Resources

When I was just beginning my research about how chemicals affect behavior and health I scoured the web and read more articles and research papers than I can even count.  But you don’t have to be as obsessive as I was.  Below I’ve listed the best information and sources I’ve found about all sorts interesting topics relating to food and the food industry.  If you have questions you may find your answers here.  I’ll be adding more and more information here so check back often.  And if you find a great article that should be shared send it to me!

– Before I began researching real, chemical free food, I bought a gallon of chocolate soy milk every week.  I stopped, and haven’t bought soy at all since reading this article on The Hidden Dangers of Soy.

– Are you trying to figure out where to spend your money when it comes to buying organic fruits and vegetables?  Check out the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen lists to help you make the right choices.  The lists change from year to year based on the testing results so check it from time to time.

– Did you know that most vegetable oils, and even olive oils, are not safe to use for cooking?  They contain chemicals and compounds that convert to toxins when exposed to heat. You can read about it in this article from Lewis Family Natural Health.

– So now that you know about which oils you shouldn’t use, what can you safely use for cooking?  Read part 2 of the article from Lewis Family Natural Health.

– MSG – do you really know what it is, and what it does to the body?  I certainly did not until I read this article from Real Food Whole Health: Excitotoxins, MSG and its hidden names.  It will also tell you why you should put down that diet soda and slowly back away.

– I love this article on Epsom salts because it helps to explain a little bit about what all those chemicals we were eating were doing in our body.  After I read this I began adding Epsom salts to the kids’ baths three times a week.  It may be my mind playing tricks on me, but I always find that they are calmer and more relaxed after soaking in the salts.  I highly recommend this, especially if you are just beginning to adapt a chemical free lifestyle. Read the article: Why use Epsom Salts at EnzymeStuff.com   There are some great articles on this site, so click around while you’re there.

– Here’s a short, concise article on how diet can affect ADHD – something I believe in passionately!  Diet & ADHD at NTPtalk.com

– Wondering why you should spend the extra money on grass-fed beef and lamb?  Read this article, also from NTPtalk.

– I use coconut oil as frequently as possible.  I use it in place of butter in pancakes, granola bars, muffins – anything I can.  It works perfectly as a replacement in sweeter foods since it has a vaguely sweet taste to begin with.  This article, also from NTPtalk explains why coconut oil is important in a wholesome diet, and also – Bonus – why you should eat more fat, not less as many people lead you to believe.

If you haven’t watched Food, Inc, please do.  It’s not propaganda or sensationalism.  Just facts.  Cold, scary facts.  And you have a right to know them.

The Weston A. Price Foundation – a resource for leaning more about traditional foods and their health benefits.

This article on the Weston A. Price site talks about how low fat milk leads to weight gain, while whole milk is healthier.  When we stopped eating “low-fat everything” and switched to whole milk, full fat yogurt and other dairy products, and began using more butter and coconut oil, I quickly lost 10 pounds.  I’m a believer.

Know your fats – this article on the Weston A Price site about healthy fats and why you need them is the best research you can find about the effects of a low fat diet versus a diet full of healthy fats.