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TGIF! The Lorax, Brown Rice with Arsenic, and a Birthday Weekend

by Tiffany in Tidbits

TGIF everyone! The gorgeous young miss to the right is turning eight this Saturday so my weekend is pretty busy with her birthday celebration. We don’t usually do parties so I don’t have to worry about themes, favors, and all that jazz. We like to keep it an event for family and maybe a friend of her choosing. So this weekend we have a series of special things planned for her and one friend, along with immediate family and grandparents. Because her birthday is in February we decided to do something that incorporates lots of swimming. All the kids have been itching to get some pool time so it should be very enjoyable. I will be sure to post pictures next week.

In other news, I had a visit with two doctors this past week. My thyroid levels are looking good but at this time I am still on a low dose of thyroid medication. I am so conflicted because I HATE pharma meds but I feel really awesome. I need to research ways to get weaned of the meds but this doctor and another one both tell me I should expect to be on them forever… sigh. Anyway, I saw this doc just before I went paleo/primal and was shocked to hear that I had lost 20 pounds since I was there last. Whoa… it melted off like butter after giving up grains. Cool!

I also saw an orthopedist about my arm, which I injured badly at the gym in late November (after listening to some monumentally bad weight lifting advice). I got the go ahead so start weight lifting again and he gave me a bunch of stretching exercises to do so that my arm muscles stop bunching up and hurting so much after each session at the gym. If I don’t see improvement on my own he said I will need to see a physical therapist but so far, so good.

Okay… a bit of housekeeping now. The winner of the Chobani Champions yogurt case (from 2 weeks ago) is…. Tara Sabo. Congrats Tara, I am emailing you know. Enjoy your yogurt!

Also I want to know what YOU want to read about. If there is a topic that interests you and you want me to cover it, leave me a comment below.

Interesting articles for the week…

I am sure you have heard about the arsenic/brown rice fiasco. Anna at Green talk has some great articles that address the issue, explain why rice and arsenic are such a cozy pair, and what you can do in your home to reduce exposure. Part One and Part Two. I am not surprised that no one sought to fix this issue, even though it is likely they knew about it. Without public pressure these companies have no reason to change things. Money is more important than the safety issues they hope we will never find out about. At any rate I am glad that I am grain free and don’t have to worry about this particular issue.

I read an infuriating article at Cinema Blend about the new Lorax movie. A conservative panel member on Fox News actually encouraged parents to take their kids to the movie and litter all over the theater and theater property to protest the fact that “Hollywood” is trying to indoctrinate our children and turn them into something almost as bad as demon worshippers… ENVIRONMENTALISTS!! The horror! Anyway we cannot wait to see this movie. ;)

I also wanted to share this Chipotle ad just in case is you haven’t seen it yet. LOVE that this corporation sees a problem within our current food system and is doing what they can to fix it from a fast food perspective. I am a big Chipotle fan!

Have a great weekend everyone!

  • Anna @GreenTalk

    Thanks so much for mentioning my arsenic/rice articles. The more I dug the angrier I got.  Our littlest ones are so at risk.  Also, congrads on the weight loss.  I would love to go grains free too, but can’t figure out how I would do it on a vegetarian diet.  I swear even the good grain carbs put on weight.  (Um, sitting at my desk blogging does too…)

  • Tootsietorres

    Love the video. I don’t know anything about Chipotle, but I will have to investigate now.

  • I would like to know what you eat on a daily basis since you have moved to eating Paleo.  I am sure that sounds drab, but I have a hard time imagining what is truly eaten throughout the day while getting closer to our evolutionary diets.

    • Kaia Alderson

      There is a great cookbook called the paleo diet cookbook written by Loren cordain. It has some great recipes for the everyday cooking.

  • I posted the Chipotle video on my blog on Monday!  I absolutely love that video!

  • Susanp

    Thanks for the update on rice, the more people know, the more accountable companies will be. Our family has been greatly anticipating the new release of the Lorax! It dawned on me the other day that the original movie (always a favorite of mine) probably has impacted my love of preserving our world. We can’t wait!

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