GRAND Magazine - April 2009 - (Page 42)

together time What makes us sick? Get the g’kids on board with learning how to have a “super natural” home I A quiz The kiTchen, panTry and refrigeraTor: 1. does the food you eat contain pesticides? yes  no  don’t know  Hint: If the food in question is not labeled organic or is not grown on a local farm, it almost certainly contains pesticides. By Beth Greer t can be shockinG to realize how we expose ourselves to toxic chemicals on a daily basis. Here, we’re going to take a look at every room, from the foods (and containers) inside your fridge and pantry, to the bottles lining your sinks and shower stalls, to the furniture and accessories with which you come into daily contact. As you move from room to room, let your eyes, your nose and even your intuition be your guide. Grab a pen or pencil and a notebook, and invite your grandchildren to join in. Start by writing down the date; in six months, after you’ve made some positive changes, you can take the quiz again. I’m going to ask you to take a close look at what you’re buying and why. Don’t worry! Once you see the choices you’ve made, you can start making new choices that will enhance your well-being, keep you and your family healthy and even improve the health of the planet. “grass-fed” (raised on pasture), or if your milk products aren’t labeled organic, they probably contain growth hormones. Hint: If the meat or poultry isn’t organic or Problem: As many as two thirds of cattle Problem: Pesticides are designed to kill. They are known to harm the human neurological system and to deplete the Earth’s protective ozone layer, leading to more skin cancer. raised in the United States are injected with rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) to make them produce more milk. The milk is shipped throughout the country, added to products such as cream, cheese, yogurt and baked goods, but never labeled as such. 3. do your beverages contain artificial sweeteners? yes  no  don’t know  Hint: All “diet” soda contains artificial sweeteners. The same goes for foods and other beverages labeled with the words “diet, “lite,” 2. does the food you eat contain growth hormones? yes  no  don’t know  42 GRAND APRIL 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - April 2009

GRAND Magazine - April 2009
GRAND Central
Editor's Podcast
Lettuce Love You
Bewitched, Betwixt and Tween
Ask Grand: The Toxic Mom
The Breakfast Club
Sibling Boosters
Will They Be Misfits?
A Return to Elegance
What Makes Us Sick? A Quiz
GRAND Finale

GRAND Magazine - April 2009