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Coconut Sugar PDF Print Email
Written by Brenda Walker   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 01:53

I'm forever looking for healthy alternatives to the things I used to eat and love! I love it when I find a good substitute that is not "bad for me" but I love it even more when I find one that actually has some really good stuff in it! Sometimes that is no easy task! Well my friends, I just stumbled upon something that has me SO excited! It is Organic Coconut Sugar and it makes my mouth sing! It tastes VERY similar to light brown sugar without all the nasty bad for you stuff. If you can believe it, it actually has a lot of health benefits! Livestrong.com has a great article on it. I'll include a few of the highlights here.

The process in which it is harvested is very natural. According to the Livestrong article (and several other places that I researched), it is harvested by "slicing the bud of the coconut tree flower to release the sap or coconut nectar. This nectar is then boiled into a thick caramel and dried into crystals. Nothing is removed during this process".

Because it is straight from the coconut tree it has many health benefits as well. It is has a very low glycemic index of about 35. This makes it a great choice for those with diabetes, high cholesterol and other sugar related disorders. It also contains 16 out of the 20 amino acids and is high in vitamins and minerals - specifically calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus and boron.

That is all great but it wouldn't mean a thing if it weren't YUMMY! Honestly, it is DELICIOUS! To use it instead of sugar in any recipe, you just substitute it at a 1:1 ratio. So, if your recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, use 1 cup of coconut sugar.

Have I mentioned that it is absolutely scrumptious!? Go ahead, give it a try in my Kamut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies or any of your favorite recipes. If you need to order some, you can get it here. I signed up for auto-ship to save 15% on my order.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 02:02
 
Drink More Water PDF Print Email
Written by Brenda Walker   
Saturday, 19 March 2011 04:31
I don't drink nearly enough water. It is one of those things I just forget to do until I'm unbelievably thirsty. But, did you know that for your body to function properly you need to drink 1/2 your weight in ounces? Also, when you don't drink enough water, your brain is the first to suffer. So... drink up!!
 
The Importance of Non-GMO PDF Print Email
Written by Brenda Walker   
Thursday, 10 March 2011 14:04

Recently, much of the news from health conscious eaters is revolving around the use of GMO (genetically modified organism) in our food supply. It is extremely important to know the details of GMOs and why you should take a stand to get them off of our grocery store shelves. There are a host of health problems associated with the use of these organisms that the FDA has conveniently not shared with the public. This article will just touch on a few facts but I strongly encourage you do do some additional research on this topic.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 April 2011 04:28
 
The Dangers of Eating Meat PDF Print Email
Written by Brenda Walker   

Let me start by saying that in our family, we choose to eat a mostly vegetarian diet (with the exception of fish). Before you make a decision to drastically change your diet in any way, you should thoroughly research the changes you are considering. There are opinions that are all over the map on this topic and this is my opinion based upon my own research. I encourage you to do the research yourself and make your own informed decision.

The Framingham Heart Study is an ongoing cardiovascular study that began in 1948 with 5,209 adults between the ages of 30 and 60 living in Framingham, Massachusetts. It is considered by most to be an extremely reliable study. According to its director, Dr. William Castelli,"Vegetarians have the best diet. They have the lowest rates of coronary disease of any group in the country...a fraction of our heart attack rate and they have only 40 percent of our cancer rate."

According to the American Dietetic Association, meat-eaters have an increased risk of heart disease, colon cancer, obesity, adult-onset diabetes, gout, osteoporosis, kidney stones, gallstones, diverticular disease, lung cancer and breast cancer.

If you look at our bodies, you will see that we were designed by our creator to be vegetarians. We have flat teeth that are excellent for grinding grains and eating fruits and veggies. On our hands we have fingers which are perfect for fine motor skills such as picking things up - like picking fruit off of trees or berries off bushes. We have very long intestinal tracts. This is because it takes time for the tough cellulose found in plants to break down. However, because it takes so long for the food to travel through our very long intestinal tracts, meat rots before it ever gets through.

In contrast, consider animals that are meat eaters. They have very sharp, pointy teeth or beaks designed to kill and rip apart flesh and claws that are for hunting and tearing the flesh off the animals to eat. They also have short intestinal tracts so that the meat can pass through quickly before it rots.

According to an article found at http://www.tryveg.com/cfi/toc/?v=03benefits, "...animal products are the main source of saturated fat and the only source of cholesterol. By avoiding meat, eggs, and dairy, we can greatly reduce the amount of saturated fat and all the cholesterol that contribute to heart disease". That same article also sites a study that showed that eliminating animal products combined with regular exercise, stress reduction and quitting smoking can actually REVERSE hardening of the arteries.

Another consideration is the large amount of hormones and antibiotics that are given to the animals we eat. We now have strains of bacteria that are very resistant to antibiotics and many attribute this to the antibiotics in our food. Young girls are going through puberty at earlier and earlier ages. Could this be from the hormones in the animals we are consuming? I believe it is and so do many others.

There are a few articles that I highly recommend. The first is Health Benefits of Vegetarian Diets.

Secondly, Eating Meat is Bad for You .

Lastly, 10 Good Reasons to Choose Vegetarian.

I did not discuss the way the animals are treated in this article , but it is heartbreaking to learn the truth about the food business. The documentary Food, Inc. is a must see for everyone - not just those considering a vegetarian diet. It will open your eyes to a whole different side of the food industry - one I think most of us try not to think about.

Most of all, I encourage you to be informed. Don't take my word for any of this. Do the research and make an informed decision. You may surprise yourself.

 
Kamut - the Powerhouse of Grains PDF Print Email
Written by Brenda Walker   

Kamut is a WONDERFUL grain with a slightly buttery, nutty sort of flavor. It has been reported that Kamut was found in the ancient pyramids in Egypt. Therefore, in the biblical account of the Egyptians storing grain during the 7 "fat" years to sustain them through the 7 "lean" years, some believe that it was Kamut that was stored.

 

Kamut is a powerhouse among the grains. It has about 40% more protein, 65% more amino acids, 30% more vitamin E and is generally easier to digest than wheat. It is often thought of as a high energy grain because it has a slightly higher fatty acid content than wheat. Kamut is also high in Thiamin, Riboflavin, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, pantothentic acid, copper and complex carbohydrates.

 


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