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I have weighed myself each week since returning from the States.  I am eating more.  Yet, I have lost three kilos (around seven pounds…I think). 

Is it all due to walking more?  I don’t know.  I’m not walking THAT much more considering the fact that I was working in the States and it was physical.  I was moving from the time I clocked in until the time I clocked out. 

I wonder if it isn’t because the food in the States has so much junk in it?  I’m not a scientist.  But, you don’t have to be to understand that growth hormones and drugs to make cows produce more milk are bad for you. 

The buzz word in France right now is “genetically modified“.  We’ll have to wait to see what the conclusion is.

I’m not sure about where I stand in this debate.  One thing I am sure about is that I and all the other consumers in the world have the right to know what is in their food.  If we decide to eat it or not is up to us. 

Just before we moved back to France from the States I was outraged to hear on the news that there was a push for cloned cows milk to be sold in the groceries.  The biggest problem I had with it is that there would be no label stating that the milk you were buying was from a cloned animal or not.  Cloned animals don’t live as long as other animals.  Shouldn’t that be a red flag?

My goal is to lose five more kilos.  I am doing it because I think it is healthy for me.  There is no medical reason for me to be heavier than I feel I should be.  I am done having babies.  I have no reason or excuse for my “extra” ten pounds of weight. 

The real reason I want to lose it.  I think I will have more energy and I will be able to run faster after my kids!

Because I love my children I am going to start searching for organic foods and alternatives to daily household products such as cleaning supplies and shampoos.  I am not alone.  The market for organic products is booming!  I have seen many new bio (organic) stores in Strasbourg that were not here just nine months ago.  As more and more people buy organic products the price of these products will fall and become more and more affordable.

Consumers are more savy than ever before in regard to what they want and expect.  It is higher quality in food, clothes, cars and all that is needed in life that the “new” consumer is ready to lay down money for.  No longer are consumers satisfied with a bunch of cheap junk. 

The new trend is buying less but demanding higher standards and quality.


A great website on where to find real (not the brand but the “real” thing) milk.

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  • Wendz March 20, 2007, 5:33 pm

    I wouldn’t buy milk from a cloned blooming cow and heavens they should mark it as such..leaving it unmarked is wrong.

    It probably is the walking that’s making the weight come off – when I lived in the UK I walked everywhere, ate a lot and was SKINNY!

    Gorgeous photo, btw – you look fab!

  • Sarah March 20, 2007, 6:25 pm

    I wouldn’t buy milk from a cloned cow either. And I really hate genetically modified foods. I have Crohn’s disease and a few years ago, I had a strawberry smoothie at (company omitted) and had an attack that sent me to the hospital. Turned out the strawberries had been injected with fish DNA and the byproduct was something I’m allergic too. Yes, the strawberries were bigger and more red and maybe even more tasty. But no, having to deal with a flare-up of Crohn’s was not worth it to me. And they had NO LABELS anywhere.

    Today they don’t use those strawberries anymore, and you know why? Because they preferred to switch to normal ones instead of telling customers they were drinking fish DNA.

    Ever since, I’ve been helping lower prices in the organic department too. So well done you! Great choice!

  • Pumpkin March 22, 2007, 9:48 am

    Thanks Wendz! I am looking forward to warmer weather and more walking! And, today…we have snow. I bet you have been buried in it for at least a few days so I can’t complain. :)

  • Thomas March 23, 2007, 9:40 am

    The problem with Genetically modified food is not much if it is good or bad for health… the problem is the majority of the people in France clearly is against it, and yet food industry puts it in our plate anyway… Which basically tell you how it really works in democracies. You are allowed to make a lot of moise when you are not happy, but in the end – you will eat your GM food!!!

  • Pumpkin March 23, 2007, 10:09 am

    I don’t know. A scientist recently proved that it is really bad for your health to eat GM foods. I think he was French but I can’t rememeber. It was on the news sometime last week. The study was done on mice. One mouse was fed food that was not modified and the other was fed food that was. I think it was over a three month period. The mouse that was fed GM food had a high level of toxins in it’s blood. It was scary considering the study was for such a short amount of time.

    I know that more studies will be needed to back this one. If these studies prove the same thing then I think GM foods will be a harder sell. If it is cheeper to make that still won’t compensate the higher rise in health care due to people eating it and getting sick. I couldn’t find the study online. That is why I didn’t mention it. But, I do think it is important.

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