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A Shopper's Guide to Avoiding GMOs

October 8, 2013

 

We’re all looking for ways to improve our health. The effects of GMOs has been on my mind a lot lately. It can’t be a coincidence that since we started genetically modifying our food that the health of our nation has declined — increased obesity, heart disease, and cancer, to name a few. We need to make a return to eating whole, organic foods, and stay far away from anything that was modified to withstand the pesticides used on the crops (unless you LIKE eating pesticides). If the task of avoiding GMOs seems overwhelming, the good people at Whole Foods have put together a comprehensive, easy to read guide!!

To quote Inigo Montoya (from The Princess Bride), “Let me ‘splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”

  • Eat Organic.

  • Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal.

  • Eat your fruits & veggies. Most fresh produce is non-GMO; sweet corn, Hawaiian papaya, edamame, zucchini and yellow summer squash are the only produce items currently grown commercially from GMO seed.

  • Check the source on meat, eggs & dairy.

  • Consider the additives.

  • Most frozen fruits & vegetables (except those listed above) are non-GMO.

  • Go for dry grains, beans, nuts & seeds.

  • Choose wild-caught seafood.

  • Drink responsibly. All wine and beer labeled either “organic” or “made with organic” or “Non-GMO Project Verified” must use non-GMO yeast. Wine grapes and the grains used to make beer are not typically GMO.

Eat lots of these! Here are just a few of the MANY fruits and vegetables that have NOT been planted from GMO seed in 2013:

  • Carrots

  • Onions

  • Potatoes

  • Grapes

  • Avocadoes

  • Broccoli

  • Lettuce

  • Leafy greens

  • Tomatoes

  • Berries

  • Bananas

  • Cucumbers

  • Peas

  • Celery

  • Melons

  • Apples

Happy shopping, friends! (And don’t forget to chew your food…)

 

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The Diva Digests

an opera singer's thoughts on music, food, and the meaning of life

about The Diva

I’m a California native, recently returned to the L.A. area after 15 years as an opera singer in the Big Apple. Singing has always been my favorite means of communication and self-expression. I’m a self-conscious self-editor, so singing someone else’s words and music has given me the freedom over the years to express what I couldn’t figure out how to say. Well, I’m tired of editing, so here I am, writing my own words (for better or worse). Welcome to my blog! I’ll write mostly about singing and eating, and how the two have intersected in my life.

 

My overall health is pretty good (and it’s a lot better than it used to be). Thank God, I’ve never had major illnesses. But repeat sinus infections for an opera singer is pretty bad news. When I realized I was making myself sick with what I was eating (hello coffee, fried food, and refined sugar!), it was a huge wake-up call. I could likely have saved myself an invasive surgery if I had known that my fibroids were growing because of my highly inflammatory diet. I thought surgery was my best option, because it was what my doctor recommended! (By the way, I have kept my fibroids in check and improved my sinus health – and lost 25 pounds – by engaging in new food habits that reduce inflammation.)

 

We have become a magic pill culture. Sit in front of the TV for 5 minutes, and you’re bombarded by direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical marketing. “Do you suffer from heartburn so bad it makes you vomit? Never fear. Go ahead and eat that plateful of atomic buffalo wings, wash it down with a bottle of red wine, and take this little pill. You’ll be right as rain.” UGH. (I paraphrase, but you get the idea.) Actually, you’ll end up with chronic inflammation, which can lead to serious illness. (Cancer, anyone?) Have you ever considered that the bloating and discomfort you feel after a meal is NOT normal? Do you want to get off of your OTC (and possibly even your prescription) meds? Do you want to quit your daily Advil habit? You can do it by making a few, simp