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Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Health & Nutrition, Products | 0 comments

Beyond Everyday Products

It is not typical to actually think about the everyday products we use, day in and day out. Yet, I started to assess my cabinets and drawers. Sad state of affairs, my friends. Zip lock bags Plastic cups Laundry detergent Dishwasher detergent Paper towers Kleenex Coffee filters Tupperware Measuring cups Water & baby bottles Canned foods plastic silverware straws paper products What is BPA? If you have an infant, you probably have been alerted to NOT buy bottles with BPA. But what is it? Bisphenol A Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical produced in large quantities for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Where is BPA found? Polycarbonate plastics have many applications including use in some food and drink packaging, e.g., water and infant bottles, compact discs, impact-resistant safety equipment, and medical devices. Epoxy resins are used as lacquers to coat metal products such as food cans, bottle tops, and water supply pipes. Some dental sealants and composites may also contribute to BPA exposure....

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Health & Nutrition | 1 comment

I DON’T CARE. I LOVE IT.

  I can’t help but giggle to myself anytime I hear this song now. It’s not good for me. That’s not good for me. He’s not good for me. She’s not good for me… I DON’T CARE. I LOVE IT. Can you think of a topic that would definitely garner this sentiment? Sometimes we tell ourselves things to mitigate them in our minds. They only call me at 2am because they work a lot. Synthetic pesticide ingestion is fine. Pasteurization kills foreign substances present in milk, like blood or pus, so it doesn’t matter. Synthetic sugar is fine, and Diet Coke taste SO good. GMO Foods haven’t been proven to be safe but they are fine to eat. I DON’T CARE. I LOVE IT.   Share this:EmailTwitterFacebookPinterestTumblrLike this:Like...

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

Sugar. Got Bone Char?

Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. Did you know that during the sugar refinement process, often times charred animal bones (mostly cow’s pelvic bones) are used? Bone char—often referred to as natural carbon—is widely used by the sugar industry as a decolorizing filter, which allows the sugar cane to achieve its desirable white color. Other types of filters involve granular carbon or an ion-exchange system rather than bone char. According to the USDA Organic website, products with their seal, are NOT allowed to use bone char to filter sugar. How is it I have never heard this fact before? Apparently, because I had never googled it; there are many posts discussing this, including on the USDA.gov website that acknowledges this process. They define Char as: black substance made from crushed, defatted, carbonized bones, used as a pigment and decolorizing agent. If you have bought Organic cane sugar, or Raw Sucanat, you know that it is not white in color. If you google: “is sugar bleached?” it may lead...

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

As American As Apple Pie?

As I continue to walk down the path of food and nutrition, I have found that anytime I mention the following 3 types of food I am considering giving up, people will look at me like I have two heads. 1) Dairy, more specifically, cow’s milk 2) Wheat 3) Peanut butter Why is that? Probably because those are the staple foods most of us grew up on. As American as Apple Pie, right? It seemingly appears to be almost unpatriotic to say, dairy is not as good as we think. I think with dairy, specifically cow’s milk, it is because it is so ingrained in the American diet and culture, that “milk does a body good”. And to bring up the discussion that milk isn’t as good as what we have been led to believe, it is like we are saying- they, we, have been wrong. No one likes to be wrong. Ironically, I think more people are cool with updating their iPhones and iOS updates, than updating their...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

Food: Beyond Eating

Food: Beyond Eating

  I saw this image the other day and it has really stuck with me. The irony of the term, Standard American Diet, and its acronym, SAD, has not escaped me. Let’s define Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine, or Alternative Medicine. According to the dictionary, Western Medicine: (noun) the type of medical treatment that is most popular in North America and Western European countries, based on the use of drugs and surgery to treat symptoms (=signs of illness). In such countries, other types of medical treatments are called alternative medicine or complementary medicine. Alternative Medicine: (noun) A variety of therapeutic or preventive health-care practices that are not typically taught or practiced in traditional medical communities and offer treatments that differ from standard medical practice. Homeopathy, herbal medicine, and acupuncture are types of alternative medicine. It isn’t my intention to debate which is better medicine, nor discuss opinions on doctors. But, rather to open your mind to consider Food as healthcare. Perhaps a better way to say that is, Food...

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