3 Belly-Fat Burning Smoothies | Photo by Ken Hawkins via Flickr | AprilNoelle.com

3 Delicious Belly-Fat Burning Smoothies

Sick of doing all those crunches in an attempt to burn off all that belly fat? Try your hands at these awesome belly-fat burning smoothies. They are loaded with ingredients that fight the build up excess fat and decrease bloating.

Kale smoothie with Blueberry & Pineapple

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup kale
  • 3/4 cup water

The Greek yogurt is rich in protein and provides you with the boost of energy that you need. Dairy products like Greek Yogurt enhances metabolism and promote weight loss. Greek Yogurt is also high in calcium which has been known to reduce the risks of obesity/overweight with regular consumption.

Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants that not only rid the body of toxins but are also known to reduce belly fat.

The pineapple in the smoothie provides you with the burst of freshness you need in the morning and it also contains enzymes that prevent bloating.

You won’t realize it as you drink it but there’s a cup of kale in the smoothie as well. You don’t need to worry about the taste, as the blueberries and pineapple will cover it up. Kale is filled with fiber that also prevents bloating and constipation. You can rest assured that all poisons and toxins in your body will be out after a few days of drinking this delicious smoothie.

Mango Smoothie Surprise

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup mango cubes
  • ¼ cup mashed ripe avocado (MUFA)
  • ½ cup mango juice
  • ¼ cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 6 ice cubes

Other than being delicious, mangos are completely fat-free. What makes them so good for your weight-loss journey is that they actually have lots of calories which will provide you with energy but they don’t have any fat all. Even if you have 3 mangoes per day, you’ll be consuming around 400 calories but it will have zero impact on your weight.

People who are dieting tend to avoid avocados because of its high quantity of fat. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated and oleic fatty acids which can actually spot-reduce belly fat and decrease the risk of metabolic syndrome, making your waist slim and sexy.

Peanut Butter and Banana

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fat-free milk
  • ½ cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. creamy natural unsalted peanut butter
  • ¼ very ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 4 ice cubes

Peanut butter consists of mono-unsaturated fats which has been linked to weight loss and the prevention of heart disease but bear in mind that you need to consume peanut butter in moderation if you’re trying to lose weight.

Bananas are one of those fruits that can be used to put on weight and to lose weight. What matters is how much you are consuming and how much exercising you are doing as well. If you are on a strict diet and partaking in physical activity regularly, you should be able to lose weight while having bananas. If you are watching your daily calorie consumption then you have to include the calories from your banana in your in daily calorie intake. They also have fiber and resistant starch which promote weight loss.

If you’re looking for quick meal replacements to support your weight-loss journey, give these smoothies a go!

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Start Your Own Garden | Ron Finley | AprilNoelle.com

No Grocery Store, No Problem: Start Your Own Garden

I came across this super cute and relatable video about creating your own garden this week:

Grow Food: Appetite for Change

#ShiftCon

Back in college, I crashed with my ex in the Jungle, which didn’t have a nearby neighborhood.  Then, I flashed back to #ShiftCon where Ron Finley (of The Ron Finley Project) spoke about planting a garden in his side yard, you know that little strip of land between your fence and the sidewalk and I posted this:

 

My Garden

Start Your Own Garden | Ron Finley | AprilNoelle.comThen, I came home and really dove into my own garden. Of course, I got my start at the Dollar Tree.

Planters – $1,
Pack of seeds -$.25
All of the tools, yep, just $1

Luckily, my husband bought in too. He recycled the bottles and other plastic containers we use in the house to germinate the seeds. We started with bell peppers and basil.

We started with bell peppers, watermelon, thyme and basil. I took some of the larger plants over to my in-laws house and they didn’t do well. So we are starting all over.

 

 

I tried planting some thyme especially because my husband LOVES thyme. I’m not sure what happened or why they didn’t survive, but I couldn’t get that plant going.

But we’ve expanded to tomatoes, cucumbers, garden beans, sugar apple, soursop, okra and kale. I’ll update you in just a couple of months.

Here are 10 steps to start your own. Have you ever tried to garden? Why or why not?

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4 Must-Haves for Your Home Gym | sponsored by Kohl's #ad | AprilNoelle.com

4 Must-Haves for Your Home Gym #MakeYourMove With @Kohls! #ad

This post was sponsored by Kohl’s #MakeYourMove campaign to help you start your home gym. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own.

I know I’ve said it over and over again, I am working to get into shape.

This last week, I lost 6.2 pounds! I know I won’t be able to sustain that type of progress (granted, I’m still keeping my fingers crossed and working hard), I could certainly use some help. So at the end of last year, I received some fitness equipment from Kohl’s to help me hit this goal.

 

The Elliptical

I love an elliptical. It is the backbone of my home gym. With the extra weight, I haven’t been able to really get on a treadmill for some time, and the elliptical gives me an excellent workout. Three times a week, I’ve been jumping on the ProForm Easy Strider! I can easily fit it in my living room because it has front mech ellipticals, which is awesome because it takes up a smaller footprint in the home compared to a rear mech ellipticals and is generally more aesthetically pleasing. This machine comes loaded with features that you would see in $799 price point elliptical; Inertia Enhanced Flywheel, SMR, Upper Body Grips, Transport Wheels, IPOD Compatible Audio, On-board 8 week weight loss programming & Workout Fan.

 

4 Must-Haves for Your Home Gym | sponsored by Kohl's #ad | #MakeYourMove | AprilNoelle.com

 

The Bike

I tend to have a lot of typing to do. Now, I don’t have to choose between whether I’m going to work out or just work. I moved the bike into my bedroom and whenever I need to work out while I work, I jump on for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour.

4 Must-Haves for Your Home Gym | sponsored by Kohl's #ad | #MakeYourMove | AprilNoelle.comThe ProForm Desk Bike allows you to stay active while you work if you so choose. The desk attaches and detaches very easily. If there is a knock on home fitness equipment, it is the space it takes up, this design has worked to solve that. Some additional cool features to look at are the Inertia Enhanced Flywheel, Over-sized Cushion Seat, Vertical Seat Adjustment, SMR Magnetic Resistance & Portability Wheels.

 


The Rower

I found my love for rowing when I started a new workout program last year. Whenever I saw rowing on the schedule, I would get as close to giddy as I can get, and get ready to race. I had to get one for my home gym as soon as I could. The rower works your back and your legs and I would always feel like I got a full-body workout even with rowing simply 500 or 1000 meters (less than 5 minutes). The Stamina Magnetic Rowing Machine fits easily in any corner. When it’s standing, takes up the size of less than a side table.

 

The Massager

After working out, relax and massage. I take the BackTrac Back Massager, lay down and meditate while slowing rolling across the massage elements. Each element provides acupressure to reduce trigger point tenderness, a deep massage to aid muscle function and to gently stretch your spine. This takes no time to set up or put away but keeps your body relaxed as a much-needed massager.

 

In general fitness equipment takes some time to set up. ProForm has worked extremely hard to make this as smooth and easy as possible.

 

My Personal Mission

I am now on a mission to hit my weight loss goals. This time around, it doesn’t hurt that my husband is in on the plan, so we’ve been alternating the use of the fitness equipment most evenings. Is working out part of your New Year’s Resolution? What are your plans?

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These affiliate links are not associated with Kohl’s.

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Never Miss a Day of Vitamins with MegaFood! | AprilNoelle.com

Never Miss a Day of Vitamins with MegaFood!

Whenever I’m on a new eating plan, I am advised to take a multi-vitamin. This advice falls on deaf ears because I try to take them and I feel sick, no matter how much food I eat. So, when I saw a presentation on MegaFood’s vitamins, I was happy to try them immediately.

MegaFood was a sponsor and speaker at ShiftCon 2016! (ShiftCon was my first blogging conference and boy was it worth the trip! I learned so much and made SO many connections. More to come about the entire experience.)

MegaFood Presentation at ShiftCon

At the lunch, I took Multi for Women before I even ate lunch and I felt nothing. I mean, I didn’t feel nauseous. I felt fine. Then, I tried the Balanced B Complex after lunch and I felt fine again.

As I listened to the lecture, I really understood the difference. MegaFood makes their vitamins with FoodState Nutrients™, which are made with whole foods to provide essential vitamins and minerals that are easy-to-digest and gentle on the body, even when taken on an empty stomach.

Never Miss a Day of Vitamins with MegaFood! | AprilNoelle.comOne of the selling points was the mind behind the vitamins, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. She was an older woman and had the hair of a 20-year-old girl. My friends and I couldn’t stop talking about the shine, the length and the health of her hair. It was gorgeous.

So, here we have a beautiful woman with beautiful hair and she’s telling us that she’s formulated and used these products. I had to try it.

The Need for Vitamins

During the presentation, Dr. Low Dog spent a lot of time explaining how our soil has been depleted of nutrients and our fruits and vegetables don’t contain nearly as many vitamins as they did a generation ago.

Then she presented over a dozen slides about how even if we did try to eat all of our nutrients, we would have to eat pounds of food a day to get them all. So, instead, I’m taking her advice, the advice I’ve ignored for decades and I’m taking them every day.

I’ve been using them steadily for the last couple of weeks and I’m starting to feel better. I’m taking it in conjunction with OGX Fenix shakes to take some weight off and feel better.

Nutrition Facts

Here are some basic facts about Multi for Women:

    • 15mg FoodState Iron to replenish iron lost during monthly cycle*
    • 100% or more of all 8 FoodState B Vitamins, including Methylated folate & B12*
    • FoodState Iodine & B vitamins to aid in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates & proteins*
    • B6  & B12 to support balanced hormones & endocrine function*
    • Biotin, Beta Carotene, Vitamins A, C & E support healthy skin, nails & hair*
    • CALCIUM & MAGNESIUM FREE FORMULATION.
    • We suggest you also take MegaFood Multi for Healthy Bone
    • Balanced ratio of FoodState® B complex vitamins delivered in a variety of nourishing whole foods

Facts about Balanced B Complex:

    • Promotes energy and helps convert food into cellular energy*
    • Supports health of the nervous system*
    • Easy to digest and can be taken on an empty stomach without upset

Do you take vitamins and do you take them regularly?

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OGX Fenix | AprilNoelle.com

My Journey Begins Here with OGX Fenix

**OGX Fenix inspired this journey and discussion. All opinions are my own.**

I’ve been on a weight yo-yo ever since law school… scratch that, ever since college. Unlike most people, I dropped to my lowest weight ever my first year of college, 120 pounds. Unlike most people who struggle to make this weight, I felt sick and weak. Apparently, I just wasn’t eating enough and exercising a ton.

My weight gain has been slow and steady, starting when I worked multiple jobs while in undergrad. I rarely ate, but when I did, I made terrible choices. That scheduled remained until graduation.

Then law school. I loved my law school, but hated my law school life. Lonely and bored, I didn’t really settle in well in school. I was one of the few people without a family that had to work to make ends meet. My schedule reflected that. When most people were in the library, I was working. When I was in the library, others were sleeping. Either way, I didn’t eat better. In fact, I ate worse.

Now, four kids later and I’m sitting idly between 225 and 235 pounds, depending on what time of the month it is. I’m able to drop down to 205, but haven’t made it under 200 for years.

Because of this, I try to avoid taking too many pictures and when I do, it’s headshot only.

Until this Saturday. April's Before Picture | FitNoire.com

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I went to a Breast Cancer Walk. I felt great, I walked, I had fun. Until I saw this picture (right).

See, I’m smiling big and happy… and sucking in my stomach. But it looks like I’m in my 8th month of pregnancy.

What I manage to forget, especially after I lose weight, is that this is a journey. It doesn’t stop when you hit your goal weight and it certainly doesn’t stop when you’re still trying to lose.

What I need to stop doing is thinking that it’s a diet and really believe and understand that this is truly a journey, a life-long journey.

Depending on where you are, food can be everywhere. Worse yet, bad food can be everywhere. Who wants to cook when there’s a Wendy’s deal for $4 around the corner.

I know, I’m also showcasing my extreme laziness, especially when it comes to cooking. Quite frankly, I don’t like doing it, not even a little bit.

Even though I’m not a fan of cooking, I am a fan of my children’s health, so I do my best to put healthy meals on the table for their sake.

Time for Change

So, this time, I’m going to start my journey with OGX Fenix, a brand-new whey protein drink mix with organically grown Ganoderma that provides healthy nutrition, aids in the weight loss or the weight management process.

Accompanying each OGX FENIX™ order is the OGX Nutritional Weight Management Guide that takes OGX FENIX™ to the next level. ORGANO shows you how to do it with recommended meal plans, exercise options for all levels of fitness, hints to maximize success, as well as customized recipes that keep your weight management plan engaging, fun and efficient. The shakes are easy to use – 2 shakes a day help melt the pounds away, 1 shake a day helps keep the fat away when used with a sensible eating plan and exercise program. ~ From the Official Organo Gold press release dated September 6, 2016.

So, here I go… starting again with only one possiblity in my future… Weight Loss SUCCESS!

 

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Bee & Butterfly | White Teeth | Cosmetic Dentistry | Southern Dental | AprilNoelle.com

Beautiful White Teeth For the Whole Family

**This post is brought to you by Southern Dental Care. All stories and opinions are my own.**

Each day after school, Bee starts sharing her day as soon as she gets into the car. Some days, she doesn’t stop talking until we get home. Recently, her focus has been on a mission to lose her first tooth. A classmate has already lost their first tooth and Bee just can’t wait until the Tooth Fairy comes to visit for the first time.

Of course, the Tooth Fairy doesn’t always stop by our house (don’t judge).

That said I’m certainly not ready for her to grow up and I’m not ready for potential tooth problems.

When I was about 12, my teeth started moving. More specifically, my lower teeth pushed out my middle bottom tooth. With each bite, my top teeth pushed out this bottom tooth. Slowly over the next couple of years, my gums no longer supported my tooth and I almost lost it.

Thankfully, braces saved me from having a gap in my smile. Cosmetic dentistry to the rescue!

Teeth Tips

Those were prime teeth days for me. I had the cleanest, whitest teeth. I hated the idea of food stuck in my teeth and followed all of the dentist’s directions on keeping white teeth, even though it was often difficult.

Brushing – I brushed no less than three times a day, after breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Flossing – With the braces, for the first time ever, I was able to get between my teeth to floss and boy did my teeth appreciate it.

Mouthwash – Sometimes I had food stuck in my braces and it was gross. I kept a bottle of this in my backpack for any time I couldn’t brush.

Avoid Tobacco – This was easy. I don’t smoke because it’s absolutely disgusting.

Limit Sodas, Coffee and Alcohol – I was too young to drink and don’t particularly enjoy coffee. Those two were easy. At that time, I drank more soda than I do today, but with the braces, I cut all of that out!

Take My Vitamins – Even though I hate taking pills, I was all over this one! I wanted to make sure that any movement in my mouth would be supported from the inside out.

Make My Appointments – Well, I didn’t want to wear braces any longer than I had to, so I made sure that I went to every appointment ON TIME.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Mom & Son | White Teeth | Cosmetic Dentistry | Southern Dental | AprilNoelle.comSometimes, you can do everything right and still have issues with your teeth. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry has become commonplace. Men and women alike will stop by their dentist to get widespread treatments like bleaching, bonding, veneers and reshaping. Who doesn’t want beautiful white teeth?

Bleaching is the most common. You can pick up a bleaching kit from any store or pharmacy. Even though they don’t get the best results, you can do it yourself.

Now the rest need a dentist’s touch.

Bonding is tooth-colored material used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth.

Bridges are made to bridge the gaps created by one or more missing teeth.

Crowns, also known as caps, cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. Whereas veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth.

Finally, tooth reshaping and contouring, is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped or irregularly shaped teeth or even overlapping teeth in a single session.

How to Find the Perfect Dentist

The condition of your teeth and desired result you want often dictates the best procedure. A good dentist, like this one in New Orleans, can answer any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your smile. Those questions should include:

  • How will my smile change?
  • What should I expect through the course of treatment?
  • Will there be any maintenence?

What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?

Make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry. Before you start treatment, ask your dentist for the following items:

Before and after photos. These photos will allow you to examine the results of other patients being treated by the dentist to make sure his or her work fits your dental needs.

 White Teeth | Cosmetic Dentistry | Southern Dental | AprilNoelle.com

References. References allow you to get a sense of the quality of care the dentist provides.

Proof of continuing education. Be certain that your dentist has taken continuing education courses to keep him or her up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry.

Your dentist can answer the questions you have about the techniques used to improve your smile. The condition of your teeth and your desired result often indicate the best procedure for you.

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Beauty from the Inside Out {Neocell Biotin Bursts and Beauty Infusion Review}

Neocell
Disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

 

As I get older, I’m working to take better care of my skin. In the past, I have done tons of pimple popping and skin picking which has left dark spots all over my face.

This year, part of my Be Uncomfortable challenge is to start looking nicer, like taking better care of my skin, actually going to a store to buy clothes (a story to tell in another post) and looking like a woman on more days than not.

I’m a low maintenance kind of gal. I mean, putting on lipstick is like a “big thing” to me. I really feel like I’m doing something. If I get dressed for the day, then I pat myself on the back.

Baby steps people… baby steps.

I say all of this to say that I like the “easy” things in life, things that don’t take a lot of work, thought or attention.

These NeoCell products really fit the bill. In my lifestyle, I try to drink a nice large glass of water when waking up. All I had to do was drop a scoop of the Beauty Infusion powder into my morning water, and drink. That’s it. I just added it to what I was already doing, especially since they suggest taking it on an empty stomach. Then, I would eat the Biotin Bursts for a “dessert”, a little bit of sweet after dinner to kill that sweet tooth.

I think I’m moving to a new period in my life because I actually remembered to do these two things every day and loved the results. Before and After

 

See my chin? It’s almost always completely broken out. Even worse, it typically has a few hard “pre”-pimple bumps that never become full pimples. It’s painful, which is why I normally end up picking at them (see left picture). But after just one month on the Beauty Infusion, my entire chin was flat, the color was starting to even out (I took the pictures outside, but it was overcast on the day (and days surrounding) of the after picture.

As an adult, I feel like I’m going through my teenage years where I didn’t have acne. Now, I break out constantly, always with a bump or pimple or healing scar on my face all of the time.

My forehead and nose didn’t break out at all, which are the other two places that I constantly have breakouts, and it’s been a long time since I’ve no breakouts in a month. It’s been since high school that I haven’t gotten breakouts or felt like I was going to have a break out.

The first week, I had a little breakout, on my chin, but everything went away really fast. I will say that it didn’t stop all pimples, but as you see, there were no pimples to show, my skin has started to even out, and my skin is smooth to the touch again.

 

More information about the NeoCell Products

NeoCell Beauty Infusion

Infusion ReviewNeoCell Beauty Infusion is an all natural solution for youthful, radiant beauty that starts from the inside. Diminished collagen levels in the body can lead to loss of elasticity in the skin, thinning hair, and brittle nails.*

This refreshing drink mix is infused with essential nutrients that work together to strengthen hair, skin and nails, hydrate the skin, and provide antioxidant power against environmental damage. Recapture that vibrant glow from the inside out with a beauty supplement your skin and taste buds will crave.*Just one delicious scoop delivers:

  • 6,000 MG of NeoCell collagen™ Type 1 & 3 for firm, smooth skin & strong hair & nails*
    50 MG of Hyaluronic Acid for skin hydration & renewal*
    3,000 MCG of Biotin for support of strong hair & nail growth*
    Alpha Lipoic Acid & Vitamin C for protection from free radical damage & enhancement of collagen formation*

Beauty Infusion comes in Cranberry Splash, which I had, and tasted like a cranberry flavored drink. Easy to have first thing in the morning. Other flavors are Appletini and Tangerine Twist.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

NeoCell Beauty Bursts

Burst ReviewFeed Your Skin With Delectable Bursts of Nutrients!

Having beautiful and radiant skin has never been so easy- or so delicious. NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high potency beauty nutrients in a delectable, gourmet soft chew. Formulated based off of scientifically proven ingredients NeoCell Biotin Bursts offer a delicious alternative to your daily biotin regimen. Each chew is low in sugar and was especially formulated to be as readily absorbable as possible in delicious Brazilian Acai Berry flavor. Healthy hair and skin were never this easy, or sweet!

NeoCell Biotin Bursts, the best way to take your biotin. Period. (You’re Welcome!)

  • Biotin is an important B vitamin supporting hair and skin health
  • 10,000 MCG of Biotin per chew
  • Scientifically formulated to support metabolism of proteins in the body promoting natural energy, luxurious hair and vibrant skin.

I had the opportunity to sample the Acai Berry flavored Biotin Blast. The blast tastes like a fruit chew, like a piece of candy at night instead of something “healthy”. Yummy. Other flavors include Chocolate Mint and Fruit Punch.

If you have problems with your skin, I would suggest you trying these out.

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Shed Light on the DARK Act!

I’m not against all GMO’s, but I am against the government and the food lobbyists desire to keep what’s in our food secret. Check out what’s going on with the DARK Act!

 

Anti-GMO labeling groups are at it again. The “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” officially H.R. 4432, and more accurately dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know” Act (DARK), came before the 113th Congress last year, and is likely to appear before the 114th Congress this year in a new bill. To stop this from happening, this week has been designated “National Week of Action to Label GMOs” to prevent another DARK Act from coming to Congress and possibly passing. Here the top 5 things that the powerful food lobbies behind last year’s DARK Act don’t want you to know:

  1. The DARK Act was introduced by a powerful food lobby.
    2014’s DARK Act was introduced by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The GMA is a powerful food lobby. In 2013, they were sued for not disclosing the donors behind their anti-GMO labeling campaign to defeat this ballot initiative in Washington State. Later, GMA revealed those large donations came from Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle. Since then, the GMA have done everything in their power to prevent states from filing GMO labeling laws. Right now, they are spending large amounts of money filing lawsuits against the state of Vermont for passing a mandatory GMO labeling law that will take effect in 2016.
  2. That bill’s sponsor has ties to the GMA.
    The congressman sponsoring this bill, Mike Pompeo (R-KS), was the single largest recipient of campaign funds from Koch Industries in the 2010 election, according to the Center for Food Safety. Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, is a member of the GMA so it’s no surprise that he’s sponsored this bill.
  3. Pompeo has tweeted misleading information about the act.
    Just before the December 10th, 2014 hearing on the DARK Act, Pompeo tweeted, “State-by-state GMO labeling would only serve to hurt families – $500 per year in increased food costs, according to one study. #HR4432” However, a report released in October, 2014 from Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, conducted by the independent economic research firm ECONorthwest, concluded thatGMO labeling would cost consumers “less than a penny a day.” I could not find where Pompeo got that $500 annual figure. Pompeo is also one of a group of incumbent Congressman claiming that state-by-state laws will cause confusion for consumers. We contend that clearly labeling food will clear any confusion a consumer might have about their whether their food contains GMOs.
  4. The DARK Act puts states’ rights in jeopardy.
    Last year’s bill sought to eliminate a state’s right to mandatory labeling of GMOs and replace it with a nationwide voluntary labeling standard – but this already exists. Companies can opt to voluntarily disclose genetically engineered ingredients on labels at any time, many simply choose not to. The idea of a “replacement bill” is ridiculous at best – and it won’t work. “Voluntary labeling is an absolutely ineffective policy solution and is not a substitute for mandatory labeling,” according to Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety. Kimbrell and the Center support a consumer’s right to know whether their food contains GMOs.
  5. The FDA would be the only group in charge of mandatory labeling.
    The DARK Act would not have been completely ineffective. According to “Frequently Asked Questions: H.R. 4432,” published by Pompeo’s office, this act will “create a mandatory process for the submission of all GMO crops to the FDA before introducing them into the food supply” (PDF file). However, as we’ve discussed before, Michael Taylor, one of the executives at the FDA, was a former Monsanto executive, which begs the question of whether the FDA’s findings are objective. In fact, former Monsanto employees in the Obama administration include Lidia Watrud, who has worked for both the EPA and USDA, former USDA Director Roger Beachy and Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator Islam Siddiqui. Early on, the Obama administration claimed to support GE labeling, but has remained silent when the issue has come before Congress.

It’s critical that we make our voices heard with regard to prevent another bill  like the DARK Act from coming to the floor of Congress in 2015. Next year, Hillary Clinton, a former lawyer from Monsanto’s law firm, will likely run for president. If the such a bill is passed, existing GMO labeling laws in states like Vermont will be overturned. If not, the July 2016 enforcement date for Vermont’s new law predates the presidential election, and hopefully will remain safe no matter the outcome. For now, legislation like the DARK Act must go – or mandatory GMO labeling will become a thing of the past.

Some of our favorite candy companies put GMOs in their chocolate!

GMOs in chocolate
The Bad Guys put GMOs in their Chocolate. Find out more here!

 

TAKE ACTION

It’s critical that families across America work to stop a 2015 version of DARK Act now! What can you do? There are a few important steps you can take during this week of action.

  1. Sign the petition at Just Label It:
    http://justlabelit.org/take-action/take-action-congress/
  2. On that page, find your Senator’s phone number and call him to tell him that you oppose the “Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” and that you support the labeling of genetically engineered foods and the states’ right to make that choice.
  3. Share this article and the petition with everyone you know this week!

 

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National Go Red Day on Friday, February 6th

 

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 celebrates National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women to help save women’s lives.

Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. We can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

FACTS ABOUT CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

Heart disease and stroke affect women of all ethnicities.

  • Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African-American women, killing
    nearly 50,000 annually.
  • Only 43% of African American women and 44% of Hispanic women know that heart disease is
    their greatest health risk, compared with 60% of Caucasian women.
  •  Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 48.9% have cardiovascular disease. Yet, only
    20% believe they are at risk.
  • Only 50% of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
  •  Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.
  •  Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk.
  •  Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options.

Cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately
one woman every minute.

  •  An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
  •  90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke.
  •  80% of heart disease and stroke events could be prevented.

Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease & stroke.

  •  Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack.
  •  The symptoms of heart attack can be different in women vs. men, and are often
    misunderstood – even by some physicians.
  •  Women have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men.
  •  Each year, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke.

Go Red For Women is about much more than wearing red on National Wear Red Day. It’s about making a change.

Here are a few ways you can make a change today:

  • Go to GoRedForWomen.org to learn what you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease and
    stroke.
  • Encourage your family and friends to take small steps toward healthy lifestyle choices to
    reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke, too.
  • Explain “What it means to Go Red” by sharing the following acronym:
    Get Your Numbers: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.
    Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.
    Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.
    Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices for you & your family. Teach your kids the importance
    of staying active.
    Donate: Show your support with a donation of time or money HERE.

Together, we can put an end to heart disease. Women, it’s time to Go Red.

For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

 

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