What you should avoid
Processed foods, "mechanically removed from the bone", high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors should all be
avoided. Why is yellow coloring put in chicken broth anyway? Why would one think chicken broth should be yellow instead of
tan or clear? More eye pleasing, to get people to consume more, buy more? That is the idea behind commercially produced
processed foods .
Do you eat to live or live to eat?
Our ancestors had a different philosophy on eating. They ate to live, today we live to eat. I don't think there are many people
today who have to be coaxed to eat for fear of starvation. It is quite the opposite in the USA where about 40% of people are
overweight. Is this from overeating? I don't think so, I think it is more what we eat as to how much we eat.
Take for instance (just as an example) one cup of green beans would have approximately 35 calories, 53 calories in a whole
head of lettuce, 7 calories in a cup of spinach. Not many people would eat more than a cup of green beans at one sitting, but
even 2 cups at 70 calories - I could eat 2 cups. Now the calories in one Cinnabon sweet roll........ nearly 800 with 36 grams of
fat and 59 grams of sugar, and I think just about anyone could eat one. Not likely you would split one Cinnabon 4 ways.
If you do the math you could consume (well, not really) 100 cups of spinach for less calories than one sweet roll. Studies have
shown that sugar is more addicting than cocaine, yet almost any processed product you pick up today will have high fructose
corn syrup or sugar as one of the ingredients, even canned spaghetti sauce.
The cost of eating nutritionally
Cost is always an issue when it comes to eating more nutritious, especially with the economy today. Manufactures do not make
the money on natural products like produce and fruits. Next time you go grocery shopping, keep in mind the most nutritional
foods, fresh produce, meats, and dairy, can be found in the outside isles of your grocers and try to limit going up and down
each isle in the middle of the store where the processed foods are generally found. And MOST importantly read the labels. If
you can't pronounce it you probably shouldn't be eating it.
Here is a challenge for you. Next trip to the grocery store take a look at the yogurt containers. See how many actually have
a yogurt culture and how many have added sugars. It is amazing how many you will find that are thickened with gelatin and
contain no live cultures at all. Yet they are called yogurt.
A simple project to start with towards healthier eating is homemade yogurt. Making your own yogurt is extremely simple, packed
with probiotics and very cost effective. We have a very good recipe here with pictures and instructions. It can be part of a meal
or add a little fruit or preserves and it becomes a nutritional dessert. Put it in the freezer for a short time and the kids will love it
as a frozen treat in place of high calorie, high fructose corn syrup ice creams. Use it as a low calorie substitute in place of sour
cream on potatoes or in recipes that call for cream cheese.
Does all this mean you can never have sweet treats? Absolutely not. It means to be selective, read the label or make your own.
Empower yourself with the knowledge to take control of your own health.
Why choose natural soaps?
In today’s world of putting so many unnatural products into our bodies, chemicals, artificial colors, processed foods, artificial
flavorings……….. why use artificial, potentially damaging products on the largest organ of our bodies, our skin! Many of the
things that come in contact with our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. Consider transdermal patches for instance, a patch
designed to administer a medication through the skin such as a nicotine patch or birth control.
The average adult has about 8 pounds or approximately 20 square feet of this exceptional organ. Yes, skin is an organ. Every
product we use on our skin has the potential to be absorbed into our bodies, including harmful toxins. Soap makers are not
required to list all the chemicals in or used in the making of their “soap” as most food products do. So some are not likely to even
know what is in the products they are using on their skin.
Thinking that everyone can make all the products they use for personal use and everything they consume is being
unreasonable. So even little changes in the way we live, shop and eat, can make a huge impact on our health as well as the
world we live in.
Some products that we put on our skin that are at the top of my "pure list" are:
- Products that are used on babies or children including baby powders and lotions
- Anything you put in your bath water
- Leave in conditioners, lotions, face creams, and body oils
- Shampoos and conditioners, although they are rinsed out they still come in contact with the rest of our skin
Liquid makeup and toothpaste are on my list as well but less readily available, however, both can be made.
Reading labels carefully can be an effective way to sort out which products are truly natural.
Researchers recommend watching out for, and avoiding, at least the following three ingredients in your cosmetics:
- Parabens, preservatives that have been linked to cancer
- Phthalates, chemicals used in fragrances that are harmful to your reproductive system
- Talc, which has been linked to ovarian cancer
We will be sharing recipes for CP soaps, liquid soaps, lotions, laundry soaps, dietary recipes and lots more! It is really much
easier than one might think to make homemade soaps and lotions. A lot of the ingredients most people have right in their own
kitchen and if not they are available at your local grocer or easily accessible online. If you are not a "do it your selfer" there are
lots of stores that offer natural and local made bath and body products, and most can be ordered online.
Hope everyone has a wonderful, prosperous and healthy life!
We have created this site to share some of our thoughts,
opinions, experience and countless hours of research with
our readers on natural healthy living. Please take a moment
to read our “About me” page to get a little insight on who we
are and how we first became "green" many years ago.
Making “Natural” Easy….and Fun!
I realize not everyone wants to or can make their own personal care products, soaps etc. But if it is possible to give it a try once, I
assure you it is rewarding, not always cost affective, but always rewarding to create something that will contribute to your own well
being. I think today many people depend on the honesty of manufactures to produce safe and effective products and the
government to approve these products. And that is not always the case due to poor trial studies, non published research or in
some cases our inability to understand the study outcome, as in the case of fluoride.
Do you really know what’s in your food?
It is amazing today how many people have no idea what is in the products they use on their bodies. Equally amazing is how many
have no idea what they are really putting into their bodies. If we stop to think about children reaching puberty under 10 years of
age, an epidemic of childhood cancers, the amount of mental illness that we are seeing today not to mention childhood diabetes
and obesity , among many other health issues, the first place we should look is what we are putting in our bodies.
“Generally recognized as safe for human consumption” or G.R.A.S. What exactly does that mean anyway? Would we drive
a car that is “generally recognized as safe”, or use a doctor that is labeled as “generally recognized as safe“? Probably
not. Why then do we continue to use “generally recognized as safe“ products on our bodies and eat food (or so called “food”,
because it is “artificially flavored” to taste like food) that is proven to be only “generally recognized as safe“.
(To read for yourself what G.R.A.S technically means per FDA visit their page here)
True story, I purchased a book of homemade gift ideas, can’t remember the name, something like “101 homemade gift ideas”.
The very first item that I looked at was a complete meal in a mason jar, “what a great idea!” I thought. Then I began to read the
ingredients I would need. First ingredient was noodles, not so bad. Next layer is a powdered artificial cheese product, followed by
powdered creamer, topped off with artificial powdered butter. Whaaaaaat??? Just add water and you have a complete meal in a jar.
Now who would eat that, what family member do you dislike enough
to give it to. Seriously, this book got great reviews. It was filled with
similar recipes as the one above and people raved about them. Is
there anyone who would seriously think that is a good meal? I think
there are, one reason we decided to do our blog. I am a firm
believer that knowledge is power. If it has artificial ingredients it is
not real food...... thus the term "artificial"
Now, how many grams of sugar? Yoplait® Original low fat yogurt
has 26 grams of sugar. Although there is no exact way to measure
the amount of sugar one should have in a day, according to the
American Heart Association total dietary sugar intake for a woman is
25 grams (about 6 teaspoons) and for a man it’s 37.5 grams.
You could consume more than that in one low fat yogurt. Amazing. I
know there are a lot of you who really do not want to know
that………but it is a fact. These figures could very depending on age size
and activity level.
Pearly Sue's Naturals