Top 3 ways to Avoid GMO foods

1: Buy organic. National and state organic certification rules do not allow GMOs to be labeled “organic.”  When you buy organic, you buy food free not only of synthetic organicpesticides but also genetically modified ingredients.  If you ever compare an organic tomato to a non-organic you can visually tell the tremendous difference in the two pieces of fruit.  It’s really quite stunning.

 

2: Buy food certified as “Non-GMO Project Verified.”  The non-profit organization Non-GMO Project operates a detailed, voluntary certification process so that food producers can test and verify that, to the best of their knowledge, they have avoided using genetically modified ingredients in their products. The Non-GMO Project is the only organization offering independent verification for GMO products in the U.S. and Canada (Non-GMO Project 2014). Non-GMO Project Verified Logo

 

 

3:  Grow your own fruit and veggies.  The surefire way to make sure your food is healthy and free of pesticides is to grow your own.  It may not be practical for many but it can be a fun family project and the gardenchildren learn where their food comes from.  It is also satisfying to know that the yummy food on the dinner plate was a family effort.

 

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4 Reasons to Embrace your Gray Goddess Hair

As a 50+ year young woman, I unknowingly had just scheduled my last hair coloring appointment.

Over the years my enhanced highlights had gone from occasional to necessary. I was a prisoner to my external image.

No more, time to quit the uphill battle of looking 30 something. I decided to just say NO and embrace my well-earned midlife authentic self, gray hair and all.

1. The most liberating aspect of embracing my graying hair is that I am no longer subject to the Male dominated societal pressures of how we should look. If we women take charge of how we decide to present ourselves, we’re taking back our authentic power. The time is now.

2. Going gray doesn’t mean letting yourself go. Since most of my gray is in the front of my head, I’ll be periodically weaving blond highlights into my dark dishwater blonde. This helps to soften the transition to gray. Some gals even put lowlights in.

3. Aging is a process for us lucky ones who are still here. We must embrace and value our wisdom, learned and earned in years gone by. We are stronger when our authentic selves show up.

4. We can be creative, funky, classic, boho or chic at any age. Gray hair is the new in style for 30 something gals.  Let’s show them how it’s done.

As it turns out I didn’t have my last hair appt. What I did have was an epiphany and now my must go to hair color schedule is back to the original occasional scheduling.

I am now officially one step closer to a low maintenance goddess.

Leave us a comment if you have or are considering going gray.

Amazing Study: Mushrooms Reduce Breast Cancer by 64%

blog-featured_mushrooms-20180515Mushrooms for cancer? Mushrooms having stunning powers to help prevent and fight breast cancer and other types of cancer. See what types of mushrooms you should be eating including a delicious, plant-based recipe for mushroom soup.
The ancient Egyptians believed eating mushrooms brought long life.

 

While their scientific method was not entirely sound by modern standards, scientists today are investigating the medicinal properties of mushrooms and beginning to see fascinating results.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia in Perth conducted a study of 2,000 Chinese women. (About half had suffered from breast cancer.)

The scientists reviewed the women’s eating habits and factored out other variables that contribute to cancer, such as being overweight, lack of exercise, and smoking. And they came to a startling finding about mushrooms.

Women who consumed at least a third of an ounce of fresh mushrooms every day (about one mushroom per day) were 64% less likely to develop breast cancer.

In the study, dried mushrooms had a slightly less protective effect, reducing the risk by around half.

Even more impressive, women who combined eating mushrooms with regular consumption of green tea saw an even greater benefit — they reduced their breast cancer risk by an astounding 89%.

Why Do Mushrooms Fight Cancer?

Mushrooms are thought to protect against breast and other hormone-related cancers particularly because they inhibit an enzyme called aromatase, which produces estrogen.

Mushrooms are one of the very few foods that inhibit aromatase (pomegranate is another). And several varieties of mushrooms, including the commonly eaten white button and portobello mushrooms, have strong anti-aromatase activity.

But consumption of mushrooms protects against more than hormone-dependent cancers. Mushrooms also contain specialized lectins that recognize cancer cells and have been found to prevent cancer cells from growing and dividing.

Which Mushrooms Are Best to Prevent Cancer?

variety of mushrooms with chopsticks

Thousands of kinds of mushrooms exist, and our understanding of their cancer-fighting and health-promoting properties is growing rapidly — but it’s still in its infancy.

In addition to button mushrooms, white, crimini, shitake, oyster, portabella, maitake, turkey tail, and reishi mushrooms all contain bioactive compounds with the potential for potent anti-cancer activity.

These mushroom phytochemicals have anti-angiogenic, antiproliferative, and other anti-cancer effects, which have been studied so far in relation to stomach, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers.

As it turns out, white button mushrooms or big white mushrooms (stuffing mushrooms) are best for breast cancer prevention. So eating white mushrooms daily can be a significant step you can take to avoid breast cancer.

How To Enjoy Mushrooms in Your Diet

Mushrooms bring special flavor and texture and are able to enhance a wide variety of dishes. They work well in combination with most food groups.

But they are best enjoyed cooked (never raw to avoid toxins), and as close to daily as possible. And of course, never pick wild mushrooms unless you are certain they are edible.

We hope that you have found this information and would love for you to share it with a few friends.

Have a wonderful day.

 

Originally published by Food Network Revolution 2016

Just Smile…

Do you ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right?  Me too.

When feeling stressed or overwhelmed I’ve found that taking a minute to pause and then smiling helps.  Yep, just a simple pause, breath and then smile.

My dog keeps a constant watch out the window for a ferocious frequent visitor, Mr. Squirrel.  When her patience pays off, she goes bonkers and has to get outside to protect her turf.

Dutifully I let her outside and watch her fly down the steps, beelining to her intended target.  I just smile knowing that she’ll never catch that ferocious Mr. Squirrel.  I just smile.

Sometimes I put dinner in the oven; forget about it; burn it and then go out to eat.  Smiling, I wonder if I subconsciously planned it after all.

So smile. Just smile. 🙂saying