Climate change and food consumption?

September 30th, 2019

Why wait until January to start eating healthy when you can start now. I believe part of a healthy lifestyle has to do with breaking old habits and starting new ones. Keeping your dietary intake simple and as whole as possible. Eating healthy has a lot more to do with choosing local, non GMO, eating whole foods and a balance of all foods; whether it be your choice of protein, grains, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables?

These are all very important aspects of making good food choices however with the movement happening around climate change; our air, water, habitat, soil degradation, and temperatures rising are the most important issues we face today. We need to listen to today’s very young advocates who are standing behind those of us who care about our food, the environment and the generations that will be left behind with a larger mess than we are already in.

We know that large factory farming is destructive to our land, soil, water, air and along with the bees and other insects, this is directly affecting you and me. Illness is linked to how are food is produced. Plain and simple. The planet is getting sick and so are we. It is no longer healthy or sustainable to eat foods that are mass produced for money that is destroying the place we need to live. Earth.

Let’s look at a few things that have infiltrated most processed foods and believe it or not whole foods too. Take a more serious look at GMO corn, GMO soy, GMO canola, beef, pork and poultry. These foods are typically produced in huge lots, getting into the fresh and processed food system, destroying thousands and thousands of acres, polluting the land and the water, causing extinction and making us all sick. The same goes for many non organic fresh fruits and vegetables that we eat everyday.

It seems that the “war on healthy food production” has been going on for a very long time, back as far as the early 1900’s. Food labeling has always been an issue, honesty towards the consumer, adding fillers to food making them unreal or unhealthy. We are getting lost in the future of fake food production and not in tuned with the history of how much food production has changed. The food industry has been trying to clean itself up for years, companies are constantly tackling food safety issues, food security and food labeling, especially for those inflicted with severe food allergies. The only way things will improve is self education and how you spend you hard earned dollars on the food you consume. We are dictating what the future of our food looks like more than we know.

How can we do that?

  1. Well for a start buy whole unprocessed foods that are not in plastic. The less garbage you take home from the grocery store the less garbage you need to worry about being recycled.
  2. Leave those pretty cardboard boxes behind, yes the processed food boxes, make pizza at home using whole ingredients.
  3. Buy nuts, seeds, grains in bulk and package them in reusable containers for the kids.
  4. Add to your grocery list fresh whole fruit, dry pasta, bulk rice and foods with as little or no packaging that need to be prepared, not processed.
  5. And of course look for foods that do not contain GMO corn, GMO soy, GMO canola and other unhealthy ingredients.

Most importantly lets try to support local, buy and cook foods that are in season, free of GMO’s, and Organic if you can. Think about the possibility of us not having access to the foods you may love like bananas in the near future, we are only a few foot steps away from destroying another food crop if we are not careful. If big corporations are not ready to change, maybe you are.

The more we choose not to eat the “money food” the more big corporations will be forced to grow and produce differently. There is nothing wrong with producing foods with less of a global impact by way of going back to small farming practices. We need local farmers to start up in all communities so we have a reset to a global issue and start to undo a food system that has become so toxic and destructive.

My grandmothers words resonate with me everyday, “your medicine is in your food,” choose wisely for healthy drug free life. Change is easier than you think if we all change a little bit at a time.

Keep an eye on Greta Thurnburg

Stacey

Impossible….the best thing that has happened to beef!

September 9th, 2019

Fake! Another processed food that appears to be good for the stock market but is it good for you? Your informed, educated and certainly have the information if you like at your fingertips. It is not us we need to worry about its our kids we should be thinking about when it comes to processed fad foods and I believe this one may be out long before it stays.

GMO’s, I talk a lot about them, genetically modified soy is a big hit these days. Bigger than it should be. Now genuine soy that has not been scientifically played with are low in saturated fat, high in protein and contain folate and vitamin C. Of course they are good source of fiber magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, thiamin and phosphorus. Holy Cow! We should be eating these beans like mad with all the nutrients they contain, however the downside is they contain estrogen like compounds called isoflavons that can promote the growth of some cancer cells, affect the thyroid function and impair female fertility….and what happens when men eat foods high in estrogen, find me a scientific study that says this is good for men.

Long and short. Think before you eat. No restaurant has to tell you your eating GMO foods….and here is why you may think twice. GMO Soy

We are all looking for healthier food choices and maybe we are being bit lazy about what we are ready to eat without really knowing what is in the product. It is a food that is a bean that is made to look like beef. Not cool in my opinion, another brown food salted and flavored to mimic something it is not.

So how can this fake beef product be good for beef producers? Well the public has spoken and they are saying we want better, we want healthier. GMO Soy is not the way to go. This is an opportunity for beef to clean up the beef industry, start giving your customers better beef, non-GMO beef burgers so we can all continue to enjoy our burgers the way they should be.

Burger on the bottom, veg on top!

This blog was written to educate not to humiliate.

We have enough dairy…..

June 29th, 2018

There is no reason why anyone in Canada would want to see more of a surplus of cheap food flood into our grocery stores and onto our tables. We have systems in place to protect our local farmers and the bully down south wants to rip into our economy, dump cheap milk products and claim our steel and aluminum is a national security threat adding high tariffs while he holds hands with nasty dictators and makes enemies with allies.

Buying local is not just about not buying imported food, it is about realizing the need to protect the parts of our food industry that have the most sensitivities. If we do not protect our dairy farmers, the flood gates will open to the US, and we will certainly loose most of our dairy farmers. Is there a difference between Canadian milk and US milk, you read and decide. We have a smaller economy to take care of, it’s not like we can grow avocados here.

Now all of you know I am not a big milk/dairy girl…mostly by choice. Living with food sensitivities to all dairy products and having a daughter who is anaphylactic to dairy does not help but I have friends who are in the dairy industry, who are protected from a glut of cheap imported dairy/dairy products and I support them. I may not eat dairy if at all rarely but many of you do. It is always best to know where your food comes from and form that connection. This is an important piece of our economy, if we allow the un-American to rip into our dairy industry, what is next? It is important that your dollars stay here in Canada when it comes to your food, as much as possible.

I am sure if the un-American was to be nice, work together with its allies, one may open the door of discussion for some change but as you can see its a one way street, lacking trust and stability. He wants to flip the world on it’s head only because he is the one that is un-American, hoping to Americanize us….he has an underlying agenda. You cannot be that big of a bully and expect everyone to embrace your behavior and simply give in to a dictator approach.

And for the rest of my American friends, love and peace.

Stay strong Canada!

So this weekend, Canadian’s, celebrate local food!

Stacey