Don’t Let Your Diet Make You a Statistic

There is a lot of information emerging today about our food being our medicine. Unfortunately, it is much more of a challenge these days to maintain a healthy diet. We are so far removed from our thinking in the land, the rain and sun being our source of nutrition and survival. When was the last time you thought of a rainy day as a cause to smile or to be thankful verses it ruining your plans or outing?

The Scriptures state the following:

Deu 11:13 ‘And it shall be that if you diligently obey My commands which I command you today, to love יהוה your Elohim and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your being,
Deu 11:14 then I shall give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, and you shall gather in your grain, and your new wine, and your oil.
Deu 11:15 ‘And I shall give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be satisfied.

This is in reference to the Land of Israel and it’s people. As one that lives in the Land of Israel, it is such a joy to see the early and latter rains because it is a direct connection to our livelihood. Our diets were never to be chemicals that we can’t pronounce, GMOs and toxins that may taste good but do not nourish the body. As a matter of fact, we ingest substances that bring on disease such as diabetes just to name one.

Of the many chronic diseases caused by poor diet, Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest-growing diseases. It is so very preventable. Let’s take a look at it’s prevalence:

  • Currently about 415 million or more people suffer from Diabetes worldwide.
  • It’s been estimated that 700 million adults worldwide by 2045 will have Diabetes. (International Diabetes Federation [IDF], 2020)
  • China has the highest number of Diabetes accounts worldwide (116 million people), followed by India (77 million people) and then the United States (31 million people. (IDF Diabetes Atlas, 2019)

Although we have advanced in medical technology, the rate of diabetes and obesity continues to climb. We are seeing the effects of a poor diet in children and the age is getting younger and younger. So what simple things can we do, even starting today to help ourselves and our families to not be a statistic. This is not new information for most of you what I am posting but it will be a matter of just GETTING STARTED and not continuing to procrastinate and put it off until tomorrow. Take a look at this video on alternatives to sugar. Start today with joining those like myself that will never purchase sugar again.

Some research is emerging that has started to push for the classification of sugar as a drug. For those that overindulge, it may even meet the criteria for substance abuse and it is surely addictive.

Honey as a sugar alternative is quite controversial I’m finding, however, I use it the most in my household. I have learned to use fruits when baking as natural sweeteners, however, it is still hard to resist grabbing the brown sugar (that just has a touch of molasses and just a step up from regular sugar). Although the body breaks down honey slower than sugar and may not cause the insulin spike, it can be hard on the liver due to the amount of fructose. The calorie content of raw (unrefined) honey is a lot less and you need less of it to sweeten because it is so sweet. In moderation, we still receive the benefits of raw honey, such:

Honey is rich in antioxidants, may help decrease blood pressure, lowers triglycerides, promotes burn and wound healing and helps to suppress coughs. Although it contains the following nutrients and vitamins, you may have to consume a lot to gain huge benefits (ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin and riboflavin; along with minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc), however, it’s better compared to the nutrients found in sugar…..which is nothing!

In summary, the first thing is to decide to get sugar out of your home and not to ever buy it again. Purchase a healthy, natural alternative, experiment with fruit to sweeten your snacks, desserts and cereals or things that you would normally want a bit of sweetness like tea. Take charge by making your food and drinks yourself from natural sweeteners. Find the one that suits you and your lifestyle best!

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Oh Honey, How Sweet!

 

Since first posting this article about honey, I have used it a lot more to get through the Winter.  It has been amazing for colds, flu and allergy symptoms for my family as well as a sweetener to cut our use of refined sugar!  Hope you will incorporate it into your diet on a regular basis in order to be more healthy.

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Honey is such an amazing food.  It has some very unexpected health benefits and because it tastes so good, we don’t mind using it.  Here are just a few things that you can benefit from by using honey:

Think about it as a natural way to give yourself a boost of ENERGY.

We all have experienced that run down feeling at some point in time if we are over doing it and have not gotten enough rest.  Honey is a wonderful source of carbs and an important component of our energy source for our bodies.  If you take honey, it will give you an immediate boost in your ability to get the task at hand done and hold on until you can get something that is even more sustaining into your body.  It decreases muscle fatigue for athletes and because of its natural sugars, you can use it as you exercise.

Here is how it works….two important properties of honey are that it contains glucose, which breaks down very quickly to give us immediate energy, and fructose, which breaks down over a slower period of time to help us to sustain the energy.  Honey is also known to stabilize blood sugar more as compared to other things we use to sweeten our food.

  • Take it in the morning as an energy booster in your tea or as a cleaning tonic on an empty stomach with the juice of half a lemon, a bit of warm water and a teaspoon of honey (see recipe below).

It not only works to cleanse your body as it works as an antimicrobial and antifungal, it also helps to boost your immune system, hopefully preventing illnesses.  It has very powerful antioxidant properties that give want to be diseases a PUNCH!!!

  • Honey has been said to help fight cancer.  See below references for more on this.
  • One of my favorite uses:  a natural cure for treating wounds due to its antiseptic properties.  Next time you or your little ones have an OWIE, try a bit of honey on it.  It also is known to work to help heal minor burns.  There is a brand that has been shown to be good for this in the link below called UMF Manuka.
  • If you have a sore throat or cough, try a drink of honey with warm water and lemon as mentioned above.
  • Got insomnia, try honey and warm milk before turning in.  This is an old remedy that has been proven to work by many grandmothers.  You can even use the honey in tea such as chamomile.  My favorite is green tea and honey.  It seems to have such a soothing effect.
  • Honey and vinegar have been reported by many to decrease their pain from arthritis and work as a home detox.
  • Honey and lemon are said to be good for weight loss

Overall, you can’t beat a food that has so many HUGE benefits and tastes so SWEET!

So next time you are low on energy, instead of reaching for that candy bar or granola bar, give honey a try.

Check out this recipe below:

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Mix one tsp of raw honey with the juice of about 2 tsp of lime or lemon in a glass of warm water.  Make sure not to use boiling water and definitely not tap water.  Try to use distilled or at least a good quality bottled water such as FUJI.  The pH of Fuji bottled water is reported to have a pH slightly above 8 which is healthier for us.  Use this drink in the mornings before eating anything. It is effective in detoxing the body and as a digestive aid after a particularly oily meal.  This along with exercise and a healthy diet will hopefully help you to shed the pounds naturally and make it a part of your lifestyle change.

References:

http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-and-lemon.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264667.php#the_possible_health_benefits_of_honey

http://www.medicaldaily.com/liquid-gold-7-health-benefits-honey-could-heal-your-whole-body-325932

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Oh Honey, How Sweet!

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Honey is such an amazing food.  It has some very unexpected health benefits and because it tastes so good, we don’t mind using it.  Here are just a few things that you can benefit from by using honey:

Think about it as a natural way to give yourself a boost of ENERGY.

We all have experienced that run down feeling at some point in time if we are over doing it and have not gotten enough rest.  Honey is a wonderful source of carbs and an important component of our energy source for our bodies.  If you take honey, it will give you an immediate boost in your ability to get the task at hand done and hold on until you can get something that is even more sustaining into your body.  It decreases muscle fatigue for athletes and because of its natural sugars, you can use it as you exercise.

Here is how it works….two important properties of honey are that it contains glucose, which breaks down very quickly to give us immediate energy, and fructose, which breaks down over a slower period of time to help us to sustain the energy.  Honey is also known to stabilize blood sugar more as compared to other things we use to sweeten our food.

  • Take it in the morning as an energy booster in your tea or as a cleaning tonic on an empty stomach with the juice of half a lemon, a bit of warm water and a teaspoon of honey (see recipe below).

It not only works to cleanse your body as it works as an antimicrobial and antifungal, it also helps to boost your immune system, hopefully preventing illnesses.  It has very powerful antioxidant properties that give want to be diseases a PUNCH!!!

  • Honey has been said to help fight cancer.  See below references for more on this.
  • One of my favorite uses:  a natural cure for treating wounds due to its antiseptic properties.  Next time you or your little ones have an OWIE, try a bit of honey on it.  It also is known to work to help heal minor burns.  There is a brand that has been shown to be good for this in the link below called UMF Manuka.
  • If you have a sore throat or cough, try a drink of honey with warm water and lemon as mentioned above.
  • Got insomnia, try honey and warm milk before turning in.  This is an old remedy that has been proven to work by many grandmothers.  You can even use the honey in tea such as chamomile.  My favorite is green tea and honey.  It seems to have such a soothing effect.
  • Honey and vinegar have been reported by many to decrease their pain from arthritis and work as a home detox.
  • Honey and lemon are said to be good for weight loss

Overall, you can’t beat a food that has so many HUGE benefits and tastes so SWEET!

So next time you are low on energy, instead of reaching for that candy bar or granola bar, give honey a try.

Check out this recipe below:

Honey and lemon

Mix one tsp of raw honey with the juice of about 2 tsp of lime or lemon in a glass of warm water.  Make sure not to use boiling water and definitely not tap water.  Try to use distilled or at least a good quality bottled water such as FUJI.  The pH of Fuji bottled water is reported to have a pH slightly above 8 which is healthier for us.  Use this drink in the mornings before eating anything. It is effective in detoxing the body and as a digestive aid after a particularly oily meal.  This along with exercise and a healthy diet will hopefully help you to shed the pounds naturally and make it a part of your lifestyle change.

References:

http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-and-lemon.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264667.php#the_possible_health_benefits_of_honey

http://www.medicaldaily.com/liquid-gold-7-health-benefits-honey-could-heal-your-whole-body-325932