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Summer 2018 Real Food Revolution

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Summer 2018

Health Matters Closed July 21st for training

Chantelle is coordinating the Bridge Card/Double Up Food bucks, WIC and Senior Project Fresh programs at the market again this year.  The program will run until December 29th Saturdays 7-12 and Tuesdays from 4-7 PM.

Gift Certificates Available for Purchase

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-½ hour $30.00; 1 hour $50.00

  Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath now available by appointment-1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00 Now get 5 foot baths and get the next one free.

Family Farms Co-op: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orders due via email July 25, August 22, September 19  by noon; Pickup July 27, August 24,  September 21  from 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First Friday Downtown Monroe Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

Ducky Dash- July 26 7:00-8:30 on the river Purchase rubber ducky tickets here

Jazz Festival & Fine Art Fair-August 8-12

Transitions for Women a support group for women that have lost their partners-Next Meeting No meeting in July, August 18, September 15

Meeting at Health Matters 3:00 PM

Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM

Yoga with Chantelle-Tuesday- Calendar available at the Store


Homemade Herbal-September 5th 6-7pm; September 12th 12-1 pm; September 19th 6-7pm

Healthy Happenings: Real Food Revolution

I do not know about you, but I have seen so many different DIETS out right now it makes my head spin.  For several years I have cautioned customers and friends to beware of DIETS (the first 3 letters spell die). Most of the time people start a DIET then when they see the results they want, they go off the DIET and gain the weight back within a short period of time.  That is the reason for I advocate a Real Food Lifestyle.  The Whole 30 plan works to jump start and to learn the basics of real food eating, the problem is what to do after the 30 days?  I have chosen to follow and recommend a REAL FOOD REVOLUTION healthy eating/lifestyle plan. The main reason for this plan is to thwart the constant barrage by the conventional food producers and some natural food producers, to manipulate us with advertising packaged food items as healthy.  I make it a practice not to purchase items advertised on TV because the majority of the companies even the “natural” food companies have been purchased by conventional food producers. When this happens the standards for production usually become compromised and the quality and integrity of some of these companies become questionable. In my opinion, the worst offenders are the store brands toting the labels of “natural” and “organic”, since they work against the truth in labeling act of 2015.

·          Pros & Cons of Various Diets:

1.        Vegan Pros:

v  May lower cholesterol-As most of you know I do not want my cholesterol to go below 180 mg

v  May lower blood pressure

v  Increase antioxidant intake because of increasing vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.

v  May promote greater self-control

                                      Vegan Cons:

v    Loss of essential vitamins and minerals: There is evidence to show vegan diets do not contain vitamin B12 unless individuals consume fortified foods and nutritional yeast.  Vegan diets may be low in calcium and vitamin D.

v  A radical change that usually includes soy products which I do not advocate due to estrogenic properties

v   May interfere with medical conditions such as osteoporosis and diabetes

v  Difficulty when dining out

v  Unrealistic expectations: Dr. Michael Applebaum, a physician and president of FitnessMed says a person might believe they are making themselves healthier.  There is no good data proving that simply being vegan as an isolated behavior improves health.  There has to be a balance of diet, exercise and a proper fitness regime.

2.        Vegetarian Pros:

v  Improves colon health:  The high fiber content in plant based vegetarian diets improves the good bacteria in the colon;   the risk of colon cancer and constipation decreases

v  Improves the heart rate:  A vegetarian diet can help lower cholesterol, and blood pressure aiding in the prevention of heart disease as long as the diet includes food rich in potassium and dietary fiber.

v   Reduces risk of kidney stones: Diets high in animal protein leads the body to excrete calcium, oxalate and uric acid.

v  Reduces risk of cancer: Vegetarians show up to 40% less chance of developing cancer.  Consuming enough organic fruits and vegetables as part of a vegetarian diet will help build a strong immunity and fight cancer cells.

v  Lower risk of diabetes:  Consuming a diet rich in whole grains, sprouted nuts, sprouted legumes and fibers improves the glycemic control in the people who already have diabetes.

Vegetarian Cons:

v  Lack of nutrition: Strict vegetarians might be missing Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D.  Meeting protein needs get hard if meals are not planned well.   Iron might also be more difficult to obtain.

v  May not be such a healthy choice:  Many vegetarians rely on processed grains and foods containing sugar, refined foods, high fructose sugar and carbonated beverages. 

v  Use of herbicides and pesticides:  To improve production of crops and maintain quality.  Numerous chemicals are used in the soil, residues of which can be found in the plant and can find it way to the human body.

v  Notion that vegetarians live longer can be a myth:   Undoubtedly choosing high fiber fresh vegetarian meals is the best choice.  Choosing not-so-healthy vegetarian meals coupled with a faulty lifestyle can decrease your life expectancy (animal protein or no animal protein)

3.        Ketogenic Diet Pro:

v  Can help you lose weight because of its ability to oxidize fatty acids in the liver, which suppress appetite. 

v  Can help manage diabetes because consuming a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates can help maintain a good blood glucose level by improving insulin levels.

v  Can help with chronic migraines the ketogenic diet has been used for decades as a therapeutic tool for children with epilepsy.  This diet method has the capability to metabolize glutamate and convert it to glutamine, which converts to GABA.  As a result, migraine imbalances are alleviated and cause a decrease in brain cortical excitability.  A high fat diet is also being used for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

v   Can help with traumatic brain injury

v  Can increase fertility in women because if weight and insulin levels are a factor in fertility a high fat diet heals reproductive hormones

Ketogenic Diet Cons:

v  Ketoacidosis-studies show that when the diet is maintained for too long, it can case the body to produce high levels of blood acids.

v  Fatigue-The ketogenic diet is not something that should be done long-term. 

v  Kidney stones-Several reports were indicated about individuals who were on the keto diet for several months.

v  Anemia- Iron-deficiency anemia is a late-onset side effect of the keto diet and important to know if you are dealing with low iron levels.

v  Not for long term

4.        Paleo Diet Pros:

v  The diet is rich in potassium-because it promotes lots of fruits and vegetables, which is important to maintain a healthy blood pressure, and healthy kidney and muscle function

v  The diet focuses on healthy fats-nuts, avocado and olive oil to name a few

v  High protein content- proteins are essential for growth and development of the skin, muscles, bones and cartilage.

v  Elimination of processed foods- Similar to the whole 30 plan that improves blood sugar levels and blood pressure

     Paleo Diet Cons:

v  The food portions allowed exceed recommended daily allowances

v  Eliminates entire food groups

v  People in the West often obtain their calcium from milk, cheese, and yogurt which can result in inadequate calcium.

v  The elimination of whole grains may mean a decrease in fiber.

v  The diet does not allow the consumption of legumes, which are rich in magnesium, selenium, and manganese.

There are a few other popular diets like the DASH diet, Flexitarian (flexible vegetarianism), Weight Watchers, Low Carb diet, Oh My!

I believe in following a healthy lifestyle plan that can work for a lifetime. This includes filtered water,  an abundance of fruits and vegetables (for their fiber and vitamin content),  whole fat non-homogenized milk products,  grass fed or organic meat and poultry, wild caught fish, raw or crispy nuts, and a small amount of whole sprouted grains and beans.  I hope this helps when you are figuring out foods that work for you and your families.

Maurine is happy to provide her opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.

As always, contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.

Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-269-476-8883

Store News:

v  Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

v  Local Delivery to shut-ins available

v  Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.

v  Free Muscle Testing

v  Ionic Food Bath available by appointment only; 1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

Save the Earth Don’t get in a lather—Try to avoid using more detergent than you actually need to get your clothes clean.  Not only does overdosing waste the resources and energy used to make detergent, it also makes your washing machine work harder. This requires extra processing to clean up the wash water once it leaves your machine.  

Words to Live By:Anyone with a new idea is a crank…until the idea succeeds.     Mark Twain


Recipe of the Month

Blueberries And Cream Cupcakes from Wholesome Dining Gilead Balm Wellness Center

1/3 cup coconut flour, sifted                                                                                                    ½ (I used 1/3) cup local honey

¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt                                                                                                        ½ cup grapeseed oil

¼ teaspoon baking soda                                                                                                           ½ Tablespoon vanilla extract

3 farm fresh eggs                                                                                                                     1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, salt, and baking soda.  In a large bowl combine eggs, honey, oil, and vanilla blend well with hand mixer. Mix dry ingredients into wet, blending well with hand mixer.  Gently fold blueberries into batter.  Scoop ¼ cup batter into paper lined muffin pan.  Bake 20-25 minutes.  Cool 1 to 2 hours, then top with whipped cream frosting.  Decorate each cupcake with 4-5 fresh blueberries.


Basic Whipped Cream Frosting

1 cup whipping cream

¼ (I used 2 Tablespoons) cup powdered xylitol or erythritol

½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Using chilled bowl and beaters, beat with mixer until mixture forms very stiff peaks.


Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161


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Summer 2018 Real Food Revolution

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