I went to a lecture this past weekend on the truth about GMOs. While most of the basics I knew, I can see why some people get lost in all the statistics and scientific talk. I choose to avoid eating GMO food if I can. I am not going to throw a bunch of facts and opinions at you in an attempt to sway you to my side. Today I wrote several letters to my senators, representatives, and to the FDA commissioner, and in the midst of it I simplified my letters to asking for the simple basic right to know what’s in my food. If GMOs are here to stay, then I think we all have the right to know where they are lurking. The simple fact is, as a consumer and citizen I should have the right to accurately labeled food so that I am able to make an informed decision. Big agriculture, like Monsanto, does not want to label their GMO food because they know the majority of the public would avoid it. There have been polls conducted that show if given the choice, over 80% of the public would eat organic. So my point in short, put what you want in food, just label it so I know what I’m putting in my body and have the right to choose. And now, without further ado, GMOs explained Star Wars style…
Are you having a hard time making the Meatless Monday commitment? Is it because you forget or find it hard to make it a full day without meat? If you just forget, try setting a reminder on your fancy mcputer or go with the post-it on the bathroom mirror. Sign the pledge HERE and make it official. It’ll help make you feel committed and you can get emails with tips and recipes! (more…)
I know St. Patrick’s Day isn’t necessarily about being eco-friendly, but since there is that whole green thing it’s got going I’m gonna latch onto that anyhow. I’ll keep today’s post short as I’m sure you all have plenty of green beer drinking and pinching to do.
Today I’m posting what I think are fun videos that have to do with being “green” in some form or fashion. And because I love humor they are good ones, not sad and depressing. I don’t wanna make anyone cry today. So enjoy these videos. Happy beers and cheers my friends! (more…)
One question people tend to ask when you say you are skipping meat on Monday or if you are vegetarian all together is, “how do you get your protein?” It’s funny how there is a misconception that without meat you are lacking protein. Turns out, that’s not true at all. According to the USDA, men eat as much as 190% of their recommended daily protein allowance and women as much as 160%, the majority of that coming from saturated fat-heavy meats. So how do vegetables stand up to the protein test? Here’s just a few.
Broccoli – 4 g per cup
Soymilk – 7 g per cup
Peas – 8 g per cup
Lentils – 16 g per cup
Chickpeas – 18 g per cup
That’s just to name a few. You need approximately 8 g of protein for every 20 lbs of weight. So see, you can do it. It’s really not that hard at all. And with vegetable protein you are cutting out the meat accompanying saturated fats that cause so many health problems. Cutting back on meat is a good idea. With people eating so much over the recommended daily intake, it’s no wonder we have an epidemic of obesity and heart disease. Try getting your protein without the fat man, that’s what I say! Check out some delicious meatless recipes on the Meatless Monday site.
As I was scanning my daily blogs I came across a no plastic challenge that was ending it’s run and I thought,”that’s a good challenge, let’s try it.” I’m going to make mine easier and start with a week. What do you think, you in?? I think the main offenders are plastic bags, bottles and food containers. I’ve given up plastic bottles and I have reusable bags, so I just have to watch out for others handing me plastic things. It’ll be interesting to see what I run into that I maybe haven’t noticed before. Okay, ready, set, GOOOOOOO!