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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 340

Thoughts: High Fructose Corn Syrup and Gluten are the two health bombs according to Dr Mercola!

HEALTH BOMB #1: High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has become a modern-day plague. Not only does it contribute to our obesity epidemic, but it has also been linked to diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Sadly, the average consumption of fructose has doubled between 1980 and 1994. Soft drinks and some fruit drinks are a major source of HFCS, but it is also found in many other products, from crackers to salad dressing.

Fructose contains zero enzymes, vitamins or minerals — and it leeches micronutrients from your body. It doesn’t metabolize the same as sugar and because it’s often consumed as a liquid, it’s negative effects are multiplied.

Why is it found in so many products? Because, after air, water, and salt, it’s the cheapest ingredient in the American food chain (and we know how the food industry likes to save money…)

I’d also urge you to be on the lookout for HFCS in its many “disguises” — conveniently (for the food industry) labeled as chicory, inulin, iso glucose, glucose-fructose syrup, fruit fructose, and others.

Another major “health torpedo” you want to watch out for is…

HEALTH BOMB #2: Gluten — Wheat (and other grains containing gluten) is NOT your friend. My experience has shown that you could well be one of the estimated 1 in 10 people who have at least a subclinical intolerance to gluten protein. This is actually a food allergy.

I recommend avoiding gluten, even the organic whole-grain types.

Gluten intolerance has been linked to miscarriage, intestinal disease (including irritable bowel syndrome), malnutrition, rheumatoid arthritis, and developmental delay in children, just to name a few. Oftentimes, your gluten sensitivity may present with various unexplained symptoms.

Getting rid of these two health bombs will go a long way toward improving your health.

Source: Dr Mercola

Quotes: Be sweet without sugar ;)

What I Ate Today:

Meal 1: A beetroot (beet), cucumber, garlic and spinach juice :)

Meal 2: 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (organic peanuts!)

Meal 3: 3 nectarines

Meal 4: Almond Butter Hemp Cake! Created with almonds, cacao, hemp seeds, hemp powder, spring water, agave, cacao butter, vanilla bean and himalayan salt!

Meal 5:
Sweet Sesame Salmon Salad! Created with salmon, honey, sesame seeds, aspargus, cucumber, baby spinach, tomatoes and spring onions (shallots)!

Meal 6: Almond Butter mmmm divine! Pure smooth almonds.

Recipe: Recipes are available free on The Earth Diet website www.TheEarthDiet.Org and will be published in The Earth Diet book soon to be released.

Exercise: Lots of walking today!

25 days to go!!!

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