The New Dietary Guidelines – What Do They Mean To You?

The USDA Health and Human Services published its new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on January 7, 2016. The guidelines serve as one of the most important science-based tools to advise Americans on how to eat a healthy diet, and are the backbone of the nation’s food policies. As such, these guidelines are extremely important for our health and should follow closely the recommendations given by the Advisory Committee – which studied scientific evidence on how our dietary patterns, including specific foods and nutrients, have an effect on health outcomes.

food pyramidThese new guidelines are definitely an improvement over the old ones and a big highlight is the recommendation for people to follow a healthy eating pattern across a lifetime, including lots more vegetable and fruits, not only in volume, but also in variety. According to Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute,

Dietary risks are currently the leading underlying risk factor of death in the United States, associated with 559,000 deaths in 2013. The guidelines place a new, stronger emphasis on overall patterns of healthy eating as a whole, rather than on individual foods or nutrients in isolation, which is the best approach to mitigating the risk of diet-related chronic disease. Still, the report did—rightly—target one of the biggest single culprits in chronic disease: added sugar. The new recommended limit of no more than 10% of daily caloric intake for added sugars highlights and addresses the role of added sugars in relationship to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension and other health problems.”

Unfortunately, the actual guidelines are not as comprehensive and beneficial as they could be, and many of the advisory committee’s recommendations were left unchecked.

To read more about what the guidelines are and what was missed in them, please see my full article at Ceres.

Have any comments or questions about the new guidelines? Share them here!

Thais’ articles published at Ceres Community Project

You might have noticed a gap in this blog’s articles… the reason behind it is that I have been busy with my work with Ceres Community Project, a wonderful non-profit organization in Sebastopol, California. I am serving as their Nutrition Education Manager, and have written a number of articles for the Ceres website.

Ceres Community Project builds healthy communities by restoring fresh, whole and organic food to its place as the foundation of health, and by connecting people in heart-centered ways to themselves, others and the earth.

Please learn more about Ceres here: www.ceresproject.org

And please read my articles on Fats, and Sugar, here:

butter-hearthttp://ceresproject.org/UnderstandingFats.html#Part3

 

 

 

Sugarhttp://www.ceresproject.org/Sugar.html

 

 

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Upcoming Event: Tue, Jan 28, 2014

Sustainable NutritionThais will be speaking at the YMCA Santa Rosa about “Sustainable Nutrition: Eating for the Health of Your Wallet” this coming Tuesday, 1/28, from 5:45 to 7:45pm.

Join us for an informative talk on how to adopt a healthier lifestyle that is sustainable for you, your budget and the planet.

There is no fee to register and there will be a food demo.

More info: click here

14 Foods to Help you Detox in 2014

Detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out, especially after the busy and sometimes indulgent holiday season. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health. These foods will assist in boosting your metabolism, optimizing digestion, and supporting your immune system.

 

artichoke 1. ARTICHOKES

Artichokes help the liver function at its best, which in turn will help your body purge itself of toxins and other things it doesn’t need to survive. It ups the liver’s production of bile, and since bile helps break down foods which helps your body use the nutrients inside them, an increase in bile production is typically a good thing.

 

apple2. APPLES

Apples are full of wonderful nutrients. You get fiber, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals such as D-Glucarate, flavonoids and terpenoids. All of these substances are used in the detox process. One flavonoid, Phlorizidin (phlorizin), is thought to help stimulate bile production which helps with detox as the liver gets rid of some toxins through the bile. Apples are also a good source of the soluble fibre pectin, which can help detox metals and food additives from your body. It’s best to eat only organic apples as the non-organic varieties are among the top 12 foods that have been found to contain the most pesticide residues. Organically produced apples also have a 15 percent higher antioxidant capacity than conventionally produced apples.

 

almonds

3. ALMONDS

Almonds are the best nut source of Vitamin E. In fact, just one ounce contains 7.3 mg of “alpha-tocopherol” vitamin E, the form of the vitamin the body prefers. They’re also high in fiber, calcium, magnesium, and useable protein that helps stabilize blood sugar and remove impurities from the bowels.

 

 

asparagus4. ASPARAGUS

Not only does asparagus help to detoxify the body, it can help you wage the anti-aging battle, protect you from getting cancer, help your heart to stay healthy, and is a general anti-inflammatory food. It’s also known to help with liver drainage, which might sound like a bad thing, but since the liver is responsible for filtering out the toxic materials in the food and drinks we consume, anything that backs up its drainage is not doing you any favors. Asparagus also helps reduce risk of death from breast cancer and increase the odds of survival.

 

Isolated avocado5. AVOCADOS

This wonder fruit is packed with antioxidants, lowers cholesterol and dilates the blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that elderly people who had high levels of glutathione were healthier and less likely to suffer from arthritis. Consuming avocados is associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake level, lower intake of added sugars, lower body weight, BMI and waist circumferences, higher “good cholesterol” levels and lower metabolic syndrome risk.

 

basil6. BASIL

Basil has anti-bacterial properties, and it’s full of antioxidants to protect the liver. The active ingredients are terpenoids. It is also wonderful for digestion and detoxification, too. It supports the functioning of the kidneys and also acts as a diuretic to help the body expel unwanted toxins. Basil has been known to have anti-ulcer qualities as well as antimicrobial effects that guard against bacteria, yeast, fungi and mold. Basil seed can also help with constipation. The anticancer properties of basil may also relate to its ability to influence viral infections.

 

beets7. BEETS

A single serving of beets can do more for your health than most foods in the produce isle. Not only can they boost your energy and lower your blood pressure, but eating beets in the long-term can help you fight cancer, reduce arthritic pain, boost your brain as well as help you lose weight. Beets contain a unique mixture of natural plant chemicals (phytochemicals) and minerals that make them superb fighters of infection, blood purifiers, and liver cleansers. They also help boost the body’s cellular intake of oxygen, making beets excellent overall body cleansers. When you’re detoxing, beets will help by making sure that the toxins you’re getting out actually make it out of your body. Many detox cleanses go wrong when toxins are reintroduced to the body because they don’t make it all the way out.

 

blueberries8. BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain. Just 300 grams of blueberries protects against DNA damage. Blueberries also act as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. They have antiviral properties and are loaded with super-detoxifying phytonutrients called proanthocyanidins.

 

brazil_nuts9. BRAZIL NUTS

These tasty treats are packed with selenium, which is key to flushing mercury out of your body. The body uses selenium to make ‘selenoproteins’, which work like antioxidants preventing damage to cells and there is growing body of evidence to show it has a key role in our health. The consumption of brazil nuts has been found to be inversely associated with risk of pancreatic cancer, independent of other potential risk factors for pancreatic cancer.

 

Brocoli Crowns 000110. BROCCOLI & BROCCOLI SPROUTS

Broccoli specifically works with the enzymes in your liver to turn toxins into something your body can eliminate easily. If you’re stuck for ways on how to make broccoli taste better try dehydrating or consider eating it raw. But don’t microwave it as this destroys both the nutritional and detox potential. Broccoli contains a very powerful anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial called sulforaphane which helps prevent cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and allergies.

broccoli-sproutsBroccoli sprouts can actually provide more benefit than regular broccoli as they contain 20 times more sulfurophane. They contain important phytochemicals that are released when they’re chopped, chewed, fermented, or digested. The substances are released then break down into sulfurophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate, which all have a specific effect on detoxification. Add these to your salads and get creative with them in your meals. Researchers have found that an oral preparation made from broccoli sprouts trigger an increase in inflammation-fighting enzymes in the upper airways.

 

cabbage11. CABBAGE

In addition to cleansing your liver, cabbage will also aid in helping you go to the bathroom, which in turn helps you expel the toxins, getting them out of your system so you can start fresh. It contains sulfur, which is essential when it comes to breaking down chemicals and removing them from your body. Along with other cole crops, cabbage is a source ofindole-3-carbinol, a chemical that boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.

 

cilantro12. CILANTRO

Cilantro, also known as coriander, Chinese parsley or dhania, contains an abundance of antioxidants. Cilantro helps mobilize mercury and other metals out of the tissue so it can attach to it other compounds and allow it to be excreted from the body. It also contains an antibacterial compound called dodecenal, which laboratory tests showed is twice as effective as the commonly used antibiotic drug gentamicin at killing Salmonella.

 

cinnamon13. CINNAMON

The oils from cinnamon contain active components called cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol. Cinnamaldehyde has been well-researched for its effects on blood platelets helps prevent unwanted clumping of blood cells. Cinnamon’s essential oils also qualify it as an “anti-microbial” food, and cinnamon has been studied for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida. Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties are so effective that recent research demonstrates this spice can be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives. It has one of the highest antioxidant values of all foods and its use in medicine treats everything from nausea to menstruation and energy to diabetes.

 

ginger14. GINGER

Along side turmeric, ginger is one of the world’s most potent disease-fighting spices. Ginger spikes your metabolism, flushes out waste, is thought to help liver function, and has some astringent properties. Some detox diets ask you to chew on ginger root. You may also find that adding it to hot water makes the water taste better. Basically any way you can think of it get it into your system is going to be beneficial, especially if you’re suffering from a fatty liver caused by too much alcohol, or too many toxic foods and drinks.

 

SOURCE: PreventDisease.com <http://preventdisease.com/news/13/121113_36-Foods-That-Help-Detox-Cleanse-Your-Entire-Body.shtml>

Upcoming Events

Sustainable Nutrition talk at the 3rd Women in Discovery Salon

Thais Harris, NC will be presenting at the 3rd Women in Discovery Autumn Salon at 2pm, on Saturday, October 26th, 2013. The salon runs from 11am to 8pm and offers a wonderful array of presenters.

Location: 412 Redhill Avenue, Suite 2, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Tickets: $20

More information: www.recoveryourspirit.com/women-in-discovery-salons/

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Reset & Renew Fall Cleanse for Individuals:Pumpkin, apples and Cranberries on fall leaves

SIGN-UP DEADLINE: 10/16

This guided 21-Day Reset & Renew Cleanse includes ongoing coaching with a certified holistic nutrition consultant, ALL supplements, and 28 meal replacements

THIS CLEANSE IS RIGHT FOR YOU IF YOU

• Have been feeling a little bound up
• Have “foggy” brain
• Can’t get rid of the afternoon slump
• Have a few persistent pounds to shed
• Want clarity and focus
• Want to make “eating healthy” easy and delicious
• Want to reset and focus before the holiday craze starts

First meeting: Wednesday, October 30th, at 6 pm (1.5 hours)
Second meeting: Wednesday, November 6th, at 6 pm (1 hour)
Final meeting: Monday, November 18th, at 6 pm (1 hour)

Location: 779 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, CA

This is not a starvation cleanse: you will continue to eat throughout the detox process and will have all nutrients needed to thrive in any situation.

ONLY $395
(includes coaching, supplements and 28 meal replacements)
Featuring supplements from Designs For Health

Sign up here

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Reset & Renew Fall Cleanse for Couples:Couple_Cooking1

Improve Your Health and the Health of Your Relationship

Cleansing isn’t easy, but going through it with a partner makes it so much better. Why not take this time to also cleanse your relationship of patterns and behaviors that no longer serve you, or to set intentions together for the future?

This Couple’s Cleanse allows you to improve your own health and the health of your relationship. It includes 3 meetings and ongoing coaching with a certified holistic nutrition consultant, 3 counseling meetings with a licensed psychotherapist, ALL supplements, and 28 meal replacements for each individual.

First meeting: Thursday, October 31st, at 6pm (2 hours)
Second meeting: Thursday, November 7th, at 6pm (1.5 hours)
Final meeting: Wednesday, November 20th, at 6pm (1.5 hours)

Location: 779 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, CA

This is not a starvation cleanse: you will continue to eat throughout the detox process and will have all nutrients needed to thrive in any situation.

The counseling portion of this cleanse is not intended as therapy for couples in crisis, it is instead a time for committed couples to set intentions, expand communication, and together let go of patterns that might not be serving the relationship.

ONLY $825 per couple
(includes nutrition coaching, relationship counseling, supplements, and 28 meal replacements for each individual)
Featuring supplements from Designs For Health

Spaces are Limited.

Sign up here

Thais and Peter are featured writers for Honey Colony

We are happy to announce that we are collaborating with Honey Colony, a fantastic community-based resource for information on everything related to health, from practices to products. From their website:

We’re here to unite the growing number of people adopting healthy lifestyles and seeking to cut through the hype and claims about natural products and remedies. With a little help from leading health experts and top-notch journalists in the field, community wisdom determines what works and what doesn’t.

We are sharing with Honey Colony articles on nourishing self and relationship.

Our article “Nourishing Intimacy” has 2 parts, one focused on nutrition for desire, and the the second on rediscovering passion in the relationship. You can read them here:

http://www.honeycolony.com/article/nourishing-intimacy-part-1/

http://www.honeycolony.com/article/nourishing-intimacy-and-desire-part-2

If you have any questions on these articles, be sure to post them here. Thanks!

JJ Virgin’s 7 Reasons to Work with a Nutrition Consultant/Health Coach

JJ virgin is known as one of the nation’s foremost fitness and nutrition experts and accomplished public speaker. In this article, she shares a little insight on reasons why working with a consultant/coach can benefit everyone.

She explains: “At some point, everyone at the top of his or her game hired a coach. I’ve had coaches inspire, challenge, and ultimately help me take my business to a level I could never achieve on my own. Almost every person I’ve known who successfully lost fat and kept it off had a health coach.”

I have also hired guidance for many aspects of my life and business: accounting, communication, health, and tutoring (as they helped me achieve academic success when I was little). We are always looking for that advantage edge, and we can get further ahead with the help of people who can add value to what we do. It is no different with our health.

question-markThere are so many ever-changing diets out there, a plethora of new information and research every day, countless myths that need to be clarified, and targeted marketing trying to tell us what to buy. It is hard to stay well informed all the time on top of everything else we do, juggling work, kids, home life, and other interests. This is where a nutrition consultant can add value: someone who is keeping up-to-date with the latest research, who is carefully studying the industry and its myths and truths, and can advise you based on your specific needs, so that you don’t have to trudge through the internet, newspapers, and television ads to try to figure out what will work for you and what won’t. It is also important to find a consultant who has a holistic – and science-based – approach to well-being and has a track record of helping people feel better and live healthier lives.

Here are JJ’s reasons:

1. Accountability. An A-game coach kindly but firmly holds you accountable for your goals. Because they care about your success, they will take every measure to ensure compliance. At the same time, they’re not babysitters. Occasionally they will give you a little tough love, but only because they want you to excel in your goals.

2. Customization. No diet is one-size-fits-all. You are a unique individual with specific biochemical and physiological needs. A great coach can combine a diet blueprint with your goals, preferences, needs, and time limitations to design a program that works just for you.

3. Inspiration. We all have those days where the bottom figuratively falls out of our boat and we want to dive into a hot fudge sundae. That’s when a top-notch coach can “rescue” you, provide encouragement, offer effective strategies to overcome your obstacles, and help you persevere to stay the course.

4. Empowerment. Imagine walking into a restaurant, party, or grocery store and not become bewildered at the confusing array of foods. A good coach will teach you practical, easy-to-implement principles that empower you to embrace any situation with confidence and clarity.

5. Practicality. Helpful coaches live in the real world. They know you’re juggling a zillion tasks and don’t have the time or loaded bank account to shop for arcane foods or at designer health food stores. They can work within your budget to create an affordable, easily accessible food and nutrient plan to reach your goals.

6. Troubleshooting. Everyone hits plateaus. They’re maddening because even though you’re doing everything correctly, the scales aren’t budging. That’s where a savvy coach comes in. They’re problem solvers who can connect the metabolic dots and evaluate dietary, lifestyle, nutrient, and other issues that might be stalling your progress.

7. A good listener. A good coach not only lets you speak: they really hear what you have to say. Maybe you don’t have the most supportive spouse for your fat loss goals. Maybe your bestie or mom, much as she loves you, is inadvertently sabotaging your success. A coach can be that much-needed confidante to really hear what you’re saying and provide encouraging advice (or in some cases, just listen).

I am often asked how I do what I do, and I think JJ Virgin provided a pretty good chunk of that answer. As I mentioned before, it is important to find someone who has solid experience and education, has a track record, sees you as a whole and takes time to understand your history, needs, preferences, and lifestyle, and can really customize a plan that will give you the results you want.

To see JJ Virgin’s article in its entirety, click here: http://jjvirgin.com/4262/7-reasons-wellness-coach/

Nutrition to Manage Pain and Lower Inflammation

This is the long-awaited follow-up to Peter’s post on pain. If you haven’t read his post yet, check it out here.

After a few months of dealing with loss and pain, and re-establishing and grounding ourselves, we are back on track with writing, researching, and developing our practices. We have both just completed a 21-day cleanse, which was a wonderful way to let go of toxins and unwanted thoughts. If you are interested in cleansing yourself, check out our schedules for guided group cleanses here.

Now let’s talk about pain and inflammation and the many factors that influence them.

Let’s start with pain: there are the obvious triggers for pain such as getting burned on a hot pan, injured in a fall, cut with a knife. But there are other more subtle triggers within which can cause back pain, joint pain, headaches, and many other “internal” pains. These triggers within are the ones I will address within post.

To understand pain, it’s important to know that: headache

A)   most tissues have specific pain receptors and pain perception depends on the site of stimulation, the type of fiber transmitting the message, adequate levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and endorphins, as well as GABA and other sub-receptors;

B)   the spinal cord sends a message to the brain via ascending pathways and then receives messages via the descending pathways and also from periphery. There are different fibers that carry the message: tiny C fibers carry the long lasting burning pain; A delta fibers carry the sharp (or first pain) and localization data; and A beta fibers carry information on vibration and position.

In order to suppress pain from C fibers (the long-lasting pain) we can stimulate A delta fibers with acupuncture, and stimulate A beta fibers by rubbing the skin or using TENS (Bauman College, 2012). These fibers are only the messengers, however. Imbalances in the internal environment can affect pain signals, and make them stronger or lighter depending on what is lacking (nutrients) or what is in excess (toxins) in the environment. These imbalances can be corrected with proper nutrition and lifestyle and at times, the use of supplementation is suggested for those who are very depleted of certain nutrients.

One major reason for pain is inflammation (inflammation also precedes development of diabetes, among other growing diseases). So taking a look at inflammation and doing everything we can to reduce it is of extreme importance today, especially since inflammation can be largely attributed to our modern lifestyle. “Specifically, dietary triggers (fructose, wheat and industrial seed oils), stress, poor sleep, gut dysbiosis and environmental toxins all cause inflammation on their own. When combined together, they are an explosive mix” (Chris Kresser, 2010).

InflammationAccording to Nutrition Data, “inflammation can silently involve every cell in your body and, over time, negatively affect your health and abilities. For example, allergies, joint pain, and premature aging are just a few of the common ailments linked to “systemic inflammation…”  The levels of certain chemicals in your blood are known to increase with increased levels of inflammation. One of these chemical markers for inflammation is a protein called C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is often measured in conjunction with other blood tests, and normal values are well established. From a clinical standpoint, a CRP level of less than 5 milligrams per liter of blood is considered normal. “Normal” may not be optimal, though. Many medical researchers believe that even slight elevations of CRP are tied to increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and many other diseases.”

Without the CRP test, we can tell if a system is inflamed if there is constant allergic reaction activity (seasonal, foods, dust), inability to lose weight no matter how little one eats, headaches, body aches, joint pain, and mucus formation, for example.

Looking at Nutrition to Lower Inflammation

I recently attended the National Association of Nutrition Professionals’ conference in San Diego, CA and got to listen to Tom O’Bryan’s talk on Musculoskeletal Conditions in the 21st Century, which was very rich in content, inspiring with a number of case studies and plenty of research to back up his arguments. One of the thoughts that stuck with me the most was that “each bite we eat is either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory, so we need to choose more anti-inflammatory foods to feed ourselves with.” So what are some of the best anti-inflammatory foods we might add to our plates daily? Here is a good list to get you started:

Omega-3 Foods: wild salmon, sardines, nuts and seeds (notably flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts), organic soybeans, winter squash, purslane. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are considered anti-inflammatory because this class of nutrients serves as precursors for compounds in the body (such as certain prostaglandins and leukotrienes) that have anti-inflammatory activity.

Extra virgin olive oil: it contains healthy fats (monounsaturated fats), and has been found to have anti-inflammatory benefits. Some of these benefits seem to come through its unique antioxidant phytonutrients, such as oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol. It’s important to note that these phytonutrients are more concentrated in extra virgin olive than other types of olive oil. Olive oil should not be cooked in high temperatures. Use coconut oil or ghee for anything over 250 degrees.

salmon-baked-1Deep colored fruits and vegetables: berries, cherries, beets, leafy greens (like kale and chard), and pomegranatesPineapple also contains a proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzyme called bromelain that has anti-inflammatory activity. Flavonoid and carotenoid phytonutrients also have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and are a great inclusion in any diet geared towards controlling inflammation.

Spices: ginger, turmeric, and garlic are among the highest anti-inflammatory spices – and they add wonderful flavors and aroma to just about any dish.

Foods to avoid: those that may promote inflammation, such as vegetable oils (sunflower oil, corn oil, and any highly processed oils including canola and soybean oils) as they are rich in omega-6 fatty acids; “white foods” such as white flour, white rice and white sugar; processed foods that contain synthetic flavorings, colorings and preservatives. (It is not that your diet should not have any omega-6 fatty acids as they are essential fatty acids that play a role in health. It is just that most people already get an ample supply of these fatty acids in their diets and therefore should try to minimize concentrated food sources of them in order to maintain a balanced omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio).

 

Sources:

Chris Kresser, 2010. How Inflammation Makes You Fat. <http://chriskresser.com/how-inflammation-makes-you-fat-and-diabetic-and-vice-versa>

World’s Healthiest Foods < http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=163>

Nutrition Data < http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000992000000000000000.html>

Bauman College Therapeutic Nutrition Notebook, 2012

 

 

 

Top 10 Ingredients to Avoid

When mindfully shopping, reading labels is a must. But how to tell what is okay from what is toxic? As one of my nutrition teachers says: “if you can’t make it in your kitchen, don’t buy it in a package.” Here is a  list of the top 10 ingredients you will want to AVOID when shopping:

 

1. Artificial Colors

There’s a reason why most sugary treats give us a rush. Hidden artificial colors in foods can cause hyperactivity and headaches.

 

 

2. Bleached White Flour

Found in most white breads, bleached white flour is usually stripped of nutrients and fibre and adds little value to our diets.

 

 

 

3. High-Fructose Corn Syrup
This ingredient is found in most processed foods, including lunch meats, and has no nutritional value. It has also been linked to increase risks of type 2 diabetes, and overconsumption can be damaging to our livers.

 

 

 

4. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners give food that sugary taste that is also quite addictive. Artificial sweeteners are almost always chemically derived and have been linked to migraines and even cancer.

 

 

 

5. BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
BHT or butylated hydroxytoluene is often added to most processed foods to preserve fats. An overconsumption of this chemical can cause allergic reactions on the skin.

 

 

 

 

6. Partially Hydrogenated Oil
Partially hydrogenated oils (which are often found in cake mixes, peanut butter and baked goods) can decrease good cholesterol levels, are linked to heart disease and are hard for the body to dissolve.

 

 

 

 

7. MSG
MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a food additive that is found in many foods, especially in fast food restaurants. MSGs can overexcite our nerve cells in the brain and can even (eaten in large amounts) cause brain cell death. On top of that, MSGs also can lead to exhaustion after a big meal.

 

 

 

8. Sodium Nitrate And Sodium Nitrite
Sodium nitrates and nitrites are chemical compounds commonly found in meat products like bacon and hot dogs, according to about.com. Nitrates and nitrites can affect the way your body uses sugar and may increase the risk of diabetes and colorectal cancer.

 

 

 

9. Sodium Benzoate
Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative that is used to prevent the growth of bacteria in foods like jams, fruit pies and soft drinks. It can also deprive our cells of oxygen and weakens the immune system.

 

 

 

10. Sulphites

Sulphites are food additives used to preserve food colour and prolong shelf life in many food products including canned fruits, frozen fries and soy products. Sulphites can cause allergic reactions and flushed faces and swelling of the eyes, face, tongue among others.

Eat foods that restore health and vitality now…

Here’s to Dr. Terry Wahls and the quest to regain health and vitality. Start eating better today – don’t wait until you have to! Make the investment in you, your body, your brain, your energy, your life.

Start tracking your servings of vegetables (especially non-starchy veggies such as kale, chard, broccoli, cabbage, celery, etc…) and fruits (especially berries) and see if you can add up to 5 cups a day at first and then challenge yourself to raise that number to 9 cups a day, and then let me know how you feel…

I will be posting different ways to add those veggies daily here, so stay tuned.

Watch Dr. Wahls’ TEDx talk here and get inspired!

 

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