Processed “Food” – What, Why and How?

processed-food-474x234Processed foods are not real. They actually aren’t food in the sense that food is a biologically appropriate source of energy for the human body. They are food products or food commodities, just like jewelry/clothing/scented candles, they are engineered to appeal to one or all senses to make us want to consume them. Consume in both ways: to buy and to ingest.

Often we get hung up on food groups and try to reduce or limit sugar, fat, carbs, or protein. When it comes to processed foods the discussion is completely different. Food groups do not apply because whatever sugar, fat, protein, or carb you are getting out of processed food products, will be the most refined, chemically altered, cheap version of these macro-nutrients. Many common allergens are a result of this processing ie. gluten, soy, etc. because they are so far from their original whole food source. Our bodies respond to them as a toxin.  (more…)

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Banana Sushi

banannasuchiThis quick and easy snack is sure to satisfy any craving throughout the day. They can be eaten right away or frozen and kept for a treat later on.

Directions

  • Using any amount of peeled bananas, spread peanut butter on the top half of the bananas.
  • Sprinkle hemp seeds to cover the peanut butter.
  • Slice and enjoy!

* You can use any nut butter instead of peanut butter such as almond butter or cashew nut butter.
* You can also use chia seeds in place of hemp seeds.

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Alkaline vs. Acidic Foods

acidalkalineWhen nutrients in your food reach your kidneys, they produce ammonium (acidic) or bicarbonate (alkaline) end-product in your tissues. These end-products are called ash and are what remains in the body after the food has been broken down. Foods that produce an alkaline ash are called alkaline forming foods whereas foods that produce an acidic ash are called acid-forming foods. The acid or alkaline-forming effects of foods and liquids that you ingest can disrupt the pH of your body fluids. Fortunately, your body has mechanisms to prevent these forces from shifting the pH of your blood outside of the 7.35 to 7.45 range.  (more…)

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Sleep and Detoxification

sleepA recent study published in Science Magazine shines some light on the importance of sleep in the detox process. Scientists have long proven that sleep gives our brains time to process information, memories, and miscellaneous tidbits that we pick up during the day. The brain needs this downtime to determine which moments it should file away in the memory and which it can discard. There is scientific evidence to support the idea of “sleeping on” a difficult decision. The brain’s processing period during deep sleep can give clarity and help streamline the thought process.  (more…)

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Apple Nachos

apple-nachosThis recipe is great as an after-school snack for children or a fruity alternative to tortilla chips and salsa for parties. The choice is yours!

Dip:

  • 2 cups loosely packed Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Add the dates to a food processor and pulse until broken up into small pieces. Add the water, vanilla and cinnamon and blend until smooth. This may take up to 7-8 minutes, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed. Once very smooth, add the maple syrup if desired. Blend until completely combined. Slice up some apple, serve, and enjoy!

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Meditation For Weight Loss

Ever feel like your actions aren’t in line with what you actually want? That may be a sign that your body’s chemistry is not supporting your physical actions. Guided meditation can make you feel silly, but stick with it and you are going to feel amazing! It helps you communicate with your brain to help balance your body’s chemistry to work with you, not against you.

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Indoor Air Quality

indoor-air-qualityIndoor air is rarely superior to outdoor air.  In the summer opening windows and doors for proper ventilation is very helpful.  During the winter when homes, schools and office doors and windows are sealed up to conserve energy, the air quality gets a lot worse.  If too little outdoor air enters these spaces, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems unless they are equipped with special mechanical means of ventilation. NuSpecies wants you to think about a few things…

1. How is the air quality inside your home?

Studies of human exposure to air pollutants by the EPA indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times – and occasionally more than 100 times – higher than outdoor pollutant levels. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health. The problems they cause can be subtle and do not always produce easily recognized or immediate impacts on health.  (more…)

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Safest Drug?

tylonalAdvertised as the “safest drug on the market,” there are some grave dangers for Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. 1 in 6 Americans take Acetaminophen in any given week and each year more than 78,000 people end up in the Emergency Room with Acetaminophen overdoses. As many as 150 people die each year from these overdoses. The difference between a safe dose and a dangerous dose of the medicine could be as small as 2 tablets.

This American Life teamed up with Propublica to look at the Acetaminophen story in the United States. Take the time to listen to the story by clicking the link below. We promise it will change the way you look at your medicine cabinet.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/505/use-only-as-directed

Photo Courtesy of www.tylenol.com

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Fruit Drinks vs. Soda: Is There a Difference?

drinksMost of us  perceive juice as being healthier than soda. However, both beverages contain about the same amount of calories. An 8-ounce serving of juice or soda typically contains about 120 to 150 calories, primarily from sugar!

There are some small benefits to juices over sodas. Juice may contain some vitamins and minerals. These nutrients occur naturally or are added during the manufacturing process, such as in orange juice fortified with calcium and vitamins A and D. However, fortified vitamins and minerals that are added into the juices are often synthetic and can end up being as toxic to your system as the chemicals that compose soda!  (more…)

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Eggplant Chips & Cucumber Dip

chipsEggplant Chips

  • 2 eggplants, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle

Mix olive oil, water, agave nectar, smoked paprika, and chipotle then pour over the eggplant. Marinate over night. Dehydrate at 145 for 1 hour, reduce heat to 116 and dehydrate until crisp, about 6-8 more hours.

Cucumber Dip

  • 1 cup seedless cucumbers
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2-2/3 cup coconut milk (almond milk can be used also)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Soak cashews overnight, drain water and combine all ingredients except the milk in the food processor. Process adding milk by the tablespoon to thin as needed.

Serve with eggplant chips and enjoy!

*Disclaimer: If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can use your oven. Leave the oven door slightly open until chips are dry.

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