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Myth-Busting “Natural” Sweeteners. It’s about FRUCTOSE, darlin’!

BEWARE when a sweetener claims to be "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 obesity and metabolic mayhem in the body. Together these two sugars cause or exacerbate most of our modern chronic diseases. ...

Xylitol, NOT a low calorie sweetener!

By Jane Barthelemy. Is Xylitol a healthy sweetener? Touted as a safe sugar substitute for diabetics in snacks, chewing gum, and baking, Xylitol is NOT the low-calorie sweetener it's cracked up to be. Just look at the nutrition label and you'll see it's loaded with calories and carbs. I don't accept that stripping birch bark and thus killing the tree is sustainable or earth-friendly. How is Xylitol produced? How does it affect the body? You deserve to know the truth to make an informed choice. ...

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Walking

Trekking on the Camino in Spain, I learned an important lesson. I walked 125 km of the trail in 8 days, which means about 15 km per day. Some days it was 25 km, some days just 8. My body was weary, however my mind and spirit felt total joy and freedom! My skeleton and musculature were gently realigned each day. Even better, I enjoyed a time of peace, a chance to be with myself away from WiFi, computer, and cell phone. Yes, I was tired, however when I arrived in Santiago de Compostela and the Finisterre ocean at the end of the trip, I felt AWESOME! ...

Maple Syrup NOT Healthy! The devil is in the details.

By Jane Barthelemy. Oh boy! I love maple syrup on my gluten-free pancakes! After all, it's pure sap from maple trees. Right? Sorry, the answer is NO. Is it really unprocessed? Unfortunately, the answer is again emphatically NO. Is maple syrup lower in sugar? NO. Does it acidify the body? YES!  As usual, the devil is in the details. This won't be my most popular post. Ha Ha!

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My Top Ten Recipes for Fermented Foods

Fermenting is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health. In this age of digestive stress from processed fast food and GMO's, old-fashioned fermented foods like sauerkraut and yogurt are a life-saving break for 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: ...

Is Your Tummy Happy?

I used to dream of having a flat tummy. Now I have one, and yes, it makes me happy. I know how easy it is to do. The biggest step is to stop following the crowd. All those "healthy" cookies and crackers are for other people to enjoy, not me. Nope. For me happiness is simply having a flat tummy. I'm going to tell you how to do it too. This won't be my most popular post - ha ha! ...

Cancer Maps and Glyphosate in the USA – Zach Bush, MD

Zach Bush, MD is a brilliant cancer researcher connecting the dots in our health issues. I'm sharing his 4-min. video, because I believe he's put his finger on the problem. Cancer maps in the USA can be directly matched to runoff from thousands of farms into the Mississippi River and its tributaries, all the way down to the dead zones in the Gulf. Glyphosate in the runoff, in the rain, and in our water is affecting every American's health. ...

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 ...

10 Steps to Lose Belly Fat

By Jane Barthelemy. Is it normal and unavoidable for a belly to expand every year? Nope. A belly is absolutely not a necessary part of aging. We sometimes think of belly fat as merely damaging to our outer appearance. But in fact a midriff bulge hides even more dangerous invisible health risks inside your body. There are myriad causes and cures for belly fat. It's a complex and poorly understood topic that affects millions. In this heavily researched article I'm offering a multi-leveled approach to causes and solutions to the belly bulge. This won't be my most popular post. ...

Turmeric: Health Benefits or Hype?

Turmeric is all the rage. It's in everything from smoothies to chai, curries, and of course Golden Milk. Turmeric is packed with earthy, pungent flavor. This bitter, yellow, peppery root contains the active ingredient curcumin which can support health in many ways. I believe perhaps the modern world is finally rediscovering the value of this plant, used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine....

Warning! GMO-Free Foods Contain Glyphosate

Eating GMO-free? That's great! But if non-GMO is your main guide, here's a wake-up call flying under the radar. Surprise! A whole new generation of fake foods certified GMO-free has just arrived in your favorite grocery. Learn these four food types and how to recognize them:
  1. GMO foods are to be avoided of course. To learn them see the graphic below. These contain genetically modified ingredients, Glyphosate and the most chemicals.
  2. Glyphosate foods are toxic everyday foods, some GMO, some non-GMO that are raised with toxic chemicals allowed by the USDA. (Remember that Glyphosate or worse pesticides and herbicides are in all non-organic foods.) 
  3. Certified Non-GMO foods with Glyphosate - Bad News. A whole new generation of non-GMO foods with Glyphosate is getting certified. The public is demanding non-GMO, so these toxic foods are getting approved. I see them 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 ORGANIC FOOD. 
  4. Organic foods are free of GMO's, Glyphosate and other farming chemicals. Hooray! For health and long life buy Organic. You may pay a bit more, but you'll save even more on health costs, and benefit with a healthy mind and body. 
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Hidden Root of Osteoporosis: Sugars and Refined Carbs!

By Jane Barthelemy. Millions of people suffer from diseases of the bones. Bone loss, or osteoporosis affects approximately 54 million Americans. Arthritis affects 1 in 5 adults. Studies show that both these bone diseases are directly linked to chronic acidic body pH. Sugar and refined carbs are the #1 major contributors to bone maladies. This article highlights the root causes of bone disease, which sadly many doctors do not address, ...

History of Breakfast, Paleo to Present

By Jane Barthelemy. Breakfast wasn’t always corn flakes, bacon and eggs, or yogurt with fruit. Humans have been reinventing new breakfasts from prehistoric times to the present, and the variety of traditions will astound you. Just in case you’re in a breakfast rut, these true stories will inspire you to start your day with renewed passion!...

How to Eat Monsanto-Free in Restaurants

Eating out is a time to enjoy a meal with friends. A few leading edge restaurants serve GMO-free, local, organic, or Monsanto-free food. If they don’t, they might be interested to learn how. Remember that eating GMO-free is nice, but it doesn’t rule out toxic pesticides and herbicides on conventional crops. To protect yourself from all industrial food chemicals, you've got to ask for 100% Organic. If you're in Los Angeles or NYC, just use the handy Clean Plates App on your smartphone to find an organic meal! ...

Be a Ninja Grocery Shopper!

What's a Ninja grocery shopper? A Ninja shopper knows how to read labels and see through spurious claims in fake foods. Most grocery shoppers are distracted, guided by cravings, colors, and store layout. Uh Oh! How did that junk food get in their cart? How do YOU shop? If you follow the store layout like most people, you'll spend a lot more $ dollars, and come home with less nutrition. OR you can be a Ninja shopping warrior! Aha! Knowledge is power. Armed with clear understanding you're empowered to choose the healthiest, most nutritious foods. My advice: Buy local organic fresh fruits and vegetables, and skip packaged foods altogether. ...

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,...

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? ...

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 spend time and money on the healthiest foods. But how much of it 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 sluggish brain, heartburn, GERD, flatulence and emotional stress. If you want to optimize your health and save money, food combining is your secret friend....