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Eat greens, especially, raw greens.

We are at risk of Iodine deficiency diseases

We are at risk of Iodine deficiency diseases

Eat greens, especially, raw greens.

Greens have iodine that we need in our diet

Iodized Table Salt Is  Important to Your Health

Iodine deficiency is our problem. For 50 years, we have been told we are eating too much salt, and now we are iodine deficient. Our laws don’t require food processors to  use iodized salt–other countries laws do.

Iodine from sea kelp is cheap in your local health food store, (about $6.00 for a year’s supply) and 4-5 drops each day is all we need.

We are not eating enough greens grown in fertile soil and we are not getting fish that is raised on natural foods.

Iodine Deficiency Causes Thyroid Disease

When I was a child, in the 1940s many older people had goiters, a tennis-ball sized growth on the side of their necks. The problem was caused by lack of iodine in their diet that caused thyroid disease.

Two hundred years ago, the French nutritional chemist, Jean Baptiste Boussingault, recommended the distribution of naturally iodized salt to prevent goiters; our country did so in the 1920s.

In the 1920s, the federal government mandated that all table salt be iodized.

Collard greens are economic for health

Steam collard greens for health

We now have an Epidemic of Iodine Deficiency in this Country

Symptoms of Thyroid Deficiency: Fibrocystic breast disease, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, Down’s syndrome, mental retardation, cold hands, depression, dry skin, cold hands–the list is long.

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green beans

Green Beans are a Powerhouse of Food.

Green Beans are a Powerhouse of Food

Green beans are an excellent finger food for delicious snacks.

Don’t underestimate the value of the lowly green bean.

Eating Green Beans Will build flat abdominals.

flat abdomen

Build flat abdomen.

Green beans are low in calories and high in food value:

  • Green beans have no saturated fat and are high in micronutrients.
  • These beans are a rich source of dietary fiber and help move food through the digestive track.
  • The fiber in green beans helps protect the colon and decreases the cancer-causing chemicals in the gut.
  • They help reduce the cholesterol in the blood.
  • Green beans are loaded with things like carotenoid, vitamin A, flavonoid, folates–the list goes on and on.
  • Green beans are a source of folate that may help prevent pregnancy and aging problems.
  • Green beans will prevent macular degeneration by providing Zea-xanthin and carotine.
  • Green beans are heart-healthy.
  • Potassium in green beans  is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Green beans are grown in the rich soil of the North East, South East and Midwestern United States. This soil is important to obtaining the proper nutrients.
  • Green beans are an important food that helps build strong bones.

Preparation and Cooking:

  • Trim the ends, cut into pieces as you like.
  • Wash them in a vinegar and water solution, about five to Rinse them and leave a small hint of vinegar for flavor.
  • Green beans are best when steamed. Put them into a pan with a half cup of water.
  • Bring to a boil and turn the heat down until just a little steam comes out.
  • Steam for 5 minutes–or until they meet your likings.

These will keep for a week in the refrigerator.

Green beans travel well and don’t need refrigerated.

Green Beans are a Powerhouse of Food.

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roasted carrots for health and fun

Baked Carrots for Health and Fun

Baked Carrots for Health and Fun

roasted carrots

Roasted carrots for fun and happiness.

In my relentless search for healthy eating I learned to like carrots.

Carrots are the darling of most health coaches today. They are an ancient food that has helped keep civilizations alive during hard times. Carrots are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in use today.

  • Carrots promote good digestion, and very few people are allergic to these tasty root vegetables
  • Baked carrots especially, can be important to folks with digestive problems.
  • Carrots have a well-rounded array of vitamins and minerals that are important to our health: vitamin K, E, B2, copper, folate, B6, C, Potassium and panthothenic acid. Carrots contain beta-carotine which is converted to vitamin A in your liver.
  • Researchers have concluded that carrots are heart-healthy.
  • Carrots have important antioxidants that may help prevent cancer.
  • Carrots are important to your eyes. Foods rich in beta-carotine can help protect and improve your eyes.
  • Carrots are useful for enhancement of brain function and memory improvement.
  • Carrots may help protect your liver.

I avoid “Baby Carrots” because they are not really baby carrots.

Baby carrots in today’s marketplace, are whittled down carrots and bits and pieces of carrots that have been salvaged. They may be what is left of big carrots that have are the remains after

Be Aware that Carrots are Energy Producing nutrients.

For active people carrots are a good energy food. Besides containing lots of food value they contain a lot of natural sugar for runners and football players.

Although many dieters like to eat carrots, they do contain a lot of natural sugars.

Dips and dressings often are contain ad-ins that are better left out.

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butternut squash

Eat Butternut Squash as a Healthy snack

Eat Butternut Squash as a Healthy snack

Butternut squash  is a healthy snack for busy people.

  • The hard fighting Indian, Geronimo, ate squash.
  • School teachers, cops, office workers, bus drivers and construction workers need a quick pick-me-up between meals.
  • Eat butternut squash when you need a snack that doesn’t put flab on your waist and butt.
  • Butternut squash is an excellent source of good carbohydrates.
  • Butternut squash is loaded with nutrients for your health.
  • Butternut squash helps lower the blood pressure and helps prevent cancer.
  • Butternut squash helps avoid constipation.
  • Butternut squash is great for healthy skin and hair.

    butternut squash quick snacks for busy people

    The butternut squash is a delicious quick snack for busy people.

Butternut squash travels well.

It doesn’t need refrigeration between meals and is friendly to the digestive system. It stays with you longer than doughnuts and is not greasy.

Make it into patties for easy traveling.

Preparation:

  • Cut the bugger in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
  • Slather with olive oil.
  • Place it , upside down, into any convenient pan.
  • Bake for about one half hour; until it is soft.

My favorite way to eat this delicious food is to eat barefoot–as is with noting added.

Make it into patties for easy traveling:

For easy traveling and no mess.

Spoon it out and make into three inch patties.

Place on a pan and bake until lightly browned–about 20 minutes convection ovens work well for this job.

butternut squash

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peeled garlic

Fermenting Garlic for Health and Energy

Fermenting Garlic for Health and Energy

fermented garlic with honey

Eat Garlic for Health and Energy

If you are healthy or sick, if you are a marathon runner, football player or weekend athlete; or just locked into a sedentary lifestyle; garlic can be the best friend you have in this world.

Garlic is the food that adds flavor and only does good things to your body, health, and mind.
This recipe uses the same technique as fermenting sauerkraut.

  • Garlic is probably the most powerful and useful medicine the world has ever known.
  • Garlic is one of the strongest cancer fighting agents in the natural world.
  • Garlic helps cleanse the body of heavy metals. It help your body break down that build up in your system. Heavy metals can’t be avoided; they are even in the fish that we eat.
  • Garlic is one of the most detoxifying super-foods that you can eat.
  • Garlic can increase woman’s estrogen levels and strengthen their bones.
  • Prevention is the most important aspect of a healthy lifestyle.

I like to buy 1 1/2 pound bags from Sam’s club. It is peeled and ready to eat.

  • Remove any blemishes.
  • Place a half teaspoon of salt in the bottom of a quart jar.
  • Add a little water and shake to dissolve the salt.
  • Fill the jar 3/4 full of garlic.
  • Cut a swatch of lightweight cloth about 4 to 5 inches square and place it on top of the garlic.
  • place some Saran wrap type plastic on top of the cloth. Be sure to keep all garlic under the cloth and plastic.
  • Cut a large piece of the same plastic and drape it into the jar so it acts as a container.
  • Now fill the jar almost full with water. Add water onto the plastic. Put a little salt into the top water. The salt will make it about the same consistency as the brine in the jar.
  • Put a lid on the jar and set the jar into a pan. This is because it might want to escape.
fermented garlic

Fermented garlic ready to eat!

This jar can be stored anyplace that is not too much above room temperature.

It will need twenty eight days to go through all four stages of fermentation.

You can start eating the fermenting garlic after about 6 days.

Be sure to keep all the garlic under water and it will not mold.

After all is said and done the fermented garlic will keep for at least 6 months in the refrigerator.

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