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As this 2010 year leaves, I won’t be sad to see it go. It wasn’t a good year for my family and me, in many ways, but I am grateful that we weathered it. I really appreciated the Simple Joys and they sustained me. You may feel the same way, but “what’s next!”?
Here are some year-end thoughts.
___ Firstly, Dear Reader, I want to say how much I enjoy serving you, and how much I appreciate your readership, comments and private emails. I only accept to post about half the comments and most questions, but I read every comment and answer about 90% of questions.
___ I am very gratified to find more offers of collaboration from physicians and professionals whom I’ve written about or who have contacted me after reading my work. It began with a naturopathic physician, multi-generation herbalist in Italy, many years ago, has continued and most recently, a Belgian natural-oriented MD of 50 years experience just contacted me and asked to collaborate. I am grateful that they see promise in this approach.
___ Quite a while ago, I was asked to write for Wellsphere. I haven’t taken them up on it, and by the time I answer, they may have enough people, but I want to only take-on what I can handle in an already busy life. This blog is almost 4 years of faithful posting. Please use the Archive!
___ Yes, I know my perspective is unique, but I believe that my approach will be the way that diabetes and many other chronic diseases will be treated, successfully, by more and more practitioners and clinicians very soon. By familiarizing yourself with it, you may end up helping yourself faster and / or more completely.
Some of you are lucky enough to have a forward-thinking, knowledgeable physician already or nearby. I encourage you to seek one out, or to take the books of such practitioners so you can discuss them with your doc and start some new protocols. I have even been known to give doctors these kinds of books written by their peers.
___ I am hoping to offer more of my own work in a commercial way in 2011. I will try to have time to get my thoughts and guidelines into an ebook, at least, and maybe more.
___ I want to continue my encouragement for you to learn more so you can be very proactive in your own Health, day by day. Being able to make other than mainstream media food hype choices is vital. Healthy food, peace-of-mind, a clean natural world are your birthright, but you now have to fight for them. I’ll try to arm you and forewarn you, when needed.
___ Personally, my view of 2011 is that it will still be very hard, and I expect it will be for at least a decade (and certainly 3 – 5 years before we see a sustained positive upswing).
That means YOU have to be on the frontlines of preserving and regaining your Health. At any time you can lose your health insurance (if in America), for years (as I have). Then, where will you be?
Knowing how to survive on almost no money (unemployment money would be a joke if it weren’t so serious; my husband has been only able to get short seasonal professional work for 3 years now, after losing a six-figure job).
I encourage you to have a food garden, year-round. I’ve written many articles about how to garden indoors in winter. See the Archive; the tabs are on the upper Nav Bar.
___ Avoiding the regular American, “western” diet based on grains and trans fats and too much poly-unsaturated fat, fat in meats from non-grass fed animals, and nutritionally weak “foods” is critical.
The less processed a food is the better.
Eat fresh, whole foods, preferably organic, but for sure learn the worst-pesticide sprayed foods:
- Cherries (an important food for those with arthritis)
- Imported Grapes (and their wines)
- Sweet Bell Peppers (especially red bell peppers)
Those must be purchased as organic, if you use them. Only buy organic bagged salad mixes. Realize that kale and apples are nutritional power-houses, so do use them — just buy organic!
Environmental Working Group estimates are that if consumers get their USDA-recommended 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies from the 15 most contaminated list of fresh foods, they could consume an average of 10 pesticides a day!
Those who eat the 15 least contaminated conventionally grown produce ingest less than 2 pesticides daily, and those eating certified-organic will not even get that. It’s imperative for children to eat organic!
And for the healthiest, least-pesticide, conventionally-grown foods, EWG’s recommends:
- Sweet Corn (worry: GMO alteration, unsustainable farming, poor nutrition)
- Sweet peas
- Cabbage (moderate if low thyroid)
- Eggplant (moderate if arthritic)
- Broccoli (moderate if low thyroid)
- Tomatoes (moderate if arthritic)
- Sweet Potatoes (one of Earth’s healthiest foods!)
- Avocados (excellent, necessary for brain growth, and brain health)
- Watermelon (only melon I will use)
- Grapefruit (check it’s compatible with your medications)
And, the “official” 5 fresh fruits and vegetables a day as a goal, itself, is no goal at all. The Japanese eat 16 different fresh vegetables and fruits a day. That’s one reason why their traditional diet is the healthiest in the world. Juices do NOT count as a fruit. Do not consume juices or any other fragmented, processed food; nutrition is always lacking and your body may not even recognize it as “food”, due to lost components not triggering certain biochemistry.
___ It’s important to cook your own food or to be in a trusted coperative of families which share the cooking or using a once or twice a month cooking technique.
___ How to know what foods to emphasize — yesterday, after minding our 19 month grandchild all day, we stopped at the main employee-owned supermarket chain in transit, right as the just-off-work crowd descended.
I was shocked to see hordes of large families going into the store. Obviously, they were there to try to get a careful consensus so everyone would “agree” on the food for (hopefully) a healthy meal. And, stretching the food dollar included buying things that would be eaten. However, parents have to have the knowledge to “guide” decisions as well as having children understand that food cannot be wasted — not “liking” something doesn’t count, if you have checked that there is no physiological incompatability as the basis for disliking it.
The easiest way to ascertain this, without paying for panels of blood tests for every family member’s possible allergies or sensitivities, is to know each person’s blood type. Then, use the work of Dr. Peter D’ Adamo, ND to sort out what foods make sense to use in your family (paying attention to where and how they are grown, too).
There are foods which work for all blood types, and they serve as the foundation in a mixed-type family. Luckily, generations of my my whole family is A+, but new son-in-law is O, so my grandson will have to be tested. Blood types A and O have180 degree differences in the foods to eat!
Eating the wrong foods and eating too much of even the right foods, heads us into at-risk turf.
___ So, make a new year’s resolution to put your Health, and your family’s Health, at the top of the list, just after or on a par with adequate, sustained financial survival. Everything else is a far second or third. Believe me.
___ Spread the word! Tell people about this blog – offline and online at your favorite Social media sites! Opt-in here for email alerts when I post. See the box at the top of the right side-bar. You are my best helpers, and I appreciate your efforts!
So, again, I wish you and yours the happiest 2011. I’ll do my best to keep writing here for you!
Best to all — Em
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