Try Organic Food, or as your Grandparents called it, “Food!”

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non GMO

My last blog listed several tips for improving your nutrition in a very doable way! If you have not had a chance yet, please take a look.

One of the tips listed is to try to buy organic, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food. Buying organic is much easier than it used to be because most major grocery stores now carry quite a bit.

At the fitness/wellness conference in D.C. I attended a nutrition lecture by an amazing woman, Teri Gentes, a Certified Nutritional Consultant Practitioner. Teri is Vegan and has a great website with tons of easy, healthy recipes:
http://www.terigentes.com/

There is quite a bit of information out there on GMOs and how harmful foods containing them can be to your body. It is best to avoid these top GMO containing foods in North America:

Soy, Corn (oils, high fructose corn syrup), Cotton (oil), Canola (oil), Sugar Beets, Alfalfa, Aspartame, Dairy. Remember that many processed foods contain these oils, so you need to read labels! Also avoid peanuts produced in North America. Conventional peanut butter is terrible for you.

butters

Instead, use sunbutter, almond butter, or an organic peanut butter. They are not as sweet, so I add a teaspoon of local honey to my smoothies to make them a little sweeter. Great pollen allergy fighter as well.

I have written several blogs on wheat and gluten which should also be avoided in North America. “Whole wheat” is not good for you anymore. It really isn’t a whole grain because it has been stunted. Just as white flour turns straight to sugar, wheat flour does as well. So for your flours, pastas, crackers, bread, etc. use substitutes. Buckwheat, which isn’t really “wheat” and spelt flour are fine also.

quinoa flour

Teri gave us several websites in addition to her own for ordering healthy substitutes if your local grocery stores do not carry them.

Sources for ordering healthy food:

www.foodrevolution.com

www.sunwarrior.com (this one has good articles under “news”)

www.twomomsintheraw.com

www.foursigmafoods.com

DO NOT give up on healthy nutrition because it sometimes seems that everything is bad for us! You can evolve into a healthier diet by taking it one step at a time.

Remember the balance scale!
balance scale

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