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Friday, September 4, 2015

Do You Bag Your Own Groceries?


Are you the type of shopper who helps bag your own groceries or stands there watching? Bagging groceries is not a new concept at the grocery store. It doesn't matter where you shop: Whole Foods, HEB, Sprouts, Wegmans, Public, Shoprite, Stop N Shop, etc. standing at the cashier and watching people bag for you instead of lifting your hands is not acceptable. This is a problem for you, as other people watch with disbelief. I've gone to the grocery store multiple times over the last month observing shopper's behavior. Here are my findings, they're quite simple. Where do you belong in this analysis?


70% of Customers Don't Bag Groceries

-Trader Joe's Cashier-


We live in a world that is not the same as our parents or grandparents. Despite many variables that make up a lazy diagnosis, collaborating seems to still be too much work for the average Jack or Jill. Strangers are not as strange when you give them money in a store after they ring up your purchased products, ya know. So don't have a fear of the cashier man or woman! It's not scary to say hi to these people who you may not know. If you shop at the same store you may actually see them often, perhaps you can start to say hi. If they don't say hi back then you have my permission to find a new favorite store :)

Laziness Piles On

Why do people watch, most often with their mouth open not helping the cashier? Do you think it's their job only and therefore you are permitted to stand there motionless or on your phone preoccupied while they earn their paycheck? Hmm. That's certainly the wrong state of mind, in my opinion. There are many definitions and root causes of this state of mind, laziness. Regardless of any of those categories, some people go out of their way to help, do you? It's fair that you can find an ounce of energy, some activity with your hands, or be open to lifting a finger and bagging or guiding some products into a bag that you brought. Or if you're very lazy, you're still using harmful plastic bags from the store. I'm not trying to be harsh, I'm just disappointed with shoppers in 2015 who stand at the cashier watching him/her silently do everything, 100%, while you are motionless expecting them to pack you up! That's laziness! Our ancestors hunted, gathered, farmed, and cooked their own food to the up most definition of survival. They picked, bent, chose, washed and cleaned to survive. 

Collaborate In Front Of You 

In a world unlike yesterday, we don't collaborate very much. I'm using the situation again at the grocery store to bounce off the laziness analysis. Helping others, talking to others, is a form of collaborating. Since it's your food you can guide the cashier, bagger, or assist to create a positive and fun environment for yourself and the employees there. Put down your phone. Think about what the world would be like if we all had a hand in it together, starting at the grocery cashier aisle. No more hands in your pocket, look out for others and help, or at least help yourself at the grocery aisle and smile. Life is good, be a smidge more active and your universe may return the favor one day. 

Bagging Groceries Becomes An Opportunity

I'm not perfect at all, but there are some activities that I partake in to be active, not lazy. To collaborate instead of being selfish.  I bring my own bag to the grocery store, most often. You can help pack your groceries, which can burn a few extra calories. Try talking to the cashier about food to test their knowledge or ask for recommendations. If they have none, their managers need to train them immediately as that would be unacceptable. Challenge your grocery store staff and be sure they are experts on something or can help you find someone regarding food, ingredients and opportunities. Your health is what's most important daily and when you shop for your food, be open, active, collaborate and you may end up going home with a smile, learning something new with a kick in your step!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mikey's Muffin are Gluten Free Paleo

Mikey Muffins gluten free
Mikey Muffins gluten free

Mikey's Muffin's are simply smart nutrition for your gluten free and paleo lifestyle. Carefully made and available frozen, Mikey's Muffins are certified gluten free and offer you a fairly quick breakfast or anytime snack option high in protein and low in sugar. I met Mikey at a food show where he passionately speaks about living a Paleo lifestyle, healthier living and utilizing high quality ingredients vs the common option. Mikey and I shared a common interest and joy for demanding more from brands, non GMO ingredients used and truly living the same passion as you preach. All Mikey's Muffins are made with a key on less than six or seven ingredients!  (Look at your other food and see how many ingredients are listed and if you recognize them).

Mikey Muffins gluten freeIt's important to always remember that we are what we eat. If you put tasteless, cheap and dirty food into your body from food ingredients that you can't pronounce that's alarming.  If you grew up on a product that no longer is recognized as quality due to it's dangerous ingredients then it's okay to stop purchasing them and find alternative high quality food like Mikey's Muffins. It's imperative to avoid artificial ingredients, GMOs, and other harmful fillers like gluten and more especially when your body physically and internally have reactions to them. 



Mikey's Muffin 

  • Original English Muffin
  • Toasted Onion English Muffin
  • Cinnamon Raisin Muffin 


Mikey Muffins gluten free

All three Mikey Muffins are frozen including 4 packs of gluten free and paleo muffins in each box. The focus of these products are on being paleo friendly, gluten free, dairy free, soy free and grain free tasty bread alternatives. This is not your standard english muffin ingredients, yet have a delightful taste and toast well. Defrost the muffins for about 10 minutes and open the muffin. Toast until browned and firmer, but they won't be crunchy like "bread". Regardless they're versatile as you can add natural butters, eggs, deli meats, chicken breast, peanut butter, almond butter, sun butter, jams and jellies or as you best see fitting your gluten free lifestyle. 



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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Gluten Free Cheerios Are Disappointing, I Say


The efforts put forth by General Mills Cheerios to be gluten free safe for the community in my opinion are only rated: B. Would I eat a product and trust it because they received a B, the answer is probably NO. I've read the stories and interviews and analysis and they do a good job of trying to remove gluten contamination and ensure a safe product, but is it perfect, no. And is the company a good one, I'm sorry but from a food industry perspective, the answer is No.  Is Cheerios ideal for someone with Celiac Disease according to the FDA regulations, yes, but not according to someone who has higher standards than the FDA a corrupted organization in the food industry known to have ties to Monsanto and GMOs. As a Celiac my interests are health and safety for you. The reason gluten free Cheerios are far from perfect is because General Mills is lazy and non-committed in my personal opinion to truly participate in the gluten free mission. You must higher your health standards.


General Mills GMOs (General Mills is not organic)

Primarily, gluten free Cheerios are not organic and are likely made with GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Although you think they taste great and are thrilled of a new option, there are better options out there (see below). Most of General Mills cereals utilize cheap, low quality fillers and ingredients that are known GMOs. I never recommend knowingly eat foods that are made by scientists through a genetic alteration utilizing highly debatable wrongful methods where big company creator, Monsanto. Monsanto spends billions of dollars to suppress GMO education from the mass public and General Mills sources these harmful ingredients for you, gluten free shoppers. I cannot support a known food terror, who doesn't support the real natural and gluten free lifestyle littering GMOs in the food supply.


Gluten Free Oat Farms

Secondly, it comes down to their lack of genuine farming practice. They have not and did not release any news that they will create a gluten free farm to remove the common contamination of other gluten containing grains. Therefore, they have dirty contaminated oats that could "poison" innocent shoppers who have auto immune diseases, gluten intolerance (it's possible) such s Celiac Disease. Yes. they have a process to remove the gluten and I'm glad they do, but I don't find this to be a respectful way for scaling your business and mass appeal as they're a large business with lots of cross contamination everywhere.  I cannot trust a company that claims goodness yet is far from it. General Mills has the ability to create change by establishing an organic gluten free oat farm business around supplying these gluten free oats to the greater natural community, that would be the ideal public announcement, but they did not. 


Gluten Free Processed Cereal


Third, Cheerios are claimed to be made of oats, right?  Does a Cheerio look like an oat in any way? It's very processed and cereal processed grains are not the ideal, safe and common way to digest foods. I'd recommend raw and less processed foods in general, or you can buy General Mills. You should eat real oats, heated up with your favorite fruits, toppings and keep it awesome that way for energy and safe living. It only takes five minutes to heat up oats and serve it. Cold cereal takes 1 minute. You can do it :)











 (I have not been influenced by any organization whatsoever to release this article)






Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gluten Free Bakery Items Will Make You Sick

CAN YOU SPOT THE GLUTEN FREE FAIL?


Introducing

 Mountain Oven 

Crested Butte, Colorado 


If you're not sure, I'll happily share. There are gluten free baked goods and pastry items in the middle of a gluten full case of baked goods. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!  Thanks Mountain Oven of Crested Butte, Colorado for being an epic gluten free failure putting innocent people's health at risk and NOT following the FDA guidelines of gluten free labeling.  The crumbs, airborne gluten is everywhere. These gluten items are very flaky and nothing is wrapped. I don't care if you're a diagnosed Celiac, gluten free or not, this is idiotic. It's completely unacceptable to mark a gluten free food and then put it in a gluten sandwich like this, having products above and below that would cause someone to become ill. 


GLUTEN FREE DISCLAIMER FAIL



It's a bit hard to read here, on purpose, but these "gluten-free monkey muffins" were made with love in a kitchen that processes wheat, dairy, peanuts and tree nuts." HAHAHA I can't help but laugh that there was so much "love"in the kitchen that they were purposefully poisoning someone with a gluten free lifestyle. Is that kinda what they're saying here? I think so. It's pretty obvious because they're a food establishment, with chefs, bakers, etc, who frankly don't give a crap about people's actual health, just to cater to gluten free lifestyles for profit. Oh, So much love is in the air, and so much intestinal pains, damage and villous atrophy, explosive diarrhea and body aches and head fogs, to say the least. Thanks for offering a genuinely lovely auto immune reaction and/or sensitivity reaction to some others whoa re not Celiac but find gluten to be damaging to their health. No I did not eat this food, as I never put anything in my mouth until I inspect, research and analyze and clearly this one was a no brainer. Thanks Mountain Oven of Crested Butte, Colorado for being a Gluten Free Fail. 

Apparently, "Gluten Free" still has no universal definition deep into the Rocky Mountains of Crested Butte. As I travel throughout the country I continue to be disappointed at places that I both expect and least expect this issue to occur. What makes a bakery item gluten free, a processed cheese ball, napkin, knife, wood cutting board surface or apple?  Self labeling is still a joke it seems to many in the food industry. 


How about offering actual gluten free food without a disclaimer? 

Or stop serving it at all. 


Owners of these products and establishments clearly do not care about reality, health concerns and this is just scratching the surface. You should re-consider eating out seriously, because, these same places can be feeding you some other unhealthy, dangerous substances since they don't care about actual gluten free labeling and the allergies. The disclaimer is their way of serving health risks to cover their own a$$. 


Can Anyone Trust The Food Industry?


This extends way beyond just gluten free, but we'll keep it here. This self-labeling gluten free policy is not working from the FDA. Even though many of these brands, cafes, bakeries and restaurants likely know what they're doing wrong nobody stops them! They offer food to people who don't have a gluten free lifestyle health concern just to offer it for people who decide to eat less gluten. Yet, the joke is on them. A disclaimer typically gets thrown at the bottom of the marketing and promotional areas, where most people don't see it or are forced to except it. Or each restaurant says, "we do our best to separate, but can't guarantee anything". That's our life, ground hogs day. 


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

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