Rants and Raves of an American Mom

March 27, 2009

Fats – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

The good, the bad and the ugly fats –


One of the more dangerous dietary trends today is the low
fat or no fat obsession.

Look at the grocery stores shelves and you’ll see
thousands of products that are touted as low-fat, non-fat
or reduced fat.

But what so many fat-resistant people don’t realize is
that ALL fat is not the enemy.

Just the bad fats are.

Bad fats are saturated fats and trans fats.  These fats
raise your cholesterol, clog your arteries, pack on the
pounds and shorten your life. 

Here’s a quick low down on the bad fats:

1) Saturated fats:  These come from animals – all types of
meat and dairy products (including lard, butter and cream).
Other sources are palm and palm kernal oil.

2) Trans-fats:  They come from hydrogenated or partially
hydrogenated oils (like shortening and margarine). margarine
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are used in
most processed snack foods, cookies, side dishes, snack
cakes and most bakery goods.

Now, food manufacturers know that people are leary of
fats, and since they want to make sure their profits stay
high, they create low-fat or non-fat versions of their
products.  You’ll even see them proudly proclaim “No Trans
Fats!” on many of the labels and boxes. 

What they fail to tell you is that in place of the fat,
they’ve put in…


That’s right.  Lots and lots of sugars.  They’ve got to
make the stuff taste good somehow, and sugar does the
trick.  Remember, low-fat or non-fat doesn’t mean zero

And most times the sugar comes in the form of high
fructose corn syrup–the single worst form of sugar on the

So it’s basically smoke and mirrors…”It’s GOOD for you!”

Uhhhh, no.

They also add artificial flavorings and chemicals when
sugar won’t do. 

Bottom line here is to stay away from foods with bad fats
AND their low-fat or non-fat cousins–neither will allow
you to have any measure of decent health so you can do all
the fun, wonderful things you want to do in your very long

Now for the good fats:olive-oil

Good fats play a VITAL role in our bodies, and not getting
enough of them leads to nutritional deficiency,
inflammation and tissue degeneration.

Here are just some of the amazing things good fats do:

* They help construct cell membranes, produce hormones and
eliminate acidity. 

* They protect your organs, help keep you warm and help
your body absorb nutrients.

* They lubricate your joints, provide energy and help
protect against heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke,
arteriosclerosis and blood clots.

* They can help relieve arthritis, asthma, PMS, allergies,
skin problems and behavioral disorders.

* They boost brain function.

Good fats are also called essential fatty acids,
monunsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Raw (not roasted) nuts, seeds and avocados are all great
sources of good fats. 

Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and trout are
also sources of good fats.

Good fat oils include olive oil, safflower oil, soybean
oil, borage oil, fish oil, evening primrose oil and
grapeseed oil.

Just remember, these oils are good unless they have been
hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.  Then, they are
very, very bad.

When shopping for oils, look for those that are cold-
pressed and are in a dark container. –they have not been
subjected to heating, are the freshest and are less likely
to be rancid.

The recipes in the Great Taste No Pain system   http://www.greattastenopain.com/cmdt.asp?id=943215

good, healthy oils and natural good fat food sources.  The
manuals also provide suggestions for delicious alternatives
(to bad fats like margarine and shortening).

You don’t need to make all fat your enemy any longer.  Let
Great Taste No Pain be your guide to enjoying health-
enhancing good fats.     


~ Sherry Brescia



March 26, 2009

Spicy foods causing heartburn symptoms?

Filed under: feel better,Health and Nutrition,Uncategorized — Traci @ 1:53 am


More words of  wisdom from Ms. Brescia….  good info about our misconceptions about the standard American diet and where those ideas originated.  Read on…

Many people are under the false impression that eating
them will make their acid reflux, ulcer or hiatal hernia
act up.
The truth is herbs and spices have been used for thousands
of years for both flavoring and medicinal purposes.
To your spicy pain-free life,

But they won’t. 

With the exception of curry powder and iodized table salt,
ALL herbs and spices (including garlic) are alkaline to the
body…meaning good for you, your pH and your stomach. 

The reason herbs and spices have gotten their bad rap is
because our good old standard American diet needed a

Here’s a little history to show what I mean: 

Prior to the 20th century, people ate simple meals that
featured fresh foods, most of which was grown on the family
farm or purchased fresh each day from the market.

Processed food arrived on the scene in the year 1900.
Food manufacturers began developing “better living through
chemistry” products like artificial sweeteners (saccharin),
taste additives (MSG), partially hydrogenated vegetable
shortening and margarine. 

Also, refined white sugar replaced molasses as the leading
sweetener in the American diet.

In 1911 a grain-milling process was discovered that
stripped away the germ and outer layers of wheat grain
(where the nutrients are).  The result was nutrient-poor,
acid-creating white bread and refined white flour.

Each decade that followed brought new “technological
advances” that would further destroy the naturally occuring
nutrients in food, while adding in more chemicals (making
them more acidic and toxic to the body).
Then to makes things worse, in the year 1956 the US
Department of Agriculture began a huge campaign telling
Americans to eat foods from the 4 different food groups at
every meal. 

The result of all of this?  People began eating horribly
mis-combined and processed foods, then had World War III
going on in their chest or gut afterwards. 

Well, most people and medical professionals thought that
it can’t possibly be the food–so spices took the blame.

And that old wives’ tale has continued to be standard
medical advice for decades–if you’ve got an ulcer, acid
reflux or hiatal hernia, 99.9% of doctors will still tell
you to avoid herbs and spices.

When in reality what you need to avoid is acid-creating
foods and food combinations (like I teach you how to do in
Great Taste No Pain.

They are used heavily in Ayurvedic medicine, the 3,000-
year old ancient Hindu art of health, medicine and
prolonging life. 
Not only are they alkaline to the body, but many have
their own unique health benefits.  For example:

– Oregano is a potent antiviral, antibacterial and
antifungal agent.

– Garlic helps protect the heart, has anti-inflammatory
properties and can boost your immune system.

– Cilantro helps move mercury out of the body’s tissues.

– Cinnamon has shown to help reduce blood sugar levels in
type II diabetics.

– Cayenne (red) pepper is used to stimulate the
circulatory as well as digestive systems.

– Marjoram helps promote good digestion and relieve
diarrhea, and works on the breathing passages by loosening

– Nutmeg helps stimulate the brain, and also works as an

– Basil has anti-inflammatory properties and is a source
for Vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A, manganese,
magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium.

And that’s just a few herbs and spices.

Plus let’s not forget how they make food taste fantastic.

The Great Taste No Pain recipe book features many health
and taste enhancing fresh herbs and spices in many of its
recipes, so you’ll enjoy every single bite of your pain-
free meals.

You’ll see for yourself very quickly that you CAN eat
herbs and spices and feel great.

Spice up your life and become pain-free now at:

Sherry Brescia

For the past 15 years, this simple, tiny secret helped me forever stopped the cramps, bloating, gastric upset, heartburn & more without drugs or giving up the spicy foods I loved. All natural. Almost-instant results. Free-guide will help you get
“Pain-Free in 1 Day!” too.

March 25, 2009

Getting the right amount of protein?

Filed under: feel better,Health and Nutrition — Traci @ 1:56 am

I want to pass along more words of wisdom from Sherry Brescia.  Words to live by…..


Getting the right amount of protein?

Based on some of the questions I receive, it appears that the fears of death, snakes and public speaking don’t even come close to people’s fear of not getting enough protein. You can thank the Madison Avenue advertising sharks for that one. People have been brainwashed into thinking that meat and dairy are the only and best sources of protein, and if they don’t drink their milk and eat their meat, they’ll be protein deficient.

 Tell me, do you even know what a protein deficiency looks like? Know anyone that has one? I didn’t think so. The fact is, animal products are just one of many sources of protein, and they also happen to be very acid-creating to your body. When your body is in a state of acidity (called acidosis), it can not effectively absorb nutrients from your foods. So even though you’re eating protein when you have a steak, chances are good that your body will actually use little or none of it. What makes this worse is the fact that most people eat animal products with the wrong other foods. This results in over-production of acid in the stomach that destroys the nutrients in your foods and makes you reach for the Rolaids (or your stomach drug of choice). And what people don’t realize is that protein from animal products is just that–animal protein. It’s not human protein. Our bodies need to break down the cow or chicken or pig protein into its individual amino acids. Then it converts it to human protein, and that is quite an involved process.

Want to know another GREAT source of protein that’s actually good for you? Alkaline foods. That’s right. Alkaline foods contain the amino acids our bodies require to construct all the protein we need. And because they’re alkalizing to the body, you end up getting the benefit of the amino acids (and all the other nutrients) in your foods because they’re not being destroyed by acid. Here’s an interesting tidbit: Cows (and other animals of strength and endurance) eat nothing but alkaline foods. Cows with their huge bones and enormous bodies have no trouble with protein deficiency. Alkaline foods are also typically low in calories, so if you’re concerned about that spare tire or bump in your rump, eating mainly alkaline foods is a great way to make it go away.

 The manuals in the Great Taste No Pain system


explain the health dangers of animal products and show you exactly what foods are alkaline, so you’ll know all the BEST sources for your protein. The recipe book contains many mouth-watering recipes, so you’ll love every bite of getting your protein. You’ll know what percent of your meals should be alkaline, so you can eat some acid-creating foods you love and still maintain a proper acid-alkaline balance. And if you’re a die-hard meat and dairy lover that can’t give it up, I also show you what foods to eat them with to help reduce their harmful effects. Check it out right away…and have all the protein you’ll ever need. –


To your health,

Sherry Brescia

March 19, 2009

Habla Espanol? Learning to Speak Spanish


As a girl who grew up in Arkansas, I haven’t always been the most multi-culturallly exposed person for obvious reasons. I am, now, however, married to a man from Guatemala. I’ve found it necessary to learn Spanish! It’s fun to learn to speak another language, and it’s just a healthy thing to do. Besides, these days you never know when you might find yourself in a situation where you need some Spanish skills…

If you want a good way to learn spanish without spending $500 bucks on the most popular programs, check out the link below. Rocket Spanish is a fun, easy way to become bi-lingual!

Are Your Dental Fillings Safe?

Are your dental fillings safe?

The subject of today’s blog is something I’ve not only
been educated about, but I’ve also experienced first-hand.

It’s mercury contamination from amalgam fillings.

Now, many dental care professionals continue to insist
that amalgam fillings are harmless. Virtually every major
US health organization has declared amalgam dental fillings

Read on and you be the judge.

First of all, mercury is sheer poison to the human body.
It has been scientifically demonstrated to be more toxic
than lead, cadmium and even arsenic.

Mercury accumulates in the liver, kidney, brain and blood
and builds up in your body’s tissues.

In adults, mercury can cause kidney failure,
cardiovascular collapse and genetic damage. It can also
cause skin rash, sores in the mouth and swollen gums.

It depletes the immune system and can induce a number of
auto-immune diseases. Mercury will cause an increase in
number and severity of all allergies, and is also linked to
Alzheimer’s disease.

Long-term exposure to mercury can cause effects which
develop gradually and sneak up on you. These include
shaking of the hands, eyelids, lips, tongue, or jaw,
headaches, trouble sleeping, personality changes, memory
loss, irritability, indecisiveness and loss of intelligence.

Yes, you read that right. Loss of INTELLIGENCE.

Does that sound like something that’s “safe” to you? In
any amount?

Now back to amalgam fillings:

Dental amalgams are about 50% (half) mercury. The other
half is a mixture of silver, tin, and other metals.

Amalgam fillings release mercury non-stop throughout the
lifetime of your filling, so there’s no safe time where the
mercury has “worn out” or “gone away.”

Now, mercury vapour is the main way that mercury comes out
of amalgam fillings. It’s absorbed through your lungs,
into the blood, and then is transported all over your body.

There is NO harmless level of mercury vapour exposure–
that’s a proven scientific fact. Every single molecule is

So how these various health organizations in the US can
claim that amalgam fillings are safe is mind-boggling, and
another illustration of compromising the health of millions
of people in the interest of profits via lack of lawsuits.

Having a little mercury is about as safe as having a
little cancer.

And the more fillings you have, the more exposure you get.

I would know.

I was LOADED with mercury when I first consulted a
prominent holistic physician in Manhattan 2 years ago. She
was astounded when she saw my blood levels. My mercury
levels were very high.

At first we thought it could be the fish I was eating or
maybe our water supply. So, I stopped eating large fish,
and I had our water tested–it was fine.

I was re-tested after cutting back on the fish and was
still toxic with mercury.

Then my doctor looked in my mouth and saw my amalgam
fillings. She said, “You’ve got to get those out of there.
Right away.”

She also gave me a mercury cleansing product to help
remove any residual mercury once the fillings came out.

Well, after spending a few long hours in the dentist’s
chair, I am now amalgam-free.

And guess what. My mercury level has plummeted!

If you have amalgam fillings, I urge you to have heavy
metal testing done (ask your doctor) and consider having
your fillings replaced. White composite fillings are not
only more attractive (because they’re tooth-colored), but
they’re made from microscopic glass and/or porcelain
particles that are embedded in a mass of acrylic–NO

Don’t let anyone try to tell you that the amount of
mercury in fillings is safe–it’s not. I’m living proof,
and so are countless others.

Take responsibility for your health and prevent the
horrors of mercury contamination.

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

PS: Olivia is getting better each day with Great Taste No


March 12, 2009

Looking for “Great Taste No Pain” Recipe Book?

Find it here!
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What a great way to feel better without medications… head over to my blogs about Sherry Brescia’s recipe for “Where is Spring” Thick Minestrone soup.

Then follow the links to her articles and blogs. Amazing stuff!

March 6, 2009

Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo

Filed under: Uncategorized — Traci @ 2:52 am
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I\”m headed to the gym with my ipod cued to \”Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo\”.  I have to learn it by the weekend\’s band practice…..Rock on!   Should be interesting!   😛

March 5, 2009

Dairy or No Dairy..That is the Question!

Because I’m on a quest to end my stomach misery and endless tummy toils, I thought I’d pass this along.   I’ve always wondered if I’d be a bad mommy to take milk away from my kids.  I did, though, once when my oldest child was almost two. She had a rash around her mouth and on her arms, and I just believed deep down in my soul that it was milk.  When I finally had her allergy tested, I was proven wrong and I was overwhelmed with guilt for depriving her of the one thing that for centuries has been the main necessity for children.   But read these testimonies and lestters…..makes me wonder about my other daughter’s ear infections as well as my own digestive issues.  What do you think?

The question of dairy products:

I got a great question yesterday that’s worth sharing: 


I have recommended your eating plan to several people
because I believe it works.  Today I did it again and I was
asked why dairy products are discouraged on this plan and I
didn’t know how to answer. 

Would you please respond so that I can share it with my
friend?  Thank you.  Margaret”


SB:  Absolutely, Margaret.  There are so many health
problems caused by dairy products, it’s hard to know where
to begin.  But I’ll try.

Cow’s milk (which includes skim, 1%, 2%, whole, chocolate
milk, light cream, heavy cream and half and half) and all
other dairy products (including cheese, ice cream, sour
cream, cream cheese, custard and yogurt) are ALL acid
forming foods. 

Note that this includes raw dairy products too—they
might be more “pure” and haven’t been subjected to the
denaturing of pasteurization, but they still are acid-

There are mountains of studies linking the consumption of
dairy products to heart disease, cancer, arthritis,
migraines, allergies, asthma and other respiratory

These are all classic examples of illnesses caused or
worsened by acid.

Dairy products also coat your mucus membranes and result
in thick, slow-moving mucus build-up. 

This is the primary reason why so many children constantly
have, runny, stuffy noses and ear infections–their bodies
can’t deal with the mucus and end up all inflamed.

Unfortunately, mainstream medicine hasn’t been educated in
how foods affect the body (odd but true)…so most doctors,
educated primarily in drug therapy, just prescribe
antibiotics or create small holes in kids’ ear drums and
insert tubes (called a myringtomy) to drain the pus and

So they ignore the cause and mask the symptoms, and your
child suffers as a result.  Often with permanent hearing
loss in later life.

Listen, if your kids have frequent colds, stuffy noses,
sinus infections and ear infections, here’s something that
will actually help them–take them off of dairy and you’ll
see a HUGE difference.

Dairy products are also high in cholesterol and fat, and
contain no fiber whatsoever. 

Now, the Diary Council wants to make sure huge profits
continue to be made, so dairy is touted as a health food. 

Attractive, slim celebrities are paid bundles to paint
fake milk moustaches on their upper lips and pose with the
caption “Body by milk.”

That sure is an interesting claim… 

Cow’s milk, by nature is designed to take an animal (a
cow) that weighs between 80-100 pounds at birth to a 550-
pound calf within 6-10 months.

Cow’s milk also has 300 times more casein than human milk.
Casein is a thick, gooey substance that helps form huge
bovine bones. 

But inside a human, it’s nearly impossible to digest and
creates a tremendous amount of acid in the stomach.

Now, one of the scare tactics used by the dairy industry
is that dairy products are essential to make sure you have
enough calcium. 

This is simply not true.  Patently false.  The truth is–
and this is backed up by the medical records of millllions
of arthritis sufferers–the more milk you drink, the less
calcium you have in your bones.  Fact.

This is partly because the calcium in dairy products (or
any other source such as supplements) is basically useless
in an acidic body. Dairy takes calcium, it doesn’t give it.

You see, when your body is overrun with acid, it leeches
alkaline minerals, including calcium, from your bones and
organs to neutralize the acid.   

So you don’t get the benefit of the calcium from dairy or
any calcium supplement either, because it’s used up in the
fight against acid too.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of pages written
on the dangers of dairy products.

The bottom line is this:  Dairy products are NOT good for
you.  They are NOT a health food.  And they’re NOT
essential to get calcium.

They are the perfect food to eat if you want to be sick,
overweight and diseased.

Now if you’re having dairy withdrawal just from reading
this, relax… 

Great Taste No Pain is here to help.

If you must have dairy…if you “can’t live without it,”
the Great Taste No Pain manuals show you how to eat them to
minimize their harmful effects.

GTNP also suggests delicious healthy alternatives to dairy
that you’ll truly love.

And if calcium is your priority, you’re all set because
the GTNP recipe book contains delicious recipes featuring
alkaline, calcium-rich foods.  And with your body being
more alkaline by eating the GTNP way, you’ll actually be
able to USE that calcium too.

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

PS:  Alisa wants to cancel her barium enema:


Hi Sherry-

I am another believer. 

I am a Registered Nurse so when I woke up with left lower
quadrant pain Sunday morning I suspected Diverticulitis. 

Monday I went to see my doctor who agreed with my
diagnosis.  I declined antibiotics & left his office with a
requisition to go for a barium enema-can’t wait for that! 

Knowing all that I do about the wonders of modern medicine
& pharmaceuticals I went on the internet Monday evening to
educate myself a little more & came across your web-site.  

I had nothing to lose but pain so I downloaded your white
paper “Pain Free in 1 Day” and started to follow it the
next morning-Tuesday Feb 24/09. 

By Friday the 27th all my pain was gone & so was the awful
gas I’ve had for the past 10 months. 

I am feeling so good that I may just have to cancel that
barium enema! 

Thanks so much-Alisa B. R.N.


(c) copyright 2009 Holistic Blends
About the Author
Sherry Brescia is the author of Great Taste No Pain and
host of the radio show “Let’s Talk Health with Sherry
Brescia” on iamhealthyradio.com.

She has over 20 years experience in the medical research
field, and cured herself from IBS in 1992 by changing her
diet and eating the way she now teaches in her Great Taste
No Pain system.

Sherry has made it her life’s mission to help others with
digestive challenges by educating them about the role of
diet in overall health and the importance of an alkaline

*The contents of this email are not to be considered
medical advice.*

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