Back from Vacation

vacationI know I’m not the most prolific of bloggers… but I didn’t give up on all this, I was just gone for 3 months on vacation 🙂

We were able to take a break for health & family reasons, and I swear we travelled the whole continental United States (except for Texas, that is).  It’s good to take a step back and contemplate things for a while.  Jump in the ocean (brr) see friends and family, read a few books and wander Trader Joes again (sigh).  Which brings me to –

WHAT is up with “Natural Flavors” ya’ll??  I mean seriously, it’s in everything now (including organic food items) and it’s a chemical item that is not labelled in your food, and basically could be anything.  I used to think it was just vanilla extract, but they didn’t want to waste time and ink to write that out on the food label, so it became “natural flavoring” instead.  But no.  It’s anything “derived” from a natural substance, meaning chemically derived.  As my cousin pointed out, MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) now has to be labelled on foods, but not Glutamate.  Which is pretty darn close, and he’s allergic to it as well – so he avoids the “natural flavors” on foods just to stay safe.  Seriously America, you need to boycott this and demand for it to be removed from foods.  Rant rant.  I had sources for all this info, but I’ve been chasing kids all day and didn’t want to spend the time finding them again.  Look it up for yourself and decide.  As for us – we’ll abstain.  I suggest you do the same.

Well, back to my pile of dishes.