Farms, Your Food and the Non-GMO Hype…Be Aware

A few weeks ago I was scouting farms. Specifically farms that grow sustainable agriculture. This means they use farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. It draws and learns from organic farming, or so I thought!

I was under the impression that if it was non-GMO that the practices were safe.  To my dismay while on my journey I found this chart…GMO pic

Since today’s society is wrapped up in more and bigger, farming techniques have taken to commercial production to create more and bigger everything. The problem is the methods to get there are unhealthy for humans and the environment and leads to much of our food becoming genetically modified.

A genetically modified organism (GMO) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.

This practice has altered the chemistry of our food affecting its nutritional value, creating toxicity, developing allergic reactions and harming the environment.

Here I was thinking non-GMO was safe and now even that’s not enough :/

Be AWARE people!

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Reference: http://seedsofdeception.com/what-is-gmo/

Are you Functioning at Optimal Health- Do you really know?

You went to your general doctor and he looked at your blood test results and he said your results are fine they are within range and you’re healthy, but are you really? …

Here is what you may not know…

When the general doctor reads your test results he is comparing you to the health of the general public, not to your specific health and the best that you can be.

Have you seen the state of the health the general American public is in? I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be compared in any way, shape or form to the general public when it comes to my health.

Chances are, if you stay within those guidelines disease is brewing beneath your skin and you’d better take control of your own health and not depend on the governments guidelines.  Set your own standards.

No two people are the same nor are their health goals. Therefore, optimal health is an individualized matter.

The World Health Organization defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

But what is Optimal health?

In an article in the “American Journal of Health Promotion” by Michael O’Donnell, Optimal health is a balance of five areas of health. These areas are emotional, physical, spiritual, mental and social health. The concept of optimal health focuses on mental health and healthful relationships, as well as nutrition and exercise.

At the physical level it means freedom of movement. To be strong, flexible, durable and balanced.

At the mental level, it is clear thinking  including memory, reflection, analysis and creativity.  To be quiet, yet alert and attentive in the mind.

At the emotional level, freedom of expression.To be free from stress and mental blockages.

At the spiritual level, it is being connected to your essence and to the universe. To be free from attachments and to be present.

Don’t you want to be your best self ?!  Mind body and soul.

As our thoughts become our reality here is some food for thought…

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. “ Hippocrates

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,joycethumb

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer