Podcast Episode 45 – Top 5 Toxins – Water (Part 2 of 5)

[00:00:00] Patryce: Good morning, Shonda. [00:00:01] Shonda: Good morning, Patryce. [00:00:02] Welcome back. I understand you guys had a wonderful camping trip. [00:00:07] Yeah. Yeah. It was fun. I was a little tired cause I didn't bring my juice, but you know, um, I learned, so we still have to talk about juicing, but we'll get to it soon. [00:00:19] Patryce: Today we're going to continue from what we provide a snippet about. Right. Um, we've been talking about toxins and first part we talked about food and water and its importance about detoxing because as you always remind us, fiber is excellent and it is a great way to help our bodies to naturally detox. [00:00:44] Right. And then also water is another excellent way to help our bodies to detox naturally. Anyone can go look at the snippet about the details, about how, if we're avoiding water and not getting enough hydration and fiber, um, we're building up toxins in our body. [00:01:06] Shonda: Yeah. And so, yeah, how important water is, if we're getting the right amount of fiber, we need water for the hydration to help the toxins be removed. [00:01:16] And, um, so that's where we're going to start. And you found a definition. I thought that was a really good definition about the importance of water. [00:01:26] Patryce: Oh, the definition for hydration, right? Yeah. Oh, in which basically the process of causing our bodies to absorb water and replace water in the body. [00:01:37] Our bodies require adequate hydration to function properly. When our bodies become dehydrated it means that we are lacking the water levels necessary for optimum function. Yeah. Wow. [00:01:52] Shonda: Yeah. So it's well known that water is important for optimal functioning. Right. Um, and, and it went further to talk about every cell tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly, you know, and it talks about things like maintaining. [00:02:09] It's temperature, lubricating your joints, but the big highlight is removing toxins. Sure. Yeah. So, yeah, let's talk about using water to remove toxins. What are some ways that, um, you know, I mean, it just the process of drinking water. So, um, some may not enjoy drinking water because they're used to drinking other drinks, you know, liquids. But you put some tips there. [00:02:40] Want to tell us about those tips? [00:02:42] Patryce: Yeah, we can get creative by adding lemon is a calling way to, um, enhance our water... tastes of the water. And then also we can infuse it with different flavors, natural flavors. You can put your mint in there. You could even. Uh, lime, if that's what you want or raspberries even. [00:03:07] And there are actual inexpensive infusers to do that. And I've seen videos where people make a whole pitcher of water infused with different berries or different flavors, and they put in the refrigerator to make it a little chilly, whatever is best for them. Uh, we, we drank our it's more room temperature, but the main thing is just drinking more water. [00:03:30] Shonda: Yeah, that's a really good start. Uh, is drinking more water. And then, yeah, I heard that and I do drink room temperature too. That that's best for digestion. And something else that comes to mind is it's best to drink water before you eat at least 15 minutes before, or wait 15 to 30 minutes after, you know, so it doesn't interfere with you know, watering down your stomach acids for best digestion. [00:03:59] Patryce: I've heard that. I've heard that too. I, I am very much about not drinking 20 minutes after I eat for that. Very reason. [00:04:08] Shonda: I know, I get a really strange look when I go to restaurants and they're like, so what will you have to drink? I'm like nothing. For one, I don't know what kind of water they're serving me. [00:04:19] So I have my water in the car, you know, and I'm not drinking with my food, so I don't need water when I go out to eat at a restaurant. [00:04:28] Patryce: Wow. That's a great tip Shonda. That we can bring our own water bottles, um, when we go out to eat, because we don't know, some restaurants are becoming more, uh, conscious of our water. [00:04:41] And I I've been to a couple where they have some wonderful filtered water and that's another thing we can talk about, is that what is the quality of the water we're drinking like and how we can be intentional about different options? Like having the water filter, maybe at our home, or we, we buy filtered water and, or spring water, or even have it delivered to our house. [00:05:08] But I think you've mentioned before everyone should lookwhat their local water supply looks like. We have tap water, but do you know, what's in your tap water? [00:05:21] Shonda: Yeah, I'll definitely put a link there, uh, you can call your local water provider, but also you can get a report through EWG's website. [00:05:32] They have a water report, just put in your zip code, I believe, and out pops everything, and it's all laid out nicely too. You know, you can read it easily. So, um I did that. And I found out we had a lot of arsenic in our water. That was the main one. I was like, okay. But anyway, we had like 27 contaminants that were like outside of the EWG guidelines. [00:05:57] So that's good to know. Um, I do not drink water from home. I only drink spring water. That's my water of choice. And I have an article that I wrote out on the website about water choices, why I choose spring water. So, um, I'll put a link to that. [00:06:19] Patryce: Good, good information. And another thing is we're talking about how to drink water and maybe flavoring it if that makes it more attractive to you, but also we can drink teas. [00:06:31] That's another good way of being it. Staying hydrated. So lots of teas, I would say herbal tea before the caffeinated tea, because caffeination having caffeine too much of it can, um, facilitate becoming dehydrated. [00:06:48] Shonda: All right. One more thing that I like to add with carrying your water around. I did go to the extra effort of buying glass water bottles. I think I have a sample right behind me, actually. They're glass, water bottle. That I carry. And it has a sleeve for cushioning, you know, to protect against, you know, possibly breaking it. [00:07:10] If you drop it. And, uh, this, I don't mind leaving in my car. So you do not want to leave your water in plastic in a hot car because that is a way that toxins from that plastic can leach into your water. So I buy these, um, glass water bottles. And, uh, I leave this in my car. Because I don't mind drinking warm water, you know, it's, it's kinda nice coming out of a cold place and drinking warm water for me. Um, but that's just something to think about. [00:07:48] You know, I know, um, a lot of the plastics now are BPA free, but there's still lots of other toxins in plastics. So we just kinda want to not add to the toxic levels in our water by leaving plastic in our [00:08:03] Patryce: car. That's a great heads up. And not only being overheated plastic becomes not good for you, but also it had been popular for people to freeze their water bottles the night before and then take them out and use it throughout the day. But the same situation can happen there where unbeknownst, there are toxins, additional toxins as a result of the plastic in the freezing process. So good. Heads-up. [00:08:29] Shonda: Yeah, that's very true. [00:08:31] Okay. And let's not forget about cooking. What water are we using to cook with? Right. Because especially like for making something like a soup, we don't want to ingest a lot of toxins in our vegetable soups, and you know, in our nutritious soup. So that's just another thought that something that, you know, we should consider. [00:08:54] Patryce: That is a big deal because at one point, just even boiling noodles and then rinsing them after you boiled them, I could taste or smell that tap water smell. Versus when I don't use my tap water. And it may seem like a waste to some people, but again, it goes back to what you were just sharing with us about any toxins being heated up. [00:09:18] Essentially that can make it even worse for us. So here we are boiling toxic water and then boiling our food at it. So, anyway, I love that you brought that up. It's important to just keep in mind that, uh, where possible, uh, be intentional about the water we're cooking with as well. [00:09:41] Shonda: So If I am making a soup, I will use spring water to make soup. [00:09:45] If I'm cooking something smaller I do have a filter on my tap water. It filters out quite a bit. And so I do use that for some cooking a little bit, but yeah, if I'm making a big pot of like just soup, I just go ahead and make sure I have some spring water available. [00:10:06] Patryce: Super cool. [00:10:07] Shonda: Okay. Um, so I guess you can lead us into bathing. [00:10:14] Patryce: Oh, yes, the bathing, um, which hopefully we're doing on a regular basis. But just to keep in mind that whether it's a shower or a bath in the tub, it's get getting a lot of water into our bodies. So especially with the showers you can now get showerheads that filter your water that is going on your body. So that's something to keep in mind and then regarding bathing, um, I found some links even to different recipes for detoxing, your bath water, and one of them is using charcoal. And I think you've used charcoal internally, but you can actually make a concoction with your charcoal, is it Bentonite, what is it called? [00:11:06] Shonda: Uh, there's Terramin clay and then there's charcoal and they're totally different in the way they... [00:11:11] Patryce: Oh, I'm sorry. Backup Patryce. I was, I meant to say clay, you can make a clay mixture that you put into your water, uh, when you're bathing to help detox that. And then there's other, um, ways that you can, uh, do salt, detox, baths. [00:11:31] There are couple of different recipes, homemade recipes for detoxing your bath water, which I thought was super interesting. Especially if you have younger kids, because that's mainly what we do when our kids are little. They're in the bathtub, soaking it up. And so that's just to be mindful of maybe looking at some of these homemade recipes for, for detoxing the water or helping your child to get detox, but also to also be mindful. [00:11:57] And I know this is going ahead, but just not to put a lot added stuff. I know there's some name brands of like, let's pour this in for bubbles and I'm not trying to take the fun out of bathing, but at the same time, you went to be healthy as well as, as a fun experience, if that makes. [00:12:16] Shonda: Yeah, we get just buy castile soap as a liquid and put it in there and there would be bubbles, you know, so something that we can consider. [00:12:26] So I wanted to distinguish a difference between detoxing the water and taking a detoxing bath. So yeah, they're, they're two different things really. Right? So the whole house filter or filter on the shower head. And you know, like you said, there's also the option once you get that bath water filtered, you can take a detox bath that will help your body detox from things by adding the Epson salts and um, the clay detox. So there's two different things there, but you want to start with clean water source. [00:13:03] Patryce: So true. I'm glad you spelled that out for us. [00:13:06] There is a difference on filtering the water itself and then actually making an intentional bath that helps to detox you. So good point. Yeah. [00:13:17] Well, Shonda, I, this is a lot of great information, and I learned a lot myself as I was researching about, um, just having clean water. [00:13:26] And that's what we really want to make the point is just to do your due diligence, do research about what is the water source that you're already depending on. And if it's not ideal, what steps can you take? And it can be step-by-step. To make sure you get more quality water for drinking, for bathing and all the different things we've talked about. Including the very good tips you brought up about the water that we're drinking from maybe plastic bottles, making a new habit of getting some glass recylable bottles. And then drinking the water from there. And I do like how you brought up about the water filters on our showers, uh, because you can Google and find different priced ones. And so hopefully you can find one for your, your budget. [00:14:14] Shonda: So yeah, that, that is really all good information. And I just want to impress upon our listeners, that water is so important, you know, that we are taking in enough. And it's so important about the quality of water. So soon we'll be talking about the environment and then we may touch on water again a little bit. [00:14:35] And food again. So that's coming up. So stay tuned for that. Um, I want to put a plug in, I'm going to try and remember in each one that, uh, EWG now has some sort of label on Amazon now for their approved products. [00:14:53] Wow. Yeah. I don't remember the name, but I'll find it and I'll link it below. [00:14:59] Patryce: Wow. That sounds like super good information. And now that you mentioned that one other thing I forgot about, so I mentioned the other day that they're using a water app. So there are apps you can download to your phone because you know you're not drinking enough water and these apps will throughout the day, remind you to drink your water. [00:15:20] It sounds kind of silly, but I know at least one person it's been life changing. [00:15:25] Shonda: Yeah, it is drinking enough water will change your life. So I guess that's all we have for y'all today and thanks for joining us. [00:15:35] Yeah. So next week we'll be talking about the environment and toxins in our environment and how to avoid them and all the different things. And remember, it's just step-by-step but this information would be here for you to come back to as you need it, as you implement these different things. So take your time and, um, be healthy. [00:15:54] Stay well.

To survive our bodies depend on water. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, water helps our bodies maintain their temperature, lubricate our joints, and remove waste (toxins).

Today we also look at the importance of our water source and how to avoid toxins in our water, plus other ways to use water for removing toxins from our bodies.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

We want to come alongside you, as well, as we all continue moving toward a positive direction to support our healthy lifestyles. If there are any specific ways that we can be of assistance, please contact us through our contact form or send a verbal message through Speakpipe.

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The Article that prompted these discussions about toxins

EWG’s Tap Water Database

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The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

Also available on YouTube:

Transcript:

[00:00:00] Patryce: Good morning, Shonda.
[00:00:01] Shonda: Good morning, Patryce.
[00:00:02] Welcome back. I understand you guys had a wonderful camping trip.
[00:00:07] Yeah. Yeah. It was fun. I was a little tired cause I didn't bring my juice, but you know, um, I learned, so we still have to talk about juicing, but we'll get to it soon.
[00:00:19] Patryce: Today we're going to continue from what we provide a snippet about. Right. Um, we've been talking about toxins and first part we talked about food and water and its importance about detoxing because as you always remind us, fiber is excellent and it is a great way to help our bodies to naturally detox.
[00:00:44] Right. And then also water is another excellent way to help our bodies to detox naturally. Anyone can go look at the snippet about the details, about how, if we're avoiding water and not getting enough hydration and fiber, um, we're building up toxins in our body.
[00:01:06] Shonda: Yeah. And so, yeah, how important water is, if we're getting the right amount of fiber, we need water for the hydration to help the toxins be removed.
[00:01:16] And, um, so that's where we're going to start. And you found a definition. I thought that was a really good definition about the importance of water.
[00:01:26] Patryce: Oh, the definition for hydration, right? Yeah. Oh, in which basically the process of causing our bodies to absorb water and replace water in the body.
[00:01:37] Our bodies require adequate hydration to function properly. When our bodies become dehydrated it means that we are lacking the water levels necessary for optimum function. Yeah. Wow.
[00:01:52] Shonda: Yeah. So it's well known that water is important for optimal functioning. Right. Um, and, and it went further to talk about every cell tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly, you know, and it talks about things like maintaining.
[00:02:09] It's temperature, lubricating your joints, but the big highlight is removing toxins. Sure. Yeah. So, yeah, let's talk about using water to remove toxins. What are some ways that, um, you know, I mean, it just the process of drinking water. So, um, some may not enjoy drinking water because they're used to drinking other drinks, you know, liquids. But you put some tips there.
[00:02:40] Want to tell us about those tips?
[00:02:42] Patryce: Yeah, we can get creative by adding lemon is a calling way to, um, enhance our water... tastes of the water. And then also we can infuse it with different flavors, natural flavors. You can put your mint in there. You could even. Uh, lime, if that's what you want or raspberries even.
[00:03:07] And there are actual inexpensive infusers to do that. And I've seen videos where people make a whole pitcher of water infused with different berries or different flavors, and they put in the refrigerator to make it a little chilly, whatever is best for them. Uh, we, we drank our it's more room temperature, but the main thing is just drinking more water.
[00:03:30] Shonda: Yeah, that's a really good start. Uh, is drinking more water. And then, yeah, I heard that and I do drink room temperature too. That that's best for digestion. And something else that comes to mind is it's best to drink water before you eat at least 15 minutes before, or wait 15 to 30 minutes after, you know, so it doesn't interfere with you know, watering down your stomach acids for best digestion.
[00:03:59] Patryce: I've heard that. I've heard that too. I, I am very much about not drinking 20 minutes after I eat for that. Very reason.
[00:04:08] Shonda: I know, I get a really strange look when I go to restaurants and they're like, so what will you have to drink? I'm like nothing. For one, I don't know what kind of water they're serving me.
[00:04:19] So I have my water in the car, you know, and I'm not drinking with my food, so I don't need water when I go out to eat at a restaurant.
[00:04:28] Patryce: Wow. That's a great tip Shonda. That we can bring our own water bottles, um, when we go out to eat, because we don't know, some restaurants are becoming more, uh, conscious of our water.
[00:04:41] And I I've been to a couple where they have some wonderful filtered water and that's another thing we can talk about, is that what is the quality of the water we're drinking like and how we can be intentional about different options? Like having the water filter, maybe at our home, or we, we buy filtered water and, or spring water, or even have it delivered to our house.
[00:05:08] But I think you've mentioned before everyone should lookwhat their local water supply looks like. We have tap water, but do you know, what's in your tap water?
[00:05:21] Shonda: Yeah, I'll definitely put a link there, uh, you can call your local water provider, but also you can get a report through EWG's website.
[00:05:32] They have a water report, just put in your zip code, I believe, and out pops everything, and it's all laid out nicely too. You know, you can read it easily. So, um I did that. And I found out we had a lot of arsenic in our water. That was the main one. I was like, okay. But anyway, we had like 27 contaminants that were like outside of the EWG guidelines.
[00:05:57] So that's good to know. Um, I do not drink water from home. I only drink spring water. That's my water of choice. And I have an article that I wrote out on the website about water choices, why I choose spring water. So, um, I'll put a link to that.
[00:06:19] Patryce: Good, good information. And another thing is we're talking about how to drink water and maybe flavoring it if that makes it more attractive to you, but also we can drink teas.
[00:06:31] That's another good way of being it. Staying hydrated. So lots of teas, I would say herbal tea before the caffeinated tea, because caffeination having caffeine too much of it can, um, facilitate becoming dehydrated.
[00:06:48] Shonda: All right. One more thing that I like to add with carrying your water around. I did go to the extra effort of buying glass water bottles. I think I have a sample right behind me, actually. They're glass, water bottle. That I carry. And it has a sleeve for cushioning, you know, to protect against, you know, possibly breaking it.
[00:07:10] If you drop it. And, uh, this, I don't mind leaving in my car. So you do not want to leave your water in plastic in a hot car because that is a way that toxins from that plastic can leach into your water. So I buy these, um, glass water bottles. And, uh, I leave this in my car. Because I don't mind drinking warm water, you know, it's, it's kinda nice coming out of a cold place and drinking warm water for me. Um, but that's just something to think about.
[00:07:48] You know, I know, um, a lot of the plastics now are BPA free, but there's still lots of other toxins in plastics. So we just kinda want to not add to the toxic levels in our water by leaving plastic in our
[00:08:03] Patryce: car. That's a great heads up. And not only being overheated plastic becomes not good for you, but also it had been popular for people to freeze their water bottles the night before and then take them out and use it throughout the day. But the same situation can happen there where unbeknownst, there are toxins, additional toxins as a result of the plastic in the freezing process. So good. Heads-up.
[00:08:29] Shonda: Yeah, that's very true.
[00:08:31] Okay. And let's not forget about cooking. What water are we using to cook with? Right. Because especially like for making something like a soup, we don't want to ingest a lot of toxins in our vegetable soups, and you know, in our nutritious soup. So that's just another thought that something that, you know, we should consider.
[00:08:54] Patryce: That is a big deal because at one point, just even boiling noodles and then rinsing them after you boiled them, I could taste or smell that tap water smell. Versus when I don't use my tap water. And it may seem like a waste to some people, but again, it goes back to what you were just sharing with us about any toxins being heated up.
[00:09:18] Essentially that can make it even worse for us. So here we are boiling toxic water and then boiling our food at it. So, anyway, I love that you brought that up. It's important to just keep in mind that, uh, where possible, uh, be intentional about the water we're cooking with as well.
[00:09:41] Shonda: So If I am making a soup, I will use spring water to make soup.
[00:09:45] If I'm cooking something smaller I do have a filter on my tap water. It filters out quite a bit. And so I do use that for some cooking a little bit, but yeah, if I'm making a big pot of like just soup, I just go ahead and make sure I have some spring water available.
[00:10:06] Patryce: Super cool.
[00:10:07] Shonda: Okay. Um, so I guess you can lead us into bathing.
[00:10:14] Patryce: Oh, yes, the bathing, um, which hopefully we're doing on a regular basis. But just to keep in mind that whether it's a shower or a bath in the tub, it's get getting a lot of water into our bodies. So especially with the showers you can now get showerheads that filter your water that is going on your body. So that's something to keep in mind and then regarding bathing, um, I found some links even to different recipes for detoxing, your bath water, and one of them is using charcoal. And I think you've used charcoal internally, but you can actually make a concoction with your charcoal, is it Bentonite, what is it called?
[00:11:06] Shonda: Uh, there's Terramin clay and then there's charcoal and they're totally different in the way they...
[00:11:11] Patryce: Oh, I'm sorry. Backup Patryce. I was, I meant to say clay, you can make a clay mixture that you put into your water, uh, when you're bathing to help detox that. And then there's other, um, ways that you can, uh, do salt, detox, baths.
[00:11:31] There are couple of different recipes, homemade recipes for detoxing your bath water, which I thought was super interesting. Especially if you have younger kids, because that's mainly what we do when our kids are little. They're in the bathtub, soaking it up. And so that's just to be mindful of maybe looking at some of these homemade recipes for, for detoxing the water or helping your child to get detox, but also to also be mindful.
[00:11:57] And I know this is going ahead, but just not to put a lot added stuff. I know there's some name brands of like, let's pour this in for bubbles and I'm not trying to take the fun out of bathing, but at the same time, you went to be healthy as well as, as a fun experience, if that makes.
[00:12:16] Shonda: Yeah, we get just buy castile soap as a liquid and put it in there and there would be bubbles, you know, so something that we can consider.
[00:12:26] So I wanted to distinguish a difference between detoxing the water and taking a detoxing bath. So yeah, they're, they're two different things really. Right? So the whole house filter or filter on the shower head. And you know, like you said, there's also the option once you get that bath water filtered, you can take a detox bath that will help your body detox from things by adding the Epson salts and um, the clay detox. So there's two different things there, but you want to start with clean water source.
[00:13:03] Patryce: So true. I'm glad you spelled that out for us.
[00:13:06] There is a difference on filtering the water itself and then actually making an intentional bath that helps to detox you. So good point. Yeah.
[00:13:17] Well, Shonda, I, this is a lot of great information, and I learned a lot myself as I was researching about, um, just having clean water.
[00:13:26] And that's what we really want to make the point is just to do your due diligence, do research about what is the water source that you're already depending on. And if it's not ideal, what steps can you take? And it can be step-by-step. To make sure you get more quality water for drinking, for bathing and all the different things we've talked about. Including the very good tips you brought up about the water that we're drinking from maybe plastic bottles, making a new habit of getting some glass recylable bottles. And then drinking the water from there. And I do like how you brought up about the water filters on our showers, uh, because you can Google and find different priced ones. And so hopefully you can find one for your, your budget.
[00:14:14] Shonda: So yeah, that, that is really all good information. And I just want to impress upon our listeners, that water is so important, you know, that we are taking in enough. And it's so important about the quality of water. So soon we'll be talking about the environment and then we may touch on water again a little bit.
[00:14:35] And food again. So that's coming up. So stay tuned for that. Um, I want to put a plug in, I'm going to try and remember in each one that, uh, EWG now has some sort of label on Amazon now for their approved products.
[00:14:53] Wow. Yeah. I don't remember the name, but I'll find it and I'll link it below.
[00:14:59] Patryce: Wow. That sounds like super good information. And now that you mentioned that one other thing I forgot about, so I mentioned the other day that they're using a water app. So there are apps you can download to your phone because you know you're not drinking enough water and these apps will throughout the day, remind you to drink your water.
[00:15:20] It sounds kind of silly, but I know at least one person it's been life changing.
[00:15:25] Shonda: Yeah, it is drinking enough water will change your life. So I guess that's all we have for y'all today and thanks for joining us.
[00:15:35] Yeah. So next week we'll be talking about the environment and toxins in our environment and how to avoid them and all the different things. And remember, it's just step-by-step but this information would be here for you to come back to as you need it, as you implement these different things. So take your time and, um, be healthy.
[00:15:54] Stay well.

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Podcast Episode 44 – The Roles of Food and Water for Removing Toxins

Lemon Water

Last week Patryce and I talked about the toxins that may be in our food and how to avoid those toxins. But just as important, in this episode, we want to remind you that the right food and water help to detox our bodies.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

We want to come alongside you, as well, as we all continue moving toward a positive direction to support our healthy lifestyles. If there are any specific ways that we can be of assistance, please contact us through our contact form or send a verbal message through Speakpipe.

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SHOW NOTES:

The Article that prompted this discussion

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

Also available on YouTube:

Transcript:

[00:00:00] Hello last week Patryce and I talked about the toxins that may be in our food and how to avoid those toxins. But just as important, we want to remind you that the right food and water helps to detox our bodies. So you don't want to miss next week when our discussion will be about the many toxins found in water and how to avoid them.
[00:00:24] But for now, here's a little snippet of our conversation about the important roles of food and water.
[00:00:43] Hi, and hello. Welcome to the real food and drinks lifestyle podcast. We're building a community to talk about nutrition, lifestyle choices, and just feeling better. This is Shonda and this is Patryce. Let's just be real.
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[00:01:28] Another way of naturally detoxing is to drink water.
[00:01:33] And I guess I'm just reminded of that because my, I have to remind myself to stay hydrated. Like, you think, like a cup of water or two is enough for the whole day. No, for most people that is not enough water, but you need to be drinking enough water because it is naturally, uh, helping us to eliminate toxins from our body.
[00:01:55] Exactly. And we're going to be talking about water next week. Right? Yeah. More about water. So that's good. And fiber helps eliminate toxins too. So eating a whole food diet, including lots of fiber, which naturally includes a lot of fiber, helps with the detox process too. Yeah. Yeah. So we should just talk about, we don't want to be constipated. You know, that's keeping toxins in. We've got to keep that food moving out on out to get rid of toxins.
[00:02:32] Yes, you're right. Shonda. And I heard a pediatrician recently describe it well. She was just trying to break it down for everyone because she sees these little kids younger and younger kids who are just constipated.
[00:02:46] It could lead to serious problems, but she said it's similar. She described it to the child and the parent. It's like having a trash can. In the beginning, you put a couple items with the trash in there. It's okay. You don't even really smell it. But if that trash can continues to be dirty. Things keep being put in the trash can and you don't empty the trash can. You start smelling the trash. It's not a nice smell. It's unpleasant, but she described that as what's going on in our insides. When we do not regularly use the bathroom and there are kids and adults who don't even go every day, once a day. Let alone that if you should eat, you know, you eat three meals, you should probably go for every meal, but at least once a day. If you're not eliminating that way, having BMS, then there's trash [Putrefying]. It's just collecting in our bodies and it's getting nasty. Yeah, I know you like that illustration and that is a good one. That is a really good one. Uh, so yeah, take note everyone. Um, that is something to be concerned about. If you know, we are constipated and we, we need to address that for sure, because we want to get the toxins out.
[00:04:04] Yes, we do.
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Podcast Episode 43 – Top 5 Toxins – Food (Part 1 of 5)

Toxic Food

Today we are taking our first deep dive into the top five sources of toxins that can be making us sick. Unfortunately, food is at the top of the list. The very substance that should be keeping us alive and healthy can be the very substance that is making us sick.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

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The Article that prompted this discussion

Links to the podcasts/articles about stress:

Podcast Episode 1 – Covid-19 and Stress
Podcast Episode 25 – Got Stress? Let’s Get Rid of It!
Podcast Episode 26 – Praying for a Peaceful Lifestyle
De-stress, Dealing with Stress (Covid-19 Pandemic)

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

Glyphosate: Round-up week killer sprayed on grains used in Quaker Oats, Cheerios, etc

Best Foods For Gut Health | Dr. Will Bulsiewicz Live Q&A on The Exam Room (Starting at 24:57, there is a discussion about glyphosate and what it does to gut health.)

Food Additives:
Foods to Avoid for Healing Chronic Illness: natural flavorings, canola oil, processed beet sugar, artificial flavorings/sweeteners, etc
Potassium Sorbate is a preservative that can trigger allergic reactions
The digestive fate of dietary carrageenan

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Hi Patryce. Hi Shonda. How are you? Good. How are you doing? Well, thank you. I'm excited about our topic. Yeah, we have a lot to talk about, right. And. We're definitely going to break this up, but, I guess I'll go ahead and just talk about, what we're, we're headed, , today, or today and in the next few podcasts.
[00:00:22] So, we're gonna try our best to take a deep dive into the top five sources of toxins that can be making us sick, you know? It started with a website. It was whatsadetox.com. I'll put that in the show notes. And so let's see, why should you detox? It's a great question. Our bodies have the ability to eliminate toxins and unwanted matter naturally various organs, such as the liver and the kidneys aid in this toxin removal.
[00:01:04] But these organs become overwhelmed over time. So we want to do something about not overwhelming our organs over time. Right. Honestly, I was just glad you brought this up because I see detoxing everywhere.
[00:01:23] Yeah, it's been, a subject for a long time and, you know, I think, I think there's, a right way. Well, let me say there's a, there are drastic ways of doing detox and then there are more simple ways of detoxing and we're just talking about helping your body to do what its normal function is to do, which is to detox. And so if we've overwhelmed though, those organs, that detox, then we may need a little help. You know, we may need to try to avoid toxins so that those organs can work better. You know yeah. Let's concentrate on a specific time of removing toxins and avoiding toxins so that we can heal better during that time.
[00:02:15] And that's why I thought it was so great that we're going to just talk about what are some of the main top toxins, right? Yeah. Okay. So the last point that this website makes is the accumulation of excess toxins caused by poor lifestyle choices and environmental factors. So we're going to be talking about all of those.
[00:02:35] You want to, um, introduce those five sources that we're going to be talking about today and few. Okay. Let me see if I can remember them. If not, I'll look at my notes, but, uh, I think the first was food and then water. And then environment.
[00:02:52] And then the fourth one was uh, the personal care and beauty products. Now that I think about how could I forget? And then last but not least at all would be our mind, our thought life, for sure. Yes. I kind of want to jump into that right away, but you know, we can put a link. We've talked about that a little bit in some segments. So I'll put a link there, but we will talk about that in detail, in an upcoming podcast, you know, uh, and in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for that.
[00:03:28 ]We just wanted to discuss ways to minimize our exposure to toxins. Right. And so today let's talk about food toxins. Okay. And there's so much there. you're welcome to start. Wow. Well, you said it well, there's a lot, there's a lot there and there's just so many directions.
[00:03:50] You can go with that, but just from the simplest standpoint, the more we get away from food in its natural state, the more toxin it could be. And what I mean by that is if we're eating food in containers and preserved food with long shelf lives, we have toxins to contend with. And then another toxin that you pointed out is before it even gets to the store, it was grown out in a field.
[00:04:27] And we'll talk probably at more length about the environment. Perhaps, well, we know use of different chemicals being used on crops, so that's another toxin. Um, so there's just different, different angles from which toxicity can be discussed regarding food. Where did you want to start?
[00:04:49] Yeah. Um, well, I want to reference, uh, EWG, the environmental working groups website, because they have a lot of helpful articles there. They have a lot of helpful databases that you can look up products to see what type of toxins are there and what levels of the toxins are there.
[00:05:11] You know? So I really like that. And I've known for a while, but I think you are the first person that pointed that out for me was the dirty dozen, yeah. The dirty dozen, I believe that originated from EWG and I believe it's still on their website and it's the dirty-dozen of fruits and vegetables that have the highest amount of pesticides.
[00:05:35] Yeah, I think they have the clean 15. These have the least amount of pesticides on them... I haven't seen that, but I'm glad to hear about that list too. Yeah, I'll definitely find that in post that below in the show notes.
[00:05:53] So I guess number one is we want to avoid pesticides, right. And another good way when we're looking at that list, a little better way to avoid pesticides would be to choose organic when possible, because there aren't supposed to be pesticides sprayed on organic foods. But there is something that we do have to be aware of when we're going to talk about later the environment, but certain crops are sprayed with pesticides. But hey right across the road, we can have an organic farm.
[00:06:34] That's going to get that same, you know, pesticide residue on it. So, this is just a fact of life, but, uh, it's going to have less pesticides if we choose organic, you know, this is just all possibility. And I don't know to what depth EWG has listed, these pesticides, the contamination amounts. They've done studies. And there is one one, one particular, one that I really want to talk about though.
[00:07:07] And yeah, the chemical that's sprayed very often is glyphosate. Okay. So we spell that G L Y P H O S a T E. And it is something that I learned about a really long time ago. They have many articles dating back as far as 2013, probably even before then. But I found a new article and, um, they're trying to make the public aware, but these are in our children's foods such as cereals Cheerios.
[00:07:46] Is a brand that has a lot of this glyphosate in it. And so does Quaker oats. So I will definitely link that below, but that is really something that we need to think about and what it is is it's the Roundup weed killer. Oh, okay. I've heard of Roundup. You've heard of Roundup. It was specially manufactured for GMO crops and it's soy and wheat and corn, and I don't know, I'm going to have to look up the specifics, but one thing to note about soy is all the soy tofu that's on the shelves. They are non-GMO. But the crops that's being sprayed is that's the soybean for the soybean oil.
[00:08:41] So that's just something to consider. So we really want to avoid soybean oil in our food. So that's an ingredient that would be on the back. Now, glyphosate would not be on the ingredient list, but, um, soybean oil is one.
[00:08:57] What are some other things that you think about avoiding when ... if you are looking at packaged foods? Do you have any specifics? One that comes to mind now that you've I mentioned it and I've seen it more in drinks, especially when the kids did track the Gatorade, the Powerades, and even the track coach used to say, "Hey kids, if you're going to use Gatorade instead of water, water, or coconut water, which is really good, um, please avoid the red Gatorades."
[00:09:26] He would always say, drink the clearest in color that you could, if you're going to drink Gatorade. Because I mean, on the labels that says like FD, different numbers for colors. that's what I've noticed a lot in some of the drinks, but I'm sure in some of the food, there are colors or dyes as well.
[00:09:46] And those are not good either. Yeah, so when we're, when we see colors, F D and C number, whatever there's, yellow, there's blue there's red take note that preservatives are probably included in that food too. I've just noticed that when one's in there they just throw everything in there and, you know, they do that to extend shelf life of those foods. Wow. Okay. Yeah. The colors. And now that you mentioned it, the other thing I've seen is natural flavoring.
[00:10:20] And I always just thought, oh, well, it's natural. But I read somewhere, and I haven't looked it up, but those are not natural really at all. Um, there are things to avoid. You're so right. Yes. I've definitely seen that.
[00:10:34] And we definitely need to put a link to more information about that. And because I have seen lists of what those natural flavors are actually. Yeah, so, okay. There's just so much there, you know, and one that I know... potassium sorbate, that's a preservative and I'll put a link to that and what what's bad about it.
[00:10:57] And these are just some things that I just remember seeing, hydrogenated oils, Although they're supposed to be a move to get those out, but they're just replacing it with something else, you know, some other preservative because they need the food to last on the shelf.
[00:11:12] Right? True. Yeah. So we want to avoid preservatives. We want to avoid colors. We want to avoid all these, you know, oils like specifically soybean oil and there are a few others, I think, canola oil, unless it's listed as non-GMO. Um, wow. Because you know what?
[00:11:37] Like I'm just going to have to call it out the uncle Ben's rice. You know, those little packets that you can get for microwave, which I don't recommend. I know the microwave anyway. Okay. I won't go there. I try and warm up everything in the oven or stove, but those microwave packages of rice.
[00:11:57] If you look closer, these days you'll see manufactured with genetically modified ingredients"- is on that package. Oh, wow. I did not notice that, but I, I'm not surprised. And now that we're going through some of these things to avoid. I don't know if they're in the same category that we're speaking of, but an overabundance of sugar is not good period.
[00:12:23] And, and I, you know, more and more studies are showing that we probably need to detox from sugar sometimes because we just have too much going on in our products, all kinds of sugar from, yeah and then the artificial sugars, which I've read that those may be even worse than the cane sugar.
[00:12:42] I'm sure they're worse than the cane sugar because they're not natural sugars. So the whole idea of just all the sugars, definitely the ones that are the artificial sweeteners, we probably don't want to do a lot of those. Yeah. The others too. The like the ones you said that in the O-S- E. Those are not natural because they have been refined, you know, they're removed from their natural state. And I do want to say though, a lot of the sugar that listed, unless it says organic, that sugar that's listed on many items are from GMO crops. Oh, well, see, I would not have known that. Oh yeah. They're from GMO crops. Beets. Beets is a GMO crop. Yeah. Unless it's organic. Most sugar on products today are from beets and they're GMO beets. Wow. Well, I knew at trader Joe's, once we went to inquire about the corn chips or different chips that were made from corn, , they sit all of our chips are non-GMO.
[00:13:50] So I wonder if. Hold true for everything at their store. I don't know, but I, I will find out because I had never, I just see beets. I'm not thinking non-GMO beets or not. So, um, anyway, that's good information Shonda.
[00:14:04] We do want to let people know that, you know, we're talking about all these things to avoid, and it could sound like a lot. It can sound overwhelming, but it's just a matter of just educating ourselves and making changes. Making changes that make sense for our family and part of making changes that will be healthier for us is eating a more plant-based whole food diet versus more of a standard American diet. So then if you're doing more of a plant-based whole food diet, you won't have to worry as much about these different toxins, um, because you hopefully know where you're getting your food from.
[00:14:46] But, what would you say to that? Because I know when I was a young mother and I start reading all this stuff and learning more and and having a smaller budget. And at one point I did get a bit overwhelmed, to be honest, um, with a young family.
[00:15:00] The only thing I, I would say is don't become stressed out about this. You know, you pray. We know God provides for us our health and our provisions and, and also resources like EWG. If, you know, there are some fruits and vegetables that have more of the, um, the pesticides, then you can go to the other ones that don't.
[00:15:21] So I love how we're providing the EWG link. And on there, it sounds like not only are they telling you which ones to try to avoid, but they're telling you go to these 15 and those are good to go.
[00:15:34] Yeah, you said it exactly. That's exactly a good thing because we don't want to become overwhelmed because that takes us back to creating toxic stress, you know, in our, with our thinking and things like that. But yeah, we are just bringing this to you so that you can become more aware and you can make some wiser choices, you know?
[00:15:55] Um, Just for better health. And like you said, go for more whole foods and it's easier to avoid all of this if we're eating whole foods, you know, and I like to add that whole foods can be made into some really delicious scrumptious food. You know, if, if, if that's what you need to do, I mean, it takes a little bit more work.
[00:16:19] It does, but if that's what you need. Sugar, you know, dates, use dates, you know, and, and just, there are lots of great recipes that use whole foods to make the same food that you may be used to eating, in the standard American diet. You know, you can make cobblers using dates and oats and apples and peaches, you know, there, there's still ways to do this, but you know, it takes learning a different method.
[00:16:52] I mean, just think about it. Well, you learn to bake that cake, you know, you had to learn, if you're making a cake from scratch, I suppose, you know, you learn the steps to make that. So it's just about learning a different method, you know? Exactly. Exactly. I love that encouragement. And, and now with the internet, Hey, you can Google anything, find a video, find people doing it.
[00:17:15] You can have fun watching someone prepare something a new way, and then you can do that and then put your own spin on it. But, um, so we can be encouraged by these different videos out there and, and the food doesn't have to be boring because we're eating it in its whole form.
[00:17:32] Uh, there's just so many things for, for example, carrots, I just like chewing on a carrot, just like it is, but if that's not enough for you, my sister told me. She and her husband chop up the carrots and they cut up the dates that you just mentioned and sprinkle a little salt and that caramelization in the oven, when you bake it with just a little salt... delicious. Sounds like a dessert.
[00:17:58] Yeah. Yeah. For some, yeah. For some, it could be dessert and it could just be a side or something just new to try, right? Yeah okay. That's all great stuff. They're just some really good reference material out there to help get you started. And remember, just start slowly and, and make a little change here and there, and to not be overwhelmed, but just think about, you know, I made a change. I made a positive change and it's good.
[00:18:30] And I'm gonna benefit from it and, and carry on, right? It's all good stuff. I love the idea that we're sharing resources. And if anyone else has any resources, please share them with us because that's part of building a community and encouraging one another. That like you said it's one day at a time.
[00:18:49] It's one day at a time. Yeah, definitely, one day at a time. Okay. Thanks. Thank you. We'll see you all next time.

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Podcast Episode 42 – Raw Foods vs. Cooked Foods

raw food and cooked foods

Today the conversation is about raw foods vs. cooked foods. We share an article (see below), our experiences, and a few tips.

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Raw Food vs. Cooked Food: A Nutrient Analysis (Article referred to in the podcast)

Please refer to these YouTube Episodes by Dr. Baxter Montgomery concerning ‘Juicing for Raw Food Benefits’:

Main Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Shonda: So I was thinking about raw food and the benefits that it has .
[00:00:04] You know, it was just on my mind to want to express to the community how important raw food and fresh foods are. I'm talking more like salads and, you know, eating fresh fruits and things like that. You know, mostly , I mean, I can't stop talking about juicing. Of course, I do like to juice. That's a raw food option.
[00:00:27] Um, but it was on my mind and then you sent me this article and it's like, oh, okay. So that's what we're talking about today. And it's raw food versus cook food. It also talks about nutrient analysis, but I don't think it goes as deep into nutrient analysis as I thought.
[00:00:45] So we'll just kind of talk about just general raw food versus cooked, and I guess our experiences, and we can talk about what the article talks about.
[00:00:57] Patryce: Excellent. Yeah, it was, it was an interesting article. And when I sent it, the fact that you were thinking about the same subject was awesome. So I haven't eaten mainly raw or a lot of raw but I definitely, even as a kid, I've always gravitated to like the raw carrots and well, like you said, most of our fruits are raw. Apples. How many kids don't like a good apple and especially with almond or peanut butter on it?
[00:01:27] Yeah. This is a very interesting article because it does talk about raw versus the cooked food diet. And, um, I think it starts off by saying that raw versus cooked the answer isn't very clear because there are many different ways of preparing food to start with. Because you can bake it, you can steam it, you can roast it, you can fry it. So. Even if you're cooking it, depending on the way you decided to cook, it can really impact your nutrition.
[00:02:00] And one thing I saw it, I don't know if it was here, but the fact that it didn't seem like boiling your vegetables is the most ideal in most situations.
[00:02:09] Shonda: Yeah, you're right. I think I did read that in this article too. And I know, you know, some people believe that you shouldn't raise the temperature of your foods above a certain point. , But yeah, and just like frying, you know, we're against frying, that's a really high temperature. So, um, you know, some believe that destroys all nutrients in the food when you fry it. So, yeah, but you know, there's a lot of things there there's differences in the way you prepare your food and some nutrients are unlocked by certain cooking methods.
[00:02:42] I know there's a difference between like cooked tomatoes versus not, you know So, you know, it has its benefits. And I think in general, and this is the way I eat. I eat in just a variety. Cooked and raw or fresh foods. And I try to get that all in a same day.
[00:03:03] I try to not eat all cooked foods for an entire single day, you know? And so we can't do that if we are eating fruit, because hopefully we're eating fresh fruit and not just, you know, apple pies and cobblers, somethings like that. So, yeah.
[00:03:23] Patryce: Yeah, I think that's a very good point. You brought up about variety.
[00:03:27] Um, I, I love to do that myself. If you're having some warm food or cooked food. Well, it's good to compliment that with some raw food. And I think most of us do that, um, have some vegetables or the salad. Those are not usually cooked or often the vegetables like carrots may not be and definitely salads are usually not cooked. And it's good to have that kind of variety. And the thing I do want to say is just the reminder that when we're eating raw foods, although they're excellent for us to make sure we thoroughly wash them.
[00:04:02] Shonda: Yeah. Yeah. That is important. Um, especially if we didn't grow them in our own gardens.
[00:04:08] Sure.
[00:04:11] Patryce: Okay. And we can Google different ways to do that because I mean, we can rinse them, but I think baking soda, there, there are different things that you can use just in your pantry to help get a more thorough washing if you want, but definitely rinse them thoroughly. And, um, it's not being finicky. It's just being careful because of diseases. And then let's be honest, the manure, you don't necessarily want to eat that. Yeah.
[00:04:40] Shonda: You don't remember that vegetable has been, so yeah, let's wash our vegetables, even if we're going to cook them, but especially if we're not going to cook them, let's wash them. Yeah. That's a good thing.
[00:04:52] So the, the article will be linked below. You can go and read about all these things: antioxidant differences and vitamin differences. It's a really short, it's like five minutes, really, I think. Um, but. I think it did summarize there's a bottom line here. And like we've talked about before, , it says, and I'm quoting "numerous research studies show that eating more plant sources of foods, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds, and legumes is a key strategy to improve health and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer".
[00:05:35] Patryce: I'm glad you highlighted that. And, and, and I'm sorry, I couldn't help, but mentioning that, not only does it help her overall health part of that overall health is our oral health.
[00:05:45] And maybe we can talk about it another day, but, um, you know, our teeth, our mouth, our gums, that's a big part of our overall health and a more plant-based diet will be better for that as well.
[00:06:00] Shonda: Right? Yeah. I think we've both seen that in our lives and our visits to the dentist . Yeah, we both get good dental reports. Right. So that is something it is for your overall health. But yeah, just recently we both visited the dentist. So we just want to share that with you.
[00:06:18] So what else do we want to talk about? I know what else we can mention here before we let you guys go. We can talk about how we stir steam, our vegetables instead of using oil. So that removes frying... no longer frying vegetables. But we stir steam them and you can do that on a very low temperature. And it only takes one pan and a little bit of water.
[00:06:46] And a lot of times the lower temperature that you use, the less water you need because vegetables have their own liquids. And, they'll taste sweeter and things like that just as if you bake them. I know there are, there is an option to bake and the lower temperature that you bake the better too.
[00:07:04] It's just all about preserving nutrients in the food. So let's try to go for the lower temperatures, especially when we have more time to cook and it's more relaxing to take it at a slower pace and love your food so it can love you back.
[00:07:22] Patryce: I love that love your food so it can love you back. And to your point about the lower temperatures, it did mention in this article about dehydration.
[00:07:31] And if you have a dehydrator or you can pick one up at the garage store or find one on, on a good, for a good sale, you can do that for your kale chips or your fruits. And, um, if you don't have a dehydrator and not investing right now, like you said, just a low, low temperature in the oven should give you similar results.
[00:07:51] Right? Right. Yeah.
[00:07:53] Um, so yeah, this is just. Pretty short article. And, and like you said, the bottom line is regardless. We're not saying that there's only one way to eat your vegetables. We're just concurring that let's eat our vegetables and eat plenty of them.
[00:08:11] Shonda: Yeah. There's a variety of ways to eat vegetables and yeah.
[00:08:16] To make them more enjoyable or just enjoy a different variety. So that's what I try to do.
[00:08:23] Patryce: I do too. Yeah. And, and also for your, when you have young kids, you know, maybe your kids say, oh, I don't like carrots, but then that's because they've only had them a raw, but then maybe you steam some carrots or even bake them.
[00:08:39] And then the kids are like, oh, I really liked those. So just encouraging the parents that if you've baked your carrots and the kids are like, I don't like it. Don't despair. Try to give them to them in another form. Maybe then you give them to them crunchier by giving them raw carrots. So especially with children and when they're young, let them experience the vegetables in different forms.
[00:09:00] Shonda: Yeah. Yeah. That's good. That's another take on raw versus cooked. Yeah, that's a good one.
[00:09:05] Patryce: Another way to incorporate our raw vegetables would be smoothies. You mentioned juicing, but also smoothies and soups.
[00:09:15] There's some, some cold soups, but, uh, that's another way we can enjoy our raw veggies or just enjoying the vegetables again is through smoothies and, uh, soups.
[00:09:27] Shonda: Like for me, I notice a difference of when I don't eat raw food in a day, you know? , but I noticed a difference in energy levels.
[00:09:36] If I don't, if I skip out of raw, fresh food in a day, my energy level is much lower.
[00:09:45] Patryce: Wow, that's powerful. And I think that's good to share because we don't know who out there is, like lacking energy, big time or fatigue, big time, and they've tried everything else. And so there are people who do juice feasts and, and things like that.
[00:10:00] So maybe for that person, who's like no energy. They've tried everything they may want to try just some staight raw vegetables or some juicing, uh, to see if that does up their energy level. I think that's, that's great. And that's worth mentioning, um, because everyone's body is different and I think you've brought it up before that.
[00:10:21] Uh, you can explain it better than me, but it's live, Right?
[00:10:27] Shonda: It's living. It's still living when it comes out of my fridge. It's still living when I consume it. So it's live food, giving life. And you know, when we juice, we get a compressed amount
[00:10:43] of nutrients. Because we're taking two pound of carrots, which I can't sit here and eat two pounds of carrots but I can drink two pounds of carrots.
[00:10:50] So I know a lot of people are worried about the sugar in there and stuff like that. And that's a whole other thing and I'll just have to refer you to Dr. Montgomery. But, um, I've never had problems with that.
[00:11:01] I've noticed a difference. Some people don't. Some people do. If you're lacking energy, try juicing some vegetables and see how it affects you..
[00:11:11] Patryce: Exactly. Great. I'm glad you brought that up because uh real quick, I had an example where we were traveling somewhere and, and just could not find a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, raw foods raw vegetables.
[00:11:25] And it was a very big difference in how I felt. After a day of not being able to eat any raw or fresh fruits and vegetables. So I think people might underestimate how nourishing that can be to your body. So again, I would just encourage you if you've tried everything else, try juicing and, or try just some raw foods for a couple days, uh, and see if you feel better.
[00:11:54] Shonda: So I really liked the bottom line of this article because, um, you know, that's the bottom line. Um, we're talking about upping our plant intake, right? And whether you do it raw or cooked, we recommend that you do both.
[00:12:16] Patryce: True. I love that bottom line.

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Homemade Ketchup (No Refined Sugar)

I found this recipe at detoxinista.com. I didn’t change much, but I didn’t follow the boiling water technique for soaking the dates since my dates were already very soft and I used a Vitamix to blend the ingredients.

Here are the changes I made to the recipe because I didn’t want it as sweet or salty.

  1. I only used half as many dates
  2. I used apple cider vinegar
  3. I used diced tomatoes in place of water

Yet, here is the recipe as I prepared it. As always, feel free to make adjustments – start with a little change such as less garlic powder or salt and add more if desired.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup of boiling water (or broth, or diced tomatoes with the juice, or tomato sauce)
  • 5 TBS white vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt (I used only 1/2 tsp)
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard (or 1/2 tsp ground mustard)
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • any additional spices such as chili powder or hot sauce  – if you like it spicy!

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. If your dates are not already soft or if you do not have a high-speed blender, soak dates in boiling water for a few minutes.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the blender. You can use the soaking water or substitute diced tomatoes with the juice or tomato sauce. You may need to add up to 1/4 cup of additional liquid.
  3. Blend until smooth. You may have to stop the blender and scrape the sides to get it all mixed.
  4. Taste the mixture and adjust seasonings. (The original recipe says that the cloves and the acidity of the vinegar will mellow when it chills.)
  5. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. It should last at least 2 weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze for up to 6 months. (I freeze tomato products often.)

Podcast Episode 41 – The Goodness of Whole Grains

brown rice

Hi, it’s Shonda. Today I want to bring to your attention a very interesting website by The Whole Grains Council. The Whole Grains Council is a nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to increase the consumption of whole grains for better health. The WGC’s many initiatives:

  • encourage manufacturers to create delicious whole grain products
  • help consumers to find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits
  • help the media to write accurate, compelling stories about whole grains

Let’s explore the goodness of grains with the Whole Grains Council. Learn how to find and prepare whole grains for health benefits.

Listen in for an overview of this great website which I’m sure you will find useful and informative. See the notes below for the links mentioned in this episode.

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Also available on YouTube: (Link coming soon.)

100 Percent Whole Grain Stamp

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Hi, it's Shonda, and today I want to bring your attention to a very interesting website, The Whole Grains Council. I never even knew that this council existed. The Whole Grains Council is a non-profit consumer advocacy group, working to increase consumption of whole grains for better health. Wow. I'm amazed!
[00:00:35] Hi, and hello. Welcome to the real food and drinks, lifestyle podcast. We are building a community to talk about nutrition, lifestyle choices, and just feeling better. This is Shonda and this is Patryce. Let's just be real.
[00:01:02] Here is our disclaimer, we do not professionally practice in any of the various subjects that we discuss. We are only sharing our personal experiences with you to a healthier lifestyle. Please do your own research before taking part in any of these practices.
[00:01:20] So first, you know, let's talk about what's the most popular grain. I did a quick Google search and I saw that quite naturally - you can probably guess yourself. The most popular grain is rice. Rice is the most popular grain in the world. Since half of the world's population relies on rice as a staple of their diet. Rice comes in long grain, short grain, and round varieties, as well as brown and white. But we know that white does not fit into this whole grain category and, you know, at real food and drinks we like to promote whole grains. So go for the whole grain.
[00:02:06] And so when we get over to this website, they have a lot information out there. One link that I found was what's a whole grain? What's a refined grain .A refined grain is a term used to refer to grains that are not whole because they are missing one or more of their three key parts. White flour and white rice are refined grains, for instance, because both have had their brand and germ removed, leaving only the endosperm. Refining a grain removes about a quarter of the protein in a grain. And half to two thirds or more of its nutrients, leaving the grain, a mere shadow of its original self only containing the starchy portion of the grain.
[00:02:50] So there's just all these good nutrients inside of a whole grain. So we really don't want to skip out on that.
[00:03:00] Another very interesting page is whole grains, A to Z. So on this page, it tells you about the origin of the grain, how it's prepared and where you can find the grain too. I just wanted really to invite you to try a variety of grains. There's always room to explore more. Buckwheat... I see millet on the list and there's oats and quinoa and different rices, spelt, teff...
[00:03:31] I just recently purchased some teff and I'm going to make some teff tortillas. And so I will be sure to let you all know how that turns out. And then, you know, at the end of the list, there's like wheat and wild rice, but this is an excellent page which they call 'the encyclopedia of whole grains'. I'm going to put links to all of these different pages out there, but it's all going to be leading you to the same website.
[00:03:57] There's even a section on health studies from different grains and why it's important to eat whole grains as opposed to refined grains. For example, switching to whole grains can improve cholesterol, blood, sugar, control, and inflammation. There are a couple of studies just released within the last year and the link to them can be found on this webpage.
[00:04:25] There's also a section that tells us how to identify whole grain products. Did you know that there is a whole grain stamp? Now, looking at this stamp, I have seen it before, but I never really thought about what agency or in this case, council, actually created this stamp and there are actually three stamps. So the one that we want to look out for.
[00:04:54] It says whole grain. That means it's 18 grams or more per serving of whole grain in this food product. But the key is to look for the hundred percent stamp. So the page with the whole grain stamp is listed in the show notes, along with a photo of the 100%, whole grain stamp.
[00:05:16] And the best part of this website is a page titled 'easy ways to enjoy whole grains'. They talk about making easy substitutions... also mentioned on this page is trying new foods. Some of the suggestions are to try whole grain salads, like tabouleh, whole grain pasta, instead of the normal refined pasta. And look for cereals made with grains like Kamut, Kasha, which is buckwheat, or spelt.
[00:05:52] At the bottom of this same page is a link to experiment with new recipes. This website rounds, all this out with a recipe section to help you discover new grain recipes, you can search the recipe section by keyword grain course or meal, whatever meal time it is, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks.
[00:06:15] And some of the recipes include videos too. This is a really helpful resource. So I want to invite you to follow the link and in the show notes to find new whole grain foods, to try out and learn about their health benefits.
[00:06:34] Thanks for joining me today. And I hope you will consider trying a new grain. And if you do, please send us a message and let us know what new grain you've tried. See you next time. Thanks for joining me today.
[00:06:52] Thanks for listening. We hope you enjoyed today's podcast. Remember you can catch show notes and additional details at realfoodanddrinks.com under the podcast menu. Also subscribe to our podcast if you aren't already a member of our community. And if listening through Achor, please send us a message of topics you would like to hear us have conversations about. Until next time. Let's just be real.

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Podcast Episode 40 – The Freshest Vegetables for the Most Nutrients

strawberries and tomatoes

Today we discuss ways to get the most nutrient-rich vegetables (and actually fruits, too). Our suggestions include tips for farmers’ markets, co-ops, and frozen foods too. We hope this helps you get the most nutrients out of your fresh produce while providing much encouragement to do so. Thanks for joining us today.

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SHOW NOTES:

Google Search for ‘Farmers Market Near Me’

Imperfect Foods Sustainable, affordable groceries delivered weekly to your door. REMEMBER TO STICK TO THE FRESH PRODUCT…which is the platform the company was initially built upon. FRESH is BEST and EAT AS MANY VEGETABLES AS YOU CAN!

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Well, Hi Patryce. Hi Shonda. It's been a while. Yeah. I'm glad we're back together to bring a new message today or an encouraging message that you know, how can we get the freshest vegetables. Right. Is that what we're talking about today? We are. Yeah. How can we, you want to get us started with that Shonda?
[00:00:26] Well, we came up with some ideas first, you know, we were talking about the farmers' markets and we'll get into that. And then there, there are a couple of other things that we can do if the farmer, if the farmers' markets aren't available, but you know, let's get started talking about farmers' markets because they are a great resource for the freshest vegetables, right?.
[00:00:51] They are, they are. We have one near us and you can Google to find out where there might be one near you. And like you said, not only can you get the freshest vegetables often with the dirt still on the vegetables and the roots there sometimes, but you also can build community. You learn about different... other farmers' are just different resources and getting to know where your food sources are actually coming from. So I have found it doesn't even have to be a huge farmers' market as, as long as there's at least a, a couple of vendors providing some vegetables and some fruits. And lately our farmers' market has one vendor where they do nothing but mushrooms.
[00:01:38] Yeah. They do fresh mushrooms, but they also do medicinal mushrooms. But what I was excited about is I had never eaten or prepared lion's mane mushrooms. And because of that farmers' market experience, I not only purchased them, but now they're one of my favorite mushrooms. They are so meaty and they're similar to almost like scallops.
[00:02:01] When you prepare them. So yeah, I think farmers' market a great way to go. Yeah. You do find some really interesting foods to try, you know, fresh foods to give it a try and, and, you know, I think that's a good thing. Cause you can always throw anything into a stir fry. Right? And any green that perhaps
[00:02:23] you don't like in your salad, you know, it's for whatever reason, you can just throw it in a morning smoothie. So, you know, be encouraged to try something and, and not worry about it going to waste because I think you could hide anything in a smoothie or even a sauce. You know? Good idea. Good idea. And like you said, one other thing about the farmers' market for me, I tend to buy vegetables sometimes and before you know it, they can go bad.
[00:02:54] But I don't like wasting money. And then after you've talked to these foods and you get to know them, you're like, I don't want to waste this great produce that they grew and took time to nurture. So I have made it a habit. Now I'll go on Saturday. That's when ours is. And then either no later than Monday, I have prepared
[00:03:12] almost everything. So if I've gotten some potatoes, some Bok choy, and these are things I don't often, you know, sometimes you see what you see in the grocery store, but when you're getting at the farmers' market, it has to be in season, right? So you're also getting in season fruits and vegetables, but you don't want them to go bad.
[00:03:32] So it's been a... I guess it's been a good habit to go because then I get in the habit of preparing all those vegetables and eating the fruit and vegetables before they go bad. That's good. That's like being on having a purpose or intention, you know, be in purposeful, right again. Yes. Purposeful and intentionally.
[00:03:54] Yep. Yep. So, yeah, that's a good thing. I know that a there we can just Google. You know, farmers' markets near me. And there are a couple, I know local harvest used to be around for a long time, but I know that some of the things I looked recently kind of have expired, but there are many new ones popping up and I think check with your local
[00:04:17] chamber of commerce and to see if there's some nearby just, or, or your, or your city, you know, like farmers' markets in whatever city you live in. And then that would be a good way to find farmers. Yeah. That's a great idea, Shonda. I'd never thought about it. And if you're really an eager beaver, you can call.
[00:04:42] And if they say, well, we don't have one. Maybe you could be that person with one or two other people who encourage that a farmer mark, or farmers' market comes to your city. So they can see, you can express the value of that. And maybe where there wasn't one, they might start having one. And also if you have friends or neighbors, I know I have a friend who's not far away, so maybe she'll go to the farmers' market and I don't make it, but we'll buy for one another.
[00:05:08] So that's another thing. So you can also think about I don't know if it's not a formal co-op, but in an informal way of, of just going to farmers' markets and maybe one of you, but covering for two families. Yeah. You know, now that you mentioned it, I had not thought about the co-ops. And so many places.
[00:05:28] I know a lot of what nutrition stores may have co-ops available. Yeah. farmers' themselves may run their own co-op and so what, what, what's the definition of a co-op maybe someone doesn't know. I don't know the formal definition, but it's more like a collective effort. So you and other people agree that we, we, we want these products, these products.
[00:06:00] So say like you said, a nutrition store might work with certain farmers' and they know that they're going to get certain bags of grocery or box of groceries. And then as a co-op part of co-op, there's a set price usually to get those. So it's cooperative. I think, yeah, it's kind of like the farmers' can depend on the customers that there'll be a customer because you sign up to, to sort of support the farmers', right?
[00:06:29] Through a monthly fee, and then they send you produce. Now, you don't always have the option to choose what produce that is, but hey, that's part of the journey, right. You know, get something new, but it will be fresh and it will be, you know, full of vitamins and nutrients. It certainly will. And I, I think I'm glad you brought the whole co-op thing.
[00:06:49] It's not a co-op, but there was another resource we learned of, I think, called imperfect foods. And I believe, I don't know all the details. So you just interject where you, you can. But I have a cousin who does participate with this and I believe it's a membership fee and you pay membership fee and then you get a box shipped to you of imperfect vegetables.
[00:07:13] And I think that that's, that only means that maybe the potatoes have a bruise on it, a little bruising, but certainly you can just cut that bruising off and they're perfectly edible vegetables. My cousin has said that she's enjoyed her imperfect box of goodies. And I don't know if you always know what you're going to get, but again, produce is produce.
[00:07:36] You're still going to get alive, nutritious, delicious vegetables and maybe fruits too, but it's something people can Google imperfect foods. It's not a bad thing. Let's put it that way that you have an imperfect vegetable, but apparently by joining this imperfect foods, you... it's a membership fee and you get on a regular basis, a box of vegetables.
[00:07:57] And I think it's a pretty reasonable price. Yeah, I haven't looked into it. I did Google it quickly last night and I did not read much, but I think you do have the option to choose they'll suggest things. And I think you have the option to switch things out. They do have additional things that are not just vegetables.
[00:08:18] And I think sometime at the imperfect food would be like, it just looks like a different shape than you would normally find. You know, it's not that perfectly round apple or that perfectly, you know, it may be two carrots growing together instead of one, you know, and you're like, that's weird, but you know, it happens in nature.
[00:08:39] So, you know, yeah. I'm, I'm going to look more into that and see, so. So we've, we were talking about trying these new things and we don't want them to go to waste. And so one thing that I do, I know when I started having things go to waste, you know, if I've just, if I can't just get enough into my smoothies, I will
[00:09:01] wash the produce, chop it up a little bit and put it in the freezer right next to my bananas. And you know, you can cook with frozen vegetables, just like we buy them in the grocery store. Right. We buy frozen things. So we could freeze our own, just make sure we do use a freezer bag, you know? But that is an option, you know, to preserve things and also to go ahead and make a salad with it.
[00:09:31] And, you know, if you do a vinaigrette, you know, it will preserve it for a few more days, whether than just sitting in the refrigerator. So freezer foods, freezer produce. From the grocery store is another good way to get fresh vegetables. Very much. So I'm glad you brought that up because I don't know where we get that idea that they're not as good, but so often I'm reminded now that they are, I don't know if it's called flash
[00:10:04] “freezed” or whatever, but it's at the source pretty much. Once they're harvested, then they, they freeze them like peas and, and there's just so many different frozen vegetables and fruits which are awesome for your smoothies coming straight from the freezer. But I've seen more and more of the YouTubers who are vegan YouTubers are plant based YouTubers where they're encouraging us
[00:10:29] get that get those frozen peas. And you can always add some frozen peas to, to a stir-fry just to add your vegetables. So I love that you brought up about the frozen vegetables and fruits and that they're just as nutritious, supposedly flash frozen at the peak of ripeness. Oh, that's supposed to be they're ready.
[00:10:52] They're ready to go. So they freeze them. Whereas when a lot of. Things in the grocery store, they pick them before they're ripe. And then, you know, they have to maybe ripe in along the way, on the long trip to the grocery store or, you know, we know that they do use gases to, to help with that. So it's just not natural.
[00:11:15] So I think frozen is good for that reason because it's ripe and ready, you know? So, and I've noticed that at some grocery stores, they have... like they advertise local produce or local farmer. Yeah. I've seen it a couple of times at grocery stores. Like even like Walmart or HEB. I mean, it's not often, but we can keep our eyes open for that because you know, those vegetables, those produce.
[00:11:47] It's coming from a long distance and, you know, we won't even get into how long they can keep apples stored. I think it's like up to a year. We, we know that it loses some nutrients, you know, along the way. Yeah, that's a good point. But now that you're bringing it down for me again, that just reiterates. The reason why you want to go to farmers' markets, where it's a locally grown in season and why you want to consider getting more of the frozen when you can.
[00:12:14] And not only that, it's very practical and convenient, the frozen using the frozen fruits and vegetables so that we don't have that whole excuse like, oh, I can't, I can't seem to cook everything before it goes bad. Well, if you freeze it, you don't have to worry. That's so true. So we just want to invite everyone to try and get the freshest vegetables possible because you're going to get the best nutrients out of those vegetables and fruits and things that we find.
[00:12:41] So that's just really all our messages today. Just be on the lookout. Do your best. Be encouraged. Be encouraged. Be encouraged, like you said, and if anyone, if anyone listening to this has any ideas or things that you have found helpful, please write us, let us know, because we want to share those ideas too and be encouraged ourselves.
[00:13:04] So I think it's, again, we're all about building community and when we either go to these farmers' markets, we're building communities, but also when we're learning about things like using the frozen and other ideas that work for us, then we share with other people. And again, it's just build... Building community, encouraging people along our own journeys.
[00:13:25] So yeah, let's just keep it real right. Keep it real. I love it. Okay. And eat more plants. I like that plaque behind. Oh yes. This weekend at a festival. Eat more plants. We'll see y'all next time.

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Podcast Episode 39 – Why you should eat more leafy greens and how to do so

kale bunch salad

Today let’s talk about why you should eat more leafy greens and how to do so. You don’t want to miss this one because it includes some key facts, reminders, and pointers about the importance of leafy greens. Listen to the podcast and check below in the show notes for ways to easily add more leafy greens to your diet.

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SHOW NOTES:

Dr. Fuhrman’s G-Bombs

Dr. Brook Goldner – Good-bye Lupus

Lowering our sodium-to-potassium ratio

Real Food and Drinks Weekly Newsletter (“No-Fail” Salad Template)

Barley Green Powder, Kale Powder, Spinach Powder (AMAZON Affiliate Links)

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Kale Chips

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Hello, this is Shonda. Today I want to emphasize the importance of green vegetables and how you can add more greens to your diet. Now, specifically, I am talking about leafy green vegetables because they have some very specific qualities that are good for us. But before I get to that, I'd like to begin by reminding you of a little change coming your way. Beginning with episode 50, which will be published on September 1st, 2021, the podcast will change to monthly episodes.
[00:00:40] It will still be available through your favorite podcast players and available on YouTube. With this change, the goal will be to bring you more recipes and recipe videos to help support you along your plant-based.
[00:01:07] Hi, and hello. Welcome to the real food and drinks, lifestyle podcast. We're building a community to talk about nutrition, lifestyle choices, and just feeling better. This is Shonda and this is Patrice. Let's just be real.
[00:01:33] Here's our disclaimer, we do not professionally practice in any of the various subjects that we discuss. We are only sharing our personal experiences with you to a healthier lifestyle. Please do your own research before taking part in any of these practices.
[00:01:53] Okay. So first let's get into the why. So we've had a few episodes where we have mentioned Dr. Fuhrmanand part of his recommended foods that he has titled G-bombs, greens are actually the first letter in that. Leafy greens are the most nutrient dense of all foods; yet only about 100 calories per pound. Wow! I mean like what an amazing category of foods that we can fill up on, but not load us up with calories. So I can load up on greens and feel very full and satisfied, but without feeling, you know, that feeling of, "oh, I ate too much" or "I need a nap". In fact, leafy greens can curb your hunger attacks due to their high fiber content.
[00:02:54] Also Dr. Brooke Goldner of "good-bye lupus" stresses the importance of leafy greens. She stresses how they increase our Omega 3s and are part of her recommended anti-inflammatory foods. Don't forget to check out her hype-nourishing protocol by following the link below in the show notes.
[00:03:16] And also of course, there's a link to Dr. Furman's G-bombs below also.
[00:03:23] So there's even more to greens though. Greens are also full of antioxidants and we know antioxidants fight free radicals and protect us against so many of the chronic diseases that are prevalent today.
[00:03:40] An wait, I still have more. Lately. I've been hearing about the benefits of nitric oxide production, and perhaps you have too. Well, here's another benefit that we can get from eating our leafy greens.
[00:03:54] Leafy greens are full of potassium and by lowering our sodium to potassium ratio, we increase the release of nitric oxide, thus reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. So leafy greens even help out our arteries.
[00:04:14] All of this is really good news. Don't you think? Yes. I agree too. And I've also found that greens give me energy so you can not lose by adding more greens to your diet.
[00:04:30] Perhaps you're thinking this all sounds good, but greens are bitter. Well, I know... that's the good part though. It's the polyphenols that cause them to be bitter. Actually the more bitter, the more better. Eventually you can come to appreciate and enjoy the bitter taste of greens. This is what I have experienced firsthand.
[00:04:56] So now that you knew about all the benefits, let's talk about the ways to add greens to our diet. So when we were talking about that bitterness, There's a really good way to start enjoying your greens and that's by adding them to smoothies, because guess what else is in smoothies? Fruit! And so the fruit balances out the bitter, and we still get all the benefits, most of the benefits anyway, but the greens are made more palatable for us.
[00:05:31] And, you know, as the years have gone by, I even enjoy smoothies that are a little bit more on the bitter side. So hold on tight, keep trying, and you too will enjoy the bitterness of greens.
[00:05:48] And as you begin to use them more and more, you can put them in things such as, um, a bowl, a warm bowl, stir-steamed vegetables, or with pasta, you can use soft wilted greens, such as baby kale, Swiss, chard, and spinach. Or some hardier ones that you can enjoy, um, or cruciferous veggies that, um, may take a little longer to cook to your liking, but they are just as pleasing as well and just as full of all the nutrients.
[00:06:24] Now let's get to salads. Salads are one of my favorite, especially in the warmer months. You can add so many different leafy greens to your salad to add more flavor and nutrients to your meals.
[00:06:42] And when you sign up for the real food and drinks' weekly newsletter, you can download the "no-fail salad" template for creating delicious salads that can be made into satisfying meals.
[00:06:56] Then there's another way I like to enjoy greens. And I think you two can do so is by adding more greens to your soups and sandwiches and wraps, just add it everywhere you can think of adding it, you know. And then you can even use lettuces to wrap your ingredients instead of using bread or a tortilla. You could use something such as bib lettuce, romaine or collard greens.
[00:07:29] There are a few other ways I like to get greens in. And one of my favorite is to add it to dips. Now you can add it to guacamole which would be really good. And, um, you know, let's not forget that, uh, parsley and cilantro, they're also leafy greens and they're really good at helping us to detox metals.
[00:07:54] But also have you seen the spinach and artichoke dip that's at real food and drinks? Check it out. I think you'll like it and it's even creamy and a bit cheesy.
[00:08:07] Oh. And before I forget...to those smoothies I also like to add additional supplement powders, supplement green powders in particular, such as barley greens or wheat grass. They're even companies that make spinach powders. So be sure to check those out too.
[00:08:27] Now I haven't done this recently just because I just like eating kale the way it is. You know, mixing a little lemon in there, whatever. But, kale chips are really great. And I know many of you out there probably have air fryers by now. So I want you to check out a kale chip recipe that's on the website. And I like in place of oil. I like to make like a cashew cheese and rub my kale in there, massage the kale in there. And you can either put that in the dehydrator. Or an air fryer on really low and have a really great snack. Kale chips.
[00:09:12] And, so I can't end this podcast without talking about vegetable juices.
[00:09:21] So I'm just going to leave you with a simple recipe. And the simple recipe is. If you're just getting started, you can start with something as simple as spinach. Spinach is not an overpowering leafy green. And if you add spinach to apples and maybe just a squeeze of lemon juice, those three are very enjoyable together.
[00:09:50] And that is my go-to juice for my family or for someone new to juicing. And it's just really delicious and refreshing.
[00:10:00] So there you have it. Remember to have a variety of greens prepared in a variety of ways, cooked, raw dehydrated, and or juiced.
[00:10:15] Thanks for listening. We hope you enjoy today's podcast.
[00:10:19] Remember, you can catch show notes and additional details at realfoodanddrinks.com under the podcast menu. Also subscribe to our podcast if you aren't already a member of our community. And if listening through Anchor, please send us a message of topics you would like to hear us have conversations about until next time.
[00:10:44] Let's just be real.

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Podcast Episode 38 – Resources for the Real Food and Drinks Lifestyle

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Today is to make sure you are available of a few resources that we use to help us maintain a healthy lifestyle. And in order to provide you with even more help, please take our 3 question survey and let us know exactly what tools and support you are hoping for.

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Resources Page

The Big Swich (No ‘T’) helps you develop cooking skills tailored to your individual health goals, skill level, and food preferences. 100% online. 100% plant-based. 100% free.

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Intro (Shonda and Patryce): Hi, and hello. Welcome to the real food and drinks, lifestyle podcast. We're building a community to talk about nutrition, lifestyle choices, and just feeling better. This is Shonda and this is Patryce. Let's just be real.
[00:00:36] Here's our disclaimer. We do not professionally practice in any of the various subjects that we discuss. We are only sharing our personal experiences with you to a healthier lifestyle. Please do your own research before taking part in any of these practices.
[00:00:55] Shonda: Hello, this is Shonda. Good morning, afternoon, or evening, whatever it may be for you, but I really hope all is going well with you today.
[00:01:05] Today. I'd simply like to take the time to update you on a few things. For one, did you know that there's a resource section at the real food and drinks website? There I've listed some great tools to support you in eating more plants. There's a YouTube section that lists some of our favorite go-to channels for health and wellness and recipes.
[00:01:31] There's also a list of websites that contain health and wellness information along with even more recipes. And if you haven't already seen it, I've included a link to the "Big Swich" and it's spelled S-W-I-C-H (no 'T'). The Big Swich is an online resource that helps you develop cooking skills, tailored to your individual health goals, skill level, and food preferences.
[00:02:01] It's 100% online, 100% plant-based and 100% free. I'm just getting started in trying out this resource myself, there are so many recipes. And even if you are a newbie to this lifestyle, there's lots of help and a community to support you as you learn. I just discovered this last week and I wanted to share it with you as soon as possible. The link to the resource section is available in the show notes.
[00:02:36] Hey, we'd like to get to know you more. We want to meet you and find out how we can help support you on your journey. So please take a quick survey using the link in the show notes. Please let us know what tools and support you're looking for to help you along in your health journey.
[00:02:56] And you can share your successes with our community by joining the real food and drinks Facebook group if you're on Facebook. But if not, there's also the Instagram page and the YouTube channel. And you're welcome to leave comments at these social media places too. And one more thing, you can always send us a voicemail through SpeakPipe. The link to all of this information can be found by following the link in the show notes below.
[00:03:26] Patryce and I will see you next week. Until next time... I hope you have a really great week.
[00:03:33] Thanks for listening. We hope you enjoy today's podcast. Remember you can catch show notes and additional details at realfoodanddrinks.com under the podcast menu. Also, subscribe to our podcast if you aren't already a member of our community. And if listening through Anchor, please send us a message of topics you would like to hear us have conversations about. Until next time. Let's just be real.

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Podcast Episode 37 – The CDC Warns Against Poor Nutrition

CDC Warns Against Poor Nutrition

On CDC’s website (see the link below) there is an article titled “The Harmful Effects of Poor Nutrition.” And the following chronic diseases are listed: Overweight and Obesity, Heart Disease and Stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer, and Deficits in Brain Function. The information is reported in a very clear manner. But the main question then becomes, who will implement and take action on these items?

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CDC’s article about poor nutrition.

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