I decided to make some mushroom soup with some chicken broth left over from a chicken that I baked. Since I’m doing keto and because I have all of my groceries delivered I was low on vegetables so the best I could do was cream of mushroom soup. I didn’t even have an onion 🙁 but decided to have a go at it anyway.Continue reading
I made granola for the first time, And if I do say so myself, it is absolutely amazing! Truth be told, it is a keto granola. But I think anyone would enjoy it. It is both crunchy and chewy at the same time. Go figure! It is loaded with collagen, vitamin C, protein, and chocolate.Continue reading
Did you know that most Americans eat their weight in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) each year?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) calculated that the average adult American annually consumes genetically engineered foods in these quantities: 68 pounds of beet (table) sugar, 58 pounds of corn syrup, 38 pounds of soybean oil, and 29 pounds of corn-based products, for a total of 193 pounds per year.
In other words, most U.S. adults consume more than their weight in GMO foods. It may be that children consume even more, relatively speaking. Around the world, GMOs are considered so dangerous that they are banned, or at the very least heavily regulated and labeled, so informed citizens can avoid them. In the U.S. they are not labeled or regulated, and those who support labeling face an uphill battle.
In contrast to the healthiest developed nations, which either prevent or strictly regulate genetically engineered crops, the U.S. takes the opposite tack. We can claim that 91 to 93 percent of our soybeans and canola (Rapeseed), 85 percent of our corn, and up to 95 percent of our sugar beets are now genetically engineered. Most people do not realize that 50% of the sugar supply in this country comes from sugar beets, so a majority of all table sugar is genetically engineered. Not only is the table sugar genetically engineered, but it is also primarily a chemical with no nutritive value whatsoever.
Our foods are loaded with GMOs and pesticides. GMOs were designed to fatten livestock. They do the same thing to us. Pesticides contain Glyphosate, which, has been shown to cause weight gain. Eliminating them from your diet will change the way you think about eating. Eating clean allows me, as well as the majority of my patients, to eat 1/3 to ½ more calories per day without weight gain. There are a few exceptions. Cheese and nut butters as well as nuts, must still be eaten in moderation. But organic vegetables and fruits, and sea vegetables (seaweed, kelp, etc.) as well as 100% grass-fed animal protein, wild-caught fish, seeds, good fats, and eggs can be eaten in significantly larger portions than the polluted versions with no weight gain or dangerous health hazards.
Foods that are certified organic must be 100% Organic and Non-GMO to be as safe as possible. Loopholes that still exist in the laws mean that we can still be ingesting GMOs unless it says Non-GMO. The worst part is that GMOs may take over completely and we will not be able to get GMO-free foods, especially if the labelling laws don’t change.
 The word ‘canola’ was coined in 1978 from ‘Canadian oil, low acid’. Canola Oil actually comes from the Rapeseed plant, which causes severe allergic-like reactions in most humans and animals, possibly resulting from the high levels of erucic acid it produces. Euric acid damages cardiac muscle and glucosinolates, the nutrients that cleanse the body of free radicals. Sahasrabudhe, M. R. (1977). “Crismer values and erucic acid contents of rapeseed oils”. Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society 54 (8): 323–324.
 Thursday, October 18, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer for NaturalNews.com http://www.naturalnews.com/037590_GMOs_Americans_consumption.html#ixzz2EaZxstrL
We tend to blame the victims of disordered eating, no matter what form it takes. Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Emotional Eating and Obesity are all assumed to be the result of poor choices and/or emotional disturbances that lead to over eating. Anorexia is often perceived as a choice the patient makes to achieve cosmetic improvements.
The eating problems plaguing Americans are the direct result of the deficiencies and toxins in the food supply and are not the result of implusive choices or vanity.
The Big Pharma complex, industrial farming, and the food and beverage industries, (I call them Big Pharma, Big Farming and Big Food or the 3 Big Pigs) have worked hard to convince us that our foods, beverages and drugs are safe as long as we take/eat them in moderation.
The issue is serious. The United States has the distinction of being the unhealthiest wealthiest country in the world today. So, how can a country with so many economic and natural resources not maintain healthy eating habits? The answer is simple and scary. Not only are the foods and drugs constructed by the 3 Big Pigs not safe, they are driving the catastrophic decline in the health of Americans and seriously decreasing the quality of life for millions of people.
Clean food heals the dysfunction and diseases caused by polluted foods. One of the reasons my patients get well is that they learn to trust food again by learning how to “eat clean.” Clean eating empowers them—it frees them from the slavery of addiction, and it calms the anxiety they have about eating. The more clean food they eat, the fewer cravings they have because the systems that regulate eating behaviors and weight fluctuations stabilize in the presence of clean food. Under these circumstances my patients can learn new healthy eating patterns.
The sad thing is that most of the treatment for eating disorders completely ignores the role of food pollution during recovery. To highlight how important clean food is and how destructive therapies can be that ignore the problems with our food, I’m going to describe the experience of a young patient of mine (age 14) in a typical residential treatment program for eating disorders.
In the residential program MA was ingesting the majority of her calories in the form of Boost as a behavioral consequence of refusing to eat. She was also being kept in bed, all day, every day, for 13 days in a row. Understand she was not being kept in bed because she was too medically unstable to be up and around; she was kept in bed because she refused to eat. Her parents, or their insurance company, were paying a small fortune for this “treatment.”
Her treatment with me began by giving her choices about her food. She could pick whatever she wanted, as long as it was clean and had the necessary nutrients for her to slowly regain her weight. She slowly but consistently has expanded her foods to include everything she needs to thrive while consistently gaining weight.
Here is her experience with my approach to eating disorder treatment:
Did I mention this patient is only 14? She wasn’t asked to write this, she felt compelled to. After having such a terrible experience in residential treatment and finally finding a treatment program that was really working for her she needed to express what was changing in her relationship with food.
Whether you are bingeing, purging, restricting or are addicted- I guarantee that polluted food is playing a part in your illness. The food is at fault!
 These are the first 10 ingredients in Boost: water, sugar, corn syrup, milk protein concentrate, vegetable oil, (Canola, High Oleic Sunflower, Corn) soy protein isolate, and Carrageenan. The only ingredient that is not GMO or a form of processed L-Glutamine (MSG) which is highly addicting, is the water. (See Chapter _ Sources of Food Pollution)
The problem is polluted food. The solution is to avoid the polluted food. But that isn’t enough. You must also get out into the sun and find foods rich in sulfur.
Let’s start with the clean eating.
Monsanto has changed the DNA of soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, and alfalfa by putting the insecticide DDT into it. Bugs bite into the plant and the DDT splits their abdomens open. It should go without saying then that DDT is not safe for human consumption. Unfortunately though, we unknowingly consume a lot of it in this country, through this type of DDT infused crop. You can be sure, that if you are eating a processed food, it goes without saying that it is probably from a genetically modified crop with some sort of DDT insecticide.
Although we do not immediately suffer the same fate as the bug, we apparently do pay a price as the number of gastrointestinal disorders has increased significantly over the past twenty years in the U.S. Once DDT gets into our gut, it appears to stay there for good.
Many of patients I treat for disordered eating are driven by a tendency to eat too much processed and/or polluted food in an effort to cut back on fat. This results in gastrointestinal problems that result, such as bloating, constipation, and weight gain.
According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine regarding GE foods “…. it is clear that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment.” Although the role this problem plays in the field of eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating is not even on the radar of researchers, the impact that GE is having on the obesity epidemic is beginning to gain some traction.
Impact of GE Grains on Obesity and Other Eating Related Illnesses
Researcher and professor, Åshild Krogdahl, and her colleagues at the Norwegian Veterinary College, conducted a 10-year study to determine if eating genetically modified grain had any adverse effects on animals including rats, mice, fish and pigs. The work was a multi-national collaboration with researchers from Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Turkey and Australia. The results confirm the obvious:
- According to the findings, feeding rats, mice, pigs and salmon genetically engineered feed causes obesity, along with significant changes in the digestive system and major organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more.
- Animals fed genetically engineered Bt corn were less able to digest proteins due to alterations in the micro-structure of their intestines. This fact that “they were less able to digest proteins” has huge implications in that the biochemistry of amino acids is necessary for all life processes. It not only explains the rise in obesity, but may explain increases in many modern diseases that are currently on the rise and/or reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. including diabetes, digestive disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, autism spectrum disorders, autoimmune diseases, sexual dysfunction, sterility, asthma, and many more.
- Perhaps the most important finding, from the perspective of what is and isn’t safe to eat, is the finding that the animals that ate fish that had been raised on GE grains also became obese and suffered the same gastrointestinal disturbances and immune disorders as those that were fed the grains directly.
- Finally, the project did not just focus on weight gain but looked at the effects on organ changes too. Researchers found distinct changes to the intestines of animals fed GMOs compared to those fed non-GMOs. This confirms observations by other U.S. researchers. Significant changes occurred in the digestive systems of the test animals’ major organs including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more.
The animals in this study were fed a diet of GE corn and soy, which contained toxic proteins from the bacteria Bt or Bacillus thuriengensis. As mentioned previously, Bt is an insecticide that works by killing larval insect pests which damage corn, soy, cotton, canola and other crops. By inserting and gene-stacking various Bt toxins, along with herbicide resistant gene sequences, the plants DNA is altered or genetically engineered for the specific purpose of killing the offending pests.
In essence, “The entire plant is made into a pesticide factory which is also resistant to herbicides….. Roundup, is such a product and is produced by Monsanto…….It is the most popular herbicide used on herbicide tolerant crops.” 
In view of what we do know from these animal studies, there is a shocking lack of data on the effects of GE food on humans. There are very few studies to begin with, and as the American Academy of Environmental Medicine states, “Not a single human clinical trial on GEs has been published.” A 2007 review of all published scientific literature on the “potential toxic effects/health risks of GE plants” revealed “that experimental data are very scarce” in general. The author of the review concludes his paper by asking, “Where is the scientific evidence showing that GE plants/food are toxicologically safe, as ‘purported’ by the biotechnology companies?” Famed Canadian geneticist David Suzuki answers, “The experiments simply haven’t been done and we now have become the guinea pigs.”
Another researcher, Dr. David Schubert agrees, “If there are problems, we will probably never know because the cause will not be traceable as many diseases take a very long time to develop.” He postulates further, “If GE foods caused immediate and acute symptoms, with a ‘unique signature’ perhaps then we might have a chance to trace the cause.”
However, that is what happened during a US epidemic in the late 1980s with a genetically engineered brand of a food supplement, L-tryptophan. The disease was fast acting, deadly, and caused a unique and measurable change in the blood. It still took more than four years to identify that an epidemic was occurring and what the source was. By then it had killed about 100 Americans and caused 5,000-10,000 people to fall sick or become permanently disabled.
No Data Is Data
As discussed earlier, there is almost no research being done for the express purpose of scientifically establishing the links between GE foods and the dramatic increase in the specific health problems that US citizens are experiencing in comparison to citizens in other countries where GE crops are regulated or prohibited. But what we do have to go on is the unprecedented downturn in the health of one of the wealthiest developed nations in the world and what we can predict for the future based upon studies on the effects of GE on animals. If, as the biotech and food industries would have us believe, GE is safe, why are there no studies showing this?
The Link Lack of Sun Exposure and Obesity
Our skin produces huge amounts of cholesterol sulfate, which is also water soluble and provides a healthy barrier against bacteria and other potentially disease-causing pathogens that might otherwise enter the body through the skin. Cholesterol sulfate can enter both fat cells and muscle cells with equal ease. Dr. Stephanie Seneff proposes that, because of this, cholesterol sulfate may be able to protect fat and muscle cells from glucose and oxygen damage, which is known as glycation or more commonly inflammation.
She also argues that when you’re deficient in cholesterol sulfate, your muscle and fat cells become more prone to damage, which subsequently can lead to glucose intolerance; a condition where your muscles cannot process glucose as a fuel. As a result, your fat cells have to store more fat in order to supply your muscles. The more damage, the more fat that accumulates.
Sulfur also plays an important role in glucose metabolism. She hypothesizes that if sufficient amounts of sulfur is available, it will act as a decoy to glucose, effectively diverting it to reduce the sulfur rather than glycating and causing damage. This would have the beneficial effect of reducing inflammation, as sugar (glucose) is highly inflammatory and wreaks havoc in your body.
What to Do
Dietary Sources of Sulfur
- Sulfur is derived almost exclusively from dietary protein, so eat fresh caught fish and organic grass-fed beef, and poultry
- Meat and fish are considered “complete” as they contain all the sulfur-containing amino acids you need to produce new protein. Needless to say, those who abstain from animal protein are placing themselves at far greater risk of sulfur deficiency.
- Coconut oil and olive oil also contain sulfur (and are ideal sources of healthful saturated fats too).
- Other dietary sources that contain small amounts of sulfur IF the food was grown in soil that contains adequate amounts of sulfur, include:
- Organic Pastured Eggs, Legumes, Garlic Onion, Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, Kale, Wheat Germ
- Another reason that we gain weight is that any diet high in grains and processed foods is likely to be deficient in sulfur. It turns out that once whole foods are processed, sulfur is lost.
- Eating organic helps to insure that the soil is richer. Additionally, soils around the world are becoming increasingly sulfur-depleted, resulting in less sulfur-rich foods overall.
- Drink water, such as Fiji water, that has minerals still in it. Soft water is easier to use for cleaning, but Hard water also tends to contain more sulfur than soft water, which, according to Dr. Seneff, may be why people who drink soft water are at greater risk of developing heart disease.
In addition to making sure you’re getting high amounts of sulfur-rich foods in your diet, Dr. Seneff recommends soaking your body in magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) baths to compensate and counteract sulfur deficiency. She uses about ¼ cup in a tub of water, twice a week. It’s particularly useful if you have joint problems or arthritis.
 Dr. Schubert
For the Clean Eating Ranch Dressing Recipe, use all organic ingredients unless otherwise instructed
- ½ cup Kalona Cottage Cheese (or any grass-fed)
- 2/3 cup Kalona Sour Cream (or any grass-fed)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (or 2 tbsp diced onion)
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or 1 sprig fresh chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chives (or 1 tbsp fresh chopped)
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
- 4 capfuls garlic juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup coconut crystals vinegar or any organic white vinegar
- 1/4 tsp white pepper to taste
Put all ingredients into blender and blend until creamy. Adjust spices. Dilute with water from the cottage cheese of sour cream cartons or use milk.
Makes 1 ¾ cups.
Nutrition (2 tbsp) – 44 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g protein, 1 g carbs
“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of July 20th-July 26th, 2015.
NEWS: GMOs Are Dangerous to Our Health, According to Latest Independent Research
There has been a debate raging about GMOs for a long time now. On one side of the debate is the idea that genetic engineering is progress for humanity, and it is a natural extension of more traditional breeding techniques. The other side believes genetically modified foods are unsafe for human consumption and harmful to the environment. LEARN MORE
NEWS: “The Future of Food”—GMOs, Gene Patenting, and the Corporatization of Our Food Supply
The GMO food labeling movement has gained momentum over the past several years, passing labeling laws in three states. America’s awareness of the risks of genetically engineered (GE) foods and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to their health and the environment continues to expand. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Study Suggests Sugar Is Worse Than Salt for Blood Pressure
One out of every three US adults has high blood pressure (hypertension). If you’re among them, one of the first recommendations your physician probably gave you was to cut back on salt. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Is the Sugar in Fruit Dangerous to My Health?
“Is Sugar Found In Fruit Bad? I heard bananas are bad for you because of the high amount of sugar, is this true?” LEARN MORE
NEWS: Relentless Cultural Pressures for Today’s Girls
Girls and women seem to be doing exceptionally well these days—many are excelling in school, in sports, and in their pursuit of advanced careers. The statistics are inspiring: LEARN MORE
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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of July 6th-July 12th, 2015.
NEWS: Radiation In Sunlight Reduces Weight Gain, Findings Independent of Vitamin D Research
Recent research supports the potential for sunlight to reduce the risk of excessive weight gain and also questions the effectiveness of vitamin D supplements to prevent obesity. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Dads: What’s Your Impact on Your Daughter’s Body Image?
If you read my previous blog, I discussed the importance of a mother’s influence on girls’ body image development. In this blog I will now focus on the importance of a father (or father figure) in a girl’s life and how he can also impact his daughter’s body image development in a powerful way. The bottom line is this: Dads, you make a significant difference in how your daughter will feel about her body and appearance, as well as her self-esteem.Consider some of the following strategies to help your daughter maintain a positive body image throughout her girlhood and adolescence: LEARN MORE
NEWS: 5 Ways to Measure the Fitness of Your Exercise Mindset
Open a magazine, turn on the television, glance at highway billboards or Internet ads and the message about fitness is clear as day: Exercise does a body good. But as a clinician who works regularly with people struggling with negative body image, disordered eating behavior (like extreme dieting or binge eating), and weight, I am compelled to add: Exercise does a body good, except when it doesn’t. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Moms: What Will Your Body Image Legacy Be?
I recently watched the video “Legacy,” part of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. As a mother of a 10-year-old daughter (and 12-year-old son), the video provided a vivid wakeup call about the daily influence I have on my daughter’s developing body image. The truth is that, whether we realize it or not, we are all passing along a body image legacy to our daughters. Our daughters are observing us, emulating our attitudes, and for better or worse, they are following our example. LEARN MORE
NEWS: An End to Fat-Phobia in America?
Every 5 years, the USDA publishes its Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The famous food pyramid, now turned into MyPlate, are some of the iconic symbols of these guidelines. The dietary guidelines are the oracle for health professionals, the food industry, and to some extent, the actual public. LEARN MORE
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“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of June 29th-July 5th, 2015.
NEWS: 13 Nutrients You Aren’t Eating Enough Of
You can’t depend on multivitamins to get the healthiest nutrients you need to thrive. In fact, University of Hawaii researchers looked at 180,000 men and women and found multivitamin users didn’t live any longer or have lower rates of cancer and heart disease than people who didn’t reach for the daily pills. Luckily, you can nourish your body, fight fatigue, and ward off disease by introducing the right nutrient-rich foods into your life. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Too Much Fat and Sugar Hurts Your Brain
A doughnut—the perfect storm of fat and sugar—may be the worst option at the breakfast bar, not just for your body, but also for your brain, suggests new research from Oregon State University. A high-fat and high-sugar diet led to decreased cognitive functioning in mice, the researchers found. Surprisingly, these changes in the brain appear to be mediated through the gut bacteria, a connection known as the gut-brain axis. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Obesity in America is on the Rise; Here’s What You Can Do to Protect Yourself
A recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association presents stark figures regarding America’s obesity challenges. Despite heightened awareness in the last few decades, overweight and obesity rates are still increasing. LEARN MORE
NEWS: How To Make Bread Healthy Again
At this point, most people understand the drawbacks of wheat and why it has to be limited or eliminated from the diet. It’s not that wheat in its pure and original form is bad in and of itself, but due to over consumption, hybridization, and a high gluten content, there is simply no other reasonable choice but to avoid it for many people. LEARN MORE
NEWS: Farewell, Low-Fat: Why Scientists Applaud Lifting A Ban On Fat
There were plenty of tasty tidbits packed into the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report that came out back in February. As we reported, the panel of nutrition experts that wrote the report said it was OK to eat an egg a day. The scientific evidence now shows it won’t raise the amount of LDL cholesterol – the bad kind of cholesterol — in your blood or raise the risk of heart disease. LEARN MORE
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This week I spoke about all of the health advantages of adding sunlight to your daily routine. Vitamin D plays a major role on your overall health! If you missed last night’s episode you can tune in HERE.
What We Covered:
1:10-Recap of the Sunshine Diet
3:41-Cholesterol Sulfate & Vitamin D3
7:55-Dr. Stephanie Seneff
9:35-Myths about The Sun, Cholesterol, & Vitamin D
9:58-Myth: Too Much Sun Is Unhealthy
10:59-Vitamin D Deficiency
11:12-Myth: The Most Likely Cause of Skin Cancer is Overexposure To The Sun
11:59-Omega 3 Fats
12:55-Omega 6 vs. Omega 3 Ratio
15:10-Myth: Sunburn or Skin Damage from The Sun Is What Causes Skin Cancer
16:35-Sun Bathing and Sun Burn are Detrimental to Health
18:15-Sunscreen Is Good for You and Should be Worn at all Times When Outdoors
19:15-Two Different Types of Sun Rays
20:44-What Would Happen If The Sun Went Out?
23:25-What The Sun Can Protect
24:50-Myth: Cholesterol Is Bad
25:17-Cholesterol Is The ‘Master Hormone’
25:50-Myth: LDL Cholesterol Is Bad
26:56-If I Have High Cholesterol, Taking A Statin Will Prolong My Life
27:33-Myth: High Cholesterol Causes Heart Attacks
28:35-Myth: High Cholesterol Causes Alzheimer’s
Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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