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* Is Coconut Oil An Alternative Cure Or Treatment For Alzheimer's Disease And Dementia?

Hi, I received a couple of phone calls last week, and surprisingly, or maybe not, both of the people had relatives who are suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.  One person had 3 relatives, and the other person's mother was suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's.

I was not surprised because of the prevalence of bad health in our present society, especially with the obesity, and Diabetes type 2 epidemic, and the constant onslaught of toxins we are all exposed to on a daily basis.

You may ask what does Diabetes type 2 have to do with Alzheimer's, and that is something that has recently been discovered.  The connection is not completely clear, but both have something to do with insulin resistance, and Alzheimer's is now often referred to as Diabetes type 3.

We now know that Diabetes type 2 is easily curable.  The mainstream medical establishment doesn't admit this, as of yet, but the proof is slowly emerging, and the truth will be known to everyone if we keep spreading the facts.

Lesser known, is a viable treatment for Alzheimer's Disease.  And while there is not yet a cure, this simple method can prevent further decline, and even reclaim much of the lost brain function.

I'm going to enclose a youtube video link below so that you can watch the short news broadcast about this treatment, and you can do a youtube search for further information about it.  I decided to post the short video because I think more people will watch it rather that a long, or multiples videos, but if you want more information you can easily find it on youtube.  Just search Coconut Oil and Alzheimer's, and/or Dr. Mary Newport, and many videos will come up.  Do as much research as you can about this, and spread the word.  Tell people even if they doubt you.

Dr. Mary Newport is largely responsible for the coconut oil treatment.  Her husband has early onset Alzheimer's Disease, and she has successfully treated him with coconut oil for years, and is trying to get the word out about this successful treatment.  You can do a search on youtube for her complete story since there are many videos posted there.   She also wrote a book in 2011 titled "Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was A Cure?"

I was surprised that many people still don't know about it, so I wanted to get this post done quickly to inform people so that they, or their loved ones, can get started on this simple treatment today.

This is about the Ketogenic Diet, and coconut oil.  I've mentioned the Ketogenic Diet in my posts before, and stated that it is also a great diet for cancer, especially brain cancer.  The Ketogenic Diet is  difficult to stay on because of the low carb requirement.   It is basically a very high fat, very low carb, and sufficient protein diet.  The Ketogenic Diet produces ketones in the body.  You also get this when you are on a reducing diet, and during starvation.  All of these ways would, for obvious reasons, be difficult to continue for very long.  But it was discovered that a simple way to produce these ketone bodies is to incorporate a medium chain fatty acid in your diet.  That's where coconut oil comes in.

You can do the research for the in-depth scientific explanation, if that is important to you, but a simple explanation is that the brain develops insulin deficiency, and insulin resistance.  This causes a  problem getting glucose into the neurons of the brain so the neurons malfunction, and eventually die. Since there are billions of neurons in the brain, the brain is able to compensate for a while, but over time, they believe about 10 to 20 years, the brain can no longer compensate, and you lose certain pathways in the brain.

The amazing thing is that even though the brain can no longer use glucose for the energy it needs, it can use ketone bodies which comes from the break down of certain fats.  Most fats are composed of long chain fatty acids which cannot cross the blood brain barrier.  Coconut oil is predominantly composed of medium chain fatty acids.  Medium chain triglycerides go directly into the liver where part of it is turned into ketone bodies. These ketones are then used by the brain for energy in place of the glucose, which it normally uses.  Since coconut oil is in itself a very healthy oil, with wonderful qualities, it is anti-bacteria, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic, it can be continued indefinitely.

I do have to mention that there is a contrary belief that glucose uptake is not insulin dependent. I tend to fall on the side of Dr. Newport that glucose is at least partially insulin dependent, but I'll let more scientific minds fight that out.  The main take-away is that coconut oil works.

It appears that the "sweet spot" of coconut oil dosage is about 4 tablespoons for Alzheimer's, but I caution, start out slowly.  I would recommend starting with one teaspoon, and gradually increase to "level of tolerance."  Everyone's level of tolerance will be different, but if you exhibit intolerance, say with diarrhea, before the 4 tablespoons you can often cut back, and then increase slowly to a higher level.  Even 2 tablespoons a day may help a little.

The other important thing to mention is that you want to spread the oil out into numerous dosages a day.  It appears best to include some at every meal, about 3 or 4 times a day, since the effects of the oil appear to wane a little after many hours.  It can't be predicted how quickly, or slowly the effects will wane, each person is different.  You need to experiment.  Please post your results, and what you did, since we all need to share information to help each other.

We're talking about a lot of oil, so I would recommend using only coconut oil, or at least severely limit all other oils.  Most other oils are quite unhealthy anyway; see my previous post of March 22, 2010 entitled "Fat Is Where It's At."  With this level of fat you also have to consider any gall bladder, kidney, and/or liver disease issues, but for the most part coconut oil is extremely well tolerated. 

I, myself, don't cook with any oils, or fats, if I did though, I would only cook with coconut oil since it is one of the few oils that will not go rancid during heating.  The only oil I personally use is coconut oil, and only get other fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, and organic plain yogurt.  I would recommend not heating the oil, although you can up to 350 degrees.  Some ways that people like the coconut oil is in coffee, or tea.  You can add it to soups, hot cereals, rice, pasta, and quinoa dishes after they are cooked.  You basically can use it any way that you can use any other oil, or fat.  It will be liquid when it reaches a temperature of 76 degrees, or higher.

It is important to also include a good Omega 3 supplement of DHA and EPA.  I won't recommend a brand, but make sure it is pure without contaminants, and if you are a vegetarian, as I am, you can now get an Omega 3 supplement with DHA and EPA from algae oil.  As great and healthy as coconut oil is it doesn't contain Omega 3 so you will need to supplement that. Most people need to take an Omega 3 DHA and EPA supplement anyway.

I need to mention that this treatment is not an excuse to continue with a poor diet.  You need to clean up your diet, and if you are suffering from any of the above mentioned diseases you need to remove all sugars, and processed foods from your diet now.  Eat a simple diet that consists of as much whole organic foods that you can, especially vegetables, low carbs, and stay well hydrated with pure water.   A clean healthy diet is even more important if you are suffering with any disease. 

You should also optimized your vitamin D level to at least 70ng/ml.  I would supplement with vitamin D3, not the synthetic vitamin D2. If you supplement with vitamin D you also need to optimize your vitamin K2 level.  It is very important to balance both.  You can obtain vitamin K2 from fermented foods with live probiotics, not pasturized versions, or a good high quality probiotic supplement.  I almost can't stress this enough.
 
A healthy gut flora is of utmost importance in all health, and that is especially true for brain health.  The brain and the bowel are intimately connected; the condition of the bowel directly influences the health of the brain.  That is another reason why a good quality probiotic, in foods, or supplement form is essential.

Some other things that may be helpful include turmeric in foods, or a turmeric (curcumin) supplement.  Turmeric has amazing health benefits.  Saffron is another important spice that has shown to be of some benefit. The "B" vitamins, especially the trio of B6, B9, and B12.  Make sure the B12 is in the methylcobalamin form, not the cyanocobalamin form.  You also need to take B12 sublingually (under the tongue) which is the best way for it to be absorbed.  I also like digestive enzymes, which you can take before meals, as well as between meals.  This again has a lot to do with the bowel brain connection.  Possibly CoQ10 in the ubiquinol form, not the ubiquinone form, may help, and MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) in powder form.

I hesitate to recommend any other supplements, or herbs, which could be risky.  I've only recommended natural substances which are in foods, the foods themselves, or substances we produce in the body, but may be insufficient in disease states.  Having said that, you still need to consult with your doctor while taking these things, because while they are usually very safe, each individual reacts differently to everything.  Also anyone can be allergic to anything, even something that is safe for most, so again, be careful and, consult with your health professional.  

I want to state that everyone may not improve with the coconut oil, but the feedback that Dr. Newport has gotten so far is that about 9 out of 10 people show some improvement, and many show dramatic improvement.  I believe that if you use all of my recommendations it will be helpful for most people, but you cannot just take coconut oil, and continue with harmful health habits, and expect a total cure if you are unwilling to improve your total health.  For optimal health, for everyone, you need to remember two things bring dense nutrients in, and get dangerous toxins out.  Just try to get as many toxins as you can out of your life. You can search my other posts for information about that.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention exercise, especially in the form of walking.  Not only is it important for all health, but has been proven to be essential for brain health.

Lastly, I want to mention how harmful stress can be not only to your complete health, but brain health too.  Stress takes an unimaginable toll on us, so you need to find healthy coping mechanisms now.  You can check out the link at the top of my page titled "Alternative Cures/Home Remedies" where I devote a section on some of the healthiest ways to deal with stress.  I will mention now that EFT is probably the best, and you can find information about that here by doing a search.

It's important to know that many people are using this treatment for other brain related diseases as well.  Someone with ALS found great improvement on 9 tablespoons of coconut oil, and someone with Parkinson's also had wonderful results. The Ketogenic Diet has also seen success with autism, epilepsy, and many other conditions.

This will be a good start in the treatment, and you will discover other things to do as you go along in your search for great health.  Even though you will surely recognize improvements in the patient, have the person draw the "Alzheimer's Clock," before treatment, and repeat the test in the weeks following the treatment, so that you will be able to gauge, and prove, the results.  To do the clock test have the person draw a clock with all the numbers, and hands for a specific time, say 11:10.   You can do more extensive testing on yourself, or someone else, and here is a link to a free online test.

Good luck, and here is the video:






* Emotional Freedom From Food

Hi, today I want to tell you about a simple effective procedure called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

Simple Yet Powerful            

Yesterday I talked about how sometimes emotions influence our eating, and sometimes even control it.  There are many ways to address this, some of which I mentioned, and while they all take work (doesn't anything that is worthwhile) some are quicker then others, and some work better for some people then others.  But why limit yourself, why not take advantage of everything?

Which brings us to EFT.  Some people are not open to it at all, and that is a shame.  It has proven to work, but many folks, who don't have a complete understanding of something will close their minds to something new.  I challenge you to keep your mind open and do the research and try it out for yourself before you close your mind and say, "that simply cannot work."

A number of people think that something so simple cannot work.  But in actuality, history has shown us that the best remedies and things in life are the simplest. That is the way that we are made, for instance if we have an intestinal infection, the best treatment is to take probiotics, since an infection is often cause by an overabundance of bad bacteria, the best thing is to repopulate with good (pro) bacteria (biotics) because you need a balance to maintain good health.  The good bacteria keep the bad bacteria in balance.  These "fixes" also stay with us for the long run since they work well.

The History of EFT

EFT is like that.  It is based on energy meridians.  Similiar to acupuncture, which is finally gaining acceptance in the west, it uses tapping on meridian points as opposed to needles.  Acupressure is another similar energy meridian based treatment.

We can all thank Gary Craig for EFT, he adapted the procedure from Dr. Roger Callahan's Thought Field Therapy (TFT).  Dr. Callahan, a psychologist, was treating a woman for a severe water phobia, and she wasn't getting better.  He had been studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, and when the woman came in to see him and had a stomach ache he decided to tap on her stomach meridian point to see if he could cure her stomach ache.

After he did that, she exclaimed "It's gone," and ran outside to his pool.  He at first thought she was talking about her stomach ache, but she meant her phobia of water. Her water phobia was indeed gone, and it never returned.

Dr. Callahan's TFT continued to work well, and he used it for many emotional problems. It's difficulty was it took a lot of training and only professionals could administer it, because first the offending meridian had to be discovered by diagnosing the nature of the emotional problem, and then tapping was done in a specific sequence, and each one was different for each problem.

This is where Gary Craig came in. He figured that if he just tapped on all the meridian points he would hit  the right one and anyone and everyone could do it, since you didn't have to find out which was the right point.  This was a very important step.

It shows the importance of continued improvement of all things, and how they can be just as important as the original discovery.  It reminds me of the first computers which were actually developed in the 1940s, but they were the size of a large room.  When integrated circuits were developed it led to a much smaller size of a computer which we know today as the PC or personal computer.  We know that that developmental improvement led to an enormous change in many aspects of our daily life.

Personal Experience

I can attest to how quickly and efficiently EFT works for phobias.  Before I ever took any class for EFT, and before I had any experience at all with it.  I used it on myself, and in less then 1/2 hour I cured myself of a phobia I had my whole life.  The strange thing was like Dr. Callahan's client, I also knew immediately that I was cured.

Since that time, I've been a student and practitioner of EFT.  I've used it on many things for myself, and on others.  I never get over the look on people's faces when I've taken them through an EFT sequence and they feel the difference, it is a look of combined surprise, disbelief and amazement.  It is great.

Phobias can usually be resolved with one session, and I discovered that is because it is usually a single level issue.  Other problems can take a number of sessions, depending on how deep the issue is.  Often there are many levels to a problem, and to resolve the issue completely you have to address each issue.

Try It

It was discovered that EFT works on many other things, not just emotional problems, and it is suggested that you try it on everything.  In fact a movie was made about it called "Try It On Everything" and is worth getting; it's a great movie to watch.  But you don't have to buy the movie or the book as you can get the basic procedure for free.

We have Gary Craig to thank for giving out the information for free, and you can go his website www.emofree.com and download the manual for free, totally free. There is also a lot of other information on the site that will help you.

Additionally, you can go to www.youtube.com and many generous people have downloaded vids that will lead you through the procedure.  Some are trying to sell their products, but you never have to buy, just go and watch and listen, and learn as much as you can about EFT, you'll find many uses for it. As a matter of fact, that is how I got rid of my phobia the first time I used EFT.  I will upload a video on youtube for everyone leading you through a losing weight, keeping it off and getting healthy sequence as soon as I can get my camera to cooperate, and learn how to upload a video to youtube.  I not very computer literate so I wanted to get this out there for you to get started, and not make you wait for my video as there are many videos that can help you just as much.

I'll be speaking about EFT again, and if anyone has any questions let me know.  It is harder to do it yourself, but it is certainly very possible.  Many people have better results with an EFT practitioner, and it is easier in many ways that way, but please don't think you need someone to do this.  You can do it alone, and it can still work, just stick with it and you too will be surprised and amazed at how well it works.  If anyone does want assistance and lives in the South Jersey area near Philadelphia, I'm available to assist you personally for a nominal fee, just contact me.

Best of luck, and let me know how you are progressing.

Good Health and Wealth,

Jeanne

* Emotions Are Gluttonous


Hi, today I want to talk about the root of almost all weight problems. This may be the most important page I have on my blog regarding weight loss.

IF YOU'RE NOT FEEDING A TRUE PHYSICAL HUNGER, WHAT ARE YOU FEEDING? You've all witnessed people, in the media and in your personal life, who've lost a lot of weight only to gain it back again. This is because they never got to the bottom of their harmful eating practices, and revert back to their old habits.  They need to uncover what emotions are fueling their eating.

When I started this blog, I told you that you can be at your ideal weight without ever being hungry again, and that is true.  But in reality, especially for people with weight issues, physical hunger doesn't usually drive their eating.  Emotional issues of all kinds do. If at any time you are eating when you're not really physically hungry it is usually emotional eating.

The Roles That Food Plays 

Now occasionally we all do that and it isn't terribly harmful if it is done on a few rare instances.  Our bodies are amazing and they can compensate for occasional lapses.  Almost everyone has been to a party where their favorite food is on display and everyone else is eating it. We eat it not because we are hungry, but just because it is there, we like the taste, and want to be a part of the group.  But for most people with a weight issue, eating when not really hungry is a substitute for something else they really want.

We even label some foods as comfort foods.  For some people food has become their companion, comforter, friend, lover, entertainer, or therapist.  People often say, "I eat when I'm upset",  "when I'm lonely", "when I'm sad", "when I'm angry", or "when I'm bored". Movies and television even make references that when your boyfriend breaks up with you, just get yourself a pint of ice cream and a spoon, and you'll feel better. It has become so ingrained in our society, that it has now become a learned response.

It makes sense; let me give you another example.  Say your favorite aunt, when you were  growing up, would make you a chocolate cake every time you came to visit, and she would let you eat as much as you wanted of it, and maybe even encouraged a second or third piece.  She just wanted to make you happy, which she did, and no harm was intended.  Maybe you would tell her your hopes and dreams, and troubles and she would show you love and support and you would feel loved, validated and comforted.  Just like Pavlov's dogs, in the future when you had a problem and your aunt wasn't around,  you may have turned to chocolate cake for comfort and condolence because your mind has linked the two together. Advertisers know about this connection and use it all the time in their ads.

Let me give you another less happy example.  Imagine a young girl who is molested or sexually violated in some way.  It would of course be such a terrible experience she would want to do anything she could to prevent this from happening again.  She may feel powerless in many ways, but one thing she would have power over is her eating.  And she would begin to eat and eat to bloat her body to where she feels she might be less desirable and perhaps lower her chances of this ever happening to her again.  This usually isn't done consciously, but this is all on an unconscious level.  As a matter of fact, a higher percentage of overweight woman have a history of sexual abuse.

I've just given you a couple of examples that I made up to show you how these connections can occur,  but these are only a few of the ways it can happen.  If you are struggling with this problem you know that when a stressor occurs you often turn to a particular kind of food.  Your choice could be sweets like desserts, or maybe salty like chips, perhaps fatty and sweet like ice cream, or perhaps it is all food. And when you indulge it becomes difficult to stop at a single serving.  Add to the fact that the food sold nowadays is loaded with chemicals and substances to encourage appetite and urges for that food, and you can see why we have this problem today.


Help Is On The Way

Don't despair though, because there are ways to deal with this, and once you have identified what emotions you are feeding there are ways to correct it.  Unfortunately, this is where there is the most resistance. Many people are in denial and will often state they just love food, but it usually isn't a love of food.  Sometimes they don't have enough self love and have been discouraged or hurt in life.  Often during these emotional eating times they don't even taste the food and don't realize how they could have eaten so much, sometimes it is referred to as mindless eating.

Trust me, when you really start eating a clean and healthy diet and shed all the emotional baggage (no pun intended) that is when you will really begin to taste and enjoy food as never before. In my opinion, what you need to do is examine why you are creating this emotional eating. Try to figure it out. That really is half the battle, you've often heard it said admitting something is half the battle, and that is true.  Therapy can help, I don't believe in taking medication, but talk therapy can be very helpful.  Unfortunately that takes a lot of time, but it is a good way to discover things about yourself. If therapy isn't for you, you can try and figure it out by being honest with yourself. If you've looked inside and can't seem to grasp why it is you don't have control, there are techniques that can help you bring them to light.  These same techniques can help you remove the triggers and responses, too, once you uncover them.

In tomorrow's blog I'll talk about a very important yet simple technique you will be able to use on yourself, and it is totally free and you don't have to sign up for anything.  You will still have to change your ways and eat a healthy nourishing diet, but once you have cleaned up your diet you will come to love your food as well as your new lifestyle.

Good Health and Wealth,

Jeanne

* Fat Is Where It's At


Hi, today I want to talk about fats. Fats are a very important part of a healthy clean diet, but of utmost importance is the kind of fats you ingest.


EAT FATS IN A HEALTHY DIET, BUT EAT THE RIGHT FATS. Unfortunately, in this country and elsewhere, during the last few decades misinformation has been disseminated in the media.  Through no fault of our own we have been taught the opposite of what is correct.

Healthy Fats

The only fat you should be cooking with is organic cold pressed coconut oil There are many reasons for this, but the main one is when heated it will basically remain stable and not oxidize (become rancid) and cause free radical damage. It is composed primarily of medium chain saturated fatty acids. If you don't want to use the coconut oil, organic butter would be the next choice for cooking. Cold pressed olive oil is fine, but not for cooking and flax oil is fine if you don't have any thyroid issues, and you are assured it is cold pressed and not rancid and never use it for cooking.

One of the best ways to obtain healthy fats is from organic raw nuts and seeds, you don't want to eat the roasted or salted ones.  The problem with roasting is it can render the fats contained in the nuts and seeds rancid, which cause all kinds of diseases. Salted you want to avoid, because healthy salt isn't used.

We have been taught that saturated fat is bad for us, but it isn't.  When people stopped eating saturated fats, and started eating polyunsaturated fats, that is when many of our health problems started. Saturated fats are very stable, they normally don't go rancid even when heated.  A number of excellent books have been written on the truth about fats, I recommend checking out these two expert authors, Mary Enig and Sally Fallon.

When eating dairy, always go for the full fat versions, but make sure that it is organic pasture fed.  This fat is beneficial as long as it isn't homogenized, it also contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) naturally with helps to control weight, and has anti-cancer properties. Stay away from all low fat, reduced fat and non fat items they are very unhealthy and actually cause weight gain.

Monounsaturated fats don't go rancid easily so they can be gently heated, but it is best to eat them unheated.  These include olive oil, peanut oil and avocados. Olive oil and avocados are great, but I don't recommend peanut oil as most of it is refined (processed).  Best would be cold pressed organic virgin olive oil.

Unhealthy Fats

Polyunsaturated fats go rancid easily so always avoid heating or cooking with them, I recommend not using them at all.  They are highly refined, dangerous and usually rancid. Eating them has caused a lot of health problems, and because they are used prolifically, they have added to the imbalance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids.

The ratio in this country is quoted as being 22:1 in favor of Omega 6, when it should be between 6:1 to 2:1 in favor of Omega 6.  I favor the 2:1 to 1:1 ratio.  The imbalance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is partially blamed for the numerous health problems we have presently.

If, though, you still want to eat the polyunsaturated oils for their Omega 3s please choose organic flax or hemp oil.  It is always better to eat the whole food though so why not eat the flax and hemp seeds, where the oils are more protected from rancidity, and walnuts and pumpkins seeds are a great way to get the Omega 3s, plus the eating and chewing will satisfy you more.  A handful of nuts or seeds are a great addition to a healthy diet and weight control. You should, though, always avoid corn, soybean, vegetable and especially canola  oils.

One very important fact that is hardly ever addressed is that you can also have too much Omega 3 fatty acid.  Remember the correct balance is approximately 2:1 in favor of Omega 6, but with the popular push for people to take Omega 3, I predict we will now start seeing problems with too much Omega 3.  I speak from experience, as I used to take a lot of flax seed oil without using much of any other oils.  Luckily, I recognized the problem after some very disturbing blood test results.  So remember a balance in this and all things is of the utmost importance.

Trans fats or partially hydrogenated fats are the worse.  Avoid them like the plague. They are also responsible for many of the present day health problems. This is another good reason to avoid processed food, because they are very often used in many processed foods because they have a long shelf life.

Healthy Fats Are Not The Cause Of Obesity

I know this is contrary to what most people think, but the truth is eating healthy fats doesn't make you  fat.  Sugar causes obesity.  It is the high spikes in glucose that carbs (sugars) especially the bad carbs that cause weight gain. They also cause high cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels.  Healthy fats and cholesterol don't cause it, in fact eating a little healthy fat with a healthy carb (fruit) helps to reduce the level and speed of glucose fluctuations. And eating a little healthy fat with all healthy carbs (vegetables, fruits, whole grains) helps the body to access their nutrients.

Remember healthy fats are an important part of a healthy diet.  Just make sure you are eating the right fats and enjoy them, as they can help with weight loss. Not only can some fat help reduce cortisol levels which leads to weight gain and retention, but fat is more satisfying and takes longer to digest. This leads to a better level of satiety and more control of your appetite.  Enjoy.

Good Health and Wealth,

Jeanne

* Carbs Are Us


 Hi, I hope everyone is feeling great today, and I hope everyone had as beautiful day as it was here today (70 and sunshine).

I have so many things I want to tell you that my dilemma is where to start. I guess I'll continue with yesterday's post about losing weight and keeping it off and getting healthy. I'll probably go off on some tangents from time to time, but just bear with me as it will all have meaning in the end. lol

I consider a person's diet about 80% responsible for them being sick or healthy. Yes, it is that important. Other things matter too, of course, but if you think about it for a moment food is what we are actually putting into our bodies to keep them alive. Without food and water we cannot survive, and the past has shown us all what happens when we don't eat what our bodies need. They either waste away and get sick and die without food, or they get fat, bloated and sick and die with the wrong food. Diabetes is prominent in the news nowadays, because diabetes is rampant including affecting our children as never before in the entire history of man.

This is very telling, and when we look back over the kind of foods during the last couple of generations that we have been eating it is very clear as to why and how this is happening.

Before I go any further, I must state that I'm not a medical person. I used to be a nurse, but after I got sick and couldn't work any longer I let my license lapse so I am no longer a nurse, and could not give medical advice even if I was. So I must state that any diet changes you decide to take you need to discuss them with your health professional, and that the changes I will be speaking of at any point in my blog are my opinion based on my personal experience, observations, education and continuous study on a daily basis.

Anyone can lose any amount of weight and keep it off, and that is the truth. But there are a few things that one must do for that to happen, and I do mean a few. The trick is how to do those few things and maintain them for the rest of your life. You can count the important ones on one hand and all of them on both hands.

One thing I can promise you is that you never have to be hungry again, you can't continue to eat junk and be healthy of course that's why it is call junk, but you never have to be hungry again.


Carbs Are Good

EAT ONLY COMPLETE COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES, NOT REFINED CARBOHYDRATES. Refined carbs are terrible for you because they actually make you hungry. Refined carbs include all the "whites". White rice, white flour and white sugar, and any refined carbs, and any of the foods made with any of these. One of the reason that they are so detrimental is because they raise glucose levels quickly which wrecks havoc with your blood glucose levels, and taxes your pancreas. Which in turn makes you very hungry.

Did you ever notice how you can't stop eating the white bread the restaurants puts on the table, or how you can't stop eating the pasta dishes, and then you are hungry again shortly afterwards? A lot of it has to due with the glycemic index or glycemic load of foods. Add to that the fact that most of the fiber has been remove, and fiber helps control glucose levels, and you can see why there are problems. Why would you want to eat only a part of a food especially with the beneficial part gone? Make sure all the foods you eat are "Whole Foods".

You don't have to give up those good tasting foods, but instead eat the whole grains, there are many delicious whole wheat breads, and while you are at it try to eat ones that are made from sprouted whole wheat berries. I no longer eat bread, but when I did I liked one that was organic and made with that. It honestly was the best tasting bread (outside of homemade) I ever tasted. If anyone wants to know the brand I liked just let me know, as you can buy it now in most supermarkets.

You can get delicious whole wheat pasta as well. The Whole Foods and Trader Joe's brand of organic whole wheat pasta is great and I defy anyone to tell the difference if covered with sauce and if you don't tell them. Go ahead and try it on your family and see. Just make sure you get the ones made with only organic whole wheat flour and water and nothing else. A couple of brands that have added extra things to them do taste terrible and kind of ruined it for the good tasting ones, but please trust me and try either of the ones I mentioned in one of your favorite recipes.

There are many other delicious foods to eat in place of the "whites".   Brown rice is one (although I wouldn't go overboard with this as it has a higher glycemic level). Wild rice is great and so is quinoa (pronounced keen wa) and amaranth as well. These are eaten as grains, but they are really seeds, and loaded with protein. Quinoa and amaranth are said to be a complete protein, and best of all they taste delicious, they are actually my favorites, I prefer the organic Arrowhead Mills brand.

A Great Recipe

A really good way to prepare it is to boil the pasta el dente (don't overcook it), and boil or steam a lot of broccoli, then cut the broccoli up a little, meanwhile saute lots of chopped garlic until tender in a healthy oil (olive oil or better yet unrefined coconut oil) lower the heat under the garlic and add the cooked pasta and cooked broccoli and a little water to heat all the ingredients together, and stir in some parmesean cheese and/or serve it on top. Try to use organic cheese and use lots of broccoli as compared to pasta and adjust amounts of the oil and garlic to your taste. Kids love it and it is healthy simple, inexpensive and most of all delicious. Let me know if you try it.

Sugar Is The Enemy

Finally we come to white sugar which goes above and beyond in its addictive qualities. I no longer eat sugar, but I know all about its addictive qualities from personal experience. The best place to get your sugar is from fruit. I know that to people who have been eating junk food, fruit often times doesn't even taste sweet to their palates. That's how it was for me, but now fruit tastes very sweet to me, and many of them are my favorite foods of all. All the chemicals in processed foods ruin your taste buds, but the good news is they come back again after you are eating a clean diet.

If you need to use sugar to bake with try to use the lesser processed ones, perhaps the evaporated whole cane juice granules, molasses, or maple syrup and try to make sure they are the organic varieties. But it really is best to try to avoid sugar at least for a while since most are processed to some extent at least.

At this point everyone has probably heard about HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and how especially detrimental it is, so of course avoid this, but unless you give up most processed foods and read their labels it is impossible to have a healthy clean diet.

Sugar comes in many forms, but the only healthy form is in the whole food, which is the fruit. Some fruit is high in sugar so one needs to be careful with fruit as well if you have diabetes, but eating fruit in the whole food form helps to keep the glycemic load down, since fruit contains fiber and other nutrients. Eating it with a little healthy fat or cinnamon helps to keep the glycemic load down even more. Also, never drink fruit juice, contrary to what most people think it is not healthy for you for many reasons, again eat the whole food. For example, orange juice has a higher glycemic load then a whole orange. Plus I consider it wasted calories, eat the fruit which will fill you up much more.

Processed Means Poison

You need to know that a lot of the processed foods contain chemicals to appeal to your taste buds. Let me repeat that, THE PROCESSED FOODS YOU ARE EATING CONTAIN CHEMICALS. I realized that some things we hear over and over again lose their impact, so that is why I want you to think about that statement. It is the truth. Now let me ask you, "Why would anyone agree to eat, ingest, swallow, partake of, put in their mouth, take into their precious body any kind of chemical at all"?

Please everyone, for your own health and the comfort of those that love you stop the processed foods. There are many simple recipes like the one I mentioned above that don't take much more time then the junk foods so many buy and pop into the microwave. Maybe, some of you will be kind enough to post some truly healthy, simple, quick recipes. One of the most loving things you can do for someone (including for yourself) is to cook them a healthy meal that is filled with love.

Tomorrow I'll cover another important aspect of a healthy clean eating lifestyle.

In closing, I would like to say, please don't take my word (or anyone else's) for anything I tell you. Check out what I'm telling you, google it, research it yourself, hopefully I'm giving you the leads to do that. And most important "listen to your body". One of the reason I believe in muscle testing is because our bodies have this amazing ability to know what is good for them. Your body will tell you if you will look, listen and learn. Our minds are amazing too, trust your intuition. Some of us have honed our intuitive skills to a high level, but I believe we all have it. It is that little voice inside us that speaks to us when we take the time to listen. Take care all.

Good health and wealth,

Jeanne

* Water-The Perfect Beverage


Hi, it's another beautiful day here in Jersey, I hope everyone is having a beautiful day too.

Today I want to talk about water, and offer another important aspect of our goal to a  healthy clean diet:


DRINK ONLY PURE FILTERED WATER, NO OTHER BEVERAGE. Water is really the best and only thing our bodies need. Why waste calories with any other beverage?  Eat your food, but drink only water. It is filling also, many times thirst is misinterpreted as hunger, so when you feel hungry drink a glass of water first and wait a few minutes to see if your perceived "hunger" has vanished.  Oftentimes the hunger we feel is a hunger for water.  Also, try to wait at least a half hour before and after eating
when drinking anything even water.  It is better for digestion.

Coffee, Tea or Milk? 

When I say drink only water, many say I can't possibly go without my coffee. So if you are one of those who can't possibly go without coffee, have only black coffee, certainly no sugar.  And if you are going to drink coffee make sure it is organic, as most conventional coffees contain an inordinate amount of pesticides and chemicals.  Pesticides and chemicals also make you fat.

Another important fact to take into account is that coffee, since it is roasted, contains a lot of acrylamides.  If you aren't familiar with acrylamides they are substances that are formed in some foods when they are grilled, roasted, baked or fried.  French fries and potato chips have been identified as having some of the highest levels, but coffee, depending on the roast, is very high as well.

Acrylamides are carcinogenic, and that isn't a theory, it is a fact.  I believe it was in 2002 that Swedish scientists discover this alarming fact. Mostly carbohydrate containing foods that are exposed to high temperatures form this carcinogen.  Yes, that includes cookies, and bread too, and almost any carb that is cooked that way.  It does not form when foods are boiled or steamed though, and that is one of the reasons I only eat boiled and steamed foods. I'll have more about acrylamides in a future post.

Acrylamides have also been detected in tea, but to a lesser extent then coffee. Tea, as everyone knows, also has many health promoting benefits as long as you drink it plain.  The health benefits vary with each variety, but choose the one you like.  Occasionally I do have a cup of green tea or even a herb tea that I like, on rare occasions.  If you feel you want to drink tea then have it also without anything added, and organic.

Outside of those two exceptions, don't drink anything else, ever, except water.  Many people believe that 100% fruit juice is a healthy beverage, but it is not, for many reasons. I mentioned in yesterday's blog,  how fruit juice has a high glycemic load and causes surges in blood sugar and increases in  insulin levels.  It is loaded with sugar, some estimates as high as 8 teaspoons in one cup.  For children who drink fruit juice there is a high correlation with being overweight.  Again, eat your fruit, do not drink the juice from it.

Additionally, commercial fruit juices are usually loaded with mold, yes mold.  Many of these juices are made with damaged fruits.  Think about it for a minute, and you will understand since one would expect the worst fruits to be used for juice.  If they perfect fruits they would be sold as the whole fruit. It makes sense to realize for costs purposes that the worst damaged fruits are made into juice.

Let's not even think about the chemicals and pesticides that are in these juices either, especially if they aren't organic.  Bottom line, avoid all juices, but if all my advice falls on deaf ears, at least only drink the juice that you squeeze from organic fruit and drink it immediately without storing so that mold can't form in it.

Milk is another no-no.  Pasteurized, homogenized milk is not a healthy drink, and I'll blog on that in the future.  Organic non-homogenized plain whole milk yogurt, with live cultures, would be a great food to eat though.

Soda doesn't even deserve a mention. If you doubt how awful it is for your health please do the research, and remember that if there is anything worst then sugar laden soda it is sugar free soda, just avoid it all, always.

Filtering Is Critical

It is important to drink enough water since so many of our bodily processes depend on water.  Just make sure it is pure filtered water.  The chlorine in water must be remove and if you have fluoride added to your water make sure to get a filter to remove that also.  The Berkey Water Filter is a really good one. As an added bonus with the Berkey Water Filter, if you are ever in a water alert because of the weather, or electrical outage or some other reason and you can't drink the water the Berkey actually cleans non potable water into clean water for human consumption. You don't have to keep buying replacement filters either as the filter are cleanable. This is the water filter used by relief organizations like the Red Cross, UNICEF, World Health Organization and Peace Corp.  It isn't that expensive so it is great to have for everyday, and perfect for a true emergency.


Chlorine is really very damaging to our bodies, and so is added fluoride.  Fluoride is especially harmful to your thyroid gland.  I have issues with my thyroid as well, so I make sure when I'm visiting someone that I know if fluoride is added to their water to avoid it. There are many informative books written about the dangers of fluoride and why it was added to our drinking water. When I hear people say fluoride being added to our drinking water can't be harmful, because "they" wouldn't do that if it was harmful, it reminds me of the lead that was added to our paint, and the mercury that was added to our silver fillings. Nuff said?

Gratitude 

Water really is a gift from God, and has many health providing benefits.  I believe we need to develop a reverence for water.  We are very lucky in this country to be blessed with what seems to be an endless supply of it, but many people on earth are not as fortunate.  Please remember that when you turn down that glass of water for some other beverage. To me it truly represents the best drink there is.  I am very grateful for a beautiful glass of pure filtered crystal clean water, more grateful than anything I could ever imagine to drink.

I hope you too will look at your next glass of water in a different way. We need to get away from the mind set that we are depriving our children when we give them water to drink as opposed to anything else we could give them. On the contrary, it is the best, healthiest, most life giving beverage we can give them, and we need to pass on this message to our children.

Good health and wealth,

Jeanne

* Exercise Is A Dirty Word



Hi, I hope everyone has been finding some information they could use.

Today my topic is the "E" word. lol  I know most people don't like to exercise, and every time we hear we must do it to lose weight, keep it off and stay healthy, I think it adds to the irritation.

Walking Is The Best Medicine

I personally think walking is best.  It is something that most people can do if they are mobile.  Someone who has been very sedentary needs to start slowly, and walking is perfect, because it is simple and easy.  Just put on a good pair of walking shoes and start walking, but start slowly.  Many years ago when I first started to walk a few months after I started my diet, I could only walk a few blocks before I would start breathing heavy, and sometimes I would get chest pains if I continued.  So I know from experience, start out just walking a little and walk slowly, and gradually you will developed stamina and your health will improve and you will gradually be able to walk longer, further, and faster.

Again, I want to remind everyone to check with their health professional before starting any exercise,  even simple walking.  But once you have the ok, start slowly, but be consistent, it is very important to do it every day or at the least every other day even if only for a few minutes to start.

Get Moving

I don't recommend any other exercise except walking when first starting out, and walking is even enough if that is all you want to do.  But if you want to add other things as you go along, like yoga (great for balance and flexibility) Tai Chi and Qigong are terrific (I do a little Qigong) weight lifting, is great to build and strengthen muscle and increase metabolism, or choose something else that you like.  Just make sure it is something you enjoy, because then you will stick with it.

I don't recommend running, as it is too strenuous and results in many injuries and unnecessary wear and tear on the body, walking is better.  Always, when exercising make sure you are safe, and listen to your body. I know most people won't do stretching before walking, and if you don't, make sure you start out very slowly to warm up your muscles, and cool down after the walk by walking very slowly to cool off the muscles.  It's better for the heart too, and I've heard that alternating walking at a quicker pace and slow pace actually helps you lose more weight.  Just make sure you start and end with the slow pace.

Many people think they have to join a gym, but I really think it isn't a good idea, unless you are really dedicated, as usually that doesn't seem to last.  Then people get down on themselves and lose confidence and give up.  Sometime they think by not going to the gym they've failed again, and give up completely. And why not do something that doesn't cost you any money?  Just get moving, park far away from the stores, and walk.  I'm always amazed at some people circling for a close parking spot or sitting with the engine running adding more pollution, just to get a parking spot a few yards closer, and they're usually the people who could benefit the most from a walk.  Think how nice and relaxing it will be to park far away from everyone else not having to "find" a parking spot, and then taking a nice walk to the store.  Just be careful and watch out for the other drivers fighting for the close open spot when walking to the store.  It is a little comical, but with all the other distractions, one being the phone, you always need to be extra careful around drivers.

Why not fire your cleaning lady and tackle the cleaning yourself, it's great exercise and it is very frugal.  If you feel you can't do that, have her come less frequently and you do it in between her visits.  The most important thing is to keep moving, and if you are mindful of that you will discover many ways to fit more activity into your schedule.  Like getting up from your desk and stretching, or walking a bit during commercials on TV.  Add steps to your day every day.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.  Just keep moving.

Make It Fun

The best exercise is the one that is fun.  Try to walk in a nice environment of nature, parks are the best.  That's a good stress reducer and you stay further away from the auto pollution as well.  You don't want to be walking on the street during rush hour traffic as that is not healthy.  Why not take up tennis or badminton or try it again after years of not playing.  Table tennis is good too, and all three are great for brain health as well.  Try going bowling instead of out to dinner or the movies.  It a great family activity also, and can be lots of fun.  The point is to do something that gets you moving, and is a lot of fun.  Just start thinking that way, instead of always thinking that food has to be involved in every social activity. Have a good time with it.

Good Health and Wealth,

 Jeanne

* Preparing Our Healthy Food In A Healthy Manner


Hi.   Now that we have our healthy clean food to eat, how do we prepare it?

Healthy Cookware

If you have nonstick cookware, I would recommend throwing it out.  It is loaded with chemicals that are released when it is heated.  Did you know that heating a nonstick pot could kill your bird?  It can't be very good for humans then either.  Also, when the nonstick wears, it flakes off into the food that is being cooked in it.  You are then eating the chemicals that go into making the nonstick surface.

Aluminum pots and pans are not much better, please get rid of those as well.  Aluminum gets absorbed into the food, and you don't want this metal to build up in your system.  Aluminum has been associated with Alzheimer's disease, and others.  Some dispute this and say that only a small amount of aluminum is absorbed,  and that it isn't harmful in that small amount.  I believe it to be harmful.  Do you want to risk it?

Iron ware isn't the best either, because unless you are anemic and need added iron you don't want to cook your food in it as it absorbs the iron from the pot.  Too much iron has been associated with cancer.

You could use a good stainless steel, especially a surgical grade, but cooking in any metal isn't the best choice for your health.  You really don't want to be bringing metals whether heavy or light into your body.

The best cookware to use is glass or a safe ceramic.  You may wonder where you can get them, and it can be a little difficult, but if you persevere you will be able to find them.  I found some on ebay, and I couldn't be happier with them.  I even found a pot with a glass steamer, because I steam all my vegetables. This is a very healthy choice.

You could use enamel cookware, which would be a good choice if you couldn't find the glass or ceramic, but the minute it is chipped throw it out.  If you continue to use it, enamel flakes will find their  way into your food.  The cheaper pots tend to flake more then a good enamel pot.

Acrylamides In Food

The next thing you want to be aware of is how you are preparing your food.  I only boil and steam as that is the healthiest, and the safest way to prepare food.  Use these methods for the majority of the foods you cook, and save other methods of cooking for special dishes on rare occasions.  The reason I strongly recommend this is that roasting, baking, grilling, and frying can have unhealthy consequences.

I posted previously about acrylamides, which cause cancer.  Swedish scientists discovered this a few years back in 2002, I believe.  They discovered that foods, mostly carbohydrates, when they are heated to a high temperature, form substances called acrylamides.  This even occurs in otherwise healthy foods, as it is a chemical byproduct that forms in the food, because of the cooking process.  The forms of cooking that cause this reaction are baking, roasting, grilling and frying. The only way to prevent this is by boiling or steaming.

You really need to cut down on the amounts of acrylamides you consume.  Some of the worst offenders are french fries, potato chips, toast, and coffee,  but even  cookies, cakes, breads and cereals can contain moderate amounts. Healthy vegetables prepared the wrong way, unfortunately, contain acrylamides too.  Browned and burnt foods contain high amounts, as do roasted foods, that's why coffee is so high.

I know it can seem discouraging, and that everything seems to cause problems and risks, but you just need to be aware and eat accordingly.  It is always your choice, I just feel that everyone is entitled to be informed.  I cook food that I really enjoy by boiling and steaming, it doesn't just have to be healthy, it can be very tasty too.  Only once a year, at Thanksgiving, do I bake for myself; I make a pumpkin custard, and I look forward to it and thoroughly enjoy it.  I'm not insinuating you should limit your favorites to once a year.  But armed with this knowledge you might want to limit the foods that you prepare in less then healthy ways, and try new recipes using healthy methods.  Eating a high percentage of raw foods is an excellent choice for your health. It really can be very simple.

Heterocyclic Amines In Cooked Meats 

One other thing I want to make all you meat eaters aware of is another chemical byproduct that is formed when you prepare meat and fish.  It is called heterocyclic amines (HCA).  They are also cancer causing substances,  and are formed when meat or fish is cooked at high temperatures, again meaning frying, baking, grilling, roasting and barbecuing.  If you choose to eat meat, try to limit the times you eat it, and don't cook it too well done.  Eating less meat is healthier for many reasons.

Remember, it is up to you what foods you eat, but while I usually recommend living in the present, I think that everyone needs to consider long term health.  Being a former nurse I've seen many people who have suffered with serious diseases, and if what you eat today will mean whether you will suffer tomorrow it seems like a no brainer to me.  And it does mean that.  Even conventional medicine is starting to admit that whether we get sick. is largely in our own hands.  This is good news, it means we have a lot of control over our own health, and recent discoveries by Dr. Bruce Lipton, concerning epigenetics, have proven that what we do can even override genetic tendencies.

Good Health and Wealth,

Jeanne

* How To Store Food Safely


Hi, I hope every is getting healthier every day.

The Usual Precautions

When most people read the title, they may think I'm mainly referring to keeping food at the correct temperature. It is true that the refrigerator should be at 40 degrees F, and the freezer should be kept at 0 degrees F, because it is important to keep food at the correct temperature to help prevent bacteria from growing.

It is also important to prevent cross contamination of foods, mainly keeping raw meat and fish away from all other food, and especially foods that will be eaten raw, like fruits. It is always best to keep meat and fish completely wrapped, and at the bottom of the refrigerator where it is coldest, and where their juices cannot drip down and contaminate any other foods.

You also don't want to keep cooked foods for more then a couple of days. Not only because of bacteria, but because mold spores build up as well, and in some cases can be more harmful then some bacteria. Mold spores can start forming quickly and you can't always see it, especially in the beginning. That is one reason that leftovers, while they can be very tasty and easy, are not always the healthiest. If you're looking for optimal health, it is best to eat food freshly prepared.

Plastic Food Containers Are Not Safe

There is some food, though, that you will need to store in the refrigerator, freezer or the pantry. One of the most important things when storing food is what you are storing it in. I know that many people like the convenience of storing food in plastic, but plastic is a chemical and it is best not to store any edible items in plastic.

Sometimes it is impossible to avoid foods in plastic altogether. I wish everything was stored and sold in glass, but that just isn't the reality. These plastic containers seem to be ubiquitous nowadays, so if you have to buy foods that come in plastic, you certainly don't have to store them in plastic. Use glass or ceramic or some other inert substance, and never heat or cook any food in plastic, as in microwaving, makes the plastic even more unstable, and leaches even more toxins more into the food.

Plastic is a chemical, and it does leach toxins into the foods that are store in it, especially acidic, and fatty foods, and foods with a lot of liquids. Everyone is now aware of how the plastic water bottles leach chemicals into the water, and many have switched to stainless steel which is a safer choice.

BPA In Plastic Food Containers


When BPA (Bisphenol A) hit the news that is was not only in water bottles, but baby bottles too, people started to take notice. What a lot of people don't realize is that not only bottles and containers contain BPA, but the lining on many cans as well, which is another reason to avoid all canned foods.

BPA is a very serious problem, that has been with us for a long time.  Studies have shown it to cause damage to the neurological, endocrine, and reproductive systems.  Researches have also linked it to cardiovascular problems, cancer, obesity and diabetes.

If you still insist on using plastic, at least check the bottom for the number. Some numbers are safer then others, although, none are totally safe, in my opinion. You'll find the number in the triangle recycling symbol, and the safer numbers are supposed to be 1, 2, 4, and 5, and the worst are 3, 6 and 7, which should be avoided. That is what the so called experts are saying.

I do have to disagree and say that I don't believe, personally, that any of them are safe to use with food. I do buy yogurt, but I limit my plastic to that, and wish I could buy it in glass containers. Remember, and this is very important, these plastic containers have been used for YEARS, and none of these experts said they weren't safe. No one told us not to use them, until years later. We have no way of knowing the full extent of the damage this has caused. That is why I'm appealing to everyone to get the plastic out of the kitchen.

 Other Uses For Your Plastic Containers

You can still use your plastic containers in other rooms. I use mine for all sorts of catchalls; they are great for getting organized. So there is no reason to discard them to our landfills to leach toxins into the soil and water basin, just use them for nonfood items.

Good Health and Wealth,

Jeanne

* Get Control Of The Stress In Your Life


Hi, it's been a few days since my usual health topics, so I want to get back to them.

Ways To Cope With Stress

A vital aspect of health is stress, or rather how well you tolerate it.  If you're alive you will have stress, that I can guarantee.  What matters is how you react to it.

Everyone knows that stress causes disease.  I know I don't need to list all the diseases it causes, as everyone knows it has some responsibility in all the big killers, and also contributes to the lesser ones.  There probably aren't many diseases that wouldn't be affected detrimentally by added stress.  We know all this already.

So, what do we do about it?  If you can avoid it, do so, but you don't want to avoid something that is necessary or beneficial to your life just to avoid stress.  You don't want to stop paying your taxes anymore because it is too stressful.  Trying to avoid stress that way will certainly bring on much more of it in the future.  I'm referring to avoiding stress in beneficial ways.  For example, say you always wait until the last minute for an appointment, and then rush so as not to be late, but inevitably there will be a lot of traffic and you will have once again caused yourself unnecessary, avoidable stress.  That is the kind of stress that can be avoided, by being mindful and changing bad habits.  I know you can think of many ways to do that in your own lives.  My mantra is always saying, take care of yourself, and this is a good  way to do that.  It isn't only about eating a healthy diet and exercising, but also about making good choices for yourself; taking great care of you. Think about how much better our world would be if we all took good care of ourselves first.

Another important thing is to learn how to cope with the stress that comes, in the least detrimental way.  We all know some of the things we can do, exercise, EFT, healthy diet, meditation, music, acupuncture, acupressure, magnesium, yoga, massage, there are many.  Just closing your eyes and "closing out" the stress for a few minutes has actually been proven to reduce stress levels.  You can refer to my Alternative Cures/Home Remedies page at the top of my blog to refresh your memory of them.

One of the best is deep diaphragmatic breathing, it's handy and always with us. Three deep slow breaths will almost always make a difference in your stress level.  Remember that when you breathe in your diaphragm comes out and when you breathe out your diaphragm goes in.  You're breathing from the diaphragm, so don't raise your shoulders.

Take Charge 

One thing I've noticed, is when I'm in the throws of stress,  I don't remember or think about what to do when it starts.   Probably the same thing happens to you.  When I am very stressed I don't think about anything else.  I realize afterwards that I should have practiced my deep breathing.  The first step to improving that is by being aware of it.  Put in your mind, the next time you are feeling stressed sitting in a traffic jam or something else, you will remember to do your deep breathing.  After that your stress level will come down, and then you can apply other techniques.  Turn on some nice relaxing music or give yourself some positive self talk.  After all, getting stressed isn't going to change the circumstances you are in, it will just cause you more discomfort and eventually make you sick.

Deep breathing is the best antidote, as it is always handy, no one has to know you are using it, and it is really good for your health.  Don't wait until you are stressed,  anytime you think of it you should practice some nice deep breathing, as it not only relieves stress, it has many other benefits as well.   It releases endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, it can increase your energy, and it is
cleansing, a lot of toxins are released through breathing.

One Great Technique

I want to share with you another great stress reliever I learned years ago, and have been using since.  I don't know who thought of it, but it is terrific.  You can try it sitting in your seat right now.  Look straight ahead, then up a little above eye level, keep your eyes steady on that spot and don't move them, but "see" the other things in your environment while you keep looking at that one spot. Take it all in, the things on your right, your left, above and below.   Then "look" at the other things in the room, in your mind, include the unseen things behind you, etc.  Do this without moving your eyes from that one spot. You will notice when you do this, and when you have others do it, your breathing will slow and deepen and your shoulders will relax.

The theory behind this exercise is very interesting, and makes a lot of sense, I guess that is why it has stuck with me all these years.  When we are stressed, anxious, or fearful our focus is so intently on that one thing, and we see nothing else.  Part of the stress is the intense concentration on it, almost like everything else is excluded, closed out.  This technique broadens our focus and it works immediately, you will be amazed at the results.

Choose To Take The Healthy Path 

Stress can be damaging in so many ways; it can affect every aspect of our lives. When we are stressed,  cortisol is released and this leads to weight gain, and insomnia.  It effects our job, health, and  relationships.  It can lead to anger and irritability.  We have all witnessed many people who choose damaging ways to "relieve" the stress in their lives.  Overeating, abuse of drugs, drinking, the list is endless.  Life has a way of taking a toll on us if we are not vigilant, so promise yourself today, for your sake and your loved ones, that you are going to start at once and take positive steps to deal with the stress that comes your way.

Good Health and Wealth,

Jeanne

* EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques

 Hi,  I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Today I want to emphasize something I have been mentioning a lot.  EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques.  I repeat my self a lot, because "Repetition Is The Mother Of Learning".  I don't know if any of you went to Gary Craig's website www.emofree.com yet, so I wanted to post his video here so that some of you who are unfamiliar with EFT could learn a little bit about it.  Once you view the video, go to his website and check it out, as there is a lot of information there, and you can download the EFT manual for free.

I hope that you all will keep an open mind and at least try it.  You will only be doing yourself a disservice if you dismiss EFT as nonsense.

I've mentioned how I cured myself of a lifelong phobia when I first discovered EFT, and that was before I had attended any classes yet.  Learning the basics is quick and easy.  There is much to learn after that, of course, but you can be doing it in a very short time.

It works on so many different things that you won't know if it will work until you try it, and you have nothing to lose by trying.  The mantra is to "Try It On Everything."







I hope you enjoy the video, and I would be interested in hearing how it works for you.

This energy healing technique has many complexities to it.  When you are starting out, you will find that phobias respond quickly to EFT, because often they are simple single layer problems.  Other issues may take longer, because they can be complex and have many layers to them.  EFT will still work, but you must clear each layer, to get complete resolution.  So stick with it, and consult an expert if you want, as it is often easier to do with help.  Don't be discouraged if you can't see an EFT practitioner, because you can do it yourself with patience and practice, so learn all you can.

The future is in energy medicine, and we are only in its infancy, yet in other cultures some energy medicine has been practiced for centuries.  It will be interesting to see what the future brings in this field of medicine.

Good Health and Wealth,

Jeanne

* The Effects Of Genetically Modified Foods



Here's another video that I think is very important. I don't know if everyone is aware of what's going on with GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). The above video is short so it doesn't cover everything, but I think people are more likely to view a short video, so I'm posting it.

Jeffery Smith wrote the book "Seeds of Deception". If you read the book you will be well versed in GMOs. But I, at least, want everyone to know that if you are eating any kind of processed food, you are probably eating GMOs. The best way to avoid all GMOs are to eat organic food (GMOs are not allowed in organic) and to avoid all processed foods. If you can't do that, read all the ingredients and at least avoid those with the top 4 GMOs, corn, soy, cottonseed, and canola. Corn and soy is in the majority of processed foods, so you need to be very careful.

I also want to let you know that you need to avoid GMO produce as well, since I've discovered that most people don't know how to avoid GMO produce.  They don't post a sign, so you need to be careful if you want to avoid GMO food, and I strongly believe you should. No need to take my word for it, educate yourself.

The way to detect GMO produce, is to check the number on the produce. For example a conventional apple will have a number that starts with a "3" or a "4". A lot of the conventional produce doesn't have individual stickers, but you can check the sign, and if no sign you can ask, as they are supposed to have it listed. A conventional red delicious apple could have the number 3016 or 4016. If it is an organic red delicious, it would have a number that starts with a "9". Such as 94016. A GMO apple will start with an  "8". It could have a number like 84016. Remember organic is a "9", conventional is a "3" or "4", and genetically modified starts with an "8".

I'll be writing more about this important topic in the near future, as a very important decision is coming up by the FDA about allowing alfalfa to be genetically modified, and that would have disastrous consequences, especially for organics. I'll be posting more about this soon.

Take care of yourselves, you're the only one that can do it.

Good Health and Wealth,

Jeanne

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