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About Randy Fritz

A certified Nutritional Consultant, Randy has been teaching health and personal development principles for over 30 years and has personally helped individuals with over 10,000 Body Health Assessments.

How To Accept Yourself – Instead of Making New Year’s Resolutions

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:32+00:00 January 3rd, 2016|Health News, Health Tips, Inspiration|

Would you rather lose 10 pounds that will probably be back by springtime, or would you rather gain a new perspective that will last for a lifetime?

This may sound like an unfair question, but it speaks to the difference between the permanent, life-changing process of learning to accept yourself, as opposed to achieving one or two superficial goals around the beginning of the new year.

Can you imagine a friendship or a romantic relationship in which one party says to the other:

“You know Sally (or Barry). Your teeth need to be whiter. I think I could like you or even love you IF you get your teeth whitened by next Tuesday. ”

The answer is not very likely because you know that by the next time these two come together, another request would emerge.

“You know, I’m happy with your teeth now. But you are definitely carrying a few extra pounds and your laugh is kind of weird. I know these are harder to deal with so I will (generously) give you a whole month to change. Then, I might really like you or even love you”.

Could you imagine yourself saying this to your friends and loved ones?

Of course not, but that is exactly how we treat ourselves. We decide that we can only be happy and love ourselves if we make changes to our body or finances (or whatever) and we make resolutions to do so.

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Making New Year’s Resolutions like this is not only potentially problematic with our psychological health; it also has very little chance of success.

Although 40 to 50 % of the population makes New Year’s resolutions, only 8% ever achieve their goals. These successes were probably short attainable goals rather than lofty long term goals. Experts like psychologist Lynn Bufka recommend setting manageable goals, so we have a better chance of succeeding.

It’s totally OK to improve yourself. It’s wonderful to create better habits and buff up and be healthier, but it is so much easier and holistic if you start with an acceptance of yourself.

How Do We Do That?

1. Find the Good Within Ourselves and Be Thankful For It

This includes parts of our personality and activities which we can think about and can make a list of. For example, “I care about the environment. I’m a good cook. I can run like the wind.”

Yes, write it down, make a list and be thankful for it. Research has shown that gratitude is linked to better relationships and healthier habits.

2. Be Realistic About Our Limitations

Recognize that everyone is totally unique and has a different function in life. Everyone, including you, is doing their best given the circumstances. I like this short affirmation by Farnoosh Brock:  “I accept myself. I love myself. I forgive myself for what I didn’t know until I learned it.”

3. Be As Compassionate and Forgiving to Yourself As You Would Be to Others.

If your friend was feeling bad about […]

Halloween Silliness

By | 2015-11-04T12:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Health News|

Our Halloween Party and Dance was originally scheduled for the day after Halloween. This is called All Saints Day so several of us dressed as saints. Can you guess them?

Spoiler Alert:

In the middle is Saint Saint Therese De Lisieux
In back is Yogananda (from Autobiography of a Yogi) and Guru Picou ( a spoof)

Diana, by the way is the Joker’s girlfriend Harley Quinn.  Randy is a smurf with the silly orange hat.  Then there is the usual assortment of cats and pirates.

Healthy Snacks We Enjoyed:

Two different types of healthy popcorn.  One is Curried Popcorn

A wonderful healthy cake.

And LARGE amounts of a special green tea.

Antioxidants Supplements: Good News and Bad

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:36+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Health Tips, Nutrition|

Antioxidants are a miracle of the body. By protecting and repairing damage to the cells, they decrease disease and signs of aging. Theoretically, we can just pop a few ‘natural’ antioxidant pills and never have to worry about our destructive lifestyles or environment.

Unfortunately, research is showing that the process of protection and repair and aging is so complicated, that we don’t yet completely understand how to improve on this process with easy supplementation.

The Good News:

  • All life forms have created systems to prevent the destructive effects of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are created during the process of turning food into energy or absorbed in the food we eat or the air we breathe.
  • Humans have a very powerful and complicated system to deal with free radicals, which has successfully made us one of the longest living animals on the planet.
  • Our body creates its own antioxidants, but we can also ingest them from plants.
  • Different parts of the body and different body processes require completely different antioxidants. The body takes care of this.
  • Plants can provide hundreds (and maybe thousands) of different kinds of antioxidants. Each one will have more or less of particular antioxidants our particular body needs. Blueberries, for example, will have different antioxidants than spinach.

The Bad News:

  • Most doctors do NOT advise antioxidant supplementation since the majority of research has NOT verified the promise of a longer life. From the Harvard School for Public Health: “While it’s true that the package of antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and other substances found naturally in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains helps prevent a variety of chronic diseases, it is unlikely that high doses of antioxidants can accomplish the same feat.”
  •  A major review of all evidence for the ‘antioxidant hypothesis’ mirrored these ideas. They concluded that the idea that antioxidant supplements can prevent chronic diseases has not been proved or even consistently supported by intervention trials. They suggest that further evidence is needed and until that time to increase consumption of plant foods.
  • Some research has even shown that antioxidants DECREASE life expectancy! For example, a large trial on the effects of beta-carotene on lung cancer had to be stopped because there was a significant increase in lung cancer among participants taking the beta-carotene compared to those taking the placebo.ThinkstockPhotos-162362633

Are These Scary Conclusions Fair?

 If you talk to advocates in the natural health field they shout out ‘foul’ and ‘unfair’. They suggest that original studies done in this field were poorly done because they used very low-grade supplements in these trials such as synthetic vitamin E.

They also suggest that these studies can’t measure the quality of life accurately. People don’t take a supplement to last another year or two; they take supplements to feel better today.
They also suggest that there is much less money put into the research of this kind because all the large profits are made in chemical pharmaceuticals instead.[…]

10 Reasons to Avoid Carrageenan

By | 2015-09-01T12:35:43+00:00 June 17th, 2015|Health Tips, Nutrition|

Carrageenan is a heavily used additive in the food industry. Processed from seaweed, it is presented as safe and natural but growing evidence shows it could be  dangerous. We recommend you avoid regular use of products with carargeenan included.

There Are Two Types of Carrageenan

1.  Food grade carrageenan (sometimes labelled as iris moss) which is red seaweed processed with alkali.  This is used to give foods and drinks that oily full texture and keep ingredients separated.  For many years, thought to be safe, it even appears in some health and organic products.

2. Degraded carrageenan, (or poligeenan) which is seaweed processed with acid. This is a known carcinogen and powerful inflammatory agent. It is used in experiments to induce inflammation in animals when testing anti-inflammatory drugs.

Food grade carrageenan has been used for decades in the food industry. It is inexpensive, convenient,  and they known how well it works to give processed foods the texture they want. They have therefor responded to growing evidence and pressure from consumer groups not to eliminate it, but rather to spend millions of dollars to lobby for its continued use and to smear scientists and advocates who present evidence of its dangers.

7 Indications  Food Grade Carrageenan Is Not Safe

1. Studies show that food grade carrageenan causes bowel and intestine inflammation ( 1-5 ),  and diabetes ( 7), in animals,  and reduced enzyme activity in human epithelial cells. (6)

2. Scientists are concerned that the acid environment of the stomach is perhaps transforming the food grade carrageenan into the known inflammatory degraded carrageenan.

3. Individuals with sensitive digestive systems and bowel disorders often experience profound relief of their symptoms and suffering when they eliminate carrageenan products from their diet.

4. Even if you do not have digestive problems, and thus experience obvious immediate responses to the inflammation effects of carrageenan, long term inflammation is now linked to a host of diseases such as  Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and signs of aging   Read Inflammation: The Slow Silent Killer.

5. It’s possible  that all foods grade carrageenan supplies are contaminated with the destructive degraded carrageenan.  The industry allows up to 5% degraded carrageenan in food grade supplies and still considers it ‘safe’ but one survey by marinalg.org showed 8 or 12 samples over this already high limit.

6. Consumer groups petitioned the FDA to have it declared unsafe. The FDA did not do so but only because it did not review all the relevant scientific studies in this field.  It is assumed that the FDA was under strong pressure from the food industry to come up with this hasty ruling.

7. Most of the information you get pertaining to its safety is coming from a powerful food industry which is governed by its own self interests of profit and not your long term health.

3  Reasons You Just Don’t NEED […]

Inflammation: The Slow Killer

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:42+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Nutrition|

The Problem: Excess Inflammation.

Inflammation is an essential function of your body’s immune response but this is one of those things in life where a little bit is good for you but any more than that is too much. You don’t have to have arthritis to have too much inflammation in your body. Inflammation is the body’s response to stress and we all have lots of that.
Inflammation is considered by many experts as the common link between a host of debilitating conditions, including
• Alzheimers,
• heart disease,
• cancer.
Inflammation is also thought to be the culprit behind the visible signs of aging.
The stress that causes this inflammation can come from a number of sources. These include:

1. Chronic low grade bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
2. Chronic low level food allergies or food sensitivities.
3. Physical or emotional stress – which raises cortisol levels. (Cortisol increases inflammation)
4. Toxicity from the environment: metals and other contaminates in the water and air.
5. Toxicity in our diet: too much fat, sugar, protein, alcohol

Symptoms of inflammation include:
•• Arthrtitus (including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
• Chronic Pain
• Diabetes
• Heart Desease
• High Blood pressure
• Visible signs of aging
• Susceptibility to infection (viral, bacterial, and fungal)
• Osteoporosis
• Skin Conditions

The Process of Inflammation in the body:

Whatever the source of inflammation, the bodies response is similar. Turn up the bodies immune system so that it can fight all these intruders.

For example: When you cut yourself the body automatically increases blood flow to the area and sends in (among other things) killer white blood cells to surround any invading bacteria and ‘burn’ the bacteria up with oxidative chemicals. It is like an protective army destroying invaders.

This is a good thing since it protects us.

Unfortunately, we have so many stressors in our life that this ‘war’ ends up going on forever. In any war there is collateral damage and in this case that collateral damage is to heathy tissue as well.

Sometimes also, the body just doesn’t know when to stop. It loses its ability to distinguish between the good guys and the invading bacteria or viruses. It ends up attacking the healthy tissues also and upsetting delicate chemical and hormonal balances that keep all our systems running properly.

How to Reduce Inflammation:

The start of reducing inflammation is reducing stress. Since this stress can come from a number of sources (as described above) there is a lot to do on this front. Some of these stresses can be reduced by avoiding or removing certain foods from your diet and environment. These include too much sugar, fat, protein, alcohol and any food your may be allergic or sensitive to.

Just taking away things can be restrictive and is usually not completely effective.  A much more complete solution is to ADD anti-inflammatory foods and anti-oxidants.  They stop this process from getting out of control.

There are pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs, like most pharmaceutical drugs have many undesirable side effects. That is why so many people would prefer an natural approach.

These include omega 3 oils and a number of […]

Sexy Veggie Music Video

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:44+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Health News, Our Earth, Videos|

This is a parody of the “Sexy and I Know It” song. It is good for a laugh AND you may be inspired to eat organic!

We will let you decide if they really do make organic sexy but in any case, it is entertaining.

Check out this list of the foods that normally have the MOST pesticides and herbicides.

It’s called the Dirty Dozen!

Antioxidant: Life Saving Nutrient or Expensive Fad

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:52+00:00 November 13th, 2014|Nutrition|

Antioxidants are essential participants in the ongoing war between cancer-causing free radicals and healthy cells in your body.

Our bodies can create their own antioxidants, but we can also need to take in additional antioxidants from our food. We want to feed the protective forces with plenty of plant nutrients. This includes whole plant foods and plenty of herbs and spices. The best sources for antioxidants can be found in the common food categories listed below.

It’s easy to think of these protective antioxidants as the good guys in this so-called war. But, it turns out that to stay alive, we really do need destructive forces attacking us. We just don’t want them to get out of hand. It’s all in the balance.

How Antioxidants Work, Simplified

  • Antioxidants prevent and repair excess oxidation in the body.
  • Oxidation is a major metabolic process in which mitochondria burn up or combine oxygen and carbohydrates together to produce energy.
  • This highly efficient process is tightly controlled in the cell, yet a very small fraction of this “burning” actually escapes. We call these escaped molecules free radicals and ROS (reactive oxygen species).  These free radicals can also be created from environmental chemicals and toxins.
  • These ROS break down cells, DNA, cell membranes and many other parts of the body.
  • Different ROS in different parts of the body cause various degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, etc.
  • Different antioxidants are necessary to help prevent or repair this damage. Some of the best known nutrients like Vitamin C and Vitamin E are antioxidants.
  • Therefore, the best antioxidant diet contains a wide variety of antioxidants.

Foods with the Most Antioxidants

A research study in Oslo, Norway measured the antioxidant activity of 31,000 foods in over 23 different categories. This eight-year study created the most comprehensive database in this field. These were the top antioxidant sources.

1. Spices
2. Herbs
3. Berries
4. Nuts
5. Seeds
6. Green and herbal teas
7. Vegetables

 

Some Top Antioxidant Foods in Each Category

Large general categories:
Plant foods have 64 times more antioxidant activity than animal foods on average.

Beverages:

The highest antioxidant levels are found in unprocessed tea leaves, tea powders and coffee beans.
Other antioxidant rich beverages include red wine, pomegranate juice, prepared green tea, grape juice, prune juice and black tea.

Beer, soft drinks and ginger ale contain the lowest amount of antioxidants.

Breakfast cereals, grains & legumes:

Among grains and grain products, buckwheat, millet, and barley flours have the highest antioxidant values. Rice is much lower. Legumes contain moderate amounts.

Nuts and Seeds:
All nuts are high in antioxidants including walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds and peanuts.

Chocolate:

The higher the cocoa content, the higher the antioxidant value. A high cocoa content can exceed the antioxidant levels of grains, but will not exceed nuts.

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Medicinal VS Food Grade Herbs

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:53+00:00 November 6th, 2014|Health Tips, Nutrition|

All herbs are not the same.
1. Food Grade herbs are herbs you can eat every day and they will provide ongoing nourishment and balance.
2. Medicinal Grade herbs to be used as sparingly as possible for short periods of time.

How to Understand the Differences:

Medicinal herbs are much like western medicine in that their effects. Most medicines have an effect on the body by SUBSTITUTING or BLOCKING certain chemistry in the body.

An example of a substitute is insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. If the pancreas is damaged or the insulin cannot gets to the cells, we can make insulin in a lab and inject it directly into our bloodstream.
This saves our life in many cases, but does not solved the problem of why there was insufficient insulin getting to the cells. There are always side effects to these kinds of medicines because the body becomes lazy in the sense that it stops producing its own medicine.
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n fact this is what happens even with insulin. If a healthy person starting injecting large amounts insulin every day, they would become temporaitly diabetic in the sense that if you stopped injecting insulin there would be period of adjustment.

Food Grade Herbs Only Feed the Body.

Food grade herbs do NOT substitute or block chemistry in the body. They only provide the nutrition or building blocks for the body so that it can make its own medicines. This means you can eat food grade herbs every day with no side effects or later withdrawal.

Medicinal Herbs ARE Different From Drugs in Certain Ways

Medicinal herbs are different from synthetic drugs in the sense that they came from whole foods so they still have a whole food structure. Besides just the active ingredient, there are many other phyto chemicals which have slight enhancing or moderating effects on the ‘active ingredient’.
For this reason medicinal herbs are often easier and less powerful than drugs and many people feel they are more ‘natural’ and helpful. The usefulness of the herbs may then depend upon the skill the herbalist using the herb since it is a complicated science.

Foods and Food Herbs Are Different From Isolated Vitamins and Minerals.

In the same way that a drug is an isolated form of a whole food herb, an vitamin or mineral supplement is an isolated form of an ingredient from a whole food or whole food herb.
Using a whole food or a whole food herb is usually a more safe and holistic way to nourish the body. Once you start looking at isolated nutrients its gets very complicated very quickly. When you conider that a a typical diet provides more than 25,000 bioactive food constituents, that all interact with each other, you can see the problem in trying to figure it out in your head.
It is often easier to use what nature has provided with thousands or millions of years of evolution and what older cultures have food to be helpful over hundreds and thousands of years.

How Do You Heal? – Poll

By | 2017-10-29T15:39:53+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Events, recent top posts|

What Healing Approaches and Techniques to  Add For Complete Health

At Real Food For Life, we tend to emphasize nutrition and food.  Also, we know there are many other important factors in achieving health.  Both Diana and myself have researched and practiced personal development and meditation techniques for 30 plus years.  We understand the necessity for a holistic approach.

We want to give YOU a chance to express what you feel is important.

What have YOU found that has made a big difference?

What would YOU like to hear more about?

We know it is challenging to separate these factors, so just pick out the top 2 or 3 that speak out to you at first glance and check the box.  You will see the results immediately afterward you vote.   You can vote as often as you wish.

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Government Promoting Dairy Poll

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:04+00:00 June 24th, 2014|Events|

dairy junk foodWe would like to hear what YOU think and feel about the government supporting and promoting dairy.
You can vote, then see the results.

You can share the results yourself, plus we will share them to our 10,000 subscribers, our 63,00+  combined twitter followers and our 2000+ facebook followers.

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