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5 Healthy Recipes for 5 Unhealthy Foods

By |January 23rd, 2014|

These healthy recipes for unhealthy foods are tasty as well as being good for us.  I am sure you have noticed how unhealthy foods are being offered to us every day so it is good to have substitutes that are healthy.
Looking at the most unhealthy foods, here are 10 of the most unhealthy ones from in 2 posts:  Top Foods to Eliminate From Your Diet and MORE Foods To Eliminate From Your Diet

Here are my 5 super healthy alternative recipes to keep you satisfied!

1. Eliminate that Bacon and Bacon Bits with all its fat and additives.

Get that salty crunch from healthy seeds.

Seed Topping for Salad, Rice or Vegetables

This is a quick way to add some extra flavour to your grain or steamed vegetables or just for a snack.
Pumpkin seeds are the only seeds that are alkaline forming. 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds*
1  – 2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce or Braggs

Directions:

1.    Dry roast seeds in frying pan.
2.    Stir constantly until golden brown.
2.    Remove from heat.
3.    Add tamari or soy sauce or Braggs.
4.    Sprinkle on top of rice or vegetables.

*You can use sunflower seeds instead but they are not alkaline forming.

2. Replace Oreo Cookies or a Snickers bar with this easy homemade chocolate bar

Cherry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bar
This is a totally decadent chocolate that everyone loves.

Ingredients:

4 squares (approx 112 gm) unsweetened chocolate*
3 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
2 Tbsp unpasteurized honey
1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia
1/4 cup pecans, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup dried unsweetened cherries chopped in half’s

Directions:

  1. Dry roast pecans in a toaster oven or in frying pan (stir frequently so they do not burn).
  2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or very carefully in a saucepan.
  3. Oil with coconut oil a small pan of approximately 8 inches square.**
  4. Sprinkle evenly the cherries and pecans in the pan.
  5. When chocolate is melted; remove from heat.
  6. Mix in coconut oil and stevia.
  7. Then mix in honey.
  8. Pour melted chocolate mixture over the cherries and pecans.
  9. Let cool in refrigerator or freezer.
  10. Once set, cut into squares.
  11. Store in covered container in refrigerator or freezer, if desired.

This recipe is just one of the many recipes in the Healthy Chocolate Project.  This video course teaches you n how to make an assortment of amazingly delicious chocolates that uses only small quantities of healthy sugars and healthy oils.

2. Instead of store-bought salad dressings that are full of unhealthy fats, salts, sugars, artificial flavors, and colours.

We eat salads to be healthy. The problem is, the salad dressing can make the salad into an unhealthy meal. Make a big jar of this easy-to-make,  low-calorie dressing. It’s alkalizing and healthy.

Light Lemon Oil Salad Dressing 

This is a base recipe that you can make up different each time with a variety of herbs.
I use this a lot in my online cooking classes.  What makes this light is the addition of water.

Ingredients:Healthy Recipes Unhealthy Foods

1 cup cold pressed olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/4 – 1 tsp. Himalayan Salt
Few drops of liquid Stevia

Optional:
1 – 3 tsp. basil
1/2 – 1 tsp. marjoram
1/4 tsp. rosemary
or
2 tbsp. fresh mint (or 2 tsp. dried) for a mint dressing

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients into a […]

5 Foods to Eliminate From Your Diet

By |January 2nd, 2014|

healthy vs junk food

There are thousands of healthy foods on this planet but there are also thousands of unhealthy choices.

You can’t eliminate every bad food at once so I’ve listed the top ones to beware!

1.  Oreo Cookies and Snickers

 Why:  Sugar and Chemicals

  • Oreos are as addictive as cocaine!  Eating the cookies activated more neurons in the rat brain’s pleasure center than drugs like cocaine. – Connecticut College study.
  • One Snickers bar contains:

6.5 teaspoons sugar – (your blood only needs one) can trigger cravings
16.5g fat – puts extra pressure on your heart
296 calories – a bar a day will add 31 pounds in a year

Solution:  Use a good stevia.  Also coconut sugar is a low glycemic sugar. Read my 7 Tips to Stop Sugar Cravings.

 2.  Nonorganic Strawberries

Why:  Chemicals

  • They are drenched in deadly pesticides and fungicides and always near the top of the list of the Dirty Dozen.
  • “The workers wear these suits to protect themselves from the dozens and dozens of known dangerous pesticides applied to strawberries.  When I saw this, I thought to myself, if this is how berries are grown, I don’t really want to eat them anymore.” said Kenner while filming Food Inc.
  • If you don’t care about your health do it for the farmers.

Solution:  Grow your own organic strawberries or buy organic strawberries at a reasonable price when in season.  If I cannot afford organic strawberries I just do not eat them and choose one of the many other powerfood fruits like raspberries, apples, mangos and bananas.

 3.  Bacon

Why:  Fat and Additives

  • Bacon is loaded calories and 69% of those calories in bacon are bad fat.
  • Half of that fat is saturated.
  • One ounce of bacon contains 30 milligrams of cholesterol.
  • Cancer and chronic pulmonary disease are caused when processed meat with nitrates like bacon are consumed.  University of Zurich and Columbia University
  • Cured with …”sugar, high fructose corn syrup, propylene glycol, sodium phosphates, maple syrup, sodium erythorbate, natural and artificial maple flavor, corn syrup, caramel color, sucralose, sodium nitrite.”  (label ingredients).
  • Is that what your body can deal with? Notice that there are 5 sweeteners in it!

The average American eats about 18 pounds of bacon a year.

Solution:  For that crunch use vegetables or a few nuts or seeds.  Your heart and digestive system will be happier.

 4. Junk Food

Why : Empty Calories and Chemicals

  • Teenage girls eating lots of food may be at a higher risk of breast cancer, a study claims. Lead researcher Sandra Haslam, of Michigan University, said: “Our findings show the culprit is the fat itself rather than weight gain.”
  • Addictive.  Junk food is filled with flavour enhancing chemicals that are rewarding to the addict.  Chemicals like MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, and aspartame, are all highly-addictive.  MSG excites the brain so much that it causes neurological brain damage but because it tastes so good, people keep eating it.
  • Effects memory! Healthy […]

19 Different Sugars but Which Are Healthy

By |June 10th, 2011|

Not all sugars are equal. Some are very good for you in small quantities, others are less healthy. Which sugars do you consider real foods?

Perfect Oatmeal Porridge

By |June 2nd, 2011|

Oatmeal porridge has been a traditional breakfast food for hundreds of years. On a winter day  it is so warming to have a steaming bowl of porridge with raisins.  In the summer I do not cook them just soak; see my recipe below.

I like the old fashioned oats as they have a fuller flavour and are healthier.  You can eat this as a raw meal or make it into regular porridge.  As they take longer to cook I often soak them over night but you do not have to.

oatmeal - gluten free

Oatmeal & Sultanas

Ingredients:
1/3 cup old fashioned oats (rolled oats can be used)
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons sultanas
Pinch of salt […]

Good Nutrition ‘Turns Off’ Alzheimer’s Gene

By |March 10th, 2011|

Can We Really Take Charge of Our Health Destiny?

For many years there has been a debate over Nature versus Nurture: Environment versus Genetics

Are people overweight due to ‘fat genes’ or is it because of poor diet and exercise habits common to their family or environment? Also, if your parents have a degenerative disease like diabetes or cancer, should you be preparing for the inevitable?

Now, this question has been answered to a degree in the field of Alzheimer’s. In a landmark study, research has shown that a diet high in omega-3 fats reduces the expression of the Alzheimer’s gene APOE4. […]

Onions are Powerfoods

By |March 9th, 2011|

Onions for Better Health says WHO

Onions are full of protective phytonutrients, vitamins, trace minerals, quercetin (an important flavonoid), chromium, and unique anti-inflammatory nutrients.
 
“An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh.” ~ Will Rogers
Onions are:
  • Low in Saturated Fat, Sodium, and Cholesterol.
  • High in Vitamin C, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Folate and Manganese.
  • The nutritional value of onions make them ideal for weight loss and maintaining optimum health.

Health Benefits of Onions:

1. WHO recognizes that onions help relieve symptoms such as coughs, congestion asthma and respiratory infections.

  • Early American settlers used wild onions to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects.
  • In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems.
  • Sugar and onion juice form syrup, much used in domestic practice, for cough and other affections of the air-tubes among children.

Green Onion as Alternative Medicine: 

  • It is mainly used as a traditional medicine for common cold.
  • It stimulates the respiratory tract and helps in expelling sputum (phlegm).

 

Onion recipes:

onion soup                                 Onion Soup

Onion Gravy: A vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free classic.
Onion Soup: A classic recipe that is vegan – and just as healthy as the original.

Now I ask: What would life be like without this powerfood?

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Copyright © Diana Herrington http://www.realfoodforlife.com


Better Health Doesn’t Have to be Complicated

By |January 19th, 2011|

We want to make your life and health choices simpler.

Woman Eating StrawberryThere are hundreds of different  approaches to optimizing health.
In over 30 years of experimenting, we have figured out what works…
and what doesn’t!

Ninety percent of the health benefits you desire will come from one or two simple steps – not complicated rules  or fanatical ideologies.

These benefits  include:

  • Clear, radiant skin
  • Increased energy
  • A lean body
  • Overcoming health challenges

Here is one quick tip… Try to emphasize real food;  food that is whole and live… […]

Green means Lean E-book

By |September 24th, 2010|

7 Health Principles to Simplify & Balance Your Life! 'Eating Green, Clean and Lean' cuts through the confusion, by starting you in the right direction with clear, simple health PRINCIPLES.

Diana reveals some of her difficult health story….

By |September 13th, 2010|

Eating Green, Clean and Lean E-book will focus on the 7 principles of health. Principle #1 - Eat Real Whole Food Diana’s health decline began early in life as she was often fed junk food as a child. She only recognized that fact after many years of suffering mysterious health challenges through most of her adult life.

Is Your Protein Powder Toxic?

By |August 30th, 2010|

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Consumer Reports Sounds the Alarm!  

Consumer Reports, one of the most trusted guides for buying reputable products, has found heavy metals in protein supplements and is warning you to use caution.

 Officials for Consumer Reports say they purchased 15 protein powders and drinks mainly in the New York metro area or online and tested multiple samples of each for arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.

 The results were very disturbing, considering how many people consume these highly processed food products and how MUCH they consume per day.

 

 The results showed a considerable range, but levels in three products were of particular concern because they exceeded the daily exposure limits proposed by USP for arsenic, cadmium or lead. This is if you assume 3 servings per day which is the average for most consumers. Some eat more and some eat less. For many products, levels of those contaminants were in the ‘low to moderate range.’

Personally I would not find even low to moderate exposure acceptable considering how many other toxic products we find in our environment. We have enough health considerations just dealing with life without wondering about a product we specifically consume for health or fitness!


Cadmium exposure is particularly scary
because it accumulates in and can damage the kidneys, the same organs that can be damaged by excessive protein consumption. It can take 20 years for the body to eliminate even half the cadmium absorbed today. 

Imagine what will happen to the large group of teenagers and twenty-somethings wanting to ‘bulk up’ today.  They are the ones who eat a LOT of these products and who may be in for a very unpleasant surprise some time from now.

 
“This (Cadmium) is a highly toxic metal, and while there are some cases where decisions have to be weighed against relative risks, accepting that you have to be exposed to any cadmium at all in your protein drink after your workout is definitely not one of them.”
says Michael Harbut, M.D., director of the Environmental Cancer Initiative at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Royal Oak, Mich.


Even some plant sources can contain cadmium.  This is because of the heavy use of cadmium-containing phosphate fertilizers in commercial farming. Potatoes, rice, sunflower seeds, spinach and other leafy greens are susceptible, but this is not a problem if you are eating organic.


Below is the average finding for three serving of the protein drinks.

 


You can see that Muscle Milk and EAS were the most toxic brands while the whey products faired better than the rest generally. This is just a small sampling of products.  The protein powder you buy from the store may be better, but it also may be worse.

You can read the complete findings (5 pages) at Consumer Reports.


Do You Want to Help the Environment?

By |August 9th, 2010|

 Author Martha Volz

UN researchers reveal:

One quick solution to lower our effect on the environment. 

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Do you know the United Nations calculated the combined climate change emissions of animals bred for their meat and found it  was more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together? […]

Greens Are Good for Us

By |July 20th, 2010|

The very simplest place to start with getting greens into our diet is to eat one big salad each day and make sure it is filled with mostly greens.  

Greens are full of vitamins A, K, D, and E which are fat soluble. To absorb these vitamins make sure to add a teaspoon of dietary fat, such as butter, olive or coconut oil, nuts, cheese or salad dressing. This will make sure your body absorbs all of the vitamins in the greens. Vitamin K helps calcium and phosphorus bind onto the bone protein matrix.

  Greens
 MIXED SUMMER GREEN SALAD Greens 

Ingredients:
1 handful, spinach
1 handful, arugula
½ head, red leaf lettuce
½  head, green leafy lettuce
1 medium bunch of parsley
3 Celery pieces, chopped
1 medium cucumber, sliced in rounds
¼ cup pine nuts

Directions:
1. Mix greens together in a bowl.
2. Top with celery, cucumber and pine nuts.
3. Serve with Mint salad dressing.

TIP:  If you are planning on this lasting for the next day, do not mix the cucumber in.  Put it in a bowl on the side and add to each serving of salad.  A mix of the basic ingredients without the cucumber will last 3 days in the fridge.

LEMON-MINT SALAD DRESSING
This is a refreshing tasty dressing with a little mint flavour.

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