Food Matters Free Viewing

Dec 3, 2013 by

health care reform starts in kitchen This week you can view the documentary Food Matters for free. You truly are what you eat. I highly recommend taking one hour to learn how you can make a difference in your body by fueling it properly. Everyone approaches this subject differently and you need to do what works best for you and your family. Since changing our diet two years ago, my son and I no longer take any asthma medications. My son has healed his gut. I no longer feel aches and pains in my joints. Neither of us suffer from headaches, heartburn, or illness. It is a true blessing. Give it a try and see how you feel!

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Genetic Roulette

Nov 4, 2013 by

gmo free I know I am not posting much anymore, life is busy, but I will be back!
I am still taking photos and trying new recipes.

October was Non GMO Month; I celebrated with lots of great sales on some of my favorite products.

If you are curious to know more about genetically modified organisms and their impact on your health, please read this article and take the opportunity to watch Genetic Roulette for free. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch this wonderful film this week.

Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives


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October is Non-GMO Month

Oct 10, 2013 by

Non-GMO-Month-2013-Logo-300x149 I celebrate eating NON GMO everyday and I am observing that more people are understanding the importance everyday. Try to think about your food choices this month! I challenge you.

A little story from this week. I went to a catered function on Monday. I called ahead and the restaurant said that the prime rib was the best gluten free choice. I asked for a side of broccoli, since I can’t eat the potato. So, within 15-30 minutes of eating the meat, the whole left side of my body was in pain. It was so strange that it was only on the left side. I felt very achy. The feeling got worse throughout the night. Since I don’t normally get those aches & pains anymore, it seemed so intense to me. I found out the au jus had msg in it. I think that is the culprit. Watch what you eat, it can really have an impact on how your body feels.

If you are interested in learning more about GMO’s, this article is a good summary and also includes a download of a digital guide to GMO’s. Remember, knowledge + action = POWER! Why You Should Care about GMOs

Have a great day!


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Great Finds Friday: Berkey Water Filter

Jul 12, 2013 by

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The Berkey Water Filter System photo courtesy of

One of my favorite products
that I use on a daily basis
is the Berkey Water Filter.

I made this purchase back in August of 2012 and have been meaning to do a post about it ever since. What has taken me so long?

After Wednesday’s post about glyphosate, it got me thinking as to what the Berkey is filtering out of my water.

While I am no expert on the contaminants in our drinking water, after researching and looking at our budget, I chose the Berkey water filter when deciding to switch from bottled water (which is all I used to drink.)


The reasons I chose the Berkey:

  1. It was an option we could afford
  2. After consulting with a water treatment representative, he asked me what kind of bottled water I preferred. I told him Ice Mountain was my brand of choice. I also told him I can’t stand the taste of waters like Aquafina. He said that my taste preference was for a spring water flavor which would be more conducive to a charcoal filtered water rather than reverse osmosis.
  3. I liked the idea of not being dependent on water/electricity availability at my house to get clean, filtered water.
  4. The Berkey can be taken anywhere to filter while camping, cabin, motor home, etc.
  5. I am not a survivalist or extremist, but it is likely that in some time in the future we may have a community crisis, whatever it may be, where we would not have water or electricity to our home. I would still be able to get my Berkey filtered water; as it just uses gravity through it’s charcoal filters. You can filter lake water, if need be, and have clean, fresh tasting water.
  6. I read reviews and felt convinced it was the best choice for our family right now.


I bought the Royal Berkey from Amazon, as it was the best price. There are several places that sell it online. My sister also purchased a Berkey from Amazon after tasting my water…she is also very happy with her purchase. I chose to purchase the fluoride filters; as the more I have learned about fluoride, the more I did not want it in our water! I added on a spigot so I could see the water amount in the canister. I would highly recommend that add-on.

If you are concerned about what the Berkey filters, here are some links to data to that information.

Details of Black Berkey Organic Test Results and Black Berkey Purification Elements

I also think that this FAQ section from the Berkey web site is very helpful…it answers so many questions.

A few things I have learned…

  • When first using the filters, make sure to properly rinse and prime them; there is factory residue that does pass into the water
  • I found that no matter how long I used my filters, there was still a bitterness to the water and some “floaties” after filtering. After talking to a few people at customer support they said it was because of the fluoride filters. Apparently, the fluoride filters interact with some kinds of water differently, particularly harder water. The recommendation was to either not use the fluoride filters or to double filter. The first time with the fluoride filters, the second time without them.  I decided to go with double filtering. While it is a pain to filter, then store in glass containers until I am ready to do the second filter, I have figured out a system and it works for me. My sister, on the other hand, lives in a different part of the metro area and she only filters once…she doesn’t get the taste we get.
  • It is important to wash out the bottom canister once a month. It can get a smell to it. Every month, I have a routine where I can tell the water is filtering just a bit slower. I take the filters off and scrub the black filters with a Norwex spirinet scrub; Berkey recommends the 3M scrub pads…whatever works for you. Anyway I scrub the grime and build up from the filter under water until it runs mostly clear. I have never needed to prime the filters again after scrubbing, but you may need to do this. I then do a vinegar/water soak of the bottom canister and run it through the spigot. I rinse and am ready to filter again.
  • I did have a leaking plug for the non-filter holes. I ended up going to the local Ace Hardware and purchased two stainless nuts/bolts to fill the holes and they have held the water tight. Berkey did replace those plugs, but I had already come up with my inexpensive, solid fix.
  • Make sure to run the red food dye test every once in awhile to make sure your filter is doing the job intended. It is pretty amazing that it filters red food dye out; it sure stains my hands when I do the test.
  • With my reusable water bottles I have saved so much money over purchasing bottled water. In light of what I have learned about bottled water and plastics; I am happy to have made the changes! To learn more about the bottled water crisis, check out the documentary, Tapped. You can watch it on Netflix or Hulu Plus or check out trailer below.


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Education Wednesday: Do GMO’s cause sterility?

Jul 3, 2013 by

gmo freeSo many things roll around in my head that I want to share on Education Wednesday. I am often overwhelmed by what is best to share. Thinking about my son’s future family, I wonder, do GMO’s cause sterility?

I have had several conversations with friends and family this week that have got me thinking.

Most people that make dietary changes do it because they have one or several medical issues they are trying to address. This is exactly what caused me and my family to go down this road. I worry about those who seemingly think they are not being impacted by this experiment with our food supply.

Do you really know what is going on with your child’s immune system right now? Are all changes inside the body visible right now? What about the study on rats that shows third generation rats are sterile, as a result of consuming genetically modified foods. Is that trend that people are having a harder time having children a coincidence or a result of the foods being consumed?Read a sampling of articles about sterility:

Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality in Hamsters

Warning: This Common Food Causes Devastating Offspring Defects in New Research Study

GMO Soy Repeatedly Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality, Birth Defects


Perhaps there is more going on inside our bodies than we know.
Protect your child and make a change today!

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