Lose the Wheat and more…

this is a reblog from way back in 2012 when my blog began…

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Doing your part to reduce waste and live cleaner

Although I am not convinced that global warming as portrayed by the media, politicians and special interest groups exists, I do believe in doing your part to reduce waste and live cleaner.  I do my part by recycling garbage, using non-toxic household products, and conserving energy whenever I can.

As described in a previous post TOXINS and on my website MELALEUCA , my use of non-toxic household products happened as a result of my own health issues and concerns. Everyone should be aware of what toxins are getting dumped down our drains to contaminate our drinking water, affecting our health and environment.  Melaleuca does it part by providing us with biodegradable products in concentrated form which reduces the number of plastic containers in our waste management systems.  I have been using the Melaleuca products described in the post for several years now, as have several of my friends and neighbours.  My favourite products are…

In the cleaning product picture are, from left to right: a scrubbing eraser, room freshening spray, Solumel cleaner, Solugard cleaner (diluted and concentrated), bug spray and wood furniture polish.  Other products I love in this category that are missing from this picture include Tub and Tile cleaner, Diamond Brite dishwasher liquid and tabs, and Melamagic cleaner.

In the picture of laundry products, from left to right, are: Prespot stain remover, Melasoft liquid softener, lavender scented (it comes in many other scents, both HE and regular type) liquid soap, Revive wrinkle remover and Melasoft softener sheets (front).

In the picture of beauty, skin care and medicinal products, from left to right, are: herbal deodorant, Pain-a-trate joint cream, Mineral sunscreen, skin clarifier, Renew hand cream (in two sizes), Melagel ointment and bar soap.  Other products I love in this category that are missing from this picture include lip balm, and tea tree oil.

If you wish to rid your household of toxins for the health benefit of your family and for the benefit of our environment, do your part too.  Contact me to learn more about Melaleuca products.  If you live in my neighbourhood you can order products through me.  If you live elsewhere, almost anywhere in the world, I can set up your own Melaleuca business for you online, it is that simple!

Start doing your part today!

Customized Vitamin and Mineral Cocktails

If you, like me, hesitate to take pills to supplement your diet, consider creating your own customized vitamin and mineral cocktail to get only the benefits you need without the negative side effects .  For years I have found that every pill (including vitamins and medicine ) I take gives me side effects much worse than the benefits.   I would much prefer to get the  vitamins and/or minerals I need in my food from natural sources like fruit and vegetables, instead of supplementing my diet with pills.   As I get older my list of ailments and health issues grows, but I still feel that I would like to treat and/or prevent only these specific issues…

Years ago, I began making breakfast smoothies for my sons to ensure they started their school day off well.  Check out one of my earliest posts:  http://lorieb.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/the-joys-of-juicing/   Their smoothies have evolved over the years to suit their needs, but they still love them and it still gives me comfort knowing they are well on their way to their daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every morning.

I have since started making my own customized vitamin and mineral cocktails.  To find out which ingredients to use, I researched each of my own personal health issues to find out the recommended vitamin and/or mineral.  I then continued the research to find out  the best food source for each of the  vitamins/minerals on my list.  The following chart is customized  for my own ailments and health concerns with the vitamin or mineral and the best food source (suitable for a smoothie) to combat each ailment/concern:


Arthritis ALA (omega 3) Spinach, chia seed, flax seed oil
Quercetin Citrus, green tea, dark cherries/berries
Collagen Nuts, seeds, green tea, red/blue berries, vitamin C, gelatin
Cumin/turmeric Cumin/turmeric/curry powder
Bone density Alkaline minerals Calcium Spinach, thyme, molasses, almond milk, dairy products
Manganese Cloves, dark chocolate
Magnesium Coriander, dark chocolate, almonds
Iron Spinach, molasses
Potassium Spinach, avocado, bananas
Energy Co-Q10 Spinach, avocado, parsley, red/blue berries
Cancer Resveratrol Dark berries, dark chocolate, red grape skins
Quercetin See above
Pterostillbene Blueberries, spinach
Menopause Vitamin D Almond milk, dairy milk
Ginseng Ginseng drops/tea
Phytoestrogens Flax seed oil, dark cherries
Memory & Brain Fog Pterostillbene See above
Resveratrol See above
Omega 3s See above
Immune System Co-Q10 See above
Quercetin see above
Co-ordination Resveratrol See above
Cholesterol Pterostillbene See above
Digestion Alkaline minerals See above
Circulation Co-Q10 See above
Toxin Removal (antioxidants) Alkaline minerals See above

My personal, customized cocktail contains fresh organic baby spinach, chia seed, flax seed oil, lemon juice, green tea, dark cherries, blueberries, almond milk, strawberries, cumin or tumeric, molasses, dark chocolate, coriander and avocado.  I created my own recipe from the researched  ingredients  that I like and have easy access to, but there were many more to choose from.  Research your own needs, pick your favorite ingredients, and whip up your own delicious customized vitamin and mineral cocktail today!



Lorieb is the mother of three sons, residing in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.  She is the proud owner of GARDENS4U, and spends most of her time designing, planting, and restoring gardens.  Her other interests include reading and writing.  Please check out her website at www.gardens4u.ca


Another Success Story: Wheat Free and Reduced Sugar Diet

Just before Christmas a friend confided that she has been struggling with weight gain, sluggishness, and low energy for a while now and since a car accident a few years ago has added concussion-like symptoms, body aches and brain fog to her list of ailments. She was in a no win cycle where she knew she needed to exercise more, but exercise worsened her symptoms…

I told her how my wheat-free diet has eliminated many of my health issues and loaned her my copy of “Wheat Belly” by William Davis. She read the book from cover to cover, gaining motivation along the way, and by the end she was hooked!

Three weeks ago she began to eliminate wheat and sugar from her diet, noticing an improvement almost immediately. To date she has lost 12 pounds, and 2 pant sizes. More importantly, she feels more energetic and is able to exercise more frequently and for longer periods of time…fantastic!!

A smoothie a day

Many years ago, when my twenty year old son was in grade two, I began to notice that his “bad days” at school were the days I couldn’t persuade him to eat breakfast.  He didn’t, and still doesn’t, like to eat breakfast soon after waking up.  He didn’t like school to start with; it was a constant struggle to keep him focused.  While researching learning disorders, (his teachers suggested testing him for several of these) I found several articles on the correlation between brain function and food.  Basically, without food (the fuel) in his body, my son’s brain (the furnace) wasn’t able to function at full capacity!  I started making him (and his brothers) a smoothie (they call it “milkshake”) every morning, and have kept up this routine ever since!  His teachers and I started noticing a difference almost immediately; he has now graduated high school and college and is out in the work force.  He still loves his “milkshakes!”

You can use any ingredients you have handy; I use frozen strawberries, banana, yogurt, and orange juice as the base.  One son prefers just these ingredients, the other two like a bit of chocolate syrup (sugar reduced) added, and one likes some added peanut butter;   occasionally I put protein powder in too, especially when they have sports (all three play soccer and two play hockey) scheduled.    I just use a regular blender; I have been through quite a few over the years!  For cleanup, I simply fill with water, add a few drops of dish soap and blend.  I then put the whole container in the dishwasher.   This routine keeps even the small parts clean, without having to take it apart to clean each time.

A few months ago I read an article by the famed Dr. Oz about juicing to increase energy and lose weight and realized it was not a whole lot different than what I have been doing for my sons all these years.   I thought I’d give it a try since it worked so well for my boys.  I use spinach, blueberries, carrots, tomatoes, apples and green tea in my version.  Occasionally, when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to eat some form of grain and protein, I will add protein powder and a few tablespoons of oats (the kind that cook fast) to the blender.   My version doesn’t taste as yummy as theirs does, but it is not bad!  I have lost approximately ten  pounds  and reduced my cholesterol level from slightly high to the mid-normal range in six months.   I am also on a wheat restricted diet, so not sure which of the two changes (probably a combination of both) has contributed to these results.