Is the Government helping us or making us sick?

I will let you decide but you can guess what my answer is.

It is an injustice that people are to rely on the government for dietary guidance when there are such politics behind the scenes.  We as consumers are persuaded what to eat by commercials on TV, ads in newspapers, online, billboards driving to work and of course by cost. The government has a business to run and therefore chooses what foods to subsidized. Even worse these foods were foreign to the diets of our ancestors and now food allergies are showing up EVERYWHERE. I wonder why? Perhaps our food supply is saturated with the wrong foods and preservative.

I am very passionate about this topic because the governmental funded foods make me ill. Very ill and they sneak into everything. For example, I bought some roasted pumpkin seeds yesterday and after enjoying some I went to read what the oil was to keep the salt on the seeds. What?? Wheat! And then I got sick.

Have a read of this article I found about government funded food in the Atlantic. Every food mentioned is an allergenic food, causing inflammation. Inflammation is not a good thing. If you were to look into what inflammation does to our bodies you will find it leads to disease: diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cancer, thyroid dysfunction, kidney disease and more.

I hope this helps you understand that we cannot be sold by price but we need to consume foods that nourish us. A good book that can help paint a picture of what those such foods look like is called, “Primal Body, Primal Mind.”

The 9 Foods the U.S. Government Is Paying You to Eat

In 2009, the federal government spent $12.3 billion in payments to America’s farmers. The number was cause for celebration, and not only among the tractor and overall industries. $12.3 billion was nearly the lowest payment in the past decade, as high food prices surpassed the threshold for subsidies.

By and large, most subsidies function as a form of so-called “farm income stabilization.” The Department of Agriculture sets a price floor for a given crop. If market prices rise above that level, farms sell on the open market. If prices fall below, the government reimburses farmers the difference between the market and the floor price for every unit grown — or not.

Even as farmers profit from increased demand, the government remains a major player in the food business. While assessments of the subsidies’ quality varies — with many commentators labeling them indigestible — attempts to cut have thus far been unsuccessful.

So what is the Department of Agriculture putting on your plate? We present the top nine products that the government most heavily subsidizes.


You can find soy in almost everything. Most obvious places include vegan foods, soy sauce, and more. But would you ever think it would be in salad dressings and marinades? Rightfully so. It’s cheap! But if you were to look at the fatty acid content of soybean oil, the omega 6 fatty acid ratio is high. And that is not normal nor natural. High = bad = inflammation. Better oil options include olive oil and coconut oil. For salads I was hopeless finding something in the grocery that did not include soybean oil or sunflower oil as the main ingredient so I now use lemons and olive oil, salsa, or white wine vinegar and some herbs to flavor my vegetables.


Corn, corn flakes, tortillas, chips……sugar. Sugar and more sugar. High Fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the sweetener and preservative in most junk foods.  The average US person consumes 59.2 pounds of HFCS per year and that is easy to believe when HFCS is one of the most common preservatives in fast food restaurants. Be weary of this stuff. It is not good and I would avoid it just as much as gluten.


Beer. I cannot go too far on my thoughts of beer other than grains are becoming cheaper as is beer. If you were to compare the composition of beer today to beef back when; the composition is different.

Peanut butter

Peanut butter. How much I used to love you. Have you ever heard that typical allergen foods are ones people most often crave? PeanutbutterandKelly has removed peanut butter from her diet. Not initially by choice but by force. Peanut butter (likely has sugar or HFCS) in it but it also have lectins and is a high pesticide food. If you choose to eat peanut butter, aim for organic and make your own.


Beef. Yes, it’s cheap and perfect for a barbecue on a budget. But is it worth it? Yes, if grass fed. Most beef is not grass fed, they are fed corn or grains. Indeed cows do not have stomach meant to digest corn and grains and this feeding practice in my opinion is torturous to the animal. And in the end it is not good for us humans. When cows are fed grains or corn, the fatty acid ratio alters to be higher in the omega 6 fat, which causes inflammation. Inflammation = bad. Read my recent post on Kangaroo verse Beef  from earlier this week for more information.


Is milk not good for us? Doesn’t it do a body good? Where do I start? I will just say this, if you have an autoimmune disease avoid dairy. It is very hard, especially when you do not have any avert effects from eating it, but it is worth it. I did not believe this advice I was given until the last month where I have gone 100% dairy free. I could avoid milk easy but when it came to nice cheeses, I struggled. But I will say, my blood sugars have been remarkable without dairy and my insulin dose is down. The culprit = inflammation. Do not believe everything that is shown on TV or in ads. Do a Google search and read the many perspectives on how dairy is not all we thought it was. Choose foods that help heal and nourish your body.


Rice allergies are becoming more known, especially in those with gluten allergies. Consume and be weary of how you feel. You are the advocate of your own health. Champion it.

Sunflower oil

As mentioned above with Soy, sunflower oil is a cheap preservative in dressings and many foods. I have a hard time finding nuts (with salt) that does not have sunflower oil. This oil is high in omega 6 fatty acids, which mean can cause inflammation. Inflammation = bad.


Wheat – it has fiber, but so do many other natural, better for you foods. Choose vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, etc to fill you, rather than wheat.

Cheers to you and a road to good health!

Dietitian & Doctor Recommend Simpler Eating

Ever since my mom foresaw my love of nutrition and desire to be a dietitian, she would collect all sorts of health related articles and newspaper clips to insure I was on-top of the “latest” wellness talk. And since I just moved from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio, I came across one of these articles pulled from a 2008 Columbus Dispatch newspaper, “Doctor recommends simper eat.”

Yes, it’s slightly bizarre I am sharing a dated write-up but the included Q&A addresses topics that are taking place today, for example gluten free eating. I’ve typed the article below AND included my thoughts as a registered dietitian beneath Dr. Glen Aukerman’s comments.

Enjoy and please share your thoughts!

Doctor recommends simpler eating
August 11, 2008

Dr. Glen Aukerman, medical director of the Ohio State University Center for Integrative Medicine, sees patients from throughout the world who are seeking alternative approaches to health care.

“Someday, this probably won’t be called integrative medicine,” said Laura Kunze, program coordinator. “It will just be called medicine — good medicine.”

Aukerman recently answered some questions about nutrition.

Q: You say that eating the wrong types of fruits and vegetables ranks among the biggest mistakes that people make. What should they eat?

A: You need to have fruits and vegetables that are grown locally and harvested locally.

Kelly A: I fully believe in locally grown and harvested fruits and vegetables, but I would ALWAYS recommend consumers to eat any fruits and vegetables rather than not eating any at all.

Q: You say that consuming too much gluten might cause symptoms such as fatigue, dry skin, abdominal pain and difficulties with concentration, among other things.

A: We eat foods with gluten in high levels (which sometimes cause malabsorption and autoimmune diseases). Our ancestors were not able to eat at that level, and we can’t. Because our ancestors did not eat high levels of gluten, most of us do not have the enzymes to break it down. We need to be limiting our wheat, barley, rye and spelt.

Kelly A: I couldn’t agree more. Our society is so caught up in “whole grain” everything that people are eating far too many grains and not enough produce. I have been gluten free for over 6 months and have never felt better. I will also add that I am not replacing whole grain breads and sweets with gluten free products, but I am choosing to eat far more vegetables and fruit in-place of grains.

Q: One of your biggest nutritional concerns involves omega-6 oil. Recent research shows that humans are getting too much of it. In what is it found?

A: The most common example is poultry — because those (animals) are fed corn and they accumulate the corn oil. (It is) also in granola products, tortillas, hummus, chips, all nuts, peanut butter.

Kelly A: The average consumer today is eating a much higher ratio of omega 6 fatty acids to omega 3 fatty acids and this is not consistent with our ancestors. For an explanation of an omega 6 to omega 3 ratio click here. Omega 6 fatty acids are commonly found in snack foods, crackers, and sweets. To improve your omega 3 to omega 6 ratio include more fruits and vegetables in your diet daily.

Q: Why are artificial sweeteners bad?

A: We can’t burn them, so they have to be detoxed like a chemical by our liver. Rat experiments show that, if we put rats on artificial sweeteners, they can gain more weight than if they’re eating real sugar.

Kelly A: I am not the biggest fan of man made food and I recommend that if you are not diabetic, you should make room in your calorie budget for regular sugar instead of sugar substitutes. And that is only if you choose to eat sweets at all.

Q: What should people start eating that they don’t eat — and why?

A: They should be eating lamb, pork or beef; omega-3 eggs; wild salmon; fruits and vegetables in season, frozen or canned; and rice products. Limit the corn products because of the corn oil. We advocate a diet that’s fairly simple.

Kelly A: I agree with the above mentioned foods yet I would add nuts and seeds. A few favorites are almonds, pecans and pumpkin seeds. I want to highlight that peanuts are a legume and legumes were introduced the human diet much after nuts.

Q: What are some of the most intriguing results that your patients have had?

A: We have had (older) couples go on it (a simpler diet). In six months, they’re not getting up to go to the bathroom. And in another three months, they claim their sexual appetites are what they were at 17.

Q: Walk me through a typical day of eating for you.

A: Rice (cereal) or a non-instant oatmeal; or a cornflake breakfast with either yogurt or milk on it; or some fruit that’s regional, seasonal, canned or frozen.

My lunch will sometimes be a baked potato with some broccoli and real sour cream, and an apple or a peach or a pear or some canned or frozen fruit.

And then my dinner will usually be similar, whether it’s lamb, beef, pork or beans. I may go rice and beans with some fruits and vegetables.

Kelly A: I’ve blogged a 5 day food log about a month ago. Click here to begin viewing with day 1.

Q: You noted a study showing that people who eat cornflakes or rice cereals for two meals a day are healthier by about 50 percent.

A: Yes, the Spanish School Nutrition study indicates we eat way too complex.We think variety is more important than it is for health.

Q: What Web sites do you recommend checking when creating a personalized nutrition plan?

A:, and

Kelly A: I love reading articles from and I love using the diet tools on


Obama urges public to demand healthcare reform

The president, speaking at a town hall meeting in Virginia, says only public pressure can trump lobbyists’ influence on legislators in the healthcare debate.

Reporting from Washington — With Capitol Hill lawmakers struggling to reconcile clashing views on overhauling the nation’s healthcare system, President Obama on Wednesday appealed to the public not to let Congress put off action on his top legislative priority.”In order to make it happen, I’m going to need ordinary Americans to stand up and say now’s the time,” Obama said at a town hall meeting at Northern Virginia Community College in the Washington suburb of Annandale, Va. “If Congress thinks that the American people don’t want to see change, frankly the lobbyists and the special interests will end up winning the day.”

The president issued a pointed critique of the institution where he once served, warning that lawmakers often are tempted to shunt aside politically sensitive issues.”

For those who say, ‘Well, you know what, this is something that is very complicated, so we shouldn’t rush into it,’ that’s what happens in Congress all the time,” Obama said. “They have hearings, they write white papers, and then suddenly the lobbyists and the special interests start going at it. And next thing you know, another 10 years has gone by, and we still haven’t done anything.”

The administration has been working largely behind the scenes with congressional Democrats to develop legislation aimed at expanding coverage to all Americans, controlling costs and improving quality. But recently, the president has stepped up efforts to keep healthcare at the top of the domestic policy agenda as the party’s legislative proposals have run into stiffening opposition from Republicans — and unease from some moderate Democrats over the cost of an overhaul that is expected to top $1 trillion over the next decade.

Wednesday’s forum was Obama’s third grass-roots event devoted to healthcare in the last three weeks. And debate over healthcare legislation is expected to move to center stage after lawmakers return to Washington from their July 4 recess.

But leading Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, have begun to call for slower action. “We could target the things that are askew in the system and fix them without this kind of massive overhaul,” McConnell said on Fox News Sunday.

At the same time, while some polls show deep public support for overhauling healthcare, there is growing discomfort with government spending — a development some experts fear could prompt lawmakers to try to delay action.

In a recent NBC-Wall Street Journal survey, more Americans said the deficit and government spending, rather than healthcare, should be the federal government’s top priority.

“That could send a message to Congress that it is not necessary to move this year,” said Robert Blendon of the Harvard University School of Public Health. “What the president has to do is keep healthcare on the agenda so there is no way that when it gets ugly, Congress can say, ‘We can go home and not pass anything.'”

Obama has said he hopes to sign a healthcare bill in the fall.

On Wednesday, he implored his audience — which submitted questions online as well as in person — not to let that timeline slip. Obama’s staff screened online questions.

As he has done in recent weeks, the president highlighted the trials of Americans trying to get medical care while employers drop insurance and insurers deny coverage.

Obama also delivered a warning to the majority of Americans who have insurance and report they are happy with their medical care.”

What’s happened if you’ve got health insurance?” he said. “Your employer’s . . . increased deductibles. They’ve increased premiums. Your out-of-pocket costs have gone up by about 62%. . . . Families have seen their healthcare costs double over the last nine years. So you just project out nine years from now: Your wages or incomes aren’t going up that fast, which means that a bigger, bigger bite is being taken out of your paycheck even if you’ve got health insurance.”

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