Posts Tagged "GMO Labeling"

How to Pick the Perfect Protein Powder

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Corn Free, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, protein shakes | 1 comment

How to Pick the Perfect Protein Powder

I get quite a few questions about protein powders. Like everyone else I had my fair share. However, what people fail to realize is whatever your body doesn’t use up, it will get stored in your fat cells. And while low carb, paleo, SCD diets are all fine, we still have to be careful of higher protein diets. See my posts on Paleo Diet Good for Most and The Positives of Paleo). I want to teach you how to choose a healthy, high quality protein powder while disclosing the truth on protein powders. I think there is a time and place for protein powders, just not every single day. I also want to educate you how to read your protein powder labels so you can make a wise decision whether or not. After posting and asking which ones are the best I want to help you better understand what to look for in a protein powder. Most are junk and full of synthetic GMO junk, but there are some other good clean brands out there. To Whey or Not Whey? You wan to buy a whey protein concentrate powder that is a high-quality whey protein. It must be cold pressed, derived from grass-fed cows, and free of GMOs, chemicals, and sugar. This type of whey protein and how it is made contains all the essential amino acids, keeps its nutrients in tact and has higher nutrient value than commercial processed protein powders. When whey protein is heat pressed, it denatures the protein. Whey protein Isolate is a denatured protein, your body cannot process this form of protein (whether soy or whey). Since isolates are heat processed, it destroys all of the amino acids needed to help your body absorb protein properly. What often happens is companies will fortify the nutrients and vitamins back into the powder often with synthetic vitamins and sweeten it with junkie sugars such as sucralose, fructose and some other sugar alcohol that ends in “ol.” If you are not sure about how the protein powder is made, call the company and ask what type of dairy they use and how do they process it. Soy? Not so much.. Soy is a very, very hard legume to digest and most of us cannot digest it. It is a close cousin to peanuts, and some who have serious peanut allergies may need to stay away from soy too. Soy is best digested when it is fermented in the forms of miso, tempeh and natto. The problem is about 95% of soy in America is mostly a GMO crop. I recall back in my more active fitness days, I would drink my strawberry soy protein shake with my soy milk thinking I was sooo healthy…all it did was make my stomach more bloated and distressed. Protein powders should be easy to digest, not cause more distress. When the body is presented with a synthetic isolate, the body may need to draw on its stores of cofactors needed to better absorb the vitamins and minerals, namely proteins, carbs, fats, bioflavonoids, and enzymes, but this is not always the case. And men, soy may decrease your libido and can cause temporary infertility because it decreases testosterone. Women, it will mess with your thyroid too because of its high estrogen content. (You can read more here on The Whole Soy Story). My opinion, stay way from all forms of soy protein powders. Pea Protein and Rice Protein Makes a Perfect Protein If you are like me you want something that is gluten, soy and dairy free, but finding  one that tastes good...

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Corn Sensitivities Are On The Rise and Here’s Why

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Body Ecology Diet, Corn Free, Family, Family Health, Food, Gluten Free | 19 comments

Ever since going gluten free, soy and dairy free almost 7 years ago, I never would have thought I could develop more food sensitivities. I recall my naturopathic doctor saying then that she was glad it wasn’t corn. Afterall she said, “Corn triggers the meanies – more violent out of control behavior. , the Dr. Jeckyll’s and Mr. Hyde’s in people.” That stuck with me. If you think how much HFCS is in our foods and the rise in our mental health issues, it makes sense. Corn and gluten sensitivities tend to overlap in their symptoms when it comes to our health ailments. After my second child was born, my system was not quite right. Funny how kids do that to you. I went and saw another doctor recommended by quite a few bloggers here locally and learned that buckwheat, oats, corn, cane sugar and beef were giving me issues. The buckwheat made sense as I always felt bloated eating these fantastic raw vegan buckwheat crackers. The oats too, the gfree granola I was having made me sleepy just as gluten use to make me feel. But beef? Corn? I was in denial, but when I thought about it, I felt awful even after eating an organic tortilla chip (bloated, irritable, cranky). There goes my chips and salsa. I was hoping it would not be one of my many triggers, but surely after going off of corn (and cane sugar) for 3 weeks I felt better and lost 5lbs. And my increase in headaches went away. And my son, his behavior changed. In fact I notice it more with corn than gluten for him and that was enough for me. So what is up with corn? And as for beef, I don’t eat red meat very often, however, it does give me indigestion. Like gluten, corn is in EVERYTHING! Just about 99% of our foods has corn or some sort of corn derivative in it. Have you seen the movie King Corn? If not, go watch it. It tests positive in our hair! Dextrose (corn sugar), Citric Acid, sorbitol, Maltodextrin, caramel and caramel coloring, “natural” flavorings, Vitamins C and E, Xylitol, modified food starch, vegetable protein are all hidden sources of corn besides the obvious HFCS, cornstartch, etc. So now I found myself calling all food companies to see if their modified food startch, Xanthan Gum or Citric Acid was from corn because it is not always the case. And if they don’t get back to me, I don’t trust them. I do tweet companies publicly about corn by-products and have yet to get a response back from them….Yes, I am a picky eater in the sense is that we have to be, but we are eating whole foods and yes, we have our “junkie” foods, just not the same as most. According to the USDA, over 80 million acres in the US is dedicated to growing it and is processed in a variety of products such as corn oil, powdered sugar, (they make one with arrowroot starch), toothpaste, infant formula, supplements, protein powders/bars, medications (its in Tylenol, Aleve, Advil) and sweeteners to name a few. What is a girl to do? Corn allergies are on the rise. In fact I firmly believe once gluten is recognized as a food allergy and passed into the labeling act, corn will be next on the list. It does not fall under the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, though it is on Canada’s Big 15 list. (eh-hem so our food companies here in the USA HAVE to provide...

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What You Need to Know About GMO’s

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Food | 0 comments

I have been a long time reader of how GMO products are harmful to our bodies. Dr. Mercola has done a fantastic job of educating his followers about GMO’s and have tried hard to not buy GMO based food products. Let’s be honest, how do you know if what you are buying is a GMO product? Well you don’t, unless you live in a country that has mandatory labeling, such as Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and all of the countries in the European Union. Then of course there are countries that have severe restrictions or bans against GMO food production or selling GMO food products. These countries are Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, the Philippines, Australia, Peru and Japan. (source: mercola.com) So why are wealthy and developed countries like Canada and USA refuse to label our products? That is why we have a right to know: I realize I buy foods that are GMO, but I am more likely to buy products if they support this label: I have also downloaded the Non-GMO Shopping Guide onto my phone and Honest Label where you can scan your products to see where it came from. I do follow the Dirty Dozen Produce to purchase my organic produce (they have a free app or download the shopper’s wallet guide) and avoid produce that begins with the number “8” as it means it is a GMO product (look for the little stickers). I will shop at Farmer’s Markets because they use less pesticides and many small farms cannot afford to be labeled “organic.” I also follow these organizations on Facebook: Just Label It Environmental Working Group CARightToKnow Healthy Child, Healthy World I am excited to a panelist for the first time for a topic I have been passionate about for years. Join us tonight on Twitter for a Twitter Party and win great, GMO-Free Products from Beanitos (my new favorite chip) and Unreal(TM) Candy So join us tonight (yes, can you tell I am super excited?!) for the #Yeson37 Label GMO Twitter Party and RSVP here! Who: @CARighttoKnow & @LabelGMOs When: Friday, August 10th Time: 10-11pm EST/9pm-10pm CST Hashtags: #Yeson37 #LabelGMOs Share with me, are you just as concerned as WE are? Also check out my favorite non-GMO supplement New Chapter and their offer of gratitude to receive $4 off your next...

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New Chapter Vitamins Promo: An Offer of Gratitude

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Food | 0 comments

One of my favorite vitamin companies, New Chapter, is out with a new program that will give you an opportunity to try out their products. Their An Offer of Gratitude is thanking consumers for their loyalty by offering $4.00 off of YOUR choice of supplements. Yay! that makes me happy that you can try them out for a month. A month is all it will take to notice a difference by taking their multivitamin, Prenatal Vitamin, or whatever your sparks your interest. As an added bonus, New Chapter is donating an additional $4.00 toward the New Chapter philanthropy partner of their choice for every coupon that is redeemed. How cool is that? What do I like about New Chapter products? 1. They are made from whole foods. This means it is easy to digest because the body welcomes the vitamin as the product is recognized by the body. 2. They are organic. Being the first company to offer a supplement that is 100% organic, they are committed and stand behind their products because they grow their own ingredients! This is a brand we can trust. 3. Their scientific partners include many of the world’s most respected scientists, from research institutions like Columbia University, The Cleveland Clinic, and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. That says a lot about their commitment to scientific validation and discovery. 4. They are devoted to being sustainable from their farming methods to packaging, you can know they are doing their part to be better to our environment. 5. They give back. As I mentioned above, when you redeem your coupon, they are giving back to a partner of their choice. What I also want to mention and some of you may not realize, but the other day I announced I was part of the Label GMO evangelist team for the CA Right to Know. New Chapter proudly supports these efforts by placing the label you see below on their products. And while you may not think it is a big deal, it just our fundamental right to know what is in our foods. Fifty countries including France, Germany and Italy all have banned or restricted GMOs and the USA doesn’t even label it. It makes me feel good to support brands like New Chapter that care about the quality that goes into their products. What are you waiting for?? go to the Offer of Gratitude to redeem your coupon, it is a win-win for all! And if you are unsure about their vitamins, you can read my review on the Prenatal Vitamins on my National Pregnancy Health Examiner column. I have been contacted by New Chapter and have been asked to write about their new promotion. This is a brand I trust and personally use. “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any...

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I am a Label GMO Evangelist for Prop 37

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Food | 0 comments

For those who know me, I am an avid label reader, a label detective is more like it. If I do not know what the ingredient is (meaning can’t pronounce it), I will look it up to find the source where it came from, find out its side effects in how it affects our bodies. I have to read our labels since we eat gluten, soy, dairy and recently corn free. I have been against GMO products since I first learned about it several years ago, thanks to Dr. Mercola, a local MD who practices alternative medicine. What is a GMO you ask? It is a Genetically Modified Organism. And if you want to learn more on what it is, check out this video from that was beautifully spoken about: GMO Labeling You see, California is looking to pass a bill that will label our products as GMO and if it passes it will set precedence to the other 49 states to perhaps pass a bill that will better inform us, the consumers, on what is in our foods. It is called Prop 37 Right now California has an initiative on the ballot to label genetically engineered foods in packages. It’s Prop 37. #Yeson37 means that packaged foods companies have till January of 2014 to relabel everything on grocery shelves. If your head is spinning, don’t worry, mine does too when I read all the info out there, especially when it comes to GMO. It is why I am super excited to announce that I am a part of the GMO Evagenlist team. Roughly 70% of our foods that we eat is a GMO product. You should be concerned… In fact, Leah Sedgie of Mamavation™ wrote a fantastic post on how GMOs are affecting our health. (Why re-create the wheel?) What I am here to tell you are the top GMO Foods and foods that are being tested to be GMOd: 1. Tomatoes – While this no longer qualifies, it is good for you to know when the first GMO food was first introduced. In 1994, genetically modified tomatoes hit the market in the US as the first commercially available genetically modified crop. GM tomatoes have since disappeared. But still marks the importance of the history and the beginning of a GMO food symbol in the first GMO crop. 2. Soybeans – the majority of the soybeans in the USA and Canada are GMO. In fact the GMO seeds have spread (through weather, birds, bees..) that they have affected many of the organic soybean farms and can no longer qualify for organic farming methods. Soybeans are also fed to our cattle, chickens and pigs for feed and is being known as an endocrine disruptor. New studies suggest that eating large amounts of soy’s estrogen-mimicking compounds might reduce fertility in women, trigger early puberty and disrupt development of fetuses and children. Soy Protein Isolates are also a cheap filler in may packaged foods, but also difficult for children under 12 to digest. 3. Corn – corn is used for fuel and is used in food products. The one that is the most concerning is High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is used in just about every packaged food product including salad dressings, ketchup, cereals, breads, crackers and I have even seen it in applesauce. It is also used in animal feed to help fatten up the cattle and used in many gluten free baking. Recently, myself and my son have tested to be corn intolerant. When I gave up the corn and corn by-products, his sensory issues decreased and my weight...

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