So Tired!

Yesterday I took a trip to the grocery store after a 3 day bout with the flu.  You are probably thinking that I am going to talk about fatigue after being sick right?  Well you would be wrong.  I want to talk about the mental fatigue that comes with shopping for my family to provide healthy clean foods.  I am tired.  So tired of having to search for good food.

My trip always starts in the produce department.  Oh how I wish we had a Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe's in my city but apparently they believe that we are not worthy - even though we are the second largest city in the state.  But I will keep that whine to myself for now.  My first pass through the produce is in hunt of organic products on my list.  This time of year it is harder and harder for me to find with the farmers market and my trusted local farms produce unavailable.  The standard onions, potatoes, apples, carrots, celery, broccoli, and beets are pretty much always to be found.  Then at a premium cost I can find peppers, zucchini, avocados and tomatoes.  I hate to see the only strawberries are conventional.  I wonder how much pesticide has been sprayed on them.  What about the raspberries?  It feels like a land mind of toxins that I am having to dodge on each shopping trip making me the shopping warrior.

So here it is.  These are the things I look for and am concerned about on my shopping trip.  If you are looking to help make your family healthier through your diet then these are the things to consider.

Strawberries - One of the highest sprayed crops.  Can be sprayed with Methylbromide or Methyiodine both are toxic endocrine chemicals that inhibit thyroid hormone creation, clog your liver and promote poor health.

Bananas - Did you know that they radiate banana's to keep them from ripening quickly on their journey to your store? 

Conventional Produce in general - grown on poorly maintained soil that has not been cared for to maximize nutrients in the foods.  Crops are sprayed with chemicals that are harmful to the body.  Some crops come from genetically modified seeds that cannot be utilized by the body and may even contribute to cancer or other illnesses in the body.  Jeffrey Smith has been doing some great research on the dangers of "Frankenfoods". 

Ice Cream - My children love an occasional treat.  What child doesn't?  A quick look at a label will make your head spin.  I have made my own ice cream and it is cream, eggs, sugar and any flavor or fruit you would like.  End of story.  But the ice cream you find in stores contains high fructose corn syrup (Corn sugar as they are trying to trick you with now), preservatives, and dyes.  Many milks come from cows treated with growth hormones that increase their milk production long after God would have them produce milk for their calves.  Meijers (where I shop for some things) has stopped providing their organic ice cream. 

Canned foods - I worry that the cans are lined with BPA.  This is another powerful endocrine disruption chemical.  It lines the cans to help keep the taste from leeching into the foods.  But at what cost do we get this?

Flour products - If we still ate gluten (wheat) bread products we would have to be concerned with brominated flour or the usage of brominated vegetable oil.  Bromide is a toxic halide that blocks iodine absorption in the body.  Many think of iodine in reference to the thyroid.  But iodine is used as a key nutrient in the function of apoptosis - programmed cell death - of abnormal cells.  It is highly cancer protective for this very reason.  If a cell is abnormal then iodine triggers P53 - the gene that "marks it" as a problem so that the body knows to remove it before it grows into something dangerous.  Bromide is also found in products like Gatorade / sports drinks as well as citrus pop like Mt Dew. 

Soy - Soy is one of the biggest genetically modified crops.  It seems to be in everything lately.  For many it causes an inflammatory response.  My family has an issue with it.  Unless is is fermented soy like tamari or tempeh it is best to avoid it.  Soy also inhibits thyroid hormone production and is known as a goitrogen (blocking iodine).

Hydrogenated Oils -  Just when you think you have dealt with it all, the HFCS, Brominated Oils, there are hydrogenated oils.  They come in partially hydrogenated forms and most recently can be found in an even worse form in Jiff Peanut Butter in a FULLY hydrogenated form.  Hydrogenation modifies the oil to make it a solid when it would be liquid normally.  It has been implicated in cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and birth defects.  Here is a downloadable report

Meats - The final problem I encounter is meat.  Most meat is hormone fed and cage contained.  The animals are not happy animals roaming in green pastures eating the grass under their feet.  They are distressed and unhappy with too many animals contained in a small area.  Sanitary conditions are not good and many are exposed to the feces of the other animals.  Regular antibiotics are given to "protect the herd" from what may potentially happen.  Stress hormones end up in the meat of these animals for us to consume with the antibiotics and growth hormones.  Then to preserve it they add nitrates and nitrites that are known cancer causing agents. 

So what do I do to keep my family safe?

1.  Buy as much organic as I can.  If that means I travel to 3-4 stores to shop then so be it.  I do it.

2.  I have a cow share where I have bought part of a cow so that I can get raw milk right from the farm where they are raised organically.

3.  During the summer I shop the farmers market and get to know my farmers and thier farming practices.

4.  Joined a local organic / natural farming co-op where I can buy meats, frozen fruits and other *safe* products throughout the year.

5.  Order organic products online.  I purchase from, ,,,

6.  Shop my local heathfood store. 

It may seem like a lot of effort but with a little planning you can accomplish your goals effectively.  It's worth it for the health it provides.  Will you be a warrior mom too?

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Serendipitous Home said...

Hey Stephanie,
We are blessed with an expensive organic market that I frequent 75% of the year when our budget allows. I would love to share a cow but I believe it is illegal in Ontario to sell unpasteurized milk. Everything we eat is whole foods home cooked and I am now going to try my hand at gluten free breadmaking soon so I can hopefully save some $ with that. I recently shopped non-organic and my bill was half of what it would normally be. Happy about the money saved for short term but not about the quality.
Thanks for the great post of what you do and how you do it. One day your kids will thank you. It makes me sad to think how some poor kids won't have a healthy young adulthood because of poor food choices in childhood.

Phelps Fam said...

Fell on to your website- have been taking armour for 4 wks. I just got my thyroglobulin tested and it was up to 90- we had a huge scare thinking I would have to do radiation again. Then the doctor researched that armour has thyroglobulin in it. Now I'm terrified to stay on the armor and just today switched back to synthroid. It's all so confusing- and I want to be here to raise my four kids!

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