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Musings and a recap

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I haven’t been on here in quite some time. Clearly ๐Ÿ™‚ But I have good reason….my oldest is out of school for the summer, we are buying a house and I am packing (sort of). So, now that we have gotten through my list of reasons for being absent-let’s move forward.

First a recap….it got so hot here this summer, with one day reaching 117 degrees, that my plants almost died. They all tuned brown. But I still harvested some tomatoes. The one at my daughter’s school did very well-once I killed 6 green tomato caterpillars. Ugh. After cutting off all of the dead branches and such, I noticed significant new growth from my plants today. That excites me!

Next, I gave up on making sourdough bread for now and will resume after we move with more kitchen space and time. Yay! So be sure to check in for those updates. I have been enjoying coconut flour immensely-it makes some excellent pancakes and for anyone doing the whole Paleo thing-it’s a nice chance to eat what feels like a carb ๐Ÿ™‚ It also makes to die for brownies-courtesy of the recipe on the back of the package.

Third, we’ve started drinking raw milk. It’s delicious. I haven’t been a milk drinker since my early teens because I didn’t care for the over-production of mucous. (eww). But I don’t have that problem with the raw stuff. I get it at a very reputable dairy here and am thrilled. It’s pretty inexpensive considering what I’m getting in health benefits. Did you know raw milk is a natural probiotic? Cool huh? And I made some butter with the raw cream, as well as whipped cream to dip strawberries in. Yum! I even tried to make my own yogurt with it-it was a little runny, but nothing a cheesecloth can’t fix.

And then last I want to mention GMO foods again. I have a few friends who are learning to eat better, think they are consuming healthy “clean” options, but in reality are not. The label “NATURAL” means absolutely nothing in manufacturing. It is not a regulated term and can be put on the front of any box, can, wrapper if that company thinks it can sell more under the natural label. I highly recommend the TRUE FOOD app for android or iPhone. It gives a list of brands by category that are non-GMO, and likely to be GMO. It gives a great frame of reference for shopping. Cereal grains, baking grains, etc tend to be heavily sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. Avoid those, buy organic. Most cereals and granola items have corn or soy products in them that are GMO. Know where your food comes from, ask questions. Grow your own, go to the local farmer’s market, join a CSA. You make a difference with your dollars.

Here is a list of resources for helpful info on what foods, brands, etc to consume:

True Food

Institute for Responsible Technology

Cornucopia Institute

Food Matters

Time to Talk About FOOD! Part2

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I have to admit it took me a little longer than I thought to narrow my focus for this post. There are so many topics…so many angles. But one in particular has really been on my radar this week. GMOs, otherwise known as genetically modified organisms. I could write a ton on this, but I’ll try to keep it simple and straightforward.

What are GMOs and why are they harmful?

GMOs are plants that have been crossed with the genetics, characteristics of other organisms to take on those traits. For instance, there is a corn that has been modified (changed) to have a built-in pesticide. So, when bugs eat this corn they then die. The danger is this…those changed traits STAY through the manufacturing and digestive process. Are you seeing the implications of this? When this corn is fed to the cow or chicken or pig and is digested, that animal slaughtered and sold, you purchase it at the store, cook and eat it-you are INGESTING that modified organism producing pesticide which then lives in YOUR COLON! There was a test run where the blood of pregnant mothers was drawn and then their babies-both tested positive for GMOs in their bloodstream. This is critical. If it wasn’t challenging enough to eat healthy on our own, our health is being sabotaged by the big food industry.ย And unfortunately, this business is not regulated. There is quite a bit of corruption and conflict of interest surrounding government authorities and lobbyists. Thankfully, we can be aware of this practice and protest in a way that is heard-with our WALLETS.

There is a wealth of information available on the implications of GMOs in the food supply-everything from owning the rights to the seeds (putting small farmers and seed-savers out of business) to the feed for most conventional farms to the processed & packaged foods we eat on a daily basis. Thankfully there is help.

The BIG 5 to watch out for are Corn, Soy, Canola, Cotton, Beet Sugar. If you eat packaged and processed food-start looking for organic options and products labeled “non-GMO” ~there is a great app available called True Food that you can download for free and it contains a non-GMO shopping guide. Please begin to further educate yourselves on this topic-as GMOs are infiltrating the majority of the conventional food supply. Watch the movie Food, Inc-it’s a big eye-opener into what is really going on behind the scenes. Then take action to find organic substitutes for your current grocery list. There is a big misconception that it’s just “too expensive” to buy organic. My question to you is this-“what is your health and well-being really worth to you?” “how do you value your family?” I have been able to affordably stick to my budget and shop nearly all organic and non-GMO. Labels “natural”, “all-natural”, “made from natural ingredients” mean NOTHING. That label is not regulated at all and can be put on anything. Mineral oil is natural but you wouldn’t want to eat it. Go to www.truefoodnow.org & ย www.drmercola.com for more information on how you can take action and what the health implications are for you and your family. Feel free to post questions in the comments! I love a good discussion.