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Deny the MIXIFY

Wow. The lengths companies will go through to get their share of your stomach and your wallet. Enter the American Beverage Association who represent the refreshment beverage industry. Namely SODA. The ABA, along with PepsiCo, Dr. Pepper and Coke, are launching a new campaign called: MIXIFY. Have you seen it? They want to show you how soda can play a role in a balanced lifestyle. REALLY?? The soft drink industry brings in billions of dollars of revenue every year and shows no signs of slowing down. Their number one concern is profit. Period. Not your health or the health of your family or children. Now they want to let you know that it’s ok to have soda, just balance it out with what you do. Super active? Go ahead and drink up! Sitting on your butt all day? Better have just a little!

Call me horrified but not surprised. After all, companies like Coca Cola and other big name conglomerates fund classes for hospital dietitians to show them how artificial sweeteners and processed foods can play a part in a patient’s life. Especially if they’re diabetic. Again, REALLY??

But I digress. Let’s take a look at the ingredients in soda, shall we? High fructose corn syrup, phosphoric acid and sodium benzoate are in most soda formulations and depending on the brand may also have caramel coloring, caffeine, brominated vegetable oil. artificial colors and/or sweeteners and don’t forget “natural” and/or artificial flavorings!

High fructose corn syrup is highly processed and leads to tissue damage and disease. Phosphoric acid starts to dissolve tooth enamel in 20 minutes.  If you pour a liter of Coca Cola in your toilet and let it sit overnight it will dissolve all the built up mineral deposits. Imagine what it’s doing to your poor bones! As for the sodium benzoate, it has the ability to deprive the cells of oxygen, break down the immune system and cause cancer. if you’re a fan of Mountain Dew I bet you didn’t know you were downing a bunch of brominated vegetable oil, sourced from either corn or soy and initially used as a flame retardant. It is banned in food in Japan and Europe, yet it’s good enough for us Americans! Ugh!

Do your health and your budget a huge favor and ditch the pop. Replace them with liquids that actually hydrate and nourish the body: water, sparkling, fruit infused or otherwise, herbal teas, even the occasional cup of good ‘ol joe is preferable to soda pop, however sweet and bubbly it may be!

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Tonya

 

 

Best Worst Experiment Ever!

Best Worst Experiment Ever!.

Nutrition or Corruption?

Good day to you gracious readers. After reading the latest newsletter by Dr. Mercola, my stomach is churning and I once again feel the need to comment about genetically modified or engineered food. Sorry to be redundant for those of you that are in the know but for those of you who aren’t, this is for you.

Genetic modification enhances specific desired traits such as “improved nutritional content” and “increased resistance to herbicides.” Genetic engineering creates plants with exact desired traits, think Bt corn. Genetically modified foods are supposed to increase crop production, decrease pesticide use and is allegedly safe for human consumption and harmless to the environment. “Current GE crops that enter our food supply are essentially free of the engineered DNA and are identical to ingredients made from non-GMO”s”, according to Greg Jaffe in a recent on-line article for The Atlantic.

Tell that to the people in the village of Malvinas Argentinas, which is surrounded by GE soy crops, where the rate of miscarriage is 100 times the national average. Cancer, birth defects and sterility are also on the rise, with Roundup’s glyphosate being blamed for the the dramatic increase. So much for decreased herbicide use.

A recent 2012 nutritional analysis between GMO and non-GMO corn, shows a significant difference in the amounts of calcium (437 times more), magnesium (56 times more), and manganese (7 times more). So much for improved nutritional content.

I’m not an alarmist. I’m not a scientist. I’m not affiliated with any particular political party. Like you, I simply work hard, play hard and try my best to eat clean and love my neighbor. Easy, right? It is if you realize the only one looking after you is YOU! Not the government, not your doctor, and certainly not most of your food producers!

There are NO lifetime feeding studies on animals or humans regarding the potential health effects of consuming GMO foods. In the meantime, while you are waiting for your favorite food companies to label their GMO laden Frankenfoods, eat organic. It’s the only way to know for sure.

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Stay Vibrant!
Tonya

Spring Cleaning: Ridding Yourself of Toxic People

Seven days. Just seven more days until we claim ALL of our house back. You may have noticed that my weekly blog hasn’t been so weekly. In fact, it hasn’t even been monthly. Back in January, my husband and I moved from our tiny, cozy apartment into a gigantic 3,000 square foot house situated on almost three acres. Along with Trent, who’s 15 and already lives with us, we invited our almost 20 year old daughter and her on-again-off-again “boyfriend” to move in as well. My husband and I thought this was a great idea as they would have their own space, be able to save some money, and if they “broke up” at least she would be home and he would have to go.

Well. Here we are two months later and we are counting down the days until they move back out. I love her to death, him not so much. I was willing to put how I felt about him aside and come from a place of understanding and compassion because it seemed the right thing to do. That lasted five minutes. I won’t bore you with the myriad of reasons why I can’t even tolerate being in the same room with this kid. But I do know this. Having tension and negative energy permeating my home has taken its toll on ALL of the occupants, even my pets! I am not a hater and I refuse to let the immature actions of someone I don’t care to know make me into one.

Negative energy, people, relationships can all have an effect on your health just as much as crappy food and sitting around the house watching television. Today’s moral? Rid yourself of anyone in your life who does not encourage, support or add anything positive to your life. The sooner the better. For us? Just seven more days…

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Tonya

Death of the Twinkie

Millions are mourning the potential loss of their sweet, cream-filled, golden spongy goodness. Hostess, the makers of the beloved Twinkie, are closing it’s doors. People are lining up at bakery outlets everywhere, snatching up what they can. Twinkies are being sold on the internet at inflated prices. 18,000 people left jobless and you’re worried about what you’re going to do without Twinkies? What a bunch of ding dongs.

Since 1980, obesity in children has tripled. More than a third of adults in the U.S. are overweight. Obesity related conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer are on the rise. I think one less company producing sugary, fatty, chemically enhanced food would be a cause for celebration. Instead, other companies are looking into buying and sustaining this iconic “food”. I put food in quotes because it is anything but. There are more than 30 ingredients in a Twinkie including five different types of sugar, beef fat and hydrogenated oils. Twinkies also contain red dye #40, which certainly makes food pretty to look at, but if sprayed on plants will work as a pesticide. What about polysorbate 60, a cancer connected chemical used to keep the oil from separating in the “cream” filling. M-m-m-m good. NOT!

There are plenty of Frankenfood alternatives to the Twinkie but isn’t your money better spent on fresh, nourishing food and snacks? Why not send your Twinkie money to those who lost everything in the wake of Hurricane Sandy? Or better yet, to the families of the 18,000 folks who are now jobless. That would be a real zinger.

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Be Vibrant!
Tonya

Mary Poppins Was Right

” A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” sang Mary Poppins innocently enough. The bitter truth is, your sweet friend sugar is trying to kill you. Look around. Sugar, in all it’s forms, is in everything. Your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, “vitamin” waters and is hidden in most other processed food. Infant formula is now loaded with sugar equivalent to a can of soda. Isn’t that great? Let’s start poisoning our young from birth. Because that’s what sugar is. A metabolic poison. It promotes weight gain, feeds cancer cells, and accelerates aging. You don’t have to be smarter than a fifth grader to see the ever expanding waistline of America. My husband and I people watch at the mall from time to time, and here in the panhandle, where beef and more beef rules, 1 out of 2 people and entire families are overweight. He sometimes has to keep me from accosting people. I prefer to think of it as reaching out. I just want to ask a simple question. What is stopping you from taking better care of yourself?  I ask this in coaching sessions with my clients. Reasons are many and varied. Emotional eating. Budget. Stress. Time. Some just don’t know. These things I can address but some really don’t care which really makes me sad, because I can’t help that.  Even sadder still, obesity increases the risk for deadly diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease.

Let’s avoid the sweet confusion by taking a look at sugar in its various forms.

  • Simple sugars – Dextrose, fructose and glucose. Your body metabolizes these differently.
  • Sucrose (table sugar) – 50% glucose and 50% fructose.
  • High fructose corn syrup – 55% fructose and 45% glucose.
  • Sugar alcohols – Xylitol, erythirtol, mannitol, sorbitol, and glycerol, Incompletely absorbed in small  intestine. Causes gas and bloating in some.
  • Agave Nectar – Falsely advertised as natural. Highly processed and up to 80% fructose.
  • Honey – Has many health benefits in its raw form,  in moderation.
  • Stevia – A South American herb whose leaf is 300 times sweeter than sugar, safe and natural.
  • Lo han – A safe, natural sweetener from the Chinese fruit luohan guo, used for years in TCM.
  • Sucralose (Splenda), aspartame, saccharin and acesulfame k (Sweet One, Sunett) are ARTIFICIAL sweeteners and should be completely avoided due to detrimental health effects.

Nearly every cell in the body utilizes glucose. With fructose, however, the metabolic burden falls on the liver. And because most people are now consuming about 130 grams of fructose per day versus the 15 grams or less per day a mere 300 years ago, well, you can imagine how your poor liver feels. So, where does the excess fructose go? To your backside. Your belly. Your thighs. It is turned into FAT. And triglycerides. And VLDL, the very bad low-density lipoprotein that increases the risk of coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Still make you want to have a glass of orange juice and a toasty, frosted pop-tart for breakfast? Only 41 grams of sugar folks! To make matters worse, the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you want, the more effective your body becomes in absorbing it, the more metabolic damage occurs. Try eggs with some veggies and sliced avocado. Or plain, greek-style yogurt with sliced almonds and fruit.  Fair warning. Be careful with fruit consumption. Although fruit contains fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients it also contains fructose and it’s the cumulative effect of fructose that is toxic. Berries of all kinds are the best choices with most being 8 grams or less per cup, Your average apple has about 9 grams. Dried fruits are much higher and should be consumed in limited quantities.

Do yourself a favor. Take a 21 day sugar-free vacation. Try limiting yourself to 25 grams a day or less. Maybe then you’ll be singing, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” instead.

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Tonya