Snacking for Better Health
Aug13

Snacking for Better Health

by Christopher Van Buren Are you a snac-aholic? Well, you’re not alone. Snacking is where most Americans get all the worst things in their diets…like too much sugar, processed foods, fats and chemicals. Snack foods are known for being the worst foods health-wise…and our weakness for snacks is making us sick! So instead of fighting the snacking impulse, try going with it…but substitute healthy snacks for the unhealthy ones. Here are some tips: Nix the Chips If your preference is for salt-and-fat, then you probably have a weakness for things like potato chips and french fries. Ahhhh, that’s it, isn’t it! Can’t resist those hot, salty morsels. Well, try substituting some healthy ones instead. One idea is to use popcorn. Pop some corn in a little bit of olive oil or use a hot-air popper. Now, instead of loading the popcorn with butter, try using a healthy topping. There are several ideas, including sprinkling seaweed on top…but there is also a company that makes a healthy popcorn topping, called SuperFood Seasoning. You can find it at Pot of Gold Products. Stop the Sweet Tooth Not the salt-and-fat type? You’re probably more into sugar then. Am I right? Gotta have that brownie or chocolate bar for a snack every day? Well, you’re like a lot of people. So here are some ideas: First, make sure you have tons of fruit around at all times. Now, it’s true that a lot of fruit has fructose in it and that’s fattening…but it’s a lot better than eating a bag of cookies. The fiber and nutrients in the fruit will help your body and give you more energy and health. Another idea is to use dark chocolate with low sugar content. Get yourself some good dark chocolate and use it to make other snacks. Pure cocoa or high-percentage chocolate products are also very good for you and, while not eliminating sugar, they help you reduce it. The idea is not to try to go cold turkey…but to reduce the amount of sugar you get, while still satisfying your craving. Don’t Feed Them…It Just Encourages Them Ok…now to the hard part. If you have overwhelming cravings for your snack foods, be they sweet or savory cravings — it’s possible you need a cleanse. If you have not cleansed your body (colon and digestive tract mostly), then the craving you feel could very well be those vermin inside your body telling you they’re hungry for more. Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Well, don’t let them get the best of you. Get a good cleanse and make it work for you…then reduce the snacking or even eliminate...

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Healthy Coffees with Antioxidants, Low Acidity and SuperFoods
Jul28

Healthy Coffees with Antioxidants, Low Acidity and SuperFoods

The coffee business is just too lucrative to let a thing like “increased awareness on health” take a bite out of it. So coffee makers have turned their resources to making healthier beans and enriching the coffee experience at the same time. The trend toward health-enhancing coffees is on the rise. Here are some of the early entries… Move Over Green Tea, Antioxidant-Rich Coffee is Here In a patented process that involves extracting the antioxidants from coffee beans before roasting, then adding them back in after roasting, Cafe Sanora has managed to substantially increase the amount of antioxidants in their coffee. According to their laboratory tests, their coffee has more antioxidants than most green tea. Only the highest quality green and white tea can match it. Although they don’t publish the ORAC values of their coffees (the official numeric indicator of antioxidants in foods and beverages), they do make direct comparisons and direct claims about their enhanced products. The most important part is that you’re getting good, rich, Arabic coffee without any guilt at all, so drink as much as you like. You can find Cafe Sanora at many health food chains across the country (search for a store near you at their site) or purchase online at worldpantry.com. Where Do You Hide Your Mushrooms? Coffee with Ganoderma Lucidum The health effects of Ganoderma Lucidum, a red mushroom used for thousands of years in Asia, are not in dispute. Many studies show the benefits of mushrooms like Cordyceps, Rishi, and Ganoderma to the immune system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system and more (one article on Ganoderma can be found here). The trick is how they put this amazing substance into coffee! Well, it turns out that coffee laced with this particular mushroom powder tastes like…well, coffee. The slightly bitter and earthy taste of the mushroom is almost completely disguised by the coffee taste and makes a perfect combination. Now, when you sip a cup of Gano Cafe, you’re getting more than coffee. You’re getting one of the healthiest botanical substances known in alternative health circles. You can find Gano Cafe online at healthy 4 life. Soft on the Stomach, Low Acid Coffee If you’re one of those who can’t drink too much coffee due to its high acidity levels, you’re in for some good news. Researchers at the U.C. Davis have discovered a way to lower the acid levels of coffee, thus making the drink more alkaline and, consequently, more healthy. Most of us need to increase our pH levels, as blood levels that are more alkaline are also more resistent to disease, including cancer. Besides coffee, foods like meat,...

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All Time Best Books On Health
Jun23

All Time Best Books On Health

Fit For Life This classic text began the conversation about food combining…and the ideas and information in this book are still accurate and valid today. This is the first and still the best book on food combining around. If you don’t know why you should not eat carbs with proteins…you need this book! Fit For Life on Amazon Eat Right For Your Type This book was groundbreaking in its day…and is still valuable information for those seeking freedom from food reactions. Introducing the concept that certain foods affect your blood coagulation, with scientific evidence to support its finding, this book showed us what foods to avoid and what foods are medicinal for us. Check it out! Eat Right For Your Type on Amazon Sugar Blues This is a book that changes lives. Read this and you’ll never think the same way again. You’ll think differently about the world. About war. About sugar. And about health. It’s a classic among classics and a must read for anyone interested in health. Sugar Blues on Amazon Diet for a New America John Robbins was one of the pioneer whistle blowers on the American diet, our dependence on animal protein and the treatment of animals for our food. This guy and his book started the movement. Worth a read to see where it began. Diet for a New America on Amazon Healthy Healing There is no better encyclopedia of healthy, natural remedies than Linda Page’s classic text, now in its 14th edition! Linda’s book is the first and best reference for herbal cures, tinctures, essential oils, and combined remedies for all sorts of ailments. This is an absolute must for any health library! We stand by this statement with our reputations as health information publishers. Healthy Healing on...

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Reasonably Raw

You don’t have to become a raw foods fanatic, get dread locks and buy a backpack to appreciate and benefit from raw foods. The raw foods movement is getting a bad rap because of its association with hippy culture. But raw foods should be tried out by anyone wanting to get healthy — using a reasonable approach. Try a raw foods diet for just a week. If you like it…try it for a month. Then go back to your normal healthy diet. Use raw foods diets as a kind of cleanse and re-charge and you’ll be getting the best of both worlds. If you’re thinking “why don’t I just have a few raw foods meals each week?” I would say this: Eating raw foods is great any time and the more you can do it, the better. But you won’t get the full benefit of a raw foods diet by mixing raw with cooked. So I recommend going for a short stint of 100% raw eating, then go back to cooked. You’ll feel the...

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Three “Bad” Foods that are Actually Good for You (in moderation)

There is so much manipulation of the press and scientific community these days around health and wellness. Big corporate interests want you to believe what supports their corporate agenda and they’ll manipulate the facts surrounding your foods. Certain foods end up getting a bad reputation for being “bad for you” when they are really good for you if eaten in “normal” quantities. Here are three good foods that have suffered from bad press: Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of nutrition, containing protein, vitamins, minerals and high amounts of beta carotene. They also contain natural lecithin. Eating fresh, organic, free-range eggs (not those hormone-laced factory farmed eggs) a couple times per week is a great way to add healthy nutrition to your diet. Coffee: Yes, coffee contains caffeine, which can be bad in excess. But normal amounts of coffee can provide you with high levels of antioxidants and minerals and caffeine in moderation can be helpful to your circulation, skin condition, and helps reduce inflammation. How much is too much? Two small cups or one larger sized cup per day is probably healthy for most people. Oh, and drink the good stuff, grind it yourself, avoid milk products, and use a natural filter (not a bleached one). No decaf and go easy on the sugar. Animal Fat: Getting moderate levels of fat from animal sources (if you’re not a vegetarian for moral reasons, of course) is one of the best things you can do for your health. This includes moderate amounts of butterfat, and meats. Just make sure you’re getting quality, organically raised, hormone-free products…and don’t over-cook it. Again, eating animal fats a 2-3 times per week is a healthy choice. Avoid dairy fats (milk, cream, cheese) unless you can find a trustworthy source of raw, unpasteurized, fresh milk products. Even then, keep your consumption of these to a...

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The Best Oils for Your Health

What are the best oils you can use for cooking, salads, and general consumption? Here’s a quick overview of some of the best: Krill Oil: Better than any other fish oil for Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals. Plus, krill oil is sustainable, since those little shrimp multiply by the billions. Flaxseed Oil: One of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed oil is tasty enough that you can use is on salads and on veggies. Just be sure to get it refrigerated and keep it cold. Olive Oil: Yes, the old stand-by is still one of the best oils you can use for cooking and topping foods. Olive oil is an excellent source of fatty acids and antioxidants and it’s easy to cook with. Use it in place of any other cooking...

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