In your search for healthy food to feed your family, here is what to look for, whether you’re at the grocery store or farmers’ market. Foods that meet these standards will almost always be a wise choice:
Grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)
Not genetically modified
Contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
Does not contain artificial anything, nor any preservatives (for fresh produce, you can now add the presence of MAP coatings or ‘edible packaging’)
Fresh (if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may be the better option)
Did not come from a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO, a.k.a. factory farm)
Grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)
Grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)
The New Year has come and we’re Kick Starting it right. We began our Kick Start today, ditching the junk and cleaning up our diets for health and weight loss.
Join us to Cleanse, Fast or (health) Feast to get a great Kick-Start for your health (and weight loss) for the New Year.
Choose your own detox/cleanse:
* A full fast – water only
* A fresh juice fast/feast – fresh, raw fruit and vegetable juice only – less than 1/2 gallon a day keeps body in fasting mode, over 1/2 gallon is non-fast = feast!
* A green smoothie feast – green smoothies only – blended fresh fruits, greens, and veggies only
* A living G.O.D. (God-given Original Diet) feast – only fresh raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds
Take your pick! And choose your timeframe – 3 days, 7 days, 10 days or more!
You know it. Caffeine. It’s a highly addictive and dangerous drug, linked to birth defects, cancers, heart and circulatory diseases, urinary diseases, digestive diseases, nervous system disorders, and so much more. Please throw it out of your consumption.
If we want to promote health and avoid disease, we must carefully avoid placing protoplasmic poisons into the body. Yet, on a daily basis, the average person consuming the World’s Diet is placing protoplasmic poisons into their bodies, not realizing that every one of these poisons is a toxic drug that does great harm to the body! These drugs may be in the form of caffeine, theobromine (a drug related to caffeine), inorganic sodium chloride (white table salt), refined sugar, alcohol, nicotine and other drugs derived from plants including but limited to marijuana, cocaine, heroin, along with doctor prescribed and over-the-counter drugs. Not a single one of these substances are a food that will nourish the physical body. They are all addictive drugs, that will poison the body. Sadly, most of these drugs are socially accepted and even cherished, commercially advertised, some medically prescribed, and often government subsidized.
As Kastel says, we’re now at the point where we really cannot afford NOT to buy organic food, even if it is more expensive. The U.S. is forecasted to soon be spending close to 20 percent of our gross national product on healthcare, and the failing health of the American people is a direct result of poor nutrition and toxic foods. Healthcare costs are also the number one cause of individual bankruptcy.
We simply MUST take organic agriculture seriously if we want good health.
“[I]t’s a matter of prioritizing where we put our money. You know that classic adage, “Pay now or pay later,” Kastel says. ” I’d rather pay now and have a better quality of life, especially when it comes to the developing fetuses, lactating mothers, young developing children. Not only are we exposing them to the soup of neurotoxic chemicals during development, but, we’re depriving them of a lot of essential nutrition. …
The attributes to organic food are not just the avoidance of toxins. It’s also about what it does have in there, and that’s the superior nutrients.”
For many people, that know what is good, real food and what is not, the trouble comes when it comes time to prepare it. What do I eat? When? How do I prepare it? How do I keep from spending all day in the kitchen?
Yes, once we know what we should be doing, we need to learn how to do it. And there is nothing like someone walking alongside of us, and personally showing us and answering our questions. That is true Discipleship!
Our first Workshop in this series is this Saturday, Nov. 19th, in North Platte, NE and the Registration deadline is today (Wed. Nov. 16th) This workshop, Living Foods for Life, is on learning to make the everyday basics and a few extras.
To understand the nature of Pringles and other stackable chips, forget the notion that they come from actual potatoes in any recognizable way.
The Pringles Company (in an effort to avoid taxes levied against “luxury foods” like chips in the UK) once even argued that the potato content of their chips was so low that they are technically not even potato chips.
So if they’re not made of potatoes, what are they exactly?
Me & My House has 2 opportunities for you to receive instruction in eating Good for You-Naturally!™ The first is a local LIVE Seminar, where you’ll learn the what, why and how of eating for health – and get to try great tasting Good for You-Naturally!™ foods and see how easily they are made. The second is an Online Course & Community, where we’ll walk you through, step-by-tiny-step, in applying those principles – and you’ll enjoy a 1-Year Membership to the site, for continued review and encouragement.
Come Join us for a full day of training and tasting!
* How & Why to eat for health from a Biblically principled perspective
* plenty of Freedom & Simplicity™ food prep demos
* a wide variety of Good for You-Naturally!™ foods to try
* a tasty, Good for You-Naturally!™ Lunch included
Our list of GMO (and other food) videos we’ve watched to date this fall. We have watched many. Some were more interesting than others, some included the same interviews as others, some were done better than others, some were idealized, most don’t have a Biblical perspective (only 1 we’ve watched does) so their conclusions lead to agendas (politically or environmentally) that we are not for. We certainly don’t agree with everything presented in all of these. But all expose evidence and the dangers of genetically engineered organisms, which we believe we have both health reasons and Biblical reasons to avoid and educate on. Therefore, they are worthy of watching. Apply a Biblical principled perspective and you will learn much and be able to make appropriate responses, beginning in your own kitchen, by avoiding eating genetically modified foods. (Some of these videos are not specifically on GMOs, but are on other dangers in food production/processing and/or the food and health relationship.)
We’ve been able to watch all of these for free online – most through Netflix streaming, YouTube or Vimeo. But before the movies, the first is a talk show interview on GMOs. The second is an audio of a presentation given by sustainable farmer, Joel Salatin.
Food Inc – (Netflix) a great first video to watch, although not strictly about GMOs, about the industrialization and politics of food.
King Corn (Netflix) – The children enjoyed this one. The story of 2 city guys who decide they want to experience being corn farmers and learn how corn grown in Iowa ended up in their hair (hair analysis.)
Deconstructing Supper – (Netflix) a restaurant owner learns about GMOs.
Fed Up – (Netflix) explores the various food production systems of the US, uses old movies clips to add to the entertainment factor.
The Future of Food – free online, also at YouTube and Netflix – documentary on biotech and politics
Life Running Out of Control – (Netflix) explores the effects of biotechnology on our lives
The World According to Monsanto – documentary on who Monsanto is and what they are doing. (More videos listed below this video.)
Food Matters – (Netflix) the relationship between food and health
Forks Over Knives – (Netflix) effects of modern food processing on our health, focusing on the research of Dr. Colin Campbell (cancer) and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (heart disease).
Ingredients – (Netflix) bringing food production back to the sustainable, local farm, and good food back to the table.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – (Netflix) another that isn’t GMO, but this one was all our children’s favorite. The story (there’s the appeal) of a man who learns of the relationship between food and health and goes on a fresh juice diet and travels the country, while he’s losing weight and gaining health, and the people he meets along the way.
Jeffrey Smith’s organization, Institute for Responsible Technology, provides much information on GMOs, including basic facts for understanding what they are and how they work, in addition to their dangers and what to do about them. This article may be a good place to start there. 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs