Produce Shopping List

A Quick Reference Guide to Buy Produce

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Here is a list of fruits and veggies that you may want to avoid or purchase organic to avoid harmful pesticides and GMO’s:

BUY ORGANIC

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Hot peppers
  • Kale
  • Leafy greans, lettuces
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Soy
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Tomatoes

This is a list of safe to buy non organic.  Always wash well with vinegar to remove any potential residue.

BUY NON ORGANIC WHEN NECESARY 

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Onion
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Corn (watch for GMO)
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Watermelon

Hope this helps simplify produce shopping for you. Enjoy!

More information on produce

My name is Jill and I am a sugar-holic.

What is the big deal of eating sugar? We all need it.

So what? Everyone likes sugar.

We all NEED a little sugar in our diet.  A little sugar isn’t going to hurt you.  Well, there lies the issue.

  1. EVERYONE likes sugar
  2. We think we NEED all the ‘added’ sugars.
  3. Its hardly ever just a LITTLE.
  4. Sugar is EVERYWHERE and ADDED to EVERYTHING.
  5. There are at least 141 reasons why sugar is toxic.

Natural sugars in moderation are necessary for body functioning in a health and natural way.  However, many of us sit currently at the toxic level of ADDED Sugar and consume more than we should in a month, every single day.  I must come to terms with the temporary pleasures that wreck havoc on my health.

Commit to slowly ween off this toxic addiction in to your life.  Step into the challenge, you won’t regret it.

Read more on ADDED SUGAR

 

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS AND LONG TERM EFFECTS INCLUDE:

  • Agitation
  • Headaches
  • Bear like tendencies
  • Irritation with those around you consuming the yummy toxins
  • Divorce
  • More energy
  • Less bloating
  • Lightening of lower stomach pressure
  • Better attitude

 

Contact Me For More Support

Watch for MORE to come…  These may be empty links due to time of posting.

How I Start My Day (my morning routine)
Breakfast Ideas (healthy breakfast ideas
The Scoop on Sugar (my experience with sugars)

Helpful Non Toxic Cleaning Tips (household cleaning tips and products)

Dog parasites (natural remedies safe for your dog)

Oh No, a Fever! (what to do when your child is sick)

How I Start My Day.

 

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3 detoxing jump starting drinks

  • Green Tea*

Start your morning right, make a cup of green tea with lemon* and a tad of molasses* or honey*

  • Lemon Water

Add fresh squeezed lemon* to your water with

  • Lemon Water with a punch

Add a tsp of apple cider vinegar* to your lemon* water and honey* or molasses* to curb the bite.

These drinks with lemon help your body pH and liver and kidney function, not to mention the many other health benefits that come along.  It will curb diabetes, heart disease and much more.  Start low and slow and add a little more each day to work into a Tbsp of apple cider vinegar*.

Molasses*contains needed minerals many of us are lacking and honey* is healing as well.  Don’t wait for another day.  Enjoy these amazing drinks and let them go to work.

Other Kidney Stone reducing foods and supplements.

-cucumbers*

-magnesium citrate*

*-Safe while pregnant

 

 

Healing Fudge ~ I LOVE THIS STUFF!

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Make your own healing treat and curb your sugar and chocolate cravings all in one.  There are many alternative and just as healthy recipes out there. So find one that works for you and your health.  Caution for those with diabetes and other insulin issues, honey may spike your sugar so find something that works for your body.  Molasses, agave, stevia, or less honey.

Coconut Fudge

  • 1 C organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 C organic peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 C raw honey (or less to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Saigon cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla
  • Himalayan sea salt (optional)

Blend softened coconut oil and peanut butter until smooth and well blended. Add cocoa powder, honey and cinnamon taste. Add vanilla.

Pour into shallow dish, cover and refrigerate and sneak into them until they disappear.

Must be refrigerated until consumed due to melting at room temps. The cooled coconut acts as the hardening agent in these.

Enjoy alone or share with others.

Disclaimer: coconut oil is a natural laxative. Do not try to eat these all at once.  Only consume a small amount until your body is used to the coconut oil.

Other tasty tips to curb a chocolate craving… Yummy.:

Pour prepared liquid fudge over

  • sliced fruit
  • homemade granola (see recipe)
  • dried fruit
  • substitute for frosting
  • or other healthy snacks

So you want to feel good?

I have discovered the natural way to improve my life.  It’s far too good to keep to myself. This is for all my friends and family who are curious about my new lifestyle changes and all those others who would like to learn what has worked for me.

Some of us grow up hearing, ‘it’s all about our diet and exercise.’ Well, if you are like me, you may think, ‘I do not need to diet’, or , ‘I eat pretty healthy.’  This is the thinking that has gotten me into a bit of trouble.  Maybe you have trouble losing weight, feel sluggish, losing momentum or plain just don’t ever feel good.  You may be on your own healing path and have tips to share.  You’re all in the right place.

Well, diet and exercise is a broad and overused term. I will attempt to break it down and explain exactly what that means to me today…

I am a 34 year old, mother of four children and 120 pounds on a heavy day. I grew up in Utah, eating the average American diet of cold cereals, malt o meal, oatmeal, eggs, french toast, pancakes, waffles all smothered in margarine and imitation maple syrup and toast with margarine for breakfast’s. Macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, school lunches and fast foods once or twice a month for lunches.  I enjoyed a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks and home cooked dinners (mostly out of a can of coarse).  I drank a cup or two of milk daily and a juice on occasion.  We had six kids in the family so the fresh food went quickly.

I recreationally used drugs and alcohol and tobacco as a teenager, but I quickly turned my life around upon getting pregnant, and turning my life over to God and being forgiven by the blood shed by Jesus Christ for all my sins. I married at 17 and began my family.

I had always fairly healthy, but I occasionally suffered from dry skin and cracking, some athletes feet, eczema and warts.  These skin issues went dormant mostly after my teen years of partying. (I will share my conclusion on this in a later post)

As a mom, I loved to cook mostly from scratch and use family recipes, I made homemade pies like my dad and my mom’s no bake cheesecake for Christmas and Thanksgiving. I enjoy creating new and healthy snacks, rice krispie treats, cookies of all kinds (with what I thought was a healthy twist.)  I also enjoyed homemade pancakes smothered in imitation syrup, whole wheat flour, oatmeal raisin cookies with nuts, I served my family crepes weekly (white flour, egg, milk, a thin pancake smothered in margarine and powdered sugar).

Basically I ate a good balance of good and healthy foods and plenty of bad foods, a ton of candy, sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup for over 30 years. You get the picture.

All in all, I seemed pretty healthy most of the time. I did start to feel sluggish, low energy, and had a complete lack of motivation or ability to keep up with my kids the past 10 years or so, but this is normal right?

So I thought…

This is only the beginning of amazing things to come.

Thanks for coming along for my journey…