Skinny fat / Fat skinny – why you’re rotting

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You’re skinny. You never have to work out because you just can’t gain weight. You’re a “lucky skinny girl”, you have “great genes”….blah blah blah.

What if your luck was actually a curse? On the outside you look amazing (ish) but on the inside, you’re falling apart.

I took this AMAZING ūüėČ picture of myself in the washroom today just before I went to work out and was reminded that of an experience I needed to blog about.

I was prompted to write this post after a short vacation we took to Mexico last month. While strolling by the beach, a young girl in front of us was preoccupied with a conversation on her phone. Twenty, thin and wrinkle-free, I was drawn to her as she walked ahead wrapped in a towel. I looked her up and down (as most females at least do) and as I came to see her knees and what dangled below them, I was shocked. Twenty-four inches of noodles held together by feet and knees stood erect, tubular and without shape. Slightly bowed, thin and tanned.

I looked at my partner and said “please tell me that my legs do NOT look like that, they’re so dead looking!” He quickly responded with a “NO!” and something like “gee, those things have no shape….”

My mind swam with all of the STUPID ideas that women have been made to accept, and I was mad. Nuts are fat, avocado is fat, coconut milk is fat, you have to weigh XXX in order to be sexy…diet, lean cuisine, Dr. Bernstein, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers. I mean c’mon, space food in micro-portions, filled with preservatives, GMO’s and carcinogens, burned to a crisp in your microwave is healthier than eating heaps of REAL food and moving your body???

There’s something very wrong with this picture.

And so the person that lingered up the beach before me bore the resemblance of what I see so often in the mainstream media and unfortunately in the general public.

Skinny-fat people, as they are sometimes called, fall prey to some pretty harsh health realities because of the neglect and damage they unknowingly subject their bodies to. Namely a lack of exercise/nutrition. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes(not just for fatties), dental hygiene damage, hair loss, dermatological issues, stress, depression, anxiety…..you name it.

Why you would neglect your HEART, the force that gives you life, I do not know. But PLEASE, please for your own sake, educate yourself. Go for a walk, do some weight training, be active, see the world. There is a happier, healthier, more amazing person in that tiny flabby body, I promise.

If you choose not to, that’s your life, but please, for the love of all things holy, do not breed. The world does not need any more people with nothing to give back. Even better, get yourself fixed.

If you want help, Google is there for you. If not, I am. You can do it.

The big “O”

Leading an informed lifestyle can be torturous. Not only do you come upon a tonne of information that both shocks and appals you but, conflicting stories and opinions can start you into a tailspin of confusion about what ethical and heart-based decisions you can make.

Fear not, the quick answer to this is to not beat yourself up about it. You can only do so much, and caring about slow food, farm to table and small-time community initiatives (CSA’s, Farmers Markets, Eating in season…) are a great place to start.

Organics are tricky because, like most things, once the “big boys” get ahold of terms like green, local, organic etc…they start to bastardize their intended meaning…leaving us all, well, throwing our hands up in the air.

While I try not to beat myself over the head with info, I definitely like to keep a personal mandate of NOT supporting big business, especially big agribusiness and big pharma.

I found the chart below exceptionally helpful when trying to weed out “bad” organics from my very saintly regular grocery shops. Hope you find it helpful too!

Infographic Organics 

 

The dirty dozen

After attending the Monsanto protest with my family this past Saturday, I inevitably had to make a trip to the grocery store to stock up – while my gardening is on hold for deck renovations.

I found, that even I was forgetting about what is most important to buy organic, and what can be skipped….mainly because I usually buy all organic or nothing.

So, to help those out who are on a budget or for those who just want to know, I put up a little blog on the dirty dozen.

What you’re trying to avoid after GMO’s is high pesticide residue. Some stores sell fruit & veg washes – those are chemicals too!!

Natural Fruit and Veg wash is the way to go РRECIPE: 

– Fill sink with water
– add 1 cup of vinegar & stir
– add fruit & veg
– soak for 1 hour
– rinse & store

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has a great site where you can download apps etc…for quick reference while you’re on the go.

EWG Link – Click Here

Get read, be aware, question everything you put on and in your body!!

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Some other ways to prevent exposure to toxic chemicals is by auditing your makeup cupboard. Here is some info from David Suzuki.org:

Check out this link for a printable carry along while shopping: SHOPPERS GUIDE

1. BHA and BHT

Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

2. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number

In addition to coal tar dyes, natural and inorganic pigments used in cosmetics are also assigned Colour Index numbers (in the 75000 and 77000 series, respectively).
Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits.1¬†The¬†U.S.¬†colour name may also be listed (e.g. “FD&C Blue No. 1” or “Blue 1”). Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain.¬†

3. DEA-related ingredients

Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Look also for related chemicalsMEA and TEA. 

4. Dibutyl phthalate

Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. 

5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. 

6. Parabens

Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions. 

7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)

Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics ‚ÄĒ even in some products marketed as “unscented.” Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife.

8. PEG compounds

Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Also for related chemical propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., polyethylene glycol).¬†

9. Petrolatum

Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer. 

10. Siloxanes

Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.¬†

11. Sodium laureth sulfate

Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).

12. Triclosan

Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

May 25th – March Against Monsanto

I decided to write this blog as a way to pass on a lot of information in one concentrated venue, rather than a million Facebook shares. Tomorrow, May 25th I will be marching against Monsanto in Calgary, Alberta, with my family.

Why march against Monsanto? Who is/are Monsanto?

Well, there are a million good reasons…the most important to me? Food Security. There is no need for us to engineer food in a lab, there is no need to genetically modify food to look, taste or smell better than it does….there is also no reason to engineer seeds to terminate after one successful germination, so that farmers cannot even save their own, heirloom seeds.

THERE IS NO NEED FOR ANY ONE PERSON, OR ANY ONE THING, TO RULE THE WORLD – that means you too Beyonce.

What is a GMO? 

Click HERE¬†. Remember all that hullabaloo over Dolly, the cloned sheep? Do you remember how or if you felt about that? Well….imagine eating a clone, in everything.

Great articles on how GMO’s effect stock, people and the global economy:

Organic Consumers Association

Does a company that made AGENT ORANGE deserve our trust?


What was Agent Orange?

Agent Orange was a herbicide developed for military use. Chemically, the product was a 50/50 mix of two herbicides, 2,4,-D (2,4, dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) and 2,4,5-T (2,4,5 trichlorophenoxyacetic acid). These herbicides were both developed as weed killers in the 1940′s, and were effective against broad leaf plants and several crops.

Why was it being used?
Herbicides were developed to be deployed in enemy areas to defoliate dense jungles that provided cover for the North Vietnamese Army. More than 5 million acres of jungle and forest were destroyed when troops deployed Agent Orange. Approximately 20 million gallons of herbicides were used in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971.

As well as DDT, a powerful insecticide, with questionable results:

“…A group of or all the following: Acute gastro-enteritis occurs, with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea usually associated with extreme tenesmus. Coryza, cough and persistent sore throat are common, often followed by a persistent or recurrent feeling of constriction or of a ‘lump’ in the throat; occasionally the sensation of constriction extends substernally and to the back and may be associated with severe pain in either arm. In some cases the hyoid bone becomes acutely painful to pressure for a few days. Pain in the joints, generalized muscle weakness and exhausting fatigue are usual; the latter are often so severe in the acute stage as to be described by some patients as ‘paralysis.’ Pain and stiffness in the back of the neck is a frequent complaint. Sometimes the initial attack is ushered in by vertigo and syncope. Intractable headache and giddiness are not uncommon. Occasionally herpes zoster appears. Paresthesias of various kinds occur in most of the cases; areas of skin become exquisitely hypersensitive1 and after a few days this hyperesthesia disappears only to recur elsewhere, or irregular numbness, tingling sensation is, pruritus or formication may occur. Erratic fibrillary twitching of voluntary muscles is common. Usually there is diminution of vibratory sense in the extremities.”

You might use their inventions in your yard РRoundUp anyone? 
What is roundup? Well by definition: Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses known to compete with commercial crops grown around the globe.

What’s the big deal? Well, aside from there not being enough testing to assure it’s safety for human exposure, large retail disbursement of “Round Up Ready” seed like corn, soy, wheat and cotton have been created and sold to farmers worldwide. Under the guise of pest resistance, Monsanto has been able to nearly single¬†handedly corner the worlds seed market.

Suicides by cotton farmers of India –

Seed Saving Bans in North America – Percy Schmieser, Canadian Farmer VS Monsanto:


What about our Farmers?

Many farmers have begun to use Roundup Ready crops.  Farmers are now being encouraged to use multiple herbicides by Monsanto due to the resistance crops are showing. It is unclear how this will impact the use of Roundup Ready crops, as these crops are only resistant to Roundup.

Farmers have found themselves stuck between Monsanto and a hard place. It has become increasingly difficult for farmers to grow non-genetically engineered crops, as contamination has become a big issue. 

Additionally, it is very difficult for a farmer to advertise that their products are organic, and as such using home-grown seeds might not be able to be as profitable as using genetically engineered seeds. In one case, a farmer used to growing his own canola was sued by Monsanto when his canola seeds became contaminated by their Roundup Ready genes.

Food is family, love, togetherness, hope, life, creativity, soul, memory, passion, curiosity.

Food is an experience. Not a task or a trifling feed bag to strap on. Society has lost all attachment to pleasure in most things. And the most delicious, exotic and beautiful of all – their food source.

Linger in the garden, in the shopping aisles and at the stove top. Make food beautiful again.

Barack Obama has passed – and has not been opposed – the new Monsanto Protection Act. There is no doubt that the pig-headed and right wing Satan Stephen Harper will follow suit. Have we all forgotten about the shame of Kyoto????

Video here:

Who else supports Monsanto? 

Bill Gates РARTICLE 
Barack Obama РARTICLE 
Disneyland

Read more here: Monsanto Boycott . com

Do your part, wherever you are in the world – even just for one day. March for your health, march for your freedom from oppression, march against Monsanto.

Vote every day. Buy and eat organic as often as you can. Grow your own food – everywhere! Stop giving your hard earned money to companies that are killing you. Ask questions, spread the word.

Power, love and wisdom.

Sasha

Sources: 

Wikipedia
Whale.to
Millions Against Monsanto
World Truth TV
Youth Leader Magazine
Google
MIT Web
RT