A new visitor posted a message today, which made me realize I hadn’t yet addressed this in a post. You are not alone. We all feel overwhelmed when first looking at transitioning to real food. Baby steps…don’t try to do it all at once. The more you can eliminate from your diet, the better but it does take some time to go completely GMO free. Personally, I recommend just going all organic (yes, you can afford it and I will address that in a later post, but feel free to ask questions on how to eat organic cheaper than traditional in the meantime) because I’m not sure that the stronger concern with GMOs is the actual GM process and resulting altered plant DNA or all the pesticides and herbicides we are exposed to when consuming them. Pesticides and herbicides are also used in alarming quantities on non-GM crops, so really your best bet is to go organic as this way you avoid all the toxins, not just the concerns with GMOs. See to follow my response to this excerpt from the post, “GMOs are used in everything. It really seems impossible to me to omit them.”
I’m glad you were able to find me. You are correct; it is definitely a challenge in today’s world. I hope in my educational efforts I can play a small role in making the transition easier for folks by creating more consumer demand for more GMO free options in southeast Missouri. In the meantime I am happy to help anyone who desires to eliminate as much as possible. The more you can convert your diet to pure foods, the better. Unfortunately, right now it is next to impossible to completely eliminate without a lot of research or a little coaching from someone who’s done the research and self-practiced to know the feasible ways of eliminating. However, that’s no reason to not control what you can. I coach people to do your best, starting with cutting out what you know to be major offenders. #1: Regarding the livestock being fed GM grains…switch to grassfed beef as it will not be contaminated from chemical-laden GM feed. I can refer you to local options for grassfed beef until I build the site up with that information available. If you’re like most American families, just that one change will do wonders. Buy chickens locally, or in a pinch get organic at the store. Sometimes I make exceptions…for example, there’s not a lot of options for chicken locally that has been fed organic feed. But, since I eliminate everything else that I can, I feel local chicken from farmers with good practice is still MUCH better than the alternative (store bought yucko chicken) if and when we just HAVE to have chicken. In other words, choose your battles. We do have a local farmer really pushing our local coop to carry GM free grain so it is available to our local farmers in a quantity which allows reasonable pricing to the end user. When it comes down to what you can afford and can’t, just don’t eat it. (LOL) Seriously, if you can’t afford organic chicken, just only eat it on occasion so it doesn’t put a huge dent in your budget…it can become a delicacy for your family. Try to gradually start converting over to meat as a side versus the main course…veggies, veggies, veggies. #2: Eat organic for everything you possibly can, especially items containing GM crops such as corn, soy and canola. Organic, by theory, is always GM free because in order to become certified organic the company cannot knowingly use GM sources. It’s not a 100% guarantee as the organic label is certifying a process which encompasses taking all measures necessary to avoid contamination of products by GMs, but there can be a small amount of contamination as long as measures are being taken to rectify. I haven’t yet researched a lot on the plastics so cannot speak to that, however, in what I do know I would say when you can use glass instead. #3. Drink raw milk from a local farm, but first visit the farm and inquire on practices. You can locate farms with milk by state at http://www.realmilk.com. Store milk is just unacceptable…go to you tube and search, “Your Milk on Drugs.” #4. Make your own where you can. You can make your own yogurt easily by just culturing milk and letting it sit overnight at the right temp. Really takes no time at all, and then you’ve eliminated that source of funk. I can help with a lot of this. Many snacky things you can make yourself and stash so you have the supply for weeks or months, depending on the item. One of the biggest helpers for me is over-cooking. For example, if you are grilling hamburgers and potato wedges for dinner, make twice as much. It really takes no more effort to have 10 patties on the grill versus 5 and you can put the second pan of potatoes in the oven to cook while you’re eating. Then, when you clean up after dinner, pack up the patties and potato wedges using a Seal-A-Meal type vacuum sealer. If you do this regularly you end up with a deep freeze full of frozen precooked main courses and sides which only require defrost and heating, yet don’t have all the scary things that you get from the store frozen meals. Busy night? Hit the deep freeze and pick and choose main courses and sides to make a meal that sounds appeasing 🙂 Doing it this way eliminates the need to find time for a devoted “prep day” which my family doesn’t have time for, as many American families. #5. Take advantage of the bulk bins at the local health food store. We have several stackable containers in the pantry which we fill with mixed nuts, dehydrated fruits, etc. You can also get things like oats and granola for cheap and make your own oatmeal versus the packets. OVERALL: Every measure you can take to eliminate the processed and prepackaged foods will do wonders. Let’s say Sunday you make crackers, Tuesday popcorn, Sunday (healthy) cookies. Make them in large quantity and then you’ll have that snack in the pantry/freezer for a few weeks or months and as long as you continue to take 1-2 days per week on average to make a simple snack you’ll always have an ongoing supply. We use these activities as fun family time. The kids love it 🙂 I could share so much more but don’t want to overwhelm you. I almost forgot-don’t forget to check out the Sensible Solutions section on this site. The food factor (all GM free) has been a tremendous help to us as well and I can help you get those products free to use for your family’s health and convenience. Please feel free to contact me anytime for assistance! God Bless and thanks for visiting my site!