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WHO SAID WE DON’T HAVE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD!

Exciting news about NON GMO foods, that gives us all hope of change in the right direction!!!!!

Please check out this video and give yourself a pat in the back for your beliefs and unwavering choices!

Have an AWESOME day!!!

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GLOBAL MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO!

My post today is on an issue that seems to haunt me whether I like it or not! So here I am to share my concern with you! My concern is not to upset or freak anybody out, just to make you think!

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This is an excerpt taken from Yahoo news.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across the U.S. and in over 50 other countries on Saturday.

“March Against Monsanto” protesters say they wanted to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it. Founder and organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries.

Genetically modified plants are grown from seeds that are engineered to resist insecticides and herbicides, add nutritional benefits or otherwise improve crop yields and increase the global food supply. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States today have been genetically modified. But some say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment. The use of GMOs has been a growing issue of contention in recent years, with health advocates pushing for mandatory labeling of genetically modified products even though the federal government and many scientists say the technology is safe.

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I don’t know how many, if any of you were aware of the GLOBAL March against Monsanto yesterday, May 25, 2013! There are many Utube videos to view if you’re interested! I urge you, if you care anything about your health or the planet, to get informed on what GIANT corporations like Monsanto are doing to you, the food chain and the planet!

It seems, at a glance, with the number of companies in on this, (to a depth you could not imagine), and the lack of involvement of our Governments, that we are all science experiments! This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Only the strong will survive!” What exactly do they have in store for us?????

Does anyone have the Movie “Soylent Green” FLASHING in their minds????

Pardon me if I’m sounding over dramatic, but seriously, try to detach yourself from your body for a moment and use that thing on your shoulders that contains THE BRAIN! It’s an amazing organ!

I don’t know how we can ‘undo’ this situation that has been quietly forced upon us, in the name of Science. The tentacles are so deep and the money involved is astronomical! It does seem we are on the losing side.

The only thing we can hope for right now, is having the RIGHT of CHOICE, which seems to have been taken away from us! Quietly, of course!

If you care, exercise your Right of Choice! Know what you’re eating! Read your labels kids!!!!!

Have a great day!

POSITIVE AFFIRMATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT!

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When I took this picture, I didn’t realize just why I was drawn to it.  I made it my home screen photo on my lap top, but lately I’ve been using my iPad so I don’t turn on my computer much.  Today I decided to fire up the thing and lo and behold, my photo came up, and like a beacon, I suddenly realizied………..the seagul was ME!  Symbolic of who I am and what I do.  I feel I’ve been doing this all my life, staring up at the heavens and looking for guidance whenever I was challenged with difficult times.  Water, has also played an important healing ground for me.  Being around it has always calmed and centred me and brought me back to a place of strength  and inspiration.

My post today is a Dedication to you, for Positive Affirmation and Encouragement!  Because I believe we don’t get enough from others or ourselves!

I’m just that little seagull, looking up to the sky and wondering…. “what the Heck!”

I have dedicated the rest of my life, to living a healthier life style which includes eating REAL and healthy food, exercising and eliminating as much negative energy from it as possible!  This can be extremely difficult!  Can I get a Yay!  Eating healthy IS difficult!  Especially when we are constantly being seduced with main stream food which is designed to addict, enlarge and screw up your system so bad! that you need drugs to help you tolerate eating them!  SAD…….BUT TRUE!   It is getting better, as the choice for healthier substitutes are available.   But who stands a chance when there are yummy, unhealthy choices as well!  WILLPOWER!!!!  unfortunately, when you’re hungry, all the willpower in the world will not succeed for most of us.  So what do we do? Lock ourselves up with our pesticide free veggies and Organic groceries? Never to eat out again?  Well…..that’s extreme, but hey, who am I to say?  What ever works for you.

For me, finding a balance is key!  Learning what you can tolerate and easily eliminate is crucial, thereby not denying yourself the odd ice-cream or french fries or other triggers you may have, like maybe SUGAR!  A  TREAT is a TREAT! not part of a healthy, daily diet.   And try drinking more!  No not the alcohol type, silly,  clean, filtered water, try it with lemon to make it more tasty.   Just remember, you are making an effort to control your own health without the use of drugs or frequent trips to the Doctor!

Any step you take to get healthy and feel good is a step in the right direction!  Don’t believe everything you hear, learn to question and use your own gut feelings and common sense.  Research, it’s easy with Google, but make sure you read both sides.  There is a lot of conflicting information out there.  Only then will you be able to make your own decision, not someone elses.  We are all different and have different belief systems.  What’s right for one may not be for another.  Find your own truth and  be content in knowing that whatever happens, happened because YOU chose it and not someone else!

Here is my acknowledgment to all the people in our lives who are ill and struggling with physical, emotional and terminal illnesses and to their families and friends who care and support them.   God bless you all!

ATTENTION PREPARED FOOD LOVERS!!!

Hello Friends, I am devoting this post to AWARENESS!

I know none of us, including myself, are perfect, and there are times when we are out and about and find ourselves hungry and need to eat! Hopefully this article will enlighten you on some of the “food preparation” practices that go on in the world of prepared foods and encourage you to make wiser choices on what you choose to fuel your body!

When I first read this I felt nauseous! I have no idea why this is allowed to be legal! This is mainstream food for a lot of people including children and it makes me ill to know that this is not common knowledge! The only way to find out about our “Food Atrocities” is to be proactive in being informed!

This is an article from a health website that I consider one of the most honest and unbiased, Mercola.com.

I am not here to preach but to enlighten! Do what you will, but at least know what you’re doing!

THE UNSAVOURY TRUTH OF THE McRIB AND OTHER FAKE FOODS!

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Sneaky “tricks of the trade” employed by the meat industry include “pink slime” made of otherwise unusable scraps, meat glue, and reconstituted meat—all of which fool you into thinking you’re buying something of higher quality than you are

McDonald’s seasonally-available McRib sandwich contains more than 70 ingredients, including a chemical used in gym shoes and other items requiring a rubbery substance. And the pork is actually a restructured meat product made from the less expensive innards and scraps from the pig

Russia has recently banned U.S. meat supplies after discovering it contains ractopamine—a beta agonist drug that increases protein synthesis, thereby making the animal more muscular. This reduces the fat content of the meat. Ractopamine is known to affect the human cardiovascular system, may cause food poisoning, and is thought to be responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown, and increased death and disability in livestock

As much as 20 percent of ractopamine remains in the meat you buy from the supermarket. Despite potential health risks, the drug is used in 45 percent of U.S. pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys

THE UNSAVOURY TRUTH OF THE McRIB AND OTHER FAKE FOODS!

and Why Russia Banned US-Raised Meat

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By Dr. Mercola

Over the past couple of years, we’ve learned the unsavory truth about “pink slime,” reconstituted meat, and how the use of meat glue cheats you out of your hard-earned money at the grocery store and threatens your health.

We’ve also learned that fast food fare such as McDonald’s hamburgers contain so many chemicals and so few real food ingredients that a burger fails to show signs of decomposition after more than a decade…

The famous McDonald’s McRib also came under closer scrutiny, and turned out to be something less than mouthwatering. The McRib sandwich is a non-standard item on the fast food restaurant’s menu;1 its annual return is always advertised with great fanfare — last year it even made the headlines on ABC News.2

The pork sandwich is described as a tasty fan favorite slathered in tangy barbecue sauce, slivered onions and tart pickles, served on a hoagie style bun. Sounds perfectly normal, but what’s it made of, really? In a November 2011 article, CBS Chicago news3 spilled the beans on this seasonal favorite:

“More than 70 ingredients make up the McRib and, yes, one of them is pork. But as CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, there’s also an ingredient that can be found in shoes… [Registered dietician Cassie] Vanderwall gave the McRib a closer look and found the McRib has azodicarbonamide, which is used to bleach the flour in bread. It has other uses. ‘It could be on your yoga mat, in your gym shoes, in your anything that’s rubbery,’ Vanderwall said…

Then there’s the pork – which is really restructured meat product. In other words, it’s made from all the less expensive innards and castoffs from the pig… Vanderwall said the McRib ingredient list ‘reminds me of a chemistry lab.’”

To see pictures of a ‘deconstructed’ McRib sandwich, check out foodfacts.info’s McRib page.4 It sure doesn’t look so appetizing anymore once the sauce is washed off and the meat sliced in half. In fact, it can barely pass meat, which was the point CBS news tried to make in the first place.

What is “Food” Anyway?

Two years ago, the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine singled out McDonald’s in their advertisement against obesity-related deaths. As the ad claimed, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and heart attacks are hallmark diseases associated with a fast food diet – a clear indication that it does not provide the appropriate nutrition for your body.

So, is McDonald’s fare really food?

When you consider the fact that a large number of the ingredients in a fast food meal exist nowhere in nature, but are rather concocted in a lab, the answer would have to be ‘no.’ Unfortunately, and to our severe detriment, ever since the advent of the so-called TV dinner back in the 1950’s, the concept of “food” has expanded from meat, vegetables, raw dairy products, fruit and other such natural items to include the highly processed, preserved, artificially flavored and often brightly colored chemical concoctions. But man simply was NOT designed to thrive on man-made chemicals.

Sadly, store-bought foods you might not recognize as processed, such as ground beef, are oftentimes no better. As reported last year, approximately 70 percent of the ground beef sold in U.S. supermarkets contains “pink slime” added in as a cheap filler.

The Pepto-Bismol-colored concoction consists of beef scraps and cow connective tissues, which has been treated with ammonium hydroxide (basically a solution of ammonia in water). It can legally make up 15 percent of any given beef product, which shaves about three cents off the cost for a pound of ground beef. The trimmings used come from parts of the cow that are most likely to be contaminated with dangerous bacteria like E. coli — which is why it must be treated with ammonia to kill off the pathogens in the first place. It’s really industrial food practices like this that pose very real threats to your health, not raw unpasteurized dairy products and other non-processed whole foods…

Russia Throws Poisonous Meat Back to U.S.

In related “questionable food” news, Russia has recently banned U.S. meat supplies after discovering it contains ractopamine — a beta agonist drug that increases protein synthesis, thereby making the animal more muscular. This reduces the fat content of the meat. As reported by Pravda,5 Russia is the fourth largest importer of US meats, purchasing about $500 million-worth of beef and pork annually.

The drug is banned for use in 160 countries, including China and Russia, but allowed in 24 countries, including Canada and the United States. According to the New York Times,6 the ban took effect as of December 7, 2012, and Russian health regulators stated that while they will initially conduct their own testing, foreign countries will soon be required to certify their meat as ractopamine-free if they want to export it to Russia. While the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers ractopamine safe and doesn’t test for it, Russia’s chief health inspector, Gennady Onishchenko, claims there are “serious questions” about the safety of the drug. He told the New York Times:

“For instance, use of ractopamine is accompanied by a reduction in body mass, suppression of reproductive function, increase of mastitis in dairy herds, which leads to a steep decline in the quality and safety of milk.”

Ractopamine is also known to affect the human cardiovascular system, and may cause food poisoning, according to Pravda.7 It’s also thought to be responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown, and increased death and disability in livestock. While other drugs require a clearance period of around two weeks to help ensure the compounds are flushed from the meat prior to slaughter (and therefore reduce residues leftover for human consumption), there is no clearance period for ractopamine. In fact, livestock growers intentionally use the drug in the last days before slaughter in order to increase its effectiveness.

According to veterinarian Michael W. Fox, as much as 20 percent of ractopamine remains in the meat you buy from the supermarket. Despite potential health risks, the drug is used in 45 percent of U.S. pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys.

Mexico and Brazil have announced that they will comply with Russia’s demand for ractopamine-free meats.8 The US has shown no sign of coming to an agreement, however. Instead the US has accused Russia of violating World Trade Organization (WTO) rules — an accusation Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has dismissed as being part of business as usual, since “all WTO members break these rules.”

How to Identify REAL Food

There are major incentives to center your diet on real foods as opposed to “food-like” products, the primary one being that real food is essential for optimal health. Real foods also taste delicious, and when bought from sustainable sources help to protect the environment. But with all the sneaky tricks being employed, how can you tell the difference? Here’s a listing of the characteristics and traits of real food versus processed “food products.”

Real Food Processed Food-Like Products
It’s grown, and sold “whole” Produced, manufactured in a factory, and sold in neat, convenient packages
Variable quality Always the same (no quality or taste variance)
Spoils fast Stays “fresh” for extended periods of time
Requires preparation No preparation required, just heat and serve
Vibrant colors and rich textures Contains fillers, additives and preservatives to make otherwise dull and bland mixtures appetizing
Authentically flavorful Artificially flavorful
Strong connection to land and culture No connection to land or culture
Shopping Guidelines for Real, Health-Promoting Food

As the U.S. agriculture industry now stands, antibiotics, pesticides, genetically engineered ingredients, hormones and countless drugs are fair game for inclusion in your food. So if you purchase your food from a typical supermarket, you’re taking the chance that your food is teeming with chemicals and drugs — even those that have been banned in other countries due to adverse health effects.

So please do your health a favor and support the small family farms in your area. You’ll receive nutritious food from a source that you can trust, and you’ll be supporting the honest work of a real family farm.

It all boils down to this: if you want to optimize your health, you must return to the basics of healthy food choices. Put your focus on WHOLE foods — foods that have not been processed or altered from their original state — food that has been grown or raised as nature intended, without the use of chemical additives, drugs, hormones, pesticides, fertilizers, and “mystery concoctions” of discarded scrap parts.

It’s really as simple as that!

And it’s not nearly as daunting a task as it may seem to find a local farmer that can supply your family with healthy, humanely raised animal products and produce. At LocalHarvest.org, for instance, you can enter your zip code and find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, all with the click of a button. Once you make the switch from supermarket to local farmer, the choice will seem natural, and you can have peace of mind that the food you’re feeding your family is naturally wholesome. That said, regardless of where you do your grocery shopping, these are the signs of high-quality, health-promoting foods you want to look for:

It’s grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)
It’s not genetically modified
It contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
It does not contain any artificial ingredients, including chemical preservatives
It is fresh (keep in mind that if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may actually be the better option)
It did not come from a factory farm
It is grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)
It is grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)
If the food meets these criteria, it is most likely a wise choice, and would fall under the designation of “real food.” Keep in mind that reclaiming your kitchen is part and parcel of healthful living, so you know exactly what you’re putting in your body. If you need help to get started, see Colleen Huber’s helpful tips on how to eat healthier organic food on a budget. And if you’re “hooked” on fast food and other processed foods, please review my article How to Wean Yourself Off Processed Foods in 7 Steps. It’s one of the absolute most positive life changes you could make!

HOW TO GIVE YOUR GREENS AND VEGGIES A LONGER FRIDGE LIFE

Are you like me, tired of throwing out greens and veggies because they’ve gone bad in the fridge only after a few days?  Well, I don’t know if anyone ever told you, how to store veggies and greens, no one ever told me! And further more, don’t you think it should be common knowledge?  Why don’t they come with a “HOW TO STORE” tag?  Oh well, here we are and if you don’t already know this, I will fill you in on a little secret!

First of all, we must understand, why things go bad.  Apparently, oxygen and condensation are the two worst culprits!  So we need to keep things relatively dry and in an oxygen deprived container.  I always wondered why my Mother-in-Law wrapped  her garden goodies up in tea towels and then tightly in plastic bags.  Then one day I was visiting a friend and noticed that she had a sheet of paper towel on top of her mixed salad greens inside the plastic container.  My salad greens in the container always got wet and then slimy, the longer they were in the fridge.  I thought this was interesting so I tried it! Incredibly, the paper towel absorbs the excess moisture and they last much longer.  I have tried this idea on cucumbers, and pretty much all my veggies and greens that I put in the fridge, with the exception of celery.  I hope we all know tomatoes, are not supposed to be refrigerated, and celery lasts a very long time if it’s wrapped up in tin foil!  You’ll have to play around with other veggies, as I’ve only just begun to learn about different ones.

This  summer I bought a lot of Organic strawberries and I was paranoid that they would go bad!  They are so expensive anyway, so throwing them away is not an option!  I had some compost recycling paper bags, you know the ones with the cellulose liner?  Well….. those strawberries lasted in the fridge, in great condition for a whole week! So there’s another use for those bags.  I’ve also preserved cut up romaine in pretty great condition by putting it in a zip lock bag and sucking the air out of it.

Okay, here are some pictures of my greens that I experimented with.  They lasted over a week in the fridge with minor casualties!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get the picture?  Also, I sprinkle a little water on the paper towel so it doesn’t draw moisture from the veggie you are wrapping. 

Hope this helps out any of you who are tired of throwing away precious vegetables!