Steps to Building Emotional Wellness

Steps to Building Emotional WellnessOften we tend to think of our overall health and wellness in terms of how we feel physically. Rarely do people take the time to think about their emotional health and the bearing it can have on family, friends and our careers. One of the most neglected parts of the human psyche is the emotional state of being. It is often only after it is too late in many cases do we even realize that we may have problems with our emotional health.

The good news is that there are ways you can help emotional health and maintain a balance and rewarding life. Simple steps you can take that will lay the foundation for a well balanced emotional state no matter what life may throw at you down the road. Let’s examine some of the steps and how they can help.

First, realize the importance of friends. You can never have too many friends, and they serve as one of the best ways to keep your emotional health in check. By having those around us we interact with on a regular basis we build up a network of trust and friendship. It’s often good to bounce ideas and thoughts off trusted friends instead of keeping them inside you.

Next, find a passion in life. The following statement is very much true, yet so many of us fail to realize how important it is: You only live once. Do what you want to do and don’t worry about what the rest of the world thinks about it. If you love trains, travel across the globe to see different railroad configurations and railcars. If your passion is automobiles then buy that 1974 Cadillac Eldorado and bask in the beauty of the Detroit Iron. If you love to cook then experiment and come up with new dishes – share your recipes and get together with others who enjoy it. The bottom line is whatever you have a passion for in life, do it! It’s a wonderful way to keep you emotionally fit as you enjoy your passions in life.

Get off your rear and exercise! You may not believe it, but studies have proven that by getting fit and doing regular exercises you can create a healthier, balanced emotional state. When you look good, you feel good and even if it is only 15 minutes of walking a day you will notice the difference – and so will others – which gives us all the ego boost we need!

Spread your success around – it will benefit both you and others. By spreading around your success you help to build self-esteem. With self-esteem you are seen by both yourself and others as a positive person who contributes a lot to the conversation or the project. Soon you’ll find people wanting to work with you instead of being isolated. Success breeds success, and people like to be around successful people!

Finally, plan for things to go wrong, but don’t worry about it. Things will happen – the car will break down, the delayed flight will make you miss your vacation – but you shouldn’t live your life worrying about what might go wrong. Plan for things to go wrong to the extent that you are prepared for alternatives but don’t dwell on it. Remember the old saying, when life gives you lemons you just make lemonade!

Review of Wellness CORE Original Adult Dog Food

Review of Wellness CORE Original Adult Dog Food

After reading the excellent reviews online about Wellness CORE brand dog food, and a need for a dog food change, I decided to give it a try for my 1 year old German Shepherd.


Wellness CORE is meant for dogs over 1 year of age. Dogs under 1 year should only be fed a puppy formula. You must slowly transition your dog from his/her old food to Wellness CORE, to prevent digestive problems. This should be done over a 7 day period, using more Wellness CORE each day until you are feeding 100% of the new food on day 7.

The amount fed will depend on your dog’s weight. For example, my German Shepherd weighs approximately 90 lbs, so according to the bag directions, he should eat between 3 ¼ – 3 ¾ cups per day, which is usually about 1 ½ – 1 ¾ cups per feeding, twice a day. Be sure to read the back of the bag for your dog’s weight and feeding amount. And as always, make sure there is clean, fresh water available for drinking at all times.


Wellness Core is a premium, natural, protein-focused food, with no grains added. Dogs, by nature, are only programmed to eat meats and vegetables or fruits. There is no dietary need for grains. Many dog food companies add grains, such as corn, rice and wheat gluten, to act as fillers, and many of those grain ingredients are near the top of the list, meaning there is a good amount of the grain added.

The first few ingredients of Wellness CORE original dog food include: deboned turkey, deboned chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal. The rest of the list includes fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, apples and blueberries, as well as vitamins and minerals, like glucosamine and chondroitin, which promotes healthy hips and joints. This is especially important for a German Shepherd or any large breed adult dog.

Since Wellness CORE is a protein-only food, this means that there is a higher level of protein in the food. What this also means is your dog may quickly devour the food, since it tastes so good.

One of the good things about Wellness CORE is there is nothing artificial added. No artificial coloring, preservatives or flavors. What you get is an all-natural, wholesome and nutritious food for your dog.


Wellness CORE is not a cheap dog food, but when you are looking to feed your dog a good dog food, you are going to spend more regardless. Other premium brands such as Nutro, Blue Buffalo, Innova and Solid Gold all have hefty price tags, but also good ingredients. Though the $10 price for a 40 lb bag of grocery store brand dog food may look like a great deal, the ingredients make it a very lousy choice.

At my local pet store, Burton’s Total Pet, I would pay about $30 for a 12 lb bag, or $58 for a 26 lb bag. Wellness CORE is also available at PetCo stores and online. The price is comparable to other high-end premium dog foods.


Wellness CORE makes 3 different types of dry dog foods and 2 types of canned. The dry foods include Original formula, Reduced-Fat formula and Ocean formula. My dog is fed the Original formula, though he has tried both types of canned. He definitely did not like the ocean formula canned dog food, and I don’t blame him either. The food smelled very fishy, like cat food would.

The Wellness company also makes many other varieties of regular, grain included dog food and treats. They even make cat food. Visit their website for more information


The only con I experienced with Wellness CORE is that my dog developed a nasty habit of coprophagy, or in other words, he started eating his stool. This may happen because the protein-rich food makes the stool taste good to dogs. There are a few options if this happens to your dog. Either find a supplement that you would give your dog to make his stool taste bad, or switch the food to a less-protein rich variety.

Overall, I would recommend Wellness CORE to any dog owner who wants to feed their best friend a great dog food. For more information, please visit

Ilchi Lee Peace – Can Yoga Be Useful to Keep a Healthy Body?

Ilchi Lee Peace - Can Yoga Be Useful to Keep a Healthy Body?

Health as a powerful resource for human development is best maintained through conscious consistent self healing mental techniques. After all, the human being is at his or her best because of harmony between the psychological and the physical being. Therefore a human is a psychosocial being and need to develop both aspects to have a healthy living.

A person achieving such a psychological state must posses a clear and intimate appreciation of basic principles of maintaining health in the body. Yoga applies spiritual practice deeply involving and engaging the mind, body and soul. Dahn yoga bases this for a profound understanding of its nature. Intellectual mental growth, strengthening and expansion of mind systems serve the human spiritual quest for unity and illumination.

Jeff always willing to share his experiences and help others by sharing his knowledge. To find peace within and more information see word of inspiration link. Dahn yoga which has several components such as as an integrated conditioning system, combines stretches, meditative breathing techniques, and energy awareness options to help participants achieve great levels of inner potential. Dahnhak is used to refer to studying of energy as a theory underpinning primal energy that’s essential to life forms and studies the system of energy to develop practitioners.

Korea prides itself in development of dahn yoga as an ancient training program to educate on both mind and body development as an educational method which has been practiced and transmitted to successive generations. The Korean inspired dahn yoga has an integrated training that combines practical pathways and resources to help practitioners reach optimum health.

This practice becomes a practitioner’s path to better health, happiness, and peace and instructs members towards becoming conscious of inner powers to perform many internal changes.

Yoga’s focus must not be complicated and as such dahn yoga features simple exercises to condition body and mind making it suitable for all body types and ages in all social places.

Understanding of human innate healing power is a core principle to internalize, as we play a role as masters of our bodies to facilitate and enhance the healing process.

Learn to adopt to natural and self-caring methods of preventing and treatment to common illnesses, better management of most daily health concerns would never have to be a concern in itself. Individual breathing, bodies, and the life energy flow sustaining it are tools to achieve this state if the basic application skills are understood in principle.

Basic Tips for a Successful Diet

Basic Tips for a Successful Diet

Simple Steps You Can Take to Lose Weight!

So you are ready to start on a new diet. There are approximately half a million options out there today, and more will be added tomorrow. It’s overwhelming. The first step to narrowing down all those choices is to set your own goals. How much would you like to lose? How do you plan to accomplish that? Be realistic because success breeds success. If you write down that you want to lose 10 pounds in one week, you will fail. This does nothing but discourage you at the beginning of week two! Remember the weight gain happened over a period of time so you must give yourself time to lose it.

Start in the pantry. Take a hard look at the types of food you have in your cabinets and refrigerator. If they are full of sugar, salt and fats say goodbye to them and start over. You do not have to completely eliminate these from your diet, but you must begin to reduce the portions and frequency at which you consume them. Start reading labels at the grocery store looking for whole grains and unsaturated fats. Darken the aisles of the produce section – it’s the section you pass on the way to the potato chip aisle! You may want to shop more often as you choose fresh produce to have as snacks.

The next step in setting up your new diet is hydration. Swap those sodas and coffees for water and fruit juice and this will quicken the amount of weight you lose. The reasons for this are two-fold. The first is that you will be consuming less sugar, and the second is the way your body reacts to the proper fluids. They flush your system of toxins and keep your digestive tract in good working order. This leads to weight loss. You may want to try a cleansing supplement under the care of your doctor.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of your diet try eating mini-meals throughout the day. Several studies show that people who eat multiple smaller meals are able to lose weight and keep it off for a longer period. Also avoid late night snacks before bedtime. If you do have a snack make it a fruit or vegetable. When you are eating pay attention to when you feel full. “Clean your plate” no longer applies, so when you get full, push the plate away! Start with these tips and success will be yours.

Macho, Macho Man: Wellness Not for Women Only

Macho, Macho Man: Wellness Not for Women Only

I just finished a mellness fair at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. The guest speaker Byron Brown ,mayor of Buffalo, was great. He said one thing that disturbed me a bit, probably because it was true. He commented that most men were there because their wives bought tickets and suggested they go, if they knew what was good for them! Why is it most men don’t think about their health, until there’s a problem?

On the other hand, a few months ago I did a woman’s Wellness fair at the Hearthstone Manor that was jammed packed. Woman- for the most part-care more about their health than men. Whoever said “If you want to be healthier and loose weight, eat what your Wife eats” was rite-on. I don’t know if woman (especially if there single) feel the need to keep there body “marketable” or if they really want to be healthy for life? My guess is, they’re more tuned -in and believe in prevention. Rather than having that unreal “Barbie Doll” figure, as a goal.

My suggestion, guys, is to pick a workout friend. A friend you feel could use a boost. This may seem too simple or not earth shaking enough to do any good. But I feel that saving one life from stroke, or other weight related health problems, is worth a shot .It makes going for that power walk, or the gym, a heck of a lot easer than going at it alone.

I need to apologize at this time, to all teens I dumped into a group last month saying they were all “bulletproof” and ate anything they wanted. I just encountered a pleasant young lady who cashed me out at Wegmans. I asked if she related what people purchased to what they looked like. She said the only thing she really notices, is the huge amount of pop people are buying. That sometimes she sees, babies with pop in their bottles. E-GADS. She went on to tell me she did lots of research on soda pop, and found some startling facts. Fact- the increasing consumption of sugar or fructose (corn sweetener) is on the rise along with Diabetes, Interesting isn’t it ? She went on to say that not only has she made the decision never to drink pop again, but convinced her parents to do the same! This is great, and my hat off to her! We have so much to learn from each other.

And to that woman that gave her little child pop, STOP! And do some research like my new friend at Wegmans. Get that kid on the healthy path, so they are not sitting at a wellness fair, twenty years from now, thinking if only my parents started me off on the right foot!

GeneWize: Making Wellness Personal

GeneWize: Making Wellness Personal

Focusing on health and wellness is important for every individual, regardless of age, shape, size or situation. However, we all are so uniquely different, that our methods for staying in shape and optimizing our health should be tailored to our specific requirements and needs.

Vitamin and nutritional supplements can help us maintain stronger bodies that function well, but are all consumer products going to produce the same results in every person? Probably not.

That’s where an exciting new breakthrough in nutraceuticals (higher end supplements) has recently entered the marketplace. GeneWize Life Sciences is a direct-selling subsidiary of genetic biosciences company GeneLink Inc. GeneWize utilizes your body’s DNA to personalize health, beauty and wellness products.

Scientists have discovered that each of us have ‘genetically determined’ body chemistries, and the variations of these designs can greatly impact the way we respond to food, physical activity, environmental pressures and a myriad of other physical/mental conditions.

Holly Kostoss, artistic director at the Adirondack Day Spa & Salon of Lake Placid, NY is very excited about the GeneWize offerings. “I have always been very conscious of healthy living and eating right,” she says. “I had been researching supplements for nearly a year, when I found this solution.”

Kostoss takes her and her family’s nutrition very seriously. “My five year old was visiting with a friend whose mother offered her a lollipop, and before she accepted, she asked ‘Does that have high fructose corn syrup in it?’ To which the mom replied, somewhat confounded, that she wasn’t sure – so my daughter refused it.” While that confection rejection may seem extreme to other parents, Kostoss is proud that her daughter is already aware and inquisitive about her nutritional health. “Don’t get me wrong, we enjoy delicious treats around our home, but we are careful about our food decisions.”

Jess Ray, owner of Living Goods restaurant in downtown Plattsburgh, NY is a friend of Kostoss’ and is also involved with the GeneWize program. “I saw this as a great opportunity to tailor my nutritional supplements specifically to my own needs, while providing feedback on deficiencies and imbalances within my genetic profile.”

GeneWize provides a very simple-to-use DNA sampling kit. It is the only patented, FDA reviewed collection system of its kind. Customers take a cotton swab sample from the inside of the mouth and mail it back to the GeneWize laboratory in specially provided envelopes. From there the sample is analyzed, and based on the results, a custom tailored supplement is designed from over 177,000 possible ingredient combinations.

Ray grew up in an organic family that raised its own beef, chickens and did other farming. “I tried a vegetarian lifestyle for a time, but it didn’t work for me. I didn’t feel completely well,” she says. “I definitely require meat in my diet, but I ensure that it is grass-fed or free-range.”

These two women have also collaborated on a website that includes valuable information for anyone seeking out a healthier way of living. is a comprehensive resource that includes the best of nutrition and wellness, organics, green living and mind/body fitness. They have conducted countless hours of research identifying a top quality consumer products and services, such as GeneWize, that are committed to healthier, organic living.

Fellow stylist at the Adirondack Day Spa & Salon, Frank Mannino, is also a GeneWize client. “I was really amazed by the breakthrough technology of DNA-supplements, and wanted to try it myself. It makes sense that a one-size-fits-all dietary supplement can not address the very specific needs of each individual.” Mannino, and his partner Andre Haas, have been involved with GeneWize for a few months now. “It not only supplements our health, but our income,” states Haas.

In August 2008, the 12-year old publically traded bioscience firm launched its direct selling marketing division, and provides an opportunity for its customers to profit. They reward clients for their referrals by discounting their supplement purchases, and after enrolling four new customers, the supplements are free to the original client.

With the current unstable economic climate, this type of program is appealing to many who desire financial security and peace of mind, not to mention better health.

Initial costs to start the GeneWize program are approximately $199 for the DNA test kit and first month’s supplements; each month thereafter (without referrals) runs approximately $90/month. But when compared to the expense of general over-the-counter solutions, it’s not that much greater for something truly tailored to your genetic makeup.

For more information about GeneWize, visit the company’s website at .

Working as a Dietary Clerk in a Hospital: Three Skills and Qualities You Will Need to Be Successful

Working as a Dietary Clerk in a Hospital: Three Skills and Qualities You Will Need to Be Successful

There are a lot of jobs that you could pursue in the healthcare field and specifically in a hospital. One of these jobs you might wish to think about is a dietary clerk or dietary aide, these are the people who prepare and cook the food that is served to the patients every day. I began working in a hospital as a dietary clerk when I was 16 and did not leave that job for three years and during that time I learned a lot of different aspects of diet and nutrition. Although most people can do this job without too much trouble here are three qualities or skills you will need if you want to work as a dietary clerk in a hospital based on my own personal experience in that department.

  1. As with a lot of jobs you might wish to pursue in your life you will need to be really good at math to become a dietary clerk in the hospital. Math skills are essential in basically every job to a certain extent but you will need to make sure that you have math skills that are precise and correct since you are directly involved with patient care. The reason why math is so essential is because there are a lot of dietary restrictions and needs of those patients in the hospital and some of them might be diabetic or on a specific calorie count. Diabetic patients are allowed only a certain number of proteins, sugars and fat each day so you have to add up the amount given to that patient for each meal and write it on their menu. For example, you might have a patient on an 1800 calorie diabetic diet so you have to divide up this up into 600 calories for each meal and then add in the small diabetic snack they are served in the evening as well. Some patients might just be on a restricted calorie count because of a medical condition such as congestive heart failure and it is your responsibility to make sure they do not exceed the amount of calories allotted for them in each meal. Not to mention that you have to make a menu for each patient in the hospital so you need to be able to calculate how many people are on each floor, which patients get food and so much more so that you know you have enough food for everyone in the hospital. A lot of the math can be done on a computer or calculator so it is not like you have to do it all in your head but you at least need to know how to calculate it on your own if needed.
  2. As a dietary clerk you also need to be very responsible and complete each task as required, meaning you always need to be attentive and giving 100% all the time. A patient relies on you for a lot of things but especially when it comes to their nutrition and dietary needs. You need to always be aware of a patient and their specific needs because sometimes they might not know they were put on a special diet and cannot have certain foods. You should always be attentive because sometimes a doctor or nurse will change the dietary orders of a patient after you already delivered them a meal. This requires you to know which patients have changes in their dietary needs and requirements so that they do not get the wrong meal and this is especially important if you work on the surgical floor. People will change diets very quickly on the surgical floor because some of them are going into surgery or coming out of surgery so they might be on a liquid diet or they might not be able to have anything at all if they were going into surgery soon. You might not think that a dietary clerk is a big job but in reality the food that you present to a patient can significantly hurt them or mess up their bodies if they are undergoing a certain medical procedure. If you have a patient that is going into emergency surgery in a couple hours and they are not allowed to eat and you give them the tray then this makes you responsible for them and the possible cancellation of their surgery if they eat. Printing off new patient sheets right before you begin your meal deliveries is essential so that you can get the most accurate information possible which can help cut down on these types of errors, although you still need to pay attention when entering a room because this information might have already changed.
  3. As a dietary clerk it is also essential that you have good personal hygiene and you come to work every day clean and in good health. Just like with a lot of other jobs where you handle and prepare food, it is essential that you come to work clean and freshly showered and also that you practice good hygiene such as washing your hands after you go to the bathroom. You should make sure that your hair is pulled back in a ponytail if it is shoulder-length or longer so that you do not get hair in the food of a patient regardless of whether you are preparing the food or just delivering the food. Any time you touch your face, nose, mouth or any other body part you also need to wash your hands or for that matter, wash your hands before you touch any of the food all the time. You will also need to make sure that you do not sneeze, cough or eject any other bodily fluids out when you are near food and sometimes this means you will need to put your face into your armpit if you need to cough or sneeze. It is essential that you practice good hygiene at all times because you are working in a hospital where people are sick and their immune systems are compromised. This means that their body cannot fight off simple infections as easily as a healthy person and even a simple cold can turn into them getting really sick or even could prove fatal. It is important that you look like you take good care of yourself on the inside and out and this includes not wearing a lot of jewelry or having visible piercings or tattoos. If you do not feel well and are sick or have a fever then you should not report to work and tell your supervisor as soon as possible so they can find someone to replace you for that shift. Working in a hospital often means you will eventually catch something from a patient but you should not go to work and spread this around to other sick people you come into contact with. What it really comes down to is just basic common sense when it comes to working with food and the sick, especially since a lot of patients are older and more susceptible to infection and disease.

As you can see working in a hospital as a dietary clerk requires having specific skills and qualities in order to ensure the safety and health of you and the patients you work with on a regular basis. If you have these skills then you will be more likely to advance in the dietary department because you show that you are responsible and are accountable for your own actions, which directly affect patients in many different ways. Based on my three years working as a dietary clerk in a hospital I can tell you that if you can effectively use these skills and qualities then you will be more prepared for other jobs in the healthcare field.

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How to Choose the Right Diet

How to Choose the Right DietNutrition and Fitness Go Hand-in-hand

Diet, diet and nothing to eat. Have you ever felt that way? There are so many diets out there, with so many guidelines to follow. Some sound too good to be true and they are. There are as many ways to lose weight, as there are stars in the sky. The key is in finding the right one specifically for you. You not only have to consider the cost of a diet, and some can be pretty expensive, but you also need to consider whether it is right for you. Will it get you the results you want, and will it really assist you with meeting your goals.

You should always talk to your family doctor first. She knows your medical history and will know a diet that will help you lose the weight you want. The fastest way to lose weight may be the easiest but it may not be the best. There will have to be time spent in keeping your body in shape while losing the weight. Knowing the right diet is essential to your health. Don’t jeopardize your health by losing too much weight too fast.

Losing too much weight too fast causes the skin on your body to sag. It took time to put on the weight, even if you only gained it while you were pregnant. That took nine months, taking it off will be longer. Done right, losing weight does not have to be a chore. “Diet” does not have to be a bad word, and you do not have to endanger your health. Do the research to find out about the diet before you ever start one. Talk to your doctor about a diet you would like to try, talk to others who have been on the diet and lost weight.

Being thin might be in, but being unhealthy is not! Never go on a diet blindly. Find out all you can before you start. Check out other diet options and compare them. More than likely you will find that all diets have a fitness program with them. That means you must exercise to keep your body healthy. There is no easy way around it. If you want that slim trim body, you are going to have to work for it.

How to Stay Healthy After a T-12 Break of the Spinal Cord

How to Stay Healthy After a T-12 Break of the Spinal CordWhen one becomes paralyzed from a T-12 break of the spinal cord, many emotions and challenges lie ahead. The first obstacle is getting through the fact that you most likely will never walk again. When one is use to walking and doing activities and then is told they will never walk again, can have an impacting affect. It is very important to take care of your health or this injury can lead to many other health problems. You should never have self pity, be strong and move on and take the necessary precautions needed for you to lead a normal life. Life does not end because you may never walk again. Look past the injury and live your life to the fullest. Below are some ways to keep yourself as healthy as possible with a spinal cord injury.


The number one health concern with spinal cord injuries is kidney failure. If you do not take the necessary precautions to keep your kidneys healthy, it can not only lead to kidney failure but it can also lead to death. If you have to use a catheter to urinate, keeping the catheter sanitized is very important. This can be done by washing the catheter after every use with warm water and soap. Soaking the catheter with badadine is a good way to keep it clean and sanitized. To ensure you are not putting bacteria into the kidneys from the catheter, use once and then discard. Another way to keep your kidneys healthy is to drink eight, 8oz glasses of water per day to flush the kidneys. You may also drink unsweetened cranberry juice or ask your physician about taking one cranberry pill a day. This will help eliminate your chances of contracting a kidney infection or kidney stones.


A bedsore can also be deadly for a person with a spinal cord injury. Constant pressure on the sore can lead to the sore getting through layers of skin and into the bone. If untreated, the sore can lead to gangrene, a deadly infection. You must relieve pressure from pressure points. Most bedsores for paraplegics occur on the bottom from sitting for long periods of time. To help eliminate this problems you must raise yourself up through out the day for at least 20 seconds. Another way is to use a Roho Cushion, this cushion is one of the best on the market. When sleeping at night be sure to use pillows to relieve pressure points. When laying on your side it is important to place a pillow in-between your knees.

Foot drop

Foot drop is a condition where your toes will point toward the floor from no support. Your injury may still allow you to get braces so you can at least stand and possibly walk using crutches. Having foot drop will make it so the braces do not fit right and you will not be able to stand. To keep foot drop from occurring, keep your leg rest on your wheelchair and exercise. To perform these exercise grab your toes with your hand and slowly pull them up toward your knees and repeat this motion.

Muscle Spasms

There is no cure for muscle spasm and these spasms can be painful. You may also experience pain in your legs due to nerve damage from the spinal cord injury. To eliminate some of these pains try to lay on your stomach at times instead of always laying on your back or side. You may also try a heating pad, although this can be dangerous for a person who has no feeling in the legs. Adjust the heat to low setting and then cover the pad with a towel before placing on the legs. This will help so you do not end up burning your legs. Another way to help ease muscle spasm or leg pains is having your physician prescribe you pain pills.

I personally would not recommend pain pills due to the fact that they can become addictive and they may also cause kidney and/or liver damage. Using pain pills for long periods of time can also make you get immune to the pain pills. So as you age, you may not be able to deal with the pain as well, the pills will not work and you will have to up the dose. This is all to familiar to me because I have a complete T-12 break of the spinal cord. This accident occurred 23 years ago and I am still healthy by taking these actions.

Nitrite Free Sausages for Healthy Summer Grilling

Nitrite Free Sausages for Healthy Summer GrillingI am admittedly an omnivore. I admire vegetarians and wish I had the self-discipline to follow a vegetarian diet. But while I do eat meat, I’m concerned that it should be healthier meat. One of the unhealthy ingredients in processed meats like sausage and lunchmeat is sodium nitrate or nitrites. These preservatives are found in commercially cured meats. Nitrites are used to prevent botchelism growth. Nitrate and nitrites are carcinogens. I’ve been searching for years for lunchmeats and sausage, available in the local grocery store that does not contain nitrates or nitrites.

I’ve tried the Hebrew National brand that passes Jewish purity law and is kosher. These are beef hot dogs. Alas, they also contain nitrites. Fresh sausage does not contain nitrites or nitrates, but it does contain BHA, another preservative.

Last year I discovered a pre-cooked sausage that is nitrite free. Al Fresco makes a chicken sausage that is nitrate, nitrite and gluten free. These sausages are delicious. There are several flavors: tomato basil and apple spice are my favorites. When we grill sausage these Al Fresco sausages grill up very nicely.

There is also a nitrite free lunch meat available. Hormel makes a naturally cured line of ham, turkey and other deli meats. These lunchmeats, labeled Hormel Natural Choice, come in brown paper packaging and are available in the packaged deli section of the store.

Price comparison reveals that both the nitrate free Al Fresco chicken sausage and the nitrate-free Hormel Natural Choice are not noticeably more expensive than other higher end brands of sausage and lunchmeat. With summer grilling season upon us, you may be looking for a happy medium between a hot dog or a asparagus spear to throw on your grill. If you are an omnivore with a taste for fresh quality sausages and lunchmeats, try these healthy, nitrate and nitrite free products today!