Posts Tagged ‘Anti Cancer Diet’

Using Essential Oils In Your Home

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Using Essential Oils  In Your Home can be easy and become your way of taking charge and becoming more health conscious.

I have been using essential oils in my home for many years now on a daily basis.  They have made an enormous transformation to our health and wellness.

My education first came when I took a year long course by Jane Buckle Ph.D., RN.

I have continued my education since that time and I am continuing to learn more and to put these precious oils to work.   As I do this, I’m gaining more understanding about their potency, and the chemistry behind these wonderful oils.

The constituents in therapeutic grade essential oils are different from other oils.  These essential oils are pure without contaminants.  I choose these oils for myself, my family, and my friends for two reasons, one is for their quality, meaning potency, and the healing properties that cerified pure oils like Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, Lime and Lemon  have on our bodies.

Secondly you get what you pay for so the investment is well worth it, you are investing in your future for healthy aging by using certified pure essential oils.  Have you ever heard the phrase you get what you pay for.  Well that is exactly my point, that is why I choose to use certified pure essential oils for myself, my family, and my friends. Contact me @ crgeiger@idealscentsllc.com for more information on how you can purchase these oils at wholesale prices.

Pure essential oils are very potent therefore you don’t need as much.  The benefits are too numerable to mention all at once.

I recommend the continued education of essential oils.  They have put me in charge of the varying complaints that go on in a household.

Here are a few suggestions: There are many more oils that can be used for these complaints, and I’m just naming a few.

**I use Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Root, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils to curb my appetite and help with my metabolism.

**Feed the Brain with these certified pure essential oils  Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus,

**Help your Respiratory system with these therapeutic grade oils: Laurel Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Eucalyptus Leaf/ Stem, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, Cardamom Seed essential oils.

Cleaning and Disinfecting with Essential oils…Use a couple of drops of lemon & melaleuca in a spray bottle to clean bathrooms and kitchens.

There are many uses and recipes for the use of essential oils.  I’m experimenting in the kitchen with oils like cinnamon and clove.   The holidays are coming and we can use these oils to spice up our traditional recipes or have new ones.

I make a Foaming Hand Wash and I use two tablespoons of Dr. Bonner’s unscented Castile Liquid Soap, one tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and 10 drops of my favorite certified pure essential oils.

I suggest one to two drops of essential oils with  2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil this will be beneficial when applying them to the body.   These oils are very potent and more essential oil is not necessary.  It would be better to apply the therapeutic grade essential oils more frequently than to use too much at one time.  Essential oils safety is something I take very seriously.

When applying essential oils to large areas of the body, diluting them with a carrier oil is best so that they are gentle to the skin, the recommendation is to dilute the oils as follows 15%-30% carrier oil is suggested.

There are several ways to use them.  One of the fastest ways to absorb them is when they are applied to the feet because of the large pores.

For Infants dilute one to three drops of essential oils to one tablespoon of a carrier oil.  For Children 2-5 yrs of age one to three drops to one teaspoon of a carrier oil.  The application of these oils for Infants and Children should be on the feet, then add socks or to the back, as well as a diffuser.

One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is to diffuse them throughout the day in my home.

Please note these recommendations are for use with therapeutic grade essential oils.  Please use with caution and keep out of the reach of children.

 

Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Root, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils.

Healthy Aging for Women and Men with Essential Oils

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I do promote Essential Oils for Healthy Aging because I have seen the results in myself, my family and friends.

Dr. James Geiger the oilMD offers in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” guidance for the use of “Medical Aromatherapy in the 21st Century”.

“Essential oils are extracted oils from plants that give off aromatic and fragrant smells, they also act to normalize and regulate the systems of the body.”

“Essential oil phytomolecules impact intra-cellular synthesis pathways. Embodied in the chemical constituents found in these plant distillates are the energy and informational building blocks that produce complex emotional and intricate physiological effects in humans and animals.”

“Food is medicine. The FDA classifies essential oils as food. Learning the art and the science of aromatherapy is one avenue to increase health in this revolution of wellness.”

Essential oils are noted for their medicinal properties that  are exceedingly high in ORAC value (oxygen radical absorption capacity) to scavage free radicals associated with disease and aging.

Free radicals are harmful to the body. The human body is composed of many different types of cells.  Free radicals hurt these cells.

In brief “free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age.

“Essential oils have crossover properties in clinical areas, for instance, oils of ginger, helichrysum and frankincense are true dual inhibitors of inflammation.”

“Since virtually all pain is due to inflammation, it is particularly dangerous when that inflammation in the human body is stealth enough that it does not cause pain. Because silent inflammation in the human body mostly means silent damage.” In my opinion this could mean silent disease.

In closing I would like to encourage you to make yourself your number one priority on a daily basis and use Essential oils and Essential nutrition. It is extremely important for healthy aging.

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.

You and Your Digestive System Part II

Friday, February 12th, 2010
Digestive Health is important at any age but I have found it to be true that the older we get the harder it is to digest foods, so I’ve come to the conclusion that we may need to add enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics to our diets.
In studying the intestines we learn that we have bacteria that lives in the gut. The ones I want to discuss here are the ones that are the friendly bacteria.  The friendly bacteria keep away the overgrowth of yeast and keep the bad bacteria restrained.
Having a healthy digestive system is having the good bacteria working to keep your immune system strong.
Keep your body happy by keeping your dietary choices smart, as I mentioned in Part I, 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.
Something I’ve done in the past 3 years is that I add to my diet ACAI and Mangosteen, these two super fruits are rich in so many nutrients.  In this day and time our soil is depleted so we do need to supplement our diets in my opinion.
The function of our digestive system is simply this; to break down the food we eat and provide nutrients that can be absorbed.
Our goal is healthy aging and one way this is possible is through a healthy immune system.   A healthy digestive system ensures that the body has the ability to absorb the nutrients from the foods we eat.
What is Dysbiosis?
It is when yeast becomes overgrown in our intestinal tract as well as bad bacteria.
When this happens our doctors may tell us that we have a yeast infection, or a syndrome called irritable bowel and even arthritis.
Many people who use antibiotics on a regular basis can conclude that killing an infection also kills good bacteria in your digestive tract, that is why you will be encouraged to eat yogurt while on an antibiotic to keep the good bacteria alive.
What causes Dysbiosis?
Many situations may cause Dysbiosis.  Our daily dietary habits, stress, and prescription drugs.
Obesity and Dysbiosis
Have you ever heard that malnutrition can be  linked to obesity?  Malnutrition can be defined as having an inadequate or unbalanced diet, problems with digestion or absorption, and some medical conditions.
Undernutrition occurs when one or more vital nutrients are not present in the quantity that is needed for the body to develop and function normally. This may be due to insufficient intake, increased loss, increased demand, or a condition or disease that decreases the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients from available food. While the need for adequate nutrition is a constant, the demands of the body will vary, both on a daily and yearly basis.”
When this happens you aren’t satisfied with the meals you are eating because your body is being depleted of the essential
nutrients for healing and growing.  Therefore you keep eating thinking that this will help the body to be satisfied.
The importance for a diet rich in nutrients is vital to a healthy body.  In contrast to this a body that is malnourished will
take longer to heal if you get sick or in and of itself (malnutrition) may cause disease.

Anti Cancer Diet

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Causes of Cancer:  It can take years for cancer cells to turn into tumors–assuming that they ever do.  This lag time means that we have many opportunities to create an anticancer environment in our bodies.  There are three main factors that promote the development of cancer.

1- Weakened Immunity:  The immune system normally patrols the body for bacteria and viruses, as well as for cancer cells.  When it spots something foreign, it dispatches a variety of cells, including natural killer cells, to destroy the foreign substance.  People who eat unhealthy diets, not enough produce, too much alcohol, not enough fish.  The immune system works less efficiently. This means that cancer cells can potentially slip under the radar and eventually proliferate.

2- Inflammation.  Millions of Americans have chronic inflammation.  It doesn’t cause symptoms all the time but it can lead to heart disease and cancer.  A diet low in antioxidant nutrients is key!  Inflammation also prevents the immune system from working efficiently.

3-Angiogenesis.  Cancer cells, like other cells in the body, need blood and nourishment to survive.  They send out chemical signals that stimulate growth of blood vessels that carry blood to and from the cancer.  This process is called angiogenesis and it can be strongly influenced by what we eat.

Example: Red Meat eaters, eat no more than 12 oz a week.    You can reduce your overall risk for cancer by 30%.  Red meat stimulates the release of inflammatory chemicals that inhibit apoptosis, the genetically programmed cell death that prevents uncontrolled growth.

Cancer Fighters Fatty fish, (Omega-3 fatty acids in fish reduce inflammation) **Low glycemic carbohydrates, Green tea (3-5 cups a day) soy foods (avoid soy if you have had cancer), Turmeric, (no other food ingredient has more powerful anti-inflammatory effects) Tumeric shows in laboratory studies that the active ingredient curcumin in the spice turmeric inhibits the growth of many different cancers.  It helps prevent angiogenesis and promotes the death of cancer cells).

Asian Mushrooms, ( shiitake, maitake & enokitake), Berries, ( berries contain ellagic acid, which strongly inhibits angiogenesis, aim for one-half cup a day), & Dark chocolate, (more than 70% cocoa)

**Foods High In Glycemic Index, such as white bread and table sugar, cause a rapid rise in insulin as well as a rise in insulin-like growth factor (IGF).  IGF stimulates cell growth, including the growth of cancer cells.  Both insulin and IGF also promote inflammation.

**Recommended Carbohydrates: Those that are low on the glycemic scale, such as whole-grain breakfast cereals, and breads (with whole wheat, barley, oats, flaxseeds, etc.)  cooked whole grains, such as millet, quinoa, and barley…and vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower.

by David Servan-Schreiber, MD,PhD–Cancer Survivor

 

****Definitely at the top of my list for an anti-cancer diet would be essential oils of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lavender, and DDR Prime, Life Long Vitality Pack Supplements,