Monday, November 18, 2013

No Sugar - Are you addicted to Sugar?

I have been thinking about ways to motivate myself to go back to eating a lot of raw foods.  So I started viewing videos on YouTube.  Last week I invested a lot of time watching videos on GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organism), Monsanto Corporation, animal products, animal farming, where our food comes from and the dangers of Sugar.  I have so much information in my head right now that I can only start to sort it by writing it down.  I want to blog about this but I cannot translate all this material into in one post. Here is a very moving video The Men Who Made Us Fat click here.

I viewed so many videos about all the negative things in our foods that I was getting depressed and for a while I did not know what to eat.  I do not want to eat animal products. I do not want to eat   GMO foods and I do not want to eat sugar. What is left???  

I remember reading years ago how Americans were addicted to sugar.  My immediate response was that I was not addicted to sugar.  After I finished reading that book I realized that I was addicted to sugar.  I cut out all the foods that I thought had sugar in them, namely sweets (cakes, cookies, candy).  I was good for a long time but after my last surgery I have been eating sweets like crazy and there is no doubt in my mind that I am addicted to sugar.  I decided to research this and saw a few videos.

This one I viewed is called Shocking Truth! Is Sugar TOXIC? Click here 

I decided that my first step is to get added sugar out of my life.  By this I mean to eating foods that contain sugar naturally like fruits.  In order to identify foods that have added sugars I viewed a few more videos. Shocking Sugar: How Much Sugar Is HIDDEN in my food. Click here.

 Although this video gets a little monotonous watching Lloyd fill cups with teaspoons of sugar, the message is sent LOUD & CLEAR.
How to Eliminate Sugar From Your Diet. Click here.

Sugar is disguised with different names so you may not see the actual word ‘sugar.’  The most complete list I could find is click here.

If you would like to see testimonials on lowering your sugar intake you can check out this Facebook page click here  You can get a lot of information here or just ask questions in this group and you will get many different responses.

Celebrate Life,


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Back to Juicing...


My BUN and creatinine levels are high once again.  I drink as much water as I can.  I am constantly drinking water.  I get tired of it sometimes so I will add some powders or fruit to have it taste different however my levels are still low since I am on high doses of steroids due to an acute case of rejection.  So I started juicing again.  I made a pear juice this morning and I am about to make an apple celery juice.  So if you cannot drink any more water just add a fruit, water and ice to your blender and drink away.  The fiber is good for you too!
Celebrate Life,

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Foods high in Magnesium

Photobucket Since Prograf depletes our bodies from Calcium and Magnesium here are two posts listing foods high in both these vitamins.  This one is on Magnesium and the prior post is on Calcium.

Beans (soybeans, white beans, black beans, lima beans)

raw broccoli
prune juice
pumpkin seeds
tomato paste
whole wheat bread
tuna claims that the top 10 foods high in Magnesium are as follows:
#1: Bran (Rice, Wheat, and Oat)
#2: Dried Herbs
#3: Squash, Pumpkin, and Watermelon Seeds
#4: Cocoa Powder (Dark Chocolate)
#5: Flax, Sesame Seeds, and Sesame Butter (Tahini)
#6: Brazil Nuts
#7: Sunflower Seeds
#8: Almonds and Cashews (Mixed nuts, Pine Nuts)
#9: Molasses
#10: Roasted Soybeans (Edamame)
Click on their link above or this one for more information 

Celebrate Life,

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Foods High In Calcium

Since Prograf depletes our bodies from Calcium I decided to make a post of foods high in Calcium to help our bodies along.
Dried Herbs
Sesame Seeds – Tahini (sesame seed butter)
Flax seeds
Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kelp kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, celery, Greens (collard, turnip, mustard and dandelion), bok choy and okra
Brazil nuts
Black beans, navy beans, soybeans
Soy yogurt/soy milk
Animal products:
Milk, Yogurt and other dairy products
Not only will all these foods give you plenty of calcium they will provide many other health benefits as well. A good resource for foods high in calcium by food group is here.

Celebrate Life,

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kidney Cleanse

Being an advocate for raw foods and a lung transplant recipient I wanted to research ways to keep my kidneys healthy since the medication I am on could affect my kidneys.  So I figured there would be some good produce that would assist in cleansing the kidney.  What I found out was that the best way for everyone to keep their kidneys healthy is by drinking a lot water.  Yes some claim that purified and filtered water is best but we can all start by trying to drink good quality water.  Others claim that juicing cucumbers and or celery is an excellent alternative to water.  Yes smoothies would aid in a kidney cleanse but it seems it would help most because we would be cleansing our body and getting rid of excess waste.  The smoothies themselves would not directly detox the kidneys.

Since keeping hydrated is the best way to keep our kidneys clean then produce that is high in water content would be great to eat (spinach, watermelon, grapes, berries, parsley, wheat grass).  Of course many say to use organic produce but if you use conventional or organic produce it is still recommended to wash the produce with a high quality produce wash.

Juice fasting is also a way to cleanse the kidneys.  A watermelon cleanse has also been suggested but not for diabetics.  This is where you eat only watermelon for a day.  You can eat as many watermelons as you would like for a day.

Celebrate Life,
Alma from Raw Foods Wealth 2 Health

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