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Clearly…these are NOT vegetables.

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Came across yet another “healthy” snack food at the local natural food market in Ft Collins yesterday. These and all the rest are not healthy and they are not good for you. Highly processed, and what I call “food fractions”… Along with a rancid oil that is HIGHLY inflammatory, due to the high percentage of Omega 6s. Not to mention the “natural flavors” thrown in for good measure (who knows what they are– usually contain MSG and gluten, BTW) and…a lot of starch–beans… Rice…. potato starch-(read SUGAR as your body knows it is and will process it as such). Sounds like a blood sugar spike full of empty calories just waiting to happen!

If you are hungry, snack on real food folks. Grab a bunch of carrots and radishes and cucumber slices and celery sticks… Add anchovy dip or Caesar dip or Roquefort dip and your body is good to go. Carbs (which vegetables are) with fat to modulate the sugar impact AND assist in the absorption of those vitamins and nutrients. Your body AND your brain will thank you.

That’s all for now. Snack tip of the day. Enjoy!
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Real Food Summit starts July 8–And it’s FREE!

Hi all,

Love real food? You know I do!! Teaching folks how to cook it and inspiring them back to the kitchen is my life’s passion!¬†Check out the Real Food Summit, an online, free event that features some of my favorite Real Food Heroes…including JOEL SALATIN of Polyface Farms!! And Chris Masterjohn of the Daily Lipid! And many more.

More information  HERE!

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and now, to add Insult to Injury…

have a little phyto-ESTROGEN in your ice-pop, little girl or boy!!! Ice pops are TOXIC POPS!!

Yes, yes, indeed. Don’t look now–yes, LOOK NOW! They are adding SOY PROTEIN to ice pops! What’s so insidious about this? The soy is in the fine print. You’ve got to search for it, almost with a magnifying glass. Will the addition of food fractions and fake food and more than that MAJOR ALLERGENS to food never stop?! START READING THE LABELS, MOMS–and Dads–and everyone else…before you toss that “on sale for Memorial Day” “give your child a treat for summer” box of toxins into your shopping cart. And certainly before you start passing them out to all the neighborhood kids!

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The time is NOW to start being smart about what we are feeding our children. Heck, the time is PAST now. We must be aware and awake. We must be reading the labels on anything that has a label! I have said it before and I’ll say it again…just because it is in a store does not mean the food is good for you! Heck, it may not even qualify for food at all!

So I write this post. For those of you who already make your own ice pops and popsicles from real ingredients for your children, kudos to you! Keep it up! Can be as easy as putting diluted orange juice in paper cups with popsicle sticks! Or weak lemonade made with maple syrup for that matter! Blend up some berries with coconut milk…Start a popsicle revolution in your neighborhood! In your school! Everywhere! Teach other moms how to make real food popsicles for their children. Turn the tide from electric blue, green, yellow and red toxic pops to a real pop! Once the kids get a taste, they will love your real pops. Just try it!

What’s the INJURY that is already in the ice pops? I will give you a hint…excito-toxins, GMOs, corn syrup…yes, yes, yes! Food dyes that have been linked to hyperactivity in children! For those of you who are going for the “healthier”, sugar free option, DON’T!! Aspartame is an excito-toxin! Excito-toxins make children –and adults– go crazy. Alter their thinking. Set their nervous systems to “berserk” mode. GMOs? Yep, in that corn syrup and¬†High Fructose Corn Syrup! (Do your children need more sugar? more corn syrup? HFCS?!! I think not!) And now, for something really awful…soy protein! In an ice pop! One of the TOP ALLERGENS in this country. Full of phyto-ESTROGEN. Genetically Modified, of course (that means Frankenfood). AND an ANTI-NUTRIENT. What are they thinking?!! Whatever the Food Scientists (Mad Scientists, I would venture to say) are thinking about when they put SOY protein in an ice pop, it’s not about health, folks! From Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s The Whole Soy Story…here is a sample of health effects that have been linked to soy consumption: breast cancer, brain damage, infant abnormalities, thyroid disorders, kidney stones, impaired fertility…What’s “modified soy protein” anyway? Something from a lab. Again. And they are putting it in unsuspecting children’s ice pops?!! Even if it is a minute amount, it doesn’t belong there. Keep your allergenic, genetically modified, anti-nutrient, estrogenic and toxic food fractions OUT of our ice pops! The outrage!

Read the labels!

Make the ice pops!

Take back your and your child’s health!!

More on food dyes and additives

More on excitotoxins and more

More on the dangers of sugar and fructose

More on unfermented soy and more

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This is NOT the treat they (the children) think it is. And it is NOT the treat they (the Food Manufacturers) say it is, either. Make your own!

And for those of you who are ready to venture into the kitchen and make your own, check out some recipes from Jenny of Nourished Kitchen–wholesome, real food, kid-tested and delicious!

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My first book…buy yours NOW!

I am happy to announce my first book (I say that because I have many more on the agenda!)…

with Love from Grandmother’s Kitchen: Traditional Cooking Techniques for Well-Beingcover with Love from Grandmother's Kitchen

The book covers all the techniques you need to cook nourishing, traditional food!

***For more information about the book, including sample pages and info about content, click HERE***

Due out 11/11/11! (How auspicious!)

Order yours today!

If you would like to purchase more than 5 copies, or if you would like to order in bulk or wholesale, kindly contact me directly at simplybeingwell at gmail.com!

Special thanks to Amy Berger for her research and contribution and to Jessica Haney, editor, without whose tireless work this would not have been published! 

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out here on the road

We are traveling by car across the US yet again, and once a day we stop for lunch to stretch our legs and get some grub. The options are few out here on the highways of our great land for those of us who wish to eat sustainably-raised food, or care about where our food comes from as well as how it is raised and even slaughtered.

Oh yes, be sure, I always pack a cooler and a sack of REAL FOOD, snacks and stuff for breakfast and dinner when we stop to camp and I can cook. I even bring homemade soup we can sip cold. But the car ride gets old after a few hundred miles and we need to stop and stretch. So when we do, we always try to find a local diner or restaurant, a “mom and pop” stop among the plethora of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Hardee’s. Sometimes we find one, sometimes we don’t.

Today we thought we found one, “The Friendly Grille” just inside the IL border. Too bad road construction blocked the road it was on and kept us from finding it.

So it was back onto the interstate, and  we traveled on down the road another 15-20 miles or so, as far as we could go before we needed to fill up the tank again. This time, a Country Kitchen. My honey was happy to see one; it had been a while. I have never seen one, so off we went. And then it was obvious: another chain restaurant. A small chain, but a chain again. Oy.

This prompted an interesting conversation about where food comes from. Another “aha” moment. I have not really seen the breadth of this prior to now. There seem to be three groups: 1.¬†McDonald’s and Wendy’s and the big chains, 2.¬†the small chains and 3.¬†the Moms and Pops. To my knowledge, the big chains AND the small chains get their food from central suppliers, for the most part. I am guessing that MickeyD’s et al have their own main suppliers, and the small chain restaurants also get their food from suppliers such as Sysco, etc. These may vary by area, but there are still companies whose main business is to get groceries/staples to restaurants. So both the large chains and the small chains are purchasing the same brands, the same foods, full of salt and preservatives and lots of long ingredient labels. Yuck. Not sure about where the mom and pop restaurants get their food stuffs; probably depends upon their size and location. They, too, may use the same food distributors…so it’s all the same dead food, (enzymatically dead) the same processed food to varying degrees, the same pasteurized food, the same GMO-laden food, conventional food, pesticide-laden food…out here on the road. Ugh.

Another observation: once we were in this “small chain restaurant”, there were no good choices. Here’s what’s on the menu: a burger or steak from a cow raised on a feedlot, eating food it is not meant to eat while standing in its own fecal matter, and slaughtered assembly line fashion, pulled pork bbq from a pig raised in a cage, chicken from hens raised in cages with what Joel Salatin has pointed out “fecal particulate” in their lungs, salmon-no doubt farm-raised and fed GMO feed at the least. Hmmm. Hard to be a sustainably-eating carnivore out on the road. ¬†Very difficult choices. What one does when faced with these bad options is, of course, a personal decision. It may come down to just how hungry you are. And as I always say, a blessing does a lot to make whatever you eat more palatable…as well as a request for forgiveness for what I call the Food Industrial Complex and some actions to help remedy the situation. Join the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund…join a CSA…volunteer on a farm…purchase your food at a farmer’s market, vote with your pocketbook…and when you are on the road, bring your own food with you. Try to research sustainable food options on your route beforehand! And if the only options you have are gas station convenience stores every 60 or 70 miles out here on the road, well, just do your best. ūüėČ

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August and September classes!

Hey folks, visit the 2011 Class Schedule page…I just added classes for August and September. These are the last classes I will teach in the DC metro area for a while, as I am moving in late September. If you would like to take a class with me in this area, *now’s the time*!! I did my best to incorporate the class requests that came in. Thanks to everyone who will be hosting these two months, to those who offered to host, and to those who have hosted me over the years!

Classes include:

Enzyme-Rich Sauces! The Secret Ingredient to Satiety

Beans and Grains for Autumn

Greens-GLORIOUS Greens- and Squash!

and 

A Week of Healthy Breakfasts!

You will also find information about the weekend of classes in Charlottesville, VA in September: Nourishing Healthy Children. If you know anyone in Charlottesville, kindly *spread the word*!! Thanks!

As always, I look forward to cooking with you!

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Farmageddon and a Fundraiser!

farmageddon posterCome on out Saturday, June 18 at 6pm¬†for the Grassfed on the Hill Fundraiser to support Dan Allgyer AND see the Washington premiere of Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms! We’ll have a ¬†meet and greet reception with Kristin Canty, Director and Producer at 6pm, and see the film at 7pm.

The reception and movie are limited to the first 50 people.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.  They are $45 per person for the movie and reception. You may purchase your ticket HERE. THERE 2 TICKETS LEFT AS OF 2PM ON FRIDAY. CALL 240.988.9312 TO PURCHASE.

We will also have T shirts available for purchase at the event by cash or check. The revenue from the sale of the T shirts will go directly to Dan.

Farmageddon: A sobering documentary which details the struggle of traditional farms to survive in this modern age and the destruction that has on our food choices including the choice to continue to eat locally sourced foods from sustainable producers.

Recently, a Pennsylvania Amish dairy farm, Rainbow Valley, has been one of the targets of the FDA’s aggressive campaign against small farms.  In conjunction with the premier of Farmageddon, the buying group, Grassfed On the Hill, that contracts with the farm, is hosting a fundraiser for the legal defense of the farmer who has been served with a permanent injunction to discontinue providing his product to the buying club.  Additional information on the raid and the shutdown of the farm HERE.

I am happy to be helping to organize this Grassfed on the Hill fundraiser for my farmer, Dan Allgyer. If you would like to lend a hand, or assist in any way, contact me.

Hope to see you there!

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