Best Tips to Keep Kids Healthy Naturally This Summer

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Are Your Blonds Looking a Little Green?

When the heavy metal content of your swimming pool rises, the excess copper in the water can turn blond hair green. Don’t fret; just dissolve 1 teaspoon of Catie’s Vitamin C Powder in a pint-sized spray bottle. Spray it all over, rub in, and rinse after fifteen minutes.

Prevent & Treat Swimmer’s Ear Naturally

Water trapped in the outer ear canal allows bacterial growth and may cause an infection known as swimmers ear. This can be prevented or treated naturally and effectively without harsh antibiotics.
Prevention:  Place 3 drops of Sovereign Silver in each ear once a week.
Treatment: First cleanse the ear by filling with peroxide: allow to bubble and sit a few minutes. Then, drain it and dry with a tissue. Once dry, add 3 drops of Sovereign Silver to the ear and allow it to sit for three minutes. Insert a cotton ball to keep it from leaking out. Do this 2-3 times a day when signs of an infection arise.

Avoid Mosquitios & Ticks Without Using DEET

Use all-natural, DEET-free Mercola Insect Repellent to prevent mosquito and tick bites on your outdoor adventures.

Protect From Sunburn With Safe, Waterproof Sunblock

Choose an EWG-approved physical sunblock likeThinksport Kids to protect delicate skin from sunburns without dousing them in toxic chemicals.

Maintain Active Energy Levels & Boost Immunity

Keep your children healthy and active with whole-food vitamin supplements like Garden of Life Vitamin Code Kids.

Replenish Vital Electrolytes with Homemade Sports Drinks

Make a healthy, homemade sports drink out of your child’s favorite 100% juice! Use 2 cups water, 2 cups 100% juice and 1/4 tsp real sea salt. Don’t use table salt because it is missing many of the vital trace minerals found in real sea salt. Himalayan and Celtic sea salt are excellent for this.

Why We Stopped Using Green Pasture Butter Oil for Vitamin K

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High Vitamin Butter Oil has been a staple in the supplement market since the Wetzel family launched Green Pasture in 2000. Moreover, the Vitamin K-rich superfood has been hailed by Dr. Weston A. Price and his followers as a complement to cod liver oil since 1930. It is no wonder that Green Pasture Butter Oil, along with Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil has been one of our most popular products for many years. And when Rosita Real Foods Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil and Organic3 Extra Virgin Butter Oil hit the market, we quickly added them to our product line as an alternative to the Green Pasture line.

In 2016, Is High Vitamin Butter Oil Still the Best Source of Vitamin K2?

In November of 2015, Sally Morrell of the Weston A. Price Foundation sent samples of several known sources of Vitamin K2 to be tested by VitaK, an independent laboratory. The results surprised the entire industry–High Vitamin Butter Oil was not the best source of Vitamin K2…not by a long shot.

Sample

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Menaquinone-5

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Menaquinone-7

Menaquinone-8

Menaquinone-9

Menaquinone-10

1. Emu Oil

3918,04

0,00

1,34

0,00

1,88

0,00

0,00

0,00

2. Oysters

1,21

0,00

11,14

1,57

1,68

0,00

0,00

0,00

3. Salmon Roe

4,31

0,00

3,58

0,22

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

4. Whitefish Roe

0,96

0,00

2,94

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

5. Shrimp wild

0,15

0,00

0,43

0,00

12,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

6. Chicken liver (Farm)

98,49

0,00

1,57

0,00

0,77

5,83

3,06

0,00

7. Chicken liver 

35,64

0,00

0,94

2,27

11,20

11,17

7,45

0,00

8. Green Pastures Butter oil

771,77

0,00

239,81

17,37

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

And the Winner is…Emu Oil!

When Walkabout Health Products debuted their flagship product in 2013, we knew there was something special about their unprocessed, untreated, unpasteurized Emu Oil. Once our customers started using it as a capsule supplement and a topical cream, the rave reviews poured in. That’s why we were thrilled to see our trusted Walkabout Emu Oil listed as the richest source of Vitamin K2 M-4–with more than 5 times the Vitamin K2 as Green Pastures Butter Oil!

 

Does That Mean that Green Pasture Butter Oil is Unnecessary?

Of course not! The results of the VitaK study revealed that Walkabout Emu Oil was a better source of Vitamin K2 than High Vitamin Butter Oil. However, Green Pasture’s Butter Oil has an array of health-boosting benefits that make it a great fit for certain situations.

  • Delivers a natural, organic source of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, & Vitamin K.
  • Includes natural CoQ enzymes
  • Promotes regularity and can help relieve constipation.
  • Provides an Antioxidant boost for maintaining overall good health.
  • Strengthens Teeth and Bones, preventing decay and breaks.
  • Moisturizes skin and balances natural oils to prevent breakouts.
  • Contains the Dr. Oz-recommended weight loss booster, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, (CLA).
  • Enhances absorption of digestive nutrients.

The No-Nonsense Guide to Choosing A Resveratrol Supplement

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by Colleen Russell

What’s The Best Resveratrol supplement?

All Resveratrol supplements are not created equal, and there are a lot of brands competing for your attention.  So, how can a consumer choose the best Resveratrol supplement and ensure that the product in the bottle matches the information on the label?   We’ve done the research for you and are happy to say that the best esveratrol supplements on the market from Perfect Supplements (Perfect ResGrape and Perfect ResGrape Max), and Biotivia (Transmax, Transmax TR, and Pteromax), can be found in the Peaceful Planet supplement store.

Why are Resveratrol Supplements So Popular?

Resveratrol took the supplement market by storm in 2003, when a study published in Nature magazine reported that this polyphenol had potential benefits as a longevity enhancer. Laboratory studies have found that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of Resveratrol can improve blood flow to the brain, inhibit the rate of blood clotting, and enhance cellular energy. Human studies have shown an improvement in insulin resistance and increased blood flow to the brain. Since the human body is unable to produce Resveratrol, taking an all-natural Resveratrol supplement is the best way to glean the benefits of this powerful substance. A diverse range of consumers now use Resveratrol supplements for bodybuilding, slowing the aging process, boosting heart health, and preventing disease. Since Resveratrol can be lab synthesized or extracted from several whole-food sources, it is important to know the source of your supplements. Our favorite Resveratrol supplement, Perfect Resgrape, is a pure blend of 99% pure trans-resveratrol and muscadine grapes.

Resveratrol Supplement Reviews

In 2010, Consumer Lab study evaluating the market’s most popular brands of Resveratrol Supplements produced some staggering results. Among the products tested, two demonstrated potency levels far lower than the label advertised. Other resveratrol supplements were found to contain potentially dangerous contaminants including cadmium and lead. Several others, because of the compression of the tablets, do not break down, making the Resveratrol undigestible.

Dr. Oz and Resveratrol Supplements

Dr. Oz recommended Resveratrol Supplements to his viewers as one of the top four supplements for living a longer life. According to Dr. Oz, Resveratrol is a powerful anti-inflammatory supplement and can be used to combat the damage done to the body by improper diet, poor sleep habits, and a high-stress lifestyle. Dr. Oz says that Resveratrol Supplements appear safe with a dose ranging from 250-2500 mg and recommends purchasing Resveratrol Supplements from a reputable supplier. Dr. Oz does not endorse or recommend any particular brand or product, so we scoured the market and brought in the highest-quality Resveratrol Supplements that we could find using the guidelines that Dr. Oz shared on his show. Our favorites, including the popular Perfect ResGrape, are all from reputable manufacturers and have dosages within the recommended parameters.

Peaceful Planet Resveratrol Supplements

Peaceful Planet has a full line of five high-quality Resveratrol supplements from two reputable manufacturers; Perfect Supplements and Biotivia. These products have been selected based on potency, cost, and purity.

Perfect ResGrape

A great Resveratrol Supplement choice is Perfect ResGrape. Perfect ResGrape is a 1200 mg serving of a blend of Trans-Resveratrol and Muscadine Grapes. Perfect ResGrape is guaranteed pure and has been independently laboratory tested to contain the appropriate amount of manufacturer-claimed ingredients. The Consumer Lab study in which Resveratrol supplements were tested and compared gave Perfect ResGrape the thumbs up for purity, cost, and potency. Perfect Resgrape Max, the mega-dose version of the popular Perfect ResGrape supplement, contains even more Resveratrol — a whopping two times as much!

 

Top Ten Tips for How to Take Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil

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by Colleen Russell

Are You…Afraid to take Fermented Cod Liver Oil?

Have you been avoiding the big glass bottle in the back of your medicine cabinet?  We hear from a lot of people who purchase Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil with every intention of making it part of their daily routine–but just can’t bring themselves to do it.  What if it tastes gross?  Smells weird?  Makes me gag?  How can I take cod liver oil without tasting it?

Fermented Cod Liver Oil is Gross!  Can’t It Be Deodorized?

The undeniable fact is that real fermented cod liver oil, no matter the flavor, doesn’t taste good, especially to someone experiencing it for the first time.  It is a natural product which is derived from the livers of Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands cod and is not heated, processed, bleached, filtered, or treated.  While it would be easy to do so, removing the flavor and smell from this sacred food would strip away the nutrient content that makes it special.  In the end, Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil’s benefits far outweigh the ten-second discomfort of swallowing it down.  

Ok, I’ll take it.  How to take cod liver oil without gagging?

The good news is that, if the thought of a spoonful of Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil makes you cringe, you’re not alone.  Hands down, the most frequently asked question at the Peaceful Planet store revolves around how to take cod liver oil.  The even better news is that with a few clever tricks and a little mind over matter, you can take the chore out of your daily Green Pasture cod liver oil routine.  (and if all else fails, you can certainly order the capsules!)

Do you have a method that hasn’t been mentioned here?  Email us to have your suggestion added to our list of How to Take Cod Liver Oil Recommendations.

Top Ten Tricks for Taking Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil

  1. Find Your Preferred Temperature:  Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil is shelf-stable, and can be stored in the refrigerator or on the shelf.  It is a matter of preference.  Many people find the liquid cod liver oil more palatable if it is refrigerated.  Please note that refrigeration sometimes results in the liquid becoming cloudy or crystallized, which is normal and NOT an indication that it has gone bad/rancid..

  2. Find Your Preferred Consistency:  Depending on its temperature, Green Pasture products will have a consistency that varies from bottle to bottle.  If it is warm, it will be thinner.  If it is cold, it will be a bit thicker.  To thin it out, place the jar in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes.

  3. David Wetzel, Owner of Green Pasture’s Preferred Method:  Add Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Skate Liver Oil, and Butter Oil  to 2 ounces of warm water or tea…and Bottoms up!

  4. Try a flavored gel:  While Green Pasture has made their fermented cod liver oil available in a variety of flavored gels, it is important to note that flavoring is added to the product’s taste–not substituted for it.  Chocolate cream-flavored Fermented Cod Liver Oil, after all, is still cod liver oil, so don’t expect hot fudge.  BUT a lot of people do enjoy the flavored gels and swear by them.  Peaceful Planet now carries the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend gels in unflavored, cinnamon tingle, or chocolate cream.

  5. Hold Your Nose!  Put your cod liver oil on a spoon, plug your nose, gulp it down, and swallow before taking a breath.  Chase with water.  This eliminates the communication point between your olfactory sense and your taste buds and is less stimulating.

  6. To get a child to take fermented cod liver oil, Green Pasture recommends blending 1 cup of yogurt, 1 teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil, and frozen berries, pouring into popsicle molds, and freezing.

  7. Apply to the skin:  While the science behind the actual amount of fermented cod liver oil that is absorbed through the skin has not been thoroughly reported, rubbing cod liver oil directly on the skin is an acceptable method for those who are unable to take it orally.  Green Pasture recommends applying ¼ to ½ teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil to a baby’s bottom during a diaper change.

  8. Try Green Pasture’s Blue Ice Infused:  This blend of healthy oils which Green Pasture Blue Breeze Organic Coconut Oil, Fermented Cod Liver Oil, High Vitamin Butter Oil, and Fermented Skate Liver Oil.  Using Coconut Oil as a carrier, Blue Ice Infused is an easier, more palatable way to take Green Pastures supplements with an array of health benefits.  Blue Ice Infused is available unflavored or in three unique flavor combinations:  Cinnamon, Caramel, or Carob Banana.

  9. Experiment with Your Own Cod Liver Oil Mix-Ins or Chasers!

    1. Milk

    2. Coconut Oil

    3. Orange Juice

    4. Maple Syrup

    5. Kombucha

    6. Yogurt

    7. Pudding

    8. Honey

    9. Molasses

    10. Mashed Banana

    11. Lemon Juice

    12. Peanut Butter

    13. Oatmeal

  10. If all else fails, bypass your taste buds altogether and go for the capsules.  If you still have a nagging aftertaste or complain of ‘fish burps,’ try storing your FCLO capsules in the freezer.  The oil will stay frozen in the upper part of your digestive tract, and thaw out by the time it hits your stomach.  Problem solved!

Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet Sample Meal Plan

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by Colleen Russell

Since the day we posted the blog about the Dr. Oz Two Week Diet, we have been excitedly reading everyone’s stories of health boosting and weight loss success, and listening to you rally around each other in support.  The Peaceful Planet community becomes a more welcome sanctuary with each passing day!  There have been a lot of questions surrounding what to eat and the specifics of the day-to-day diet for the Dr. Oz 2 Week Detox Diet.  If you haven’t already read through the diet overview, allowed foods, and eliminated foods, it can be found here.

If you are considering embarking on 2 weeks of rapid weight loss with this plan, you will see that there are A LOT of vegetables!  It’s helpful to ‘think outside the box’ and make substitutions for your eliminated foods.  It’s also helpful to have a few gadgets in the kitchen!  Consider picking up a mandolin slicer, spiral slicer, or a food processor to mix things up a bit!  We’ve eliminated starches, but there are several low-glycemic-index vegetables on the list that can be twisted into noodles.  (Many apologies to those who have been waiting for the release of this next post.  A deep bow of gratitude to you for your patience. )  So, without further ado, the RECIPES!

Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet Sample Meal Plan

          Reminders:

  • Eliminate:  Caffeine, Wheat, Sweeteners, Carbohydrates/Starches, and Dairy
  • Eat only between 8am and 8pm.
  • Between meals, drink Detox Broth

             Waking Up:

  • Drink a hot cup of water with ½ lemon, squeezed.

          Breakfast

          Snack:

  • Vegetable Plate loaded with Broccoli, Celery, Sugar Snap Peas, and  Sliced Peppers
  • ½ cup of Tzatziki for dipping (recipe below)

          Lunch:

  • Tossed Salad with Spinach, Tomato, Onion, ½ Avocado, 6 oz Grilled Chicken, and ½ Cup of Tzatziki

          Snack:

  • Hummus and 2 brown rice cakes

          Dinner:

  • Zucchini “Noodles” with Kale Pesto and Artichokes (recipe below)

          Bedtime:

  • Take a Detox Bath with 2 Cups Epsom Salts and 1 Cup Baking Soda

 

Tzatziki (Cucumber Yogurt Dip/DressingDr.Oz_Tzatziki_Dressing

  • 1 Cucumber grated and pressed
  • 1 C 2% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • Lemon Juice to taste
  • ½ t Chopped Dill

Mix the yogurt, garlic, and lemon juice.  Stir in the grated, pressed cucumber.  Add chopped dill.

Zucchini “Noodles” with Kale Pesto and Artichokes

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  • 1 ½ C Kale
  • 1 Tomato, Chopped
  • 2 ½  T Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • Lemon Juice to Taste
  • ¼ C Almonds
  • 1 Artichoke, sliced

Using a spiral slicer, a mandolin, or a knife, slice zucchini into noodle-shaped strips.  Boil water and add zucchini noodles.  Allow to boil for one minute.

To a blender or food processor, add Kale, Tomato, 1 ½ T Olive Oil, Garlic, Lemon Juice, and Almonds.  Blend into a paste.

Saute artichokes in Olive Oil over Medium heat until they begin to soften.  Add Kale Pesto and cook for 3 minutes.  Add zucchini noodles and stir until warm.

Detox 101: Top Five Ways To Detoxify Your Body For the New Year

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by Colleen Russell

January is the most popular month of the year for Cleanses and Detox Diets.  It’s no wonder why:  the beginning of a new year has the wonderful feeling of starting fresh, beginning anew, and making changes for the better.  Doesn’t it feel amazing to just let go?

As with anything that reaches the realm of the popular, though, all this talk about Detox can get pretty confusing.  You may be wondering, what exactly should I be detoxifying?  What do I need to cleanse?  What do I have to gain or to lose?  Since we love a good detox, we thought it was important to remove the veil of mystery from this particular topic, and to share some of our favorite natural tools to detoxify the body and clear the mind.

What Is Detox?

Detoxification is a natural process whereby your organs and immune system process and eliminate toxins from your body.  It is the digestive system eliminating waste, the lymphatic system filtering bacteria from lymph fluid, and the kidneys filtering toxins from the blood.  Detox is a part of every living cell in the body.  So, if it is such a natural process, why do we need to help it along?

 Because our bodies were not designed to live like this.

We work too hard, we eat too much, too little, or just the wrong things.  Our world is polluted, from the air we breathe to the water we drink and the soil we use to grow our crops.  This world is just too toxic for the human body to to detoxify on its own.

What Can We Do To Detoxify Our Bodies?

So many things!  Detox is not necessarily about weight loss, energy boost, cleaning the colon, or preventing cancer.  (although those are some pretty enticing benefits.)  Detox is about the same feeling you are given after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve:  a clean slate, a fresh start, and the opportunity to begin anew.

Top 5 Ways To Detox:

  1. Drink more pure water.  If you do nothing else, this one step can move mountains in terms of boosting your physical health and removing toxins from your body.  The National Institute of Health estimates that 48% of the adult population of the United States is chronically dehydrated.  Water plumps up the body’s tissues, creating an internal space that allows blood platelets to separate and for trapped toxins to wash away.  Filtered water, which is free of bacteria, pesticides, and other contaminants, is best.
  2. Infuse your drinks with chlorophyll!  Adding a 3 gram scoop a day of Chlorella powder to your morning smoothie or juice will infuse your body with 90 mg of bioavailable Chlorophyll.  This all-natural plant-derived greens powder is proven to bind to metals, assisting with heavy-metal detox.  Our favorite is Perfect Chlorella.
  3. Try a fulvic/humic acid mineral cleanse.  Fulvic and humic acid are proven to remove toxic metals from the blood, speeding up biochemical reactions, unblocking lymphatic passageways, and preventing cognitive impairment.  Products such as GHC’s Zeotrex and Sunwarrior’s Liquid Light are easy to add to your daily routine without making sweeping dietary changes.
  4. Colloidal Silver is a simple, relatively inexpensive, and perfectly safe method for detox.  It is non-toxic, but an effective method of destroying toxic organisms, bacteria, viruses, and even free radicals.  Catie’s Biotic Nano Silver  is Peaceful Planet’s recommendation for a safe, effective Colloidal Silver Detox.
  5. Ormus Greens are a pretty incredible natural resource that come from volcanic sea beds and grown in soil that is literally loaded with platinum, gold, silver, and ormus trace minerals.  These trace minerals  along with the elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen, all of which are present in Ormus Greens, are vital for human life.

Stay tuned for more information on detox, specific detox diets tailored to your needs, and more information on how to stay healthy and toxin-free.  If you’re ready to get started on a detox plan now, try the 3 Day Detox Jumpstart from Dr. Oz and Dr. Junger, of the Clean Detox Plan.

Dr. Oz Two-Week Rapid Weight-Loss Diet Part 2: Recipes and Shopping Lists

Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet Recipes and Grocery List

by Colleen Russell

Yesterday, we examined the Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet and the recommended supplement list required to complete a rapid weight loss transformation in a matter of only two weeks!  Next, let’s talk food…we heard what was on the list of don’t’s, so you’re probably wondering what you can eat for the next two weeks.  The good news is that you can have a delicious breakfast smoothie every morning, an unlimited amount of low-glycemic foods, and as much Dr. Oz Detox Broth as you can drink.  Pretty easy, right?  We thought so too, until we took a read through the twice-weekly process of cooking homemade vegetable broth and looked for an easy alternative.  We’re happy to say that we found one in the form of an easy-to-use greens powder!

How To Make The Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet Breakfast Smoothies and Detox Broth:

Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet Recipes

What Can I Eat During the Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet?

No:  Caffeine, Wheat, Sweeteners, Carbohydrates/Starches, or Dairy.

No:  Eating Between 8pm-8am

Exceptions and Allowed Foods:

  1. Upon waking up, drink a hot cup of water and 1/2 lemon
  2. Breakfast Smoothie (recipe below)
  3. Green tea: Preferably organic
  4. Six Ounces of chicken, turkey or fish per day
  5. 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice per day
  6. Good fats such as avocados and olive oil are ok in moderation
  7.  1 cup of 2% plain Greek yogurt per day
  8. UNLIMITED Low-Glycemic Vegetables from the list below
  9. UNLIMITED Dr. Oz Detox Broth (or water mixed with greens powder)
  10. Light Snacks of Hummus, Pickles, and Nuts

Low Glycemic Vegetable List:

  • Artichokes
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Asparagus
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Bean sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Daikon
  • Eggplant
  • Leeks
  • Lentils
  • Beans (green, kidney, garbanzo)
  • Greens (collard, kale, mustard, turnip)
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Pea pods
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Squash
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomato
  • Water chestnuts
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage (green, bok choy, Chinese)
  • Salad greens (chicory, endive, escarole, iceberg lettuce, romaine, spinach, arugula, radicchio, watercress)

What To Do Each Day of Your 2 Week Dr. Oz Diet:

  1. Follow a Supplement Regimen of 1 Probiotic and 1 Multivitamin Each Day
  2. Take a Detox Bath Every Night (2 cups Epsom Salt and 1 cup Baking Soda)

Is the Dr. Oz Detox Broth Recipe Too Much Work?

Not to worry, we have a great alternative that is nutritionally equivalent on most levels.  Substituting water, mixed with a high-quality gluten-free greens powder will give you the nutrients you require without the time-and-labor-intensive drain of cooking homemade vegetable broth twice a week.  The graph below shows a comparison between the Dr. Oz Detox Broth recipe’s nutritional content and that of both Perfect Aquatic Greens and Catie’s Gluten-Free Greens.

Nutritional Graph of Broth and Greens Powder

 

Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series which will include a day-to-day food guide with recipe suggestions later this week.  In the meantime, how are you doing on your 2 Week Dr. Oz Diet?  Are you dropping pounds–and cravings too?