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Perusing the seed packets at the Nursery today as I considered the options for tomatoes, I inquired of an elderly Amish woman to my left, “do you happen to know if seed companies are required to disclose which seeds have been genetically modified?”
She stated that she didn’t know but felt they should be required to. I told her I was trying to be more conscientious of my vegetables these days. And should the ‘conspiracy theories’ pan out, I wanted tomatoes that would bear me seeds for another crop. A clerk later directed me to a heirloom seed section where I purchased tomato seeds from an 1884 variety.
The same Amish woman followed me and gave me this great idea. “Honey, when you find a tomato that you really like, put a slice of it on a little bit of dirt inside a container – any old cottage cheese container will do. Stick it on a shelf in the basement. That’s it. don’t do anything else with it. Next spring, just sprinkle some more dirt on top of it and give it a little water. It’ll give you half a dozen or so tomato plants, and you won’t ever have to buy tomato seeds again”.
What a great idea!

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One of the tastiest salads ever!

Salad Ingredients:

1 pkg (about 2 cups cooked) linguine noodles, cooked, rinsed, drained, cooled

1/2 head sliced Napa Cabbage

1/2 head sliced purple or green Cabbage

1/2 bag Spinach, cut with kitchen shears to bite size

1 bag Bean Sprouts

1 bunch Cilantro, chopped fine

1 med. purple onion, diced

1 large cucumber, peeled and diced

3 bell peppers, sliced thin (I use one red, orange, and yellow)

1 can Mandarin Oranges, drained

1 c. dried cherries (Costco Kirkland Brand)

1 c. Planters peanuts or cashews

Dressing:

1 whole lime, juiced

1/4 c. soy sauce

3 T. sesame oil

2 T. rice wine vinegar

2 T. creamy peanut butter

1 T. grated ginger

1 T. grated garlic

1/4 c. chili sauce

2 T. brown sugar

Add nuts to individual plates rather than mix in with salad.

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These articles were written to help parents be proactive in their family’s health by promoting awareness. Protecting our kids in the foods they eat is equally important to the other ways we teach awareness. Just as you wouldn’t let your children walk through a dangerous neighborhood at 11 pm – neither should you let them choose snack and junk foods in the dangerous aisle at the grocery store. You wouldn’t let your eleven-year-old take a joy ride with his friends in the family car, yet its just as dangerous if you’re letting them make their own eating decisions.

The stats we’ve shown have proven that our society is doing something fundamentally wrong. Who’s watching out for your kid’s health? Unfortunately the FDA IS the food industry—and they look out for their own. Big brands carry a powerful influence. Labeling is a disgrace. “Low fat” is a joke. (more…)

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Because we  really do care about you and your family, we are devoting 3-issues of our magazine to offering you information and solutions that are practical, affordable, and do-able help. If you’ll let us, we’ll help you by providing real time, real life, and totally achievable changes that YOU can do!

But here’s the reality based on real people living in the United States; Forty-Two Americans die every hour due to their poor food choices. If forty-two people were killed in a single incident, the story would make the front-page news. But because this cause of death is so repetitious the startling and horrific news so common, that its impact is minimal. The fact that forty-two people left behind a spouse, children, friends, etc. this past hour goes unnoticed except by those immediately impacted. There are forty-two new funerals being planned in the last hour. What a senseless a waste of lives!

Everyday most American families take a daily dose of sorrow, shame, pain, and pre-mature death. How quickly the symptoms show themselves isn’t the question—its not will they, its WHEN will they. Being overweight, obese, and malnourished is living life as a walking time bomb.

A cure for HIV/aids isn’t discovered yet. But the cure for diabetes, heart disease and most cancers is already known. Diets can radically change–even reverse the effects of damage from the foods we’ve eaten. It’s a fact—eat well and live longer. (more…)

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What’s on your resolution list this year? (Pretty much the same things as last year?) The expression my grandpa often made truly applies in all areas of our lives where we want and need changes made…eating that big old elephant one bite at a time! So often the problems that need changed are so huge and overwhelming that we feel helpless to tackle. If you HAD to eat an elephant, you’re going to accomplish it one little bite at a time, over, and over, and over again. That helps me understand that my problems are more manageable and within my ability to deal with if I don’t focus on the enormity of them but rather, what can I do daily, even three times a day, that will whittle down the problem until its gone.

Would you consciously eat rat poison? Would you deliberately add formaldehyde to your beverage? Of course not! You understand the consequences of suffering and death—even a painful death.

Are you worried about violent crime or the dangers of catching the wrong strain of the flu? Do you do everything you reasonably can to protect your family from dangers?

For most of us, living pro-active is normal—we want to avoid danger, pain, and premature death. As parents we strive to provide our children with every available advantage in life—from extra-curricular activities in school, church, and community to education development. We’re quick to remove poisons from under the counters in our homes when we’ve got toddlers underfoot. We’re quick to lock up guns to keep foolish adolescents from having accidents with them. We teach our kids to look both ways before crossing the street and of the dangers of talking to strangers.

Would it surprise you then, to hear that the number one threat to your family—that the gravest danger your family faces and the most likely form of pain, suffering, and even death have NOTHING to do with accidents or bad people?

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