Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Don't fall for the latest reports on the benefits of FISH OIL for brain health!  It's Omega 3 that we all need, not fish oil.  Best source of Omega 3 without side effects?  See what Dr. Esselstyn says below:

      Fish Oil - Should I take fish oil?
 Fish oil is not essential. Fish get their omega 3 from plants. It is difficult to be deficient in Omega 3  if eating 1-2 tablespoons of flax seed meal and green leafy vegetables at several meals. There is also research that suggests that those on plant based nutrition become highly efficient in their own manufacture of omega 3. Patients on fish oil are also at increased risk for bleeding.
     Flax Seed Oil/ Flax Seed Meal – What about flax seed oil?
Flax seed meal is well tolerated and supplies a bonus of omega 3 using 1 or 2 tablespoons on cereal daily. Avoid flax seed oil.

Introducing Ann Crile Esselstyn whose 150 delicious recipes are included in her husband's book PREVENT AND REVERSE HEART DISEASE

Dr. Esselstyn and Ann Crile Esselstyn have followed a plant-based diet for more than 20 years.  They work together to counsel patients at Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute, where I met them.

Introducing Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., Cleveland Clinic, author of PREVENT AND REVERSE HEART DISEASE

Drawing on his 20-year nutritional study--the most comprehensive study of its kind--Dr. Esselstyn has proven that plant-based, oil-free nutrition can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects.  Read his remarkable book and visit http://www.heartattackproof.com/ to learn more.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Today's delivery from Hattie's Garden

Greens, greens, greens and a little red...Russian and curly kale, Chard, Pak choi, , radishes, beets and crimini mushrooms.  We'll eat them raw or sauteed in water, vinegar, wine, veggie broth.  NO OIL (It damages the endothelial lining of our blood vessels and causes inflamation.).  We'll chop them in salads and make a bed of greens for beans.  We'll throw them in soups and stews, chilis and sauces, pizza and pasta.  We'll even have them for breakfast with fruit and uncooked oats! 

Why so many greens?  They're the most nutrient dense food there is, full of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. We power our day with greens.  You can, too!

Check out Hattie's Garden at  http://www.hattiesgarden.com/

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Genetically Modified Food

Are you concerned about the lack of labeling of
Genetically Engineered Foods?
Here are 8 things you can do…
2. Eat fresh! While some produce is genetically engineered, most GEs will be found in processed foods containing soy and corn. Eat more fresh vegetables and unprocessed foods. Your body will thank you and you will avoid genetically engineered foods.
3. Avoid the five products that are most likely to be genetically engineered (GE) - unless they state that they are not made with genetically engineered ingredients, have a verifiable claim such as Non-GMO Project Verified, or they are USDA certified organic: Corn, Soy, Canola, Cotton and Sugar made from beets (sugar from cane is NOT GMO).
§                                 corn ,soy,cotton,canola, sugar
corn: 88% of US corn planted is genetically engineered.
The vast majority of this is not sweet corn that you eat as corn-on-the-cob (although some of that is GE too), but corn grown for grain, animal feed, fuel, sweeteners, and cooking oil. This type of genetically altered corn is found in many processed foods in different forms, including high fructose corn syrup, corn oil, corn starch, and corn flour. Many of the popular cereals, crackers, frozen entrees, tortillas, pizza dough, salad dressing, and corn chips likely contain GE ingredients. Livestock is fed corn too so choose organic or grass fed meats and organic milk. Remember too that the synthetic growth hormone rbST or rBGH is a product of genetic engineering so look for organic milk or milk produced without rbST.
Source: USDA ERS