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CHRISTMAS FAIR

Organic Tea Grannies selling tsane tea will be at the Christmas Fair in Lumby, November 19, 9am-4pm, WhiteValley Community Centre.  

Real Hunger Games

THE REAL HUNGER GAMES – PART ONE By: Donna Easto, C.H., H.C., H.E. Is there a hormone that controls hunger? Well, the short answer is yes – there are two hormones that do just that: the “hunger hormones” leptin and ghrelin. Both have their parts to play in controlling body weight. Leptin, a hormone made by fat cells, decreases your appetite. Ghrelin, released primarily in the stomach, signals hunger to the brain, and increases appetite. It also contributes to the accumulation of abdominal fat near the liver. Gherlin levels go up before you eat, letting your brain know you’re hungry, and go down about three hours after the meal. But, while these hormones are a factor in controlling weight, many other hormones and outside influences shape our appetite and hunger. It’s complicated! Unfortunately many obese people have built up a resistance to the appetite-suppressing effects of leptin. Perhaps this is a result of eating refined foods high in sugars, fats, salts, and fructose (especially High Fructose Corn Syrup.) And, now the stage is set for the real hunger games. Round 1: We’re born liking sugar; fat is especially tricky – it has more than twice as many calories per gram…

WHAT’S IN YOUR CUPPA?

By: Donna Easto, C.H., H.C., H.E. Canadians drink almost 10 billion cups of tea a year. Next to water, it’s the world’s most consumed beverage. In 2015, the tea market in Canadian grocery stores was worth $426 million. Most of us drink teas for taste and for their reputed health benefits, and most of us are unaware that chemicals and additives have been showing up in teas since around the early 1800s. These adulterants help to reduce manufacturing costs and increase producers’ profits at the expense of consumers. In 2014 testing was done by CBC Marketplace into the levels of pesticides in some teas on our grocery store shelves. Utilizing an accredited lab, CBC used the testing method employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to test pesticide residues in dry tea leaves. They tested 10 brands of green and black teas, including Canada’s most popular brands. The results were alarming: half of the teas tested contained pesticide residues above the allowable limits in Canada; eight of the 10 brands tested contained multiple chemicals, with one brand containing residues of 22 different pesticides. The test results can be found here: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/blog/full-tea-test-results. Aside from pesticides, teas can also contain GMOs.…

KIDS AND HERBS

I love taking my granddaughter on herb walks this time of the year. It’s fun to discover herbs growing within walking distance of home; it’s a together time for just we two, and it’s a great learning experience. She learns how to identify some useful plants, and I learn to see the world anew through those almost four-year-old eyes! Dandelions are a natural for this age group, they’re colourful and they’re everywhere. Because dandelions are an important part of a bee’s diet, it gives you a chance to talk about important questions such as, “What is a weed?” and “Where did the bee on the box of my favourite cereal go?” If you’re patient, you’re sure to see simple bees working in the bright yellow flowers. Pineapple Weed, a sister to Chamomile, is a humble little plant growing in waste areas and in cracks in the sidewalk. How can this unassuming plant be of any use to anyone? Are there mosquitoes around? Crush the plant and rub it into your skin and watch the “skeeters” skedaddle. Smell the crushed plant – it does smell like pineapple, and, if you found it in an unspoiled area, chew it or take it…