Q & A Post. Rose Water, Healthier Choices and “Free-Range” Eggs.

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August 11, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods

Usually in conversations with people, e-mails I get from readers or just bits of things I hear in the grocery store inspires me to write-up a Q & A post. I think most of us have the same questions about things but at times do not know where to go for answers or may be we are worried that we will be judged for asking. Every question is a great question and you all inspire me dearly. Please ask questions, I know we all have them! May be someone else out there is too nervous to ask the very same question you have.

If you have a question you would like to ask me such as an ingredient you would like me to discuss, something you would like a video on, a product question, or so forth please send me an e-mail at livinggirllivingfoods@gmail.com.

Even if lately I have not been able to write-up a post as much as we are used to, I do still check my e-mail every day.

Q: I found your blog today. I read the article about rose water and water melon Stepper…I wanted to ask you where you to buy your rose water/essence for consumption?https://livinggirllivingfoods.com/2012/07/14/watermelon-lime-steeper-with-rose-water-added-recipe/ The only website that I came across that seems to look legit is http://www.bulgarianrosewater.com/?gclid=CKOzh5b6pbgCFROk4AodB3sAsA

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The rose water I use is one that I purchased at Living Light Culinary Institute here is a link to the product, http://shop.rawfoodchef.com/Rose-Water.html

The one you have shared with me looks far superior but also it is far more expensive. Usually rose water for consumption can be found in Europe Marketplaces, not that many all natural or organic shops tend to carry it. Best of luck with your purchase!
The rose water that this reader has shared is organic, pure, and there are even recipes on the site. I am grateful that this person took the time to send me an e-mail and share the information they found on the internet. I had no idea about this brand until opening their email 😀 !
Q: I have been working on making healthier habits but I find it difficult with how my boyfriend eats, I eat whatever he eats! We also go out to restaurants sometimes and I am confused on what to order. Ideas?
A: I’ve been asked very similar questions before on here, this is a major concern for most people who are roughly around my age group. Typically if you start eating healthier, make healthier choices, buy healthier foods and take the initiative to pick the restaurant gradually your partner will start eating healthier also. Put that energy out there so it can come back to you!
I can’t say this is guaranteed but this is more often the case. The more knowledge, information, healthy, clean, plant-based choices you make your companion will see, taste, smell, learn, notice and adapt that information to their life.
If your companion is not accepting of your choice to eat cleaner, give it some time. This is most likely sourced from a place of fear. If they eat healthier they will change and leave me. They will make new friends and forget me. How will we be able to go to ___? Once they loss weight they won’t want me. These are just a few thoughts that may come to your partners mind. Instead of responding in a place of fear or negativity yourself, come from a place of understanding. Be comforting ❤
If your boyfriend/girlfriend eats foods that make you tempted try your best to not blame them when you eat foods you do not want to eat. It is your choice, and yes they should be supportive but everyone has their own journey, time and place for things. If possible, always have a cooler bag with your cleaner food choices, make dinner for the two of you, “pre-load” meaning eat before you go over or go out.
Make the choices now that in an hour, a day, weeks, and years from now you will appreciate and be thankful for.
It is more than likely that you can find something plant strong on a restaurant menu and it doesn’t have to be a vegetarian restaurant. Ask questions. What oils are used? Can you substitute fries for steamed veggies? Is it possible to make modifications? If you have the time call ahead and see if they can make something specifically for you. In no time you will figure out what restaurants in your town are more friendly with making changes.
Q: Does “Free-Range” eggs really mean anything?
A: It doesn’t really mean anything, and I don’t want it to come off that way because I am a vegan but because from the research I have done around the internet there is no difference. “Free-Range” does not mean organic, which I think many people believe this when reading a label because it does sound like the natural, organic way of treating eggs.
Let me do a quick breakdown of the different types of eggs that are mostly spoken about in the all natural/organic community.

Cage-free eggs are eggs from birds that are not raised in cages, but in floor systems usually in an open barn. However, they are likely to be at close quarters with many other hens, meaning there are far too many hens living in the same space. Cage-free does not mean they are organic, hormone free, humanely treated or so on. The chickens still get their beaks burned to make them flat, the chicken attack and may even eat one another. Many animals when grown in a mass factory farm end up catching illnesses and diseases.

Free-range eggs are laid from hens that have the opportunity to go outside. That’s all it means, the opportunity is there but we aren’t guaranteed a certain amount of time, that they aren’t caged or jammed pack in their living space. Like “Cage-free” this also does not mean that the eggs are organic, hormone free, humanely treated or so on.

Organic eggs are laid from hens that may be kept in any kind of caging system, but generally are cage free. They eat an organic feed and don’t receive vaccines or antibiotics. Their feed can be anything from corn to grains or grass.

In order to qualify for USDA organic certification, the grains used for the hens’ diets must be produced on land that has been free from the use of toxic and persistent chemical pesticides and fertilizers for at least three years. Genetically engineered crops are not permitted, and hens must be maintained without hormones, antibiotics, and other intrusive drugs.

Typically I recommend clients who want to keep eggs in their lifestyle to support local organic egg farmers. These small local farms are more likely to treat the animals well, give them love, not have the chickens jam-packed together or burn their beaks. Find out what the chickens are fed and if your local organic farm EVER does a tour, workshop or CSA program you best hop on it ;-)! These egg guidelines are rather similar to how meat is packaged and labeled, just something to keep in mind!

I want to thank everyone again for their questions and inspiring me constantly. Wishing you all a magical week. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to stop by my site. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉

Jess

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One thought on “Q & A Post. Rose Water, Healthier Choices and “Free-Range” Eggs.

  1. dreadchic1 says:

    Hi all. Sometimes one can find the most interesting ingredients in the more “ethnic” stores right in one’s own community. So, if your area has a number of ethic populations find out where they shop. The larger the local population the greater the chance some of the products are purchased in large volume or even made right in your area. These factors may increase freshness, availability, and might even reduce prices. Peace

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