We know that eating all kinds of vegetables and leafy greens is good for our health, but do we realize that when we replace those important foods with processed meats and junk food, we are inviting all kinds of disease to invade our defenseless body and minds? 

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When we don't eat the fuel that our body needs we are weakening our defenses. Our immune system and organs that filter toxins and poisons cannot do their job if we regularly deprive them of the nutrients they need.

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So what are the most problematic foods for all kinds of health problems?
Refined White Sugar is the very worst. It should actually be classified as a drug. In one Sugar Addiction Study Report it states, "Available evidence in humans shows that sugar and sweetness can induce reward and craving that are comparable in magnitude to those induced by addictive drugs....At the neurobiological level, the neural substrates of sugar and sweet reward appear to be more robust than those of cocaine..."
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For Alzheimer's in particular, red meat is at the top of the list.
Yahoo News reports "Unfortunately, a diet with lots of meat and processed foods is strongly linked to developing Alzheimer's Disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Scientists at Australia's Bond University found this "strong correlation" by studying the eating habits of 438 people."
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Here are the top 5 foods linked to memory loss and Alzheimer's:1. White Sugar in all forms (Cake, candy, soda, etc.)
2. Processed meats and cheeses (sausage, bacon, pepperoni, ham etc. especially containing nitrates.)
3. Red meat
4. Pasta/White bread
5. Processed foods (Junk food) of all kinds (They are full of preservatives and chemicals that your body doesn't know what to with.)

So what do you do now that you know you are addicted to sugar and the chemicals in junk food?

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Start cutting out the stuff you can live without. If you are only eating it cause it's there, you can stop. Then you can move on to the stuff you actually like and make it a treat when you get it. Think of having a delicious, big breakfast with bacon and sausage. Now, just cut your portions down or limit the amount of times you enjoy that meal. 

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At my house we started with eating one meal a day with no meat in it. We also made a goal to eat out only 2 times per week. This helped significantly with our food choices but it was a little stressful on our time.

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We stayed strong and now we eat things like steel cut oats and fruit in the morning with honey or maple syrup and veggie wraps for lunch and bean and lentil tostadas for dinner. We now only eat meat sparingly which for us, ends up being 2 or 3 times per week.

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We also love making homemade pizza so we just look for pepperoni with no nitrates (which costs more) and enjoy it with at lease one veggie on the pizza. I actually LOVE to load my pizza with bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, fresh basil, artichoke hearts and mozzarella. soooo good.

If you have any tips and tricks let me know. aaronee@townsquaremedia.com  My kids still love the junk food but hopefully I am helping them see that they don't need it and they actually so like some really healthy foods as well. Here's to health!

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Whether you are trying to sell your house or just keep it warm and welcoming, there are at least 3 things that you should never keep at the entrance of your home.

Many people find beauty and positivity in clean and well-maintained surroundings. Aesthetically pleasing environments can have a positive impact on mood and overall well-being. Cleaning and organizing can be seen as a metaphor for removing negativity and making space for positive energy. It represents a fresh start and a commitment to maintaining a healthy and balanced life.

Here are the 3 things you should never have at the entrance to you home:

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#3 Anything broken or in disrepairTimes of India said that broken items stop the flow of positive energy to your home. Anything visibly broken is a sign of breaking relations and ties.

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#2 Dead Plants- Usually plants are a great item to have a the entrance to your home. Plants are a sign of vitality and growth. But if you do not take care of them they can repel growth and encourage decay. Plus it just looks bad.

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#1 A shoe box/bin- Wait what? I totally have one that collects muddy boots. hahaha I am doing it all wrong. In some countries it is rude to display your shoes because they are thought to bring the filth of the world into your home. So if you have a shoe rack or shoe bin near the entrance to your home, you are blocking all positive energy from entering. Keeping your entrance clean and clutter free allows others to come in with an open mind and relax inside.

So what do you do with your shoes??? Most organizing experts say to take them off at the back door or garage and hide them there. A clean and organized environment can enhance productivity. When you have a clear space to work or relax, you may find it easier to accomplish tasks and achieve your goals, leading to a sense of accomplishment and positive energy.

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The Truth About Why Everyone Is Still Moving To Utah

I am totally bias. I have lived in Utah my whole life. ♥ I know exactly why people travel from all over the world seeking the adventure the wild Utah can provide. I love the weather, landscape, family friendly values and the rich history of the area. Apparently, so does everyone else!

I lived the first half of my life in West Valley City, Utah where I enjoyed the four seasons in the northern part of the state. Then I moved south to be with my family and experienced the very warm and mild winters the St. George and Ivins area of Utah has to offer. The variety and beauty is really amazing to see. The beauty alone makes Utah a popular travel destination and then....people decide to stay. People are moving here in droves.

People have been moving to Utah for various reasons, with job opportunities in the technology and healthcare sectors, a high quality of life marked by outdoor recreational opportunities, and a family-friendly environment being just a few.

Here are some of the main attractions and activities that draw people to Utah:

Arches National Park
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National Parks: Utah is home to several stunning national parks, including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park.

Capitol Reef National Park
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These parks offer unbelievable landscapes, picturesque hiking trails, tons of camping opportunities, and unique geological formations. The landscape diversity is off the charts!

Canyonlands National Park
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National parks are for sure the top reason people from all over the globe head to Utah to see the beauty for themselves. I think those of us that live here don't realize that we see these natural beauties that others only get to enjoy in pictures.

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Outdoor Activities: Utah is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, river rafting, canyoneering, skiing, snowboarding, and off-roading.

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The state's diverse terrain provides endless opportunities for adventure. And yet there is still a big part of the population that doesn't like to do any of those things. Seriously, what do you do instead?

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Skiing and Snowboarding: Utah's mountains offer world-class ski resorts such as Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Snowbird, Alta Ski Area, and Solitude Mountain Resort.

First snow of the season in Park City, Utah
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The state's famous dry, powdery snow attracts skiers and snowboarders from around the world. And don't forget the ski resort in the southern part of the state. Brian Head Ski Resort is in close proximity to Cedar City and national parks like, Zion, Cedar Breaks, and Bryce National Parks.

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Salt Lake City: Utah's capital city, Salt Lake City, is a vibrant destination known for its beautiful mountain backdrop, rich history, and cultural attractions. Visitors can explore Temple Square, visit the Utah State Capitol, attend a variety of sporting events, live performances, and indulge in a thriving culinary scene. Oh the food. ♥

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Scenic Drives: Utah boasts several scenic drives that showcase its natural beauty. The most famous is the Highway 12 Scenic Byway, which winds through the stunning landscapes of Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Capitol Reef National Park.

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Cultural and Historical Sites: Utah has a rich history, particularly tied to the settlement of the West and the Mormon pioneers. Visitors can explore historical sites such as This Is the Place Heritage Park, the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, and the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.

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Stargazing: Utah's vast, sparsely populated areas offer excellent opportunities for stargazing and astrophotography. Places like Natural Bridges National Monument and the remote desert regions provide some of the darkest skies in the country.

The state's natural beauty, outdoor activities, national parks, and unique landscapes make it a sought-after destination for adventurers, nature lovers, and those seeking a taste of the American West. So come and see for yourself. You. Will. Love. It! If you live here already, get out and enjoy it. ♥

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How could you turn down an invite like this? This local Cedar City, Utah family really puts together a party! And why not? Grandma Irva was celebrating her 105th birthday!

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We gave her a shout out on the radio station Cat Country Utah and made plans to go to her party. The day of the party the restaurant was packed at 2pm. The line went around the restaurant and all the way into the lobby. Short stories were told and plenty of pictures were taken.

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Her 1st husband Calvin Cantrell "Bob" Brindley died in 1946 at 31 years old, leaving her with 3 children ages 7, 5 and 18 months.

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Irva's 2nd Husband is Pete Sudweeks. Grandma Irva has now lived longer than both husbands and 3 of her 4 children.

Before she switched to Diet Coke??
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When asked what the biggest change she has witnessed she replied "Prestone."(antifreeze) Before that they had to wrap the engine in the car at night to keep it from freezing.

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We've watch videos of Irva reciting the Gettysburg Address and telling stories at family gatherings.Thank you to her family for the pics! We fell in love with her spunk and love for her family, life and country. She is a true gem. ♥ 

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She still goes to get Christmas trees on Thanksgiving weekend with her family!
Grandma Irva says she's the #1 Jazz fan! We should see if they would honor her at a game!

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We wanted Grandma Irva to know how much our community loves her and we received birthday wished from around the globe to share with her.

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Grandma Irva was a social media sensation very quickly. 

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From Cedar City, Utah to Alaska, Tonga, and Scotland!!

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All of her relatives took time to wish her the best!.

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Her secret to living a long fulfilling life? Diet Coke! We hope you enjoy many more Diet Cokes Grandma Irva! ♥♥♥

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Big Thank You to Chantell Brindley for the amazing info and pics. We love that you listen and share your family with us. ♥♥♥

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