Consumer's Guide to Buying Organic and Natural Products
The world of natural and organic products is profoundly confusing. What does organic mean? What does certified organic mean? What does all natural mean? We have all come to the conclusion we should eat and drink natural products, but, when you hit the grocery store, farmers market, or big box store, its hard to know how to put that into action. What do you buy? What is a rip off?
Here is a classic example. I was at Costco the other day and I had a look at the organic chicken section. In the same refrigerator case, they had one chicken marked organic and another marked ALL NATURAL. Breaking news. All chicken is natural. Chickens are not grown in test tubes and therefore are by nature, natural. The "all natural" chicken's labeling said, "raised without the use of steroids". Additional breaking news, chicken was never raised with hormones. The issue with chicken is antibiotics. Chicken factories pump the birds so full of antibiotics you could probably use them to treat strep throat. The labels "ALL NATURAL" and "RAISED WITHOUT HORMONES" are deceptive and on the label to trick you into buying something you think is better than it is. The chicken labeled organic is raised organically. But, as a consumer, this is all very confusion.
Working in natural health for over 30 years, I have learned how to navigate the confusing world of "Natural Products". This lecture is designed to arm the consumer with the knowledge they need to buy natural products and avoid buying products they THINK are natural, but are, as I like to say, NOT SO NATURAL. The class is two hours long and will feature an break with lots of really natural beverages and treats.
Some years ago I came across jugs of apple cider that had huge letters that read "FAT FREE". When did apple cider ever have fat in it? Never. It was tricky labeling trying to get you to buy something. If you want to eat natural and organic, you may need some education. Come to the farm and get it!
Good Sugar Good For You!
You heard it from me first, good sugar is good for you. Though sugar has gotten a really bad reputation in recent years, there are a long list of sugars that are actually good for you and will make you healthier. Indeed, my next book is entitled, "Good Sugar Good For You". So, I am both an expert and biased.
What is really true is this. Bad sugar is bad for you and will always be bad for you. What is bad sugar? The purified white stuff you see in bags at the grocery store. More of a chemical than sustenance, refined sugar is as nasty as its reputation.
The sad thing is there are loads of natural sugars that are health boosters. Some examples, maple syrup, unrefined cane syrup, sorghum syrup, pomegranate syrup, palm sugar, and rice malt syrup to name a few. There are 21 different sugars that have health benefits and can be used to create tasty deserts for your family and friends. Most of these sugars are unknown to the average consumer but are available at local shops.
Even lesser known is how to cook with these unknown sugars. Both the menu of healthy sugars and how to use them will be covered in the class. If you want to learn about healthy sugars, come to the class. Its two hours long and will have a break in the middle. Break time will include sampling this long list of unknown sugars and products made with them.
Chickens 101: Raising and Keeping Your Own Chickens
Today, there is great interest in keeping a few chickens around and producing your own eggs. There is nothing more satisfying than going out to collect your eggs in the morning, fun your grown ups, fun for kids, and good for everybody. What is not to love. At the farmers market, time and time again, people would say to us, "Oh I would love to keep a few chickens". Though many people would like to keep a handful of laying chickens, not that many people actually know how to do it. Voila. We have created a class that shows you from beginning to end, how you get, keep, feed, and generally manage some backyard chickens.
And you should. I think eggs are the most perfectly balanced source of food that a human being can eat. I am egg obsessed and have been since I was a child. I like to eat them and I like to raise chickens that lay them. I have studied eggs and I think they are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They went through a bad patch with being blamed for causing high cholesterol…. but fortunately that lie has been cleared up. They are an ideal food…. and this is especially true if your eggs are all natural and organic. Since you will be getting them from the backyard, they are intrinsically local!
The class is two hours long and features a break where you can sample all kinds of novel egg treats. You would be surprised how many things can be done with an egg. We promise you this, if you have a few chickens around, you will have so many eggs you will become very creative getting all those eggs used up. Break time will give you some good ideas!