Episode 42 - Goodness Me!

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Food Waste, Flu Shots & Halloween Candy



Introduction
0:04-5:52

Emily is back from a weekend getaway that was spent up north – despite the cold weather her and the family had a great time! Emily shares tips such as, activities for the kids, staying motivated throughout hikes and how meal prepping for a weekend of camping can be a huge help.

First Segment: Trending Topics
5:52 – 24:45

Articles Mentioned:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/4-ways-we-unconsciously-contribute-to-canada-s-food-waste-problem-1.4608340

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-5-2018-1.4605392/how-bad-is-canada-s-food-waste-problem-among-the-world-s-worst-report-finds-1.4606012

On this week’s episode, Emily and Janet touch on the topic of food waste which has recently spiked in popularity. There are so many factors that contribute to food waste – even psychology! Emily and Janet share ways to be aware, solutions and ways to prevent wasting those foods that you always forget about – we’re looking at you mixed greens!

Second Segment: Questions from Listeners
26:17 – 36:14

Question #1

Nicole asks, “Hi there, I have two questions: 1) I've heard conflicting opinions on the flu shot - highly recommended by some practitioners, and cautioned against by others. Do you know how helpful/harmful it is for our health?”

Janet Says:

  • Flu strains are predicted every year – but the last few years have not matched well, which does not prevent you at all from the flu
  • Some individuals don’t have a proper immune response – therefore the flu shot will not protect them even if it is a good match for the flu strain that year
  • There are certain risks surrounding the flu shot – kids may get a runny nose, ear ache or other symptoms because their immune systems are working hard to fight what was injected
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome is rare – but also a risk
  • Products to have on hand for signs of the flu – Oscillo, Veratrum Album and Arsenicum

Emily Says:

  • You should make an informed decision – at the end of the day no one can tell you what is right or isn’t right for your family, you make that call
  • Something to remember – flu shots to not build or improve overall immunity
  • To improve the immune system you still need to get enough rest, eat well, reduce stress, etc.

Question #2

“2) How do you handle Halloween in regards to the amount of candy our kids can get in just one night?? Most kids don't eat all of their candy in one night, but even them eating that much over time makes me uneasy. Any suggestions? Thanks - still loving the podcast and listening every week! J

Emily Says:

  • Give your kid a limit of how much candy can have – e.g. pick 20 from the batch
  • 1 candy per day, or however many you’re comfortable with
  • Switch the candy our – something they have been wanting like a toy, but do this close to Halloween
  • It’s also a good opportunity where you can explain that candy isn’t great for your body, but you still want them to have fun and enjoy themselves
  • Can also switch candy out for a healthier alternative – Smart Sweets is great! Healthier chocolate and chips are also available

What’s For Dinner
36:15 – 37:09

Pumpkin Spice Custard

 

  • 1 Can Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 Can Full-Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. Ground cloves
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 8 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 10-15 Drops Stevia (To Taste)
  • ½ tsp. Extra Cinnamon

Directions

  1. Place ingredients in blender.
  2. Puree - Add water if mixture is too thick.
  3. Pour into individual ramekins.
  4. Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  5. Serve with organic whipped cream.