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10 Crazy Things Pesticides Are Doing to Your Body

Written by Lisa Beaury. Posted in Organic Foods,

Agrochemicals, home bug sprays, and lawn treatments could be causing chronic illness in your family.

BY LEAH ZERBE & EMILY MAIN - http://www.rodalenews.com/agrochemicals 

Pesticides aren't just on the food, the chemicals are inside food, too.

Pesticides are designed to kill, although the mode of action they use to put the stranglehold on pests varies. Whether it's nerve gas–like neurological disruption, the unbalancing of key hormones, or the stunting of a plant's ability to absorb life-sustaining trace minerals from the soil, none of the chemical interventions seems all that appetizing, especially considering that chemical residues routinely wind up on and even inside of the food we eat everyday. Pesticides are also blamed for diminishing mineral levels in foods.

Agrochemical supporters tend to fall back on a "the dose makes the poison" theory, assuming that small exposures aren't harmful. Increasingly, though, independent scientists are debunking that belief, even proving that incredibly tiny doses could set a person up for health problems later in life. Luckily, eating organic, less processed foods can cut back on your pesticide exposure.

Here are 9 health problems associated with pesticide-based agrochemicals.

Super Food Recipes!

Written by Lisa Beaury. Posted in Organic Foods,

Super Food Recipes!

Looking for a healthy breakfast to keep you going through long days of holiday preparation?

Raw Hemp and Chia Protein Shake

1 table spoon hemp protein, one cup of almond milk, 1 cup of ice, two cups berries, one tablespoon of chia seeds.  Blend everything together in a blender.  (Optional: Add maca, honey or cacao powder to taste.)  

Chocolate Maca Energy Smoothie

Two tablespoons of maca powder, two tablespoons of cacao powder, two cups milk (nut, hemp, or rice), one tablespoon of sweetener (honey/maple – optional), one tablespoon of chia seeds, hulled hemp seeds or chia protein powder. 

Hemp and Chia Porridge

  • =         4 T. Hulled Hemp seeds
  • =         2 T. Goji berries
  • =         1 T. Chia seeds
  • =         ¼ tsp. cinnamon powder
  • =         Pinch of ground vanilla beans or ½ tsp. vanilla extract (non-alcohol)
  • =         1 cup warmed liquid. (Nut milk, water or even a Chai tea)
  • =         1T. maple syrup (or other sweetener) *optional
  • =         Fresh fruit of your choice.
  • =         Directions:
  • =         Put chia seeds and goji berries in a bowl and add 1 cup of warmed liquid. (Using a nut milk will give it a creamier taste and texture.)
  • =         Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken chia seeds and soften the goji berries. 
  • =         Add remaining ingredients and mix well.


Super Foods in Our Office

Written by Lisa Beaury. Posted in Organic Foods,

We sell a number of superfoods by Foods Alive in our office.  We often get questions about what they are and how to use them.  So, we decided to elaborate!  Enjoy the below and check the link at the bottom for recipes.  

As always, we are here for questions and honored to be on your health journey with you. 


Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients - nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves. 

We all may be adding more salads and vegetables to our diets, but concern over the quality of foods grown on mineral depleted soils makes Superfoods an intelligent choice. 

Chia Seeds

One ounce of Chia seed contains as much omega-3 as 8-ounces of salmon, as much calcium as a cup of milk, as much fiber as 1/3 cup of bran, as much iron as 1/3 cup of spinach leaves, as much vitamin C as 2 oranges, and as much potassium as half a banana.



Chia Protein

Chia Protein is crafted by carefully separating the oils from the seeds. This creates a wonderful high protein and high fiber product that can be added to a variety of different foods. Chia Protein is a very nutritious addition to protein shakes, smoothies, cereals, porridge, yogurts and more. It can also be used as a partial substitute for flour. Chia Protein is loaded with an abundance of nutrients such as calcium, protein, anti-oxidants and dietary fiber and also contains all the essential Amino Acids to provide a nutritional punch!

One Tablespoon of chia protein mixed into three tablespoons of water may serve as a replacement for one egg in baking by binding the other ingredients together.


Hulled Hemp Seeds

Hulled hemp seeds provide all the nutritional benefits of whole seeds without the crunchy hull. They taste similar to that of a pine nut or sunflower seed and can be eaten as a snack or added to your favorite soups, sauces or dips. Packed with Omega-3 & 6 EFA's Hemp seeds are one of nature's best sources for plant-based protein, containing all of the essential amino acids the body needs.



EWG Releases their 2012 Guide to Pesticdes

Written by Lisa Beaury. Posted in Organic Foods,

Check out the EWG's Guide to Pesticides in Produce
Click the link above and download the PDF they offer.  This list will help you prioritize your organic shopping list.  Focus on getting the Dirty Dozen organic every time and don't worry about the Clean Fifteen!!
Executive Summary From the Environmental Working Group's Website
Eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.