If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I’m a huge proponent of food as medicine. Back in June I did a post on serving your family and friends good food, clean food. When you love someone, you want to give them your best. If you truly love someone, why would you serve them pesticide laden food or GMO (genetically modified foods)? Why?
Some people think that you can just rinse the pesticide off with soap and water or a vinegar solution. Yes, you can remove some harmful pesticides from the surface of your fruits and vegetables by doing this. Unfortunately, that won’t get everything. Pesticides are usually sprayed on the crops but they also make their way into the soil. Plants get their nutrients by pulling them from the surrounding soil. Anything in the soil and water is going into the plant by default. This always reminds me of my students and clients who insist that the fried chicken can’t be that bad because they removed the skin. LOL If you don’t get that one, you really need to call me.
If you think GMO is just hysteria propagated by some fringe group? I’ll let you in on a little secret. When we talk about genetically modified foods, we aren’t talking about some new hybrid tomato or combining two different types of plants. All the concern over GMO foods is due to the fact that they have been created in a lab, sometimes by combining plant and animal or insect genes, without the benefit of independent research on their safety. Most of the studies done by feeding GMO to rats has not worked well for the rats. In many cases they developed large cancerous tumors, grew hair in their mouths and suffered an early and painful death. We don’t need these science projects to increase food yield either. Most civilized countries recognize the danger of forcing people to eat these foods and have banned them. In the US, most corn, soybean and wheat is GMO. Almost any processed food you consume has one or all of these ingredients. Read the label! Given the risks, it’s worth it to avoid them. The only studies to date supporting GMO have come from people in the food manufacturing industry, like Monsanto, Bayer or their paid advocates.
Organic produce can be less expensive if you know where to shop, like local markets, your own backyard, community gardens, your own patio or kitchen. Food can be grown in so many amazing places so there’s no excuse for eating pesticides and feeding them to the people you love. Non-GMO seeds are readily available locally or online. When you clean up your food, your health will improve overnight. You can actually feel the difference. You might also live longer and age gracefully. Wouldn’t that be fun?
Hears to your Lifetime Health!
Thanksgiving memories for me are of Grandma in the kitchen cooking and baking some of my favorite comfort foods. They might have been different from what you ate but they were all I knew. Much of the food was organic because she didn’t use pesticides in her garden or on the fruit trees or the lawn. This was back before organic was cool. We didn’t even know we were eating organic but we knew it was good. Our family was so big, we took shifts at the dining room table on Thanksgiving day. Family members traveled for miles to get there so we could all be together. I hope you’re memories are this sweet. If not, make some new memories starting this year. Let your comfort food be a blessing to your health.
If you’re having turkey on Thanksgiving, at least strive to get the best possible. Remember, this is for your family. Most commercial turkey farms use a variety of drugs as feed additive to “fatten up” the birds. Topmax is the preferred additive found in most supermarket turkeys. If you care, there are alternatives to ingesting this stuff. One would be give the turkey couple in the photo a break and eat something else. But if you insist, go organic. Notice the following warning says – NOT FOR USE IN HUMANS. Yet they feed it to the birds many of us are eating.
WARNING: The active ingredient in Topmax, ractopamine hydrochloride, is a beta-adrenergic agonist. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Not for use in humans. Keep out of the reach of children. The Topmax 9 formulation (Type A Medicated Article) poses a low dust potential under usual conditions of handling and mixing. When mixing and handling Topmax, use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask. Operators should wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling. If accidental eye contact occurs, immediately rinse eyes thoroughly with water. If irritation persists, seek medical attention. The material safety data sheet contains more detailed occupational safety information. To report adverse effects, access medical information, or obtain additional product information, call 1-800-428-4441.
This information was obtained from drugs.com and accessdatafda.gov
My prayer for you this Thanksgiving week is that you are able to spend it with people you love, enjoying clean, toxic free food and beverages, and truly giving thanks that you’re alive and able to do this.
Hears to your Lifetime Health!
It’s approaching summer and a lot of us will be doing the backyard barbecue, attending family reunions, birthday parties or just friendly get togethers. Whether it’s pot luck or not, please strive to feed others good food.
I see so many people piling on the heavy fatty meat products, salads packed with mayonnaise, and high fat sweet desserts. Sometimes there not a green vegetable or fresh fruit in sight for miles. With diabetes at epic proportions here in the US, most people can benefit from eating a healthy diet of plant based foods with limited processed foods and smaller amounts of meats and high fat, high sugar options. Over 100 million people in the US either have diabetes or are at risk for developing it.
Eat organic whenever you can. Pesticides were not meant to be ingested.
When you love someone, feeding them good food is a confirmation of your appreciation and admiration. It says that you want them around for a long time and you’re willing to go the extra mile if need be to give them the best.
Here’s some FOOD FOR THOUGHT…
Here’s to your Lifetime Health!