Freedom To Choose HEALTH

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Not too long ago, a friend of my daughters proudly showed me a package of newly purchased bread, saying, “look, I got my mom whole wheat bread, she wants to start eating more healthy.” “Fantastic,” I thought, until he showed me the label. The first ingredient was whole wheat flour; the second was wheat flour, and then wheat gluten. This bread was not 100% whole wheat nor was it particularly good for health; it contained sugar and chemical preservatives. There was no way to know what percentage of whole wheat was actually in the bread.

 

Bread or Dead?

If you really want to go healthy, avoid all products containing enriched or bleached flour. Breads made with sprouted grains are best. Sprouting infuses life giving enzymes into your bread and boosts the vitamin and mineral content (as long as it is not overcooked). Look for breads that are sprouted, flour less or 100% whole grain. Breads that contain seeds or bean flours add extra protein. These whole or ancient grains are good wheat alternatives: spelt, amaranth, millet, quinoa, barley, wild rice, rye, farro (einkorn), kamut and bulgur.

WGstamp A study on whole grain foods found that “grain products with the Whole Grain Stamp, one of the most widely-used front-of-package symbols, were higher in fiber and lower in trans fats, but also contained significantly more sugar and calories compared to products without the Stamp.” [1] [2]

The ‘Sugars’ Deception!

I noticed there’s a growing trend in packaged foods even in ‘health foods’. Manufactures are using several types of ‘sugars’ in the ingredients so they don’t have to put sugar at the top of the list. For example, an ‘energy’ bar or box of cereal that has sugar as second or third in the ingredients may also contain other types of sugars, like: high-fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, malt syrup, agave nectar etc., so ‘sugars’ could actually be the main ingredient and you end up eating more sugar than you intended. Check the total carbohydrate and sugar stats to make a more educated choice.

All ‘Sugars’, Not Created Equal

Agave nectar has been deceptively marketed as a healthy alternative. It is true, agave syrup doesn’t cause a blood sugar spike like white sugar does but it is very high in fructose, higher than high-fructose corn syrup. Fructose consumption is a risk factor for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to a study published in Journal of Hepatology. The report also found, the increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup, primarily in the form of soft drinks, is linked with complications of the insulin resistance syndrome. [3] Insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome increases the risk of diabetes and early heart disease by causing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Coconut sugar is another so called “healthy alternative” and should also be used sparingly. The major component of coconut sugar is sucrose (70-79%), followed by glucose (3-9%). Sucrose (table sugar) is made up of half fructose. That makes coconut sugar 38-48.5% fructose, which is about the same as table sugar.

The Hippocrates Health Institute recommends using Stevia for sweetening.

I am thankful my parents never had soft drinks or sugar laden sweets in the house when I was growing up. I never got use to the taste of sodas, so I have no desire for them, (although I do, on occasion, have other sweets). A child who is exposed to junk food will have a difficult time getting out of the habit later on in life and will pass their choices back to their own kids one day, too.

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My dad ingrained in me and my eight siblings, when it comes to food, fresh and raw is best. His training about health, faith and love has helped me throughout my life. “Children who rely on foods that are depleted of nourishment suffer in every way . . . but there are other elements just as important. The love of family, we are a close-knit, warm, affectionate. There is no generation gap. Our mealtime gatherings are festivals of joy.” – Albert Alberici (my dad), “The Vegetarian Health Review and Digest”

“CHILDREN TAUGHT HEALTHY HABITS OFTEN KEEP THEM FOR LIFE”

“Desert Health News” recently published this article to which I was a contributor along with fellow entertainers, my sister, Maria Lauren and Patti Gribow. Follow the link.

http://deserthealthnews.com/stories/health-is-a-choice-children-taught-healthy-habits-often-keep-them-for-life/

Best in health, Linda

 

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

 

REFERENCES:

1) Harvard School of Public Health News – Foods identified As ‘whole grain’ not always healthy – Jan. 10, 2013

2) IDENTIFYING WHOLE GRAIN FOODS: A COMPARISON OF DIFFERENT APPROACHES FOR SELECTING MORE HEALTHFUL WHOLE GRAIN PRODUCTS,” REBECCA MOZAFFARIAN, REBEKKA LEE, MARY KENNEDY, DAVID LUDWIG, DARIUSH MOZAFFARIAN, AND STEVEN GORTMAKER, PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, ONLINE JANUARY 4, 2013

3) Journal of Hepatology June 2008 vol. 48 issue 6 pp. 993-999

 

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ONLY LOVE CAN DO THAT

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In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, I am sharing a few of my favorite excerpts of some of Dr. King’s writings and speeches. He was a brilliant man who humbly and lovingly acted out his faith.

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

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Excerpts from “Loving Your Enemies” (November 1957)

“Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That’s why Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they’re mistreating you. Here’s the person who is a neighbor, and this person is doing something wrong to you and all of that. Just keep being friendly to that person. Keep loving them. Don’t do anything to embarrass them. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they’re mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative.” There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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Quotes from Dr. King’s, “The Christian Pertinence of Eschatological Hope,” a paper King wrote for Christian Theology Today

Second Coming of Christ

“Actually we are celebrating the Second Advent every time we open our hearts to Jesus, every time we turn our backs to the low road and accept the high road, every time we say no to self that we may say yes to Jesus Christ, every time a man or women turns from ugliness to beauty and is able to forgive even their enemies. Jesus stands at the door of our hearts if we are willing to admit him. He is far away if with ugliness and evil we crowd him out. The final doctrine of the second coming is that whenever we turn our lives to the highest and best there for us is the Christ.”

Judgement Day

“The highest court of justice is in the heart of man after the light of Christ has illumined his motive and all his inner life. Any day when {we} waken to the fact that we are making a great moral decision, any day of experienced nearness to Christ, any day when in the light of Christ, we see ourselves, is a day of judgment.”

Immortality

“Again the worthfulness of the personal life of Jesus makes immortality meaningful. Through his spirit Jesus brought the immortal hope to light. He had a quality of spirit that death couldn’t hold (cf. Acts 2:24). His love was too powerful for death. His truth was too eternal for death. His goodness was too influential for death.”

The Kingdom of God

“When we see social relationships controlled everywhere by the priciples which Jesus illustrated in his life–trust, love, mercy, and altruism–then we shall know that the kingdom of God is here. To say what this society will be like in exact detail is quite hard for us to picture, for it runs so counter to the practices of our present social life. But we can rest assure that it will be a society governed by the law of love.”

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Words from a beautiful mind, God bless you, Dr. King.

~ Linda Eichberg

 

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Jesus in Matthew 5: 44-45