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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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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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Gardening during a Pandemic

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During World War II food rationing was introduced in the United States, prompting Americans to grow their own fruits and vegetables in order to sustain themselves during tough times. It’s estimated that by 1944, roughly 20 million victory gardens were grown, resulting in 8 million tons of food. That’s was about 40 percent of the country’s supply of fresh produce at the time!

Though we are currently not experiencing a food shortage crisis, being self sufficient and resourceful at a time when essentials (honestly, where is the garlic?) are frequently sold out at grocery stories, isn’t a bad thing. Plus, are we all looking for a new hobby during quarantine?

We used this book when starting our own garden.

During uncertain times being proactive and not waiting for the next crisis to hit is a good idea. Indeed staff at garden centers and nurseries have reported an increase in those purchasing garden supplies. People have several of their own reasons for starting a garden and the pandemic seems to be chief among them. What do you need to get your own garden started? What is your reason for starting your own garden? What do you do differently now since the pandemic? 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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Mahatma Gandhi & Saving Seeds

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If you know even a little bit about Gandhi, then one can easily understand what Gandhi means to seed saving or what seed saving would have meant to Gandhi. Gandhi was very much a promoter of the freedom of man and his country man. Like King he saw freedom in both simple and profound ways. A seed in itself is simple. Yet seed saving is a revolutionary concept even today. Where there is industry and money to be made, there is always controversy. More specifically where the industry is not truly needed is where the controversy seems to begin. Gandhi believed that people should have the right, yes right to grow their own food rather than being subject to purchasing food at prevailing prices. To this day there are many industries that surround the growth of food. Even farmers struggle against this industrial corporate complexes.

So in the midst of a pandemic when many people have begun to start their own gardens, seed saving is more important than ever. Understanding the profound yet simple practice of seed saving is important. Knowing and being able to save seeds gives one freedom to contentiously produce their own food sources. One might say, I buy food out of convenience and to save time. During a time when money is short for many but time is long, one might say, like many have, I will grow my own food. Exercising the right to grow ones own food has become important to many in the midst of COVID 19. Jim Ulager “Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener” helps one to understand the background of seed saving as well as the application of seed saving.

We have saved several seeds of our own such as pumpkin, green beans, lentil beans, pinto beans, cantaloupe and more. A few of these seeds are in our garden and did sprout. Pumpkin is our largest saved seed. How has COVID 19 impacted you and yours? How could you and yours benefit from saving your own seeds? How has this article helped you? How could this article help your friends and family especially during these times? “Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener” can be found below or by clicking the link. Share your experience with seed saving with the community by posting your comments 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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How to buy food

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The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman has been essential to us in understanding how to buy food. It also helped us understand what our food should look, how it should be produced, processed and labeled. It also left us with concerns regarding transparency in the food industry and how our foods are labeled. In this day in age where scientists seem to be making more contributions to food production and processing than farmers, Eliot’s book reminds us that the growth, not production, of food is a biological process that begins in the soil not a scientific process that begins in a lab. When we look at many of our foods and the additives as well as preservatives in them, we can see there is a reason to be concerned about the things we are knowingly or unknowingly consuming. Eliot’s book is the beginning of understanding and knowledge of food and how science has taken food production away from this biological process.

To understand how to buy food appropriately we must first begin by reading our food labels and asking questions regarding the foods we buy. How were they grown and processed? Where do they come from? How far do they come? Coleman helps us understand what organically grown food means, looks like and how it is processed. It was one of our most helpful reads and can be found below. Where do you buy your foods? Are they organic? Are they locally grown? Share your comments 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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