Friday, April 18, 2008

Eating Right... the Mediterranean Way

Ever wonder how the Greeks, Spanish, Italians, Libyans and Moroccans of the Meditteranean sea have such glowing skin, such svelt bodies, and such OLD family members? I'm sure Sun and sea doesn't hurt but studies have shown that at the core of their youth and longevity is the core of thier nutrition. The Mediterranean Diet is a way of eating that is sure to get anyone on the right track to health.

Before I give you the following let me just draw attention to one thing. I do not promote fad diets. I find them to be, generally, unhealthy and often risky. What I do condone is general, tried and true, healthy eating. When I use the word "diet" it is in reference to your nutritional intake plan, not a sensationalized fad. So now let me introduce you to a diet I find to be very healthy and very tasty: the Mediterranean Diet.

The following diet will help balance blood sugar and hormone levels, help with Adrenal Fatigue, Prevent ups and downs in energy and mood, and promote weight loss and maintenance. It is also an extremely heart-healthy plan.


1. Eat every two hours. This relieves the stress handlink glands from the job of maintaining normal blood sugar levels between meals (via epinephrine and cortisol).

2. Do not eat carbohydrates alone: always add protein to your meals and snacks. It is especially important not to eat a carbohydrate-only breakfast.

3. Avoid Stimulants--Caffeine, sugar, alcohol, etc. Stimulants work by provoking the stress handling glands into releasing epinephrine and cortisol to raise blood sugar and release energy

4. Avoid dead, devitalized and junk food. These foods cannot re-build a healthy body. They are also anti-nutrients--they rob any remaining nutrient stores from your body.

5. Avoid trans-fats and rancid fats. Cell membranes, nerve tissues, and steroid hormones (vitality hormones) all require healthy fats. Unhealthy fats interfere with these functions and structures.

6. Eat real, whole, fresh food. Minimize fruits and fruit juices. Most people will do well on a Mediterranean type diet, combining some carbohydrates, protein and fat at each meal.

7. Salt your food liberally with sea salt. Stress handling glands need plenty of salt for normal function. Research has proven that eating salt does not cause high blood pressure or heart disease. Only people with organ damage, like kidney disease, need to be concerned with keeping a low salt diet. In fact, low salt diets contribute to adrenal fatigue. Sea salt can be obtained from a health food store. It looks and tastes like regular salt but contains the trace minerals that have been refined out of regular salt.

8. Drink plenty of water (filtered, or a reliable source of spring water, NOT tap water).


1. Eat foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids such as fatty coldwater (not farm grown) fish, including salmon, tuna, trout, herring and mackerel. Eat walnuts, flaxseeds and green leafy vegetables. Or if you prefer take an Omega 3 supplement such as TUNA OMEGA-3 OIL (2 perles 2x/day)

2. Use monounsaturated oils, especially virgin or extra virgin olive oil as your primary oil/fat source. Note: Canola oil, although a monounsaturate, is a highly refined, genetically engineered oil with none of the benefits of olive oil.

3. Eat seven or more servings of vegetables and fruits every day. Fruits are minimixed during the first few months. Vegetables & fruits should be fresh or frozen (not canned). Vegetables can be slightly cooked, steamed, or eaten raw.

4. Eat natural sources of good protein, (not man made deli meats) and preferably organic meats (raised without estrogenic hormones and antibiotics).

5. Eat more vegetable protein including peas, beans, lentils, and nuts.

6. eat only organic whole grains (non-commercial). No refined carbohydrates (like white flour white rice, white pasta, white sugar).

7. The best breads are found in the frozen section of the health food store. Look for organic sprouted grain breakds ( sprouted grains have a higher protein and lower carbohydrate content than regular flour). These must be kept refrigerated.

8. Minimize oils that are high in Omega 6 fatty acids, including corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, and cottonseed oils.

9. Reduce or eliminate intake of trans-fatty acids (all hydrogenated oils), which are prevalent in margarine, vegetable shortening, and almost all commercially prepared packaged foods.

10. Make complex carbohydrates (such as breads, pasta, and grains) your smallest food group.


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Jennifers Fantastic Finds

Great Products to Try and Love!
I thought i'd give you guys a fun post with some good information so I decided to give you guys some info on some great products that I like to use and would advocate you to try yourselves. I kept the list short... Beeceuticals Organics, FoodTees, and Hemp Products:

Beeceuticals Organics!

Burt's Bees is under fire from the public due to their buy out by Clorox, a company that is known to be avid animal testers. As someone who is opposed to this sort of testing I have stopped using Burt's Bees Products. However, I do miss my chapstick and balms...a LOT. But now i've found a valid alternative...BeeCeuticals Organics! Check out this information from their website:

The origins of the BeeCeuticals Organics® line of body care stems from wound-care doctors who sought natural solutions for skin problems that were unresponsive to conventional medicine. When specialists began working with unique forms of honey that began improving wounds and burns they also noticed that many of the formulations not only began to facilitate wounded and damaged skin, but helped healthy skin look even better by reviving, replenishing and promoting new cell growth.

BeeCeuticals Organics™ is dedicated to providing a range of products that enhance the health and well-being of our customers, community and the planet. Our products are based upon science, technology and the traditional therapeutical uses of bee products. We actively support research into solutions for the environmental challenges facing the global bee populations as well as programs to improve and eliminate these challenges. Our products are formulated for maximum efficacy from the highest quality, purest ingredients.

We select only the highest quality ingredients to include in our products. We use certified organic botanicals, extracts, oils and butters. Each of our products contains our healing Organic Holistic Honey Blend™. We never use sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate, parabens or synthetic fragrances

PS this product is available at Harmony Farms on Creedmoor Road or online


Want to flaunt your Organic Style to the world? Check out these eco-friendly, health mefocused, funny funny funny tees in this article and online!

Healthy “FoodTees” Are on the Menu This Summer!

New Healthy Living Products That Are Cute, Creative, Stylish and Healthy!
(New York, NY, April 1, 2008) Fresh. Healthy. Real. Invigorating. These are words to live by. They describe the company we keep, the work we do, and the life we aim to lead. They should also describe the food we eat and the clothes we wear! Whether you love your fruits and veggies, or are fed-up and ready to tell someone, you can express it with a new FoodTee Market by!
FoodTee products are a great look for a healthy life--the images speak for themselves. The FoodTee Market has more than 20 healthy designs, including long, short sleeve and tank shirts, for Women, Men, Children, Toddlers and Babies (onesies) – all clothing is also available with organic cotton. There are also Aprons, Totes, and Yoga Bags. All products from the FoodTees Market include FREE SHIPPING (international orders excluded) and prices start at $20. FoodTees are great for all types of people from foodies to gym rats to hipsters. These wearable food products are available at the FoodTee Market by going to donates a portion of the profits of FoodTees to: The Food Studies Institute, who is devoted to changing the health destinies of children through proper nutrition and education, Two Angry Moms, who are fighting for the health of America’s kids, and Better School Food, working with local communities to improve meals and increase awareness of the connection between good food, good health and a student's ability to learn effectively.


Check out some of the many reasons to try out hemp in one of many fantastic forms...

  • Hemp seeds are drug-free and extremely nutritious. They can be eaten whole, pressed into edible oil like soybeans, or ground into flour for baking. They are one of the best sources of vegetable protein. They contain a full complement of essential amino acids, essential fatty-acids (EFA'S), and have been shown to lower blood cholesterol and dissolve plaque in coronary arteries.

  • Hemp seed oil is perfectly suited for hair and skin care. Its nutritional value, combined with its moisturizing and replenishing EFA's, make it one of the best vegetable body care foundations. Hemp seed oil's EFA complement includes polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, linoleic acid, and gamma linoleic acids (GLA's). Although they are very effective in skin care maintenance, GLA's are rarely found in natural oils. Hemp is an excellent source of GLA's.

  • Hemp paper is naturally acid-free. The oldest printed paper in existence is a 100 percent hemp Chinese text dated to 770 AD. Thomas Jefferson drafted both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution on hemp paper.
    Hemp's cellulose level is almost three times that of wood, so it makes superior paper and yields four times as much pulp per acre as trees. The hemp paper process also utilizes less energy and fewer chemicals than tree paper processing and doesn't create the harmful dioxins, chloroform, or any of the other 2,000 chlorinated organic compounds that have been identified as byproducts of the wood paper process.

  • Hemp oil extract can also be used as an ingredient in nontoxic, biodegradable inks, paints, and varnishes. It is an ideal raw material for plant-based plastics such as cellophane as well as more recently developed cellulose-based plastics.

Check out fantastic hemp products online or in your local health food store. The options are multitudinous!