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Bija Super Brownie Protein Bar for the Super Bowl 2017

Time for recovery … or just noshing during the Super Bowl with the yummy nummy flavors of chocolate and nut butter blended together in this brownie-like recovery treat.

Bija Super Brownie Protein Bar
Total Time: 1 hr., 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Yield: 4 bars
Ingredients:
• 1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Mix
• 1 scoop Vanilla Vegan Mix
• ½ cup hemp nut butter (recipe here)
• ½ cup date puree *{See Recipe Below}
• ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats or organic coconut flakes
Preparation:
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Freeze for at least 90 minutes in an 8″ x 8″ pan.
4. Remove from freezer, cut into 4 squares.
recovery bar recipe Super Bowl Food
It’s important to know that muscles store glycogen and they use that during hard exercise and that’s why recovery is so important. Research showed that your muscles are most receptive for the effect of insulin in the first two hours after a good workout, and so you need to eat carbs and get that insulin level as high as possible with the kind of food you eat. To raise your insulin levels you need to eat food with a high glycemic index, like oats and dates. The ideal balance between carbohydrates and protein to maximize insulin production yet not slow down the digestion is a ration of four to one. So, you need to add a little bit of protein to your post-training meal.

Date Puree:

Not unlike figs, dates are wonderful for the stomach, bones and blood. They are rich in minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper and manganese, and help to promote bowel regularity. Their complex natural sugar constitution makes them great for energy and will boost your metabolism.
Date puree can also be substituted for 1 cup of sugar in any recipe. To make your puree just 1 cup pitted dates with 1/2 – 1 cup hot water until a thick paste is made.

Is {vegan/vegetarian} Keto Possible?

A friend just asked me, can you get keto while taking the whole foods supplementation??

Well, yes, if you are following the big trend right now of ‪ketosis‬, you wouldn’t do the shakes because you’ll be like, NO… that’s 1/3 of my carbs.
Carbohydrate (total, not “net”): less than 50 gm/day, but ideally closer to 30 gm/day. However most using the Keto apps are using net carbs, the carbs without fiber and in fact recent studies show that soluble fiber can lower blood glucose levels. Right? So net carbs are 12, and that’s out of 30 – 50 they are allowed per day.



Unfortunately since we need to keep our body in ketosis without people are going all ‪‎keto‬ without many veggies and practically no fruits (a few berries/day). So those folks of course could benefit from taking whole foods encapsulated to supplement the thousands of phytonutrients they would normally get from a diet rich in fruits and veggies. Does that make sense? Your body has thousands of needs for the antioxidants and the vitamins and minerals that you are not going to get without supplementation, and most supplementation out there is just garbage.



Of course you can also use some of the latest modifications on the Florida ketosis powders without losing all of those veggies and that’s what I am looking to do now that 3.0 is available. I was not a big fan of the salts as a stand alone supplement. Beta-hydroxybutyrate levels are higher in people on the ketogenic diet, and children with the highest levels of beta-hydroxybutyrate had the most severe heart problems in studies that I have read recently. However when used with prebiotics, and vegan, well I have decided to give it a try. Butyric acid produced by prebiotics can inhibit some of the enzymes that I want to be careful about in my own diet. {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDAC3} So if you want to follow keto, low carb, great. The whole foods shake I use is also Low-Glycemic and with the powdered fruit and veg it can give you the transformation you are looking for. Do the research as you know I am big on personal nutritional truth. For me it’s a very personal decision, and I will keep you up to date on it.

Why Healthy Breastfeeding Is So Important

Breastfeeding is one of the most overlooked, and yet most important functions of a woman’s body. And yet, we are often so malnourished due to the way that we eat, neither mom or baby are getting proper nutrition. And often toxins are being passed through the breast milk to your child. Malnutrition and obesity are our two greatest global challenges. We are seeing more gastric bypasses, and yet this is another change that is pushing this malnutrition in pregnancy.

I saw this post recently and it just really hit me that this problem isn’t new. This problem has been known about and going on for over sixty years. And the rise in health problems with our children has been going on just as long.

“Yes, there is a battle going on,” Dr. Royal Lee writes in this 1950 article from the magazine The Interpreter. But the war Dr. Lee was referring to did not involve guns or missiles. It was a contest hidden from public view, waged between the nation’s food manufacturers and its first nutritionists—a war regarding the truth about processed foods.



If our breastmilk came with a nutrition label, it might read something like this: 4 percent fat, vitamins A, C, E and K, lactose, essential minerals, growth hormones, proteins, enzymes and antibodies. But read down the label, and the fine print of the chemicals we’re sharing with our children according to the NY Times, at least for some women, sounds considerably less appetizing: DDT (the banned but stubbornly persistent pesticide famous for nearly wiping out the bald eagle), PCB’s, dioxin, trichloroethylene, perchlorate, mercury, lead, benzene, arsenic. When we nurse our babies, we feed them not only the fats, sugars and proteins that fire their immune systems, metabolisms and cerebral synapses. We also feed them, albeit in minuscule amounts, paint thinners, dry-cleaning fluids, wood preservatives, toilet deodorizers, cosmetic additives, gasoline byproducts, rocket fuel, termite poisons, fungicides and flame retardants.



The breastfeeding research I’ve seen says that nutrition is key and is something any nursing mom should really be focused in on. Daily stress and post-pregnancy stress may also cause a deficiency of amino acids, and greater consumption of protein is required for these conditions for optimal health. Although we often have problems digesting heavy proteins, due to leaky gut issues, or you are vegan and you don’t eat those heavy proteins. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant and nursing women should have a diet that consists of a variety nutrients including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats. Moringa oleifera leaves contain many vitamins, minerals, protein, and all essential amino acids (the building blocks for muscle).



30 Day Paleo Nutritional Truth Vegan (or Vegeo) Challenge

If you are doing a Paleo Vegan or Vegetarian or even Pescatarian based Challenge with your gym, this is what should be on your menu:

  • fish = wild caught
  • all fruit is ok
  • all vegetables aside from starchy root vegetables are ok
  • local, raw honey is the only sweetener used (aside from fruit)
  • nuts and seeds are ok (soaked preferably)
  • pastured eggs are ok
  • no dairy
  • no processed gmo-soy
  • no grains or grain-like seeds (that means no quinoa, millet, amaranth, & buckwheat during the challenge phase)
  • no legumes
  • no alcohol

This can be hard to go through, but it’s something that is going to really help you in the end. I end up turning to things like hemp protein smoothies, and sacha inchi seeds to keep me going because I don’t want to eat too much fish and I don’t eat eggs during the induction phase. This is because eggs are a top allergen, and you want to allow your body to heal up as much as possible during that 30 day Paleo challenge.

What about going through a more traditional clean up? Maybe you still eat gluten-free grains? Maybe you are vegan and you have organic non-gmo soy on your meal plan? Maybe you have some autoimmune issues or you have histamine running crazy in your body?  That’s where you move into finding your own nutritional truth.

What Can You Eat during my program:
  • Protein:  pastured eggs, pastured + organic, full fat, fermented coconut yogurt/kefir, organic tempeh, natto, edamame, organic eggs, Complete protein, organic tofu (extra-firm), soaked lentils and various soaked and rinsed beans, hemp and/or pea protein powder
  • Vegetables:  Acorn, Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Bell Peppers, Bok Choy, Broccoli/Broccolini, Brussel Sprouts, Buttercup Squash, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Delicata Squash, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Shallots, Rutabaga, Spinach, Summer Squash, Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Turnip, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini … If you deal with autoimmune issues or are trying to lose weight go gentle with Artichoke, Broccoli Rabe, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel Root, Green Beans, Jicama, Kohlrabi, Mushrooms, Okra, Parsnips, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Snow Peas, Spaghetti Squash. Sprouts, Sugar Snap Peas
  • Fruit: Love yourself some Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Melon, Plum, Raspberries, Strawberries and again if you trying to lose weight go gently into Apples, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarines, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Tangerines, Watermelon
  • Fats:  MCT oil, Coconut Butter, Coconut Oil, EVOO, Avocado, Cashews, Coconut Flakes, Coconut Milk, Macadamia Nuts, Macadamia Butter, Hazelnuts, Olives… if you have PCOS then be gentle with Almonds, Almond Butter, Brazil Nuts, Pecans, Pistachio, Flax Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Pine nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sunbutter, Walnuts

So what can I eat during the Challenge?

I like to eat a lot of greens. I generally have greens in a big green smoothie for breakfast with some fruit, my Complete and some flaxseed/chia. I also have a nice big tea with some EVOO in it after my lemon water. For lunch you’ll find me with lots of salads, braised greens, and and another smoothie almost every day. And then of course if I miss me some yummy starchy potatoes… I really do eat them. One challenge comfort food for me is mashed carrots and rutabagas, yum!

Mashed Carrots and Rutabaga (from Eat, Live, Grow, Paleo with my change ups)

Ingredients :
– carrots
– rutabaga
– coconut milk
– Earth balance soy-free vegan butter or coconut oil
– Himilayan salt and pepper
– Garlic (crushed) – to your taste
– Handful of basil leaves, shredded and diced

 Directions :
1. Peel and cut carrots and rutabaga into small pieces.
2. Steam until very tender (about 10 to 15 minutes)
3. In your Vitamix or food processor (or with an immersion blender) puree the vegetables together adding coconut oil and seasonings to taste. Add just a small amount of coconut milk so it adds to the creamy taste but doesn’t turn your vegetable into a sauce. Add in the garlic and basil and let it mix in.

Add this with some sauteed greens and you will have found my heaven. There are tricks to making it through a 30 Day Paleo Vegeo Challenge, and this for me is one of the best, challenge yourself to find subs for the items you crave. Everyone has a nutritional truth… find yours.

carrots

If you worry about histamines, there’s a great Food Matters article that I often refer to that you should bookmark. http://www.foodsmatter.com/allergy_intolerance/histamine/articles/histamine_joneja.html z

Amazing Alkalinizing Blueberry Shake I Complete Blueberry Power Shake

Amazing Alkalizing Blueberry Shake

I love the alkalizing effects, and just amazing yumminess of a great green smoothies, and I LOVE blueberries – so what better than an alkalizing blueberry shake. There are a couple of options on how you can make this shake, and is it AMAZING!!

Ingredients:
1 Cup Frozen wild blueberries (I prefer wild since you are eating the whole fruit and you want the biggest oomph)
1 scoop of Complete Protein
1/4 cup of  unsweetened Flax +Protein or Almond Milk
1/4 cup of  shredded organic coconut
2 tsp of fine ground flaxseeds or ground chia seeds
1 cup of ice
(add water as needed)



Blend the blueberries, protein, flax milk and ice to your blender and blend for 1 – 2 minutes. Pour into glass and add remaining ingredient and stir it in. Makes cleaning the blender so much easier if you don’t add your flax and chia into the blender. AMAZING!!! You will love it!!



Why blueberries?

If you have never seen wild blueberries, you are missing out. They are amazing!! I love them. They are these little tiny nutrient packed gems!! This is a gorgeous, sticky, taffy-like wild blueberry five ingredient jam!

Wild Blueberries are wildly different from the regular blueberries you normally find in the produce section. Don’t be fooled by their size—they pack more into their tiny blue bodies than any other blueberry on the planet!

Wild Blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries. Wild Blueberry plants are more genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading and interlocking naturally across fields over thousands of years. That diversity is what gives Wild Blueberries their complex and delicious flavor—an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet. Makes them perfect for so many recipes. .. YES, we do love the taste of these berries.

Wild Blueberries have two times the antioxidant capacity of the larger cultivated blueberries. A growing body of research shows the potential health benefits of Wild Blueberries including gut health, diabetes, cancer, and brain health.

99% of the Wild Blueberry crop is frozen fresh at harvest, which locks in their nutrition and taste. Wild Blueberries are called “Wild” because they are not planted— they have occurred naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada for 10,000 years. Just a little extra boost to my day!



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Paleo Vegetarian, What?

I have a million allergies… corn, soy, nuts, seeds, bananas, kiwi, avocado, lemon, orange… and on and on. So it’s only reasonable that I would be very interested in food and how that food can change your health. Don’t look at this site and hate right off the bat. Just because I don’t eat a cow doesn’t mean I’m not hitting the mark on nutrition.

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When I grew up we had a huge, beautiful garden, that is until my mom went back to work in my early teens. That is when the processed foods and my allergies and health issues (IBS) started. I did the Zone diet once in my late twenties, but still was eating a lot of processed foods. My IBS got so bad at one point that I couldn’t work a 4 hour shift without ending up on the floor curled up in agony.

My first big food change was to organics after my daughter was born. She was 18 months old and I found myself over 70 pounds heavier than I had been before I had gotten pregnant, miscarried, gotten pregnant again and had my daughter. I was probably as round as I was tall… which is easy to do when you are just five feet tall.

The next was a conversion in my life was to pastured foods along side the organics. My friend and I would hit the local farms in the afternoon or on a Saturday morning, buying our whole chickens, eggs, and beef. But I wasn’t really losing much weight it seemed. Of course every Saturday (and a lot of the days in between) I was enjoying a big Venti Skim Milk Matcha Green Tea Latte {sugar full} at Starbucks after doing an hour of cardio at the gym. I was eating clean, so I thought. But I was still using a lot of products full of sugars, full of garbage and my system was going through overkill on inflammation due to allergies and the problems that milk {no raw local dairy} was having on my body.

Coach Barbara Christensen the Paleo Vegeo Ocean Avenue Beachbody Reset guruIn January of 2010 I did the 21 Day Kickstart program and went completely Vegan. I felt great. I was a cardio TurboKick girl and the weight started to drop. In June of 2011 we moved to Washington and had a horrible experience, and ended up looking for another house the second day we were here. With no fridge, and starving I had some eggs at Whole Foods that morning and it was not bad. Over that first couple of months I added back in pastured eggs and wild caught salmon. But a few months later I was back to a strict vegan diet.

Then I started Les Mills Pump. It’s still very cardio based, but it builds muscle. By the time I got into lifting weights 45 – 55 minutes 3 times a week I was one tired girl. I thought it was B12, even though I was getting 100% of my B12 with coconut milk and Shakeology. So it must be iron. I started taking iron. I was still tired. I finished Pump, but only dropped 3 pounds. {Although I did drop 10 inches} Something didn’t fit. Weights + Veganism wasn’t working for my body.

Next was my 21 days cleanse. 1 week of fish, dairy {couldn’t do it} and chicken {also couldn’t do it}. Then two weeks of vegan eating. Not bad. I lost a few more inches, and felt good. But then I kept getting tired. Tired, tired, tired. When I started Body Beast I decided the game plan had to change. I read up a lot about glutathione, and proteins, and paleo athletes. I knew that I couldn’t go back to cows, chickens, turkeys… sorry folks it’s true. So I decided to add back in the pastured eggs, but they seem to cause inflammation with me a lot of the time. Then comes phase two I added back in the wild caught fish. Still tired so I added in iron… Guess what, with the iron I actually did better with the wild caught fish, and without the wild caught fish…  and seemed to get more from vegetables than I had ever done before. Turns out that I was really really low in my iron stores, and lifting doesn’t help that at all. So this is my journey. You may call me more of a ” Pescetarian” but I like to call it Paleo Vegeo, or a paleo vegetarian. You may not agree, but that’s what living is about… choices. I am still looking at choices, and still making changes. The biggest change was adding the Juice Plus into my life, and I will only keep learning and sharing for all of us.

XOXO,
Barbara

Coach Barbara Christensen the Paleo Vegeo Ocean Avenue Beachbody Reset guru

What’s Contributing to the Unhealthy Way You Feel

I started working on hormones a little over a year ago and as my knowledge as a certified aromatherapist has increased, I have seen amazing changes in my personal health. I can make it through the day now, when I couldn’t before. My life has become this weirdness of moringa and essential oils. I’m now to a point where I’m going to push even more to fit in more of the natural changes to get back to a normal life, which I can’t believe is on the horizon!!

It’s crazy to think of how far I’ve come in this. So have hope that you will get better, but it does cycle. Good days, AMAZINGLY good days are often a sign of an upcoming crash. Keep up the work and be hopeful for your health.Let me tell you my opinion (nothing on my website as you’ve read is a medical diagnostic or claim of a cure. I am not a doctor) just what I’ve found through this process and the aromas I use as a certified aromatherapist.

Here are some insights on hormones that I’ve read up on:

Out of whack hormones are the culprit behind so obesity related issues in particular. Some indicators are;

  • persistent weight gain
  • loss of muscle mass
  • low libido
  • fatigue
  • anxiety, irritability, depression (omegas/essential fatty acids also reduce bad cholesterol which contribute.)
  • insomnia (lavender, slim and sassy to calm adrenals.)
  • excessive sweating
  • digestive issues (digestive enzymes and probiotics can help)
  • food cravings

With any of these I recommend you go talk to your doctor because there could be more going on than you realize.

For me this was a huge red flag before having the five vials of blood drawn and tested. The fatigue for me had gotten so bad that I some nights could not drive home from picking my husband up. I had to have him drive because I was ready to just fall asleep at the wheel. My weight kept going up regardless of the workouts I was doing, and I couldn’t sleep through the night. Don’t even get me started on the cravings… it’s really been a huge change to deal with for someone like me that was always healthy and never dealt with weight before my daughter was born.

I didn’t realize I was moving into that place where I was at the hormone inhibitor UNHAPPY zone. My doctors explained that my hormone inhibitors were;

  • age (I was 45)
  • poor diet (I ate JUNK when I was pregnant and for the first 18 months after in part to trying to conform to Suburban life)
  • oxidation
  • xenoestrogens (fake estrogen caused by pretty much everything bad around us—Phytoestrogen supplement helps eliminate xenoestrogens and it is adaptogenic to balance estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.)
  • inflammation (this one is chronic for me)
  • stress (Let’s see… miscarriage, pregnancy, lay off, move, job change, move… lots of illnesses for my daughter)
  • sedentary lifestyle (Went from nothing to something, but for a while it really wasn’t enough)
  • environmental toxins

High estrogen—even fake xenoestrogens push down your progesterone to be low. I take a pediatric does of progesterone now because I have lots of allergies to the things you can take to support your progesterone so my doctor has to work very natural with me. Things that help support increasing your progesterone naturally are whole seeds and nuts, avocado, leafy greens, yams. That leaves me with leafy greens and yams. LOL!! Darn allergies.

I’m using a very special balancing blend to reduce my cortisol reactions during the day, and of course geranium essential oil which really should be a must have oil for any woman or man dealing with hormone imbalance. I use a protecting blend on my feet to help booster support for my immune system. Use daily for 10 days, and then give your system a rest for a few days.

Roman Chamomile is indicated where there is a tendency to be over sensitive either physically or emotionally, and is especially useful in helping with pre-menstrual problems on an emotional level, as chamomile has an affinity for female disorders.

Some other oils that help support the whole being these issues are:

Citrus oils (think lemon oil in the morning), ylang ylang, balancing blends, stress control blends, Frankincense and True Lavender. I use daily for specifically support my adrenals are Sweet Basil and Rosemary. There is also another great blend that is great for those PMS/PMSD symptoms.

Essential Oils for menopause symptom support;

Hot flashes – Peppermint, Geranium, Citrus oils, Clary Sage
Fatigue – Ginger, Peppermint, Balsam Fir
Libido – Ylang Ylang, Ginger, Peppermint,  Clary Sage

Many studies Indicate the benefit of EO’s to our cellular structures and the cellular line I use is a great supplement for that. As a client I can get more into the protocols to support your wellness. I also really worked to boost my glutathione level back to where it’s supposed to be. Glutathione is truly the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system and to get rid of those xenoestrogens this is your travel agent, Can you see the importance of having enough Glutathione in the system?

Glutathione elevation is aided by;
sulfer rich foods and exercise
D-limonene (Grapefruit and Orange oils, metabolic oils blends are a great tool for this)
Exercise – Yoga, Walking, Slow Strength Training (have you heard of it?) and HIITS

These tools and ideas are so related to men as well. Men suffer at the same rates these days as women with hormone imbalances. Hormones are balanced when we have our deficiencies corrected. For women it’s usually iron, but for men it’s usually zinc. Also for both it’s bad diet, obesity, and those darn xenoestrogens. Also for those men that like to drink, alcohol converts testosterone to estrogen which is why men that drink more often get man boobs. If you are vegetarian and add in soy milk… dude you are in trouble! So keep in mind that phytoestrogen is even great for men! A good protein-rich supplement is something I recommend for most men. More so than women they often are getting even less nutrients and minerals during the day.

So what does a hormone balancing day of meals look like now?

For Breakfast it’s something like collard greens in coconut oil, side of berries and my morning shake with added Suma extract or Maca powder. (capsules because the air corrupts the maca, so don’t buy bags of it.)  Also if your shake doesn’t have any decent fiber, I like using some chicory root,
Snack is fiber with water. We never get enough.

Lunch is a green salad with either some salmon or other lean vegan protein source with added omegas, an apple sliced with some pumpkin or squash puree with cinnamon in it because I’ve read that cinnamon can help lower cholesterol and it runs in the family.

Then dinner is a sweet potato or other root vegetables, some selenium rich crab and salsa if I’m doing fish. I like cauliflower because it’s a great plant based protein, and a protein shake a lot of the time.

This of it like this:

Breakfast: {Eat Like A Queen}
Lunch: {Eat Like A Princess}
Dinner: {Eat Like The Pauper}

Follow the 40/30/30. That’s where I was actually most successful before in life because I was following the Zone. But the Zone for most people still has too many of the bad carbs, the bad fats and the bad red meats. Think of this like the Paleo Vegeo Balanced version.

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I’m Feeling Greener I Transform 30 Nourishment Is Paleo Aligned

 

I’m Feeling Greener

I have been really laser focusing in on my nutrition the last few weeks. Sacrifice is making decisions, getting out of your comfort zone, and giving something up to get to where you want to be. That’s exactly where I’m going.

Part of that D.O.M (Daily Method of Operation) is planning out my nutrition in a way that makes it easy, makes sure I’m getting everything I need, and that makes the difference I am expecting. Expectation, isn’t that what this is all about? An expectation for a better quality of life.

So I thought I would share a great blender recipe.

I'm Feeling Greener I Paleo Vegeo Nourishment Barbara Christensen

Ingredients:
1 cup of coconut water

2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 handful of kale or spinach
1 teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil
1 scoop of plant based protein
¼ cup of frozen wild organic blueberries
1/3 of a frozen banana (or if you are allergic like myself a couple of dates or an apple or pear can sub in)
ice as desired



Directions:
Put everything except the frozen fruit into the blender unless you have a high powered blender — blend to combine.

Add in the frozen banana and blueberries, blend.

Add ice as desired to thicken, blend. Pour and enjoy!
 

 

You are what you eat. … or take in the way of supplementation

You are what you eat

I shared this in my aromatherapy group, but it was so important I had to share it here as well…

According to an article that I read on the Harvard website, “multivitamin bashing seems to be in season. The March 2008 Harvard Men’s Health Watch gives the impression that few of the ingredients in a multivitamin are worth taking. The June 2008 Nutrition Action Health Letter suggests taking a multivitamin every other day instead of every day. The central concern of both articles is folic acid—specifically,getting too much folic acid.” And when we read articles about supplementing what it always comes down to is that you can’t replace real nutrition with synthetic nutrients.

Their better advice: “Take a standard multivitamin every day, but stay away from heavily fortified foods that deliver a full day’s dose—or sometimes more—of folic acid … there is newer evidence that excess folic acid (the synthetic version of folate, a vitamin found abundantly in vegetables, fruits, and grains) may be contributing to an uptick in colorectal cancer. many of those multi vitamins or meal replacement shakes contain your recommended daily amount — 400 micrograms (mcg) — but look at your package foods and you’ll see that folic acid is also added to breakfast cereals and enriched grain and cereal products, including breads, rice, and pasta. A person taking a multivitamin can easily exceed the recommended total intake, and maybe even the safe upper limit of 1,000 mcg. This issues of getting too much isn’t a problem with folate found naturally in foods. But most supplemental vitamins are fortified and not the whole foods that your body really needs.”

You’ve heard me talk about Folic vs. Folate before when I have talked about MTHFR, but did you know that most vitamin B1 supplements are made from derivatives of coal tar? Or that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is often made by reacting high-fructose corn syrup with sulfuric acid? Or even that many iron supplements (for those that have the iron-folic anemia you may want to hear this) … are often made from the rust off of nails?

You Are What You Eat I Juice Plus

 

Where you get your nutrition matters. How you react to what you are eating matters. If your skin looks like it’s being used to detoxify your system, you have a problem with your central detoxification chimney.

I want to get more into the concept of food synergy. This concept is based on the proposition that the interrelations between constituents in foods are significant. We all should realize this by now, but we don’t. It’s because we see these ads all over the place that say we need this fortified food and that fortified food. This significance in our food and/or supplementation is dependent on the balance between constituents within what is going into our bodies, how well these constituents survive digestion, and the extent to which they appear biologically active at the cellular level.

The Journal of the American College of Nutrition published data says: A healthy diet should contain all of the required nutrients and sufficient calories to balance energy expenditure and provide for growth and maintenance throughout the life cycle. Importantly, dietary factors are associated with 5 of the 10 leading causes of death, including coronary heart disease, certain types of cancer, stroke, noninsulin dependent diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8892167

Food, Exercise and Anti-depressant Use

What does food and exercise have to do with anti-depressant use?

Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent and underutilized antidepressant. ~ Bill Phillips.

The Ashley Madison’s affair hookup site being hacked and the fact that the states with the highest infidelity were also the states with the highest antidepressant use wasn’t surprising to me. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), says the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008. So what about today?

An article in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry starts with: “Few people are aware of the connection between nutrition and depression while they easily understand the connection between nutritional deficiencies and physical illness.”

I know that the state with the number four slot, Utah, for use of the Ashley Madison website also has not only the highest use rates of antidepressant use in the country, but the highest depression index, according to a National Mental Health Survey in 2007. And from my days in restaurant operations I know one of the most popular restaurants in the chain industry has the highest amount of cheesecake sold at their Utah location.

So what is the answer for lowering the use of antidepressants… I have no clinical answer other than the more real foods we eat, and the more we make it a practice to move and breathe vigorously daily, the better off I think we’ll be.