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flea and tic prevention, diabetes prevention, shop with your heart
September 10, 2019
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Table of Contents1-Flea and Tick Prevention
3-Shop with your heart
Do you love warm weather, flowers, lots of sunshine, and shedding heavy clothes in favor of shorts and a tee shirt? I love all of the above, and long walks with my dog, but what I don't love are the blood-sucking critters that come with it and the diseases they carry. This especially scares me after getting Lyme disease two years ago, a gift from an unnoticed tick (since the most virulent ones are the size of a pinhead). Our pets are just as much at risk as we are.
Flea and Tick PreventionMy quandary is that I hate putting poisons on my dog and I'm not faithful about spraying him with essential oils before we head outside, but we don't want his hitchhikers in the house, so... I was happy to find this article in my inbox from Fidose of Reality and plan to try some of the safe products mentioned. Fingers crossed.
In the News: Diabetes PreventionThe super-conservative Harvard Public Health Review just published a short article called "Dear Medicine: Diabetes Prevention is Not Your Battle to Fight". This is a good article to read whether you have diabetes or not - Type II diabetes is becoming a problem even among the young and it is the number one predictor of heart disease.
The main idea is that the problem is beyond the scope of medicine. National governments should put the burden of prevention under the food system and "ensure that the easiest, most convenient, cheapest, and most delicious food options also are the healthiest."
Do you agree?
Shop with Your Heart Brand ListSpeaking of food and food production...You can improve the lives of farm animals by purchasing plant-based products and seeking out brands bearing welfare certification labels which represent more humane and transparent farming practices.
The ASPCA has published a list of brands that have earned one or more certifications or are made from plant-based ingredients. Many are available at supermarkets or are available for purchase online.
A word of caution: I love that manufacturers sell "meat replacements" but do check the ingredients. Some of them rely heavily on wheat gluten, which can be problematic if you are sensitive to wheat.
A general consensus among top nutritionists and holistic doctors is that humans should consume 2-14% of their total calories from animal products for health. Most of us eat 30-50%! Here are a few painless, simple ways to reduce consumption:
*Extend pulled pork or shredded beef dishes with canned jackfruit.
*Use flax or chia eggs in place of chicken eggs in baked goods. For one "egg", take one tablespoon of chia seeds, and place them in a small bowl or cup. Add 3 tablespoons of water, and wait at least 5 minutes until it becomes a gel. You can make them ahead if you don't want to wait.
*Drink almond, pea, coconut, hemp and other kinds of plant milk in place of dairy. These kinds of milk are easy to make yourself, less expensive, and healthier than most store brands. Oat milk is delicious - use organic oats to make your own since most oats are contaminated with glyphosates. Find recipes online.
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Until next time,
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