Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 | Our Best Advice | Comments Off
Our clients who hire Chefs and other staff from us are food connoisseurs, vegetarians and vegans, or have other restricted dietary needs. We love helping them with our renowned staffing referrals. Many households today require that only organically grown food be purchased. It’s also important to know that Salmonella poisoning affects the elderly, pregnant women, and children the hardest (as being life threatening).
Some Chefs take no chances, they strictly follow government regulations buying only pasteurized eggs, yet there are differing opinions on whether that’s actually safest or healthy to eat. According to American Egg Board comments, there have been warnings of a small chance against consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs that may be contaminated with Salmonella. Note the words small chance (the ratio is 1 in 8000 eggs). So our first TIP today: Buy Local Eggs from your outdoor farmers markets, their production averages 100 eggs or less a day (per vender), and kids love an outing if you’re a Employee who does the household shopping too. Apply for domestic help work here.
Take another TIP from Chefs purchasing from outdoor markets/small family farms/coops, you can set up relationships with venders and call your order in ahead. Big Agra Farms promote pasteurization and irradiation as being “safer” in lieu of providing humane and clean growing conditions. That’s untrue, it actually devitalizes our food according to clinical studies, so boycott big agra products to get our message consumers won’t tolerate it. Consumer choice is under attack with both conservatives and liberals fighting the Obama administration’s new agricultural and food policies. Regardless of what your political leanings, this is an issue all parties can agree is unconstitutional that strikes at the very heart of our freedom.
At ISA we’re for good old fashioned common sense as our first go to tech. The national egg recall of more than half a billion eggs from two giant Big Agra growers brought attention to 1,500 cases of salmonella poisoning (Salmonellosis). TIP: The older the eggs the thinner the shells, which may provide the perfect environment for salmonella contamination to set in — so only buy the freshest eggs, as our grandmothers knew. My grandmother lived to be 96 years young. She passed away naturally and beautifully, without taking any medication. Some of my best food TIPS come from her and my father. Rarely did they go to doctors preferring to treat themselves with all but forgotten knowledge known as sophisticated folk medicine. It’s my opinion we each have to challenge doctrine sold to us as “true”. Ask yourself if it really is or is someone invested in you believing that, you’re the best most unique authority in your life.
You can also find hormone free eggs at our oldest Los Angeles Farmers Market, a favorite of both locals and tourists (see video). See more on Locavores buying in our previous TIPS. And learn about an interesting specialty food Araucuna Eggs Online and the rare chickens who lay green eggs. Located in Santa Monica and a Chefs favorite, The Wednesday Market runs out of green eggs quickly, so make sure to get there early or order ahead as Chef’s who favor them do. Another local outlet carrying family farms specialty foods is Coopertunity, also a members only Santa Monica coop. Needless to say, our golden California weather provides us with amazing open air market selections in every neighborhood, so check your local listings.
OK, so where does that leave us in the debate? Well, aside from my preference for flavorful green eggs (that have been around since the 16th century, and I must have loved them at least since then), I’m also reminded of Two Eggs Florida, where “We have no city government, no city taxes, no city services and no city attitudes”, as they tell it, and where they have a forlorn ghost around Bellamy Bridge, if you ever road trip through there… But I digress (because there is so much interesting stuff to know!)
Seriously, the egg food scare made everyone nervous, but we need to deal with this together and not give in to unlawful government legislation and fear mongering. I love raw egg products and have been eating them for years (consumed in Europe without any debate) preferring my meals gourmet prepared for style and health combined. It’s been extensively shown that eating raw food as Mother Nature creates will cure most maladies. Chefs are incorporating raw meals for Employers at their request as a popular food trend. There is absolutely no law that could deny anyone a Right To Choose food.
The Amish grow/trade/sell organically grown foods among themselves since the formation of our country founded upon rights constitutional law guarantees. Because of their strict adherence to their dietary and medical beliefs, they have some of the lowest childhood illness rates, and almost no autism cases in their community (you can confirm this research online). Thomas Jefferson warned that when government controls your food rights, the end of freedom is near.
Our client Ariana Huffington has a new book entitled Third World America (currently doing her book tour), a title we could all weep over. We don’t discuss our clients and their public activities because of confidentiality we voluntarily maintain on their behalf, but this is public knowledge and we’re currently facing a situation many are confused over. It’s not an issue of right or left, rather, this is one of the most ignorant regressions in History.
A great example of how to peacefully deal with it was creatively demonstrated by a freedom advocate from Pasadena, known as the Peace Pilgrim. She was a courageous heart-full peace warrior born in Egg Harbor City (no, I’m not making it up). As Peace Pilgrim put it so beautifully:
“In order for the world to become peaceful, people must become more peaceful. Among mature people war would not be a problem – it would be impossible. In their immaturity people want, at the same time, peace and the things which make war. However, people can mature just as children grow up. Yes, our institutions and our leaders reflect our immaturity, but as we mature we will elect better leaders and set up better institutions. It always comes back to the thing so many of us wish to avoid: working to improve ourselves.” — Mildred Lisette Norman – aka: Peace Pilgrim
So whether you’re Vegetarian, Vegan, or All Food Foodie, support our local family farmers and outdoor markets passionately! Don’t be frightened, get informed, involved, and proactive. Maintain food safety and preserve our right to retain our constitutional freedom of Right To Choose. Send Our Best Advice for others to learn our TIPS. Thanks!
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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 | Our Best Advice | Comments Off
At ISA staffing we deal with the Best Jobs for the Best Nannies, Governess and other Childcare Workers along with placing the Top Private Chefs in the world in private homes, services we provide to clients for which we are famous (see our photo gallery). These great jobs (apply here) may include dealing with overseeing kids meals and their party events.
When I write that I enjoy bringing you latest TRENDS including allergy findings that could save a child’s life, it’s not only because of the professional love we have for our work and kids, it also effects each of us. TIPS for maintaining nutritious healthy foods and updates on food sensitivities are a must to share given the growing challenges.
According to Dr. Pamela Ewing, an allergy consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, said the rise in cases appears to be outstripping even peanut allergies. Dr. Ewan sees more than 8,000 people with allergies a year. She said that most patients with reactions to fruit and vegetables were children, and the numbers are rising at alarming rates.
You read that correctly: fruits and vegetables are some of the newest culprits triggering heavy allergies, despite everyone thinking they’re unconditionally beneficial for us. What we fail to consider is GMO grown foods and the deplorable corporate politics of how they’ve entered our food supply. GMO is never healthy.
Most Kids love french fries. However, you’d be surprised to know the potato dishes served in restaurants (including those lovely French Fries cooked in Canola Oil) come from GMO grown produce. Potato is one of the most auto-immune inflaming foods causing allergies, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritic symptoms (as I personally came to discover with joint pain that disappeared once I stopped eating it and products with potato derived additives). Also be weary of sweet food additives KIDS are sensitive to, including products like catchup and candy bought at health food markets. Fructose corn syrup is under attack for getting it off the market as cause for much of childhood illness and obesity. Don’t fall for thinking that fructose sounds natural, then it must be ok to eat. A clever disguise of this additive is also being marketed under the name “corn sugar”.
Download the NON-GMO shopping guide – TIP: Use it when you write your shopping list. Keep it with you whenever you shop and buy products listed in the Guide. Store it inside your reusable shopping bag, or simply leave it in your car, or have it with your checkbook or credit cards holder. Even if your household only shops for organically grown products kids are still exposed at home, school, friends homes, out at the park, picnics, sports or other events, or having an ice-cream treat with toppings at the local store.
You get the idea how hard it is to control what hungry mouths ingest or eager arms are able to reach on a table in a blink of an eye. If we all do this together, the change accelerates. Soon, retailers will actively seek to have products that are NON-GMO and only organically grown. Meanwhile, find great recipes for homemade treats online that don’t include fructose syrup, the worst triggers according to Dr. Mercola (mercola.com)
Another TIP, when you have time watch this video on GMO foods and how affected we all are. There are beneficial trends, and then there are those which are deadly everyone needs to know about.
Order foods online that verify organically grown with stamped labels, and support websites providing such services, including getting their Email newsletters. Share them with others, teach KIDS you come in contact with and their parents, and send Our Best Advice link for TIPS they’ll enjoy knowing.
We cannot emphasize this enough. Certified organic products cannot be produced using GMO ingredients. Buy only products labeled “100% organic”, “organic,” or at least “made with organic ingredients.” Read more about organic standards… Tip 2: Look for “non-GMO” labels. Companies may voluntarily label products as “non-GMO.” Some labels state “non-GMO” while others spell out “Made Without Genetically Modified Ingredients.” Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal have third party verification as being in compliance with Non-GMO Project standards for GMO avoidance. Some products limit their claim to only one particular “At-Risk” ingredient such as soy lecithin, listing it as “non-GMO.” Look for dairy products labeled “No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”
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