Posted in Awareness, Food, Health

Is part of our pain associated with the junk in our food?

Did you know there are over 2,000 food additives in our food supply, many of which have not been tested for safety, and the average American consumes three to five pounds of these chemicals a year.

Would you ever eat weed killer? I bet you are and didn’t even know it. Dipping raw veggies into hummus is one of my favorite snacks. It’s a combo of protein and fiber to keep from craving junk. But recently info came out that rocked the hummus world. Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested popular hummus brands and found the chemical glyphosate in 90% of them.

If you don’t know what glyphosate is, this is the active ingredient in Roundup Weed Killer. And, this chemical is strongly linked to cancer and many health issues.

Link to see which brands –

Why is the U.S.A always allowing chemicals in our food? This has to stop. Artificial dyes, flavors, pesticides.

Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup® and is the most widely used chemical herbicide in history. Chances are, this chemical is in at least some of the food you’ll eat today, even if that food is organic, non-GMO, and ‘natural’

We need to start being more like European countries like Netherlands, Germany, and ban all chemicals and GMO foods.

It in my opinion is killing us, from the inside out.

And food shipments/imports from other countries like Mexico, China,

The very best way to sidestep artificial ingredients is to eat whole foods as much as possible. But, chances are, even if you’re already eating a (mostly) whole foods diet, some processed foods are sneaking their way in. And in that case, reading labels is invaluable. Food companies use more than 3,000 food additives in their packaged products, including preservatives, flavorings and colors–some being worse than others.

Artificial Ingredients to Avoid

To help you understand the what’s what of this somewhat murky landscape, our coaches share the top 10 food ingredients to avoid and why:

Artificial Sweeteners

What are artificial sweeteners?

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes, but may be derived from naturally occurring substances, including herbs or sugar itself. They are also know as “intense sweeteners” because they are many times sweeter than regular sugar.

Artificial sweeteners examples:

  • Acesulfame Potassium – Sunnett, Sweet One
  • Aspartame – Nutrasweet, Equal
  • Neotame
  • Saccharin – Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin, Sugar Twin
  • Sucralose – Splenda
  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • (See a complete list of artificial sweeteners here.)

Reasons to avoid artificial sweeteners:

  • Causes weight gain and weight-loss resistance
  • Decreases the beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract; this may also negatively impact the immune system
  • Increases sugar cravings
  • May cause blood sugar disturbances; although artificial sweeteners don’t elevate blood sugar levels, insulin is still released in response to the sweet taste; and since there is no sugar to actually “clear” from the bloodstream, this can lead to hypoglycemia (which sends a message to our brain to eat more calories)
  • HFCS has been linked to increased inflammation, obesity, increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and development of diabetes.

What foods have artificial sweeteners?:

  • Diet sodas and other beverages
  • Sugar free foods (such as jello, ice cream, cookies, etc.)
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Yogurt
  • Premade shakes and protein powders
  • Energy drinks
  • Bread products (granola bars, cereal)
  • Condiments, sauces and dressings
  • Candy

Healthy alternatives for artificial sweeteners:

  • Fresh fruit 😍
  • Stevia (in the raw, 100% stevia-leaf extract form)
  • Monk fruit sweetener

Trans Fats

What are artificial trans fats?

Trans fat, or trans-fatty acids, is a type of unsaturated fat that made from vegetable fats (usually under the name partially hydrogenated vegetable oil) for use in things like margarine, snack foods (crackers, chips, etc.) and any fried and fast foods.

Reasons to avoid artificial trans fats:

Trans fat is very pro-inflammatory, which is a known culprit in most modern-day chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The link between trans fats and these diseases is strong, it’s best to avoid them completely. Check ingredients labels of packaged foods carefully: if the ingredients list includes “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oil, the product contains trans fat. Nutrition labeling rules allow for a product to say it has zero grams of trans fat if the amount per serving is .5 grams or less. So even if the label says “zero” trans fat per serving, if there are multiple servings in a package and you eat the whole package, you’ll be consuming a few grams of trans fat. Focus on eating healthy fats instead, including avocados, avocado oil, nuts, nut butters, seeds, olives and olive oil.

3. Artificial Colors

What artificial food colors?

Artificial food colors are chemical dyes used to color food and drinks.  They cause hyperactivity and behavioral problems in some children (and reduction of IQ), and some have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. They’re found in many cereals, cakes, candy, bakery products, drinks, vitamins and pharmaceuticals.

What artificial food colors to avoid:

  • Blue #1 and Blue #2 (E133) – Banned in Norway, Finland, and France. May cause chromosomal damage. Some food products that use artificial dyes include: candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks and pet foods.
  • Red dye # 3 and Red #40 (E124) – Banned in 1990 from use in many foods and cosmetics after eight years of debate. However, this dye continues to be on the market until supplies run out. It has been proven to cause thyroid cancer and chromosomal damage in laboratory animals and may also interfere with brain-nerve transmission. It’s found in fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, cherry pie mix, ice cream, candy, bakery products and more.
  • Yellow #6 (E110) and Yellow Tartrazine (E102) – Banned in Norway and Sweden. Increases the number of kidney and adrenal gland tumors in laboratory animals and may cause chromosomal damage. It’s found in American cheese, macaroni and cheese, candy, carbonated beverages, lemonade and more.

4.  BHA and BHT

What are BHA and BHT?

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are common preservatives that keeps foods from changing color, flavor or becoming rancid. They’re found in many breakfast cereals (including most Kellogg’s varieties), as well as snack foods,  enriched rice, lard and shortening, chewing gum, pies, cakes, jello and processed meats.

Reasons to avoid BHA and BHT:

BHA and BHT affect the neurological system of the brain, alter behavior and have been linked to cancer.

5. Artificial Flavors

What are artificial flavors?

When food is processed, it loses its natural flavor, and when it sits on a store shelf for weeks, its natural chemicals begin to deteriorate, reducing its shelf life. Artificial flavors are additives designed to mimic the taste of natural ingredients. They are a cheap way for manufacturers to make something taste like cherries, for example, without actually using any real cherries. Artificial flavors can be tricky because food companies aren’t required to be more specific than the phrase “artificial flavors.”  So, if you see it listed on a package, you won’t know if it’s one additive or a whole variety of them. For this reason, in an ideal world, it’s best to skip them altogether. Artificial flavors can be found in many drinks (including fruit juice “blends”), flavored yogurt, salad dressings, candy, gum, baked goods snack foods and more.

Reasons to avoid artificial flavors:

I am guilty of this but I am trying to get off the artificial sweetener and stick to stevia.

An artificial flavor called diacetyl, which is used to flavor microwave popcorn and is also used in potato and corn chips and crackers, has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Other possible symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headaches, fatigue and seizures. Without labeling the specific ingredients in artificial flavors, identifying the root cause of your symptom(s) can be nearly impossible.

6. MSG

What is MSG?

Hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast and monosodium glutamate (MSG) are all harmful “excitotoxins.” They are put in foods to fool the tongue into thinking the food tastes better. Look out for anything that’s “hydrolyzed” and any ingredient that contains the word “protein” (whey protein isolate, textured protein, etc.)

Reasons to avoid MSG:

MSG is linked to skin rashes, asthma attacks, depression, mood swings and more. It affects the neurological pathways of the brain and disengages the “I’m full” function, which can lead to weight gain.

7.  Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite

What are sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite?

Sodium nitrate (or sodium nitrite) is used as a preservative, coloring and flavoring in bacon, ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, corned beef, smoked fish and other processed meats. (It makes meats appear red.)

Reasons to avoid sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite:

This ingredient is highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive system. It forms a variety of nitrosamine compounds that damage the liver and pancreas.

8. Sulfur Dioxide

What is sulfur dioxide?

Sulfur additives are toxic and are prohibited on raw fruits and vegetables in the United States. It’s still found in beer, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar and processed potato products.

Reasons to avoid sulfur dioxide:

Sulfur dioxide can cause bronchial problems, particularly in those prone to asthma, hypotension (low blood pressure), flushing, tingling sensations and other allergic reactions. It also destroys vitamins B1 and E. It is not recommended for consumption by children.

9. Potassium Bromate

What is potassium bromate?

Potassium Bromate is an additive used to increase volume in some bread products.

Reasons to avoid potassium bromate:

It’s known to cause cancer in animals and is banned in Europe, China, Canada and Brazil. But you’ll still find it in some U.S.-made breads and bakery products, possibly listed as bromated flour.

10. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

What is brominated vegetable oil (BVO)?

BVO is a food additive sometimes used to keep citrus flavoring from separating in some sodas and sports drinks.

Reasons to avoid brominated vegetable oil (BVO):

BVO builds up in fatty tissue and has been shown to cause heart damage in animals. It’s banned in Europe, India and Japan. It can still be found in the United States in some Gatorade products, Mountain Dew and other beverages containing citrus flavorings.



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Posted in Delicious, Food Is Thy Medicine, Health, Recipes

Farm-Style Soup

Farm-Style Soup

Serves 6


4. medium carrots diced

3 medium parsnips diced

1 medium sweet potato diced

1 medium potato diced

3 bay leaves

4 parsley stalks

3 thyme sprigs

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped

1/4 cup leek sliced thin

2 fat cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped

2 cups vegetable stock

1/2 cup evaporated skim milk


Black peppercorns, freshly ground

Extra parsley, chopped, for garnish


  • Scrub carrots and parsnips; peel one of each. Cut peeled vegetables into half-inch dice. Roughly chop the rest.
  • Peel sweet potato; roughly chop. Tie bay leaves, parsley stalks and thyme into a bunch with string.
  • Pour oil in sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add roughly chopped vegetables and onion; shallow-fry for about 3 minutes, continuously stirring. Add garlic and fry for 1 more minute, continuously stirring. 
  • Add 1 and a 1/2 cups vegetable stock and bunch of herbs. Simmer until softened, 15 to 20 minutes; remove herbs. While onion mixture is simmering, add diced carrots and parsnips and remaining stock to another saucepan; simmer until just cooked, about 12 minutes.
  • Put onion mixture into blender; whiz until smooth. Pour into empty saucepan. 
  • For velvet sauce, take 1 cup of blended onion mixture; return it to blender. Add evaporated skim milk. Blend at highest speed for at least 2 minutes (until glossy). Pour into pitcher or gravy boat.
  • Stir diced carrots and parsnips into remaining blended onion mixture; season with salt and pepper to taste. Shortly before serving, bring soup to a boil. Serve dusted with chopped parsley and with velvet sauce on the side, as a topper.

Nutrients per serving: 182 calories, 5g protein, 33g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 4g fat

Posted in Awareness, Bone Health, boredom, covid19, Eat Healthy, exercise, Health, Healthier, Heart Health, Life

Trying To Protect Our Health & Becoming Unhealthy

Another day of self-isolating, which means it’s potentially another day of sitting indoors restlessly taking yet another Zoom class, practicing social distancing from the frig.

Prolonged sitting is an unavoidable reality for many. And with us spending more time inside, as the pandemic continues, it’s inevitable that we’re spending even more time being sedentary.

We are staying home more we’re trying to protect our health but all this sitting, eating , isolation is making us unhealthy in other ways.

Excessive sitting can lead to depression, chronic pain and increased risk of physical injury, according to research. That’s why it’s important for us to become aware of our sitting habits and do what we can to counteract them now before we conform and resort to eating , boredom as our new norm and then your pants won’t fit.

I understand its hard to stay home, we end up sitting around, but hey you don’t have to.

Check out the links below

Stay safe-Stay healthy-And use caution and practice social distance when heading out


Here is a great Link about Sitting and the Dangers


I really like videos of Bob and Brad – Leslie Sansone and Shaun T


7 Necessary Stretches for the Inflexible! Complete Beginners Flexibility Routine by Bob and Brad


Stretches – Daily Stretch Routine for Beginners Using a Towel and a Chair.


Basic Beginner Cardio Workout


10 minute Cize work out – Shaun T


Walk Away The Pounds 1 Mile | Walk at Home – Leslie Sansone – 1 mile at home

2 Mile Walk – from the 4 Mile Power Walk Workout – Leslie Sansone





Walking at Home American Heart Association 3 Mile Walk – Leslie Sansone









Posted in Awareness, Disease, Health, Inflammation

Food-Inflammation and Pain part 2

part 2 of 4

When you have a fire that starts on your stove you might run to grab a fire extinguisher, or try to toss a lid on fire to try and smother it or turn your gas knob off to the stove you sure as hell wouldn’t crank the heat higher or pour water water on a grease fire.

Yet we allow and feed our body’s the wrong things and increase the inflammation in our body. 🔥

This causes us more pain, more discomfort and more disease. We do this by eating too much sugar,to much salt,fat,animal products, way too many processed foods too many fast food stops and just consuming garbage food with very little to no nutritional value.


If you suffer with chronic pain, or a chronic condition what we eat is vital to our health, a few changes in your diet could really improve your health and lower your pain. It may not be a cure all but it can lower the inflammation that adds to our pain.

At least that’s what I did to help my pain.

Am I painfree? I wish…. but no.

But I am giving my body the nutrients it needs. And my pain is less.

And my other reward is better Blood pressure, far lower cholesterol levels and less pain and bloat.


The foods we eat can either raise or lower the levels of inflammation in the body.


Eating fewer pro-inflammatory foods and eating more anti-inflammatory foods can be part of an overall strategy for coping with chronic pain and inflammation in the body.


We need to provide the body with vital nutrients so we start to reduce the inflammation in our body.


Less inflammation -less pain- better health


Cellular inflammation can be a silent threat. We may not feel anything when it begins.

But once started, we can experience all types of issues and disease like heart disease, cancer, chronic pain, muscle pain , joints and blood vessels.


We see the consequences of inflammation in scar tissue buildup, decreased flexibility, the acceleration of joint degeneration and hardening of the arteries.

We see its interaction with other chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, or even neurological disease.



Every meal we consume affects our health either in a positive or negative way.  If our diets consist mainly of heavily processed foods and animal products, rich in saturated fats, oils, salt and sugar, we are creating an environment that encourages chronic degenerative disease.



However, by giving our bodies superior nutrition, we can avoid food addictions,  encourage longevity, and support our immune system that resists disease.  It’s never too late to start.  Begin a healthy lifestyle today, and you’ll soon notice how much better you feel!


Give it 2-3-4 weeks.


Get that journal out and track your progress.



First talk to your doctor and tell him you want to add more healthy foods in your life.


Start out easy

When I started I removed some unhealthy foods and replaced with 2 good.


Example instead of having peanut butter crackers, try peanut butter or your favorite nut or seed butter and replace crackers with a banana or celery sticks or an apple


If your still on the white bread trans wagon try to something new and better like the ones below so much more flavor and texture.


Best Whole Grain Bread


Dave’s Killer Bread Thin-Sliced Organic 21 Whole Grains and Seeds.

Arnold Whole Grains: Double Fiber.

Ezekiel 4:9 Low Sodium Sprouted Whole Grain Bread- My personal favorite when I eat bread.

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread


Another thing we did is remove meat from several meals

We started out with no meat Monday-Wednesday-Friday

We had veggie dinners or oven baked salmon ( well we tried it we don’t like salmon much)

So we had grilled or baked tuna steaks-cod-trout-haddock and pollock

Thankfully I never was a soda pop drinker it’s rare I’d have pop if I did it would be squirt.

Never a cola fan.

But if you like your pop or soda daily whether it’s regular or diet cut back and replace it with water or herbal tea.

I’m not saying you can never have a cinnamon roll again or your favorite cookie.

But it’s not wise to eat a fast food breakfast sandwich and lunch run to the local hot dog shop then because your worked late called for pizza for dinner.

It’s about small changes and they add up to a healthier you.

Next part we will have some more tips and recipes that you and your family are sure to love…