June 28, 2010
Here are few of lobster, crabs, and oysters
2 cups organic fish stock
250g boneless white fish fillets
2 rashers organic bacon
1 organic onion
3 cloves organic garlic
1 organic celery stalk
2 organic medium potatoes
2 organic tomatoes
2 cups organic cream
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 sprig organic parsley
1 tablespoon organic butter
1 organic French stick
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare by skinning the fish and slicing into large pieces, washing and cleaning the scallops, chopping bacon finely, peeling and dicing the potatoes, and finely chopping the celery, garlic, tomato and onion. Heat fish stock in a large pan and add the fish. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the fish is cooked. Add the scallops, cook for an additional minute then drain liquid into a separate container. Cool and dice seafood. Return liquid to pan. Heat butter in a frying pan, add bacon, garlic, onion and celery. Cook until diced onion becomes translucent. Add potato and tomato to the fish liquid and bring it to the boil. Cook until potato begins to soften. Add bacon, onion, garlic, celery to pan. Stir in cream and cornflour. Bring slowly to the boil, simmering for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in parsley. Season to taste.
And there you have it. Serve with toasted French bread and a good quality glass of one of New Zealand’s fine organic Chardonnays. Enjoy!
June 26, 2010
My hypothesis is: Organic food is known to contain more nutrients, minerals, and vitamins than conventional farming crop.
Can you describe a general plan for designing this experiment?
A hypothesis is unknown (and to be proved). Organic food may not have more nutrients, mineral and vitamins and may have less. You must keep an open mind. Organic foods must meet certain criteria to be so labeled and you should check that out. I believe they use little or no artificial fertilizer or pesticides. Because the foods you wish to study are likely mostly hydrocarbons, you could weigh equal samples after squeezing out all the juice then burn the samples without adding contaminants then compare the ash (minerals). Also boil away equal amounts of juice before burning. You could also compare what goes into the soil at organic and inorganic farms and reason that the vegetables will take up whatever is available for growth. I don’t want to make it sound too easy (it likely is not).
June 24, 2010
Watermelons are grown in 44 of the continental United States. If you purchase watermelons in a western state, chances are they were grown in California or Arizona. If you purchase them in a mid-western or eastern state, they are more likely to have been grown in Florida, Georgia, or Texas. If you really crave watermelon for New Year’s Day, you can probably get one, since they are imported from Mexico. Domestic melons, however, come into season in May and are around until the end of October. The season’s peak is from May through August.
While watermelons are abundant, it isn’t so easy to find certified organic seedless watermelon.
If you research carefully, you will learn that, technically, there cannot be such a thing as a certified organic seedless watermelon. Why? A certified organic seedless watermelon is a genetically altered watermelon. The genetic alteration is done chemically.
To create a seedless watermelon, seed producers treat natural watermelon seed with Colchicines, a chromosome-altering chemical. Colchicines changes the chromosome number in the seeds from 2 to 4. Once this is done, the seeds are pollinated with the natural 2 chromosome watermelon. The result is an un-natural, genetically modified watermelon with 3 chromosomes.
Continue your research and you will learn, as I did, that plants must have an even number of chromosomes to reproduce. Since the un-natural, genetically modified watermelon now has 3 chromosomes, it cannot form seeds. You get a seedless melon.
A watermelon that is touted as certified organic seedless watermelon may be grown organically, but chemicals were used in the production of the seeds. You will have to decide your own definition of “organic” to decide whether or
not you want the melon.
If you still want to find certified organic seedless watermelon, you have options.
The Internet, which seems to have about anything you could want, includes stores that will ship certified organic seedless watermelon to your door. Of course, it has to be in season.
1. Cherry Moon Farms offers organic fruit delivery, and guarantees that the fruit will arrive fresh or your money back.
2. Diamond Organics offers “next-day” delivery of organic fruits, vegetables, and a host of other things. They guarantee that everything will be as you want it. If it isn’t, they will replace the item on your next order, or issue a refund.
If there is a farmer’s market in your area, you may be able to buy certified organic seedless watermelon there. If you know someone at your farmer’s market who grows organic produce, you could call them early in the spring and request that they plant certified organic seedless watermelon.
Check your local grocery stores for certified organic seedless watermelon. More and more are establishing an organic subdivision in the produce section. Some grocery stores try to honor customer requests, too, and may order in certified organic seedless watermelon if you ask for it.
Plant Your Own
You may want to plant your own certified organic seedless watermelon. Names of choices to ask for include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Everglade Hybrid Watermelon
2. Lemon Ice Hybrid Watermelon
3. Orange Sunshine Hybrid Watermelon
4. Big Tasty Seedless Hybrid Watermelon
Watermelons With Seeds
If you decide that certified organic seedless watermelon is not organic enough for your tastes, you might want to grow a container or row of your own organic watermelon. An easy, delicious melon to grow on your patio is sugar baby – and yes, organic seed companies such as Main Street Seed and Supply have certified organic seeds for this watermelon. It produces round watermelons, about 7″ to 8.5″ and weighing 8 to 12 pounds. The name tells you what to expect. It’s probably worth the seeds!
June 21, 2010
Last week I was talking about nutrition with one of my workout buddies and when I mentioned grass fed beef and “organic food” he asked, “Do you mean like what you get at Whole Foods Market?”
I said, “Yes, exactly… that’s a natural food and organic supermarket.” He said, “Yeah well, that place costs so much, I call it Whole Paycheck!”
I was rolling on the floor laughing, but the truth is, organic food really is expensive and so is grass fed beef and free range chicken, so it’s a valid question to ask, “Is it worth it?”
After researching the subject and doing some personal experiments with my own diet, let me offer you my take on it from a bodybuilder’s viewpoint. This is a perspective on organics you may not have heard before.
First, look at it this way – if you put the cheapest fuel in your luxury car, how well is it going to run and how many miles are you going to get out of it?
While I’m on car analogies, health and fitness author and educator Paul Chek once wrote about how ridiculous it is to watch how many $75,000 + cars pull up to the Mcdonald’s or Burger King drive through window to buy $1.99 hamburgers.
I would say that’s a serious case of screwed up priorities, wouldn’t you? The driver has no problem shelling out the $1,100 monthly car payment, but it’s too much to ask him to put premium fuel into his own “bodily vehicle.”
How can you put ANY price tag on your body and your health? You can buy another car, but you’ve only got one body.
Now, as for the grass fed beef and organic foods question….
For best results in body composition improvement, which I define as burning fat and or building muscle, (and I’ll even go as far as to say for optimal health as well), I am a believer in including animal proteins, including lean meats.
I have no wish to take up the vegetarian debate in this article. I respect vegetarians and acknowledge that a healthy and lean body can be developed with a vegetarian diet if it is done properly, although it may be more challenging for strict vegans to gain muscle for various reasons.
However, in recommending animal protein as part of a healthy fat loss and muscle building nutrition program, I do agree that we all need to give some serious thought to what is in our meat (and in the rest of our food).
Some people say that meat is part of our “evolutionary” diet and it’s the way we were intended to eat and I wouldn’t argue with that. But is the meat we’re eating in today’s modern society the same as what was hunted and eaten many thousands of years ago, or has some “toxic stuff” found its way into our beef, poultry and fish that wasn’t there before?
I also think we should consider what is *missing* from our commercially grown food, that is supposed to be in there, that probably used to be there in the past, but may not be today.
A lot of people are not paying any attention to this… even people who should know better. I admit it – I was oblivious to this for a long time myself. Here’s why:
I am not your typical “health and wellness” or “weight loss” expert. I am also competitive bodybuilder. We bodybuilders are well know for eating very clean diets with lots of lean protein and natural carbs, as well as for looking like “the picture of health” with our ripped abs and impressive muscularity.
We eat our oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast, and proudly walk around with our chicken breast, rice and broccoli or our flank steak, yams and asparagus, and boast about how perfect and clean our meals are and how our diets are already “clean” and could not be improved.
But how many bodybuilders or fitness enthusiasts are there – even serious, dedicated and educated ones – who don’t give a single thought to the poisonous chemicals that might be lurking in our supposedly “clean” food?
The Food and Drug Administration lists more than 3,000 chemicals that can be added to our food supply. One billion pounds of pesticides and farming chemicals are used on our crops every year.
Depending on what source you quote, the average American consumes as much as 150 pounds of chemicals and food additives per year.
Does ANYBODY out there think that this is good for you?
Didn’t think so.
If you had a way to avoid all these chemicals and toxins, would you at least explore it, even if it cost a little more?
Although this topic is controversial and hotly debated, organic food is gaining in popularity and seems to fit this bill.
Food grown on certified organic farms does not contain:
Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Hormones, Antibiotics or Chemical fertilizers
It is also not:
Irradiated or Genetically modified
Beyond the “certified organic” label, grass fed beef and free range chicken (and eggs), have other advantages.
Not only can there be tons of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals in our meat, but also commercially raised beef is fed grain or corn and yet that is not what the animals were meant to eat.
The result – aside from sick, drugged animals – is a higher overall fat, higher saturated fat and a screwed up ratio of omega three to omega six fats, which is a very big problem today – even when you think you’re eating “clean.” Most people accept the idea that “you are what you eat,” but they forget that the animals we eat are what they ate!
Last but not least, proponents of organic food suggest that the vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient content of commercially grown foods can be anywhere from a little bit low to virtually absent.
So… if organic and or grass fed beef and free range chicken can help us avoid some of these problems and dangers, then I’m all for it and the extra investment.
I started eating grass fed beef almost exclusively (except for my occasional restaurant steak), quite a few years ago and started eating more and more organic food. I can’t say I eat entirely organic. I eat a lot of it, but not 100%. If I’m eating an apple or some blueberries, and it doesn’t happen to be organic, I don’t freak out over it.
When you really study deeply into the subject of food processing, industrial pollution and commercial farming, it can almost scare you half to death, but I don’t recommend getting “alarmist” about it.
Sometimes it’s the people who live in fear of a disease who are most likely to get it. I for one, am not going to live in a plastic bubble to isolate myself from a “toxic world”… oh, wait… make that a ceramic bubble, plastics are really bad for you.
All joking aside, the fear of toxins can be taken to the point where the fear itself is unhealthy, but the more I study this subject – from a variety of sources and perspectives – the more the organic argument does make sense to me. I’ve built my career in fitness based on being a natural bodybuilder, which means no steroids or performance enhancing drugs, so why would I expose myself to other chemicals if I can avoid them?
Honestly, I can’t say I noticed any dramatic change in my physique or in the way I feel – at least not yet. I have always eaten clean and I was a successful bodybuilder for many years before I started eating more organic food and grass fed beef.
However, I feel confident about my decision to spend the extra money on grass fed beef, free range chicken (and eggs), and an increasing amount of organic food, knowing that I am avoiding toxins and getting more of the nutritional value I need to support my training and my health long term.
I’m certain this is the type of nutritional lifestyle change that can accrue benefits over time, even if you don’t see an immediate “transformation.”
One thing I would suggest before you run out for organic fruits and vegetables or grass fed beef and so on, is to consider what kind of shape your diet and your lifestyle are in right now. If your diet is currently such a total mess that you’re drinking a lot of alcohol, smoking, abusing coffee and stimulants, not even eating ANY fruits and vegetables to begin with…
And if your idea of lean protein is the processed lunch meat you get in your foot long sub, then I think it might be a little moot to worry about whether your fruits and veggies are 100% certified organic or whether your beef is grass fed. Just start cleaning up your diet and establishing new healthy habits, one step at a time. Focus on nutrition and lifestyle improvement, not perfection.
There are some very strong opinions on this subject. I am aware of that, and I’m not going to stand up on a pulpit and preach either way. What I have done here is simply share what I have found from my own research and what I decided to do in my own personal health and bodybuilding regimen.
My advice to everyone else is to become as educated as possible about what is really in your food, including how it is raised or grown, and to continuously seek ways to improve your nutrition above the level it is at now. Whether the next step in improving your nutrition is to go organic will be up to you to decide.
Copyright 2006 Tom Venuto
Tom Venuto is a natural bodybuilder, certified personal trainer and author of the #1 best selling e-book, “Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle,” which teaches you how to burn fat without drugs or supplements using the little-known secrets of the world’s best bodybuilders and fitness models. Learn how to get rid of stubborn fat and turbo-charge your metabolism by visiting: http://www.burnthefat.com . To get Tom’s free fitness newsletter, visit http://www.tomvenuto.com
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June 17, 2010
An organic food store can be very tricky to find in some areas. Organic food shops have become all the rage in the marketplace.
No longer are people restricted to eating just whatever farmers and importers provide in the regular grocery stores. In today’s society, an organic food supplier can branch out in the mass retail market and make a ton of money. But, deciding where to shop and sell organic foods can be a hard thing to do.
An organic food store can be found easily if a person has access to the internet. One of the main ways to find not only an organic food store, but also be able to read the latest news in the organic food world is to go to the website of Organic Consumers. This website will link to the organic consumers association that has over 800,000 members worldwide.
According to their website, “The Organic Consumers Association is a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption.”
This website is a plus for anyone wanting to find more information on organic foods. The website also helps by providing a search engine for the area they live in to find the closest organic food store to them.
An organic food store that is known world wide is Whole Foods Market. According to their website, they are currently the “world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods, with 196 stores in North American and the United Kingdom”.
They sell everything from organically grown flowers to the ingredients for organic baking. Whole Foods Market has a unique website that a person should check out if they are going to buy organic food.
This company does sell certain items on the site, however, they offer a myriad of different information on the products found in their stores. They also have recipes that a person can prepare using select organic foods.
An organic food store is a unique way to shop if one can be found. In order to locate one, a person can look on the internet, local paper, or even contact their local chamber of commerce.
Perhaps a Whole Foods Market is waiting around the corner just daring an individual to explore. If not, the local farmer’s market can be an excellent source of natural and organic foods for the whole family.
More than likely, foods that someone thought was out of their reach can be found, such as arugula and endive. Going green with organic foods has never been quite so easy.
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