1. AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
Because of the pectin contained in apples, they are considered good for the heart.
They are known for decreasing cholesterol levels and preventing colon cancer. The pectin in apples can help clean out our intestines, so when you need a quick snack, grab an apple or two.
My other favorite apple is the old-time remedy—apple cider vinegar. I’ve been convinced for years that it cures many ailments including colds, allergies, flu, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, arthritis, and high blood pressure to name a few. You might think you wouldn’t like the taste, and maybe at first you won’t, but if you get past the thought and try it a few times, you will not mind it at all.
Here’s how I drink it: two tablespoons in one cup of water, or if too strong, add more water. Drink this in the morning or anytime throughout the day. Once a day is sufficient unless you are coming down with a cold, then twice a day is advisable. I’ve used it for years, and still, think it’s one of the best remedies around. It alkalizes the body and brings a healthy glow to your complexion.
I use apple cider vinegar in many of my salad dressing recipes and I’ve even
2. READ FOOD LABELS BEFORE YOU BUY ANY PRODUCT
If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it! Most processed foods are filled with additives and stripped of nutrients. They are full of sweeteners, fats, colorings, and preservatives. If an ingredient is difficult to pronounce or if there is a long list of ingredients, walk away from that product.
As strange as the following ingredients may seem, they are actually found in food products. These items are a big NO-NO, so don’t buy products that list any of the following: artificial butter, artificial color, sodium benzoate (benzene), high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners (except for Stevia or erythritol), trans fats, refined grains, high salt content, ammonium sulfate (fertilizer found in bread dough), carminic acid (dried and crushed insects used as a food dye), shellac (secretions of the female lac beetle to make shiny coating on candies), castoreum (an glands of a beaver to enhance the flavor of raspberry candies and sweets), gum base (sheep secretion), L-cystine o cystine (human hair or duck feathers), Allura Red AC (coal tar used in red-colored candies, sodas, and other sweet rennet (calf stomach to make cheeses), and silicon dioxide (sand used as an anti-caking agent) just to name a few This list is one more reason to eat a plant-based diet.
3. WHAT REALLY MATTERS?
Maybe nothing will matter to us anymore when we leave this earth, but the quality of how we live and give of ourselves while we are alive will.
Our loved ones will inherit everything we ever bought or owned, but I believe what will really matter is what we leave behind other than the material. I believe what matters is what we give to others, not what we receive; what we teach, not just what we learn; how we empower others while empowering ourselves. The examples of how we lived will be left behind for our children and grandchildren and to our friends and loved ones. Making a difference while we are hereby showing compassion for all living things and caring for our planet will matter. Letting the people we care about know we love them and being kind to those who need it will always matter, not only now, but long after we are gone.