A nurse practitioner disabled with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome). Helping others who are chronically ill become as well as they can be by sharing information on nutrition, diet, medical research and what works for me ~~ Ellie Strand, MSN, RN, APRN (Ret.)
You’re coming, right? To watch the FREEHome Medicine Summit… that just went LIVE to the world at 9 a.m. CT this morning?
That’s right, it just started TODAY!
And this 100% online, 7-day event is going to be running 24/7, until Sunday, May 20th with an incredible lineup of 42+ world-renowned speakers on topics related to:
The Big Organic Rip Off: why it’s not as healthy as you think!
Making your own probiotics–CHEAP + EASY!
100% NATURAL remedies for stress, anxiety, and depression. (Safe alternatives to prescription medications.)
How to save $1000s in funeral costs.
How to make your own miraculous CBD “hemp oil” … and use it as medicine, without getting high!
Foods that are BETTER than anti-inflammatory drugs!
Is Turmeric actually DANGEROUS to consume? What nobody is telling you…
Why perimeter shopping at the grocery store isn’t a good strategy any more.
The power of saying “no” … and how to do it!
… And that’s just the beginning!
You’ll hear from best-selling authors and thought-leaders, like:
Mike Adams, Ronnie Cummins, Sally Fallon, Sayer Ji, Nick Polizzi, Melinda Meyer, Joel Salatin, Eric Zielinski, Howard Garrett, Justin Rhodes, Paul Wheaton…
… Just to name a few!
So that’s why I’d like to confirm. You signed up to watch for FREE? Right?
You’ll still have access to Monday’s speaker presentations, but remember they take down each daily presentation at 8:59 am CST and replace them with new ones. Be sure to check the schedule so you don’t miss your favorites.
The modern American diet is making billions of people sick and fat. I was, and still am, one of them. Although I’m healthier and feel better than I have in years, and am even starting to lose weight, it’s been an uphill climb. At times I felt like Sisyphus from Greek mythology who was doomed to roll a boulder up a hill only to have it fall back down to the bottom as penance for angering the gods.
Today we Americans have higher rates of obesity, cancer, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease, Type 2 diabetes, and assorted other chronic illness than any other population that’s ever lived on this planet.
But instead of being trained in how to keep us healthy, doctors are taught how to treat symptoms with drugs and surgery. The truth is that less than a third of the medical schools in the United States require a single course in nutrition.
Meanwhile, our diets are getting worse and worse, and more people are getting sick and dying—needlessly! Even most of the people who think they’re eating all the “right foods” are dangerously misled by pseudo-scientific fads and industry-fueled propaganda.
Eat like your health depends on it
Food is the foundation for becoming healthier. If you want to make the right choices for yourself and for your loved ones, here’s an event you DO NOT want to miss.
From April 28th-May 6th, John and Ocean Robbins are interviewing 24 of the world’s top medical and food experts. These are people you can trust, including Joel Fuhrman, MD; Chef Kris Carr; Michael Greger, MD; Chef Vani Hari; Neal Barnard, MD; Dale Bredesen, MD; Mark Hyman, MD; David Perlmutter, MD; and many more.
During this week-long event, you’ll get the latest insights on food and nutrition…the healthier foods that prevent or fight cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and put you solidly on the path to lasting wellness. You’ll discover which foods you need to eat, and which to avoid, on the path to better health and wellbeing.
If you are like me you know there isn’t time to wait for fewer pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, added sugars, additives, colorings, and processing in our food. International food conglomerates make a pesticide-free, additive-free, artificial coloring-free, and lower or no sugar versions of the same products they continue to sell in the US. It’s unconscionable that profit drives these companies to deliberately add ingredients to American foods that are not allowed in other Western countries. If we truly want to be as healthy as we can with chronic disease, now is the time for a food revolution.
The best part? You can join the online Summit from your bed, recliner or anywhere else on the planet — and it’s totally free!
You can’t count on getting the truth from big Food and big Pharma, and you’re probably not going to hear it from your own doctor either. I didn’t learn much about diet and nutrition as a nurse practitioner but it was still more than in a doctor’s education. It wasn’t until I was bedridden myself with myalgic encephalomyelitis that I began to look closely at what I was eating and make healthier choices.
It’s up to you to get informed.
I watched last year’s summit and now I am excited to share this life-changing and life-saving event with my readers. Will you join me?
There’s a great special bonus when you sign up for the Food Revolution–The Real Food Action Guide. Want to find out if you can eat to prevent disease and improve your health right now? Find out in this report!
Like me, the Robbinses believe good health is a right — not a privilege, which is why the Food Revolution Summit is free. I really hope you’ll join me! All you need to do is click the link to reserve your spot and get the truth from experts you can trust.
In exchange for signing up, I receive a percentage of the price for talks if you purchase them for a reference. But purchasing is NOT required. Do what many others do, and watch each presentation when it is live and free.
I’ll post more about this information-packed event soon, but you can register today and find out about the speakers and their specialties now. You really have nothing to lose by signing up.
Americans live in a constant state of toxicity that negatively impacts our already complicated chronic illness lives. We enter this toxic stew whenever we drink unfiltered tap water, eat non-organic, pesticide-heavy food, apply personal care products and makeup–even when handling those thermal receipts.
Our bodies don’t know what to do with the toxins, so they are warehoused in our fat.
Many chemicals found in non-organic foods and personal care products mimic hormones. This is at the root of why it is so hard for millions of us to lose weight and makes it almost impossible if we also take prescription drugs that have weight gain as a common side effect.
This part of a multi-post series deals with eliminating as much pesticide residue as possible from our vegetables and fruits. Even organic foods may have pesticides used during the growing season. The difference is insecticides used on organic farms are found in nature and in many cases are less toxic than those used in conventional agricultural practices. (Pesticide includes herbicides used to kill weeds, fungicides to kill mold and insecticides to kill insects.)
Eat Organic Whenever Possible
Even though organics can have pesticide residue, we still should eat organic foods whenever possible. Ideally, grow your own food in pots or a garden. Now that there are new cultivars of berries, they can be conveniently grown in a pot on the porch. Try to always eat the organic version of foods on the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) Dirty Dozen list of the most heavily pesticide-sprayed foods.
An easy way I remember what to buy organic is knowing that the fruits and vegetables hubby and I like are all full of pesticides. Take a look at the EWG’s shopping guide.
It used to be thought that fruits that are peeled, like bananas, have minimal pesticide residue under the peel. Modern testing shows that is not true. Bananas, like many of our food crops, is grown in a monoculture where there are devastating infections and insect damage from the same crop in the same place year after year. The pesticides used today penetrate well into the fruit beneath that hard peel. Don’t fall for the stories about using banana peels to increase potassium in the garden. These peels are toxic!
How To Reduce Pesticides
A recent study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found a better alternative–a baking soda solution–to scrubbing the outside of vegetables and fruits with plain or soapy water. Gala apples that soaked in baking soda at a ratio of 1 tsp for every 2 cups of (filtered) water for 10-15 minutes had significantly reduced pesticide residue on the surface. However, no wash will remove pesticides that have moved past the peel and into the fruit.
Add a teaspoon of baking soda for every two cups of water and mix well
Soak your greens for about five minutes, swish, dump, then rinse, and spin dry
If you don’t have a salad spinner, you can add the greens, water, and baking soda to a bowl, let them soak, drain in a colander, rinse, then pat leaves dry with a clean lint-free kitchen towel or paper towels
To wash other vegetables:
Fill a large bowl with water
Then add a teaspoon of baking soda for every two cups of water
Smooth skinned fruits, such as apples, grapes, peaches, nectarines, and cherries, can be washed in a baking soda bath the same way as veggies.
Your instinct may be to soak berries in the same baking soda wash when you bring them home. However, doing this actually increases moisture and accelerates spoilage, microflora, and mold growth. It’s best to rinse soft fruits like berries just before you eat or cook with them.
Rinse berries under cold water in a mesh strainer, or colander, then gently patted dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels just before you intend to eat them. This means there is no practical way to remove even a quarter of the pesticide residue on berries before eating them. Always, always and, let me repeat, always buy organic berries for this reason.
Blueberries are high in antioxidants which are tied to protective health benefits. In total, domestic blueberries in a 2012 joint EWG and CBS news report tested positive for 42 different pesticide residues, and 73 percent of the blueberries contained two or more pesticides.
Strawberries earned the fifth spot on the 2012 “Dirty Dozen” list because, on average, this traditional summer fruit contained three pesticide residues. A single strawberry sample contained 13 different types of pesticides five years ago, according to the group. In 2017, strawberries are Number One for pesticide residue. When farm workers have to wear a hazmat suit and breathing mask to apply pesticides to strawberries, there is something very wrong with our food supply!
These solutions–baking soda wash and buying organic–are not a guarantee of eliminating all chemicals to provide you with a pesticide-free snack. They are just a lot better than the alternatives.
Coming up next is a look at the health benefits of organic food.
What about you? Are you among the millions who believe companies that produce and sell our food have your health as their foremost concern?
This post is from my blogging friend, Terri at Reclaiming Hope: Learning To Live Well With Fibromyalgia. I’ve put a link to her blog at the end of this excellent post about Real Food. Eating well by ditching processed food is the bedrock of health. I recovered much of my function after years of debilitating myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome through good nutrition. In fact, I was planning on writing a blog post much like this one but Terri beat me to it! 😀
This is a post that I wrote back in the summer, but I thought it might be worth revisiting since good nutrition is such a key part of feeling our best. This is the first in a series of foods that may be helpful for fibromyalgia.
I love to eat. How about you? I know…. Most people probably wouldn’t be advertising that fact. In our society, food has really gotten a bum rap… NEVER eat this, ALWAYS eat that, you must eat this particular way if you want to be healthy…. Does any of this sound familiar? Several years ago, I overheard one of my fellow trainers say, “It’s food, not a religion. If you want a banana, eat a banana!” to a client at the gym where I worked. Outwardly I didn’t act as if I’d heard her, but inside I was cheering wildly. Evidently, this client had been told that bananas were “bad” because they had too much sugar in them and she told this trainer they “weren’t allowed” on her diet.
As a Personal Trainer and Health Coach, I worked with way too many clients who had an unhealthy relationship with food. They often had the good food/bad food mentality, and when they ate something they considered “bad” they considered themselves to be bad as well. That broke my heart, mainly because they thought that way about themselves but also because often, since they couldn’t “be good” all the time, they just gave up on trying to be healthy at all. A healthy diet doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition.
The truth is, food, REAL food, is just food. It’s not good or bad….it just IS. That said, there are some foods that have a higher nutritional value than others and some that we should limit to maintain our health, but when we look at food in the bigger context, being able to enjoy healthy, wholesome meals can be not just good for our bodies, but good for our souls as well.
There are also some foods that seem to be particularly healthy for those of us who live with chronic pain, and I thought I would explore some of those over the next few weeks. I’m not a Registered Dietician, so I won’t be recommending any specific diet, or telling you what you should eat. That’s entirely up to you. Everyone is different and has to find what works for them. I’ll just give you the facts and let you decide.
First up on our food “tour”….. You guessed it!
What do I mean by real food? I think Michael Pollan says it best in his book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. He says, “Don’t eat anything your Great-Grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” Our grocery store shelves are filled with items that are, as Pollan calls them, “food-like substances.” What started out as food has been ground up, stripped of nutrients, had nutrients sprayed back onto them, and shaped into what passes for food for us today. Scary, huh?
When I talk about real food, I’m talking about food that is in its most natural state, unprocessed or minimally processed, and is recognizable as food no matter where you’re from. This, of course, includes fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, meat, dairy products such as milk, cheese, and butter, and various nuts, seeds and grains.
Before I go any further, let me just say that I know when we’re dealing with a chronic illness, it can be hard to find the energy to prepare foods from scratch, and that sometimes we have to depend on convenience foods to get dinner on the table. That’s okay – we do what we have to do! The goal is just to eat as healthfully as we can as often as we can.
Why It Might Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia:
Even though scientists are now able to reproduce vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients naturally contained in food, we still don’t completely understand the mechanism that makes foods work synergistically in our bodies, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t replicate that synergy in a lab. What that means is that though we may be getting the same nutrients from the added vitamins and minerals in fortified food or in supplement form, they may not be working as effectively in our bodies as whole foods.
Some Tips For Finding Real Food At The Supermarket:
Shop the perimeter of the store. This is where the fresh produce, meats, and dairy are usually located. The frozen food section is often located on the outside aisles too. Frozen fruits and vegetables have the same (or very close to) nutrients as fresh, and it’s a convenient way to get those fruits and veggies in each day.
Look for whole grains; the less processed, the better; ie, steel-cut or old-fashioned rolled oats are less processed than instant oatmeal.
Look for foods that have fewer ingredients, and ones that you can actually recognize and pronounce, on the nutrition label.
I don’t know about you, but I can definitely tell a difference in my energy levels when I’m eating fresh, real food consistently, and I never feel guilty when I enjoy that occasional treat. :o)
Do you have any tips for making sure you’re eating real food? Please share!
Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about Marjory Wildcraft and her homestead in Texas? She’s offering a FREE 72-hour viewing of a very simple gardening system she developed starting March 20th and continuing until the 22nd. I receive a small fee for everyone who purchases the lessons after seeing her videos.
Disabilities aside, what if you could grow half of your own food, gardening organically, right in your own backyard garden in less than an hour each day?
No, Wisconsin is STILL a state where medicinal cannabis is outlawed so I’m not smoking/vaping/eating as I write this.
In this new system, Marjory takes all the guesswork out of growing your own food, so that almost everyone can get started today and be growing half of their own food within a year’s time.
Perfect for anyone worried about power failures
While literally anyone can get started, the system involves raising rabbits and chickens, as well as growing vegetables, in a way that does not require refrigeration or any electricity.
If you live with or know someone who can’t spend hours working in a garden every day but wants to have healthy, nourishing, homegrown food, let them know about this free opportunity.
Marjory will walk through everything step-by-step. Even if you have no room or desire to raise animals, watch for the information on growing veggies.
The knowledge and insights compiled in this film take years to learn on your own, as Marjory did herself. But they are presented here in a system that eliminates the time-consuming research and trial-and-error that prevent you from successfully growing your own food.
Gardening guesswork is eliminated
Here’s what I mean. Marjory broke down the nutritional needs of the average person eating a healthy diet. She projected those needs out for an entire year. Then she identified three core components that, together, can supply half of the nutrition you need.
Marjory Wildcraft has helped thousands of people to start growing their own food. Her books and videos are used by governments and universities around the world. She condensed all her decades-long experiences into this simple new system.
Eliminate the research, and trial and error that slow you down. You can have fresh homegrown food on your table as soon as possible.
How to Grow Half Your Own Foodis a brand-new system. But it already is a huge success with members of Marjory’s Grow Lab. Unlike lab members who pay a monthly fee, Marjory Wildcraft is making it available to you–for free–March 20 – 22, 2018.
There’s literally nothing to lose and a lot of good information to gain by registering to watch the videos.
People who register for the video series also receive free bonuses
This ebook lists companies that have pledged that they “do not knowingly buy, sell, or
trade genetically engineered seeds,” thus assuring consumers of their commitment.
All of the Grow Network directors favorite seed companies are on this list.
Inside this ebook, you will discover small farms or stores selling heirloom, open-pollinated seeds. You’ll also find guidance on what works best in your area–no matter what climate and soil challenges you face. All the companies listed are members of The Safe Seed Pledge.
From carbon capturing to animal husbandry, Ronnie Cummins and Marjory Wildcraft teach seven ways backyard gardening significantly reduces– and even repairs–damage to our Earth.
Learn ways you can help reverse soil depletion and desertification.
You will see an in-depth comparison of nutrition and quality from small, organic farming vs. factory-farmed animal products. You will find resources for better water capture and conservation, too.
Discover the environmental and health benefits of integrating farm animals with your gardening. I would love to use the “chicken tractor” even though I live in a city that doesn’t allow backyard chickens!
The Grow Network is the online home of a global community of people who are producing their own food and medicine.
If you want to take a few steps back from relying on grocery stores and big ag by reclaiming your health and food supply then you are one of us.
There is a bi-weekly newsletter on how to produce your own food and medicine, too. The Grow Network also has forums, a marketplace, seed swaps, even dating, and farms for sale. You can also read about inspiring neighborhood changemakers.
You literally have nothing to lose by registering to watch the free video series. Plus, you’ll receive those free bonus materials. Here’s your final opportunity to register!
The debate between following a low-fat, weight-loss diet and eating to lower carbohydrates and thereby lose weight appears to be settled after a large medical study. Some people, including many ketogenic and paleo dieters, believe cutting back on carbohydrates helps them lose weight. Others, including many physicians and medical centers, promote diets that cut back on saturated fats found in red meats and dairy products, as recommended by the US Department of Agriculture in its Food Pyramid.
In a 600-person, year-long study, the two eating styles helped dieters drop almost exactly the same number of pounds — and there didn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason as to who succeeded on which plan.
Going into the study, which was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers wanted to settle the debate but they also wanted to know if blood insulin levels or genotype had an effect on weight loss.
High blood levels of insulin are a sign of insulin resistance, which often precedes Type 2 diabetes. Many believe high serum insulin promotes storing calories as fat. Researchers looked at the genetic profile of each participant and determined which ones had particular genetic traits thought to lead to weight gain. To the researchers’ surprise, neither genetic predisposition nor high insulin levels had any effect.
Results show you can lose weight with either eating plan
People studied were between 18 and 50 years old, and all overweight or obese but otherwise healthy. They attended nutrition classes taught by a health educator. There were no calorie restrictions. Everyone was directed to minimize their intake of sugars, refined flours, and trans fats. At the same time, they were encouraged to eat vegetables and nutrient-dense foods. Everyone was encouraged to adopt healthy habits like cooking at home and sitting down for structured meals with family members.
As you would expect, not everyone on the diets lost weight and some had dramatic losses. The outliers were one individual who gained 20 pounds and another who lost 60. However, the average weight loss in each group was almost identical: 11 pounds in the low-fat group, compared to 13 pounds in the low-carb group.
“It’s not so much about that food — it’s really about [changing] this crazy way that Americans eat.”
About 30% of people in the study had a genetic signature that, in theory, should have pointed to success on the low-fat diet, while 40% had a low-carb “profile”. But the data didn’t show any strong similarity between these genetic markers and weight loss on the corresponding diet. Neither did measures of insulin resistance, which the team also thought would be related to success.
The successful dieters, regardless of which group they were in, credited their achievement to a reframed relationship with food. They began eating more mindfully, cooking at home more often and focusing on whole foods instead of processed, packaged foodstuff.
According to the lead researcher, Christopher D. Gardner, Ph.D., “That was more powerful than differentiating between low-carb or low-fat. Just getting them to be a lot more mindful about what they were eating. It’s not so much about that food — it’s really about [changing] this crazy way that Americans eat.”