Heidi

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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2017-08-16

On a budget and want to buy organic? Here are some must have tips!!!!!!!

I will be the first to admit that I love to spend money. I love to shop and buying healthy organic food is no exception (who knew grocery shopping could be so fun-but hey it IS shopping). Unfortunately, I have to be on a budget in all areas and this includes my organic food choices. I looked around and found some helpful information on which are the top foods to buy organic if you are like me and on a budget ( I hate the word budget). Here we go-

Top Foods To Buy Organic-Worth The Money......

**Peaches-In some studies, they’ve had up to 10 times as much pesticide on them as other fruits and vegetables.

**Apples-Apples may contain methyl parathion. Both fresh apples and baby food applesauce can also contain chlorpyrifos, an OP which has caused large bird kills. Doesn't sound good.

**Strawberries-Strawberries receive a dose of up to 500 pounds of pesticides per acre.Straw-berries and other produce bought out-of-season are the most likely to have been imported, possibly from a country with less-stringent pesticide regulations.

**Milk-While milk is a natural product, all the antibiotics and hormones that go into high-yield cows most certainly aren’t. Some studies on supplements like recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) used in conventional milk production have suggested links to early puberty and other hormonal abnormalities. Danish studies have shown that not only does organic milk have less of the bad stuff, it has more of the good stuff. Specifically, organic milk has higher levels of vitamin E, omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Did you know that Europe has banned U.S. Milk? I also make sure to buy organic cheese, yogurt and all dairy products when possible.

**Meat-. Contrary to a widely reported "fact," meat typically contains less pesticide residue than plant-based foods, according to Debra Edwards, the director of EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs. That said, raising animals with conventional modern methods often means using hormones to speed up growth, antibiotics to resist disease and pesticides to grow the grain fed to the animals (plus I think modern methods promote cruelty to animals-had to get that in there). As the EPA puts it in an Ag 101 feature, "Antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones are organic compounds which are used in animal feeding operations and may pose risks if they enter the environment." Consumers looking to avoid meats raised with these substances can seek out certified organic meat. To meet USDA standards, this meat can come only from animals fed organic feed and given no hormones or antibiotics.

**Coffee-Many of the beans you buy are grown in countries where pesticides and chemicals are not regulated. Look for the fair trade certified organic label on your coffee for assurance.

**Eggs-Though they are a terrific source of protein, most eggs are produced using a range of antibiotics and hormones on the chickens that bear them. Given this, the health gains of eating organic eggs are similar to those of drinking organic milk. Essentially, organic eggs mean fewer hormones in the chicken and fewer foreign hormones (or chemicals acting as hormones) in your body.

**Celery, Grapes and Sweet Bell Peppers-Peppers and grapes have thin skins and celery none which creates little and no barrier to pesticides.

**Potatoes-Chlorothalonil, often used on potatoes, can be particularly harmful to children. In Canada, potatoes have been linked to high rates of asthma and asthma-related deaths in farming communities.

**Lettuce And Spinach-Leafy greens are often contaminated with what are considered the most potent pesticides used on food.

Save Some Money And Probably Don't Need To Buy These Foods Organic-
**Broccoli,
**Bananas
**Frozen sweet peas
**Frozen corn**Asparagus 
**Avocados
 
**Onions:


Levels of pesticides are low even in conventional versions of these.

Now you are armed and ready to save money and go do some organic shopping!

2017-08-11

Boiled eggs are the way to melt the pounds away!!!! How I lost 9lbs in 7 days! Boiled eggs are my bikini way!

BOILED EGGS GOT ME READY FOR MY VACAY!


First let me say I haven't blogged in years so trying to figure out how to do all my pictures and links and formatting. I am a bit dusty to say so bear with me.

MY BOILED EGG WEIGHT LOSS!

Now I am not saying that this is the healthiest, ideal or easiest way but it worked for me in a pinch! I love to eat and what I love to eat are carbs, chocolate, and drink wine and I get a bit lazy in my clean eating. I was getting ready to go on vacation and kept telling myself  I had months to lose those 10lbs, then it became I had weeks and finally I had a week! Oh no what happened how did I lose sight of this???! So typically Heidi!  I tried on my bikini in dismay so I knew it was time to stop and get my bikini body moving today!  

I always knew low carb and high protein could do it quick but what could really rush it so I looked good for my vacay ???  I started reading and researching and saw that boiled eggs or eggs in general  could do it! Now if you add in some fish (Salmon, tuna in water) it could really knock out those pounds but I am a vegetarian so that was out for me. I also read that several stars eat up to a dozen boiled eggs a day to lose the weight fast as well. I despise eggs cooked but like them boiled and how easy to make with a little salt and pepper. I started in the morning with 2 boiled eggs for breakfast, 2 for lunch, a boiled egg for snack and 2 boiled eggs for dinner and if still hungry another boiled egg for dinner. The first day was vile and hideous beyond words but by the next day I could already tell the difference so the motivation was there. After 3 days I was down 4lbs! I got a little sick of just boiled eggs so looked up some great egg salad recipes online and used Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise and some spicy mustard and was very content. Again, if you add in the fish you have a little more variety.  

I have to be honest and admit that I did cheat a little and had some chocolate, a few stolen handfuls of chips, my diet Cokes and still lost the weight but for the most part stuck with the boiled eggs.  I have kept the weight off for months and if a few pounds sneak back on then I do 2 or 3 days of the boiled eggs and the pounds are off again.  I do NOT suggest this as a long term solution or am I recommending it to anyone but I thought I would share my story of how a woman who loves to eat and is lazy at dieting was able to lose 9lbs in 7 days.   This is I am sure not a healthy,  nutritionist or doctor recommended food program to follow so consider that if you are thinking about it and consult your doctor if you have any health issues or doubts. 


Eggs have many health benefits but too much of anything can have it's issues so before you jump into this do your research and weigh the benefits versus the cons of what I call the boiled egg diet!!!