Protect Your Right to Know About GMOs

Politics is not my thing but when politicians’ votes affect my food is when I want to do my part to help turn the tide. 

Last week the House of Representatives voted for H.R. 1599,the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (better known as the DARK – Deny Americans the Right to Know- Act) a bill that will prohibit State’s rights to require mandatory labeling of foods that contain Genetically Modified ingredients. This means that the states, like Vermont, and individual counties that have banned GMO crops from their jurisdictions will not be able to enforce them due to Federal law overrides. 

GMO crops  (such as corn, soy, canola and sugar beets)  are in many of our processed foods and have been connected to a host of chronic illnesses, including cancer.  If you want the assurance of knowing exactly what is in your food and that it is free of harmful, engineered pesticides, help to stop H.R. 1599 by contacting your Senators here. 

An organization that you can support that is working very hard to help get GMO products labeled is the Organic consumers Association.  Contact them to learn more about GMOs and how you can help get GMOs labeled. 

Christine Hunt

 


 

Driving GMOs and Monsanto’s Roundup off the Market

April 21, 2015

by Dr. Mercola

GMO corn

 

Since genetically engineered (GE) crops, foods, and animal drugs were brazenly forced onto the market in 1994 by Monsanto and the FDA, with neither pre-market safety testing nor labels required, consumers and small farmers worldwide have mobilized to ban, label, or boycott these controversial “Frankenfoods.”

With mounting scientific evidence1 underlining the human health and environmental toxicity of GE foods, and growing alarm over the toxic pesticides such as Monsanto’s Roundup that invariably accompany genetically modified organisms (GMOs), currently 64 nations require mandatory labeling of GMOs.

Numerous states and regions in the European Union, and several dozen entire nations, including Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, and Russia, have banned GMO crops altogether.2

In the European Union (EU), where mandatory labeling laws are in effect, little or no GMO crops or food are on the market (except for imported GMO animal feed). In addition to banning GMOs, a growing number of countries, including El Salvador and Sri Lanka, have begun to ban the use of Monsanto’s Roundup.

Percentage of crops grown in U.S. that are GMO

This  toxic herbicide is sprayed heavily on 84 percent of all GMO crops, and increasingly applied as a pre-harvest desiccant, or drying agent, on scores of other non-GMO crops including wheat, rice, beans, potatoes, barley, oats, flax, peas, lentils, and sugar cane.

Even in the US where 168 million acres of GE crops are under cultivation (including 90 percent or more of all corn, soy, cotton, canola, and sugar beets), survey after survey has shown that Americans, especially mothers and parents of small children, are either suspicious of, or alarmed by, unlabeled GMOs.

This is understandable given the toxic track records of the chemical companies pushing this technology (Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, Dupont, BASF, and Bayer), as well as the mounting scientific evidence that these controversial foods and crops—and the toxic herbicides and insecticides sprayed on them or laced into their cells—severely damage or kill birds, bees, butterflies, lab rats, farm animals, and humans.

Currently US regulatory agencies, in sharp contrast to Europe, rely on industry’s own indentured scientists to determine whether GMOs—and the toxic chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers that accompany their use—are “safe” for human health, animals, the environment, and the climate.

Meanwhile mass media journalists and food industry representatives monotonously regurgitate Monsanto’s dangerous mantra: Genetically engineered foods and crops are just as safe as “conventional” foods and crops, and there is no “mainstream scientific evidence” that GMOs are dangerous.

Consumers Want Genetically Engineered Foods to Be Labeled

Polls consistently indicate that 90 percent of Americans want to know whether or not their food has been genetically engineered, even though massive lobbying and advertising by the GMO lobby has prevented labeling laws from passing at the federal level and in most US states.

The notable exceptions are mandatory GMO fish labels in Alaska (passed in 2005) and mandatory food labels in Vermont (passed in 2014). In addition nine counties in the US have banned the cultivation of GMOs.

States that want GMOs labeled.

These States have had initiatives to label foods containing GMOs

Stimulating demands for GMO labeling or bans, the prestigious IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) of the World Health Organization published a report3 in March 2015 declaring that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (active agent glyphosate), sprayed heavily on 84 percent of all GMO crops (including soy, corn, cotton, canola, and sugar beets) is a “probable carcinogen.”

After reviewing 44 scientific studies, half of the IARC panel thought that that glyphosate should be classified as a Group 1 “known carcinogen,” with the other half opting for a Group 2 “probable carcinogen” rating.

Given the fact that new peer-reviewed studies damning glyphosate are being published nearly every week, the IARC may very well reclassify glyphosate as a “known carcinogen” in the near future.

 

 

10 Actions We Need to Take to Protect Ourselves and Our Families

  1. Call Congress Today.Stop Congress from passing… R. 1599,the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 which would take away states’ rights to pass mandatory GMO food labeling bills, and make it legal for unscrupulous food and beverage companies to continue mislabeling GMO-tainted foods as “natural” or “all natural.”
  2. Stop Congress from “fast-tracking” and passing secretly negotiated “Free Trade” agreements (the TPP-Trans-Pacific Partnership, and TTIP-Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) that would weaken consumer and states’ rights to label and safety test GMO and factory-farmed foods.Contact your member of Congress and tell them to oppose Fast Track.
  3. Support the passage of more state laws requiring mandatory labels on GMOs.
  4. Pass more bans on GMOs, neonicotinoids, and Roundup (glyphosate) at the township, city, and county levels.
  5. Support Vermont, Maui (Hawaii), Jackson, and Josephine counties (Oregon) in their federal and state legal battles to uphold their laws requiring labels and/or bans on GMOs.
  6. Educate the public on the dangers and cruelty of GMO-fed, factory-farmed meat, dairy and egg products, and join the “Great Boycott” of all factory-farmed foods.
  7. Support mandatory state legislation to label dairy products and chain restaurant food coming from factory farms or CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations).
  8. Pressure natural food stores, coops, and restaurants to follow the lead of Whole Foods Market and the Natural Grocer to label and/or ban all GMO-derived foods, including meat and animal products and deli foods.
  9. Educate your friends and family on the positive health, environmental, ethical, and climate friendly (greenhouse gas sequestering) attributes of organic, grass-fed, and pasture-raised food and farming.
  10. Boycott the “Traitor Brand” productsof the Grocery Manufacturers Association, International Dairy Foods Association, and the Snack Food Association.10

 

Also please consider making a donation to the Organic Consumers Association. Your donation today will help us support GMO labeling efforts in New England, including Maine and Massachusetts.

 

 

Source: Read the full article at Dr. Mercola

Support the Organic Consumers Association.

 


 

 

The best way to avoid GMOs is to eat organic foods of all kinds and stay away from non-organic, processed foods. 

 

To your health!

 


 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 


 

Some Reasons Why You May Be Overeating

Overeating can be a symptom of a lack of proper nourishment in your body, or unaddressed emotional life issues that lead to cravings and the need for comfort.  Understand why in this article.

Christine Hunt 


Do You Wonder Why You Are Overeating?

by Dr. Libby Weaver

 

Too much food.

 

The lure of the fridge late at night can result in even the most health-conscious person’s downfall. So why is that despite our good intentions, we demolish a block of chocolate after swearing we’d only have two pieces or head to the fridge late at night in search of that delicious and magical snack that will fix all, despite knowing we haven’t replenished the fridge in a week.  Overeating is more common than you think, often regarded as a lack of will power; the desire to eat more food than is needed to satisfy hunger or nourish your body can be driven by numerous factors.

 

Are You Missing Nourishment Or Looking For Flavor?

Sometimes we overeat in search of nourishment. Nourishing foods typically have a satiating effect on appetite. Over the last few years, the western diet has moved steadily towards more processed and refined foods. Processed foods tend to be lacking in fibre and of course essential to our very being, vitamins and minerals. I believe many people over consume these foods, as they provide little to no nourishment and don’t engage the satiety signal in the brain.  Or in the busyness of life, it may be a reliance on takeaway foods, which have an emphasis on flavor as opposed to nutrition and unfortunately often use ingredients, which take away from our health. It is also common to overeat in search of flavor. Pay special attention to simple ways of adding more flavor to food. Use good quality oil, fresh herbs and spices and fresh chili for a bit of spiciness if you can enjoy it.

Try This: Make and store nourishing condiments in the fridge to accompany meals

A delicious example is a quick green sauce you can spread over vegetables, salad or meat options. Blend in an avocado, some lemon juice, fresh flat leaf parsley or coriander and a dash of olive oil. Season to taste, adding lemon juice and olive oil to reach desired consistency. If snacking is your downfall, take the time to arrange a vegetable platter. Cut up your favorite vegetables and serve with a dip such as hummus, an interactive way of increasing the nourishment of your diet.

 

Are You Eating To Satisfy Your Soul?

Once I start I can't stop!

‘Once I start I cannot stop’, is a phrase I have heard countless times. The wording gives you a clue. If you were truly eating in order to nourish your body, there would be a point you would feel comfortable and nourished.  Many people eat to find what I call “soul food.” It’s actually not about the food at all, despite what they would like you to believe. Food has been used to replace a feeling in their lives. Food is reliable, consistent and you know it will taste a particular way, there are not many things in life that do that.  Eating for comfort or eating to feel lit up is common and it is just one way you may have learned to cope. To shift your focus away from eating to fill your soul, bring more of the things that truly nourish your soul into your life. Read more often, dance, sing, move, or rest whatever it is for you may be completely different for someone else. Food can never truly replace the role of soul food in your life.

Try This: Schedule activities for the times you feel most vulnerable to overeating

Engage in an evening yoga or meditation class. Or utilize what is abundant and around you, watch the sun go down or observe your partner as they sleep with their book resting on their lap, filling your heart with gratitude will help you anchor in the now.

 

Are You Looking For Something Sweet?

Craving sugar can have a psychological or biochemical basis. Many people don’t feel satisfied unless they have had something sweet after lunch or dinner. This may be because they were brought up having desserts or sweets after meals and so it has become routine in their psychology that after savory comes sweet. Others may have formed an emotional connection with sugar.   Are you looking for joy? Are you looking for sweetness in your life? More often than not, people crave sweet foods during periods of stress, as the production of adrenaline encourages your body to burn glucose as its fuel as opposed to fat. When you are burning glucose, you will crave it to replenish your stores.  Sugar in its refined form provides no nutritional benefit to the human body, so opt for sweet choices as close to their natural state as possible.

Try this: If you want something sweet choose sweet food that supports your health.

Rather than sweet food that takes away from your health. Dark chocolate or seed and nut truffles can also be a satisfying solution, that doesn’t take away from your health.

 

 

Portions of plates 1960s and now.Are You Serving Yourself Too Much?

It is no secret in the west that we serve ourselves too much. Your stomach is roughly the size of your closed fist and so this provides a good indication for portion sizes of concentrated foods such as carbohydrates and protein. The majority of your plate should be water-based vegetables. There are many ways of transitioning to smaller portion sizes and using smaller plates is a great way of making the meal appear larger than it is.  Or take a tip from Asian cultures and use chopsticks. Chopsticks will slow you down, it takes the brain approximately 30 minutes to sense there is food in the stomach and for a lot of people they do not allow this time for the feeling of satiety to set in.

Try this: Serve your meal in numerous small bowls.

Also, make the meal interactive so it is less about consuming your allocated portion sizes, many cultures eat like this especially at night to avoid overeating.

 

 

Hormones Play A Vital Role In Hunger Regulation

Foods with good fats.A typical pattern of food intake that I witness regularly is to inhale a processed breakfast cereal and race out the door to work. Your blood glucose soars and your pancreas subsequently releases a surge of insulin.  If you continue to choose options that make your blood glucose soar (typically refined or processed foods), insulin will be released again and you will continue to feel hungry.  Insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into the muscles and fat cells. If insulin levels are high another hormone called Leptin should be initiated to tell your brain you’ve eaten. Leptin is produced by adipose cells (fat), and it circulates through the blood and binds to receptors in the hypothalamus, the area supposed to turn off the desire to eat.  Insulin can interfere with Leptins ability to signal to the brain to stop eating.

Try this: Add plant fat to your meals for example, raw nuts, seeds, tahini, avocado and extra virgin olive oil.

Fat slows gastric emptying and the speed at which glucose is released into the blood, this is particularly important if you are prone to fluctuating blood glucose levels. There will always be occasions where there is temptation to over-do it and sometimes that may be just what your soul needs, put a full stop at the end of the sentence and begin the next day as a completely new day. Where you can make choices that will nourish your body, but truly addressing why you consistently overeat is only going to have positive effects on your mind, body and soul.

Source:  Dr. Libby Weaver


 

The emotional aspects of overeating can be the most painful leading to shame, guilt and feelings of failure.  Hunt for Hope Wellness understands and has the solution to help you overcome cravings by calming the emotions driving them.  You are not alone and Hunt for Hope Wellness can help.

 


 

What experiences have you had with overeating?  Please share your comments and questions below.

 


Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 


 

 

Cage Free, Free Range, Pasture Raised – What Do They Mean?


 

If you eat eggs and have heard conflicting information about which are the best to buy, this article may help you to understand what the labels mean.

Christine Hunt

 


The Truth About Eggs

eggs in carton

by James Colquhoun

The number of different buzzwords on egg cartons are ever increasing! Whilst we are led to believe that certain labels offer improved level of standards for the treatment of the hens, the truth is, there’s not much difference at all!

According to The Humane Society, “the truth is that the majority of egg labels have little relevance to animal welfare or, if they do, they have no official standards or any mechanism to enforce them.”

If you’re confused about the best choice for your health and the welfare of the hens involved, let us clear the air and explain exactly what those terms mean.

Labels to know

Cage-Free:

  • Uncaged, inside barns
  • Generally no access to outdoors
  • Can engage in many of their natural behaviors such as walking, nesting, and spreading their wings
  • Beak cutting and forced molting through starvation are permitted

 

Free-Range:
Cage-free chickens in Harold Sensenig's barn near Hershey, Pa., get to roam and perch on steel rods, but they don't go outside.

  • Uncaged inside barns
  • Have some access to outdoors, but there are no restrictions regarding what they can be fed, and no requirements for the amount, duration or quality of outdoor access.
  • Because they are not caged, they can engage in many natural behaviors such as nesting and foraging.
  • Beak cutting and forced molting through starvation are permitted.

 

Pasture-Raised:

  • Pasture raised chickens enjoy most of their life outdoors and have shelter from predators at night. Pasture-raised hens are kept outdoors for most of the year, on a spacious pasture covered with living plants, and are kept indoors at night for protection.
  • However, because there is no regulation of the term, there are no restrictions regarding what the birds can be fed and no requirements for the amount of time spent on the pasture, the amount of space per bird, or the quality of the pasture.
  • Beak cutting and forced molting through starvation are permitted.

 

While the USDA has defined the meaning of “free-range” for some poultry products, there are no government-regulated standards in “free-range” or “pasture-raised” egg production required to make the claim. For all of the above terms, there is also no mandatory third-party auditing. So whether or not the standards are followed depends on each individual farm and their standards.

 

Is Certified Organic any better?

Certified Organic by the USDAThey’re better than regular caged eggs, but have a long way to go for us to consider them humanely produced!

Birds producing Certified Organic eggs have the same standards as Free-Range, with the only differences being that they are fed an organic, all-vegetarian diet free of antibiotics and pesticides, as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program and compliance is verified through third-party auditing.

Unfortunately, even third-party certification doesn’t mean the hens are treated well. For example, the majority of the egg industry complies with the United Egg Producers Certification, yet it still permits cruel and inhumane factory farm practices such as space per bird less than a sheet of paper, battery cages, kept indoors at all times and only little considering for perching and nesting requirements when the eggs are ‘cage-free’.

How can you be sure your eggs came from a healthy, happy hen?

Happy, healthy chickens.
Faced with these essentially meaningless labels, it’s easy to feel disheartened about eating eggs. But there are some ways to make sure you’re choosing the most nourishing, healthy and happy eggs for your family!

1. Source from local farms
If possible, source your eggs from local, ethical farmers with plenty of space for the hens to roam and thrive! Quiz your local farmer on their practices and even ask if you can visit the hens! That way you know exactly how they are treated, and you’ll be able to see and taste the difference in the quality of the eggs!

 

2. Source from Animal Welfare Approved Farms
Not all third party certification is meaningless. If you’re eggs come from an Animal Welfare Approved farm, they’re the most humanely treated commercial eggs available. They have the highest animal welfare standards of any third-party auditing program. However they only cover flocks of fewer than 500 birds. So you won’t find them on big name brands.

 

Animal Welfare Approved means:

  • The birds are cage-free with at least 1.8 square feet (259 square inches) of floor space provided per bird, and they must be able to perform natural behaviors such as nesting, perching and dust-bathing.
  • Hens must also be provided continuous access to an outdoor area for ranging and foraging. This outdoor area must be covered with growing vegetation and must provide at least 4 square feet (576 square inches) per bird.
  • There are requirements for stocking density, perching and nesting boxes.
  • Forced molting through starvation and beak cutting are prohibited, as is feed containing meat or animal byproducts.
To find out if your favorite eggs are Animal Welfare Approved, click here.

It can be overwhelming to find out what occurs in these types of factories, but only through learning are we able to make better choices and know that we’re putting the right eggs in our shopping basket!

 


 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

Summer Beverages to Hydrate and Reduce Inflammation

The summer heat can drain your body of valuable fluids.  Sodas, alcohol and other drinks like Gatorade are full of sugars which promote inflammation.  Here are some alternative, hydrating beverages  for you to try that will also reduce inflammation, aid digestion and provide probiotics.

Christine Hunt


 

5 of The Best Drinks For Your Health

by James Colquihoun

Lemon water.

As our bodies are made of up to 80% water, it’s critical that we get enough during the day to function properly! Water is a great foundation, but our top 5 drinks combine hydration with added health benefits!

1. Lemon Water

Waking up to a glass of warm water with fresh lemon aids digestion and supports natural detoxification by helping the bowel to flush out waste more efficiently. It also provides a gentle immune system boost with vitamin C, and helps to freshen your breath by acting as a natural antiseptic killing off bad bacteria in the mouth. Sayonara chemical-laden mouthwash!

2. Herbal Tea

Drinking herbs and spices in tea not only helps to cut down on caffeine, it boosts your nutrient intake! There are so many amazing herbs with all kinds of health benefits including antibacterial, antiviral, immune-strengthening, energy-boosting or calming properties. Many are rich sources of antioxidants fighting free radical damage in the body too! Each herb has unique health benefits but we love peppermint, lemongrass and ginger for settling the tummy; chamomile to calm, and lemon myrtle, spearmint, turmeric and cinnamon to ward off cold and flu symptoms. It’s medicine in a teacup!

Green juice3. Green Juice

A cold-pressed green juice is the quickest way you can load your body with easily absorbed nutrients that your body’s cells crave. Rich in phytonutrients that nourish your body, naturally energize, support detoxification and cleanse your body. It all comes down to what you put in the blend! Our general guide is 3-4 vegetables per 1 piece of fruit to make sure you’re not just getting a sugar rush. We love kale, cucumber, zucchini, celery, spinach, and broccoli thrown into our mixes!

4. Kombucha

A fermented tea beverage rich in probiotics. Consuming a delicious glass of kombucha each day comes with a myriad of benefits! The natural healthy bacteria in kombucha helps to aid digestion, fight candida overgrowth, manage bloating, and due to the gut-brain link, even improve mental clarity and help stabilize your mood! Add in turmeric or ginger for even more gut soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits!

5. Coconut Water

coconut waterCoconut water is nature’s natural rehydration drink. It’s an isotonic beverage providing the electrolytes calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium. Pure coconut water has no artificial additives or sweeteners and is low in naturally occurring sugars. It also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals including zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, boron, molybdenum, ascorbic acid and B-group vitamins! Perfect post-workout, or for rehydrating anytime of day!

 

Source of the article is here.


Which beverage will you try this week?  What other beverages do you drink that have health benefits?  Please share your comments below.

To your health!

 


 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

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