Earlier today a friend posted a link on Facebook that led me to some interesting information ….. very definitely worth a one hour of your time! Check it out using this link:
Going to the beach? a Picnic or Camping? or just looking for an easy delicious snack? My latest find is ORGANIC BANANAS!
You might wonder …. why bother to buy organic bananas? Especially if you’ve never heard anything about them being part of “the dirty dozen” – you know, the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues as determined by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) each year.
However, according to the Made in Nature company,
Conventional bananas are sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. … The workers on many conventional plantations are often exposed to these toxins. This leads to a host of health conditions including skin diseases and kidney failure.
The toxins used to grow conventional bananas are not just on the outside. They leach into the soil where the fruit is grown. So even when it’s peeled, you’re still ingesting some of them.
Ongoing studies have shown a connection between pesticides in foods and their nutrient content. You guessed it–organic foods rate higher.
… and they make my new favorite snacking food! Hooray for Organic Bananas in a Bag!!!!
I had never heard the word FODMAP before last week. I did not know what it meant. But … I now suspect that FODMAPs are a big problem for me.
I have complained of having very cold hands (and feet and even my nose) for many years. My suspicion was that a food related allergy or sensitivity was to blame, but I have never been able to pinpoint a troublesome group of foods. My symptoms were seemingly very random. Really … and apple? then an organic mango? then watermelon? What do they have in common? High FODMAPs!!!
From the website Whole30 – discussion of doing an “autoimmune Whole 30”:
We briefly mentioned FODMAPs in Chapter 10 of It Starts With Food. FODMAP stands for “fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols”—a collection of fermentable carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in various foods, like grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. FODMAPs are poorly absorbed, thereby “feeding” gut bacteria and causing a host of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)-related symptoms, including abdominal bloating and distension, excess gas, abdominal pain, nausea, changes in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both), and other gastro-intestinal symptoms.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to the fine people at WHOLE9 / WHOLE30 … I have modified my 30 day challenge to eliminate this troublesome group of foods – and VOILA! No more cold hands. or feet. or anything else. I cannot believe how easy this was, after struggling so long to find comfort.
The top three reasons I am against pesticides.
- I do not believe they have been proven to be safe.
- There ARE other “Organic” options – and the ORGANIC items TASTE BETTER, too!
- Why risk it?
Something about my previous food choices was not allowing the nutrients in the foods I ate to feed and nourish my body. I am certainly no chemist, but I AM an expert in knowing my self. I know I ate less than many other “normally weighted” friends and family. I know I could not lose weight even by eating less and exercising more.
It’s interesting – and worth some investigation – to know that when I gave up all the chemical-laden foods in my previous diet, I began to lose my excess weight, and I began to FEEL nourished.
I recently began following the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to learn more about this. They recently posted an article regarding pesticides commonly found on US Produce, that the European Food regulators have questioned. You may also want to look at The Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.
According to their research, some of the food items where the pesticide was detected most often are:
- Broccoli (60 percent)
- Cauliflower (59 percent)
- Grapes (51 percent)
- Spinach (48 percent)
- Lettuce (34 percent)
- Potatoes (33 percent)
- Sweet bell peppers (32 percent)
- Cherry tomatoes (21 percent)
- Apples (20 percent)
The decision by Europe’s top food safety agency to call for new restrictions on two pesticides common on conventionally-grown U.S. produce because they “may affect the developing human nervous system” in young children underscores the danger of reliance on pesticides. I encourage you to read more, and – of course – to buy organic items whenever you can.
Or – you can ignore this – but …. REALLY, Is it worth the risk?
Once upon a time, I really DID enjoy fresh baked breads and steamy hot oatmeal and fresh made pasta, too. Ahhhh – It seems so long ago!
It was exactly 2 years ago that I gave up all that up – on the advice of a nutritionist/blood work analyst who quickly declared “NO MORE GRAINS FOR YOU”! I followed his advice – and adhered to a fasting period, followed by an extremely restricted “elimination diet” and plenty of supplementation. My focus was on becoming gluten free. I was strict with myself and diligently followed the plan, but still was experiencing inflammatory responses that could not be explained.
About 6 months later, with the help of my friends at DLUX (evolutionary personalized training) in Crown Point, Indiana I discovered the PALEO diet, with a “30 Day Challenge” following the “Whole 9” program. Wow! Their combination of nutrition and exercise will transform your overall health! It did mine! I had already eliminated most grains, sugar, alcohol, dairy and processed foods. Legumes (soy, bean) and rice were the last to go. I began working out twice a week – about 1/2 hour each session. And I began to heal!
I still have more healing to do – but, I have no doubt that I am on the right track. I feel better than I have in 20 years; my inflammation and a host of other ailments have disappeared from my life – I have more energy than I have ever had – my blood work is so greatly improved – and I am sleeping like a champ!
Good nutrition advice IS hard to find – but it can change your life.
Tonight, my Mom called to tell me that “The Doctors” show had a segment on GMO’s. I love that she is in her mid-80’s and keeping up with current events! Oh, she also reported that ALDI was selling ORGANIC BANANAS today. I love that she cares about what she is eating. – Love you, Mom!
So, I checked their link online (which contained lots of interesting information and helpful links to additional information) … Among other things, here’s what they had to say:
“That may be one of the reasons why things like food allergies [and] autoimmune problems are skyrocketing,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears adds. “Peanut allergies in kids have tripled in the last decade.”
Commercialized GMO Crops in the U.S.
Sugar Beets (95%)
Hawaiian Papaya (more than 50%)
More information from this episode of “The Doctors” can be found on this link.
And then there’s the article that ran across my Facebook feed … from “Eat Local Grown”
… “there’s an identical rise in over 30 human diseases correlated with our increased usage of glyphosate and the increased prevalence of genetically engineered proteins in our food.” … If you have an hour to get educated about this, there is a video embedded that is very scientific and terrifying to me. It’s an interview with Dr. Don Huber, who is likely the leading GMO expert in the world. He is an award-winning, internationally recognized scientist, and professor of plant pathology at Purdue University for the past 35 years.
The Paleo Diet:
Last but not least, I received confirmation that following the Paleo Diet can protect us from many of the EVILS present in our current food supply. Check out the article published by the Huffington Post, called “The Paleo Diet: 13 Facts About Eating Like A Hunter-Gatherer”. If you are new to all of this, I highly recommend this read.
Don’t you just love it when everything points in the same direction?
The way I see it, we can invest in good quality foods now – or we can pay the price with ill health later.
“Eat Local Grown” posted an article called “Top 10 Inflammatory Foods to Avoid Like the Plague” that helps me understand why I feel so much better following a paleo diet. If you can find some time, I really think the article is worth a read!
They propose that we should incorporate more natural anti-inflammatory foods in our diets, and also avoid or cut down on foods which are known to promote inflammation. Their TOP TEN:
2. Common Cooking Oils
3. Trans Fats
4. Dairy Products
5. Feedlot-Raised Meat
6. Red Meat & Processed Meat
8. Refined Grains
9. Artificial Food Additives
10. Any food that you are sensitive to. Many people are sensitive to certain foods but are totally unaware of it. Unlike food allergies whereby symptoms usually come fast and furious, symptoms caused by food intolerance may take a longer time to manifest. Consequently, when symptoms of food intolerance do appear, they are often brushed off as common minor ailments such as tiredness and headaches. But repeated, long-term exposure to food that irritates can cause inflammation and lead to chronic diseases.
What do you think?