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Whole Foods Is Now Open in Columbia!!! NOW CALM THE HELL DOWN!

YES!!!! I went to the grand opening of Whole Foods yesterday! 

And YES!!!! I looked around at all of the cool stuff they have, all the local items they have, all the the organic veggies and fruits for sale- I even ate an organic meal there!

What I did NOT do however, is go buck ass wild and buy $300 worth of  food (Yes, Ben- like I have in the past, before enlightenment)  and other stuff there just because Whole Foods marketing and the media tell me they are “healthy”, “all natural” and/or “good for me”! 

Let’s take a quick tour, shall we? 

This is where I found my meal: the ONE row in the entire salad and hot bar area that offered organic veggies and (one) fruit- pineapple. 

This is the flip side.  One side of the bar has all organic produce, so the other side that has mixed salads and such should be organic also, right?!?!?! WRONG. There was not one item on this side that was organic, or contained organic ingredients. 

And here is the hot bar: Both sides, nothing organic. But there IS  lots of high fat, high sodium, most likely genetically modified, nasty ass CRAP! 

And then there are the chicken wings and don’t we Southerners love our chicken wings… Corn syrup, natural flavorings (read: MSG). GREAT.

And P-freaking-S people:

WHOLE FOODS MAKES THIS FOOD! IT ISN’T PRE-PACKAGED- IT IS A SIGNATURE ITEM MADE DAILY AND CONSCIOUSLY BY WHOLE FOODS EMPLOYEES, PER WHOLE FOODS INSTRUCTIONS!!! 

Moving on to the refrigerated ready-to-go area, we find soy lethicin: below, I’ve provided a little light reading about this disgusting ingredient.

Soy lecithin is a common ingredient in hundreds of processed foods, including cereals, pasta, breads, soy milk and many meats. Lecithin is also available as a health supplement; proponents claim that it can benefit the heart, brain, liver and athletic performance. However, there are potential dangers of soy lecithin that could outweigh the possible benefits.

Origin

To solve the problem of disposing of the gummy waste residual generated from the soy oil refining process, German companies patented a process of vacuum drying the sludge to make soybean lecithin. Although lecithin originally had many uses, today soy lecithin is used as an emulsifier in foods and infant formulas and also as a health supplement.

Risks include:

Genetic Modification

Cancer

Reproduction

Brain Development

http://www.livestrong.com/article/524606-what-are-the-dangers-of-soy-lecithin-ingestion/#ixzz2APOZZg6F

Still want their Smoked Turkey Cobb wrap??? I sincerely hope and actually know for a fact that you are smarter than this. 
How about a Caesar Salad (made in Alpharetta, GA mind you)? Oh look, rennet! Do you know what rennet is? I’ll let Merriam Webster tell you: Rennet
I don’t even want to talk about it…. And by the way: if it was vegetable rennet it would say it on the label. This is not vegetable rennet. Don’t let anyone fool or trick you into thinking it is. 
And lastly, Whole Foods 365° brand. On the webpage devoted to the 365° brand, Whole Foods uses the word Organic many, many, many, MANY times. It really makes you believe, or want to believe… that every product in this line is well, organic. But it is my belief that they are most certainly not. Enter exhibit A:
There is absolutely no label, stamp, words, NOTHING! saying this product is organic. 
Exhibit B: Nothing here either. 
Exhibit C: You guessed it- nothing. BUT you can see that there are products ***derived from corn. This product isn’t Certified Organic, it isn’t Certified Non-GMO and it contains corn. Now what type of corn do you think it is…? Yea- most likely GMO. 
And so of course…. I called our brand, spanking new Whole Foods here in Columbia: 

And now is the time for you, my very smart and discerning friends, to try and figure this one out.

Would love to hear what you find out.

Do you think Whole Foods 365 brand using GMO ingredients? 

Week of October 29th

YO!!!!! What is up food luvuhs- it is FRIDAY!!!!!!!!

 I’ve scoured all of cyberspace, the cookbooks I love and the recipes I’ve tried before to bring you a week’s worth of Back II Basics food.

Mix and match the numbers- get creative!

Some I have made, some I have not. Please let me know if anything you try is really awesome, or really horrid.

If there is a * beside the name of the recipe, that means I have actually made this before and I believe it to be fantastic!

Let me know how it goes! xoxo!

P.S. It is always good to add a leafy green salad to any entree you make, if it isn’t already part of one of the recipes ;)

Menu Plan:

Week of  October 29th

Mains:

1A. Roasted Butternut Alfredo

Or how about this version: 

2. Fettuccine with Roasted Butternut Squash Brown Butter and Sage

2. Roasted Cauliflower and Cabbage Pasta with Fried Capers and Cheddar

4. 20 Ingredient Antioxidant Soup

5. Easy Tomato Basil Cream Pasta

Sides:

1. Raw Brocolli Wonder

2. Bacon Ranch Salad

3. Beet Root Fries

4. Classic Red Rice

5. Southern-Style Collard Greens Veganized

I wasn’t slack this week! Here is the Grocery List!

Week of October 22nd

Dobrý den! (that’s hello, Czech style ;))

 I’ve scoured all of cyberspace, the cookbooks I love and the recipes I’ve tried before to bring you a week’s worth of Back II Basics food.

Mix and match the numbers- get creative!

Some I have made, some I have not. Please let me know if anything you try is really awesome, or really horrid.

If there is a * beside the name of the recipe, that means I have actually made this before and I believe it to be fantastic!

Let me know how it goes! xoxo!

P.S. It is always good to add a leafy green salad to any entree you make, if it isn’t already part of one of the recipes ;)

 

Menu Plan:

Week of  October 22nd 

Mains:

1. Black Bean Soup

2. Shepherd’s Pie (Vegan)

3. Slow Cooker Spicy Southern Chickpeas and Grits

4. Avocado-Miso-Tahini Pasta

5. Pasta with Garlic, Scallions, Cauliflower & Bread Crumbs

Challenge Dish!!!!

Eggplant Rollatini With Spinach

Sides:

1. Roasted Pumpkin and Spinach Salad

2. Baked Acorn Squash

3. Roasted Garlic and Cheddar Cauliflower Gratin

4. Rainbow Salad

Prep: 15 Minutes | Chill: 2 Hours • Serves 6 to 8

3 cups cooked brown rice
1 (15 ounces) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounces) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounces) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed corn kernel
1 cup peas
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
¼ cup finely chopped pimiento
2 tablespoons chopped black olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
¾ cup bottled or homemade fat-free salad dressing

Put the rice and all of the beans and the chickpeas in a large bowl; stir to combine. Add the corn, peas, onion, pimiento, olives, and cilantro and mix again.

In a small bowl, whisk together the salad dressing, soy sauce, and Tabasco until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix to coat everything well.

Cover the salad and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 2 days before serving. Taste and adjust the seasonings right before serving.
1 tablespoon regular or reduced-sodium soy sauce
½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce

5. Baked Butternut Squash Sticks

Tough love again…no grocery list. I was soaking up the sun in Florida and decided to stay on the beach instead of compiling the ingredient list….:))))

Another good one from Lisa! Tips For Healthier Communication (love the stinkeye reference) :)

I often encounter couples who say “we have problems communicating” and they are looking for help in this department. And I also encounter couples who want me to be the referee in their arguments. I prefer to address the first group in this post! These are tried and true tips that work well in my marriage as well as with couples I work with:
1. Don’t try to have a serious conversation when his team is playing or her favorite show is on. Attention is focused on other things and trying to have a serious head-to-head will not happen. Instead, let your spouse know you would like to have a conversation later after the game, show or when the kids are asleep.
2. Pay attention to your body language. Eye contact is important. Are you folding your arms across your chest and giving your spouse the “stink eye”? If so, stop it.
3. Listen. Listen hard. Listen like your life depends on it. And don’t plan your response in your head while your spouse is talking to you. Instead, focus on what your spouse is saying. If you get confused, ask for clarification. After your spouse is done speaking, sum up what YOU heard in a few sentences. Then ask him/her to make sure you “got it”.
4. Use “I” statements. NOT YOU STATEMENTS. Example: “I feel hurt when I walk in the door from work and you don’t get up to give me a hug” instead of “You never give me hugs when I come home from work.” See and feel the difference? “I” statements allow you to own your feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and not put them on your spouse.
5. Try to avoid WHY questions. “Why did you do that?” sounds harsher than “How did you decide to use diesel when you filled up the SUV?” (Yes, I have witnessed this statement!)
I hope these tips are helpful! Practice, practice, practice these skills. For some people, these skills will be more difficult,,that’s ok. And don’t expect to get it right, all the time. Our emotions can take over and we end saying and doing things that we aren’t proud of. If you think your marriage can benefit from some professional help (not just refereeing!), then check out the AAMFT.org for LMFTs in your area.In health, My healthy habits.

Lisa’s blog is located here!

Meal Plan Week of October 15th

Wapendwa! (Swahili for hello ;))

****I’ve been thinking a lot about what eating food that is genetically altered really means and what it obviously does to a person’s body, but what it must also do to a person’s  mind and spirit. As you plan your meals for the upcoming week, please do your best to select only 100% organic whole food ingredients. Your health is depending on it! In case you missed my post on GMO content in baby formula, here it is —–> The Doo Doo On Baby Formula****

I’ve scoured all of cyberspace, the cookbooks I love and the recipes I’ve tried before to bring you a week’s worth of Back II Basics food.

Mix and match the numbers- get creative!

Some I have made, some I have not. Please let me know if anything you try is really awesome, or really horrid.

If there is a * beside the name of the recipe, that means I have actually made this before and I believe it to be fantastic!

 

Let me know how it goes! xoxo!

 

P.S. It is always good to add a leafy green salad to any entree you make, if it isn’t already part of one of the recipes ;)

 

 

Menu Plan:

Week of  October 15th

 

Mains:

1. Peanut Soup with Rice and Scallions

2. Creamy Creole Eggplant Casserole

3. Tomato, Herb and Goat Cheese Frittata *

4. Tri-Tomato Spaghetti Squash

5. Tofu Scampi

Sides:

1. Avacado Lentil Mixup

2. Asparagus with Roasted Garlic *

3. Crispy, Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips

4. Emerald City Salad

5. Rutabaga Hash

Ingredient list for the grocery list for you to print out!

The Doo Doo on Baby Formulas

I am pissed. I am really pissed.

The GMO issue has my brain spinning: who, what, why, where and how could anyone with any consideration to human health and well-being think about creating and then actually CREATE organisms that threaten ours and our children’s lives.

When we bring a child into the world (especially into the United States) we assume that the child will have every opportunity to begin their life, even the first minute of their life, with the highest standards available to them, via their parents.

Turns out, that is not the case.

I’m going to just lay this out the best way I know- baby step by baby step ;)

1. What is a GMO?

GMOs refer to plants and animals with an altered genetic make-up. GMOs are generally altered or manipulated by a non-natural means in order to incorporate genes from another organism. Usually genetic engineering (GE) is done to achieve a trait not normally held by an organism, such as longer shelf life, disease resistance or different colors or flavors.

2. So why should you care?

2a:  Dow’s new GM product, dubbed “Enlist,” is a three-gene, herbicide-tolerant soybean that has been engineered to be resistant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular Roundup herbicide, along with glufosinate and 2,4-D. The company expects to earn $1.5 billion in additional profit in 2013 by selling these triple herbicide-resistant seeds. As noted by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs:

“The two active ingredients in the Agent Orange herbicide combination were equal amounts of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T), which contained traces of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD).”

2b: This French Study that recently hit mainstream media was so damning that the entire country of RUSSIA has banned US imports of genetically modified corn.

2c:  This is what the French Study says happens to rats who are fed genetically modified food:

3. So Joanna, what triggered your pissed-offedness specifically today?

As I looked through my Facebook news feed today,  I stumbled upon a report  just out that claims that: 100 percent of pregnant women and their unborn babies tested positive for GMO toxins in their blood, proving that transgenic materials are not effectively broken down and eliminated during digestion as we have all been told.

So it got me thinking about what happens to those babies after they’ve been born.

Breast or bottle right?

If breast, which is supposed to be the cleanest, best, most complete food a baby can have, is fed to the child do GMOs in the mother’s body pass through to the child via the breast milk? As horrifying as that is, I’m not equipped to answer that. If bottle, what the HELL is the baby getting via formula????? That I can find out.

And then I saw this- and the hound was unleashed

….Yes… YES, I DO WANT TO KNOW!!!!

And so, here’s the doo doo:

Enfamil:

Gerber:

My Friend Lisa’s New Blog!

My friend Lisa, who I think the world of, just started a new blog! She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been helping people overcome their “not so healthy habits” over the last 6 years. She is also a wife and mother who strives to live a healthy life – emotionally, physically and spiritually. Combining her professional experiences along with her personal experiences is the premise of My Healthy Habits.

5 Tips to Reconnect with Your Spouse/Significant Other/Partner (at the end of the day).

Whether  it’s working a full time job in or out of the home, shuttling children  around, taking care of elderly parents or carving out that precious ME  time…we are busy. At the end of a long work day, when you are  tired and spent, do you find it difficult to reconnect to your husband  or wife? Do you even have the energy to start an adult conversation?  Here are 5 tips to help with reconnecting:

1.  Create a “child free zone” – If your children are about 4 years old and  up, this shouldn’t be too difficult. Tell your children they need to  play with each other (or alone!) while you and your spouse/partner have  some adult time. Show your children the boundaries of this space, such  as “adults only” inside the rug, on the couch, in the kitchen, etc. Set a  kitchen timer for however long you want to spend reconnecting (20  minutes or so?). The kids must respect your boundaries and let the  adults have this time to talk about their days with each other. ALONE.

2. Ok,  talk. Ask each other specific questions about their day. What was  challenging today? What did you accomplish? What are you looking forward  to most tonight?

3. If creating the “child free zone”  is difficult due to having babies or toddlers, save your reconnecting  time until the children are asleep. (This also works well if you have to  put off reconnecting time due to after school/work activities.) TURN  OFF THE TV, COMPUTER, and PHONES!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, do it. Turn ‘em  off. Tune in to each other. Face to face. If you already have discussed  “how did your day go”, I suggest something fun. Ask your spouse to tell  you a funny story about high school, her best friend, his first job, her  first concert, etc.  You are getting the picture, right? Just ask a  question.

4. Now talk about expectations. Talk about  what you hope to happen tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, next week. When  you know what your spouse is looking forward to or dreading, you can  talk about it. Find out how he or she feels about these hopes and  expectations. Take turns and let the other person finish before you  reply.

5. Thank your spouse for sharing. Thank your spouse for  opening up and being vulnerable, especially if you talked about some  “hard” stuff. Tell him or her how grateful you are for their love and  support.
In health, myhealthyhabits

Meal Plan Week of October 8th

안녕하세요.! (Korean for hello- shout out to my boyfriend whose mom is Korean)

I’ve scoured all of cyberspace, the cookbooks I love and the recipes I’ve tried before to bring you a week’s worth of Back II Basics food.

Mix and match the numbers- get creative!

Some I have made, some I have not. Please let me know if anything you try is really awesome, or really horrid.

If there is a * beside the name of the recipe, that means I have actually made this before and I believe it to be fantastic!

P.S. It is always good to add a leafy green salad to any entree you make, if it isn’t already part of one of the recipes ;)

Let me know how it goes! xoxo!

Menu Plan:

Week of  October 8th

Mains:

1. Italiano Cauliflower Crust Pizza

2. Falafel

3. Kidney Bean and Brown Rice Chili

4. Naughty and Nice Enchilada Bake

5. Spaghetti With Broccoli Cream Pesto

Sides:

1. Brown Lentils *

2. Wilted Spinach *

3. Lemony Quinoa with Butternut Squash

4. Dijon Brussels Sprouts

5. Orzo Feta and Chickpea Salad

The Grocery List is here!

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