5 reasons why you should avoid Canned food; All because they are harmful

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In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants I’m going to talk about hams of canned food. No logical, reasonable person would suggest that canned foods and canned fruits and vegetables are as good or better than fresh foods, vegetables, and fruits. It is obvious that fresh is good and retains most of its nutrients. This much, almost no one argues with. But the big question is how bad canned products are, really? Well the answer might surprise you or not.


1. Bisphenol or BPA

The most worrisome of all, among canned foods that can harm you, is plastic contaminants in our canned goods. Most canned food these days have a plastic coating inside the can to supposedly keep the food, vegetables, and fruits – fresh. Well, it may keep them more fresh that otherwise without it being stored up inside a metal object, but this comes at the expense of harming you. The inner plastic lining is poisonous at small measures, although FDA tells us that the small amounts should not worry us too much. Well this plastic coating is Bisphenol or BPA for short and it is harmful, first because humans are not suppose to eat plastic material made from crude oil and second because FDA should be honest and tell people the truth rather than serve the interests of big corporations that give it large sums of money through back channel donations and hidden funds through partner organizations.

Alzheimers-Aluminum-cans BPA kills rats in laboratories even at smaller portions, like 1,000 times less than what an average American consumes per meal. I hope soon FDA would do a U-turn on this and come clean and tell people about the harm to humans caused by BPA like they do periodically about drugs which they have claimed for decades to be safe, only to tell us now that they were not safe. I just hope it does not take decades before they try to protect the public against BPA. BPA is a toxic chemical that causes hormone imbalances and wide variety of health issues ranging from hypertension, aggression, obesity to cancer and heart disease. Based on FDA 17% of the American diet comes from canned foods yet there are no regulation or safety standards regarding the amount of BPA in canned foods. A study by Environmental Working Group shows that more than 50% of cans with brand names have toxic BPA in them.

2. Imported Canned Food

Imported Canned Food is even worse than American Canned Food. In many countries where canned food is cheaper than Europe, Canada and USA, American food corporations are more and more importing to make higher profits, the canned food is even less nutritious than their counterparts in Europe and North America. First the foods are picked when they are not ripe and have 80% less nutrients than a fully ripe fruits and vegetables. Second, the facilities are not as hygienic and inspected on a regular basis as their counterparts in Europe and North America and hence have the cause of a few incidences of outbreaks in the last 20 years, like the famous incident regarding canned green beans from Brazil or the salmonella outbreak from sprouts from Columbia. Less than 2% of canned foods are inspected by FDA or Home Land security or any other organization (e.g. EPA for environmental monitoring). So I would avoid canned food if at all possible. Instead I would recommend, at the least, try glass jars instead of cans for stored foods.


3. Leaking. Aluminum leaks

Just as Aluminum pots and pans leak, so do aluminum cans. In fact, what most people are unaware of is that most often foods are put into aluminum cans, then seals, and then cooked, supposedly retain the freshness. Well, it will certainly retain the aluminum free radicals hanging around after heating and contaminating the contents.

Over a period of time Aluminum accumulation in body can cause memory problem like Alzheimer’s. More than 5,000 million pounds of aluminum is used every year for making food cans. Aluminum cans have several advantages for the producer including light weight, compact packaging and lower price. Most canned foods like soups, vegetables, chicken or beef broth and tomato sauces are made of aluminum because it’s more economical.

Some believe that the plastic lining of the aluminum cans are supposed to prevent corrosion and contaminating food with aluminum. But the reality is that most of the time these plastic liners can’t completely protect food against aluminum since cans leak aluminum when heated and while they are sealed – they will contaminate food.

4. Preservatives

The lovely, no so friendly, preservatives. They are referred to in a dozen different names, and every few months, a new name is established for the same few ingredients that are mixed up to come up with friendly-sounding names. But, the fact is that if it smells like manure, looks like manure, tastes like manure – it is most certainly manure.

These preservatives are kept in state of non-compounding to other molecules with the, yes you guessed it, SALT. Extensive amount of sodium (salt) is used to keep the preservatives in canned food from rotting so that it can keep the food from rotting. Lovely. FDA responds to all this by simply issued a statement, “… there has been no proof that these preservatives would cause major damage to human cells or that they are harmful to mass public”. My interpretation of this is this, “… these preservatives are not drastically harmful towards healthy people, but they may be harmful to pregnant women, babies, children, elderly, or anyone that is suffering from a chronic disease”. That’s just my interpretation.

5. Low level food quality

Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that if the fruits and vegetables and other ingredients are of high quality, they will be sold fresh and for the highest price possible for a maximum of profit by the distributors.


Now if the quality of the ingredients are not that great or the fruits and vegetables look old and stale or not so healthy, then they will be hidden from the eyes of supermarket shoppers and be forced into a can along with other such low quality food, cooked up in a mass oven while still inside the can and then shipped all over the world and sold may be one or two years later from when they were picked and were prepared. Don’t expect the ingredients inside your canned foods to be of high quality. If you do, then you could buy the London Bridge and thinking that it is the Tower of London Bridge – and the two cannot be more different than one another.


The reality is that your can of pinto beans, tuna or vegetable juice could put your health at risk. 17% of the American diet comes from canned food, is it worth it to contaminate your daily grains, protein or vegetables with aluminum and BPA? FDA has approved aluminum food packaging but as explained there is health risk associated with canned food.

So what should you do?

Completely eliminate canned foods and if you are looking for your favorite tomato sauce use the ones in glass jars. Don’t consume vegetables or grains in cans, simply buy fresh ones. The risk of developing many chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, nervous system disorder and Alzheimer’s goes down by consuming fresh foods that do not have any packaging.


Ellen Show Halloween Costume Makes Us ‘Howl’ With Laughter!


This is Lucy (Lou-C) and she is the newest addition to our family. You may be wondering how does THIS have anything to do with eating healthy? Well, the truth is she brings us so much joy and happiness. Which is something that everyone needs in their life no matter how much weight you need to lose.

Additionally, if my personal health wasn’t enough to motivate me to get out and walk, the look she gives me when she grabs her leash and runs for the door is more than enough motivation.

Here she is in her 1st Halloween costume. 🙂




Stop Eating Deli Meat!


For years I thought I was eating healthy when I would purchase 30 pounds of my local Ralph’s deli meat. Okay, maybe 30 pounds is a little exaggeration. (Truth: I just had to Google how to spell exaggeration.)  Anyhow, after years and years of buying deli ham, turkey, roast beef (the other vaginal meat) I realized that I wasn’t losing weight.

After some research I learned that deli meat is in fact not so good for you/me/us. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for as seen on the chatelaine.com website.

So what should we eat? I started purchasing Jennie-O Turkey Breast. This turkey breast is so easy to make and DELICIOUS!!! You can cook it in a crockpot or in the oven. All you have to do is poke a few holes and set the timer.

Try it for a few days or a week and see how you feel not eating the deli meat. Your cankles and heart will thank you for it!


Egg-cellent Weight Loss Food!

If you hate to hard boil eggs as much as I did, please do yourself a favor and check out this awesome machine.  Dash


It’s called the Dash Go http://www.toptenreviews.com/home/kitchen/best-egg-cookers/dash-go-review/

Over the past several months I have learned how important eggs are to eating healthy. I make a few dozen at a time and then place them into little baggies to eat throughout the week/day.

If you have a Dash or another way of making your eggs, please let me know. I’m learning as I go and love the feedback!






With the new year upon us, I have decided to change the look and feel of this blog. I guess you could say it’s a fresh start both virtually and personally.

I hope you will continue to follow me as I apply all of the many weight loss lessons I have been learning along the way.

Here’s to a fantastic 2016!

So here is the link http://www.errorofmyweighs.com/weight-loss/a-fresh-start/

The domain name is http://www.errorofmyweighs.com






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“Flattering” Outfits…or NOT!

Five Different Stylists Dressed Me In “Flattering” Outfits

And Here’s What Happened

I’ve been told my whole life not to wear certain things because they aren’t “flattering.” But do people agree on what “flattering” actually means?

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Hi, I’m Kristin. Like many of you, I have been told throughout my life that I can’t wear certain things because they are “not flattering on me.”

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Yeah, I’m confused, too. We’re so worried about wearing unflattering clothing, but does everyone really agree on what “flattering” even means?

To find out, I decided to visit personal shoppers at five different stores and have them all assemble a few outfits for me, with one caveat — all of the outfits MUST be, in their opinion, “flattering.”

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If only certain things were flattering on me, then all the personal shoppers would dress me in all the same styles, right?

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1. I’d ask the personal shoppers to find outfits that they considered flattering. However, I did NOT indicate what precisely on my body I wanted flattered — I left that completely open to interpretation.

2. I’d ask (whenever possible) why something was chosen for me.

3. As with this post, I’d buy anything I really loved, so as to not willfully waste anyone’s time.

4. Wherever possible, I included links to the items online (for some items I struggled to find exact matches).

Here are the “flattering” outfits the personal shopper from Bloomingdale’s picked out:

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1. Turtleneck Tunic Sweater + Black T-shirt + Black Leggings

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Huh boy. I feel like the mohair circus just rolled into town. The personal shopper tells me that this poncho “hides a multitude of sins,” which I don’t think is wrong, necessarily, but casually implies that everything from my neck to my knees needs to be cordoned off with yellow police tape. It’s one of those mom comments that sticks with you.

But when I’m told this looks flattering, it lights up something in my brain that causes me to doubt any and all opinions of my own. “This does hide my stomach,” I I found myself rationalizing, ignoring the fact that there was enough room for my entire body to crawl inside this poncho and roll away if I wanted to.

2. Gray Drape-Front Cardigan/Red Poncho + Black T-Shirt + Culottes

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Kristin Chirico for BuzzFeed

Look, I’m 5’3”. Cropped pants on me are just pants. But culottes are everywhere right now. So I guess it was only a matter of time before they got to me, like I’m a character whose legs got attacked and killed on the season finale of The Walking Dead Culottes.

The tops of both of these outfits are layering options that would look great on my mother, because she is 29 years older than me and lives in a climate where the mall Santa at Christmas doesn’t wear sunglasses and surfer clothes.

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3. Sleeveless Print Dress + Black Shrug

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Look, we called the Time Warner guy, but he’s not going to be able get cable reception back to my torso and thighs until Thursday at the earliest.

4. Green Sweater/Gray Hooded Sweater + Plus Midi Pencil Skirt

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Kristin Chirico for BuzzFeed

The purpose of this skirt was to “make me look slimmer and taller” — and it did, in my opinion. (Though if that was the goal all along, then why pick out the cropped pants for me?) The problem was that I only looked “slimmer and taller” if I was also wearing a very bulky sweater. Which would be great if it wasn’t going to be 10000 degrees in L.A. for the next two months. Stop trying to make August sweaters a thing, clothing stores. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE A THING.

5. Black A-Line Skater Dress + Black Leggings

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I thought this was cute, although admittedly a little boring — I did appreciate that I was offered an alternative to the sweater brigade.

Here are the “flattering” outfits the Macy’s personal shopper picked out:

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6. Printed Maxi Halter Dress

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Yeah, did not see this one coming. Prints and drop waists have always been deemed off-limits to me, unless the goal is to look like someone’s oversized lava lamp.

7. Cold-Shoulder Embellished Shift Dress + Black Strappy Wedges

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I’m not sure I understand the point of the “cold shoulder” sleeve in general. Am I supposed to tempt you with my bare upper arm area, or just make it really difficult for myself to decide whether or not I need a light jacket?

8. Printed Maxi Dress + Black Strappy Wedges

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Here I am, doing my impression of the ugly comforter on top of the Days Inn bed that you immediately throw on the floor whenever you stay there.

9. Color-Blocked A-Line Dress + Black Strappy Wedges

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The objective with this dress, according to my personal shopper, was to “nip in my waist.” So now I look like a creepy haunted doll with a nipped-in waist.

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10. Cold Shoulder Top + Straight-Leg Pants

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Hello, I’m the mom on Halloween who hits on all the single dads who are out with their kids trick-or-treating.

11. Sleeveless Fringe Top + Skinny Stretch Pants

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These were the best pants I tried on anywhere, by a mile, and still too baggy around the knees. I also enjoyed that the fringe efficiently pointed people directly to my crotch; that was a very convenient feature.

Here are the “flattering” outfits the Nordstrom personal shopper picked out:

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12. Green Anorak + Button-Down Shirt + Skinny Jeans/Boot-Cut Jeans

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Kristin Chirico for BuzzFeed

Skinny jeans were on the left, boot-cut jeans were on the right. When I asked about how these jeans were flattering, I was told that they were both “very slimming for my midsection.” To be honest, what was most “slimming” about these outfits was that my midsection was covered. If I’m being REALLY honest, while the skinny jean looks like it fits a little better, they basically look exactly the same.

And anyway, both of these jeans were a nightmare to wear while sitting, so they both went in the no pile.

13. Slub Sweater Top + Culottes + Tank Top + Flats

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I tried this on as a dare to myself, because the personal shopper was very enthusiastic about everything, and I wanted to see if she’d tell me the truth about this outfit. Like, come on. I look like everyone’s least favorite English teacher. There is no way that someone can tell me that this is a flattering outfit with a straight face.

And as I predicted, the personal shopper took one look at this outfit, made a concerned face…

…and then told me that I was wearing the sweater backwards.

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Kristin Chirico for BuzzFeed

When I turned the sweater around, her face softened, she declared this to be very cute. Which…I don’t know. Now I just feel like a package the stork might deliver.

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14. Blue Handkerchief Dress + Nude Pumps

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This was meant to skim my body shape without clinging too much to it. But look, when a dress shows you how much it loves getting wrinkled, believe it the first time.

Here are the “flattering” outfits the ModCloth.com personal shopper picked out:

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This one worked a little differently: Because ModCloth is an online retailer, I provided them with a full-body picture, my measurements, and a general description of my body. In turn, they were able to provide me with some recommendations, and I bought all this stuff up front in order to try it on.

15. Tie-Front Tunic/Yellow Printed Sleeveless Top + Black High-Waisted Janes

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Kirsten King for BuzzFeed

The outfit on the left is the only time anyone tried to put me in a tie-front top — which was kind of shocking. I would have kept it, but it was a little too long on me.

The yellow shirt sort of makes me feel like a jelly bean with legs. It probably doesn’t help that I FEEL like a jelly bean with legs, and it’s coming through in my face.

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16. Sleeveless Red Button-Up Top + Black A-Line Skirt / Green Faux Wrap Dress With Belt

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Kirsten King for BuzzFeed

The idea for both of these outfits, according to the stylist who picked these things, was to cinch in my waist. The outfit on the left is probably my all-around favorite of every outfit I tried on — I plan on keeping it. The dress on the right was also good, and not in a fit I would have picked myself — I thought for sure that it made my stomach look too lumpy from the side, although the person who took this picture did not agree with me. I have no idea what is real, guys.

Here are the “flattering” outfits the Saks Fifth Avenue personal shopper picked out:

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17. A-Line Jacket + Horizontal Striped Knit Top + Slim-Cut Black Pants

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Kristin Chirico for BuzzFeed

Yeah, I’m just as shocked as you that I was put in horizontal stripes. I was told that the horizontal stripes worked even WITHOUT the slimming lines of the jacket. To be honest, I can’t decide if I look like an adorable French girl detective or a Sexy Hamburglar.

18. Leather Vest/Black Vest + White Silk Top + Slim-Cut Black Pants

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Kristin Chirico for BuzzFeed

Confession: I did not try these vests on in good faith, because they were not cheap — the vest on the left costs more than the total rent on my apartment. BUT UGH THAT VEST WAS AMAZING. You get the idea: I believe the vests are supposed to my make my torso look like it isn’t 6 inches tall and 20 feet wide.

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19. High-Low Hem Jersey Dress/Belted Shift Dress

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Kristin Chirico for BuzzFeed

I normally HATE shapeless dresses like the one on the left — best-case scenario, they just hang limply on me, like they don’t want to be hanging out with me any more than I do with them. But I actually liked the dress on the left better than the belted, more waist-cinching option on the right. I loved the pockets, the high-low hem, and honestly, just the way it felt — I bought it.

All in all, this was a bit of an eye-opening experience.

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1. “Flattering” is at best a personal opinion, and at worst a sales tool aimed at getting you to buy things based on your insecurities — often a combination of both. This is why women shopping for wedding dresses with seven of their family members makes great TV.

2. Flattering means something different to different people. I was put in literally every fall trend under the sun at least once — it honestly depended on the person’s taste and what they did or did not feel like I should be hiding or maximizing.

3. Because no one agrees about what “flattering” is…that means YOU’RE FREE. Professional and/or event-specific dress codes aside, you should never have to feel like a trend is “off limits” just because some hater told you so — especially because when styles change in three to five years, that hater may very well change their mind!

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The favorite all-around outfit was the ModCloth red top and black skirt. An earlier version of this post accidentally indicated it was a different outfit. Aug. 27, 2015, at 12:27 p.m.

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