Tuesday, May 31, 2011

You can order your Essential Oil from my site!

I now have a link for the Young Living Oils that I use and believe in for you to be able to order your own when you want, to be shipped direct to you! Click on the link below.

Young Living Oils

The oils are what I recommend here. I still believe the Mannatech products are the best nutrients to take. The OILS are what I am promoting at this site.

God's blessings to you all!
Lynn J. Woodley, CR

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Whole Grains

Below you will find an article on Whole Grain vs White Refined. If you have read my articles before, you know how I feel about white's - white flour, white sugar, white rice, white potatoes. They all raise the blood sugar levels in your body and will cause you to gain weight, in addition to all the other issues they cause. Please read my friend, Kim Watson's article on this topic.

It really does matter. Care for yourself. And your body will respond positively to you.

Blessings, Lynn

May 17, 2011

White vs Whole Wheat – It Matters

Eating whole wheat bread and whole grain cereals was one of the first things I remember hearing about, back in the early 1970s when the health food mindset emerged into mainstream consciousness. Pretty much everyone now is aware that they should be choosing whole grains over processed. Do you remember why?

As the saying goes, the whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead… A frequently referenced study in the UK journal Lancet showed that dogs fed exclusively on white bread died of malnutrition within two months. Dogs similarly fed only bread made with stone-ground, whole-wheat flour lived indefinitely in good health. White flour has been treated with chemical bleach. Think Clorox. This leaves a toxic residue you don’t want in your system. There is a long list of chemicals routinely added to breads in the grocery store to extend shelf life. And a longer list of essential nutrients are removed with the bran and germ, and destroyed through bleaching and high heat of the milling process. Then, a very few are added back so that the breads can then be called ‘enriched’! For heaven’s sake, don’t believe that one .

Avoid chronic disease
Over the years, many studies have found that both humans and animals thrive on whole grains and become sick on a diet of refined grains. A Minnesota study identified the components in whole grains that protect against chronic disease. These include compounds like fiber and starch that improve the gut environment, trace minerals that act as antioxidants, phytosterols that support the hormonal system, and agents that bind carcinogens and modulate blood sugar affects.

Keep your bowels regular and healthy
No one likes to talk about it, but being constipated is very uncomfortable. You can improve the health and regularity of your bowels by sticking to whole grains, along with eating fresh fruits and vegetables. The fiber in the grains act like a broom, keeping your gut clean. As an experiment, try eating only whole grains and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables for a week, and stay away from processed foods. Say goodbye to laxatives! Studies also show that eating a whole grain diet can cause the symptoms of diverticulosis to disappear.

Reduce risk of heart disease
A number of studies have shown a reduced incidence of heart disease in women who eat whole grains, as well as better waist-to-hip ratios and lower cholesterol levels.

Normalize blood sugar levels
Since people with diabetes who replace refined foods with whole grain high fiber foods can greatly improve their blood sugar levels and even get off of their insulin, it makes sense that the rest of us can simply keep ourselves on track by doing the same. Why ask for trouble?

Eating whole grains

Pick brown rice every time for stir fries, casseroles, and pilafs. It takes longer to cook but tastes richer and nuttier.
Experiment with quinoa and barley too. Recipes ideas? Click here, and here.
Switch to whole grain pasta today. If you want to ease into it, chose thin spaghetti or angel hair spaghetti to start. But the rigatoni, linguine, penne and bow ties are all great.
Choose whole wheat bread every time. And if you can find fresh baked from a real bakery using their own fresh ingredients, all the better.
Look for whole grain crackers. I love Ak-mak, Ryvita and Wasa crackers topped with avocado and tomato, or cheese or peanut butter for a snack.
Insist on whole grain breakfast cereals. Kashi is a great brand. In our house we routinely have homemade granola and brown rice in our breakfast bowls. Use regular oatmeal, not the quick oats.
Use whole wheat bread crumbs when you cook. I save the ends of my bread loaves and freeze them for this purpose.
Some people seem to believe it is a big sacrifice to eat whole grains. I’m never sure why. The fact is that the fresh whole grain bread tastes better, whole grain pasta and rice satisfy longer, and the cereals are REAL food that will get you through until lunch time (not sugary pseudo-food). When I started eating a whole grain-based diet free of processed foods, I found I could eat more, feel less hungry and stay slim. No downside! What are you waiting for?

by Kim Watson

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Are you addicted to Sugar?

Below is an article written by a Business Partner of mine. She writes weekly newsletters on wellness. The link to her web page is at the bottom. Are YOU addicted to sugar? I no longer am. Enjoy!
Lynn J. Woodley, CR

Reining in your Sweet Tooth
by Kim Watson

There is a buzz about sugar going on right now. Research is showing that sugar may be a BIG public health problem. It isn't just fat intake and high cholesterol levels that are the only culprits in the soaring rates of chronic disease today.

Are you a food label reader? Take a look. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup can be found in just about every processed food in the grocery store and fast food restaurant - deli meats, condiments, peanut butter, breads, cereals, frozen waffles, chips, baby foods, instant coffees, baked beans, dairy products, fruit juices, and, of course, in all the foods we expect to be sweet – jam, cookies, cakes, sodas, candy, ice creams etc.

The result? Sugar addiction across the population. Why are so many children resistant to healthy whole foods like vegetables and fruits? They are being weaned onto processed foods and their palettes are attuned and addicted to the sugars and chemical “flavor enhancers” they’ve been fed from the start. And even if you have been vigilant for years in steering clear of ‘unhealthy’ foods, many of the organic processed foods are still full of sugar.

Many of us admit to a ‘sweet tooth’. Is that a problem? Well, for sure, sugar isn’t helping your health. And there is a growing incidence of what the medical industry calls ‘metabolic syndrome’, a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Two of the most important risk factors are carrying extra weight around the middle, and insulin resistance, where the body can’t process insulin effectively and blood sugar levels rise. When blood sugar levels rise it affects kidney function and raises the level of triglycerides. This all points to chronic disease.

If you want more depth information I encourage you to read a fascinating NY Times article called ‘Is Sugar Toxic?’ and then watch ‘Sugar: The Bitter Truth’ on You Tube, a talk given by Robert H Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology on the damage caused by sugary foods.

Would you like to be free of your addiction to sweets?
Like any other addiction it takes persistence and effort. Here are some suggestions to help you along the way:
Don’t drink soft drinks of any kind. This is a no brainer. Just don’t, not even in moderation.
Avoid all artificial sweeteners – they increase your appetite, increase your sugar cravings, inhibit and decrease your fat metabolism. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080210183902.htm
Don’t buy junk food. Don’t have it in your home. You won’t eat it if it isn’t handy
Eat a piece of fruit when you have a sugar craving. Rather than giving a rush of energy, fruit gives a steady supply of glucose to your blood stream. This is a great bridge as you adjust to lower sugar intake.
Exercise. Along with diet, exercise yields great benefits – fitness and stable blood sugar levels.
Break the emotional association. Does sugar = happiness to you? If you associate it with love, reward, romance, holidays and good times, start separating the emotion from the food. Substitute flowers or a gift for the candy. Don’t reward children with food!
Taper off. This isn’t a race. Cut down on how much sugar you are eating with smaller portions or going for longer periods without it. Once you overcome the addiction, your body won’t ask for it. Really!
Don’t fall off the wagon. If you eat the sugary foods at a party or gathering, then the cravings begin all over again. Break the habit once. It's easier that way.
Eat low glycemic foods. Whole foods and whole grains don’t spike your blood sugar.

I’m a big believer in taking small steps. Make your goal and move toward it. Your body will thank you in many ways!
Kim Watson