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Organic Food Trends

 

Organic Food Trends

By Theresa Harding

Due to the rapid pace of change economy, the unpredictable political environment in many countries and rise of food-related illnesses are resulting in people to be safer on the food products they consume. Organic food trends are when food industries together with the food experts are focusing more on the safety, convenience, and affordability of food commodities.

Everyone along the food chain is focusing on innovative ideas that meet three major concepts of safety, convenience, and affordable food.

Real Foods and Organic Consumer Trends

The first New Year resolution of most of the people is to put health first. Everyone is going to the gym, and the gym memberships are going up and promise to start off the new diets.  Food experts are making this resolution easier by embracing the real-food movement.

Intake of the real foods and avoiding the artificial/ processed foods which are associated with numerous illnesses like obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancers and other chronic diseases. Organic food trends is the year the world population is now focusing on the real foods, and food industries are packaging real foods to increase convenience and safety.

Organic Food Market

Due to the increased health-care costs, shrinking middle class have rendered restaurants and fast foods joints too costly. Cooking at home is becoming the new trend which I am embracing it.

Thanks to the technology, Food Experts agree that individuals and industries are embracing this organic food trend by coming up with smart appliances, which are making our kitchens look more and more sci-fi, from smart frying pans to camera plates.  

How could you not imagine that there is a TotaliTea device that monitors your sleep?   If you had a bad night it provides you with a cup of tea with added caffeine.

From Animal-Based to Plant-Based Foods

This year, the consumer taste is focusing on the plant-based foods rather than animal products like Nulo dog food. Food technologists believe that is where the food industry is heading. The reasons why the world is leaning towards plant-based foods are as much about health, environmental sustainability and animal rights-what the vegans are advocating for.

Eschewing Traditional Retailing of Organic Food Trends 

Now entrepreneurs are building their businesses in a different way than the traditional retail. The well-known grocery store shelves, shopping carts, cashiers and slotting allowances seem outdated.

They are now focusing on online shopping to the subscription of meal services and use of real-time virtual purchases.  Millennials are altering the meaning of retail. Thank you, Google Flesh, Instacart, Prime, Amazon Go, Blue Apron, Sendy, and Uber.

Organic Consumer Trends

Organic food trends are ushering in a post true era, where people have put trust more in their gut and other people’s opinion, rather than the Food Experts.  It’s always best to go with your gut, but always use common sense when you think you should get advice from “experts”. 

I always encourage others to simply do your research to learn more about a particular food item.  Consumers are getting information about foods from varying sources and having mixed views on the subjects that affect food decisions daily. 

I used to be confused when I first started learning and researching about healthy eating.  I didn’t know who to listen to.  Of course, there’s always trial and error to learn what really works for you and your family.

Insects in Our Diet?

I don’t know about you, but I like my food without the extra insect protein; no thanks!  Food organizations and research institutions are actively advocating for adding insects as part of our diets.

It has been found that Insects provide an excellent source of proteins, minerals, and vitamins than the traditional protein sources like red meat.  The fact that insects can be pulverized into flour to make different baking products, food shops are now selling insects.  The thought of pulverizing insects just doesn’t sound very tasty to me…yuck!

Zero Waste

I’m always thinking of ways to avoid wasting food in my kitchen.  I make my bone broths from the carcass of my chicken and turkey.  Food items that were once considered waste are now products to treasure according to food experts.  Cauliflower stems, watermelon rind pickles, burgers and chips made from discarded juice pulp and vegan leather made from pineapple leaves. 

When I juice, I use the leftover pulp to make cookies or add it to my muffins and smoothies.  These foods are no longer wasted but recycled back to the dinner table.

Are you adjusting to the new food trends?  What changes have you made?

 References

Nieroda, M., & McGoldrick, P. (2017). Healthy Eating Promotion: Translating Consumer Expectations into CSR Strategies (An Abstract). In Creating Marketing Magic and Innovative Future Marketing Trends (pp. 665-666). Springer, Cham.

Pila, E., Mond, J. M., Griffiths, S., Mitchison, D., & Murray, S. B. (2017). A thematic content analysis of cheat meal images on social media: Characterizing an emerging dietary trend.  International Journal of Eating Disorders.

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The Truth About Root Canals

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Root Canals

By Theresa Harding (updated 2/27/21)

Are Root Canals Necessary?

If you want to learn the truth about root canals, then the question to ask is “Are Root Canals necessary?”  At some point in your life, like many of us, you may have had a toothache.  When this happened, you probably didn’t hesitate to call your dentist to make an appointment and get it checked out.

If your discomfort was caused by a small cavity or other “minor” issue, you may have had a filling and been sent on your way.  If, however, the toothache was the result of an untreated infection, you were probably advised to have a root canal.

Root canals, on the surface, don’t seem to really pose any harm to our health, right?  After all, they’ve done all the time; over 41,000 root canals are performed every day.  The problem, however, is that most people don’t know the potential dangers that this restorative procedure poses to their overall health. 

According to Dr. Mercola, “over 95% of dentists and physicians don’t understand” root canal toxicity.

Are Root Canals Safe?

According to mercola.com, a root-canal tooth is basically a dead tooth that can harbor “highly toxic anaerobic bacteria.  This bacteria can, under certain conditions, make their way into your bloodstream.  When this happens, there is a risk of contracting a number of serious medical conditions.  It can be decades later before many of them appear.”

We’ve been conditioned to think that during a root canal, our provider (usually an endodontist) is “sterilizing” and sealing any remaining infection inside the tooth. What really happens maybe the opposite.  Our usually friendly oral bacteria are now mutating and gearing up for migration to other parts of the body. 

Can Root Canals Cause Health Problems?

They don’t remain confined to the “sealed” tooth as we may have believed.  It’s quite likely that the infection from the tooth “spreads down into the jawbone.  This creates cavitations—areas of necrotic tissue in the jawbone itself,” according to Dr. Mercola.

Early researchers, and several modern dentists, have linked root canals to auto-immune diseases, neurological illnesses, heart disease, breast cancer, and other diseases.  Many conscious dentists believe that having a root canal is especially concerning to a patient who may already have a chronic health condition.  This raises their disease risk even further.

How to Avoid Root Canals

Only you know which treatment is best for you based on your situation.  If you are experiencing a toothache (pain, swelling, etc), it is advisable to have an in-depth discussion with your dentist. Insist that your dentist properly diagnose the cause of the tooth pain and/or infection, rather than immediately sending you off for a root canal. 

Seek alternative dental care if you feel like you need a safer way to address the tooth problem.  You can learn more about alternative dental care in this post.  The fewer chances of an invasive dental treatment, the safer.

If the tooth decay is so far gone and a root canal seems imminent, you may want to also consider extraction as an option.  Although we’re programmed to be very attached to our teeth, extraction and replacement can actually be safer for our long-term health.

The Risks and Causes of Root Canals

When making health decisions, you should do your own research.  Know that the precursor to any health condition is inflammation.  It’s always important to avoid eating foods that cause inflammation, as this can cause tooth decay and problems in overall health.

I share information about the causes of inflammation and the foods to avoid to keep inflammation down in the body in this blog post.  Of course, inflammation is inevitable, but excess inflammation in the body causes health problems that can affect your teeth.

In addition, speak with your dentist about the risks and potential side effects of the procedures they are recommending. Some procedures which may appear to be harmless at first glance, are oftentimes presented as the solution to all your problems.  In fact, they may just be the beginning of more problems.

Summary

It’s important to understand that the key to better oral hygiene starts with your diet.  What you eat and detox regularly can have a tremendous effect on the health of your teeth and your overall wellbeing.  I like to say that accumulation without detoxification is the cause of many dis-eases in the body.

Practice self-care on a regular basis by visiting your holistic dentist annually at the least.  Practice proper oral care by brushing twice a day, doing oil pulling to remove bacteria build-up in your mouth, flossing daily, preferably at the end of your day, and rinsing your mouth with water when consuming sweets to remove the sugar from your mouth. 

Doing these things will ensure better control over the health of your teeth and gums.  And don’t forget to drink plenty of water daily.

Have you ever gotten a Root Canal procedure?  What was your experience?

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Holistic Dentistry-the Alternative to Dental Care

Holistic Dentistry, The Alternative Dental Care

Holistic Dentistry

 

By Theresa Harding

The Difference Between a Holistic and Regular/Traditional Dentist 

Holistic Dentistry is Holistic dental care that looks at the whole body in care,  not just the mouth.  In this, the philosophy in the role of oral care is taken into consideration.  This dental practice is different from that of traditional dental care.   

Holistic Dentistry takes a different approach to dental care by looking at the cause of dental problems.  Traditional dentistry usually looks and treats the symptoms of dental problems. 

 As children, we all loved to eat sweets not thinking about how it would affect us later in life.  Sure enough, even with good oral hygiene, flossing and brushing twice a day cavities still develop.  This resulted in having the damaged teeth removed, or having the tooth filled.

 There are different types of fillings that are used.  Porcelain gold or amalgam fillings, which consist of silver, mercury, and tin as well as copper and zinc.

Holistic Dentistry Cavities

Holistic Dental Care, The Alternative Dental Care

Holistic Dental Care

Amalgam fillings, the traditional fillings used to fill cavities can be harmful to the person who wears them.  This can affect the air they breathe, the water they drink, and possibly affecting unborn babies according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

These fillings release small amounts of mercury over time from just breathing, drinking hot or cold beverages.  It affects the CNS in such a way that it causes neurological issues in addition to psychological and immunological problems.  Mercury, when inhaled over a period of time can affect the nerves and also the lungs, liver, and kidneys.  So What other Choices are there for fillings? 

What Holistic Dentists Use for Fillings

Composite resin or white filling is used as the number one choice to amalgam fillings. Resin fillings are plastic molds of the cavity that is strengthened with powdered glass. They are remarkably safer than the amalgam fillings since they do not contain mercury.  

The procedure protects the teeth and does not dig away at them to fit the amalgam filling. Additionally, white fillings last longer than amalgam fillings. They also blend in with the color of the tooth being filled, for a cleaner looking appearance.

Glass Ionomers

Glass ionomers are similar to the composite resin, but also contain natural minerals and compounds, like eugenol or zinc and some acrylic resin. They are cemented together with glass filler that has fluoride in it, and releases in the tooth over time.

This form of filling is better suited to be used in smaller filling procedures, and so far, is the only disadvantage to using this form of filling. The alternative restorative treatments are similar to the glass ionomers or composite resin.  

They were designed to be used in smaller or developing countries where it would be easier to install.  Hand-held equipment was used to apply adhesive to fit the piece in the cavity comfortably. 

Finding Holistic Dental Care

Amalgam fillings have been around for more than one hundred years and have been used by many.  It is important to note that there is some risk in mercury exposure that comes with using mercury fillings to fill cavities.  

Considering the alternative will not only last longer, but will be a healthier choice of fillings  This choice will allow you to preserve your teeth for a broader, whiter smile.  To find a holistic dentist near you, visit the Holistic Dental Association for more information.

After reading this article, would you consider using a Holistic Dentist?

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Winter Warming Foods – Soups and Stews

Foods for the Winter
By Theresa Harding (updated 1/24/21)

My Experience with Soups and Stews

During this time of year, I enjoy hanging out in the kitchen often, cooking up wholesome dishes like comforting winter soups and stews made from my homemade bone stocks and other winter warming foods. Homemade bone stocks are made from the bones of beef or poultry.


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The bones from these meats are simmered for up to 24 hours to produce a healing and flavorful, rich broth. This healing and warming broth can then be used to make soups and stews, and other foods requiring water to cook.  I like to add collagen powder to my broth to increase the health benefits.

Hearty Soups and stews can be easily started in the morning hours in a slow cooker and enjoyed by dinner time. These are great winter meals for the family. My family enjoys these slow-cooking dishes with a side of salad or steamed vegetables — at least once-a-week.

Here are some family-fun meals that can be enjoyed during the winter months. Hanging out in the kitchen for these dishes is no chore:

Winter Beef Stew

Beef Stew is best known as the “medicine” for the winter cold, this is a healthy winter soup that’s the best food for chilly weather, as stews are loaded with wholesome vegetables! Knowing that you’ll have plenty of anti-oxidant protection needed to keep your immunity up.

It is good to note that a winter beef stew can aid in common colds and flu viruses. They’re not a lot of work to prepare either. Simply add the ingredients to a slow cooker first thing in the morning and dinner is served by 5:00 pm!

Oxtail Stew for Winter Cooking

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Oxtail Stew

Oxtail is also known as the cow’s tail. The fat, cartilage, and bone marrow give an abundance of flavor to oxtail stew. When cooked for a long period of time, the meat becomes very tender and can be enjoyed during the cold winter months.

This is my most favorite of the stews to prepare during winter. My family enjoys the flavor of the tender meat so much that I have to make a large batch of this stew to be enjoyed DAYS after it’s cooked.  I have my top ten winter foods for the winter if you want to know more foods to eat during the winter.

Not only are these foods great to eat during the winter, but oxtail stew for winter cooking is a hearty soup that also supports your immunity.  We need immune support when we move into the winter months, as the sun isn’t available to us a lot to keep us healthy.  It’s important to eat according to the seasons to keep your immunity strong.

I explain more in this blog post on how to keep your body virus-free during the winter months.  In this article, I share with you 9 ways to strengthen and support your immune system.  These are things I do for myself and my family every winter to keep us healthy and strong.

Chicken & Noodle Soup

I grew up eating chicken & noodle soup. This healthy winter soup was always the soup of choice when things were feeling dull. Chicken & noodle soup is a nourishing soup of nostalgia is a great dish to eat when fighting a cold during the cold/flu season.

It’s loaded with nutrients and vegetables to keep you feeling warm while aiding with the healing process. So the next time you’re feeling “under-the-weather”, have a bowl of chicken & noodle soup!

If you want to learn how to make a nutrient-dense, healing chicken broth, read the book “Nourishing Broth” by Sally Fallon”.  In this book, you will find many healthy, healing recipes and instructions on how to make a healthy bone stock for your chicken & noodle soups.

Winter Lentil Soup

Lentils are loaded with nutrition and my favorite lentils are the red ones, as I love the color in my soups.  I always keep these lentils on hand for my soups and salads.  They’re high in fiber, lean protein, and iron. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods like lentils can lessen your risk of many serious medical problems.

Winter Lentil soup is very easy to prepare and doesn’t require a long soaking time like other beans. Rich in folate and iron, they’re a great choice of beans that require less cooking time.

Lentil soup is also used as a detox soup with added detox spices to aid the detox process.  It’s also known to help with healing the body overall.

Winter Spices 

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Winter Herbs & Spices

Let’s not forget to add those winter spices to these delicious soups to top them off.  I like to add my favorite ginger, garlic, onion, turmeric, onion powder, and seamoss powder to add minerals, flavor, and heat to my winter soups and stews.  These spices add antioxidants, heat, and minerals to the soups to boost them with dense nutrition.   

I personally add the sea moss for the 92 minerals that it contains, along with the thickness it adds to my soups.  There’s no need to add a flour mix to my soups when I add the sea moss, so it’s become a staple in my home.  We also add sea moss to our smoothies and other dishes.

We all know about the onions and their many uses for healing topically, for hair rinses, and for adding to winter soups and other dishes.  As Tasty explains, it does matter what kind of onions you use in your cooking, especially for these winter warming soups and stews.  I like to use yellow onions for my soups, but you may use what you prefer for your family, whether it be red, white or yellow onions.  You could also use the onion powder if the fresh onions are not favored.

Winter Herbs

When you’re fighting a cold or flu virus, you need these healing spices to help bring your body back into balance quickly and healthfully.  The fresh ginger root is known to have thermogenic properties that heat you up and can increase your metabolism and increase blood flow.  It’s been recommended to use to help with circulation.  Ginger root should be grated freshly for that added heat or if you prefer, there’s the ginger root powder that is not as strong but has some benefits too.

Garlic freshly diced or minced is an herb known to work in the body as a natural antibiotic and is recommended to help with healing from a cold or flu virus.  An article published by Healthline describes in detail how garlic aids with cold and flu.   You could also use garlic powder if you don’t like the strong flavor of fresh garlic.

It adds the natural healing properties to the soup while giving your body a boost in healing and warmth.  You will find these soups to not only be hot but heated with these herbs and spices.

Turmeric has a peppery taste and can be paired with ginger when added to soups, as this is the perfect combination for warming, healing winter soups.  You can find many recipes online that include turmeric as an added spice.  Grate fresh turmeric or use it grounded, as this spice is known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.  This spice is used in smoothies (my main use), soups, medicinal concoctions, etc. 

Summary

I hope you will try these healthy winter soups and stews as warming foods. These nutrient-dense soups will help support your immunity while providing many health benefits to keep you strong in the harshest season.  Be sure to add them to your seasonal menu to help you with the frigid frights of winter!  You could also read more from Sally Fallon’s book, “Nourishing Broth“, where she teaches all about making bone broths the traditional way.  I use this book as a reference to make my own soups, stews, and broths.

However, if you find that you don’t have time, you can purchase bone broth online if that’s easier for you.  I like this brand when I purchase it myself.

These soups and stews will get you well on your way to making hearty soups this winter season, and more to come.  The winter season is the time to make adjustments to your diet to align with the cold season.  It’s always a good idea to eat foods that are in season so that your body will adjust to climate change. 

Eating foods out of season can deprive your body of the nutrient-rich foods that nature provides for us at the proper time.  Foods in-season are mineral-rich and nutrient-dense.  Focus on nature and the abundance it provides for us.

What’s your favorite warming winter food?

Resources & References

https://tasty.co/article/christinebyrne/onions-are-not-created-equal

http://www.cdc.gov/

http://www.allrecipes.com/

http://www.health.com/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/garlic-fights-colds-and-flu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Detox Your Diet for Better Health

 

Detox Your Diet

By Theresa Harding

When I first started my journey to clean eating, I wanted to know if I needed to detox my diet for better health and start with a “clean slate” in my diet.  I consulted with a nutritional coach who informed me that it was not necessary to start with a clean slate.  I just needed to make some easy adjustments and replacements.  

All I needed to do was stop buying what I was buying for groceries, and change my grocery list to “whole food” choices.  So with a few adjustments, and many phone consultations, I changed my diet and lifestyle to achieve a healthy body.

The Diet Detox Process

Did I detox?  In a sense yes!  I felt I needed to.  I wanted to eliminate inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, constipation, and some other symptoms that go along with the need to detox.  I also needed to detox our pantry and refrigerator.  I eliminated unhealthy juices, packaged processed snacks, and unhealthy food choices.  

It wasn’t as hard as I perceived a detox diet would be.  I learned to make healthy choices of food for our family.  We also removed toxic cleaning products and replaced them with Eco-friendly cleaning products.

How I Did a Diet Detox

Knowing what to buy wasn’t easy, as it required lots of label-reading and knowing what ingredients were known toxins.  Since I obviously knew some of the products we usually purchased were toxic, I already knew which products I would replace in our home.  

That was more than 10 years ago, and some products were not easy to find in most grocery stores.   Today, many grocers sell Eco-friendly cleaning products and organic foods that at one time could only be found at Health Food Stores.  

The Results of My Diet Detox

Over a period of time, we had a new way of green living that gave us better health results than before the diet detox, and product changes.  The next time you think of transitioning to better health, don’t focus so much on the changes you’ll have to make, focus on the results you will get when you replace the “bad” for the “good”.

Have you tried to detox your diet?  What was your experience?

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Finding Quality Food Choices for your Family. Whole Food Vs. Food

 

Finding Quality foods

By Theresa Harding

 When I started making better food choices, I would read different articles and books during my extensive research and see the word #wholefoods.  I didn’t know what that term meant.  I thought I was already buying whole foods for my family, but little did I know that I had a lot to learn.  I was only buying about 20% of my foods whole, and that only included a bag of apples and oranges.  So, let me break it down for those of you who don’t quite know what the term “whole foods means.

 The whole foods definition is simply food that has been processed or refined as little as possible, and is free from additives or other artificial substances, before additives or other artificial substances, before being consumed.  Examples of whole foods include; fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains instead of refined grains.

 One rule- of- thumb to stick by that helps you to remember is, if the food is a by-product of the “real thing”, avoid it.  For example:  A whole chicken instead of chicken nuggets-which is the by-product of the whole chicken; or French fries, which is the by-product of potatoes.  Potatoes can simply be prepared by boiling and mashing, or cooked by you, any way you like them.  Just don’t purchase them already in a “processed” form because a lot of unnecessary chemicals and preservatives can go into processing them before they reach the store.

 The goal is to prepare your own food and add whatever spices and or herbs you desire.  Avoid food and snacks that have already been “flavored”, as these foods usually will be flavored with artificial flavors and colors.  Shop for foods in their rarest form, unprepared.  Following this method will keep you well on your way to a healthy-eating lifestyle with reduced risk of health and allergy problems we often get. 

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