My 4 Month Transformation by B. Smith II

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From the second week of July (2015) until (11-14-2015), I have been on a very special food diet that completely changed the way I look at dieting. I am 42 years old, 6’4, and weighed in at 256.6 pounds on average. In this four month experiment, I noticed some astounding changes. I went from 256.6 pounds to 230.0 pounds. I am back to a size 34 from size 36-38. I am healthier than I have ever been. I do not get the acid reflux at all anymore. My skin has never looked better. I am not plagued with headaches like I used to be. My body is no longer in the “Acidic” stage and has moved into the “Alkaline” stage (More on that later). I do not feel tired and run down halfway through the day anymore. Even my teeth are a lot whiter. On the day of this writing (11-29-2015), I am 225.4 pounds from the original 256.6 pounds when I started. That is a total loss of 31.2 pounds in this time frame.

So, you want to know what my secret is? It’s nothing new really. I experimented with all the research I had done over that last few years dealing with health, nutrition, nutrients, vitamins, minerals, diet, etc. and put together a little regimen that anyone can do if they want to get healthier and stay that way. Are you ready… Here it goes:

Read food labels

It’s vitally important to read the labels of the foods you buy and eat/drink and understand what they mean. What you eat/drink matters greatly. Chemicals and GMO’s are placed in most processed foods and instant foods. Why would you want to eat something that has a very long list of ingredients? Most of the world’s corn and soybean supply are GMO’s. GMO’s are a big thing and most people want to avoid them if possible, but they can be hidden in the labels. For example High Fructose Corn Syrup is made from GM corn (Genetically Modified corn) and therefore is a GMO. If corn and/or soybean is listed in the ingredients, then there is a good chance they are GMO’s. Obvious GMO’s are Modified food starch, Modified corn starch, etc. Another hidden baddie is trans fat, even though the nutrients label says 0 trans fat, if you read the ingredients, a lot of the time there will be something called hydrogenated, well hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated ingredients. These are trans fats and trans fats cause so many health problems.

For more information on GMo’s visit:
GMO’s The Scary Truth
GMO Facts: The NON-GMO Project

Remove the Bad

I completely avoided all foods and drinks that had anything hydrogenated or modified, high fructose corn syrup, corn, soybean, or a ridiculous amount of sodium in the ingredients. If the sodium was above 200mg per serving I wouldn’t buy/eat/drink it. (Too much sodium is another problem I will explain a little later). Also if there is a ridiculous amount of sugar and/or fake sugar (AKA: artificial sweeteners) I avoid it like the plague. No fast food at all, no packaged meals, no instant foods, no sodas, and no instant meals. I even gave up most breads, crackers, and cereals because of the bad stuff listed in their ingredients.

Replace with the Good

I replaced these bad foods with fresh local, organic raw fruits and veggies (including the honey). These foods I ate every couple hours. I mainly had fruit in the morning ( I drank lemon water or cherry water as well, but I didn’t do that every morning, and I filter my own water using a Brita filter pitcher I will not ever drink tap water unless it is properly filtered first). I chose which veggies I was going eat throughout the day and ate them every couple hours mixing in some fruit like tomatoes and cucumbers. (Yes, these are actually fruits because they produce seeds inside like other fruits). Then in the afternoon I have one large baked potato every day (sometimes two if I am hungry in the evening) and after it cools, I eat it like an apple with mustard one each bite. Mustard is also vital in maintaining a healthy body (More on that later). Added to all this… coconut oil. Coconut oil has multiple health benefits when eaten every day. I have been eating 2-3 spoons of it every day. I will also melt it down and pour a little bit over my veggie bowl instead of store bought salad dressing. I love coconut so I put it on everything especially when cooking and baking. (If you do not like coconut, then you can get the refined that removes the scent and taste, but make sure it is still cold pressed NON-GMO, and only one ingredient: Organic coconut oil).

The foods I cook like steak and pork steak I use olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray (lightly) and then pour some water into the pan and cook with water. I do not use butter (which is really fake butter anyway and filled with chemicals and GMO’s) grease, or any of those fake oils like corn oils or vegetable oils
(see the article Frying with Water by B. Smith II on this site for more information).

About the Author:

Bernard E. Smith II

Bernard E. Smith II is a published author and has a certificate in Applied Sciences concentrating in therapeutic massage from Baker College and is working on his Bachelor’s Degree for Health Services Administration. He wants to share with the world all the knowledge he has acquired and his own personal experiences as far as nutrition, reading food labels, real weight loss and how to achieve it, good and bad foods , and a host of other topics. His vision is to help others that want to be healthy and feel better achieve their goals as he has.



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Canning Tomatoes 101 by: Patrick Barton

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Here we are canning 50 pounds of NON-GMO Beef Steak tomatoes from Georgia. Canning tomatoes, especially a large amount of tomatoes, is one of the best ways to keep and store freshly picked garden tomatoes. Canned tomatoes will stay fresh for several years and are especially good for home made chili.

When preparing the tomatoes, wash, core, and blanch the tomatoes. Blanching means to dip the tomatoes in boiling water for approximately 30 seconds. What blanching does is makes the skin of the tomato come right off.

After blanching, place the tomatoes in an ice bath. After the ice bath, peel the skin off the tomatoes. The skins of the tomatoes will mostly come right off very easily.

Then cut the tomatoes into four pieces (also known as quartering).

Place 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid and 1 teaspoon of salt in each jar. You can also use 1/2 teaspoon of real lemon or fresh lemon juice.

Wash your canning jars with warm soap and water and then place them in your dishwasher on the sanitize cycle. Do not touch the rims or the lids. Place lids in warm water so they get soft.

Pack the jars with tomatoes.

Place the lids and rings on the packed jars and place them in boiling water for 40 minutes so it will sterilize everything.

After 40 minutes, take the jars out of the water and let them cool. As they cool, they will seal. Be careful because the jars are very hot. Use oven mitts and a jar lifter to remove from the hot water.

Happy canning!


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Hydration: Why It’s So Important? by: editorial staff

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Why is it so important to stay hydrated?

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for good health.

How does my body lose water?

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

Symptoms of dehydration include the following:

Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
Dry mouth
Sleepiness or fatigue
Extreme thirst
Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
No tears when crying

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Who is at higher risk of dehydration?

People are at higher risk of dehydration if they exercise at a high intensity, have certain medical conditions, are sick, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst.

You may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking if you:

Have certain medical conditions, such as kidney stones or bladder infection
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
Will be outside during hot weather
Will be exercising
Have a fever
Have been vomiting or have diarrhea
Are trying to lose weight

How much water should I drink each day?

You may have heard different recommendations for daily water intake. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day, which is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than 8 glasses each day.
Here’s a good tip to follow: go by your body weight. Divide your body weight by 2 and that’s how many ounces of water to drink a day. For example: if a person weighs 50 lbs, then they should drink 25 ounces of water a day. If a person weighs 100 lbs, then they drink 50 ounces. A 200 lbs person drinks 100 ounces.

If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely staying well hydrated. Dark yellow or amber-colored urine is a sign of dehydration.

Why Does Your Knee Snap and Pop? by: Howard J. Luks, MD

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Why Does Your Knee Snap and Pop?

Snapping and popping knees bring many patients in the door. Some patients have painful snapping of their knee and some simply have snapping with no pain. Some patients note a history of trauma, some do not recall any injury. While not all cases of knee popping require treatment, some do. Let’s explore what are some of the more common reasons that our knees will snap and pop.

What Makes Our Knees Snap and Pop?

Our knee joint is composed of three bones — the end of the femur or thigh bone; the top of the tibia or shin bone, and the patella, or kneecap. The knee is supported or held together by a number of ligaments. The knee moves because of a number of large strong muscles and tendons. The force across the knee is borne by the medial and lateral menisci, which are two cartilage discs that protect the cartilage surfaces of our knees.

All of these structures can be damaged by activity, trauma, injury or simple degeneration. Many injuries to the knee structures mentioned above can causes snapping and popping of your knee.

Most common reasons your knees pop or snap:

Meniscus tears
Cartilage Defects
Patella Instability

(See website for description of each).
There are many more less common causes of knee snapping and popping. The issues mentioned above usually cause painful snapping and popping within the knee. If you have painful popping, snapping and swelling you should see your doctor.

Many of you will have painless knee popping and snapping. Sometimes our knee pops or snaps for no known reason. In many situations it is simply “normal” and no treatment is necessary.

Howard J. Luks, MD
About the Author:

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. I have a very “social” patient centric approach and believe that the more you understand about your issue, the better your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and my recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision making principles — all geared to improve your quality of life.