On the food front, I couple of months back I made some scratch Ketchup. Ever done that? We are working to eliminate all the corn syrup in our diet. Not hard, mostly tomatoes and sugar with vinegar, salt, and some spices. We cut the sugar. Real tomato flavor. Not much left.
Corn syrup has some nasty side effects and adds some interesting aftertastes. Go get a coke bottled in Mexico (cane sugar) and a local coke (check the label and make sure it has corn syrup) DO a side by side. You WILL taste the difference. It has made us feel better.
The other thing is we are using cane sugar exclusively. Mostly from FL, some Natural Turbonado Sugar. No white sugar, it tastes burnt now (we assume from the processing). Completely off the artificial sweeteners. We have moved to as natural a diet as we can eat. Heck, I have even quit drinking.
Of course, being from Alabama and not Jewish I do have my daily allowance of pork!!