The other day I had quite the incident happen when I visited my local grocery store! It literally shook me to the core! I posted about it on Facebook and considering it got around 300 likes and over 200 comments I thought I would share it with all of you along with a few tips about how to read between the lines of labels at the store!
So I just went to the local grocery store to pick up some blueberries when I’m stopped by a male and female tag team who are demoing “the healthiest dressing in the World” they actually used those very words.
Apparently they didn’t know who they stopped. The ingredients were listed like this soy, dates, pineapple, modified corn starch, canola oil and “natural flavors”! Uggh! Really?
I kindly said “I’m not sure if you both know that the #1 ingredient in this dressing is the most genetically modified food in the US! I was then told I was wrong and that followed with a laugh from the female and a smart ass Unnecessary remark from the male. Mind you I was also told this product was “Organic”. The bottle did not have the organic seal and yes, I know that is a hard seal to get.
So here’s how it went down, the male decides to get “macho” on me verbally again. He stood there in my face telling me “I don’t know what I’m talking about yada yada.” This coming from a guy who cannot even see his toes when he looks down. About this same time the store manager walks by and asks what the problem is. The problem is that this tag team doing the demo was passing out samples of this dressing along with misleading information that was giving the consumer a false sense of security with what they were putting in their mouth! Further more saying the product was non GMO when it clearly was. I followed this with a “I am EXTREMELY passionate about this subject in fact, it’s my life’s work and I don’t intend to leave until something is done. I then whipped out my cell phone and pulled up a video on GMO foods…one of my own dam videos!
I’m happy to say that after taking a look at the bottle the manager asked them to leave and said he was going to speak to their supervisor about a better more honest way for them to present the dressing.
This incident reminded me of when I was living in Ohio and a VERY “she she poo poo store” asked me to stop shopping there after I complained about a similar situation. A few months later I was on the cover of our life styles section in our local news paper for my book Raw-licous Recipes and they actually invited me back to the store…
In times like these we MUST speak up! I know that groceries are going to continue to carry GMO, crap food that causes all kinds of degenerating diseases but I’ll be damed if I’m going to sit on my bottom and watch it happen!
ANDREA’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR SURVIVING THE GROCERY STORE LIES!
TIP#1 SHOP THE PERIMETER OF THE STORE!
Think about it for a moment. Its a lot easier to know whats going into your body if it doesn’t come in a package or box! Stick to the fresh produce and grass fed meats and organic local eggs (if you are still eating animal products) and you will be much better off!
TIP#2 AVOID GMO’s
Genetically modified foods are everywhere and yes, they are even in your produce section! But did you know that on the label they start with the #8? Thats right! You can avoid these “Frankin Foods” by avoiding foods that begin with the barcode #8
TIP #3 AVOID ANY PRODUCT THAT SAYS “NATURAL FLAVORS”
Often times natural flavors can be anything from corn syrup to MSG! Avoid at all costs!
TIP #4 AVOID GOING TO THE GROCERY WHEN HUNGRY!
This tips is often ignored however I feel it is of the Utmost importance. When you are hungry you are more likely to indulge in purchases of unfit “Frankin foods”! Try eating an apple or banana prior to walking into the grocery store and watch the difference that it makes in your shopping cart!
TIP #5 MAKE A LIST AND STICK TO IT!
This one is my absolute favorite! Have you ever walked into a store for one or two items and left with a cart full of junk? Hey, we all have! Whats important is to make a list of your families needs prior to leaving home and sticking to it!
BONUS TIP! Be sure that organic fruits and vegetables are at the top of that list!
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If life throws you lemons, make juice
Last week I had the pleasure of shooting an episode of “The Romance” TV show! It was such an exciting experience and one that I am very proud of. I will let you know when the show comes out!
I would love to end this email here and say “WOW what a great day!” Unfortunately, a few other things were tossed into the mix.
I had a minor car accident when I was pulling into the location that we were shooting at. Then after the shoot was over, my key would not even turn in my ignition to start the car. After the car was towed to the dealership and I was safe and sound in my rental car, I realized that I was on my way home to a fully locked house with no house key or garage door opener.
As if this was not enough turmoil I had just learned that a marketer I had been working with the past few months had decided to break into my pay pal account and “pay himself”! Yes, changed my password and broke in! Theft!
As I sat and waited the 2 hours it took the locksmith to get to me, I pondered how I had managed to keep my cool throughout the last 24 hours. Then it dawned on me. It’s my lifestyle! It’s all the yoga, meditation and clean eating I do that have paved the way for an anxiety free path!
If ever there was a time that I was convinced that this healthy way of living served more of a purpose then just looking great in a pair of jeans and longevity it was at that moment!
Here are my top five tips on not allowing stress to effect you:
1) Know that the situation you are facing is temporary.
Think about what you are going through today. Will it be at the forefront a year from now?
2) Yoga/meditation & prayer!
These three tools cost nothing, can be done on your living room floor, and have been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety!
3) As you think, you will become!
This is very powerful! Remember that our thoughts are extremely powerful! If you even say or think the words “I am stressed”, chances are, you will be! Think happy positive thoughts and a happy positive life is yours for the taking!
4) Drink your juice!
Sound silly? It’s not! When you have an alkaline body it’s close to impossible for acidic thought patterns that can lead to stress and anxiety to come up.
5) Reach out to people who care, will listen and that you know are in a position to help.
On the day above I reached out to three people that made the day go a lot smoother! A tow truck driver who now reads my news letter:) A marketing friend who helped me deal with the “sketchy marketer” and my next door neighbor who allowed me to sit in his warm home as I waited for the locksmith.
I hope this post helped you. Remember, I only want the very best for each and every one of you!
Big cilantro green juice kiss from my heart to yours,
If this touches just one of you, my work is done:)
1) KNOW THAT THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY!
Learning to breathe from your core is one of the most difficult things to learn to master yet we must breathe in order to survive! I suggest you sit Indian style once per day for 5-15 minutes and really practice being a master at your breathe! Remember that shallow breathing creates shallow thinking!
3) REACH OUT FOR THE HELP YOU NEED!
I’m not talking about going to a group and listening to other people talk about their struggles and go through a period of steps. But hey, maybe that is your style and if it works for you GO FOR IT! I’m simply saying reach out to not only an expert but also those around you. Having a support system in place is necessary to move forward
4) BE OPEN, LOVING AND ACCEPTING!
Be open, loving and accepting when others come to you with their struggle. When the person that I care for came to me I listened, embraced him and gave him a safe platform to share with me. Thats what support is all about! You will find that the more loving and accepting you are of others the more it will allow you to let go and move forward from your own struggles.
5) SHARE YOUR STRUGGLE WITH OTHERS!
Once you heal your own issues and turn your story into a fairy tale it’s your duty to share your story with others. Maybe you won’t be shooting You Tube videos or going on the news about it. Maybe you won’t be writing a book about it. The important thing for you to remember is that by sharing your struggle with others it allows them to know that they are not alone! Think about how many lives you will change!
Remember, I only want the best for each and every one of you! Big Hug from my open heart to yours ♥
- 60 oz pure water
- 1TB Cranberry juice
- 1 dandelion tea bag
- 3 TB lemon juice
- 1 TB ginger juice
- 4oz aloe juice (whole leaf)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- a pinch of cinnamon
I’m super excited your in my kitchen with me because I’ve got something really healthy to share with all of you today. We all need water however, I’m going to share with you how I like to infuse my water with extra nutrients! Check it out here and let me know what type of water you prefer to drink below.
As I look around lately I see so many people who are WONDERFUL and have so many gifts to offer this world, yet they are finding difficulty with embracing and loving themselves. I thought that it may be a good idea to send you a few quick and simple tips to apply to your everyday life that will help!
TIP #1 ACCEPT YOURSELF JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!
In order to love yourself, you must FIRST AND FOREMOST accept yourself and your body the way it is currently!
This is so very important and I want to let all of you know, not only have I been there, I AM there now! My weight is currently more than it has ever been.
That being said, I love and accept my beautiful new found curves. They represent my fertility and vibrancy as a youthful woman!
TIP #2 TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR BODY!
Every morning I have a routine. This routine consists of prayer/meditation, body movement to stimulate my lymphatic system and a big colorful green juice full of life force energy!
I’m not saying that you must do this exact routine too. However, what I am saying is that in order for you to THRIVE, you must first take care of your mind and your body!
You must stop looking for love outside of yourself!
Trust me on this one!
I spent seven years without a partner or even a date, working on “my stuff” so I would not be like so many others who are failing miserably in relationships because they have insufficient or little to no self-love at all!
What I discovered is that self-esteem and self-love are issues that are often related together. If you happen to suffer from low self esteem, it’s most likely that the root cause is a case of insufficient self-love. You may even find that loving yourself feels unnatural when you begin this process because your mind has been ingrained with self sabotaging thoughts for the longest time.
IT’S TIME TO TURN IT AROUND, YAY FOR SELF LOVE!
That’s right! I treat myself to something special every single day! It may be a green juice at my favorite juice bar or a beautiful little cheap cotton dress from my favorite neighborhood boutique. Whatever day of the week it is, I know that I am getting a treat from me, myself and I!
You will be shocked at how much of a boost this gives you!
You will also be shocked at how you begin to accept and respond more openly to gifts from others too!
This one is HUGE! In order to really experience self love you must do and give to others, just as much as I stressed the importance of “putting yourself first” above.
It is vitally important to be good to others. I try to do at least one thing per day for someone else. It really does get you outside of yourself. A bonus is that it brings to light all the wonderful characteristics in you that would never be seen; not just by others but seen by yourself!
When you don’t love yourself and place yourself first, you are basically telling the Universe that you are unworthy or undeserving of any love, relationships or positive outcomes that have the same vibrational match as you have at your highest vibrational state of being!
It’s almost impossible to ever reach the potential that you desire unless you begin to apply the changes to your life that I suggested to you above!
Remember! I only want the very best for you!
I’m so excited you are here with me in my kitchen today because I have a friend I want to introduce to you! Dane Kent and I thought it was important for all of you to learn how to stay in shape while traveling! As always I encourage you to post your thoughts and tips below!
To check out more great tips visit Dane at www.danekentfitness.com
Good morning Facebook family! I’m super excited you are here with me in my kitchen this morning~! I hope you enjoy this video about the difference between algaes! Namaste and have a FANTASTIC Saturday!
Good evening Facebook family! I wanted to share a video with all of you about doing the work on ourselves in order to better understand our partners needs and to better understand our own. This comes in so handy in working out our differences in relationships and helps us open up and expand on a greater scale in order to receive MORE love and abundance into our lives! It’s really helped me and I hope it helps just one of you. Namaste