Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Eating for Nutrition not Taste!

I love this quote by Michael Eades M.D. and Mary Dan Eades M.D., authors of Protein Power:

"The medical problems that confound us today will probably amaze scientists in the twenty-first century as they puzzle over why we medical pioneers of today were unable to reach out and grab the obvious, why we were so advanced in certain areas of medical treatment yet so abysmally deficient in others. Why, they may ask, could our surgeons perform open-heart surgery so skillfully as to make it a routine operation while at the same time our nutritional experts couldn't determine the optimal diet for preventing most of the problems necessitating that procedure? Why spend so much time and effort developing complex surgical techniques and other wondrous medical procedures that prolong the life of the diseased body for a few months or, at best, a few years instead of focusing on nutritional changes capable of prolonging healthy life for decades? Why can't we see the big picture?"

Interesting! Nutrition is what it's all about! The human body needs nutrition - plain and simple - for real health. And if you want a healthy body, you must learn to eat for nutrition and not taste.

Often, when trying to encourage others to eat new or simple foods, I hear: "Oh, that tastes nasty!" Just think about it: food is usually only in the mouth from 5-15 seconds, yet in the body for up to 24 hours (or months if it goes all the way to the cellular level). So does it make sense that you would eat foods only for taste?

If you will notice, marketers get buyers hooked on the tastes of 1) sugar, 2) salty, or 3) buttery (creamy, rich, etc.). So if it's not sweet, salty or buttery, most tend to think the taste is flavorless. The truth of the matter is that most wholesome foods have their own rich flavor that we often overlook if our taste buds are geared to sweet, salty or buttery. So how do you eat for nutrition not taste?

1) Enjoy the flavor of raw foods just by themselves. You don't really need to salt the cucumbers or tomatoes, or dip all veggies in a dip, or dip fruits in sugar or fruit dips. They have great flavor just by themselves. Try eating them alone!

2) Steamed or cooked vegetables, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes are often piled high with butter, sour cream, seasonings, and much more. Maybe a little salt and spicy seasoning (pepper, hot red pepper sauce, Spike, seaweed granules, etc.) can be added, but all of the fats are really unnecessary.

3) Learn to eat nuts raw - no salt, no roasting, no added fat. They are much healthier that way.

4) Desserts, pastries, candies, sodas are addicting. Get out of the sugar trap by eating raw fruits, raw nuts, whole grains, and foods high in antioxidants. These will naturally be more satisfying and filling, and actually relieve your cravings for sweets.

5) Omit fried foods and processed foods. So many people are 0bese because their diets consist of high fatty foods. You don't need them. Choose raw, baked, or lightly steamed foods instead.

In summary, enjoy the taste of wholesome foods that are as close to nature as possible. As you do, you will become accustomed to these foods and acquire a taste for real nutrition!

At the Health Retreats, the focus is on the importance of nutrition and preparing great quality nutritious meals. If you have not attended a retreat yet, this is a life changing experience and is where you will learn all about how to enjoy living a healthy lifestyle.

The Couple's Health Retreat is only offered once a year and is coming up right away. Don't delay and reserve your spot now at:
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For your best health,
Erleen Tilton

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Great Lunch Ideas!

Do you want some quick, cool, and nutritious lunch ideas? Lunch is something we often catch on-the-go! There are a lot of great foods that can be prepared for lunch other than just making a sandwich which can get old after a while. Here are some quick, cool lunches that you may want to try. Remember, the best things in life may require a little bit of time, so take time out for the best!

Lunch Ideas:
1) Fresh vegetable sticks (celery, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers) and dip: Guacamole Deluxe, Tofu Veggie Delight (recipes below), or Hummus
2) Rice Cakes with: Guacamole Deluxe, Tofu Veggie Delight, or Hummus
3) Whole grain bread sandwich: sliced avocado, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, kale or lettuce, pan fried sliced tofu
4) Big green salad including a variety of: lettuce or other greens, cucumbers, carrots, sprouts (alfalfa, lentil, sunflower, quinoa, etc.), bell peppers, raw nuts and seeds(pumpkin, sesame, sunflower), cooked beans, and cooked or sprouted whole grains.
5) Fresh steamed vegetables, raw nuts, and a green salad or fresh cut veggies.

.... more great recipes from the Healthy Leaner Lifestyle series!


2 avocados, mashed well
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 large or 2 small tomatoes, diced
Handful cilantro, chopped, or alfalfa sprouts Salt to taste Dash cayenne pepper or hot red pepper sauce to taste

* Combine all ingredients and mix well.


½ lb. tofu, mashed
¼ C. mayonnaise or substitute
¼ tsp. salt (or to taste)
garlic powder
dash cayenne pepper or red pepper sauce
¼ C. each chopped bell pepper, celery, sliced black olives,
diced tomatoes, etc.

* Combine ingredients and mix well. Makes 1½ cups.

These recipes are from Super Wraps and Sandwiches.... for the Healthy Leaner Lifestyle series. To pre-order this book, go to http://erleentilton.com/store.htm .

For your best health,
Erleen Tilton

Do You Need Supplements?

There is a great market for supplements on the shelves of any grocery store or health market which can be overwhelming. The question is, do you really need supplements? The answer is maybe Yes, and No!

A study showed that in the 1950s an ounce of spinach contained about 120 milligrams of iron, while in the 1990s, the same amount of spinach was said to contain only 4 milligrams of iron. This is due to the fact that farmers have switched to chemical fertilizers that deplete the soil, which in turn deplete our produce as well as whole grains, legumes, and even animal products. The produce may look nice and pretty (and even last longer) but if it is void of vital nutrients, we will not be getting the nutrition we need from our foods. That's why it's best to buy organics if at all possible, and also to encourage the growing of foods organically.

However, it's important to understand that our sewers are known to be filled with enormous amounts of undigested vitamins and pills. Many of the supplements on the market contain fillers and are not digestible, and may be causing more harm than good.

I have often read a saying that I believe to be true, which I have revised somewhat:
"The doctor of [real health] will prescribe no medicine, but will interest his patients in the cause and prevention of disease."

We need to constantly build our systems in order to prevent sickness and disease, so here are a few suggestions:

1) Buy organics if at all possible to insure a higher quality of nutrition. Better yet, grow some of your foods organically, if possible.

2) On a regular basis, eat foods that are naturally high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are great wholesome foods that battle free radicals that cause disease, and naturally build our immune system. Here are some foods that are high in anti-oxidants:
* berries: goji berries, blueberries, wolfberries, many other berries
* other fruits: pomegranate, noni fruit, cherries, apples
* greens: kale, spinach, wheat grass, green sprouts
* nuts: walnuts, pecans
* vegetables: artichokes, red cabbage, broccoli
* green teas

3) There are several liquid antioxidants that are highly beneficial. People are getting such great results with these, because they provide the body with much needed nutrition. Som e great brands include:
* Kyani Sunrise
* Young Living's Ningxia Red
* Xango Mangosteen juice

4) It's best to choose supplements that are soluble (can be stirred into liquid). There are great protein based supplements as well as very poor quality ones. Avoid all whey protein powders, and cheap soy based protein supplements. High quality brand names include:
* Raw Power
* Reliv
* Sunrider
These all can be found in a Google search by those names (or add .com after the name).

5) Powdered greens are also very valuable in providing natural enzymes for better digestion, many trace minerals and vitamins, fiber and more. They can come in the form of capsule such as:
* Juice Plus
Or as green powder drinks, here are some great brand name choices:
* Health Force "Vitamineral Green"
* Wild Oats "Greens 'n Things"

6) If taking any kind of supplements in pill form, choose capsules if possible. You will most likely get much better results if you:
* Make sure they are high quality - yes, that means a higher price. But why pay for something that will do little or nothing for you.
* Don't just buy, research the company and make sure it is a good product.
Yes, disease and most illnesses can be prevented. And the beauty of this is that the solutions are sensible and simple because the real power of prevention lies in the quality of our foods - ones that are high in nutrition which may include great available supplements! But choose wisely, building with high quality nutritious foods and products!

To learn more about improving your health with the right educational tools, take advantage of my special offer at: http://erleentilton.com/special2.htm .

For your best health,
Erleen Tilton