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Monday, November 30, 2009

November Links

These are the articles that caught my eye this month:

I have not said enough about soy on this site, even though I feel very strongly about it.  My focus has primarily been showing people that packaged food is so terrible and I admit that my favorite area of interest is healthy fats, so I tend toward that topic.  But this article is one of the very best I have seen on why soy is so bad.  It goes hand in hand with my interest in helping people ditch packaged food.  Strangely enough, soy is in practically every single package of processed food out there (if not all).  But isn't soy a health food?!?  You have got to read this!

If you've read this blog very long, you know I am a raw milk fan.  I won't touch pasteurized milk with a ten-foot pole!  I am very thankful to live in Oklahoma where I can freely buy raw milk.  It saddens me that not everyone in these United States has that freedom.  This letter from a Georgia man put a smile on my face.  Click here to read.

Apparently because of the above situation, and/or the letter, legislation in Georgia may soon be changed.  Click here to read that story. I love good news!

Advice from the experts - 7 Food That Should Never Cross Your Lips - lower your toxin intake.

I feel very strongly about what my children watch on television.  There really are no television shows they watch on TV, except we all watch America's Funniest Home Videos as a family on Sunday nights.  We check out DVDs from the library for them, or just grab something off our home movie shelf.  One reason is time, we just don't have the time for TV.  We're either eating, doing school, cleaning, or running errands.  The other reason I limit television time is that I am so opposed to commercials.  I won't have my children bombarded with toy and junk food commercials.  There really are very few safe commercials.  One evening we were watching AFV and a commercial came on for a prescription sleep aid.  I didn't think that would be offensive, so I didn't mute or change the channel (we now mute all the commercials that run during AFV).  My son (he was 8 at the time) said, "I think I need that," because it takes him a bit to fall asleep at night (doesn't it for everyone?).  Needless to say, we had a discussion about prescription medication and now are on a higher level of guarding what is going into their little minds.  This includes philosophies that I don't agree with.  There are a lot of them on children's television these days.  This is why this article caught my eye - New PBS Show Fizzy's Lunch Lab - read all about it.  Seems harmless?  I know a whole generation of people that don't believe what their parents believe, because 1)their parents didn't teach them and 2)they had unguarded access to television growing up, and so were exposed to values their parents didn't agree with.  I want my children to know what I believe and why, not what the television has taught them.

And finally, this recipe for Bruschetta Stuffed Potatoes looks SO yummy!  Check it out.


  1. Excellent links! That show is just creepy and I really loved the soy link.


  2. Thanks for posting a link to my article! I too have a passion for real food and good fats. Pseudo-foods don't enter my house!

    However, I am one of a generation of kids born in the 70s that grew up not believing as their parents did because (in part) of TV. I consider this a good thing. Many members of my immediate family are extremely racist, and I am not--in large part due to TV shows like Sesame Street, among others, that showed kids of all colors playing together and being treated equally.

    While I despise rampant consumerism and commercial culture and don't watch a lot of TV, I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing that our children grow up believing differently than we do. I hope my baby daughter grows up to be substantially more accepting of gays/lesbians and significantly more environmentally conscious than my generation did. I know that thoughtful exposure to popular culture, including some TV, will help with this.

    Have a great Christmas and New Year!

    Dawn @ Small Footprint Family