You Might Be a Rude Pedestrian

It has been growing. Slowly over the past few years it has grown more rapidly than in years past. As the days pass, it grows even more. Growing so large in fact that I can no longer keep my mouth shut. For fear of exploding it must come out. I can take it no longer. I’ve had enough.

After one too many close calls, I’m over it!

I have officially reached my limit and can not contain myself any longer.

There is a growing trend in parking lots across the country. Rude pedestrians are walking carelessly everywhere putting themselves and the safety of their neighbors in danger.

I have had it up to “here” and well beyond with pedestrians in parking lots. There is no longer any regard for the cars driving through the parking lot and navigating the aisles. 

It is called a parking lot for a reason, cars park there. It is not a people lot. Yes people drive those cars, but if you walk in a parking lot you must take care to look out for your safety.

At first I thought it was a “younger” generation problem. Perhaps parents of my generation were too busy to teach their children to safely navigate a parking lot. They were never instructed to look both ways, give right of way to cars, or to never assume that a car would stop if it was driving in the parking lot.

However, it is no longer only the teenagers and young twenty somethings that are stepping out of the store without regard for on coming traffic. Young and old alike do not give as much as a glance either direction before stepping out into on coming traffic.

Now the tables have turned, it is the drivers that are on high alert for the possible wayward pedestrian walking in the parking lot or out of the grocery store doors.

We as the drivers have to always be on alert so as to not harm a careless and frankly clueless sorry excuse for a human.

Are people seriously that self absorbed these days that they do not care or have consideration for the drivers in the parking lot? DO they want to get hurt so they can sue and win some money?

What is the motivation behind this new and incredibly dangerous trend?

Just this afternoon, I was pushed over the edge. I had been teetering on the cliff of frustration for a very long time but today I had enough.

I ran quite a few errands, did some grocery shopping, and enjoyed time at a coffee shop.

While walking from my car to the grocery store each time I happened to be near another pedestrian that was also walking in the parking lot. EVERY time the other pedestrian walked straight across the driving lane without so much as a glance to the left or the right to check for on coming traffic.

Whereas I stopped, looked and often time waited for the oncoming car that had just slammed on it’s brakes to avoid the careless and clueless pedestrian walking next to me that bolted into traffic.

When the drivers realized I wasn’t going to walk into traffic without acknowledging them and waiting for a signal to wait or go, they graciously waved me across. Just like the old days. 

Anyone else remember those days? I’d go grocery shopping with my Mom and it was a given that we’d stop just outside of the grocery store doors to look for on coming parking lot traffic. We’d either wait until the car passed or the car would stop and wave us across.

What happened to those gestures of common courtesy?

Where did our care and thoughtfulness of our neighbors disappear to?

Where do pedestrians nowadays find their complete disregard for the drivers in the parking lots who also happen to be their neighbors? Why are they so rude and clueless?

It is an honest question, that I truly want to discover an answer for.

Adults older than myself, who most assuredly grew up in the day when you waited and looked for oncoming traffic, no longer give hardly a glance when walking out of a grocery store or crossing the flow of traffic in a parking lot. Why? What happened to these adults?

I am purposeful in the training of my own children while we are in parking lots. Never do I walk out into traffic with them. I always point out those that choose unsafely when walking in the parking lot. I use these careless pedestrians as examples of what not to do and why we don’t behave as they do.

It might be small, but my children will be different. They will not be like young adults of their generation and walk all over a parking lot as if they own it. They will not be sucked into their phones or off in their own mental world without giving a second thought to the safety concerns around them. They will look for traffic. They will wait for cars. They will NOT disrespect their fellow neighbors by assuming that they will stop when a pedestrian carelessly walks in front of their moving car.

rude pedestrian

This new and careless trend has to stop. It simply has to stop. 

Parents, I implore you to stop this bad habit if you do it yourself while walking in a parking lot. Please also teach your children to respect the cars in a parking lot. Don’t ever assume that a car will stop for you as you walk across the flow of traffic. Chances are they are just as distracted as you are and the outcome of that scenario will not be pretty.

Drivers and pedestrians alike need to care for one another, show common courtesy, and look out for each others safety.

Stop carelessly walking in parking lots!

3 BIG Reasons to Avoid Casein

3 BIG Reasons to Avoid Casein. Health Matters. Life Matters. AlexisMathews.com

Casein is a protein found in cow’s milk and all dairy products made from cow’s milk. Casein is the primary protein found in milk and dairy products. Research shows that there can be serious health concerns from consuming milk and subsequently casein from bovine sources. As with any change in your diet, please consult with your doctor or naturopath for definitive advice.

The 3 BIG reasons to avoid casein 

Cancer

I first learned about the link between cancer and casein when I read The China Study by T Colin. Campbell. In his book, Campbell explains that through his research he proved that casein promotes every stage of cancer. Furthermore, the rate of cancer growth could be controlled directly by the amount of casein given to lab animals. Campbell’s extensive research indicates that cancer can be avoided by removing dairy from our diets. Fortunately, plant based protein is free of casein and therefore does not contribute to our risk of developing cancer.

Respiratory Issues

Casein is a strong mucous forming substance. It is also used to form a very strong glue. These two properties together create the perfect storm for respiratory issues including asthma and other upper respiratory conditions. 

One the rare accidental instances when I’ve consumed something made with cow’s milk I can immediately notice a difference in my body’s mucous levels. The back of my throat feels congested and my body feels sluggish from the effects on my respiratory system.

Allergies

Allergies can go hand in hand with respiratory issues when the culprit is casein. If the respiratory system is not functioning at it’s best your body will be more susceptible to respiratory allergic reactions including hay fever, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, runny noses, and ear infections.

If you suffer from any other these allergic reactions it might be worth your time and health to eliminate dairy from your diet to test if this decreases your suffering.

On a side note, some research shows that dairy and subsequently casein leads to ADHD. I’d like to encourage you to do your own research on this connection if you are struggling help a family member with ADD Or ADHD. Personally, I’ve seen a huge improvement with my own children and my husband in their attention spans after eliminating dairy and other animal protein sources. 

 This post linked up at Wellness Wednesday

Most Popular Posts of 2014

 

Health Matters. Life Matters. Popular Posts of 2014. AlexisMathews.com

A new year has begun and with it comes a time for reflection and re-evaluation. As I mentioned previously, my word for this year is Faith. I have faith that there will be personal and professional growth in my life this year. A big part of that professional growth involves you. You have helped make this past year an amazing first year for Health Matters. Life Matters.

Because of your support the following 10 blog posts stood out among the rest as my most popular posts in 2014. This reflection gives me great insight into what you need from me in the coming year. It is my goal to provide more content related to the topics you clearly enjoy. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the past year, I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

 
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Clean Eating Leads to Clean Bill of Health: One Mom’s Story

One Mom's personal story how clean eating made her children healthier including no cavities, reduced ADD and ADHD symptoms, and reduced GMOs in their lifestyle.

It all started with my youngest getting a cavity. I brushed his teeth every day and even flossed for him. It was a nightly ritual that I made sure all three of my children did before going to bed. Leo loved his apple juice, too. I knew it was full of sugar, so I would add ¾ water to ¼ juice. His cavity got so bad we had to silver cap it. Boom. Bad Mommy. I failed my kid. In fact, I failed them all, since every one of them had a new cavity (or two) each annual check-up. What was going on?!?

My middle-child is a very gifted, scholastically advanced, imaginative boy. He is constantly drawing, making monsters out of Play-Doh, or making some Lego space ship to save the galaxy. As brilliant as he is, he wasn’t doing very well in school. How could such a smart boy be struggling, you ask? He couldn’t sit still in class. His teachers year after year would tell me how very smart he is, but just couldn’t follow the rules, keep his hands to himself, and not make disruptive sounds. I spoke to a friend of mine whose son had shown similar behaviors, and she told me that when she changed his diet, his attention span improved, as well as his ability to sit still. I figured, why not try it? 

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Wheat Belly: My Experiment With a Drastic Change in Diet

Wheat free journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Clear skin, body free of pain, weight loss all from going gluten free.

In recent years, as I have aged, I have experienced some weight-gain as well as odd skin, joint, and intestinal issues, and I had heard that gluten sensitivities were sometimes the cause. I was fed up with my painful knees, fatigue, skin rashes, upset stomach, and other various unexplained ailments. So I finally decided to get serious about finding out if a gluten/wheat sensitivity might be true for me. I have several friends who are gluten free, both online and in real life, so I was already somewhat familiar with what the term means. However, just in case you aren’t sure, let me define it for you in my own terms.

Gluten free means eating a diet where gluten is not present. 

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. There are those in the population who have a true allergic response to gluten, those who have Celiac’s Disease. Others, through the process of elimination and experimentation usually, discover that they have a sensitivity, which will present itself in different ways depending on the person. Read this list of common gluten intolerance symptoms to help you to understand how this condition could present itself in yourself or others around you. And this article published by the Mayo Clinic offers a great list of do’s and don’t for those who are trying to avoid gluten.

I determined that I would remove all gluten from my diet in order to find out if it has been the cause of several ‘symptoms’ from which I have suffered since I was a teen, and others in more recent years. Here are just a few of the problems I had been dealing with:

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Navigating Special Events With A Food Allergy Child

5 tips for eating out and traveling when you have children with food allergies or sensitivities.

Davonne is guest posting today on the topic of children with food allergies and sensitivities. Please join us as we hear her personal story of parenting a child with food allergies.

Navigating Special Events With A Food-Allergy Child

With so many GMOs, more and more kids are developing food allergies and special events are becoming more challenging than ever before.

Since my husband is lactose intolerant, I have a gluten sensitivity, and one of my children needs to eat gluten-free as well, we’ve gone completely gluten-free and dairy-free at home. I’ve also spent the past several months learning how to navigate food at places like church potlucks, dinners with extended family, birthday parties, and homeschool events.

Here are five things I’ve learned about navigating special events when dealing with food allergies and sensitivities:

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The Truth You’ve Never Been Told About Peanuts

Peanuts

Peanuts are a staple in the Standard American Diet (SAD) with peanut butter being the most common way Americans consume the tree nut each and everyday. What could possibly be wrong with something that is so widely consumed?

Simple. Aflatoxin. 

What is aflatoxin?

Aflatoxin is a potent cancer causing toxin produced from a mold found on maize, peanuts, and in peanut butter. This toxin is the most widely researched mycotoxin in the world. The fungi that produces aflatoxin as a by product of its metabolism thrives in warm and wet climates so the amount of contamination will vary based on climate. In addition to being a carcinogen, aflatoxin can also cause acute poisoning in humans.*

Although I’ve simplified and understated the effects that aflatoxin can have on humans, why would you continue to eat peanuts and peanut butter as well as feed it to your children knowing what you do know?

Our job as caring and loving parents is to look out for the well being of our children, both emotionally and physically. Are you looking out for your child’s physical well being if you continue to feed them peanut butter knowing the effects that the aflatoxin contained in that peanut butter could cause them cancer?

As you can see in this FDA document, there are strict inspection guidelines for testing aflatoxin in domestic and imported sources with a limit of 20 parts per billion (ppb). However, there is great discussion regarding the set limit of 20ppb. Is this a truly safe limit for aflatoxin contamination? Perhaps, as we’ve seen in other contamination cases researchers may discover later that 20ppb is far too high for safe hman consumption. There is just no way to know right now what the true safe limit is. Are you willing to put the safety and health of your family in the hands of researchers who will most likely change their mind about safe aflatoxin limits in our food supply at a later date?

Peanuts and peanut butter alternatives

Knowing what you do know about a cancer causing toxin in our peanut and peanut butter supply we need to find a safe alternative so our children can still enjoy their childhood staple of “PB&J”.

Thankfully there are a number of other safe nut butters available that we can pair with our favorite jelly to make lunchtime sandwiches.

Nut butters that work well on sandwiches or paired with fruit and vegetables (celery) include almond, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, and pecan butter. I want to encourage you to find which peanut butter alternative you and your family prefer. Keep in mind you may prefer almond butter on sandwiches but enjoy cashew butter more with celery or apples for example. Personally, my family and I enjoy almond butter with everything although I am experimenting and encouraging my family to try a variety of nut butters.

Unfortunately, nut butters can be very expensive. To save on our monthly food budget while still providing my family the healthiest food possible, I make our almond butter. You might enjoy our maple almond butter recipe.

Moral of this story is to stay educated and never assume that an old family favorite is healthy or safe. Stay informed and stay healthy.

Sources: EHSO & Dr. Mercola

The Case Against Drinking Milk

The Case Against Drinking Milk. Long-term ill health effects from dairy.

It has long been accepted that milk, particularly from cows or even goats is a necessary part of our everyday diet. Milk has long been promoted, dare I say overly promoted, as a crucial source of calcium. An enormous portion of our population still believes that calcium is needed to build strong bones and that milk is the only source to obtain these necessary levels of calcium. There is just one problem with this propaganda that has been thrown down our throats, cow’s milk is nutritionally perfect for baby cows (calfs) and likewise goat’s milk is intended for baby goats (kids).

Why would humans want to consume something designed and nutritionally perfected for another animal?

I won’t argue that we need calcium. My background in biology has proven to me time and time again that our bones do in fact need the mineral calcium for bone health, strength, and growth. However, we should not be obtaining this calcium from dairy products.

You may remember a recent post in which I discussed the health effects from eating and drinking animal sources, including why we should not be drinking milk. 

In addition to not being designed for our digestive systems, according to this article and numerous related articles like it there are numerous other hazardous effects from consuming dairy. These ill effects include cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, and harmful effects on infants and children. Why would you willingly consume something that causes all of these health related issues? 

Milk is not making you healthier, it is making you sick and costing you your health.

In order to obtain the calcium your body needs try these non-dairy alternatives:

  • Non-dairy milk; sources such as almond milk, hemp milk, oat milk, rice milk, and coconut milk are wonderful and delicious options for your morning breakfast cereal or to use in recipes calling for milk. If the source does not naturally contain calcium, commercial sources will often be supplemented with calcium.
  • Vegetables; yes fresh veggies are an excellent source of calcium. As you can see from this info graphic there are plenty of excellent sources of calcium in a plant-based dairy-free lifestyle.

vegan calcium sources infographicSource: USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 24, 2011 and manufacturers’ information.

  •  Figs; 8 ounces of figs contain 79-100mg of calcium which is excellent for fruit sources.

With so many amazing plant-based non-dairy sauces readily available for your daily calcium intake and considering the horrendous health effects dairy has on your body, why are you still drinking milk, eating cheese and yogurt? I’d like to encourage you to ditch the dairy and choose plant-based sources for your daily calcium.

5 Carnivore Myths Debunked

5 Carnivore Myths Debunked. Alexismathews.com #vegan #plantbased

5 Carnivorous Diet Myths  

As always, please do not take my word for the statements included in this post, please do your own research so that you see there is ample scientific proof to debunk each of the following statements. With sufficient research you will begin to learn that an animal based diet, one filled with meat and dairy is not healthy and in no way prolongs your life span or quality of life.

  1. You need animal protein to consume all of the essential amino acids your body needs to grow and thrive. This is undeniably false, as you can see by this protein and amino acids chart from VeganHealth.org is that there are ample non-animal food sources that contain high levels of protein and essential amino acids. You absolutely do not need to eat animal protein or dairy products to receive sufficient protein and essential amino acids.
  2. Humans are designed to eat meat. This myth might be the one that gets under my skin the most. If those that claim this myth to be true did even a little bit of research they would quickly find out that this is absolutely false. Our “canine” teeth do not resemble the shape or serve the same function as large meat eating carnivores. These teeth are not efficient in the least for tearing meat off of bones. Additionally, our intestines are very long. The average human has a total of 25 feet of small and large intestines combined. Carnivores on the other hand have very short intestines which are designed to breakdown carnivorous diet. In light of this information if you still choose to eat meat you should know that it takes our intestines such a long time to breakdown meat that it rots in out gut before it is full expelled from our body. Chew on that thought next time you chow down.
  3. Children need meat to develop properly. Absolute nonsense. Not only do I know this to be false from my own personal experience with my children but based simply on the facts that we’ve already discussed, children just like adults need protein and 10 essential amino acids to grow and develop. Protein and amino acids from fruits and vegetables are a much healthier source than from fat and cancer laden animal sources.
  4. Dairy is a healthy source of calcium and essential for bone health. This myth took me the longest to learn and there is so much mis-leading information out there from large dairy-pro conglomerates. When it comes to healthy sources of calcium, dairy cannot compare to almonds, beans, tofu, and most dark green vegetables. Did you know that a cup of broccoli and other dark leafy green veggies have a calcium absorption rate of between 40 and 61  percent whereas milk has a calcium absorption rate of 32 percent? When it comes to calcium absorption is the key! When you couple the cancer causing properties of casein found in dairy with its low calcium absorption why would you waste your time and money buying dairy when you can spend more wisely on other fruits and veggies?
  5. You must eat meat to get a sufficient amount of iron in your diet.  A simple look at the nutritional content of nuts, grains, and in particular dark leafy green vegetables will debunk this myth in a heartbeat. As you can see from this chart, spinach has over 15 times more iron/mg than sirloin, hamburger, or chicken. The leading iron food sources are all vegan!

5 carnivore myths debunked. Spinach has 15 times more iron than animal sources. alexismathews.com

There are unfortunately many more false carnivore myths out there but these 5, in my opinion, are the most predominant and steadfast myths that human meat eaters stand behind. For your health I want to encourage you to do your own research into these myths, see for yourself that they are completely false and hold no weight. When you remove animal  sources from your diet you will start walking down the road to complete and natural health. Don’t take my word for it, try removing animal sources for 21 days, see how you feel and the changes that you notice in your body and mental well-being might surprise you.

If you would like to try some delicious vegan recipes you might enjoy these:

Incredible Indian Pancakes

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You Owe it to Your Children to Make this Change

You Owe it to Your Children to Make this Change. www.alexismathews.com

Yesterday, as my nine year old son and I were driving home from a fun afternoon of swimming with the family we got into a pretty deep conversation. A conversation in which we discussed the fact that once you have children every decision you make in life has to be decided with your children in mind.

Although my son and I weren’t talking specifically about health related decisions our conversation could have easily included this topic.

Everyday I have at least one child in my lap happily eating off of my plate. They may have been served the very same meal but everything tastes better from Mommy’s plate and when eaten while sitting on Mommy’s lap.

I welcome my children onto my lap during meal time because I know these moments are fleeting and I want to absorb every last minute with my children while they are young while I am able.

I also welcome children on my lap while I eat because it encourages them to eat what I am eating. I have found that my children, especially the toddlers are more likely to eat vegetables when they see them on my plate and enjoy them from my lap. I want my children to learn to love a wide variety of foods from a very young age so I always allow them to sit on my lap while I eat.

Knowing that a child is more than likely going to wind up eating from my plate also gives me incentive to choose more wisely when I serve myself a meal. I aim to set a good example of foods to eat and others to avoid based on the choices I make throughout the day.

I eat healthy because I owe it to my children. They deserve to have their Mom around for as long as possible and my life expectancy is directly related to the foods I choose to eat each and everyday.

I owe it to my children to teach them healthy eating habits from the time they start solid foods.

I owe it to my children to exercise regularly so that I am healthy and live longer.

I owe it to my children to welcome them with open arms when they want to eat from my plate.

I owe it to my children to set a good example with the foods I eat.

Every decision I make, food related or not takes the well being and happiness of my children into account because I owe it to them. All 7 of them!

I live a healthy life because I owe it to my children!

Where is your motivation to live a healthy life?