I have been trying to think of a title for this blog entry and “Why?” seems to fit best. Regarding the subject I wish to discuss, all my thoughts and questions contain “why” somewhere.
For example, why don’t more people read? Why don’t more people do research? Why do people have amazing faith in the untrustworthy yet question validity? Why don’t more people ask MORE questions? I think there is a lot of effort and work behind wonderment and why questions many rather avoid.
You are probably wondering what this blog is all about. Why? 😉 Gotcha!
Hello to you, it has been awhile since I have written, all the same reasons, of course: work, school, life. I have just been a busy girl! Oh! And we have a new dog! Remember my last post, “Indecisiveness“…well, Mandy Pandy (her nickname) has been in our home since February 19th. We formally adopted her on February 27th, but that will be another blog! Here is a sneak peek of our new girl:
Ya…made her wear a sign of shame last week.
Anyway, back to it. My husband and I have been doing vast research on GMOs (genetically modified organisms), GE and GM foods (genetically engineered/modified), organics, Monsanto, politics, pharmaceuticals, etc., for many, many months now. My husband really preaches it. Sometimes I just want to hide my head in the sand around our family and friends because he can be quite overbearing with this subject. However when you get an amazing testimony from someone who happened to listen…that is what this blog is about. Why don’t more people ask questions? Why don’t more people listen?
We began asking many questions after seeing Food, Inc. The questions multiplied once we saw Genetic Roulette. Actually, our questions tripled and our whole lifestyle and eating habits changed. For the better. We also learned much from the documentary King Corn. Of the three, Genetic Roulette answers so many “why” questions and introduces the viewer to critical thinking.
So, my husband shared some information with an elevator vendor at a commercial building he oversees. The guy actually listened. He watched all three of these movies and told my husband he now “sings the no-GMO song.” Wow! This gentleman has started reading labels, he gave up soft drinks, he eats organic food and avoids GMO products. In just a couple of months he has lost over 16 pounds, has been taken off of his blood pressure and cholesterol medications, and he has been spreading his testimony to his friends and family. As well, his wife and two children have completely changed their diets. He is now a believer! This made my husband’s day and triggered my curiosity as to why more people won’t consider the dangers of GMO’s.
Have YOU seen any of these movies? Do YOU read food labels? How do YOU feel about GMOs? Do YOU care? We have so many friends who could care less about this topic or their own eating habits. Are YOU opposed to eating organic? Why or why not? Many dislike the fact that organic food products are higher priced than non-organic foods. While this may be true, in the long run imagine what you will save monetarily and gain for your health by eating organics. Don’t get me wrong, I used to LOVE consuming Cheetos and whole cans of Pringles. I am also not okay with ingesting pesticides, are you?
So, I challenge you to do some homework. I am providing a simple list below. I guarantee you will be singing the no-GMO song too! If you are not willing to do this homework, please allow me to ask why? Again, I am challenging you and would love, love, love to hear back from you and for you to share your testimony. Because you WILL have one. Don’t just take my word on it. Do your homework and ask “why” questions.
One month from now I want to hear from you,
1. Watch the movie Genetic Roulette. If you wish to also watch Food, Inc., and King Corn, feel free to do so.
2. Start reading all of your food labels. Avoid products that contain corn, corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and soy. Corn and soy are the top GMO crops. Any and all corn or soy products you consume, make sure they are organic.
3. Stop drinking soft drinks. Period. Not even diet. Just give them up. Substitute lemon water, plain water or organic teas.
4. Shop, buy and eat ONLY organic produce and food products. Look for that USDA stamp and organic certification. Frequent your local farmers markets.
5. Keep a journal on how you feel, changes you notice. How is your energy? Any changes in weight? Sleeping better? Consider getting a blood panel done, talk to your doctor about your diet change, and have that blood panel tested again after one month. Numbers do not lie. You will be amazed!
My husband and I have been on a recent researching frenzy. The topic? GMO’s -AKA genetically modified organisms. Of course we began this journey after watching, “Food, Inc.” We are very healthy eaters as it is, but since watching that movie a few years ago we strive all the more for organics and grain-fed lean proteins (chicken, turkey, no beef or pork). We are probably 98.5% Pescatarian (wild not farm-raised fish, vegetables).
So, what does this have to do with cat barf? A lot, actually. I am not talking about the occasional hair ball either, rather vomit. Large amounts of vomit full of food, disgustingly yellowish in color and sometimes projectile in nature.
I now will refer you to the movie, “Genetic Roulette.” Trust me, you want to watch this. I am going to present some evidence here with regards to my cats and allow you to do your own homework. I really hope this inspires you to make changes in your life and in the life of your pets. You will be amazed, trust me.
Back to the cats. We have five. Yes, five- and they are all indoor. For a long while I had them on a seemingly healthy diet based on advertisements and hype. Gosh, we had them on a variety of foods. We kept trying to find a food that would eliminate the piles of puke around our house and reduce weight gain. (I won’t name all the brands here…) Purina One Smart Blend sounds like a healthy and wholesome food, right? The chicken and rice formula is what our cats ate. Here is some of the promises they state:
Real chicken is the #1 ingredient, blended with other high-quality protein sources, to help support strong muscles, including a healthy heart.
Omega-6 helps give your cat a radiant coat and healthy skin.
Enriched with vitamins and minerals for strong bones and joints.
Highly digestible so more nutrition goes to work inside your cat.
Crunchy kibble helps reduce plaque build-up and whiten teeth.
But…all these promises do not contain a “non-GMO” disclosure on their bag. So, anyway…they ate a lot of Purina One Smart Blend. Our oldest cat, Bageera, was becoming more and more obese, so I switched them all to the “lighter” version. He became even more obese and all five of them vomited daily, multiple times a day. (All the same texture and yellowish-bile color.) They all also began to develop skin issues, dander knots and my oldest cat developed a large fatty mass under his left front leg/chest area. I finally had enough of cleaning up cat vomit and running our carpet cleaner to remove the ugly yellow stains from our carpet.
Now, let me say that although Purina One Smart Blend (as well as other countless brands of pet foods) use chicken as their “main” ingredient, is this chicken grain-fed or corn-fed? Is the chicken (or beef or fish) byproducts? This literally means pieces, leftovers of the worst parts of the animal or fish. As well, is the rice or corn or soy ingredients organic or are they actually from GMO products? There IS a huge difference here. Let me show you.
Once I switched my pets to organic and non-GMO pet food, guess what happened? (It is truly quite amazing and a miracle!) They ALL stopped barfing. It has been one year now, and all five of them completely, totally, utterly stopped hurling. Once in a great while they will cough up a hair ball. Cats do that, it’s normal. Vomiting up yellowish-bile piles containing food repeatedly throughout the day is not. Additionally, their coats shine. No more mats in their fur. They have all lost the weight they had gained on the GMO food. The best part of all is that our oldest cat is now totally buff! He runs around the house like a kitten and plays with twist ties from bread loaves. Did I mention that he is almost 13 years old? His fatty growth has now also almost completely resolved.
In saying all this, please read labels. Look for the non-GMO label, organic ingredients and know your vendors. Most corn and soy, as well as other fillers, are GMO grown. Educate yourselves and be interested in your pet’s health in addition to your own. There are organic foods available for your pets. The extra cost is worth avoiding the vet costs, and your pets will forever thank you. I know mine do. Daily. As well, I really love having carpets that are free of yellow barf stains and saving trees from all the paper towels I used for cleaning up the vomit mess.
With love on a Saturday,