Pantry makeover


 For changes to be made in the body, changes must be made in the trolley!                               




Life is just a series of choices and we make so many unhealthy choices in life!
We should begin to think about ‘what to eliminate from our diets’, more than what we should add to them.
There are many dangerous and toxic hindrances to self healing.
Here are a few real culprits that could be sabotaging your health:
Heres the whole truth about your so called 'food.'
Salts aint salts! (Sodium chloride-common table salt is toxic)
Your Body Needs Salt – Choose Unprocessed Salt!
'Considering the many biological functions facilitated by salt, it would be a mistake to eliminate it entirely. However, it’s important to make sure you’re consuming the right kind of salt – the kind of salt your body can actually process and use.
I believe it’s perfectly fine and beneficial to use a pure, natural salt, such as Celtic or Himalayan salt, to add flavor to your food. (Personally, I far prefer the pink Himalayan salt, but either one will do as they are unprocessed salts and are not associated with most of the problems of commercial salts.)
Natural salt is dried naturally, and is not chemically processed so it contains minerals that your body actually needs to function normally.
If you are following the advice in Take Control of Your Health and have already eliminated processed foods from your diet, then your salt consumption will automatically be very low, as the only salt you’ll be consuming is what you personally add to your meals.
If your sodium levels are too high and you need to avoid salt, you can use lemon, garlic and other fresh herbs as replacements that will give your food added flavor and a healthy kick.'
Phillip Day reinstates, "Common table salt is a poison, refined from Nature’s storehouse to remove all elements but sodium chloride. Some say we ended up with this particular compound due to industry’s colossal use of it. Whatever the reason, table salt is not real ‘salt’ and its dangers are well touted:
•It destabilises blood pressure
•Can cause cellulite, kidney stones and rheumatism
•Upsets your fluid balance
•Acts as a diuretic (expels water from cells)
•Thereby a cell-toxin
•Contains the endocrine disrupters, fluoride and iodine
•Contains fillers such as calcium carbonate and aluminium hydroxide, the latter aluminium implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Some PR job to convince the world we need it, eh?
Yet ‘salt’ is essential for the body’s systems. Farmers know if they don’t put out the salt blocks for their cattle, they die. This is real salt as Nature intended, not the truncated, worse-than-useless mess made of it in the refining process." 
See Phillip Days resources for his book 'Water & Salt'
Sometime ago my husband became aware of a very annoying, agitating condition he would encounter at night, as he was falling off to sleep, known as Restless Leg Syndrome ( RLS).
After consulting the doctor in regards to this matter, he came home no better off, as he was told the cause of RLS was not really known, and incurable.
When we  went in search for answers the culprit, which then became obviously apparent, was none other than Sodium Chloride- common old salt.
I personally recommend Nirvana organics Himalayan Crystal salt, Blooms Organic Celtic sea Salt,
 A.Vogels 'Herbamare' Seasoned Sea Salt herbs and Vegetable mix sold at Health food shops and most Coles stores
Whether you believe it or not, it is one of the most harmful substances we can feed the body!
Sugar behaves like a drug in the body as well as being an immune suppressant, and the average person is unknowingly consuming around 50 teaspoons a day! (and it only takes 9 teaspoons of sugar to take your immune system off line for the day)
Sugar robs the body of Vitamins B & C, zinc, chromium & calcium.
As the B vitamins are essential for the health of your nervous system, a deficiency results in anxiety, irritability, fatigue, nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, slow mental response, dementia, headaches, hallucinations and neurological damage.
A vitamin C deficiency results in a decrease in the immune response and low resistance to disease.
When refined sugar is eaten, the pancreas responds by putting out a large amount of insulin, this insulin uses up the sugar and overshoots, causing you to become hypoglycemic. This has a similar affect as the B deficiency.
If you were to take a memory course they would tell you not to take any sugar for 24hrs because it will have a profound affect on the memory.
*Sugar is slow to digest so other foods eaten after will ferment in the stomach causing all sorts of other health issues.
*Sugar is in everything we buy from the supermarket- cereals, tomato sauce, canned foods, frozen foods, packaged foods, condiments and dressings! No wonder obesity statistics are on the rise!
*Sugar has been processed and refined and therefore is absolutely of no value to the body.
So is raw or brown sugar any better?
No. It just has some molasses added to it for colour.
*Sugar being highly acidic causes the body to pull alkalizing minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus, from the bones to balance the pH level of the blood. This is why we have such a high rate of brittle bones among our young and old- it is directly related to the sugary foods and soft drinks that we westerners are consuming on a daily basis!
I personally recommend Stevia or Raw honey as a superior natural sweetener.

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Like refined sugar, artificial sweeteners seem to be present in almost every second product on the market, particularly those in the “diet” range, such as diet drinks, pastries, candy and even in so called health food products.
Two of the most common, being NutraSweet and Aspartame, have had plenty of negative press now for some years, even though they have been FDA approved for over 1600 different products. Sugar free gums commonly use nutrasweet!
These sweeteners contain Methanol, which studies have proven to cause blindness, convulsions, seizures and tumors, and as an excitotoxin, it is highly toxic to the nervous system.
Why would we continue using products containing these dangerous substances, while placing not only our health, but the health of our children and family at risk?
These flavour enhancers (the most common MSG 621) are found in most brands of potato chips, savoury biscuits, recipe bases and come hidden in many salad dressings too!
Read bottom of the page to find out other MSG products.
Ladies can you see why we must get back to the basics and start making our own real foods!
If you are not yet convinced of the dangers of these excitotoxins check out Dr Russell Blaylocks (famous neurosurgeon) book Excitotoxins:The taste that kills
and see the research he has done on this major problem with our processed foods today!

I personally recommend Braggs Liquid Aminos for a great flavour substitute to use in dressings,soups and stirfrys.

Infact eliminate all whites from your diet – white bread, white pasta and white rice.
White flour has actually had all the fibre and nutrients removed during processing.
Thats right, there’s nothing natural about white flour. The refining process removes the husk,the germ and bleaches the rest- leaving it not only null and void of nutrients but rather harmful to the body.
Q. What do you get when you mix white flour and water?!
A. A really great glue!
It will not only clog up your system, contributing to constipation, but causes a toxic (acidic) build up and results in a physical breakdown of sorts.
Packaged goods like cakes, cookies, muffins, biscuits, bread rolls/sticks and croutons, are not only made by white flour but have been cooked in trans fats/ oil, a double whammy!

Health hint:Not all health bars are what they make out to be either, so be sure to read the labels!
I personally recommend the use of gluten free flours such as Arrowroot,Quinoa, (Keenwa) Amaranth, Millet, or Buckwheat as a substitute for white/wholemeal wheat flour. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Consider this; soft drinks are one of the most acidic substances we can take into our bodies. PH 1.8-2.5 range! Neutral is 7.0 and blood should sit around 7.4. Along with caffeine, soft drink resembles battery acid in the body!

It cannot be worth the taste, for the trouble it is wreaking in our amazing bodies!

I personally choose water or herbal teas as my choice of beverage 

The best oil no doubt is Cold pressed,Coconut oil. Second Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Heres an article from
Coconut Oil - Your Smart Alternative to other Oils
Those living in tropical populations who follow traditional diets high in coconut oil and coconut products enjoy overall good health.
Back in the 1930's, a dentist named Dr. Weston Price traveled throughout the South Pacific, examining traditional diets and their effect on dental and overall health. He found that those eating diets high in coconut products were healthy and trim, despite the high fat concentration in their diet.
Similarly, in 1981, researchers studied populations of two Polynesian atolls. Coconut was the chief source of caloric energy in both groups. The results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrated that both populations exhibited positive vascular health. There was no evidence that the high saturated fat intake had a harmful effect in these populations.
Coconut oil is finally beginning to get the respect it deserves as a smart alternative to other oils. The many benefits of coconut oil are finally reaching the mainstream.
- Promoting your heart health
- Promoting weight loss when and if you need it
- Supporting your immune system health
- Supporting a healthy metabolism
- Providing you with an immediate energy source
- Helping to keep your skin healthy and youthful looking
- Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland
The unique health benefits of coconut oil are directly related to its chemical structure, or more precisely, the length of its fatty acid chains.
Coconut oil is comprised of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. Coconut oil is nature's richest source of these healthy MCFAs. By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs.
The use of coconut oil is one of the smartest dietary measures you can make. The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are considered so nutritious that they have been used in baby formulas, and in hospitals to feed the critically ill, those on tube feeding, and those with digestive problems. Coconut oil is exceptionally helpful for pregnant women, nursing moms, the elderly, those concerned about digestive health, athletes (even weekend warriors), and those of you who just want to enhance your overall health. No guilt. No cholesterol. No trans-fats. No downside. Only your peace of mind.
The light, non-greasy taste of Coconut Oil is so delicious, you'll want to use it nearly every time you cook. Just to get you started, here are a few things you can do with your coconut oil:
- Whenever you fry, stir-fry or sauté veggies, eggs, poultry, fish or whatever, use coconut oil for a health-conscious light flavor
- Toss some coconut oil into your smoothies or juiced drinks for a burst of lauric acid
- Make your own mayonnaise with coconut oil
- Use it on your salads for a tropical flair
- Try it on popcorn instead of butter
- Adding coconut oil to your pets' diet is the smartest thing you can do to enhance your pet's life!  

My favourite Coconut oil brand:

 I personally use Organic Virgin Coconut oil or occasionally Extra virgin Cold pressed Olive oils for my dressings, and raw cake recipes.
I believe every body would benefit from taking 2-3 tspns of Virgin Coconut oil a day -everyday. Click here for free downloadable E-Book on Coconut oil.
Additives that always contain MSG:
- Monosodium Glutamate
- Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
- Hydrolyzed Protein
- Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
- Plant Protein Extract
- Sodium Caseinate
- Calcium Caseinate
- Yeast Extract
- Textured Protein
- Autolyzed Yeast
- Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Additives that frequently contain MSG:
- Malt extract
- Malt Flavoring
- Bouillon
- Broth
- Stock
- Flavoring
- Natural Flavoring
- Natural Beef or Chicken Flavoring
- Seasoning
Additives that may contain MSG or excitotoxins:
- Carrageenan
- Enzymes
- Soy Protein Concentrate
- Soy Protein Isolate
- Whey Protein Concentrate
Jenny Taylor,
Nov 2, 2009, 2:00 AM