How to Find Locally Sourced Foods…

Have you ever had a problem locating foods that are sourced in your local area?

local foodsWould you like to be able to find the best local foods in order to provide your family, your restaurant, your farm stand, etc. with these excellent offerings?

We recently came across an article in the Well Being Journal that we would like to share with you.

Agrilicious is a new venture with a goal to be a national go-to resource for local, nutritious food. The website helps readers find, select, and celebrate the benefits of locally sourced food.

Agrilicious supports the family-farmer connection, bringing together restaurants, grocery delivery services, meal kit producers, distributors, educators, and food industry experts and advocates to share ideas, connect, and make a difference.

Agrilicious is for those who are becoming curious and concerned about the food we eat, where it’s from, and what is actually in it.

Agrilicious provides over 100,000 listings and enhanced profiles of local food sellers; search tools allowing individuals, agripreneurs, and business-to-business (B2B) food suppliers to connect online and offline; food, farming, and agriculture news, independent reviews and analysis, columns, educational materials, and a blog, and featured farms and businesses; informative videos from industry experts; food-related documentaries; and exclusive programming including, “In Search of Food”, an online series featuring Joel Salatin, Ann Cooper, Alice Waters, Scott Pampuch, and Barton Seaver. Based in Seattle, WA, Agricilious SPC is a social purpose corporation.

Agrilicious is a new organization at the heart of the food movement, providing a novel way to participate in the local food experience. Learn more about Agrilicious here.

Do you have other resources for finding locally sourced foods?

Tell us about them in the comments below! We enjoy hearing from you!

Food vs. Medicine

With the new year upon us, many people desire to make big changes in their overall health.

lifestyle vs medicineOne thing that is becoming more and more popular is the idea of changing your lifestyle and diet to correct, or relieve any ailments versus taking medications that will more than likely have harmful side effects.

A common ailment in today’s society is the headache!

Ginger is a wonderful root, high in anti-inflammatory properties with several beneficial factors, and relieving migraines is one of many.

Avoid any foods containing MSG because MSG has been scientifically linked to causing headaches along with other health issues. The leading causes of headaches is caffeine, the artificial sweetener aspartame, and foods that contain sodium nitrate, such as processed foods and cured meat like hot dogs and bacon.

Every man and woman wants the chance to drink from the fountain of youth. In order to prevent the effects of aging, a simple change in diet can do the trick.

All you have to do is reduce your intake of foods that contain high amounts of saturated fats, as well as reduce your intake of red meat to no more than twice a week.

And, of course, eliminate fried foods.

Foods low in saturated fat as well as raw foods are fine. A plant-based diet would be beneficial.

Foods especially good for “anti-aging” are broccoli sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, blueberries, and apples.

Another common health aggravation are those dreaded allergies.

manganeseAllergy levels are increasing due to the amount of environmental pollutants and food contaminates. One little known fact is that people with chronic allergies are usually deficient in manganese.

Foods that contain a good amount of manganese are beans, peas, blueberries, and then there is the option of taking a manganese supplement.

There are a handful of various supplements that can be taken on a daily basis that will reduce allergies, such as Omega-3 Oil, Vitamin C, etc.

The consumption of stinging nettle herb can also be used in the treatment of severe allergies due to it being an immune system booster.

Cantaloupe, Ginger and Apple are also all good for boosting the immune system and thus relieving allergy symptoms.

This is just a snippet of what foods are really capable of.

Instead of taking a handful of prescription and OTC medications, you can just change the foods you eat, take the bad things out and add specific good things to relieve whatever health issue you’re having.

Be more mindful of what you consume.

Make a food log to keep track of what you’re eating and how it’s affecting your overall well-being.

The saying “you are what you eat” is very true!

Here at BeverlyD, we know your hair will mirror the products you use on it, and our bodies do the same thing!

Live a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet and even healthier hair!

food as medicine book coverA good recourse and guide to follow when wanting to make a dietary change in your life is the book “Food as Medicine” by Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

“As you age, you should decrease your overall calorie consumption and increase the amount of raw foods you eat.” ~Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D

 

 

What changes are you making this year to ensure your healthiest year yet?

Share them with us in the comments below!

And, be sure to share this blog post with a friend!

Sugar Free? NOT Necessarily!

The Holiday Season is in full swing, and you know that there are going to be “goodies” around every corner and at every function you attend!

The question is, should you eat the ones with sugar, or should you go the sugar-free route and try to feel good about doing something “healthy” for your body?

sugar gingerbread manHere’s a good rule of thumb: If it’s homemade, eat it without guilt!

Even if it’s got sugar in it!

At least it hasn’t been sitting on some grocery shelf for who knows how long and loaded with all kinds of ingredients you can’t begin to pronounce anyway!

If you think you are not eating sugar…think again.

Here is the list of all ingredients made from GMO corn which is being used as a non replacement for sugar, as well as an additional ingredient in many of the packaged products you eat regularly!.

  • Alpha tocopherol
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Baking powder
  • Calcium stearate
  • Caramel
  • Cellulose
  • Citric Acid
  • Citrus cloud emulsion
  • Corn flour
  • Corn oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Corn syrup
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose (glucose)
  • Diglycerides
  • Ethylene
  • Ethyl acetate
  • Ethyl lactate
  • Fibersol-2
  • Fructose
  • Fumaric acid
  • Gluten
  • Golden syrup
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Inisotol
  • Invert sugar
  • Malt
Generosity

A pure “SUGAR” treat for your hair! Treat yourself to some today!

STOP EATING PRE-PACKAGED PROCESSED PRODUCTS!

DO ENJOY all the goodness of those yummy homemade treats this season, knowing that they are freshly made with the greatest of commodities known to mankind…LOVE.

What are some of your favorite homemade Holiday treats?

Share them with us in the comments below!

 

Oil Pulling via Collaboration

BeverlyD prefers Collaboration to coconut for taste reasons, but here’s an article regarding oil pulling and its benefits put out by my dentist, who is an authority and an advanced biological dentist.

Collaboration

 

It seems everyone’s talking about oil pulling these days – from mommy bloggers to fashionistas to the Huffington Post and plenty more in between. But what is it? And why is it? And why have Dr. Glaros and many of us here in the office happily taken up this ancient Ayurvedic practice?

What is Oil Pulling Anyway?

Basically, oil pulling involves gently swishing oil in the mouth, through and over the teeth, for 15 minutes or so. It’s been used as a traditional folk remedy for thousands of years to strengthen teeth, gums and jaws, as well as prevent tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease.

 

There are a couple of theories about how oil pulling works. Most often, you hear that the oil “pulls” bacteria from the mouth into the oil – a theory rooted in the chemical principle that “like dissolves like.” This suggests that oil is able to cut through and break up the biofilm (“plaque”) on your teeth without damaging the enamel. It’s also believed that the oil’s low viscosity keeps microbes from sticking to the teeth, which in turn makes it harder for them to recolonize.

 

Many swear by oil pulling as a way to heal and detoxify the body even further, offering relief from a number of chronic illness. Skeptics beg to differ. As usual, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Our concern isn’t with those health claims, though – just oil pulling’s role in dental hygiene.

 

For there is, in fact, some good research out there supporting its ability control oral microbes that would otherwise contribute to disease. For instance, a 2011 study in the Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry reported oil pulling to be as effective as chlorhexidine – an antimicrobial mouthwash – in relieving halitosis. An earlier study headed by the same lead author reached a similar conclusion. Both the oil pulling and chlorhexidine groups had lower counts of S. mutans – a key bacterium involved in tooth decay – but only the oil pulling group showed significant reduction at all four testing times; chlorhexidine, just the first two.

 

“Oil pulling,” concluded the authors, “can be used as an effective preventive adjunct in maintaining and improving oral health.”

 

It’s worth noting, too, that while chlorhexidine is infamous for staining the teeth, oil pulling has a demonstrated tendency to whiten them.

How to Practice Oil Pulling

Note: Some people report a detox effect for the first few days of oil pulling, including mild congestion, headache and mucus drainage, among other effects. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have braces or caps, consult your dentist before you start oil pulling.

 

  1. Choose your oil. Most studies to date have used sesame seed oil, but others recommend coconut oil – which Dr. Glaros likes also for its richness in medium-chain fatty acids and lauric acid, both of which have wide-ranging health benefits. Whichever oil you use, make sure it is raw, unrefined and organic.
  2. First thing in the morning – before you eat or drink anything or brush your teeth – put 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil in your mouth. If you use coconut oil – which is solid at room temperature but melts quickly – this may feel a little weird at first, but that feeling soon fades.
  3. Swish the oil for 15 to 20 minutes. This is the time it takes for the oil to cut through the biofilm that builds up on your teeth while you sleep, but not so long that your body begins to reabsorb the toxins. Swish the oil gently between your teeth, all around your mouth, front and back. If you find 15 minutes too long at first, go for as long as you can and gradually work up to the recommended time.
  4. Spit the oil into the trash, not down a drain. Oils tend to solidify when cool and can build up in your pipes.
  5. Rinse with warm water.

Now, look for whiter, stronger teeth and healthier gum tissue to support them!

 

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Have you tried oil pulling yourself? What effects have you noticed? Please share your experiences with us!