JOURNEY TO WELLNESS                                                                        January 2018


    "Awaken the medicine within, and restore the natural self-healing capacity of body, mind, and spirit."
Dr. Roger Jahnke in THE HEALER WITHIN

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The first item this month is very important, because we certainly are what we eat.  Let me know what you think of this topic - fake foo9ds.

Fakes . . .

We have all learned "Trump-isms" in the past year, probably first and foremost is fake news. Anytime he doesn't like something reported in the media, he calls it fake news.  I'll leave discourse on this phenomenon to others more qualified, but I do know about another important "fake" facing us today, and that is fake food.A trip to any supermarket will find one surrounded by these fake foods.  Make no mistake about it. Food processing companies are not in business to help us be healthy; they exist for one reason, to make money, and they will do almost anything to persuade you to buy their processed "foods."

How do we prevent getting caught in that trap?  Most importantly we must read labels. That is so important I'm going to repeat it; we absolutely must teach ourselves to read labels.

Do a Google search for "how to read food labels," and learn what wimps our legislators are.  They regularly give in to lobbying pressure from food processors.  You will find many examples of items that must be listed on food labels in most if not all other countries, except in the U.S., due to lobbying from food processors.

One can learn almost anything on the Internet today.  Take advantage of that opportunity and educate yourself about food labeling.  Learn the things you need to watch for, like trans fats, partially hydrogenated fats, sugars and artificial sweeteners, which are listed by many different names. Examples are fructose, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, etc. It is often said that if a label item ends in "ose," it is some form of sugar and should be put back on the shelf. 

Also watch for high sodium content in labels, as well as the myriad of chemicals added to foods, ostensibly to improve taste, appearance, and shelf life.  If you don't know what a listed item is, or what it means, DO NOT EAT IT!

This is not intended to be a list of all the things we need to eliminate from our food, but rather a warning of how important it is that we educate ourselves about "fake foods."

I often write about the importance of healthy fats in our diet. I highly recommend the books and YouTube presentations of Dr. Mark Hyman, on this subject. Just go to YouTube and search for Dr. Hyman's name, and you'll find lots of his videos.

If we stay away from most processed and/or prepared foods, we will not be tempted by all the fakes in our supermarkets. There is no substitute for fresh foods prepared in our home kitchens.

If the whole subject of food labels is confusing for you, just remember these basics:

  1. Avoid prepared foods:  Instead prepare fresh foods in your home kitchen. Not only will you and your family be healthier, you will save money in the process. After all, all that processing by food manufacturers ads to their cost. Dr. Hyman calls them "food-like substances.
  2. Avoid sugar and white four:  Eliminate all possible processed sugars in any form, as well as white flour and anything made with them.

If we just make those two rules the foundation of everything we eat and prepare for our families, we won't need to worry about all the fake foods in our supermarkets.

Dr. Mark Hyman shares the following words of wisdom: 

"Food is medicine.  It is information. Food literally controls almost every function of your body and mind. And it connects almost everything that matters in our lives.


Take vegetables, which should fill most of your plate at meals. Vegetables are our only source of phytonutrients ("phyto" meaning plants), a group of chemicals essential to vibrant health that protect us from cancer, inflammation, infection, heart disease, autoimmune disease, and a long list of other chronic ailments.


Plants are living "farm-acies" that dispense natural substances with medicinal powers. Virtually every pharmaceutical drug and nutritional supplement you can name has its origins in a plant.


But here's the rub. Most of what we've been told about which veggies to eat is wrong. The ones that turn up on America's plates most often are sorely lacking in phytochemicals, loaded with fast-acting carbs, and sprayed with pesticides.


When it comes to vegetables, go for the rainbow. In general, the more colors you eat when it comes to plants, the more anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, healing compounds from the phytonutrients you'll soak up. Some of these colors even work together synergistically to have a more powerful effect, which is another reason you should eat a diverse array of veggies."


Dr. Hyman has a new book coming out later this month, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? I'm sure this new book will answer many of the nutrition questions we all have. Dr. Hyman has become my go-to source for all nutrition questions. I have already preordered this new book and anxiously await its arrival.



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That's all until next month. Again, a warm welcome to all our new subscribers. Please know that it is always my intent that this NL be interactive. So please anytime take a moment and send me a note HERE if you have a question or comment. I promise to respond.

My goal with each issue of this newsletter is to help you achieve the same positive results I and many others have had, reversing whatever physical challenge you may have. Your body is amazingly resilient and intelligent; it absolutely evolved to be self-healing.

Please remember to tell those you love how much they mean to you. You never know when you may not have another opportunity.

Sending love and warm wishes to you
for an abundant, healthy and joyful
New Year.


PLEASE NOTE: I am not a medically trained person, and I  do not give medical advice. But I have been a very serious student of Multiple Sclerosis for many years now, and also nutrition, and have developed a program that has kept me symptom free for a lot of years. I  merely share what I have learned in my own journey to healing.