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All Natural, High-Protein Chocolate Pudding

All Natural, High-Protein Chocolate Pudding

A delicious protein-packed dessert

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Ingredients:

  • One ripe medium avocado
  • One medium banana
  • Two scoops of FitFood All Natural Whey Protein Powder
  • ½ packet of stevia sweetener
  • ½ cup of almond milk
  • Dark chocolate chips or shavings (for topping)

Directions:

  • Beginning with the almond milk, combine the ingredients in a blender or mixing bowl and blend thoroughly until well-combined and smooth.  Do not over-blend.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Put into appropriate serving bowls and top with dark chocolate chips or shavings for a healthy, delicious, protein-packed dessert.

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Photo by David Schronce, via Photobucket
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Why Broccoli is One of Nature’s Best Cancer Fighters

Why Broccoli is One of Nature’s Best Cancer Fighters

Broccoli stalksVegetable boosts the liver’s ability to detoxify

For fighting cancer naturally, one of the best food groups around is the cruciferous vegetable family*—broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cress, kale, cauliflower, and more.

Broccoli leads the pack because it contains a high amount of the cancer-protective compound sulforaphane. This powerful, naturally occurring compound strengthens the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and other toxins. It is so powerful that it has been shown to kill stem cells from which cancer cells get their almost indestructible nature. Continue reading Why Broccoli is One of Nature’s Best Cancer Fighters

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Are You Suffering From Adrenal Fatigue?

Are You Suffering from Adrenal Fatigue?

Tired, Stressed, Overweight?

People I meet in the New York metropolitan area, and others all over the country, are looking for alternatives to traditional medicine to help them get and stay healthy.

At last May’s NAVEL Expo, a biannual wellness conference on Long Island, NY, people asked detailed questions pertaining to the symptoms they were experiencing . . . being tired, having increasing pain in their bodies, not being able to sleep, having more difficult menstrual periods, and not being to lose weight and keep it off, to name just a few.

“One common theme seemed to shine through,” I wrote after the event. “People are tired of being told that it’s all in their heads and that all they need is to take this drug and everything will be alright.” Continue reading Are You Suffering From Adrenal Fatigue?

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Consumer Beware! … Things are not what they should be in Plasticville

Consumer Beware!  … Things are not what they should be in Plasticville

The BPA “free” labels you see more and more on your grocery store shelves may be hiding a chemical that is more dangerous than BPA (bisphenol A).

Yes, you read that correctly.  Manufacturers have gotten sensitized to the growing consumer uproar over BPA being in many household products including almost all plastic water containers and storage containers.  In an effort to appear “consumer friendly”, these manufacturers have gotten rid of the BPA, but only to replace it with a host of other bisphenol analogues in the same class.  The main replacement bisphenol product is BPS (bisphenol S).  Not only is BPS in the same chemical group as BPA but it shares the same toxicity pattern (hormone disruption and environment pollutant) as BPA and also takes significantly longer to degrade, therefore it means that BPS will be around much longer in the environment.

Continue reading Consumer Beware! … Things are not what they should be in Plasticville

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The Importance of Knowing Where Our Food Comes From

The Importance of Knowing Where Our Food Comes From

Perhaps you have noticed as have I that our food supply is not as good as it once was.  Or perhaps you have seen an increase in foods from other countries and have wondered if there are chemicals and or other substances in the food that are not being disclosed.  Does the food we eat have “other” ingredients in it that are not on the label?  And how is that regulated outside our jurisdiction?

My hope is that everyone becomes a savvy consumer and reads the detailed nutritional information labels of everything you eat irrespective of what the front of the box, container, jar or label says the product contains.  It is increasingly evident that less and less of our food is being inspected to determine whether it is safe.  This is a somewhat scary statement when you consider the fact that more of our food is being imported from other countries than ever before in the history of our nation.  Upwards of 20% of our food is now being imported from other countries with that number likely to increase substantially over the next few decades.

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Nacho Salad

Nacho Salad

The trick and pleasure to this recipe is to pile on the veggies.  I keep the chips and cheese to a minimum…and don’t overdo it on the spinach.

 

Ingredients: (for 1-2 people)

Handful of spinach
Raw cheese, shredded
Black olives, sliced
1/2 cup pinto or black beans and/or meat of choice
1/2 -1 red bell pepper, diced
Cilantro, chopped
Salsa
1/2 avocado, diced
Corn tortilla chips (optional)

Procedure:

  1. In a pie dish layer chips, spinach, beans, meat, and cheese.  Place in broiler until cheese is melted and spinach is wilted.
  2. Remove dish from broiler.  Layer on top black olives, red bell pepper, cilantro, avocado, and salsa…serve and eat!

Recipe compliments of Brook Rivera, HHC at swtshine.com

 

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Food Intolerance: The Hidden Cause of Weight Gain and Weight Loss Resistance – Part 3

(See previous related posts: Part 1Part 2A or Part 2B)

In this section, I will address the question that I often get asked after telling people about the danger of eating foods to which they are intolerant and that is, “Well, What do I Eat Then?”

The answer is both simple and complex.  The simple but often most difficult part to accept is that we need to reinvent our diets so that they become anti-inflammatory in nature.  Most of what we eat in modern civilization is pro inflammatory as can be seen by the steady increase in disease in our world today.  Diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disorders, obesity (it’s a disease in my opinion, not a failure of will power), can all have their roots traced to leading a pro inflammatory lifestyle with no greater aspect of it than eating our current diets.
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Food Intolerance: The Hidden Cause of Weight Gain and Weight Loss Resistance – Part 2b

As previously discussed (Part 1 and Part 2A), the nine most common foods which I have found to cause the greatest amount of food reactions are gluten, corn, soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts, sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods.  In the last newsletter, the first four were addressed now,  as promised, I will address the last five major culprits in food intolerance.  As a reminder, these foods can cause you to have pr0 inflammatory, blood sugar and insulin destabilizing influences on your body and contribute to weight loss resistance.

Eggs which are considered by many to be the “ideal” food are often associated with hidden food sensitivities and allergies.  Some of the more common things that you might see if you are sensitive to eggs, include gas and/or bloating, mental fogginess, weight gain, eczema and psoriasis.  There are different theories about why eggs may not be so healthy after all.  One that I think bears close examination is that the chickens which bear the eggs are being fed with corn and/or soy that is genetically modified.  Couple that with the amount of antibiotics and sugar which are in the feed and the chickens themselves are not healthy.  What might that mean to the eggs that come from those chickens?  My answer is that they aren’t going to be that healthy either and are therefore going to cause us some of the health problems I mentioned.

Continue reading Food Intolerance: The Hidden Cause of Weight Gain and Weight Loss Resistance – Part 2b