Say No to these 5 foods now


Good Fruit, bad Fruit, good veg and bad veg! (Image Source:

Good Fruit, bad Fruit, good veg and bad veg! (Image Source: It is acceptable to play favorites with your fruits and vegetables!

Orange Juice- The fiber has been reduced, so essentially you are left with sugar water. Now your body will store everything you eat as fat. Most concentrated fruit juices have as much sugar as sodas.

Processed Foods- Foods that contain Dextrose, High fructose Corn Syrup all put your body into fat storing mode.

Margarine- Trans fat increases the risk for cardiovascular disease and increase your LDL levels (bad cholesterol) and decrease your good cholesterol levels. Use butter instead, because it is saturated fat, it won’t store in your body as fat the same way that trans fats do.

Whole Wheat Bread- (Say no to Gluten and wheat) It all breaks down as sugar in your body, and it never fills you up! In fact you will crave more of it. High Carbs, like pasta, breads, sweats, wine, and beer, should be replaced by low carb foods and combined with protein.

Processed Soy- Such as tofu and  soy milk, are bad for you. The processing of soy, which is genetically modified, removes the good stuff, and increases the risk of food allergies. The GMO soy has all the nutrients taken out.

Corn (GMO Corn)- Same story as soy that has been genetically modified. Read labels carefully. Some gluten free foods have fructose corn syrup added for sweetness and flavor.

Here’s a list of Low Carb Vegetables; lettuce, spinach, chard, alfalfa sprouts, legumes, collards, mustard greens, kale, endives and radicchio, as well as parsley, cilantro, basil and rosemary or thyme.

Fruits can be low, medium to high in sugar. Low sugar fruits are as follows, rhubarb, blackberries, cranberries and raspberries. Medium to low sugar fruits are as follows; strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, peaches, nectarines, apples, apricots, grapefruits, pears, pineapples, plums, and watermelon. High sugar fruits are; tangerines, bananas, grapes, cherries and pomegranates.

Remember, certain fruits and vegetables provide benefits for your body, such as hormone balance, energy, better sleep patterns, increased focus and attention, improvement in skin condition, and will reduce your risks for Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Weight Gain, and you’ll just FEEL BETTER when you eliminate them from your diet!

Try mixing up some of the vegetables and fruits in a blender to make a smoothie, and add flax seeds to aid your digestive system.

Stay tuned here for specific recipes to help with weight loss, increased energy, sleep, focus and hormone balance.





You are what you (Wh)eat

Amber waves of grain (Image source:

Amber waves of grain (Image source:

Wheat, the staff of life, the world’s most consumed product, it has been getting a bad rap lately.

Is the downgrading of wheat, if you still want to call it that, deserved?

I can hear you all shouting at your computer screens right now, “Wheat is wheat!” “What does she mean, if we still want to call it that?”

Well, by the time you’ve finished reading this post, a brief snippet of information that I have garnered in the course of only three chapters of Doctor William Davis’ book Wheat Belly, you too will be wondering what this substance called “wheat” really is today.

Seed Head Wheat (Image Source:

Seed Head Wheat (Image Source:

Why mess with nature’s bounty? Well, what if you could make wheat more manageable for bakers, say,… less sticky? Would you modify its genetics?

And what if you could genetically modify wheat to make it produce more seeds and hardier against tougher climates? But that modification to make more seeds grow on the head would force the shaft/stem to buckle, making it almost impossible to harvest the seeds.

Then you’d have to modify the shaft or stem length genetically to make it shorter and sturdier, so that the heavier seed head wouldn’t cause bulking, or the bending of the shaft/stem. Right? All sounds good so far? Yeah, I thought so too.

According to Dr. Davis, the wheat that we consume today is a hybridized dwarf wheat that was introduced onto the market in the 1960′s and the scientist behind the genetic modification of this new wheat, Norman Borlaug, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Huh? I suppose it seemed like a good idea at the time.

digestive-system-oThen Doctor Davis tells me that this new hybridized “dwarf” wheat which had a heavier seed head was never tested on humans. It was just consumed, by us, without us ever really knowing what it could do to our digestive systems, and beyond.

The problems start the minute we put that wheat into our mouths. It can cause skin Digestive System 3rashes, acid reflux, stomach cramps, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, colon cancer, bloating (the least of our worries here) cardiac problems, diabetes, coeliac disease, gluten intolerance, insomnia and increases visceral fat, which is apparent in weight gain.

Thanks to for those fantastic animations! If you didn’t get the visual of “you are what you (wh)eat” at the beginning of this blog post, you sure as heck have a visual now.

Even the folks over at agree, wheat today is not the wheat of 50 plus years ago. Even worse, all the good stuff gets taken out during milling!  And the good people over at Authority Nutrition are backing them up on that! So all wheat is not created equally.

Beware of the bread! (Image source: Authority Nutrition)

Beware of the bread! (Image source: Authority Nutrition)

And don’t be fooled into thinking “I live on an island in the middle of nowhere and this GMO wheat won’t effect me!”

99% of the world’s wheat is this new hybridized dwarf wheat according to Doctor Davis. So, hey, yeah! That means you are most certainly consuming this stuff.

And it isn’t just in bread! It is hidden in a lot of different foods. Here’s a very quick list from a great blog called 3FC

  • Breads.
  • Baked Goods. Cakes, cookies, pastries.
  • Pasta. Pasta, unless it states that it is made from rice or quinoa.
  • Pizza. Pizza is also made from flour and unless it has a special label stating that it is gluten free.
  • Breaded and Battered Foods.
  • Cereals.
  • Canned Soups.
  • Vegetables. Frozen or canned vegetables prepared in a sauce, as well as creamed vegetables.
  • Sauces, commercially prepared sauces, such as soy sauce, Worcestershire, teriyaki, and horseradish sauce.
  • Dip and Gravy Mixes.
  • Ground Spices contain a wheat agent that prevents them from clumping.
  • Instant Drinks.
  • Deserts. Ice cream, ice cream cones, sherbet, icings, meringues and puddings.
  • Condiments. Ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard.
  • Salad Dressings.
  • Meats. Sausages, luncheon, and prepared meat patties.
  • Imitation and Synthetic Cheeses. Pasteurized cheese spreads, cottage cheese containing modified or wheat starches, blue cheese and veined cheeses like Roquefort.
  • Beer.
  • Sweets. Licorice, chocolate, candy with cereal extract, and chewing gum.
Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis (Image Source:

Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis (Image Source:

According to Doctor William Davis, wheat is poison, modern wheat is a “perfect chronic poison,” he says in a CBS interview. You can watch the interview below and then decide for yourself,… is my symptom/symptoms the result of consumption of dwarf wheat? The only way you can find out is to eliminate wheat from your diet.

Look for labels that say Wheat Free, or Gluten free. I can tell you this, I did wheat free for 5 days and slept like a baby. The night I had bread and half a bag of M&Ms, I woke up every hour on the hour with vivid dreams, another symptom of wheat sensitivity.

This is week 2 of my 10 week wheat free challenge. So far, two falls, the night I ate bread, and the night I had pasta. I’ll keep trying, reading labels and paying attention to what I (wh)eat.




April Fool’s Day and The Media


From ELY Channel’s Sauna Wars to Fresh Direct’s Eagle Caught Salmon, the social media of today loves April Fools.

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Spaghetti Tree in Switzerland

Spaghetti Tree in Switzerland

The tradition of April Fool’s Day goes back to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582 which shifted the date of New Year’s Day from April 1st to January 1st. People in France continued to celebrate the start of the New Year on April 1st for several years and were labelled “April fools.”

The media likes to keep up the tradition of celebrating April Fool’s Day. Below is a short documentary teaser introduced by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame which caused quite a “flap of feathers” when it was released.

Google couldn’t wait to get a “bit” of the action for April Fool’s Day, turning Google Maps into prehistoric 8-bit pictures.

The Guardian newspaper of the UK even falls prey occasionally to  pranks proving that even a guardian of best practices in media and journalism caves into April Fool’s Day reports.

The best known and most celebrated prank…

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Wheat belly be gone, and it isn’t about being trim.

I had never heard of wheat belly before until a friend shared an article about it with me through Facebook. This is the end of my second year going gluten free and the first place I noticed weight loss was in my core and abdomen. I had described the feeling when I ate bread, or any wheat/gluten products, as leaving me feeling bloated, my internal digestive system irritated, and it truly felt like my internal organs were inflamed. And they were inflamed, with Visceral Fat, an intra-abdominal fat that develops between the organs in the abdominal cavity.

Take a look at a wheat belly before and after photos of a man and a woman who have banished wheat/gluten from their diet.

Lose the wheat, lose the spare tire.  Pictures taken exactly 1 year apart. (Image source:

Lose the wheat, lose the spare tire. Pictures taken exactly 1 year apart. (Image source:

Rob, from ran 20 miles per week and did a diet suggested by Runner’s World for 5 years. No matter how hard he tried, he says he could not lose the spare tire. Then he ditched gluten, and all gluten products, and within 3 months he began to see a big difference.

Remember that going gluten free doesn’t mean just giving up bread, although bread is a major culprit in the creation of wheat belly. Gluten hides in most processed foods. Unless the packaging states “Gluten Free,” it isn’t gluten free. But be careful with Gluten Free foods also, they tend to be high in sugar.

Elaine shows off her trimmer core due to elimination of wheat (Image source:

Elaine shows off her trimmer core due to elimination of wheat (Image source:

Here’s another wheat belly before and after photo of Elaine on

Remember you do not have to be Celiac or have a gluten intolerance to suffer the ill effects of gluten. In fact I tested negative to a blood test for gluten intolerance. But when I eat bread, or anything else containing gluten, the results speak for themselves.

I still slip, yes I do, and eat the bread in restaurants, I might have a cracker or two with cheese. But without a doubt, there is something causing inflammation of my abdominal organs when I over do it.

Picture from New York Times article on Feb. 2 2014 "We need GMO Wheat

Picture from New York Times article on Feb. 2 2014 “We need GMO Wheat” by Lusik and Miller

Although wheat that has allegedly been genetically modified in the US has not been sold since 2013, there are accounts of GMO Wheat fields been discovered and law suits from farmers against seed giant company, Monsanto. The company touts itself as a sustainable agricultural company.

Not everyone is up in arms about the ability to genetically modify wheat,  thereby making it a hardier crop. The New York Times argued that in order to keep the cost of bread and pasta products down, American farmers need to devote more acreage of farm land to growing GMO wheat.

Visceral Fat (Image source:

Visceral Fat (Image source:

So what? So what if wheat is genetically modified to make it more sustainable? According to, a Brazillian study found that the absorption of gluten proteins alter the body’s endocrine and exocrine processes which alters our metabolism , and we gain weight.

This isn’t about calories, this is about how gluten, even if we intake less calories of it, increases visceral fat in the abdominal cavity. The sudy, which was performed on mice, showed that the mouse on a gluten free diet lost weight, whereas his counterpart enjoying gluten foods gained it. Remember, the fat is called visceral fat or intra-abdominal fat, and you store it right in your belly, between your organs.

You don’t have to be wheat/gluten intolerant or have celiac disease to have wheat belly. But chances are, if you continue eating wheat or gluten you could develop more serious health problems such as, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, breast and colorectal cancer, gallbladder problems, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, hormonal imbalances as well as irritable bowel syndrome. So this isn’t about being trim in the mid-section, its about staving off diseases later on in life.

What can you eat without going crazy reading labels? Fresh organic fruits and vegetables. I am pretty bad at this, so this is my new 10 week challenge: Gluten Free and lactose free as well as eating my daily allowance of fruits and vegetables.

Here’s how I am going to do it. I purchased the Nurtibullet, like a small powerful blender, and twice a day, breakfast and lunch, I have a blend of fruits and vegetables, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Here’s a sample of what I have, for anti-inflammatory, and you can try and mix it in a blender. Recipe is from the website.


The Nutribullet Blender (Image Source:

The Nutribullet Blender (Image Source:

½ tsp. Turmeric
¼ tsp. Cinnamon
1 chunk(s) Ginger
1 tbsp. Chia Seeds
Give it a shot, try your blender, but the difference will be how smooth the ingredients are when done in a Nutribullet. I’ll keep you posted here as to how I progress over the next 10 weeks, that will take us into Friday, June 6th.
To keep up to date with my progress, just type Nutribullet Week 1, or 2 and so on into the search bar on the top right hand corner of this blog. I’ll share recipes, how I feel and my physical transformation, if indeed there is any, over the next ten weeks, once per week.
Good luck, and click on the Nutribullet link to buy one and get one free. This is about eating raw, organic, power foods, and banishing processed and gluten filled foods to see if we can lose the wheat belly. Don’t forget to ingest you daily allowance of protein, and you can calculate that here.


Going Gluten and Lactose Free for 100 Days


Here’s an article written almost two years ago. The 100 Day Challenge to be gluten and lactose free.

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I just returned from vacation, tanned, packing a few extra pounds, and my skin is a complete mess.

An all inclusive vacation sounds great, but in reality for those of us with “issues,” and who hasn’t got issues, the temptation to go hog wild on food and drink is a recipe for disaster.

I don’t drink alcohol or smoke, I work out 6 days a week.  You might be tempted to label me a fitness freak; hold your label for a moment! I neither look healthy nor feel healthy.

My favorite foods are cheese and deserts. Those are my vices. When I go on an all inclusive vacation, I take full advantage. Now the few extra pounds will be gone within a week, but the state of my skin is going to take longer to show signs of improvement.

So here is my 100 day challange. I am going 100% gluten…

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The Age of the Dispensable Middleman

The age of the dispensable middleman (Image source: Life's Too Good)

The age of the dispensable middle man (Image source: Life’s Too Good)

Are we living in the age of the dispensable middleman? Has the go-between from manufacturer to consumer been eliminated?

When the internet was in its infancy, to have your own website was expensive and difficult to set up. Yet, here I am in 2014 with Facebook, Twitter,, and WordPress. My first web journey was in 1996, the “You’ve Got Mail” era. I could have paid a computer savvy geek to set up a website for me, paid him to do it, and maintain it. But today the consumer can do all of it themselves. Has the internet disposed of the middleman?

First there was a manufacturer, second was the product (based on a demand) third was the consumer (who needed the product)  and last was the middleman. Who is this person? What does he do? And, in this electronic age of online interactions, is the role of the middle man now redundant? Is the middleman dispensable?  There was a time when we needed travel agents, literary agents, real estate agents, you name it. There was an agent/middleman for it! Heck, even the greatest agent of all time, 007, could potentially be made redundant by drones!


Is the middle man extinct? (Image Source:

Is the middleman extinct? (Image Source:

Agents! Middlemen! When did they serve a purpose, and what was that purpose? Making money, providing a service, they did both.
Lets take a glance at travel agents. When did you last book a flight, hotel or car with a live person?
With the birth of websites like and Travelocity,, or Kayak, the role of Travel Agent has been redefined.
Gone are the days of strolling by a Travel Agency, like Liberty Travel, and seeing posters of exotic far off destinations. Palm trees sawing the warm tropical breeze, rippled waves on an azure ocean, and the steel grey underbelly of a 747 against a bright blue sky. Lures, worms on a fishing line, dangling, waiting for us to bite, and then haul us in.
The middle man who diversifies and adapts to change will survive (Image Source: Is there a future for the middle man

The middleman who diversifies and adapts to change will survive (Image Source: Is there a future for the middle man

Now the travel agent has morphed into an online entity. The spokesperson is either a Gnome, or William Shatner. Is the middleman gone ? No, not really. For traveling purposes the middle man now sits in a cubicle monitoring your online booking. Liberty Travel has both store front locations and online services, for now.

What about those of us who dream of becoming writers, musicians, or actors? Do we still need literary/casting agents or managers? Lets face reality here. If you want to make the big league, yes you do need agents, people who KNOW people in the biz. But is it possible to write and publish a book, finance, cast, produce and direct your own film, create your own CD without these middle men? Absolutely.
With the help of and Unbound as well as other self-publishing sites, you can produce books, movies, and music. YouTube has given many a fledgling director and actor an opportunity to display their talents onscreen, as well as giving voice to poets, musicians,, make-up artists, dancers, they are all there.
In the field of self-publishing, the middleman/literary agent has morphed into a new role. There are online reviews to be bought, back cover reviews for a price, Kirkus comes to mind.
Goodreads will promote your book for a fee, and for a few dollars more there are others who will Tweet about your book.
Aha! That middleman, capable of adapting to change at all times. Indispensable though? Yes, we don’t need him to bring us the fulfillment experienced when we see our books in hardcover. But, will you sell a few extra copies using the middle man online? Maybe.
I tried a $25 Goodreads shout out for 1 month and never sold a single copy. But by tweeting, Facebooking, and blogging about my books, all these forms of advertising are free, I did sell my books. In the case of the ever changing face of self-publishing the middleman has become redundant. A savvy social network user can do what the literary agent used to do. Don’t believe me? Ask those in the publishing world why there are now new conferences being held worldwide to deal with the changes in their field of business.
What about making a movie? Financial backing, casting, crew, all of the people necessary to bring the words on a page to life, again the middle man has morphed. is helping to bring many film projects to fruition. Again, crowd sourcing on the Internet is a savvy users’ market. SEOs, key word searches, tags, broad audience projects, …… “These are a few of my favorite things!” And no middleman, again dispensable, …or maybe he’s just changed his clothes and is now, You Tube, Unbound, Kirkus, among others.
Is the middleman dispensable, or maybe he’s adaptable? Maybe the middleman now works within the company. Consider those drones again, except instead of replacing James Bond, they are delivering packages for Does it sound far fetched now? Companies like Capital Grille which is owned by  parent company Darden Restaurants, also owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood,  and Yard House is so big it is now making its own napkins and  tablecloths. Eventually this company will make its own dishes, tables, chairs, you name it, and they will make it. The middleman now works inside the company.
But the truth about the middleman is that in some jobs he can’t be replaced. Unless we develop teleportation and make it a safe method of travel, we will need middlemen to get us from A to B, we will need middlemen to deliver our products to our stores, and we will need middlemen to do this work until life catches up with Star Trek. So the middleman isn’t dispensable, not yet anyway.

Saint Patrick: The Irish Legend

I didn’t even know this movie existed. Patrick Bergin as Patrick, can’t be too bad, right? Then again, I have been wrong before. The wigs are nearly as bad as the dialogue, but not quite as bad as Sandra Bullock’s wig in Gravity.

I don’t think it was supposed to be a comedy, but it gave me a few good laughs. Best line in this movie is at 17:28. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2014

Patrick: “I am dead and this is hell.”

Nuala: “No, it’s just Ireland.”

Yep, that’s right, Ireland in the time of Patrick wouldn’t have been as posh as hell.

Here’s another gem at 22:30

Nuala: “Patrick, he could have killed you!”

Patrick: “But he didn’t!”

Nuala: “How could you be so certain?”

Nuala, ya egit, isn’t yer man Patrick standing in front of ya taking a breath! I might be wrong but  I am fairly certain that the slave owner didn’t kill him.

In this year of 2014, the year of Noah the movie, sure there is plenty of room for Saint Patrick: The Irish Legend