Monthly Archives: October 2008

Why is My Chicken Orange?

The definition of the word organic: “Developing in a manner analogous to the natural growth and evolution characteristic of living organisms; arising as a natural outgrowth” (actually that’s definition 9, thanks Dictionary). What does this tell me? If food is organic it should be helping me live? Okay.

Soooo, what does it mean when the chicken is organic? It wasn’t fed steriods, cool, i’m okay with that. Tell me this, why is the meat orange? How many carrots does it take to kill a chicken?

Or what about fish. Everyone loves fish……….Nope!

Fish marinate in their urine their whole lives and I don’t like urinary marination. Unless, garlic pee…….no thanks still too much.

Organic is to diet as spandex is to wrestling – there but not essential. I know (as does most everyone) eating right and eating properly is the key ingredient in natural health management. But sometimes it’s hard to eat 100% healthy. I don’t always have the time to hit the grocery store so how am I expected to FARM!! Lets be honest, would you drink milk if someone was always spouting off about mama’s booby factory – NO! Keep the breast milk at the dairy factory so your mom can keep her day job.

In Star Wars I bet you could eat whatever you wanted………not so much in Store Wars.

Do not go to the darkside of the Farm my kiddies!!!!!
Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween


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Harvest Haven

Over the past couple of years, my family and I, have been making the switch over to organic products. However, I do agree with the argument made in the post, Organic my A$$, you do need to be careful in where you are buying the products from. However, I have found that Harvest Haven, a locally owned and operated store just outside of Lethbridge, Alberta has a wide variety of organic products. Also, what they can’t grow on their farm, they will purchase from other local farmers in the area or within Canada and if necessary they will buy from abroad.

The livestock that are raised right on the farm are done so in a low stress environment and they slaughter only one animal. They do not do mass production, so the only downside they will not always have full stock of the meats. However, this is also a positive because you know the animals are not being mass produced. They sell, beef, buffalo, lamb, chicken and turkey. They also sell, fruits and vegetables, dairy and grain products and dried fruits, nuts and seeds. My favorite thing to buy, is the strawberries in the summer and also their steaks.

One thing, I really enjoy about buying from this store, is that I know that I am getting excellent quality foods, the staff are really helpful and willing to answer any questions that you have and also I like to support the local farmers.

Harvest Haven is opened Sunday through to Friday from 9am to 6pm. They are located at  RR 8 – Site 22 – Comp 1, Station Main, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4P4.

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organic my A$$!

So again this week I am going to have to take the devils advocate side of this weeks topic-organic food.  Today I am stating that the “organic food” you find in your local supermarket is nothing but a bloody scam. The problem is that people buy organic products that look like they were made in a local hippie’s kitchen when they are acctually, more often then not, carrying a multinational logo. Phil Howard, a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Agro-ecology and Sustainable Food Systems, notes that according to one estimate, 40% of the packaged organic foods on the shelves of natural food stores are produced by some of the biggest companies in the world.
 The corporate takeover of organics can be seen as both a success and a failure for the organic movement, believes Howard. “On the one hand, the acreage devoted to organic production, without synthetic pesticides, increases every year to meet the market demand. On the other hand, some of the ideals of the organic movement, which was in a large part a response to industrial agriculture, have fallen by the wayside.” Organic agriculture increasingly resembles the global, industrial agriculture system it was created to combat, says Howard.
In my opinion organic food should be grown on your own by garden, sprouts and chickens, and we shoud not support these gigantic companies. Let me know what you think.


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Not just for HIPPIES anymore*

Organic food is something that has been given a bad rap for many years. That is until lately. People used to think that organic food was something that was just for the hippies to grow in the gardens along side their weed. Now with all the worries about global warming people are becoming more environmentally conscious and one way of doing that is through buying organic.

Many people are put off from buying organic because they think that it will cost them an arm and a leg. This isn’t entirely true. I am a full-time University student with no job and I still buy organic for no more cost then my sister and brother-in law. The trick is to know where to go to get it and what things are worth the money and what things aren’t.


There are twelve organic fruits and vegetables that you should always buy organic if you can get them:

1. Apples

2. Cherries

3. Grapes

4, Nectaries

5. Peaches

6. Pears

7. Raspberries

8. Strawberries

9. Peppers

10. Celery

11. Potatoes

12. Spinach (via)


A good rule to consider is that any fruit or vegetable that you will be eating the skin of then you should always try to buy that organic. The skin is where the pesticides will be found, so if you’re eating an orange that you will be peeling you don’t need to be too worried about eating what’s inside. However, if you are going to be zesting the peel and cooking with it then you should try to get organic. And from my shopping experience most fruits and vegetables are about the same price regardless of organic or not, so you might as well get organic.


Some other foods to consider trying to get organic is:

– Herbs

– Olive Oil

– Milk

– Beef

– Poultry (via)


Even though food is organic and should be pestiside free, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to clean it. Make sure to always give the same cleaning precautions to organic foods as you would inorganic ones.



Whether or not you chose to buy organic is a personal choice. There is still conflicting reports on the ultimate benefits of eating organic whether it’s worth the effort. Some people, like my father, swear organic food tastes better, but some people say there is no difference. But I hope next time you go to the grocery store if you see something organic next to something inorganic for the same price chose the organic one.





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Happy Cows Make Happy Steaks…

Don't they look happy?

Don't they look happy?

As Digitally Delicious takes a look at organic foods this week, I’m going to use this as an opportunity for a worthy ‘product placement’ so to speak for some local ranchers and friends of the family.

Trail’s End Ranch is a family-run business in Nanton, Alberta that has recently decided to make the switch to producing ethically raised, hormone-free, grass-fed beef.

Grass (cows’ natural food stuff) is easier for cows to digest than grain. This reduces the risk of e-coli development. Further, grass-fed beef contains twice the amount of beta carotene (an anti-carcinogen) and has 70% less fat (total and saturated) than the grain-fed varieties. Plainly put, grass-fed beef is a much healthier choice.

CBC News looked into grain vs. grass-fed beef and asked Keith Froggett, an internationally acclaimed chef to taste test between the two. In the end, Froggett determined that while the grain-fed variety was more tender (because of the extra fat), the grass-fed beef was not only healthier, but tasted better too.

Grass-fed cows don’t just make for a healthier supper, the process is also better for the environment. Grain farming takes a large tool on the ecosystem, while the natural ecology of southern Alberta IS grasslands. Further, Trail’s End Ranch grazes their cows on pastures instead of confining them in feedlots. Feedlots concentrate large amounts of manure into a small area and this has damaging effects on the environment and water supplies.

Plus, feedlots are not happy places for the cows themselves. I won’t delve into the gory detailsfor fear you’ll lose your appetites but some unsightly things happen at feedlots that are simply unacceptable and unnecessary. While cows are certainly not keen on becoming somebody’s dinner, up until they reach our plates Trail’s End Ranch endeavours to make sure they are treated humanely from start to finish.

They sell their beef whole, in halves, or quarters. It is government inspected and locally cut and wrapped. For more information on buying ethically produced, local grass-fed beef you can contact Trail’s End Ranch by phone at 403-646-2550.

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I’m Lighter Than Last Week

This isn’t going to be much of a post. I’m currently recovering from having my gallbladder removed. That was my fad diet. I lost 5 pounds on the ‘take the gallbladder out’ diet.

It was quite an amazing thing to lose weight. Thanks surgery. No Atkins or anything of the sort. I do follow the cigarette diet from the 20’s though. Actually, I am ‘dieting’ right now. haha

I can’t help but feel if someone doesn’t want to diet the old way (excercise with proper meal intervals), the new ‘fad diets’ are sure to be unsuccessful. I know it takes longer than sending a text or an email but the old way is definitely better than the new ways…

Look, because of my gall situation it feels like I am participating in a trendy new diet anyways. Vegetables, fruits, no cheese, low-fat, low-sugar, no junk – it’s like I don’t know who I am anymore

I’ve changed, I’ll admit it. It’s not you, it’s me……..I’m different now.
I don’t want the same things that I did *cough* 2 months ago.
I guess I just needed a change. Oh food, why do you do this to me.

Okay, I’m sore, don’t wanna sit here anymore. Need more medication. Oh snap! No it’s not Raven, it’s the new fad diet i’ve been looking for – PILLS. I know it works, i’ve seen it done.

See you guys next week when I’ll have regained at least 35% more mobility. Till then, have a great weekend


I need my bed

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The Blood Type Diet

OK, lets be serious, fad diets are always hard to follow and once you loose the weight, are you actually going to keep it off? I am not into dieting, but I came across this one and it is actually sounds kind of convincing and it might actually work. The Blood Type Diet was discovered and researched by Peter J. D’Adamo, who is a naturopathic doctor. His idea, is that lectins, which are food proteins react differently with each blood type. Therefore, certain foods are more beneficial then others.

D’Adamo research involves studying the evolution of blood types and the foods that were around during the discovery of the certain blood type.

So exactly what type of foods should we eat? Well,

  • Type O – should have a high protein diet and restrict grains, breads and legumes.
  • Type A – benefit from a vegetarian diet. However, some exercise would also be beneficial.
  • Type B – are considered to have a strong immune system and a flexible digestive system. Their diet should consist of low fat dairy products, meat and produce. However, it is advised that a Type B should stay away from wheat, corn and lentils. Moderate exercise is recommended.
  • Type AB – has a sensitive digestive tract therefore would benefit from a seafood, tofu, dairy and produce diet. However, try and avoid chicken, beef and pork. Also, some exercise would be beneficial.

This diet actually makes sense because our blood type is classified based on the presence or absence of certain antigens, such as proteins, carbohydrates, glycolipids and glycoproteins. Therefore, if we eat foods that is compatible with our blood, which is important for the transport of nutrients, oxygen and waste, ideally we should be healthier!

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