Healthy Eating: What to Avoid

The beginning of eating healthy is to “Stop the Poison!”  We can spend a great deal of time, money, and willpower to eat more fruits and veggies and other healthy habits, but sabotage our efforts by eating  toxins — even if it’s only “every once in a while.”

These are substances to eliminate… zero tolerance!

  • Transfats or Partially Hydrogenated Oils
  • Refined Sugar (includes sugar and high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Chemical Additives — artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, dough conditioners, etc.
  • MSG
  • White Flour

Here are some links to web articles that explain

“Children’s Diseases Linked to Chemicals are on the Rise” on

“Scientists Unlock How Trans Fats Harm Your Arteries” on

“Eliminate This One Ingredient and Watch Your Health Soar” on

“Artificial Sweeteners — More Dangerous Than You Ever Imagined” on

“What’s In That?  How Food Affects Your Behavior” on

“Simple Ways to Shed Pounds and Decrease Tiredness – Stop Eating This” on

[Note: I've included articles from  I trust Dr. Mercola and his site.  We've found consistently good information on there, though the style of the site tends to be more dramatic than ours.]

No Panicking!

That’s the number one rule in our family: “No Panicking!”  We developed it when our oldest ds1 was a baby.  I have to say that it was mostly for the parents at that time, but it has been a most effective household rule as everyone has gotten older and our family has grown.

We have some corollaries, now: ”Keep Calm and Use Oils,” or as our two-year old, ds4, says “Take a deep breaf.”

What I Learned Today: School of Nature’s Remedies

Just returned from School of Nature’s Remedies that Peter presented here in Bryan, Texas.  It was a well-organized curriculum covering most of the health and wellness issues that we deal with on a daily basis.  Having lived with Peter for many years now, I’ve heard most of the information in one format or another.  That said, I learned a lot!  It’s interesting to me how the same information presented in a new timing and received with a new understanding becomes NEW.

So, this is my report of the lessons I learned today and what are my current foci to increase my wellness.

  • There is a health assessment questionnaire that was provided as part of the “School of Nature’s Remedies,” a sort of inventory to rate issues that were related to the 6 different topics.

Not surprisingly, the area I need to work on most is emotional — how I am managing stress on a daily basis.  Surprisingly, my homework is to “laugh more.”  I have to admit that one hasn’t often made it to the top of my to-do list.  Now, I’m focusing on putting it there!  My son ds2 inspired me by stating, “I need to relax!” and pulling out a favorite DVD of a stand-up comedian (Tim Hawkins).

  • I need to focus on the quality of fat in my body!

For many years, we’ve eaten a clean diet which includes paying attention to the quality of fat that is going in (i.e. no trans fats, no fried fat, minimal organic or local clean animal products, and supplying good fat).

Peter discussed the parts of the anatomy that have high fat content: nervous system, including the brain, connective tissue, breasts.  Then, he had us envision what happens to fat sitting on the counter that becomes oxidized (rancid).  Ewww!  Definitely don’t want rancid fat in my body!  It also helped me to visualize my brain and something I can focus on to keep it healthy.

The homework I’ve given myself is to put essential oils on everyday, to supplement good quality fat, and to use castor oil and other natural massage oils to help cleanse fat and support healthy tissue.



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