Whole Foods vs Laboratory Sources for Vitamins

Whole Foods vs Laboratory Sources for Vitamins

Eatting healthy can be intimidating and over whemling, like a ridiculous science… some days it feels like I’m sitting in school again, with equations swimming in my head like, 2 T of spinach contains 1,800 I.U. of Vitamin A, & my baby needs about 1,500… So okay, that’s good… Now what about if I give her kale later? What if she doesn’t like spinach? What if I give her sweet potatoes… okay that’s 3,610 of Vitamin A…

If you are interested in getting the specific I.U. breakdowns of foods there are many sources for this. One great source is a book I used when making my daughter’s food as a baby & as she grows into a little girl: Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. (Overall a great book, but it is by no means perfect though as I don’t agree with some of the adivce given in the book about feeding times, portion sizes, & some of her thrifty advice.) When I read this I tried to do it perfectly, but then I realized that learning the vitamin content of food allowed me to make my own recipes that provided excellent balanced nutrition. I learned that I didn’t have to count I.U.s or daily percent values, I just kept in mind which foods were high in what or contained what, and cooked!

Now, I say this from experience though: remember, if you do take into account the exact amount of each vitamin from each morsle of food the stress it causes you is not good for you or your baby (even after you’re pregnant that sentence works because when we’re stressed we have less patience, less happiness, and less affection to give to our baby).

If you are breastfeeding, which is the best thing you can do for your baby & your toddler, you can rest assured that she is getting nearly everything she needs nutrition wise. Our bodies work together, mother’s and child‘s, to give her the vitamins you’ve taken in so when you add up that she’s had her exact amount of vitamin A, K, B6…etc… you haven’t taken into account her breast milk portions. And how do we keep track of that? Well, we just can’t. And it’s a good thing too, because if we could we just might and then our heads just might explode, haha. =)

So the best advice I can give is to read what foods are good sources of each vitamin and give your baby more of these healthy sources. Additionally, you can follow the recipes I’ll be periodically posting up here on the site which give you nutritional information at the end of each, listing what vitamins are in the meal and coming from what sources. It is a good idea to be aware of what vitamins are in what you’re giving her to be sure that she gets her conrocopia of vitamins and not just Bs and As every day for example (or none if everything’s canned or processed).

While giving a baby vitamins is a good healthy decision, it must be done responsibly. Don’t be tempted to give up, feed her whatever is in the fridge, and just give her prescription vitamins. For instance, giving a baby vitamin drops and feeding her mac n cheese & crackers all day is not doing the best for your baby. If you feed your baby a variety of vegetables, whole grains, natural & super nutritious additives & dairy products you are likely not to need vitamins at all. Please be careful if you do choose to give your baby vitamins, as vitamin toxicity is just as dangerous as vitamin deficiency. Vitamin toxicity is nearly impossible through eating the foods that contain these vitamins but can & does occur from vitamin supplements. Of course, vitamin deficiency is dangerous, which is why we need to feed our babies & children nutritious food to protect their developing bodies. Good luck in your endeavors: Now, to the mixing bowl! Or if it’s baby’s breastfeeding time, to the rocking chair!

I am passionate about sharing what I know, there’s a community in honest sharing & I enjoy talking with people &/or making them aware of ways to live healthy and happily. I enjoy helping them do that with what I do best: writing & my other creative endeavors in health like making safe, & 100%, obsessively natural cosmetics. I believe that the things we put on our body should be beneficial to us, not hurt us with their caustic ingredients, which is why I started making my own cosmetics & later why I started selling ‘spa quality’ so to speak, cosmetics for realistic, every-man prices. I believe that safety is not saved for the elites, it is a right that we all have access to. I am like I saide passionate about health & happiness & parenting is a part of that, so I strive to provide information on all relative topics… from the environment we need to protect for our kids, from the products we pt on their bodies, the food we feed them, & how we speak & interact with them, etc. Maybe the best way to put it is that I am passionate about life, living well through each day & I hope to share that with as many people as possible.

Cake for Your Thoughts

This post does have rules. (It’s my blog. I can do what I want.)

1. If you break it you buy it. If you read it, you interact with it.
2. If you don’t plan to participate, do not continue reading, do no pass go, do not collect $200.

We all have a cause.

We all have something that lights our fire, puts us on a soap box, and makes us want to do something to change the world.

Whether we share religious beliefs, core values, race, age, education, social status, blah, blah, blah—I have to think that we all want to make the world a better place.

Some of us express it better than others.
Some of us like to “stir the pot” and get people thinking.
Some of us are good “support staff”.
Some of us are good leaders.
Some of us are good followers.

Whatever your personality…

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Know Your Recycling Codes

1 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, PETE)

Uses:

in soft drink bottles, water, beer,
mouthwash, catsup, salad dressing bottles, peanut butter, pickle, jelly, & jam jars, as well as oven-safe plastic trays.
Recycled PET flakes are used for carpet yarns and the fabric known as polyester, polyester fleece, and micro fleece.

Dangers:

PET/PETE degrades with use & can host germs in its wrinkled surfaces, two reasons why re-using old bottles & containers is dangerous. It ontains trace amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA) Click to learn more about this.
The danger increases through use & heating but should be avoided initially as well.

2 High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Uses:

Bottles of milk, juice, water, yogurt & margerine tubs (click for info on margarine), & cereal box liners.
Costmetics, shampoo, dish & landry products
grocery, trash & retail bags.
Has a good chemical resistance.
Can be translucent or pigmented, pigmented bottles have better stress crack resistance.

Dangers:

No known problems for heath; however there is a caustic heating process used to process plastic from petroleum which can not be good for the environment or likely us.

3 Vinyl (Poly Chloride or PVC)

Uses:

Used in clear food & non-food packaging, & bottles.
in contruction pipes, insulation, write, coatings, medical tubing, etc.
Childrens toys & teethers, costemtics & shower curtains are all used with dangerous plastic softeners, such as phthalates.

Dangers:

Has strong chemical resitance, good weather ability, & stable electrical properties. However it contains chamicals, phthalates.
Chemicals can leach into food & get into peoples bodies by mouthing things, such as babies with their teethers.
Toxic chemicals called adipates & phthalates are used to soften PVC.
Vinyl chloride in PVC is a known human carcinogen.
The European Union (and NOT the U.S.) has banned the use of di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), most widely used plasticizer (softener) in childrens toys.

4 Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

Uses:

In film applications, flexible lids, & bottles.
Dry cleaning products, bread & brozen food bags, squeezable bottles (ex. Honey, mustard).

Dangers:

Unknown

5 Polypropylene (PP)

Uses:

Catsup bottles, yogurt containers, margarine tubs margerine tubs (click for info on margarine), & medicine bottles
Good for hot-fill liquids as it has good chemical resistance & a high melting point.

Dangers:

No known dangers

6 Polystyrene (PS)

Uses:

Has a low melting point.
Used in protecting packaging, containers, lids, cups, bottles, & trays.
Compact disc jackets, grocery store meat trays, egg cartons, asprin bottles, & plates.

Dangers:

No known dangers

7 Other

Uses:

3 & 5 Gallon reusable water bottles, some citrus juice & ketchup bottles.
Other uses… check your plastic products.

Dangers:

The most dangerous plastic variation, as it is a multi-layer combination which includes polycarbonate & anything else.
Polycarbonates leach the synthetic hormone BPA (click for more info on BPA).
Problems increase when container is filled with hot liquid or heated up.
However, the dangers are still high even when not heated or used with something hot.

Overview

Avoid:
codes 1 (PET/Polyethylene terephthalate)
3 (PVC/Vinyl/Polyvinyl chlorine)
6 (Polystyrene)
7 (Polycarbonate/BPA)

Use minimally:
codes 2 (HDPE/Polyethylene)
4 (LDPE)
5 (Polypropylene)

Often times doing the right thing for ourselves is the same as doing the right thing for our environment, I think God made it that way. He knew we needed an Earth to live, & knew that we’d want to live. I’m a believer that my HP wants the best for me & that nature also is ruled by him, we are equal to it, not above it. The symbiotic relationship of nature & humanity runs deep. One of my favorite controversial books on the subject is The Secret in the Soil, check it out if you’re interested in the science of nature (it’s explained in pretty lay terms so don’t be intimidated, it’s meant to be enjoyable reading that also educates, or at least I find it as such). I hope you enjoy these pictures I’m re-blogging, they’re educational & also simply & poignantly beautiful.

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Why Plastics are Dangerous: Understanding BPA

What is it?

Bisphenol A is a hormone disruptor. Hormone disruptors interfere with the normal functioning of the hormone system of people & wildlife to produce a wide range of adverse effects. These effects include problems with reproductive systems, developmental, & disabilities related to healthy behaviors.

Why is it harmful exactly?

Even low doses of BPA have been linked in studies to have very negative effects on our systems…

In men: increasing prostate weight, making prostate cells more sensitive to hormones & cancer, lowering testosterone, causing hyperactivity & permanent changes in the genital tract.

In women: making breast cells predisposed to cancer, reducing fertility, &
In pregnant women: studies have shown increased risks of cancers and developmental disruptions to the fetus, BPA may also contribute to behavioral problems such as hyperactivity in the unborn child.

Infants, children near puberty are the most at risk to develop harmful effects from BPA. Fetuses are especially sensitive to BPA as they have the most immature detoxification system.

How do get BPA in our system?

BPA is in most polycarbonate plastic food & beverage containers, plastic food wrap, & epoxy resins used to line metal cans for food (including formula).

Recently, the U.S. court has ruled NOT to make BPA illegal, however many companies have responded by choosing to remove BPA from their packaging. Read labels & recycling codes & show consumer support by choosing products that do not contain BPA.Most plastics with the recycling code #7 contain BPA. The simpliest way many people get it in their bodies is from drinking water from a plastic disposable water bottle.

Additionally, most food is packaged in plastic, but it is the liquid that poses the most problems (and especially frozen liquids & even solids).

I was once told in a retail store, when inquiring about BPA free plastics, that BPA only leaches out of plastic when it is heated in the microwave. I also found articles online relating this. This is NOT true. Chemicals such as BPA leach more in the microwave, but they do still significantly leach into drinks or food when at room-temperature, refrigerated, or frozen, especially when we re-use plastic which breaks it down further.

Simple Avoidance in our Diets

We should all make steps to avoid BPA in our diets to protect ourselves, but because of the high risk groups, pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants, & children should be especially mindful to avoid it. If using plastic, do not put it in the microwave as it will break it down & leach the BPA or other chemicals into the food sooner. Avoid drinking soda or juice from cans. Avoid eating vegetables, fruits, & soups from cans. Instead, eat food that is packaged in glass jars, frozen, or fresh. Use a refillable stainless steel water bottle. All of these avoidance steps will not only protect your health but will help you save money.

This is a great post to read for anyone else up at 1 am, working on ANOTHER edit to that poem or obsessing if the newest piece of dialog in their story really sounds like what their character would say or laying in bed day dreaming a new perfume recipe (or whatever else we find ourselves doing)…Following the inspired train of thought I’d like to share a quote I particularly love (sorry though I do not know the source, got it second-hand),”If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders.”