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!  🙂

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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Value Life

LifeGives-3-BA little bit before Thanksgiving one of my husband’s good childhood friends got diagnosed with stage 4 Neroendocrine Cancer. When we first heard about it he decided to have a big beef and beer fundraiser to help him financially. So we did! We sold tickets, had people and business donate raffle baskets and we were able to gather everyone on January 5th, the first weekend after the holidays.

By then our friend’s condition had worsen, the cancer had spread… While 250 of his friends, colleagues, and part of his family was partying to gather money for his treatments he passed away… 32 years old.

One of his friends actually came up to me in the middle of the party and said “it feels like he is here with us”… little did we know that he was in fact with us then, in spirit. We all got the news later that night and as hurtful as it was I guess he picked the right day to go… while we were all there.

I never got a chance to really get to know him but through all the people I learned that he was an amazing person. “An Angel on Earth”… But most important thanks to him and everything that went down I met so many wonderful people. People I would never had met otherwise.. People I now call my friends!

Life is so, so fragile. Life can change any minute so we must LOVE while we can.

I found this quote when I was surfing the net one day and decided to make a piece to hang in our house to honor our friend and remind us of what really matters in life. After doing so I decided to list it for sale as well.. The quote is from Winston Churchill.

“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give” 

LifeGivesFive different color combinations available.
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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 😉 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: “The 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 😉 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!!

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…

It’s a Sweet and dangerous thing

I am a sugar addict. No question about it! However I am trying VERY hard to become a recovering sugar addict. And I find it harder than I thought it would be.

… Not because I cannot do it but because of the people around me that have comments about it: “you can eat a little”, “don’t be silly you don’t need to stop eating sugar completely”, “just have sugar on the weekend”, “the body needs sugar too”, “here, have some dessert”, etc etc… I am so SICK of it! WHY DO I HAVE TO DEFEND MYSELF???!?!?! By being a recovering sugar addict I should just say “I am allergic to sugar” or maybe even “I am a diabetic” would that change the reactions and make them more supportive? Do I have to start lying  about why? You don’t offer an alcoholic a drink on the weekends, say that wine is good for blood circulation, or tell him that he can have it once and a while??? No, I didn’t think so.. to me sugar is a drug and to me sugar is a far worse drug then alcohol will ever be to me.. so please…

I don’t want sugar in my life anymore. I don’t want to want it, and I wish I never eat it again… I know I will have sugar again eventually just because it is so hard to avoid but if I know about it, and if I can do something about it – I do NOT want sugar. Understood?!

(I need to point out that my husband, Nutritionist and Health Clinician: Tony, and friend C have been HUGE supporters of my efforts so to those I am forever thankful)

Are you also fighting for what you believe in? (Health, life, religion, etc) Please share your thought and why your surroundings are making it so much harder for you then it has to be.

I am currently reading Lick the Sugar Habit by Nancy Appleton PhD – to get emotional support and also strength to push through as I am going through the toughest part of my recovery. A recovery filled with sweet dreams and cravings. It helps me to continually learn about the effects of sugar to our body and health.

Do you know what was known in 1931?

As we step into the month of October the world turns PINK. It is Breast Cancer awareness month… Many of us get to remember those we have lost to the horrible disease and others have a chance to be thankful because they are or know one of the survivors.

Today, when I am more aware of the world around us, the food we eat, and how it gets produced makes me wonder if the big Cancer foundations getting millions of dollars every year to research really are hitting the nail on the head? I don’t know the answer to this so I am by no means looking down on them, but I have to ask, that is simply in my nature.

Are these big foundations really looking at the start of our health? Do they look at the ground we are getting ALL of our food from? Is the ground nutritious enough, both for the animal’s grass and for the fruits and vegetables we eat? Do the animals eat the nutritious rich grass so their meat is nutritious? Isn’t it there it starts? With natural, nutritious food to give life to our bodies and souls?

Isn’t it so that, as a society in whole, we are eating further and further away from nature? Colorful boxes, zero fat, high fructose corn syrup, etc, etc.. and when we do eat what we feel is healthy and natural we don’t realize that additives, chemicals, heat processes, and toxins have been added to the mix; completely depriving the product of the nutrients or made it completely un-digestable (if that’s a word) for our systems? Added vitamins and minerals gets added to make a product look healthier without mentioning that the body cannot digest synthetic hormones without stealing the ‘missing parts’ from somewhere else in the body… and with repetition of this synthetic nutrition the body will instead be deprived than nourished.

As the 1931 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, Otto Warburg, wrote:

“There is no disease whose prime cause is better known than cancer, it is the replacement of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. How long prevention will be avoided depends on how long the prophets of agnosticism will succeed in inhibiting the application of scientific knowledge in the cancer field. In the meantime millions must die of cancer unnecessarily...” (Taken from the documentary: Sweet Suicide)

If this is true, and I believe it is, why are we walking a straight death via cancer with the food industry being the way it is today? Sugar is in almost EVERY product out there. Off course the answer is money… but really… is that all that matters? When you get down to the personal levels.. do we rather have wealth than health?

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! 🙂

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 = 5oz  [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!
xoxoxoxox

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

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