So I took a week off. Nickel and I hopped in his jeep, and headed for the Island….OK, nothing so exotic as the Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands, but it IS a desirable location by many! We were off to visit my folks on the Wild, Wet Coast of Vancouver Island in a small village named Gold River. If you’ve followed me for a while now, the place won’t be unfamiliar to you as I’ve blogged about it before. I don’t think Nickel really believed me when I said there was no cell phone reception…luckily however, iMessage works to a fellow iPhone so I wasn’t cut off completely! *phew* (Hey, I had important stuff to do like keep up to date on friends lives and check on my little man Ben).
There isn’t much to do in GR but relax….sleep in until 9 am…sit in the glorious sun, eat great food, bask in even better company and battle it out in the evenings playing Saskatchewan Rummy. Yeah. Good times.
I noticed something while I was at my folks house however- about nutrition. I’ve stopped eating anything with the additive ‘carageenan‘ in it. I found it in my soy milk of the past and because of not being able to find a palatable carageenan-free replacement, I opted to go to Almond Milk. Now, at the time, little did I know finding an almond milk without this nasty little ingredient would prove to be JUST AS TOUGH! Anyway, I finally did but at my parents place, they had Almond Breeze in the fridge. (Now Mom, I know you’re reading this and DO NOT FEEL BAD- you didn’t know!) Almond Breeze has carageenan and without realizing it, I began to ingest it again and immediately felt the effects. It wreaks havoc on my digestive system. Maybe there isn’t a whole lot of data to back it up quite yet, but the studies that are out there, and using my own elimination trial- I firmly believe there is no place for this in my personal diet. I’m shocked at all the milk replacements that have it in it, and am saddened by the lack of choice. I’m not alone in this either- there are a ton of other blogs out there talking about the problems carageenan causes. With so many people not being able to tolerate lactose, and the switch to dairy replacements, something really needs to be done to ensure we’re getting the best possible product. Really, making your own almond milk is the way to go….And contrary to what you may think you DO NOT need a barrel full of almonds! (I like the above recipe best. It’s simple and simple is good).
Check out what’s in YOUR fridge. If you have any kind of sensitivities or bowel/tummy problems what have you got to lose by simply eliminating carageenan? You might just thank me for it.
I’m afraid that’s it for me. I have a ton of stuff on my mind, unfortunately I need to de-stress from my 1st day back to work and dig deep to remember why exactly I’m fighting the solidarity fight again….
Until next time. Love with all your heart.