Aromatherapy…The Why

Aromatherapy has a claim to fame that runs a wide gamut of “cures what ails you,…medical, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes…     Essential oils are actually regulated as prescription drugs that can only be administered or prescribed by a doctor in France and certain parts of Western Europe…where aromatherapy and essential oils are appreciatedContinue reading “Aromatherapy…The Why”

Chamomile…The Why

Peter Rabbit’s mother must have been a very smart woman…(or rabbit)…She had enough knowledge to grab chamomile tea whenever the mischievous Peter Rabbit came home after narrowly escaping from Mr. McGregor’s garden…even though she had quite a stash of different types of tea available.  She knew about its health because she loved to read and hadContinue reading “Chamomile…The Why”

Raspberries…The What

Now let’s move on to raspberries, a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family of plants— which also inclues apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, loquats, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, and almonds. Raspberries are the third most popular berry here in the United States…right after strawberries and blueberries. There are over 200 species of raspberries, but these typically belongContinue reading “Raspberries…The What”

Grapes…The Why

Like all other fruits, grapes contain several beneficial nutrients—such as fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. For example, one cup of grapes provides more than a fourth of the RDI for vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin vital for blood clotting and healthy bones…as well as vitamin C, necessary for bone and connective tissue health. Another nutrientContinue reading “Grapes…The Why”

Dark Chocolate…The Why

Dark chocolate, especially any 70% dark chocolate or higher, contains many nutrients—such as antioxidants, fiber, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, and magnesium that may help lower your risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation and insulin resistance, and improve brain function, alleviate stress, and lower your risk of diabetes. *************** Antioxidants   Dark chocolate contains numerous antioxidants…in fact darkContinue reading “Dark Chocolate…The Why”

Making the Best Smoothies for Antioxidants…Alfalfa Sprout Smoothies

I’m definitely not a doctor…hated science in high school…barely passed physics and chemistry in college…I’m more of a pianist…writer(?!)…creative type…But I have learned that certain foods are good for certain whatever-might-ails-you’s.As far as Antioxidants go, studies have shown that the following foods contain the most antioxidants…and as result possibly better help to defend your cellsContinue reading “Making the Best Smoothies for Antioxidants…Alfalfa Sprout Smoothies”

18 Reasons to Start Drinking

Production Foods     So now that we’ve gotten off the detour of using organic body and skincare products, let’s once more begin our journey up the Chutes and Ladders or Candy Land–type game called the Raw Foods Pyramid…first by looking at the bottom tier of the pyramid—water.       *************** WHY Water isContinue reading “18 Reasons to Start Drinking”

Baking with Applesauce

Being the wife of a type 2 diabetic makes you reconsider the old ways that you have learned to cook, not only in WHAT you cook, but also in HOW you cook. You become more aware of the amount of saturated fats, sugar, and calories contained in your baked goods. For example, check out theseContinue reading “Baking with Applesauce”

Honey—The Why?!

Now for the most important question about monofloral honey—or at least to me and my family at this time as we rethink our diet and learn more about nutrition… Do we add/keep monofloral honey on our Grocery IQ app or not?! Just like I did in previous posts on why we should all be eatingContinue reading “Honey—The Why?!”

Fiber—The Why?!

Okay, now that we know what fiber is, why do we need fiber in the first place?   Fiber, especially soluble fiber, is important for many reasons, including…   1. Acne…Fiber—especially psyllium husk, a type of plant seed, can flush toxins out of your body, improving the health and appearance of your skin.   2.  Diabetes. A dietContinue reading “Fiber—The Why?!”