Give the facts: Something bad happened to some kids in a school near us. And kids got hurt.
Everyone is very upset and sad, including us. People are talking about this on TV and everywhere (school, restaurants,
stores, places of worship, etc.). You might hear adults or other kids saying stuff about it.
But, even if you hear people talking about it, it's over now. They caught the bad guy and he can't hurt anyone anymore.
Clarify: This was not your school. Your school is safe. You don't know anyone there. If you do know families from the
Newtown school, you should talk with your kids about who was there, if they are safe, and what happened.
Reassure: The President of the United States, the police, and all the adults in your life are doing everything they can to
keep you and your school safe so that nothing like this can ever happen again.
Many kids in Newtown were safe because of heroic teachers and police.
Talk about what to do in an emergency, like a fire drill. Emphasize that it is important for kids to listen to teachers and
police in emergencies.
Suggest things kids can do to help: make cards for affected families, write letter to president about keeping schools safe,
Let kids ask questions, and answer honestly and simply. Don't lie!! Don't give more information or details than
necessary. Keep it age appropriate and in line with what your kids can understand.
Tell kids that you love them and will always protect them. Encourage them to talk with you about this and tell you what
they hear. Keep the lines of communication open.
Get on with the day, keep things normal. Spend time together. Be understanding and supportive if children are more
clingy, emotional, or difficult in the short term.
Be a role model: Show kids how to be brave and stay strong.
Jessica Mass Levitt, PhD1088 Black Rock Turnpike • Fairfield, CT 06825646-382-3120 • email@example.com
Do you want to live your life with energy and vitality? Learn what real food is and how to easily incorporate it into your every day life! Because our lives are busier than ever, processed, packaged and generally unwholesome foods lacking any nutritional value dominate our diet because of the convenience factor. If you are tired, have digestion problems or other chronic health issues and want to feel better, it's time to stop eating out of packages, stop eating food filled with chemicals and other non food ingredients and start eating fresh, real food. I am a REAL MOM living in the REAL WORLD trying to feed my family REAL FOOD. It isn't always easy, but it is very possible. I hope to help you learn what real food is and then how to make real food a part of your every day life.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
From Left: Zofia Hausman (Documentary Film Maker of the Agtivist), Representative Richard Roy (the original sponsor of the GMO Labeling Bill in CT), Ellen McCormick, Tara Cook-Littman, Beth Beisel, Diana Reeves,Whitney Riggs, and Cathie Iaccarino
Sunday, July 29, 2012
|Diana Reeves, Founder GMO Free USA|
On July 23rd, GMO Free USA kicked off their first campaign against Kelloggs. Thousands of people have been bombarding Kelloggs with phone calls, e-mails, tweets and Facebook posts. I personally spoke with a customer service representative who listened carefully and took notes on our entire conversation. Kelloggs has sent a response to some members of GMO Free USA with the following content:
This is what I would like to say to Kelloggs:
"Dear Consumer Affairs Specialist,
Thank you for being so respectful in your response, but get GMOs out of your food NOW. Our campaign will not stop until you do. If you are serious about providing "healthy, nutritious, and safe food" as you say, then you would begin removing GMOs from your products immediately. The debate over GMOs goes way beyond the fear that GMO foods represent a type of 'biological' pollution" as you say, but rather that GMOs are slowly poisoning the America people and are causing a whole host of diseases and health problems such as immunological disorders, gastrointestinal disease, infertility, and cancer to name a few. The FDA, who is supposedly protecting the American people, has allowed GMOs into the food supply without any proof that GMOs are safe, yet Kelloggs allows GMOs into your food despite your statement that you "take seriously the trust placed" in Kelloggs. Well, I am sorry to inform you that Kelloggs no longer has my trust. Kelloggs has the chance to be a leader and gain back the trust of the America people. Remove GMOs from all your products just like you have done in Europe and announce to the world that Kelloggs cares about the well-being of the American people.
Protective Mom of Three Children"
Diana Reeves is feeling great about how the Kelloggs campaign is going and had this to say: "
SIGN the petition telling Kelloggs to go GMO free. GMO Free USA needs your support. Things will never change unless we use our voices and let them be heard. Jeffrey Smith, the country's leading spokesperson on the dangers of GMOs calls this the Tipping Point, we in GMO Free USA can create that tipping point. GMO Free USA has 7000 members right now and is growing by the second, but the truth is, we should stand millions strong against the industry that is destroying everything in it's path.
Thank YOU Diana for bringing all of us together and for your vision and perseverance to make things happen!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
ORGANIC KETCHUP AND MUSTARD
BRAGGS LIQUID AMINO ACIDS - A wonderful flavor enhancer for salad dressings, marinades, and also is a great replacement for soy sauce.
NAMO SHOYU UNPASTEURIZED SOY SAUCE OR ORGANIC WHEAT FREE TAMARI
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR - The best vinegar to use in salad dressings.
NUTRITIONAL YEAST - A rich source of vitamins and a tasty topping for vegetables or popcorn.
CELTIC SEA SALT OR PINK HIMALAYAN SALT
HONEY - Must be raw and local is best.
ASSORTED DRIED HERBS - Basil, Cumin, Thyme, Cinnamon, Ginger, Rosemary, Mint, Turmeric, Paprika, and Pepper.
KELP FLAKES - A good source of iodine and can be sprinkled on your vegetables or salads for a little extra flavor.
ORGANIC GRAPESEED OIL - Grapeseed oil replaces your genetically engineered (GMO) oils such as soybean, corn, canola and vegetable oil. Unlike olive oil, grape seed oil can be heated at high temperatures and is good for sautéing, roasting, or baking.
COCONUT MILK - A very tasty addition to sautéed vegetables
REDUCED SODIUM VEGETABLE STOCK - Rather than using abundant amounts of oil or butter when cooking on a stove top, add vegetable stock for flavor and to reduce the amount of oil.
RICE, ALMOND, OR HEMP MILK - Replaces milk and is very useful for smoothies and baking.
MIRIN - A Japanese rice wine that is excellent to add to dressings and sauces and also to sautéed vegetables.
NORI - Nori makes for a great crunchy snack on its own or wrap it with some vegetables inside like cucumber, avocado, and peppers and you have a fast vegetable sushi roll.
KOMBU - A Japanese sea vegetable that should be added when cooking beans and grains for aiding in the digestibility of the grains or beans and also adds minerals to the food.
ORGANIC TOMATO SAUCE
RAW SESAME TAHINI - Tahini is great when added to salad dressings, stir frys, and hummus.
RAW ALMOND BUTTER - I can eat this by the spoonful.
QUINOA - Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is gaining popularity. It makes for a great side dish or main dish. It cooks easily like rice with 1 cup of quinoa to two cups of water. Quinoa is also Gluten and wheat free.
BROWN RICE PASTA or QUINOA PASTA- We all want pasta once in a while and I highly recommend you try these options as a healthier alternative to regular white or even whole wheat pasta.
ORGANIC ROLLED OATS
GROUND FLAX SEEDS
HEMP SEEDS - A delicious add on to salads.
GOJI BERRIES - Goji berries are a wonderful replacement for cranberries in a salad or are delicious on their own as a snack.
RAW VEGETABLE OR RICE BASED PROTEIN POWDER
BLACK BEANS (dry or canned)
GARBANZO BEANS (dry or canned)
LENTILS (dry or canned)
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Kris Carr, author of "Crazy, Sexy Diet" and Gabrielle Bernstein, author of "Spirit Junky". You can guess who is the yogi and who is the health nut. Of course I related to Kris Carr, who shares much of the same beliefs about food as I do. Someone in the audience asked Kris Carr if she meditates like Gabrielle Bernstein. Bernstein answered for Carr and said that Carr "meditates during her every day activities". Of all the things these two amazing ladies talked about that night, this simple statement is what resonated with me the most.
I may not spend 20 minutes or even 5 minutes a day in quiet solitude alone with my thoughts in a meditative pose, but throughout the day I am raising my level of consciousness and living my life with purpose. It is in my every day activities that I am able to invoke a feeling of connection to myself, to those around me and to my actions. I am by no means saying that every moment of my life is filled with meaning and purpose, I am human after all, and certainly have many moments of craziness where I completely lose all sense of where I am or what I am doing. But, what I am saying is that I meditate during many of my daily activities. When I am running outside, I let my mind drift where it wants to and allow thoughts and ideas to flow freely. I write most of my blog pieces in my mind, including this one, while running because that is when I find inspiration and think most clearly. When I am cooking dinner for my family, I am aware of every ingredient that goes into that food, I pay attention to the smells in my kitchen, and I pour all my love and care into the dishes my family will eat. When I am sitting on the couch with my children reading them a book and cuddling, I am conscious of the love and peace I feel at that moment.
Those who practice one form or another of traditional meditation may be thinking I have no clue what meditation is truly about. But, when you are mindful of the activities you are engaging in and how they make you feel, I believe that is a form of mediation that everyone can practice all day long. What daily activities can you participate in with a new level consciousness and intent?
Monday, May 14, 2012
|My Dinner Plate - Frittata With Crispy Kale|
I do most of my shopping at Double L Market in Westport, CT. I prefer not to shop in big supermarkets for a number of reasons, and because of Double L Market, I don't have to! At Double L I know I am assured of getting quality food that is always easily traceable to it's source. I love to walk into Double L and ask the owners, Lloyd and Michael, what they have in that I must have. While Michael is usually busy doing a great deal of the behind the scenes work, Lloyd shows me around and passionately tells me stories of where the food came from. His enthusiasm is contagious. Imagine a store that can actually tell me where the food they sell is sourced from.
1 dozen eggs
1 bunch of ramps
4 oz of goat cheese
butter or grape seed oil to coat the pan
Pre heat your oven to 350. Use a 12" pan that can go from your cook top to your oven. Chop up the stems and leaves of the ramps. Coat your pan and lightly sauté the ramps on low heat until the leaves are wilted. Beat your eggs and pour them over the ramps. Cook eggs for one minute and ensure that the ramps are evenly distributed. You do not want to cook your eggs through on the cook top. Crumble the goat cheese on top of the fritatta and place in the oven for the eggs to finish cooking for approximately 10 minutes. Slice and serve warm, cold, or room temperature.
2 bunches of kale
1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
celtic sea salt to taste
1/4 cup of olive oil
Remove leaves from stem, coat with the olive oil and add the nutritional yeast and salt, toss together. If you have a dehydrator, place the kale on the dehydrator sheets, set the dehydrator to 115 and allow the dehydrator to do the work for approximately 3 hours. If you do not have a dehydrator, place the kale on a baking sheet and set your oven to the lowest temperature possible and bake until the kale is crispy.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
|If not us then who? If not now then when?|
|GMOS as described by a child on his sign, Genetically Modified Out of Style Foods|
|Defend your constituents|
www.nongmoshoppingguide.com and familiarize yourself with how to avoid GMOs. Watch out for corn, canola, soy, sugar beets, and cotton seed. Some quick tips on avoiding GMOs include: (1) Avoid processed foods (2) Buy organic, (3) Look for the Non GMO project verified label (4) Avoid vegetable, corn and soy oil (5) Keep a list of all the aliases that GMOs hide under with you when you shop. We have the power to make a difference with our own actions and by redirecting where we spend our money. Join Jeffrey Smith's tipping point at http://action.responsibletechnology.org/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=2925. It only took Europe three months to reach their tipping point from the time the public became aware of the dangers associated with GMOs, it's taking us too long. The European people were able to kick GMOs out of their food supply and now manufacturers such as Kraft, Nestle, and McDonalds use GMOs in America but NOT in Europe.
|Our dedicated legislators: Representatives Susan Johnson, Kim Fawcett, Richard Roy, |
Jonathan Steinberg, Fred Camillo, Brenda Kupchick, Tony Hwang, and William Wadsworth
Monday, April 30, 2012
I frequent my local Whole Foods and actually shed tears of happiness the first time I walked through their doors at the opening this past summer. You can certainly find an abundance of organic, sustainably grown, local food. The staff at the Fairfield Whole Foods is kind, helpful, and, for the most part, very knowledgeable. Whole Foods gives back to our community by donating food to the homeless shelter / social service agency, Operation Hope, where I sit on the board. In addition, Whole Foods has supported the movement for healthier foods in the Fairfield school system and has held events and promoted initiatives to support this effort. So, let's give credit where credit is due.
REALLY A WOLF
With all those kind words above, you may be wondering, what's my beef with Whole Foods? Well, it will come as no surprise that my frustration with Whole Foods evolves out of their policy toward Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). While Whole Foods claims that their store brand, 365, does not contain GMOs and they have even gotten many of their products verified as Non GMO through the Non GMO Project, Whole Foods has not taken a strong position on GMOs to say the least. Products with GMOs can still be found throughout their store. Their already prepared food items contain GMO corn, soy, and vegetable oils. Whole Food's own policy on GMOs states, "Clearly labeled products enable shoppers who want to avoid foods made with GMOs to do so". http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/values/genetically-engineered.php I ask you Whole Foods, if this is your policy, why are you not advocating for GMO labeling in CT and other states who are trying to clearly label packaging???
When I approached the local Whole Foods to do a GMO education event with me back in March, despite the local store being in favor of the idea, corporate Whole Foods struck down the idea and told the local Whole Foods employees to hold off on ANY non GMO education at this time. Really? No GMO educational events at the most critical time CT has ever seen in the fight to give consumers the right to know what is in their food? This position is simply unacceptable. Forget the fact that Whole Foods could probably do away with GMOs altogether in the American food supply by taking a stand and refusing to allow GMOs in their stores, but I would think it would be in Whole Food's best interest to support a bill that would give their consumers the transparency that they expect when shopping at Whole Foods. We deserve the right to know what is in our food. The citizens of fifty other countries, including all of Europe, Japan, China, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand all already enjoy this right because of mandatory GMO labeling laws.
The CT GMO labeling bill is running out of time. If it is not called for a vote before May 9th, the bill will die a fast death. Call the corporate Whole Foods regional offices in NJ and tell them to speak out publicly in favor of CT HB 5117, 201-567-2090. Tell Whole Foods to live up to their reputation with the public and be a leader in our right to know what is in our food.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
By Beth Beisel
Monday, April 23, 2012
I share this story to illustrate the point that when you are on vacation sometimes you just have to let go and be a little flexible . . . when in Rome. Stressing about food and trying to eat healthy while you are supposed to be relaxing and decompressing from the stressors in your life would be completely counterproductive and harmful to your overall wellness. However, with that said, it does not mean you need to completely throw caution to the wind. Below I have shared some tips on how to make the best choices when on vacation while still being able to enjoy yourself. Remember eating should be fun!
(1) Prepare For Your Travel Days
Whether traveling by car, railroad or plane, food and snack options are almost always highly processed, tasteless, fake, and will make you feel terrible. Have you noticed how awful the food in airports or at the mini marts on the side of the road are? Pack some easy to carry snack foods with you so you are not caught unprepared and starving. Nuts, seeds, apples, bananas, popcorn, pure bars, lara bars, cut up vegetables like peppers and carrots, dehydrated fruit, crispy kale, Mary's Gone Crackers, chia seed bars by Health Warrior, and avocados (bring a plastic knife and spoon, cut open and enjoy) all make great options.
(2) Fuel Up With Veggies
Always fill yourself up on salads and vegetables. Be sure to start your meal with a salad and order extra veggies with your entree.
(3) Do Your Research
Familiarize yourself with which restaurants are known for fresh, local food. Also, seek out the local vegan, vegetarian, health food stores and restaurants. http://www.happycow.net/
(4) Ask For A Refrigerator
If possible, request a refrigerator in your room. That way you can easily keep some fresh fruit, yogurt, and other items around for breakfast and snacks. If you have children, fresh cut fruit in the morning or afternoon is a perfect way to keep them happy. While traveling, breakfast can be one of the most challenging meals of the day. I always bring some Sun Warrior protein powder with me and then buy some rice milk to leave in my refrigerator. That makes for a great breakfast or afternoon pick me up.
(5) Take A Walk
If you are like me, you will enjoy your vacation more if you keep up the exercise routine. At a minimum, you should take a nice walk every day. It will help you take in the sights and also burn up some of those extra calories you might be ingesting.
(6) Keep Things Moving
Have you ever noticed that your bathroom habits change when you go away? You have to keep that digestion and elimination working. Make sure you eat plenty of food with fiber. Vegetables, flax seeds, and chia seeds are all great options. I always bring chia seeds with me and drink them in rice milk or water. Eat plenty of fruit, our body's natural cleansers. Also, drink a lot of water. Also, a very helpful tool is "Smoothe Move" tea, a senna based tea that you can buy at Whole Foods and other health food stores like Mrs. Greens. Another great tip is to bring some magnesium supplements with you, it keeps things soft if you know what I mean. Magnesium is a great supplement in general because it relaxes your muscles.
(7) Treat Yourself
Deprivation is not my thing, especially on vacation. Be sure you treat yourself and indulge a little, but go in with a plan that works for you. Maybe you allow yourself one treat a day or maybe you have a "treat day" where you let go a little more. I tend to stay fairly controlled until the last day when I reward myself a little knowing I have limited time which can minimize the damage!
(8) Customize Your Meals
When dining out on vacation, or at home for that matter, don't be afraid to ask the chef to reduce or eliminate the use of butter, oil, and salt. If there is a piece of fish on the menu but it is smothered with a sauce, you can always ask to keep the sauce on the side or hold the sauce altogether and opt for a plain piece of grilled fish instead. Substitute less healthful options with better ones, for instance, swap out the french fries for rice, baked potato or extra veggies.
(9) Water, Water and More Water
Make sure you drink plenty of water especially in those hot climates. Water will keep you hydrated, feeling full, prevent water retention, and help your movements stay regular.
(10) Have Fun!
Most importantly, enjoy your food and your meal times. Savor every bite of your food, cherish the people you are with, and take in the scenery!