For “Foodie Friday”:
Nine foods you should never eat again
(NaturalNews) “With so much misinformation out there about food and how it affects human health, making healthy food choices for you and your family can be difficult and confusing. There are a number of specific foods; however, that you will want to avoid in almost every circumstance because they provide virtually no health benefits while posing plenty of health risks.
Here are nine foods you should never eat again if you care about preserving your long-term health:
1) White bread, refined flours.
2) Conventional frozen meals.
3) White rice.
4) Microwaveable popcorn.
5) Cured meat products with nitrates, nitrites.
6) Most conventional protein, energy bars.
8) Soy milk and soy-based meat substitutes.
9) "Diet" anything.” Complete article at: http://www.naturalnews.com/038467_foods_avoid_processed_meat.html
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7 Foods That Should Never Cross Your Lips
“Is your food loaded with toxins and chemicals? Here, simple swaps to protect yourself
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Seven things you should never, ever, ever, everever eat. And seven things you should.
“I'm not one of those people who hews hard to the idea that only natural foods should ever pass your lips. Nor do I believe in strictly raw-food eating, or Paleo lifestyles, or Breatharianism. Frankly, a good White Castle slider is one of the best things in life, if you time it right. But there are some things--and I call them "foods" in charity--that you should avoid.:”
Number Seven: Anything that resembles plastic.
Number Six: Anything that is neon
Number Five: Those funky sandwiches in the hospital vending machines (or pseudo Hot-Pockets or their ilk).
Number Four: Neural tissue
Number Three: Anything that looks or smells "off".
Number Two: The entirety of anything larger than your head in one sitting
And the Number One Thing You Should Never (evereverever) Eat: Dishonest food! Complete article at: http://www.crankyfitness.com/2010/01/seven-things-you-should-never-ever-ever.html
10 Worst and Best Foods. At least one will surprise you…
Learn more at: http://www.cspinet.org/nah/10foods_bad.html
The Best and Worst Vegetables to Eat
“If the phrase "eat your vegetables" echoes from your childhood memories of suppers gone by, then rest assured your mother was right. One of the best ways to improve your health is to eat plenty of high quality vegetables -- ideally raw, locally grown and organic.
It sounds like a tall order. It takes time to get a bounty of fresh vegetables together and eat them every day.
One of the best ways to rapidly improve your health is to consume plenty of fresh, organic vegetables; one of the easiest ways to increase your veggie intake is by juicing
Organic vegetables are one of your best choices, but ONLY if they are fresh and not wilted—in that case, you are probably better off with fresh, conventional vegetables (preferably from small local farms)
Recognize that all vegetables are not the same, when it comes to chemical load (pesticides, herbicides, etc.); the produce with the highest and lowest chemical loads are listed
It is theorized that one of the reasons fresh vegetables are so good for you is they are rich in biophotons, or small particles of light that are stored and used by all biological organisms (including your body); the more biophoton light a food contains, the more nutritious it is when you consume it.” Complete article at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/29/recommended-vegetable-list.aspx
Arsenic in Chicken Feed Equals Arsenic in Chicken Meat
“Conventional, antibiotic-free, and USDA Organic chicken samples were purchased from 10 U.S. metropolitan areas between December 2010 and June 2011, when an arsenic-based drug known as roxarsone was readily available to poultry companies that wished to add it to their feed. In addition to inorganic arsenic, the researchers were able to identify residual roxarsone in the meat they studied-in the meat where roxarsone was detected, levels of inorganic arsenic were four times higher than the levels in USDA Organic chicken (in which roxarsone and other arsenicals are prohibited from use).” More at: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27573.cfm
Maryland set to ban arsenic-containing drug in chicken feed
“Maryland is about to become the first state to ban the use of additives containing arsenic in chicken feed, a practice already prohibited by Canada and the European Union.
An FDA study that found trace amounts of inorganic arsenic in the livers of chickens that were fed Roxarsone and then slaughtered for tests. Hundreds of growers in the United States continue to use Roxarsone. The finding prompted Pfizer to suspend sales of roxarsone, which also makes the meat appear pinker and more plump by promoting growth in chickens’ blood vessels.
Del. Tom Hucker (D-Montgomery), who sponsored the House version of the legislation, said the General Assembly was concerned about the levels of arsenic in chicken; about the 30,000 pounds of arsenic added each year to the soil in fertilizer and manure, mostly on the Eastern Shore; and about arsenic washed by heavy rains into rivers and streams that flow to the Chesapeake Bay. “We know arsenic causes cancer, heart disease and diabetes,” Hucker said. “We’ll never know how much is caused by arsenic in chicken, but we do know it’s highly avoidable.”” More at: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-04-09/national/35452766_1_amounts-of-inorganic-arsenic-tom-hucker-chickens
True Free Range Eggs are More Nutritious
“Eggs generally come from one of two sources: confined animal feeding operations or CAFO’s, where the hens are typically kept caged indoors, or smaller farms where the hens are not confined, but rather allowed to pasture freely
Free-range, egg-producing hens must be given access to the outdoors, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations. However, many large commercial egg producers get away with giving their hens access to a tiny, covered outdoor area while still giving the hens conventional feed. The feed is a crucial component, as the main ingredients of commercially raised hens' diets are genetically engineered (GE) soy and corn. Commercial eggs, even if they state "free-range" on their label, will typically fall into this category.
True free-range eggs are from hens that range freely outdoors on a pasture where they can forage for their natural diet, which includes seeds, green plants, insects, and worms. Typically, you will find these eggs at a local farm or farmers market.
If you choose not to eat your eggs (or just egg yolk) raw, soft-boiled would be your next best option. Scrambling your eggs is one of the worst ways to eat eggs as it actually oxidizes the cholesterol in the egg yolk. If you have high cholesterol this may actually be a problem for you as the oxidized cholesterol may cause some damage in your body.” More at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/19/caged-vs-free-range-chicken-eggs.aspx
On This Day:
What hath God wrought? May 24, 1844:
“In a demonstration witnessed by members of Congress, American inventor Samuel F.B. Morse dispatches a telegraph message from the U.S. Capitol to Alfred Vail at a railroad station in Baltimore, Maryland. The message--"What Hath God Wrought?"--was telegraphed back to the Capitol a moment later by Vail. The question, taken from the Bible (Numbers 23:23), had been suggested to Morse by Annie Ellworth, the daughter of the commissioner of patents.
Morse, an accomplished painter, learned of a French inventor's idea of an electric telegraph in 1832 and then spent the next 12 years attempting to perfect a working telegraph instrument. During this period, he composed the Morse code, a set of signals that could represent language in telegraph messages, and convinced Congress to finance a Washington-to-Baltimore telegraph line. On May 24, 1844, he inaugurated the world's first commercial telegraph line with a message that was fitting given the invention's future effects on American life.
Just a decade after the first line opened, more than 20,000 miles of telegraph cable crisscrossed the country. The rapid communication it enabled greatly aided American expansion, making railroad travel safer as it provided a boost to business conducted across the great distances of a growing United States.”
Ray and I sorted out and put away all the boards, planks and polycarbonate sheet roofing that was all over the area where the RVport used to be. This whole project is going to have to be redone. As we dismantle what has already been installed, we can now put everything away where it can be stored safely, until we are ready to use it again. Some of the unused roofing can be returned to the store.
I have already had two carpenters look at the project, and like most good contractors, they can’t start right away. So we will concentrate on something else.
The foster cats, Simba and Nila are getting very bold when I let them in here for some ‘house-time’, as they get on tables and counters, and knock things down. I am not used to cats that do that, but I can’t see keeping them shut up in my Grooming Room all the time. It will be up to their new ‘parents’ to remind them of their manners.
I can’t see that there is any improvement since I have been on this Prednisone, so I might have to go back to the doctor.
Ray and I quit way before lunchtime as it felt like we were breathing pea soup, it was so very hot, muggy and humid yesterday.