GLOBAL Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2011

You can go beyond Earth hour by switching off lights when you’re not home, by turning on less lights when you are and being conscious of your usage. Reduce your meat consumption or try being a weekday vegetarian. Eat local, buy local and live simply.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating.

At 8:30 PM (Tonight) on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour. Imagine what we can achieve if we go beyond the hour.

Are Your Pets Prepared For Disaster

The recent disaster in Japan is a subtle reminder that life threatening disasters can occur very quickly and anywhere in the world. Pets and other animals need to be included in family emergency and evacuation plans.

In fact the Humane Society Of Canada has said that more then likely people won’t leave their homes during a disaster unless they can take their pet with them. I know I’d be one of them. So be prepared so you both can make it out safely.

Why you shouldn’t leave your pets behind

The BCSPCA advises against leaving your pets at home when you evacuate during a disaster. You don’t know what will happen to their surroundings during an emergency, Or when you will be able to go back to get them. What’s not safe for you is not safe for them.

How to ensure their safety

The first thing is to start with being prepared. Having things like animal emergency alert stickers on your windows and doors are so important, this will help rescuers know that your pet could be inside. You can obtain stickers from most pet stores. In the case you do not have anything indicating a pet is inside attach a note on your front door or window that will alert rescuers to the presence of a pet. This could also be something you put in your emergency kit. Other helpful things to put on your note are the name of your pet, age, breed and color,  as well as alternate contact numbers are  also helpful.

For large pets or farm animals, the Humane Society has a field guide for farmers and livestock owners of how to prepare for an evacuation.

How To Prepare

Ensure adequate identification. A collar can only do so much. This can get separated from your pet’s body, or the tag might be too damaged to read. Microchiping is a better option. You can have your vet insert a microchip under your pet’s skin, which should hold his identification and your contact information. Make sure you keep this up to date. And have alternate contact numbers just in case. We all know the story of the two dogs in Japan that made headline news. Well guess what? they were saved and they both had microchips so they were united with their owners very quickly.

Plan where to go. Shelters for people might not take animals. Some hotels will accept animals conditionally. In case you need to evacuate, make sure you will be going to a pet-friendly place.

Ensemble a disaster kit. You prepared a disaster kit for your family. So include items meant for your pet too. These should be in a waterproof container, and should include the following:

  • Veterinary records (In case of pet left behind)
  • Pictures of your pets (In case of lost or pet left behind)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight or any light source
  • Any Medications
  • Pet clean-up supplies
  • Extra leash and collar
  • Extra food, treats and water for your pet good enough to last two weeks
  • Small Blanket
  • Pet carrier

Have your pet carrier handy. You will need to transport your pet during the disaster, so have a pet carrier that is adequately sized. If you have birds, rodents, amphibia or very small animals cats or dogs you will need something portable so you can easily transport your pet safely.

I suggest watching a movie called MINE, Mine is a documentary about the essential bond between humans and animals, set against the backdrop of one of the worst disasters in modern U.S. history.

This gripping, character-driven story follows New Orleans residents as they attempt the daunting task of trying to reunite with their pets who have been adopted by families all over the country, and chronicles the custody battles that arise when two families love the same pet. Who determines the fate of the animals and the people involved? A compelling meditation on race, class and the power of compassion. MINE examines how we treat animals as an extension of how we view and treat each other. Available on Netflix.

Stay safe, I hope that we never need to put any of our Emergency Kits to use, at least I know you and your companions will at least be prepared, just in case.

Reduce Your Impact With A Meat Free Monday

Like millions of people you want to know how to reduce our global CO2 emissions in order to slow the rate of climate change and protect the environment, the delay is you’re just not sure how you can help. This post will walk you through some of the details to help you reduce your impact.

The scale of problems were facing can make many of us feel helpless, the good news is that each of us has the power to make changes in our lives that can have a meaningful impact on the future. To build a better future we all need to make changes in our lifestyles and now. Not all the changes we have to make are easy; but there are some small changes we can make that are extremely meaningful.

Going meat-free one day a week makes a huge impact, sometimes it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference. The group, Compassion in World Farming estimates that if the average household halved its consumption of meat this would cut more emissions than if our car use in the whole world was cut in half.

Making simple changes in the way you eat allows you to participate in a world changing campaign, what’s good for you is also good for the planet. How will my choices help the planet? Once you get used to having a meat free day try a meat free week, try being a weekday vegetarian.

Less meat=Less Pollution

Depending on where and how it is produced the FAO estimates that the livestock industry is responsible for between 13.5 and 18 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Livestock is just one country is responsible for around 8.5 per cent of GHG emissions. Some of these are from the methane emitted from livestock. Methane is 23 times more powerful as a global warming gas than carbon dioxide (CO2). Other emissions such as nitrous oxide come from the manure produced by ruminants and other animals such as poultry and pigs. Nitrous oxide – has 298 times the global warming potential of CO2.

Still more GHGs come from the fertilisers used to grow animal feed, and from processing storage and transport of meat products as well as from the clearing of rainforest to make room for livestock. Beef is the most energy intensive of all the meats we eat. According to environmental group Greenpeace eating 1kg of beef (the average weekly intake of meats of all types in the Canada is between 1kg and 1.6 kg) represents roughly the same greenhouse emissions as flying 100km of a flight, per passenger; this is twice the carbon footprint of eating pigs or poultry.

Researchers at the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Tsukuba, Japan, agree. In 2007 they found that producing 1kg of beef results in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the amount of CO2 emitted by the average car over a distance of 250 kilometres.

I’m helping to Make A Political Statement

Politicians follow. They don’t lead. And because of meat’s association with affluence and the fear that asking people to eat less meat might make them unpopular, most politicians shy away form this issue. Unlike oil, the price of meat has remained relatively stable for many years. It is unlikely, due to the heavy subsidies given to livestock farmers, that big price rises will force consumers into eating less – in the way that they have been used to prod us into driving less. So the best hope for change lies in average people becoming more aware of the true costs of industrial meat production and taking action themselves.

I Am Contributing In Alleviating World Hunger

Meat producers are hoping to double the global production of meat by 2050. But this is not inevitable or desirable. Animals convert plant protein and energy into meat protein and energy inefficiently; it takes 8 kg of grain, for instance, to produce 1kg of beef. This means that anyone who consumes large amounts of meat – pretty much the whole of the industrialised world – may be consuming a disproportionate amounts of the world’s available nutrients.

Currently some 800 million people on the planet now suffer from hunger or malnutrition, while the majority of corn and soya grown in the world – which could be feeding them, goes to feed cattle, pigs and chickens. By some estimates 20 vegetarians can be fed on the amount of land needed to feed one person consuming a meat-based diet.

Growing crops to feed animals means there is less land on which to grow crops for humans. The knock-on effect of any increase in meat production is likely to reduce the land and resources available for producing other foodstuffs and push future food prices further beyond the limits of affordability for the world’s poorest people.

By Choosing Less Meat And Dairy I’m Choosing Better Health

Most of us eat more meat and other protein rich foods like dairy than we need to stay healthy. In 2007 the World Cancer Research Fund report recommended limiting the consumption of red meats such as beef, pork ad lamb because of a ‘convincing’ link with colorectal cancer. Links have also been found between high meat diets and obesity and heart disease.

Remember also that climate change is a threat to our future health. As the world warms up it is likely that levels of air pollution, and thus allergies and respiratory diseases, will rise, as will the rate of infectious diseases.

Remember also that climate change is a threat to our future health. As the world warms up it is likely that levels of air pollution, and thus allergies and respiratory diseases, will rise, as will the rate of infectious disease

I’m Helping To Aid The Protection Of Animal Rights

Globally some 56 billion animals are raised and slaughtered for food each year. Of these 67 per cent are grown on industrial ‘factory’ farms. Factory farms are sources of cruelty and waste on scales unimaginable to most of us. These facilities rely on commercial breeds of animals that gain weight quickly on unnatural diets of high-protein feeds. Here animals live in  crowded, stressful and often unhygienic conditions. Many of the world’s 17 billion chickens, for instance, each live in an area that is less than the size of a sheet of paper. Cattle in such farms often stand knee-high in their own waste.

Under such conditions, animals are kept ‘healthy’ with regular doses of antibiotics , traces of which can remain in the meat we eat, and which have been associated with the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria in animals and humans.

Sometimes it’s the small changes that make the biggest impact! These facts are convincing enough for me! Give it a try, get your whole family involved. Let them know the impacts of our choices and how everyone can make a difference, everyone can be a part of the solution.

You and I can help develop better food systems, by Eleanor Boyle

You and I can help develop better food systems
Written by Eleanor Boyle, Eating For Eco Systems
Written January 30th, 2011

Small-scale sustainable agriculture in Canada is fighting for survival, and there’s plenty we can all to do help.  That’s the message I got from Colleen Ross after visiting Waratah Downs, the Ottawa-area organic farm run by her and her husband, John Weatherhead.

Like others who speak publicly about the problems of industrial food systems and its casualties, Colleen knows of many examples.  There was the local family-run abattoir in southern Ontario that was driven out of business by unreasonable regulations, in a food system that is geared to support large corporate processors.  There was the small fruit canning factory – the last one in Ontario – that shut down in 2008 because local farmers could not compete with cheap fruit from China and elsewhere.

Working through the National Farmers’ Union, Food Secure Canada, and other organizations, Colleen and a network of committed individuals are working to turn the situation around.  For how we can help, I’ll summarize some of Colleen’s ideas as:  (1) Get into the kitchen; (2) Get out to the farm; and (3) Get involved.

(1) Get into the kitchen.  Colleen makes a most amazing minestrone soup, as I discovered, and you can too.  Many of us have become convinced that we need to buy processed and prepared foods, and have forgotten how to cook.  To support local food systems, we can pay more attention to food and spend time on it.  We can obtain real food, fresh and simple, and make it into meals.  Pick over the vegetables, save them, can them, freeze them.  Practice food sovereignty.

We can start with minestrone soup.  I won’t give away Colleen’s recipe, but I’ll give away mine to any of you who would like.

(2) Get out to the farm.   New small-scale farmers are appearing, according to Colleen, who are excited about the food movement and desirous of producing sustainable sustenance.  But there are not always enough committed consumers.  For example, Colleen and John integrate cows, sheep, and poultry into their organic farm, partly because the animals provide natural fertilizer in the way of manure.  But the farm sometimes has trouble selling the meat.  Like other organic operations, they’re out of the mainstream of food marketing and distribution, and can have difficulty finding buyers and supplying them.  To assist in the building of a strong good-food movement, discerning consumers can make it a regular project to get out to rural communities and buy food straight from sustainable producers.

Part of getting out to farms involves finding ones that don’t plant genetically engineered (GE) corn, soy, or other crops, also called GMOs or genetically modified organisms.  Colleen’s farm is surrounded by large agricultural operations rotating corn and soy, all GMO and all controlled to some degree by Monsanto or other biotechnology companies.   We can support biodiversity rather than biotech, by buying food that is certified organic, certified Local Food Plus, or the like.

(3) Get involved.  We can let our elected officials know we want better food policy, and new food systems that support local, small- and medium-sized farms that minimize pesticides and antibiotics, that do not pollute soil and water with synthetic fertilizers and chemicals, and that do not raise animals intensively in factory farms.

We can let our elected officials know that farm policies cannot be ‘one size fits all’ and still support local producers.  After the Walkerton water crisis a decade ago, Colleen’s farm and others were asked to implement ‘nutrient management plans’ requiring that they pave the barnyard and install curbing and channelling.   That’s the kind of response that too often comes from policy-makers purporting to make food and farming safer, and mandating expensive systems with which small farms can’t afford to comply.

We can let our elected officials know that food production should be owned and controlled by local farmers.  Cargill, Tyson, and Smithfield – all transnational agribusiness — are making money while many small farmers are barely hanging on.  It’s a result of policies focused on supporting large export-oriented food production.

We can get involved in groups, and support elected officials, that realize the need to revitalize local food infrastructure – as in the unfortunate case of the fruit processing plant mentioned above.  Called CanGro Foods, it was the last processing plant for peaches and other fruit in the Niagara region.  Local farmers and citizens had tried to save it, but to no avail with cheap fruit pouring in from overseas.  Cheap food is a big part of the problem, which we can all address by agreeing to pay more for better food.

According to Colleen, these are a few of the steps we can take to be part of the new food movement.  Get into the kitchen and use local, sustainably-grown food.  Get out to the farms that are producing good food.  Get involved.

You can read more from Eleanor by clicking here to visit here site and blog.

The Dairy Alternative

I have had a lot of friends ask me lately about dairy alternatives, since I’m sure there are lot’s more people looking for alternatives I thought I woud write a short blog post on your options for dairy alternatives.

For every dairy product, there is a cruelty-free alternative. Choosing alternatives for cow’s milk offers you lower fat and calories and also contains no cholesterol. In addition in your choice to go dairy free, you choose in avoiding casein , did you know that dairy products don’t provide your body with calcium, in fact milk products deplete your body of calcium contributing to osteoporosis. Not to mention the in-humane reasons to avoid dairy. With todays options it’s so easy to avoid dairy.




Soy, rice, hemp, or any nut milk like almond can replace cow’s milk in any recipe. Soy and rice milks are available in a variety of flavors including plain, vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.  For desserts, try using almond, oat, or coconut milk.

For whipped cream, try Rich’s brand nondairy whipping cream, beaten until stiff peaks form. You can find it at most specialty stores like Whole Foods, Choices, Capers. If they don’t carry it ask them to bring it in for you.

For buttermilk, combine one cup soy milk and one tablespoon vinegar.

Silk brand creamer makes an excellent coffee creamer.



For your baking needs you can buy EnerG egg replacer from choices. whole foods, or even Safeway. Want  eggs for breakfast? try a tofu scramble, Oprah likes it too!  or try my fave Tofu eggs benny



There are plenty of convenient alternatives to cheese

Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternative by Follow Your Heart brand comes in mozzarella, nacho, Monterey jack, and cheddar flavors and contains no casein (a milk derivative). You’ll find it in natural food stores or online at

Daiya Cheese, also a good brand and it melts, again containing no casein.

Parmesan cheese, try Soymage vegan parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast flakes. nutrition yeast flakes are good in soups and stews or add to cream soups. I know that Choices carries a vegan parmesan but I can’t think of the name.

Try making your own nut cheese, great for parties.



Tofutti brand makes a wide variety of soy cheeses, including nondairy cream cheese, as well as vegan sour cream and ice cream. The sour cream is better than the cow milk version in my opinion.



Cottage cheese or ricotta cheese can be replaced with crumbled or seasoned tofu. To turn your tofu into feta try following this recipe , Feta Cheese Recipe from



Vegenaise is an excellent alternative to mayonnaise.



Earth Balance can be used in place of any recipe that calls for butter or margarine, or try it on it’s own.



Try Silk or Whole Soy brand vegan yogurt alone or in a recipe.



There is a wide variety of vegan ice cream available on the market. Try Soy DeliciousSoy or Rice Dream or Tofutti, my favorite brand is Larry and Lunas Coconut Bliss.



You can easily replace a cream sauce with nuts, cashews work best. Never heard of making cream sauce with cashews? Click here for the recipe.


Movie’s That Will Save The PLANET

Along with the many animal concerns there are equally as many environmental concerns, they go hand in hand and we all need to take part, take notice and make a difference. Over the holidays I watched a few documentary’s. I highly recommend you watch these films, educate your self , your family and friends. The bigger the circle the bigger the change.


Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. The documentary is well structured and presents an overwhelming amount of evidence which will change the way anyone thinks about bottled and municipal water.

Both the “manufacture” of the water itself, and also where the bottles come from, where they go after use and how they influence our lives while they’re with us. The willful absence of major companies such as Coke, Pepsi and Nestle is extremely telling in light of all the material. Watch Free by clicking here: TAPPED

No Impact Man

“No Impact Man” is an awesome documentary movie, which has been directed by joint exertions of Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein. The plotline of the movie revolves around Manhattan-based Beavan family. This documentary follows the one year experiment of this family, as they abandon high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a simple life. They took this crucial step with the intention to save theenvironment. They don’t want to make any negative impact on the environment for a period of one year. You can watch No Impact Man video here to observe their one year experiment for the sake of environment.

Dirt! The Movie

DIRT! The Movie–directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow–takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

King Corn

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm.

A Delicate Balance documents the latest discoveries of some of the most prominent experts on nutrition in the world. Over 50 years of research is skilfully woven into what feels like a detective unravelling the mysteries behind the disease epidemic which has struck affluent countries with a vengeance – disease has been escalating over the last 50 years resulting in 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women being diagnosed with cancer.

Watching this film will help you make informed choices about your health and the environment around you and how to reduce your personal impact. Click here to watch for FREE


A few to start with, I will keep you posted on new ones as I continue to watch. Other films I highly recommend are  Food IncEarthlings, The CoveShark Water and Sustainable Table .

This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.

Happy Watching, Learning, Changing and Saving our planet.

Fur Around The Collar

Please check your products for animal usage, the winter season is usually full of furry collars and you don’t want to be wearing cat or dog or any animal who died a cruel painful death.

Fur is sexy, beautiful, sensuous and luxurious. Nothing feels better against your skin, and beautiful, sexy, successful people wear it. Fur is also environmentally friendly and is therefore a sustainable resource.

These are the campaigns the fur industry uses to get people to commit the ultimate atrocities permitted against animals. Consumers are misled by retailers who assure them that animals used for fur are humanely euthanized, intentionally hiding the reality of how the animals are hideously killed. Understand what makes this savage industry tick and what it will take to change it. Here is a mild video with people talking about the industry.

Skin Trade The Movie interviews insiders, designers, leaders and celebrities compiled in a heart-punching documentary directed and produced by award-winning director Shannon Keith.Whether you are a fan of fur or repulsed by the thought, you owe it to yourself to watch this movie.

The Canadian Seal Hunt is actually happening in Canada, yes this is for real. Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet. 275,000 will be killed this spring. 45 million of animals are killed in  farms each year 5 million are captured or killed in the nature (seals, wolves, tigers, etc) each year

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Turkey Facts

Those who don’t know a snood from a wattle (the flap of skin under the turkey’s chin) are sure to be intrigued by the following little-known turkey facts:

Turkeys recognize each other by their unique voices.

Researchers have identified more than 20 distinct vocalizations in wild turkeys.

Turkeys have excellent geography skills and can learn the specific details of an area of more than 1,000 acres.

Like cats and dogs, turkeys are intelligent and sensitive animals who form strong social bonds and show great affection to others.

On factory farms, turkeys frequently have the ends of their beaks and toes cut off without anesthesia — practices know as debeaking and detoeing — to prevent them from injuring one another as they are crowded by the thousands into dark, filthy warehouses.

Between 1965 and 2000, the weight of the average turkey raised commercially in the U.S. increased by 57 percent, from an average of 18 pounds to an average of 28.2 pounds, causing commercially-bred turkeys to suffer from crippling foot and leg problems.

Completely unlike their wild ancestors not only in terms of physique but also in hue, most commercial turkeys are totally white — the natural bronze color selectively bred out of them to eliminate uneven pigment colorations — because of consumer preference for even flesh tones.

Turkeys, along with other poultry, are not protected by the federal Humane Slaughter Act, and are frequently killed without first being stunned.

Every year, more than 46 million turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving holiday dinners, but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you think these birds are as incredible as we do, you can join talk show host and animal advocate Ellen DeGeneres, Farm Sanctuary’s 2010 Adopt-A-Turkey Project spokesperson, in starting a new tradition this year by adopting a turkey instead of eating. Visit for details or call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR.

                To learn more about these fascinating birds, be sure to check out the new Turkey Talk episode of Farm Sanctuary’s Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary video series. In this short, entertaining video, National Shelter Director Susie Coston introduces viewers to some special birds in the organization’s New York Shelter flock and talks a whole lot of turkey!

                What does it take? The Food Connection

                I often wondered why everyone wasn’t jumping on my band wagon of deciding to cut out meat and dairy and look for alternatives to leather and wool. I blog, I post articles, videos, pictures anything to get the word out. Wanting so desperately to share what I have learned, I tell all my friends. Not everyone makes the connection and not everyone is willing to learn. So what does it take? It’s different for everyone.

                When we are young, someone else is making our food choices then as adults we are influenced by ad’s and commercials, sometimes it’s religion or family tradition. Whatever the reason it’s you who needs to take control of the food you eat. Make the connection. Create new traditions. Question the information that is being presented to you, even mine!

                “The most important part of vegetarianism  for me was the shift in consciousness that takes place. There is a true correlation between our food choices and violence in the world. The only person who would disagree with that is a meat-eater”

                I know what you’re thinking: “more vegan propaganda to make you feel guilty” How do I know? That’s how I used to react to it too. You see, without being properly educated and aware I too was using my body as a burial ground for dead meat. Even when I thought about giving it up, I made up the same excuses as many others do. I’m even a huge animal lover and I still couldn’t make the connection.

                It wasn’t until I got sick and had no choice but to make a change. Then I wondered how can we be a truly compassionate and go along with the mass terror inflicted on millions of animals a year and the unnatural treatment of animals. How can you say you love animals but then separate them for food? You may turn your head from the “ugly” material that is out there proving this, but that doesn’t eliminate the ugliness.

                I have experienced a much wider variety of food than I thought possible without meat. Food without chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics and who knows what else. I say get creative with your cooking. I feel as though I’ve started to learn how to eat all over again, and it’s FUN. I say enjoy the inner peace that WILL come to you as your body gets healthier and in tune with the natural world from the inside out.

                Look for recipes and sites, locals who are getting involved in the food revolution. Try The Vegan Project, Liberation BC, Vegan Yum Yum, Tal Ronnen, The Thrive Diet , Diet For A New America, there are so many outlets for making the change, providing you with recipes, inspiration and informed information. You WILL feel the change, the more knowledge you gain the deeper the connection.

                Plant-Based Nutrition represents a forward-looking view of nutrition, it not only contributes to your health but you will look and feel better. By going plant-based you will be taking responsibility for your self the animals and the environment.

                I added this short video about and escaped slaughter cow, in this video a woman describes her awakened connection between what she eats and the cow that stands before her. It’s a beautiful video and it really touched my heart. I hope it touches yours.

                Maxine’s Dash For Freedom

                “When one becomes a vegetarian, it purifies the soul” – Isaac Bashevis Singer


                GOT MILK? “pim′pĕl face”

                Diet plays a huge role in maintaining healthful, youthful, totally glamour girl worthy skin. The same nutrient dense diet that keeps us healthy and prevents chronic diseases naturally helps prevent pimples, acne.  So girls and guys welcome to Radiant Skin 101, my one article  on the ins and outs of how to attain and maintain healthy, radiant skin through food:

                Everybody is allergic to milk – whether we develop visible symptoms or not. The human digestive systems lacks the enzymes to properly digest milk from other animals. Milk curdles immediately upon entering the stomach, so if there is other food present the curds coagulate around other food particles and insulate them from exposure to gastric juices, delaying digestion long enough to permit the onset of putrefaction.

                “But how could milk cause acne? Because drinking milk and consuming dairy products from pregnant cows exposes us to the hormones produced by the cows’ pregnancy hormones that we were not designed to consume during our teenage and adult years. It is no secret that teenagers’ acne closely parallels hormonal activity

                Read more at Does Dairy Cause Acne Canada or read About Hormones & Pesticides in Foods We Eat

                Dairy products are probably the worst foods you can eat if you have acne. First, dairy products are often high-fat; think cheese and ice-cream, too much fat can cause acne. Milk almost always comes from pregnant cows. The milk from pregnant cows contains hormones. Milk or dairy products contains bioactive molecules that act on the glands where blackheads are formed. 70 to 90 percent of all milk that comes from pregnant cows contains hormones such as progesterone, testosterone precursors and insulin growth factor releasing hormones, all linked to acne. Unfortunately your skin glands contain enzymes that convert these hormones into DHT (dihydrotestosterone) hormone. DHT boosts sebum production at skin gland. So the hormones in milk indirectly increase sebum production, which of course leads to acne.

                The hormones inside our bodies are important contributors to what cause pimples to appear on the outside.In particular, the hormone insulin an important modulator of breakouts.  Insulin is most commonly known as the hormone for regulating blood sugar and is associated with diabetes, yet interestingly it also increases oils that appear on our skin. Who would have thought?  Insulin levels fluctuate based on what we eat, and these fluctuations can affect other hormones such as testosterone that also promote acne.

                Processed foods made with white flour and sugar lead to blood sugar spikes, causing insulin levels to go into the hateful “pimple-producing zone” Sugar and processed foods are not good for our skin.

                The foods you should eat for radiant skin? Green vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, seeds, avocado’s, starchy vegetables, and whole grains, of course. These foods are loaded with antioxidants and help our skin repair damage.

                Plant foods contain an array of phytochemicals. Foods rich in carotenoids are super foods for your body, not just your face., they supercharge the immune system’s defense and help prevent disease, including heart disease and cancer.  So in regards to the health of our skin, the more carotenoids and phytochemicals that are present, the faster our skin can repair damage, and remove and detoxify waste products and toxic compounds.

                So, in summary, eat plenty of micronutrient-rich natural plant foods and say a kind “thank you, but no thank you,” to processed foods and dairy products for clear, radiant skin.  Avoiding dairy and junk food is all too easy when there are so many healthier, just as amazing, food options available.

                Try: So Good, Almond Milk, Daiya “Cheese”, Vegnaise, Coconut Bliss Bars, Coconut Milk (Can replace cream in cream sauce) or Cashew Cream.

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