Teresa Jones a Eating Coach and Author discuss how she went from a size 14 to a size 4.


Because Everyone Poops: 5 Foods to Make Going Easier


Nothing glamorous here: everyone poops. And how well you poop is a great indication of your digestive and, hence, overall health. Your colon is the garbage disposal of your body.

If you eat well, are hydrated and carry on a relatively active lifestyle, you will poop regularly and properly. If you don’t poop enough or consistently, waste compounds in your colon and can lead to a host of health problems. Here are 5 foods that help you poop.

While everyone poops, there are many different reasons that can lead to constipation from one person to the next. From antibiotics to stress levels to too much diary, it may be virtually impossible to track down the single reason you are having trouble going. The best way to approach constipation is to look at the obvious, potentially unnatural factors. Are you taking a supplement or a pill? Are you not getting enough fat? Are you eating too much dairy, peanuts, soy, or dense and dry foods? Are you always on the run? Stressed?

To give your poop an extra run for its money, eat the following foods:

1. Brown, Spotty Bananas

You may assume brown spotty bananas have gone bad. Au contraire! Peel them and you’ll see that they are, in fact, yellow on the inside. When bananas have reached this point, their sugars have fully developed. They taste sweeter and go through your system much easier. Because grocery stores usually sell pretty bananas that are slightly green or yellow and firm, you will have to let bananas sit out for up to a week before they are edible for digestive purposes. I like to make raw vegan ice cream with spotty bananas, especially when I have a lot on hand that I don’t know what to do with before they go bad.

2. Cold-Pressed Oils

Many of us fear fat, but we shouldn’t! Fat is a lubricant for your body and it helps food to slide through your system seamlessly. Cold-pressed oils help in keeping your digestive tract lubricated and fit for proper elimination. Use cold-pressed oils such as flax, coconut and olive oils in salads, smoothies, and soups.

3. Dried Figs

A half-cup serving of dried figs provides 7.3 grams of fiber, some 19 percent of the RDA of fiber for men and 28 percent for women. The same serving also offers 11 percent of the RDA of potassium and more than 10 percent of the RDA of vitamin K. These features make dried figs great for overall health as well as digestion. I choose to add dried figs to this list, because they are mobile and easy to carry around as a go-snack with things back up.

4. Green Smoothies

They are more than a chlorophyll powerhouse. Green smoothies are jam-packed with plant fiber, which help to push food through your system and essentially clean you from the inside out.

5. Beans

“Beans, Beans, they’re good for your heart. The more you eat ’em, the more you fart!” The light-spirited children’s chant speaks truths! Beans contain abut 10 grams of fiber in one cup. They hold a mixture of soluble and insoluble fiber, which help to shepherd waste through your colon. Enjoy cooked beans in a casserole, mashed with spices to make a dip, mixed into a vegetable soup, or added to a salad for extra bulk.

Smoothie and Juicing Class: Two (2) Classes: When: Thursday, January 15th at 6:30 p.m. and Friday January 16th at 11am

Come and learn how delicious and healthy smoothies/Juicing can taste!!


 Learn how to incorporate Greens and Superfoods into smoothies to make them highly nutritious!

Cost $5.00 per person

Seating is limited so pay now and reserve your seat.

Come by 323 S. Washington Street, Shelby, NC 28150

More information 704-457-1001

 We are located across the street from Don Gibson Theater


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Health shop inspired by owner’s story

Health shop inspired by owner’s story by The Shelby Star 4/10/14


From left, Aunita Clark, Joe Smith, Leroy White and Jennifer Jimson stand inside Healing Health and Wellness Superfood and Vitamin Shop.

Brittany Randolph / The Star

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 08:10 AM.

About a year ago, the doctor told Leroy White that he was “fat and dying.”

Instead of getting mad, the new owner of the Healing Connection Wellness Center, 323 S. Washington St., Shelby,decided it was time for a change.

He visited the Healing Connection Wellness Center, owned by Gerene Butterfield at the time, and changed his diet and began drinking smoothies. Six months later, he had dropped 40 pounds and was helping other people become healthy.

Butterfield introduced White to Kangen Water, an Alkaline Ionized Water touted for its health benefits, and educated him on healthy living. When Butterfield left, she turned the store over to White.

New store offers superfood and vitamins

Since taking over, White has added the Healing Health and Wellness Superfood and Vitamin Shop and started a church in the building. 

He kept the Healing Connection Wellness Center name, since it had been around for so long. The business offers health evaluations and promotes healthy lifestyles through different wellness techniques, he said.

The store offers healthy items at a lower price and carries soap, oils and beauty products, health supplements and organic, gluten-free products and more. One of the brands the store carries is Hallelujah Acres.

White said he keeps the prices low, because he wants to help people become healthy.

“I enjoy hearing peoples’ testimonies,” White said. “Hearing how they are off medication and living with a clean bill of health.”

White also added classes once a month to teach people about making smoothies, juicing, gardening and skin detox. He plans to add more classes on fitness training and a masseuse.

Aunita Clark is a house minister at the center, who also worked under Butterfield’s management. She teaches a class and said the classes fill up quickly. They recently moved the classes to a different room to accommodate more people.

Helping people live better

White is a native of Richmond, Va. He’s married to Rosalind White and they have a 16-year-old daughter, Ashley. 

He said his goal is not to get rich, but to help people live better. He operates the store by the scripture: 3 John 1:2 – “ Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

The church, Whole in the Wall Empowerment and Training Center, has services at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays in the upstairs section of the building.

“Our purpose is to train leaders,” White said. “We are non-traditional and non-denominational.”

Future plans for the Healing Connection Wellness Center are to add more teaching classes and a small café offering nutritional soups and salads.

Want more information?

Store hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

The fee for attending classes varies from free to $10

Visit Healing Health and Wellness Superfood and Vitamin Shop on Facebook for information on classes.