripcurrents/photos.shtml
Sun, surf and fun, this is what we associate with summer vacations.
However, only a few of us know enough about the greatest danger of the beach – rip currents.
Just about every beach has rip currents.
I remember being a little child when I saw a rip current near by, while playing in the beautiful water of the Black Sea. I didn’t know what it was called, but I got a very creepy feeling about it. I didn’t know how to swim, back then, nor did I know what I now know about rip currents.
The oil that has been labelled unhealthy in the 60′s has had a major profile change!
Now scientists say:
It prevents weight gain and encourages healthy weight 1 ,
It helps to increase good cholesterol (HDL),
It is suggested as a replacement in cosmetics instead of synthetic oils,
It can slow and even reverse Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, epilepsy… (see video below)
It is also a natural antibiotic,
And it can boost the cognitive activity of your brain 2 …
Take a Close Look at Your Cleaning Products & Personal Care Products
Cleaning and personal care products are often linked to allergies, irritability and low energy, to mention a few.
We often underestimate how much every day household chemicals affect our health, behavior and moods.
TV Producer’s Experiment
Below is a great story about common household chemicals as told by a NBC TV producer regarding her own experience:
Movement is vital for our well being
Movement is vital for our well being.
Movement relaxes muscles stressed from sitting, it also elongates and tones them.
Movement also gets your muscles into better physical shape by stimulating them.
People who sit for longer periods of time are doubling their risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular mortality.1
Walk or bike or Just Get Outside and Move
Walking and biking is free. It is also a natural way to help reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and possibly coronary heart disease.
Have you ever wanted to do a spring detox program only to find out that it was too complicated, weird or expensive?
Have you ever changed your mind about a detox program by looking at a bunch of scary powder pouches?
The truth is, detox doesn’t have to be complicated.
And it doesn’t have to be expensive either.
I bet, by now you have heard advice about reading food labels.
Do you always follow it?
But you should.
Even if you buy organic food, do not assume that all ingredients are good for you.
Assuming the ingredients must be good will set you up for an unpleasant surprise or two.
To illustrate, let me give you an example.
A recent study published by the Huffington post suggested that women who work in plastic manufacturing facilities have a 5 times greater cancer rate vs. those women that don’t work with plastic. 1
What about chemicals from plastic that you consume with your food and drinks on the daily basis?
Plastic is everywhere even in your food, bad news.
More bad news is that very small amounts of these chemicals found in plastic are required to put your health at risk.
But the GOOD news is,
You can eliminate many plastics from your life and from your house.
Start with your kitchen.
In case in you were wondering the picture of the Guilt Free Chocolate Cake in my previous article “Sugar is Good for You, Seriously” is a picture of the cake I made from Muscovado / Organic Brown Sugar.
It is a Rich, Creamy, Moist, and Relatively Low Calorie Chocolate Cake.
Sounds like too good to be true, you think?
Do you like chocolate cake? What about your children, do they ask you for brownies all the time?
So maybe, just maybe, this recipe will be a winner in your house.
Do you know that sugar is bad for you,
but you still consume it because it is so hard to resist?
Do you wish you could eat all that sweet stuff without any guilt?
While I can’t promise you that I can completely alleviate feelings of guilt when you eat sugary snacks, I promise to introduce you to better sugars.
And hopefully, you will feel better about your sweet treats.
So, you can happily enjoy an occasional sweet snack. Because…
Sugar Is an Excellent Source of Vital Nutrients.
According to Ayurvedic medicine, warming spices such as cinnamon, clove, ginger and cardamom can help boost energy, warm you from the inside and help you to build your immune system to fight winter colds.
Below are few warming fall/winter recipes that I found to be interesting. I used all organic ingredients, and I hope that you can do the same.
Fast and Easy Hot Spiced Tea
This is my favorite winter drink.
4 cups freshly brewed tea
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
4 lemon slices
2 Tb honey or to taste.
Does your body feel shivery and cold inside as the weather gets colder?
Do you feel uncomfortable and cold inside of your house let alone outside?
Do you feel like cranking up the heat to the max?
I do. Most of us feel the same way as the weather turns gray in the fall.
That is why we need to warm up from the inside
…by using traditional warming spices.
Mice develop tumors as early as 4 Months…*
We Are Not Mice and Our Life-Span is Longer Than 2 Years, But
Do YOU REALLY Want To Take Chances With Your Life?
What About The Lives of Your Developing Children???
If you are already eating organic food and think that GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) don’t affect you, it very likely does affect your day-care or school age children.
Plus, it still affects those in your family who don’t eat organic.
Are you looking for more meaning in your life?
Start with simple things.
Start with the food you eat… 3 times a day.
Take one day this summer and visit a local organic farm and buy some of your veggies there.
Visiting the farm makes a big difference
That’s why taking your family to a local organic market or to an organic farm at least once a year can make a big difference.
I mean a real farm, not a petting zoo
Visiting an organic farm and talking to the team will change your perspective and it will positively impact you and your children.
There are many reasons why not to miss the blueberry season.
Blueberry picking as a family outing,
Blueberries are full of antioxidants, vitamin C and other vitamins,
Blueberries are healthy
Blueberries are great for your brain, for you heart, for your eyes, for weight loss and more.
My favourite reason
But my favourite reason not to miss the blueberry season is because, you can buy several cases and freeze them and use the blueberries throughout the year. And the price can’t get better when they are in season.
Do you think price is a factor? Berries are most expensive during the winter; organic berries are even more expensive. For example, if you buy fresh organic blueberries in the summer, you will probably pay $5 per container. If you buy them in winter, you will probably pay $8-$10 for the same amount. This makes them far less affordable for many consumers.
You may choose to occasionally buy small amounts of berries off season to make a cake, However, would you consider offering your family 2 packages of blueberries per day during the winter months?
Do you want to save even more?
Yes, they can. Beware of imported organic products, they may not be organic, and have banned pesticides applied to them. If you want to know more about banned pesticides that may be used on your produce, read: Unusually Deadly pesticides and YOU.
Fake organic certifications
In the past year or so, there were instances when companies put up fake organic certifications. The details of which are outlined below. These are not the lucky ones, they got caught. What about the lucky ones that continue to cheat the system and potentially harm us?