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Cleansing Short and Simple

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

I have a friend from years ago who did a cleanse at the beginning of each new season.  I’ve done cleanses over the years and can verify that they are helpful.  They liked doing these cleanses for similar reasons to my own.  More energy, healthier skin, and to rid our bodies of toxins.

One of the reasons that I find cleansing to be important is to clear out toxins from our liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin.  In order for me to do that in my life I’ve chosen to use a product called Zendocrine.  You can take one capsule with morning and evening meals.

*pregnant women or nursing women and people with known medical conditions should consult your physician prior to taking supplements.

Zendocrine® Detoxification Complex 

The body’s filtering and waste management system is tasked with managing the body’s exposure to toxic influencers. dōTERRA Zendocrine® Detoxification Complex is a proprietary blend of whole-food extracts in a patented enzyme delivery system that supports healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin. *Pregnant women or nursing women and people with known medical conditions should consult your physician prior to taking supplements.

 

*Learn more about Zendocrine and shop here https://www.mydoterra.com/oilmd/#/

Medicinal Properties In Essential Oils

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Ancient literature shows that the Egyptians were masters at blending aromatic oils, they may have been the first people to discover the healing properties in the plants that produce essential oils.

In 1922 when King Tut’s tomb was opened, they discovered an abundance of alabaster jars that were filled with about 100 gallons of essential oils.

“The Ebers Papyrus medical scroll reveals that Egyptian healers had a remarkably high success rate, treating as many as eighty-one diseases using oils of frankincense, cinnamon, myrrh, rosemary, galbanum, hyssop, cassia, and spikenard often mixed with honey.”  As doctor James L. Geiger, the oil/MD talks about in his book ” Your Doctor’s Natural Guide To A Longer, Healthier Life.”  The Sweet Smell of Success

How are essential oils being integrated into modern medicine to improve patient care?

The chemistry behind therapeutic grade essential oils is being examined by the medical community. Essential oils as Dr. Geiger explained to me “are very versatile, one oil can simultaneously enhance the cellular immune system (increases lymphocytes)  while eradicating infectious organisms.”

A wellness project that was broadcast by  Fox News reported on the study that was done at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee. The medical center studied essential oils to see what affect they would have in their emergency room.

The study was done to help decrease stress and help increase energy. They ran the study by placing aromatherapy diffusers around the emergency room, and diffusing them.

The results surprised many of the 100 emergency room staff.

Before the study 41% of the emergency room staff were stressed at work, after diffusing the oils only 3% were stressed at work.

Prior to the study 60% of the emergency room staff were frustrated at work, after the diffusing of the essential oils only 6% were frustrated.

After observing closely the dramatic results from studies using essential oils, many health care providers and medical facilities are looking into how they might integrate essential oils into their private practices and their hospital settings.

Improvement for the work environment and to promote patient care outcomes should be in my opinion a necessary goal of all medical practices.

Wellness institutes like  California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Ca are offering essential oil aromatherapy as a complimentary medicine approach in their overall medical plan.

A doctor I know has integrated essential oils into his practice, he uses the essential oil of Ginger on his patients in the operating room to avoid post surgery nausea and vomiting.  Dr. James L. Geiger, in his latest book The Sweet Smell of Success “Your Doctor’s Natural Guide to a Longer Healthier Life”, explains the scientific validity of using essential oils as an integrative therapy.

It is my passion to continue educating myself and others on the uses for therapeutic grade essential oils.

 

 

Uncle Sam’s High Fiber Cereal

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I like to write about health and wellness along with suggesting different ways that we can get more energy, stay active, get healthier all the while we are enjoying our healthy aging journey.

It’s pretty simple to eat healthy.  It just takes organizing and planning healthy meals for the week.

I’m sure you have heard over and over again the importance of a high fiber diet.

This is a very healthy way to start your day, add some veggie juice, some protein and your good to go.

I don’t enjoy cereal every morning but I have found “Uncle Sam’s” cereal to be enjoyable a couple of times a week.

Uncle Sam’s Original has only 1 gram of sugar with 7 grams of protein along with 10 grams of fiber in 3/4 cup.  That’s fantastic.  We need at least 35-45 grams and some suggest as much as 60 grams of fiber per day.

I like to mix Uncle Sam’s with Raisins and sometimes I add chopped walnuts, and blueberries.

I saw one recipe that had a parfait glass with layers of berries, Uncle Sam’s, and vanilla nonfat yogurt.

Other additions to your bowl of “Uncle Sam’s might be:

Fresh mango, bananas, black berries & strawberries or any other fruit that you enjoy.

If you add 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and almonds it would add another 5 grams of protein for a total of 12 grams per 3/4 cup to 1 cup of cereal

The reason to eat Uncle Sam’s high fiber cereal is because it is loaded with flax seeds too, it could be part of your daily source of omega-3 fatty acids which cannot be made by the body and must be provided by your diet.

Uncle Sam’s is a suggestion in the South Beach Diet Plan as the high fiber cereal to eat. It recommends it because it is low sugar content and high fiber.

Uncle Sam’s has been around since 1908.  I’m glad I found it now because it really is a delicious and super nutrition breakfast cereal.

A Solution to the Obesity Epidemic

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

What is it going to take to stop this epidemic? It is a serious problem and only getting worse.  This epidemic is causing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Shouldn’t this be a wake up call?  Why are people plugging their ears to this call for change, when it is for their own benefit?

A sports trainer at my gym once told me it is 80% of what we put in our mouths that is the difference between fit or fat.

There is a new book out from an acquaintance of ours called, “Die Fat or Get Tough” by Steve Seibold.  It talks about the different ways people think.  Taking charge of our thinking is a part of the solution.

It really is no different than seeing a red light and deciding whether we are going to go through it or stop.   If we know that going through it may cause a huge accident or even death we are going to stop, right?

Are these health risks reversible?  Yes!

Look closer at the solution before a health accident or an early death occurs.

When we eat processed foods, foods that are dead, we aren’t satisfied, therefore our bodies are continually hungry, and the cycle continues without the proper nutrition disease is inevitable.

According to a new study released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, three-fourths of Americans will be obese or overweight by 2020. That puts America in first place for the world competition to see which nation can create the most obese population.

We may get caught up on the merry go round of life and get in the habit of a quick fix for hunger.  Instead may I recommend planning, planning your meals for 7 days at a time.  If you plan your meals it will not only be healthier for you but you will also be able to save money.

Instead of high starch, high fat and high sugar content foods, eat quality proteins, low glycemic fruits and whole grains.   Being on the South Beach plan has shown me that 3, 1/2 cup servings of starch and low glycemic fruits per day is satisfying and most importantly, I don’t feel cheated in any way.

If you have ever had a pancake breakfast and then been hungry an hour later and wondering why, it’s because starches and sugars cause cravings.  To eliminate these cravings once and for all, be in charge of what goes in your mouth.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

Will it be easy at first, no, you just have to get past that craving mentally, saying no for about two weeks before you will be in charge again.  Two weeks is nothing when you are considering a life of longevity.

It will be wonderful having “no regrets” because you took charge of your life.

The scale and how your clothes fit will show the change, and you will begin to see the new healthier you.

Eating the South Beach Diet Way Part II

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Eating the South Beach Diet Way for the past three months has been fantastic and here’s why.

Number one is because I have lost 12 pounds.  Secondly I have stopped eating all flour products.  Thirdly, I have gained a new respect for my body and fourth I have gained a plan for eating the foods that my body needs every single day, and fifth is that it is fairly simple.

I will touch on these aspects briefly in hopes of helping someone else out there who is looking to lose unwanted “fat”.

The SB diet is a lifestyle, it is not a diet (abstinence from food) otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.  I’ve never had to diet in my life.  I started gaining weight after having children in my mid thirties into my 40’s, yes in my 40’s and therefore never quite kept it off.  Even if it has been 20 lbs, 20 lbs of fat is not healthy.  Have you ever lifted a sack of 5 lbs of sugar? Well quadruple that and imagine if your body had to carry the 20 extra pounds or more if you have more to lose.  This plan is a way of life that once you get the hang of it is simple.  I’ve lost 12 pounds of fat.  Woo Hoo is all I can say.  Those 12 pounds of fat has given me a lighter step in my walk and a lighter burden on my heart.

Fat gives off toxins to the body, which is a big topic for another time, therefore the goal is to lose the bad fat.  People say to themselves “I need to lose weight”, frankly that doesn’t say it with enough emphasis in my mind.  It is “fat” that we are losing, too much extra fat that may cause disease.  We need to do it once and for all.  Some people get on these roller coaster diets which are very unhealthy for your body.  Make a decision today for the rest of your life, you will be happy you did.

Deciding to stop eating flour products didn’t just happen over night.  Years ago I knew that yeast and flour were probably not the best items to put into my diet. Then I found out that I am actually allergic to them, that is why I have a new found appreciation for my body, not giving it the items that it is allergic to.  Which has caused unwanted weight, unwanted inflammation etc.  Growing up and into adulthood I ate bread, and pasta these were foods that I loved and ate them frequently.  I even ate them at the same meal.

Learning more about my body has given me more respect for it.  I don’t eat any flour products.  I just say no and the other phrase I tell my mind is that “I don’t eat that anymore”.  It isn’t a struggle just a friendly reminder to old habits, the old way of thinking that I’m changing.

The other food if it is really a food….is sugar.  I’ve eliminated added sugar. Before I purchase a food I look to see if it has added sugar if it does I don’t buy it.  Even organic and healthy foods have added sugar, so beware.  Instead,  on most days I have agave, 75 to 100 calories per day is my limit, this is my personal sweet treat added to Greek yogurt with fresh berries and nuts.  I eat low glycemic fruits such as berries, green apples and sometimes grapefruit or pears.  I don’t feel deprived one bit.   On the SB plan there are lists of fruits to enjoy, personally these are the only ones I’ve chosen to have.

In studying foods and what are in the foods we eat I’ve learned that low sodium most of the time if not always means more added sugar, or low fat is also more added sugar.  So all the years of the low fat food rage meant more sugar, higher glucose in the diet.  Is that why low fat really didn’t help us lose the weight that we thought we would lose by switching to low fat foods?

The South Beach Diet Phase I is where you don’t eat any starch or sugar for 14 days.  It may sound scary but it is so worth it.  The hardest part is the thought of not having these items before you even start the diet.  Once you decide to do it, go for it you will be so happy you did.  You will lose all your cravings and you will also lose weight.

The next Phase, Phase II  is where you will stay until you lose your desired weight. There are lists of foods, meal plans with recipes from Phase I that you will eat for the first two weeks and there are lists of foods, meal plans and recipes that you will be adding in to Phase II for the remainder of Phase II in other words until you lose your desired weight.

Remember this is a new way of eating, a new lifestyle.  You could call it a new beginning.  I love new beginnings.  They give me a new energy, a newness of life.  Life can get stale, which means old, decayed, overused, out-of-date yes these are the meanings of this word so adding a newness to your everyday life can spark creativity, it can spark a new passion, it can spark a new zeal for the fullness of life that you can have for the rest of your life.

Phase II of the SB Diet is adding certain foods back in at a very slow pace, the foods that you have eliminated for the first two weeks.  The key here is huge, you watch for cravings after you eat a fruit or a starch.  If you feel a craving you switch that particular food to a different meal next time and again watch for cravings.  For instance if you have oatmeal for breakfast and you have a craving soon afterwards, the next time you have your starch have it later in the day.

This is the part that you could either sink or swim.  The first time around, 2 plus years ago I lost the weight but didn’t get this part of it.  I didn’t watch for cravings and I eventually added back in too many starches and sugars which only made me gain back the weight I had lost.  Even though these foods were organic or natural I still gained it all back.

So this time around I have a new appreciation for the plan and the guidance that I’ve gleaned from others who have succeeded.  Therefore I have taken their advise and now I’m staying focused to reach my goal.

One of the suggestions was to stay with one fruit and one starch for the first two weeks of Phase II.  Then I added another fruit and starch for another 2 to 3 weeks and so forth.  Knowing myself and my habitual eating of extra starches this was necessary for me.  This part is very personal.  Some people who start on the SB plan are vegan or partial vegans.  You make the plan work for you and you can even have a South Beach nutritionalist help you out for a while if you need the extra help which I did.  I had so many questions that got answered which helped me stay on track.

On the South Beach Diet Plan there is no counting calories except for your sweet treat calories and really a very small amount of measuring.  I measure my starches and I keep track of the fruit and nuts but that’s it.  I know the amounts of food that I need to eat daily, so eating is a pleasure and  I can accomplish this now with ease and planning.  It definitely takes planning.

One very important key to losing weight that I’ve noticed is that if you eat too much or you eat too little you will not lose weight.  Interesting isn’t it?

I continued to learn so many key points being part of the SB  on line community that when I got to Phase II I knew exactly when I would add these foods back in.  I had my one serving of fruit at around 3 pm with a few nuts and my starch 1/2 cup of rice or another grain at dinnertime.  I did this for 3 weeks.

After the first 3 weeks I added another fruit and another starch to the plan and so forth.  I’ve kept losing weight.  It has been steady although once or twice I’ve been at the same weight for 3 weeks but I haven’t given up or lost sight of my goal.  Remembering that it is a new way of life a new respect for the way my body works best.  One person who has really encouraged me has lost over 100 pounds and she continues to help those on the SB plan to stay focused and to stick with the plan.  You need to stick with the plan.

Rewarding yourself after you have lost weight or have done well for a week, two weeks two months and so forth doesn’t mean you get a cheat meal, reward yourself with something else, a massage, a new item of clothing, or just the satisfaction that you have reached another milestone.

This healthy lifestyle consists of a protein, and a healthy fat, and veggies for breakfast; 2 oz of protein, 1 cup of veggies and a healthy fat, which in my case I like avocados.

My sample Breakfast Menu:  Eggs, turkey bacon, one 6 oz glass of organic carrot juice or 1/2 cup of oatmeal, soy sausage, 6 oz of carrot juice, or one egg, 1/2 cup of sweet potato (the only potato that is SB legal), and carrot juice, or a veggie omelet with soy sausage and carrot juice.

Lunch and Dinner consists of 2 tbsp of good fat ( from EVOO) 2 cups of veggies and 3 oz of protein.  (you may add a starch at these meals)

The SB Phase II plan is to eventually add back in 3 fruits and 3 starches per day.

My starches consist of ( 1/2 cup is a serving) Basmati rice, oatmeal, millet, or quinoa.  Those eating wheat can add in 100% whole wheat breads and pasta items.

Extras items for my daily consumption are 15 almonds or 15 walnuts or 30 pistachios.  Dairy is 2 to 3 cups of low fat, fat free milk or low fat or non fat yogurt a day and it addition is 3 fruits a day.  One ounce of low fat cheese; such as string cheese, plus beans and legumes, 1/2 cup daily.  The variety of protein and veggies in this plan is huge.

There is such an abundance of knowledge to learn from the SB plan for a healthy lifestyle and in turn healthy aging that it is exhilarating.  Why you might say, it’s invigorating because you change your body, your body no longer has more fat that muscle.  Your body image changes, you look in the mirror and see the “new you”, the healthier you.

Fat takes up more room in the body than muscle so when you start to lose the fat you actually see the muscle coming through.  This is inspiring, it adds a fire to your soul to keep you moving forward for the rest of your life.

It is a bit more complex than this so you will need to check out the full plan but I’ve tried to make it brief to show you the basics.

I love Phase II, for me it is the perfect place to be, and I’ve just shared most of the basics.

If you are interested in a trial run of this way of eating you can go on line to southbeachdiet.com, there is a SB book and cookbooks available as well.

One of my mottos is to eat to live not live to eat.  A motto I hope I have helped you decide on as well.

Ideal Scents talks about Aroma “therapy”

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Therapy is a noun that connotes action, healing action.  Mixed with “aroma” you get therapeutic essential oil healing action.

Healing comes to us for any number of reasons and symptoms.

My intention here is to discuss only the value of having a therapeutic essential oil treatment given to you or that you give to yourself.

Let’s talk about Lavender, there are different types of lavender that can be used for massage. Lavandula angustifolia is for healing the skin after a burn, it is also a wonderful addition to your daily routine of moisturizing the body after you shower. Just add a few drops to your lotion, and you will be putting a healing balm onto your skin and at the same time lavender will be calming your senses.

Lavender is a balancing oil which is why it is good for women.  It is also an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory and can be used as an antiseptic.  It has been used extensively for sleep.  Because it is a balancing oil and has a calming effect it can be massaged into your skin right before bedtime to get the best sleep. If you would prefer to have it diffused into the air, you can use a diffuser in your bedroom which would gradually supply a wonderful healing scent into the air that you are breathing throughout the night.

Don’t misinterpret the use here, it will not put you to sleep if you use it during any part of your day, it will give you a sense of calm.

“An odor can have a tremendous impact on feelings.  Certain scents evoke a deep sense of inner peace and well-being.” says the oilMD.

Essential oils are subtle, and noticeable.  Lavender is used as a perfume for those who prefer a more organic approach to adding a scent to their skin.

Dr. James L. Geiger, the oilMD says in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” that,

“The art of aromatherapy is a holistic treatment using the essence of a plant’s essential oils to alleviate common symptoms such as pain, tension, and fatigue, as well as to care for the skin and invigorate the whole body.”

He also mentions in his book “While some scents can take you back to a time recalling youthful events, others can actually restore and heal your body, mind and spirit.”

Your Digestive System: Probiotics & Prebiotics

Friday, February 12th, 2010
What is a Prebiotic?
Prebiotics can be defined as nutrients and constitutes of food which our gut flora feeds upon.
Prebiotic is a kind of an odd term, fairly recently coined to refer to food components that support the growth of certain kinds of bacteria in the colon (large intestine). At first it was thought that oligosaccharides were the main prebiotics, but it turns out that resistant starch and fermentable fiber also feeds these bacteria. We’re learning now that a whole other digestive system is happening in the colon, with important influences on the rest of the body.

What are the health benefits of Prebiotics?
The bacteria that feed on fermentable carbohydrate produe many beneficial substances, including short-chain fatty acids and certain B vitamins. Additionally, there is some evidence that they may promote further absorption of some minerals that have escaped the small intestine, including calcium and magnesium.

Other possible benefits include: Lowering cholesterol, lower triglycerides, improved insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, and improved immune system function.

Where Can I Get More Oligosaccharides in my Diet?
Along with legumes and the vegetables, plants with large amounts of oligosaccharides include chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, leeks, garlic, legumes, wheat, asparagus, and jicama.  In addition to legumes and vegetables, food additives are also a source – Inulins are a group of naturally occurring polysaccharides produced my many types of plants.  They belong to a class of fibers known as fructans.  (Inulin is used by some plants as a means of storing energy and is typically found in roots and rhizomes (horizontal stem of a plant that is found underground). Most plants that synthesize and store inulin do not store other materials such as starch.and oligofructose are the most common. However, if you don’t eat many of these foods, you can also get the prebiotic benefits of oligosaccharides by getting more fermentable fiber in your diet, including resistant starch. I will be discussing these carbohydrates in the next two sections of this series.

Probiotics are live strains of good bacteria.

“A probiotic is an organism which contributes to the health and balance of the intestinal tract. A probiotic is also referred to as the “friendly”, “beneficial”, or “good” bacteria which when ingested acts to maintain a healthy intestinal tract and help fight illness and disease.”
Probiotics are live microorganisms. They are Lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria. One of the foods that contain these microorganisms is yogurt.
I have found a probiotic product by Nature’s Way called Primadophilus Reuteri
one capsule contains 5 Billion CFU’s (A colony forming unit or cfu is a cell or cluster of two or more attached sister cells capable of multiplying to form a macroscopic colony.

You and Your Digestive System Part I

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Eating Healthy For Your Digestive System

A study that I read said “Although it is counter intuitive to what some people think, vegetarian digestion time is actually longer – significantly longer – than that of meat eaters. The reason is simple. Plants require a lot more work by your digestive system than do meats. Most of the food we eat is digested in the intestines rather than the stomach, and scientists believe the length of our intestines was determined by the fact that humans have always tended to eat a combination of meat and plant based foods in their diet. The reason is simple. “Plants require a lot more work by your digestive system than do meats. If your diet is made up largely of processed foods, then the digestion time is sped up significantly.”

Does it really matter?

Yes and here’s why these benefits are undeniable, but in the long run, most experts agree that the difference in digestion time for vegetarians is really not that important. Most people who are vegetarian by choice live in a place where food is not hard to come by, and they have access to a wide variety of food choices. In real terms, slow digestion may protect from some minor annoyances, but there are not significant health benefits to slower digestion.

So, who cares who digests food the slowest?

  • The slow and steady supply of energy that vegetarians get from a lengthy digestion process saves them from the peaks and crashes of energy that some meat eaters get. (Again, this counts for plant based food eaters. Processed foods will give vegetarians that late afternoon crash just like anyone else.) It is in fact rumored that vegans have the most energy of all.
  • Slow digestion speed makes you feel full for longer – debunking myths that vegetarians feel hungry all the time.

Whether you are a vegetarian or not,  having a healthy digestive system is important.

If you are not a vegetarian you can still benefit from this information as I have.

If your aren’t a vegetarian, a recommended diet of free range chicken, turkey, wild fish and lots of vegetables, fruits with some grains and legumes is another way to eat your way to healthy aging.

Are you noticing that digestion is not the same as when you were younger?

If you find that as you are aging and even if you eat healthy you are still bloated and notice that digesting food is becoming more difficult, this is because “we all make Digestive and Metabolic enzymes as needed, and it is a proven fact that as we age we make less with each passing year.” Study enzymes to learn about:

*Enhancing your blood

*Breaking down fats

*Shedding excess weight

*Enhancing your mental capacity

*Improving aging skin

Enzymes promote a healthy pH in your digestive tract.

I personally recommend the company Bio Essence, Full Spectrum Enzymes.

What Can “We” Do To Prevent Disease?

Friday, February 12th, 2010

“Health Yourself in 15 days” by Natural News

http://www.naturalnews.com/028153_self_healing_disease.htmlI was reading the (NaturalNews)

I came across this article this morning and had to share it with all my blog followers.

As they mention ” lasting health simply means stop making disease”

The majority of people feel that all they need to do on a daily basis is eat three squares and perhaps take a multiple vitamin and that is it.  Natural News says ” people are “trained to believe disease strikes spontaneously,”  Why have we aloud ourselves to reach this level of ignorance?  The point being that we are taking our precious lives,  and placing in it someone else’s hands?

That no matter what we eat or how much exercise we don’t get it doesn’t matter because we will take what comes, because we are going to get disease anyway when it is our time.  What a lie!

” But the truth is very different: All the most common degenerative diseases — cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, etc. — take many years to grow and expand. A cancer tumor can take 10 years (or even more) before it grows to the size that will show up on a mammogram. That means the tumor has been “under construction” for a decade!”

“During that time, the patient has been “making cancer” on a daily basis.”

‘By the way, I’ve borrowed this concept from Dr. Thomas Lodi, a brilliant cancer doctor who has a presentation called “Stop Making Cancer.” You can check out his clinic in Arizona at http://www.anoasisofhealing.com or watch his speech for yourself on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKH_…” says Natural News.

“How disease is manufactured”

by Dr Thomas Lodi

In reading this, the first question you might ask is, “How do I stop making disease?”To answer that question, though, you need to understand how disease is created in the first place. All disease begins with an imbalance in the mind or the body (it can originate in either place and then spread to the other).

Disease can be set off by a nutritional deficiency (not enough vitamin D, for example), or a dietary excess (too much homogenized milk). It can be caused by an emotional state such as anger or stress that then spreads to the tissues and begins to create dis-ease in the physical body.

Most disease that’s being “manufactured” in the bodies of people today is created through controllable factors: What people eat, what chemicals they expose themselves too, how much exercise they get (or not), their state of mind, what supplements they take (or don’t) and so on.

There’s a recipe for creating each disease. If you want to manufacture type-2 diabetes, for example, the recipe is very simple:

How to manufacture diabetes:

• Drink lots of liquid sugars and high-fructose corn syrup.
• Consume a huge number of empty calories (junk food).
• Avoid all exercise. Live a sedentary lifestyle.
• Live indoors. Avoid sunshine and the natural world.
• Maintain nutritional deficiencies in vitamin D, selenium, zinc and plant-based nutrients.

If you do this for long enough, you will begin manufacturing diabetes. And before long, you’ll be officially diagnosed with it by a doctor who will say something like, “You’re diabetic.” (Which isn’t really true. You are not defined by a disease. You’re just expressing a certain physiology that’s been named a disease.)

If you want to make cancer, there’s a different recipe:

How to make cancer:

• Expose yourself to radiation (mammograms, CT scans, X-rays, etc.).
• Eat cancer-causing foods like bacon, processed meats and foods with chemical preservatives.

Cancer Fighting SuperFoods, By Rebecca Katz, MS

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Cancer Fighting SuperFoods.. What to Eat Before, During and After Chemotherapy
By Rebecca Katz, MS  (Some  information added by Cheryle Geiger, V.P. oilMD)
Commonweal Cancer Help Program

Some people experience virtually no side effects from cancer chemotherapy, but this is rare. Most patients report at least some problems, including nausea, fatigue and diarrhea during the treatment.
Reason: The drugs that are used in chemotherapy are designed to kill fast-growing cancer cells. But they also damage fast-growing healthy cells, particularly in the mouth, digestive tract and hair follicles.
Good nutrition is critical if you’re undergoing chemotherapy. It’s estimated that up to 80% of cancer patients are malnourished. People who eat well before and during chemotherapy tend to have fewer side effects. They also are more likely to complete the full course of therapy than those who are poorly nourished and may feel too sick to continue.
What to do…
Load up on nutrient-rich foods.

In the weeks before chemotherapy, patients should emphasize nutrient-dense foods, such as whole grains, vegetables and legumes. The high nutrient load of a healthy diet helps strengthen healthy cells so that they’re better able to withstand and then recover from the effects of chemotherapy.
Good choices…
Dark leafy gree
ns,
such as spinach, kale and Swiss chard. They’re high in antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, lutein and other phytonutrients. These compounds help minimize the damaging effects of free radicals, tissue damaging molecules that are produced  in  large amounts during chemotherapy. Kale is particularly good because it contains indole-3-carbinol that has anticancer properties.
Olive Oil, like green vegetables, is high in antioxidants. It’s one of the best sources of oleic acid, an amega-9 fatty acid that strengthens cell membranes and improves the ability of the immune system to fight cancer cells. I like extra –virgin olive oil because it has been exposed to the least heat. (Found at a great price at Trader Joes)
Garlic, The National Cancer Institute reports that people who eat garlic regularly seem to have a lower risk for intestinal and other cancers, including breast cancer. The strong-tasting sulfur compounds in garlic, such as allicin, have strong antiviral and antibacterial effects important for chemotherapy patients because they’re susceptible to infection. Best way to prepare it is to smash it and let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the antiviral properties to become more accessible, then chop and cook.
Increase protein, It’s the main structural component of muscle and other tissues. People who undergo chemotherapy need large amounts of protein to repair tissue damage that occurs during the treatments.
Recommended: About 80 grams of protein daily. That’s nearly double the amount that healthy adults need. Cancer patients who increase their protein about a week before chemotherapy, and continue to get extra protein afterward, recover more quickly. They also will have more energy and less fatigue.
Try this: Two or more daily smoothies (made in a blender with juice or milk, a variety of fresh fruits and ice, if you like) that are supplemented with a scoop of whey powder. The protein in whey is easily absorbed by the intestine. And most people can enjoy a nutrient rich smoothie even when they have nausea or digestive problems related to chemotherapy.
Drink to reduce discomfort. Stay hydrated both before and after chemotherapy sessions to reduce nausea. Drink liquids until your urine runs clear if it has more than a hint of yellow, you need to drink more.
Helpful: Soups and broths provide water, as well as protein, minerals and vitamins. (Organic chicken or beef broth at Trader Joe’s)
Avoid your favorite foods two days before treatments. It’s common for chemotherapy patients to develop food aversions when they get nauseated from treatments and then to associate the nausea with certain foods. It’s sad when people develop aversions and can never again enjoy their favorite foods.
Eat lightly and frequently. People tend to experience more nausea when the stomach is empty. During and after “chemo days,” keep something in your stomach all the time but not too much. Patients do better when they have a light snack such as Sautéed vegetables or a bowl or broth, than when they go hungry or eat a lot at one sitting.
Treat with ginger. When your stomach is upset, steep three slices of fresh ginger in a cup of simmering water for 10 minutes,
Then drink the tea. Or grate fresh ginger with a very fine grater, such as a Microplane, and put the shavings under your tongue. Ginger alleviates nausea almost instantly. Also you can use the oilMD’s GingerMD roller ball frequently throughout the day.
Overcome “metal mouth.” The drugs used in chemotherapy can damage the nerves that control the taste buds. Some people complain about a metallic taste in their mouths after treatments
Others notice that foods taste “flat” or that their mouths are extremely sensitive to hot or cold.
These changes, known as transient taste changes, usually disappear a few weeks (or, in some cases, months) after treatments, but they can make it difficult for people to eat in the meantime.
Helpful: The FASS method. It stands for Fat, Acid, Salt and Sweet. Most people will find that it’s easier to enjoy their meals, and therefore ingest enough nutrients, when they combine one or more of these elements in every meal.
For fat, add more olive oil than usual to meals…lemons are a good source of acid…sea salt has less of a chemical aftertaste than regular salt…and maple syrup gives sweetness with more nutrients (including immune building manganese and zinc) than table sugar.
Try kudzu root. Used in a powder form to thicken sauces, puddings and other foods, it soothes the intestine and can help prevent diarrhea. You also can dissolve one teaspoon of kudzu root in one teaspoon of cold liquid and drink that. Drink after meals, as needed. Kudzu root is available in most health food stores.
Soothe mouth sores with soft, easy-to-eat foods, such as granitas (similar to “Italian ices”) or smoothies. The sores can be intensely painful, which makes it difficult to eat.
Recommended: Watermelon ice cubes. Puree watermelon,
And put it in a tray to freeze. Then suck on the cubes. The cold acts like a topical anesthetic you can numb the mouth before eating a regular meal. And the juice from the melon is just as hydrating as water but provides extra nutrients, including the antioxidant lycopene.