Kimlee recently became a Teeccino Ambassador, and for her first event she shared Teeccino at a gathering at her home in Arizona for about 35 people. She really wowed us with the report she sent in after the event! Kimlee told us: “My Teeccino gathering with my friends, family and colleagues went amazing! There were […]

Wanda is an active Teeccino Ambassador who has done multiple events this year. You might remember her Relay for Life event posted on our blog back in May! Wanda’s most recent Ambassador event was a breast cancer awareness and survivors’ gathering, where the entire room was decked out in pink and peach, and everyone made […]

Teeccino is entering its 19th year of providing a delicious variety of brewed herbal beverages that are caffeine-free, non-acidic alternatives to coffee. All of you, our valued customers, have taught me so much about the preciousness of health and how small things like changing what you drink can make such a big difference. For those of you who have shared your personal stories on our testimonial pages, I give you my deepest thanks. It is your voice and appreciation that rallies my courage when the going gets tough!

Sometimes, you learn what you already know and are amazed to discover how true it is all over again. I’ve been personally devoted to seeking optimal health and helping others find their path to it for 40+ years. This year taught me once again the crucial role diet plays and how even subtle shifts in the foods we eat and beverages we drink can dramatically affect our health.

I witnessed it in my husband’s health when he switched to a purely plant-based diet, eliminating meat, dairy and oil in order to clear some clogged veins causing terrible neuropathy. The shift gave him more energy, less painful flare-ups and a path forward where none had existed before. The use of the nutritional supplement, niacin, one of the B vitamins, has become a “miracle drug” for him because it relieves the discomfort he experiences which no other pharmaceutical drug could touch. I can’t adequately express with words how much this has meant to him and to me!

I witnessed it again with my son’s dog, Argyle, a loving chocolate Labrador hitting his middle age years. The diet of lamb and rice kibble with a nutritional supplement for joints that had kept him going in his early years was no longer enough. He came to visit me and I was shocked to see his hair falling out, dullness in his beautiful fur instead of its normal glowing sheen and pain causing him to limp from sore joints.

I started supplementing his diet with raw lamb meat, canned tuna, milled chia seeds and non-GMO lecithin plus marrow bones. In 10 days, his coat glistened again and his limping stopped. Now, several months later, the improvement has restored him to enjoying energetic walks that don’t cause him to suffer stiffness afterwards.  His happy, puppy-like nature is a delight to behold! I credit much of his improvement to chia seeds with their omega-3 fatty acids that have relieved his inflammation much more effectively than the joint supplement he had taken for years.

Many of you know that this has been a bumpy year for Teeccino. We lost our long time production facility suddenly last spring and have been in transition as we establish production in new facilities. We’ve had to change where our packaging is printed, causing delays in getting the film that makes our 11 oz bags. We had to apply for all new organic and kosher certifications in our new production facilities causing further delays.

As a small company, it has taken some time to accomplish all of this. I want to give a huge thanks to the Teeccino team including my husband and partner, Jerry Isenberg, and our production manager, John Magee, for unwavering persistence and hard work that has taken us over so many hurdles this year! And I want to reassure you, our loyal customers, that we are doing everything possible to regain our balance and keep our 19 flavors in over 85 packages in stock and shipping out to all of you promptly.

There are those years that call upon you for strength, endurance and positive vision far beyond the normal ups and downs of life. When upheaval rules and balance is missing, you have to dig very deep for the courage and conviction to take one step at a time until the way forward comes into focus.

Maybe I’ve forgotten, but it seemed like those kind of years used to only come every once in a while. These days, abrupt change and bumpy transitions seem to be reigning everywhere. Personally, I’d like 2014 to be a lot smoother than 2013!

We’re planning for 2014 to be a momentous year for Teeccino and TeeChia. Our Company’s mission is to provide superior foods and beverages that support the pursuit of optimal health and to inspire and educate our customers to adopt a balanced, healthy lifestyle by avoiding stimulants like sugar and caffeine. We have plans for new products that will offer all of you more tasty and nutritious foods that feed your body like nature intended. To make it all possible, we are raising capital from angel investors that will enable us to bring these healthy and delicious products to market. Stay tuned to this newsletter and you’ll be the first to hear about them!

From our family to yours, we send you the very best wishes for a healthy holiday season and new year!

 

Photo: Left to right: Elliott MacDougall, Jerry Isenberg, Caroline MacDougall and Galen MacDougall.

Roberta has been a very active Ambassador for Teeccino, first sampling Teeccino at VegFest back in July of this year and doing some smaller events along the way. Recently, Roberta brought Teeccino to Vegan Life Colorado‘s Thanksgiving event, and sent us a great report and pics! Roberta confirmed the event was a big success and […]

One of our dedicated ambassadors, Jan-Marie, recently had a fun get-together in her home and served one of our most popular flavors, Vanilla Nut!

Remember back in April when we posted on TeeccinoBuzz about Kelli’s Two Cool Events, a small home “Tee-party” gathering and a Weight Watchers awards ceremony? Well, Kelli just wrote us about her third Teeccino Ambassador event – a Thanksgiving Feast! We loved what she told us – “The event was a Thanksgiving Feast put on […]

Major food chains are adopting food scoring systems to help their customers pick nutrient-dense foods, but some seem to be causing more confusion than clarity. Whole Foods just announced the new scoring system they’ve selected nationally, developed by Dr. Joel Furhman, author of best-selling books on healthy eating and the ANDI score (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index), which divides a food’s micro-nutrients by the number of calories it has. Sounds good but in reality here’s the rub: Iceberg lettuce gets an ANDI score of 127 while walnuts only get 30!

Wait a second! The top antioxidant nut, chock full of omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E, gets ¼  the points compared to a type of lettuce known to be devoid of nutrients? Ok, so you can eat as much iceberg lettuce as humanly possible because it hardly has any calories and maybe then its nutrient content would exceed a handful of walnuts? But who eats that much iceberg lettuce without an oil-based salad dressing to make it palatable, which would raise the calorie count dramatically!

Seems like a reality check is due here and I’d like to turn you onto a website that has the best nutrient-density information I’ve found anywhere. I discovered it researching TeeChia’s ingredients and recommend it highly.  But first, here are a few tips that make it easy to determine if a food is nutrient dense or not:

  • Is it a whole plant food?If yes, it’s nutrient-dense, period. Does it really help us to know that blueberries have a higher ANDI score than strawberries? Who cares if we love to eat them both? So kale might have a higher ANDI score than red leaf lettuce. But here’s why both leaves are important in your diet: they are both high in minerals, micro-nutrients and antioxidants. No one is going to live on kale alone!What you really want to pay attention to is color.The way to get a variety of high antioxidant micro-nutrients is to eat a broad variety of colors in your plant foods. Pay special attention to eating the darker colored ones with the purple and blue hues. Color is the key to the quality of antioxidants the food contains. Don’t be fooled by white varieties that have been bred to be colorless. I recently ate white pomegranates and they had no flavor because they were devoid of the amazing nutrients in red pomegranates. Even white chia seeds don’t have the antioxidant level of black chia seeds. So let your meal be a potpourri of different colors – the more intense the better!
  • Does it have refined carbohydrates?If yes, it isn’t nutrient-dense, period. Look for what ingredients are providing the sugars. If they are coming from natural dried fruits, it’s nutrient-dense. If they are coming from sugar cane (including “evaporated cane juice” which is nothing more than sugar), agave syrup, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, and even honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup, the nutrient-density goes down as the calories from these sweeteners goes up. None of these sweeteners provide much in the way of nutrients. Don’t get me wrong – I love honey and I think raw honey is a superior natural food with its enzymes and antibacterial properties, but it isn’t nutrient-dense, so it needs to be eaten sparingly to keep your blood sugar balanced.
  • Is there added oil in it?The more oil, the higher the fat content, the lower the nutrient-density. I have nothing against good fats that come from our seeds, nuts, olives and avocados. But oil that has been extracted from its source can be similar to sugars that have been refined. Both can add a lot of calorie that aren’t providing nutrients. On top of that, most food companies have added too much oil to please your fat-craving taste buds.For example, does hummus really need to be made with added oil? No, sesame tahini, an ingredient that defines hummus along with garbanzo beans, is simply ground sesame seeds and it provides plenty of fat. Oil in hummus just ups the calories and is a cheap way to lower the food content. Check out the percentage of fat calories in your favorite hummus and you’ll see what I mean. I found I was eating a hummus brand I loved, but 90% of its calories were coming from fat! Oil was the 2nd ingredient. Now that I’m avoiding oil in foods I eat, I make my own hummus without any added oil and I can tell you, it is more delicious than any store bought hummus. Hmmm, maybe a new product I should start marketing!
  • How has it been processed?There is no easy answer to this factor because sometimes cooking adds to nutrient-density, but much of the time, it reduces the nutrient content.  Here’s a simple way to determine if the processing has added or detracted from the food: does cooking make the nutrients more available? In many cases, foods like grains and beans have to be cooked to make their nutrients bio-available. Take the rolled oats, quinoa and amaranth flakes in TeeChia for instance. These seeds have been steamed before rolling into a flake and this steaming process partially cooks them so that they can be eaten.On the other hand, look at crispy, crunchy cereals. That crunchiness is coming from over-baking with oil and sugar. For instance, the nutrients from rolled oats in granola have been reduced by prolonged heat during baking. Those flaked cereals are made from a slurry of grains, sugar and oil that is extruded and then baked to a crisp. Of course, I know that that crunchiness is enjoyable to munch. One way to optimize nutrient density in your diet would be to trade out your crunchy sweetened breakfast cereal for a more healthful option like TeeChia, our gluten-free super seed breakfast cereal. If giving up your crunchy breakfast cereal is too difficult to imagine, try adding in a little TeeChia to the mix. And remember that one of the the best ways to increase your nutrition is to scale back on products like overcooked cereal, which get most of their calories from added sugar and fat.Here’s an easy way to eliminate a food that has been processed too much: Is it fried? Avoid fried foods including chips that are high in calories but low in nutrients. My favorite chip alternative? Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten-free crackers are baked and their seed content gives them a high nutrient-density. You can scoop up hummus or a dip with them just like a chip and they have no added oil! All of their fat content is coming from the ingredients themselves that are 100% unrefined, natural foods.

check out this website devoted to "the world's healthiest foods:"

George Mateljan is an industry pioneer in natural foods and founder of a company called Health Valley that once ruled natural food shelves throughout the ‘80s-‘90s with numerous natural food products. George sold Health Valley after 25 years in the mid 1990’s and now devotes himself to his non-profit foundation, The George Mateljan Foundation For The World’s Healthiest Foods.The World’s Healthiest Foods website is chock full of information on the nutrient content of our best plant foods. Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND, one of the country’s foremost authorities on science-based natural medicine, is a contributor to this website’s comprehensive pages on nutrients in foods. Get ready for an intensive but fascinating read on many of the top plant foods we love to eat. Additionally, you’ll find recipes for each food alongside the nutritional analysis. George Mateljan began his career as a chef so he cares about food quality and educating people on delicious ways to prepare nutrient-dense meals.George and Joseph have developed a rating system for specific nutrients in foods so you can discover the foods with the most plentiful amounts of any particular nutrient that you may want to increase in your diet. This makes more sense to me than the ANDI scoring system. For instance, now I know that almonds are a “very good source” of Vitamin E and a “good source” of magnesium. Look for a food’s rating chart at the bottom of each page.

You may not know this, but the FDA will not allow a food company to publish any science on foods that shows that eating them may combat diseases like cancer or heart disease. On top of that, the FDA doesn’t recognize any antioxidants other than Vitamins A, C and E, because there is no established “recommended daily intake” or RDI for them. So a product like TeeChia that has many phytonutrients with antioxidant properties can’t use the word “antioxidant” on its packaging. We also can’t talk about the heart protective nutrients that lower cholesterol in TeeChia. Well, we try to hint at it so if you see the word “phytonutrient”, you’ll know what we’re talking about!

Even the conventional food companies have been threatened by the FDA when they published anything on their website about the healthy ingredients in their foods. Blue Diamond had to take down pages on their website just for talking about the nutrients in almonds!

So, the place to go to get the scoop on the nutrients in your favorite plant foods as well as a few cheeses, eggs and fish, is whfoods.org. It’s a bit of a confusing website, so here’s my recommended page that lists all the foods they cover with more being added all the time:  http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php. This is education about food at its best, so take the time for an enjoyable read!

We are fortunate to have a number of health professionals in our Teeccino Ambassador program, and we recently received another great report from Annette Hottenstein, MS, RD, LDN, a Teeccino Ambassador and registered dietician who sees 3 – 5 clients a week in her new private practice, Sensational Sustenance. Annette is a food scientist and […]

Joy B. Massa, a new Teeccino Ambassador, is a third year intern at the Homeopathic Academy of Southern California. For her first Ambassador event she shared samples with her fellow students! Joy will graduate in June 2014, and told us in her terrific post-event report… “Hello fellow Teeccino lovers & Ambassadors! I was privileged to […]

Vicky, a new Teeccino Ambassador in Tennessee, recently requested samples for her first event at her church.  Vicky wanted to share Teeccino at the church’s 3rd annual 4-day Survival/Preparedness and health event where they were expecting over 200 people a day! Vicky told us in her event report how she did a “blind taste test” […]