Friday, August 21, 2009

Callum May End Up A Meat Eater And I'm Not Ok With That!

Callum, my now 5 year old has been Vegetarian since birth. So has my 7 year old, Carter. Carter is definitely like me. He gags at the sight/smell/thought of meat. He gets the same sick feeling as I do when my husband rudely cooks up bacon while we're home. (which he knows he not supposed to do!) The two of us can barf just at the thought of Chris cooking up bacon. I know he was born vegetarian. It's in his genetic make up.

Callum on the other hand has so many of my husbands traits and characteristics. For the last several months, he has been asking numerous questions about meat and where it comes from. Chris gets very graphic with him yet he still asks to taste it. Chris, who has no interest in becoming Vegetarian himself is surprisingly very supportive of the idea of raising our kids on a veggie diet.... if that is the way they want it. He has always told me that when they are of an age where you can explain what it is and they still want to try it, he will want them to have that opportunity.

And this is where I'm at. He told Callum months and months and months ago that if he still wanted to try meat he could try it after he turned five. Well, guess who celebrated his fifth birthday recently and has become more curious about trying meat and keeps reminding us that he is "five now." Chris is patiently waiting for me to get myself together before he actually goes through with the taste test and as I struggle with the whole thought of it all, I'm frantically trying to find a way to get Callum to change his mind.

My sister, who like myself, was born Vegetarian has done everything she can to try to stop this madness. She has spent a fortune on books such as Ruby Roth's Thats Why We Don't Eat Animals to better educate him on the subject. Although he has a deep compassion for the way animals are treated, and a thorough understanding that meat is dead animals that were slaughtered for food, he still is asking to try it. I feel sick about it. I feel torn about it. Where do I go from here?.... Where the hell do I go from here?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

MSG-The Slow Poisoning Of America (John Erb)

I received this as an email today and thought it was worth the read. I've copied it here because it suggests we spread the word and to forward this information. Check it out ....

The content of this article has links to substantiate its claims - Scary stuff

MSG (a slow poison) - Very interesting

The food additive MSG (Mono-Sodium Glutamate) is a slow poison. MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as Natural Flavouring." MSG is even in your favourite coffee from Tim Horton's and Starbucks coffee shops!

I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, and so did a friend of mine, John Erb. He was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario , Canada , and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of America .

In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so scientists have to create them. They make these creatures morbidly obese by injecting them with MSG when they are first born.

The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats(and perhaps humans) to become obese. They even have a name for the fat rodents they create: "MSG-Treated Rats."

When I heard this, I was shocked. I went into my kitchen and checked the cupboards and the refrigerator. MSG was in everything -- the Campbell's soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavoured potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, and Kraft salad dressings, especially the "healthy low-fat" ones.

The items that didn't have MSG marked on the product label had something called "Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein," which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate.

It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. MSG is hidden under many different names in order to fool those who read the ingredient list, so that they don't catch on. (Other names for MSG are "Accent, "Aginomoto," "Natural Meat Tenderizer," etc.)

But it didn't stop there.

When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu items contained MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn't use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough, MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere.

Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, every restaurant -- even the sit-down eateries like TGIF, Chili's, Applebee's, and Denny's -- use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG was in every chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin -- their secret spice was MSG!

So why is MSG in so many of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative, or a vitamin?

Not according to my friend John Erb. In his book The Slow Poisoning of America , he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body.

Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more.

A study of the elderly showed that older people eat more of the foods that it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobbying group says eating more is a benefit to the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us?

"Betcha can't eat [just] one," takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight!

MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn't added.

Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance. Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks, and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday.

The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it's safe to eat in any amount. But how can they claim it's safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these:

"The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity." Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT , Ribeiro IA. Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.

"Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats." Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro. Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.

'Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: An animal model of multiple risk factors." Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima. Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar.

"Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity." Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K Kusunoki. Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct.

No, the date of that last study was not a typo; it was published in 1978. Both the "medical research community" and "food manufacturers" have known about the side effects of MSG for decades.

Many more of the studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG to diabetes, migraines and headaches, autism, ADHD, and even Alzheimer's.

So what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping this fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see?

Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada . While he was sitting in the government office, the official told him, "Sure, I know how bad MSG is. I wouldn't touch the stuff." But this top-level government official refuses to tell the public what he knows.

The big media doesn't want to tell the public either, fearing issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on the fast food industry may hurt their profit margin. The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it. Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive.

But what can I do about it? I'm just one voice! What can I do to stop the poisoning of our children, while our governments are insuring financial protection for the industry that is poisoning us ?

This message is going out to everyone I know in an attempt to tell you the truth that the corporate-owned politicians and media won't tell you.

The best way you can help to save yourself and your children from this drug-induced epidemic is to forward this article to everyone. With any luck, it will circle the globe before politicians can pass the legislation protecting those who are poisoning us.

The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on nicotine?

If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us and you don't believe what John Erb has to say, see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine at . Type in the words "MSG Obese" and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.

We the public do not want to be rats in one giant experiment and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, feeding the food industry's bottom line while waiting for the heart transplant, the diabetic-induced amputation, blindness, or other obesity-induced, life-threatening disorders.

With your help we can put an end to this poison. Do your part in sending this message out by word of mouth, e-mail, or by distribution of this printout to your friends all over the world and stop this "Slow Poisoning of Mankind" by the packaged food industry.

Blowing the whistle on MSG is our responsibility, so get the word out.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Make Your Own Baby food

Making your own baby food doesn't only make sense because it's healthier and fresher but it saves you cash as well! Who really knows how long ago that food was grown or how long it has been in those jars? Who had a hand in preparing what you are about to feed your CHILD?! It's so simple to make and there are a number of sites on the internet to suggest to you ingredients to include to add protein when the baby gets to the "time to add meat to their diet" stage. (lentils, nutritional yeast, brown rice, tofu etc etc.) It's really not rocket science.
We've always been an "on-the-go" family. My children on occasion ate jarred, usually organic baby food but I never felt good about it. It was for convenience sake. Then I learned the trick of FREEZING it into ice cube trays and creating individual portions for easy transport.
The basics of making your own baby food is to steam the veggies until they are soft enough to mash or puree, add protein if they are at "that stage" and give them lots of variety. My kids always loved carrots & squash combined, or blueberries & apples combined. Be creative and open your child up to a whole world of new and wonderful foods!

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Babymoon Is Over.....

The baby in our house will turn five in the morning.... At 8am exactly.

When I was pregnant with both of my boys, I had joyous visions of all the baby things I wanted to do and be a part of. Go to Mommy groups, join Gymboree, sign up for swim lessons, subscribe to Today's Parent Magazine, take a Make Your Own Baby Food Class etc etc etc. I did it all and loved every minute of it. Back then, I thought I had a lifetime of this baby bliss ahead of me.

At the ages they are now, (7 & 5) they go to swim lessons on their own, most of the articles in my mommy magazine don't pertain to their age groups anymore and they are very, very independent. They do and go to activities on their own these days. They have voices and use them to tell us what they want to be a part of and more importantly, what they don't.

The truth is, the babymoon is over for me. Although I made the most of the time that I had when my kids were really little, I'm still finding it hard to accept that those years are gone for me. Guess I'm gonna just have to suck it up because I have a five year olds birthday to get ready for in the morning.... (sigh)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Stop and Smell The Roses, Mom!

Sometimes in our busy busy lives we don't always have the time to stop and smell the roses. It's reality. The other day as I was running around my house trying to tidy up and get organized before heading out for a busy day of errands, I heard Carter say "Mom! Mom!" Without looking up at him I responded with one of those can't you see I'm in the middle of something here "What is it Carter??!!"

He didn't say anything back and so I looked up to see him smiling in front of me with one hand behind his back....... "Here Mom, I picked this for you!"

And then I melted.

And thats when I remembered we're supposed to stop and smell the roses once in awhile. The rest of the housework waited while he and I spent the next few minutes chatting about how beautiful the flower is and how sweet he is for picking it for me.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I Don't Mean To Brag But I'm Addicted

I've talked to people about it, I've read all about it online and I just couldn't hold off any longer. I got an iPhone. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I am absolutely fascinated with all that it can do. There are apps for EVERYTHING and I'm sure many other people have "fun" applications installed that simply entertain but I... I have one to make a list for my groceries, I have one to help me plan my kids parties, I have one that will balance my cheque book..... it is amazing. I can even order and READ ebooks on it. YES! Like, real novels if I ever get the time to read a novel again in my my life! It's as if everything has just become that much simpler for me. My contacts and my calendars can now be in sync with my iMac and it is so so so easy to use. In case you couldn't tell I am so very impressed with this phone and am now wondering why I didn't go get it sooner. I've been using Apple for a few years now and think it's wonderful. I'm telling ya, once you go Mac, you'll never go back!

Sent from Jennifer's iPhone

Sunday, August 2, 2009

We're Here For A Good Time, Not A Long Time

My sister who lives in Vancouver had to travel for business and had an eight hour stop over in Toronto so we went to meet up with her, of course! We wandered around Yorkdale, had lunch and hung out for the day. The boys were soooo happy to see Auntie Linz! She is such an awesome Aunt. I REALLY wish she lived closer but I know she is happy where she is so we just have to make the most of the infrequent, short visits we get with her from time to time.

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Life-long Vegetarian and proud to be Canadian. Really, I'm a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint (I do not feel ashamed) I'm your hell, I'm your dream (I'm nothing in between) You know, I wouldn't want it any other way..... (I'd like to think that song was written about me! lol)