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Compassion Among The Needy

One of the ways we give back to the community is to help feed the less fortunate.  We find the most rewarding way is to give food directly to a hungry person.  At times we will make up lunch bags containing sandwiches, a cookie and a piece of fruit along with a napkin and some condiments. 

Today we had another opportunity to help.  As we were out running an errand, Lollie noticed a poor soul alongside the road.  He was old, very thin, unshaven and was leaning on a walker, wore a leg brace and holding a cane.  Lollie said that he looked hungry and asked me to pull into a nearby restaurant to buy him some lunch.  Lollie wanted to get him something that he could eat with a fork and not just a sandwich.

After receiving a freshly prepared “To Go” lunch from the server, Lollie added some plastic flatware and napkins.  We added a large bottle of water and drove back to where we saw the fellow.  He had, by this time, traveled a couple of blocks from where we had originally seen him.  We pulled alongside him and offered him the lunch.  He took the offered lunch with a smile of gratitude and said, “Thank you.  I’m going to share this with my buddy.”

Think about that.  Here was a poor soul with hardly a thing to his name and obviously very hungry, yet his first thought was of his friend.  And this is not the first time we ran into this unselfishness among the needy.  We have distributed lunch bags to the homeless in the park and had folks ask for an extra bag for their friend who was in the public restroom.  We have offered food to others only to have them say that they had already eaten and to give the food to someone else. 

There is a lesson to be learned here.  Compassion is not dependent upon need or how much one has.  The poorest seem to have great compassion while many rich are greedy.  We both believe in the paradox, “In order to keep it, you have to give it away.”  We are fortunate and by sharing what we have, we are the richer for it.

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Whole Foods to Label ALL GMO food

Great news !!   Whole Foods Market will require all of its vendors to label food that contains genetically modified ingredients.  This includes meat that was fed GMO product. 

People have a right to know what they are eating.  The food industry says that GMO food is safe, yet they resist efforts to label GMO food.  Why is that?  What are they ashamed of?

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Let’s all support Whole Foods in this change and let’s pressure other stores to do the same.

Monsanto GMO Corn is toxic

ImageMonsanto has released its first direct to consumer genetically modified product, a sweet corn containing Bt toxin.  This toxin is designed to rupture the stomach of any insect that eats it.  It’s Monsanto’s way of protecting the corn from insects.  It’s cheaper than spraying poisonous insecticides on the plants and adds to Monsanto’s bottom line, the only thing that is important to the corporation — profit.

Monsanto claims that the toxin will break down before it makes it to the consumer, but now we are learning the rats who eat the modified corn are developing organ failure and the toxin is already showing up in pregnant women.

When will the madness end?  We continue to let corporation put profit above consumer safety and the FDA allows it.  It’s time we stand up to this nonsense and not buy only organic corn.  Let’s hit Monsanto where it hurts – their bottom line.

What is natural flavor?

     Natural flavor is starting to show up regularly on
the ingredient list of processed food. The definition of
natural flavor under the Code of Federal Regulations is:
“the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive,
protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of
roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the
flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit
juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb,
bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat,
seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation
products thereof, whose significant function in food is
flavoring rather than nutritional” (21CFR101.22). What
this gobbledygook means is when you buy say chicken
soup in a can and natural flavor is listed as one of the
ingredients, you would probably be mistaken to assume
that the flavor is actually from chicken. Most likely it is
a concoction created in a laboratory to taste kind of like
chicken, but having a primary purpose of making you
want to eat more so you’ll buy more. So when
politicians and food industry executives talk about
personal choice and say that the consumer is
responsible for eating too much, they are speaking with
forked tongues. The food industry gets people hooked
on their unhealthy, nutritionally bankrupt, pseudo-food
and then have the gall to say that it’s the consumer’s
fault. Baloney!

Toxic Cash Register Receipts

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Did you know that the thermal paper receipts that you get at the local store may contain Bisphenol A?  That’s the BPA that you have probably heard about that can be found in many plastic containers and the linings of food and drink containers. 

Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor.  That means it interferes with your natural hormones and can imitate your own hormones in a hazardous way.  BPA is especially harmful to babies and young children.  We encourage you to do your own research about BPA.  A good resource is the book, Young & Healthy At Any Age

So back to cash register receipts.  What do we do?  First off, if we don’t need the receipt, we ask the clerk to toss it away or not print it.  If we feel that we need the receipt, we store it safely in an envelope and we’re sure to wash our hands after touching it.  Putting it in a bag containing your produce could contaminate your food, so be aware of that.

This may seem a little over the top, but the world is a toxic place and every little thing that we can do to minimize our exposure is a good thing. 

Where to eat while traveling

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Trying to eat a healthy diet is difficult when traveling.  There are so many places to eat, from the local diner to the five-star restaurant.  Are they safe?  Do they offer organic food?  How about wild caught fish or grass fed beef?  Do they cook in house from raw ingredients or do they import prepared sauces, etc. from a central supplier? 

If you have food allergies or sensitivities or just don’t want to assault your body with additives, hormones and toxins, the decision of where to eat can be daunting.

We have found that the Internet is great place to start when planning a trip or even while away from home and looking for a place to eat.  We search on terms like, “organic restaurant Half Moon Bay” or “grass fed beef in Napa” and see what comes up.  We find a list of restaurants and shops that supply what we are after.  We also find a list of places that don’t offer healthy, clean food, but because of their website keywords, still pop up in our browser.  Paid advertisers also pop up often.  These we ignore and try to select legitimate places.  Then we pick up the phone and call.  It takes a little effort, but it saves us a lot of grief.

Our recent trip to Half Moon Bay in California is a good example.  We searched and found a place called Pasta Moon on Main Street.  We checked their website, PastaMoon.com to see their menus and read about their products and service.  Next we picked up the phone to talk with them and make a reservation. 

We were delighted with Pasta Moon.  We had a great dinner on Wednesday evening and learned even more about the restaurant’s philosophy toward organic, healthy eating from our service, Steve.  Steve was friendly and knowledgeable about Pasta Moon and was obviously proud of his employer.  The restaurant buys their produce daily from local growers and their seafood from local fishermen.  Everything is made fresh in house from their pasta to their breads.  The menu choices depend on what’s fresh.  It was so tasty and wholesome; we went back the next day for lunch.

There are many places like Pasta Moon all over the country.  It may take a little effort to find them, but the benefit to your health and well-being is well worth it. 

 

There are over 600,000 packaged foods available in America today.  Most – about 80% – contain some form of sugar, the worst of which is high fructose corn syrup.  The corporations know that sugar can be addictive to many and habit forming to others and that is why sugar is so prevalent.  It makes you want more so you buy more and the corporate profits go up.  It’s that simple.  You can read more at http://youngandhealthybook.com

What can you do to protect yourself and your family?  Avoid packaged foods.  Don’t drink soda or packaged juice.  Limit desserts to once a week or less.  And, most importantly, eat real food – the closer to its natural state the better.  Real food doesn’t need a label outlining its contents.  If you’re reading a lot of labels, you’re probably buying too much pseudo-food.

A new book just published, Fat Chance, by Dr. Robert Lustig, explains the role of sugar in today’s diet and its contribution to the obesity epidemic.