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Are you sick and tired of the confusion surrounding food?
Want to feel good and prevent or reverse illness and disease?
Join the leaders in nutrition and natural healing from around the globe in a mission to uncover the truth… 

What you’re about to learn could likely save your life, or that of someone you love. This was certainly the case with my father.

About 6 years ago he was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression and Anxiety. The best the medical profession could offer was a cocktail of medications to treat the symptoms and little in the way of hope for treating the underlying causes. Not surprisingly his health continued to decline.

At the same time we were studying nutrition and sending home many of the books we had read but these didn’t seem to help convince him. So for the next 12 months (with 3 years of research under our belt) we set about creating the independent documentary film ‘Food Matters’.

Anyone who is serious about their health needs to see this stunning film.

– Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Wisdom

‘Food Matters’ features interviews with leading health experts who reveal the best natural healing choices you can make for you and your family’s health. In the film you’ll discover what works, what doesn’t and what’s potentially killing you when it comes to your health.

After my father saw the film he quit his pharmaceutical meds, changed his diet, lost 50lbs of his body weight and is now running 3 times a week which is a big change from being bed ridden for 5 years!

This film lays out the inconvenient truth the food industry doesn’t want you to hear – that nearly all degenerative disease is actually caused by the processed, nutrient-depleted food being consumed in first-world nations around the world. ‘Food Matters’ dares to reveal how we can stop this cycle of destruction and restore true health to ourselves and our planet.

– Mike Adams, founder of Natural News.com

Why You Need This Information Now More Than Ever

In this day and age there are many companies interested in profiting from your misfortune and ill health and this film will help keep your money in your pocket and your health in your hands.

We all know someone with cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, mental illness, depression, asthma, arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, allergies and on and on…

Knowing what to do and where to turn has become unbelievably complex and becoming informed about the choices you have for your health and well-upbeing can save your life. Within the Food Matters collection of interviews with leading nutritionists, naturopaths, scientists, M.D.’s and medical journalists you will discover…

  • How to use food as medicine
  • Do vitamin supplements really work?
  • Is organic better?
  • How safe is our food?
  • Natural treatments for lowering cholesterol
  • Foods that fight anxiety and depression
  • Natural therapies for cancer
  • Which drugs might do more harm than good?
  • The best ways to detox, lose weight and keep it off!

 

 

James and Laurentine provide a radiant beacon of hope with steps you can do today to take control of your health and begin healing. This is such important information – and much aligned with my personal health philosophies. It’s time to get it out to everyone who will listen. I encourage you to order a copy of Food Matters today and watch it with your friends and family.

– Dr Joseph Mercola, Author of the world’s most popular online Natural Health Newsletter.

The Elements of a Healthy Diet, & How to Change

One of the best things I ever did to change my life (along with exercise, mindfulness, simplicity and focus) is to teach myself to eat a healthy diet.

But one of the things that confused me early on was: what is a healthy diet? There are so many definitions of what’s healthy — low-fat, low-carbs, Paleo, vegan, Mediterranean, raw, and so on. It can be pretty confusing.

While I risk making a lot of people angry with this article, I’m going to attempt to synthesize my personal research on healthy eating. This isn’t definitive, and I’m not a nutritionist, but I’ve been exploring a healthy diet and have read hundreds of articles on this, sorting the good from the bad.

Here’s what I believe is healthy.

Overall Principles

A diet is healthy if it:

  1. gives your body nutrients it needs,
  2. without giving you too many calories (too many calories leads to obesity over time),
  3. or unhealthy things (like too much saturated or trans fat, nitrates, excess sodium, unhealthy chemicals).

This definition is for the long term, not day to day. On any given day, you could have less nutrients than you need, and too many calories and sodium, but if the diet balances out over time, then it can be healthy.

So healthy food contributes to that: a good nutrient-to-calorie ratio without a lot of the bad stuff.

What kind of nutrients does your body need? It needs essential amino acids (protein), healthy fats, some carbs for energy, and a bunch of vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, Vitamin D, sodium, potassium, and so forth. Fiber is good too, and of course you need water. This obviously isn’t a complete list.

If a food gives you some of those nutrients, without a lot of empty calories, it’s probably healthy. For example, spinach gives you Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese and more. Without giving you a lot of calories or unhealthy things.

But half a loaf of white bread might give you a bunch of calories without too many nutrients (maybe a bit of protein and a few other vitamins). These are empty calories, and we want less of those.

Everything, though, is fine in moderation. You can eat bread without guilt if it’s just a smaller part of your diet, and the rest of your diet is full of nutrient-dense stuff. If your diet is mostly empty calories, that’s not healthy.

Nutritious Foods

With that in mind, here’s an incomplete list of foods I think are amazingly healthy:

  1. Greens. Green leafy vegetables are the nutrient kings. They contain a ton of great vitamins and minerals, lots of fiber, not a lot of calories or other unhealthy things. Good examples: kale, spinach, broccoli, bok choy, mustard greens, green bell peppers, romaine lettuce.
  2. Red, yellow & orange fruits & veggies. These colorful veggies add nutrients you won’t get as much elsewhere, like lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene (vitamin A). Good examples: carrots, squash, tomatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, corn. Plus fruits: mangoes, oranges, apricots, bananas, papaya.
  3. Onions & garlic. I put these in all kinds of meals, and they have been shown to have cancer-protection properties.
  4. Beans and such. Lentils, black beans, red beans, white beans, peas, mung beans — lots of fiber and minerals and protein. I absolutely love a good lentil soup or black bean burger or chili with various kinds of beans.
  5. Nuts & seeds. Healthy fats and proteins — walnuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, quinoa.
  6. Proteins. As a vegan, I get my protein from plants — vegetables and whole grains have protein, but you can get lots of it in tofu, tempeh, seitan, soy-milk. If you’re not vegan, I recommend fish and poultry, with red meat in moderation (it’s been shown to increase risks of cancer, for example, especially processed red meats like sausage, bacon and corned beef).
  7. Fruits. Some people are afraid of fruits because they have sugar, but I’ve found them to be extremely healthy, and they satisfy my sweet cravings. My favorites: berries, apples, stone fruit (like peaches, apricots, plums), tropical fruits (mangoes, papayas, starfruit, bananas, coconut).
  8. Healthy fats. Our bodies need healthy fats, and polyunsaturated fats are especially healthy and seem to lower risks of heart attacks and certain cancers. Good sources: walnuts, canola oil, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, olive oil, fish, avocados, whole grain wheat, flax-seed oil, soybeans.
  9. Whole grains. Some people shy away from grains, but I’ve found them super healthy when they aren’t ground into flour. So I’ll eat flour-less breads and cereals, but also brown rice, steel-cut oats, amaranth, and quinoa (which isn’t technically a grain). There are lots of other traditional grains to try. And whole-grain flour isn’t bad in moderation.
  10. Milk. As a vegan, I drink soy-milk and Almond milk, which gives me the same things (along with Vitamin B12, which vegans need).
  11. Drinks. Avoid sugary drinks and too much alcohol. Black coffee (or with a splash of cream), tea, green juice, and a glass of red wine are all great. And water is best!

Oh, and mushrooms are super healthy! I’ve probably forgotten 10 other healthy foods.

Moderation: You should base your diet on the list above, but you can always have other foods in moderation. White rice, white breads, white potatoes, sugars, fried foods, fatty foods, red meats … these can all be a part of a healthy diet. I’ll have pancakes now and then, but it’s not my main breakfast. And a good muffin is wonderful!

There aren’t any “bad” foods … it’s all about including whatever treats you want into an overall picture of a healthy diet.

A Healthy Diet

Taking the big picture into account, here’s what I would gradually progress towards:

Eat mostly whole foods, mostly healthy foods from the list above.

For breakfast, I will have some fruit with whole-grain fiber foods (bread or cereal – no sugar) and almond milk / butter. Or a tofu scramble with lots of veggies.

For lunch and dinner, the possibilities are endless, but I tend to aim for something with protein, lots of veggies, and healthy fats, with a touch of whole grains. Some examples:

  • Veggie chili with three kinds of beans and lots of veggies cooked in.
  • Lentil soup with coconut milk, greens and carrots.
  • Tofu, tempeh or seitan stir-fry (or some kind of meat if you’re not vegan) with olive oil, onions, garlic, mushrooms, green veggies.
  • Beans and brown rice and a side of steamed green veggies.

The stir-fry is my go to meal, and has been for awhile.

I (sometimes) have coffee in the morning, maybe some tea in the afternoon, and red wine at night. But mostly I drink water all day.

With that healthy base in mind, you should feel free to indulge in pizza, croissants, muffins, a veggie burger (or the regular kind) with fries without guilt, as long as the lion’s share of your diet is healthy.

How to Change

How do you progress from a diet that has lots of processed foods, to one that is nutrient dense, with lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber?

Gradually.

One thing at a time, identify a replacement for processed foods: whole-wheat instead of white bread, beans instead of processed red meat, brown rice instead of white rice. Fruit instead of baked desserts.

One meal at a time, add some vegetables to your meals. Have a side of steamed broccoli, add some spinach or kale to your recipes (in spaghetti sauce, for example), eat some carrots for snacks.

Slowly try some new recipes that have veggies in them. Try a big, hearty salad.

This doesn’t have to be done overnight, just one small change at a time.

And here’s the key: start to change how you see yourself. Start to say, “I’m someone who eats healthier.” And one bite at a time, start to believe it.

Sinus and Food

Good Foods for the Sinuses:

So here is a list of good foods for the sinuses -assuming there are no allergy symptom–sinus pressure, congestion, drainage, etc. – in connection with them:

  1. Fruits
    • pineapples
    • lemons and limes
    • grapefruits
    • avocados
      • has high quantity of potassium
        • to keep bodily tissues supple and healthy
        • promotes good general health
      • it also helps regularity
    • apples
    • pears
    • apricots
    • peaches
    • canned fruits are also good, but fresh one are better
    • Fresh vegetables
      • carrots
      • lettuces
      • turnips
      • salad, leafy
      • water cress, etc.
    • Coconut water
      • it has much potassium
      • it is credited with bodily cleansing properties

Foods to Clear the Sinuses:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Pineapple
  • Vegetables
    • cruciferous are known for their cleansing and medicinal properties
    • using several vegetables is preferable
  • Garlic
    • shown to have “antibiotic-like” properties
    • Also shown to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties
    • hundred of scientific studies attest to its remedial validity
  • Onions
  • Chiles
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne pepper

Worst Foods for the Sinuses:

  • eggnog
  • milkshake
  • ice cream
  • cow’s milk

Mucus Producing Foods:

  1. Eggs
    • especially fried eggs
    • an occasional use seems to be fine
    • foods combining sugar and egg should be avoided
  2. Food containing additives
  3. Omega-6 fatty acids containing foods
  4. Foods with additives
  5. Refined vegetable oils
    • safflower
    • sunflower
    • corn oil
    • sesame
  6. Saturated fats and trans fats
    • high fat meats
    • dairy products
    • deep-fried foods
  7. Large amounts of salt
  8. Fermented foods
    • cheese
    • sour kraut
    • wine
    • beer, etc.
  9. Foods containing large amounts of sugar
    • soft drinks
    • desserts
    • ice cream
    • cold breakfast cereals with sugar
  10. Cow’s milk–possibly one of the worst
  11. Refined carbohydrates
    • white bread
    • white rice
    • pastas
  12. Possibly mucus producing
    • soy in its various forms
    • potatoes
    • cabbage
    • bananas
    • meats

Foods Which Do Not Produce Mucus

These are the foods not only friendly to people with mucus issues, but better foods all around

  • Fruits
    • pineapples
    • lemons and limes
    • grapefruits
      • has cleansing properties
      • promotes general health a
    • avocados
    • apples
    • pears
    • apricots
    • peaches
  • Fresh vegetables
    • carrots
    • lettuces
    • turnips
    • water cress, etc.
  • Coconut water
    • it has much potassium
    • it is credited with bodily cleansing properties

Foods Which Can Help Clear the Sinuses

  • Fresh fruits
  • Pineapple
    • it has cleansing properties
    • bromelain is its active medicinal ingredient
  • Vegetables
    • cruciferous are known for their cleansing and medicinal properties
    • many different vegetables are needed daily for a balanced diet
  • Garlic
    • deemed to be a “miracle herb”
    • called nature’s “antibiotic”
    • deemed to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
    • the list of remedial benefits is long
    • thousands of scientific research attest the validity of many claims
  • Onions
  • Chiles
    • together with other hot spices it clears the and sinuses breathing passages
    • it’s inexpensive and readily available
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne pepper

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What’s REALLY Inside McDonald’s French Fries?

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Head’s up, vegetarians and vegans: There’s natural beef flavour in those fries!

And here’s why:

Some 50 years ago, McDonald’s cooked its fries in beef fat. When it switched over to a vegetable oil blend, it didn’t want the fries to lose their famous flavour, so they opted to add natural beef flavour to the blend. Hydrolysed wheat and hydrolysed milk are used as starting ingredients of the flavouring.

So, shockingly enough, these fries are not vegetarian, nor vegan!

In 2002, McDonald’s paid $10 million to members of vegetarian groups including Hindus and Sikhs who had sued the chain for failing to disclose that beef tallow was included among the ingredients of the seemingly-vegetarian French fries.

And What About the Rest of Those Ingredients?

1. Vegetable Oil (Blend)

  • Canola oil
  • Hydrogenated soybean oil
  • Citric acid
  • TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)

2. Dextrose: Another word for sugar

3. Sodium acid pyrophosphate

4. Dimethyl polysiloxane

THE VERDICT: It all sounds pretty questionable, right? Also, think about how many vegetarians and vegans (and people wanting to avoid eating meat) have unknowingly ingested beef while eating these French fries? Why don’t they simply re-name them “Beefy Fries” or “Beef-Flavoured French Fries” for total transparency?

THE SENTENCE: McDonald’s French fries contain questionable ingredients and a minimal amount of nutrition (protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants).

And for all the vegetarians out there who have eaten these fries, we hope you’re not too bummed out after reading this. At least now you know!

Send a Message to the Future

We are in the midst of the most important challenge in history: the transition to clean energy. Our children, grandchildren and future generations will look back on this moment and wonder what actions we took.

We are collecting and sharing letters, photos and videos about climate change action to inspire ourselves and others and to preserve this moment in history. All messages will be archived and made available in the years 2030 and 2050.

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Leonardo DiCaprio: “Now is the time for bold unprecedented action.”

2016 was a momentous year for the climate. 118 countries successfully ratified the Paris Agreement, making it one of the largest and most significant United Nations initiatives ever undertaken. It begins a transition of our global economy away from polluting fossil fuels and towards a clean, renewable future that keeps global temperatures within safe limits.

The world is beginning to move in the right direction, but at the same time there are forces rising against this progress – people who would like to see the past decade undone in the interest of short-term profits. Now more than ever the climate movement needs you!

Well over 70 million people tuned in to watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s film, Before the Flood, with hundreds of thousands of people signing up to take action to help ensure a safe and healthy climate for future generations. And you are one of those people!

So every month we will send you a collection of actions you can take to help make a difference on climate change. We also urge you to invite your friends to join the “Fight the Flood” action center on our website where they can sign up themselves and explore more ways to make a difference.

We thank you for being a climate warrior!

Action 1: End Amazon Oil Extraction

The Amazon rainforest regulates global weather, contains one-fifth of the world’s flowing fresh water, produces one-fifth of our oxygen, and is home to over 400 distinct indigenous peoples. Yet every day over 9 million gallons of Amazon crude are extracted from oil wells in the western Amazon and shipped to refineries in the U.S. This has a devastating triple carbon impact — burning of the oil, the emissions released from cutting down the rainforest, and the destruction of the world’s largest carbon sink. Help protect the Amazon and the many communities that call it home.

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How big is your carbon impact? Now you can find out in less than 2 minutes through a simple quiz that asks you questions about your lifestyle and compares you to the average individual in your country. This is a non-profit initiative with proceeds going to protect pristine rainforests in Brazil, Madagascar, and Borneo. Your donation also “pays it forward” by supporting cutting-edge ocean conservation projects around the world.

Action 3: Send a Letter to the Future

We are in the midst of the most important challenge in history: the transition to clean energy. Our children, grandchildren and future generations will look back on this moment and wonder what actions we took. Dear Tomorrow is collecting and sharing letters, photos and videos about climate change action to inspire ourselves and others and to preserve this moment in history. All messages will be archived and made available in the years 2030 and 2050. Be a part of this history and add your voice now.