Friday, January 24, 2014

GMO OMG

I saw this film last night and I can't recommend it enough. (Gmofilm.com)


I feel so passionately about this subject because a lot of the general public has no idea they are even a part of this science experiment and so many of the people who are aware are totally misinformed on it.
The majority of the food we eat in this country contains GMOs & the argument is that we are going to "feed the world" with all the crops we are able to grow. However, there was a 30 year study done by Rodale Institute showing that not only does organic farming yield the same amount of crops as conventional (/GMO) farming but that it's actually the only sustainable way to farm. Because with conventional/GMO farming it kills all the soil and the entire Eco system around it. You also can't re-plant the seeds. So how are we going to continue to grow food if we kill off all the soil? We have been lied to by greedy corporations like Monsanto. They can't "feed the world" with their crops. They just care about making money.
We have scientific evidence that GMOs cause massive tumor growths as well. Considering that one of the GMO crops they make literally causes bugs stomachs to explode when they eat it, it's not that surprising. Think of what that's doing to our bodies? How do you avoid consuming GMOs? Eat Organic. The more we spend on organic the higher the demand will be and the lower the cost of organic will become.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Healthy Eggnog



Never thought you would see healthy and eggnog in the same sentence did you? It's dairy and refined sugar free so you don't have to feel guilty drinking....lets be honest...chugging, a few of these. I have to admit I even surprised myself with this eggnog. It's almost too good! It is so creamy and delicious, your dairy loving friends will never notice the difference. I promise! Okay lets get to it.
What You Need:
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 30 minutes 
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 15 oz. can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted & soaked
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • Rum (optional- but it's Christmas. Treat yoself!)

METHOD:
After you have soaked your cashews and dates in hot water for 30 mins, drain the water and throw the cashews in the blender with 2 cups of water. After about a minute or two the cashews should be completely blended. Then add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until the dates are completely blended. Enjoy with friends and family and embrace that eggnog 'stache.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Healthy Holiday Traveling

For most of us, Christmas time also means traveling! If you are trying to stay healthy, it can be hard while traveling which is why I always pack my own meals and snacks for when I travel. 
Whether it's a road trip or flying I always bring food with me. Most people don't know this, but you can fly with your own food! I either stick it in my carry on or bring a small lunch cooler bag. There is nothing worse than being stuck in an airport with nothing but crappy overpriced food options. Bringing your own food not only saves your waistline, but it saves your wallet too! Airport food is expensive!!
Below are some of the different food I have taken with me on trips, to hopefully help give you some ideas on what to bring!
brought this on a road trip a few months back
Healthy Holiday Traveling photo 1
I brought this with me on a recent flight. (I chugged the green juice right before security). The leopard print bag is my little cooler bag that kept my food cold for the flight. ($8 at Old Navy!) The right is overnight oats topped with berries that I had for breakfast at the airport that morning.
Healthy Holiday Traveling photo 2
This was my lunch on my flight out to start Warped Tour this past summer
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Individually bag your oats (for breakfast) and green smoothie powder so they can easily be made while on vacation. This is a good picture of what I generally pack with me whenever I go on vacation. All of this fit in 1 gallon sized ziplock, so it didn't take up much room in my suitcase and I had healthy snacks, breakfasts and my vitamins all ready to go for my entire trip!
Healthy Holiday Traveling photo 4
Meals and snacks for my recent road trip move out to Nashville. I didn't have to stop for food ever, which made the drive shorter and I didn't have to eat any fast food or gas station junk!
Healthy Holiday Traveling photo 5
My flight out to Colorado a few days ago had me leaving my house at 8am and I didn't arrive at my house in Telluride until 9pm. So I went to Whole Foods the night before and got enough food for lunch and dinner. The total: $12. Cheaper than a single meal in the airport (and infintely healthier!)
Healthy Holiday Traveling photo 6

Sunday, October 27, 2013

What's In That: Peanut Butter!

Peanut butter is touted as a healthy source of protein and good fats, but did you know that it has to be the right kind of peanut butter or you are actually harming your body to the equivalent of smoking cigarettes?! Don't worry, you can still have your peanut butter and eat it too. You just have to make sure it doesn't contain this one ingredient.
What's In That: Peanut Butter! photo 1
Just look at the ingredient label of this Jiff Peanut Butter:
What's In That: Peanut Butter! photo 2
The Sugar is bad enough and something I have talked about in past posts. It can lead to diabetes and heart disease and is highly addictive.
But what I am really worried about is the Hydrogenated Oils. Doctors have been quoted saying that hydrogenated oils are just as bad for your body as smoking cigarrettes. This is an ingredient that I avoid at all costs. In fact, I'd say this and any form of corn syrup are the two most avoided ingredients in my diet. If a food contains either of these I just won't touch them. No matter what.
You may know hydrogenated oils as trans fats and even in small amounts they can wreak havoc on the heart. Hydrogenation is a process in which they take vegetable oils, heat them to extreme temperatures and add hydrogen to them, altering the entire chemical makeup of the oil. This increases their shelf stability and turns these normally liquid oils, solid- more resembling plastic than oil by the time they are done.
These oils increase LDL (or "bad cholesterol") while also decreasing HDL ("healthy cholesterol"). Trans fats also accumulate in the body because the digestive system doesn't know what to do with them, hardly even recognizing them as food, so the body stores it as fat. Diets high in trans fat (hydrogenated oils) have been directly linked to obesity as well as cardiovascular disease.
Where else you may find hydrogenated oils:
  • Margarine
  • Baked goods
  • Store bought cookies, cakes, cupcakes, etc
  • candy
  • chips
  • Highly processed food products
Also, be weary of labels that say 0g trans fat. If a food product contains less than 0.5g of hydrogenated oils PER serving, a food company is allowed to state that it does not contain trans fat, even though it does. If you really like the food (like I love my peanut butter) you are more than likely going to eat more than one serving size and those hydrogenated oils will add up! Besides, in my book any amount of hydrogenated oils is not okay! Always read the ingredient label on the back and if it has hydrogenated oils, put it back! There are plenty of alternatives that do not contain Hydrogenated Oils.
Whole Foods Market does not allow any food containing Hydrogenated Oils in their store, so any peanut butter (or other food you pick up there) will be free of them!
MY FAVORITE NON-HYDROGENATED PEANUT BUTTERS!
  • Whole Foods brand Organic Unsweetened Peanut Butter is my absolute favorite. It's creamy and resembles my childhood favorites Jiff and Peter Pan but without the hydrogenated oils or sugar!
What's In That: Peanut Butter! photo 3
  • Woodstock Organic Peanut Butter:
What's In That: Peanut Butter! photo 4
  • Maranatha Peanut Butter:
What's In That: Peanut Butter! photo 5

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sippin on 'Kin n Juice

Pumpkin that is!

This self proclaimed pumpkin-o-holic goes a little pumpkin crazy every October so it was only a matter of time before the pumpkin made its way to my juicer. It may sound like an odd combo, but trust me this juice tastes like what fall feels like. Enjoy!


Ingredients


  • 1 Apple
  • 5 pieces of pineapple
  • 2 knobs of ginger
  • 4 carrots
  • 1/4 of a pie pumpkin, chopped and skin peeled off
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Makes juice for 1






Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Buzznet What's In That?: Dr. Pepper's TEN Soda


This is the first of many posts I have planned for you all in my blog series I've decided to call "What's in that?" I am out to reveal what's really lurking in your seemingly "healthy" snacks, food-like products and drinks.What's In That?: Dr. Pepper's TEN Soda photo 1The first one I decided to break down for you is Dr Pepper's new line of TEN sodas. We received a whole bunch of these today in our tent on warped tour and they are so appalling I had to write about them immediately! They may only have 10 calories but the load of other junk they contain are what is concerning and will lead to more weight gain simply because of how your body processes these ingredients.
What's In That?: Dr. Pepper's TEN Soda photo 2
•High fructose corn syrup- a highly processed sweetener made from GMO corn that is directly linked to obesity and cardiovascular disease. Your body actually processes fructose differently than other sugars by completely skipping 2 steps in the cycle it goes through while breaking down sugars. By skipping these steps it actually directs your body to store it for later energy use, aka fat. Not to mention, GMOs are linked to tumor growth and a whole list of other health issues like infertility! HFCS should be avoided at all costs.
•Citric Acid- derived from corn which is most likely GMO
•Sodium Benzoate- A preservative that when gets combined with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) can form a carcinogen and kill DNA cells, accelerating aging.
•Aspartame- a fake sweetener that converts into formaldehyde once in the body and is linked to cancer. More specifically is directly linked to leukemia and multiple sclerosis.
•Acesulfame Potassium- another fake sweetener with links to cancer. 
•Caramel Color- this ingredient is so highly linked to cancer that soda companies were forced to re-formulate the amount they use in their products to avoid getting a "known to cause cancer" label put on their sodas!  
That soda may only be 10 calories, but calories are not what you should be concerned about. It's the ingredients and how your body breaks down and processes these ingredients that truly matters. Always read labels and if you don't know what something is, chances are you shouldn't be putting it in your body!
What is your favorite anti-soda drink?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How To Make The Healthiest Smoothie Ever Taste Delicious!

I made this smoothie yesterday morning and I couldn't even believe how delicious it was! I drink and eat a lot of greens and I will be the first to admit that some green smoothies just aren't good. Good for you, yes, but some are just impossible for even the healthiest of us to choke down. I think the difference with this one is the incorporation of the lemon. I'm always putting lemon in my green juices because it really cuts the bitterness of the greens! (The picture is from my Instagram, you can follow me here where I post new recipes almost every day!)
Vitamineral green: Can be a little pricey but the bottle lasts a long time and I can tell you its the best green powder out there. Just look at all the ingredients this incredible stuff has!
Sun Warrior Protein: I have tried a LOT of protein powders and this one is the best I have found, taste wise and nutritionally speaking.
Spirulina: Often called "nature's vitamin" contains every naturally occuring vitamin and mineral your body would ever need and it even has protein in it! If you were ever in a bad situation, you could literally survive on spirulina and water alone. How cool is that??
Maca: This naturally energizing root helps to regulate and maintain proper hormone levels. 
All of these ingredients combined with some berries, kale, banana, lemon, coconut water and almond milk and you have yourself an incredibly delicious and nutritious breakfast! If you wanted to add in some fiber in there you could throw in some chia seeds too. 
(from my original post over at Buzznet!)
Let me know if you make it and what you think!!