Wednesday, October 15, 2014

World Food Day

Happy World Food Day. October 16th. 

I am getting a Master in Nutrition Therapy. Food is everything to me. Not just because I eat, but because I tell other people how to eat, what to eat and what not to eat.

But there are other sides to this. Because just telling people what to eat would be way too easy.

In Colorado, 1 in 6 Children go hungry on a daily basis. They do not know where their next meal will come from. And when they do eat, it is not nourishing. It is processed and lacks nutrients, has added pesticides, preservatives and genetically engineered food plants.

Our children are malnourished, and not just the 1 in 6 mentioned above, most of our children are malnourished. It is a disaster. Look around you, I bet you can not tell me about ONE family that doesn't have a kid with Asthma, Food Allergies, Eczema, Environmental Allergies, Behavioural Problems, ADD, ADHA or Autism.

If this is not a crisis, I don't know what is. 

As a nutrition professional I obviously do turn to nutrition first to find a solution to a health problem. I do firmly believe though, and have seen it many times, that REAL FOOD can alleviate many problems and it should always be the first line of defense. And then prevention.

Coloradans have the chance to vote for or against mandatory GMO labeling on November 4th. Proposition 105 asks for mandatory labeling when a processed food or fresh produce is made with a crop that has been genetically engineered. This is big! This label means transparency, the right to know what we are feeding our children and for me as a nutrition professional - it means data. Data to track problems that may be associated with eating genetically engineered food stuff. What if our children are sick because of RoundUp ready soybeans? Corn that is engineered to produce its own pesticide and registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide? What if we finally can answer the question 'Are we allergic to food or what has been done to it?'

These genetically modified crops have patents because they are genetically altered - no longer the same as nature made them - and therefor are being OWNED. GMOs are owned by companies that also sell the pesticides to go with them. Convenient, it is like one-stop-shopping. Except it is not funny, it is frustrating and sad and how many more of our children need to be sick? Isn't 1 in 68 kids being on the Autism Spectrum enough?

To go back to World Food Day. When I think about Food I also think about the Politics of it and how sad it is that not all children can grow up eating REAL FOOD and be healthy and happy developing human beings.

The opposition to Yes on 105 is spending 10 Million Dollars to defeat and deny Coloradans the Right to Know what we are eating, they are taking away our opportunity to know if GMOs can hurt us or not. With the 10 Million Dollars they could feed all the children of Colorado organic school lunches for years and years. I know that the world doesn't work like that, but shouldn't it?

Helping this campaign has taught me a lot. One of the things I learned is that behind everything that is happening, even in politics, there is a person. Every email address belongs to a person, every pamphlet was created by a person. As the volunteer coordinator I have met, talked to and hugged so many wonderful souls that are on this journey with us. There have been times I even cried talking to a person because I was so overwhelmed by their support. I am looking at you lovely lady from Hawaii.

I wonder about the people behind the 10 Million Dollars; the person who came up with the lies spread on television, the person that created the flyer that goes from door to door misleading voters into thinking GMO labeling will hurt our farmers and cost families a lot of money.
How do they sleep at night? How do they feed their children? How do they worry about hungry children? Is all that money worth selling your soul for?

Prop 105 is not asking anyone to change anything. Farmers grow what they grow, the KNOW what they grow and pass that information to the food manufacturer, which, by the way, they already do. Farmers who grow GMO and non-GMO already have a segregation system in place, it is nothing new, it is already there. Companies manufacturing food already know if their ingredients contain genetically engineered plants or not. U.S. companies already label their products sold in Europe. Why not here in the United States?

I am from Europe, my friends who are Moms over there have the right to choose what they feed their children. When I travel there with my girls, I get to choose. When I come to the U.S. I don't. My children are U.S. citizens, my second born is a native Coloradan. They have the right to know whether their food has been genetically engineered.

I could go on and on, but I want you all to remember that World Food Day should mean something.

It should make us all think about our food supply; about our broken food system that doesn't give every child access to enough

healthy food and how we can change the way we eat today so we can be healtier tomorrow.  

With love, n. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Apple Chips with Cinnamon

 A great snack your kids can help with: apple-cinnamon chips

- Punch out the core of the apples.
- Slice them.
- Put the sliced apples in a bowl with two tablespoon coconut oil and cinnamon to taste and toss.
- Spread the apple slices on a baking sheet next to each other, do not overlap.
- Bake at 170degrees Fahrenheit for 3 hours. Our oven doesn't go lower than 170, and the time depends on how thick the slices are. The lower the temperature, the longer they take, but also the more nutrients stay in the fruit. 

This could be a great school snack!

Have fun getting your kids involved in the kitchen, it is important for them to learn what it takes to prepare healthy food. They are also super proud of what they created and will more likely try something new. 

Love, n.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Right to Know Press Release and invitation to the Rally

Please follow this link for the press release.

We are done collecting signatures! The signatures will be turned in to the Secretary of State on Monday after a rally on the State Capitol west steps. Speakers include key people from the campaign and Robyn O'Brien!

Very exciting!

All I can say is THANK YOU COLORADO!!!

much love, n. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

And then this happened...

It has been a busy month with Right to Know Colorado and organizing volunteers. We are in the home stretch to collect all the signatures needed to get this issue on the ballot for this November.

And in the midst of all the campaign work, my school, the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, has interviewed me. It is about my volunteer work for Right to Know and the interview is tagged under their 'Student Spotlight'.

Pretty fun stuff happening here. (-:

You can read the interview when you follow this link:

you never know where life takes you, much love, n.

Monday, June 23, 2014

GMO Education Series Basic 3

Basic 3.

Learn how to avoid GMOs when shopping. 

There are more and more studies coming to the surface showing that GMOs are not a very good idea at all. Unfortunately, only a few people 'on the top' are scoring a profit from these pesticide resistant plants while we are left in the dark and deal with the consequences. 

Our family avoids them where we knowingly can. We eat organic and choose "Non-GMO project verified products". Because I know about the health and environmental effects and because we are fortunate enough that I CAN CHOOSE what my kids eat. 
Many cannot and please KNOW that I am fighting for you too! Every family should have the Right to Know what they are eating and every mom should be able to choose GMO free food for her baby! 

Blog post for Basic 1 here   download here
Blog post for Basic 2 here   download here

Or you can download Basic 3 here

If you download the document, please leave me a quick comment below. Maybe I could keep track of how many people download the information. Thank you! I appreciate your support!

with love, n.

Monday, June 16, 2014

GMO Education Series Basic 2

Did you like the first pamphlet from the GMO education series?

You can find that post here:

And here we go with number two in the series.

And to download the document go here.

with love, n. 

If you download the document, please leave me a quick comment below. Maybe I could keep track of how many people download the information. Thank you! I appreciate your support!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

GMO Education Series

I am super excited about this!

I am doing a GMO education series and hopefully you all will learn something.

I have talked to a lot of people lately about GMOs and everyone seems to know something different, has different information, different aspects they are concerned about or have no idea at all.

So, what could a nutritionist do about this? EDUCATE! Ha!

Here we go.

I wrote these short and easy to read pieces. They are labeled and work as a series and hopefully you all will find them educational and share them far and wide.

Everyone who eats needs to know about this so we can take back our food supply.

As consumers, we have the power!

We all need to do this together!

Organic, or as some of us call it 'food' will start to be affordable for everyone and non-organic will no longer make us ill.

Here is the first of the series, 'Basic 1'.

Click Here to download the document. 

with love, n. 

If you download the document, please leave me a quick comment below. Maybe I could keep track of how many people download the information. Thank you! I appreciate your support!