Chocolate is Better for Your Cough Than Cough Syrup, Study Says

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It may sound too good to be true, but researchers now say indulging in that piece of chocolate is actually the best cure for your cough.

A research group from a university in England randomly prescribed more than 160 patients either regular cough medicine or a chocolate-based medicine.

Patients on the chocolate-based medication reported improving more quickly than those on regular cough syrup.

Scientists believe the properties of cocoa help relieve irritation and inflammation.

Preferably make it DARK and RAW chocolate, which is WAY healthier than milk or conventional chocolate!

Blow to Low Carb Diet as Landmark Study Finds High Fiber Cuts Heart Disease Risk- But It Matters Where the Fiber Comes From!

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Eating more fiber, found in fruits, vegetables, herbs as well as nuts and pulses, will cut people’s chances of heart disease and early death, according to a landmark review commissioned by the World Health Organization. Many organizations recommend more grains and breads, but these are mostly empty carbs.  You want 80% of the volume of food you eat each day to be fruits, veggies, salads and herbs. This will give you the fiber you need as well as an abundance of nutrients, enzymes and phyto-chemicals.

The authors of the review, which will inform forthcoming WHO guidelines, say their findings are good news – but incompatible with fashionable low-carb diets.

The research is led by Prof Jim Mann’s team at the University of Otago in New Zealand, who also carried out the major review that informed WHO guidance on curbing sugar in the diet, leading to sugar taxes around the world.

Sugar is a “bad” carbohydrate, but fiber is found in “good” carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, salads and herbs. However, the overwhelming backlash against sugar has led to popular diets that reject carbohydrates, including the fibrous sort that can, say the scientists, save lives.

Mann told the Guardian that the research “does contribute to the debate considerably. Here we have got very strong evidence that a high-fiber diet, which for the majority of people is at least high-ish in carbohydrates, has an enormous protective effect – a wide range of diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer benefit from a high-carbohydrate diet.”

But he said it would not end the “diet wars”, because there were so many vested interests involved. “It’s twofold. There is the commercial vested interest, which there is an enormous amount of from chefs and celebrity chefs and so on. And there is also the professional vested interest.” This included some doctors and scientists, he said.

The review found that we should be eating at least 25g to 29g of fiber a day, with indications that over 30g is even better. Most people in the world manage less than 20g.

Among those who ate the most fiber, the analysis found a 15-30% reduction in deaths from all causes, as well as those related to the heart, compared with those eating the least fiber.

Coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer were reduced by 16-24%. The results mean 13 fewer deaths and six fewer cases of coronary heart disease for every 1,000 people who eat high-fiber foods compared with those who do not.

Minimally processed fibrous foods can also help people lose weight. “The randomised controlled trials involving an increase in the intake of fruits and vegetables showed reduction in body weight and cholesterol,” says the paper published in the Lancet medical journal.

“Fiber-rich whole foods that require chewing and retain much of their structure in the gut increase satiety and help weight control and can favorably influence lipid and

The researchers investigated 185 observational studies containing data that related to 135m person years, as well as 58 clinical trials involving 4,635 adults. For every 8g increase in dietary fiber eaten per day, total deaths and incidences of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer decreased by 5-27%. Protection against stroke and breast cancer also increased.

In a comment piece in the Lancet, Prof Gary Frost from Imperial College London said the analysis “provides compelling evidence that dietary fiber from fruits and vegetables major determinants of numerous health outcomes and should form part of public health policy”.

But only 9% of the UK population eat the large amounts of fiber outlined in the paper, he said, and “public health bodies face considerable challenges altering intake at the population level”.

Other scientists backed the findings and said the public should eat more fiber. “It is a concern that the fiber consumption in the UK is on average, currently much less than [30g a day]. It is also worrying that otherwise healthy consumers who try to follow popular diets low in carbohydrate will find it very difficult to achieve a healthy level of fiber intake,” said Dr Ian Johnson, emeritus fellow at the Quadram Institute Bioscience.

Prof Nita Forouhi of Cambridge University’s MRC epidemiology unit said the findings “do imply that, though increasingly popular in the community at large, any dietary regimes that recommend very low-carbohydrate diets should consider the opportunity cost of missing out on fiber from whole grains”.

When it came to carbohydrates, she said, “the quality matters very much, over and above the debate on quantity. Wholegrain foods are typically high in fiber, and this research provides further evidence to highlight their importance and support a shift in our diets from processed and refined foods in the food supply chain towards more fiber-rich fruits and vegetables.”

Don’t Be Misled by Fad Diets

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Keto, Paleo, Weight Watchers, Vegan, Vegetarian…all are belief systems.  You need tradition Nutrition, healthy mix of fats, proteins and fruits and veggies! AND plenty of herb and spices, their depth of nutrition is amazing!

I came across an article this morning that promised a 3 Day Keto Diet Plan for under $30.   You can read the article here- 

Keto On The Cheap:A 3-Day Keto Plan For Under $30. a Day

Let’s do a Nutrition Breakdown!

Day One-        Breakfast- 2 Eggs Baked in Avocado Halves

                           Lunch-         Creamed Kale

                           Dinner-       Pesto Zucchini Noodles


Yep, that is the whole day of food that they recommend!   Absurd!

Nutrition-   1395 calories- way too low to meet your energy or nutrient needs.

                        66% Fat-   too high!

                        12% Protein-  too low.

                        Too low in zinc, Vitamin C, drastically too low in B12, too low in B1, B2.


Let’s look at Day 2;     Breakfast-  fasting, no food

                                           Lunch-    4 cups roasted cauliflower with olive oil and lemon juice

                                           Dinner – 2 eggs with spinach,Kalamata olives and some nut cheese.

Nutrition;                       542 calories- absolutely ridiculous!

                                            61% fat –  too high, and most of the fat was monounsaturated fats (not healthy and will lead to sticky blood lipids)

                                            16% protein-   no where near enough!

                                            44% of needed potassium,  30% of needed fiber, 19% of needed calcium (YIKES!!), 28% of needed iron, 18% of zinc, 10% of needed Vitamin C, 72& of Vitamin D, 45% of needed Vitamin A, ALL B Vitamins were less than half of what was needed per day!

You can’t restrict calories and be healthy. Period.  You need a minimum of 1800 calories a day to meet your nutrient needs.  Each meal should include a mix of raw and cooked foods.  You need three square meals a day.  It is ok to eat only fruits and veggies for a month to do a detox, but any more than that and you will develop nutrient deficiencies.

HERE is a perfect day, nutrient and calorie wise;

Ideal Day


2 whole eggs (omelet) with mushrooms, onions, peppers, fresh salsa
1 teaspoon butter
½ cup blueberries, watermelon, bananas, or fruit salad.

Midmorning- 12 ounce smoothie with lots of Baby greens (preferably microgreens) *


4 ounces salmon
4 cups romaine lettuce
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup onions
1/3 cup black olives
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
1 cup tomatoes
1 tablespoon walnuts
1/2 cup cucumber


6 ounces seafood, eggs or chicken most nights, mix it up with some other kind of meat as long as it’s totally organic! Beef once a month
1 sweet potato
2 cups spinach, Swiss chard, Beet greens, collards,
2 tablespoons onion
3 slices tomato
1 tablespoon butter
6 ounces red wine

*    Smoothie- 2 cups Smoothie (banana, blueberries, mango or pineapple, coconut water, 1 tablespoon coconut milk, lime juice, 3 cups spinach, collagen powder, vitamin c powder)

Nutrition Class with Millie Barnes in Riverside beginning January 16th!


I am offering a 6 Weeks Nutrition Class beginning January 16th at Riverside Park United Methodist Church. We will study the basics of nutrition; how to meet your nutrient needs, how to lose weight, how to shop, eat out and many tips as to meal planning and cooking. Class is limited to 12 students, so sign up today!

I will review food diaries between classes to help you get on track.

Here is the link to register- (sign up before the 9th and get $5.00 off.

What Should You Eat Each Day? (Hint- more Fruits and Veggies!)

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It’s been a confusing few decades; low fat or not, are eggs healthy, what about fats, why NOT cook with olive oil?

Americans are confused. What IS great nutrition?  What about calories?  Why can’t I lose weight, I exercise a lot?

These are just a few of the question I am asked all of the time from my clients.  Americans simply do not know what they should eat each day. We have listened to the FDA for several decades telling us how to eat. First we were told that vegetarianism was the way to go. Then all we heard about for 20+ years was that we should eat low fat, avoid eggs, avoid animal fats…

NONE of which is true!

Low fat has lead us to the epidemic in cancer, depression and learning disabilities.  We are 36 in the world for infant mortality, we have an epidemic in obesity. Out life span, for the first time in our history is actually going down!

So what should you eat each day?  A moderate amount of animal fats, small amounts of vegetables oils (such as olive oils, but NEVER heated), about 4 to 6 ounces of protein at each meal and the remaining calories should all come from vegetables, fruits and nuts.

Speaking of calories, lowering calories does not make you lose weight. It makes you stay in starvation mode. Starvation mode is when your body hangs on to every single calorie you take in to try to nourish you as well as possible. Remember that mother nature just wants to keep us well nourishes long enough for us to breed. So losing weight on 1400 calories a day doesn’t work. If it did then we would all be at our recommended weight as the average American takes in only about 1400 calories a day. And a lot of those calories are not from whole, healthy foods.

So eat like our grandparents, or maybe your great grandparents did. Three healthy meals a day. Eat some raw feed with each meal, a salad or sliced tomatoes are great. Avoid grains, dairy and soy. An omelet with spinach and salsa and a bowl of fruit make a great breakfast. A high quality protein at the other two meals, a green leafy at each meal, a salad, plenty of low glycemic veggies and some fruit for snacks ate all you really need to heal, stay in great health and have plenty of energy. You need about 1700 to 2000 calories a day, depending on your size and activity level.

Stay away from foods that come in cans or boxes. Make it as fresh and organic as you can.

You can also work with me to help you make the changes, and/or use my wonderful Meal Delivery Service. Cal;l me today with questions!


Beyond-Paleo Meal Delivery Service

High Blood Pressure–5 Diet Swaps to Lower your Hypertension Risk


High blood pressure affects more than a quarter of all adults.  The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs. Making some diet or lifestyle changes could lower your chances of developing high blood pressure symptoms. These are the best foods add to your weekly shopping list, to reduce your risk of hypertension.


Pomegranate, or even pomegranate juice, could slash your caches of having high blood pressure, scientists have claimed. Drinking more than a cup of pomegranate juice every day for four weeks could lower both diastolic and systolic blood pressure, they said. It’s not entirely clear what causes the drop in blood pressure, but it’s believed to be caused by its high potassium and polyphenol content. 


Beetroot juice could have a positive effect at reducing blood pressure, according to the University of California, Berkeley. “Beets naturally contain nitrates, which ease blood pressure,” it said.  Its comments came after a 2013 study revealed beetroot juice could reduce blood pressure just six hours after drinking. The juice had a greater effect on men than women, the scientists claimed.


Just one or two servings of pistachios every day could lower blood pressure, studies have revealed.  The nuts may help to dilate blood vessels, and thus, lower hypertension risk.  Dark chocolate, or other cocoa products, may help to cut hypertension risk.  “Consuming dark chocolate or cocoa products rich in flavanols was linked with some reduction in systolic or diastolic blood pressure among people with hypertension,” said Berkeley. “Other research has shown that polyphenols [especially flavanols] in cocoa products are associated with the formation of nitric oxide, a substance that widens blood vessels and eases blood flow.”

Olive oil

Olive oil could lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, researchers claimed. Women could benefit most by adding more olive oil to their diet, they revealed. Look out for olive oil with polyphenols for the biggest antihypertensive effect, said Berkeley.

Other factors;

Stay at your recommended weight.

Lower your sodium intake, avoid canned goods and processed foods.

Exercise more, stay active!

Avoid smoking and all alcohol

Stay hydrated.

Follow a diet that meets all of your nutrient needs.  You need 1800 calories a day from WHOLE FOODS!

Eliminate dairy and all grains.

Eat, vegetables abundantly, eat fruit, high quality proteins (preferably organic), nuts and seeds.

Obesity is NOT a Disease! It’s a Choice.


When my children were little, they noticed that many overweight shoppers in the grocery store had a lot of processed or junk food in their carts.  As I have always shopped for groceries at Publix 3 to 5 times a week for my business, my children are well educated about the correlation between health and nutrition.  They used to make fun of the milk commercials on TV. They also had heard all of my info on nutrition over the years, even when they didn’t want to hear it! 

We have all heard someone speak of having a metabolic disorder, low metabolism, or hormone issues that have caused their obesity. The truth of the matter that a very tiny percentage of people may have a health issue that causes a weight issue. And certainly those issues may cause a tendency to gain weight. But if you know that fact it is not that hard to keep from becoming truly obese!

Some common misconceptions;

  • You gain weight from eating too much food.
  • NOT true- the average American takes in about 1400 calories a day. That puts you in starvation mode, you cannot meet your nutrient needs…therefore the body holds on to everything you intake.


  • Exercise will help you lose weight.
  • NOT true-  You must burn 3500 calories in one day to burn off 1 pound of body weight. That’s impossible.   Look what it takes to burn calories-

Surfing-    207
Weight lifting – general-  234
Sex – 288
Ashtanga yoga- 351
Pilates Intermediate- 351
Hiking- 405
Aerobics – low impact- 414
Aerobics – high impact    477
Bicycling / cycling 12-14 mph    594
Canoeing 4 mph- 630
Rope jumping- 684
Running 6 mph=  684

  • Limiting calories helps us lose weight
  • NOT true, as most people don’t take in enough calories. They are already malnourished.

The bottom line is in order to lose weight you NEED TO MEET YOUR NUTRIENT NEEDS DAILY!   It is physically impossible to do that on less that 1700 to 1800 calories a day. Factor in the junk or processed food you take in each day, the empty calories…and you further limit nutrition.

So eat 3 full hot meals a day. Think of eating how your great grandmother ate. Real food, cooked at home, with mostly organic fruits and vegetables. Eat plenty of salad. Eat a moderate amount of health y fat, a small amounts (about 4 ounces) of protein at each meal. Avoid grains and dairy.

You will feel WAY better, lose about 5 pounds a week and heal from inflammation. You are better off sitting on the couch eating a perfect diet, than eating a standard American Diet and trying to excessive to get healthier.