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!
I have to admit, salt is my weakness. I love salt and extra-extra salt! I have found the older I have gotten the more salt and spicy foods I crave. This led me to do some research. There is indeed a valid reason behind this: as we age, like all the other cells in the body, those special sensory cells that make up the taste buds eventually wear out. As we get older, the taste buds begin to disappear from the sides and roof of the mouth, leaving taste buds mostly on our tongue. To avoid excessive use of salt, I have added a few more spices into my diet, cooking and as toppings.
Here are some great salty healthy snacks I am sharing with you salt lovers to start your week:
Tip: Remember to drink an 8-ounce glass of water with your salty snacks to reduce water retention and bloating salt can trigger.
1. How about a handful of low-sodium pretzels? Pretzels are every dieter’s best friend, a light and crunchy snack food.
2. Nuts. Most nuts are high in fat, but eating just a small serving of walnuts, peanuts and almonds can keep your cravings under control and even serves as a source of healthy fat. They are also high in protein.
3. With movie or without popcorn! Instead of buying microwavable popcorn, why not try making your own with coconut oil? Add a variety of toppings for fun. Popcorn is a great way to steer clear of unhealthy foods and get your salty-food fix. Snacking on popcorn is a great replacement for potato chips or other unhealthy food and is a good source of fiber.
4. Soy crisps/crackers. Soy crisps are very low in calories and available in a variety of flavors. You can eat these just like regular potato chips and do it without the guilt! My husband and I especially like the Trader Joe’s thin soy crisps.
5. Low-fat crackers. Enjoy a handful of Triscuits, Wheat Thins or other low-fat crackers that contain less than 150 calories per serving. These crackers are also great with salsa and other fat-free dips if you want to further satisfy your craving.
6. Cheese! My favorite snack in the world, but requires self-control! How about reaching for a low-fat string cheese when you’re having strong cravings for cheese. String cheese is packed with protein and can take care of almost any salty craving; plus, most types of low-fat string cheese contain less than 100 calories per serving.
7. My next favorite salty snack: roasted pumpkin seeds! Pumpkins seeds are a great source of fiber, and also contain a significant amount of iron, magnesium and protein. Add these to your daily menu to enjoy a low-calorie, guilt-free snack and get through any diet day with ease. Stick to the “small handful rule” and put that bag of seeds away! These are very easy to consume by the bowl-full!
8. How about edamame? Edamame are whole green soybeans that are rich in fiber, potassium and other essential vitamins and minerals. These are a great low-calorie snack food that can take care of those salty cravings in a jiffy.
9. Veggie sticks and hummus. Hummus comes in a variety of flavors, or even try making your own. Hummus is a spread or dip that’s made with a base of chickpeas and some olive oil, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fats. Pickles and olives are also wonderful salty dip tools!
10. Chips and salsa. Try baked chips, blue tortilla chips, or pita chips.
Bonus: Have an avocado! Just add some sea salt, pepper and other spices if you wish.
Have a great Monday!