Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Chemicals in Food

Chemicals.  They are everywhere today.  We cannot escape them.  But I often wonder why is it even acceptable for chemicals to be in our food supply?  A few articles have come out in the past week which make me ill, such as allowable limits of arsenic in chicken and tartrazine (which is made from coal-tar derivatives) in our pickles jars (I have included both articles below). Why is this acceptable, and why do we continue to consume these chemicals?  Could it be because the general public does not know what the ingredients listed on our food labels actually mean or how they can negatively effect their health? If you have seen the following on your labels, you would be best to avoid them: Allura (red dye), Amaranth, Aspartame, Benzoic acid, Butylated Hydroxy, Calcium benzoate, Calcium sulphite, Monosodium glutamate (MSG), Potassium benozoate, Potassium nitrate, Sodium sulphite, Sulphur dioxide, Tartrazine (yellow dye) to name a few.

Chemicals are purposely added to food to change its color, preserve it, prevent rancidity, keep fats emulsified, and keep foods stable.  They can be found in soda, pre-packaged baked treats, sauces, cereals, soups, meat and meat products, canned food, fruit juice, alcohol, candy and fast foods.  Most of these added chemicals are synthetic compounds with known negative health effects.   Not only should we all avoid these chemicals, but parents should be reading labels to ensure that their children are not ingesting them as well.  These added chemicals can cause numerous side effects including, hyperactivity, asthma, nausea, hives, headaches, low blood pressure and allergies, just to name a few.  Asthma sufferers should avoid these foods especially, as they can trigger symptoms.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034330_pickles_food_coloring_ingredients.html#ixzz1fn8yptoT and http://www.naturalnews.com/032659_arsenic_chicken.html

So how do we easily avoid these chemicals? Choose fresh products.  Make your own fresh snacks and choose organic foods when available.  It’s amazing how fast your energy levels will increase eating fresh ingredients, and your body will thank you.
Since adopting a healthier diet and slowing increasing my intake of raw foods, and totally eliminating these chemicals from my routine, I have noticed a huge difference in my life.  I have more energy, I no longer have mid-afternoon crashes, I have lost some weight, my sleep has improved greatly (I used to have insomnia), my attitude towards life has done a one eighty and now I am on track to teach and empower others to join me in living a healthier lifestyle.
Share this with friends, especially if they have children, and remember to read labels!
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Raw Apple Cinnamon Crackers

Granny smith apple

Granny Smith Apple

Lately I have felt like I have been consuming too many nuts in my diet, and have been craving a cracker, that is both nut and flax free.  So today, I am experimenting with a chia version, and since I have a ton of apples sitting on my counter, I was inspired to make this wonderful treat 🙂

  • 3 apples
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1 cup of chia seed
  • 1 tbsp of agave syrup
  • 1/2 lemon – juiced
  • 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/16 tsp of cayenne powder
  1. Grate three organic apples by hand or by using a food processor.  I used what I had on hand, which were two Macintosh and one Granny Smith apple .  Use whatever type of apple you like for this recipe.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. 
  3. Spread onto two dehydrator trays and dehydrate for four hours.  Then flip, and dehydrate for another four hours, or until nice a crisp.

I personally love to put avocado on absolutely everything, so my first choice for topping for this cracker is avocado, but feel free to spread a nice cashew butter, berry spread, or anything else of your choosing on these crackers. 

Chia seed is one of the richest sources of Omega-3 and dietary fibre. Omega-3 fatty acids can normalize blood pressure and bad cholesterol and assist with a healthy heart and blood vessels.   It also contains high-quality protein, so if you think that you need eat meat to get your protein, then think again! Chia also helps strengthen muscle and bones, and is a super source of calcium, it contains more calcium than milk!

Chia can absorb about 12 times its weight in water.  You will notice that if you mix these lovely little seeds in water or any other liquids, it starts soaking up the liquid and starts to form a kind of gelatinous gel around the seed It’s really quite cool, check it out sometime.  Chia’s high fibre content  will make you feel full faster and longer, which is great if you are trying to lose weight or are on the go.  I throw some in my smoothie in the mornings, which will usually fill me up and take me through until lunch time!

Note: My camera has had better days, so unfortunately I haven’t been able to take pictures lately, but I promise that in the new year, you will be viewing some fine pictures of my dishes 😀

Food Matters TV

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If you haven’t already had the opportunity to watch Food Matters, this movie is available to watch online for FREE until October 8th.  This is an amazing film!!

http://foodmatters.tv/

I just finished watching it last night, and it is full of information, and features one of my favorite people in Raw Food, David Wolfe. Yay! If you care about what you are putting in your body or concerned about the state of our health and planet in the present and future, this is a must see!

I know I have already made a post about this film, but I feel like it’s a very useful resource to those wishing to learn more.

I would love to hear your feedback on this film.

 

Food Matters

Watch Food Matters online for FREE!  This week only!

http://foodmatters.tv/screeningevent3?fb_comment_id=fbc_10150365258229108_20095004_10150396290229108

I have been waiting to watch this film, then I stumble across their facebook page this morning with this offer! Ya-hoo! Watch this film! Also check out my website for other movies and books that I love 🙂

Taste of Health

Check out the Taste of Health Fair this Sunday in Vancouver.  Vegetarian and living foods, with samples -my favorite part 😉

http://tasteofhealth.earthsave.ca/

See you there!