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Makes you think, doesn't it? That's why your Co-op puts a lot of value on local and ogranic and will always do so.
Eating local foods supports our local economy. A study by the New Economics Foundation in London shows that for every dollar spent locally, two times that much is generated as income for the local economy. (reference)
Locally grown produce has more nutritional value and better taste. Most plant foods purchased in chain grocery and big-box stores have been in transit for days or weeks. Co-ops and farmers’ markets sell at least some produce picked in the last 24-48 hours before they reach you, which means they have longer to ripen on the plant, tree, or vine and develop optimal flavor and nutrition. Remember, a plant food’s nutritional value begins to decline the moment it’s picked, sort of like the value of a new car when you drive it off the lot. And foods with higher nutritional content, more “aliveness” if you will, simply have more flavor.
Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating what our local environment offers as the seasons change, we eat foods at their peak of taste, their greatest abundance, and lowest cost. It connects us with the flow of nature and saves us money. Now that’s a win-win!
Buying locally educates us about our own food culture. Whether it’s the dairy farmer who brings her fresh milk to our market or the baker who grinds his own wheat for those luscious loaves, every grower, artisan and producer has a story that contributes richly to our local food culture. We connect with our community when we learn their stories.
Local food translates to more variety. Local farmers get creative, growing unusual varieties and diverse crops that don’t need to be genetically modified on a massive scale to withstand rough handling and long transit times. And you get to surprise dinner guests with Flashy Troutback Romaine and Anuenue (Hawaiian for rainbow) lettuce instead of the mass-produced, rough-and-ready Romaine and Iceberg.
Eating local improves air quality. A March 2005 study by the journal Food Policy determined that the miles food travels before we consume it creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying organic. (reference) A gradual move on the part of each food consumer toward a local organic diet will make a difference both to our health as individuals and to the health of our communities in every regard.
Eating local farmers’ foods sustains the land. Small farmers rely on their land to yield for them year after year; they have a vested interest in environmentally sound agricultural practices that allow the land that is their livelihood to continually renew its fertility.
This Thanksgiving the Yelm Food Co-op will contribute to our community’s ongoing work of nourishing families in need through a project called “Feed a Family: Give the Gift of Gobble.” The project will provide a family from each church in the Yelm area with all the plentiful, healthy ingredients for a full Thanksgiving feast. Each meal will include a 16-pound free-range turkey, fresh organic potatoes and vegetables, stuffing and gravy mix (both gluten-free, by choice), cranberry sauce, Stone Ground bakery dinner rolls, and dessert. To facilitate this, donations of any dollar amount are being accepted at the Yelm Food Co-op until November 30, 2010.
On November 14, 2010, Yelm Food Co-op will host its first Annual CO-OPportunity Day from 1:00-4:00 PM. The featured guest will be Gary Di Donato, the brains behind Smart Nutrition in Tumwater. Gary will be sharing his extensive knowledge of nutrition gained during 20 years devoted to studying the herbal and dietary practices of cultures around the world. He has expertise in how vitamins, minerals and other nutritional components promote optimal health and has helped countless people sort through the array of supplements available today. The Co-op will offer members a Special Event discount of 10% off everything in the store, including its wide selection of nutritional supplements. Non-members who elect to join and support the Co-op can pay $5.00 per month for 15 months to enjoy member benefits immediately on CO-OPportunity Day.
On Saturday, October 30, 2010, the Co-op had a booth at the Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Harvest Party held at Schilter Family Farm in Olympia. The event was tailored to the needs of the children participating, with a specific focus on Halloween treats that were gluten-free and dai
ry-free since most autistic children have special dietary needs.
Read more: TACA EVENT
So What Foods Should You Avoid Like the Plague?
In my mind this is where most people will get the biggest payoff for the amount of effort involved. The average person consumes more than one gallon of soda per week. Reducing or eliminating soda from your diet is one of the easiest shifts to make.
Most diet sodas are worse than regular sodas, as you can read in my recent review on aspartame. When people ask me what is safer to drink: diet or regular soda, I ask them what they would rather be hit in the head with — a baseball bat or a sledgehammer? It’s a tough call, but I think a case can be made for regular soda being the lesser of two evils…
That said, regular soda with its high sugar content promotes yeast overgrowth, which in turn promotes allergies. In fact, many people with yeast-related allergies and food sensitivities tend to have sugar cravings, which is doubly problematic since it actually feeds the yeast that is already overgrown in their systems.
While many of you are not likely consuming many sodas, it is vital to understand the importance of this simple change for your friends and family who are not as health savvy as you. Gentle persistent encouragement of this principle will have massively profound implications on their health.
Fortunately there are simple alternatives that are relatively easy to implement. The best is pure clean water. I just completed a four-hour video interview with a leading water industry water expert and hope to share that with you in the next few weeks for more details.
For those who are really struggling, you can purchase carbonated water and use flavored liquid stevias for a taste that is very similar to most sodas. You can also use Turbo Tapping, which is a highly effective, free EFT tapping technique.
Doughnuts and Pastries
Overall these foods are worse than soda as they not only contain sugar, typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup, but they also contain dangerous trans fats. The reason I did not list this one first is that they are not consumed by as many people on a regular basis.
For more information about how trans fats promotes allergies, while saturated fats relieve them, please see this previous article.
Oh, they taste so good, but are ever so bad for you as they are loaded with the worst types of fat on the planet — typically highly refined and genetically modified omega 6 oils, such as corn, canola, and soybean oils.
If you’re still unaware of the link between allergies and genetically engineered food ingredients (particularly soy), please review this recent article by GMO expert, Jeffrey Smith.
These highly processed omega-6 oils are bad enough if you eat them in the form of unheated salad dressing, but when these oils are heated to a high temperature, they transform into a potent mixture that is sure to destroy your health.
Avoid these like the plague. Be particularly careful when ordering hamburgers and other similar foods in a restaurant as most will include fries by default, and once they are at your table they’re hard to resist. So please be sure to order a healthier alternative.
Nearly All Breakfast Cereals
Breakfast is, without question, the single most challenging meal to eat outside of your home. Most of the typical breakfast offerings will drag your health down. The most commonly consumed breakfast are breakfast cereals, which are merely disguised forms of high fructose corn syrup loaded with genetically modified (GM) grains. But pancakes, French toast, waffles, scrambled eggs and rolls don’t do much to improve your health either.
Many may wonder about the scrambled egg concern but the high heat oxidized cholesterol in the eggs and severely damages it. Far better to have the eggs MINIMALLY cooked or better yet raw eggs. (more…)