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A Post that Goes Back to the Original Purpose of this Blog 
Jul. 29, 2014 12:53 am 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2014 1:28 am
Although sharing my experiences with my Mom will likely help someone facing the same problem, my original purpose for this blog was to discuss healthy eating that will help everyone. In some of my first posts, I discussed the dangers of GMO foods and products, but there is more to it than this. As time goes on, more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of GMO foods and are leaning more toward organic foods.

Most of us have very busy live, and worrying about what we buy to eat can be a real pain. Some nights it is so much easier to order a pizza or pop a frozen meal into the microwave. We all like to feel that we are doing the best that we can do, but are we really. The old saying of "you are what you eat" couldn't be more true.

Your diet can either cause or prevent high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart problems, liver and kidney diseases, dementia, and so much more. Even if you have any of these problems, they can be cured by your diet and possibly with the use of some supplements. I have more than proven this with my mother, and also with my husband and I. My husband and I are both near 70 years old, and neither of us are taking any meds nor do we have any medical problems. In the case of my mother, primarily through diet, we have eliminated the need for 10 of the medications she had been on before she came to live with us. The nurse that comes here monthly to check on my mother has told me that she can't believe that my mother has not only not declined, but she has been improving over the last year. In this nurse's 30 years of experience with dementia, she has not seen an improvement over time.

Changing the way you eat and what you eat can be a pain at first, but after a while, it becomes a habit and healthy eating is in the back of your mind for every meal. A couple of books that I would recommend are "Natural Healing Foods" by Pamela Young and "Super Foods: The Foods and Medicine of the Future" by David Wolfe. Both can be found on Amazon.

My personal recommendation are to:

  • Avoid GMO foods and products - This includes meats, pork, chicken, and eggs that have been fed GMO grains
  • Include leafy green and other vegetables in your meals
  • Avoid pre-made meals such as casseroles and boxed items as much as possible
  • Avoid the use of vegetable oils, canola oils, etc, and use olive oil and nut oils instead
  • Use butter instead of margarine - margarine contains corn and soy oils that are GMO
  • Use coconut palm sugar and cane sugar instead of "sugar" - If not labeled cane sugar, GMO sugar beets are used to make the sugar.
  • As much as possible, buy only range fed meat and make sure that the animals are not finished on GMO grain before processing. Tropical Traditions is a good source for beef, chickens and eggs.
  • Buy only wild caught fish and avoid any that is processed in China - VitalChoice.com is a wonderful source for excellent fish.
  • Get fresh grown vegetables from local farmers and farmer's markets in bulk if you have freezer space. Farmers need to be questioned as to their seed sources because even fresh can be GMO.
  • If you are into baking, make your own bread and even grind your own flour. By baking your own bread you know what's in it. I buy grain in bulk from a couple of sources, one of which is Honeyville. com. Shipping is $4. 99 for your entire order.
OK, eating well is not always an easy task, but the food you can make is so much better than anything you can buy. Buying healthy meat, chickens, eggs, fish isn't the cheapest way to go, but then prescription drugs and hospital bills aren't the cheapest way to go either.  I know many of you wouldn't want to bother will all of this. Like my daughter, who is 20 years younger than me, has diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and is overweight, it's easier to try to believe that you are doing the "best that you can" without changing anything. Personally, I prefer to enjoy good health and putting off the effects of old age. Years ago I really hated having to prove that I was old enough to have a drink. Now, I love having to prove that I am old enough for a senior discount.
Jul. 29, 2014 1:21 pm
Well written Judy. I too believe you are what you eat and have made many changes to my diet compared to the one I was raised on. Looking back I can't believe growing up most of what we ate came out of a can, a box, a frozen carton, etc.
Jul. 31, 2014 9:53 am
Interesting thing happened to me a couple of days ago. It's the end of the month and I was out of some staples so I went to the store. Picked up some eggs, flour, sugar, some fruit and veggies, and coffee (my favorite vice). Young check out gal asked me what I ate? Seriously. I told her I could make bread, tortillas (which were actually on my to do list) salad with homemade dressing. . .she looked at me like I was crazy.
Aug. 1, 2014 5:46 am
Great blog, again, Judy. The info you are providing is essential for maintaining one's health in today's crazy atmosphere of buy cheap, processed, chemical laden foodstuff and "take the night off". The sugars and sugar substitutes are literally killing people. Look at the rise in diabetes in the last thirty years alone. I'm grateful to have escaped the health issues that I see most folks grappling with, however I've been proactive in finding suitable quality organic food items for our consumption. Thanks again and keep blogging:-)
Aug. 4, 2014 1:32 am
This blog couldn't be more true. I went GMO free and learning to bake my own breads is my final step to a "real food" kitchen. I'm a homemaker, so I have the time to do this now but in a busy life convenience usually wins. It's sad that healthier foods are not more readily available like the highly processed foods are. My husband and I did the 10 day challange from 100 days of real food. It was expensive, time consuming and diffucult. I then spent the next 3 months converting my pantry to make this happen. I wish we could walk into a grocery store and pick up a frozen organic, non-GMO pizza as easily as we can a DiGiorno. No such luck. Love this blog and your message. :)
Aug. 21, 2014 1:28 am
I hope you all bear with me. I will be sharing what I have found to do to make healthy eating easier. I appreciate your comments, and hope that I can help you to eat healthier on a regular basis.
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I breed large parrots, like to write, raise most of our veggies, completed my AS degree at 65, enjoy cooking specialty dishes and baking bread. I have done extensive study of cooking and eating healthy. A few years ago, I started researching healthy eating for my parrots, and it has since changed focus to the diet of my family. At this point, I make all of our bread using fresh milled flour that I make. We eat primarily pastures fed meats and eggs, and I make many of our condiments. We also avoid GMO foods and ingredients as much as possible. Since my 93 year old mother has moved in with us, we have eliminated the 10 medications she was on, and her physical and mental condition has improved considerably. I totally believe that we are what we eat. What is really best for us is a constant learning experience.
My favorite things to cook
I get bored with cooking daily meals, but enjoy making specialty and new dishes. I also enjoy baking breads from scratch using freshly ground flour made from various grains that I buy in bulk.
My cooking triumphs
One of my cooking triumphs was baking whole grain breads that are light, tasty, and healthy.
My cooking tragedies
My latest cooking tragedy was recovered with some effort. I made the Navy Bean and Ham soup that I posted and after the cooking time, much of the liquid had evaporated. I was tired when it finished and put it into containers and froze it as it was. The next day we had it for dinner and it was way too thick. As much as I didn't feel like it, I thawed 8 containers of the soup, added more broth, and repackaged it for freezing. It was really a pain, but I'm glad I did it. The finished soup was so much better.
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