Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How many #fruits and #vegetables do you consume #daily?

What grade do you give your family for eating the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables daily? Would you say that you eat 7-13 servings every day, or ... every week?!? I'd think half would say every week and even some I could go as far as saying over the course of a month! I'd say for me on good days, I eat between 5-7 servings. That's good I believe but I still fall short of what I should eat but I also eat a product that offers whole food nutrition in a capsule or gummy that bridges the gap. Check out this article on food politics.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Added #MSG - Reduce or Remove

This evening I was chatting with a friend about my upcoming wellness talk (11/20) after she heard a smidgen about "label reading" she asked about MSG. I told her that I talk about other ingredients to avoid - mainly from a 'baby step' approach and that children 6 and older are encouraged to attend with their parents so that they can help at their next trip to the grocery store. I told her that MSG is one of those ingredients that are bad for you but that I will address the frauds out there, the HFCS, the hydrogenated oils and the artificial colors to start. Once a family can remove these simple starter ingredients from their every day foods then they'll look into the other ingredients that aren't healthy and reduce and eventually remove them as well. 

So when I got home I looked up "MSG and its aliases" and found some shocking articles about this ingredient. I had heard that "natural flavor/ings" was a catch all term for MSG and that's true - MSG is often found in it. Basically anything hydrolyzed, anything that is flavored from a meat product, or a yeast has MSG in it. However, it doesn't go without saying, if you know your supplier or can inquire about what their "natural flavor" includes then you should seek out that answer to see if it fits what your family safely consumes. 

The best way to avoid MSG or any of the other ingredients I will address at my talk is to simply eat whole, raw foods and never eat out and never buy anything or cook anything from a box. Hmm... That's definitely hard to do in today's America. 

What do you do to remove or better yet, reduce your MSG intake? 

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Aldi Take 2

So I stumbled upon another Aldi Food Market store. This time in Waldorf, MD... a city that continues to develop. Waldorf is about 30 minutes south of Washington D.C. - which is a melting pot city. This lets you know there may be a nice variety of people in Waldorf, and there is. 

I was excited to see what this Aldi store offered that Hamlet's (NC) store did not. I made a special trip today. I was extremely disappointed!! This store offered no healthy alternatives. They surely carried their "Fit & Active" items... blah! 

I would love to know if there is an Aldi store near you and what types of products/brands you find within?

If I find another store in a different state, I will check it out and if the results are the same as the Hamlet, NC and Waldorf, MD stores then I will draw my own conclusion stating that they are nothing like or even remotely similar to Trader Joe's. Who are they fooling? Hmmpf!!

To your health... 
Jessica

Be sure to read your labels and look at the top of the shelves and on the bottom to get to the real good stuff. Big named brands purchase "shelf real-estate" in the stores so that you see their unhealthy products first (unless you're in the organic section then that does not apply). 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Aldi, #Read labels, #Research

I thought I was onto something when I stumbled upon an Aldi, food market, in a small town I'm visiting. I had read recently that Aldi was similar to Trader Joe's, however, after my visit in the store, was I mistakenly wrong! 

My friend had told me that if this particular Aldi had foods similar to Trader Joe's then they probably wouldn't be in business. That's unfortunate because even in small towns where many low-income families live is where the education of choosing healthy foods is needed most. These communities need more exposure to healthy food choices. 

I only bought 4 items because everything else had high fructose corn syrup (which you will not find ANY item in Trader Joe's), aspartame or a boat load of artificial sweeteners and dyes. The items I found did not have any of the above and they were few and far between.

I saw a customer picking up her items, reading the front label, and adding them to her basket. From what I could see in her basket, many of the items read, "natural" and "lite." Another customer had only the "Fit & Active" brand items in his basket. Hmmm... I thought he was onto something. I checked these items and every single one of them had the yucky ingredients as listed above.

Case and point: Do not trust the fancy packaging on the building itself and especially on the front packages of consumables. Always read labels. READ, RESEARCH and READ Again! 

To your health,
Jessica

Saturday, August 21, 2010

#Healthy Food #Substitutions & Healthy Skin

As a busy mom, I used to thoroughly enjoy the Kraft Foods "Food & Family" magazine but not so much anymore mainly because the ingredients they promote almost always have HFCS. Some of the recipes are still good but substitutions are required. 


I have an upcoming wellness talk on "Beauty Becomes You" and will be serving healthy refreshments. I found a recipe in the magazine titled, "Mediterranean Stacker" and it looks pretty good; however, I will be using Back to Nature crackers and nitrate-free chicken breast. The other ingredients are hummus and cucumbers. For meat-free stackers, I'll add shredded carrots. 

Hummus is a healthy food and very tasty! It actually made two recent lists on what foods your [kids] should eat and what foods are best for healthy skin and they are as follows.  Happy Eating!!

5 Foods Everyone Should Be Eating by Joy Bauer, Nutritionist of the TODAY show:

1) Seafood - cold water fatty fish (ex. Salmon), 2) Beans (try Hummus), 3) Oats (use instead of bread crumbs), 4) Eggs and 5) Spinach.


6 Best Foods for Healthy Skin By David Zinczenko of Men’s Health, Aug 16, 2010.

1)      Salmon (Omega 3s). Why? “[They] are the essential fats that, along with bolstering the cognitive powers of your brain, concentrate in the walls of your epidermal cells to help lock in moisture.”  Other Omega 3s: Sardines, Walnuts and Flax Seed.

2). Carrots. Why? You’re inviting beta carotene “to nestle into your skin, fill in blotches, and give you a healthy glow." Other beta-carotene foods: red bell pepper, sweet potato, and red grapefruit.

3). Avocado. Why? They have […] B vitamins, which also help to keep your skin looking vibrant and smooth. Other natural B vitamins found in: olive oil, almonds, and peanut butter.

4). Beans. Why? They have “isoflavones—potent antioxidants—concentrated in the beans resulting in 20% fewer wrinkles over time (paraphrased, Zinczenko). Other isoflavone potent foods: tofu, alfalfa, and tempeh.

5). Grapes. Why? They have antioxidants called “polyphenols […] keeps middle-aged skin from sagging. That’s because polyphenols improve skin’s elasticity by strengthening collagen, the primary protein in skin’s innermost layer." Other polyphenol enriched foods: grape juice, blueberries.

6). Water. Why? “Water is the strongest weapon you have against lifeless skin; all the body’s processes rely on hydration, and it creates a measurable increase in the capillary blood flow to your body’s outer layer.” Other water rich foods: Watermelon, peaches and celery.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Family

This post is a tribute to my grandparents. May they rest in peace. Both passed this month and although I'm sad to not have them here anymore, I am happy that they are together again. My pops passed on the 7th and my grams passed away today, the 19th. They lived a full life. They were married 59 years this past June and left behind 4 children and 9 grandkids and 2 great grandkids. My son being one of the great grands met them last month for the first time. What a blessing! I have such fond memories of my grandparents.

Family is important. Spend time with your family and if you cannot because you live out of the state/country then call them, email them, send them a 'just because' card. Do something to show them you care and do it often! Time waits for no one. Be well.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Chicken, Tomato, Mushroom Pasta #Recipe

A quick dinner recipe using tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and chicken. I think you'll enjoy it! 

Ingredients: 

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Pasta Blend, Rotini
Grass-fed, Hormone and Antibiotic Free Chicken Tenders
Organic Diced Tomatoes (Canned or make your own) 
Panko plain bread crumbs seasoned with various Italian spices
Parmesan Cheese
Mushrooms
Medium Yellow Onion
Rosemary
Egg

Directions: 
Combine bread crumbs, your choice of seasonings and parmesan cheese. Dip chicken in egg lightly beaten and then into heated frying pan with EVOO. Cook 5 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Boil water for pasta (or use rice, quinoa, etc in place of pasta). In separate frying pan, add EVOO, onion, mushrooms and tomatoes. Sprinkle dried rosemary and heat until thickened.
Drain pasta, add chicken and cover with sauce.
Buon Appetito!!


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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Extended #Breastfeeding

This is late but I while I was on the East Coast I received comments and looks while I nursed my toddler son in public. Nothing was rude just curious. Some asked why I still do it after 12 months. One said her pediatrician told her she could stop at the year mark. I'm guessing most think there is no more benefit to the mother or the child after twelve months. I'm thankful that I live in California (being that there are many attachment parents here, holistic families, natural ways of living) and there are plenty of resources and people who say shoot for 12 months minimum and stop when you and the child want after that. 

My recommendation: Link arms with like minded families so that you don't feel alone in your decision to nurse past a certain time. 

I'm enjoying the ability to nurse my son because I understand the health benefits for both of us. Breast cancer runs in my family and I know extended nursing helps decrease the risk that I will develop it. I also know that my son will have less ear infections, will get sick less, will fight many infections, will reduce childhood obesity because of the antibodies found in the milk - yes... even now. My son will be 23 months old in a week or so. We are happy. He is "easy like Sunday morning" most of the time. His cool, calm and collected personality I trace back primarily to his dad but also to the amount of bonding we have done because of the breast feeding relationship. I have no idea when we'll stop. I've always said that I'll let him decide. I'm sticking with that for now. 

Breastfeeding comes in handy on the days he doesn't want to eat much other than drink cow's milk. At least I know that he's getting more nutrients through my milk because I eat healthy. I hope that this post will offer you some encouragement as you make the decision to breast feed or not and how long you will nurse. I applaud you for trying. I am happy for your little one if all you decided to do was offer your baby the colostrum that comes right after you deliver your bundle of joy. That's liquid gold. Lastly, don't let someone else help you make the decision to no longer nurse. There are many families that aren't supportive... I can say that I didn't have 100% support from many people around me but I knew in my heart it was the best thing for my son. 

Edit: After I posted this I logged into Facebook and saw a dear friend post a thread about World Breastfeeding Week - Virtual Celebration. Belly Laughs Doula & Baby Services owner, Maggie Jennings, wrote the following: "Breastfeeding gives babies all the nutrients for the best physical & mental development. The AAP recommends babies be exclusively breastfed for 6 months, then continue (w/food) for 12 months minimum whereas the WHO recommends babies 2 years minimum! Both organizations say breastfeeding should continue for as long as mom & baby want."

If you want to see what else Maggie is talking about visit her Facebook fan page or her personal website.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Celebrating 40 Years - #EarthDay, Part II


This post is dedicated to a new friend and partner in a like-minded business: cherishing and preserving one's health - Leslie Kirchmeier with Hallelujah Acres in Fallbrook, CA. I found her while reading the newspaper, "Good News, etc". She has a health column. Eight months ago I asked to be added to her email distribution list for her culinary classes. She offers evening and morning classes, weekend and 5 and 10 day retreats. She is a Certified Raw Food Chef.  I've been wanting to attend one of her evening classes since last October and just this week I attended one. We made Rawvioli, Ceasar Salad and Coconut Cream Pie. All vegan foods! Wow! My palette was amazed - taste buds were soaring heights they've never soared before. 

I am relatively new to the Vegan approach. I went to my first Raw Foods Meetup in February and was hooked ever since. I'm not a Vegan. I am actually considering the Flexitarian Lifestyle - a term coined by Michael Pollan, where I eat meat dishes from time to time and I'm considering only fish. 

Back to Leslie though. So I asked her in March if she would want to serve as one of my guest speakers for an Earth Day inspired wellness talk. I asked her if she could demonstrate a Vegan dish and she chose Spaghetti with Marinara. At the talk, she addressed the importance of eating whole, living foods. 


I asked her to return for my wellness talk this month focusing on Pregnancy Health. I asked her if she could share some baby food preparation recipes and give the new moms some viable options of what nutritious foods to eat that are easy to prepare, serve and eat. 

Leslie's personal testimony:


Ten years ago I was diagnosed with cancer, and after enduring traditional medical treatments I was given 1-5 years to live.  It was at that time I changed my diet and lifestyle to a plant based diet and healed my body from cancer.  I have been passionate about teaching the good news of health for the past eight years and was the owner of a Lifestyle Center in Fallbrook where we taught people hands-on how to heal themselves.  I am very concerned for the upcoming generations being raised on processed, chemical laden food and look forward to sharing my knowledge with others.  ~ Leslie Kirchmeier, Health Minister 

Items used in the demonstration:

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Celebrating 40 Years - #EarthDay, Part I

For my health and wellness home business, I held an Earth Day inspired talk on April 22nd titled: "Taking It Back to Nature" - ('It' was for "Health & Wellness"). 

The event was sponsored by my business and I discussed the importance of eating whole foods. I also provided a sample of a whole food supplement that I wholeheartedly endorse and am proud to represent. 

I prepared tri-fold flyers for all the guests addressing 40 years of celebrating Earth Day and how we can reduce our carbon footprint along with other helpful links on avoiding plastics,"green" toyswhere to find a CSA, 'eating right', among many others. 

For Part I of this posting series, I am going to share with you some verbiage (borrowed, permission granted) from my first guest speaker, Jan Tucker, owner and president of White Lotus Living:
"Yes, I am looking to educate people, but also to offer safe products (not containing harmful chemicals) to get more people in the habit of using only the safe ones. If people stop buying from companies that use harmful chemicals, manufacturers will be forced to get on board and produce only safe products (another major theme of a presentation I give).
Before I started White Lotus Living, I noticed there were many places I could go to get info about the topic of harmful chemicals. However, when I went to do something about it ... namely to replace the products in my home with safer ones, there was a real lack of info to help me do that practically. I started White Lotus as a one-stop-shop where people could come and feel safe about what they buy from my shelves. It's a practical solution for busy people who can't take the time to scour the landscape for safe products themselves.
There are a number of manufacturers whose policies won't let them produce products that rank higher than 2 or 3 out of 10 on the Cosmetics Safety Database (lower ratings are better) ... it may be strict, but those are the only ones available at [my online store]. I'd prefer not to contribute to a company that isn't being conscientious toward this important cause. Again, it emphasizes the fact that manufacturers will go where the money is ... if we buy only safe, they'll make only safe!"
She put on a nice presentation that discussed how many chemicals (ingredients) the FDA has banned in the U.S. --- 10, and that our philosophy here is "we must prove that the ingredient is Harmful, before we can remove it". Whereas in the EU, over 1800 ingredients have been banned because their philosophy is the direct opposite of ours: "we must first prove that the ingredient is Safe". Ridiculous isn't it?

Above, Jan said something that has stuck with me and that is she will not purchase any product that scores higher than a 2 on the Cosmetic Database. She said some product brands like Burt's Bees (just an example of the many out there) where many of their products are a 2 or less but they also manufacture other products that score a lot higher. She said she will not "support" businesses who aren't consistent across the board. Why create a few products that are "natural" but yet offer different ones that are harmful to the skin? She has strict protocols in place to pick the "cream of the crop" and real, natural skin / personal care products for her business with White Lotus Living. There are some personal items that she's researching to replace what she is using currently, like shaving gel.

Her website was unveiled at this wellness talk. Support a female-owned business and help teach these "natural" manufacturers a lesson by spending dollars with businesses that are truly organic, or natural, or in her words, beyond green!

In my part II of celebrating Earth Day - 40 years, I will cover my second guest speaker, Leslie Kirchmeier. 

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Monday, April 26, 2010

It's Real - Sickness and #Wellness

I've come to this conclusion tonight: We must treat our health like our salvation. If it's important to me to know my Savior then it's important that I know what I'm eating. My life depends on my ability to make smart food choices. My salvation (eternal life) depends on knowing God and His promises. I can't go blindly through life because I didn't know. I do know! I can't turn my back on the Truth.

The changes I will be making will be small steps but steps in the right direction nonetheless. If I make small meaningful baby steps, they're sure to stick over time.

I'm thankful that I'm a part of a whole food nutritional movement because an organization has opened my eyes to recognizing poor food choices, i.e., HFCS, Food Dyes, Hydrogenated Oils, etc.

There's more to the story of what we are eating and how it's been treated to be put on our table. 


Hormones and pesticides aren't good.

Obesity is real. Type 2 Diabetes is real. Cancer of children is real. This stuff isn't going away. It's real scary!

It's not too late for my family to do the right thing. Thank God! Just like He forgives allowing us a fresh start... I can give us a fresh start with choosing the right foods.

There's a challenge ahead of me but my family's health is so worth it. It may cost more $ up front but down the road, I have faith that we will be healthier.

I am faithful. I am ready to dive in... Join me! 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Beginnings in #Nutrition #Awareness

Over a year ago, I became interested in eating well in order to live well. Over the last twelve months, I have gone from just being aware of bad food choices to actually making healthy food choices and then educating others on how to do the same. I'm plugged into a supportive network through the Dr. Sears Family and that's what has really opened my eyes to a lot out there but, I want to take it a step further and actually help people in their journeys that are right here in my community. 

What did it take in your wellness journey to transform you? 

Saturday, April 3, 2010

#Dairy Farm Tour - #DeJong's, Wildomar, CA

I attended a tour at De Jong’s (pronounced de young’s) Dairy Farm in Wildomar, Riverside County, California. They are the only true dairy farm in the area. What I mean by “true” is that they milk the cows there, bottled the milk and sell it from their property. They do not have the organic label on their products due to the expense behind the label but I believe they are as close as you can get without the fancy label. 

They have large 2 pens that keep 36 cows at a time. The big dairies have 150 cows or more in each pen. They feed the cows hay and grains twice a day and in the cooler months of the year provide fresh water twice a day. In the hotter months, they are provided water three times a day. Any cow that is sick and on antibiotics is removed from being milked until they’re 100% well - about 8 days. They milk the cows twice a week – Mondays and Thursdays (and twice a day). Each day yields between 1500 and 2000 containers of milk. They said that their water bill each month is $8,800!  

The company has been in business since the early 60s. They are a family owned business and do not have a website but I found an article about their business through a local newspaper and you can learn more facts about this place. 

Their cows life span is on average 9 years. One cow they had was 15. She gave them 13 babies. The cows must be pregnant every year to keep up the milk supply. The owners have not bought a cow in 30 years!

If you are ever in the area, it’s worth visiting. They only offer tours in the cooler months of the year because as you can imagine when the heat comes the smells … well you get the picture. They are open 7-days a week, 12 hours from 8a to 8p. They are open every day of the year - there are no holidays off.  Call ahead for their hours before visiting. 

Their whole fat milk also comes in chocolate. They don’t use Hershey syrup but rather real cocoa. They take the fat from the cow’s milk and add it to the chocolate milk so you can imagine how yummy it is and should be drank in moderation, of course. They also sell 2% milk in chocolate.

Have you ever been? Please leave a comment and share your experience.  

Saturday, March 27, 2010

#Nutrition Detectives #Katz #LabelReading

I recommend families with impressionable children watch a short DVD by Dr. David Katz called “Nutrition Detectives.” It is geared towards children but speaks volumes to adults. You can find his series on YouTube. The DVD covers other healthful aspects but I summarize the basics of label reading below. 

Society has evolved from people growing their own food to purchasing convenient and emotional foods. Since many of us can’t do it like they did in the olden days, we can however, make smarter choices when we buy foods. So, use the following 5 clues to help you at your next trip to the grocery store or while out grabbing a quick bite to eat.

1). Don’t be fooled by the labels on the front of a package, but go to the nutrition facts on the back (or side).
    * They can be conflicting. For example, an off brand of juice reads “Orange Juice” on the front but the nutrition label has no oranges or orange juice concentrate listed.

2). The first ingredient listed is the biggest.
    * You’re looking for a breakfast cereal. If the first ingredient is sugar, it’s not a cereal – it is instead like eating candy for breakfast. Make the first meal of the day meaningful, full of flavor and healthy. It is what fuels you for the day ahead.

3). Avoid suspicious ingredients.
     * Anything hydrogenated, high fructose corn syrup (or its many aliases), artificial sweeteners, any dyes, etc.

4). The longer the ingredient list, the least healthy it is for you.

5). Look for whole grains and avoid imposters.
      * Fiber is our friend. Should be 2g or more if it’s truly a whole grain. (Dr. Sears says 3g.)

There is 1 class of foods that do not require any label reading: Fruits and Vegetables.  Take it back to nature and eat whole foods as often as you can throughout each and every day. 

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St Patrick's Day - Green #Smoothie #recipe







Did you know that smoothies are a great way to get more of the fruits and veggies we are missing in our diets each day? I LOVE smoothies and this is a sure way to get young, picky toddlers to consume more veggies! 


On behalf of Dr. Mitra Ray, I have posted her green smoothie recipe. It is simply amazing. You can find it and many more free resources on her site.

Makes 1 Serving
3 large kale leaves, chopped
2 bananas-very ripe, frozen or fresh
1 fleshy fruit, chopped (apricot, peach, mango, etc), frozen or fresh
1/4c flax seeds
1 tsp milk thistle

Add enough filtered water to make it as liquid as you like.  Put flax and milk thistle in Vitamix. Blend until powder-like. Add one cup of water and continue blending. Add fruits and vegetables, and then slowly add additional water while blending. Blend until liquefied or until smoothie has reached desired consistency.

While you're out and about on St. Patty's Day, whether you're going to bring in / take-out the day with some green beverages of your choice, let's also do like the Irish and be kind to folks as you go throughout your day. Manners go a long way. Especially in the world we live in that has become obsessively selfish. Stand out from the norm and brighten someone's day. 

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

#HFCS - Avoid and why

Over the last twelve months, I have submerged myself into not only wanting to eat better but actually doing it albeit most times it is baby steps but nonetheless I'm taking active steps.


I have the distinct pleasure of being surrounded by other parents in my community that have similar goals in mind. Some are just hoping to make nutritional changes and others are actually walking the walk. I have learned a lot about food and dead calories verses live calories and how there is really a difference in my behavior (moody, tired, etc) when I make (and eat) poor food choices. 


Live calories are foods that give you life - energy and a strong immune system, like fruits and vegetables and dead calories are foods that well... tear you down and make you feel sluggish - prepackaged and processed foods.


What is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)? 


HFCS in its basic sense is a sweetener and a preservative. It is cheaper to make than using sugar and that's the main reason so many [manufacturers] are using it. The other reason is because it keeps you hungry (or thirsty) after consuming the item for which HFCS is found in. 


There are conflicting results in the research that has been conducted on HFCS. Most say it causes obesity and it contributes to diseases such as diabetes, cancers and diagnoses like A.D.H.D. and Autism. I do believe that HFCS is a contributor to the aforementioned but so is eating a poor diet overall which in many cases are processed food laden with HFCS and other unmentionables. 

Bottom line, I believe that environmental factors (how you're brought up - what your parents ate, ingredients found in our foods, lack of education about health and wellness, lack of resources to teach this ever-so-needed topic, etc) are the real reasons why we are slapped with a label from the doctor's offices. 



Whatever your diagnosis may be... you don't have to let it consume you. Many of the times, if we correct (change) our eating habits, we tend to feel better and are healthier.  


Dr. Bill Sears, pediatrician and father of 8, has published more than 30 books many of which discuss the importance of eating right. He has 3 simple categories of foods: Green (eat every day all day foods), Yellow (eat sometimes foods), and Red (don't eat). He believes and has seen in his practice that many of the diagnoses as mentioned above, especially ADHD / ADD are misdiagnoses. It is really N.D.D. (Nutrition Defecit Disorder).  


Examples of green foods are all fruits and vegetables. Examples of yellow foods are lean meats, legumes, butter, whole wheat breads and pastas, and healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil.  Examples of red foods are beverages presweetened with sugar or corn syrup (HFCS too), dyes (red, yellow, blues #s), foods with hydrogenated oils, and foods containing nitrates/nitrites (sandwich meats). 


Though the results from the research on HFCS don't lean one way or the other, one thing that's factual and can be observed from any angle is that everything you eat or drink that has HFCS has high calories and has very little to no nutritional value in it. One major culprit and the best example is soda, which is a red light food.


When shopping for food, read the labels. If it has HFCS or any of the names HFCS is known by like Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Iso Glucose, and Fuit Fructose and if anything has been hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated find a replacement. 

In my next week's post, I will share some quick tips on label reading. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to remember the main things to look for.  Your grocery shopping trips may take a little longer initially until you know which foods to avoid and which ones to replace what your family has been used to eating. You may also find that your grocery bill for one trip may be more than what you're used to spending but what you will notice over time is that at the end of the month your grocery bill expense may either remain the same or even be lower than what you budgeted for. The main reason is because when you eat healthier, you tend to not overeat and you stay satisfied longer in between meals and snacks.



Another tip to avoiding HFCS is go organic. If you don't have a Whole Foods (Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Henry's, etc) store nearby, you can shop at a Target or Amazon. They carry Archer Farms and most of these foods have the USDA Organic label on the packaging. 

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