April 30, 2012

David Wolfe and Nutri-Bullet Blender

Click below for a clip of David Wolfe on a infomercial for the Nutri- Bullet. I was so surprised to see David Wolfe looking way too much like a "regular" guy. Not his usual personna...but to help folks eat healthy it looks like he'll go the gamut!


April 24, 2012

More sunscreen info...

Photo by Carly K.

Heard about these protective products...need to research more but my first thought is what harmful chemicals are in them????? I know about the chemicals in the "wrinkle free" fabrics, see the last link on the bottom. You wear your clothes against your skin all day...too much possibility for contamination. Too many pores in the skin to absorb all those terrible chemicals....I would't use these until I find out what is in them and that it's non toxic.

Sun Guard Wash in Sun Protection for fabrics


Mott 50 Sun protective fashion


Wrinkle free http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/andrewkantor/2004-12-31-kantor_x.htm


April 23, 2012

Sunscreen or Not?- It's that time of the year again!

Went to a festival at an organic farm this past weekend and the sun "surprised" me I asked my husband to get my umbrella from the car even though I had a hat, my arms were bare...

Today it is 58 degrees in NY...chilly and cloudy....
This is the time we should all be careful about the sun, springtime. Most people with Lupus have sun sensitivity. I, myself, can feel achey and feverish and extremely tired after sun exposure. I can even end up getting Discoid Lupus sores.(haven't had them in a long time now)

Even though the weather is not quite hot the spring sun is still VERY strong! Don't be fooled. Now when I say I protect myself, I would rather use clothing, hats, umbrellas and good old tree shade. Most times I go out in the early morning or the early evening. The sun is the hottest/strongest between 10:00am -3:00 pm so stay in at those times or protect yourself very well!

There are so many toxic chemicals in sunscreens be VERY cautious of what you put on your skin!
Please read my past posts, linked below, there are also some great articles from others as well.




April 22, 2012

Corn Gluten Safe on a Gluten Free Diet?

A great article on corn and a gluten free diet. This doctor thinks all grains even "gluten free" grains are detrimental to your intestinal healing.


April 20, 2012

Steve Nenninger ND Lecture and Food Allergy Testing in Sayville NY!

gluten free vegan chocolate covered strawberries

From Steve Nenninger ND Naturopathic Doctor and a Holistic Nutritionist:

I will be at Cornucopia in Sayville on Saturday, May 5th at 5:30.
I will be speaking about hidden food allergens and will bring test kits. The only other time I do this is at my "Breakthroughs" talk in January.
I will also include updates since the recent talk.
I love the work that Jon and Lynne do at Cornucopia and I am happy to be speaking there.
I will bring the new edition of my food allergy booklet... free the the first 100 people. :)
See you on the 5th in Sayville for your private screening. Call the store to let them know you are coming. They have so many great things in the store that I can't wait to go!
39 North Main Street Sayville, NY 11782
Cornucopia Phone. (631) 589-9579

April 19, 2012

Tahini Recipes

Photo by my daughter Carly K.

Tahini is sesame seed paste/butter. Like peanut butter made from sesame seeds. It is packed with calcium! One of the world's highest calcium content in a food! Check out these recipes. If you need swap outs for ingredients just email me or comment below.


More nutrition info on sesame seeds


April 13, 2012

Whole Living Recipes

Some of these recipes have milk/cheese/eggs/gluten...just mix and match and swap out. I do this all the time. For whole wheat bread I will use my gf vegan pizza crusts (recipe on my recipe blog)...or my favorite gf vegan bread. For cheese we use Follow Your Heart soy cheese or sometimes guacamole can be a nice swap for dairy cheeses... you still get  that creamy, fatty, salty texture and taste your looking for.


April 12, 2012

A Look Into the Changes in My Health by Changing my Diet - A repost

October 25, 2011

My Old Lupus Symptoms - See How much better I feel/am!

A repost from my www.lupushopehealingplan.blogspot.com Click here to visit My Lupus Hope Healing Plan Blog and read on below too.

Old Lupus Symptoms... Problems of the Past

I started my new diet plan in January 2008, most symptoms were already gone by May 2009 but I have felt better day after day. Here are the changes as of October 2011.

I like to let people see how I have helped myself and also to let my doctors know my story

Red Face(gone) extremely rare get a red face if I am in contact with certain allergic foods)
Acid Reflux (gone)
Numbness in my arms/hands (gone)
Double Vision/blurry vision (gone)
"unexplained" Grand Mal Seizure (2 years on Tegretol, then was weaned off) (gone)
Migraines(plus felt like a knife in my neck too with the migraine pain/eye aura too)(gone)
Sinus pain and pressure(but no dripping,discharge) (gone)
Dark spots in my field of vision(couldn't see there, like when someone takes a flash photo of you)(gone)
Dizziness( to the point I had to lay down and not move) (gone)
Bloody Noses with heavy clots at the end (gone)
Sores in my nose and mouth(occasionally still get them, sometimes usually before a cold)
Colds are VERY RARE one/two a year if that
Restless Leg Syndrome(gone)
"Panic attacks" may have been allergy related (read Theron Randolph book(s)) (gone)
Sometimes feel like I'm off balance "lean to the right"(still can walk, don't fall) (gone)
Lose my balance a lot(I stumble, but don't fall) (still sometimes/but happened all my life)
When driving if I looked down,to change radio station, and back up at the road felt dizzy, disoriented like my eyes would not focus quickly (gone)
Cervical pre-cancer cells(had a cervical conization to remove them)(gone and hope it stays that way)
Mass in breast(after many health changes and stepped up (every 4-6 months) mammos the doctor said the mass "resolved itself". ie: it went away (gone)

A doctor scared me in TX and said that he thought I had MS(Multiple Sclerosis) I was tested and found not to have that.

I have had many EEG's to check for seizure activity all were normal since the one seizure that I had. I had MRI's to check for weakened blood vessels all were normal (my mom had a blood vessel burst in her brain and she died from it, the doctor said it is worth checking me as it can be hereditary- GET YOUR B12 levels CHECKED!!! low B12 can cause your blood vessels to thin and eventually break- any doctor can check for B12 levels but you usually need to ask them to.)

Also had MRI's to check for MS, all normal

Discoid Lupus(sores on scalp and face from sun exposure)(during the summer I had an occasional pink skin on my nose that was sensitive but it would heal itself without becoming an open sore- now 2010-11 extremely rare to even get a pink spot!)

Joint pain all over my body(only if I eat something I am allergic to I don't do this on purpose sometimes companies have cross contamination or are labelled Gluten Free and they are not really...)

A new symptom is heart palpitations (2009/10) I had everything checked and can't find a reason for these but they are not very often. (Found out through a blood test in 2009 that I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis this could cause heart palpitations as well as mercury toxicity which I have also, found that out from a provocation urine test with DMSA not a regular blood test) Heart palpitations have gone! (Heart palpitations are on and off but mostly off...Oct 2011)

As of June 2009 blood tests I still have Antiphospholipid Antibodies, Cardiolipin Antibodies, Double-stranded DNA, Positive ANA . I will get another blood test run in December to check and hopefully those Lupus markers will be gone... (In December 2009 my blood tests still show the same Lupus markers... : ( Just went for a blood test Oct 2011 - Same Lupus markers again... :( I am also presently anemic also...My main Lupus issues are I feel tired, could be from the anemia, and I have a few joint pains every now and then when I eat things that are "not the best" for me.

Most of my nasty symptoms are long gone and I attribute it to taking care of myself and finding out my allergies and avoiding those foods and lessening stress(as much as possible) and my "Power Eating"(eating almost everyday for nutrition...OK I still eat my chocolate, and an occasional goody here or there) Also see below...
October 2011- I need to cut out the sugar, noticed it creeping in again more and more and the baked goods (pizza and cakes and cookies even though there GFVegan and mostly homemade still not good), and store bought meals (even though organic and gluten free vegan) and cookies and soy ice cream (I don't eat them a ton but I have been eating more things that I shouldn't....) Need to reboot....

April 4, 2012

Johns Hopkins Cancer Update - Please read and pass along!

Johns Hopkins Update
This is an extremely good article.
Everyone should read it.





Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer
cells do not show up in the standard tests until they
have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after
treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and
prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day
by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing
cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells
in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can
cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars
and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
reduce tumor size.
However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation, the immune
system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb
to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to
mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy.
Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer
cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


a. Sugar substitutes like
NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with
Aspartame and it is harmful
. A better natural substitutewould be Manuka
honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts.
Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color.
Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract.

Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk
cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment.
A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other
like chicken. Meat also contains livestock
antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites,
which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole
grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline
. About 20% can be from cooked
food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live
enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building
healthy cells try to drink fresh vegetable juice (most
vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw
vegetables 2 or 3 times a day.

Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures
of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which
are high in caffeine
Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer
fighting properties. Water: -best to drink purified water, or
filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap
water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the
intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering.
By refraining from, or eating less, meat it frees more enzymes
to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's
killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system
(IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.)
to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other
like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death,
the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.
A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.
Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment.
Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit.
Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment.
Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to
get more oxygen down to the cellular level.
Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

No plastic containers in microwave. 2. No water bottles in freezer. 3. No plastic wrap in microwave.. Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its
newsletters. This information is being
circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as
well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially
breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don 't freeze
your plastic bottles with water in them as this
releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr
Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at
Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain
this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and
how bad they are for us. He said that we should
not be heating our food in the microwave using
plastic containers. This especially applies to
foods that contain fat. He said that the
combination of fat, high heat, and plastics
releases dioxin into the food and ultimately
into the cells of the body. Instead, he
recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware,
Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food.
You get the same results, only without the
dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant
ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from
the container and heated in something else.
Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in
the paper. It's just safer to use tempered
glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a
while ago some of the fast food restaurants
moved away from the foam containers to paper The
dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
Please share this with your whole email list.........................
Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap,
such as Saran
, is just as dangerous when
placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave.
As the food is nuked, the high heat causes
poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the
plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food
with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone
important in your life...

April 3, 2012

Looking for Gluten Free Vegan Recipes for Easter or Passover?

Click on the links below for my recipe blogs. I know my daughter is going to ask for some yummy homemade chocolates for her Easter basket!

www.lupushopecookbook.blogspot.com  Gluten free/ vegan (no gluten,no eggs, no dairy) super healthy and healing recipes.

www.myfamilysfavoritegfcfrecipes.blogspot.com Gluten Free/ mostly vegan (no gluten, no dairy, a few recipes include eggs, some recipes include meat, but usually meat can be swapped out for beans, tempeh or your favorite vegan meat/protein substitute) foods that cure cravings or special occasions, not as healthy choices, but still gluten free, dairy free and almost all egg free.

April 2, 2012

A Trial of Diet Change...

 GF Vegan Chocolate Chip Waffles (from the book Babycakes Covers the Classics)

Thinking of a diet change but don't know where to start...it is too hard...too inconvenient you say?

What if you could have a free trial of eating an allergen free diet? And as you eat it you feel much better. No brainer. Even if inconvenient at times. Would you go back to eating the foods that made you feel bad? I know I wouldn't. Sometimes I feel that if I could just get people to try changing their diet and they felt better they'd NEVER go back to eating poorly again!

What would you be most likely to try or most happy with? Kind of like a poll...

Meal delivery to your door? Going to a healthy/health food retreat? Following a book  like
Mark Hyman MD's book "The UltraSimple Diet" or "The UltraWellness Diet" A holistic nutrition class that meets onch a week or so? Cooking or uncooking(raw food) classes? What would you need or find easiest to make the leap/change to a new diet?

Eating out or eating on the run is the hardest for most people When I am really hungry and there's not a health food store in sight...many times I try to find nuts or fruits or veggies or a store bought plain salad somewhere. One of my go to meals when I'm hungry and need a more filling meal is a can of sardines in water drained and tossed with a plain salad and if I am lucky I will find a plain olive oil and vinegar salad dresssing to add.

I loved California for all the health food stores, Whole Foods and raw foods and macrobiotic and vegan restaurants. Anytime I wanted I could get a great raw food pie or cake too from Cafe Grattitude. Oh was I spoiled in California!

Please add your comments below! Did you change your diet, do you feel better, any tips to help others make the change easier? If you haven't changed your diet or know someone that won't, what would help them? Any tips for those who haven't changed their diet? Have a great day!