Eating Green - Good for You and the Environment

Eating Green: Good for You and Good for the Environment!

Making small, meaningful and "greener" changes to your eating and shopping habits can have positive effects on you, your diet and the environment too! A win-win all round.

Use a Shopping ListThen, before you go shopping, make an inventory of everything you need for preparing healthy meals at home for the week. Once you have a plan for your meals your list will keep you on track in the store, eliminating impulse buying and keeping you on your healthy eating focus.

Be a "Bag-Lady"–Since plastic bags are getting hard to find in some areas and paper bags cost us trees, think canvas! Make a canvas bag yourself and decorate with your favorite logos, teams, or whatever you enjoy. A great way to get the kids involved too! Don't sew, that's ok since most grocery stores make them available for purchase near the checkout stand. The canvas bags are also sold online. Be creative, supportive or just practical!

Give Up the Bottle! – Americans buy billions of plastic water bottles every year, and every year those same billions of empty bottles get thrown in the trash. Purchase a new neoprene bottle or metal travel cup instead. To avoid tap water which probably has chemicals not good for us, use a water-filtering system or a filtered pitcher.

Buy Local – Buying locally grown fruits and vegetables at a farmer's market gives you fresh food in season. Soups, salads and casseroles filled with the variety of fruits and vegetables that are offered locally. Buying locally also helps to cuts down on the environmental costs associated with transporting produce to your community from great distances.

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Concerns and Benefits of Soy Protein

Common Concerns About Soy Protein: From Dr Richard Brouse

Do soybeans cause cancer?

It is true that “overcooked” soy does contain “carcinogenic” compounds. When soy is extruded through high temperature, high-pressure steam nozzles to form what is called “textured vegetable protein – TVP for short”, this form of processing renders the soy “meat substitute” carcinogenic or cancer causing. TVP is what is used in soy dogs and soy burgers, and should be avoided.

What about roasted soybeans?

Whole soybeans are high in plant fat. If soybeans are roasted to eat as soy nuts, the heat alters the fat and makes it a trans-fatty acid, which causes both cancer and heart disease. As roasted soy nuts sit on the shelf or in the cupboard in storage, the oils are becoming more and more rancid and carcinogenic. AVOID roasted soybeans.

But I’ve heard that soy protein is hard on the kidneys!

Animal protein is much harder to digest than vegetable protein. Since many people have digestive difficulties, protein that is not thoroughly digested is very challenging to the kidneys.

Powdered protein is in a predigested state, and the BEST protein source to choose! Protein is not the enemy – it is essential for life. It is true, however, that EXCESSIVE protein is hard on the kidneys, so if a person consumes more than 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily, AND does not consume adequate carbohydrates with it, this could cause kidney damage.

I have breast cancer, and I’ve been told I cannot have soy!

It is true that soy is a “phyto-estrogen” food, which means it contains substances that have hormone-like components. However, their estrogen strength is 1/1000th that of the body’s own stronger estrogens. Therefore, you want to load your digestive system with quality controlled raw soy powder, because these weaker estrogens will block the estrogen receptor sites from receiving your body’s own stronger estrogens and therefore be very protective against estrogen fed cancer.

Essential Seven Checklists for a Quality Soy Product:

1) Were the soybeans ORGANICALLY GROWN?

Studies have shown decreased levels of food nutrients and increased levels of nitrates in chemically fertilized crops, when compared with their organic counterparts. There is a connection between the ingestion of nitrates & CANCER! Therefore, it is important to know that pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides have not been used during the growing process. In particular, with soybeans, since they are such a hardy plant, a powerful and DEADLY weed spray called Round Up is usually used. For your safety, you must know that your soy products are organically grown. [Shaklee soy is organically grown.]

 

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Cholesterol is Not All Bad!

As we learned earlier, we need Cholesterol! We actually make cholesterol. Cholesterol forms the outer membrane of each of our cells. Who knew!?!It is cholesterol that gives the cell membrane flexibility. It also helps regulate the permeability of the cell which controls which substances flow into the cells.

Cholesterol is also important for the production of bile in the liver. The bile is used by the liver to break down fats and helps in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins in the intestines. It is used to insulate nerve fibers so the nerve signals travel properly from place to place.

Cholesterol is also used to make hormones which carry chemical signals to our bodies. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone as well are the adrenal hormone cortisolare all created from cholesterol. Without cholesterol we would be in poor shape. Ourbody would not function. Knowing your cholesterol level isn't, on its own, enough totell you your personal risk of heart disease. You also need to know about lipoproteins.These are special molecules that carry or transport cholesterol around the body.

There are three main types: * Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), often known asbad cholesterol - this carries cholesterol from the liver to the cells and, if supply exceedsdemand, can cause harmful build-up of cholesterol * High-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol - this takes cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver, where it's either broken down or excreted. * Triglycerides--the chemical form in which most fat exists in food as well as in the body. They're also present in blood plasma and,
in association with cholesterol, form the plasma lipids.

As you can see, we need cholesterol,but not excess amounts and not out of balance.The balance is important because of the proper functioning of our bodies. Any systemout of balance does not perform as well as it should. So we need to be aware of the ratio of LDL to HDL so we can maintain a healthy functioning body! Here are some thingsto do to take action now.

Follow these tips from the National Institutes of Health’s Therapeutic LifestyleChanges Program to help lower your cholesterol:
1. Decrease your intake of saturatedfat to less than 7% of total calories
2. Decrease your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg per day
3. Lose 10 pounds if overweight
4. Add 5–10 g of Soluble Fiber to your diet each day
5. Add 2,000 mg of plant Sterols and Stanols to your diet each day
Now you have some information that will help you ask thoseimportant questions when talking with your doctor abou yourhealth.

 

Knowing that the National Institutes of Health recommends using

Plant Sterols and Stanols to lower your cholesterol naturally is a greatalternative to statin drugs that have such a long list of really bad side effects.

 

Take care of your body, ask the hard questions and don't be afraid to question the need for a prescription that has negative side effects. Stay Well!

 

Be Good to Yourself! Changing Habits is Good

We are always working, working, working. We multi-task, trying to be more productive in our jobs, life and relationships. We have ridiculous commutes each day, spending hours in bumper to bumper traffic or on public transportation. We are stressed, over-weight, sleep-deprived and mal-nourished. Wow, how did all this happen to us? What did we do to deserve such a fate?!

Somewhere along our life path, we choose to ignore the obvious and go with the crowd. We no long play, sleep well, exercise, laugh at truly funny things with friends and family. We eat foods that have no nutritional value, but are filled with chemicals that our bodies cannot use, fat and we don't need and way too much sodium. But we can make changes that will make our lives healthier, happier, filled with joy, peaceful and calm.

However, being human, we don't take well to drastic change, so we are going to have to ease into this desired state of health and happiness. Small daily changes. Making changes in our habits takes time. All of the above are habits we have acquired along the way of our lives. And we can change those habits. I use alfalfa to keep from having sinus problems.

Each day, during the course of my day, I consume around 10 Alfalfa Complex tablets (aspirin size tablets). When I tell others about the relief from prescription anti-histamines , prescription decongestants and mega-doses of anti-biotics along with an inhaler, I am met with a groan and something like this: "You take 10 pills a day! I could not do that!"

Really? You can't take 10 little tablets a day to keep from having a sinus infection? Then I ask, "Do you eat M&M's?" They will say "Yes, of course." Then I will ask if they eat only one or 2 at a time or a handful? " Handfuls of course!" Amazing what habits we have.

We eat handfuls of candy that is really not too good for us, but shy away from eating the 10 Alfalfa Complex tablets that are about the same size as the candy and do so much for our health and quality of daily life. Habits are the things that keep us from health, wealth, happiness and long life. Habits can be changed, but we must make a conscience effort to make those changes. Choose one thing to change at a time. Reward yourself when you have make the change a new habit.

Making a change in habit will take time, so don't expect an overnight success. Success is worth the wait! Be Good to Yourself, Change Your Habits! Stay Well, Elise