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Foods Made Popular by Marketing That Are Terrible For You

The Truth

As I have grown up as a child in the 90’s many marketing campaigns came out to increase our consumption of many foods that turn out not to be good for us. In this article, I am going to talk about those foods that have been pushed in the media and marketed to us and uncover the truth behind them and the effects they have on your body. What we eat is big in how we feel every day and down the line so being aware of what you consume is important. So here we go hope you learn and enjoy this read!

The lies we are sold about dairy

Dairy is absolutely terrible for you unless you are a baby calf.
If you remember in the 90’s the Got Milk ad’s were out in full force and telling us to drink dairy and you will have strong bones, get calcium and vitamin D and many more lies. Dairy has never been proven to provide these benefits. It has actually been proven to do the exact opposite such as leaching calcium from your bones, 75% of people in the WORLD are lactose intolerant our bodies are not made to digest dairy products. Consumption of dairy can actually increase your risk for cancer, cause anxiety, increase your risk for heart disease, aggravate IBS & other digestive issues, and much more. Nowadays there are so many non-soy dairy free Milk’s, Yogurts & Cheese’s that there is no excuse to not cut back if not fully eliminate dairy from your diet.

When you cut dairy out you will start to notice that you are:

  • No longer bloated for no reason
  • You feel lighter & have more energy
  • You produce less mucus
  • If you are a woman your cramps and pains during menstruation are reduced significantly if not completely eliminated as well as reduced hormonal side effects
  • If you have acne you will see a big difference and clearing up of your skin
  • and finally, you may lose a few pounds.

Sucralose (AKA Splenda) & Aspartame

When Splenda hit the shelves it was supposed to be a god send for diabetics and people trying to cut back on sugar but in all reality, it was another gimmick with fatal consequences. Sucralose is actually just chlorinated sugar. In large doses, chlorine can be harmful and a major threat to our health.

Sucralose has been shown to:

  • Increases weight gain and fat storage
  • Increases your appetite
  • Increases cravings for carbohydrates
  • Cause Headaches
  • Prevents absorption of medicines
  • Allergies such as acne, rash, anxiety, swelling, and much more

As for Aspartame, there have been numerous studies that have shown it to have possible links to cancer but that is not all aspartame is notorious for.

Aspartame is also known to cause:

  • Birth Defects
  • Emotional disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy & Seizures

Most of these go unnoticed because of lack of education and that most people fail to associate their symptoms with use of these sweeteners. There are also many researchers that have spoken out against the dangers of these sweeteners as well as backed it up with research. I can personally attest to sucralose making you Ill I  ate a fit crunch bar and got a seething migraine an hour after consumption. I avoid these at all costs if I have to buy something processed I always check the label.

Artifical Dyes Blue #1,Blue #2,Citrus Red #2,Green #3,Red #3,Red #40,Yellow #5 & #6

The following dyes I am going to talk about are known to cause a variety of illnesses and issues. These dyes are found in cereal’s, candies, pet foods, beverage, makeup and drugs. Unnatural food dyes are a scary additive that is in so many different products it can be hard to avoid them altogether. Here are some facts about each dye additive and what it’s been shown to cause in animal test subjects:

  • Blue #1 & #2- have been shown to cause tumors in mice
  • Citrus Red, Red #3, Red #40- Citrus red is shown to cause tumors in mice , Red #3 is a known thyroid carcinogen and Red #40 is the most widely used color additive it is shown to cause hyperactivity in children, allergy like reactions in some people, and immune system tumors in mice.
  • Green #3 – Shown to cause bladder and testicular tumors in male rats
  • Yellow #5 & #6 – These have been shown to cause hypersensitivity reactions.  Yellow #6 might trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral effects in children.

You may ask why does it matter if those things come up in mice, mice are often used as test subjects for things we will later consume.  If you want to avoid as many artificial dyes as possible be sure to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and look for natural dyes like beet juice, turmeric etc.

“Healthy” frozen meals

Frozen meals came out in the 1950’s, but the 90’s are when the healthy food craze really was huge and they were releasing healthy frozen meals by weight watchers, healthy choice, and lean cuisine. Frozen foods are extremely processed and have many chemical additives. Frozen meals are also usually high in fat, calories, sodium, carbs, and sugar despite the healthy labels.  Just turn over a box and you could see your whole entire days worth of sodium in one meal. It is a gimmick that has been around for a long time and it is healthier and easier to cook something simple and clean rather than rely on these meals.


Soy products remember when this was the new fad and was pushed onto every product on the market? I do and I remember when it was meant to be the all the rage in eating healthier. This started around the early 2000’s when dieting seemed to come back in style heavy and everyone wanted to eat healthier. So when they started to label everything with soy or soy alternative you thought it was so healthy but over the years the risks out weigh the benefits and consuming soy too much is actually damaging. If you decide to eat soy at all stick to fermented soy products!

Some of the scary things soy contains are:

  • Phytoestrogens- Soy is higher in phytoestrogens than just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is downright dangerous for you. Some of the things too much estrogen can do are cause breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido.
  • Phytates- Phytates are enzyme-inhibitors that block mineral absorption in human digestive tract.
  • Goitrogenic- Soy is king of goitrogenic foods and will destroy your thyroid it prevents your thyroid from absorbing the proper amount of iodine you need to have a healthy thyroid.
  • Trypsin Inhibitors-  This is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme we need to properly digest protein. Without enough trypsin, you’ll experience many digestive problems

*Debunking the myth that Asian people eat a lot of soy products is simple Asian people eat around 2 tablespoons of fermented soy per day which is much less than what is pushed here in the states. Fermentation also kills most of the chemicals that cause the issues soy products can cause in large amounts.

In closing, Read the sources find more sources and research for yourself as well learning about food is always a good thing to do since we need it every day for LIFE. These are things I have discovered on my journey and personally, have witnessed cutting out these products and the effect they have on your body. Remember eating clean fresh foods and making things yourself so you know what is going into the dish is always best.


Book: The China Study

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How to get re-motivated to work out

Re-motivated to workout

Life happens and sometimes you get out of a groove with your workout routine and lose the will to want to work out. There are many reasons why we lose motivation to workout stress, depression, busy, whatever the case may be we all get off the track sometimes with staying in shape.

 I have a few tips to get the motivation back to working out:

  • Go with a friend! Usually, if I arrange a workout with a friend I will commit to doing the workout and won’t flake.
  • Go in the morning before you do anything else you will feel amazing for the rest of the day.
  • If you use a calendar schedule it like a task so you feel obligated to do it also it will become routine.
  • Start small commit to 10 minutes a day to start and increase until you can do at least 30 min a day.
  • Mix it up and try different workouts trying something new is a good way to keep things exciting and fun.


Those are my favorite tips to get back motivated to working out on a regular basis and become recommitted to keeping up your fitness routine. It can be hard and sometimes we all fall off but you can get back on track using one of the above tips. I hope you try these when you feel you’re in a fitness slump or just need a bit more motivation!

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Fruit & Vegetable colors explained- Eating color for good health


If you are into healthy living like me you understand that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is critical to optimal body function. I make it a point to have a very colorful diet. What does that mean? Weekly I try to incorporate red, green, yellow, neutral and blue-ish/purple foods into my diet. Here is a breakdown of the different colors and their importance to your health. Read below:

Red foods such as beets, berries, apples, peppers and tomatoes contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant known to decrease certain cancer risks, reduce the risk of heart diseases and help memory and urinary tract function.

Purple and blue foods like blueberries (which I eat every day!), blackberries,grapes,purple cabbage, figs, and eggplant contain resveratrol, which is known to reduce the risk of certain cancers and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Yellow and orange foods such as carrots, peppers, yellow tomatoes, squash, and mango contain carotenoids. These are crucial to maintaining a healthy immune system. These contain Alpha & Beta-carotene as antioxidants, beta carotene helps mop up free radicals that may promote cancer. Alpha-carotene intake has been linked with a reduced risk of various cancers, including lung and cervical.

Green veggies and fruit contain chlorophyll. Long list here, but my favorites are kiwi, cucumbers, broccoli, sprouts, kale, collard greens and spinach. The list of benefits is long, but includes strengthening teeth and bones, fortifying the immune system, alkalizing the body, and helping to reduce the risks of certain cancers.

Neutral colored foods work wonders, too, like mushrooms, ginger, turnips, garlic, cauliflower, and coconut. These are actually my personal favorite because of the benefits in reducing cancer risk. These foods contain Allicin which can prevent tumor growth. Also contains Anthoxanthins which aid in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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Quote of the day 1/18/17

You cannot out run your fork

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Greenleafgoddess 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge

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Greenleafgoddess 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge

clean eating challenge


Hey Everyone! Welcome to the Greenleafgoddess 30 day clean eating challenge! I wanted to do this because I see a lot of “clean eating challenges” with false information or just telling you what you cannot eat but not outlining what you can which is A LOT! Food is not your enemy and I think that a lot of people do not get that you need to eat to live and be healthy the best way to do this is by eating 4-6 smaller meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism up or eat 3 really well-balanced meals you just have to find what works for you. On the list I made I put all the foods you can eat, foods to avoid, and foods to eat moderately that are CLEAN or cleaner than most. The only thing I have on this list that is mixed is Soy which has mixed research about its health benefits so I added it to the moderate category. Also, I want to stress that this challenge is NOT A DIET I do not believe in diets  I believe in changing your eating habits for a healthier lifestyle. Eating clean makes you feel your best so that you can live your best life and that is what matters. Since my journey of losing 130 pounds my eating has gotten cleaner and cleaner right now it is as clean as it gets and I feel great every day so I wanted to share this clean eating list for everyone. On my blog, you can find recipes that are clean for this journey and you also can change to make vegan or vegetarian if they are not already. Eating clean is a lot easier than you think if you focus on all the great things you can eat and create with the healthiest ingredients possible. Many “dirty” dishes can be made into a clean version i.e my Vegan chili cheese fries 😉 . So try this for 30 days and share this list, let me know how you feel !


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Taking care of you health is wealth for long life

Health is Wealth

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The Greenleafgoddesses definitive guide to healing your body when you have a cold


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So I got my first and usually only little cold of the year cold & flu season is upon us and there are things you can do to lessen your time being sick just by changing what you eat and drink. When I used to get sick I would be sick for 5-7 days when I wasn’t eating clean now a days my downtime for illness is 2-3 days max. This article is about healing as quickly as possible when you have a cold. I have tried and researched many things and these are my tips on how to heal your body with food & drink during sickness! I know many people including myself have no appetite when sick but if you try to incorporate as many healthy things when you do eat you will see a difference in how quickly your body recoups when you get ill. So next time you get sick try some of these tips, these tips can also be used as preventative care if you feel something coming and you want to lessen the symptoms.

(Note: I am not a doctor and you should always follow a doctor’s advice if they tell you something when you are sick, these tips are through my own trial and error when ill with colds and flu’s.)



  • Dairy! Dairy is a MAJOR congestant and will cause you to produce more mucus making you feel worse
  • Refined Sugar – Avoid all sweets when ill they just do not help your immune system
  • Sugary drinks – Like soda and juice eat an orange instead
  • Foods high in fat or overly processed
  • Working out – Contrary to popular belief working out especially when you have chest congestion can be really bad for you, take it easy and eat clean instead



   Eat & Drink:


  • Vegetable or Chicken broth preferably chicken broth
  • Green Vegetables like spinach( high in zinc) and kale
  • Vitamin C – Foods like Oranges,Lemons,Limes,Bell peppers
  • Zinc- Foods like Oysters,Shrimp,Flax Seeds,Pumpkin Seeds
  • Protein!
  • Tea- Green or herbal with honey and lemon for a extra boost
  • Ginger root
  • Spices like Turmeric,curry powder,red pepper flakes
  • A lot of water




  • Sleep! – Make sure to get adequate rest when ill and do not over do it even if you are feeling better while still sick. ( Also sleep a bit elevated to help drain mucus downward as you rest)
  • Steam and eucalyptus can help open nasal passages
  • Use new tissues and wash hands often


Cold killing cocktail:

(Note: Not a tasty drink but I drink one or two every time I am sick and feel better the next day)

2 cups of spinach

1- ½  cup of water

Ginger root

1 Orange peeled

A handful of fresh or frozen blueberries


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