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Don’t Worry, Be Happy……….and Healthy!

We are over-scheduled, the economy is bad, and the news is depressing.  So, why bother eating well?  No wonder Americans are depressed.

The pharmaceutical industry is a 650 + Billion industry.  Approximately 1/5 of Americans are taking some sort of anti-depressant. Doctors and psychiatrists routinely prescribe these drugs without considering the patient’s nutritional deficiencies.  These powerful drugs deplete nutrients (especially B vitamins), which worsen depression and further the dependence on prescription drugs.  Prescription drugs cause an array of serious side effects, including death.

The SAD (Standard American Diet) is high in refined foods, sugars, and poor quality fats.  These nutritional deficiencies contribute to chemical imbalances, like anemia and hypothyroidism, which can lead to anxiety, insomnia—and depression.

So, what are the major nutrients are necessary for optimal mental health?

  • Vitamin B-12 plays a role in red blood cell formation, brain function energy metabolism and DNA synthesis.  When our bowel flora is healthy, we are able to produce our own B Vitamins.
  • Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant necessary for combating disease, colds and used for improving cellular activity in the body. Proponents of using vitamin C for depression report that individuals with an autoimmune disease or lower immunity due to colds and flu require supplementation. Environmental stress can exacerbate the illness and compromise the body’s ability to recover from illness.
  • Vitamin D is necessary for structural and mental health.  The body can synthesize its own by getting 15 minutes of direct sunlight on a daily basis.  During winter, it is more difficult to produce, and should be obtained by the diet.
  • Zinc and Magnesium are necessary for sexual health, and vitality, as well as mental health.
  • EFA’s (Essential fatty acids) are part of every cell membrane, and if those membranes aren’t functioning well, then neither is your brain.  Since they can oxidize in your body, they should be taken along with other antioxidants, like vitamin E.
  • Amino acids are proteins, and are the building blocks of neurotransmitters, including serotonin.

You can obtain all these nutrients from dark leafy vegetables, pesticide-free local fruits, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, spring butter, wild or grass-fed meat, wild caught fish, and free-range organic eggs.  A nutrient dense, whole foods diet will provide the body what it needs to support the mind.  Positive affirmations, such as prayer or meditation and daily exercise like yoga or walking, are also fundamental to living a happy, balanced life.

People should talk to their doctors before reducing or weaning from depression medication.


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Costco is Cool!

I’m really happy shopping at my Local Costco. Prices are fair, and bulk food reduces waste. They treat their employees well, and the samples entertain the kids.  Along with our Fred Meyer, Trader Joe’s and my Garden/Farm, they stock nearly all our essentials.  They actually read the comment cards at the Customer Service Desk if you want to request a new product.

Here are some of the quality products I have purchased:

  • SeaWeed Chips
  • Organic Sprouted Lentils
  • Organic Sprouted Quinoa
  • Organic Brown Rice
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Organic Broccoletti
  • Organic Carrots
  • Organic Spinach
  • Organic Salad Mix
  • Organic Baby Kale
  • Organic Apples
  • Organic Frozen Peas
  • Organic Frozen Beans
  • Organic Frozen Corn
  • Organic Canned Tomatoes / Paste
  • Organic Frozen Antioxidants
  • Shitake Mushrooms
  • Organic Butter
  • Nitrate/ite Free Turkey Breast
  • Nitrate/ite Free Turkey Bacon
  • Organic Ground Turkey
  • Organic Chicken Whole/Breast/Thigh
  • Frozen Salmon Patties
  • Adelle’s and Amy’s Natural Chicken Sausages
  • Cheese
  • Organic Chicken Stock
  • Organic Wilcox Eggs
  • Sardines in Olive Oil
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pine Nuts
  • Organic Hemp Seeds
  • Organic Steel Cut Oats
  • Organic Raisins
  • Craisins
  • Ancient Grains Granola
  • Ancient Grains Crackers
  • Organic Tortilla Chips
  • Organic Hummus Cups
  • Organic Raw Sugar
  • Clover Honey
  • Sea Salt
  • Frozen Cheese Pizza 4 Pack – we pile on our own nitrate/ite free sausage and organic vegetables (pizzas have decent ingredients)
  • Margherita Thin Pizza 3 Pack (thin crust)

Note: if you ever see an asterisk on the price tag, they will soon be phasing the product out!

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Kombucha, the Wonder Drink

Kombucha has been a choice medicinal drink for thousand of years.  It is a fizzy fermented tea that is teaming with beneficial yeasts and bacteria.  It aids in digestion, reducing acid reflux, heartburn, and creates a sense of calm in those who drink it.  It is produced from a large discus culture called a SCOBY, meaning “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.”  The brew is essentially comprised of Green Tea, Vinegar and Sugar.  The culture ferments the mixture, and in the process creates another Kombucha and a refreshing, fizzy drink.

Companies, such as Synergy, make the taste more palatable by adding all sorts of flavors to the brew including Ginger, Grape, Strawberry, Lemon, and Cranberry.  The drink is meant to be sipped throughout the day, not consumed at one sitting.  Commercially, it is priced at approximately $4 per bottle.  You can create this wonderous miracle drink at home for the price of tea, sugar, (and if you don’t have a friend who can pass one on, a SCOBY)  See the recipe here:

But, Kombucha has other uses.  The old, original SCOBYs are full of nutrition, and can be chopped up and put in salads.  People will pay large sums of money to get “Kombucha Facial Peels”, a natural microderm abrasion.  It also cleans and conditions your hair.  Plant a SCOBY or compost it for acidic fertilizer.  It’s always good to pass on a SCOBY to a friend, just in case your culture goes bad.