My heart skipped a beat..

.. OF JOY!!!

I just received the following email in my inbox and this is the first time I hear such a great news about the subject on GMO’s even if it will take a while for this to come into effect, at least we are walking in the right direction… And hopefully more stores will join the effort and we, the consumers will in return be able to make choices for ourselves and our families that really matters to our health!Β  πŸ™‚

News like this is a sure thing to make my day!!

Approximately 90 percent of all corn, soy and canola grown in the U.S. are genetically modified, that is, they’ve had their DNA altered to withstand high levels of pesticides that kill weeds and insects. Where do all those Franken-crops wind up? In your cornflakes, your favorite brownie mix and pretty much any other food that comes in a box or a can. But that could soon change. One of the largest food chains in the country has just announced that they will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients in five years, which could send massive ripple effects throughout the food industry.

 

Read article here: Rodale.com

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03 / 2013

In a fewDSCI1721 minutes it will be March… I have waited for March for a long time, both with hesitation and with excitement. I know just by looking at my schedule that it is going to be crazy; crazy busy and crazy fun!

Next week I will be heading to Iowa for work. The week after that we are heading to Florida for a wedding (and somewhere in between I have to make a wedding guest dress for myself that I just bough the fabric for today – No no no way am I a procrastinator). And a few days after we return from Florida I will have the honor of having my best friend here for a whole week!

What April holds I have no idea about. Haven’t even thought about it. That’s what life is all about right? Living every day to its fullest. I will do so in March I promise. I don’t have the luxury to work it out in any other way! πŸ™‚

Valentine’s Day vs. Love

I am not a Valentine’s day celebratee.. (or whatever you would be called). I honestly think it is kind of silly that roses triple in price (if that is even enough), every restaurant is full, and that people throw around hearts everywhere… Sure it is cute and I would gladly accept a bunch of beautiful red and pink roses and have a romantic candle light dinner.. But I’ll take that any day of the year πŸ˜‰ you know..

But Valentine’s day is still around the corner and it will happen no matter what I think about it. So to celebrate LOVE rather than just Valentine’s day I have some great pieces that could enlighten your home with something sweet that will last (and not ruin your new years resolution diet).

“You are Beautiful”
Is a poem I created for the importance of seeing how beautiful every individual is in themselves… Poem reads: β€œThe ideal or perfect cannot be described in reasonable terms. The closest facsimile to perfection is not the idea, not the quantified or qualified. It is the fact that perfection is a living character. For if there is a beauty of anyone, there is a beauty of all” Get it here for $20

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And on the lighter side… but still says a whole lot of how much love is thrown around in your home — almost like Pillow fight πŸ˜‰ Get it here for $20

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As always — get your Candie Ink Prints at Candie Ink on Etsy and don’t forget that these prints can be changes to any colors to match your decor and preferences! That is what handmade is all about!!

Christmas crazy

meDo you also feel like time is just being sucked into a hole and you didn’t get to use it before it went? I feel like I am just a spectator of it at the moment. I can’t even get a whiff of it. Time that is…

Still trying to get the Christmas shopping together but it is a slow process. On top of it I have to get stuff that will fit in a USPS “if it fits it ships” box or no one will enjoy them anyway. All my gifts are leaving the country and heading to Sweden where my family is. Well no one will get anything unless I find stuff.. Damn it! I knew I should have started in August!

I am currently absorbed in tasks that have nothing to do with Christmas. Planning a beef and beer fundraising event to help a friend who just got diagnosed with neropancreatic and lung cancer… Hopefully we can get enough money to make a difference. If you care to donate or help out just go here: Stand up 4 Kevin

On Saturday it is wedding time. Another friend is getting married! She is like my American sister in fact. Her parents really took me in when I moved here. So to stay on budget for the wedding I was first going to rent a dress from RentTheRunway instead of buying one I would probably only wear once. But then I decided to go even cheaper and is now MAKING a dress instead. Stupid decision since I really do NOT have time for such a thing… But that is me. Planning is EASY – sticking to the plan is another story! And ideas come and go… they seem great in the beginning… Me in a nutshell

So in the midst of thingsBruno4, I am still trying to work my regular job, learn applied Kinesiology and muscle testing, keep up with my Etsy orders, teach dance once a week, be a wife, a dog owner, eat, sleep and exercise.. I honestly feel I don’t have the energy to give each task my fullest attention and I hate it! But at least I never have to be bored πŸ™‚ Life is good after all!! πŸ˜€

How are you all doing? Are you going Christmas crazy too??

So I lied…

Based on my post yesterday about my frustration over why I have to defend what and how I eat every day… I decided to give some lies a try.

Some people at work wanted to go out for sandwiches or pizza, I can’t remember what it was. And I asked if they had anything non-bread… upon someone off course asks “why”?

After about 2 seconds of hesitation I said – I can’t have gluten… The respond was:
– “ahhh… well let’s go to xyz instead because they have a large selection of everything”

Is my next step to say that I have diabetes? Will that make people back off when it comes to my sugar? Just asking…

What to feed your baby after breast milk

Last week I went on yet another health lecture (I do a few a month). Last weeks lecture was about what to feed your baby after breast milk… A subject that may not be directly related to my life situation at the moment but since I am going to be an aunt in about a month and my friends are having babies like it is going out of style I felt that it would be interesting anyway… and I was right! I loved it, and I love that I am able to share it with you right here and now too! πŸ™‚

I was surprised by how little I actually knew about the subject. When it comes to adults, then I am pretty darn good at telling what is good and bad for you and in what form. But when it comes to infants and babies.. I really had no clue… it turns out. So I am extra glad I went.

What to feed your baby after breast milk

What did I learn??
Except for the obvious, that breast milk is the hands on, best option for your baby, I also learned that if you for some reason cannot feed your baby breast milk (it could be illness, medications, pain, or maybe even adoption) your best second option is natural GOATS MILK! And if you can’t get that… get unsweetened coconut milk. Far down on the list are all the horrible formulas… that not only is completely incomplete for your baby, it will also cost you a fortune (but we knew that already…)!

It takes about 4-6 hours from the time you (the mother) eats something until it gets into the breast milk, and after that a few more hours until it has gone through the baby’s digestive system. (something to think about in case your baby is reacting to something you probably ate). It is important to eat a mix of foods and spices while breast feeding so your baby will not get too picky with tastes later on in life. On the other hand, the mother must limit (or simply avoid) coffee, alcohol, and dairy products (except for butter). Dairy is very hard to digest and for a baby without the best digestive enzymes on hand, dairy should be avoided. Other foods to be careful with are: soy (never feed your baby soy it is ‘estrogenic’), eggs, wheat, corn syrup, and corn for the same reason as the dairy products.

DHA – a substance that is available in Omega-3 is something the body simply cannot make, we must eat it. That goes for everything except for when a mother makes breast milk. DHA is present in it! (Another excellent reason why breast milk beats all other options). DHA is important for brain function, central nervous system, vision, and “feel good” hormone productions (aka want a happy baby? – Breast feed!)

When is my baby ready to try some food?
A few guidelines you can go by when you want to start to introduce some solid foods in between the breast milk are:

  • The baby is between 4-6 months
  • Have doubled his/her birth weight
  • Drinks more than 34 oz milk
  • Can sit up without much assistance
  • Looks away when he/she is done eating
  • Puts things in his/her mouth
  • Looks with great interest while you eat and leans in to and tries to grab your food

When introducing a new food, you should only introduce one new product every 3 days, not more often. This is to be able to tell if your baby will have an allergic reaction to the food or not.

The 7 BEST foods to give your baby first (mashed/pureed off course)

  1. Avocado (you can even mix it with your breast milk)
  2. Apple sauce (off course it is sugar free, we don’t want to make our babies into sugar-addicts)
  3. Pear
  4. Sweat potatoes
  5. Beets
  6. Chicken
  7. Squash

(The 7 WORST foods you can give your baby before it is 1 years old are: Cows milk (even raw), wheat, corn, pork, egg, peanuts, and soy)

When your baby is 6 months (include the above 7 best)

  • Peach, Nectarine, Plum
  • Banana (it is really too much sugar in bananas so keep it to the minimal)
  • Carrots, Peas, Parsnips
  • Turkey
  • Brown rice, Quinoa
  • Olive oil, Flax oil, Sunflower oil

When the baby is 9 months, add

  • Blueberries, Raspberries, Melons
  • Kale, Asparagus, Celery, Beans, Eggplant, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Potatoes
  • Oats, Corn, Rye, Barley
  • Almond butter and other butters made from seeds
  • Maple syrup, and Molasses
  • Yogurt and cheese from goats milk
  • Lamb
  • Garlic

Start introducing WATER for your baby when he or she is around 9 months (given that you are still feeding him or her breast milk) Babies should drink a 4th of it’s weight in lbs in oz. Ex – 20lbs = 5ozΒ  [weight (lbs) / 4 = volume (oz)]
(An adult should divide his/her weight with 2 to know how much water to consume per day [weight (lbs) / 2 = volume (oz)]) So, off and start drinking!!

When your baby is 12 months old add

  • Strawberries, Grapes, Raisins
  • Artichokes, Nori, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Onion
  • Cashew butter
  • Whole seeds
  • Yoghurt and cheese made from cow’s milk
  • Buckwheat, Spelt flower, Wheat (but don’t go there)
  • Egg, Fish, Beef

When your baby is 15 months old add

  • Pineapple, Oranges, and other citrus fruits
  • Honey
  • Peppers
  • Peanut butter
The Baby Cuisine Cookbook

The food lists comes from this adorable cookbook for your baby!

Now, to the most interesting part of this long post. When I was listening to this lecture and was looking at all of these lists of foods I kept wondering WHY? Why were babies not able to eat (for example) pineapple until they are 15 months old?

The answer really lies in the baby’s metabolism and digestion. Before the baby is 24 months old their system is not fully developed… A thought that took me to an even more important discussion – Immune system.

Your immune system starts in your stomach – adult or baby it does not matter! Let me try to explain how it works:

In our stomach we have digestive enzymes in the form of hydrochloric acid which has a very low pH level. It is this acid that helps us digest what we eat and can after that release the food to the intestines for nutrition absorption. So, if we eat something our (or our babies) cannot “stomach”, there is not enough acid, or the acid is not acidic enough (pH is higher than desired) the food will still be pushed out to the intestines when new food enters the stomach. In other words the food will be forced out. The forced out food that is not fully ready will damage the intestine walls and even break it causing needle size holes. These holes will let the food entering the blood system and the blood cells will attack – the immune system will take over. Histamine gets released causing sinus symptoms, mucus build up and then we might have bowel movements issues, rashes, trouble sleeping etc… (all that just because you ate something you couldn’t stomach)

It is really the body’s own wonderful process to get rid of the bad – it protects us through multiple outlets. To treat the symptoms, like using nose sprays or taking Robitussin and Mucinex will not fix it – taking care of your stomach will! Digestive enzymes are the key! We get these by eating wholesome, organic, natural, and seasonal fresh food.

So, if our babies (we are entering a subject very near and dear to my heart and it makes me really sad to even think about it) doesn’t have a fully developed digestive system until they are 2 YEARS OLD it literally means that our babies also do NOT have a fully developed immune system until they are 2 years old. So my question is: If a baby cannot have for example pineapples until they are 15 months old because their digestive and immune system cannot handle it, how on earth can we inject vaccinations filled with toxins and heavy metals into their system when they are only a few months old, maybe even days? It is so painful to even think about – it makes me want to cry. So, if you believe in vaccinations and are planning to give your baby them; please wait until they are at least 2 years old… Hepatitis B for example you can get two ways – through a jab or sex. Your baby do not need this injection in a WHILE if ever!

Back to the food…
When you read all the food lists above, then you realize, or at least I do, that your baby should eat what you should eat!! Let your baby smell your food when you eat it, let your baby smell on the individual ingredients when you are cooking to develop their own taste buds (this also takes two years to develop) Everything you really need to do is mash down your food into a consistency your baby is old enough to handle. You can store the food in ice cube trays or cup cake forms for proper portion sizes. Store it for 2-3 days in the refrigerator and up to 4 weeks in the freezer. Heat up the food but avoid using the microwave since it kills all the nutrition. If your baby wants to eat the food cold – go for it!

Good luck!
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Thanks to: The Well of Life – Center for Natural Health for providing the lecture and continuous learning for me and their followers.Β  And thanks to the authors of the book The Baby Cuisine Cookbook for the ideas and inspiring pictures.

Let me know your thoughts..

Hold your life in your hands

I rarely quote someone, but this kind of stuck with me as I am reading the heaviest and thickest book in my collection “Staying Healthy with Nutrition – The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutrition”. The author, Elson M. Haas M.D., in her introductory chapter says:
“…A healthy diet most obviously involves common sense. The body sends us messages to change the diet to attune to its real needs; the internal biofeedback system is superb when we corporate with it rather than override it. Yet many of us follow our desires and taste buds, eating the richer, sweeter, or saltier foods that industry promotes and packaged / processed nutrition provides.

It may not seem to matter a great deal in the short term that we follow our passions / addictions rather than our common sense. But this does affect how we feel and function now, and it does make a difference over the long term, both in our health and in our economy…

…So, love yourself and care for your body with good food and exercise. It is the only body you have, and if you treat it right, give it what it needs, in return it will care for you for life…”

When I read it I almost get emotional – because it is so true for most of us out there. I know with my own struggles to become a healthy person. A person others can look up to as well as come to for questions and concerns… that the statement is so true… If we treat our bodies with love and care – it will give us what it can. Our body is an amazing thing but it will not function unless we give it what it needs… It is all up to each and every one of us – the responsibility is all our own… not others. It is not politics, it is not religion, it is not marketing, it is not status – it is just us and our bodies… and what we do with that amazing responsibility.