There is a list of sixteen common mistakes that are made in the kitchen that you might find enlightening. I certainly did. Special thanks to the good folks at Eat Local Grown for putting this list together.
As I lament the dregs of Summer, one thing that gives me hope is that now is the time to get our gardens ready to produce life in Winter. There is a great article at Garden Buildings Direct that lists seven veggies to plant now. I encourage you to read the article for the details. But, for a quick peek, the spoiler alert is below.
For those in the Western Hemisphere, you are surely enjoying the free supply of Vitamin D that comes from hanging out in the Summer sunshine. But, we still need to maintain adequate levels year round. I just read an informative article by Dr. Fuhrman (click this link) that lays out just how important this vitamin is for cancer protection. He recommends 2000 IU per day of D3 and to avoid multivitamins that only provide 400 IU per day, not to mention the other harmful ingredients you’ll want to avoid. I just ran out of my D3 supplements. So, this is a good reminder to replenish my supply.
If you’re like me, you meticulously avoid anything genetically modified when you go grocery shopping. But, what about when you eat in restaurants? It becomes far more difficult since most menus don’t come with any mention of GMOs at all, whether they use them (they most likely do) or don’t (bless those rare souls). Now you can make it a bit easier on yourself, thanks to Food Babe. Click that link to read her article. Then you can go out and treat yourself to a meal outside of your own kitchen. You deserve it.
I admit to liking the idea that raw is the best way to eat fruit and vegetables. But, in the case of veggies, sometimes cooked is best, or a combination of the two in the same meal. It’s so much easier to keep track of black or white, I know. It gets frustrating when I think I have the answer, only to later learn that there is an equally compelling argument to the contrary.
There is a name that keeps popping up in my research that leads me to believe he knows his stuff. Dr. Joel Fuhrman breaks down a quick list of which veggies to cook, eat raw, or a combination of the two at Bottom Line Publications. Spoiler alert: Mushrooms should be cooked and onions should be eaten raw.
I read an article that made me think maybe I’m not as smart about nutrition as I thought I was. I haven’t given much thought to magnesium until now. According to Dr. Mercola @ EatLocalGrown, an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this crucial mineral. It’s a hard thing to attain from grown food these days because of the deficient soil quality in most areas. I don’t want to take another supplement if I don’t have to. I only take D3 currently, and even this might do more harm than good, according to that article. I really want to do the right thing for myself. It’s hard to know what that is with such conflicting information flying around.
One thing the article didn’t mention, but that I found appealing after further research, is that soaking your feet or your whole body in a bath with Epsom salt is a good way to get the magnesium we need. I’ve never tried this. But, it’s now written on my next shopping list. It’s hard to argue with a long, hot soak in the tub. If nothing else, it sounds relaxing.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of the crisis involving bees dying off in alarming numbers across the planet. Even those of us who want to do the right thing for the bees are being tricked into contributing to their demise.
Lowe’s and Home Depot and other huge garden center chains are selling plants that are marked as “Bee Friendly” when in fact they are riddled with neonicotinoids, the very toxic pesticide that has been killing off bees in the first place. I’m not sure how they get away with this. It’s like selling cigarettes to children and saying it will give you strong lungs. It’s maddeningly unacceptable. I knew Lowe’s was bad news. But, I hoped that Home Depot was a better option.
If you want to buy plants for your garden and want them to be organic and bee friendly without the blatant lies in their advertising, visit your local organic garden center instead. It might cost a bit more, but truly, how much will it cost when the bees are all gone and our food supply is dried up? Most of us want to do the right thing. It’s important that what we’re buying actually does what it claims. False advertising should not be tolerated. Especially when it’s as important a topic as this.
For the PDF of the full report, click here.
Most of the time I will write about health and nutrition from a food standpoint. But, the mind is what will help us reach our goals and stay aligned with the positive energy we need to succeed. So, here is a top five list for you that you can remember because the first letter in each bullet point will spell C.R.U.S.H.
- Cultivating gratitude
- Remembering what’s important
- Using adversity to build resilience
- Staying hopeful in hopeless situations
- Honing a positive outlook under negative circumstances
To read the entire article and to see a helpful paragraph explaining each of the above points, follow the yellow brick road to Expanded Consciousness.
For those who love their Smartphones and hate the idea that they’re inadvertently buying anything with GMOs, Aspartame, or other evils, this is for you. Two free apps called Buycott and Fooducate will make your food shopping more fruitful (see what I did there). I found both of them at Healthy Holistic Living.
Here is another Top Ten list for those among you who remain unconvinced that GMOs are as bad as the tree huggers (like me) have been claiming. Today’s list comes courtesy of Collective Evolution. When it comes to the food we eat, remaining blissfully ignorant is not something to strive for. If you’re buying anything processed, in a bag, in a box, or anything with a printed list of ingredients, looking for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is the only way to assure that what you’re buying is indeed GMO free.