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Should You Know What You Are Eating?

Currently, companies are supposed to report how things are made on their own and they are not supposed to be misleading in regard to how the food products were made.

Recently, in the state of California, we voted to require companies to disclose if the food product was made with genetically engineered plants which means that the plants were altered by drugs of some kind or made in a lab.

Do you think that you have the right to know if your food was made from genetically engineered plants? Why or why not?

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

FDA US Food and Drug Administration (2013). Food derived from genetically engineered plant.  Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/Biotechnology/ucm346858.htm

Health/Weight Journey – Food Aversion

I lost 20 lbs within 6 weeks.  People started to notice and ask me what I have been doing.  I told them about my Trainer (Ellen Como) and her wonderful innovative work-out equipment called the Balacore.  People said, “Wow, you look good!”  For me that struck one of my hot-button issues.  I hate when people feel that they know me or that they can tell the kind of person that I am based on what I look like.  For years, I have intentionally kept weight on to keep superficial and people who have a thwarted view of what’s important in life AWAY from me.  I know this must sound weird, but as a child, I have witnessed so many women who were emotionally, mentally, and physically abused by men.  As a little girl, I remember thinking that these men chose these women because they were beautiful, but it was almost as if those men made it their mission to tear down those women.   I noticed that women who were once beautiful and vibrant became withdrawn and suffered from very low self-esteem. I vowed that I would never let anyone abuse me that way.  As I moved into college, I noticed that many young girls were throwing themselves at guys to gain attention on campus.  Again, I vowed that would never be me, so I threw myself into my studies and began to neglect my physical body.  After all, I believed that my soul, and how I treated others was so much more important than what I looked like on the outside.

Anyway, sorry I went off on a tangent, but I guess I needed to get that out.  Getting back to recent events, after people told me that I looked better,  I picked up a box of delicious pop tarts from Trader Joes and began to eat them.  Usually, when I am compulsively wanting a food, I eat until it makes me ill and then I don’t want it anymore.  I thought I would try this same tactic with these pop tarts, but it didn’t work.  I think I have been eating them for a week straight.  Of course, these pop tarts have halted my weight loss, but at least I know why my progress has been halted and how to change it.  I have not gained weight, but I have not been losing either.  No, I am not eating an entire box in one sitting, but I find myself drawn to the box as if it helps me to directly oppose the compliments that people have been giving me about my appearance.  Weird, but true!

So, from today forward, based on Ellen’s advice, I will only have a pop tart on Saturday.  Saturday will be my cheat day.  I can do this because my body is a temple and God wants my temple to be healthy in order to do His work.  I have to get over how my smaller image makes other people react, but this part of my emotional/psychological weight loss journey may take a while.

Pressing on. ……and on………and on…………………

We are what they ate!


Dr. Rubin is an awesome holistic doctor known around the world. He was extremely ill as a young man. His illness almost took his life. The other day, I was watching his show. He was talking about eating beyond organic. He was also talking about staying away from genetically modified organisms (GMO), which are foods engineered by humans and not grown naturally. As I was watching his show on the TBN Network called, “Living Beyond Organic”, Dr. Rubin said something that struck me deeply.

He said, “We are not what we eat, we are what they ate.”

Isn’t that profound? When he said these words, my mind began to think about current issues facing our meat supply. Because of poor foods that are given to farm animals, many of the animals are sick. When they are sick, they are often given an antibiotic. We as consumers eat the meat of these animals. Next, during the flu season, we may contract a virus or sickness. We go to our doctor and he or she may prescribe an antibiotic (which they usually do not these days because they may not work). We as patients take the antibiotics and sometimes we become resistant to the antibiotics because we already have antibiotics in our system from the meat that we ate. What an amazing concept right?

Hint: If you have little to no energy and you always feel sick and tired, you may be experiencing the effects of a poor diet.

As you can see, I am passionate about this topic. Please tell me what you think. What steps are you taking to ensure that you and your family are eating well? I would love to hear from you, leave a comment today.

Reference:

Living Beyond Organic (2011). Retrieved from http://beyondorganicinsider.com/TV.aspx.

Rubin, J. (2008). Garden of life. Retrieved from http://www.jordanrubin.com/.

Eating to Live

 

 In 2005, I went to my doctor for a routine check-up.  I was born with asthma so I have been on every kind of inhaler and steroid imaginable.  Anyway, on this particular visit to the doctor, I was told that I would need to add a sixth medication to my daily routine.  I was so shocked and saddened by this news. My goodness, I was only 32 years old!!  Next, my doctor said that I was pre-diabetic.  This was unreal!  One year prior I had watched my brother have both of his big toes amputated due to uncontrolled diabetes so needless to say this was an unwanted but much needed wake up call.  At that time I was extremely obese because I had forgotten to take care of myself.  I was deceived into thinking that if I put other people first that God would bless me and I would be alright. There is some truth to my previous theory God did bless me to have a doctor’s appointment that day that has changed my life.  God blessed me with the opportunity to change my life and I took it.  I am still on the road to full health recovery but I am not in the danger zone the way that I was five years ago.

     At first, I was a bit depressed but the next day I decided to fight this diagnosis of hypertension and the pre-diagnosis of diabetes.  I did not know exactly what to do but I decided to start taking the pills for high blood pressure with the condition that I would get off of them within 1 year. From that day forward, I decided to make many small changes that would better my health and life.  This blog is about the small food and beverage changes that I have made toward a healthier me. 

     In closing, since 2005 I have lost a substantial amount of weight and I am off of blood pressure medication and one asthma allergy pill.  I went from six prescription drugs down to 1-2.  My goal is to not to take any prescription drugs as they can have adverse affects on the body if taken over a long period of time.  I hope to share the small changes that I have made in my personal diet but please let me know if you have any diet tips that are helpful.  Let’s become healthier together.  Let’s eat to live!

My Quest

Juable Foods is a blog designed to highlight my favorite foods.  Nearly two years ago, I lost a significant amount of weight.  Then, my Dad became gravely ill and passed away.  The stress of this ordeal caused me to gain some weight back.  Despite, these obstacles, I have made a commitment to myself to lose weight again and to eat foods that will compliment the medicines that I take for asthma.  I have been on medicine for the majority of my life that causes me to gain weight so I am on a personal mission to become healthy in both mind and body.  Sometimes I will be accurate with my food choices and sometimes I will not, but I intend to share my food experiences with you.  Thanks for taking this food journey with me.

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Recently, I obtained a wonderful trainer.  She works me really hard and she provided a meal plan that is not too hard to follow because I am able to cook for myself and eat regular food.  There is a product that I absolutely love!  It is called Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and it’s made by Trader Joe’s.  I put 2 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil on all of my vegetables and it makes them taste so good.  For me this is a big step because I never thought in a million years that I would give up eating ranch dressing on every salad that I would ever eat.

You Are What You Eat!

Question: Have you ever eaten a meal and shortly after, you just felt sick? Am I really what I eat?

Answer: I just cannot stop laughing, because I have felt this way so many times in my life. In fact, I have struggled with my weight since I was fourteen as I was born with a severe case of asthma that forced me to have to take inhaled steroids in order to breathe. After years of trial and error with fast food, healthy food, liquid food, etc I have found that I am the sum total of what I eat. My body is as good as my eating patterns. This is a tough reality to face and an even tougher one to live by, but for me, it’s the only way. I hope you continue to take your own food journey and find out what is best for you and your body.

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