FACTS & INFO
BASIC NUTRITIONAL INFO IS HERE
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Almond Butter Carob Bar is also…
“Low Saturated Fat” “Low Sodium” “Trans Fat Free” “Cholesterol Free” “Very High Source of Fiber” “Source of Potassium” “Source of Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fat
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Superfood Seed Hempheart Bar is also…
“Source of Omega-6 & Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fat” “High Source of Fiber” “Trans Fat Free” “Source of Potassium”
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PB Chocolate Bar is also…
“Low Saturated Fat” “Low Sodium” “Trans Fat Free” “Cholesterol Free” “Source of Fiber” “Source of Omega-6 Polyunsaturated
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Pecan Darling is also…
“Low Saturated Fat” “Source of Fiber”
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Silky Fudge Brownie is also…
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Matcha Green Tea Crispee is also…
“Low Fat” “Low Saturated Fat” “Trans Fat Free” “Cholesterol Free” “Low Sodium”
COOKIES & NEW PRODUCTS ARE COMING AS WELL…
WHY DOES QUALITY MATTER IN EVERYWAY?
WHEN WE EAT BETTER FOOD…
WE RECEIVE BETTER AND MORE ENERGY
WHEN WE HAVE MORE ENERGY…
WE FEEL BETTER.
WHEN WE FEEL BETTER…
WE CAN THINK CLEARER.
WHEN WE THINK MORE CLEARLY…
WE UNDERSTAND THINGS BETTER.
WHEN WE UNDERSTAND DEEPER…
WE BECOME MORE CONFIDENT.
WHEN WE ARE CONFIDENT …
WE CAN BE MORE PRODUCTIVE.
WHEN WE ARE MORE PRODUCTIVE…
WE CAN PROGRESS FURTHER.
WHEN WE PROGRESS FURTHER…
WE CAN MAKE BETTER LIVES FOR OURSELVES.
IN TURN WE MAKE BETTER LIVES FOR THE PEOPLE AROUND US,
AS WELL AS BETTER LIVES FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS,
BEFORE WE KNOW IT,
THE ENTIRE WORLD LOOKS DIFFERENT.
PEOPLE AROUND US CAN FEEL IT,
AND WE HAVE MADE A LASTING IMPRESSION
ON A BIG WORLD.
AND WE KNOW THAT THE ENTIRE FUTURE WILL BENEFIT,
IN ITS OWN UNIQUE WAY…
FROM OUR SMALL CONTRIBUTION
—Mike Robinson October 2011
BODY CLEANSING GUIDE
This is also considered by many as a general detox. Generally, you’ll be cutting out sugars, alcohol and eating mainly whole foods. Some supplements to help are Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Bromelain, golden seal, garlic, bilberry and herbal laxatives. This would be suggested for someone as a first time cleanse. For those experienced and in the advanced stages would also consider Colonics. A tube is inserted inside and warm ozonated water is then massaged around inside your colon. Chlorophyll is then inserted and the process repeated. This usually takes 5 to 8 sittings to complete at 1 – 1 ½ hours each.
Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse
The liver performs several over 500 known functions and is obviously very important to take care of. Through diet and supplementation you will require beets, dandelion root, milk thistle along with no alcohol, organic (clean) diet, antioxidants and no refined foods. Another more extreme version involves a two day process of which you ingest apples, grapefruits and over a litre of olive oil periodically at different times of the day. This one can actually make you eliminate stones from the gallbladder and can be very dangerous if not done correctly.
Parasites can mimic many health problems and leave you hungry after meals. They also steal nutrients creating a deficiency within your body. There are many different kinds and most are contracted from elsewhere in the world upon travels. The most common one in North America are pinworms and children are often the victim. Each remedy is different and a practitioner should be seen for guidance. Sushi, raw beef, and contaminated drinking water can all contain parasites.
This cleanse can be done anywhere from 3-40 days and is considered THE allergy cure. It can be very dangerous and is not recommended for an amateur. This is best for Eliminating toxins and congestion that are stored in any part of your body. It is a sweeping cleanse, aids the digestive system, your kidneys and clears the cells throughout your whole body. Assists in cleansing & building a healthy blood stream. For the duration you ingest only, REAL maple syrup, cayenne pepper, lemon and spring water.
Needed to balance the flora in the gut which is the hq for your immune system and must be balanced for optimal health. All fungus, bad bacteria and invaders must be eliminated to create a balance with good bacteria. Holistic practitioners blame this imbalance on excess alcohol, sugar, refined foods and drugs of all kinds. Taking antibiotics is essentially dropping a bomb on your “flora” which creates the ground for bad bacteria to breed. Garlic, Echineachia, Goldenseal along with Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes and a food elimination diet will correct this problem. This one in particular takes time to heal, but the benefits felt are unlike anything else.
Heavy Metal Cleansing
This form of cleansing can be done by either Oral or Intravenous Chelation. The latter being very expensive, time consuming and touchy. This is proven to be effective though when done over time by a professional. The balance of electrolytes needs to be kept when flushing out the blood. Oral chelation has a few products behind it. One proven thing is Liquid Zeolite. It too is expensive but claims amazing results from the people that use it for removing a mile long list of toxic compounds to help many known conditions caused from toxic overload from Glaucoma to MS.
Most cleanses are not new, people around the world change their diets for holidays, or fast to purify the body. Most of the “diets” that accompany these cleanses are unrefined foods and you will still eat much better than most of the world does. In North America it is unfortunately necessary to do this because we live in a voracious and over consuming world with too many refined foods, toxins in the food and pollution that we deal with and are exposed to every day.
A realistic goal with each cleanse is to take one or two rules from it and keep that going or keep a food out that was necessary int he cleanse. You’ll find that you are more sensitive too sugars and refined foods when done for a certain period of time.
Something to look out for is a reaction , which can happen to people who cleanse too quickly as an overload of toxins are pulled from the body and dumped into the bloodstream. This happens because the body cannot eliminate them fast enough and the cleanse should be put on hold and the process done slower to allow for the body to catch up on the elimination aspect.
**This is intended only as a guide and introduction, there is much more details that need to be taken into account before you make the choice to cleanse properly. Please see your preferred naturopath, Holistic Nutritionist or practitioner before moving ahead with any program.**
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NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VITAMINS & MINERALS:
CALCIUM AND MINERAL ELEMENTS
We live and are raised with the common belief that we need calcium for our bones and that the best place to get that is from dairy and its associated products. We do need calcium for bone health and there is no denying this; but unfortunately its not that simple. There are so many other functions that calcium aid and initiate within the body that are just as important and truth be told we do not need Milk Products to get that calcium daily.
Dairy is a big industry with a long, dark past behind it and the form that we mostly drink milk in is very hard on the body and is actually a negative source of calcium.
This may be difficult for some to believe because of all the hoopla and marketing not to mention the fact that we are born and raised with this drilled into our heads. Pasteurized milk is very acidic and harsh on the body and can actually cause leeching of calcium and other minerals from your bones. When this process occurs the body must balance itself with alkaline based minerals to avoid complications. Calcium stored in the bones along with other valuable minerals is alkaline and the process conducted frequently and daily by the body is called homeostasis.
The question should be answered simply by the fact that Western Culture consumes the most pasteurized milk yet somehow has the highest rates in the world of osteoporosis and bone related arthritis. How can this be if we supposedly ingest so much calcium? The problem is that most of the calcium in the milk is synthetic and is not necessarily recognized by the body as all of its synergists have been boiled off and removed. This could also be a reason why so many people have calcium deposits and stones build up in their body as not all of it gets excreted and the it sticks.
The good part is that there have been and hopefully always will be other alternative and proper ways to get the calcium and essential minerals that we need through other foods.
Calcium’s complimentary counterpart is Magnesium and it is essential that the proper balance of the 2 are met. Most foods naturally do this and most supplements now have a ratio mixed together. Isolated synthetic calcium is not recommended to supplement at all.
There are several factors and other nutrients that are needed for proper absorption of calcium.
Magnesium Manganese Boron
Vitamin C Vitamin D Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Copper Folic Acid Zinc
On the other hand there are many factors and foods that take away from Calcium absorption.
This is a simple list of things that are obvious factors in other conditions as well.
Prescription Drugs like Tetracycline products, corticosteroids and diuretics
Processed, Refined and Packaged foods
Lack of Exercise
Coffee, smoking & Barbiturates
Low stomach acid
Chemical Fertilizers (This is another reason to eat organic foods as much as possible)
Phosphorus (Carbonated Sodas)
Too much incomplete proteins in the S.A.D. diet
Too much table salt and processed sugar
Take a look through the facts and lists and decide what you will make your new premium source for calcium and complimentary mineral intake…
RDA for an adult in Canada is 800-1000mg per day
250 ml of dairy milk contains approximately 275-300mg of calcium
Servings are usually measured by ½ cups (125 ml)
The following is a list of alternative sources of calcium that are more easily and readily absorbed by the body then fortified products.
Sesame Seeds 1050mg Soybeans 225mg
Sardines (bones) 500mg Tofu 200mg
Green Peas 500mg Cooked Spinach 125mg
Chestnuts 300mg Almonds 375mg
Hazelnuts 225mg Walnuts 140mg
Hulled Sunflower Seeds 130mg Cooked Rhubarb 105mg
Dried Banana 310mg Kale 100mg
Banana 20 mg Broccoli (w/Stalk) 100mg
Pinto Beans 50 mg Cashews 20 mg
Raw Oysters 120mg Shrimp ` 100mg
Canned Mackerel 340mg Dried Tapioca 140mg
Cooked Brown Rice 40 mg Navy Beans 70 mg
Canned Corn 50 mg Lima/Black Beans 35 mg
Marine Phytoplankton usually contains upwards of 750mg per 2.5ml (2 droppers) and this is in combination with about 55-60 other trace elements. Nature has balanced it for us.
Seaweeds have large amounts as well and range from 750 mg to 2000mg for Nori, Bladderwrack, Wakame to Kelp. Seaweeds also contain dozens of trace elements.
Another herb source that has an abundance of Calcium and Magnesium along with dozens of other daily needed minerals is Nettle leaves. These can be munched on or steeped for 20 minutes and drank in or as a tea.
Long white streaks and vertical grooves in the finger nails are indicators of a severe mineral deficiency in the diet or mal-absorption of them. White spots indicate Zinc specifically.
Another great substitute would be Goats milk as the body accepts it more readily.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble Vitamin and is available in VERY few food sources. D2 & D3 are the main units and are known as Vitamers. D2 is plant and fungal sourced where D3 is derived from animal sources. These vitamers are ONLY activated as Vitamin D by UVB light and only with certain particular amounts depending on time of year, environment, pollution etc. If you have too much exposure then not only do you deal with the danger of sunburn but the Vitamin D process reverses and depletes you. The only way to get “pre-formed” Vitamin D ready to be delivered to the body is by eating shallow water fish such as herring, tuna, salmon, mackerel and Catfish. The reason this is “pre-formed” is that these fish eat large amounts of Ocean Algae who have transformed it already for us. Some Mushrooms and Whole Eggs have a small amount to offer as well.
There are many dangers recently discovered about the synthetic sourced Vitamin D and I will write about these in the next write up… Stay tuned!
THE AMAZING PROCESS OF DIGESTION (INTRODUCTION)
The process of digestion is a remarkably long and complex journey through the body. There are many elements involved in this process and all of them must be functioning at their peak and at the right times for the process to be complete. In fact there are six organs involved in the entire process.
Digestion actually begins before you even put food in your mouth. When you smell food the aroma starts the process in your saliva. Many recognize this by saying “my mouth is watering”. This is actually digestive juice in your saliva called amylase and it is a starch enzyme. This starts getting ready to break down with a mere thought and signal from your brain. Meat, Fat and proteins are broken down by mechanical means only in the mouth. This is why chewing your food is so important before swallowing it. There is no starch digesting enzymes present in the stomach that there are many forms of protein enzymes.
When food reaches the stomach it begins the protein breakdown of the food you have just chewed with HCL and several protease. Protein digestion takes priority in the stomach and the more you chew your food the more efficient and faster the process is. When entering the small intestine the pancreas will contribute additional enzymes which breakdown starch chains into simple sugars. The gallbladder also contributes very important bile which aids in the sorting process to make sure everything goes everywhere it is supposed to. Different enzymes are released at different points along the tract as food particles must be separated and broken down to their individual nutrients before passing through the wall of the intestine for different points of absorption.
Broken down fats will enter the lymphatic system, proteins will be broken down into amino acids, starches will be broken down into simple sugars and moved into the bloodstream where it moves to the liver and stored.
The liver collects all the unabsorbed nutrients and is the command center of many metabolic processes. The liver decides which nutrients are used or stored and can release them when the body needs them most. When healthy it can handle and convert large doses of sugar to storage, when it is not, sugar is not filtered and passes directly into the bloodstream. This causes a host of problems throughout the body such as blood spiking and contributes to what is eventually known as hypoglycemia. In addition to distribution of the nutrients and fats the liver must also remove all toxic compounds and detoxify them so as to not poison the body.
When your body feels it has extracted everything it needs it releases the leftovers to your colon. Good bacteria which should inhabit your colon begin to break down what remains to waste. The colon absorbs fluids, breaks down all fibers and residues and squeezes any nutrients left out. Excess bacteria in the gastro tract can create fermentation which produces gas, bloating and belching.
There is a very delicate balance of bacteria that must be kept in your gut along with enzymes, bile, mucus and HCL. Lack of fibre, chemicals ingested can prolong the elimination process which promotes bad bacteria which can lead to constipation, diarrhea and many colon related illnesses and diseases.
Both soluble and insoluble fiber must be taken in by the diet in sufficient amounts daily along with wholesome foods to promote cleaner and regular elimination. Two movements per day is considered “healthy and normal”
Whole foods are foods and ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible. They are minimally processed and unrefined, and they typically contain no added sugar, salt, fat or synthetic preservatives, flavorings or colorings. They contain the most complete array of nutrients our bodies need. They not only contain vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, but are also likely to contain other health-supporting substances — phytochemicals — that get stripped in processing and can never be added back to processed, packaged foods. (There is no LEGAL definition for this nor is there one for “Natural” foods)
Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use certain pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, and growth hormones that are not permitted by organic standards.
The general principles of organic production, from Canada’s Organic Standards, 2006, include the following:
- protect the environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution, optimize biological productivity and promote a sound state of health
- maintain long-term soil fertility by optimizing conditions for biological activity within the soil
- maintain biological diversity within the system
- recycle materials and resources to the greatest extent possible within the enterprise
- provide attentive care that promotes the health and meets the behavioral needs of livestock
- prepare organic products, emphasizing careful processing, and handling methods in order to maintain the organic integrity and vital qualities of the products at all stages of production
- rely on renewable resources in locally organized agricultural systems
Thought of to be thousands of years old at its roots, it is most popular in Asian countries, especially Japan. The diet is based mainly on vegetable based foods, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables in specific proportions. A main focus is on Asian vegetables and seaweed with rice, root vegetables and complex carbohydrates and encourages eating raw or as little cooking as possible. Sugar, refined oils and all processed foods are avoided in all versions. There are different modifications of it; some being strictly vegan and others eating fish. It is known for its healthy and healing qualities and has become a lot more prominent in North American diets lately.
The Ingredient listed first always contains the most of that ingredient to least.
Hidden sugar in food labelling:
Barley malt, beet sugar, brown sugar, buttered syrup, cane-juice crystals, cane sugar, caramel, carob, syrup, corn syrup, date sugar, dextran, dextrose, diastase, diastatic malt, ethyl maltol, ffructose, fruit juice or fruit juice concentrate, glucose, glucose solid, golden sugar, golden syrup, grape sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, lactose, malt syrup, maltodextrin, maltose, mannitol, molasses, raw sugar, refiner’s syrup, sorbitol, sorghum syrup, sucrose, sugar, turbinado sugar, xylitol, yellow sugar.
Sugar & Fat Free: According to federal laws:
Under the FDA’s food labeling rules for packaged food, food can contain less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving and be labeled SUGAR FREE (the same goes with fat) So there is still sugar/fat in these products. If you are eating or the container has more than one serving then you can do the simple math.
FOOD LABELING IS VERY TRICKY AND THEY ARE VERY GOOD AT CONFUSING PEOPLE. BE EDUCATED AND AWARE WHAT IS IN YOUR FOOD.
FATS & OILS
WHAT YOU DON’T WANT
Avoid all foods that contain hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. These are vegetable oils that do not offer any nutritional value and almost always contain Trans fats.
Most margarine, all deep fried foods, anything containing vegetable shortening room, most packaged snack food and prepared food as well as commercially baked goods.
Try to avoid commercial oils that, in clear plastic bottles, they are refined contain chemical solvents as well as bleaches and deodorizers. This is done to extend the shelf life as long as possible.
Canola oil which is used in most commercial cooking and packaged goods has a very high sulfur content that develops mold and goes rancid very easily. Due to the large amount of processing and heat used the original good fats in canola oil are transformed into Trans fatty acids.
WHAT YOU DO WANT
Always look for high quality unrefined oils. Keep in mind these oils may cost a little more but you don’t necessarily need to use as much and the health benefits are huge and far outweigh. Always read labels and look for “unrefined” and “first cold pressing”. Most good oils will come in darker bottles that will not allow sunlight to penetrate the oil.
Butter is OK in your diet in moderation but try to make sure it is organic as it holds so many properties in place. When cooking try mixing extra virgin olive oil in with the butter as this works very well. Extra virgin coconut oil is another great fat to use in baking it can also be used in conjunction with butter.
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