Why You Should Shop At A Chain Grocery Store

I know that it is “in” right now to snub the big box grocery stores.  Don’t get me wrong, I highly recommend shopping at a Co-Op and supporting local products.  At the same time I make a concerted effort to shop at the chain grocery too.  My strategy is to only purchase organic products from these chain grocery stores. 

Why support these “Goliath” chain grocery stores?  Here are my four reasons:

Don’t Pay The Gluten-Free Fee

Now that it has been a week without Gluten, I wanted to share some tips and observations.  First off,  I noticed that Gluten-Free products are usually more expensive than their Organic “only” counterpart.  There is a wide selection of products.  Since gluten-free brands are usually focused on the clean aspect of food, buying the organic and gluten-free may not be 100% necessary, saving you some money.

Gluten-Free, Not Like Being Locked-Up In An “Eaters-Prison”

Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye.  1-in-133 Americans have a gluten and wheat intolerance, known as Celiac Disease.  I have been eliminating gluten to test out my digestive system and general health to see if I am gluten intolerant.  At first the gluten-free part sounded like a tall order, but there are so ways to enjoy many of your favorite foods without it having to be gluten-full.  Here is what I have learned about surviving and thriving on a start-up gluten-free diet.

Pizza Party With Pizzaz, Hold That Gluten

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I took advantage of a great deal from local Venice Bakery and that yielded at least a 2 months supply of gluten-free pizza crusts and flatbreads great for sandwiches.  To keep as long as possible, place in the freezer.  I have to admit, I was skeptical at first but after trying these crusts, I didn’t miss the gluten one bit.  You too can enjoy Venice Bakery as they deliver via the “interwebs” to your door.

How To Green Your Home For Free, Less = More

I attended the Green City Fair organized by the TreePeople in their adopted park in the hills off Mullholland Dr in Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, there is no public transportation anywhere close to the facility though Tree People has been lobbying the city.  Instead, I drove the shortest distance and parked inside Franklin Canyon Park in northernmost Beverly Hills and hiked about 1.5 miles up and around a little lake and reservoir through a neighborhood of homes with great views all the way to the event.

Why do we have to qualify our food as “real food?”

Shouldn’t it just be called food?  I received a comment from a fellow GreenUp! community member who is quite concerned, “It feels as if nothing is real anymore, not even our food.”  You bring up a great point, we need to be extremely concerned about what we are putting in and on our bodies.  Food contains now contains Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) at higher rates than ever.  You thought pink slime was scary, well meet meat glue, which is not from an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Plastic Use Gets Fishy

While enjoying my daily Fresh Air fix I learned yet another reason to reduce our waste: so much of the plastic we consume is not recycled. Instead, it ends up in the oceans as a mulched down substance that resembles plankton to hungry fish. Here’s a disturbing excerpt from Terry Gross’ interview with Edward Humes, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.

 “We are eating the fish that are eating the plastic, but the scarier part is that these little bits of plastic become sponges for some potentially dangerous chemicals that are released into the marine environment, and we may be ingesting that, too,” he says. “Nobody knows for sure yet. We know that the plastic does attract these chemicals and that fish are eating it. How much it actually works its way into the food chain is still unknown but being researched now.”