NEW – Detox Life Plan

In one of my earlier blogs (September 28, 2016) I laid out a Detox Diet Plan. The word “Diet” in this plan was not meant as diet in respect to being a weight loss diet. It could be reworded to be a ‘Detox Food Plan’. However, if you committed yourself to my Detox Diet Plan, because of the foods required for consumption, you would surely lose weight. You would lose weight because raw fresh fruits and vegetables clean out the gut, thereby releasing the garbage and toxins accumulated in the colon, and all parts of the body.

In the Detox Life Plan, I want you to start with basic reasoning for not just good, but GREAT health. The life plan targets your physical and mental health. It is time to get rid of the lingering effects of poor health. It is time to take control and become a healthier you.

Focus on a new mantra – Health is Wealth.th

Starting the new Detox Life Plan may sound difficult – or you may say I have heard it all before. Remember, however, repetition helps one to stay focused. The success of a lifestyle change begins and ends with YOU!

Things to keep in mind are Exercise, Diet (meaning the food you eat), and Avoiding Stress. There is an old saying, “it’s easier said, than done.” But fear not. Think of the new Detox Life Plan as being reborn – learning about life from the beginning as a baby: rolling over, sitting, crawling, standing, taking that first baby step until you are soon walking and then running.

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1. EXERCISE:  Assess your situation. Do you exercise on a regular or non-regular basis? How long has it been since you exercised in any way? You are now in the standing stage of the plan. Start with WALKING485004904walk a short distance, walk around your block or neighborhood. The first time I  did this, I couldn’t walk even 1 short block. But I didn’t give up. I was soon jogging and then running 5K’s and 10K’s. I loved it. I ran my last 5K  in 2012. Keep in mind, as you go through this phase, what kind of physical condition you are in as well as your age. If it feels right, then go for a jog or a run, and maybe add more activity, such as Tai Chi, Yoga, tennis, golf etc. something you know you will enjoy doing. Wise exercise is all about LONG TERM SUCCESS. I do Tai Chi, Simple Yoga, and weight exercises for the old muscles. A personal coach once said, “if you – whether you are a senior or not, should do at least 10 to 30 push-ups everyday.”  So I do 30 push-ups every morning. You don’t have to do them on the floor, you can do them against the door or a countertop (which I do). All methods keep the muscles from atrophying. The point here is, be committed. Include a friend – it helps you to stay focused. Start slow and easy, built up to the hard stuff. Stay active. Activity improves all the body’s functions, and especially improves the heart’s health. You will be in better shape to deal with issues that cause stress.

2. DIET:  Maintaining a pimage014roper diet is essential for good health. For Detox purposes eat plenty of raw foods. They have a higher nutrient value. Cooking lowers the nutrient value as the nutrients drain out into the water, the water gets thrown away and the disposal becomes healthier than the human. If cooking is pertinent, saute’ or steam the food, usually vegetables. Raw is best, however, in the fast paced world we live in frozen, freeze-dried, and dehydrated are my next best choices. Because of the preservatives in canned foods, it is better to avoid them if possible. Eating raw is healthy and builds the immune system against the ravaging illnesses that are prevalent today.

3. SLEEP:  “Life gets in the way” is a common statement that I hear over and over thagain. Soon you find yourself ‘sleep deprived’. Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep definitely increases the risk of developing serious health problems. If you get plenty of exercise and eat healthy foods sleep seems to be a natural derivative. Yes, it can be difficult. Set up a schedule for going to bed at a regular time each night, but DO IT! During sleep is when the body heals itself. Without enough sleep the body gets sluggish and fatigued resulting in health issues, especially on a long-term basis of no sleep or not enough sleep.

4. AVOID STRESS:  Seniors of my era are always saying, “life was simpler when we were young.” Today lifeth is not simple and ‘stress’ is accepted as part of life. It doesn’t have to be. Yes, difficult situations are all around us, however, you can fight the stress from those situation….and you must for the benefit of your health. Here is where the ‘mental’ comes into play. Mental means a variety of things which include age, deficient intellectual ability, disease (a disorder of the mind), fog (loss of memory), hygiene (maintaining healthy mental and emotional responses which prevents the development of psychosis), illness (any disorder that affects the mind or behavior), and retardation (mental deficiency). Our concern is with the ‘hygiene’ – maintaining healthy mental and emotional responses.

To fight off STRESS one must exercise, do deep breathing, meditation, prayer, and put a support system in place to include your family, loved ones and friends.

In life’s situations, issues and emergencies come and go but good health can stay with you forever as long as you are willing to put in the effort and commit. Yes, it will take some lifestyle changes. No one ever said it would be easy – but it will be worth it.

Include these basics in the LIFE PLAN along with my DETOX DIET PLAN (blog dated Sept 26, 2016) and you will have started your journey to change your life and your health.

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Comments are always appreciated. Thanks for visiting my site. Until next time – God Bless!

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Blood Pressure

What is Blood Pressure?  Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary tells us that “more generally, blood pressure is the pressure exerted by the blood on the wall of any vessel. This pressure reaches its highest values in the left ventricle during systole (that part of the heart cycleth in which the heart is in contraction). It decreases in the arterial system as the distance from the heart increases, and is lower in capillaries than in the arteries. The Systolic arterial blood pressure rises during activity or excitement and falls during sleep. The diastole is the normal period in the heart cycle during which the muscle fibers lengthen, the heart dilates, and the cavities fill with blood. The Diastolic pressure is the point of least pressure in the arterial vascular system. The failure of the diastolic pressure to drop in proportion to the systolic pressure is a danger sign.”

This helped me immensely to understand what ‘blood pressure’ is. It was also noted that blood pressure varies with age, sex, altitude, muscular development and different states of worry and fatigue. It is usually lower in women than in men, low in childhood and higher as one advances in age. Normal blood pressure in a healthy young person is, considered by the doctors, to be 100 to 120 systolic and 60 to 80 diastolic. A pressure reading greater than 140 systolic is believed to be abnormal. Taber’s mentions that “the loss of resilience in the vascular tree and physiological changes of age must be considered when levels above 140 are obtained in apparently healthy, older persons.”

Are we now confused? Today there are so many theories in regards to the range for normal blood pressure that I wonder if anyone really knows what is correct. I know that as I have aged my blood pressure has changed. From adolescent to 60 years of age it ranged between 114-120/70-80. The doctor said not to worry…it was within the normal range. Now at 80 yrs, it ranges between 119-135/70-80 (depending on the amount of activity I engage in). The doctor still says not to worry…it is within the normal range. When I give blood, they never tell me it is too high or that I should see the doctor about it. I take my blood pressure reading at home, to check how I am doing on maintaining my blood pressure.

Let me tell you about my mother. I knew my mother’s blood pressure was too high, because when I took her blood pressure, I would get a reading of 197-225/90-127 (and sometimes even higher). That reading definitely was not normal. She took bottles and bottles of blood pressure pills (like many folks do today), to keep her blood pressure under control. The doctor told her she would die if she didn’t take the meds or have heart surgery. She died of kidney failure after open-heart surgery (she was 72 years old). The doctor never mentioned anything regarding bad kidneys until she died. He then told my older sister our mother was functioning on one-quarter of one kidney, that the rest of her kidneys had been bad for a long time, and that is why she died. Knowing this, why did he do the surgery? Talk about malpractice! In my opinion, the surgery should never have been done. I must admit that my mother insisted on the heart surgery in spite of the kidney problem, which I think she knew about, but never told any of us in the family. I am sure, as well, that is why the doctor, who knew he shouldn’t have done the surgery, and fearing a malpractice suit, decided to not charge us for her surgery. Mom had no insurance other than medicare. After that ordeal, me and my 4 sisters have cheered as we’ve reached age 70 and over: we are glad to still be alive. Our mother’s health issues could very well be genetic. Everyone has a story to tell.

The experience with my mother was a factor in peeking my interest in alternative health procedures. I wish I knew then what I know now. However, I doubt I could have convinced my mother that changing her eating habits and lifestyle would have had a beneficial effect on her health.

Scientific studies in regards to the heart and blood pressure take place on a daily basis. You hear about these studies on the TV, read about them in magazines and newspapers, can research them on the internet, and even receive junk mail about them. The questions are: what does it all have to do with me: what do I do, I am already under a doctor’s care. Everyone should consult their physician about their individual health issues when it comes to abnormal blood pressure numbers. As well, there are alternative methods and supplements that can be taken to help lower your blood pressure readings, and then help you to maintain the lower numbers.

As a detoxification specialist, I urge everyone to start with a Detox Program. My counseling services are Free when you contact me through this, my blog, or check out my FYI Healthtalk Store (in the link to the right of this column). The decision is up to you to change your eating habits and lifestyle so that you will not have to take prescription medications or continue to take the ones you are on to solve your health issues. I have made, and have friends who have made life changing decisions in regards to food and lifestyle. The joy for me and for them was when we heard our doctor say, “You can reduce your meds or discontinue them. I don’t know what you are doing, but whatever it is, keep doing it.”

Don’t be afraid to let your body heal itself. God is in charge. God created you with a perfect body – you are the one responsible for its destruction or mode of perfection.

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Until next time…may God Bless!

Left Overs

Are you doing what I am trying to do….get rid of all the LEFTOVER food in your refrigerator?  Somehow, during the holiday season everyone brings you food, and as for me, most of it is what I do not eat….especially the cookies and cakes and candy. I tested the theory of too much sugar being bad for you by deliberately overdoing it on the sweet treats, and I have paid for it for the last two weeks. The toilet has been my best friend. It is ironic that when you do not eat a lot of sweets, your body changes and you do not crave or even want to eat the sweet foods (mostly processed) or made with processed sugar. My system just could not handle it….and just wanted to get rid of the poison I was subjecting myself to. Soooo….for me it is NO MORE ARTIFICIAL SWEETS. I will be consuming only the Natural sugar found in fresh fruits which does not cause havoc in your system and is not harmful. The body recognizes the difference between processed and natural sugar and actually uses the natural sugar to help your sweet need.

Early on in my blogs I introduced a DETOX DIET PLAN. It is a fairly strict plan to help you start the detox process of your body. It suggests that you eat mostly raw fruits and vegetables. Both of these, fruits and veggies, can be made into Smoothies, eaten plain, or the veggies cooked by sautéing or steaming. I decided to start the New Year out by sharing a Smoothie I made for myself on New Year’s Day morning. I used Leftover Fruit, which I had a lot of because I bought too much, or just could not consume all that I had, by myself, even after giving a lot of it away. I think I mentioned, as well some time ago, that where I live many folks have fruit trees and like to share the fruit when it is in season….and these fruits are in season now. Make it – enjoy my…

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1/2 Banana
1 C Fresh Papaya cubed)
1 C Fresh Strawberries (Frozen optional)
1 Scoop ‘Vega’ Vanilla Flavored Protein Powder (Plant Based)
1/2 – 3/4 C Blend of Orange & Star Fruit juice ( I make it myself)
1 TBSP Maple Syrup (Optional)

I blend it all in my NuWave Twister, but you can use any blender.
Makes 2  – 1 cup servings.

This Smoothie is acceptable to use for the Detox Diet Plan.

Follow the Plan for the mid-morning Snack.

What’s for Lunch A SALAD of course.
Use any dark green lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, etc. – make it your favorite. Season with a Vinegar and Oil dressing of your choice.

Follow the Plan for the mid-afternoon snack.

Dinner was an experiment with LEFTOVERS. I had all kinds of vegetables in my refrigerator that needed to be used before they were unusable. Here’s what I ended up with, I call it my……

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2 1/2 C Diced Celery
1/4 C Diced Onion
1 C Chopped Carrots
1 1/2 C Vegetable or Chicken Broth (I make my own)
1 C Coconut Milk

Cook until veggies are tender. Using 1/4 C broth, stir in 1-2 Tbsp Flour until smooth and thick. Add more broth if needed. Add back into pot and stir.

Add:
2 C Diced or cut up Turkey Meatth
Sea Salt to taste
Cayenne Pepper to taste
Moringa Powder to season (I grow Moringa and make my Powder)

Cook on LOW until meat is heated through.  If you want it to be thicker take out 1 1/2 C of soup – put in blender and purée. Add back into the rest of the soup, stir together. Add 1 Tbsp butter. Stir mixture until butter is melted. Put in bowls garnish with fresh parsley or fresh basil. ENJOY!

I invited a friend over to be my guinea pig. She loved the soup, which I served with a garden fresh salad with an oil and vinegar dressing, and crackers. MMMMMGood!
(This soup is acceptable as a meal on the Detox Diet Plan – minus the crackers)

Don’t be afraid to experiment. Be creative. There are many more vegetables that can be added or used instead of the ones I used, such as broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beans etc. If you prefer to have a clear broth, omit the coconut milk. If you have any leftover soup, you can add noodles, and now you have Turkey Noodle Vegetable Soup.

Eating HEALTHY is EASY…AND DELICIOUS!

I wish you all many new adventures in this New Year.  God Bless you all!

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Happy New Year!

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We all make New Year resolutions. This year make it one to improve your health so you can live to a ripe healthy old age. Start the year off with better nutritional choices in eating and supplements (click on FYI Healthtalk Store – in my health links). Begin 2017 by laying for yourself a foundation for good health and happiness not only for now, but for many years to come.

To all my faithful readers – HAPPY NEW YEAR , and a NEW YOU!  

May love increase, may joy abound, may negativity cease, and may all the the world rejoice in peace!

God Bless!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE BLESSED WITH LASTING GIFTS OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP!…

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(Recipe from ‘Natural awakenings’ magazine)

Yields: About 5 cups

Popcorn:
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup popcorn kernels

Maple Snickerdoodle Topping:
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Sea Salt to tase

Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan, with a lid over medium heat. Add 3 kernels of popcorn and wait for them to pop. Once the test kernels start to pop, add the rest of the popcorn, cover and allow to pop, shaking occasionally until popping slows to a near stop. Pour popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.

For the topping, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon, until well combined. Pour over the popcorn and mix well. Sprinkle the top with a few pinches of sea salt, mix again and taste.

Serve immediately….and as the kids would say – YUMMY, YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!

If you have your own way of making popcorn – feel free to use it. I put the coconut oil in the bottom of my dry pop, popcorn popper. You can air pop it, microwave pop it, whatever works for you. It’s the topping that makes it so delicious.

Have a wonderful day enjoying your families and friends. May God Bless
you all with safety and good health!

Inflammation = Health Issues

It seems like every time you hear about or read about different health issues, the word Inflammation  comes up. All kinds of things come to mind e.g. swelling, pain, redness, heat, infection etc. It seems to be attached to every dis-ease, or health problem and person can have.

The Webster’s dictionary tells ugetty_rf_photo_of_ankle_swollen_from_injurys that “inflammation is a local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, and pain and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue.”

Generally, inflammation has a connection to infection – the result of contamination to a body organ or part after the invasion of a disease producing substance or agent such as bacteria.

So basically, inflammation and infection go hand in hand or interact with each other. Alone or together they can set into motion a sequence of events that can lead to many varied health issues.

Two such issues to be addressed today are – (1) Arterial thrombosis and (2) Venous thrombosis/Pulmonary embolism.  Arterial or vascular thrombosis issues often crop up with an increase in age, and generally without outward symptoms. (1)Arterial thrombosis is the involvement of platelet aggregation which forms around the clogged points in the arterial system which can cause an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation. (2) Venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are major causes of disability and death. Venous seems to be the most dangerous of the two – being “the formation of a blood clot inside a vein that can obstruct flow in the localized affected part of the venous circulatory system.” The difference between the two is the Veins contain valves while Arteries do not. A venous blood clot that has traveled to the lung is referred to as a Pulmonary Embolism.

All of these conditions are problematic. All have different risk factors. I will try to break each one down to so as to be understood by the common layperson.

Arterial Thrombosis – The symptoms of arterial thrombosis include mild to severe pain in the affected arm or leg, swelling of an arm or leg, redness or color change, and warmth of the skin. People with artificial heart valves or atrial fibrillation are at high risk for developing a thrombus. A thrombus (clot) can break loose and travel up a carotid artery, where it can cause an acute ischemic stroke. As well, it can travel through the circulatory system, block the blood flow to the lungs which in turn causes pulmonary embolism issues.

Pulmoheartandlungsnary Embolism – The symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath, and a fast heartbeat.

Venous Thrombosis – is a condition where the blood clot travels through the veins. Most of you have heard of this connected mostly with air travel, where sitting for a long period of time reduces the flow of blood in lower leg veins. Other risk factor causes can be too much TV watching, the use of oral contraceptives, advanced age, pregnancy, severe obesity, recent surgery, trauma, and cancer.  You can check your risk factor by having your personal physician do a Thrombotic Risk test which should include Inflammatory Markers, Insulin Resistance Markers, Blood Cells, and Lipid Markers. Often Compression stocking are suggested to help reduce that stagnation of blood in the lower legs. Symptoms in this case can include, pain, swelling, and heat.

Againth, I sound like a broken record which plays the same thing over and over, when I reiterate a lifestyle change to set the healing process into action which will help reduce the cause for all of the above, to include; quit smoking, get more exercise on a regular basis, eating a healthy diet (Detox Diet Plan), and the use of supplements as needed. Nutrients that can help these conditions are green tea, Omega 3 (fish oil), grape seed extract, (or you can eat Black grapes), pomegranate, garlic (I recommend a Cayenne Garlic Combination in Capsules – Visit our Store), flaxseed oil, curcumin, taurine, and magnesium.

Two new supplementations being studied, and which are obtainable, are Nattokinase, and French Maritime Pine Bark. Both are products of Life Extension.

thOther INFLAMMATION CONNECTIONS: Diabetes, Alzheimer’s; Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease – which are types of inflammatory bowel disease, RA, Fibromyalgia, Cellulitis, Skin Infections and many more.

REMEMBER – Inflammation is linked to these issues. It has taken most of you a lifetime to get your body’s issues to where they are now. Repairing the damage is a slow process. Do Not expect to be healed overnight. Your body takes its own sweet time to heal itself. THE TIME TO IMPLEMENT PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IS NOW. I hope and pray that it is not too late for any of you. Take it one step at a time. Do not fall into the trap of self diagnosis because of bad experiences or because of what I write or anyone else writes about this subject. You need to consult with a knowledgeable Naturopathic physician, or Detoxification Specialist, keeping in mind that NATURAL HEALING METHODS TREAT THE CAUSE AND NOT THE SYMPTOMS!

(Sited – Life Extension Magazine)

Become a HEALTHIER YOU! May God Bless!

Nuts, Nuts, and more Nuts

We are still in the wintry holiday season….which starts with Thanksgiving and goes until New Year’s Day when we start again to make resolutions hoping to change our lives.

With the holidays comes the question of food – what to eat and what not to eat?  In my Detox Diet Plan, I recommend that you eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables until you are comfortable with the Plan. Are you ready to add NUTS?

I love nuts…but are they all good for detoxification.  Is there a healthy reason for eating them?

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PEANUTS – for years were at the top of the list for nuts. I always bought peanuts, all kinds, in the shell, dry roasted, party, spanish, boiled, and etc. Today peanuts are highly processed, and have a high fat content. I will talk more on that later in the blog. Over the last few year other nuts have come to the front of the pack. They include almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia, hazel, cashew, Brazil, Pistachios, pine nuts and many seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, and lately cantaloupe, star fruit, watermelon, flax and many more.  It can boggle your mind.

So – what is there to know about these nuts and seeds? I will touch on some and elaborate on the one’s that fit best into the Detox Diet Plan.

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PISTACHIOS – My favorite, have, through research been revealed as a healthy snack. In 2011 a research paper stated that “pistachios eaten with a meal high in carbohydrates lowered blood glucose response.” Further studies show that pistachio consumption correlates with weight control, have anti-inflammatory benefits, may lower LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol, lower triglyceride levels and contain a broad spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals, protein , fiber and phytochemicals.

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ALMONDS – The almond is a species of tree native to the middle east, the Indian Subcontinent and North Africa. “Almond” is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. (Wikipedia) Their benefits are suggested by  nutritionist all over the world for use in many ways to include: eating raw as a healthy snack; as the base for almond butter, almond milk, almond flour and even in fragrances and body lotions. Nutritionally, almonds are a very good source of Vitamin E, manganese, biotin and copper, magnesium, riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and phosphorus. Unfortunately they contain FAT. The good news is…..that a portion size of 1/4 cup of almonds is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. They are low in Cholesterol and Sodium. Before you get carried away to make a meal of them – REMEMBER – EAT in Moderation.

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WALNUTS – have been noted as having more nutritional value than Pecans. As a fiber, it is safe to eat them everyday; alone, in salads, added to casseroles and vegetables. A Walnut is the nut of any tree of the genus Juglans. Technically a walnut is the seed of a drupaceous nut and this is not a true botanical nut. (Wikipedia). Walnuts have been claimed as the World’s Healthiest Nut. They are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory Omega 3 essential fatty acids – in the form of alpha-linolinic acid (ALA). They are also a good source of manganese, copper, molybdenum and biotin the B vitamin. They contain heart healthy fats. As for Walnuts vs Pecans…both are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. They are an excellent source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.

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HAZELNUTS (Also known as FILBERTS) – Are considered one of the lowest fat nuts. They are the nut of the hazel, derived from the genus species Corylus. Hazels are rich in energy and many other health-benefiting nutrients. They are heart healthy and brain boosting, skin improving and may even protect against cancer. They are a sweet flavored nut and are rich in protein and Vitamin E. Can be used in baking and as a snack. I love them.

The BRAZIL NUthT – comes from South America. Little known is the fact that Brazil nuts have the ability to stimulate growth and repair and boost heart health. The selenium they contain improves thyroid function, protects against cancer, lowers LDL, and fights inflammation.  This is also one of my favorites, but I have such a hard time cracking the shell.

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COCONUT – Has come into a good place in the last few years. In the past most people just thlooked at the coconut as an exotic that came from Hawaii and a few other countries, had little nutritional value, had shells that no one wanted to bother with as far as removing, but were delicious as long as the coconut had been mechanically processed for eating purposes.  Coconut Macaroons have always been my favorite cookie. Coconut oil is now on the rise being suggested as good for weight loss, hair growth, thyroid function, skin care and etc, etc, etc. This nut needs it own Blog for its pro and con information. It is on my agenda so look for it down the road (so to speak).

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PINE NUT – Expensive (usually over $10.99/lb) but is a great nut to add to the Detox Diet Plan. The eating of Pine Nuts dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times when they were commonly preserved in honey. Pine nuts were a common food for Native American Indian tribes but are also a staple in other countries. You may know of them by other names to include: Indian nut, pignon, pinolos, pinhao and as I learned of them, Pinon Pine (pinus nembroides, or pinis pinea). They are grown extensively in the USA in  Utah, Nevada and Colorado. They are a nut low in fat and can be used in many recipes. I first ate them in a Turkey dressing on Thanksgiving…mmmm good. They are edible seeds of the female cone of the pine trees. They are small, elongated in shape, ivory in color and about 1/2″ long with a soft texture, and sweet buttery flavor – to me. They can be roasted  They are a healthy source of essential minerals, vitamins and heart healthy mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help to cut cholesterol levels in blood. It’s emollient property helps to keep
skin protected from dryness. It is used in various traditional medicinal applications.

Now let’s talk about SEEDS.

The two I like are Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds.

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SUNFLOWER SEEDS – are about 6mm to 10 mm in length and have a conical shape with a smooth surface.  The outer coat, referred to as the hull, encloses a single, gray-white edible kernel. They come from the Sunflower – each sunflower head may hold several hundreds of edible oil seeds. They are crunchy and nutty and considered as a healthful food.  The benefitting nutrients values are minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Their calories come from fatty acids – the good ones to include poly unsaturated linoleic acid and mono-unsaturated oleic acid that helps lower LDL (Bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (the good cholesterol in the blood). They are also considered a good source of protein, amino acids, natural antioxidants, chlorogenic acid (which helps reduce blood sugar levels), Vitamin E, B-Complex Vitamins, and essential minerals to include: calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium and copper.

The seed is harvested when they turn brown and dry. Buy only the good seeds. Avoid thin, shriveled up seeds or old stock. Store at room temperature in a bin or jar. Once the kernels are hulled (shelled), it is best to store them in an airtight container inside the refrigerator. Like most seeds they can be eaten as a snack, in salads, sprinkled over veggies, casseroles, baked goods and are now, I just found out are available as Sunflower Seed Butter, sold as Sun Butter, which is a suitable alternative in peanut allergies.

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PUMPKIN SEEDS – This seed has provided the most interesting research I’ve met. The botanical name is Cucurbita pepo from the name of the Cucurbitaceae family (which the pumpkin from which the seeds come, is actually considered a fruit). Wow, this is worse than me doing genealogy research. Like the pine nut pumpkin seeds and their oil dates back in use to the time of the Greeks and the origin is unknown other than it dates back to before 5000 B.C. They were found in Mexico and before that – who knows. The use for them in ancient times was for healing damaged skin such as burns. I also found that heat destroys its healthy properties – so I ask, why do they roast them? The oil is a good source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, both of which are found to increase energy and mental focus. Traditional medicinal use includes treating parasites and worms and as well, bladder infections. They too are a heart healthy snack food and if eaten an hour or so before bedtime can induce a good nights sleep. They are also known as being beneficially used “to address” prostate issues. (Works cited include: American Botanical Council and “Medical Herbalism” by David Hoffman).

Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, phosphorus and iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. It is a diet-friendly fiber, curbs hunger, and has Vitamin A (for eye health). They serve as a great topping on salads, eggs, in soups and wraps.

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PEANUTS – I am going to end with a note about Peanuts – which are simple legumes – included in the beans and lentils family. They are high in protein, folate, Vitamin E and basically the rest of the same nutrients as their legume friends. Today, the drawback or a caution deals with allergies, especially in children, which can also crop up later in life in adults. One of the reasons for allergies has to do with Aflatoxins, a fungus peanuts are susceptible to. It’s naturally occurring and is known as a carcinogen that is many times more toxic than DDT. This would be particularly hazardous to persons prone to liver disease and it would be wise to avoid eating them just to be on the safe side. I recommend, eat at your own discretion.

NOTE: Nuts and seeds are structural foods and are a good source for strengthening the whole body.

The healthiest nuts for Detox are noted in their descriptions. Just remember – eat in moderation – do not make a meal of nuts, they can cause acid issues in the stomach. They are energy robbing and will slow or stop the cleansing process. They all are great as a snack, and I recommend that you eat them raw – usually 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Keep in mind always – the Alkaline/Acid balance of 80% Alkaline to 20% Acid that you are trying to support throughout the Detox Diet process.

Happy Holidays and God Bless!