How I Healed My Hypoglycemia

Years ago hypoglycemia hit me square in my bloodstream. I was eating some processed foods, store bought crackers that lowered my blood sugar. Lowered blood sugar means that cells throughout your body, including your brain, aren't getting the fuel they need to function at their best. Studies show that the majority of people with hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, usually suffer from depression too. Reading the label, I thought the food I was eating was healthy, and yet because these type of foods are so addictive, I didn't realize how much of it was being consumed including hidden sugars. The result being weight gain, rash on my face, sluggish feeling, and non activity. Working with my Naturopathic doctor, I developed my own clean green food regimen, and began walking many miles daily. Within three months, that hypoglycemia was a thing of the past.

Has this ever happened to you? You come home from work, you're bone tired, and all you want is to do is bite into the tantalizing, mouth watering, soul satisfying taste of a little piece of heaven – a chocolaty delight; be it truffle, brownie, chocolate peanut butter cups, hempseed balls, chocolate pudding, chocolate fudge, or a chocolate bar; and your cupboard is bare. You tear through all your hidden places, your purse, your fridge, your freezer, your garage, if you have one. Nothing, a big fat zero, zilch. So, you get back in your car and race to your market. Here's where things can get even dicier. Perhaps you're a little like me and you want this chocolatey dessert to be healthy, be made with real whole plant based foods, which are nutritious and healing; to be organic because you really don't want a bunch of pesticides in your bloodstream, and you want just a hint of sweetness powered by dates, figs, or raisins; and sometimes maple syrup. Maybe, like me, you found out the hard way about the harmful effects of sugar, aka "sweet poison" and sugar like sweeteners. Searching through your market, reading labels, and getting downright discouraged because it's difficult to find what works for you and your body. Yes, there's loads of organic sweet treats today. However the majority of them are made with sugar, or agave, or a combination of sweeteners that leave an aftertaste in your mouth and still raise and/or lower your blood sugar. What's a woman to do?

Educating myself on plant based food and its healing benefits became my quest so as to empower you to make better food choices on your life's journey. Recently I created my "Healthy Bytes" plant based raw desserts. If you're searching for a scrumptious chocolaty lightly sweetened treat, come visit my blog for easy to make plant based dessert recipes and healthy food/water tips. And for those of you in the Portland area, I welcome connection, collaboration, and shared interest.

Preventing and Reversing Cancer Naturally

Preventing and Reversing Cancer Naturally: The Anticancer Diet Shopping List

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 This year alone, nearly 600,000 Americans will lose their lives to cancer. Could a primary reason be as simple as what people are not eating regularly? Here is an excellent anticancer shopping list to use as a guideline.


Sandi Cornez's insight:

It seem everyone except the old school  medical establishment knows that nutrition affects every aspect of our well-being – our moods, our behaviors, out thinking, and our wellness.


What we eat, absorb, and digest, our lifestyle choices are directly related to our sickness/disease or our wellness/great health.


The article states that there are volumes of scientific evidence proving that diet (live-it) and nutrition play a leading role in cancer development. See links and references.


It is also well known that cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment with research showing that tumor growth increases in an acid environment.  The majority of people in the U.S. .consume an excess of acid-forming foods,  Blood in the body is maintained at a slightly alkaline level between 7.2 and 7.4.


Eating alkaline foods keeps the blood pH in its ideal range, which is important for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The 80-20 rule applies here. Eat 80% of alkaline forming foods such as those available from many raw veggies and fruits, nuts, seeds, ancient grains and some whole grains and legumes. (Please read the article for all lists of foods).


Very important also are the cruciferous veggies – kale, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, mustard greens, arugala, watercress, turnips, and Brussels Sprouts. These veggies contain detoxifying compounds which have been proven to help prevent and reverse cancer. See references.


Green foods are rich in blood purifying chlorophyll and other important phytonutrients for detoxifying the system and rejuvenating organs. Laboratory tests have established that chlorophyll inhibits the activity of carcinogens at a molecular level.


Red foods – research confirms that strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, tart cherries, cranberries, and goji berries are high in immunosupportive and cancer fighting nutrients. such as lycopene and carotene. And many are high antioxidant as well.


Fiber, not a food itself yet is an important component of veggies, fruits, ancient and whole grains. Research suggests that high fiber intake may lower incidence of certain cancers such as breast, uterine, colorectal, and prostate.


Olive oil – use in moderation, has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Choose extra virgin cold-pressed.


Green Tea


Mushrooms – several varieties have powerful healing properties. Even white button mushrooms.


Seaweeds used in Chinese Medicine for treating cancers helps to soften hardened tumors.


Spices offer numerous health promoting benefits.


From this list, it's pretty evident that consuming a mostly or total plant based food regimen is the solution to our health care crisis in the U.S..


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Tips to Reduce Toxins in the Home

September 24, 2013
By Drinking Water, Environment

water sandiThe following Redbook article lists 10 possible sources of toxins and other harmful contaminants in the home. It details both the potential sources of contamination as well as ways to deal with them. For water contamination, in particular, Redbook recommends the use of a Multipure drinking water system.

10 Ways Your Home Could be Toxic

You know organic groceries may be the way to go, but since a high percentage of toxins can be found in your house, it may be time to do a thorough sweep of your abode, too. Here are ten places chemical disruptors could be lurking…



Report: Many urban tap water systems loaded with SSRI antidepressant drugs

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Report: Many urban tap water systems loaded with SSRI antidepressant drugs

Sandi Cornez's insight:

Great information. I especially liked these comments: The first thing would be to install a whole-house water filtration system capable of capturing and removing drug particulates, especially if you live in an area served by a municipal water source.

I recommend MultiPure Whole House Water Filtration systems. They are NSF Certified and reduces chlorine and other contaminants.




From August 18, 2:23 PM

Ever wondered why people make such a big deal about water bottles? See Tapped and learn the truth about the bottled water industry.

Sandi Cornez's insight:

This video and information may come as a complete and utter shock to some of you. The information in this video shows what happens when a society treats water as a commodity. Water and access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and a necessity as is clean air and clean food.

"Tapped" is a documentary film about the Bottled Water industry. In this video you will be educated on bottled water and all of its faults. The film examines the role of the Bottled Water Industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. Continue reading


Report Finds “Probable Carcinogens” in Municipal Water

mp post picFrom – August 21, 6:51 PM

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a report finding "probable human carcinogens" in all municipal water samples tested.

Sandi Cornez's insight:

Environmental Working Group (EWG), a trusted resource for all things environmental released a report finding "probable human carcinogens" in all water samples from 201 municipal water systems from 43 states. Does this grab your attention or are you hiding under a rock believing that your water system is 100% safe?

EWG and many others want the government to clean up those sources of public drinking water, thereby reducing the need for chemical treatment. The report, "Water Treatment Contaminants: Toxic Trash in Drinking Water" was sparked by concerns about water contamination in the wake of SuperStorm Sandy (no relation to me) which spilled tens of millions of gallons of sewage into waterways along the East Coast. Continue reading