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La Dolce Vita by Alastair Gregor

• As I write this, I feel a sense of dread on behalf of the people of the US. On March 20, Monsanto managed to slip its Monsanto Protection Act through the US Senate. If signed into law by President Obama, the rider will allow farmers to plant, harvest and sell genetically engineered plants even if the crops have been ruled upon unfavourably in court. Monsanto will be able to act with impunity; no court in the nation will be able to challenge them on their lack of due diligence with regard to the safety of GMOs. What has the world come to when a corporation is above the law?

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A family outside for a picnic

La Dolce Vita

article by Alastair Gregor

• February is one of the coldest months of the year in Canada, but it could get plenty hot inside on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Build onto the day gradually, starting with the most important meal of the day – breakfast – when we Break-our-Fast of the night. Eating breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, which is at its highest in the morning, burning the most calories. The saying “Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” contains great wisdom. Start the day off right with foods that are good for the heart, high in Omega-3s fatty acids, but low in saturated fats and sugar.

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• “A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!” With these words from O Holy Night, I ask you this season to release all the conditioning you have learned, discharge all notions of control and instead find freedom and liberation, rejoicing in everything this season brings. Say yes to everything, participate and indulge your spirit as if you were a child again. Fill your soul, fill your heart and fill your belly. In Isaiah 22.13 it is written, “Behold joy and gladness… let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die.”

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• Grandpa always said, “When you do something, do it right.” In Abbotsford, BC, the ‘garden’ of Canada, there is a potato farmer who is a shining example of an eco-trailblazer. How is it that a person with a vision to make a difference actually dedicates their life to making it happen, walks their talk and sets an example for the rest of us? You do it by taking calculated risks.

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La Dolce Vita

article and photo by Alastair Gregor

• Driving through the mountains, I could see the heat shimmering off the hot rocks, playing tricks on my eyes as mirage pools appeared in the distance only to disappear as I got closer. Free of the city, I was enjoying a spirited ride along narrow mountain roads and it was then I noticed it, faint at first and ephemeral. I found myself searching for another wisp carried on the warm mountain air as my senses were infused with memories of being in the vegetable garden with my mother. There it was again, oregano. Yes, definitely oregano. My mind flashed back to making fresh tomato sauce from beautiful red Roma tomatoes, olive oil and roasted garlic, tossed with oregano from the garden at the height of summer.

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What would it be like if we didn’t have any choice about what to eat? It would be mundane. I think of my old dog ‘Brie’ try as I might to give her the best organic dog kibble, no matter what, she would look at it and push it out of the bowl with her nose in obvious disapproval, and she would lie there with those eyes asking, “What? You can’t do better than kibble?”

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La Dolce Vita

article and photos by Alastair Gregor

• The “Good Life” comes through taking a series of purposeful actions. It doesn’t just materialize; it becomes manifest because we choose it, but first we have to journey a while to sample life. It is then we can understand the difference between what we want and what actually fulfils us. What fulfils us is where our attention should be focused, as where we place our focus expands.

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A family outside for a picnic

La Dolce Vita by Alastair Gregor

Summer time and the living is easy; it’s the time of year when the curious get out and seek new foods, explore what’s in season and experiment with the tastiest, freshest produce of the year. Good Eats is here to bring you La Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life – and we invite you to join us on a culinary adventure every month.

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