The largest retailer of ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ foods in the US just gave up fighting against GE crops (a.k.a Genetically Modified organisms or GMO). Now, why would a giant like Whole Foods, the champion of all things natural and healthy would do such a thing? Well, they say, because 2/3 of the products they sell contain some form of GMO products and that they are not labelled as such. Many products touted as natural are actually conventional products, processed like the others. So why fussing about this! Great, if the bar wasn’t low enough, now let’s take the bar down completely!
So what are we talking about? Mainly GMO Corn, soy and canola are the
main culprits here and they have found they way into so many products these days. So if Whole Foods were to be a no GMO store, they would have to get ridd of lots of products and that doesn’t bid well to the bottom line. We get that.
But as “leaders” of all things natural, they could lobby for GMO labelling as a start like the European Union did. They not only fought againts it but succeeded in kicking it out for the most part. You may
be surprised to know that there is moratorium on GM Organisms in France, Germany, Greece, Austria and Luxembourg (meaning it is outright banned) and for the remaining countries in the EU, labels must clearly indicate GMO ingredients. We are far from this in the US. So it is
Considering the billions of dollars the bio-tech industry (mostly
Monsanto) pours into buying public officials, seats in the USDA, the media and the scientific community, it has flat out failed in Europe (they know what is good for them and what is not!) but giants don’t take no for answer, so they set shop elsewhere, like Brazil, China, Spain, Africa, where greedy, gullible and desperate people bought their lies.
Don’t take my word for it, check the map below to see who is growing GMO crops! Start with the US, then look around. Not so popular anywhere else where people seem to care about what they grow and ingest ! What’s wrong with Americans?
There are no magic seeds, folks! Mother Nature already provided us with
all the magic we need. It is the scientific mind in all of its arrogance that thinks it can do better. But when you look closely, all you will see, is a trail of tears and blood. Tears, because farmers using these seeds end up bankrupt from all the chemicals they have to buy just to be able to grow these seeds (and these are good size agro-businesses, the little farmers are on the extinction list!) And blood because thousands of farmers in India, for example, have committed suicide, because a slight drought devastated their crops and nothing was produced year after year (but they still need to pay the loan for the seeds and the fertilizers). Not so magic after all but who is talking about this? The picture isn’t pretty. Wait, the horror movie doesn’t end here, GMO contamination can also take you to court because these GM seeds are patented! If your neighbor happens to be growing GMO seeds and the wind happens to blow them in your fields, then you owe money to the seed manufacturer for growing their franken seeds. How did we let this happen?
So as we get sicker, fatter and more tired, when are we, the American people, going to fight for what is right for us and our children? I hate doing the “us” and “them” game, but if the multinational corporations had a ounce of conscience and responsibility, we wouldn’t be in this position in the first place, would we?
Billions of people Vs a handful of powerful corporations.
Don’t you think that we could do what Europe did? What do we have to
lose? Let’s see, what is left of our health and that of our children, local food safety and our right to healthy and nutritious food.
In the meantime, you can download a free guide to GMO free food.
Here is a list of non GMO seeds companies in case you are looking for non-GMO seeds for you garden.
Another great book to read on this is Seeds of Deception, by Jeffrey Smith.
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I woke up early this morning to discover my garden covered by a thick blanket of snow. Every little branch had a layer, every item was covered perfectly. It was a scene straight out of a Japanese garden in the winter. Breathtaking!
For some reason, all I could think about was making a nice borscht, the traditional beet soup. Luckily I happened to have beets in the refreigerator (I am not sure if I would have braved snowy roads for it though!)
It is so easy to make and has such a wonderful unique flavor. The color is pretty amazing too.
While the original recipe calls for some sausage, it so doesn’t need it. I even made it without onion and garlic because a friend of mine came for dinner and she doesn’t eat them and it was awesome. A little sweet, a little sour, yet I added nothing to make it sour.
3-4 medium red beets, peeled and shredded
2 large carrots peeled and shredded
3 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
1 medium onion chopped
1 clove of garlic minced
1 tbl vegetable oil
1/2 can of tomato sauce
1 tsp sugar
4-5 cups of water with vegetable broth (or more if you like it more liquid)
Vegan sour cream for topping
- Stir fry the onion and garlic in a little oil
- Shred the beets, then the carrots
- Cube the potatoes.
- Add the shredded vegetables to the onion, mix everything.
- Place into a cooking pot, add the water and broth over medium heat for 15mn or so.
- Add the tsp of sugar and tomato sauce at the very end and turn of the heat.
- Serve the soup into nice bowls and top with some vegan sour cream. You can also sprinkle with some fresh chives,green onions or parsley but it isn’t necessary.
Bon appétit !
If you ever have some leftover one day old rice and a few vegetables in the fridge, you have all you need for a delicious all-in-one vegetable fried rice. A great Chinese classic that was probably created to make sure that nothing in the kitchen was wasted. Folks in the South of China turned their leftovers into fried rice while folks in the North, used noodles and the famous fried noodles were born! This has to be one of the most flexible, forgiving and cheap dish I know. As a result, it is never the same depending on what is on hand, so it is always a big hit in our house. It is great to pack for lunch and keeps well refrigerated.
Ingredients for 3 people:
1 cake of extra firm organic tofu diced
3 cups of cooked rice
1/2 cup of green onions chopped
1-2 cloved of garlic minced
1 onion diced
1 cup of corn (fresh or canned)
1 large carrot thinly diced
1 cup of frozen peas
1 cup diced mushrooms (optional)
3 Tbl vegetable oil
1 tsp sesame oil
Chili paste (optional)
- Pan fry the cubes of tofu in a little oil until golden.
- Sprinkle with a dash of sea salt. Set aside covered to keep warm.
- Pan fry the onions in a little water until translucent.
- Add the carrots, add a dash of sea salt and cook for a few minutes.
- Add the corn and frozen peas and cook a few more minute mixing all the vegetables with the rice over medium heat.
- Sprinkle with some soy sauce, a little sesame oil and black pepper.
- You can mix the cubed tofu with the rice or serve it on top as in the picture.
Note: You can also add a handful of peanuts, or water chesnuts (usually canned) if you want some extra crunch. I love some cilantro and some chili paste but I like it spicy.
This is flu season and if you ever feel the beginning of a cold or of a sore throat, reach for this easy to make healing syrup. I always have readily available for the family, just in case!
I don’t know about you but the stuff I find in drugstores not only tastes nasty and usually contains alcohol but it doesn’t do much for me besides making me woozy! I have to say, since I became vegan, I haven’t caught a cold or a flu in years. But, I did feel a little tingle in my throat when I flew back from Europe. I must have inhaled something in transit. Airplane and airports are major breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria. Something about breathing recycled air for 8 hours, pressurized cabins, jetlag…
So when I felt something in my throat I immediately reached for my handy dandy homemade cough syrup and it was gone the next day!
All you need is some molasses and an herb called slippery elm in powder form. Simple enough?
The beauty of this is that you not only get one of the most soothing herb to help your throat and everything that it touches (mouth, throat, intestines…) but you also get the nutritional benefit from molasses: a great source of manganese, iron, calcium, potassium and more. So the goodness doesn’t stop with your throat!
HOW TO MAKE IT:
Mix 1/4 cup (about 4 Tbsp.) of Slippery Elm powder with 1 cup of molasses. I recommend mild flavor molasses if you are not a fan of molasses.
Simmer and stir for 20mn. That’s it!
If you want it more liquid like a syrup, just add some water.
HOW TO TAKE IT:
I like to take a teaspoon and either suck on it until it is fully absorbed or let it dissolve in a warm glass of water or tea and drink it.
Note: I like to add 2-3 drops of peppermint spirit to it for a fresh taste but it isn’t necessary.
Slippery Elm can be bought at any natural food store in the bulk section with all the herbs. It truly is a wondrous herb. See for yourself, it helps pull out and expel mucus, it is an anti-inflammatory, soothes everything that it comes into contact with. So it can be used to also relieve intestinal and lung problems like heart burns, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, bronchitis etc. It can also be used externally as an eye wash (only using strained tea).
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Slippery Elm is a mucilaginous plant meaning that it produces a slippery and soothing substance that protects areas from infections, from toxic substances by absorbing them and eliminating them from the body. Pretty cool stuff and there are NO side effects!
So if you don’t have any at home, I suggest you go and get some right away because it if the most gentle yet powerful herb I know and it safe on children, adults and pets too. My kind of remedy!
So we have all made our share our New Year’s resolutions that we thought at the time we could keep but turned out to fizzle over time. Exercise more, stop smoking, volunteer, eat better, watch less tv read more etc. While all are all worthy of our efforts, they mostly benefit us and a handful of people around us.
What if we could make one change in our life that would not only directly benefit our health (physical, mental and spiritual), but stop the brutal killing of billions of animals in factory farms, help feed millions of starving children around the world, allow us to reconnect with our heart and soul. I can’t think of any other action that could impact millions, even billions of living beings.
We can all stop the killing fields, the concentration camps, the government subsidized torture chambers, the next pandemic and simply chose to live and let live.
All prophets regardless of your faith, have told us to live and let live, to love ALL beings as ourselves and to live a compassionate life.
And in return, you get to join the illustrious ranks of the famous and powerful celebrities that have done just that, switched to a plant-based diet.
Drum roll please:
President Bill Clinton, Steve Wynn, Russel Simons…
In the world of entertainment:
Ellen Degeneres, Martha Stewart and Oprah are working on it! Alanis Morissette, Anne Hathaway, Tobey Maquire, a.k.a. Spiderman, Alec Baldwin, Alicia Silverstone and many many more.
So don’t you think that it is time for this New Year (which according to the Maya could be our last one!) to decide the course of our life? Will you follow the path of the Saints by loving and respecting all life and beings on the planet? It is your call but if not now, then when?
Just do it!
Set an example for others to follow.
Save lives so that your life will be saved.
Live simply so that others wil simply live.
Because, as we sow, so shall we reap.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if people were to stand for their values, their culture and their health? Good things for sure. For one, they would make sure that their values, their culture and the public health is preserved for themselves and future generations. Not a small achievement, by any means!
Take Bolivia for instance, after 14 years of trying to break into this country, McDonald’s announced the closure of its 8 restaurants in all major cities due to the lack of business. This new trend isn’t limited to Bolivia, restaurants will be closed in 7 other countries that haven’t done well either. McDonald’s fast food isn’t welcomed here anymore!
Kudos to the people of Bolivia for having followed the wisdom of your culture, not succumbed to the temptation and the deadly trap of American fast food, for having taught your children well as to the goodness of food made with love and wholesome ingredients!
Can you imagine if the American people were to exercise their right to have delicious, wholesome food at a reasonable price? Since supply follows demand, it shouldn’t take too long before visible changes would be seen. America doesn’t have much of a culinary history as the rest of the world does, so Americans can’t be as picky. But, access to affordable healthy food is a right not a privilege and we should demand it from now on.
How about following Bolivia’s example and create the world we want to live in by standing for our good values, for the benefit of the many instead of the few?
So, what about occupying McDonald’s?
I can already hear the slogan in the distance: “McDo, Hell no!”
Can you? Start singing, folks!
As we approach the Christmas holidays, I wanted to share this recipe because it will come handy! First, let me start by saying that rejuvelac is an amazing drink that EVERYONE should make at home. If you are in your golden years, say goodbye to Metamucil and stool softeners and hello rejuvelac! If you enjoy occasional fastfood, you will want to ease your digestion with this homemade elixir! So many people suffer from digestive problems these days. Many become dependent on over-the-counter medicines that only alleviate the symptoms temporarily until they get used to them and they stop working! The great news about rejuvelac is that it not only helps move things through your digestive track but it replenishes enzymes that the standard American diet (SAD) robs from us. Apparently, not only do we produce less digestive enzymes as we get older but the ones we do produce get weaker over time! But, no worry, help is on the way and you can make it at home! This is, by the way, one of the secrets of the healthiest and oldest people living in what is called the Blue zones (areas of the world where large number of people live to be active, healthy centenarians). They all regularly drink a type of homemade fermented brew.
Now, I have to say that I tried it 8 or 10 years ago but frankly the taste was a little too intense for me, so eventhough I knew that it was a formidable digestive help, I just couldn’t get it down. And I love fermented food, pickles, chutneys etc.
But someone recently suggested that I add some acidophilus capsules to the batch to get rid of the strong fermented taste and also to add more enzymes to the finished product (I poured the content out from the capsules). Bingo, the result was so light and almost sweet. I still can’t get over the difference. I should have done this years ago!
So what is Rejuvelac?
It is basically a fermented drink made mostly from either soft wheat berries or rye but can also be made with oat, barley, millet, buckwheat, quinoa or other grains. You can think of it as liquid yogurt without the dairy, the puss, the fat and the congestion! It is packed not only with acidophilus-rich probiotic enzymes but with 8 of the B vitamins, vitamins E and K, a variety of proteins and lactic acid.
How do you make it?
As with any sprouted or fermented dish, the process will take a few days, but you can make more than one batch with it.
DAY 1: I usually start in the evening by soaking 2 cups of soft wheat berries or rye in a 2 quart jar or smaller glass jars. Cover with 1 quart of water and stir. Seal the jar with the ring that comes with it and some cheese cloth. Soak overnight (8-12 hours).
DAY 2: Next morning, pour off the water and rinse several times until the water comes out clear.
Make sure to drain the jar by leaving it at an angle in the sink or on the dish rack.
Rinse and drain the jar in the evening.
DAY 3: Rinse and drain the jar twice a day.
DAY 4: You will notice that the seeds produced little sprouts. Add 6-8 cups of filtered or spring water. Pour 2-3 capsules of acidophilus if you want a ligther flavored drink and cover with the screen. Set on top of your refrigerator (nice and toasty). Wrap a towel around the jar to keep it in the dark for the next 2 days.
DAY 6: Pour liquid into a glass bottle and serve, refrigerate the rest.
You can make two more batches with the same berries by adding 1 quart of water and let it ferment for one day only.
The fun doesn’t stop here, you can feed the berries to your compost pile or to the birds and squirrels. Is this great or what? Who knew you could get all of this just from simple wheat berries?
So what does it tastes like?
A little tart, kind of yogurty and sligthly carbonated. Looks a little cloudy.
How do you take it?
Best to take before or between meals. I start the day with a glass on an empty stomach. You can add a little juice if you want but it isn’t needed.
What to expect?
Eliminating 3-4 times a day (that’s #2) without any effort! You are basically cleansing without even trying. Great for weight loss. If you are having a cooked meal without anything fresh in it, definitely drink a glass of rejuvelac to help digesting it. It is that simple. You may painlessly even pass small stones in the process.
How long does it keep?
Pour the liquid in clean glass bottles (Ikea sells beautiful clear glass bottles for less than $2) and keep refrigerated for up to one week. But since these are live enzymes, you should drink it in the next 2-3 days to get the most out of it.
How much does it cost to make?
It is so cheap to make, don’t bother buying it. A few bucks for several cups of berries, some pro-biotics (optional) and some water! Plus you can experiment with other grains and alter the taste of the finished product. Since most of the diseases are the result of improper elimination of the food we eat, make this a new habit for the New year.
Serve it in a martini glass without saying anything and you will have a par-tay!
You can spike it with a little fruit juice of your choice, a slice of lime for a little extra flavor.
One more thing, do share this post with anyone you know that suffers from digestive trouble. Pain is optional if you can prevent it!
Here is a great appetizer everyone will enjoy around the holidays and for any party. Who knew that you could make a dairy-free cheese ball? Warning! This ‘cheese’ ball disappears as soon as it is served so make sure to make a double batch if you have a big crowd! You get all the flavor and none of the guilt because this version has no saturated fat or cholesterol. So you can have your cheese ball and eat it too!
1 cup blanched almonds
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup of firm tofu well drained
1 Tbl nutritional yeast (optional)
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 drops of liquid smoke
2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbl fresh chives
- Place the almonds, the pine nuts and process quickly.
- Squeeze as much water from the tofu.
- Add the tofu, the olive oil, the liquid smoke, the onion powder and salt and blend.
- You may need to stop and mix with a spoon.
- Pour the mix in a bowl and fold in the chives.
- Make a ball and wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, crunch 1 cup of walnuts into small pieces and roll the ball to cover it completely.
- Serve with crackers, celery sticks or bread slices.
Bon appetit !
This is one of my favorite relish recipe because it combines the tartness of cranberries and the freshness and sweeteness of oranges. You also get all their health benefits because you eat them whole and raw. Add the vitamin C, the amazing colors, which means, lots of phytonutrients. In our home, we don’t just wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas, whenever we need a pick me up side dish, that’s the one we go for.
You can buy cranberries in the fall, freeze a few bags for later on and you will be all set!
1 bag of cranberries
2 medium oranges (organic preferrably)
2-3 Tbl brown sugar
- Pour the semi frozen cranberries in a food processor.
- Wash your oranges and cut the top off and cut into quarters.
- Add the oranges (the whole thing) by spreading them around the processor and sprinkle the sugar evenly.
- Process everything. you will need to stop, mix and process again until most of the large pieces are nicely processed and the sugar well mixed.
- Taste, add sugar if needed, this part is up to you. Some people like it tart, others more sweat. Serve.
Nutritional facts about cranberries:
Everyone knows that they help prevent and heal urinary tract infections, but newer research also seems to indicate that they can even prevent stomach ulcers from developing. Cranberries are a major source of anti-oxidants so they are naturally anti-cancer. They are also anti-inflammatory. So, they are now in my list of super foods and they don’t cost hardly anything! So stock up!
You can serve it with tofurkey, seitan dish, mash potatoes and gravy. You get the idea, but don’t stop there. I love using the relish as a desert.
All you have to do is find a nice serving glass (or mug as in the photo), spoon some of the relish, then sprinkle some granola, then a little soy or nut milk, then more relish and finish with some granola. It is pretty, delicious and very good for you. If you want more fancy, you can add a scoop of coconut or soy icecream but it doesn’t need it.
Ok, so no more excuses for buying cranberry sauce in a can (that looks like dog food when it comes out) or other lesser versions. You know better now!
Have you ever wondered, what is it with our race and the need to kill something every time we celebrate an event? I probably should say with men, since I somehow can’t imagine women coming up with this strange practice that has become so ingrained in our culture. It would be like saying “Today, we are celebrating life so let’s go kill something (which is actually a someone in this case)!
I often wonder if this could be what caused the ‘fall’ in the Garden of Eden (let’s say there was such a place for the sake of the argument!)
One minute everyone is hanging out peacefully, the next ,Adam and Eve are ashamed, they have to cover their body and are expelled from Eden. Sounds to me that they started to look at each other’s differently and who knows maybe someone became someone’s dinner! It could happen!
Seriously, celebrations have always been important because life was tough in the old days (still is today), so any occasion like the arrival of Spring, new life and all the subsequent religious holidays (which are basically ancient pagan rites renamed after religious events!) are an essential part of every culture. I guess my question is, why spoiling a celebration with shedding blood and causing suffering?
Women would probably have come up with things like, a potluck, music, dance, storytelling, ceremony to celebrate the special event. Later on, maybe a sleepover with some pampering. You get the picture!
Really, who came up with this lame idea to go out and sacrifice an innocent animal (a lamb or a goat in Africa, the Middle East, chicken and turkey in America, Western Europe…) I wonder if the reason why men are more inclined to fight and take lives is because they do not have the ability to hold and nurture life inside of them therefore it is easier to forget how precious, fragile and sacred life is. Or maybe men felt left out and decided to bring something to the par-tay! And all they could come up with is a dead animal! A carcass! Really?
I think that it is time we evolve as a specie! Don’t you?
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