Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'm baaaaaack!!!!

While on vacation I managed to read these two items: the latest issue of Vegetarian times and In Defense of Food. I'm always disappointed with vegetarian times but this issue was surprisingly good. I liked the article "Earth Day Special: How to eat for a healthier Planet." I just LOVED In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Of course one gets more out of this book by reading Omnivore's Dilemna first, but the book was an easy read - I finished it in less than a day. It has sure lit a fire under me to eat more whole foods. We've always been good around here to eat meals prepared by moi instead of out of a package - but I totally disregarded some of our everyday items. Take my Soy Creamer for example; it has over 13 ingredients in it!! This book suggest not eating anything with more than 5 ingredients. Not only that, the soy creamer has some ingredients I can't even pronounce ( carrageenan - which is suscipiously always linked with MSG) Another everyday item in our household is bread. I was on a kick for a couple months where I made all our loaves in my breadmaker - but I put that on a back burner for awhile - well let me tell you - I will be getting that breadmaker back out! A typical loaf of whole wheat bread that I buy in our grocery store has over 12 ingredients in it! I don't even know what mono and diglycerides are??!! I'm guessing preservatives?? You know, the more I find out, the more FREAKED out I get! Ignorance is bliss sometimes? ha ha Anywho, for the days I don't make my bread from scratch I'm buying Ezekiel 4:9 bread. It is made from sprouted grains (no flour...wooohoo), has only sprouted grains, yeast, water and sea salt - nothing suspicious. But enough of that rant.

Also while on vacation I found this makeup by Physicians Formula - it is their newest line of organic makeup. I saw it here in Canada at our drugstore awhile back but it was way too expensive so I always passed it up. But while away I managed to snag it for 40% off! So these three items shown here cost me less than just one of them would have here in Canada. But the price isn't what convinced me to buy the products. Proponents against mineral makeup argue that it can dry the skin and look chalky. (And I agree.) Physician’s Formula has prevented this possibility by including moisturizing jojoba, olive and safflower oils--none of which are comedogenic--in the formulations, which give a creamy look. Eco factor: The Organic Wear™ line contains 100% ECOCERT® ingredients with no parabens, harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrance and dyes. They come in biodegradable packaging and weren't tested on animals. Those are the reason I bought them! I bought the loose powder, powder bronzer, and blush.....stuff I was out of. Bottom Line: I'm happy to have found worthy replacements that are good for my skin AND the environment without breaking the bank!


Veggie said...

Happy to hear you're back.

I've been so disappointed with Vegetarian times too, the articles just aren't as good as they used to be in the 90's. I also prefer the old format.

Cave-Woman said...

Good to know about that make-up, as I've been curious.

I have been experimenting with the Aubrey organics mineral make-up. Pretty stuff. Very natural. And a little goes a LONG way.

Anonymous said...

Glad you are back! Hope you had a wonderful vacation!

Oh -- check out Veg News, I like them much better than VT. :)


the veggie paparazzo said...

Glad you got a lot out of In Defense of Food--it definitely nudges people to keep moving toward more whole foods!

I don't necessarily agree with the 5-ingredient rule, but I do think ingredients we can't pronounce should generally not be in our food.