Happy National Nutrition Month!

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Did you know March is National Nutrition Month?

Do you know the difference between a food allergy and food sensitivity?

Did you know that 79-89% of soy and corn in the USA are genetically modified?

Do you know what GMOs are?

Well, you should…so read on!

In a society where nutrition and health are becoming a bigger priority, there is still a lot of misinformation. Even though today technology allows for a lot more access to these topics, certain facts tend to be left out of the mainstream and there are plenty of contradictions that leave us feeling confused and frustrated.

The fact is our food and water supplies, as well as the products we use in our home could potentially be dangerous. Anything we put in our bodies or makes contact with our skin is going to effect us in either a positive or negative way. As consumers we are tricked with labels and contradicting information regarding what we should and should not eat or purchase. When we are trying to make healthier life choices and teach our children about nutrition, this can be more than frustrating and overwhelming.

When my daughter was born I wanted only the best for her. I spent hours researching and looking into the healthiest and safest foods and products. Through this process I started learning about GMOs, food allergies and food sensitivities. I soon began to make the correlation between the food I gave my daughter and certain reactions she had. Even though I was giving her balanced meals of veggies, fruits, proteins, dairy, etc., I was not convinced that things like dark circles under her eyes (though she slept great), or not having a bowel movement for two days, “just happen” sometimes.

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Fortunately, I met a fantastic family doctor who understood my concerns and how I felt. She gave my daughter several blood tests (not completely covered by my PPO) and I soon learned that my daughter had food sensitivities…not allergies, but still very significant. In fact, just about everyone has food sensitivities….some of the biggest culprits being corn, wheat, dairy and seafood. Interestingly enough, in this country, these groups are some of the most processed and/or toxic foods.

One of my daughter’s biggest sensitivities is to corn. No surprise there. It is found or hidden in just about every packaged food you find at the store and, again, about 80% of U.S. corn is genetically modified. It has been a huge challenge over these past few years to avoid foods that contain corn. Even though she is not allergic, being highly sensitive can still trigger negative reactions. The first thing I notice when she has eaten a lot of corn is that she will become constipated for a couple of days. This is considered a short term side effect. I can only imagine what long term side effects she would suffer if she ate corn all of the time. While I do not deprive her of eating it, I do closely monitor it.

  1. I make sure I do my best to avoid genetically modified corn.
  2. When she does eat something containing corn, we wait four days until she is able to eat it again. This gives her body adequate time to digest and process it.
  3. On days she does eat it, I make sure she also gets extra water and organic green veggies.

Lastly, I also make sure to explain all of this to her so she understands. Some days, she is the one who turns down foods with corn because it has not been 4 days. This is just one personal example I wanted to share of my experiences with the importance of learning and teaching about proper nutrition and its relationship to GMOs.

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Last year in March, I also wrote a short post regarding GMOs and why it is important to buy local, organic and green foods and products. Sadly, organic labels and foods have gotten a bad reputation because of loose labeling. However, in the last year a lot of progress has been made to change things around. While the labeling of GMO foods continues to be controversial with big companies spending lots of money to stop it from happening (even some “organic” labels), more and more people are becoming aware of the problem and our right to know what is in our food. Petitions are being signed throughout the country, voices are being heard. Many honest, reputable food producers are using non-GMO ingredients and labeling it so on their packages already.

The latest breakthrough announcement came from Whole Foods Market just weeks ago when they declared that by 2018 all of their stores in the U.S. and Canada must label their products to indicate whether they contain GMOs. While some might argue that 5 years is a long time from now, this really is a positive step in the right direction and they have set a strong example that hopefully many will follow. Whole Foods has listened and responded to its customers. They already have over 3,000 products that are verified and labeled by The Non-GMO Project. However, we still have a long way to go and we need to continue getting involved in any way we can. If you want to learn more about GMOs and how you can help ensure our children receive proper nutrition, visit The NON-GMO Project. It is the most reliable and accurate resource on the topic. Be informed and help your family make safer, healthier choices.

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 Happy National Nutrition Month!

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