What are GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?

Just last week the Food and Drug Administration’s approved genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, making it the first genetically engineered animal that will available for purchase by consumers.

The salmon is not likely to show up in stores for another two years, but when it does, consumers will have no way of knowing if the fish they’re buying is genetically engineered.

While a few stores, Costco, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target and Kroger, have said they will not be selling this to consumers there is no way to know what you will be getting when shopping at any other store.

I have been wanting to write this blog post for awhile and I finally decided to write this during the kids naps. I really hope that this post educates you and encourages you to take the time to look at what is in your refrigerator and pantry. GMOs disrupt the healthy balance in the digestive tract and increase your risk for certain diseases. Eliminating GMOs from your diet is so worth it, I promise.


Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other normally incompatible plants or animals. The hope in doing this is to create a new organism that exhibits a desired trait. An example would be a plant that can withstand direct application of a herbicide or produce an insecticide to directly repel pests.

What are GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?


  • There have been no human safety trails to determine if GMO consumption is safe for humans.
  • Japan, New Zeland, and Ireland have determined that the risks outweigh the benefits and have banned them. In addition to this, 60 nations label products to let consumers know if there are GMO ingredients in what they are purchasing, the United States does not do this.
  • The America Academy of Environmental Medicine recommends prescribing GMO-free diets to all patients.
  • Analysis of the most common GMO crops shows they do not produce a larger crop size and have inferior nutritional value when compared to the same crop that is GMO-free.
  • 90% of soy, sugar beets, canola, and 80% of corn are GM.
  • The average american consumes 193 pounds of GMO foods a year.


Chemicals, like those in genetically modified organisms, will change the way your immune system functions. Toxins in the immune system will kill beneficial microbes and that can interfere with how our bodies absorb nutrients.

The greater your chemical exposure the more likely it is that your body will stay inflamed and you will have a harder time absorbing nutrients from your food.

Roundup is the most commonly used GMOs herbicide in the world. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. In 2012 a study in Current Microbiology showed that when exposed to the glyphosate in Roundup, the good bacteria that we have in our bodies died while the bad bacteria, like salmonella, were able to survive. For years Monsanto and companies like it have been telling the public that Roundup and glyphosate are safe enough to drink but there have been numerous scientific studies done that prove otherwise.

In 2014 in the Journal of Environmental and Anyalitcal Toxicology published findings that most animals and people tested in the study had glyphosate in their urine. This wasn’t really very surprising due to the fact that residue of gylohosate is often found in out water supply. What was surprising was that the study revealed “chronoically ill humans showed significantly higher glyphosate residues in urine than the healthy population.”

From 1996, when GM crops were first introduced, until 2010 there was a:

  • 1,427% increase in glyphosate application to corn and soy crops
  • 1,000% increase in intestinal infection death rate
  • 550% increase in chronic constipation
  • 205% increase in irritable bowel syndrome


The sad truth is many of the foods that are most popular with children contain GMOs. Let’s say you eat an animal that was fed GMO grains, and most are unless you buy organic pasture-raised animals, and then you eat the grains that were sprayed,  this leaves your body susceptible to multiple mineral deficiencies and an intestinal track that has more bad bacteria than good. Overtime this will result in a weaker immune system and can create chaos on your overall health.

All of this to say, that when Roundup was created the purpose was to allow crops to live when sprayed, but it isn’t working anymore. Roundup is NOT working! It is failing to do the job that it was created to do because it has been overused. Many weeds are now resistant to pesticides being sprayed on GM crops.


Keep reading for several ways to make changes to your diet and reduce your exposure to GMOs. Tying to do all these at once will have you going crazy. When I started making changes to my diet I had no idea of the ripple effect I would be creating for myself and my family years down the road. It takes time and perseverance but I promise that these changes are worth it!


If you are not able to buy all your produce organic take a look at the Environmental Working Group. Every year they come out with an updated list highlighting the produce with the highest amount of pesticide residue called the Dirty Dozen™ list. This year, it is comprised of apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes. Each of these foods tested positive a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items. Avoid the Dirty Dozen™ list.

Unfortunately GMOs don’t just effect our produce as mentioned earlier in this post. The animals that we eat also are fed these crops. Our family buys our meat at either Costco or Whole Foods. Other options include mail ordering meat, buying in bulk from a local farmer, or looking into a co-op.


The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. When you are buying any product in a package start looking for this label. Visit their website for more information.

Non GMO Project Label

Non-GMO Project Label


95% of the U.S. crop of sugar beets is sprayed with Roundup. This concerns me. I inwardly cringe when I see people drinking soda, eating a candy bar, or ingesting anything else that contains sugar because I know they are consuming a product that uses ingredients that have been sprayed with gylposhate. When you start to grasp the reality of how huge of fail this is that pesticides like Roundup were ever approved to be sprayed on food you will be concerned also. The good news is that once you eliminate this type of sugar from your diet you will start noticing changes in your waistline and overall health.


Our family avoids all soy, corn, cottonseed, and canola oils and instead uses organic olive oil and organic coconut oil. These items to avoid are made from crops heavily sprayed with Roundup.

Any of the above listed ways to reduce your exposure to GMOs would be a great place to start. Small changes over time will produce great results.

Hopefully this post gave you some food for thought (pun intended). I would love to know what you think about all this. Leave a comment below or find my on Facebook or Instagram.


Vitamins & Supplements for a Healthy Family

You will never see me promote anything on here, sponsored or otherwise, that I haven’t used myself and researched before using. This post is not sponsored and I have never been sponsored by the brands listed.

Do you take vitamins or supplements? What about your kids? It can be overwhelming at times as a parent figuring out what your child needs let alone finding the time to research what you need for yourself. This is a list of what has worked and is working for me and my family.


I take the responsibility of sharing my opinions and recommendations very seriously and would NEVER post about a product without researching it to the best of my ability. So what are some of my recommendations when purchasing vitamins/supplements? I am glad you asked…


It is important to keep in mind that vitamins and supplements are a support to your diet. Your diet is the key to healthy living. You CANNOT take enough vitamins or supplements to counteract a bad diet.


It is important to become your own advocate and do your own research. Without this testing there is no way to determine if what is actually inside matches what the label says. The FDA does NOT monitor vitamins and supplements so ANYTHING could be put in these products.

USP and Consumer Lab (there are a few others as well) are third party unbiased companies that are hired by the vitamin company to test their products including product validity, absorbability, and make sure there is no added ingredients or the amount in the ingredients matches the label.


If possible try to limit the amount of GM ingredients in your vitamins. An easy way to do this is to be sure that your products are free of the most common GM ingredients: corn, sugar beets, high fructose corn syrup, and soy.


This week I received my vitamin order in the mail and I thought it would be fun to share what we use in our household. Remember to check with your doctor before taking any new vitamin or supplement. 

Vitamins Supplements Healthy Family

For the last few months I have been using Integrative Therapeutics – Clinical Nutrients for Women. I love this vitamin, you can see the supplement facts in the picture below! If you decide to try out this brand my only recommendation would be take with your meal and work up to the three tablets. If you have never experienced a Niacin flush, they aren’t super pleasant, and I am guessing somewhat equates to what a hot flash feels like, in addition to your joints becoming flaming red because of increased vasodilation. FYI, these don’t smell super great so if you notice an odd oder it is probably coming from these vitamins. My naturopath recommended this brand. Josh is also taking the Men’s version – Integrative Therapeutics – Clinical Nutrients for Men. $25 for 90 tablets, 3 tablets daily

Integrative Therapeutics Clinical Nutrients for Women Label

Thorne Research – Meriva-500 is an anti-infalmmatory supplement derived from Turmeric. Thorne is such an amazing brand! Super high quality! If you have an autoimmune disorder this is something to look into and talk with your doctor about. I also take this during that certain time each month instead of an ibuprofen and it works just as well. $28 for 60 capsules, 2 capsules daily

I have taken Innate Response – Adrenal Response for the last year for adrenal support. Adrenal fatigue is estimated to affect around 80 percent of people in the world. Most people struggle with adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives. Symptoms include: body aches, trouble concentrating, racing thoughts, moodiness and,irritability, always tired, feeling overwhelmed, hormone imbalance, and cravings for sweet and salty foods. If you have adrenal fatigue, it can also be a major cause of excess fat storage and low energy levels. $51 for 90 tablets, 2 tablets daily

The be all and end all to any kid vitamin – SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins. I could seriously eat this whole bottle. Supplement facts shown in the picture below. Josh and I have been known to sneak a few of these as a treat every so often, I know, I know, it is so bad, but these are just so good. They are chewy, sweet, without artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup, and the best part GMO-FREE! In order to stop eating the kids vitamins we now have a bottle of SmartyPants Vitamins Adult Gummy Multivitamins. I promise we are not overdosing on vitamins, we maybe have 1 a day, if that (an adult serving is 6 yummies). $16 for 120 gummies, 4 gummies daily

SmartyPants Kids Complete Vitamin Label

Lastly, we take SFH Stronger Faster Healthier SO3+D3 Super Omega-3 Liquid Fish Oil EPA+DHA (Orange) and I also take Integrative Therapeutics – Bio-Zyme® between meals. I know this might sound like a lot to some but to me and my family it is just part of our routine. Having dealt with an autoimmune disorder I know how fast your body can revolt against you. This is why I have made a commitment to learn as much as I can in order to promote the ongoing health of myself and my family.

I would love to know if you take any vitamins or supplements. Leave a comment below and let me know.

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On My 32nd Birthday…

On My 32nd BirthdayMy Mom said she could always tell when I was getting sick because there would start to be a trail of used kleenex all over the house. While I am not as bad as I was about leaving my germ infested kleenex all over, I knew that the week leading up to my birthday, I could possibly be coming down with a cold. Not from the trail of used kleenex but because of my worsening sore throat. Then I was congested and then I admitted to myself that I should probably go to the doctor after having symptoms for a week.

I really wasn’t super bummed about having a cold. In the past year my anxiety and overall outlook on life has gone through a major overall. As my birthday was quickly approaching I was just super thankful that my family was not showing signs of stuffy noses and coughs.

Last Thursday, the day before my birthday, I made an appointment with the doctor. He said if my symptoms got worse to call and he would call in a prescription for me, but he was fairly confident that by the next day I would start feeling much better.

On my birthday morning I woke up to no voice. Yikes! I knew at this point I needed to get ahold of the doctor again. Thank goodness for text messaging and email. Josh was on shift but he was able to get in touch with the doctors office and explain what was happening and he also was able to come home for the day until the kids went to bed to help me. I really thought I could handle it on my own but I am so thankful he came home.

At this point, Caden started coughing, and I knew that he was sick too. So we decided to have a sick day, watch movies, and drink green smoothies. Not a bad way to spend a birthday cuddled up on the sofa with your loved ones, minus blowing crazy grossness out of your nose all day.

Right before dinner, as I was in the kitchen getting the food dished up on the plates, Maisie walked into the kitchen crying. This is not super unusual because when she knows it is getting close to a meal or snack and she can see the food, she wants the food. Suddenly my kitchen floor was covered in throw up. Again and again she got sick on the floor, on me, and on the floor again. I felt so bad for her. Once she was finished her little body was shaking and she nestled her head under my neck and snuggled in.

Dinner ended up getting cold as we cleaned Maisie up in the bath, the kitchen floor was mopped, and soon enough it was bedtime for the kids.  Josh went back to work and I was asleep quickly after he left. Not the day I planned but I wouldn’t trade it.

The amazing thing about this to me is that in all of these moments I never once thought anything negative or wished the day away. I have really come to understand that life is such a gift and each day should be treated like it is. Sure it would have been nice if we had all felt better, but you know what? People get sick everyday, some much worse than a stomach bug or cough.

Perspective is everything and life should be treasured. Even in the moments when you don’t feel good. There is always something to be thankful for. This was such a great reminder for me NOT to allow negative thoughts to rule my mind. By keeping focused on all the amazing blessings in my life I was able keep myself out of the bottomless pit that I can easily put myself in with my negative thought pattern.

It was so fitting that the past week in my bible study was all about peace. God so knows what he is doing and how to prepare us. On this day He knew that I would need the extra reminder of all the great things I have going for me so I wouldn’t get weighed down in the muck.

As part of the study I was asked to write down three specific things for which I was grateful to God despite whatever difficulty I was currently facing.

The three things I was grateful for this day were…

  • a roof over my head
  • my husband who took time off to come home to help me
  • antibiotics

Next question. How can you incorporate these three things in your prayer strategy this week?

Then I incorporated these into my prayer life by praying for…

  • our landlords and neighbors
  • Josh, his coworkers, and our car that gets him from A to B
  • doctors

When we choose a thankful prayer over wallowing in anxiety and worry we demonstrate a sweet trust in God. This keeps us from being absorbed in our circumstances and allows God to activate a deep peace within us.

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

I don’t know about you, but for myself having access to more peace is never something I will turn down. God’s peace is amazing. It is dismantling my emotional barriers and securing my runaway emotions. Which to me is the best birthday gift of all :).

xoxo, Tamara

PS…If you struggle with automatic negative thoughts like I do, try changing your perspective. Start a gratitude journal. Each day write three things you are thankful for. Seriously try it.