Friday, February 8, 2019

Is This The Last Time?

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but 4.5 years old is my favorite age by far. There’s just something about this age that is sweet and wonderful and perfect and silly. Quinn has turned into the most awesome tiny human, and I absolutely love spending our “Quinn and Mumma” days together.

I’ve really started to make it a point to embrace our time together, and I constantly make mental notes of my favorite warm and fuzzy moments. I want to hold onto the memories of Quinn at this age and remember them the best I can. Even still, during these sweet moments, I can’t help but ask myself whether it’s the last time.

As Quinn gets older, there’s certain things that he’s physically too big for, like riding around on the bottom of the cart at Target. Pretty soon, he won’t fit there anymore.

Same goes for his stroller. He barely fits in it now, but when he asked me to take Murphy for a walk with the stroller this afternoon, I didn’t turn him down. (It was his code for wanting to take a nap on the walk.) I covered Quinn with “Geet” and “Noonie” (his blankets), and he fell right to sleep. Was this the last time?

And playing games. Ok, maybe Quinn will always enjoy playing games (I know Mal and I still do), but he won’t need us to read the rules and set it up. Quinn will need us less and less as the years pass, so it’s hard not to wonder if these moments are truly the last of their kind.

Before Quinn goes to bed at night, we always snuggle on his couch and “talk about our days.” Tonight, we chatted for a little bit, but he was fast asleep within minutes – his head on my chest and his arms draped on either side of me. Being a mom is awesome in so many ways, but these fleeting moments are so bittersweet.

I’m feeling nostalgic, grateful, and full of love as I finish this blog post and head to bed. I know when I’m with Quinn tomorrow, I’ll still wonder whether or not this is the last time, but I also know I’ll cherish and embrace it even more.

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Weekly Link Love—Edition 15

Research of the Week

Adults sleep better and retain more memories in a bed that rocks.

Some human adaptations to extreme environments.

A new gene editing technology—CasX—emerges.

Post-workout carbohydrate replacement reduces the next-day benefits to insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.

Kids with fatty liver improve it by dropping sugar.

How a specific ketone body inhibits hypertension.

In Americans, intense experiences predict good health. In Japanese, relaxing experiences predict good health.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 309: Jennilyn Griffiths: Host Elle Russ chats with Jennilyn Griffiths about the upcoming FitCon Summit.

Episode 310: Sharon Brown: Host Brad Kearns chats with Sharon Brown, the founder and CEO of Bonafide Provisions, which makes the number one selling frozen bone broth in the country.

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Media, Schmedia

Erwan Le Corre on the limitations of the gym.

Coca-Cola had (has?) plants in the CDC.

Interesting Blog Posts

Dr. Mike Eades takes on the Framingham Heart Study.

Social Notes

My answer to “Is there an optimal diet for each person?”

Isn’t it pretty (plus a contest)?

Everything Else

Imagine taking one of these with a spear.

Aren’t avocados just the best?

Parkinson’s is set to skyrocket.

IQ tests for embryos.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Argument for GMO skepticism I found compelling: That making precise, controlled changes to microscopic properties can result in imprecise, uncontrolled macroscopic changes to outcome.

Photos I loved: The ones of trident-wielding surfers riding Lake Superior waves during the polar vortex.

Old article I enjoyed: They Thrive on All-Meat Diet (from Maclean’s in 1929).

Phrase I’m digging: “Inside-bone nutrients.”

This makes sense: The wilder the nature, the more benefits.

Question I’m Asking

Where do you prefer to train—in the gym or in the natural world? How do you prefer to train—using varied dynamic real world movements or with weights and machines?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 3 – Feb 9)

Comment of the Week

“Workstation? I’ve been in outside sales for 20 years now. I have a folding keyboard. Short work can be using it on top of my shoulder bag. Or even on top of a payphone that no one will ever use again.”

– I enjoy the image of James Bond clacking away on his laptop on an abandoned payphone, Roger Moore.

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Why Ingredients in Beer Matter – And What Beer Companies Aren’t Telling You

I was having a blast watching the Super Bowl last weekend… and it had NOTHING to do with the game! Bud Light started advertising that they have No Corn Syrup in their beer, and texts like this kept rolling in…

You see, we launched the petition that started the conversation about beer ingredients and why they matter. And now, Bud Light is spending millions of dollars on a marketing campaign to tell us that corn syrup isn’t in their beer – but there is SO MUCH MORE to this story. 

Here’s how it all started…

A little over 4 years ago I was sitting at Anheuser-Busch headquarters trying to convince their executives to develop an organic beer. At the time they told me they had tried one in the past, but it didn’t sell. Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale was the first one they produced many years ago, but they took it off the market… 

The original organic beer as seen at the Anheuser-Busch headquarters

Well, so much has changed since then, and not only did they end up coming out with an organic Michelob Ultra Pure Gold beer, but they advertised it during the Super Bowl! I couldn’t have been more happy to see that. I remember sitting in their board room, wondering if my arguments for an organic beer were convincing enough or just falling on deaf ears. 

Meeting with executives at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, MO

I’ve been investigating the ingredients in alcohol for the last 6 years and dedicated an entire chapter (chapter 7!) to it in my first book. The ingredients in beer are not required by law to be listed anywhere on the label and manufacturers have no legal obligation to disclose the ingredients. The beer industry is regulated by the U.S. Treasury Department (the people who collect taxes) instead of the FDA like most other food and beverages. This is why we know more about what’s in a can of Coke than what’s in our beer.

Since beer companies aren’t required to tell us their ingredients, I knew I needed to investigate this for myself and what I found shocked me. I grew concerned after discovering there is a long list of additives the government has approved for use that beer companies don’t need to tell you about… corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, stabilizers linked to intestinal inflammation, artificial colors, caramel coloring, and genetically modified ingredients, to name a few.

I knew people wanted to know more about what was in their beer (especially since my husband loves beer), so I launched a petition in 2014 asking the two biggest beer manufacturers in the world (Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors) to publish their ingredients online (1). The response was HUGE. Within the first 24 hours the petition received 43,000 signatures and Anheuser-Busch publicly agreed to publish the list of ingredients online (2). MillerCoors quickly followed.

The petition we started in 2014

Thanks to the work of the Food Babe Army, we made history that day. And that’s when Anheuser-Busch invited me to St. Louis to see how their beer was made. 

Behind the scenes at Anheuser-Busch

If you watched the Super Bowl, you likely saw Bud Light’s ads about how they don’t use corn syrup in their beer. They also threw Miller Light and Coors Light under the bus for using corn syrup in their beer…Which is completely true. 

I LOVE how they played the part of “Food Babe Army” in listing out the ingredients for everyone to see in these flyers. But as I wrote about in my first book, Bud Light actually never used corn syrup in their beer, so I found that misleading. 

Anheuser-Busch (the parent company for Bud Light) is insinuating that just because one product is “clean”, all of their other products are a better choice, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. They are using the same ingredients as Miller Light and Coors Light in some of their other beers.

Anheuser-Busch is still using corn syrup in other beers, which is likely made with GMO corn.

Bud Light spent millions of dollars on a marketing campaign to tell us that corn syrup isn’t in their beer, but other beers by Anheuser-Busch still use it. And this didn’t go unnoticed by their competition. During the SuperBowl, MillerCoors called them out online for putting high fructose corn syrup in some of their beers…

The battle is brewing between Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. And while it’s great to see them open up the conversation around beer ingredients and transparency, it would have been better to see Anheuser-Busch remove all corn syrup from their beers before making a such a spectacle.

You’ll find corn syrup in several of their most popular beers like Rolling Rock, Kokanee, and Busch beer…

MillerCoors uses corn syrup in their beers too, but hasn’t always disclosed this… 

When MillerCoors first published their ingredients online following our 2014 petition, they did not list “corn syrup” as an ingredient (3). While the media was eating up the story, they simply reported the ingredients in Coors Light and Miller Light as “water, barley malt, corn, yeast, and hops” (4). More recent updates to their website shows the ingredients as this…

Coors Light: Water, Barley Malt, Corn Syrup (Dextrose), Yeast, Hop Extract
Miller Light: Water, Barley Malt, Corn Syrup (Dextrose), Yeast, Hops and Hop Extract

Was MillerCoors not telling the whole truth about their ingredients 4 years ago or did they recently add corn syrup and hop extracts?

Should you care if there is corn syrup in your beer?

Corn syrup isn’t typically used as a sweetener in beer, rather it’s used as a cheap sugar which ferments. The reason why you wouldn’t want to drink beer made with corn or corn syrup is because almost all corn is genetically modified (GMO)(5) and if you don’t want to support GMOs, Monsanto/Bayer, and the chemical companies who are poisoning our food and environment with Roundup herbicides linked to cancer (6) – you don’t want beer produced with GMOs. Beer is traditionally brewed with malted barley, a non-GMO grain (7), and not corn. 

It’s not just the corn syrup. Beer companies are guilty of using other ingredients that don’t belong in beer. These two are the most common in mass produced beer… 

Hop Extract: Rather than using whole hops or hop pellets, beer companies use a chemically altered hop extract to add bitterness while reducing the amount of actual hops in the beer. This is a cheaper way to produce beer.

Caramel Color: This brown coloring is used to make some beers appear darker. It’s manufactured by heating ammonia and sulfites under high pressure, which creates carcinogenic compounds. Newcastle removed this from their beers in 2015 (8) after we called them out for this. It appears Stella Artois (by Anheuser Busch) also no longer contains caramel coloring, as we had reported finding it listed as an ingredient on an overseas website in 2014 (3). 

This is another big industry lie that we’ve seen companies do many times. They advertise how one product doesn’t contain something, but their other products still do. So you think that you can trust a brand, but you can’t.

It is CRAZY that Anheuser-Busch would base an entire multi-million dollar campaign on ONE product that doesn’t have corn syrup or hop extract – while their other products still use these ingredients.

Bud Light VP Andy Goeler was quoted as saying “While ingredient labels are not required, consumers deserve to know more about their beer. We brew Bud Light with the finest ingredients and we’re happy to proudly display them on our packaging. When people walk through a store, they are used to seeing ingredient labels on products in every aisle, except for the beer, wine and spirits aisle. As the lead brand in the category, we believe increasing on-pack transparency will benefit the entire beer category and provide our consumers with the information they expect to see.” (9)

I hope they live up to that statement when it comes to ALL of the beers at Anheuser-Busch – and not just Bud Light.

It’s just common sense. Don’t bash other products that use corn syrup and hop extract when you are doing the exact same thing. Either clean up your beers or don’t. I hope Anheuser-Busch learns from this and realizes this is not the way to win customers. We are smarter than that. 

In just two short weeks my new book hits shelves and I’m so excited for you to read it. It is very eye opening. In Feeding You Lies, I delve deep into the lies that food and beverage companies tell us to get us to keep buying their products. My hope is that it will change the food industry again, by encouraging them to use more transparent practices and improve their products.

We need all hands on deck, Food Babe Army! Pre-order a copy below to be one of the first to read it and be part of our movement pushing the industry to do better.

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I can’t wait to see ingredient labels on every beer at the store, can you? I know it will happen when you share posts like this to keep the beer companies on their toes! 

It’s amazing how the seeds we planted to change the terrible lack of transparency in the beer industry are now bearing fruit. You are an amazing force Food Babe Army! Thank you for continuing to spread the word and demand the truth about what we are eating and drinking.

If you know anyone who loves to drink beer (I’m sure you do!) PLEASE SHARE this post with them! 

Xo,

Vani 

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Spoonful Of Life

If you’ve noticed, I’ve been loosely following a blog schedule of weekend recaps on Mon/Tues, two topical posts during the week, one personal/update kind of post during the week, and on Fridays I like to do what I call “spoonful of life” posts. Just a mish-mosh of photos from my life to share: meals, baby, tidbits and tips. So here is today’s spoonful of life!

Birch and I are continuing the Friday trend of mommy & me yoga followed by lunch at Tilman’s. Here he is having a staring contest with his squirrel! He has been so happy in yoga so far (I think we’ve gone to 4 classes). Barely a peep from him!

Obviously lunch afterwards is my favorite part : ) The gorgonzola dressing on this salad was epic!

And that is a bourbon brown butter giant macaron that I shared with a friend. Probably the best one I’ve ever had!

My babysitter comes on Mondays and Wednesdays, and if I am able to get enough work done during naps, I “allow” myself to go to my favorite strength class, which feels like such a treat! I picked up the heaviest weights I could on Monday and my gosh I was sore on Tuesday! B and I went on lots of walks this week because our weather was so mild. I cannot wait for permanent spring!

I’m wearing him in the Boba carrier a lot now, and I think we’re done with wraps. The carriers have so much better back support to me, and are quicker to put on (although not as easy to fit in the diaper bag.) I’m not sure they make the one I have anymore, but I love the looks of the Air, which is the same style but breathable and lightweight.

A yummy lunch – kale salad with avocado dressing, leftover pork and sweet potatoes I roasted on the weekend. Speaking of yummy, I watched the first episode of the show Yummy Mummies on Netflix. I can’t decide if I want to watch more. I also started The Bachelor and will probably continue. I hate that I can’t stop watching it.

Birchie is done with swaddling and on to the Merlin sleep suit. I hope to use it for a few weeks and then transition to a regular sleep sack. He’s doing great in the Merlin and did back-to-back nine hour nights earlier this week!

It seems like the days of him falling asleep while nursing in my lap are fewer and fewer. That makes me want to shed a little tear! He’s growing up too fast.

I captured his silly little face he makes when he’s concentrating. The little pursed lips! Mazen used to do the same thing.

I bought some Noxzema randomly and am loving the smell and tingle. Takes me right back to my childhood. My mom is a Nox fanatic, and my grandparents were too. My great uncle took the recipe to Canada, apparently, so it’s a family loyalty.

Mazey brought this book home from his school library, and it’s so sweet! I won’t spoil the plot, but I just love the story line. Look for it at your library!

I had lunch with a friend at Cava recently and ate every bite of this bowl! Big salad bowls with a large variety of toppings are my all-time favorite lunches.

And finally – I love oatmeal for a snack on super cold days. While this week was warmer than most, I enjoyed this cinnamony oatmeal snack with peanut butter on a super cold day last week by the fire. Warming to the core!

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