Evacuating Before Hurricane Irene With Pets
Hurricane Irene found part of my family evacuated from our South Jersey home in the summer of 2011. Thankfully two family members were already out of state visiting relatives so that left myself, my adult son, my Vos Eclectus Ruby and our 16 yr old cat having to find a safe place to stay in a very big hurry. A young couple (very dear friends) quickly invited us and another couple to come 5 miles inland and take shelter with them in their very tiny one bedroom apartment. It took an entire day to secure our house. We truly appreciated having a place to go since it would have been very difficult to find a motel that would accommodate a parrot and a cat! Our friends did not bat an eye as two families moved in with big bags of personal necessities that we all were afraid to leave behind as well as our litter box, table top perch plus cat and bird carriers! Ruby, who is a habitual plucker due to food allergies, has recently started on a strict all raw veggie/fruit diet plus specific healthy seeds and nuts as well as Lucy's Unpellet and other nutritious food selections from Phoenix Foraging Rolls, LLC.
My biggest concern was not having access to fresh foods for her since the stores and all the roads were closed even where we were staying. What was I to do to insure Ruby had healthy food to eat for the duration since she refuses to eat frozen fruits and vegetables? I soon found I was able to relax and rely completely on my supply of Lucy's foods for the two nights/three days we were evacuated. It turned out this also helped keep Ruby calm because it was the one familiar feeling of home....she was without her cage, her toys and her home surroundings but Lucy's foods were now also her comfort food and I found listening to her rhythmic munching had a calming effect on me as my son and I spent the time wondering if we'd have a house to return to. Evacuation was lifted on the third day and we nervously drove through familiar streets now littered with the remnants of Irene. We were overjoyed to find our house was just as we left it with only downed trees and debris to contend with. There was not even one broken window!
Mulberries- Mulberries are high in several antioxidants including anthocyanins, reservatrol and zeaxanthin. They have significant amounts of several others, as well. They are high in Vitamin C and are a good source of B complex, Vitamin K, A, E, iron and other minerals.
Pine Nuts- High in protein, rich source of monounsaturated fats, Vitamin D, A, E and a good source of thiamin. Also, have lecithin. Our pine nuts are soft shelled. So they are a good foraging treat but are not difficult for birds to open. Most of them can be opened by squeezing between your fingers.
Pistachios- have a high quality protein with all 9 of the essential amino acids. They have a low glycemic load and are mildly anti-inflammatory. They are a good source of Thiamin, B6, copper and manganese. They are also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids.
Forbidden Black Rice- extremely high in anthocyanins, Forbidden Rice is also rich in iron. A new study shows that a spoonful of black rice bran or 10 spoonfuls of cooked black rice contains the same amount of antioxidants as a spoonful of fresh blueberries.
What Do You Need to Know About GMO's?
(Genetically Modified Organisms or GE, Genetically Engineered)
There is scary evidence that genetically modified organisms in the GM/GE foods we eat may actually become part of the bacteria inside our digestive tract! One study showed that the Bt toxin from GM corn was in the blood streams of 93% of pregnant women. The USDA is wanting to remove all controls on GE corn and cotton. (Read more.)
When GM soy was introduced in the UK, allergies to soy rose by 50%. GM soy has two NEW proteins in it plus the amount of trypsin inhibitor (a known soy allergen) is seven times higher in GM soy. (See here.)
How do you avoid GMO? If you buy organic, it should not have any GMO ingredients. If you want to find out about other foods that are not available to you in organic, check out this shopping guide or this one.The actual GM crops that are sold in the U.S. are corn, soybeans, canola, cottonseed, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, and a small amount of zucchini and yellow squash. However, processed foods often have GMO ingredients in them.
For more information, go here.