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How to Be a Ninja Grocery Shopper

Do you like to watch people in the grocery store? Yep, it's amusing. Do they use a list? Are they guided by cravings or colors? Uh Oh! - how did that junk food get in their cart? OK, how do YOU shop? If you follow the store layout like most people, you'll spend $ more and come home with less nutrition. OR you can become a Ninja shopping warrior! Aha! Knowledge is power. Armed with clear understanding you'll be empowered to choose the healthiest, most nutritious foods. My advice: Buy local organic fresh fruits and vegetables, and skip packaged foods altogether. ...

Uh Oh! Growing Loopholes in Organic Regulations

Very few consumers understand the real meaning of organic. To be certified organic, products must follow requirements of the NOP (National Organic Program), which is part of the USDA Department of Agriculture.  In the US, organic foods are required to ensure cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Livestock must have regular access to pasture without routine antibiotics or growth hormones.  In order to use the USDA Organic Seal, the product must follow strict production, handling and labeling standards ...

How Much Life Force is in Your Food?

Is your food glowing with life force? Or is it lifeless? When a food has just been picked, it's LOADED with life force and nutrients! Life force is vital energy or Qi. After harvesting, the life force gradually declines. At the very last stage of decline, microbes take over, it disintegrates, dies and gets recycled back into the earth. When food is processed at high heat, it loses life force, so high temperature baking, frying, and irradiation cause a loss in nutrients. When raw foods are dried or dehydrated,...

Beware! Non-GMO Foods with Glyphosate

So you're eating GMO-free - that's great. But if non-GMO is your main guiding principal, there's a wake-up call that's flying under everyone's radar. Surprise! A whole new generation of GMO-free fake foods just arrived in your favorite grocery. You can avoid them in 3 steps:
  1. GMO foods are to be avoided. We're getting this. Learn them - see the graphic below. They contain both GMO's and Glyphosate.
  2. Glyphosate foods are the everyday foods that haven't been modified (yet) and are raised with toxic chemicals. Remember that Glyphosate or worse pesticides and herbicides are in all non-organic foods. See examples below.
  3. Non-GMO foods with Glyphosate - Yep, a whole new generation of certified non-GMO foods with Glyphosate and chemicals has just arrived. The public is demanding non-GMO, so these toxic foods are filling grocery shelves and flying under the radar. Marketed as healthy, they contain plenty of herbicides and pesticides. Don't buy them. Let food manufacturers know we want CLEAN FOOD. Read my lips!
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6 Ways to Squeeze More Nutrition Out of Your Food Dollar

This won't be my most popular post. However it might revolutionize your health and vitality without costing a penny! A few years ago I suffered a terrible loss, and the emotional stress led to total digestive collapse. I couldn't digest anything. Every food I ate went straight through. I became emaciated, thin, and exhausted for months. Then a miracle happened. ...

Feeding Intelligence

By Jane Barthelemy. What is your most valuable personal asset? Most people would agree that intelligence is right up at the top of the list. We spend time and effort building our appearance, and our physical assets. But how can we stimulate healthy brain function? What can we do to build intelligence? ...

24 Ways to Increase Your Blood Oxygenation

By Jane Barthelemy. In a healthy environment our cells are rich in oxygen, rejuvenated every night as we sleep. Optimum oxygen levels will give you more energy, enhanced brain function, and lower stress. You can overcome fatigue easily, you look and feel younger. A low oxygen environment deprives the cells of essential nutrients needed for energy to clean and rebuild. As a result our body fluids and blood can become dirty and toxic. ...

Myth-Busting “Natural” Sweeteners

When a sweetener claims "natural" or "low glycemic", don't be fooled. Sugar is sugar no matter what form it's in. Here's a little-known secret to help you see clearly through marketing hype: The two primary sugars in foods are glucose and fructose. Most sweeteners are a mixture of both. Both fructose and glucose taste fabulously delicious! Yet they're both the toxic root of metabolic mayhem in the body. Together these two sugars cause or exacerbate most of our modern chronic diseases. ...

Top 12 Foods for Your Brain

Enjoy these top "superfoods" often, to improve your brain function for the rest of your life! Top 12 Foods for a Healthy Brain: Coconut oil is #1. With its healthy MCT oils (medium chain triglycerides), coconut oil is my top pick for brain fuel. Coconut oil has an immediate effect on the brain, because MCT's provide energy in the form of glucose. The body and brain can utilize two types of fuel for energy - either carbohydrates or fats. ...

How Much of Your Food Do You Actually Absorb?

You work hard to buy and prepare the healthiest foods. But how much of it do you actually digest? What percentage of your nutritional food dollars do you actually absorb into your cells? Turns out food combining has a major effect on your digestive efficiency. Foods that digest well together make for a healthy inner ecology. Smart food combining makes a your tummy happy. Poor food combining is a major cause of heartburn, GERD, flatulence, gas, bacterial imbalance, slow brain function, and emotional stress. If you are looking to optimize your health and make best use of your food dollar, food combining is your secret friend....

12 Amazing Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

Fermenting is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health. In this age of processed fast food and GMO's, fermented foods like sauerkraut and yogurt are a life-saver to your gut, with far more beneficial bacteria than most probiotic supplements. Available in tasty forms and flavors, just 2 tablespoons of a fermented food at a meal can restore your internal balance. Here are 12 BIG advantages of fermented food: Improves your energy level, mood, mental health, ...

Is GMO-free Safe to Eat? Not if it Contains Glyphosate!

Is GMO-free food safe? The shocking answer is NO. Sadly, GMO isn't our only health risk. Monsanto's toxic pesticides and herbicides like Glyphosate are widely used on both GMO and non-GMO foods. To be safe we need to look for foods that are Organic and Monsanto-free. This article shows surprising new scientific research, clearly linking many chronic diseases to Glyphosate. ...

Best Paleo Sweeteners

By Jane Barthelemy. The spotlight is on Paleo Sweeteners now, because we’re living in times when sugars and refined carbs in processed foods are causing epidemic health challenges worldwide. Many people are turning to the Paleo diet for guidance. What did our ancestors eat? ...

5 Top Paleo Sweeteners

By Jane Barthelemy. Top ratings go to Raw Honey, Chicory Root, Lo Han Guo, Swerve Sweetener, and Stevia leaves - raw and unprocessedthe healthiest Paleo sweeteners. The criterion are based on purity, stable blood sugar, and balanced metabolism. With a growing epidemic of diabetes, obesity, and...

Top 24 Anti-Cancer Meds To Eat as Real Foods

Jane-Icon-2By Jane Barthelemy. Do you enjoy green tea, apples, and blackberries? Or would you rather buy your Epigallocatechin-3 EGCG as softgels at Walmart? Take ginger root for example. Pharmaceutical giant Merck calls the active ingredient 6-Gingerol Zingiber officinale "an antitumor, apoptosis (cell death) inducing compound that blocks EGF-induced ...

Raw Milk a Superfood? My Udder Surprise!

You might wonder - what's a Paleo enthusiast doing with milk? As a firm dairy-free advocate, I've been reading studies about the immune boosting properties of raw milk. Could it be true or hype? So I decided to try it. To my total and "udder" surprise, almost immediately I noticed a higher energy level. My skin was smoother. Little skin spots vanished. I slept ...

Adaptogenic Herbs, Nature’s Stress Busters

By Jane Barthelemy. Want to reduce stress and feel more energy in your life? Adaptogens are the perfect natural solution. Top trainers and athletes call them "synergistic meds for healthy people" because they can powerfully boost stamina and recovery without side-effects of pharmaceuticals. ...

Got a Virus? Try These Anti-viral Herbs

By Jane Barthelemy. With over 400,000 viruses that can affect your health, you need to know these natural anti-viral herbs and supplements. Whether it’s a cold, flu, mumps, or Epstein Barr, the rules for kicking a virus are the same. These safe plant-based medicines have an important place in your tool chest for basic self-care. ...

Vanquish a Virus with Food & Lifestyle

By Jane Barthelemy. Did you know there are over 400 different viruses that can affect your health? And over 200 viruses that can cause a common cold? No matter if you have the flu or another virus, there's a LOT you can do to build your immune system and eat in ways that will clear a virus. Other virus-based illnesses include chicken pox, mumps, hepatitis, ...

Uh Oh! Coconut Sugar is 100% Sugar!

By Jane Barthelemy. Awful news! Coconut sugar is 100% sugar! You won't feel a glycemic rush, as coconut sugar is relatively low in glucose. But here's the rub: The rest of the sugar is fructose! Just like HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup), fructose is a liver toxin that causes high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes (Yup, our top epidemics). Fructose doesn't give you a glycemic jolt. Instead it quietly and insidiously...