So by this time, I'd learned that my birthmother's first husband worked for the local newspaper, and I knew his name.
I knew he and my birthmother had 3 kids together (these would be my 1/2 siblings)
At the time, I was working in the optical field, as I did for 18 years, and any customer I met who mentioned the newspaper was in for a quick barrage of questioning.
My birthmother's first husband was and still is very widely known in the newspaper's community.
One day, while working for Gilbert Eyecare, an upscale opticianry that carries by far the coolest glasses on the planet, (you should go there if you haven't, just to check out the styles) a lady was working with one of the opticians.
I happened to overhear her conversation with her and heard her last name. I asked her if she had any relation to my birthmother's first husband and she said, "Actually, I'm his wife."
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NUTRITION INFO: SOY
I'm on several vegan groups on Facebook, and in those groups, lemme tell ya, soy is a HOT topic.
Soy is definitely one of those foods that people either love or hate, and it's definitely a food that support's Integrative Nutrition's theory of bioindividuality. (the theory that one person's food is another person's poison)
I have found research from both sides, saying soy is good for you and DECREASES incidents of breast cancer, and I have found claims that it INCREASES incidents of breast cancer.
Breast cancer runs in my birth family. I like knowing what I should and shouldn't put into my body anyway, but definitely when it comes to breast cancer.
Here is a very interesting video about soy from Dr Andrew Weil, one of the founders of Integrative Nutrition:
Dr Weil explains that in Asian countries, where they use soy regularly, there's the lowest amount of breast cancer.
How do I feel about soy? Well, first, I wouldn't call tofu a whole food, and I'm all about a whole food plant based diet. You can't walk around the forest and look down and say, "Oh look! There's a tofu!" :) It's processed and as such, I don't believe we're supposed to take it in regularly.
Now the one thing here that hasn't been discussed is GMOs. In my opinion, genetically modified soy products (found in MANY MANY processed foods, eeessshh...almost ALL!) shouldn't be used by ANYONE.
These are the isolates he was speaking about and soy lecithin. I avoid soy lecithin like the plague, but I will tell you that the research I've done has shown that it can be beneficial. The reason I avoid it is because they're not ever specifying if they're talking about organic or GMO soy lecithin.
It's not funny. Personally, when I eat too many soy products, ESPECIALLY soy sauce, or soy fake meats, I get really bad breast pain around my time of the month. But that's just me. :)
There's only ONE soy product I do recommend: Edamame. And that's only if it's organic ;)
YOU MUST MAKE THIS RECIPE!!!
This is one of my favorite indulgences...and it's oil free, sweet, but spicy...takes a little while to make, but it's WELL worth the time. Just make sure you make enough or hide them from your family LOL (which you really can't because it makes the house smell soooo good!)
This hails from my friend Chuck Underwood, aka Brand New Vegan