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.

 

 






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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Healthy Eating for the Family by: Peter Young

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There are a lot of things you can do to keep your children and family healthy, safe, and happy but none are likely to have a greater impact on a daily basis than the careful selection of the food they eat. While it remains bizarre how it became common place to consume processed, chemical laden foods with a list of ingredients that reads like a high school chemistry test, it takes little more than common sense to decide that they may not be the best choice when it comes to eating healthy foods.
 
Informed Shoppers Are Healthier Shoppers

Choosing to eat and live in a healthier more natural way is as simple as learning to read labels and see past advertising hype to get to the truth. If there was an accurate description of the way foods were grown, processed, and delivered to the grocery store or your table. There is little doubt most would choose the natural and organic methods automatically. Unfortunately, after years of overlooking labelling requirements people have learnt to not ask questions about foods. Now we simply consume them without thought. Healthier living starts with learning to ask questions again.

It is interesting that the average shopper is more interested in the details of the history of a used car than in the history of the food they will be giving their children to consume. When shopping for a used car we always ask: who owned it last, was it ever in an accident, do you have maintenance records to verity that all was as it was supposed to be before, and even check 3rd party sites for history reports. Yet many people pick up a can of baby formula with a label that reads –

Water, Non-fat Milk, Lactose, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Soy Oil, Coconut Oil, Galactooligosaccharides, Whey Protein Concentrate. Less than 0.5% of the Following: C. Cohnii Oil, M. Alpina Oil, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Ascorbic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Monoglycerides, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Carrageenan, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Taurine, m-Inositol, Calcium Phosphate, Zinc Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate, d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Palmitate, Cupric Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Manganese Sulfate, Phylloquinone, Biotin, Sodium Selenate, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin, Salt, Potassium Hydroxide, and Nucleotides (Adenosine 5’-Monophosphate, Cytidine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Guanosine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Uridine 5’-Monophosphate).

(Similac advance nutrition formula)

Without as much as a question of why this formula contains so many ingredients and what exactly they are.

There are two things everybody can do to make healthier choices. Begin to read the labels and ask why is that in my food? If you do not have time to read every label every time then to consider shopping at places that do that for you and only carry organic food products. The immediate argument you will hear is that the quantities are so small that the ingredient does not matter (as the label points out less than .5% or ½ of 1%. So yes, it is a small amount, however in this case the label lists 42 separate ingredients in that area so in total even though it is a small amount of each by labelling, it could legally be over 20% in total.

Choosing to ask questions and shopping in places that ask questions for you is the key to finding healthier food products for your family. If stores that specialize in organic and natural food products are rare in your area then the internet is an excellent place to shop for organic and natural foods.

Another excellent resource for healthier safer foods are the locally produced organic farmers markets that are common in some areas. To decide whether to purchase local produce, look for certified organic producers. Simply choosing to buy fresh fruits and vegetables locally is not an indication of whether pesticides or chemical fertilizers were used unless they are certified as an organic grower.

About the Author:

Peter Young graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a degree in journalism and has made sustainability and eco-conscious living mainstays of both his professional and personal life. It was during his time at PLU that he began his journey with sustainability and it’s what has led him to writing for Green Living Ideas. He currently resides in Honolulu and works for Pono Home, an energy efficiency company focused on reducing carbon emissions and promoting a healthier, greener lifestyle.

Foods That Are GMO’s by: Michael Edwards

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It’s really awesome to see a growing concern over genetically modified foods. People seem to be waking up to this issue. They don’t want genetically modified foods in their diets. And for good reason!
 
 
Are GMOs Safe?
 
While many studies claim no correlation to any health issues with GMO consumption, there are a number of studies that do show frightening correlations including multi-organ damage and reproductive disruption. The serious health risks are becoming harder to dismiss.
 
 
How to Avoid GMOs

It’s not easy. It is estimated that 60 to 70 percent of processed food contains a GMO ingredient, according to the Colorado State University Extension.

As for produce, buying organic is one very good way to avoid GMOs. There are times when organic crops have been contaminated, but for the most part, buying organic keeps you free of genetically modified foods. We prefer to purchase most of our food from local farmer’s markets where we can get to know the farmers. Besides growing it yourself, local farmer’s markets are typically the best way to get the freshest, healthiest produce. And buy heirloom produce as much as possible! It’s funny looking, but much healthier and much tastier!

Another way to avoid GMOs is to avoid the foods that are most often genetically modified.
 
What Foods are Genetically Modified?
 
The foods most likely to be GMO are corn, soybeans, cotton (for oil), canola (also a source of oil), squash, papaya, and sugar beets, which are refined into sugar. There’s also GMO alfalfa, but that is used for animal feed, not for sprouts that people eat. That leaves quite a lot of your garden untouched.

 
 
For the full article by Michael Edwards visit: http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/foods-that-are-gmo
Michael-Edwards
About the Author:

Michael Edwards is the founder, owner, editor-in-chief, and janitor for Organic Lifestyle Magazine. At age 17, Michael weighed more than 360 pounds. He suffered from allergies, frequent bouts of illness, and chronic, debilitating insomnia.

Conventional medicine wasn’t working. While he restored his health through alternative medicine he studied natural health and became immersed in it.