ONE//Canada’s National Food Guide is Getting a Makeover!

Canada’s current food guide, published in 2007.

Born of the 1942 ‘Canada’s Official Food Rules’, the current food guide was last updated in 2007 and, as many can agree, after 10 years is long overdue for a modern makeover! Controversy ensues as experts debate over various reports & what the information gathered in them actually conveys and what it means for the new 2018 Food Guide. Rumours speculate an end to the ‘milk’ category as it merges into ‘meats and alternatives’. I’m intrigued, although not personally torn up about it. I do find it curious however that there is no talk of merging wheat and cereal products with fruits and vegetables, even though they are a processed form of a plant; the same as how many milk products are processed and associated products of meats. It makes sense, but it doesn’t. Are we letting the loudest ‘consumers’ speak for the rest of us, and demand a change that would be the equivalent of walking into the doctors office and telling them what you think is wrong with you? I found some good articles with the Globe & Mail Here, Here & Here; A few more articles  Here, Here & Here, and be sure to check out the Canada’s Food Guide Consultation and the Revision Process for Canada’s Food Guide.

TWO//Drinking Cows Milk Makes Kids Taller

And on that note let’s scoot over to our next topic, this article from Farms.com which examines a study that linked a child’s milk consumption with an increase in avg height.  This study found as much as a 1.5cm difference between a child who drank 3 cups of milk a day and one who drank milk alternatives. Turns out milk really is good for you! (Did you hear my eye roll from all the way over there?)

THREE//Read 200 Books in a Year

A model reads a book prior to the Spring 2008 Duckie Brown collection during New York Fashion Week September 5, 2007. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES)

“The Quick Math:

  • The average American reads 200–400 words per minute (Since you’re on Medium, I’m going to assume you read 400 wpm like me)
  • Typical non-fiction books have ~50,000 words

Now, all we need are some quick calculations…

  • 200 books * 50,000 words/book = 10 million words
  • 10 million words/400 wpm = 25,000 minutes
  • 25,000 minutes/60 = 417 hours”

417 hours a year… 1.2 hours of reading a day, which according to the article is wholly reasonable especially if you were to use it to replace the daily amount of  time we spend on social media and watching TV. Now, I’m not sure of 200 books is within my scope but I would love to set aside more time for reading, writing, and meditating (without cutting into Game of Thrones of course ;P).

FOUR//Employee Buys Out Farm

Loving this story about Duncan & Irene who sold their operation to long-term farm employee, Adam. I adore how they chose to pass on the lifestyle and all they had built together, onto someone who would appreciate it and continue to grow the farm and the business as opposed to just selling out. It is such a beautiful way to leave a legacy and inspire others at the same time!

FIVE//Five Marys Farm

Seriously loving this amazing family and all that they do on the farm! Between the blog & Instagram accounts, they do an amazing job at promoting agriculture, and provide a glimpse into their daily activities and family life on the farm. They even emphasis agri-tourism and do Mother/Daughter retreats on their farm, how cool is that?!

Who will you inspire?

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