Grocery Wandering..

trop50Most of the time, when I encounter, a confused face, in the grocery store, its of someone who has a new illness diagnoses, and they are overly stressed, trying to figure out what it is that they CAN eat now.

FOOD is too complicated, today.  We’ve lost our ideas of what basics are really..

We live in an over-processed food society, run by marketing directors.

We have to find balance, for our well being, even if its stable thinking, while we try to learn what we need to be doing.

We need to figure that what’s in a can or a box may not ever be our best choices, again.  Consider them allergies, in your own mind-set, because they truly can hurt you.

Look for simple ingredients on labels.  A few items, that you can almost pronounce are much better than a long list of unknowns.

Consider juice.  Tropicana sells fresh-squeezed not-from-concentrate juice, near the dairy case.  But, what is this “juice,” next to it?  The carton is smaller. IT costs a few cents more, too.. but it says “50% less sugar.”  At first glance, that may seem better.. but how do you remove sugar from fresh juice?

You add filtered water, starches, and sugar substitutes.  This is no longer juice. Its a juice drink/punch.  Its similar likes are Sunny D without the corn syrup.

The carton is smaller and it costs more than the real orange juice.

I dilute my orange juice, for my own personal preference.  But, mostly, we need to concentrate on keeping it as real as it can be, when it comes to fruits and veggies.

REAL, in its most natural state, doesn’t wash us over with words, in labels that we don’t understand.

Keep it simple.  Keep it real.  Don’t let the words, on containers, fool you, into thinking they’ve reinvented the wheel, for you.

The Conspiracy is to make a dollar.. not keep you healthy. Its a business.  Stay in control and you win.

Just say no to chemicals and sugar substitutes.

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Vitamin E & Asthma

Consuming more Vitamin E can help reduce inflammation, including that of airways, thereby reducing effects or incidents of asthma and other respiratory ailments such as wheezing and coughing.

Again, as we so often find ourselves recommending at TGFC, green leafy vegetables are great to eat plenty of, along with almonds, and whole grains. Avocado is also a good source of Vitamin E.

A Mediterranean diet

Perhaps one looks at the past through rose tinted glasses, and I don’t have the data to prove it, only my memory, but I’m sure that when I was a kid in school in the 1960’s there was only one or two kids in my class of 37 (yes 37!) that had Asthma.

Studies have shown that asthma rates in North America have doubled in the last twenty years or so.

Now it seems like every other kid has an inhaler (and many many adults too).

It seems that allergies of all kinds are very much on the increase.

Some blame this on the fact that we increasing live in almost hermetically sealed homes, at a constant temperature, heated in the winter, air-conditioned in the summer, which give dust mites the perfect breeding ground, along with the tendency to wall-to-wall carpeting.

However, eating more fruit and vegetables, and a Mediterranean style diet in general seems to lead to lower rates of asthma and other allergies.

Try eating at least a half dozen servings of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. Also oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, trout and herring twice a week.

Try to reduce the amount of omega-6 fats, found in corn and soy, as well as margarines and processed foods, as there seems to be some evidence that omega-6 can cause inflammation, which can worsen or promote asthma.