“Recover 21” to recover your health!


As 2014 comes to and end, we start to think about what we are going to do in 2015 to make it a better year.  There is nothing more important than our health.  Last year we added a new program to our line called Recover 21. It is a 21 day program to get you on the road to a new and better you…

What it IS:
– A deep and gentle cleanse for your liver, kidneys, and intestinal tract using specifically formulated products.
– A healthy, permanent way to lose weight
– A completely balanced, nutrient-dense, life-supporting system
– An energy producer without the use of harmful stimulants like caffeine
– An immune system builder and hormonal balancer
– A simple-to-follow plan that everyone can do, and not just for a short time. We initially use products like Greens, Reds, and Protein to ensure you get completely balanced nutrition while learning how to fuel your body with real food. The eating plan you will learn in the Recover 21 booklet will last the rest of your life.
– A way to determine what foods work for you and what foods you may be sensitive to, and therefore want to avoid.

What it ISN’T:
– A fad diet that will make you lose weight through unhealthy practices, causing damage to your organs and tissues.
– A bunch of “energy” products claiming to be natural, but really loaded with caffeine and other stimulants. These are DANGEROUS! They initially make you feel energetic and decrease your appetite by over-stimulating your adrenal glands. Eventually, you will end up with severe hormonal imbalance causing a LONG list of health issues as well as weight gain. Understand that just as your car runs on gas, your body was meant to run on food. If you are dragging by mid-afternoon and need an energy boost, something is not working correctly in your body. Fix the problem, don’t throw caffeine at the symptom!
– products containing artificial sweeteners like Sucralose and Aspartame, that have been proven to be toxic in countless independent studies. They have also shown to increase sugar cravings exponentially. These types of products will NEVER lead to a healthy body.

We have seen phenomenal results using this program.  Here are some recent comments:

“I lost 21 pounds and feel confident that I can keep it off because I have learned how to eat and what foods my body cannot handle.”

“I am sleeping all night without waking up.”

“I didn’t know how bad I felt before because I was so used to feeling that way and just thought it was normal.”

“Food tastes better now.  I’ve regained my love for fruits and vegetables.”

“My husband and I lost noticeable weight and continue to do so, have more energy and feel less stressed. This program has helped us easily create a healthy lifestyle change.”

“I have more energy than I thought was possible.  I don’t dread exercising anymore.”

“My brain feels more clear, like the fog has lifted.  I don’t feel as moody.”

“Hmmm…how do I say this?  I’m evacuating better than ever!”

“I basically forced my husband to do it with me.  He complained for the first three days and then admitted he was feeling so good that he wanted to keep it up.”

“I did a challenge program last summer that consisted of drinking lots of meal replacements and taking energy shots throughout the day.  I did lose weight, but my blood pressure went up and I started getting regular headaches.  I just finished Recover 21.  I not only lost weight, but I feel like I’ve really done something good for my body.”

Check out Recover 21 today and get ready for a happy and healthy 2015!

Happy Meals = Sad Brains



Eating to be fit, eating to be physically healthy, eating to prevent disease…how about eating to be happy?  Research examining the link between what we eat and our mental health is in its infancy stage, but the results so far are very consistent and very powerful.  A new study published in The British Journal of Psychiatry makes a strong case that processed junk food can trigger or contribute to depression, while eating whole and healthy food seems protective.  Researchers are confident that have found a true cause and effect relationship.

With the rise in diabetes, heart disease and obesity in our country there has also been an equally dramatic rise in depression.  If you watch even a small amount of television you are inundated with advertisements prompting you to ask your doctor for the latest and greatest mood-improving medication.  It is time to start looking at what might be the cause of the imbalance in our brains rather than taking drugs that only make the symptoms go away.  There are countless stories of patients changing their diets to deal with gastrointestinal issues and being pleasantly surprised at the marked improvement or even complete disappearance of their depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other mental illness.

Like any other muscle, bone, organ or tissue, the brain needs to have nutrients to function correctly and repair itself.  Too many people live on processed, fast, prepared food devoid of those nutrients and full of chemicals.  We aren’t feeding our brains, yet we expect our brains to be happy.  How happy would you be if you weren’t being fed?  To make matters worse, we are disrupting the brain’s messengers, called neurotransmitters, with the chemicals we are ingesting when we choose to eat processed junk.  It only makes sense that an underfed, chemically-stressed brain is not going to function well.  And what do most depressed people do?  They eat nutritionally-deficient, highly-processed “comfort foods” to make themselves feel better, not realizing they are creating a vicious circle.  Bad food leads to depression which leads to more bad food which leads to more depression…you get the picture.  It is literally and figuratively a sad one.

I am certainly not suggesting that ALL mental illness is caused ONLY by poor diet.  What I am saying is that food absolutely does have SOME level of effect on our mental health.  The exact impact will vary from person to person.  It would be interesting to see what would happen if every person suffering from some sort of mental illness eliminated all processed foods and started eating whole, real foods.  It stands to reason that we as a nation would be both healthier and happier.

Artificial Sweeteners – Little Colored Packets of Poison




Beware of the sweeteners on the market today that are not what they seem. Most people know to steer clear of saccharine (Sweet ’n Low) and aspartame (Equal)- sweeteners that were deemed safe by the FDA and later found to have severely detrimental side effects. There are several new sweeteners with cleverly produced commercials telling you they are “honestly sweet” and “all natural.” There is nothing honest or natural about the following products…

SPLENDA- the little yellow packet made by Johnson & Johnson. It is a chemical called sucralose. Studies have shown it is more toxic than aspartame, proven to damage your DNA, and causes cancer in mice. There are no long term studies done on humans. Unfortunately, we as consumers end up being the human long term study. It is produced in a 5 step chemical process that adds 3 chlorine molecules to sucrose (table sugar) creating a bond that doesn’t even exist in nature. Hmmmm…guess it isn’t so natural after all. Where it does exist currently is in DDT (toxic insecticide), PCB (toxic carcinogen), and Agent Orange (herbicide used in the Vietnam War). Enough said. This stuff is bad news!

TRUVIA- this is Coca-Cola’s version of stevia. The stevia plant is actually a very healthy herb that is naturally very sweet. Unfortunately, Truvia, doesn’t resemble that plant in any way, shape, or form. Coca-Cola takes GMO (genetically modified) stevia plants and puts them through a patented extraction method using chemicals like acetone (think fingernail polish remover), methanol, and ethanol. They add dextrose, maltodextrin, or erythritol which are sweeteners made from GMO corn. Not sounding all that “honestly sweet” any more, is it? If you look at the label, you will see that stevia is not even listed in the ingredients. Other brands to avoid are PURE VIA (made by Pepsi), ENLITEN, and STEVIA IN THE RAW. There are several brands that don’t use chemicals in their extraction and are okay- SweetLeaf, NuNatural, and NOW. 

NECTRESSE- made by the same people who brought you Splenda…this is the newest sweetener on the market, incorporating an asian melon called monk fruit. The commercial claims it has “nothing artificial,” which is simply not true. While it does have a small amount of monk fruit, also known as Lo Han Guo, the other three ingredients are all from GMO foods. 

Your best bet is to stick with real food and use it VERY sparingly- raw organic honey, pure organic maple syrup, organic coconut sugar. If you are looking for a beverage sweetener, go with one of the good stevia brands listed above. Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi are about making money, not making us healthy. Stay away from those brightly colored packets. The only thing at the end of that rainbow is a pot full of chemicals.

Egg Labels – What Do They Really Mean?



Why did the chicken cross the road? Because she lived outside and could actually SEE the road. I admit this joke is not all that funny, and neither is the way that conventional eggs are being produced today. Picture windowless, artificially lit warehouses containing stacks and stacks of wire cages with 5-6 beakless hens per cage eating hormone and antibiotic laden, genetically modified corn and soy feed. Not funny at all.

This type of farming is not only incredibly inhumane, it has led to nutrient deficient eggs and an alarming increase of salmonella poisoning. We can’t even eat raw Christmas cookie dough anymore! Now that is crossing the line! We don’t recommend giving up on the egg though. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and contain mostly unsaturated (healthy) fat. Studies have proven they do NOT increase cholesterol levels, and contain powerful antioxidants for the eyes and skin. The health of the chicken has everything to do with the nutrient level in the egg. How do you know which eggs to buy? Decoding egg packaging labels today is almost as confusing as my son’s calculus homework! Here are the important facts:

Conventional- these are your typical eggs from chickens raised using the above mentioned methods. Be aware that they may use the word “natural,” as there is no regulation on that term.

Cage Free- the chickens are not kept in cages, but can be crowded into less than one foot of space per chicken, typically leading to poor sanitation and the inhumane practices of forced starvation and debeaking. They do not have to have outdoor access. There is little difference in the quality of these eggs compared to the conventional.

Free Range- this term conjures up images of happy chickens roaming the barnyard, pecking and scratching at the ground for food. Not so, I’m afraid. There are no cages and the chickens do have access to an outside door, but are severely crowded. “Outside” is usually a small bare dirt or concrete caged area. They rarely go outside and there are no regulations on the amount of time spent outdoors.

Omega-3- all eggs have some level of Omega-3 fatty acids. The best way to raise the levels is by allowing birds to forage on lawns or pastures. The other way is to add fish oil, flax seeds, or alfalfa meal to the feed.

Certified Organic- No antibiotics, hormones, or animal byproducts are used in the feed. The birds are uncaged and do have outdoor access, but the amount, duration, and quality of it is undefined.

Vegetarian- unless they are labeled “organic” these birds can still be fed antibiotics and pesticides. They are just not given animal byproducts.

Pasture Raised- these are the best eggs available at the grocery store. They do not use hormones, antibiotics, or animal byproducts. The birds are raised on grass outdoors in movable shelters. They are not debeaked and live as chickens naturally do, flapping their wings, foraging for food, and moving about freely.

Of course, the most ideal egg of all is to find a nearby farm that engages in humane, healthy farming and buy your eggs there. If that isn’t an option, look for pasture raised. Here is a link that may be helpful for local people for an egg that we recommend:www.facebook.com/l/sAQEPpkbNAQHe1ev7iDRXDfHLjIFFn-U92UPeYhc2sXLucw/vitalfarms.com/map/



A Simple Squeeze


Adding a squeeze of lemon to your water does more than improve the taste.  It is one of the simplest things you can do to improve your overall health. Here are 12 benefits of making lemon water a daily habit.

1. Lemons are packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.  These nutrients are in whole food form which means your body can use them immediately and easily.  To learn more about whole food vitamins vs. synthetic vitamins click here.

2. It gives your immune system a boost and helps you deal with stress. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to drop when you are stressed.  That is why you often get sick during or right after stressful times.

3. It is high in potassium which keeps your heart healthy and aids in brain and nerve function.

4. Helps digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract. It can also help relieve symptoms of indigestion (heartburn, burping, bloating) and constipation.

4. Cleanses your body by flushing out toxins, enhancing enzyme function, and stimulating your liver.

5. Freshens your breath.  Kills bacteria in your mouth that can cause bad breath.

6. Improves skin appearance. The antioxidants in lemon juice help decrease blemishes and wrinkles.

7. Helps with weight loss. The pectin fiber helps reduce hunger and decreases sugar cravings.

8. Reduces inflammation by decreasing the acidity in your body. Highly acidic environments lead to disease, particularly joint pain and arthritis.

9. Increases your energy and reduces anxiety and depression. Studies show the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system.

10. Helps reduce (or better yet, eliminate) caffeine dependence. People that have replaced their morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water feel naturally refreshed. Try it and see for yourself!

11. Helps fight viral infections and is great for sore throats.

12. People who start drinking lemon water invariably drink more water in a day and that is always a good thing. 85% of our population is at least mildly dehydrated which can lead to many health problems.

A few tips when making your lemon water…

If you are slicing the lemons and adding the whole thing to your water make sure to use organic lemons.  You don’t want the pesticides polluting your healthy drink! If you prefer to squeeze the lemon into your water, here is an awesome lemon water bottle that I am slightly obsessed with.  I have one in every color!  :)



What exactly does “GMO” mean and why is there so much controversy about it?  GMO stands for genetically modified organism.  This organism is something new, not found in nature, created by scientists.  Genetic data, also known as DNA, from an animal, plant, bacterium, or virus is inserted into a new plant, producing a plant with a completely new genetic code.  Sound like a creepy sci-fi experiment to you?  It is!  And guess who the lab rats are?  That would be us.  Unfortunately, unbeknownst to many, the experiment has been going on for quite some time already.  Hence, the controversy- should those foods be allowed at all and if so, should they be required to be labeled?

This “Franken-food” is very concerning.  Inserting genes into the DNA of a food plant is random, so scientists have no idea where the genes go. This can disrupt the functioning of other genes and create new proteins never seen before in the food supply.   Foreign proteins in the body can wreak havoc in the body producing allergies, digestive system diseases, autoimmune disorders, behavioral issues, birth defects…I could keep going, but you get the picture.  I don’t think that it is a mere coincidence that our rates of chronic disease in this country have more than doubled since GMO foods were introduced.

Scientists have created tomatoes with a longer shelf life by adding flounder genes, soybeans that are resistant to weed killers, and potatoes that produce their own pesticides.  Produce their own pesticides?  What???  Yep.  The DNA manufactures a pesticide toxin. You can’t wash this pesticide off because it is produced by every cell in the plant.  This science fiction movie is quickly turning into a horror film!  85% of all corn in this country is genetically modified to be resistant to weed killers.  That allows growers to spray as much as they want without killing their crops along with the weeds.  Other foods that are highly modified are soy (called Round-Up Ready Soy), yellow and zucchini squash, canola, sugar beets (responsible for 95% of sugar production in the U.S.), and milk.

The U.S. does not have mandatory GMO labeling, and the FDA does not require safety assessments of GMO foods or even review all GMO products hitting the market.  So, how do you avoid GMO foods?  That is a tough question.  You could move to one of the 50 countries worldwide that has completely banned GMO foods, or at least required that they be labeled, but that’s probably not a reasonable solution for most of us.  Start with buying organic foods.  Organic foods cannot be genetically modified and have no pesticides.  Here is a great website to help you avoid GMO’s:  http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com  The fight for GMO labeling in this country is underway, but the opposing side is powerful with very deep pockets.  Learn more about GMO labeling here:  http://www.righttoknow-gmo.org

Skip the Cereal = Healthier Baby


We know that babies who are breast fed have a major health advantage over babies who are fed formula.  That is a fact that has been proven in countless studies.  But, what should we feed our babies when it is time to start adding food? Rice cereal has been touted as the least allergenic grain and therefore, the perfect first food for baby.  I’m sure most parents would not consider giving their babies a spoonful of white sugar as a first food, but sadly that is what they are doing if they follow current standards.  Rice cereal is an incredibly processed carbohydrate.  It is stripped of it natural nutrients to preserve it and enriched with synthetics that babies can’t even use.  It causes distress on an immature digestive system and sets it up for many problems down the road including obesity, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, and behavioral disorders. Babies produce little to no amylase, the enzyme needed for grain digestion.  That is nature’s way of telling us that babies should not be consuming grains of any of kind.  They can’t be properly digested which leads to sluggishness and longer periods of sleep.  For sleep deprived parents, hearing the pediatrician recommend adding a spoonful of cereal to make the baby sleep all night is music to their ears.  That is just plain wrong on so many levels.  Stuffing them with undigestible carbohydrates is a recipe for disaster.

So, if not cereal, what are the best, first foods for baby and when should you start introducing them?  First of all, don’t be in a rush to start giving your baby food.  Some babies are ready at 6-7 months and others not until 9-10 months.  Look for signs from your child.  Is he able to sit up on his own?  Is he showing interest in what you are eating?  Does he swallow any of the food or is his tongue thrust reflex still too strong, causing him to spit it all back out?  If he’s not ready at 6 months or even 9 months, don’t fret!  Breast milk is a complete food if mom is eating whole foods with plenty of proteins and healthy fats.

Babies need healthy fats for brain development from easily digested foods.  Soft eggs yolks  (preferably pasture raised), and ripe avocados are both great first food choices. Bananas contain high levels of amylase and have a ton of nutrients for your growing baby.  Steamed, pureed vegetables (introducing one at a time), are also good choices.  We usually recommend trying most of the vegetables first and then adding fruits.  Some babies aren’t anxious to eat that broccoli or those green beans when they have been consistently given only sweet foods.  Babies also need protein to fuel their tremendous growth.  Free-range, organic meats can be added next.  Be sure that the pieces are very tiny or pureed.

We recommend waiting until your child is around two years old before introducing grains.  A good rule of thumb is to wait until their molar teeth are fully developed.  This is a pretty good indication that their digestive systems are mature enough to produce the amylase necessary to break those grains down.  As with any food, look for immediate reactions to determine possible food sensitivities.