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Washington voters decide against labeling GMO's

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Or maybe I should say they let those decide for them who voted against labeling.
Monsanto and other big food corporations won this round by being allowed to spray crops with dangerous pesticides like roundup without this so-called food having to be labeled as GMO in stores.
There is only one way to avoid it: avoiding processed food and some produce unless they are labelled organic and to buy locally grown food from producers that you know.
What many people still don't seem to realize is that the main threat is not necessarily from the modified genes but from the pesticide-resistance that has been bred into these modified genes. I guess as long as the average consumer is not willing to be politically infor med and can easily be swayed by ads not much will change and the majority in this country will continue to eat toxic fake foods. National healthcare will not fix the damage that these people will do to their own health any more than drugs will fix the result of eating sugar-laden foods.

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NORWOODGIRL 11/8/2013 10:37PM

    There is definitely something wrong with the system. I just read an article that stated much of the food being sold to U.S. consumers would never be allowed to be sold in other countries. Incredible!

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PAMNANGEL 11/7/2013 11:39AM

    Ignorance is bliss!

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JSTETSER 11/7/2013 11:36AM

    All we can do is keep on educating people. Don' t give up! It's not OVA yet!

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LOSER05 11/7/2013 9:36AM

    I always signed petitions against that... america is NOT america any more emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/7/2013 9:37:34 AM

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NASFKAB 11/6/2013 10:53PM

  sorry to see the big Companies win again

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LINDIEMAE 11/6/2013 8:52PM

    I was truly disappointed when I saw on the news that the yes vote was trailing. Education is what is needed but you have to educate people at their level of understanding and most of the population has a grade 6 reading comprehension ability. Which is why they read the news papers or watch news stories. I saw the adds for both sides, and even organic is no guarantee that there is no compromised seeds - the seeds for organic and non organic are from the same source, at least that is what I have been told. Monsanto had to win this with such resistance happening all over Europe and other countries who are retaliating against Monsanto's hold. The processing industry is just as bad - they laden our foods with sugar salt fat - those along with grains we have no business eating is a poison bullet but that is just my humble opinion. I buy organic when ever I can but will local farmers tell me the truth? Dunno ... Only time can tell and modified foods have been out in the market place for over 30 years.. so its nothing new really. emoticon

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JLKL1980 11/6/2013 8:26PM

    Makes me want to grow my own garden next year!


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HOUNDLOVER1 11/6/2013 2:20PM

    If the gap were not so big the chances would be better. Theoretically there is still a tiny chance, we'll have to wait and see.
While I agree that the primary fault lies with the companies who supported this crazy advertising campaign, advertising can be counteracted with education and every voter has a responsibility to learn about the issues they are voting for from more than just ads. This country (the United States) has much lower voting participation then most developed countries and lower than many developing countries as well. If you don't vote you don't get to decide and can't complain later.
Too many adults in this country are emotionally immature with their focus only on consumerism, entertainment and immediate gratification. Too many of the rest are so poor that they are fighting just to survive and have no extra energy to devote to these issues.

Comment edited on: 11/9/2013 1:27:52 AM

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AKHEIDI 11/6/2013 2:18PM

    It's complacency- they don't think anything will hurt them or someone would step in and do something about it. It will be them that do the most complaining in the end but they did nothing to prevent it in the beginning.

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ROSEWAND 11/6/2013 1:08PM

    There still maybe hope. I just received an email
from Organic Consumers Association stating
that it is still to close to call. All ballots are mailed
in and it may take up to a week to determine the

They have been very active in this battle as they were
in California. Six weeks ago 66% of voters were for
it then as in California, Monsanto and big bio-ag
put 22 million in to the media markets to confuse
and scare people from voting for it. They used
the same tactics in California. The supporters
were only able to raise about 8 million and did
not have the resources to counter the slick ad
campaign designed to mislead people once again.

Yes, it is frustrating that people are bamboozled
by the onslaught of sophisticated advertising
techniques. But our anger should be directed
and the Corporations like Monsanto and the
other players not the misled voters.

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ERIN1957 11/6/2013 12:08PM

    I will apologize for what I am about to say very rudely...stupid people! OK smart people doing stupid things like not giving a hoot until it is to late, OK back to my first statement, stupid people. What a death wish, slow suicide, wake up people!! Sorry if I offended anyone, but really?!

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HOUNDLOVER1 11/6/2013 11:18AM

    This tells us how powerful money, and the ads money can buy, really are. Important lesson, but very sad indeed.

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WOUBBIE 11/6/2013 11:09AM

    Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe people don't want to JUST LABEL IT for God's sake!!!!

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This video can turn around the health care crisis - Dr. Robert Lustig

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

This is a new video that is available on youtube by Dr. Robert Lustig, a now famous pediatric endocrinologist.
He explains about the danger that a large number of Americans are in without knowing it, especially those who are not obese; the world-wide rise in obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes; the connection between the hormones insulin and leptin and why hormones are the cause of obesity , the role of fructose and much more.
He gives answers that many people still can't get from their doctors, dieticians and personal trainers about why they are sick and have trouble keeping weight off.


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ICEDEMETER 11/6/2013 1:08PM

    Thanks for posting the link.

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SKATER787 11/6/2013 10:51AM

    Wonderful. I've been looking for more details on the working of Insulin and Leptin for several weeks. The two books I bought (Dummies and the First Year Type 2 Diabetes, didn't go into details) It makes sense that I'll need to learn from an endo expert such as Dr. Lustig. I've gone through the video once but will watch it again until I get it. I've also ordered the book, Fat Chance. Thanks Birgit.

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NASFKAB 11/6/2013 9:45AM

  thanks for sharing

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WOUBBIE 11/6/2013 9:13AM

    Thanks! I have some free time this evening, I'll try to look it over then.

I agree with Erin. Sadly, even with science finally on the right side of the debate, there will still be "deniers", who will refuse to acknowledge that what we've been told for the past 40 some years was incorrect. All we can do is be good examples and better advocates.

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JSTETSER 11/6/2013 5:52AM

    I will watch it later. Thanks for the post!

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ERIN1957 11/6/2013 5:21AM

    I believe we will see a wave, no a tsunami of information flooding the media here soon, as well as the attacks against the science. There will be a line drawn very clear and two standing one on each side; low fat high carb vs high fat low carb. I know which side I will be on. The side of truth and science.

I still see people fighting wanting their voices heard, as their minds stay closed to even a possibility that fat is not the enemy to health.

Thanks Birgit!

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CHIBIKARATE 11/6/2013 12:42AM

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Another side of eating low-carb - freeing up my mind and emotions

Monday, November 04, 2013

The thoughts that I am writing down are very much spur of the moment impressions, not to be weighed too heavily or taken as absolute truth.
I noticed today that food has started taking on a different role in my life, at the same time more important and much less important.
When I was eating a much higher carb diet many a waking moment was spent either eating, planning the next meal, buying food or deciding when to eat next, also how to avoid eating too soon again. The total amount of energy devoted to food was huge.
Food was one of the greatest pleasures of my life and I knew I'd better be really smart about finding ways to be able to continue enjoying it without hurting my health. So I became good at cooking, baking and otherwise preparing food. I improvised a great deal, modified recipes and tried new combinations. I also spent more money on higher quality food. All of this was a necessary and good step in the process of getting healthier.

Food now has become less important in the sense that I don't have to constantly think about which foods I can have.
I avoid all highly processed foods, all grains including rice, all legumes (beans, peas, lentils), starchy vegetables like potatoes, sugar, high-sugar fruit by not keeping them in the kitchen and staying out of restaurants for the most part.
Everything else I eat and combine in any way I feel like, paying little attention to traditional meal choices unless I feel like them.
I make meals based on what's in season (in our garden or local) and what's available for a good price.
I don't worry about meal times or eating regularly. My body can sustain itself from body fat for several days if necessary without any problem.
My preferred drink, water, is always there (Thank God for this blessing which we often take for granted) and I can make tea or decaf if I feel like a hot drink in cold weather. Not having to haul soda, juice, beer and wine and other heavy beverages must save at least one shopping trip a week.
My family has also gotten creative (I guess out of necessity since I don't cook 3 square meals a day emoticon ) and help themselves to whatever their heart desires whenever they feel like.
Common meal time is now truly about spending time together, not necessarily all eating the same food. It used to annoy me if there was a lot of conversation happening during meal time (kind of embarrassing to admit but true) because it kept me from enjoying my food while it is still hot. Now I truly enjoy talking more and listening to what people have to say. I don't even feel the need to shove food in my mouth while someone else is talking.
The other thing that has gotten easier is to get things done, anything: cleaning the house, doing the laundry, reading a good book, exercising, going shopping, spending time with people who are important to me, all of this is not interrupted by thoughts about food any more than by my breathing or my pulse. Just like my breathing, digestion and pulse are happening without conscious thought, eating is something that is very important, it sustains me with all the replacement parts that my body needs. It is also pleasurable at times. But it is much more in the background.
Do any low-carbers know what I'm talking about?

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JLKL1980 11/5/2013 5:56PM

    Birgit - I have been noticing the same thing for about 3 or 4 weeks now. And that is what has been the best thing about lowcarbing for me - the cravings just stop. And if they do occur for me, it's because I have let the carbs creep back up on me. But I know I can fix that very simply now just by getting back into ketosis again.

Great Blog!


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-HEALTHYAMY 11/5/2013 9:34AM

    My hope is to get where you are. I want to stop obsessing about the scale says and stop thinking so much about what I should and not be eating. I am less obsessed about my next meal by following LC but I have some work to do. Thanks for blogging.

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ERIN1957 11/5/2013 6:14AM

    I am striving for what you are experiencing.
I am finding a new found freedom in the kitchen and it takes so much less time in there and as well preparing.
I do enjoy the process of cooking and the true joy in wonderful whole fresh beautiful foods. Like I said, I have clean homemade or grown food envy LOL
The meals are simpler, quicker and healthier.
I am back enjoying and more relaxed with food and the choices I have. Simple ingredients .
I am hoping someday when I get to goal I will ease into a more freedom schedule. Tracking and rebuilding now is taking front and centered stage, as I struggle with the food yet.
But it is getting there.
Birgit your brain is healing along with your body and function is becoming automatic. This is by far a great accomplishment.

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LPRUNWALK 11/4/2013 10:56PM

    Hi Birgit,
This sounds like heaven!
I think I am experiencing a version of this without going low carb. I went out to lunch with my mom today, on the last day of her weekend visit from Boston, and was able to completely focus on our conversation while enjoying a big plate of heritage greens, grated carrot and cabbage, a few cherry tomatoes and about a half cup of chopped chicken, all lightly covered in a dressing of olive oil and lemon. It was simple and delicious, left my blood sugar nice and level, and allowed me to easily segue back to work. For me, the key seems to be eating a bit less of everything and staying completely away from refined sugar.
In the past, my mother and I would always have ended our meal by sharing some sort of decadent dessert, like a fudge brownie or a piece of cheesecake. There were so many times when we regretted this indulgence almost as soon as we were finished! Today, after four days in which we did yoga together and stuck to my new eating routine, we didn't even talk about having dessert..
It's such a pleasure to be more or less free of cravings!!

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WOUBBIE 11/4/2013 10:38PM

    Absolutely. I'm by no means perfectly compliant, but even so, I'm often surprised at how uninteresting food has gotten. It has lost much of its power over me.

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CINDYTW 11/4/2013 8:29PM

  I do. In 3 short days on low carb, I remember now what that is like, not to be ruled by the drops in blood sugar, and feel like you HAVE to eat and be hungry all the time. It's something I am quite enjoying!

I do still have to spend time cooking, tracking, counting and measuring right now because I am just starting back up. When it becomes routine I can let that go too!

Another pleasant side effect is that it has been much easier to give up my wine and hard cider than I thought it would be. I think I was craving those more from low blood sugar as well...

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The inside of my fridge - shows what I really eat

Monday, November 04, 2013

Or at least a big part of it.
It does not look as pretty as in magazines but you get the idea. I don't have things in my fridge that are a temptation.

The top shelf is mostly nuts, nut meals and a few gluten-free flours towards the very back that my husband sometimes uses. Also a small pitcher of heavy cream.
small drawer: cheese, sunflower seeds, sea vegetables
middle shelf:
raw milk jars on the right, jar with tomato sauce, butter, bowl with chicken stock, whey jars on the left
bottom shelf:
more nuts, squash cooked and wrapped in aluminum foil, ready to be stuffed for dinner, homemade yogurt, several containers of duck eggs
vegetable drawers: cabbage from our garden, onion

door from top left to bottom right:
bulk spices (garlic and turmeric), seed packets, fish oil, yogurt starter, elderberry syrup (for flu), more fish oil tablets, organic lemonade for flavoring water, condiments, 1 bottle of gluten-free beer,

The rest of our food is either stored in the basement (veggies like squash, zucchini) or in our cabinets. Things that only some of us can eat are stored either in the back of the cabinets or in another room (study) or in a separate fridge (we got a mini-fridge for the rec room).
Most meat and veggies are in the freezer.
This system works great to keep unhealthy stuff out of sight and out of mind. emoticon

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SKATER787 11/4/2013 11:52PM

    Great. Nothing tells the whole eating story than a look inside the fridge! Bravo.
P.S. I hope to clean out my fridge of old coconuts then I can organize and do some showing.

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BARCLE 11/4/2013 9:35PM

    Looks really good emoticon emoticon

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LOUIE-LILY 11/4/2013 9:24PM

    That's awesome!

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WOUBBIE 11/4/2013 6:52PM

    OM NOM NOM!!! Looks good!

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HOUNDLOVER1 11/4/2013 4:14PM

    The milk is not from our own farm but from a small, local raw-milk dairy. Some day I would love to have a milk cow or goat, for now I don't have pasture and time for milking.

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ERIN1957 11/4/2013 3:10PM

    I have food envy LOL
All that which you have from your own farm and hands.

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Day 10 of ultra-low carb and a little treat (with picture)

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Today was a great day, even though the weather was bad which usually affects me a little. Exercise was almost non-existent, just a mini-walk for each of the dogs, less than 30 minutes total.
My husband was so kind to do the morning chores today so I got to think about my plans for the next few weeks, talk to family and have a leisurely breakfast and lunch.

9 am breakfast: 1 cup decaf with 1/4 cup cream, 3/4 cup full-fat yogurt, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 oz. nuts

2pm lunch: 1/2 squash filled with ground beef and topped with melted cheese

5:30pm special treat in honor of being on this plan for 10 days:
almond pancakes with dark chocolate sauce and another cup of decaf with lots of cream

The recipe is very simple. Mix almond or other nut flour (ground nuts) with 2 large eggs and enough cream to make a thick batter. Drop the batter in a frying pan with melted butter. Turn when brown on one side. Makes 6 small pancakes.
For the chocolate topping mix 1 oz.(30grams) of 85% dark chocolate in a small bowl and warm until the chocolate melts with 1 teaspoon Xylitol. This is the amount I used for 3 pancakes. Sorry, you'll have to figure out the carb count yourself.

I am full enough to where I won't need anything for dinner.
I've been wondering how many calories I consume on an average day. I know it does not matter on low-carb but sometimes I'm curious, I'm just too lazy to bother. The first couple of days on low-carb I usually eat more, then my appetite settles down and I may be eating less.

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-HEALTHYAMY 11/4/2013 6:00PM

    Those pancakes look and sound delicious!

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ERIN1957 11/4/2013 6:03AM

    Looks yummy Birgit! You earned it!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 11/3/2013 11:34PM

    emoticon looks yummy!....Stay strong!

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DIDMIS 11/3/2013 11:07PM

    I went on a low carb diet once but now try to ear fruit and veggies and drink lots of water

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HOUNDLOVER1 11/3/2013 11:02PM

thanks for asking. I do take some vitamins and minerals, mostly the ones I can't get enough from any diet, namely Vitamin D and magnesium, occasionally some Iodine. I used to think that it takes a lot of veggies to get enough vitamins but when your animal products come from pasture-fed sources as mine mostly do then veggies become a lot less important. Still, usually I try to get more green veggies in than I have the last few days. There are phytonutrients that I should probably not miss out on.

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MJREIMERS 11/3/2013 10:56PM

    The pancakes look so yummy! Chocolate sauce...oh double yummy! emoticon

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LINDIEMAE 11/3/2013 10:56PM

    Pancakes look fabulous - are you taking any vitamins to make up for any nutrition that you might not be getting? Unless you track its hard to know. Just curious eh emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/3/2013 10:53PM

  interesting menu

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