3 Perceived as “Healthy” Foods You Shouldn’t be Eating

three perceived as healthy foods you shouldn't be eatingThe interesting thing about nutrition is that there are many theories and diets that work wonders for some people but can also cause a complete disaster for others. Sometimes nutrition theories become popular due to some (weight loss) success stories and turn into fads that can last decades. The low-fat craze is the nutrition myth that sticks out most in my memory. Most people know now that low-fat is not necessarily a good thing. Many food products are a result of nutrition fads and popular theories and most of the time these food products really aren’t healthy. Food companies come up with some pretty convincing points in their marketing but most of them don’t make much sense in reality.

When I’m out and about in the world and I hear people say they trying to be “good” and eat healthy food, it kills me to see what they think is a “healthy” food. I see them suffer through eating some horrible food creation because they think it is good for them but most of the time it is a nutrition myth or a result of misinformation given through a (Monsanto) marketing campaign.

These are some foods I often hear people say they are eating when they are trying to be “good,” that shouldn’t be a part of anyone’s diet at all.

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6 Reasons to Drink Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

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Using common foods to maintain health and promote healing is one of my favorite topics. Lemons are high on the list of healing foods and most of us already have them in the house. Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and also act as a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances, including citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene that promote immunity and fight infection.

Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the  morning has some really potent health benefits that I want to share with you.

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Try A Different Path This Year

try a different pathNew Year’s Eve isn’t even here yet and I’m already starting to put effort towards my 2015 goals. In fact, I’ve been working on my goals and plans for a couple of months now. 2015 is going to be a good year.

When I first started working on my health 7 years ago, my new years’ resolutions were usually health related. One year it was to quit dairy, one year it was no more sugar, and one year it was cutting the cord on my caffeine habit. These days my goals are more business related because my health is in a good place (except my reoccurring goal of getting in some more yoga).

Rewind back to January of 2014 — you likely made plans back then for yourself. You perhaps even took up some new year’s resolutions.

You likely vowed to improve and transform yourself… to be in better health, to be in better shape, to live a longer life.

Fast-forward back to the present and tell me this: Are you where you wanted to be?

If you are not, don’t be discouraged! I’ve been there many times myself! Don’t feel like you’ve failed or fallen short. Don’t feel like the mountain is too hard to climb.

Most of all, don’t pack it in. Not yet.

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Mason Jar Oatmeal Cookie Mix – Gluten-free & Vegan

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Hand made gifts are always extra special. This cookie mix is easy enough for a small child to help make and they can even decorate the jar or the card to go with it. A lot of people on our gift list have different diet restrictions so it is sometimes challenging to find a recipe that fits our needs. Since this cookie mix is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, and soy-free it was a winner for anyone on our list.

This cookie recipe is not only delicious but super healthy since it contains ground flax seeds and coconut oil for lots of healthy fats. It also has no sugar since the sweetener it calls for is maple syrup. It’s a great gift for children, parents, and anyone who is health conscious but still likes a healthy treat. I also like to give this gift to anyone who may have recently found out they need to avoid one of these allergens and is just learning about allergy-free cooking. This is a great way to show your friends and family that healthy eating can also be delicious.

Here’s how to make it.

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Grain-free Gingerbread Cookies

 

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Gingerbread cookies are a must for the holiday season. It’s one of the things I always remember about Christmas growing up so it’s something I want to share with my children. Something even better is that gingerbread has a lot of very healthy ingredients. The warming spices in gingerbread are great for digestion and the blackstrap molasses is a natural source of iron. Blackstrap molasses is also a naturally balanced source of calcium and magnesium. I used to make a point to eat molasses when I was pregnant because I was borderline anemic with both of my pregnancies.

I love this recipe because there aren’t too many ingredients, it’s very quick to mix together and it’s a really fun project for little children to help by cutting out the shapes with cookie cutters. The main ingredient in this recipe is almond flour which also makes them a healthier alternative to traditional grain based cookies. They are higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates.

These cookies can also be frosted but they never seem to last long enough for me to make frosting and actually decorate them.

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A Little Known Secret About Magnesium & Magnesium Lotion Recipe

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Magnesium deficiency is a widespread issue. It effects more then half of the US population and it can greatly effect your health. There are some amazing things that have happened for people just from correcting this problem. Magnesium is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels. If you are wondering if you might be deficient read this post: 17 Warning Signs That You are Magnesium Deficient.

Transdermal Magnesium Therapy

When we think of taking a dietary supplement, we usually think of taking them orally. Transdermal absorbtion – or absorption through the skin – is another way that some supplements and medicines can be taken. The advantages of transdermal absorption are varied including more rapid entry into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract, and increased absorption and bioavailability. Many people have inefficient digestive systems due to poor diet, stress, and medications which makes transdermal absorption a much more effective method of replenishing magnesium in the body. This may seem like a new concept but there are some very common therapies that used this way such as a nicotine patch or a hormone patch.

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