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Organic food is pure, healthy and delicious; the way nature intended food to be. Our bodies get the vitamins and minerals needed without the chemicals and hormones that pollute every other food on the market. Many people think that organic food doesn’t taste good simply because it’s healthy. This is completely false, in fact, once you’ve tasted food the way it is meant to taste, you’ll never want to go back to non-organic. Non-organic salt will burn your tongue; non-organic sugar will not taste as satisfying and so on. Everything tastes like chemicals once you’ve had the real thing. I created a list of the great tasting consumable products that can always be found at my house. You may find this helpful when trying to decide what to buy if you’re eating organic for the first time. You will also notice a few recipes that I found online that sound healthy and delicious. Enjoy!

Raw Organic Milk from Misty Brook Farm in Barre, MA

Organic Free-Range Eggs from Misty Brook Farm in Barre, MA

Organic “Fruits of Life Whole Food Antioxidant Matrix Bar” by “Garden of Life”

“Equal Exchange Milk Chocolate Bar with a Hint of Hazelnut” (Mmm…)

“De Boles” Organic Pasta with Artichoke Flour

“Our Daily Red” Organic Table Wine

“Organic Valley” Raw Sharp Cheddar Cheese

“Annie’s Naturals Cowgirl Ranch Dressing”

Organic Pineapple (Organic fruit in general tastes much fresher but I noticed the biggest difference in pineapple.)

Trader Joe’s Organic Berry Applesauce

“Pacific Natural Foods” Organic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

“Eziquiel Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Bread”

Those were just a few of my favorites. The following recipe has been copied from the “Garden of Life” website owned by Jordan Rubin:

Salmon and Mixed Greens By: Sally Fallon

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients: 1 1⁄2 pounds fresh salmon filet extra virgin olive oil lemon juice sea salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons unbleached flour 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika 6 cups baby lettuces, or mixed greens such as watercress or Mache 1 red pepper, seeded, cut into a julienne and sautéed in olive oil 1 pound brown mushrooms, washed, dried very well, sliced and sautéed in butter and olive oil 3⁄4 cup basic salad dressing

Directions: Brush salmon with olive oil. Squeeze on lemon juice and rub in pepper. Sprinkle on sifted flour and paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Place under broiler for another 2 minutes until just lightly browned. Meanwhile mix greens with dressing and divide between four plates. Make a mound of red peppers and mushrooms on each plate, place a portion of salmon on each mound of greens, and pour pan juices over. Serve immediately.

Cilantro–Lime Sea Bass (or Halibut) By: Nicki Rubin

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients: coconut oil fresh or minced garlic chopped tomatoes cilantro 2 1⁄2 lbs. sea bass filets (or halibut)

Directions: In a pan, melt coconut oil. Stir in garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in chopped tomatoes and cilantro. Cook for another minute. Add fillets. Cook approximately 10 minutes, turning once.

Easy Oatmeal

Yield: 2 servings Ingredients: 1 cup of rolled oats 2 cups of water 1 teaspoon yogurt 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil or butter honey to taste

Directions: Soak the oats overnight in 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of yogurt added. In the morning, add remaining water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1–2 minutes. Soaked oatmeal cooks very fast. Add the oil or butter and honey.

If you really want a knock-out power shake try Nicki’s Smoothie.

Berry Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients: 10 oz. of yogurt, kefir, or coconut milk or cream 1–2 raw omega–3 eggs* (optional) 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil or hemp seed oil 1–2 tablespoons of raw honey 1 tablespoon of goat’s milk protein powder (optional) 1⁄2–1 cup of fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries) vanilla extract (optional)

Nicki Rubin: During my healing process, I consumed this smoothie one to two times per day with raw eggs. Contrary to popular belief, eggs from healthy free–range, pastured chickens are often free of dangerous germs. If the egg has an odor, obviously it should not be eaten. Since most of the salmonella infections are caused by germs on the shell, for added protection it is best to wash the eggs in the shell with a mild alcohol or hydrogen peroxide solution or a fruit and vegetable wash. For those who can’t stand the thought of consuming raw eggs in their smoothies, you can enjoy healthy smoothies without them, but you should know that the best–tasting ice creams are made with egg yolks.

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a high–speed blender and blend until desired texture.

Easy Oatmeal

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients: 1 cup of rolled oats 2 cups of water 1 teaspoon yogurt 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil or butter honey to taste

Directions: Soak the oats overnight in 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of yogurt added. In the morning, add remaining water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1–2 minutes. Soaked oatmeal cooks very fast. Add the oil or butter and honey.

Keep checking in for more recipes and information about organic food! In the meantime, check out Food Network with DISH Network Satellite Television for fun recipes. Keep in mind that you can buy an organic version of almost every food out there so it is easy to convert many dishes into healthy organic meals.

By: Frank Bilotta

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There are a lot of unsubstantiated claims made about the benefits of detox. Scientists claim there are many detox myths. The concept behind the process is that our bodies need periods of help to deal with accumulated toxins. The literature of detox claims many health problems are related to a build-up of toxins such as fatigue, headaches and stomach problems.

There are many scientists working in various fields who believe that detox is just a sales tactic. There are lots of companies marketing a wide range of detox products which they claim will help the body to rid it of toxins or provide nutrition during the process.

Detox is an easy sell to people who over indulge or lead an unhealthy lifestyle. It implies that all that can be corrected in a fairly short period of time without having to contemplate changing habits. It is a quick fix. Detox is also marketed as a type of diet. This can be unhealthy and does not lead to long term weight loss. Detox diets usually advise eating lots of fruit and vegetables and taking laxatives. This leads to lots of fluid loss but does not burn fat. Hence when a normal eating pattern is resumed the person regains the weight quickly. It can be unhealthy because dramatic changes in weight put strain on the heart and the diets can be nutrient poor.

There is no evidence that detoxing for a short period of time has a long term effect on the body. If you overload your system with fats, sugars, alcohol and caffeine for the majority of the time, then a week of drinking juice and eating vegetables is not going to make any difference.

If you are worried that you have an excess of toxins in your system then there are ways to deal with that naturally. Special products, juices, supplements and patches are not needed. You will have to eat a diet of fresh foods, lots of fruit and vegetables and whole grains and drink water. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, smoking and junk food and take regular exercise. The longer you do this for the better.

When the systems of the body are working the alcohol consumed on an especially drunken night can be expelled by the body quickly. It would take at the most thirty six hours. Most scientists agree that the thing to do after a period of excess is to drink a lot of water and leave the rest to your body. If your body is properly hydrated it can clear a large amount of contaminants efficiently. Although the most effective way to keep you body toxin free is not to put them in there at all.

Lots of scientists question the need to detox at all. Our bodies have several systems dedicated to expelling contaminants. Literature about detox often cites pollution as a source of toxins in the body, suggesting that the very air we breathe is harming us all the time. While it is true that some particles in the air cause health problems, especially to those who are susceptible such as asthmatics the lungs filter a great deal of the toxins. They never actually reach the blood stream. Detox products include skin patches which are supposed to draw the toxins out of your body. The skin is another of the disposal systems in the body which expel toxins. However application of one of these patches is unlikely to draw out a significant amount of chemicals. There has been no research which shows that they can help the detox process.

If you want a healthy, toxin free body the best way to achieve it is to have a good diet and do plenty of exercise. It is not possible to live an unhealthy lifestyle for fifty one weeks of the year and then get rid of all the poisons you have put into your body in a week. Even if you do live unhealthily the body is designed to filter and expel unwanted chemicals anyway.

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