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Registered Dietitian vs a Nutritionist

Dietitian and a Nutritionist
Source: Whitney E. RD
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Both dietitians and nutritionist help people create a diet that suits their particular needs. So lets see what the differences are between the two. Now that we understand the differences. What questions do you have? How can a dietitian help you? How can a nutritionist help you? How could this contribute to your overall health? Which one would you prefer to work with and why?

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The Affordability of Organic

It has been reported that a single person will spend on average about $30 more a month buying organic. How much could one spend a month on one medication? How much more a month could one spend on one dietary supplement? Not all farmers agree that the USDA standards are strict enough. Some farmers argue that the standards have been eroding to compensate for corporate industrial farmers who want to use the organic label. But, we know, as informed consumers who read Shidonna Raven Garden & Cook regularly, that not all ingredients have to be organic just because the label says organic. Some of the ingredients can be non organic. The next time you go to the grocery store read the label of 3 items you buy carefully. What did you learn about the food you buy? Is the label transparent enough about the production of the food you buy?

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White House Kitchen Garden

The White House Kitchen Garden
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The White House has an incredible garden. The Chefs got really involved and enjoyed pulling food from the garden that adorned the plates of dignitaries. Its amazing to something go from a seed to a full fledged vegetable or fruit on your plate. Do you think if you grew your own foods your children would eat more fruits and vegetables? Do you think if you ate more fruits and vegetables that your children will eat more fruits and vegetables? Do you think eating more fruits and vegetables would improve your health? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Obesity in America

Obesity in America
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According to their definition are you obese? What changes have you noticed since COVID 19 besides McDoanld’s menu change? Did you know that sales tax in Virginia increased since the pandemic? Are we progressing or digressing as a nation? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

As a staff member stated at a restaurant serving up foods like mushroom melts and sweet potato fries said “We need to get back to nature.” Eliot Colman teaches us what food should look like from the beginning and how to grow it truly organic.

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Growing Lavender

Growing Lavender
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Recently we sent to a new home (what we believe to be) lavender. It could be in a very young stage or just a different variety but our lavender looks nothing like this. We could have mixed up our labels as well. For the most part we have done a pretty good job and know what everything is, so this is an unfolding mystery. The plant acts just like lavender in that it thrives on fairly dry soil with little water. It is always interesting to see how plants grow, but this shall be extra interesting. Thank you for taking this journey with us. There is always next year and we have plenty of lavender seeds. We pray she does very well in her new home. So far, we have only good reports.

Richard Bray’s Medicinal Mushrooms: A Practical Guide to Healing Mushrooms is a must have for your ‘medicine cabinet’ and library. It is a resource to the healing powers of mushrooms and which mushroom to eat for a particular medicinal benefit. We recommend getting up before it goes up. It was just published August 2020.

What plants would you like to see us grow next year? We already have a request in for strawberries. Which plants would you like to grow on your own? Which plants help with your particular health concerns? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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So what about Soy

Beware! A whopping 95% of soy in the US is genetically modified. Soy is marketed as a health food in baby formulas, soy milk, and processed foods. But the actual science shows a surprisingly different pattern of indigestion, cognitive decline, malnutrition, cancer, and infertility. Thousands of studies also link soy to immune system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, reproductive disorders and infertility, and heart disease. 

Here are a Few Downsides of Soy:

  1. High in Phytic Acid (Phytates): Reduces assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.
  2. Trypsin inhibitors: Interferes with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders.
  3. Heavily sprayed: with chemical herbicides, such as Monsanto’s glyphosate, called a carcinogen by WHO.
  4. Indigestible: Asian cultures did not consume soy unless fermented, such as miso, tempeh, and natto. Even soya sauce and tofu were once consumed only fermented, to make them digestible.
  5. Contains Goitrogens: that block synthesis of thyroid hormones causing hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer.
  6. Contains Phytoestrogens/Isoflavones: Plant compounds resembling human hormones can block normal  function in men and women, cause infertility and increase risk of breast cancer.
  7. Hemagglutinin: A clot-promoting substance that causes your red blood cells to clump, makes them unable to properly absorb and carry oxygen to your tissues.
  8. Synthetic Vitamin D: Soy foods increase your body’s vitamin D requirement, which is why companies add synthetic vitamin D2 to soymilk (a toxic form of vitamin D).
  9. Vitamin B12: Soy contains a compound resembling vitamin B12 that cannot be used by your body, so soy foods can actually contribute to B12 deficiency, especially among vegans.
  10. Protein Denaturing: Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein (TVP). Chemical processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
  11. MSG: Free glutamic acid or MSG, is a potent neurotoxin. MSG is formed during soy food processing, plus additional MSG is often added to mask soy’s unpleasant taste.
  12. Aluminum and Manganese: Soy foods contain high levels of heavy metals, such as aluminum which is toxic to your nervous system and kidneys, and manganese which wreaks havoc on your baby’s immature metabolic system.

Source: Janes Healthy Kitchen and
By Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.
Source: https://www.mercola.com/article/soy/avoid_soy.htm

Did you know the many effects of soy on the body? Do you eat soy? Is soy in your food? Check your food labels. Are you sure you don’t eat soy? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Essential Amino Acids

Essential and Non Essential Amino Acids
Source: Rejuvenate Muscle
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Meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, and fish are complete sources of protein because they contain all 9 essential amino acids. What other foods are essential to your unique diet? Some foods we all need and the essential 9 amino acids are one of them. What are some other foods that are essential to everyone? How has this article helped you and yours. Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Rethinking Chronic Illness

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It was not until I met Chef Ponder that I really feel that I began to have a break through in my own thinking about my health. In conjunction with Norfolk Public Libraries, Chef Ponder held a series that got cut short by the pandemic. The series was naturally about food and educating the public about the linkages between food and health. He challenged me to think critically about chronic illness and how food, among other things, could be effecting my health. How even climate, yes climate, is effecting my health. Shortly after I was speaking with other people dealing with chronic illnesses. Finally I was lead to scripture which reminded me of the promise that it gives us for a healing. Healing is totally different from the concept of pain, medicine or what have you “management.” Naturally it is in a medical professionals best financial interest to manage illness rather than to heal illness.

When I decided to stop claiming an illness, I stopped living with the illness and became dedicated to my healing rather than feeling or functioning better. When I embraced my healing, I found a healing. Similar to many people with chronic illnesses, I had many questions and few answers and even fewer real solutions. Rethinking wellness and seeking alternative medicines becomes more and more main stream as the current Western Model of Medicine continues to leave many people with the only option of managing illnesses. Managing an illness means living with an illness, which means developing a chronic illness, which can lead to other illnesses as the body is in a constant state of disease.

What chronic illnesses have you or your loved ones been dealing with? How long? Have you resolved to live with the illness for life? Did you know there could be another option of wellness for you by considering alternative medicines and roads to wellness. Mainstream medicine does not mean health or healing. Have you considered thinking outside the confines of mainstream. Fads come and go. What is mainstream today will not necessarily be mainstream tomorrow. Health and wellness are not fades. They are a state of healthy being. We pray for your health and wellness.Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Harvesting, Cooking & Eating Swiss Chard

Growing and harvesting Swiss Chard is a tremendous joy. But, eating the fruit of one’s labor must be the best part. Today we clipped some Swiss Chard fresh from the garden and made a lamb and swiss chard warp with it the same day. It does not get fresher than that! We harvested Swiss Chard by clipping a third of its leaves and clipping from the outside. Plants such as lettuces tend to grow from the inside leaving the mature leaves on the outside. Also one should leave leaves on the plant such as these (also herbs) so they can continue to photosynthesize and grow more leaves.

I harvested these leaves which were used in a lamb, salmon and vegetable wrap. We hear that the harvest was delicious. What are the benefits of eating fresh foods? What are the benefits of growing your foods organically? How can you and yours benefit from growing and harvesting your own foods? Share your comments with the community. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Beginning the Journey to Healing – 2

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This is the continued article from the previous day about what we hope is the beginning of our journey to healing. When we began this journey we knew that diet would be an important part of the journey. We thank you for taking the Journey with us and hope that it helps to feed and enrich your lives and indeed your overall health. The turning point of our journey began a long time ago and encompasses many people as each individual contributed their own knowledge and wisdom from chefs to dietitians and medical professionals. Western medicine presents many barriers to a true and total healing. Western medicine focuses highly on managing symptoms and the medicines that the pharmaceutical industry profits profoundly from. We do not consider hormones a medicines and thus our journey to healing has begun with zero medicines. Our journey took a significant turn when we walked into a holistic pharmacy (namely, Peoples Pharmacy of Norfolk, VA who are able to help you wherever you are located) or some vitamins. We believe that these holistic doctors were able to put us on the path to health in under a month and to diagnose the issue immediately. Some of us struggled with similar issues for years and others even longer.

All of my symptoms have begun to mitigate after we address what we believe is the root of the problem. It is only about a month in on this leg of our journey but we have already begun to see the difference. In another 2 months we are told the results will be better. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated on our journey. We take vitamins, minerals, spices, foods and oils combined with a strategic diet with foods that have medicinal benefits. We pray that these articles are transformative for you. Thank you for taking this journey with us. How do you wish you could improve your health? How has your health hindered you? How has your health changed your life? How have these articles helped you? How can they help your friends and family? Post your comments below. Share the wealth of health with your family and friends by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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