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Power Kids Nutrition Drink: the anti-Soda

    Power Kids Nutrition Drink
    The Anti Soda
    30 servings $85.75

    Power Kids delivers whole food nutrients that support the normal functions of the brain and body. Soda is exactly what kids DON’T need – sugar, caffeine, carbonation and artificial ingredients. It’s like a scientist created the perfect chemical cocktail to disrupt a child’s normal body functions. And, unfortunately, sports drinks, and juice boxes really aren’t much better. But now, you have healthy choice! Certified organic fruits and greens that really make a difference.
    * USDA organic certified, 100% non-GMO whole food nutrition
    * Protects teeth and gums
    * Healthy “growth factor”
    * Balances blood sugar for sustained energy
    * Great raspberry flavor

    Instructions: Add one scoop to 8-10oz of water. Best mixed with cold water in a shaker cup or bottle. Can also be added to a smoothie or your favorite plain yogurt, almond milk or applesauce.

    Is Chewing Gum Bad for You? (One Ingredient Is Linked to Gut Destruction)

      Disturbing side effects of chewing gum.  Alternative bad breathe ideas and reasons why you should rethink putting gum in your mouth.
      Gut Destruction

      Chewing gum manufacturers have been turning to an ingredient called titanium dioxide for years. Now used in nanoparticle form, this extremely tiny metal compound is posing some serious emerging health threats. This is probably the scariest reason to avoid gum.

      Generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration, this compound is often used in nanoparticle form to create a bright white pigmentation in paints, plastics … and chewing gum. (2) It’s also found in tons of other foods, like candies and powdered white sugar (donuts!) and even bread. Although it’s allowed on store shelves and considered safe, scientists are starting to paint a different picture.

      In fact, a 2017 study published in the journal NanoImpact shows that nano-titanium oxide ingredients like titanium dioxide can severely impact gut health. Researchers exposed small intestinal cells to a meal’s worth of nanoparticles over four hours (acute exposure) or three meal’s worth over five days (chronic exposure). What they found is a bit shocking.

      Chronic exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the diet:

      Weakened the intestinal barrier
      Slowed down metabolism
      Triggered inflammation
      Weakened the gut’s defense against pathogens

      Blocked nutrient absorption of key nutrients like iron, zinc and fatty acids
      The nanoparticles actually blunted the effectiveness of the small intestines’ microvilli. Microvilli are tiny projections that jut off of small intestinal cells and work to absorb nutrients our bodies need to survive. (3)

      People also face this type of titanium dioxide exposure through toothpaste, and it’s even sometimes used to created a smoother texture in chocolates and to create a brighter appearance in skim milk.

      In 2012, Arizona State University found that titanium dioxide nanoparticles turned up in five percent of products tested, including Twinkies and mayonnaise samples. Under public pressure, Dunkin Donuts stopped using nano-titanium dioxide in its donuts’ powdered sugar in 2015.

      “To avoid foods rich in titanium oxide nanoparticles you should avoid processed foods, and especially candy. That is where you see a lot of nanoparticles,” — Gretchen Mahler, PhD, study co-author and assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (4)

      Beyond that, many chewing gum products contain emulsifiers to retain flavor and keep gum from sticking to your teeth. (5) The trouble is, many emulsifiers act almost like detergent in your digestive tract, throwing off the natural balance of your gut flora. In fact, research in lab animals suggests certain emulsifiers used as food additives could contribute to colon cancer development.

      Is Chewing Gum Bad? More Reasons to Stop


      For children and adolescents dealing with vicious migraines and tension headaches, the natural solution could be right under their noses: Stop chewing gum. A small study published in Pediatric Neurology discovered that nixing gum led to significant improvements in 26 out of 30 adolescents in the study. Amazingly, 19 of them experienced complete headache resolution. No pills, no treatments — they just stopped chewing gum. (6)

      If you’re trying to figure out how to get rid of a migraine naturally, your gum habit is a great place to start. In tweens and teens, common proven headache triggers include stress, lack of sleep, hot weather, video games, noise, sunlight, smoking, skipping meals and menstruation. Now we can add gum to the list. Researchers aren’t sure if it’s the artificial sweeteners or a TMJ issue related to gum and headaches, but the good news is we can stop many headaches with this simple step. (7)

      Sinister Sweeteners

      You’d expect fake sweeteners like aspartame in diet soda, but chewing gum? Come on! Different chewing gum companies turn to ingredients like aspartame, sorbitol, high-fructose corn syrup, acesulfame K, sucrolose and xylitol. Some actually use multiple fake sweeteners in a single gum product.

      These ingredients are linked to serious health issues like tooth decay, liver fat buildup, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, leukemia, lymphoma, kidney tumors and more. Acesulfame potassium, also known as acesulfame K, is among the most common artificial sweeteners detected in breast milk. That’s troubling, since the ingredient is also linked to thyroid dysfunction. Sucralose harms the gut, throwing off healthy levels of enzymes and disrupting the microbiome. (8)

      While xylitol and sorbitol may seem more natural, these processed sugar alcohols aren’t absorbed well by the body and cause an allergic reaction for those who have a sensitivity to it. And then there are the digestive sugar alcohol and xylitol side effects, including bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea. And get this: Its laxative effect is so pronounced that it’s actually part of the chemical makeup for many over-the-counter laxatives.

      Special note to dog owners: Xylitol and other sugar alcohol-based sweeteners are life-threatening toxins to dogs. Be mindful of breath mints, candies, sugar-free gum, frozen desserts and other foods when your pets are around. (9)

      Better Bad-Breath Fighters & Gum Alternatives

      Bad breath is a good excuse to reach for gum, but as you can see, the side effects are bad news, especially for your gut. Luckily, there are better ways to cope. After ruling out potential underlying issues for bad breath, you can turn to these things to naturally improve your breath:

      Eat parsley.
      Drink enough water, especially tap into the benefits of lemon water.
      Learn how to safely tap into peppermint oil benefits.(Not recommended for young children.)
      Learn about oil pulling with coconut oil.
      Avoid grains and added sugars.
      Final Thoughts on ‘Is Chewing Gum Bad for You?’
      American played a huge role in spreading the popularity of chewing gum all around the world.
      However, today’s ingredients include fake dyes and flavors. But perhaps most concerning is nanoparticle-sized titanium dioxide, an ingredient used in everything from gum, candy and bread to paint and plastics.
      Nano-titanium dioxide helps create a vibrant white color, but scientists now show that it can impact small intestinal cells in a way that blocks absorption of key nutrients, slows the metabolism, increases inflammation and weakens the gut’s ability to protect against dangerous pathogens.
      Chewing gum is also linked to migraines and tension headaches in children and adolescents.
      There are still some chewing gum companies that rely on old-fashioned, real-food ingredients, but they are sometimes harder to come by.


      Coconut Oil Toothpaste

        Homemade Toothpaste

        Equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda

        You can add a bit of bentonite clay and whatever essential oils you like
        (I used 2 drops lemon and 2 drops fennel)

        Just melt the oil and add other ingredients. Then refrigerate.

        Stir the jar every 5 minutes so it solidifies with ingredients evenly dispersed.

        Pumpkin Cornbread


          Vegan, GF, Dairy Free

          Happily Serves 8


          ¾ cup almond or coconut milk, room temperature

          ¼ cup Coconut vinegar

          1 cup cornmeal

          1 cup GF All purpose flour (can sub quinoa flour)

          ½ teaspoon Himalayan Sea salt

          ½ teaspoon cinnamon

          ½ teaspoon baking soda

          ½ cup softened coconut oil

          cup brown sugar, packed (can sub coconut sugar)

          1 can pumpkin puree or 2 cups fresh pumpkin

          Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and prepare a 9 in cast iron skillet (or square pan) with cooking spray.

          Stir together nut milk and vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes while you prep the rest of the ingredients.

          Whisk together your dry ingredients: cornmeal, whole wheat pastry flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda and set aside.

          Whisk together coconut oil and granulated sugar until well combined.

          Whisk in pumpkin puree.

          Stir in almond milk/vinegar mixture.

          Now stir in your dry ingredients.

          Mix until just combined.

          Don’t over mix, or you’ll end up with tough bread!

          Bake for about 25-35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

          Remove from the oven, let cool slightly and then serve immediately 

          More Cornbread Recipes

          How Much Sugar – Can You Have? Did You Have? Should You Have? How to Calculate it.

            How Much Sugar is Too Much?

            Calculating Refined Sugar Intake In Teaspoons sugar

            • A healthy adult human being has approximately 5 liters of blood circulating at any given moment.
            •  In that 5 Liters of Blood a grand total of 1 teaspoon of sugar is available during a fasting state. That’s all the body needs to function.
            •  In 12-ounces of soda or energy drinks typically contain approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar.
            •  That little beverage effectively raises the blood sugar 10 times above what the body needs to function and typically within a matter of minutes.

            To Decode the refined sugar in your diet simply do the following wherever refined sugars are listed in the ingredients.

            1 Teaspoon of Sugar = Approximately 4 Grams of Sugar

            In other words take the total grams of refined sugar and divide by 4 to learn how many teaspoons of sugar you are consuming per serving.

            More About Refined Sugar

            The Recommended Total Consumption of Refined Sugar & High Fructose Corn Syrup is less than 1 pound per month for Optimal Immune Health. Use the conversions below to assess how much sugar you are consuming each day.

            • 1 teaspoon of Sugar = 4.2 grams = approximately 4 grams
            • 453 grams of Sugar = 1 pound of Sugar
            • 115 teaspoons of Sugar = 1 pound of Sugar
            • 11 Sodas (132 Ounces) = 2, 2-Liter Bottles of Soda =
            • 1 pound of Sugar 1 Soda (12 Ounces) = 39 grams of Sugar = Approximately 10 teaspoons of Sugar
            • 1 Soda (20 Ounces) = 69 grams of Sugar = Approx. 16.5 teaspoons of Sugar
            • 1 Soda (2 Liters) = 67 ounces of Soda = 221 grams of Sugar = ½ pound of Sugar

            Drinking 1 Soda (12 Ounces) per day = 30 Sodas per month = 2.65 pounds of Sugar per month from Soda alone = 360 teaspoons of sugar your body will have to use, store or eliminate in order to remain in balance at 1 teaspoon circulating in the blood stream.

            I would also say that I would not count fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to this total…just refined sugars like white sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, dextrin, maltodextrin, agave syrup, maple syrup, and evaporated cane juice.

            The US governments projects that average annual refined sugar consumption alone…not counting any other sweetener will be 74 or more pounds per year for the next 20 years. And we wonder why diabetes is the fastest growing pathology in the United States today.


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            What Does Eating Healthy Mean? 16 Healthy Eating Principles You Must Know!

              What does Eating Healthy Mean?

              1- Mitochondrial Energy Production:

              Mitochondria definition: and organelle found in large number in most cells, in which the biochemical process of energy production occurs. It has an inner and outer layer.

              2-Organic sourced foods: look up

              The environmental working group is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  Learn what organic means

              U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a great resource

              3- Delayed food allergens: and allergy is an adverse reaction due to immunologic mechanism. A delayed onset food allergy is an auto immune disease that causes your immune system to overact when you ingest certain foods. The immune cells mistakenly attack food particles and treat them as foreign invaders and produce anti-bodies to try to fight what they perceive as toxins. Known allergies we can the immune and digestive systems, draining the body of energy.

              Energetic Health Institute…an innovative 501(c)3 California Non-Profit & Gold Rated by for transparency. School approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP)

              I’m a Certified Holistic Nutritionist who can order you the right lab work to complete and over see this process.


              4- 60% Alkalizing   pH scale  0-14   Acid vs. Alkaline

              Certain foods can effect of the acidity and pH of bodily fluids, including the urine or blood, and therefore can be used to treat and prevent disease

              5- Green Food

              Chlorophyll turns into new blood. Green promotes health and energy.

              6- ORAC Value of Food

              Oxygen radical absorbance capacity Is the unit of measurements of antioxidants found in food. (calories are a unit of energy)


              7-Refined Sugar

              A healthy adult has approx 5 liters of blood circulating at any given moment and needs 1 teaspoon of sugar available during a fasting state. That’s all the body needs to function.

              12-ounces of soda or energy drinks typically contain approx 10 tsp of sugar. That raises the blood sugar 10x above what the body needs to function and typically within a matter of minutes.


              1 Teaspoon of Sugar = Approx 4 Grams of Sugar

              Take the total grams of refined sugar & divide by 4 to learn how many teaspoons of sugar you are consuming per serving.

              8-Naturally sweet:

              Think Real food

              9- Fiber: 8-12 grams  per meal.  Average 25-30 grams a day.

              Adds bulk to you diet and aids in digestion.

              Insoluble fiber: found in wheat, bran, vegetables, and whole grains. It helps speed passage of food through the stomach and intestines.

              Soluble Fiber: attacks water and turns into gel, slowing digestion.  Found in foods like oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some other veggies and fruits.  Can help lower cholesterol.

              10-Raw foods

              Raw foods contain enzymes.  Enzymes help break down food and aid in digestion.

              Proteases: breaks down Protein

              Lipase: breaks down fat

              Amylase: breaks downs carbs

              11- Healthy Preparation Methods

              12-Environmentally Safe Meats and Fish


              13-Environmentally safe Cookware

              NO TEFLON!

              14-Friends and Family MOODS

              15- Beverage 8oz or less

              16- Burn off what you consume!


              Tigernut Flour Pancakes

                Tigernut Flour Pancakes

                GF, Refined Sugar free

                Happily serves 4-6


                • 4 organic cage free eggs
                • ½ cup tigernut flour
                • ¼ cup coconut flour
                • ½ cup dairy free milk (coconut milk)
                • ½ tsp cinnamon
                • ½ tsp raw apple cider vinegar
                • ¼ tsp baking soda
                • Properly measuring the flours is key to the recipe. Stir the tigernut flour with a fork to “loosen” it, then dip in the measuring cup and level the top with a knife. Measure the coconut flour the same way. Combine the flours and eggs to create a smooth batter. Mixing these ingredients first allows you to smooth out the clumps of tigernut flour. Add remaining ingredients, stir until combined.  Cook pancakes as usual

                You can store leftover pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. The leftover pancakes actually make a delicious “bread” for grain free sandwiches!

                Zucchini Breakfast Loaf – Gluten Free

                  Gluten Free Zucchini Bread is free from dairy, gluten, soy products and refined sugars!


                  • 2 Organic Zucchini, finely grated
                  • 2 C almond meal
                  • 2/3 C tapioca starch/arrowroot flour
                  • 2 tbsp flax/chia meal
                  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
                  • 1 tsp baking soda
                  • 1-2 tbsp dried rosemary
                  • 1 tsp sea salt
                  • 3 eggs (or flax egg substitute)
                  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) Organic coconut milk
                  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) Organic coconut oil
                  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar


                  Preheat oven to 350º F.

                  Line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

                  Combine the dry ingredients together in one bowl and whisk the wet ingredients together in another bowl.

                  Combine both wet and dry ingredients together, pour into a loaf tin.

                  Bake in the oven for 30-40 mins or until golden brown on top and cooked through. When the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is ready.

                  Serve warm or toasted.


                  Jodi’s Fudgy Brownies

                    Jodi’s Fudgy brownies

                    Grain free, Refined sugar free, Dairy free, Gluten Free,

                    Happily Serves 12

                    ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS 

                    1 Egg

                    2 Cups Black beans rinsed, drained & cooked

                    One avocado

                    1 TBSP vanilla extract

                    1/2 Cup Coconut Brown sugar

                    2/3 Cup Carob

                    1-2 tsp Coconut oil

                    1/4 tsp baking soda

                    1/4 tsp baking powder

                    1/2 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

                    1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

                    Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8 x 8″ baking stone.

                    Mix egg, black beans, avocado, vanilla and sugar in the food processor until smooth.

                    Add the Carob,  coconut oil, baking soda, baking powder and mix again until smooth.

                    Batter needs to be sticky to be fudgy.

                    If you want it thinner add a tablespoon or so of coconut milk.

                    Fold in the chocolate chips spread in the pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.

                    Tips:  The food processor is best.  It  blends and hides the consistency of the beans.