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The World’s Healthiest Cranberry Sauce

cranberriesThere was something oddly comforting about that canned jellied cranberry sauce slurping out of the can onto a plate, where it was cut into slices. Although it never seemed like “sauce” to me, it still helped the overly dry parts of the turkey go down easier. Served at every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner during my childhood, it was simply tradition.

But nowadays, I’ve eliminated canned foods from my diet (and I think it’s wise we all eat as many fresh foods as possible). So I was thrilled when my friend Gina Renee gave me this recipe a few years ago. I’ve got it printed from an old email she sent me, and I guard it, keeping it in a special box.

When you make this cranberry sauce you’ll know why. I’m particular about food, and this one’s a keeper. It goes perfect with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, or whatever else you might be cooking up this Thanksgiving. You can make it a day or two in advance, which means you’re not rushing around at the last minute putting it together. And here it is…

The World’s Healthiest Cranberry Sauce

12-14 oz fresh, organic cranberries

1 cup fresh squeezed organic orange juice

1 tsp fresh minced ginger

1 tsp orange zest (zest the organic orange first, before squeezing it for the juice)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup crushed pineapple

1/2 cup raw honey

Bring orange juice, ginger, orange zest, and cinnamon to a boil on high heat. Rinse cranberries and add once the orange juice mixture is boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes or until cranberries are soft and the mixture thickens. Add crushed pineapple and honey. Remove from heat and cool.

You’re going to love it!

8 Ways to Keep the Acid-Alkaline Balance in Your Body

alkalineWhy do we need to pay attention to our “acid-alkaline balance?” Some say it’s nonsense, but I believe it’s something to keep in mind on your path to health and vitality. Your body can be too acidic if its pH, or potential Hydrogen, is acid forming. When we measure pH, we measure the degree to which negative ions and positive ions push against each other. Negative ions are alkaline-forming. Positive ions are acid-forming.

Most people who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD — and it truly is) who live in our modern society have too much acidity in their bodies. Processed, fried, and fast foods, alcohol, sugars, white flour, meats, stressful environments, noise and chemical pollutants, all cause an acidic environment in the body. Stress, worry, anxiety, anger, and fear cause acidity in the body.

Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity, says, “When cells live too long in an acidic condition, they adapt to it by mutating and becoming malignant. Long-term acidic conditions in our bodies provide perfect environments for cancer and auto-immune diseases like AIDS to flourish. Most people with these disorders also have candidiasis.”

Your own alkalinity can be tested using special strips, which you can find in a natural foods market. Your pH level is taken from your saliva or urine first thing in the morning. A balanced urine pH is approximately 6.4. It’s interesting to see what the strips indicate, but it isn’t always an accurate reading. A blood test would be more accurate.

I think it’s important to take steps to alkalize your body whether or not you know your pH levels. You can create your own balanced internal pH. Following the 8 ways on this list will encourage a healthy acid-alkaline balance in your body.

1. Spend adequate time outdoors in sunlight – twenty to thirty minutes per day. Even when it’s cloudy.

2. Have a regular pattern of sleep. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.

3. Use an 80/20 ratio of alkaline-forming foods to acid-forming foods. You can find a list of alkaline and acid-forming foods if you do an online search.

4. Rest and reduce stress.

5. Walk by water or by the sea.

6. Eat fresh foods found in nature including an abundance of vegetables.

7. First thing in the morning drink the juice of ½ lemon water in a tall glass of warm water. Although citrus is acidic, your digestion uses the acidic parts and leaves an alkaline residue.

8. Utilize natural healing such as acupuncture, energy work, reflexology, color and music therapy, yoga, chiropractic, and spiritual healing, all of which have alkaline forming reactions in the body.

Milk: Does it Do a Body Good?

Miss Dairy CowMilk: Does it do a body good? The milk issue is a tough one for those of us wanting to eat healthier. Today’s milk is full of substances that don’t “do a body good” despite what we’ve been told.

Cows naturally produce the amount of milk necessary to raise their calves. But conventional farmers give cows hormones to make them grow quickly, put on more weight, and in the case of dairy cows, produce more milk. These cows are fed drugs and antibiotics to insure they do not get sick from their deplorable crowded living conditions and feed, even though they often get sick anyway. Who wouldn’t? They are given a diet of genetically-modified (GMO) pesticide-laden grains. This is a cheap way to fatten them up but it is not their natural diet (which is grass). As a result, their digestion is very poor so they are given pharmaceutical drugs to help with their digestive distress.

Lactating mammals, including women, excrete toxins such as antibiotics, pesticides, chemicals, and hormones through their breast milk. All packaged foods that contain traces of milk (including yogurt, ice cream, and cheese) also contain the hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, and remnants of the GMO grains the cows were fed. The extra hormones you eat from these foods begin acting like hormones in your body, causing imbalances that can lead to disease.

Our country supplies an abundance of food, but for the most part the food supply is out of touch and out of sync with nature. Eating foods from poorly treated animals given hormones, drugs, and poor quality GMO grain lacks integrity on many levels. To learn more, check out Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and also Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.

Milk seems to be in everything and nearly impossible to avoid when buying pre-made foods, or when eating out and traveling, but it can be avoided if you plan ahead. If you want to continue eating cheese, yogurt, and other milk products, always choose organic. This will help protect you from ingesting the numerous toxins that can harm your health.

Is Soy Good for Breast Health?

Photo by GlobalCitizens01 flickr CreativeCommons

Photo by GlobalCitizens01 flickr CreativeCommons

Soy wasn’t considered fit to be eaten in China, where it originated, until they discovered fermentation. The Chinese knew that soybeans contain natural toxins and enzyme inhibitors that block protein digestion. High in phytic acid, they can interfere with mineral absorption. Soy is a known endocrine disrupter. Most soy crops are genetically engineered and heavily sprayed with pesticides. The list of problems related to eating soy is a long one, so is soy good for breast health?

We’re told soy is a preventative to breast cancer. But, I think it will be revealed that unfermented soy products are not good for us. Japanese women, who have low rates of breast cancer, don’t eat as much soy as we’ve been led to believe. They eat miso, which is fermented soy, and they eat tofu, but I think the reason there are fewer Japanese women with breast cancer is because their traditional diet is based on whole foods. It also includes iodine-rich seaweed. They rarely eat sugar and white flour products, nor do they eat big pieces of meat or dairy products laced with hormones. They consume lots of vegetables, fish, and green tea.

Based on what we know about soy and how it is marketed to us, products made with soy protein isolate are also suspect, even though it’s in imitation meat products eaten by vegans and vegetarians and people wanting to be healthier by avoiding meat. For optimum breast health, I ignore unfermented soy products: soy milk, soy nuts, soy protein powders and bars, soy cheese, soy ice cream, supplements with soy, and also tofu. I use organic fermented soy only in moderate amounts: miso, tamari, tempeh, and natto.

To learn more, read The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla T. Daniel. And to find out more about a healing, nourishing approach to breast health, see my book The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer.

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