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Litchfield Park, Arizona Food Service director named Nutrition Hero

DAVID SCHWAKE, left, Food Services director for the Litchfield Elementary School District, checks on cabbage growth Feb. 7 with the help of kindergartners Kaylee Arthur and Colton Carter at Litchfield Elementary in Litchfield Park. Schwake has been with the district for 19 years and was recently recognized as a School Nutrition Hero. View photo by Jordan Christopher

When you imagine a hero, most likely capes and laser vision come to mind, but you probably don’t picture someone who feeds pupils in public schools.

David Schwake, Litchfield Elementary School District’s Food Service director since 1994, was named a 2017 School Nutrition Hero by the national nonprofit School Nutrition Foundation.

“I didn’t cry. I didn’t get real emotional, but my wife did,” Schwake said. “I was pleasantly shocked. I don’t think what I do is anything special; I just think I do what every food service director should do.”

Schwake was nominated by the school district and chosen by SNF for providing healthy menus and environments for pupils, volunteering at local organizations and food banks, creating effective school initiatives that teach children nutrition and helping the community at large. Continue Reading…

Women diagnosed with breast cancer should not eat soy products

The active ingredient LIMITS the effectiveness of the treatment to tackle the disease

It is considered a healthy alternative to dairy milk – and is famously popular among the yummy mummy crowd.

But experts warn that women shouldn’t start consuming soya milk after a breast cancer diagnosis – because it may limit the effectiveness of treatment. Continue reading

Are mushrooms the anti-Alzheimer’s superfood?

Scientists think so!

The bioactive compounds found in mushrooms could play a role in reducing or delaying the development of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, a new study claims

Mushrooms could be the food that protects you from Alzheimer’s disease, a new study claims.

Scientists have found that mushrooms contain contain bioactive compounds that could play a role in reducing or delaying the development of neurodegeneration. Continue reading

Kelley’s Kitchen: 01.30.17

Coffee and egg lovers will be happy with a massive new report on what’s actually healthy
Stay away from the sugar, America. And please start eating some vegetables! if you’d like to eat a couple of eggs every day, don’t worry about the fact that each comes with about 300 milligrams of cholesterol, which was the recommended daily limit in 2010. (They used to tell people not to have more than two eggs a week!)… (Continue to full article)

Garlic oil compound found to offer heart protection
Researchers from the Emory University (EU) School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., have discovered a natural compound derived from garlic oil, known as diallyl trisulfide, that protects against heart damage. When taken after a heart attack, during cardiac surgery, or as a treatment for heart failure, this powerful compound was found to reduce tissue damage by 61 percent… (Continue to full article)

Can Replacing One Meal A Day With Mushrooms Help You Lose Weight?
A new diet fad claims that replacing one meal a day with mushrooms will help women shed fat, but only in certain parts of the body — the waist, hips and thighs — but not the bust… (Continue to full article)

Does bread REALLY make you fat?
The answer may surprise you! Once seen as a relatively healthy part of our diets, bread these days is getting a bad wrap, touted as the reason why we gain weight, blamed for putting on the bloat, while the gluten used in bread is being seen as the all round bad guy… (Continue to full article)

An apple a day could keep obesity away
Granny Smiths promote friendly bacteria helping us feel fuller for longer. The bright green, crisp variety helps people feel full, inhibiting the urge to eat. They were found to promote friendly bacteria, which invokes the feeling of being full ~ and frankly – they jsut taste good!!! (Continue to full article)

A daily wine or beer is good for your memory
A daily pint of beer or glass of wine can ward off dementia, according to a new study. Researchers found pensioners who enjoy a daily drop of their favourite alcoholic beverage have better memories than teetotallers. The study showed those over 60 who drank sensibly were better at recalling events, and had more grey matter in the hippocampus, the area of the brain which controls memory… (Continue to full article)

From arthritis to thyroid problems, even weight gain…why superfoods could be BAD for you
From goji berries to acai, chia seeds to quinoa, every day there seems to be a new ‘superfood’ hitting the supermarket shelves. Each has huge health claims — promising to protect against everything from cancer to weight gain — and often a price tag to match. Not to mention a celebrity following, but… (Continue to full article)

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‘Round-up’ these little gems: Companion Plants To Use Against Pests

Are you tired of beaking your back to plant a healthy home garden – and finding out that you may have wasted your time, money and water – becuase you have fertilized or treated “pesks” with mere poison?

Are you looking for better ways to deter garden pests? There are many Natural ways to combat pests in your garden – and none of them include Monsanto and Dow Chemical products… and if you follow these suggestions – you can be eating healthier for the rest of your life. Continue reading

Kelley’s Kitchen: 01.26.17

The single best diet for your overall health
The way we think about diets is undergoing an important shift. We thinking less about diets as being for rapid weight loss and more about for creating lifestyle changes that stick. To help people sift through the noise and find science-backed plans that work for years rather than weeks… (Continue to full article)

Majority of Children Eat Over Half of Their Daily Sugar Allowance Before School Begins
Health officials … have stated that many children in the country eat over half of their daily allowance of sugar before they even get to school. Although the warning to parents was only given in the United Kingdom, it can be reasonably assumed that children in the majority of first world countries are also eating high portions of sugar with their daily breakfast… (Continue to full article)

A handful of nuts a day could slash the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and more by up to 30%

Foods containing ‘good’ fats, such as nuts, are key to helping reduce inflammation in the body

The researchers analyzed the results of 29 prior, worldwide studies conducted on a total of 819,000 participants. They found that people who ate an ounce of nuts daily had a 15 percent lower risk of cancer, a 22 percent lower risk of premature death and a 30 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease… (Continue to full article)

Apple cider vinegar can help regulate blood sugar, body fat and more
Apple cider vinegar (ACV), the kitchen staple made from fermented apples, has a long history as a folk remedy for numerous conditions ranging from curing hiccups and alleviating cold symptoms to making your hair shine, whitening your teeth, and freshening your breath. Some people even turn to ACV to treat more severe health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart problems, high cholesterol, and obesity… (Continue to full article)

Oh my, what to eat???
Official recommendations on what you should be eating have changed again — and in some ways are a sharp departure from what we were told in past decades… (Continue to full article)

What to eat to beat prostate cancer
Eating vegetables like broccoli, kale and cabbage can cut spread of disease by more than half… (Continue to full article)

More Than Half of The American Diet is Ultra-Processed Junk Food
Basically, half of what the average American eats in any given day are convenience foods that can be bought at your local gas station. Moreover, those ultra-processed foods account for 90 percent of the added sugar consumption in the U.S… (Continue to full article)

Over 7,000 studies confirm turmeric’s health-protective effects

Turmeric is known for its rich, yellow color and its myriad of culinary uses. The old-world spice has been coveted for centuries, with evidence indicating that it may have even been part of ancient Chinese medicine a thousand years ago.

Recently, however, this traditional culinary staple is gaining recognition for its amazing health benefits. Some 7,000 studies have been conducted, and much of the research shows that turmeric is a powerful healing agent with a wide variety of applications. Continue reading

Dr. V.: Why I Enjoy Two Cups of Raw Cacao in the Morning

This winter I have really enjoyed the flavor and texture of a cup or two of creamy hot cacao every morning. Don’t worry—this version of the drink is packed with substances that give the body a boost, not deplete it with unhealthy sugars. This version of the popular drink is yummy and satisfying– and I REALLY enjoy how this hearty version, using raw organic cacao powder, MCT oil and organic ghee, helps my brain and body start the day with energy and clarity.
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Mediterranean diet could prevent loss of brain volume as you age

A three-year study, published January 4 in the journal Neurology, found that a diet heavy on olive oil, fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains, with moderate amounts of fish, wine and dairy, and small amounts of red meat and poultry, helped those around the age of 70 to retain more brain volume compared to those who did not strictly adhere to the Mediterranean diet. Continue reading

Baby, it’s cold outside: Ginger Tea

Dissolves Kidneys Stones, Kills Cancer Cells And Cleanses Liver – Recipe

Ginger is an extremely beneficial root, with potent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-parasitic properties.

It is a rich source of numerous nutrients, including vitamin C, magnesium, and many minerals.

It strengthens the immune system, treats pain, helps digestion, treats heart diseases, and asthma. It is also a popular natural remedy for cleansing the liver and treating infections. Continue reading

These Diseases Are All Caused by Microwave Ovens

… and You’ve Probably Ignored Them

Did you know that over 90% of American homes regularly use microwave ovens for meal preparation?

Microwave ovens pulse electromagnetic waves through food, exciting the molecules and causing them to move, vibrate and heat up as they respond to the microwave radiation.

It is a device called a Magnetron in the microwave oven that produces wave energy. This wave energy converts polarity of molecules from positive to negative. Continue reading

11 Herbs & Spices That Help Fight Cancer

Can consuming specific herbs and spices help your body fight cancer or prevent its onset? Thanks to some potent properties within nature, herbs and spices can really help you to combat various disease and illness, including cancer.

11-herbs-and-spices-that-help-fight-cancerListed are 11 herbs and spices that can tackle cancer cells and keep your body healthy and strong. Continue reading

The World’s Healthiest Diets

The traditional Japanese and Mediterranean diets are often considered to be the healthiest in the world, with proven links to increased life expectancy. A number of studies in recent years have confirmed that both diets are directly linked to a reduced risk of numerous diseases. So what’s the secret?

Mediterranean dietBoth diets couldn’t be more different when it comes to ingredients, preparation and flavour, but they both share the same key nutrients which can help us to live longer and healthier lives. Whether it’s ramen or paella, hummus or sushi, the Japanese and Mediterranean diets are both packed full of the same essential goodness we need every day. And they’re both delicious! Continue reading

How to Create the Best Diet for YOUR Body

Paleo. Mediterranean. 80/10/10. Raw, vegan, gluten-free. With so many different diet options out there, figuring out which one is best for you can be overwhelming.

bestdiet1Proponents of each diet will say that their nutritional program is the very best one, but the reality is that everyone’s body is unique and that no single diet could possibly be a perfect fit for everyone.

The ideal diet for you is one that eliminates foods to which you have a sensitivity or allergy, and also includes a range of nutritious foods that suit your tastes, lifestyle and health needs. By figuring out which foods you should avoid and which ones to keep, you’ll be able to create a personalized program that will be a sustainable lifestyle instead of a passing fad. Continue reading

Why you should NEVER boil your vegetables

Nutritionist reveals how the cooking method can destroy the health benefits of your five-a-day

Boiling vegetables could be eradicating up to 50 per cent of the vegetable's nutrients, according to nutritionist Tracy Lesht

Boiling vegetables could be eradicating up to 50 per cent of the vegetable’s nutrients, according to nutritionist Tracy Lesht

As hard as we try, it can be difficult to eat your five-a-day, everyday – but even if you do achieve this goal, your diet is probably still not as healthy as it could be.

And that’s all down to the way many of us cook our veggies – which can ruin the health benefits that are otherwise contained in our favourite superfoods. So if you’re boiling your vegetables, stop at once. Continue reading

The incredible benefits and uses of bay leaves

bayA good cook knows the secret to a rich and delicious soup or stew: bay leaf. The aromatic, olive-green herb is often credited with giving a dish the subtle intensity and depth that makes a meal particularly memorable. Not only do bay leaves taste good, but they are also good for you.

According to Organic Facts, bay leaf has properties that are detoxifying and slow aging. The herb also fights bacterial infections and improves everything from respiratory issues to heart health. It is a powerful herb, from which everyone can benefit. Continue reading to find out the best way to make bay leaf a part of your everyday lifestyle! Continue reading

The BIG Fat Cancer CURSE

Scientists link obesity to THIRTEEN types of disease including the ovaries, stomach and liver, being overweight or obese, nearly tripling the list from five to 13.

Excess weight increases the risk of stomach, liver, ovary, gall bladder, pancreas, thyroid, blood cancer and a type of brain tumour, researchers from Washington University found

Excess weight increases the risk of stomach, liver, ovary, gall bladder, pancreas, thyroid, blood cancer and a type of brain tumour, researchers from Washington University found

The study, by World Health Organisation scientists, suggests the number of people who get the disease because of an unhealthy lifestyle is thousands higher than previously thought. Continue reading

Goji Berries: The Cancer-Fighting Chinese Superfood You Can Grow At Home

goji-berriesGoji berries, native to China, are a booming food fad that can benefit homesteaders looking for an easy-to-grow berry that packs a huge health punch.

Growing goji berries is fairly simple. You will need to purchase a bare root plant or seeds from sources like online nurseries. To speed up your harvest, get a bare root goji beery plant so that you can get its fruits sooner rather than later. Use a mix of soil with a tinge of sand. Continue reading

Dr. V.: Can Drinking Beer Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer?

beer-floodIn past blogs, I’ve talked about how drinking alcoholic beverages can raise your risk for Breast Cancer. In fact, you may recall studies that show that women who have a three drinks a week may increase their Breast Cancer risk by 15%! But can some forms of alcohol raise that risk even further? According to recent research, the particular kinds of phytoestrogens found in beer may do just that.
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A Natural Fit: Bees, Gardens and Education Go Hand in Hand

Photo: Memphis Bell McNeil (c) 2016

Photo: Memphis Bell McNeil (c) 2016

In 2009 Susanne Weil’s husband attended a single beekeeping seminar, came home and declared they were getting bees. Weil, of Onalaska, said she was a little surprised by the declaration but was quickly sold on the idea.

“We have a garden, and my husband wanted bees to pollinate our garden and orchard,” Weil said. “We saw an immediate difference. We never had such an amazing garden. Even our wind-pollinated plants did better. It’s a win-win.” Continue reading

How magic mushrooms can HELP cancer patients

Active ingredient ‘reduces anxiety and depression’

magic-mushroomsHearing a doctor utter the ‘C’ word – cancer – is a diagnosis each and every person dreads.

The disease can consume a patient’s life, leaving them in a constant state of fear. While trying to take in the enormity of their diagnosis, they will inevitably face gruelling medical treatment. As a result it is unsurprising that cancer patients often suffer with depression and anxiety at the same time.

But, rather than seek help on a therapist’s couch, a new study suggests that people living through the turmoil of cancer could relieve their mental health problems by taking magic mushrooms. Continue reading

Could artificial sweeteners like Splenda trigger cancer?

An artificial sweetener promoted as a healthier alternative to sugar may raise the risk of leukaemia, a study has found.

'Cancer-causing': Sucralose, the artificial sweetener in Splenda, may raise the risk of leukaemia and other cancers, a study has found

‘Cancer-causing’: Sucralose, the artificial sweetener in Splenda, may raise the risk of leukaemia and other cancers, a study has found

Italian researchers found Splenda, a sweetener which containing sucralose, was linked with an increased risk of this type of blood cancer as well as other cancers.

The team, from the Ramazzini Institute, called for ‘urgent’ follow up studies to assess whether the ingredient is harmful.

However, Splenda’s makers, Heartland Food Products Group, issued a strong rebuttal, arguing a body of evidence has found the product to be safe, and calling into question the reliability of studies by the Ramazzini Institute. Continue reading