The Health Danger of Fried Foods – “The Poisons in the Preparation”

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Many people focus largely, if not completely on the nutritional and chemical composition of the food and don’t even think about how it’s being prepared, or the additional affects encountered through various cooking methods. Frying foods, which consists of cooking in hot oils of any kind, creates a chemical reaction called oxidation, which is extremely carcinogenic. It loads the system with what called free radicals that damage the molecular structure of the body, compromising it, and ultimately creates the ideal environment for a large variety of cancers.

 
Oxidation of cells is what’s called body “rust”. In order to get a visual idea of this, slice an apple, and the exposure to oxygen turns it reddish-brown from free radical damage. Oxidation takes place when oxygen loses an electron during interaction with other molecules, and becomes a form of renegade as a free radical. These are what you might call wounded or unstable oxygen molecules that are very dangerous to the over-all health of the body. In their natural quest to heal themselves, free radicals steal electrons from any healthy (whole) molecule they can, creating more free radicals in the process, and so they multiply. Whenever oxygen mixes with other molecules, free radicals form.

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Frying foods in oils of any form should be eliminated as a food preparation method. Heating oils changes the chemical composition of the oil loading it with free radicals. This includes not only the obvious deep fried or pan fried foods, but also things like potato chips, snack items, and nuts and seeds that are roasted in oils, or in their own oil. It also includes all animal meats that cook in their own juices as body fats. Grilling as well as pan frying or any method that sears, browns and glazes with a crispiness, is especially carcinogenic and should be avoided. French fries and potato products are especially bad because the potato absorbs and retains a large amount of the oil. Deep (vat) fried products are especially bad because the oil is not only heated at 340-360 degrees, but is kept heated for hours and days at a time. The average fast-food restaurant only changes the oil in deep fryers every 2 to 3 days, after it has completely broke down, become dark, filled with sediments, and rancid tasting.

 
Most oils are produced through various forms of heat extraction, which makes them highly carcinogenic as a basic product, before they’re used for cooking. The advantage of Olive oil that’s “extra virgin” is that it’s extracted from olives through a cold-press method, and is not heated. If it doesn’t say “virgin” or “extra virgin”, which means collected from the first round of cold pressing, then it’s not “pure” and is produced from heat extracting of some sort, and is carcinogenic as a result before it’s even used for cooking by heating it further. Once oil is heated, even olive oil, it oxidizes even further, producing a large array of free radicals that damage the body at the cellular level and become the breeding ground for cancers, tumors, masses and a whole group of other diseases, such as hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol (LDL), degenerative eye diseases (macular degeneration), DNA – damaging genetic information (causing cells to replicate uncontrollably becoming cancerous), and aging itself through cellular breakdown.

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As the Laws of nature go, every force has a counter force, and for every free radical our body produces through chemical reactions of various sorts, there is an antioxidant to control it. The primary antioxidants are vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene (produces Vitamin A). Antioxidants literally come between free radicals and cells, and offer up their own electrons in order to stabilize them. Foods that are high in antioxidants are a good idea to eat on a regular basis to help counteract all the forms of free radicals that not only come from our diet, but also toxins in our everyday environment. A diet heavy in fruits and vegetables such as: citrus fruits, broccoli, carrots, green and sweet peppers, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, and wheat germ are just a hand full that contain high levels of antioxidants, and should be a regular part of your daily diet.

 
Alternative cooking methods should be employed to replace any form of frying or heating oils as a means of cooking. Raw, steaming and baking are obvious alternatives for vegetables, also simmering in water or low-sodium vegetable broth in place of frying. While this alters the flavor of the food, you’ll grow accustomed to it in no time, and once you get used to the fresher taste that it produces, greasy foods will lose their appeal, not to mention you’ll be reaping the results in terms of health and just knowing that your taking positive steps to improve your health and increase the vitality of your body, which has a lot of satisfaction in it. When we take good care of ourselves, we feel good about ourselves and begin taking responsibility for our own health and sense of well-being.

 
And always keep in mind that the body grows accustomed to whatever we feed it. When changing eating habits, it only requires a time frame of 4 – 6 weeks before a new habit is established, and then, the old one loses it appeal, you no longer crave it, and even when you do eat it on occasion, it doesn’t taste nearly as good. So learn to take back control of your health by making conscious decisions that nourish your body, instead of satisfying addictive cravings that act to destroy your health. You’ll reap the consequences of a healthy young looking body, higher energy level, clear and radiant skin, and a noticeably improved state of mind!

Dr. Linda Gadbois

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A different Way of Perceiving Weight-loss and Health – “Learning to Think Holistically”

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One of the keys to understanding the creative processes is to train your mind to think in terms of whole ideas that first create a goal as a desired outcome, which naturally indicates and sets into motion a natural process for creating it. We must realize that all creative processes are an attempt to acquire a feeling of some sort. The feeling that creates the desire for something, also reveals to us the quality of the experience itself, and what we will have more of upon completion. The feeling that motivates the desire to express an idea or create something specific is the common denominator that unifies every aspect of the experience itself to be of the same nature.
If we set goals designed to lose-weight because we feel bad about how we look, feel unattractive, or judged by others, etc., notice first of all that what is motivating the desire for the outcome is a negative feeling. We are first focusing only on what we don’t want, then feeling bad about it as a means of creating it. The goal is stated as a negative instead of a positive. We’re also using a bad feeling to motivate a whole process, which tells us that the process itself is simply going to express and give us more of that same negative feeling. Because a negative feeling is being used as an attempt to motivate the necessary process, we create a feeling of suffering, sacrifice, deprivation, and the constant temptation to remedy it.

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An experience of suffering is created as a means of achieving it, and as a necessary means of maintaining it once you have lost the weight. So the entire experience is very negative and then doesn’t even serve to make you feel better about yourself, because your whole focus was on “being fat” and what was wrong with you and therefore unattractive that needed to be corrected, which just served to anchor that feeling even deeper into your mind. You trained yourself to focus on what was bad about you. You then live in that feeling, creating a reality around it, and you keep noticing it, which simply strengthens it. Once you lose the weight, you still don’t feel good about yourself and often don’t know why.
When an artist goes to create a piece of work, they never ever do it by thinking about what they don’t want to create. The entire process is created by only focusing on what they are going to create as a vision or finished product. Inspiration as a love for something they deem beautiful somehow is also what motivates the creative process. The process itself keeps them in a constant state of a desire for what they love, which saturates their mind with very positive emotions, while holding the image of what they love in their mind as the means of creating it. So if, we set that same goal in positive terms as what we “do want” and deem beautiful, we would set a goal to be healthy and have more vitality instead. To create optimal health which will naturally produce ideal body weight as a natural by-product while also enhancing our physical features, such as skin tone, hair, nails, sparkling eyes, vital energy and an optimistic, joyful state-of-mind. The image we form in our mind as a means of creating it will be the desired outcome, ie., us in perfect health feeling and looking very good. That lets us know that when we accomplish it, it’s going to serve to increase and give us more of that same feeling.

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We now have a creative process that requires us to live in a state of constant love for ourselves while using our mind to create what we deem perfect, beautiful and lovable, and therefore desirable. We then educate ourselves on health, diet and lifestyle, and as we are going through it, imbue it with constant thoughts of how the food we are eating is nourishing our body making it strong and vital, and then imagining ourselves this way. We tell ourselves how good we feel, and that we’re feeling better and better each day. We feel empowered in our life to take control of our health and create it intentionally in a very deliberate manner. It teaches us how to use our mind and imagination in very positive ways to intentionally self-create. And as a natural result, we lose weight, or better yet, achieve our ideal weight, whatever that may be. Most importantly, we feel really good about ourselves and have an abundance of positive and vitalizing energy. Our mind is clear and alert, and we feel happy as a general mood and everyday way of being.
So by learning how to set positive goals for desired outcomes that are inspired by positive feelings and emotions, the experience of doing it as creating it are also very positive, while making us feel powerful and competent to become the person we want to be in our own lives. When we achieve it, it’s going to give more of the same positive feelings that motivated it to begin with. The “feeling” is the unifying factor that determines how and what we experience as a means of creating it. By realizing this and learning how to set only positively stated goals that are creative in nature (making something), that require us to live them out in positive states of mind, serve to unify feelings and the thoughts they naturally produce with positive emotions in response to our own thoughts, and the physical product that’s a correspondence to the feeling itself. The feeling spawns thoughts, emotions and behavior that are of the same nature.

 

Step-by-step process for creating:

> First embody a feeling that’s inspiring and uplifting. One that creates an image of beauty, love of and for, adoration and reverence.

> Allow a vision to naturally emerge out of it as a correspondence – that’s of the same feeling quality. What would you feel like and look like if you were completely healthy? Hold that image in your imagination and develop it by thinking about it, imbue it with attributes that bring definition to it by giving it distinct characteristics.

>Form it into details as physical and energetic qualities.

>Infuse it with very positive emotions. Fall in love with it and allow a strong desire for it arise and take hold. Associate the loving feelings and emotions to the perfected image.

>Then gain realization around the process necessary to create it. Provide yourself with the necessary resources (education, products, supplies, tools, etc.) Develop a strategy for going about it to produce it as a part of your daily routine. How will you need to change your daily habits to incorporate it? Make it a step-by-step process.

>Then, when you are engaging in eating healthy foods, tell yourself how they are nourishing your body, how good you feel, and that you’re becoming stronger and healthier everyday while picturing your ideal self in your mind. Feel it as if it’s real and already created. Create an inner reality of it with full sensory enhancement.

>As you make progress, notice it, and tell yourself “it’s working”, then stay in the realization that you created it. You’re doing it. It’s happening. Tell yourself “I knew I could do it”. Fill yourself with confidence in your ability to create yourself. You set the goal and are now accomplishing it. Have that feeling, stay in it for awhile.

>Remain flexible throughout the process and be willing to change it based on evaluating feedback, making adjustments anywhere necessary until you get the results you’re after.

 

Always keep in mind that eating healthy does not involve dieting, processed foods, or starving. It’s not about going to extremes, but rather establishing greater balance and harmony. Moderation is the key to success. Always keep in mind that whatever you choose to eat then eat in a disciplined manner, you will acquire a taste for. You only like and eat the way you do currently because you established a habit of it. Our body always seeks nutrition and vital substance as opposed to empty foods loaded with chemical flavor enhancers designed to form addictions based on taste. Train your body to like nutritional food, and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Health Consulting

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The Art of Goal Setting – “Creating Resolutions that Work”

In gaining an understanding of how we manifest as a personal process that utilizes the willful use of our mind, we can create a new way of looking at an age old tradition of making a resolution as a means of consciously self-creating and imposing a desired direction on our life. Creating comes by choosing what you will create as apposed to just existing in the current pattern that’s running your life. In order to work within the laws of the mind, we need to transform it from the idea of a goal as a statement, to a well-formed outcome as an actual experience. By creating a goal as a holistic idea that embraces the psychology involved in creating, we can learn skills at working more proficiently with our “whole mind” instead of fragmented parts. While the language of the conscious mind is words as abstract and conveying only personal meaning, the language of the subconscious mind is feelings, emotions, images, impressions, and actual experiences. The subconscious mind which builds and maintains the body while also producing automatic behaviors, is programmed through imagining goals as actual experiences. While the conscious mind can be perceived as having the ability to “choose”, the subconscious mind can be thought of as the “will” that serves to act out the choice by producing the behavior of its fulfillment.

The other immediate mistake people make, is they set goals that are negative in nature, and then use the creative power of their mind to create the very thing they don’t want. The mind can’t process a negative command. It doesn’t work by forming mental impressions around what “not” to do, or of what you “don’t” want. It works by interjecting a suggestion as an idea that’s imagined as a reality in the mind, while forming feelings around it or in response to it that creates a pattern as an actual experience that serves as a program for the subconscious mind to produce as an outer experience that matches the internal experience. We first create inwardly what we want as an imagined reality, which becomes the template as a perceptual filter that forms our outer experience as a correspondence to the inner. A goal must be stated in positive terms. Not in terms of what you don’t want, but in terms of what you do want. You form the goal or wish into an actual reality as an outcome or as an actual experience.

For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds, then the mind has to picture the 20 pounds you want to lose. Keep in mind, anything we can lose, we can also find again. Because you are not providing it with an image of the desired result, it sees the 20 pounds and the meaning you give it (fat, ugly, unattractive, unhealthy, sloppy, etc.) as the reason you want to lose it, as the actual emotional reason for creating it. The negative command literally says, picture this, feel this way about what you’re picturing, and give me more of it as a means of making me feel the same way. The emotion we attach to the image, is also speaking in the language of the subconscious which it sees as a request for “more” as a pattern for fulfillment. This is why as soon as you profess the need to “diet” as a means of losing weight, you simultaneously form irresistible compulsions around eating more, or eating the things you say you want to “resist”. Behavior is emotionally driven and is how the subconscious mind creates. You don’t focus on the fat that you want to lose, but instead you create an idea of how you’ll look and feel when 20 pounds lighter. You imagine your body in the shape you want it, how you’ll look, how your clothes will fit, what you’ll be telling yourself about how you look and feel, what others will be saying, and so on. You create the desired outcome the goal is intended to produce as an actual reality. You imagine it “within” the experience of it.

When we use language to define a goal, it’s abstract in the sense that it doesn’t always have behavior attached to it. It doesn’t indicate an experience or the process necessary to achieve it. It’s not creative unless it serves to direct our behavior, that is to say, give the subconscious mind a pattern for producing the actual reality. Our mind creates by an understanding of how the conscious mind has the ability to direct and command the subconscious mind by giving it directives in its own language. Words as ideas must be transformed into feelings as imagined experience of the desired outcome and what you will feel as a result in order to give the subconscious mind an “experience” as a pattern for fulfillment. The mind works by creating a perceivable and therefore believable reality as a means of fulfillment by associating an experience to a desired feeling. In order to produce change, language must be converted into experience. We have to look at what the language indicates, see it as an analogy or symbolic of a desired feeling, and create the experience of it as an actual reality, then while holding this in mind, embellish it with strong emotions of desire, adoration, admiration, respect, honor, and so on, and allow these emotions as they escalate to form feelings of gratitude and appreciation which sets an expectation for them. What we expect and look for . . . we find and get.

Dr. Linda Gadbois
Integrative Health Consultant and Spiritual Mentor

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