So, when I said don’t think if some items clump together to seem really similar a few days in a row that that meant that was the new focus of the blog, this is what I had in mind. The topics were chosen by me but the order is random, so we’ve already done some cooking this week, and some of us did some baby food yesterday, and today’s something to do, as you may have noticed if you’re using that “Things You’ll Need” tab, is to read 201 Organic Baby Purees: The Freshest, Most Wholesome Food Your Baby Can Eat! by Tamika L. Gardner. As I’ve said, with books or movies or whatnot if you can’t find a library or otherwise free or reasonable way to obtain it, then just decide whether that day is something you want to do based on your budget and interest level. I do not want anyone going broke over my blog.
Again, this particular item was chosen when I anticipated “someday” kids, but I’m also quite addicted to cookbooks, and like understanding various lifestyles, including the parental lifestyle and the green lifestyle. This book has a lot of interesting information and some really great sounding recipes. It makes a really good case for why your babies and kids should be eating organic, even if you aren’t. The author sites the EPA as saying “Children’s internal organs are still developing and maturing and their enzymatic, metabolic, and immune systems may provide less natural protection than those of an adult. There are critical periods in human development when exposure to a toxin can permanently alter the way an individual’s biological system operates. Children may be exposed more to certain pesticides because often they eat different foods than adults.” That makes a whole lot of sense.
She also does a really good job of explaining the differences between USDA certified organic, 100% USDA certified organic, listing organic ingredients or food groups on the label, Certified Naturally Grown, and All-Natural. (Hint, All-Natural isn’t regulated and actually means nothing other than the seller wants your money for pretending to be green.) She talks about GMOs, the most heavily pesticided foods, what the hell antioxidants are and how they work (I’ve been wondering that one for a long time, cause anti- something that sounds like oxygen always sounds like a really bad thing), gives a list of “Superfoods” and their virtues, and talks about how to choose the right foods for the whole family.
She even talks about how to save money on organic foods, which realistically, the added expense is the biggest reason most of us aren’t shopping all organic.
The book goes into detail about preparation methods, basic items to keep stocked, and safety tips for making your organic baby foods (or, as we saw yesterday, purees can easily be modified into adult foods as well.) They include a section of lovely pictures and then break down recipes by stages (age groups) and include menu plans for those stages. The later recipes include things that could easily fit on the plate for any member of the family and not just a baby.
My only complaint about this book is that I don’t like when authors who write about your baby define them as a certain gender. They don’t know what gender your kid is and there’s no reason to do that. Otherwise I’m impressed and give it two big thumbs up on content and on recipes, I know there are some that I’ll be trying. If you are a parent or have done the parenting thing and have any experiences or opinions or thoughts on this book we’d love to hear them!
One final thought, not related to the book per se, but if you’re a green kind of person, an environmentalist of any caliber, or care about global warming/climate change, particularly if you have new babies to worry about inheriting this world, consider what’s going on in US politics right now, and that potentially the biggest way you can impact the environment since we have to do it on our own for now, is to buy organic. Organic farms vs. big industrial farms with the focus of quality vs quantity are having a much more positive impact on the environment, and we need to be supporting them. The more that people buy organic, the more that farmers will be growing organic.
Today’s List of Tasks:
- Give yourself a Facial Cleanse.
- Clean out your car or other mode of transportation.
- Do some bodyweight exercises for your lower body.
- Listen to a guided meditation and/or subliminal audio for detoxification.
I shall see you all on Facebook shortly for the question of the day 🙂
A word about music: We include songs for a reason. Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much. Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason. If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: “D” Natural Blues
Album: Roaring Twenties : Hits Of The 20s