F*** It, I’m Going to Start Smoking

OK, I’m exaggerating. Aside from the damage to your health, smoking is just plain gross!

However, I do feel like everywhere I turn, there’s something damaging to my health that I wasn’t aware of. Worse yet is the feeling that I can’t fix it. I can’t escape it. I can’t resolve it.

That’s very frustrating.

Recent cases in point:
1. American sunscreen doesn’t protect you. We don’t know what does. Skin cancer rates are going up & we don’t know how you can reduce your risk.

Awesome. (Yes, I’m exaggerating, but honestly, only slightly!) This one stressed me out in particular considering my husband and I are pale people with pale children. DH’s maternal aunt died in her 50′s of skin cancer that matistizied in her brain, so there is a family history there, making me extra paranoid. This article felt like a blow…

2. Tilapia is poison for you and the planet.

Again, only a slight exaggeration. And I had recently made this great 5-Spice Tilapia recipe to use scallions from my CSA.

The article states, “Compared with other fish, farmed tilapia contains relatively small amounts of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, the fish oils that are the main reasons doctors recommend eating fish frequently; salmon has more than 10 times the amount of tilapia. Also, farmed tilapia contains a less healthful mix of fatty acids because the fish are fed corn and soy instead of lake plants and algae, the diet of wild tilapia.

…Environmentalists argue that intensive and unregulated tilapia farming is damaging ecosystems in poor countries with practices generally prohibited in the United States —”

Thankfully I like salmon & have a decent seafood store nearby at which I normally shop. Even better yet, we know some people who enjoy fishing and give away or sell their catch – so you know for sure it’s wild caught! So I’ll have to make more of an effort to stock the freezer with known-wild-caught fish. Good thing we made that investment in the freezer.

I will say it was interesting reading that a diet of corn and soybeans makes the tilapia less healthy of a food for human consumption. Hmm… exactly like beef… Hmm.. but corn and soybeans are good for us to eat directly (or as food additives in the form of corn syrup, etc….)

Point being: It’s nice to read further points that, in my mind, confirm paleo is the way to go!

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