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Monday, August 26, 2013

Meal Idea+Recipe: Baked Tilapia in a Bed of Baby Greens

My daughter being in school has been keeping me busier than I thought I could be. I've been going to bed earlier but I don't know how long that will last as usual. Tonight we had Baked Tilapia in a Bed of Baby Greens for dinner. My father-in-law can be so sweet and thoughtful, before he left last week he gave us some really big fresh caught Tilapia gutted already. I love tilapia but definitely fresh, no farm raised. I decided to take the mid-section and tail pieces to make curry, and took the heads which were too hard to saw off and bake it. The fish were too big to throw away the heads wasting at least 4 oz. of flesh on each head, so I figured why not bake them? With this recipe you would need to use your discretion on the amount of tilapia and the size/thickness of the fish. I will list everything I used to marinade it overnight. Squeeze fresh lemon as desired on top when you eat it on your bed of greens. Without it is fine, it won't taste wrank.


Baked Tilapia (Seasoned Overnight)  


Ingredients:

sea salt
1 large onion chopped small
olive oil
lemon and pepper seasonings
parsley
black pepper
chilli pepper
garlic chopped finely

Steps: 

  1. Wash your fish with salt, vinegar, and lemon juice. Rinse, drain. 
  2. Let all the water drain till it looks a little dry. You can dry fish pieces with a paper towel if you're in a hurry. 
  3. Add all the ingredients and cover overnight; refrigerated. 
  4. Grease your pan with a little oil before adding it to bake. 
  5. Bake 30 mins to an hr. I covered it halfway and baked it uncovered for the other half of time at 350 degrees. 

Baby kale, baby chard, baby spinach, baby romaine, all in one mix. Since it's baby greens there's no bitterness.


Enjoy! Watch out for the bones though... =)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

GMO's-Part 3 InfoGraphics

For Part 1: Click Here
For Part 2: Click Here 



Click to see larger image of GMO Brands


  





Look for this label on packages
Check this article out, they post a lot of extreme things on FB but regardless of how extreme it is, it definitely sounds worth investigating and questioning what we think we know: US Military and Monsanto Now Actively Engaged In Tracking Anti-GMO Websites, Activists, Campaigners and Independent Scientists

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

GMO's Explained-Part 2

For Part 1: Click Here

Why do I care so much about all this GMO stuff? It's personal to me. I feel it impacted my family aside from my own hormonal issues. First off when I had my daughters, food allergies didn't exist in our family. My first born was strangely low birth weight at 5.3 lbs when she was born, and I was diagnosed with small for gestational age at 36 weeks. I had to be induced at 38 weeks. It was the craziest time for me when she was allergic to milk and had to go on hypoallergenic milk. I was misinformed by my pediatrician who told me to stop breastfeeding which was a mistake and in return, put us through 4 months of hell. Our newborn screamed with all kinds of gas pains for 20 mins to an hour daily, sometimes more than once a day. As new parents it killed us that we didn't know what the fuck to do to comfort her or stop it from happening. I spent countless nights doing research, panicking, anxiety ridden, hoping there would be a magical milk I could find that would help her.

Fast forward to baby girl #2. She was expected to be 7 to 8 lbs based on the sonogram and again I birthed a small 6.1 lb. baby at 39 weeks pregnant. I was determined on breastfeeding this time around and I did. Eight weeks into breastfeeding, she started developing rashes, cradle cap, and bad eczema. I removed dairy from my diet entirely, all traces of dairy and it subsided. If I ate anything that had a small trace of dairy, her body reacted. I breastfed exclusively for 6.5 months. When I did introduce formula I mixed it with my breastmilk for a while until she was okay.

Do I feel like GMO's have a part to play in my kids developing these dairy intolerances? Fuck yea! It was such a hard time for me as a new mom. Post-partum is hard enough, the transition to motherhood trying to do what's best for your baby, and trying to find answers is tough. That's why the second time around I got it right, and breastfed her exclusively. My eldest also had the worst temper tantrums when she was 2-3 yrs. old, it was no exaggeration that she was in the terrible 2's. It came down to the point where she was not allowed to have any type of sweets, even fun size chocolates, because her behavior was out of control even when she didn't have those items. Family members wouldn't believe us until they gave her candy or chocolate and saw for themselves. I worried to death about her being labeled ADHD/ADD when it was time for school. Now at 4 she's a whole lot better. I  try to monitor and limit her diet. I stayed away from going to the Dr. and focused on my own research and intuition. It was the best thing I did for my kids. I want the best possible future for my family, that's reason enough to care and make an effort towards.

Natural vs. Organic
If you eat  apples and celery everyday, it makes sense to buy these organic. Not everything in your pantry HAS to be organic if you can't afford to go 100% organic.

Tips: 
  1. Started shopping at WholeFoods...maddd expensive I know. But...since I have Amazon prime, I buy my organic staples from Amazon.com and also go on Vitacost.com. Most of my staples like Flour, Pancake mix, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Seeds, and pretty much Pantry stuff I get from online. The free shipping and the price for larger quantities beats your BJs membership, and you don't have to leave the house. I bought imported Jasmine rice from Walmart.com using their $45 home free feature. Basically buy $45 worth of items that are all home free eligible, and get free shipping. 
  2. Go to local supermarkets. Chains like Walmart and Target will only have GMO fruits and veggies. Go to Eat Local Grown to find a spot near you selling locally grown food.
  3. If you can't do everything organic, start with the items you use daily. I go through mainly milk for the baby, eggs, butter, bread which I just started making, and juice all of which we're trying to buy organic. We buy fruits and veggies based on the "dirty dozen" list in the infographic above. Some things can be bought conventionally due to the least amount of pesticides being used. It might still  be GMO yes, but again it's about picking the lesser of two evils when shopping on a budget. We started making our own orange juice, and buy bottled juices organic. Fish we buy wild, no farm raised, and meat we have no choice but to buy from Whole Foods Market.
  4. If you have a smart phone, save infographics  to check before you check-out at the grocery store. 
Nations First Food Forest : A Great idea I wish I could take part in to start a community effort in my city.

Educate. Enlighten. Share: Must See Documentary and Clips

Food Inc. Documentary:



Pasteurized Milk 150 times More Contaminated with Blood Pus and Feces than Fresh Milk




Resources for Learning and Living GMO-Free:

Healthy Life Articles

Non-GMO Verified Product List - It's simple as changing the brands you buy for your main staples

Non-GMO Shopping Guide

Find a Local Farmers Market

Raw for Beauty: 400 Companies that Don't use GMOs in Products

Info On Sticker PLU#s- I'm not sure if this is 100%, as I'm finding conflicting info, but here it is anyway.

Facebook Pages: Stay up to date. Like pages to get updates in your news feed.

March Against Monsanto

Raw For Beauty

Grow Food Not Lawns

Natural Health Revolution

Natural Cures Not Medicine


GMOs Part 3: Will feature infographics I've collected. Some might be redundant, but it's a great "go to" image to save on your phones while shopping in the grocery store. Again, you can't avoid GMO's entirely, ie; restaurants/catered occasions, clothing, cosmetics, your family/friends' house for dinner, etc. It's just wise to limit them like an 80/20 rule. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

GMO's Explained-Part 1

photo credit: beforeitsnews.com
We've been hearing so much about GMOs, but even I didn't understand the enormity of the situation with it until I took the time to sit down and research for hours on end, all about GMO's. Here I've compiled some info for anyone interested.

The Gist of it: GMO's are Genetically Modified Organisms. Basically scientists playing God with plant seeds, salmon, and random animals and insects. They take genes from different species and fuse them together into a genetically created seed to bring out certain traits. GMO's are proven to cause tumors, infertility, and a array of allergies and diseases. Our current food source (85% of all food) we buy are all GMO, and right now there is a fight all through the world to stop Monsanto (head corporation in all this) and to label GMO's. More than 60 countries have banned GMO's (and some are labeling them) allowing consumers to choose, but the US and Canada are enjoying the profits too much to care about our health. They refuse to label the packages as GMO. How to stop them? Buy organic, spread the word, grow your own garden, buy from local farmers markets.


Why?: Proponents for Monsanto and GMO foods are saying that we're under pressure to meet the food supply demands and that we're going to face starvation in the coming years. The GM crops don't produce a higher yield. Yet, the bee populations that control pollination and food growth are dying out because of the use of synthetic plants and chemicals. If bees become extinct man has only 4 years to live. This isn't about the lack of food, the underlying problem is corruption and who's profiting from health problems.

Watch this Video: If a 14 year old girl can get it, so can you. Her parents must be so proud of her. I can only hope my girls will be as informed, outspoken, and passionate about something so important.




Monsanto's History:

The Long Story: Watch this Video to get the details from the experts, scientists, and political proponents on the history of Monsanto, scientific facts, and horrifying threats to our health. If you don't have the time then fast forward to look at visual proof at 26:50, 28:40, 30:22, 37:04. If you're musically inclined, forward to 1:16:25 lol.



Don't get overwhelmed. Here's the Bottom Line:



In my next post of GMO's Explained-Part 2 I will discuss my findings for avoiding GMO's, the resources I use, natural vs. organic, and some tips on shopping non-GMO items while being on a budget. It's easy to say organic is too expensive, but something is better than nothing. Eating at least 30-50% organic daily is worth a shot. If you're not against GMOs, then good for you...you can continue eating GMO's and kindly get off my post, I don't care to have a debate about this.

My Favorite Super-food: Avocados!

I buy avocados routinely when they're in season. I love it in a fresh guacamole, salsa dips, salads, by itself with salt, even mixed in with rice, curry, or a split-pea soup we call "daal". Avocados are the absolute best all around superfood. Rich in it's monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, CoQ10 and Vitamin E, it's packed with so much more. See for yourself. If' you'd like to try it as a snack or appetizer, here's a quick recipe:

Zesty Guacamole Salad Recipe



Get your collagen in now, so you won't need botox later!  Great for preventing stretch marks as well. 


Here are some other super-foods I like: (I'd like to try Argula, Ginseng, and Soursop soon)

10 Things That Make You Intimidating

Have you ever gone somewhere and not exactly blend in...? It's more than what you decided to wear that seems like an anomaly. People behave a certain way. You observe this many times at different social scenes. Nobody will approach you aside from a little "hi" and a courteous fake smile. 

   
        
  1. You look unapproachable, or give off that energy that says something completely opposite of the way you are. Maybe it's your clothing, maybe it's a "don't fuck with me" attitude displayed in your facial expressions, or maybe it's just like the animal kingdom and your composure. The alpha male or alpha female struts in and all the other animals take notice and make a mental note to stay the fuck away. 
  2. You have confirmation: Your friends didn't like you originally, they told you they didn't, but now that they know you, you're really not that bad. 
  3. People refuse to make eye contact with you for long periods, they look away and keep their glances short. 
  4. You have an aggressive and confrontational demeanor. You don't start fights, but you're known to assert yourself when necessary. You say what you mean and you mean what you say.  
  5. You're a nonconformist, you're not afraid to say "No".You know what you want and what you don't want. You don't follow the crowd.   
  6. You move heaven and earth to make things happen. You don't settle for anything less than what you had planned. When shit goes downhill you don't take it easy. You have to have it all. For some reason people don't like go-getters, they're seen as opportunists or too selfish. 
  7. You have had that one super nice acquaintance that secretly hates you but showers you with tons of compliments, plays with your hair, and a lot of other deceitful behavior. You know what's up, but its easier to just be cordial because you've been considered being a bitch for too long on one too many occasions. This person is the first person to try to make you feel bad when you're feeling vulnerable and will use your situation to their own insecure advantage.  
  8. People misunderstand you. You don't set out to offend anyone but at the same time you don't care what people think. Your ideas, beliefs and shared posts usually range from crazy to bat-shit crazy, extreme even. You don't need anyone to validate your authenticity, you just continue being yourself. If anyone has a problem they can remove themselves from your life. Let's face it; social networking has brought on more judgments. 
  9. You're okay with being alone and it's obvious that you enjoy your own company. Your circles start off small and remain small. Society drives people to want other's acceptance, we're bred that way. To be liked is desired more than the desire to be successful. When you seek out social acceptance all the time it's like sleeping with partner after partner. You give away little pieces of yourself each time until there's nothing left. 
  10. You walk into a room and know immediately how people feel about you. It's all in their eyes, not only do they avoid eye contact but when they do make eye contact, it's not a welcoming and pleasant look. Every fiber of your being tells you who you should be careful with because they don't have the best intentions. You've never done anything to this person yet your gut feels negatively when you're near them. This is the person who will like+comment on your posts on FB and when you see them in real life they will say hi and avoid you, walk past you and act like you're not even there. You're under their skin even though you're unsure why regardless of how nice you are to them. 
Don't Change; kill them with Kindness anyway.

This article is also featured on Thought Catalog.

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