Our Choices Matter

If you like tomatoes and have ever tried an organic cherry tomato against one grown by conventional means there is a definite difference; even two young 11-year old girls who made a documentary which can be found on Netflix ‘What’s On Your Plate’ can tell you that.

In 2018, 609,640 people were expected to die of Cancer. Does that not alarm you? Would it alarm you more if one of those people were you?

If you bought a Tropicana 100% Apple juice from concentrate would you question what the concentrate is? “Concentrate” that came from 9 different countries? The juice tastes sweet and delicious, but would you think about the calories? Calories are supposed to be consumed for energy right? But what about empty calories? An empty calorie has no nutritional value whatsoever. If you eat a tablespoon full of sugar there are no minerals or vitamins in that spoon. So if what you are consuming is providing your body with no nutrition then what are you feeding? Could it be you are simply feeding disease? In the above-mentioned movie there was a class experiment where the students took a marshmallow, a Funyon, and a walnut to see which would burn longer. Genius I say to show the children. The walnut burned the longest to emphasize the fact that it would last longer in our symptoms when eaten to sustain our energy levels with its nutritional value. We have a choice what we put in our bodies. You can eat a bag of Funyons and feel full for the moment, but it isn’t providing you that nutritional value or energy that your body needs to sustain it. A Funyon is made in the shape of an onion, but what is really in it?

The bottom line is, despite the lack of nutritional value, food companies are out to make a profit on what they sell. These additives, watered down, sugared up, flavored, dyed, packaged, lack of nutrient products take peoples money but don’t provide what our bodies need in return. In essence, these companies are making a bundle to feed us disease and we are fueling our bodies for the disease at an increasingly alarming rate over that of our ancestors. Do you think our ancestors who were farming, or running sawmills, or rock quarries, or carpenters, etc. were downing Cheetos and Tropicana apple juice as a snack to get them through the day? Or would they be eating real slices of cheese and an apple and be drinking water? I’ve heard people say organic costs more, but have you ever tried skipping the potato chip and candy isles and only purchase real fruits and veggies, cheese (not the artificial kind), beans, nuts, seeds, oatmeal, milk or almond milk which I prefer, and soups that show no added sugars and artificial ingredients? You may find your bill to be less than you expected. Not to mention the money you could save from Doctor and hospital bills which is a bulk of what the majority of families do not have a savings set back for.

In the 1960s our school lunches made a shift from a nutritional lunch program to an anti-hunger program. Kids were being fed things to fill them up but give them less nutritional value. The New York school system recently hired a chef to bring back the nutritional value in kids lunches. It shouldn’t be this hard. If you start kids off with foods that are good for their bodies while young then they and you have less struggle as they get older.

It’s not about deprivation, it’s a matter of changing what we eat. Instead of fruit roll-ups why not choose real strawberries? Instead of white flour bread with gobs of mayo, processed lunch meat, and processed cheese try real turkey with real cheese in a wrap with some hummus and pickles? Incorporate some bananas on a peanut butter sandwich. Get those fruits in there wherever you can. Slice some apples and put some almond butter on them for a snack. To get kids (or adults) to eat cooked carrots or sweet potatoes you can add a dab of real butter and 100% pure maple syrup to them. Just think as unprocessed as possible and try to add some greens to almost every meal. Spinach in eggs or a smoothie or you can buy greens now to add by the spoonful to smoothies (though it is processed, it still has more nutritional value than no greens), green beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, etc. Use Himalayan or sea salt and ditch the common table salt.

I’m going to touch on tobacco for a minute here since that is a cause from cancers as well and not just-food. It is a combination of what we put in our bodies and on our bodies (this includes the pollutants in the air from factories that make plastics and so forth as well). When cigarettes started they were farmers and people rolling their own cigarettes which consisted of tobacco being rolled and then rolled in paper. Then someone came up with the idea of selling them in packs and along the line added chemicals to them. This gave an addiction along with more packaging and money to make and be earned by these companies. Now we have people dying from vaping which is still smoking chemicals. As far as pollutions we shouldn’t be supporting these companies who make plastics and are polluting our air. Instead, use glass or metal depending on what you are mixing or storing. Chemicals from the plastics leach into our systems in so many ways from inhaling to getting hot and giving off fumes, etc. Again, It’s all about switching things that are better for our bodies and environment. Candles even…unless you are using a soy-based candle made with essential oils instead of chemical made perfumes then you are filling your body with carcinogens. You can’t insert real cake into a candle and burn it to get that scent. You can, however, diffuse cinnamon and clove and orange in a diffuser for the most amazing smell that not only gives your home fragrance, but also gives your body the benefits of inhaling these herbs, plants, and fruits that are not artificial if using the right essential oils (I only recommend Young Living).

 

Here is an easy recipe that is fewer calories than regular ice cream, gives real nutritional value to your body, and helps get you closer to that daily serving of fruit.

Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream

Total Time: 5m

Yield: 1-2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 overripe frozen bananas
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract (more as desired) or 1-2 drops of Peppermint Vitality Essential oil
  • optional pinch spirulina or natural food coloring
  • 2-3 tbsp chocolate chips (preferably dark chocolate)

Instructions

*Be sure to buy pure peppermint extract, not mint or imitation peppermint. Add more extract for a more powerful mint flavor, adding slowly because a little goes a long way.

Start with bananas that are turning brown. Peel and cut into pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. To make the nice cream, blend all ingredients until completely smooth. Serve immediately.

 

I hope you decide to start today to make a switch to more natural products. Choose organic. Ditch the over-processed artificial foods, chemicals, plastics, candles, cleaning supplies, etc., and switch to glass, metal, unprocessed, diffusers, plants, herbs, essential oils, and materials that put fewer pollutants in our air. We may not be able to get rid of them all, but the changes you make in your daily lives CAN make an impact on the overall health of yourselves, others, and our planet. Even our wildlife and animals are suffering. Lets put a stop to the madness.

If you have suggestions of things you’ve done to make a switch to healthier alternatives in any way please share them with us. We love new tricks and tips.

 

NATURE ME LOGO2 M. Marie~

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