Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gut and Psychology Syndrome

If you are wanting to heal internally and get rid of allergies or other "symptoms" GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet may be for you!  This diet heals the gut which in turn can eliminate or improve symptoms/disorders such as: Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ADD/HD, Depression, Schizophrenia, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal disorders (including GERD), asthma, eczema, etc... This is one of the top 5 books I recommend people read. This is the diet Calei and I follow.

Dr. Mercola recently interviewed Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride MD.  This is a must see 6 part interview explaining GAPS and answering the questions SO MANY people have and where to begin to improve their health.  The information contained in these videos is exceptionally informative. Please take a moment to watch :

 
There is a ton of information on GAPS on the internet. If you want to move beyond your symptoms this is a fabulous place to start the process! 
 
Also, I am trying to grow the blog! Please pass along to friends and family who are interested in REAL FOOD and taking control of their health!
 
Have a happy and healthy week!
xo

Jeni Clark~

REAL FOOD MEET UP GROUP!

It's official! The Real Food Meet Up Group met on July 30th at my house! It was a huge success and the beginning to some fabulous meetings regarding REAL FOOD!

It also felt great being surrounded by such like minded people!

We began the meeting sharing our story.  Everyone had their own reasons for joining the group, however, the overall theme was that everyone wanted to make better choices and maintain or achieve REAL health.

Recipes and Co Op information was shared.  If you were not able to attend but would like this information, I will have copies on hand at the next meeting.

We talked about a group distribution list and "cc-ing" each other with comments, suggestions, questions, or information. The email group is officially begun! :) Stay tuned for a Facebook Page!

Also, great questions came up which led to ideas about what the next meeting should look like.

1. How do you eliminate white sugar
2. What to cook for breakfast/samples
3. Smoothie recipes/samples
4. What does raw milk products taste like?

I really like how this just evolved from our discussion. I am assuming that each meeting will be like this and therefore we won't have predetermined "topics".  If topics do not naturally arise, we can come up with one, because there is plenty to talk about!

I had an idea that each person would start a "REAL FOOD" notebook (not necessary but might really keep information organized!).  Now is the perfect time to go to the store and pick out a special notebook to keep all your notes and handouts in from the REAL FOOD meeting.  Also, if interested, get a BIG 3" binder and begin your recipe book :) I am grateful I did this early on because the recipes add up!

The next meeting will be on Saturday Sept 10th at 3:00 (my house)
Please let me know if you can/cannot attend.  If you are unsure, feel free to wing it as well! This is a very flexible, easy going, stress free meeting/group!

Have a GREAT weekend!
xo
Jeni Clark~

Monday, August 1, 2011

The TRUTH about Cosmetics

When I first learned what was in typical cosmetics (makeup, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, you name it!) I was FLOORED! Most "cosmetics" are made up of a concoction of chemicals. Even if they state "all natural" or other misleading labels, most are VERY very toxic!

Early in this journey I came across Environmental Working Group's web site "Skin Deep".  This is a huge data base of cosmetics.  Each product is given a ranking 0-10 (zero being the healthiest and 10 being exceptionally toxic).  I began plugging in the "healthy" products I was using and quickly realized how toxic they really were! These toxins cause a multitude of illnesses! That's another whole blog topic!  I began to swap my products out for REAL cosmetics.

Take a moment and check out the site and plug in your own cosmetics!

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

I had a SUPER hard time finding healthy nail polishes. Most have gluten (wheat) and many many toxic chemicals.  BUT sure enough, there is a brand that can be trusted! I LOVE this company and their products are exceptional!


Keeki has a fabulous educational video that EVERYONE has 8 minutes to watch! I have posted this video 3 times!  So many people who have watched this video could not believe what they learned! Life changing for sure!
 
This video does a remarkable job explaining in simple terms WHY I refuse to use products that contain harmful ingredients. This will open your eyes to the facts about brands such as "Herbal Essence, Estee Lauder...etc..." and hopefully help you make better choices so we don't continue to produce sick kids and people don't continue to get cancer in there 30's (or worse yet, as a child), etc... etc...! I have already posted on the stats of childhood illnesses... education is the key to making change and better choices.

You can watch the video here OR please check out Keeki's web site!

http://www.youtube


Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week!
xo!

Jeni Clark~