I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business. While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them. I’m going to start including a summary of what I’ve been reading with my thoughts added.
3 Healthy Apple Dishes for Fall: The apple and quinoa recipe gave me the idea to combine quinoa with my oatmeal for breakfast some days.
Calling for an End to Nutrition as Religion: I am totally for eating healthy food. I grow it, cook with it, and feed it to my family. But I think many people focus way too much on finding the perfect plan and elevate their diet to a status that isn’t healthy. The author says, “Eat the healthiest diet that you can enjoy, because if you’re not enjoying it, it isn’t going to last, and tolerable isn’t good enough.” Love that.
Can Millet Take On Quinoa? First, It’ll Need A Makeover: Our family loves millet for breakfast. I cook it with crushed pineapple and serve it like oatmeal.
Kids’ Sunscreens Recalled: Potential Contamination: This potential contamination is why I won’t make a liquid lotion. Solid lotion is much safer for you and your children.
8 Chances Unhappy People Never Take: I loved this post and I especially liked #6.
Chocolate: The Industry’s Hidden Truth: I was unaware there was an issue with chocolate production using forced child labor or slavery. Definitely need to do more research on this. The author brings up some fair trade options for chocolate.
Can You Sleep on It? A Litmus Test for Minor Emergencies: Love what this family did (and learned). Like them, we’ve done without a lot of things in our lives that aren’t truly needs (although most Americans consider them necessities). It builds character into ourselves and the lives of our children.
Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy: “The results suggest that reading fiction [quality fiction] is a valuable socializing influence.” This is interesting and a good argument for homeschoolers who are regularly asked the socialization question.
Gum Disease May Have Ties to Alzheimer’s: Another reason to teach kids to floss and help them make it a lifetime habit.
The True Cost of a Flawed Health Care Paradigm: I’m not here to get political, but I thought that the facts about the health care system were interesting. For example, I didn’t know that, “If the US health care system was a country, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet.” That’s crazy. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this article. I do agree that “Taking control of your health is part of the solution.” I do everything in my power to make sure that we don’t regularly need conventional healthcare. (But I’m glad it’s there when we do.)
FDA Bans (Most) Arsenic in Chicken Feed: The FDA is still allowing arsenic to be fed to chickens & turkeys in our food supply. This is such an FDA failure and another delay for the health of the American food supply.
Toxicology Expert Speaks Out About Roundup and GMOs: “Despite what the media and so-called “experts” proclaim, there are NO peer-reviewed scientific papers establishing the safety of GMO crops. According to Dr. Huber, so far, no one has been able to establish that there’s a safety factor to either the genetically engineered proteins (i.e. the foreign proteins produced by the genetically modified plant) or the chemicals we’re consuming in ever larger quantities as a result of the genetic engineering process. There are, however, both clinical and peer-reviewed scientific papers showing the hazards of GMO crops, including harmful secondary effects.” In case you had any questions, I hate GMO crops.
7 Ways to Stop Fearing What Everyone Thinks of You: Being a business owner, I’ve had to learn to get a thicker skin. You can’t please everyone and trying will give you high blood pressure or an ulcer.
CDC Reveals Disturbing Truth about Factory Farms and Superbugs: “Now, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finally come out saying that yes, antibiotics used in livestock plays a role in antibiotic resistance and “should be phased out.” According to the CDC’s report, 22 percent of antibiotic-resistant illness in humans is in fact linked to food.” Finally! Hasn’t happened yet, but it’s a step in the right direction coming from a government agency.
Is Fear of Food Waste Making You Fat?: I hate wasting food! And as a mom of 8 children, we regularly have good food going to waste. Sometimes I finish what the children don’t eat, but mostly I feed it to the chickens who turn the wasted food into eggs. Works great.
Parents’ Feeding Choices & Baby’s Celiac Risk: I hate articles like this that try to make make parents feel guilty about the decisions they make while not providing any real scientific support. Just read it so you can point out the failures in the logic.
New Report: Preventable Medical Mistakes Account for One-Sixth of All Annual Deaths in the United States: I am very thankful to have hospitals and doctors when I need them. But because “210,000 Americans are killed by preventable hospital errors each year,” I do my best to set a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family.
When a ‘Healthy Diet’ is Anything But: Focus on adding healthy foods to your diet as opposed to removing supposedly unhealthy foods.
Battling Fat? Get More Sleep: “sleep-deprived participants saw their basal metabolic rate decline 8 percent.” Because sleep is important tool for weight loss, that gives us another reason to get to bed on time.
Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Hailed as “Turning Point”: “The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease has been hailed as the “turning point” in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.” My grandfather died with Alzheimer’s and it is a truly horrible disease for the victim and their family.
New Trigger of Alzheimer’s Identified – Stress: “Researchers in Argentina recently presented evidence suggesting that stress may be a trigger for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Seeing Photos of Food Makes Actual Food Less Tasty: “But food photography can backfire. Because a recent study finds that looking at a lot of photos of food can make foods similar to those pictured less enjoyable to eat. Due to what scientists call “sensory boredom.” Oh no! This is horrible. Don’t tell anyone on pinterest!
Can You Really Boost Your Happiness?: “Happiness is much better thought of as a skill or a set of skills that we need to learn and practice.” This is good news because we can teach ourselves and our children how to be happier.
Make Time for Play: Playtime isn’t just for kids, you need to make it a family affair. I agree with this and often tell people that one of our family mottos is, “We work hard so we can play hard.”
Partial Self Sufficiency – Self Education, Mindset and Common Sense: This blogger says, “I believe hard work builds character.” I have to give her a double thumbs up because we say that all the time!
Tips to Feel Better All Day: Simple and straight forward tips that are a good reminder. Sunlight & exercise are so important, especially if you work at a computer all day!
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