Happiness is the BEST Nutrition!

Whatever makes you happy is food for your body and your soul!

I know you’re probably scratching your head wondering why I have  has posted a picture of pink shoes in a nutrition blog??? Well its because I love shoes! And either having or seeing a terrific pair of shoes makes me feel happy! Maybe that’s why so many of us love fashion so much – it not only helps us feel beautiful but it makes us happy as we create visual masterpieces in our mind or on our body…if only for a day!! If you want to learn more about the science behind our emotions like happiness, I encourage you to read an excellent book called The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton PhD http://www.brucelipton.com who describes the cascading physical affect of chemicals on your body when you are either feeling happiness or stress/pain! Its certainly worth the read….maybe even a couple of times! But if you don’t have time to read the book, do at least check out this fun, short video of Conan O’Brian interviewing Louis CK who reminds us in a very amusing way how easy it is to be happy and grateful! Enjoy!  And if you want to feel happier about what you’re eating, please consider adding algae tabs to your diet. Your body will flip with happiness and excitement when you start giving it algae. Algae is the most nutritionally dense food in the world and endorsed by The World Bank, The United Nations and NASA…just to mention a few. You can learn more or purchase algae tabs (we playfully call ours BITS) from our websites at www.skinnybits.com, www.recoverybits.com or www.naughtybits.com. Your body thanks you. And so do we. With great affection,  Catharine Arnston

EAT TO BEAT CANCER

It’s finally summer time and time to celebrate! My priority here is keep you informed about how to have a great life, lots of love and endless fun- some of it even naughty! But this week a good friend of mine had someone in his family diagnosed with cancer. This comes on the heels of another good friend being diagnosed with lung cancer, my younger sister being diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago (which is what got me focused on nutrition and helping others be healthy).

I am so fortunate to have had my sister fully recover but there are many who are not so lucky. My wonderful colleague, Emily Cash recently lost  her father and both her grandfathers to cancer in the same year. That’s just not right.  BTW, Emily’s family has started their own charity dedicated to raising money for funding for progressive cancer research. Check out their mission at www.cashmemorial.org. Did you know that estimates are that 2 of 3 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? That’s unacceptable to me and I hope its unacceptable to you too. Want to protect yourself and your family? You can.

So here’s the scoop. Recently I found yet another article stating that breast cancer is being cured just with a particular vitamin. Harvard Medical School also claims this vitamin cures 77% of ALL other cancers.   Here is the link to the article.

I’ve done a lot of research on this topic (almost 2 years) and I am now pretty convinced that the power of this vitamin to heal cancer and other illnesses is legitimate. So what vitamin is it, you ask? Is it expensive? Exotic? New? Rare? Imported? Bizarre? Well, the answer to all of these questions is no, no, no, no, no, no and no. The vitamin that seems to provide this amazing ability to heal cancer is nothing more pedestrian than Vitamin D3. No fanfare. No marching band, no drum roll, no dazzling lights, no paparazzi. Nope. Nadda. Nothing. Just plane old, frumpy Vitamin D3 that’s been around for over a century. So how did we miss this until now? Well sometimes the best things are staring us in the face but we don’t see them because they are just well, so obvious. This recently happened to me but for something else. So look, we all potentially have a solution for wiping out breast cancer – just take Vitamin D3!  Trouble is, this seems so simple that no one believes it. At least not yet.

Do you even know where most Vitamin D3 comes from? Can you guess? Its from the lanolin oil in sheep’s wool! That’s right. Sheep’s wool! It makes total sense when you think about it because the process is the same for sheep as it is for us. Our skin gets irradiated from the sun, molecules then form Vitamin D3 and then this oil is absorbed through our skin so that it can strengthen our immune system and do a host of other great things for us! The process is the same with sheep but with them, the oil stays on their wool (instead of being absorbed into the skin like with us). Here’s an even cooler factoid. Did you know that one of the reasons that dogs lick themselves is to ingest the Vitamin D that is created on their fur from sunlight? What a riot eh? And hey I don’t make this stuff up! So just think – we could possibly wipe out cancer just be giving everyone Vitamin D3. Currently over 90% of all American’s are Vitamin D deficient and its worse in cities (where skyscrapers block the sun) and for the elderly who rarely get outside. Virtually everyone in the USA north of Atlanta is Vitamin D deficient because the sun isn’t strong enough for our bodies to make Vitamin D between September and May. Of course the good news is that now you have a legitimate reason to get your bathing suit on and get down to the nearest beach because when you get your D3 from the sun, its FREE!!

Other Foods help cure Cancer too!

OK, we’re on the home stretch here, but I want to leave you with a few final thoughts because, its not just Vitamin D that will help prevent or fight cancer, you need to watch everything you eat! So here are a few tips: Sugar FEEDS cancer so if you have been diagnosed with cancer, you should eliminate all sugars from your diet (including fruit). And, since cancer cannot exist in an oxygenated state, you need to eat foods that bring oxygen and antioxidants to your cells. These are foods that are alkaline and rich in antioxidants such as greens, green tea and algae. Algae is the most alkaline food in the world and fortunately you can buy it small tablet form (we call ours Bits) from our websites at www.skinnybits.com or www.recoverybits.com or www.naughtybits.com and you can buy greens and green tea at whole foods www.wholefoods.com or your local grocer.

And as a final suggestion, I would urge you to look at booking into any one of the many excellent alternative health care centers in the USA that are dedicated to helping people become healthier or to heal from cancer through nutrition and green diets. The best one I can recommend is The Hippocrates Health Institute in Palm Beach Florida. www.hippocratesinst.org.

So as you dance to your own beat this summer, I’d like to leave you with the thought that to BEAT cancer, just take away the letter B, and you are left with EAT. You already know that in the best of times you are what you eat, but in the worst of times don’t forget that it’s possible to BEAT cancer by what you EAT.

My love to all of you who may have cancer, have lived through cancer or know of anyone with cancer. In fact if you know anyone with cancer, PLEASE share this post and the linked article with them so they will know about the importance of Vitamin D3. You could save their life. Now that’s a gift worth giving!

With great affection,

Catharine Arnston

GNO (Girls Night Out) Good! GMO – Not Good!

For us gals, Girls Night Out (GNO) is a treasured event and rightfully so – it’s SO good for us! From pajama parties to cocktails in mini skirts (Sex and The City style), hanging out with the girls is always GREAT!   Why? Because blowing off steam with your gal pals, forgetting about your worries and laughing with friends relieves stress and that my friends makes you feel alive and happy! Why else are we here? SO I hope you will make Girls Night Out (GNO) a regular event – its good for everyone!

GMO – NOT GOOD!

GMO  (Genetically Modified Foods) on the other hand do NOT make you feel alive and in fact, more scientific evidence is coming out every day about how damaging it to your health.

GMO Foods are basically when the genes or bacteria from one organism have been spliced into the genes of another organism. They don’t even have to be from the same species. Did you know that those tomatoes you are eating in your salad are probably GMO and if they are, they probably contain genes from a fish? That’s right, years ago when tomato crops kept being damaged by early frost, scientists found a fish that survives in cold water and spliced the fish’s genes into tomatoes. Voila! Tomatoes that withstand the cold. Brrrrrr.  And no, they still can’t swim like a fish – but that’s probably next. Can’t you just see it now? Tomatoes that can do backflips in your tomato soup? Would certainly give those dancing grapes on the Fruit of the Loom ads a run for their money! Anyway, in all seriousness, almost all commercially grown tomatoes are now  GMO.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a fishy tomato. Do you?  By changing the DNA of the tomato, scientists (and Monsanto) have changed the way your body recognizes it. Why is this a problem? Well, there is mounting evidence that this can change and damage your own body’s DNA.You do know don’t you that your DNA is constantly changing? Well it is. In the old days, the belief was that you had one fixed set of DNA for your entire life but that has now been proven wrong. SO when you eat food that is not natural (and I can assure you there is nothing natural about GMO foods) your body and your DNA basically say “WHAT  the F***K  is this?” Sorry for being so blunt. But this is serious stuff.  Anyway, ever wonder why more and more people have food allergies and are gluten intolerant?  Could it be the flooding of our food supply with GMO products which has been occuring at exactly the rise in both of these? The jury is still out but do you really want to donate your own health  or that of your family’s to this experiment?  Did you know that Europe bans GMO foods? France in particular. Now there’s a country who knows about food! Makes you think doesn’t it? Well I hope it does.

SO Why Avoid GMO Foods?

Yes to GNO but NO to GMO

From anti-GMO activist and best selling author Jeffrey Smith’s recent News With Views Internet article, “Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Foods,” “World renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava goes one step further. After reviewing more than 600 scientific journals, he concludes that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a major contributor to the sharply deteriorating health of Americans”.

“Among the population, biologist David Schubert of the Salk Institute warns that ‘children are the most likely to be adversely effected by toxins and other dietary problems’ related to GM foods. He says without adequate studies, the children become ‘the experimental animals.’”

In addition to you and your family’s personal health risks, the whole human race is endangered as Monsanto pursues it’s stated goal of owning the world’s food supply. Genetic engineering alters genetic codes of the DNA in organism by splicing in other genes from other forms of life, including other plant forms, insects, bacteria and even viruses. This creates mutant organisms and dangerously mutating genes, solely for  the profits of a few large corporations.

How To Avoid GMO Foods

Avoid the big four, which has become five now: The highly genetically engineered crops are soy, corn, canola and cottonseed. Add sugar beets, which are now becoming GMO.

Most blended oils in North America contain canola and cottonseed oils. Use extra virgin olive oil instead. Avoid all soy products and oils as well. The healthy alternative is usually not so healthy after all, since most soy is GMO unless it is specifically labeled non-GMO.

Most corn is GMO. Items like corn flakes and corn chips are from GM corn. Corn based products, corn starch, corn oil, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup appear on the ingredients labels of many processed foods. Corn in various forms is prevalent in the vast fast food supply that dominates our culture.

GMO corn is fed to cattle and other livestock. If you eat beef, pork or chicken, you are probably a second hand consumer of GM corn. So dig a little deeper and get grass or alfalfa fed or free range livestock meats only.

Sugar beets are added to the big four to make it five. Now more and more sugar beets are GMO. Sugar from sugar beets is less expensive than cane sugar for refined sugar; therefore, it is popular with food processing groups. So if you haven’t stopped using sugar or products with refined sugar, you might want to reconsider now.

Obviously, buying organic and from local farmers is ideal. Forget convenience. Buy bulk and eschew packaged foods. So what if you have to soak legumes the night before cooking them. If you buy locally, through a local health food store or at a farmers’ market, you can determine by direct communication how the crops were raised.

Want to learn more? I hope you do, so download your FREE Non GMO Shopping Guide  created by The Center for Food Safety http://www.responsibletechnology.org. Also visit http://www.nonGMOproject.org Your health and that of your family’s could depend on it.  To be well you need to be informed.

Party Time with the Gals!

So I say, lets all enjoy our GNO but stay away from GMO! Are you with me? Hope so! By the way, I also hope you’ll check out algae. It’s TOTALLY GMO FREE and ours is grown organically. You can learn more or purchase yours at www.skinnybits.com or www.recoverybits.com or www.naughtybits.com. Our algae tabs will rock your health so you can say NO to GMO all day and all the way!

Affectionately yours,

Catharine Arnston