Most of us will eat too much food during the Christmas and new year holidays. Unfortunately the biggest percentage of you will eat highly inflammatory disease causing foods! Unknowingly of course. Just a few weeks of holiday treats sitting everywhere including the workplace, school, the bank, grocery store and home can wreak physical and mental havoc on someone with a sugar tooth. I know this to be true because I was once that guy. I was the sugar king, and I paid dearly for that title!  I could suggest some healthy treats, recipes etc. but I’m not sure that would rock your world! And I think that’s just what you need, a good kick start! Most of us need some kickstarting around this time of year. Would it be great if you could lose an extreme amount of weight and inflammation during the holidays instead of the opposite? What about if your blood test results resembled a time long ago? Would that make your new year better? For the next 90 days you’ll be bombarded with dozens of the so-called newest and greatest fad diets. Your friends will tell you about the newest and greatest diet that someone told them about, that someone else told them about. That’s right, fad because they will only be around long enough to take your money. Sure they all work for a while, that’s because you always put down the bad foods while on the current diet, for a while. But then all of a sudden after a few short months (at best) you slip right back into your old eating habits and weight gain. That’s because no one has ever designed a plan to help crush your sugar addiction, until now! Most just simply tell you to eat healthy or to cut back on your sugar with no plan how to accomplish it, until now! You can try every diet on the planet but they’re not sustainable because no one has been able to teach you how to kick your fake food chemical addiction, my story will!  Most so-called experts have never done it themselves, I have!  After decades of hard research, I taught myself how to kick the addiction, the hard way! After having only seconds to live, I fixed it.

 

Now, through my death defying experience and 45 years of research, I can teach you the real life saving truths I have learned, the easy way! There’s really no need to panic about your health while going into the holidays. That is, of course, you’re planning on living it up with excessive amounts of alcohol and poison foods. That seems to be exactly what most Americans do and unfortunately some won’t make it until the next holiday! You always regret it afterwards but can’t seem to stop yourself, year after year. There’s one word for that, addiction! If addiction ‘’is’’ the real problem then you can just throw out the idea that dieting will solve anything. Eating inflammatory diet food ‘’is not a problem solver’’ by any means.     

 

My suggestion is to live happily through the holidays with a conscious mind about your current health situation. Decide what you want to look and feel like for the rest of your life. Set goals, don’t wait for the big health disaster to hit home. Slow down and take a breath, it’s not that hard to become who you once were. Be comfortable saying no when someone offers you harmful substances. Remember, misery loves company so your friends will harass you for not drinking that cola with them. Been there, done that but they’ll change their tune soon enough when they see your life saving results. Drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest and exercise and last but not least, read my very true and exciting life changing book ‘’Healed by Farm’’ and enjoy the recipes in my meal plan. These are the foods that changed my life for good and gave me blood test results of a teenager. Give it a try, do these simple steps and hopefully you will have the same wonderful results I have. Happy holidays my friends, I’ll be waiting to hear about your results.

              ~John~

Don’t do it again, you know, wait until the night before the holiday gathering to shop for food. It’s what most people do. I get it, most of us are busy with all of our worldly problems and put such trivial chores as shopping for food at the bottom of the to-do list. But do you really consider purchasing life sustaining food for your family as something trivial? I don’t think so, I think most of us have great intentions but end up with some ‘’not so healthy’’ food on the dinner table. The most spoken words after holiday meals is, I ate too much! You hear all the folks who can’t get off the couch say that, every year, every holiday, 3 hours after the meal! In no way am I making fun of those who overindulge, I used to be one of them. But now I have formed a new opinion after having only seconds to live! It’s not necessarily the amount of food that makes you visit the toilet round the clock for 3 days straight after that so-called great meal. 

The real and unfortunate problem with most last minute food is that it’s been heavily refined and becomes highly inflammatory, causing weight gain and disease! Not something you would want to give your family, right?  Of course not, we love our families, we just get busy! Most packaged, canned or bagged food has ingredient lists that resemble a chemical factory. Food additives are a scary thing! Just google any packaged food ingredient list and lookup the one that sounds like a petroleum product that resembles paint thinner. You’ll find out real quick, it is paint thinner!! Inflammatory chemicals such as MSG, processed sugars, colorings, preservatives, hydrocarbons, mercury and trans fat just to name a few are the real problem. These ingredients have much more effect on your body than simply overeating. Not saying overeating is healthy but these types of ingredients are the real culprit. They are the real reason most Americans are plastered to the couch in self induced diabetic comas after holiday meals. Just eating an overload of MSG and processed sugar alone is enough to make your heart race, swell your joints and give you intestinal cramps and headaches just to name a few. Overeating healthy food does not cause these problems, eating chemicals does!  How do I know this? My blood test results acknowledge it. And maybe yours can too if you make the same changes I made.   

Want to change your ways and watch your family become extremely healthy? Sure you do, so start here. Find your closest farmers market and support your local farmers, the payback will be well worth it. Markets don’t just sell fruits and vegetables. You’ll find beef, pork and chicken, milk and many more healthy and tasty items. Learning to shop off the grid takes time, shop there now and constantly search for better farmer friends. Have you ever chowed down on smoked ham or turkey from a local organic farm, if not, you might want to give it a try this holiday season. Also learn to make homemade sauces, creams, breads and desserts that are free from harmful chemicals. 

There’s enough sickness in the world but it doesn’t need to be at your house. You don’t have to live like that, life is full of choices and this one should rank at the top of your list. It takes a little planning at first to cook like your ancestors did but your family will love you for making this new way of life by simply cooking like great grandma did, without the chemicals. Enjoy the holidays and let’s see something new on the table!

 ~John~

 

Ghosts and Goblins abound! Halloween is coming and the kids are extremely excited! It’s a beautiful time of year when leaves fall and the air cools just in time for our children to run wild through the neighborhood scavenging for free candy. The faster they run, the more they collect. Kids are not the only ones excited, so are major candy manufacturers, dentists, doctors and pharmaceutical companies. Unfortunately parents of these unsuspecting little children will purchase somewhere in the neighborhood of ‘’Three Hundred Billion Dollars’’ worth of candy (poison) this season for the sole purpose of making their kids happy. Does Halloween really make kids happy, or just sick with a lifetime addiction of misery and illness? Happiness is the last thing that comes to mind when a young child is crying while puking their guts out from sugar and chemical poisoning! Waiting in a doctors office (or ER) for hours just to receive a prescription for a gut destroying medication for your innocent little baby’s already destroyed gut is not what I would consider happy either!  

 

Everyone should be aware that processed sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine. Several university studies proved the same results. That alone makes it extremely dangerous! Then add all of the food colorings, preservatives, hydrogenated trans fats, msg, emulsifiers, hardeners, cellulose, refined sodium and a thousand more poisons, then you have serious trouble! Serious trouble’’is not’’ something you wish on your precious children, is it?  Remember this, there is no truth in labeling so be sure to choose wisely for your halloween treats while shopping.    

 

Why give kids candy and inflame every organ in their precious little bodies when they would be just as happy with packets of nuts, seeds and dried fruits, and no I don’t mean gummies! Kids may not be excited if you drop an apple or orange in their bag but they love anything in flashy little packages. There are dozens of healthy options including fruit leathers, dollar store trinkets and even homemade sugarless desserts.  

 

Protect your little ghosts and goblins this halloween season by taking the poison out of their halloween and I don’t just mean candy!  Deadly drugs are showing up in candy all over America so it might be a good time to start breaking your children’s sugar habit. Keep them safe, not just from goolie monsters but these dangerous chemical and drug addictions that can and most likely will determine your family’s future health.

 

Get healthy America! 

       ~John~

Everyone wants a pretty face, right?  Of course we do!  It’s natural to want to continue looking youthful as we age because that’s when we looked our best. In our youth our young bodies are lean and strong and our face and skin is far from being worn from years of abuse, and just plain wear and tear!  We are beautiful in our youth and not so pretty as we age. At least that’s how most people perceive themselves. So how do you help with your wrinkled broken down skin, do you follow the fads?  Admit it, you know you do!  You have tried every face cream, scrub, collagen pill, powder, drink and snake oil that hit the market since you were a teenager. And now you keep waiting for the 9,999th product to come along, because everyone said it’s supposed to be great, you know, different from the others! This kind of thinking (or brainwashing) is equivalent to thinking your car gets newer every time you wash it.  When you see the amount of dollars wasted on fake powders and pills that promise beautiful skin, you would think it’s a national sports competition! It’s more than some countries’ annual budgets.  

 

So what is this sought after collagen thing that is worshiped by most every woman (and some men) on the planet? It was a discovery by an Indian scientist named Gopalasamudram Narayana Ramachandran in1953 and from that discovery we have learned how to consume the correct amino acids to feed it, naturally. Collagen is what keeps our skin plump, pretty and smooth so naturally we all want that. It’s a protein created by our consumption of amino acids and it’s not just for great skin. This protein makes up approximately 30% of the proteins in our body. These are fibrous connective tissues located throughout our body including our ligaments, bones, cells, eyes, digestive tract, tendons and organs and more. It’s a tissue that weakens as we get older, or as we continue to feed our bodies highly processed foods, with ‘’no’’ amino acids!!  So by eating inflammatory acidic foods, the wrinkling of our face may just be our own fault, maybe, read on!

 

The foods you consume play a much larger role in your health than you think. If you eat highly processed foods, you get diarrhea. Eat too much cheese, you get constipation. Don’t eat the right foods, your body won’t produce collagen, that’s a fact! Consuming overpriced pills and powders that are basically lifeless, just don’t, won’t, and never have worked to create a healthy body. The marketing, the hype and the pretty packages are usually what draws your attention, not to mention the ‘’lifelong drain’’ on your wallet. Having beautiful skin is as easy as eating delicious food. The earth was created perfectly to nourish our bodies with a deliciously healthy diet but as early as the year 1800 food refineries were up and running in America, and thus the American way started. More on that topic in my book ‘’healed by Farm’’.

 

Here’s my suggestion and what I do for youthful skin. Bone broth is my number one collagen builder. And don’t even think about hurrying over to your closest vitamin store for the processed powder kind, that’s not what I’m talking about here!  Most farmers markets will have some beef bones and/or chicken parts from free range animals available just for you. It’s very easy to make your own and extremely rewarding.  Eggs, lamb, beef and pork along with fish are great collagen foods. You know, some of the lifesaving foods that we were told not to eat by professionals 5 decades ago! We were told these foods make us fat and sick, not true, just the opposite!  Foods with abundant amounts of vitamin-C like fruits and vegetables work great for collagen building also. Seeds and nuts work great also but seem to be what most people look over way too often. One of my vitamin-C favorites this time of year is watermelon. Watermelon is also rich in lycopene and other nutrients that have the ability to increase blood flow, something vitally important for muscle (collagen) growth.

 

Show up and load up at your local farmers market this week and stock your kitchen with, yes, the real collagen builder. Start cooking extremely delicious foods today and stay healthy my friends.

~John Rankin~     

The old saying ‘’you are what you eat’’ couldn’t be more true now than at any time in history. Why now, you say?  Let’s take a look back just a few decades ago when the obesity and disease rate in our western civilization was much lower than it is today. My hometown had only one dialysis clinic 50 years ago, today there’s one on every corner. There’s a reason for that! In my 45 years of extreme research I have observed one specific fact that as more processed so-called food items came into the marketplace, more medications were distributed and more people got sick and started dying. When our shopping habits changed from getting the holiday ham at a local butcher shop to factory farming is when the problem started. When growing or buying our food at local farmers markets became a thing of the past, we substituted for food shipped from untrustworthy foreign lands and that’s also when the problem started. 

 

Gardens, not supplements and pills, end of story! Well I suppose you could say it’s that easy and it’s all I need to tell you, actually it is! It is very easy to become extremely lean and healthy except for one big roadblock. The one big problem that the western world and now most of the world has. That problem is known as sugar addiction!! Got your attention? You know exactly what I’m talking about! Those nasty little so-called treats that you constantly crave are nothing more than sugar (poison) bombs. Those sugar bombs are waiting to explode into everything from cancer, diabetes, heart disease and everything in between.                                                                                                        

 

Most of us  are aware of this but most never succeed at stopping this ugly monster from ravaging our 37 trillion cells. That’s where my story might help you!  But let’s talk about something else first. The thing that’s actually going to help you learn how to control your own health. Things like growing food, supporting local farmers markets, buying local vegetables and fruits and even adding foods like free range meats to your menu. When you eat fresh local foods your body will love you. When your gut is fed fresh out of the ground organic fruits and veggies, something wonderful happens. When I started following my own advice this happened. My sugar addiction ended and I became extremely lean and healthy with much more energy, more muscle, better vision, better sex life, better cognitive skills and the best blood tests results I had seen in decades. I did all of this by following the same advice I give you in my book ‘’Healed By Farm’’. It worked for me and it might work for you too. 

 

Wondering where to start? There’s a farmers market somewhere near you, google it and go, end of story again, well, almost. This is where you start by reading my inspirational life saving book ‘’Healed by Farm’’ and start enjoying your life again. You will learn valuable truths as you read and shop with your new farmer friends. The flavors of new and wonderful foods to come are the things that will change your life, not the old way that has a proven track record of nothing but misery with weight gain and illness. Here’s a great example of what you may not be doing. When summertime comes around most of us crave and invest in at least one healthy watermelon. That’s the problem, most people wait all year long just to eat one or two melons. When I suggest eating the local food of the season I mean every day of the season, not every year!!

Just imagine yourself sitting in a beautiful garden with your hands covered in healthy healing soil with vegetables, flowers and fruits growing all around you. Imagine delicious scents swirling in the air while beautiful life sustaining honey bees buzz around pollinating your food. And that’s only part of the picture. Gardening is very rewarding and relaxing and at the same time has the ability to lower blood pressure and ultimately help with most diseases, not to mention what you’ll learn about our beautiful earth in the process. 

 

Worldly signs are pointing to the very real fact that soon we may be growing our food out of necessity. Not to fear, this may be a good sign!  Everything in life comes down to making good choices, this choice of great health is yours, no one else’s, just yours!  

 

  ~John~

 

   

How true this quote really is!  Most Americans live a fast-paced lifestyle. We seem to love it.  Some do it because they love the adrenaline rush. Others do it to earn more money, and then there are those who live daily life wide open, just to survive. Most of western civilization is rushing around at warp speed all day long while eating on the run. The long hours most of us work can cause an extreme amount of unwanted health problems and chronic inflammation that easily can be attributed to a lifetime of disease and misery. Stress can also be a major player in many diseases such as heart disease, strokes, cancer and more. But as we take a look around the world we learn of other civilizations where people work even harder and longer hours than we do, without disease! So then one might think, just how is that even possible?  Well for one thing, healthy countries know a few things about how to handle their stress through their diet, with real food.  

Most of us are hungry after working hard all day. There’s a big gap between lunch and dinner.  So what kind of food or drink are your tastebuds rewarded with on your daily trip home? Do you carry fruit for times like these or do you stop at convenience (poison centers) stores while driving home? Hopefully not but a big percentage of people can’t drive past one without stopping to consume at least a few of the many inflammatory ingredients found at these convenient centers. Convenient for what, making our lives miserable?  Well that’s one way to put it since gas stations sell everything except good health! Besides the thousands of inflammatory candies, cigarettes, alcohol, chips, slurpees and donuts, they sell gasoline. None are meant for the human body to consume without wreaking havoc on our immune systems and causing obesity and disease!  Some folks eat at gas stations (fast food) everyday. That’s like playing russian roulette!  But would you consider playing that game? You say absolutely not because it’s deadly. It’s not deadly at first, only if you pull and keep pulling the trigger. So why do you keep pulling your health trigger everyday for lunch, over and over and over?  My thoughts are addiction since processed sugars are eight times more addictive than cocaine in every university study. You’re not eating there because you really enjoy the health benefits of dangerous inflammatory chemicals burned into your shriveled-up hotdog that’s been spinning for hours in an endless open air rack.

It’s all fun and games when you are in your youth or early adulthood and can eat anything that won’t eat you. That’s just the point I’m making here: poison food can destroy you if you let it! When we are young and eating so-called foods that are really just highly inflammatory refined carbohydrates, not food at all, things start to happen. Things like constipation, diarrhea, headaches, acid indigestion, cramping, heartburn and weight gain. These seemingly harmless symptoms seem to go away when we simply consume gut destroying over-the-counter drugs. That’s where most of our lifelong health and obesity problems start. When you spend a couple of decades (or more) living with bowel problems it simply means your body lacks essential fiber and nutrients. The lack of these easy to consume ingredients could (and easily does) lead to many digestive and intestinal tract cancers. Acid indigestion and heartburn seem harmless enough, and some just make light of the problem and usually comment “it’s just the onions.” Newsflash, onions do not cause a healthy body to burp them up like a cow with multiple stomachs!  A healthy gut will only invite healthy foods to digest properly. Warning: constant burping and/or acid indigestion is usually a precursor to stomach and esophagus cancer. However small these symptoms may seem, they won’t be small forever! 

Show me someone who consumes indigestion, headache or diarrhea medications year after year and I’ll show you an unhealthy body that’s needing medical care, or more than likely someone who is already on it!

The addiction is real my friends. Processed sugars, trans fats and added chemicals are no joke and will eventually destroy your health, it’s just a matter of time. They are everywhere and in almost 100% of our food. So what do we do, are we doomed? This is where I may be able to help. I grew up eating everything that should kill a person just like this story mentions but was given a second chance. Not many will be lucky enough for that extra chance. After 36 years of extreme research, I just couldn’t kick the sugar habit. I knew what to do just like you, but was addicted, just like you! Through years of research and trial and error I have created an easy and healthy plan in my book “Healed by Farm’’ that works for any and all who have a desire to kick this horrific addiction. My book will put you on the right path to obtaining extremely good health and can be found @johnrankinswayback.com for those who are afraid of dying young!   

 

~John Rankin~

I always start my day with fruit included in my breakfast meal, how about you? We all eat fruit, right? Well not everyone and there are reasons for that, i’m just not sure i agree with most. It seems word on the street about fruit being tagged as a bad food has spread faster than it takes for an over ripe peach to hit the ground. Some friends and acquaintances are telling me they have quit (or cut back) eating fruit because it’s (all of a sudden) not as healthy as it once was thought. That it has too much sugar and causes weight gain. That it’s bad for diabetics. That it causes bloat and more. I say foul play and call this paid marketing movement total nonsense! Since when in history has fruit had the ability to become unhealthy, it hasn’t, ever!!  Why do you think everyone is slowing their fruit consumption at a time when other people and I are increasing ours? I’m doing so while receiving excellent health results at the same time. So what has changed that gives fresh (lifesaving- antioxidant loaded) fruit a bad rap?

 

It seems that big marketing power has once again taken our diets hostage and declared war on healthy foods that historically have been a reliable source of excellent lifesaving nutrition. The fruit industry must be reeling from this.  It’s totally unexceptable!  They have declared delicious natural fructose, high fiber and a war chest full of healthy antioxidants to be as dangerous as processed sugar, yet never seem to mention the hazards of processed sugars! Starting to get the picture?  Sugar is finally being recognized as a problem for diabetics and usually for good reason but apparently most type-2 diabetics have become fearful of eating fruit because of the sugar content. All sugars are not created equal, just like other foods. Be ready, you’ll be told differently. Processed sugars are mostly highly inflammatory, fructose from fruit is not! Inflammation is the root cause of most diseases. Natural fruit is loaded with insulin metabolizing fiber. That makes it great for diabetics, remember your body still has to process what you eat so everything in moderation. And yes, your insulin level may rise so put down those dangerous processed foods first and let it rise naturally. Fresh fruit is also extremely good for heart health because it will help you lose weight which will lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. Now let’s look at gut health. Fruits like bananas, blueberries and apples are some of the healthiest foods on the planet for restoring excellent gut bacteria for a healthier immune system. Berries, oranges and avocados are huge brain boosters for learning and obtaining knowledge and to help prevent dementia.

 

Are you starting to see how fruit is bad for you yet, don’t worry, you won’t!  The notion that anything is good or bad for you should come from you and not mega marketing. It should be your decision and no one else’s! My extensive study into 2,000 years of food history firmly secures my theory that fruit is an excellent source of nutrition, hydration and just a great way to naturally enlighten our taste buds. Fruit is a staple at every meal in many parts of the world and has been for centuries, with excellent health results. These are just some of many examples of how fruit has been incorporated into healthy lifestyles for centuries. My book ‘’Healed By Farm’’ is a great eye opener and should be the last weightloss/healthcare book you’ll ever need. Get ready to get healthy America!!

~John Rankin~

Do you have those days when you feel less than energized? It seems like more people are having that same tired feeling more often, especially in the spring. Stress could be an energy factor but that’s not what I’m talking about here. And aren’t we supposed to feel better with all the sunshine this time of year?  So just what do you think would be the cause of eternal sluggishness? You might think unhealthy food might be the culprit. It certainly can and I speak plenty about that in my book “Healed by Farm” but what I’m talking about here is a different kind of poisoning, chemical poisoning! You might think you are spared from that because there are no factories near your home. No major roads, trains, or shopping center pollutants either. It’s possible you live like most Americans all tucked safely away, in your subdivision! The comfort of your own home is certainly not somewhere you would think you could get pre-autoimmune disease symptoms.

Children from days past played in yards covered in weeds, clover, and bees! Most of the yards back then did not reflect the beautiful plush green (golf course like) grass of today’s yards. And unfortunately it seems we are finding out the hard way that the ways of the past were not such a bad way of living after all. In my professional opinion it seems we need to take a long hard look at the past, when some things were better. Everyone loves a beautiful yard, right? It certainly seems so when most of the western population competes for lawn dominance every spring like it’s a national sport! Ever notice how many of those yard sprayer trucks show up in your neighborhood every spring, every hour, every day for weeks. You may have also noticed the horrid smell of herbicides and pesticides, yes, chemicals. Would you let your precious children play on the floor of a dry cleaners? Absolutely not!! So when all of the neighborhood kids are playing outside in the grass supposedly living the good life but breathing air that smells like a fertilized golf course, there’s a problem! And that problem was paid for by none other, you! No blame here, we were told comforting words like it won’t hurt us, it’s the new formula, no problem, it’s all natural and approved etc. We were all tricked into believing that crop dusting our yards while breathing chemicalized air was healthy. Unfortunately we as trusting consumers have found out the hard way that breathing glyphosate and bug killer isn’t such a good idea after all. Some of these known carcinogens have been tied to almost every known cancer on the planet. Young mothers with thyroid problems might be surprised how these dangerous chemicals directly damage the thyroid, adrenal glands and many hormones that affect everything including sex, energy and sleep.

In the spring when the weather warms is when the neighborhoods are taken over by small tank trucks. Big hoses full of liquid poison are pulled around every house in the neighborhood while 100% of the soil is killed!!

Just think about your precious children breathing that poison into their lungs, for 60 days straight, every spring, and 60 more in the fall. These poisons don’t go away just because you can’t smell them indoors. You get used to the smell but your family is breathing it, every day, even as they sleep! And is it ok if your small children walk barefoot in toxic chemicals?  Childhood leukemia is skyrocketing out of control in America, is this the reason? I’m sure you don’t want to find out, the hard way! Chemical poisoning doesn’t always show up as a dreaded disease but could be causing your kids to have weak immune systems which lead to many more stomach and headaches, strep, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea and constipation. Kids have these symptoms often, don’t overlook them!

Some so-called experts point the finger the wrong way about the disappearance of our honeybees but it’s an obvious fact that when the lands are soaking in pesticides, bees will die!

If you save your family’s health, you’ll save mother nature in the making, both are priceless!

 

~John~

You’re going to do it. You know it will happen. So why does a large percentage of the Western world (including you) eat inflammatory weight gaining foods during the holidays? The kind that keeps them bloated with bad health? Most do this every year with the knowledge that after the crystal ball falls on New Year’s Eve, they will (again) wish they had eaten healthier, but couldn’t.

Most folks do this every year for a lifetime. Would you be interested in learning how to break this healthy cells-ravaging cycle? I might just be able to show you how in my extremely informative new book Healed by Farm. It only takes a short time to learn the johnrankinsway.

For those of you who need a little help getting through the holidays and keeping your health intact, I recommend 10 easy to do but very important things that will keep your gut healthier, inflammation lower, immune system stronger and weight lower, even if you haven’t changed your eating habits just yet and still eat terribly!

  1. Upon rising each morning drink a minimum 8 oz. water, even before your feet hit the floor. A human body is dehydrated after 8 hrs. of sleep. This will re-hydrate your organs such as kidneys, bladder, colon and liver–all while flushing out the bad toxins you ate the night before. The more you drink, the healthier you become. Water is cheap, so try some!
  2. Deep breathing. Take 10 deep breathes, half thru your mouth and half through your nose. Exhale slowly. Breath extremely deep into your lungs to the point you feel them expand. Do this 2-3 times daily for oxygenated muscles and faster metabolism, which will give you much more energy for any activity. And it makes you feel great!
  3. Enjoy a daily fresh-squeezed lemonade to help reverse an acidic body from an overdose of processed holiday foods. This happens when the lemon metabolizes into a great alkaline food source. It should help to keep inflammation and weight down. For sweetening, use only a pure stevia with no other ingredients on the bottle, no maltodextrin or dextrose labeling, none, just stevia! Squeeze 1 lemon in a quart of pure water and sip all day long, every day!
  4. Keep your vitamin-D 3 level at 85-90. (A simple blood test will reveal your level.) Some people take 10,000 to 15,000 units daily to achieve this level, especially in the winter. If needed, get this from organic liquid drops and not hard pills or capsules. This should do the trick to help keep your immune system in overdrive protecting you from disease, even while eating poorly chosen foods.
  5. Get some exercise. Even during the holidays, you need to move your body. Something such as hurrying up a hill or some yoga-type extreme stretching a couple times daily will keep your heart and muscles pumped full of healthy blood and oxygen. This takes 3 easy minutes, so do it in the morning and also before bedtime for a better night’s sleep.
  6. Spend time outdoors as often as possible…even a short time is better than not at all. This reconnects you to nature and allows your body to breathe in all of the healthy bacteria and viruses that are meant to pump-up our immune systems, naturally! It’s Mother Nature’s way!
  7. Steep and drink ginger, turmeric and cardamom tea once daily, swapping out occasionally with a healthy green tea. Make this with a couple of ginger and turmeric root slices the size of a quarter each and ⅛ tsp crushed green cardamom. Steep all this in 12-16 oz. pure hot water under 155 degrees. A tablespoon of pure local honey would add a little extra good health along with delicious taste benefits.
  8. Keep some healthy finger foods at your fingertips. Use olive oil on vegetables in place of processed ranch dressing. Go for the watermelon first (very alkalizing) if available on party trays and be sure to include nuts and seeds in your diet.
  9. Study something every day that will greatly improve your life like my new book Healed by Farm. This will make a big difference in the way you think, eat and feel, plus give you intense motivation to choose food wisely.
  10.  Getting a good night’s sleep could be your best friend. 8 hours is best. Slow down the evening sugars and caffeine by 7pm so that a good rest is possible. My favorite evening medicine is a glass of raw milk at bedtime.

Enjoy your holidays! All the best to you and yours!

~ John

Everyone loves the food traditions of the holidays. All of my life I have observed every detail of these and other holiday events. They usually start out with everyone arriving with their prized dishes to share, happy and excited for the celebration. A couple of hours later and after feasting well, everyone is sitting (mostly lying) on the couch, moaning that they ate too much, especially on Thanksgiving Day. Some announce they have stomach aches, headaches and even back aches. The bathroom door is usually revolving faster than a department store on Black Friday. At this point, many family members are asking Grandma if she has any over the counter medications to cure their ailments.

What causes these negative side effects of the feasting? The turkey always gets the blame. They say it’s the amino acid tryptophan in it that makes you tired. We have always been told this so everyone knows that to be true, right? If this were really true wouldn’t you think insomniacs would be taking tryptophan supplements at bedtime instead of taking all those dangerous and addictive sleep medications? No, tryptophan is not the culprit for that Thanksgiving Day post-feast coma. Turkey has less of the tryptophan amino acid than chicken, and chicken doesn’t knock us out when we eat any. When was the last time you heard someone eating a healthy lean chicken sandwich say it’s putting them to sleep? Most likely never.

From all of my years faithfully observing these holiday health disasters, I came to some probable conclusions for myself. After watching a couple of 5 pound bags of sugar, white flour and a can of hydrogenated trans fat disappear into that beautiful and tempting traditional family feast, I started putting the puzzle together. It’s obvious to me that the heavy overload of refined food ingredients in the feast is what bloats your family member’s stomachs all the way to the couch and bathroom.

An additional serious issue is the ingredients in all of those easy to fix ‘food’ items with seasoning packets. You see them stacked in all the grocery aisles and filling everyone’s shopping carts during the holiday season. These products may seem innocent enough but you need to be aware that these seasonings are not the kind of food you may have innocently thought you purchased. Your thoughts were of fresh dried herbs right out the garden, just like the picture on the packet. Nope. Most are nothing more than processed sugar, MSG, hydrogenated oils, dyes and highly addictive inflammatory chemicals, with a dash of onion and garlic powder.

What did we do for thousands of years prior to these products being introduced into our lifestyles? Are you starting to get the picture, and is it time to stop blaming the turkey? These chemicals are not only highly inflammatory (which can cause tremendous weight gain) but have also been known to cause a lot of disease. When you load your body with these neurotoxins and excitotoxins bad things happen, and I mean really bad things! These toxins kill healthy cells, and a lot of them! Besides the fact that your body becomes inflamed and is in distress when you ingest these chemicals, your thyroid crashes. What happens to your body besides the extreme swelling of your organs when you ingest these insulin exploding thyroid killing poisons? You become sleepy…very sleepy in fact. And it’s not just feeling tired. Most people become somewhat lethargic, some have headaches, some have kidney, bladder and bowel problems. Some can hardly catch their breath from all of the heart racing and palpitations caused by these refined chemical products.

So I advise you to take a step back from the traditional holiday feasting recipes, look at what’s really going into the bodies of your loved ones, and stop ignoring the truth: real food doesn’t cause you to feel ill, in fact it’s usually quite the opposite. Real foods make you feel alive and energetic! The truth is the truth, nothing more, nothing less! I invite you to learn these truths with me. I have spent over 4 ½ decades learning the truth about healthy living, and most of it I learned the hard way! I am extremely excited to share these truths with you in my new book, Healed by Farm. I know these truths will help you cook the healthiest meal ever during the next holiday season, and will most likely reward your family member’s bodies with extreme vitality. And when you make these healthy choices I suggest, know that your post-feasting coma and sickness will never come your way again. Blessings to everyone during the holidays ahead.

~John