Friday, May 20, 2011

Chemicals and poisons are everywhere and in everything---Ahh!

Well, like a lot of the things I do, when I started looking into one thing it leads to several and before I know it I am drowning in all the new information!!
Let me start from the beginning—
I am sure you all have heard the rumors about plastics leaking chemicals when it is warmed. Well we all knew plastic was bad but who knew it was evil! I have heard not to drink water from a water bottle that has been left in the car—ok, well I do not buy water in those plastic containers anyway so that isn't a problem. But that got me to thinking, if you cannot get the plastic as warm as it is in your car then what is happening when you put it in the microwave or dishwasher? Turns out plastic is trying to kill us! It leaks bad chemicals into our food and or drinks as it is warmed. The exact chemicals depend on the type of plastic it is but they are all bad. Not too long ago you started seeing BPA Free on a lot of baby things—this is a chemical that is in plastic that can cause severe damage to babies and adults alike. Here is a link to a website where you can read all about it --
So, I did away with all my plastic storage containers, cups, bowls, plates everything. I replaced it all with glass. Glass storage containers, glass mixing bowls, glass cereal bowls, glass cups and glass plates! We found a wonderful deal at local thrift store that had plates Duste remembered from her grandparents' house and they were half off—perfect!
Soon this led to my pots and pans—turns out the non stick coating on pots and pans is also bad. Now I admit I had heard this before, before I was so opened to this type of thing, before my tumors and never paid any attention to it. But now it seems I should really be watchful of what goes into my body. I did some research on Teflon and it doesn't sound good either. Here is one article you can check out—
So back to the internet I went. I researched my alternatives and came across the old cookware Visions by Corning Pyrex in Amber!  I remember this old stuff and loved it! I am all about surrounding myself with things that remind me of the happy times in my childhood! So, I am in the process of replacing all my non-stick pots, pans and bake ware with glass. I have read the pros and cons of glass, asked a few older ladies who have used it for years and have decided this is for me! I am so excited!
Well, that was my week's journey. It amazes me that for anything I wonder, anything I question, the internet has a surplus of answers and evidence ready and waiting for me. I love that! I love to be free to wonder, free to question and have the answers there waiting for you to discover them!
HAPPY and HEALTHY cooking and eating everyone!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Desmoid Tumors and Estrogen

There is a study being done on how Estrogen affects Desmoid Tumors. Some results seem to suggest higher levels of Estrogen may cause the growth of a tumor. "They" are not sure if this is what is causing them to appear in the first place or if it's just contributing to the growth once a tumor is there.
Here is a list I found of foods that natural have estrogen and a list of foods that inhibit the absorption of Estrogen.
I have to say I do eat a lot of foods from the first list but can that really be what is causing my tumors—don't most people eat this stuff?
I have to also consider I am on Synthroid—synthetic thyroid—which can cause Osteoporosis and Anemia because it interferes with the absorption of calcium, iron and magnesium. (Long term side effects)
Ahh…having a rare tumor is so much fun! I wish someone would just tell me X, Y and Z causes these tumors—don't eat, drink or sit next to these things and you will be fine. Life would be so much easier. Without this I find myself questioning everything that I ingest. From pills to the dishes we eat, drink and prepare our foods in. It can be exhausting but I am determined not to have a third reoccurrence!
Foods Containing Natural Estrogens
  • Alfalfa            
  • Animal Flesh—ew! That just sounds wrong!
  • Anise Seed
  • Apples
  • Baker's Yeast
  • Barley
  • Beets
  • Carrots—all time fav!
  • Cherries
  • Clover
  • Cowpeas (Black-eyes peas)
  • Cucumbers—another fav!
  • Dairy Foods—OMG, I do not think I can live without these!
  • Dates
  • Eggs—I could take 'em or leave 'em!
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Flaxseed
  • Garlic—was really starting to get into this!
  • Hops
  • Licorice
  • Oats—I am an Oat eater!
  • Olive Oil—have been using this forever!
  • Olives
  • Papaya
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Peppers—this is another big one for me!
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Potatoes—seriously?! I have to have my taters!
  • Pumpkin—my family will be sad, there will be no more Pumpkin Cheese Cake bars.
  • Red Beans—and rice, yes please!
  • Red Clover
  • Rhubarb
  • Rice—poo!
  • Sage
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Soybean Sprouts
  • Soybeans
  • Split Peas
  • Sunflower Seeds—my dad would buy these for me all the time growing up!
  • Tomatoes—I will eat them but they are not my fav.
  • Wheat—was always told to eat Whole Wheat.
  • Yams

Estrogen Inhibiting Foods

  • Berries—ok, this is good.
  • Broccoli—this is right up there with carrots.
  • Buckwheat—I thought this was just a character in Lil Rascals!
  • Cabbage—could live without it.
  • Citrus Foods—not my fav.
  • Corn—good thing I live in Indiana, the CORN STATE!
  • Figs—the old people fruit! Ha!
  • Fruits (except apples, cherries, dates, pomegranates)—I am more of a veggie person really.
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans—this is the only veg my sister will eat so I do eat a lot of this.
  • Melons
  • Millet
  • Onions—LOVE onions
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Squashes
  • Tapioca
  • White Rice—a little flavorless, but I guess I can figure out what to do with it.
  • White Flour—I will not know what to think to eat plain white bread again…

Monday, May 16, 2011

Buy American

An Email I received from my soul mom Brenda May. ..


Did you see that Diane Sawyer has a special report coming up this week? They removed ALL items from a typical, middle class family's home that were not made in the USA .

There was hardly anything left besides the kitchen sink. Literally. During the special they are going to show truckloads of items - USA made - being brought in to replace everything and will be talking about how to find these items and the difference in price etc..

It was interesting that Diane said that if every American spent just $64 more than normal on USA made items this year, it would create something like 200,000 new jobs!




 Are we Americans as dumb as we appear --- or --- is it that we just do not think while the Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior and even toxic products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets? 

 70% of Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended.

 Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges? DO IT YOURSELF, AMERICA!!

 Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in China ' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong ), simply choose another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.

 Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer. Easter is just an example. The point is do not wait for the government to act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own.

 THINK ABOUT THIS: If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our!!

 Most of the people who have been reading about this matter are planning on implementing this on May 1st and continue it until June 1st. That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for 1/12th of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they might have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and
lawlessness were worth it.

Remember, MAY 1 TO JUNE 1st !!!!!!

 Send this to everybody you know. Let's show them that we are Americans and NOBODY can take us for granted.

 If we can't live without cheap Chinese goods for one month out of our lives, WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET!

Pass it on, America......  BUY AMERICAN  !!!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hello Brad--

Yesterday I met a blog fan, whom I didn't know before starting this blog. It is still a shock to me to meet someone who reads my ranting that is not related to me—ha!

Anyway, it was a pleasure to meet you Brad and if I had known I would have talked longer (I thought he was my sisters friend and they were talking) Brad did mention he was a fan of all my eco friendly things but he could live without the reusable toilet paper—

Well Brad, if you could learn to live with it maybe more trees could also live! Ha! Killing 1,000(+) year old trees just so you can wipe your ass on them and throw them away—that is something I could live without! Ha! It's all in good fun, small steps my friend and before you know it you will be as eco crazy as me!

Brad, I wish you the best of luck on your eco trip! Thanks for reading my blog and taking the time to let me show you a different way of doing things!