Question everything (Most Important Blog Post You Read)

You probably have heard of the Food Babe but in case you haven’t, she first came on the scene as a delegate a Democratic National Center. You may remember a young woman holding a sign that read, “Label GMOs!” She convinced the Subway to remove one of their ingredients in their sandwiches and she has written to several other companies including Kraft Chick-Fil-A, and Panera Bread about their ingredients.

I had the opportunity to meet the Food Babe, Vani Hari, at a Green Festival here in Southern California and hear her speak at a couple Women’s Wellness Conferences.

This is an excerpt of an email I received from her that I want to share with you.

I’ve always been very inquisitive. Perhaps this has something to do with how I was raised or all those years I spent on the debate team in school, but my intense desire to research and find the truth has not left me. I learned a long time ago that things are not always how they seem on the surface and that it is important to question everything.

As I uncovered in my best-selling book, Feeding You Lies, corporations can pay for favorable media coverage – they can get reporters to suggest organic food isn’t worth the money, or GMOs are safe or even create character assassinations on activists like me. (And if you haven’t read this book, the eBook version is only $1.99 this week)

If your pockets are deep enough, you can get basically anything you want in the “News”.

An investigative report was recently published in Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), which exposes how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funnelled more than $250 million into news agencies such as the NY Times, BBC, NBC, NPR, The Guardian, Univision, The Financial Times, The Atlantic, and many more.

You may know that Gates has a long history of investing millions into chemical companies too – like Monsanto (he bought 500,000 shares of the company) and widely promotes the development of GMO crops throughout the world even though the chemicals in Roundup that are sprayed on GMO crops are cancerous.

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The CJR report outlines how some Gates-funded news outlets have gone on to write “glowing editorials” about Gates and his many projects. Fact-check platforms PolitiFact and USA Today also received funding from Gates and defended him from “conspiracy theories” circulating online. And it goes much deeper than this.

At some point you’ve got to wonder, am I reading “the news” or a paid PR piece?

This really hit home…

The food and chemical industries have used paid messengers in the media for decades to swindle the public into believing processed foods full of GMOs, artificial colors, and other chemical additives (like Kellogg’s new Unicorn Waffles) are safe, fun, and good for you. When you sell food that makes people sick, it turns out you have to spend a lot of time and money trying to convince people it’s not your fault.

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I’ve personally been attacked and slandered in the media countless times, only later to uncover that the “expert sources” quoted in these stories were bankrolled by the very food and chemical companies that I was fighting against.

I tell these stories in Feeding You Lies and share much more about how the media is being manipulated by the very people we thought we could trust. I’m sharing this with you again now, because it’s more important than ever that we pay close attention to what we are being told and who we can trust.

If you know anyone needs to hear this, please forward this email to them and please have them join this email list here. Let’s all keep asking questions and being inquisitive about everything that affects our health and the health of our children.

Xo,

Vani

Love and Light,

Shaline

 

#GMOS #FoodBabe #Food #GMOlabeling #wellness #nutritioncoach

August Health Focus

Hello August…a little late.

Let’s start off with an inspirational quote.

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Relaxation and Exercise

Summer is often a time for serious play, time off and deep relaxation. Many of us use the summertime to rebuild our reserves for the rest of the busy year. In our work-crazed society we can lose sight of the benefits of slowing down and taking time to rest. Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to enjoy the restorative powers of reconnecting to your body through movement and relaxation.

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The body loves to move. Even though our body is healthiest when it is getting appropriate physical activity, we often feel dread and boredom when we hear the word “exercise”. Think for a moment of what type of movement you would consider fun
as opposed to torturous. Perhaps you loathe the idea of a gym, but miss taking dance classes. Maybe you secretly want to try yoga or rollerblading. You could play touch football with your kids, walk with a neighbor in the mornings or go for a swim. The
summer offers so many choices – it’s simply up to you to choose which style of movement excites you. Your heart will thank you, your soul will be gratified, your limbs will be more fluid and you’ll sleep better at night.

Summer is a unique time of year when we can do both our relaxation and our movement out in nature. Take a nap in a hammock and enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass. Go to the park and meditate or read under a favorite tree. One of the greatest places to rest in the summertime is by the water. There is something magical and
restorative in water, and we naturally crave to be near it, by it or in it. Heading to the water, whether it is the beach, a lake or a kiddy pool, can be relaxing and rejuvenating.
Whether you are relaxing, exercising or both, notice that being outside in nature has a profound way of quieting the mind and reconnecting us to ourselves. Often this relaxation and peace of mind are what our bodies crave the most. So while summer is with us, strap on your sandals and enjoy the rich elements of sun, wind and water
and the nourishment that they bring.

Food Focus: Water

Most of us are aware of the importance of drinking enough water. Getting our daily dose
of water helps our organs perform their functions, keeps our skin clear and hydrated,
and allows physical action in our bodies to flow smoothly. Even with this knowledge, it
can still be challenging to drink all the water our bodies deserve daily. In the summer,
when we tend to play hard, sweat and spend prolonged time in the sun, drinking plenty
of water is critical. Those who are not drinking enough may experience poor digestion,
sluggish thinking, skin breakouts, headaches, bad breath and general fatigue.

To start your day right, set a large glass of water by your bed each night and drink it
when you wake up. Drinking water first thing in the morning pulls out toxins from the
previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead. Keep a bottle of water
accessible throughout the day, whether you are on the go or at a desk. Having a bottle
of water close by will remind you to take a sip when thirsty. The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need. A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass. If you drink most of your daily water before early evening, you most likely will not be thirsty before bed. This is good, because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom disturbs your peaceful night’s sleep.

What about quality? Some people like bottled water, while others prefer filtered water. The key is to like the taste of the water you are drinking, and the water should agree with your body. If the taste of plain water is unappealing, experiment to see how you can make it tasty and drinkable. Try adding a few mint leaves, a wedge of lemon, a sprig of parsley, slices of cucumber, a twist of lime or a squeeze of orange to make water more
tempting, or to jazz up your routine. Also, drinking tea or juice and eating raw fruits and vegetables contribute to the hydration process. So, splash in the waves, swim in the sun, drink plenty of water and enjoy the summer fun!

Recipes of the Month

Sun Tea

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 24 hours
Yield: 2 liters

Ingredients:
3-4 tea bags of your choice
water

Directions:
1. Fill an extra-large mason jar with water, add 3 or 4 of your favorite tea bags and cover with lid.
2. Place in sun for 1/2 to a full day and let the shining rays pour in heat and energy, bringing out the wonderful tea flavors.
3. Sweeten if so desired with natural sweetener and serve at room temperature or cold over ice.

Note: Garnish with mint leaves or lemon wedge.
Ginger Drink

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 24 hours
Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:
1 pound fresh ginger root
2 quarts water
juice of 2 limes or 2 lemons
maple syrup or agave nectar to taste

Directions:
1. Thinly peel the fresh ginger, grate and mix with water in a large saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes. Cover the pan and turn off the heat; leave
for 24 hours.
3. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve.
4. Add the lime juice and maple syrup or agave. Stir until dissolved. Serve chilled.

Love and Light,

Shaline

Ginger Garlic Saute

Here is a great recipe for you that you can make as a side or in addition to your salads during the week. The combination of ginger and garlic simply can’t be beat and adds a punch to any meal. Loaded with healthy hormone balancing purple cabbage, carrots and sesame, this makes for a great side along a tempeh of meatballs.

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Ingredients

Serves 2

2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

1 tablespoon coconut oil or your preferred oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 cups shredded purple cabbage

Sea salt and black pepper

1-inch piece of ginger, grated

2 large carrots, shredded

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil

 

Directions

To toast your sesame seeds, heat a dry sauté pan on low flame. When the pan is hot, add the sesame seeds. Toast for about 2 minutes until golden. Remove the sesame seeds from the pan so that they don’t continue cooking. Set aside to use in the final step.

Next, take a sauté pan and add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. When the pan is hot, add the onions. Sauté until soft. Add purple cabbage, salt, and black pepper. Allow the cabbage to soften. Next, add ginger, shredded carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes. When the cabbage and other vegetables are soft to your liking, turn off the flame and top with toasted sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.

 

Making vegetables exciting will strengthen your ability to maintain a healthy diet that encourages energy and healthy digestion. So many people fall off the wagon because they think healthy eating has to be bland. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Eating well isn’t about encouraging boredom and blandness, it’s about nourishment on a deeper level, and pleasing your taste buds and your body at the same time.

 

If you’re serious about getting healthy, restoring your digestion and boosting your energy then check out my new comprehensive program Restoring Your Gut Health, click here for details. It’s loaded with gut restoring delicious recipes.

 

Join me in my Facebook group where I’ll be sharing more information, tips and recipes to help you live a happier, healthier life.

 

To your wellness,

Shaline

 

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