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USDA Organic vs. NON GMO Project labeling

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I'm sure you must have come across these two labels many times while shopping for your groceries. Have you ever been wondering what's their difference and how to understand their meaning correctly? It was bugging me for quite a bit before I was able to find all answers. It happened not once that I got to choose between two products where the first product had one label and the second one the other. Now what? Which one do I prefer? Do I need to buy only the products with both labels? Let me give a quick overview and a short explanation that helps you differentiate between those two.

USDA ORGANIC SEAL
In order to achieve organic certification the United States of Agriculture (USDA) requires farmers and producers to follow only approved methods.
If you buy products with this label, you can be sure that :
95 - 100% ingredients in your product are certified as organic, the other 5% like salt and water cannot contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms)no chemical fertilizers, synth…

Don't Ditch Carbs

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Carbs started to be demonized and low-carb diets have become very popular, but let's not put all the carbs in the same group. It's not about carbs in general, but more about so called good and bad carbs and we need to distinguish between them in order to avoid future health problems. Everything nature creates is complete and perfect. It's when people attempt to outsmart nature that they suffer the consequences. The same principles apply to carbs. Our body immediately recognizes the difference between bad and good carbs. Let's remind ourselves how we recognize one from the other.
Good/complex carbs (legumes, vegetables, whole grains such as brown rice, oats, whole wheat, barley, etc.) take longer to break downdigest slowly, which means our body can use them as energy over several hours and therefore there is a gradual increase in blood sugar (thanks to fiber)they are foods that haven't been processed, or processed only minimally, along the way from the sourcethey he…

Water Fasting - Vol. 2

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It has been exactly one week since we finished our water fasting and the symptoms that this fasting brought were far from those I expected. I personally anticipated this fasting to be some sort of body cleanse that helps my body get rid of toxins and perform a quality restart after the long gloomy winter months. At the end I was very surprised by its outcome.

My first day without eating did not bring anything unexpected, I was starting to become hungry later that day but it was still bearable. I simply overcame it by increasing my water intake.

The second day was worse. I slept in, thinking the more time I spent in bed, the shorter the day will be. I wasn't extremely hungry, but my munchies were insane. I spent my evening by drooling on Instagram's pictures of food. I was highly tempted to give up.

The third day was a bit better, I got up with ease, refreshed and rested and almost didn't feel hungry at all. I even thought I could do more than 3 days, but this day brought s…

Water fasting

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This time of the year I always come to the idea of some sort of cleansing for my body. A cleansing that our bodies need, especially now, after a long and tiring winter. There are so many types of cleansing and none of them are easy to do, but it's one of the best ways to reward our bodies for serving us well. This year I decided on a 3 days water fasting, that has been practiced for centuries and it's benefits have been proven over times.
What is fasting? Fasting is the controlled voluntary abstinence of food for a period of time (1-40 days), only water consumption is allowed. It's important to mention that long term fasting (longer than 10 days) should be executed under the supervision of a medical practitioner.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, believed that if you eat when you are sick, you are actually feeding your sickness. The idea behind this, is that we all have a fasting instinct, meaning when we are sick with a cold or a flu for instance, we usually lo…

Ramone

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You know, how it hurts when you lose someone very close who's always been there for you and whose loyalty you could always rely on. That best friend who was always so happy to see you and never blamed you for your mistakes. We lost such a friend recently.

He always made us smile when we were down and distracted us from all that gloomy mood. There is hardly a more loyal love bond than the one between human and dog. We lost our beloved Ramone this week and it still hurts. Partially because he was such a loving dog till his very last moment. He kept licking us and showed us tirelessly his never ending love. It felt like one big bad dream watching him leave. I thought this can not be a reality. I was hoping to be in the middle of a nightmare, waiting to wake up. Unfortunately it wasn't the case.

On our way home from the animal hospital, I was thinking how incredible he was. Despite all the pain he was experiencing, he never stopped manifesting his love. There is so much people sho…