It has been a long three years but, through all my trial and errors, I have finally made it happen. I have been experimenting with grafting hemp with vegetables and fruits to give a better source of medicine to those who have struggled with siezures. Why wait for them to occur and take a high potency oil to make it go away. I say scratch that, why can’t we make them a healthier source without the high potency to use and sit and wait for a siezures to start. Why can’t we make a food that can give them a more normal life, they can go back to having what is needed to be truly happy. My little formula I truly believe will help the world with something we have not yet cracked in the medical field. Statistics show that we are trying with pills and trial base that cause more problems then helps. So let’s take a more natural approach that can give you a more normal life. Videos and photos coming soon….
We grew up in our own little worlds in each household. Most ate common food from their culture, some eat something new and different just about every night. Even some stayed on a frozen TV dinner diets for the parents who were too busy to cook or just simply horrible at it.
So our healthy self it taught over time on what we grew accustomed to. Others will have the advantage to change their diet before unhealthy self stands before them in a doctor’s office riddled with sometime of complication due to how we diet.
So how do we get to know our healthy self? You can take a course, go through a fitness bootcamp to get common knowledge towards your health. Many resources at our fingertips now we can learn it easy and almost practically at no cost financially but a cost to your health if you do not know what the full effects some diets can put a negative affect on your body along with a fabulous positive effect.
In terms of how some diets promote healthy weight loss but can affect other aspects of your healthy self, such as sugar levels, cholesterol, blood pressure. Let’s not forget to mention the constant change in science we are finding new and innovative ways to keep track up through our health through our genetics. To take a cell genome and find out what types of food can help a person stay healthy or get them to unhealthy state.
To help keep ourselves in check, is bewaring of how our diet affects our life. How can we get to the healthier us before we go backwards on ignorant thinking?
For the best and healthier versions of ourselves is so hit up your dietician. Yes, it may sound unnecessary, but to be honest you can not utilize these outside resources like health fitness bootcamp if you don’t know your numbers or in other terms full prognosis of health.
With the results given to you by your dietician, it can give you a better handle on how we can utilize a healthier self.
Authors: Lincy Taylor, Amy Funkhouser, Meshundra Reese & Melanie Rush.
How to audit food quality, by understanding labels.
When you decide on buying food, of any kind, it can help to think about the quality of those foods that you are purchasing. You want to make sure that you’re trying to nourish your body with clean and wholesome foods.
A great way to make sure of that is to understand quality labels on the foods you are buying. Knowing whether your meats were raised free-range and antibiotic free and if the dairy and second generation products like eggs or offspring are genetically altered, your fruits or vegetable were grown with predetermined genetic modifications with added chemicals or if your baked goods were made with good quality ingredients that weren’t tampered with to give them all a longer shelf life over quality of the products themselves, it is important to be able to know how to choose the very best of these products for yourself by understanding the labels.
Labels are FDA regulated so consumers are able to tell how that items was raised or produced, however some labels can be misleading. Companies, in an attempt to sway buyers will use phrasing and similar packaging to true organic labels and products to fool consumers into buying less than upmost quality ingredients.
Auditing food quality: understanding produce labels.
When it comes to produce, your vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts even, there are three basic categories of labels that can tell you all you would want to know about the item. Typically with produce a small coded label will be placed on the produce directly. These labels are stickers and are usually made from plastic or polymer and adhere with an FDA approved adhesive, but even though the adhesive is FDA approved it is still inedible.
This means that the adhesive and sticker itself can be digested and will pass through your digestive system if you happen to consume one, it has zero nutritional advantages so it is best to gently remove these labels from your produce as well as to wash your produce before consuming it. Some produce, like apples and other tender fruits may have a thin wax layer on them that can be removed with a quick and gentle Luke-warm wash in water. Lemon juice can help to remove bacteria and impurities from the exterior of your produce also.
The three categories of produce labels are conventional, organic or genetically modified. Being able to determine how your produce was grown is the check the numerical code on the items price look up label, also know as the PLU. If the label has a five digit code on it beginning in a 9, that means that it was grown organically. If the label has a five digit code, but begins with the number 8 that means that the item was genetically modified for bigger or faster growth with hormones or DNA modifications to the seed the item was grown from, and if the label has a four digit code typically beginning with a 3 or a 4 that means that the produce was conventionally grown. Meaning grown with pesticides or with genetic modifications that deter pests altered in the seed itself, or both pesticides and genetic modifications. Ideally when purchasing your produce you will look for a five digit coded label, beginning with a 9 to ensure that the item was grown wholesomely and with care, rather than chemicals and predetermined gene biases in the seeds. Most times you can avoid produce grown with GMOs and chemical pesticides by buying locally and talking to the farmer who grew the produce, which in turn helps the farmer, as well as you, the consumer.
Auditing food quality: understanding meat labels.
Being able to tell real organic meat from conventional is very important. As organic meat does so much more then provide you quality meat. First let’s look at the ways to tell organic from conventional.
Organic meats have many benefits. Those being they contain fewer harmful hormones than conventional food. Having the organic seal means that the meat is 100% organic. With the organic seal you may see other wording. On organic meat you should see; NO Antibiotics Ever, NO added hormones ever. Along with federal regulations prohibit the use of added hormones in that particular meat, crate free gestation & farrowing, not restrained in gestation or farrowing crates. Also born, raised and harvested in the USA and the official organic seal. The organic seal should be green or black. These should all be on your meat labels, don’t be fooled. This is the regulations to make sure you are getting 100% organic meat. In pork and poultry they are given food free of synthetic pesticides. The animals are not given antibiotics.
Experts agree regular use of these drugs can lead to dangerous antibiotic resistant bacteria. In beef, cattle on non-organic farms are given sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen so they will grow faster. Some experts agree this is leading to early puberty in girls.
Watch very closely if you see packaging with wording like made with organic ingredients then the product contains at least 70% organic ingredients. Companies try to trick consumers by placing look alike labels or the wording natural on the packages. This is called “green-washing”. In the US a certifying agent and are allowed to use the USDA Organic seal.
Not all organic farmers can label their products organic because they are not officially certified. Often because they are a small farm so it’s not worth the cost to get certified. You can find these at local butcher shops. When shopping at a butcher shop ask questions. Where was the animal raised? You want to make sure its local. Is it free of antibiotics? Is it free of hormones? This is what organic meat is and you should make sure of when looking to find a local butcher.
Buying local organic meat has many benefits for local businesses, people and the planet. I have included labels of organic meat for you to reference and conventional meat so you can see the difference. There was one label that confused me that I found. After picking it up and reading small print I was able to find it wasn’t truly organic. It also didn’t have the seal in green and black. Deception of meat posing as organic is everywhere. You have to be vigilant. Hopefully I have shed light on what to look for next time you are buying organic meat.
Auditing food quality: understanding baked goods labels.
Most people never really think about what is in the bread that we eat, in fact, many of us only assume the role of consumer and believe whatever the label says and nothing beyond the curtains of the food’s preparation process ever really translates onto the finished product in our minds after the fact, at least not until there’s a problem.
In today’s food trend, many people are trying to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food and opting to buy more organic products, whether it’s with the intent to eat healthier or to control health issues. A growing demand that many food Producers are capitalizing on and even going as far as marketing their food products as, ‘Non-GMO’ or ‘Organic”, without truly living up to their product’s label. So how do you know what you’re buying? The USDA and the Non-GMO Project have companies to put Verified seals of their labels that indicate to consumers the absence of GMOs.
In order for a product to be considered organic, it should inform the consumers that it is free of any artificial agents, such as chemical fertilizers or pesticides, from farm to table. A big difference from products that are considered fresh, which suggests that the food is unprocessed or raw and has not been frozen or subjected to any form of thermal processing (other than preservation). However, reasonable to claim that an item is. The FDA states that there can be no such item as “fresh” bread, even though “freshness” is insinuated on the labels or descriptions.
In common use, a fresh loaf of bread is one that has been baked recently (usually within a day) and there is no guarantee that bread purchased as “Fresh” or “Fresh baked” will not include these ingredients. The FDA can’t actually regulate the words “fresh” or “organic” on labels.
Most people would agree that fresh bread has better flavor and texture than bread that is less fresh or ‘day old’, and that fresh breads made with organic or non-organic ingredients are better in terms of flavor and texture.
I think it’s very important that consumers are able to make informed decisions about GMOs through both the Non-GMO Project and USDA Organic certification.
Auditing food quality: understanding dairy and egg labels.
There is a little bit of controversy over whether all egg and dairy has GMO or other additives in them. I personally was under the impression that the product was simply based on the feed.
While making sure your cattle and chickens are getting all natural food from a local source sounds good, it is not easy to know for sure. Unless you are part of a local group or company that does this, there is no saying what your getting.
Practically all milk has GMO in it. While milk itself is not genetically engineered, the food the cows are given usually is. Most conventional milk comes from cows who have been given supplemental corn and soy. If your milk has a label saying “non-GMO” it simply means the cows have not been fed such feed. A dairy cow is primarily fed alfalfa, hay, corn, and soy. Of those four only two are not genetically engineered. Based on an article from the San Francisco Chronicle some farmers have reported that non-GMO feed is to expensive, almost doubling in price. Another article written by a former dairy farmer states “Thus, the claim that “GMOs are in your milk” is false – there are no plant genes of any kind in any milk, just some fragments of DNA”. If you are able to find milk labeled “non-GMO” or “organic” then the cow has not been fed any sort of genetically modified feed.
Now let’s take a crack at whether eggs are filled with GMO or not. Put simply “Real eggs are GMO free”. According to the American Egg Board “Scientific research has confirmed that none of the genetically engineered materials are passed into the egg”. A chicken is typically fed corn and soy beans that have been genetically modified. Whether your hen gets GMO or organic, their body’s digestive track breaks down the proteins and nucleic acid. Also according to the Center of Food Safety, “Right now, no genetically engineered egg-laying chickens are on the market. Nevertheless, non-organic, egg-producing chickens eat genetically modified grains such as corn and soy”. Based on these findings, I believe it would be safe to say that eggs are a GMO free food.
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With all of the hurricanes that have been affecting the Southern and Coastal areas in the United States lately , it might be a good idea to have an Emergency Food Kit on hand.
In the event of an disaster, power outages could last for several days, roadways could be dangerous to drive on and there maybe no way to stock your food supply. Emergency kits doesn’t have to break the bank, simple canned foods, dry mixes and other items that do not require refrigeration, cooking, or any special preparation; could make all the difference & a lot of these items are more than likely in your cabinets.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
(-)Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
(-)Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
(-)Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
Suggested Emergency Food Supplies
Consider the following tips when stocking your emergency food supplies and be sure to include a can opener, and eating utensils.
- Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Choose foods your family will eat.
- Remember any special dietary needs.
- Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener
- Protein or fruit bars
- Dry cereal or granola
- Peanut butter
- Dried fruit
- Canned juices
- High energy foods
- Food for infants
- Comfort/stress foods
A good rule of thumb is to not eat too much of foods that will make you thirsty; such as salted crackers, also stay away from salty cereals and heavily salt mixed nuts. Instead, look food that has a high liquid content.
Another note is to be very mindful of Safety & Sanitation regarding your food. In the event of a lack of electricity or a cold source, food can become unsafe and bacteria in food can grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 °F; if these foods are eaten you can become very sick. Just remember, “if there’s any doubts about if what you’re eating is safe, it’s a good rule of thumb not to eat it.” Here’s a few Do’s and Don’t below.
- Keep food in covered containers.
- Keep cooking and eating utensils clean.
- Discard any food that has come into contact with contaminated flood water.
- Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more.
- Discard any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture.
- Use ready-to-feed formula. If you must mix infant formula use bottled water, or boiled as a last resort.
- Eat foods from cans that are swollen, dented or corroded, even though the product may look safe to eat.
- Eat any food that looks or smells abnormal, even if the can looks normal.
- Let garbage accumulate inside, both for fire and sanitation reasons.
Alternative cooking sources can be used in times of emergency including candle warmers, chafing dishes, fondue pots or a fireplace. Charcoal grills and camp stoves are for outdoor use only. Commercially canned food may be eaten out of the can without warming.
To heat food in a can:
- Remove the label.
- Thoroughly wash and disinfect the can. (Use a diluted solution of one part bleach to ten parts water.)
- Open the can before heating.
Managing Food without Power
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
- The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened.
- Refrigerated or frozen foods should be kept at 40° F or below for proper food storage.
- Use a refrigerator thermometer to check temperature.
- Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4 hours.
- Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40° F for two hours or more.
Using Dry Ice:
- Know where you can get dry ice prior to a power outage.
- Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a 10-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days.
- If you use dry ice to keep your food cold, make sure it does not come in direct contact with the food.
- Use care when handling dry ice, wear dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury.
These are also good notable mentions to have in your food kit.
Whole wheat crackers (consider vacuum packing to prolong freshness)
Nuts and trail mix.
Canned meat such as tuna, potted meat, salmon, chicken and turkey.
Eating calorie-rich and Protein-rich foods are really the best to stick with because they have calories and nutrients you will need to help you keep warm and healthy.
Every day is a new gift and sometimes being prepared for the next day seems to be a goal that, at times, is difficult to achieve. However, if disaster strikes being prepared could save the day, and your life. It’s hard to be prepared for the worst case of anything, from family emergencies to natural disasters, but with proper research and knowledge, and a small investment you can create a basic disaster preparedness kit for your entire family to make sure that in the event of an emergency you can be better prepared to keep yourself and family safe until you can seek more stability or refuge from such events. With a little ingenuity you can have yourself and your family as prepared as possible for anything. In your basic disaster preparedness kit you should have certain essentials that are ready to go at any time, this kit should include a first aid kit with effects such as triple antibiotic ointment, bandages, gauze, medical tape and sterile compresses for wound care as well as means of sterilization for wounds like antiseptic wipes, hand sanitizer, general medicine (asprin, antiacid, pain reliever, etc) tweezers, scissors, gloves, hydrocortizone cream and a thermometer. It is also important to include medicine that you cannot do without like blood pressure or other necessary medicines. Each first aid emergency kit should have enough of each item for whatever number of family members you might have to be able to use one item or one use quantity of each item for a total of 3 days. (EX: 6 family members, 3 day kit you would want to have enough supplies for 36 uses of each item. Like a 36 quantity bottle of aspirin, large tube with 36 uses of antibiotic ointment and so on.) Once you have a fully prepared first aid kit, you want to think basic means for each person for at least 3 days, and other essential that could come in handy in an emergency situation like waterproof matches and candles. Each person should have one fresh change of clothes, and since you may never know when disaster may strike you will want to think ahead to be prepared for any season, meaning that each person should have a fresh set of clothes with multiple layers, socks, underwear, shirt, jacket, shoes, shorts etc, so that you are prepared no matter what season you may be afflicted by disaster. To go even further and be better prepared you can add items to your kit like a whistle, emergency or Mylar blanket (one per person for kit), sleeping bags, tent, cell phone with charger or solar chargers, flash lights, extra batteries, LED head lamp for hands free use of light in emergency situations, emergency flares or glow sticks, candles, moist towelettes or baby wipes and travel sized personal care items for each person with feminine care products in mind for any female that may need said items in case of an emergency. Other emergency items like rope, zip ties, gloves, Hot hands warmers, hand-crank radio and flashlight, extra batteries for said devices if you cannot buy a hand-crank version. A basic tool kit or multi-tool can come in handy in your kit for extra means in an emergency situation.
Aside from first aid and basic emergency supplies for everyone in your household, you will also need to think about food and water supplies for each person. Most kits are suggested to be stocked for up to a 3 day supply for each person. Every person in your house should have 1 gallon of water for hydration as well as sanitation, per day. So if you have 6 people in your house, to be prepared on water supply for 3 days you will need 36 gallons of clean water in total. You can achieve this by utilizing water bottles, gallon jugs, 5 gallon refillable water jugs for or an emergency water bladder that can be filled with clean fresh water and typically has a larger capacity. You can also purchase water purification tables or other travel sized water purification means if providing a large supply of clean water might be difficult in the case of an evacuation emergency. For each person you will also need at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food items for each person. Some easy things to store and pack are items like peanut butter, canned vegetables, meals like chili or stew, fruits, crackers, jerky, soup, canned or packaged tuna and chicken. Items like energy or granola bars, electrolyte powdered supplements, instant coffee packages, and dehydrated food items are all easy to store and stay good for quite some time, making your kit more effective as you will want to update your non-perishables annually or as needed to keep your kit up to date in case of an emergency. You can also think about items like MRE’s or other easy to store and minimally packaged items can be very beneficial to your kit and also give some variety and balance to your food supply especially if you have small children in your emergency plan, because although there may be an emergency of whatever kind, small things like variety and activities that can be planned and prepared for to take with you in your kit can help to keep the peace and minimize tantrums and meltdowns in the instance of an emergency. If you want to take things a bit further, you could prep your own emergency supplies by purchasing a food dehydrator or learning how to utilize your oven to dehydrate foods and take to making your own dehydrated items like, fruit, jerky and other items. In which case your can add a bit more customization and care into each kit by being able to make your own prolonged shelf-life food items better suited for your family. When you prepare your food for your emergency kit you can use storage in your kit as a way of saving space and giving yourself more items in case you need them all in one. Mason or air tight lid locking glass or hard plastic storage containers are useful for storing item in your kit inside. For instance you can store baking mix in a large glass mason jar keeping it safe from air and pests and then having a water tight vessel for storage once it is empty as well as a sanitary container for emergency food prep. Storing sterile first aid items in air tight containers also protects the items and allows them to be waterproof in case of a flood emergency and improves their shelf life. Once you have water, food, first aid and basic essentials squared away for each member you can also prepare for an emergency by creating an all-in-one family disaster plan and important document binder. Having a laminated copy of any important personal or family documents allows you to have all that important information in one place, as well as, water resistant. Going over family emergency plans can help to improve the execution of the plan for when the time comes and also give a bit of ease and peace of mind to those facing the emergency, whichever type it may be. Having emergency cash along with your personal documents in an air and water tight container or even zip lock baggies can be useful for after the disaster so you are able to have it as needed. Other personalizations to your emergency kit can come in handy, like a mess kit and small pot for having basic essentials for when you need food. A smaller packaged self-inflatable raft with a larger load capacity. A small bottle of vodka can be useful as it can be used to clean and sterilize wounds and utensils. An emergency activity kit like battery operated hand held devices, cards and other small games can help to distract from the circumstances and keep peace among children. If you have pets you can create a special emergency 3 day kit for each pet or animal so that they have everything they might need. You can also better prepare yourself in case of an emergency by backing up all family photos, documents, certificates or anything else you might include by scanning and saving digital copies to a storage system like a Cloud drive or multi access system like Google docs so that you can access all your information on a back up drive or back up service. My described emergency preparedness kit above is more tailored to a larger family, 4-8 people, in the case of a flood but can be altered or adapted to suit any size group for any type of emergency with just a little bit of early preparation. Storing things inside your emergency kit is fairly essential because you’ll want a large enough water-tight and air-tight vessel to hold all essential item for your size group with ease of access in mind (EX: crush-able or food items and first aid will likely be at the top of your kit for more sound packing and easier access to items as you would generally need them on top of other items like changes of clothes and emergency blankets and camping/living gear.)
Another helpful tip for when it comes to an emergency situation, especially a flood. Since most are at least some what predictable with weather radio and apps if you expect your residence might flood you can use air and water tight appliances like a safe, dishwasher and even a fridge to store hard to replace items like photos and valuables such as jewelry and anything else you might include. Appliances like this even if they are ruined electrically from flooding are water tight and can keep whatever is inside them from being ruined in the case of an emergency and are typically easier to locate after a flood so that you don’t try to load and carry everything you own. Being prepared can make a world of difference, especially in an emergency situation and can be a great way to ensure that you have peace of mind for yourself and your entire family, even your pets and can prevent from further damage and loss in the event of an emergency. Because it is always better to be proactive rather than reactive, especially when it comes to Mother Nature.