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We have grazed over a lot of information this past few days about eating, exercise and treating our bodies kindly.  I hope you have found it interesting and also found something to help you on your journey.

Below is a small list of links for you to research on your own, get your brain thinking about some of these issues.  If you have any resources to add to the list please do so here or on the Facebook page!

Food Matters (or on Netflix)

Health For Change (also on Netflix)

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead (on Netflix)

Dr Oz on Nutrition

Michael Pollan (books)

Food Inc. (film)

Whole Foods on Healthy Eating

Dr. Andrew Weil on Supplements

Starting tomorrow we are going to begin exploring another branch of the journey through chronic Illness, Feeding Our Souls.  Stay tuned!

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Today is Day 17 of 31 Days of Surviving Chronic Illness.  You can start Day 1 here.

Just as we discussed thinking out side of the box in choosing a health care professional, you may need to try some "alternative" methods when it comes to nutrition.  Although, I really don't love that term "alternative" when speaking of nutrition.  I'll tell you why...

Growing up my mother periodically took us all off of wheat & pasteurized dairy.  We took supplements like Vitamin D, Zinc and Echinacea.  30 years ago my mother and Katie Lee from our local health food store were telling people not to eat high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils and the world laughed at them.  Now every MD worth his salt is preaching it, in fact, Dr. Oz has become famous for it.  Netti pots were only for hippies, now every corner drugstore carries them because some doctor on TV decided it was OK to use. My great-grandmother taught us how to eat right, "science" is just catching up to what she already knew.

So it bothers me to call it "alternative" to suggest a specific diet, eliminating certain foods or taking herbal remedies when our ancestors knew that if they had an upset stomach and they drank some mint tea it cured their nausea.  It wasn't scientific method that brought them to that conclusion, it was common sense and wisdom from past generations.  It shouldn't be called "alternative", it should just be called natural or normal.

Yes, I know there have been problems with dosages or combining treatments or using the wrong substance for a particular ailment but guess what... that happens every day in every pharmacy across America with synthetic, potent, expensive, Federally regulated drugs.

I'll stop preaching.

My point is this, it might be time to try something different.  Are you exhausted?  Maybe you could try drinking some herbal tea with ingredients proven to provide stimulant-free energy that won't make you crash and won't cause lasting damage to your liver or adrenal glands. Do you suffer from cold sores? Over the counter lysine has been proven to improve the healing time of cold sores and can even prevent future breakouts.  Prone to eczema? Take a swig of olive oil every day it you might see some improvement, no copay.

Natural remedies and taking vitamins can feel like learning a 2nd language.  I grew up that way so it comes natural to me but if you don't know where to start or want to learn more here are a few sites to get you started:

  •  Dr. Oz-  yes, the great and might Oz has a lot of great information.  I really appreciate his ability to pair modern medicine with more natural remedies.
  • Dr. Mercola- Dr. Mercola has been around for a long time and is well respected in the medical community (they may not always agree with him, but they respect him). He provides free nutritional eating guidelines for beginners.
  • Dr. Weil- another veteran in the health/nutrition world.

These are just a few among many, many others.  At the end of this series I will be posting a list of resources for even more ideas on how to stay healthy.

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Today is Day 12 of 31 Days of Surviving Chronic Illness.  Day 1 starts here.

Continuing with this theme of giving our bodies what it really wants, an easy way to begin incorporating nutritious foods into our diets is to start adding in foods that have natural color.

Why?

Number one reason, hands down, is that colorful foods contain essential nutrients,antioxidants, & phytonutrients that help your fuel your body and help it fight disease and inflammation, including DNA breakdown and cancer.  You can take supplements to try to get these disease-fighters into your body but the best way to do it is through the food that you eat.

How do you guarantee you are getting the right combo of nutrients?  Eat your colors.

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There are a few exceptions, but in general foods of similar color contain similar nutrients, antioxidants & phytonutrients.  At the end of this post I will include some good articles on which colors will give you which phytonutrients but here a few guidelines to get you started (via Fitness Magazine and American Dietetic Assoc.):

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Green-   protects your vision, protects against UV damage, fight depressions, and defends against certain cancers. Try avocados, apples, grapes, honeydew, melons, kiwi, limes, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and leafy greens such as spinach

Red- boosts metabolism, whitens your teeth, increases cardio endurance.  Try cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red/pink grape fruit, red grapes, watermelon, beets, red onions, red peppers, rhubarb and tomatoes

Yellow- heals wounds, beats bloat, boosts energy and protects skin from free radicals.  Try apricots, grapefruits, pineapples, yellow peppers, yellow corn

Orange- improve memory, prevent breast cancer, boost immune function and improve muscle function.  Try cantaloupe, mangos, papayas, peaches, carrots, and sweet potatoes

Blue/Purple- fight the flu, improves memory, and improves blood flow.  Try blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins, eggplant, purple cabbage and purple-fleshed potatoes

White- lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, promotes heart heath and may reduce the risk of stomach cancers.  Try bananas, cauliflower, turnips, garlic, ginger, jicama, onions, potatoes

All that just from eating more fruits and veggies!

Here are some great articles if you want to do a little more reading:

**This post was originally posted January 4, 2012