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Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine”, and food can be very effective if you are eating the appropriate, natural, organic, whole foods. This is critical because diabetes is NOT being treated effectively by mainstream medicine. They won’t cure it, and in many cases it can be cured (or helped more than mainstream does) by using natural protocols, which support your body’s attempts to return to Health.

In addition to watching where foods stand on the Glycemic Index; what their nutritional profiles are;  whether they help to detoxify your tissues and their pH (internally when being metabolized), there are synergies to foods and ways they signal our body-systems which drugs really cannot mimic successfully, although they sometimes attempt to.

Foods are powerful Medicines. They, along with movement, pure water, sunlight and calm are our best medicines. Diabetics and pre-diabetics need to utilize all these natural therapies.

With all this in mind, paying “extra” for organic food is one of the best ways that you can protect your family’s Health, and this is critical for our children and grand-children who will grow-up their entire lives before the ravages of the chemical-land rape can gradually be forced to subside and naturally degrade, if we mandate successfully so no more is applied.

If you have to watch your food dollar and want to spend it  wisely, then target your organic purchases to:

___   Whole grains, only (if you use grains) – make sure to use NO enriched flours or products with enriched flour (read the labels). Apart from less and less-complete nutrition, these products contain a synthetic B1 vitamin known as thiamin mononitrate — all nitrates are to be seriously avoided (lunch meats, sausage, salami and hot dogs are another man-made nitrate source), unless they occur in whole foods (where there are natural counter-balancers). 

Organic quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) and its cousins, organic buckwheat and organic amaranth are really fruits, but they are used like grains. All of these are complete vegetarian protein sources and do not harm your thyroid, as plain soy foods do.

Whole grain, organic brown rice is the least allergenic of all the grains, and a moderate, starch-based diet from this keeps Asians slim. Studies show this type of small amount of brown rice + lots of organic vegetables (especially organic dark, leafy greens), few fruits, little to no dairy and naturally-raised animal protein or organic beans is the way to go for good blood sugars and good weight control.

___   Only organic beans (you’ll probably have to buy them in bulk at the natural foods store, but they do exist). Do not use soy often or at all. Only use  fermented soy products, and organic ones: tamari sauce, miso – and natto, if you can stand it. Tofu is disallowed, unless you find a fermented one (rare).

Also, I hesitate to mention using anything canned, for unless stated otherwise specifically, all modern cans are lined with Bisphenol A. The American government finally wants it removed from baby products, especially baby bottles and toys, but babies become toddlers very quickly! They are not protecting toddlers (or the rest of us) from the hazards of this plastic coating inside canned food tins!

I now use my crockpot to make organic beans (after soaking overnight, discarding the water). I then cool, package and freeze the cooked beans. This has worked well, and is a lot healthier than canned beans, while just as convenient. It’s mostly a hands-off process although it requires planning, once in a while (as I make a big batch, when I do this).

___   Herbs and Spices which support your biochemistry, especially if you are diabetic, can be very powerful healers or prevention sources. These include the 10 miracle-foods: turmeric, garlic, peppermint, parsley, rosemary, chili pepper, cinnamon, ginger, basil and lavender, several of which I will continue to talk about in this series.

___   Organic vegetables need to be 75% – 80% of each meal. These nutrition-filled starches contain small amounts of protein, too. These are the safest carbohydrates for everyone, including diabetics.

Hide them in smoothies, under the cheese in pizza or fashion quiches etc., where the veggies do taste good, if children rebel. Also keep at least 1/3 to 1/2 as raw veggies, (more in summer, less in winter). Raw vegetables have life-saving enzymes which are destroyed when cooked above 118F (which is less than boiling or steaming temperatures, which kill enzymes).

The vegetables to use with care and constraint are potatoes (other than sweet potatoes, which are excellent), corn (and make sure it is not genetically-modified – if you use organic corn, being GMO is not likely), peas (black-eye peas are fine), parsnips.

___   Be aware, as well, about the high fructose foods (vegetables and fruits) cautioned in my previous article as well as ones from the fructose chart both of which will help you choose your limited palette of daily fruits.

___ Healthy fats are essential. Even with high glycemic vegetables like potatoes et al and fruits, good, healthy fats (monsaturated and saturated) like organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, in the same meal will reduce these vegetbles’ and fruits’ glycemic impact.

___   Now, let’s tackle protein foods!

Animal protein should be primarily wild-caught, cold-water fish (like herring, halibut, cod, mackerel, sardines and anchovies) from pristine areas whose fisheries are not causing species depeletion. Monterrey Bay Aquarium has a list of preferred species on their Seafood Watch section of the site.

Next is free-range, organically-vegetarian fed sources for chicken eggs, organic duck eggs, quail eggs (Asian markets).

Bison and totally-grass-fed, organically-pastured  beef, lamb and goat, are next. If your natural foods market doesn”t carry this, check the web for nearby farmers who care for their animals this way or learn more at the long-time site Eat Wild. More and more are doing so. Stay away from the products from “factory farms”. They do not produce Good Food.

Organic nuts and seeds are great food, but we have a problem. Due to a misguided California law, California (which produces most of America’s almond crop) IRRADIATES its almonds. So, even if you buy “raw, organic almonds” from California, they will have been radically altered from their natural state. Buy heritage almonds from Spain etc., online. Natural farmers in California are presently petitioning to be excluded from the radiation requirement, but who knows if that will happen.

Nuts and seeds are useful vegetarian protein foods. Almonds are the most nutritious nut. Walnuts are a vegetarian source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, too, for brain and heart health, but they come with some arachiodonic acid, which can cause inflammation, so use them moderately. I have included organic hemp seed much more into my family’s diet (and rarely use flax seed, as there are issues with it, too, within your body).  Organic chia seed is becoming more available (thanks, Nutiva!), and I like it very much in dressings, smoothies, with morning cereals etc.,  I am thinking of adding it to more beverages in the future.

You may wonder why I am not including dairy.

There are many reasons:

___   at least half of humanity is really under-siege from using inapppropriate-for-them dairy proteins. “Lactose intolerance” is part of that issue.

___   cow milk proteins are huge, and difficult to digest. They tax our body unecessarily. Goat milk proteins are more like human-size milk proteins, but unless the forage plants are monitored closely, to make a sweeter-tasting milk, goats can produce some pretty raucous milk.

Soft goat cheese (from organically raised goats), called chevre, is probably the best cheese. All cheeses are pH acidic, but the soft “unripened” cheeses are better than hard cheese.

___   American milk is not being sold globally, as most countries won’t accept it! Why? Because, Monsanto, the megalith chemical company, has foisted rBGH – a recombinant BovineGrowthHormone Frankenstinian addition to American milk-cows and their resultant products. This growth hormone passes through to us and stimulates our hormones, erratically, too, as well as exposing us to more anti-biotics from farmers trying to treat the cow’s mastitis (caused by super-stimulation by rBGH).

Unless American milk products specifically say “no rBGH”, don’t buy them. Even organic milk is not OK, unless it also has that label.

___   Even some American Organic milk is being Ultra-pasteurized. That process happens around 400F rather than the lower (but still protein-denaturing temp) required in normal pasteurization.

The ultra-pasteurization is to extend shelf-life at the expense of Health. By carefully reading labels in the health food store, you can still find just pasteurized milk (and Trader Joe’s carries some, as well as good health stores). But, milk in its natural form is the only way your body “recognizes” it and can wholly use it – again, goat being best. 

I don’t recommend raw milk, but if the dairy is one you can visit and trust, that’s your call. Alta-Dena dairy is the oldest, inspected raw-milk dairy in America which I know about, and it’s products are available in good health stores.

For calcium, instead of dairy, I make sure I eat the bones in my sardines and the smaller ones in cans of salmon (when used, mash them well); I eat lots of organic dark green leafy vegetables  (but the calcium is a less-available form from them), I eat some carefully chosen cheese, organic goat milk and goat milk kefir and yoghurt once in a while; sometimes I use a calcium supplement, but mostlyI try to use magnesium, potassium and other alkaline minerals, waters and foods to help preserve an alkaline pH which means my body doesn’t “deplete” as much calcium in the first place. Seaweed and whole Celtic sea salt also provide a little.

Well this is the first part on the update for foods to be considering in 2011.

The Environmental Working Group (EVG) has a list of the 15 “dirtiest”, most-sprayed foods in America so you can wisely spend your hard-earned food dollar on these foods, first. I’ll speak about them in my next article.

Best to all — Em

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

For all of us, I’m always looking for farms, producers and vendors that still make real, healthy food and I’m always looking for easy ways for you to have better, healthier food on a budget. So, this post has information that will really help you!

For those of you who still use dairy, then check out Straus Family Creamery and especially pay attention to the temperatures and longer, gentler process used for pasteurization than is currently being used by other dairies, including organic dairies. Also note Straus’ use of glass bottles and ecologically responsible energy recycling of their cow’s methane production.

Now, on a different topic — as I’ve stated before, veggies have plenty of protein in a form that is surrounded by minerals, vitamins and alkaline pH and enzymes we desperately need. The largest animals on earth are all vegetarians. Great success has happened for diabetics when they increase the amount of high caliber, low-glycemic index, raw, plant foods. Learn how to do that by using my suggestions below, regardless of season, and by eating less animal-based protein, you will help detoxify yourself, aid the Earth and use the greens’ B vitamins as potent stress relievers.

Mesclun is a traditional mix of salad greens, available from the wild or the garden, and now different kinds of leaf and loose-headed lettuce, mustards, cresses, purslane and parsleys are often included. Originating in Provence, France, the traditional recipe requires chervil, arugula, lettuce and endive in precise proportions.

In the 1970’s, an American, Joy Larkom, visited Italy and was intrigued by the magnificent salad mixes called Misticanza as well as by the French mesclun mixes. She came home and started to mix her own, and “Saladini” was born.

The purpose was to make a nutritious salad that includes every taste and texture sensation: bitter, sweet, tangy, crunchy and silky. Mesclun’s and Misticanza’s beautiful colors and forms are a treat for the eye as well as the tongue, with its mix of textures, but the main reason I am suggesting it is to get more power-house raw food into YOU!

And to grow your own salad mixes (so not to pay outrageous prices for mesclun salad mixes), then check out  Territorial Seed Company Summer Saladini Mix. and Territorial Seed Company’s Winter Mesclun Mix. They have many more options and flavor levels; check out their site well.

You’ll find other mesclun and salad mix choices and seeds to use for sprouts at Thompson & Morgan and Cooks Garden; see links in Reference section, below.

Mesclun and other salad-greens mixes have far more nutritive value than just plain lettuces, even power-packed romaine. Safeway and Costco offer large tubs of organic mesclun “Spring Mix” for less money, but many people do not have access to these stores. So growing your own is a good solution, as it is easy!

I have a carton of Saladini that I just unpacked, years after our last move. I am going to see if any of the veggie seeds are still viable. I should know in about 30 days. It can’t hurt to try, as seeds are often viable for many years (even beyond the stated date). This mix was made by White Swan, 8030 S.W. Nimbus,  Beaverton, OR 97008.  Phone: 1-800-233-7926. They are known for their easy-sow mats of wildflower mixes, too.

All saladini mixes have their own combinations. White Swan’s Saladini mix’s label says it included: scallion, chervil, sweet basil, arugula, mâche, Chinese celery, lettuce (2 kinds), radicchio (3 kinds), mustard greens (2 kinds), mizuna greens and cress.

The baby plants are meant to grow close together and be harvested gently, with scissors, at 3″ – 4″ high and leaving at least 1″ of the plant above the soil. If these instructions are followed, then the plants can regenerate and provide you with additional harvests.

They can be grown indoors or out, and in containers or garden beds.

The plants are a combination of flavors: spicy, sharp and naturally-sweet predominate. There are seasonal blends, as you saw in Territorial’s offerings, above.

If you order from Territorial, be sure to also get New Zealand spinach, which is of a different botanical family than most veggies, is very nutritious, mild-flavored and it stands summer heat (unlike many greens). Unfortunately, NZ spinach has disappeared from most American markets in the past decades (that’s a real loss). Now, you can grow your own! See Territorial Seed’s New Zealand spinach.

Cook’s Garden seeds
Thompson & Morgan Microgreens
Thompson & Morgan’s seeds for fresh sprouts
How to cultivate the seeds.
Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD – Raw For 30 Days program to combat and cure Diabetes

Have fun! Enjoy this new road to Health. If you want to read more of my archive, use the Titles tab on the upper navigation bar to reach the Archive.

Best to all — Em

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

Diabetics and obese people need this life-giving information, as do those who want to lose the post-pregnancy bulge or remain at normal weight! I am continuing this series, for friendly intestinal flora (probiotics) are crucial for health and life itself.

Be sure to read the first articles at:
Probiotics for Diabetics and Pregnant Moms – Intro
Diabetics Need Probiotics – Part 1

Serious issues for all diabetics are nutrition, immunity and energy.

Diabetics’ cells are actually being starved — of nutrition (even though they may eat well) and consequently,  starved for energy production. Probiotic bacteria in kefir* actually help produce nutrients; help your body absorb nutrients; help reduce stress on the immune system and provide tools for immunity.

South African, Ingrid van Heerden, D.Sc. is aware of her country’s great need for strong immunity, as they fight rampant AIDS, as well as winter influenza strains like Swine Flu.  She recommends supplementing with friendly bacteria as “probiotic containing foods like kefir are important for maintaining a strong natural defense system because they stimulate the production of immunoglobulin in the intestines, which improves the body’s immune response”.

Facts to know:

___ Your intestinal tract is colonized with more than 100 000 billion  micro-organisms.  So, there are approximately 10 times the number of micro-organisms in your body than there are your own body cells!

___ You have about 300 – 500 different strains of intestinal flora; only about 50% of the species are known to mankind.

___ Kefir generally incorporates more known friendly bacterial strains than yoghurt does. It’s milk-based source will be an easier transition in daily diet use than many other healthy probiotic foods. Kefir is  especially good as an option for children and the elderly, as it it more digestible than other milk-based products (even better than yoghurt) due to lower curd surface tension.

___   As fewer babies are being breast-fed, and as fewer people continue to get friendly flora from raw, washed vegetables and fruits as well as kefir and yoghurt, more intestinal problems and body-wide health problems are arising, at all ages.

___ Mothers given kefir from the first tri-mester onward were able to lose more post-delivery weight than Moms who were not given kefir, a Finnish study showed.

___   Kefir helps weight loss.

___  Lack of exposure to these friendly micro-organisms is a likely cause of rising incidence of allergies and asthma.

___   Receiving probiotics via mother’s milk is one of the best ways to get your life-time resident population, says Bengt Björkstén, Professor of Allergy Prevention and Paediatrics, Centre for Allergy Research, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.  Encourage your new Moms to breast feed!

___   Your friendly bacteria need the foods inulin and oligofructose available from the soluble and insoluble fiber in vegetables to feed them and help them stay healthy!  Foods which provide excellent sources are:  chicory endive, artichokes, asparagus, salsify, leeks, onions and garlic.  But, all vegetables help, to varying degrees, as these are important fiber components are available in 36,000 varieties of plants.

___   Additional sources: honey (only careful use by diabetics), rye, banana, maple sugar (again, careful use by diabetics), oats and oat bran.

___   Just the  inulin and olifofructose fibers are fermented by specific, friendly bacteria in your colon, to make a positive change for you and them! They stay healthy and increase their colony size, which is important as they are your immune systems first battle-line troops. And, they make important B vitamins for you, to help you with nerve health and to combat stress, and the friendlies help you absorb calcium better. They also help to keep your intestines at the correct pH levels.

___   When the balance of microbiota is disturbed, the person involved can become susceptible to disease. You have to have the friendly bacteria in sufficient numbers to fight off the harmful, even life-threatening, bacteria.  Several factors, like stress, altitude changes, erratic eating patterns, improper foods, lack of proper foods, parasitic organisms, food additives, chlorinated water, diarrhoea, and use of antibiotics, could contribute to such a disruption.

___   Several studies have shown that we need 1 – 10 billion bacterial cells of a specific strain for a probiotic to be effective.  First colonization begins from the birth canal, but with increasing incidence of caesarian births, this process may not happen well or at all.

Next chance for proper inoculation is through breast milk, but we have to increase the numbers of Moms who are breast-feeding!

After that, discuss using kefir with your pediatrician, when your baby is allowed new foods, and from then on, have you and your baby taking probiotics daily, and have the rest of your family using them too!

The colonization process speeds up noticeably once solid foods are given.

Probiotics are critical if your baby (or adults) are prone to diarrhea.

___   If you are using a cow-milk based formula to feed your baby, research has shown that “ongoing treatment with probiotics can help to break down the milk sugar, improving the baby’s lactose tolerance. The colonies of good bacteria will re-establish and provide the natural digestive assistance needed.”

And, as pasteurized cow-milk is implicated in the destruction of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas in Type 1 diabetes, this is something to discuss with your pediatrician! Newborns have been shown to safely tolerate treatments with probiotics, so talk this over with knowledgeable medical professionals.

___   Research shows that our modern lifestyle and fast-food diets are not conducive to healthy intestinal flora colonies. Period!

So, I encourage you to start incorporating more probiotic foods into your diet.

* Probiotic food choices are:


active, live culture yoghurt (read the labels!)

slow-made, naturally fermented sauerkraut or pickles — home-made or Bubbe’s brand




kim chee

probiotic supplements — acidopholous and bifido bacteria strains, minimum

Be proactive. Only you can turn your health around.

Best to all — Em

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As we continue our series on budget diabetic pantries, I am explaining the choices in the refrigerator section of my own pantry. As this recession deepens, many of us are losing jobs and health insurance, and the only defense we have left is to understand what Health is and how to get it and keep it! Food is the essential driver of all of this, along with stress reduction, if I had to choose two items to incorporate in your plan. If I’m given a third option, I’ll include exercise! But, now, back to food, the most essential component, I believe, and that’s why ALL my discretionary income is spent on health food, in these tough times.

As you will see a fair number of foods in my last post and this one, I will also mention that these are spread between 2 refrigerators! One is in the kitchen, the other in the garage, as is the case for many Americans. Europeans do things differently — mostly having smaller appliances and shopping even daily.

So, here’s what’s in my refrigerator pantry, without all the fresh foods, which I gave you last week. Most of these items have been chosen for Health, primarily, but the few acidic pH food items are in there for flavor! I figure that I tailor meals to emphasize alkaline pH as much as I can, and I do use small amounts of acid pH foods, like vinegar-based mustards, ketchup, pickled foods etc., infrequently, but as needed. Everything is in glass bottles, rather than plastic or cans, wherever possible. Canned items are in black. Foods to use sparingly are inpink. The food in crimson, should be small portions, infrequently, as it is pH acidic.


no-nitrite, 97% fat-free turkey “bacon” –  Wellshire Farms

wild-caught anchovy (paste) – Crown Prince

gefilte fish – Manischewitz

herring – canned, unless infrequent use of pickled herring (which is in glass)

sardines – canned

tuna – use only 2x month; oil pack is better for Omega-3s

wild-caught chinook / pink salmon – boneless (Trader Joe’s )* Trader Joe’s  Personally, I like the pink salmon better, and it is less money and more nutrition.

salmon pate

salmon eggs (caviar)

salmon lox – smoked salmon, no nitrites – Trader Joe’s. Once in a while. Had some last week, not at the moment.

mackerel – Chicken of the Sea brand

organic hemp proteinNutiva Hemp Protein

organic hempseedNutiva Organic Hemp Seeds, Hulled

almond butter – (Trader Joe’s )(organic no longer available at my stores

raw, organic pumpkin seeds – Trader Joe’s

raw, organic sesame seeds (black and white)

organic tahini (sesame seed paste) – Woodstock Farms

sprouted, live flax seedsGo Raw, live foods

raw, organic, Valencia almonds – from Spain – Trader Joe’s

Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Protein ConcentrateBragg’s Aminos

organic egg whites – carton

Omega-3, vegetarian feed, free-range eggs

Vache Qui Rire soft, spreadable cheese

organic colby, cheddar and / or provolone cheese

1 qt part-skim ricotta cheese

6-cheese shredded mix for pizza

goat milk kefirgoatmilk kefir from Redwood Hill

periodically, other cow milk kefirs from Helios* and Lifeway:
Helios kefir, with F.O.S. and also Lifeway regular kefir

organic butter, no salt – this is dairy, but is only a fat source, no protein

organic half and half cream – same as for butter


HiOSilver water*- O2Cool Oxygen Water(now called O2Cool Oxygen Water – at Whole Foods

Evamor alkaline water* – Evamor healing alkaline water

Ice Age water – trial product for me

coconut water* – only one I’ve found in larger packages: Vita Coco – natural electrolytes! This is in an aseptic, quart size carton.

Minute Maid natural, unsweetened lemon juice in small yellow bottle / inside a cardboard box, in the freezer case. It’s often made into my agave lemonade (see recipe in archive) or to use in cooking

ponzu – Japanese lemon juice product. I periodically have this.

POM pomegranate juice* (2 fl. oz. serving per person per day) POM pomegranate juice Pomegranate juice studies have been the main food source which effectively reverses clogged arteries in the amounts just mentioned, daily.

Black Cherry concentrate* – R.W. Knudsen Knudsen – help for fibromyalgia and arthritis and gout

elderberry juice concentrate* – help with heart, and also to help reverse some of the effects of stress. See more in the Reference section.

infrequently – goji berry juice; acai juice – these are highly nutritive, anti-oxidant fruits.

Borscht – cold beet soup – Manischewitz – periodically

Schav – sorrel soup – Manischewitz – for detox; especially useful in spring. It is sour!

organic tomato juice* – Knudsen organic tomato juice – high in lycopene


organic ketchupWild Harvest Organic Use sparingly, as usually a high pH food.

salsa – try to get a product with little or no vinegar (as they always use commercial vinegars, like white distilled vinegar), which is incredible acidic pH and not the RIGHT-kind of apple cider vinegar, which leaves alkaline mineral ash (only Bragg’s or Spectrum Natural with the Mother enzymes).

organic soybean miso* – when made with sea salt, in the traditional way, this is a very pH alkaline food.

roasted red pepper tapenade – Trader Joe’s, likely pH acid, at least a little, depending on the type and amount of vinegar. Lemon juice and alkaline spices and vegetables can offset some of the acidic pH.

artichoke pesto – Trader Joe’s – same as tapenade

ajvar – roasted vegetable paté – Passport brand – Passport’s Ajvar Spread same as tapenade

artichoke hearts in water

artichoke hearts or crowns – marinated (prefer no cottonseed oil)

Asian plum sauce (no colorings)

Asian hoisin sauce

Asian sweet chili sauce

Thai fish sauce (nam pla)

English mint sauce – Crosse and Blackwell – same as tapenade

“prepared” grated horseradish sauce – Beaver brand

pickled cocktail onions – Crosse and Blackwell – same pH note as tapenade

Bubbie’s fermented dill picklesBubbie’s These are still likely acidic pH, but the enzymes they provide are valuable.

Bubbie’s fermented sauerkraut – these have lots of natural enzymes available to you Bubbie’s product page Same as for dill pickles, above.

Greek olives – try to get those in brine or oil

Other miscellaneous olives – Olive Pit, Corning, California try to get brined.

mustard – a pH acidic food.


organic, California estate bottles, extra-virgin olive oil – only for raw use – Trader Joe’s

organic sesame oil

organic hemp oil – never for cooking – Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil

organic flax oil – never for cooking – Barlean’s Flax Oil without Lignans

organic virgin olive oil – for cooking

macadamia oil (able to use with higher heat)*

avocado oil – another higher temperature qualifying oil.

Smart Balance – Omega-3 mayonnaise – mayonnaise tends to be an acidic pH food.

selected fresh salad dressings


soy lecithinNOW Foods Read how lecithin can help you.

chlorophyll liquid or capsules – Nature’s Way Nature’s chlorophyll as a natural, internal deodorant, but more importantly, as a natural source of magnesium and easy-transference to make hemoglobin for healthy blood.

Carlson’s cod liver fish oil – lemon flavor
Norwegian moleculary-distilled cod-liver oil liquid oil or probiotic capsules. I do not recommend using daily, but use maybe once a week.


St. Dalfours French conservesSt. Dalfour homepage and St. Dalfour’s French options for American consumers These are very flavorable, and only a teaspoon can transform a sandwich. Their flavors are sophisticated. For families, use Smuckers, fruit-only jams, sparingly.

organic applesauceWoodstock Farms Organics This is rarely used by me, but several family members opt for it on blintzes, latkes etc. All cooked fruits become pH acidic.

Cheri’s Prickly Pear Cactus JellyCheri’s low-glycemic, natural sweeteners from desert plants This is a great choice for diabetics everywhere. Get fresh prickley pear cactus in the summer in the best markets, and make your own!

Cheri’s Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup – same as above

organic maple syrup – try to get Grade B (more minerals). It is essential to use organic maple, as the trees in other orchards are one of the most pesticide-sprayed food products.


orange water // rose water – find in Bar section; adds great flavor; helps reduce need for sweeteners

small bottle sparkling apple cider – the carbon dioxide acidifies the liquid.

small bottle good red wine – not cooking wine, but use for cooking. As with all alcohol, this is a pH acidic food.

saké – a high-energy boost; adds needed elements to Kreb’s cycle, if depleted. Use moderately if at all. Use only occasionally. Remember, all alcohols are highly pH acidic!


spelt tortillas – these are less flexible than wheat, better than corn and more nutritious and less allergy provoking than both of the others. They taste good. Trader Joe’s has them, as well as health stores. They are still pH acidic, as are most grains and flours.

organic coconut flakes – a good alkaline pH food. Wrap tightly!

organic coconut flour – a useful substitute of an alkaline food for acidic wheat; use when you can, for at least part of the recipe’s flour (same for quinoa and amaranth). Wrap tightly!

any organic (or non-organic) flours – wrap tightly!

Rapid-Rise yeast – Fleischmann’s

Later, I’ll mull over items that happen not to be in my refrigerator at the moment, and if I have time, will post them in a Miscellaneous category, here.

salmon lox – no nitrites. Available at Trader Joe’s.

kamaboko – steamed Japanese fish cake – made from pollack, like surimi (fake crab) is. I try to get the type without coloring (sometimes it is wrapped in brown paper, over plastic). Each time it is on a little cedar board. Find it in a good Japanese grocery store.

organic tofu – periodically. Not as often as we used to, as it is a fractional food, unless you eat it with the soybean hulls in a product called “okara” — ask your Japanese grocery store for a source. We also do not not use soy milk or other fractionalized soy products like soy hot dogs, etc., for the same reason. Soy needs to be whole, to get the full benefit. Just use the beans — as edamame or canned or cooked from scratch by you. Health food stores used to carry a frozen product called okara patties, which were excellent. I haven’t looked for them for quite a while.


Macadamia Nut Oil – overview

 Source for olive and avocado oils

 Research on elderberries for heart and stress and positive blood-sugar reaction

from that report: …”While in healthy runners blood glucose did not significantly decrease after exercise, in NIDDMs (Non Insulin Dependent Diabetics) chronic application of elderberry concentrate for several weeks as an adjuvans of oral antidiabetic drugs decreased blood glucose values significantly more than in a group without elderberry treatment.”

Best to all — Em

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