Sep 012014
 

It’s time for the grocery cart challenge….

grocery cart with running shoes

Step one – Notice what you are choosing to put in your grocery cart.

Maybe you aren’t ready to let go of some of your processed food items, if so, ask yourself WHY?

Take pictures or at least notice the variety of colours in your cart.

Read labels of everything that goes in your cart…it may not end up in there!

Step two – Limit your cart to 5 or less processed food items

Get picky about what you choose to feed your cells and the cells of your family.

Step three – Where do you buy your food from?

ü  Do you support your local farmers who are raising grass fed beef, bison, chickens etc.?

ü  Do you buy your eggs from a local farmer?

ü  Do you support your famer’s market?

ü  Do you visit your local health food store?

ü  Do you grow your own food in a garden?

ü  Do you sprout?

Step four – Notice any justifications or excuses for the items that you are choosing to put into your cart, which will then go in your mouth..

Is there a healthier choice?

Can I make this from scratch?

Why am I buying it?

Processed foods are too attractive and easy to buy.  If you really want a cake, cookies or other “fatty snack”, make it.  Add love into the process and use real ingredients.

 

Here is my grocery cart for April 22, 2014.

It wasn’t a big shop today, but 2 loaves of rye bread found their way into my cart.  I must say it is sometimes super hard to not be drawn in by the sales and the recent Easter Candy.

grocery cart

  • The berries and pears will be used for morning fruit or smoothies
  • Bananas will be used with the plain organic yogurt I already have at home with maple syrup (after school snack for my kids.)
  • Oranges will be juiced or eaten whole or used as part of a salad dressing or marinade
  • Green peppers for an omelet later this week and raw veg at some meal
  • Broccoli as a side with wild organic salmon and millet tonight for dinner and as a side at another meal.  I will juice the stems.
  • Squashes because they were on sale and I will either make a butternut soup or have them as a meal
  • Cherry Tomatoes for the Millet Salad I am making for my lunches mixed with lettuce and other greens that I have at home and a Kale- Quinoa Salad that I made.
  • Ginger for smoothies, marinades, tea

Are you confused, struggling to make the healthy choice for you and your family, needing a change….. check out I don’t want to be different. But I don’t want to be normal  or Shopping Cart Detox Part One

Tanya Morrison is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com

New online session starts September 21, 2014 – available to anyone with a computer!!

Busy Mama Fall Program 2014 poster

Aug 282014
 

kids helping mum cookHow many of you cook your meals from scratch?

How many of your meals are made from some processed food (tomato sauce etc.) and some fresh ingredients?

How much of your eating/cooking has been handed over to corporations?

arrow pointing downSince the 1960’s home cooking has been decreasing and now is being compared to quilting (how many of you are doing that??) It is slowly vanishing and this is a detriment to your health.  BUSY MAMAs and PAPAs show your kids how to make some healthy quick meals that don’t depend on processed foods.

Bring happiness back into your cooking.

 

dad cooking with kidsTake pride in your home cooked meals.

 

Food companies are smart and they want our money.  They are using the anxiety/solution strategy to convince us that they should be making our meals.  The marketing tactic of creating anxiety in people and then creating a solution is slowly transforming our diets. We are made to feel (marketed) that home cooking is laborious, creates too much mess, and takes too much time etc, so the solutions of readymade meals and easy to grab processed foods (solution) is the way to go….don’t be fooled.

i love mums cooking signIt has been found that poor women who make their own meals are healthier than rich women who buy processed meals. Hmmmmmm

We recently attended a potluck and I was stunned by the amount of pure crap that was brought. I have never seen so many chips, tortilla chips, store bought desserts & cookies,  pop/juice, store bought meatballs and sauce, simulated bacon bits and more…there were a few salads but most drowning in dressing, a tray of homemade Rice Krispie squares and a homemade lasagna that was devoured in seconds.

clockWe all have the same 24hrs, it’s how we use them that differs…..make a commitment to include more homemade meals into your day and week.  Keep them simple, a boiled egg and steamed veg, a homemade burger (an additional bonus for buying grass fed meat), a salad, a smoothie….what are some of your quick healthy meals to prepare?

 

Your challenge this week is to limit your intake of processed foods…notice what you put in your grocery cart…and take the extra challenge of only buying less than 5 items of processed food for the week…let me know how you do……stayed tuned for some more details coming up!!!

Tanya Morrison is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. New online session starts September 21, 2014 – available to anyone with a computer!!

Busy Mama Fall Program 2014 poster

 

Are you confused, struggling to make the healthy choice for you and your family, needing a change….. check out I don’t want to be different. But I don’t want to be normal  

Check out this video by Michael Pollan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX7kwfE3cJQ

Michael Pollan is an author, activist, journalist and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He mainly focuses on the industrial food chain with regards to his research. He emphasizes how cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, help fix our broken food system and perhaps most importantly, break our growing dependence on corporations. Michael Pollan is a food activist and you can find out more about him and his work by clicking here.

In a part of the video he illustrates how McDonald’s insists on using Russet Burbank Potatoes, a potato in America that is unusually long and difficult to grow. They further insist that their potatoes have no blemishes at all, which is hard because these potatoes commonly suffer from what is referred to as Net Necrosis, which causes unwanted spots and lines on the potatoes. If they have this, McDonald’s won’t buy them and the only way to eliminate this is through the use of a pesticide called methamidophos (Monitor) “that is so toxic that the farmers who grow these potatoes in Idaho won’t venture outside and into their fields for five days after they spray.”

When McDonald’s is ready to harvest their potatoes, they have to put them in giant atmospheric controlled sheds the size of football stadiums because they are not eatable for six weeks. “They have to off gas all the chemicals in them.”

Enjoy watching the video for more information. By the end you will want to be preparing your own food and relying less on processed foods and fast food.