15 Jan

The Ongoing GMO War

1392a8fe2dfe13d95657067e9bc797d3If you are a member of the Co-Op you are most likely aware of the GMO War and work feverishly like me to keep it out of your food and your life.

But over and over I hear tidbits of info coming back that remind me that most people are blissfully unaware of what is going on. Sometimes when the information landscape is so ugly burying our heads in the sand is the best way to not see it.

However this situation will be seen in your world eventually, it will come home to roost, not on your TV or your Smartphone, at ground zero, in your body, not if, when.  Whether it is cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, thyroid and endocrine issues or obesity, the studies show that changing the diet changes your body too. However in my experience of trying to help epople and advise them I find they want the easy fix, go to the Dr and get a spill, not overhaul their life. I still have not yet figured out how to be more persuasive, the facts are there to see yet they choose to consume the foods that compromise health.

There are other countries who already have banned GMO seeds and others that are on the way there, like Peru who has a lawsuit of 5 million famers who have joined to sue Monsanto. If other countries already know this, if they are that aware of the impact why are we ignoring it? Women read magazines and listen to talk shows and doctor programs, we are educated and naturally inquisitive so why don’t we investigate further, is it becasue we don’t like what we see? Some reasons to ponder…
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“I’ve been buying this for years”

“We’ve always eaten this brand”

“My kids love it”

“It’s so easy, all I have to do is open the package”

As mothers we would not intentionally put toxins and poison into our kids food yet on a daily basis we trust brand names (who through clever marketing that is repeated in print, on billboards and ads on TV) and believe that they are 100% concerned about our health and safety. Let’s be very honest, they want your money, they don’t care about long term effects as long as your kids clamor for it, you crave it and you buy it week after week.

There is no one at the food company with a little syringe injecting GMO strains into the food, this goes much deeper to a place that most don’t want to go. This traces far back to the development of pesticides and someones genius idea to put it right in the food before it is even food. The seeds, aha, let’s change the seeds so they grow plants that kill the bugs when they eat it! Sounds smart until you realize people and animals are eating it too.

At some point doctors and scientists found patterns in how the body is acting when this food is eaten. Since we know 85% of immunity begins in the gut, what happens when we eat these genetically altered foods over and over again. The bugs stomachs explode, so do you get it yet?

The gut is the 2nd brain, so if we mess with the gut do we not mess with the mind as well? Anti depressant use is on the rise since the 1990’s, illness is rampant and more and more of us are plauged by intolerances and allergies, the body does not have a blueprint for the gentically modified food so it is like a renegade situation inside you, things just start going wrong. Before long you areat the doctor with a pesky problem or a host of issues that they are happy to diagnose and profit from.

Only now are inside documents being released, apparently the scientists developing the GMO foods had concerns about human consumption, there was not enough testing and the testing was inadequate. But the powers that be all tied together nicely, the government, the USDA, the Monsanto Execs all bypassed the words and advice of the scientists  and decided to go forward and introduce it to the food supply.

In 1996 or so we all began eating it and there was no notice saying “Psst your food is gentically altered now”, it was slid onto shelves and we ate it. I for one feel very betrayed, as a young mom I felt good about the veggies, fruit, snacks and cereal I was feeding my kids. I trusted the companies and brands to put quality into the food. After all the label said it was “natural” and full of vitamins, “good for you”.

Now that I know better and have become a watchdog for this I read labels just as a way to educate others. I do not buy it if it is not GMO Verified, period. Why do I want to bathe my cells in chemicals?

What a rotten way to make money, bully the farmers, poison the public and watch the masses fall ill from the effects. Don’t think for one minute that they who push it onto our plates and into our bloodsteams are dining on the same fare…no they eat clean food, they know.  What are terrible place to hit people in such an intimate place, our food. You can’t just get out of the GMO’s, you need to be educated on what to look for, what ingredients are added that come from the GMO derived crops, you need to empty your cupboards and refgerator and start all over.

This is why labeling is so important and this is also why the companies are fighting like warriors to keep the labels off the food. If you know what is in it you may not buy it, (light bulb yet?) WE as a society must demand it from the brands, Cheerios just made a bold move to go GMO free with the main brand, good for them, who will follow them? What will it take to cripple Monsanto? The 5 million Peruvian farmers? Or can we, the Mothers, the powerful forces that bring forth life and nourish it, simply demand more, for us, for our families, for future generations.

Start by shopping wisely, I will place some tools and articles at the end of this post for you to read and print. Start today, it is the best thing you can do for yourself! I have my own tesitomony in my own family. when we changed how and what we eat I watched alot of other things change. Cravings diminished, health issues and complaints went away, we began to heal. I added a good probiotic and raw milk products and we eat totally different than we used to. The grocery store is a place I rarely go and when I do the list is small.

I won’t make money from this post and that is okay, I am not motivated that way, but if I can save your life, save you pain, save you from losing a person you love to diseases that kill, I can sleep better. This was my motivation for organizing Sustainable Choices, better food, easly accesible, locally, it’s simple.

Blessings,

Marla

http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/2014/01/15/affirmed-monsanto-can-sue-organic-farmers/

http://bestmeal.info/monsanto/facts.shtml

http://www.ewg.org

http://www.seedsnow.com/blogs/news/7433570-list-of-companies-that-support-gmos-and-oppose-labeling-foods-that-contain-them

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08 Jan

Best Ever Chocolate Sauce

 

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I could literally drink this stuff, I use it for Chocolate Milk, Yogurt Parfaits (pictured) and Hot Cocoa, takes just 10 minutes and your ready! Dip strawberries in it, drizzle on ice cream, endless potential!

Best Ever Chocolate Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Organic Rapadura or ¾ cup Raw Honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened Organic Cocoa Powder or Cacao Powder
  • 1 cup Filtered Water
  • 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla
  • Tiny Pinch of Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan, whisk over medium heat until it thickens a bit, about 5 minutes.maglia manchester united
  2. Allow to cool and store in a glass jar in the refirgerator.

 

 

08 Jan

Recipes…aaahhh life just got easier!

 

Homemade Ketchup
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Recipe type: Condiment
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Ingredients
  • 12 oz tomato paste (if you buy look for organic and BPA free)
  • ½ c brown organic coconut sugar or organic brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground dry mustard
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp Ceylon Cinnamon
  • 2 pinches Ground Clove
  • 2 pinches Allspice
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • ⅔ cup Filtered Water
  • 4 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, whisk well until sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Store overnight in the refrigerator, this allows the flavors to fully develop.
  3. Lasts about 3 weeks in the fridge.Cheap NFL Jersey China

 

08 Jan

Living in Simplicity

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I read this book for the first time some years back, when I was just beginning to think about our consumption as a family and was feeling opressed by the growing materialism in the world. I am reading it again and am amazed at how much of it I truly embraced and put into effect in my own life. It has not been an easy road, I am plauged by an illness that began a downhill slide for me but I manage to push through and do what is imortant for us to be sustainable and stay healthy.

The idea that wealth makes one happy is a lie. I had a prestigious job only one year ago, made alot of money which in hindsight was largely spent on upholding the image tied to the job. A conundrum not easily solved, I often wondered how to simplify in such a complicated place in life? Constantly running a race that was never done.

When my health fell down so did the job, when I was no longer acheiving money and making results for the company I was suddenly thrust into anonyminity. My bruised ego that had become very accustomed to being stroked went into a sadness. I cannot say enough about the world of chronic pain and how misunderstood it is. The deep depression, the solitude and abandonment are bad enough but add to that relentless pain and the recipe is not one I recommend.

I am finding my way back one day at a time, this co-op has helped me to heal through the wonderful people I am privledged to interact with. Although the physical healing is not always there, my heart and mind are renewed with hope for tomorrow and teaching others through what I have learned.

Simplistic living has now become necessity, what once fascinated me has become very relevant. For instance the other day I forced myself to go to the store, a place I feel foreign in but I needed a few things. The local Wal Mart is not exactly a sustainable place and my son and I stood in the laundry aisle reading labels, no 7th Generation or Method in sight. I refuse to put any of that other stuff near my skin so I armed myself with Borax and Washing Soda instead. Upon arriving home I shredded a bar of Dr Bronners Peppermint Castile soap and went to the task of making my own washing powder. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it cleaned and the smell…wonderful! I have also learned to make many other things I used to buy and this has been liberating in a word! Watch for recipes to be coming…
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People who practice simplicity take different paths to get there, mine is not once that someone would choose but nevertheless I look at the arrival and celebrate it not focus on the journey I had to take to get there.

A big part of my journey was reducing spending, it was humbling to realize how much of my salary went to image and status. How pressured I felt to match my shoes with my purse, have the latest looks, well tailored suits and perfectly coiffed hair, looking back, I was nothing but a slave to it all. I felt a huge sense of loss realizing this, my purpose was being redefined and there was alot of emotions that rose to the top. When you think about spending habits, you realize how cunningly our culture tricks us into believing that whatever void we have in us can be filled by shopping, by material items, by food. If you are sad, spend money, your spouse left, spend money, hate your life, spend money….really? Where does this take us, or better yet where does it keep us? One word, prisoner.

I have less money, sadly I have less people in my circle as so many are on the same relentless wheel I was on and cannot see past the daily drudgery, I have alot less stuff because it began to feel heavy, it just identified me with a former existence that abandoned me. I let alot of things go…But when I stack this up against what I gained it is incomparable.

I have a renewed sense of family and community, a stronger faith in God, a freezer full of food that I grew, and peace of mind. My life is far from perfect, I struggle daily and will continue to do so in this human condition but the sense of direction I have found is defining for me.

I have always known deep inside me there was more going on than my job allowed me to do so maybe it was God intervening in my life, calling me to a different purpose where I can make a difference in peoples lives.

I hope that Sustainable Choices has made a difference for you. Whether you began out of a health problem as I did or you have always been on the path to healthy eating and a sustainable existence I trust we are helping you get further down that path.

Feel free to email me anytime, I strive to help in any way I can!

Blessings,

Marla