Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ignorance Is NOT Bliss

Our lives have been radically changed over the last week and it all started with a link to Girl Scout cookies...

After my recent cancer scare we have been taking a real look at what we are putting into our bodies. Asking God to help us be wise and make healthy choices. I shared recently some supplements we started but we also made a commitment as a family to eat less meat, less processed food and try to eliminate the scary cancer causing junk from our diets. That lead me on a search to find out what is the scary stuff? Of coarse I already knew some like artificial sweeteners and eating charred meat, they are both proven carcinogenic.

To be honest this is a whole new way of thinking for me. I have cared about what I put in my body for one reason most of my life and that is because I wanted to be slim not necessarily healthy. For example I often eat a big plate of broccoli but douse it with I can't not believe its not butter spay, that might keep me slim but one look at the ingredients in that stuff and it is clear that it is filled with questionable chemicals.

Back to that girl scout cookie link...It was to sign a petition for the cookies to be GMO free.

That got me thinking what is a GMO? Now I have heard the term and quite honestly I kind of dismissed it as a Hippie radical thing that I need not concern myself with. However after just a few minutes of research I realized that GMOs are a BIG issues and one that is worth investigating.

 Here is the definition if you are like me and are clueless 
GMOs -“genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding (basically chemical companies are playing God)

SO my husband and myself set out on an eye opening journey to find out what is in our food?  We researched and read articles and became more and more alarmed at the cover up scheme that major food company have been feeding us.

Then we Watched This Documentary
If you do nothing else PLEASE watch this! It is eye opening and will hopefully change your life as it did ours. I am not going to give the arguments here for why GMOs are frighting there is plenty of information out there to prove it to anyone seeking truth. However I will urge you as I am urging my children, family and friends -do not buy the lie that ignorance is bliss...it's not!

My sister has been beseeching me for years to change the way we eat, she has told me about food coloring additives, sodium nitrite, high fructose corn syrup, the way animals are injected growth hormones and antibiotics. To be quite honest I have just not listened. I dismissed the urges because one, I did not think we could afford to do anything about it...like go organic and two, I believed we pray over our food and that covers it and protects us...That is true! BUT I now also believe we have the responsibly to know what we are putting into our body and not just follow our culture. Of coarse this is Biblical principal also!

SO some BIG changes are happening here on the home front. With my Hubby fully on board, even more so then me (meaning he wanted to throw out the food we already had:) We are changing the way we eat. We took a date to Whole Foods to scope it out and I have to say we were pleasantly surprised by the prices. Now I  have to admit I am not a fan of the Whole Foods culture which I think is kind of elitist. I do not like the way some people seem to look down on the less informed decisions of others.

 However we feel it is important to support Whole food because they are leading the war on GMO's essentially becoming their own FDA.  All of Whole Foods own brand 365 everyday values are GMO free! Everything in the store is not GMO free but they will require ALL of the food they carry to be labeled GMO by 2018 which is making manufactures go GMO free if they want to remain in their store, because no one in their right mind would buy a food with GMOs in it if the package was clearly labeled and they knew what it was!

In fact Labeling is the most important thing we can push for as consumers. I remember when the bill was on the ballot at the last election for food labeling, sadly I voted no to labeling because I believed the lie advertised by the seed companies that make GMOs (which by they way are really pesticide and pharmaceutical companies) that labeling would increase our food prices. I never once looked into that ballot to see what it was all about...sad I know....Ignorance is not bliss!

We have the power as consumers to make changes! GMOs are banned in over 50 countries including England and it is not because everyone is eating organic it's because they became informed and urged their government to stop the madness!

I have downloaded shopping guides to Costco and other stores to be able to quickly identify which foods have GMOs but I know these changes will require a lot of label reading. As for how much our weekly food bill will go up we will just have to see how it turns out as I have not done a full shopping trip yet. BUT is saving a few dollars really saving money if we are putting poison into our bodies that could cause all kinds of health declines which of coarse would lead to money being spent on medical bills? Ignorance is not bliss!

Now here is my BIG disclaimer DON'T WORRY! Don't worry if you invite us to your house for dinner we will not be asking if the corn is GMO free;) we will not turn up our nose at any BBQs or fellowship dinners or even stress about what we are eating on date night. We firmly believe that we are supposed to do all we can to make good choices and then leave the rest to God. That means praying over our food takes on a whole new meaning... "bless it to our bodies" now means, "God what the devil meant to kill us you protect and use to make us healthy!"

I know that many people can not go organic, I know that we live in a place were eating organic is easy and much cheaper than the rest of the country because it is so prevalent. I get it, I DO! But still even if you can not make any changes inform and educate yourself! 
Do not believe that ignorance is bliss

By the way if you think you do not eat GMO do not be deceived check out this disturbing list. GMOs are in at least 75% of processed foods that means cookies, chips, bars, cakes, frozen foods, cereals, sauces, dressings, bread, cheese, yogurt, caned food, chicken or beef that have been feed corn, almost anything that contains sugar because almost all of American sugar is grown with GMOs even many items that are seemingly "healthy" have ingredients that have been genetically modified. Shocking I know! 

Still it's better to know then to believe ignorance is bliss!

Here are some links to help you to live in the bliss of being educated!

Non GMO Project 

Say No to GMOs

Fox News Report

Is The Bible against GMOs



One last thought: the Genetically Modified seeds are patented they do not belong to man they belong to the chemical engineers that made them and make money from them, think of that as you read this scripture.

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. Genesis 1:29


Anonymous said...

Great commentary Tesha!

Christine said...

I make our food from scratch except for buying Goldfish for the kids and buying tortilla chips, which I use in Taco casserole. But what do I do about the meat and dairy? We don't have a Whole Foods anywhere near us. Thankfully the whole wheat bread I buy wasn't on that list--it doesn't have high fructose corn syrup, which is a modified food for sure. I will have to choose a different oil as well, since I use canola. I need to look into the meat and dairy issue more. I didn't see Country Time Lemonade on the list, which has food dye but not high fructose corn syrup.

Thank you, Tesha!

Lisa said...

It really is scary the ingredients of foods people eat! Sometimes I'll crave something but when I read whats in it I have no trouble putting it back. There are smart ways to buy organic, whole foods. Our Walmart even has some organic food (produce and dairy). I buy grass fed beef directly from a local farmer. Since you are beginning this journey, I recommend an online friend's new book: "Your Real Food Journey" - http://trinaholden.com/real-food-journey/ (you can get it as printed book or e-book) I have been doing organics and real food since I was pregnant with Lilly and I still learned things from Trina's book. There are also a lot of good helpful blogs out there. http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/ is one of my favorites.
I have a friend who had a tumor the size of a grapefruit. She switched to organic food and the tumor shrunk to the size of a golfball!

Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook said...

I am so glad your eyes are opened now to the truth about GMOs! It's scary. They are very hard to avoid in processed foods. One more reason to make things from scratch!

Trader Joe's is another store whose house brand is GMO-free. Also, I recently noticed GMO-free labels on Cheerios (original flavor) and Grape-nuts cereals and investigated and was pleased to learn that these affordable cereals, both favorites of my family, have made changes in their suppliers so they can use non-GMO ingredients. Consumer pressure does make a difference!

I agree with Lisa that Kitchen Stewardship is a great resource! Katie really does her homework.

You might find some helpful tips in my 7 Ways to Eat Less Meat. My family is avoiding the scary stuff in factory-farmed meat mostly by eating beans, nuts, etc., instead of responsibly raised meat which tends to be expensive.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Excellent post! I am going to go back and check out all the links and save this post for future reference. I'm glad your doing this for your family. Our government doesn't care about us.

J Howard said...

I do a unit in my English class on GMO's. We research, debate, etc. and it's always so fascinating! Thank you for sharing!

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