Oatmeal – Pumpkin Pie Style

2/3 cup gluten free oats (Bob’s Red Mill)

2 cups almond milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon cinamon

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Heat the oats and almond milk in a medium sized pot to boil.

Turn down to simmer and add the pumpkin and chia.

Simmer for 5-7 minutes

Add remaining spices, stirring regularly.

Simmer for additional 5 – 7 minutes

Serve hot

Banana To Go Breakfast

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

2 banana, sliced

1/2 cup old fashion rolled oats

1/3 cup pomegranate juice

2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds

Combine all the ingredients in a small microwave-proof bowl. Heat the microwave for 3 minutes.

Note: For on the go, combine all the ingredients in a resealable container and can eat later, either hot or cold.

Serves 2

Antioxidant – Rich Breakfast Bars

1 medium ripe banana

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed

1/4 cup rasins

1/8  cup pomegranate juice

2 tablespoons finely chopped dates

1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon Gojo berries

1/2  tablespoon raw sunflower seeds

2 tablespoon ground flax seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mash banana in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Lightly wipe an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with a small amount of olive oil.  Spread mixture into pan.

Bake for 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack cut into bars. Refrigerate any leftover bars.

Serves 8

11 Ways to Keep You Healthy

1. Avoid Hydrogenated Oils:

Hydrogenated oils are processed oils that should be avoided. Their purpose is to prolong shelf-life they have nothing to do with health. These oils do not exist in nature (man-made) and our bodies have a hard time digesting them. Rectum and colon cancer has been attributed to too much daily consumption of them. Avoid them at all costs. Hydrogenated oils are in a lot of processed foods.  They inhibit the normal metabolism of the body which can lead to long term damage as well as cardiovascular diseases. You really need to read labels. You can find hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil in: cookies, candies, pizza, cake mix, muffins, pies etc.

An Apple a Day? Maybe Two or three.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what exactly are the health benefits of apples? Apples are high in fiber and contain many vitamins and minerals in them. They are relatively cheap to buy and easy to find. It may take more than one apple a day to get the health benefits but one apple a day is a good place to start. Here are ten reasons to heed the advice of that wise proverb.

Bone Protection

Osteoporosis is where the bones in the body are not getting enough calcium. When bones don’t have enough calcium they get weak and brittle. This can cause the bone to fracture. One of the main causes of osteoporosis is the body’s failure to absorb calcium This starts in the stomach and may be a result of not enough hydrochloric acid or low enzymes. Hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) and enzymes are needed to break down the calcium for absorption. Vitamin D is also needed to absorb calcium therefore low vitamin D can contribute to osteoporosis. Researchers found that a flavanoid* called phloridzin  is found only in apples and may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis. Phloridzin may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples also helps to strengthens bones.

Drink Your Salad

Half of all Americans do not eat three servings of vegetables a day. Those vegetables that Americans do eat includes the heart attack-causing foods that are fried in trans-fats like french fries and potato chips. Raw, uncooked vegetables offer the most powerful protection against diseases like heart disease, cancer and many others. Consuming a significant quality of raw foods is essential for superior health. Currently Americans consume about 25.5 percent of their calories from fiberless animal foods and another 62 percent from highly processed refined carbohydrates and extracted oils. Half of

Radio Show Summary: How to Reverse Diabetes 04/22/2012

  • More than 20 million Americans have diabetes.

  • There are two types of diabetes type I, juvenile diabetes and adult on set diabetes.
  • Both types of diabetes accelerate the aging of our bodies.
  • Both will promote the development of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
  •  Diabetes ages and destroys the kidneys and other body parts.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Leads to amputations, peripheral neuropathy (painful nerve damage in the legs)
  • Diabetics regardless of the type have higher levels of triglycerides and increased levels of LDL cholesterol.

Inflammation, What is it? How to handle it.

Without inflammation, wounds and infections would never heal. Similarly, progressive destruction of the tissue would compromise the survival of the organism. However, chronic inflammation can also lead to a host of diseases, such as hay fever, periodontitis, atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even cancer (e.g., gallbladder carcinoma). It is for that reason that inflammation is normally closely regulated by the body.

Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronicAcute inflammation is the initial response of the body to harmful stimuli and is achieved by the increased movement of 

Early Detection of Brain Degeneration: Key to Long Term Health

Brain model openThe ability to impact neuro-degenertive disease is determined by early identification. When identified early, lifestyle strategies can be implemented that not only impact the potential progression, but also develop positive changes to help the brain maintain healthy function. The current conventional healthcare model offers very little hope for brain degeneration that has progressed to end-stage disease, such as dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Brain degeneration is a progressive condition. The only hope a person has is early detection so that significant changes can be made to avoid the horrors that lie ahead.

The incidence of brain disorders is on the rise. Not only do one in eight senior citizens develop Alzheimer’s but also one in eight children are diagnosed (or misdiagnosed) with a brain development disorder, such as autism, ADD, and ADHD. It is estimated, world wide that  24 million people have dementia. This number is predicted to double every 20 years. Anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, and depression are more prevalent today, while symptoms of poor brain health like sleep disorders, brain fog, mild depression, moodiness have become almost commonplace. Antidepressants (which will fix nothing and do more harm to the brain) are now the second most commonly prescribed medication in the U.S..

Increased age alone is a major factor for all neuro-degenerative diseases, and the

What To Do If You Can’t Sleep

70 million people in the U.S. have some type of sleep problem that is treatable. Insomnia affects more than 30 million people, while another 6 million have moderate to severe sleep apnea where breathing briefly stops. More than 6 million have some type of body jerking motion that will wake them up. When the body is at rest (sleeping) this is when the body repairs, rejuvenates, heals, and burns fat. 98% of all fat is burned when you are sleeping not during the waking hours. The autonomic nervous system has two parts: The sympathetic part (high gear) and the parasympathetic part (low gear). Those parts of the nervous system shift back and forth between high and low gear depending on your activities. The “shifting” is done automatically. Many people are what is called “sympathetic dominance” which means that they are running in high gear and cannot “shift” into low gear even when they are sleeping. Someone that runs high cannot get into a deep sleep. These people would be considered light sleepers.