Category: ME/CFS

We Can’t Start The Food Revolution Without You!

The 7th Food Revolution Summit starts today!

If you want to know the latest research and time-tested secrets to increased focus, vitality, and longevity through healthy eating, even with a chronic illness, it’s not too late to sign up for free. Unlock the door to the Food Revolution Summit right now.

GMO foods In the 2018 Food Revolution Summit (broadcasting online as you read this) you’ll get a front row seat to 24 exclusive interviews with the world’s leading experts on food and nutrition.

Over the next nine days, you’ll learn:

  • The shocking truth about GMOs and pesticides, as well as what common foods might contain them.
  • Which foods can prevent (and even help you fight off) cancer, dementia, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes.
  • The real truth about food and how you can make more informed choices for you and your family–not pseudo-science and industry scare tactics.
  • The connection between industrial agriculture and climate change, and what you can do now to make a difference.
  • And much, much more!

Each of these interviews, conducted by bestselling author (Diet For A New America) and food activist John Robbins, will be stimulating, mind-blowing, and inspiring — you can count on it!

Join me and more than almost half a million people attending the summit from the comfort of their homes. I look forward to sharing this life-changing experience with you!

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.

Food Revolution Summit starts tomorrow—will you be there?

As you know, I passionately believe there’s nothing more important to your health than the kind of food you eat. But are you sure your food is safe? Are you confused about what might be the most nutritious diet for you and your family?

Tomorrow, one of the most important health events in the world is taking place–the 2018 Food Revolution Summit. Have you signed up yet? (It doesn’t cost a cent!)

It’s crazy to me how so many diseases that were rare one hundred years ago are almost considered normal today. In the U.S., more than two-thirds of the population is now overweight or obese.

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If we don’t pay more attention to what we eat, half the country will be injecting insulin in a few years.

Heart disease and stroke kill more than 700,000 people every year. The National Institutes of Health reports that in the 1960s less than 2% of America’s kids had a chronic health condition. Today, it’s over 25%. And one in three American children is expected to get type 2 diabetes.

Watch this video for a message about cancer and food.

We have a food industry that acts like health doesn’t matter, and we have a medical industry that often acts as if food doesn’t matter.

Do you want the truth about food from some of the top medical, health, and environmental experts in the world? Attend the Food Revolution Summit from the comfort of your bed or recliner! You’ll get cutting-edge insights on health, energy, and disease prevention, and find out exactly what to eat—and what not to eat—if you want to add years to your life.

Two-million copy bestselling author John Robbins will interview 24 of the top food experts on the planet, including Joel Fuhrman, MD; Kris Carr; Michael Greger, MD; Vani Hari; Neal Barnard, MD; Dale Bredesen, MD; Mark Hyman, MD; and many more. And you can join, right now — it’s free! Check out the speakers and schedules right here.

I’m looking forward to this Summit because it will give me more information to use while keeping myself as healthy as I can be–even with a debilitating chronic illness like ME/CFS. 

Get the answers you need from experts you can trust. Secure your spot and free gifts now.

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.

Will You Join Me In A Healthier Food Future?

Hi Fellow Spoonies,

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. 

obesity graphicToday 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. Dr. Amen-food is poisonInternational 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?

Sign up for the Food Revolution Summit and take health into your own hands.

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.

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Part 2: Living In A Toxic Stew & Staying Healthy

toxic stewAmericans 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.

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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

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.

Here’s a quick way to wash leafy greens:

  • Fill a Salad Spinner with greens, then fill with cold water
  • 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
  • Add the veggies
  • Soak for a 10-15 minutes
  • Scrub with a Vegetable Brush 
  • And finally, rinse off the veggies

Smooth skin fruits get the same treatment

Smooth skinned fruits, such as apples, grapes, peaches, nectarines, and cherries, can be washed in a baking soda bath the same way as veggies.berries

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?

Part 1 of Living In A Toxic Stew

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Part 1 Of Living In A Toxic Stew & Staying Healthy

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-treated food, consume meat from animals kept in large confinement operations, apply personal care products and makeup–even when handling those thermal receipts that leave BPA (bisphenol-A) residue on our hands.

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 like estrogen. These endocrine disruptors are at the root of why it is so hard for millions of us to lose weight. Keeping off or losing those extra pounds is almost impossible if we also take prescription drugs that have weight gain as a common side effect.water in glass

Drinking water is an excellent entry point for removing toxins because tap water is used in so many things. We cook with it, bathe or shower in it, use it for watering our gardens and provide drinking water for our pets.

To check on water quality for your location, please watch the video below.

When most Americans drink a glass of tap water, they’re also getting a dose of industrial or agricultural contaminants linked to cancer, brain and nervous system damage, developmental defects, fertility problems or hormone disruption. That’s the disturbing truth documented by EWG’s Tap Water Database – the complete source available on the quality of U.S. drinking water, aggregating and analyzing data from almost 50,000 public water utilities nationwide.

My municipal water is treated with chloramine. This is a good product for killing bacteria which is why it is used. Unfortunately, it also toxic to the beneficial bacteria in our guts. If we use municipal water in the garden, it will harm microbes in the soil. Chloramine-treated water cannot be used if you make beer or wine, or bake with a sourdough starter.

Other municipal water treatment facilities use chlorine. This kills good and bad bacteria, too. But because chloramine is considered safer than chlorine, it is used by more and more municipalities every year.

Find out if your city, village or town uses chloramine by calling the local water treatment facility. You may need to ask for someone other than the person who answers the phone. When I called, the receptionist didn’t know and told me the water was safe to drink. I had to insist on talking to a water treatment technician to find out.

How can we eliminate or reduce our toxic load?

Ironically, it begins with increasing the amount of water you drink. We should drink half of our body weight in ounces of water every day. non-toxic water with lemonFor example, someone weighing 180 pounds should drink 90 ounces (about 11-8 oz glasses) daily.

One way to jump-start the detox process is to drink at least twenty ounces of water (about three glasses) with a bit of lemon juice first thing in the morning. Drinking water after a nighttime “fast” will get everything moving and help flush out toxins.

Carbon filtration is one of the best removal methods. The problem is it takes more carbon and more contact time to do the job.

This means if your city disinfects with chloramine you need to get a larger and better carbon filter than you would if chlorine is used. Reverse osmosis filters also remove chloramine.

Here’s another video from the EWG about water filters.

Water filters are necessary to remove or reduce the myriad chemicals that contaminate our nation’s drinking water, some of which are linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. For more tips on selecting the best filter for your home, visit EWG’s Healthy Living: Home Guide https://www.ewg.org/healthyhomeguide/…

For convenience, I’ll put some chloramine removal filter systems at the bottom of this post. Please remember that I receive a very small percentage if you purchase one of the products listed.

Chloramine also may increase exposure to lead in drinking water, especially in older housing. This exposure can result in increased lead levels in the bloodstream which may pose a significant health risk, especially for children. Remember Flint, Michigan?

Recently reports have come out warning that microscopic plastic residue is shed from those ubiquitous bottles of water. cartoon with bad waterDoes the plastic pass through intact? Does it get into our bloodstream if we have a leaky gut? Unfortunately, there is no research on how this impacts our bodies.

I’ll talk about reducing pesticide residue in fruit and vegetables in Part 2 of this series.

Here are a few water filters that claim to eliminate chloramine in tap water.

Hansing Under Sink Water Filter, High Flow Water Filtration System with 13K Ultra High Capacity – Removes 99.5% of Chlorine, 99% of Chloramine, 99.9% of Lead, Heavy Metals, Odors, Bad Tastes, etc

pH ENERGIZE 8-Stage Shower Filter – Filters Chlorine, Chloramine, Fluoride, Heavy Metals, Bacteria & Viruses – Softens Hard Water – Increases pH & ORP – Easy Installation – Fits Any Shower Head

Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher – Fluoride, Lead, Chloramine, Chromium-6 Filter – BPA-Free, Clear

Garden Hose Filter – Removes Chlorine, Chloramines, VOCs, & Pesticides/Herbicides

 

Guest Post: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia

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.

Collage of food with text overlay: For The Love Of Food: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia (And Are Good For Us All) https://reclaiminghope.blog

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!

REAL FOOD!

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!

Blessings,

~Terri