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  • Stop Bad Snacking

    Posted on November 23, 2015 by Cathy Pearson

    Laura Noble, founder and creator of Cousin Mary Jane and Lady Jane Gourmet Seed Co, on discovering the benefits hiding in hemp

    It all started with a trip to the grocery store with my granddaughter a few years ago.
    In early spring of 2011, I had recently returned from an event that was focused around industrial hemp. I had been seeking out locating a source for purchasing hemp fabrics to make sun protective clothing. In the process I came across hemp seeds. I had heard of rope, textiles, paper and refined oil products from hemp, but had no clue hemp provided something you could eat!
    My curiosity took me to reading the nutrition label on hemp seeds. Much to my surprise, I was totally amazed at the nutritional profile. I had never seen such an impressive resume and simply could not believe the dense nutrition. It opened up a whole new world for me.
    It came to me a couple weeks later when I was at the grocery store with my little granddaughter who had just handed me a yogurt she wanted me to purchase. This brightly colored packaging was targeting her big beautiful blue eyes, making claim to being a “healthy” choice, when if fact it was filled with what my mother has always termed as “garbage”. Artificial flavors and dyes, too much sugar – stuff a growing child should not be eating.
    My next thought at that moment was, here we are, a nation of riches, where our children (let alone adults) are battling malnutrition diseases like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and cancers because people simply are not aware that they are being fooled as to what is truly nutritious and healthy eating. Diseases that the nutrition in the hemp seed can help your body to fight against.
    Hemp seeds are one of the most nutrient dense foods, and they were no where to be found, yet aisles of colorful boxes of processed artificial ingredients and dyes that manufactures have successfully mislead the public into thinking they are healthy food choices. Foods that are wolves in sheep clothes, laying prey to unsuspecting parents. It took me to the question, why on earth are we not utilizing the incredibility nutritionally dense hemp seed in this nation as a stable in our food products?
    Thus I created the brand Cousin Mary Jane. I wanted Cousin Mary Jane to to be a fun loving, cute Ambassador who...

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  • Just in time for holiday baking season, we’re offering a sale on some fabulous gluten-free flours!

    Posted on November 12, 2015 by Cathy Pearson

    jules shepard - bread loaf with gfJules bread mix Square

    When Jules Shepard, also known as gfJules after her mega-popular website of the same name, was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1999, she was appalled at the quality of gluten-free baked goods on the market. Instead of simply complaining about it, she rolled up her sleeves and decided to do something about it. Two years later (after many hours in the kitchen), she had perfected a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend that worked just as well as a gluten-containing one.

    Although Jules designed the blend for her home use, her fans eventually convinced her to sell her gluten-free blends online. Since then, she’s sold more than a whopping million pounds of her flour blend.

    Today’s limited-time-only offer gets you Jules’ famous all-purpose blend in addition to her Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread Mix (perfect for  dinner rolls!), Gluten Free Cornbread Mix (did someone say cornbread stuffing?), and Gluten-Free Graham Cracker/Gingerbread Mix (don’t sweat that pumpkin cheesecake crust)!

    But what’s a good flour blend without a little kitchen know-how? This deal also comes with a 60-page ebook full of recipes, tips & tricks, and a handy 6-week checklist in preparation for the Big Day. From sweet to savory, Jules’ 31 recipes will have everyone in your family begging for seconds.

    Take it from us: Wednesday, November 25th is not the time to start thinking about your gluten-free Thanksgiving menu. Get a jump on your best Thanksgiving yet with pro tips, recipes and foolproof flour blends from a gluten-free expert.

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    Posted on November 3, 2015 by Cathy Pearson

    Time is always a factor in knowing if something is right or wrong, many things have stood up to the test of time and there are many others that have not. I could go on and on about the things that have failed the test of time but there is something of importance that has definitely proven itself worthy over time, and that is the eating of an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables; these have certainly stood up to the test of time. The more we stray away from these natural health building foods the more disease will enter into ones life in time.
    Have you ever heard of an autopsy report stating that an artery was clogged from eating too much broccoli or apples caused a stroke? You get the idea. Even the American Cancer Society is publicizing the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables because it lowers the risk for cancer.
    Bottom line is that the more raw plant based foods you eat the more the health benefit. A much greater benefit will be had when you eliminate all containerized foods from your life; these are foods that come in a can, box, package or jar. Reason being is that containerized foods have been heated to the point of major nutritional destruction (Pasteurization). They have a long shelf life because there is no life left to go bad. If you place a rock on a shelf it will sit there forever unchanged. I’ve heard the same about McDonald's hamburgers.
    Anything put into the body that has no nutritional value (dead cooked food) is sensed by the immune system as foreign entity and must be acted upon accordingly and eliminated which wastes the body's energy and robs the body of valuable reserves. Over time when the bodies reserves get all used up deficiency diseases will be the result.
    As we get older we should not have to suffer from any aches, pains or any other health issues. But so often in today's world many think this is a normal part of aging, when in reality this is not normal. We should be able to live a pain free, disease free existence until the day we die. This can be accomplished simply by giving our body a variety and abundance of nutritious raw plant foods. It’s that simple!
    Think of eating fruits and vegetables as putting deposits in to your health bank account. Kind...

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  • Going Gluten Free? The Scoop.

    Posted on May 14, 2015 by Justin Vuono

    Gluten, once a term relatively few were aware of, is now fairly well known. Defined as an insoluble protein found in wheat, rye, and barley (1,2), it’s rise in the public’s conscious has provided a lot of benefit, helping many people get the diagnosis and help they need, although it is still estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to gluten resulting in digestive disruptions, remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed (3). Stated another way, according to a review  in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately 1.4 million out of 1.8 million people in the United States who have celiac disease don’t know it (4).
    Because there is as of yet no cure or help from medicine, the best way to cope and mend from the damage of celiac disease is by following a gluten free diet. Following such a diet can help reduce and reverse damage to the intestine and for some may even help lesson symptoms like diarrhea and weight loss within weeks (5). Calling the avoidance of gluten “necessary for mucosal recovery”, Dr. Joseph A. Murray, of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN, also reminds us that recovery time and pace varies (5).
    But people suffering from Celiac Disease are not the only ones who feel that following a gluten free diet is helpful. There are many people who are believed to be gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive. Dr. Alessio Fasano, who runs the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland, believes that approximately 18 million Americans have some form of gluten sensitivity (6).
    And while people who are gluten intolerant or sensitive, may have symptoms which can manifest as rashes or bloating, may benefit from avoiding gluten, many other people who do not have Celiac disease and are not gluten intolerant have also decided to follow a gluten free diet believing that it is more healthful. Cynthia Kupper, executive director of the non-profit Gluten Intolerance Group of North America ( has asserted that even though only about 1% of customers have celiac disease, about 15% - 25% of customers want food that is free of gluten (7). And although some believe that these people may be feeling a difference just because they are eating more natural, less processed foods, it’s still estimated that by this year, sales of gluten free food will exceed 5 billion dollars (3).
    Things to keep in mind...

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  • Vitamin D is a Hormone (Not a Vitamin) Best Taken at Night

    Posted on January 23, 2015 by Heidi Strong

    A gluten sensitivity can impact the gut in many different ways; triggering inflammation, damaging the intestinal lining or triggering leaky gut. Gluten sensitivities not only impact the gut directly, these changes interfere with nutrient absorption. One common nutrient deficiency seen with gluten sensitivity is vitamin D deficiency.
    Often times the gut can be healed by pulling gluten, but vitamin D deficiency can be hard to recover.
    I often see a vitamin D supplement listed among the current supplements on my patient’s intake forms. After reviewing their past labs and assessing their dose, I don’t often see an appreciable increase reflected on their labs over time. They may have been taking 2000IU of vitamin D3 daily for the past two years and yet their labs only show a shift from 22ng/ml to 25ng/ml.
    What I find is that they are usually taking a vitamin D3 supplement in a soft capsule form, often called a ‘gem,’ and they are taking it in the morning and not in the evening.
    Many of my patients are surprised to learn that even though vitamin D is called a vitamin, vitamin D is really a hormone and not actually a vitamin. In fact, it is a fat soluble hormone.

    Since this is a hormone, it is best taken at night, because hormones are best absorbed at night.

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    If you have had your vitamin D levels tests, your doctor most likely tested your 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D levels. On your lab this will be listed as “Vitamin D (25 OH)” or “25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD),” or “25(OH)D,” but these are the same test. Even though the lab may report an adequate level of vitamin D as 25-30 ng/ml, the optimal vitamin D range is 45-65 ng/ml.
    In addition to talking a vitamin D3 liquid emulsion at night, taking the right dose to raise your Vitamin D (25 OH) levels up to your goal is also important. A few small studies have shown that 2000IU vitamin D3 taken over three months, will raise Vitamin D (25 OH) levels by 20ng/ml. This may be the reason that many doctors prescribe this dose. Clinically, this doesn’t play out. Some people will need a lot more vitamin D to raise their levels over time.
    If your Vitamin D (25 OH)...

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