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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What Type of Cookware Do You Use and Is It Safe?

Nonstick pans gained popularity because they are so easy to clean. Unfortunately, this convenience is paid by sacrificing health and safety. I'n fact, nonstick cookware is most often coated with Teflon, also known as polytetraflouroetheylene, a carcinogen. In 2006, 90% of all aluminum cookware sold was coated with this substance. Other harmful health effects of this chemical included: Elevated cholesterol, abnormal thyroid levels, liver inflation, weakened immune system, tumors and developmental problems

When heated during the cooking process, Teflon releases toxic fines which can cause flu like symptoms. These fumes can kill a bird in just a few seconds.

To test these claims, The Environmental Working Group heated nonstick cookware on a conventional stove top to s of it world trigger toxic fumes. I'n just 2-5 minutes, the surface of the cookware exceeded the temperature at which the coating began to emit toxic particles and gases.

Aluminium is another form of cookware that you should be wary of.
According to Health Canada, cooking a meal in an aluminum pan can add about 1 to 2 mg aluminum to your food. The World Health Organization estimates that people can safely consume about 50 mg a day without harm, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not set an upper intake limit.
In the 1970s, a Canadian researcher published a study stating that he had found high levels of aluminum in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.
Some studies seem to suggest a link between the disease and high levels of aluminum in groundwater, while others show none. 

People with kidney problems may have difficulty removing excess aluminum from their bodies, so it builds up over time, which can lead to bone and brain disorders.
To minimize the amount of aluminum that dissolves into your food from cookware, avoid cooking acidic foods like tomatoes and rhubarb in aluminum pans.

Don't store leftovers in aluminum, because the longer the food sits, the more aluminum it can absorb from the pan. Since more aluminum will dissolve out of old, pitted and worn pans, throw away your aging aluminum cookware.
When you replace your old pans, consider upgrading to anodized aluminum pans.

This brings us to copper cookware. Copper pots have benefits and disadvantages. Copper is attractive and shiny when used on the outside of pots and pans and copper is an excellent conductor of heat. Because of its look and superior heat conduction, copper cookware tends to be more expensive than other types of cookware.

In addition, copper can be toxic when used on the inside of cookware, so it is usually reserved for use on the outside or with a lining of other materials.
Copper is an essential trace mineral in all body tissues. Copper and iron help form red blood cells. Copper also helps to keep your blood vessels, nerves, immune system and bones healthy.

Some copper pots can also be lined with aluminum, so be very aware of that.

Is It Safe to Cook in Copper Pots?

Copper pots have benefits and disadvantages. Copper is attractive and shiny when used on the outside of pots and pans and copper is an excellent conductor of heat. Because of its look and superior heat conduction, copper cookware tends to be more expensive than other types of cookware. In addition, copper can be toxic when used on the inside of cookware, so it is usually reserved for use on the outside or with a lining of other materials.

Benefits of Copper Cookware

Not only are copper pots and pans attractive in the kitchen, but copper is an excellent conductor of heat and very good for top-of-range cooking. Cooks often use copper pots and pans to prepare delicate sauces and dishes that need to be prepared at strictly controlled temperatures. Copper pots and pans are usually lined with tin or stainless steel so the consumer doesn't need to be concerned with copper toxicity. Excellent heat conduction can be maintained through the lining.

About Copper

Copper is an essential trace mineral in all body tissues. Copper and iron help form red blood cells. Copper also helps to keep your blood vessels, nerves, immune system and bones healthy. Copper is found naturally in certain types of shellfish, whole grains, potatoes, dried fruit and dark leafy greens. Most people get enough copper in their daily diets. The specific amount of copper needed daily depends on your age, gender and health situation. Medline Plus indicates that a safe amount of daily copper intake for an adult over 19 is 900 mcg. Copper in large amounts is poisonous, though a specific toxic amount has not been determined.


Copper pots that are lined with materials like tin and stainless steel can protect you from potential toxicity related to copper. The metal is easily dissolved by some foods and large amounts can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. According to the Food and Drug Administration, acidic foods cause copper on unprotected cookware to dissolve into foods. If you use unprotected copper-lined pots and pans, research the acidity of certain foods.
If you are looking for a healthier alternative, here are 4 cookware materials to try:
1. Cast iron  
 the most time tested, nearly indestructible and inexpensive cookware on the market. It's also versatile as it can go on the stove top and in the oven. You can also use it to saute, fry, braise and stew, but it is best to not use it for boiling or steaming. Best of all you can easily clean it by using a scrub brush, hot water and liquid castile soap. The only downside is that cast iron tends to be heavy and must be fully dried after washing to avoid rust. However, there are companies that offer enameled and rust proof cast iron cookware. 

2. Stainless Steel 
 If you often boil or steam food, it may be best for you to cook with stainless steel. Although lighter pots and pans may take longer to heat up, heavier cookware conducts heat quite well. Stainless steel doesn't absorb the flavor and scent of food making it ideal for families who want to get creative in the kitchen and awaken "new" taste buds. The only downside of stainless steel is that food can quickly burn if the heat is too high or the pan gets too dry. Then the pan can be difficult to scrub clean.

3. Ceramic 
 Ceramic makes for more attractive and eco friendly material. Most ceramic cookware can be used on the stove and in the oven and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. However, its important to purchase high quality-safety tested ceramic as some more inexpensive options can be contaminated with lead and other toxic chemicals.

4. Glass 

the safest, completely  non-toxic and most versatile product to use in cookware. It's often used in anything from food storage containers to skillets, cooking pans and casserole dishes. The only downside to glass is that it's temperature sensitive so placing a hot container on a cold metal surface, like a sink or stove range will cause it to shatter.  

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Back to the Roots mushroom farm update day 3

Stop Negative Thinking {Part 1} [The Series]

Stop Negative Thinking

Negative thinking is a way of thinking wherein the person expects adverse outcomes before or throughout the process of making an action or decision. It is also known or referred to as pessimism, which was derived from the Latin word [pessimism] that means 'the worst'.

Basically, pessimism is a way of thinking where the person thinks that negative possibilities outweigh the positive ones. Most of the people think that this way of thinking is just fine, they consider it being realistic or accepting the worst reality that may happen, that it makes them prepared for any terrible outcome. Therefore, negative thinking only makes a person loose his or her confidence and stop what he or she has to accomplish, making a person accept that he or she does not stand a chance to succeed.

Almost everyone is vulnerable to falling prey to negative ideas. It is really hard to avoid, especially when a person is in a really hard situation. These negative thoughts can drain a person's energy and make them a enemy out of themselves. A person may easily loose their focus and determination when they are covered with negative ideas. Throughout all of history, it has been seen and proven that pessimistic character contributes to the failure of a person. Hence, the more pessimistic a person is, the higher chance of failure he or she has. This is why it is important not to give in to negative ideas. 

Types of Negative Thinking or Pessimism

All-or-Nothing Thinking-  This is a way of negative thinking wherein a person always wants to get everything or do things perfectly because he/she considers that anything less than perfect is a failure. 

In a sense, this way of thinking might be beneficial for a person because it makes him or her set their goals high. But on the contrary, it might also be a cause of a problem because it often causes someone to have a stumpy confidence; making the person think or decide not to take the step because of their really high goals.

Disqualifying the Positives- A type of pessimism which is very common. It makes someone afraid of taking any more chances because of a single failure. 

It makes a person thing there will always be another failure in their further steps because they've already experienced one. It is like a phobia to flop again, maybe due to a really painful fall from a previous experience. It makes someone reject the idea of success because their mind is pre-occupied by negative ideas. 

Negative Self-Labeling- This way of thinking makes someone deny his/her real identity. He thinks that he will not be accepted if people discover his/her real self.

He/She thinks thinks of his whole self as a failure, therefore making him/her have very low self-esteem. He/She thinks that everything they have is a flaw and every action he/she takes is a mistake.

Catastrophizing- It is a type of negative thinking wherein the person thinks that everything that is going to happen is always the worst. It makes the person contradict any chance of a bright future

People who have this way of thinking are often afraid to take any chance and step further because they keep in their mind that every outcome of their action is a catastrophe.

Other Common Types of Negative Thinking

Mind Reading-  This is a type of pessimism wherein the person thinks that he/she knows what other people think of his/her actions, which makes them draw negative conclusions on other people's perspective.

Should Statements-  A type of negative thinking wherein the person dictates how other people should act towards him/her based on his/her actions and treatment shown to them.

Excessive Need for Approval-  It is a negative way of thinking wherein the person thinks that every unpleasant reaction of the people around him is because of him/her. He/She thinks that he can only be happy if others like them and if someone is upset, it is undoubtedly his/her fault.

Disqualifying the Present- A way of thinking wherein the person always thinks of the outcome of their actions, which makes them disregard the present situation and ignore other possibilities.

Dwelling on Pain-  This is a way of thinking which is sometimes used by some people as an excuse to feel sorry for themselves. It makes them think that if they worry and make themselves stressed because of a failure, everything will somehow be ok and they will feel better.

Pessimism-  It is a mentality wherein a person thinks that everyone does not have the right to be happy and satisfied. And if something good happens, he/she needs to do something bad in exchange of it.

Pessimism is not something that we have when we are born. It is something that we develop every time we take our actions, whether it be the time when we were still young or our time as an adult. In short, we develop our way of thinking over time.

Most of what we are now is something that we develop when we were still sponges. The time when we were still soft and readily absorbing everything given to us. The time when we were still children. 

Every experience that a person had when he/she was still a child might be a big factor on how he/she thinks at the present. That classmate of yours in grade school who bullied you, your teacher who insulted you and called you dumb in the class, that bad experience you had which put you on shame, and that friend of yours who turned his back on you. Every bad experience a boy or girl had might be a reason.

An adult age is not an excuse for someone not to have a negative way of thinking. In fact, there are lots of pessimists who developed it at this age.

For most of us, being an adult means a person needs to take actions and make decisions on his/her own. It is being independent. And things get worse when a person fails at this time because he thinks that he/she is not a child anymore and needs to take everything on his/her own and that even includes failures. It may happen anywhere but most of the time, at the workplace, peer groups and even along with families.

That frustration of being denied on your job applications, that time when your boss shouted at you, when you were rejected by a love interest, and even that time when you fail to fulfill your duties as parents. All those hard times may affect a person's way of thinking.

One's beliefs play an important role on his/her way of thinking. Everything that you kept in your mind, told to be the truth, and decided to believe in, may also be a reason to either be optimistic or a pessimist.

The Effects of Negative Thinking-{Intro}

Many people tend to ignore the possible effects of negative thinking, which is the reason why more people tend to become pessimists without even knowing how it might have affected their lives. Having negative thoughts can really make an impact on a person's point of view, quality of life and health.

Continue with me on this blog journey as I release Part 2 and dive deeper into the effects of negative thinking.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Fun Mushroom Facts

Fun Mushroom Facts:

  • Mushrooms contain more protein than most vegetables.
  • Mushrooms are one of the few natural sources of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones and health.
  • Mushrooms contain more potassium than most other fruit and vegetables: one medium brown mushroom contains more potassium than a banana.

  • Mushrooms are one of the richest, natural sources of selenium, an essential mineral which strengthens the immune system and may help reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic illness.
  • Mushrooms are an excellent source of copper, a mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells and for other important functions.
  • Mushrooms are unique for their Unami content, meaning a "savory" or "meaty" taste
  • Mushrooms deliver the antioxidants selenimus & ergothioneine, which help maintain a healthy immune system.
  • Mushrooms provide B vitamins, which help provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
  • During the Dinosaur Age, mushrooms could grow big as trees.
  • Ancient Egyptians thought mushrooms were magic because of the way they appeared overnight.
  • Nearly six out of every ten people have consumed mushrooms in the past week.
  • Mushrooms are found on every continent in the world and therefore used in almost every cuisine.
  • Kennett Square, PA is considered the mushroom capital of the world because they produce more mushrooms than any other area of the world.
There is always [mush-room] for mushrooms on your plate!