http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGqQV6ObFCQ GMO is such a buzz word these days and most people don't even know what it means. Here is an easy to watch and informative video explaining what GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are all about. It's important to at least know what's going on with your food and then you can decide what you want to eat from there. Thanks Onge for sharing, good one girl!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut3URdEzlKQ&w=560&h=315] I find it difficult to summarize for people why animal products have such an huge impact on the environment. This video explains what's involved in raising an animal for food. Don't worry it's not graphic, I won't do that to you... not today anyway.  Grow it, eat it. The simple answer is usually the right one.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoTGMxgn1tg&w=420&h=315] Big thanks to one of our fav goodies for getting me all fired up about protein today. Listen. If you want to eat meat go for it, but not because you think you have to. Protein deficiencies are not an issue for most/all Westerners and looking to meat exclusively as a quality protein source is outdated. Sure animal products have protein but they have a lot of bad stuff too, and don't even get me started on the environmental impact or the animal suffering (life changing link, you've been warned). Our bodies are not designed like carnivores, we don't have the teeth, jaw or the short digestive tract of a carnivore. It's important to educate yourself and while I love posting about celebrities I think the best example are athletes. These people don't sit at a desk all day and more and more of them are switching to plant based diets as the results are easily tracked and tough to dispute. Eat what you want, just know why you're eating it.

Organics are not always cheap but they are important. If you're taking the time to eat better, buying organic produce is the first place to start. If they spray the plants with pesticides it's in the air, soil and water which means it's in the plant and in you. No scrubbing will get that stuff out. Sticking to the dirty dozen is a great place to start. Click here for current list. I do almost all my shopping at two stores on Roncesvalles, Qi Naturals carry all my oils, powders, nuts, seeds and anything else I need. I haven't found better prices then at Qi and their service is great. I then walk North about four store fronts to Maple Produce. They're a little grocer with zero frills and THE best prices. They don't always have local in the summer but in the winter they've got organics covered. Personally I feel much better about spending my dollar at family owned, locally run business like these especially when I'm getting my money's worth. Yes Miss Mellors this one is for you... sorry it's on the other end of the city!

Photo Cred Cat I love gardening.  It's a new passion of mine since I've become a home owner.  I come from a strong line of incredible gardeners (my wonderful Mom and brother Simmah) so naturally I wasn't surprised that my daughter showed an instant love of the garden at an early age.  Mini gardening gloves and a full mini set of gardening tools were purchased to encourage and nurture this passion for the outdoor (thanks Muma). Up until now her version of gardening has been exclusively watering everything to an inch of its life, and trying to save worms so I was ecstatic with her recent request to actually plant her own mini garden. So off we went to Home depot to get some soil and seeds. Unfortch, seeds are impossible to find at this time of the year (August). I improvised and found some seeds in the garage that I forgot to plant this year (a-ha! procrastination does have its benefits).  Prior to planting, she decorated the egg carton with stickers and markers and added a popsicle cardboard sign. She filled up her recycled egg carton with soil (though next time we'll use a plastic egg carton), added a little water, placed the seeds on top, added a bit more soil and a bit more water and voila, done.  Now all we have to do is wait and see.  Even I'm a bit excited to see the results What you need:
  • small bag of soil (or just grab some soil from your garden if you have one as you only need a little)
  • pack of seeds (sunflower, peas, nasturtiums)
  • plastic egg carton
  • 1 popsicle stick
  • glue stick
  • a square of recycled cardboard (look in your recycling bin for anything with a sturdy stock)
It may not be spring but the prospect of new plants growing from seed is a great preventative measure to the inevitable onslaught of winter.