Why I Won’t Go to Starbucks

GMOMy youngest daughter desperately wants to go to Starbucks. The closest one to us in Collingwood, which is about 1 hour away. I refuse to take her.

Why? What is the big deal?

I hear you, ‘Don’t be such a stick in the mud. Let the kid enjoy herself.’

Well, I disagree and I will tell you why.

Starbucks is owned by PepsiCo.  PepsiCo has spent $4.8M to keep you uninformed about GMO foods.  $4.8M!  That is a lot of money. They, and many other big companies, have Monsanto’s back and want to make sure that you do not know what is in your food.  They also want to make sure that there will be no labelling of GMO foods as well as legalizing labelling GMO foods as ‘natural’.

We are not allowed to know what we put in to our body.

Yikes!  I will not support that.  No way, no how.

There are other big companies who are putting money into this as well, over 300 of them.  Scary stuff, wouldn’t you agree?

Some of the big ones are:

(In italics are the smaller food companies that they own.)

PepsiCo ($4.8M)IZZE, Naked Juice, Simply Frito-Lay, Starbucks Frappucino
Coca-Cola ($3.2M)Honest Tea, Odwalla, Keurig/Green Mountain Coffee (10%)
Nestle ($3M)Gerber Organic, Sweet Leaf tea
Kraft/Mondelez ($2.4M)Boca Burgers, Green and Black’s
General Mills ($2.1M)Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, Larabar, Muir Glen
ConAgra Foods ($2M)Alexia, Pam organic cooking sprays
Kelloggs ($1.1M)Bear Naked, Gardenburger, Kashi, Morningstar Farms
Campbells ($980k)Plum Organics, Wolfgang Puck organic soups
Smuckers ($900k)R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz organic, Smuckers Organic
Hershey’s ($880k)Dagoba
Bimbo Bakeries ($560k)Earthgrains bread
McCormick ($400k)Simply Asia, Thai Kitchen

To view a short list of companies who are members of the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association-Monsanto’s Evil Twin) go here and look on the right side, near the top of the page.  There is a small link.  You will be surprised which companies you see there.

Do you get what that means?

It means that people who think that they are doing the right thing by buying organic and natural products are sometimes being duped, tricked.  That really angers me.  Here I am, doing what I think is the best for my family and some rich, nasty company is buying up little organic companies, vying for my business and putting that money towards the GMO business.

Oh no. No, no, no.  I am not going for that.  I am educating myself.  I am making as much from scratch as possible.  I am not falling into their trap.

I have signed a petition to show my support to companies who are creating foods that are real and are good for me and my family.  You can too.  Go here.

The Organic Consumers Association says the following:

Our motto for Monsanto and GMA products must become: Don’t buy them. Don’t sell them. Don’t grow them. And don’t let your financial institution, university, church, labor union or pension fund invest in them.
Do your part and sign the petition.
Do your part and refuse to buy products from these companies.
You can truly make a difference.

Learn more about the Boycott List here.

The Boycott List InfographicThere is excellent information on the site about how to avoid GMO products.

My suggestion is to eat from the Earth as much as possible and avoid prepared foods.

You have the power to feed your body what is best for it.  Make a choice.  Choose for you.

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Strawberry Lemon Chia Pudding

imageI splurged and bought beautiful organic strawberries this week.  I really wanted to just eat all of them but decided that I had better share with my family.  So I made this pudding for dessert tonight.  I had some for breakfast too but don’t tell anyone.

Chia seeds have amazing health properties.

Here are just a few:

  1. Important for digestive health – high in fibre
  2. High in Omega 3
  3. Good for your bones – high in Calcium
  4. High in Manganese – another nutrient that is good for bones
  5. Helps reduce belly fat – stabilizes blood sugar
  6. Lowers cholesterol

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Your Biggest Source of Stress May Not Be What You Think

IMG_0385AFor most people, stress is real in their lives.  People struggle with Physical stress, Emotional stress and more recently, Nutritional Stress.

What is Nutritional Stress?

Nutritional Stress is defined as stress in the body caused by eating foods with unhealthy properties.  It is caused by eating processed foods, eating too many sugary treats, eating refined foods, eating hydrogenated oils and more.

Our health is compromised by eating processed foods on a regular basis.  It is common these days for people to have many food sensitivities, as well as allergies. Studies have shown that there is a link between food sensitivies and allergies and the typical North American diet.  The food sensitivies and allergies can give way to ‘cravings’ and so the unhealthy foods are difficult to eliminate.Continue Reading

A Day of Gratitude

In Canada, we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day this coming Monday.  It is a time to give thanks for a good harvest and perhaps celebrate other good things that have happened this year.

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Previously I regarded this day as a day to get together with family and enjoy a nice meal.  Nothing more really.

Since my accident last year, I now take the idea of being thankful a bit more seriously.  I actually have a Gratitude Journal that has regular entries.  Writing down things that I am grateful for has been good therapy for me.  I had a few months there were I was quite confused as to my purpose on this planet and what was really the point of being here?Continue Reading

Tips to Improve Your Digestion

Better-Digestion

Do you have great digestion?

If you do then presumably, nothing bothers your stomach (no bloating, no gas), you are not sensitive to foods, you have 2 or 3 bowel movements in a day without straining, your hair  is shiny, your skin is clear, your nails are strong, your energy is amazing and you are coasting along pretty happy.  That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

I have some suggestions to help get you there.Continue Reading

Creamy Carrot Soup

This is a lovely soup to serve on a warm summer day.  It is hearty, yet refreshing.  This recipe makes a lot but it is quite easy to cut the recipe in half if you don’t want as much.  On a cooler day, you could gently warm it in your dehydrator or on the stove top.  Don’t allow the soup to boil so that you preserve all of the wonderful enzymes.

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Carrot juice is full of carotenes, which is an anti-oxidant that has powerful healing virtues for many diseases.  I will write more information about this soon.

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Asparagus Guacamole

This dip is very simple to prepare and tastes delicious with crudités, flax crackers or corn chips.

An unexpected adventure for you to enjoy.

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Ingredients:
Remember to choose organic ingredients as much as you can.

1 bunch asparagus (approx. 1lb), washed and chopped
3 cloves garlic (or to taste…more or less)
1 avocado
1 lemon or lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Procedure:

  • In a food processor,  process the asparagus and avocado until the mixture is fairly smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and process to a smooth consistency or keep it chunky, whichever you prefer.
  • Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or so, before serving.

Adventurous Variations:
-Add 1/2 cup, minced, fresh basil
-Add 1/2 cup, minced, fresh dill
-Add 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes

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Asparagus Guacamole
Author: 
Recipe type: Dip
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1½ cups
 
Remember to choose organic ingredients as much as you can.
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch asparagus (approx. 1lb), washed and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic (or to taste...more or less)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon or lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process the asparagus and avocado until the mixture is fairly smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process to a smooth consistency or keep the dip chunky whichever you prefer
  3. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or so, before serving.

The Almighty Almond

The almond is native to the Middle East and South Asia.  It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, United States.  The almond is a deciduous tree that begins bearing a good crop in it’s third year.  The fruit matures in the autumn.Almonds-benefits-north-cyprus

Almonds have many benefits.  Here are some of the benefits.

  • Give the body energy – Almonds are high in Vitamin B2- and B2 plays a role in energy production and tissue repair.  B2 also helps your body produce red blood cells.
  • Essential for healthy eyes and helps enable the eyes to adapt to light- This is due to the B2
  • High in fiber and antioxidants
  • Alkalizing to the blood – almonds are the only nuts that are alkalizing
  • Can get rid of phlegm and coughs– Almonds relieve stagnant qi energy of the lungs.  Almonds can be helpful for those with asthma.
  • Rich in tryptophan – Tryptophan is used by the body to produce seratonin which in turn produces melatonin.  Melatonin is known to help the body sleep well.
  • Lower ‘bad’ cholesterol – recent studies show that eating approximately 1/4 cup almonds per day can reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol) by 10%.
  • Resistant to mold without being roasted. -This means that almonds are a wonderful choice to eat raw.

To get the most available nutrients from  raw nuts, it is best to soak them overnight in filtered water.   Soaking makes the almond more nutritious.  It awakens it from its’ slumber and brings it to a pre-sprouting state; bringing all nutrients in to a place where they are ready for action!   The vitamin levels then increase and the enzyme inhibitors are removed making them easier to digest.  After soaking, drain and rinse, ready to eat or use in a recipe.  If you are not using them right away, simply keep in a glass jar, covered with filtered water, in the fridge, for up to a week (change the water daily).

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Basic Nut Mylk

 

Almond. MylkAlmonds have many benefits that I outline in the  post called ‘The Almighty Almond’.  Almond mylk is a tasty nutritious drink that is very versatile and delicious.

Ingredients:
1 cup almonds, cashews, pecans or your favourite nut
Tiny pinch of sea salt
5 cups water (4 cups if you want it creamier)

Procedure:

  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth
  • If you do not have a high speed blender, soak the almonds overnight first
  • Strain through a nut mylk bag (this is optional when using cashews)
  • Add to your favourite smoothie recipe or drink as is.
  • Will keep for at least 4 days refrigerated but you will need to shake it up before use

Adventurous Variations:
-add 1 vanilla bean or 1 T alcohol-free vanilla extract
-sweeten with ½ cup pitted dates or ¼ cup agave syrup or pinch of stevia
-add 3 T raw cacao powder

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Basic Nut Mylk
Author: 
Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-5 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almonds, cashews, pecans or your favourite nut
  • Tiny pinch of sea salt
  • 5 cups water (4 cups if you want it creamier)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth
  2. If you do not have a high speed blender, soak the almonds overnight first
  3. Strain through a nut mylk bag (this is optional when using cashews)
  4. Add to your favourite smoothie recipe or drink as is.
  5. Will keep for at least 4 days refrigerated but you will need to shake it up before use