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October 26, 2010

What’s Lurking Inside YOUR Cans and Containers?

They don’t call me the “Lickety-Split Queen” for nothing! I always say, I love to cook… for about 15 minutes. One of the ways I make healthy eating quick and easy is with a stocked pantry full of canned beans, spaghetti sauce and low-sodium chicken broth. And my cans don’t have BPA lurking inside them. Do yours?

There’s been a lot of media about the concern for bisphenol A (BPA) that’s in certain plastic bottles and containers and the lining of many food and beverage cans. BPA leaches out when the plastic or can lining comes in contact with food or water. But the debate about if and how BPA is harmful to humans continues as researchers review studies that show opposing findings. Some studies show no concerns, while others find that BPA is an “endocrine disruptor,” posing serious health concerns.

So, with more than six billion pounds of BPA manufactured every year, I believe it’s important to be aware of what the potential concerns are, and how we can help limit our exposure.

Potential Health Concerns
While not conclusive, many experts worry that the changes seen in animals exposed to BPA might be linked to increased rates of breast and prostate cancer, early onset of puberty in girls, type 2 diabetes, obesity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a decline in semen quality and urogenital abnormalities in male babies.

What Can We Do?
Here are some simple ways to decrease your exposure to BPA:

  1. Avoid plastic containers made of polycarbonate--one of the plastics that carry the No. 7 recycling symbol. However, No. 7 can also appear on plastics that don’t contain BPA.
  2. 15% Off!
    Type "Zonya" in the coupon code when you order from the Eden store and get 15% off regular pricing.
  3. Get rid of #7 plastic food containers and water bottles. Do not use leftover margarine containers (and the like), especially not in the microwave, since these containers are not designed for this use. When possible, prepare or store food in glass, porcelain or stainless steel dishes or containers.
  4. Use infant formula bottles that are made of glass or BPA-free plastic. BornFree is one of the many companies that make BPA-free bottles.
  5. When you can, replace canned foods with foods that are fresh, frozen or packaged in aseptic (shelf-stable) boxes. Choose soup and chicken broth in boxes instead of cans.
  6. Choose manufacturers who use BPA-free lining for their cans. Eden Foods lines all their canned beans, chilies, rice and beans, and refried beans with a BPA-free alternative made from plant extracts. 

Quick, Easy, Organic, BPA-free AND Delicious!

I have so many quick, easy and healthy recipes you can make in less than 30 minutes that sometimes even I rediscover a lost favorite.

One of those favorites is my White Beans with Tomato, Basil & Parmesan. It’s not only DELICIOUS, it’s as easy as opening a couple cans of beans, chopping a nice ripe tomato, adding a few herbs, spices and cheese—heat and eat. Helllloooo EASY! And since my cupboards are filled with Eden’s organic and BPA-free canned beans, I don’t have to worry about BPA.

The best part is, this recipe answers one of your four “cholesterol-sponging” bean recipes for the week. It’s simple enough to serve as a side dish, but hearty enough to be your main entrée—especially if served over my easy Cornbread.

Beans, Beans, The Musical Fruit…

I know that some of you are still wary of eating beans four times a week because of, well, you know—unwanted gas. Eating beans only once in awhile will only create more of a problem. Your digestive tract gradually adjusts to its ability to produce the necessary enzymes to digest beans. So the best solution to resolving “bean gas” is to add beans to your diet in small servings several times a week. If you still have too much unwanted gas, consider taking a supplement such as Beano® before you eat. It provides the needed enzyme your body isn’t sufficiently producing. You can learn more by visiting their website, be sure to watch their hilarious explanation videos.

DIET FREE Kids! (I have a confession to make!)

In my last eNEWS, I shared the “We love Ratatouille” video of 3-year old “Zonya fan” twin girls scarfing down my Lickety-Split Ratatouille. If you missed it, please check it out!

I showed the video clip to my son Ridge, 10 years old, who has never in his life been willing to put Ratatouille to his lips! (my confession) After watching the video, he said very matter-of-factly, “I want to try that.” Within 24 hours, I was serving Ratatouille to him and his friend. They both enjoyed it not only that day, but again the next day. I was amazed!

Please tell me if this video works as well for you as it did for me to help get your picky eaters interested in exploring new food. Thank you Bob, Jamie and the girls from Wisconsin for inspiring all of us!

DIET FREE and Loving It!

Here’s a great DIET FREE story recently received from one of my “sassy senior” fans!

“I was privileged to have seen you “in action” on PBS and was so impressed, I just had to let you know that I think your plan is absolutely “on target!”

I am now 85 years old and have lived all my life by the habits I thought were mostly mine. How pleased I was to see them “come alive” and so perfectly presented by you.

They have served me well through good times and bad (we all have them). I’ve never had to diet and have maintained a well-toned figure to this day! (I still exercise).

At the risk of sounding arrogant, I have often been told I look 20 years younger than my age (it still happens) and it still makes me happy to hear it.

I wish you continued success, and am proud to be a huge fan!”
-Ruth M., Michigan

It’s never too late to start living DIET FREE. If you’re ready to look and feel 20 years younger like Ruth—or just feel better than you do today—check out my DIET FREE Complete Lifestyle Program. I promise that there’s nothing complicated about these habits and they WILL fit into to your everyday life, for the rest of your life.

I’d love to hear your stories! Share your comments and videos by sending me an email at contact@Zonya.com or write on my wall on Facebook.


Come See Me Live!!

I will be presenting at the following events open to the public during October.

November 6 – Flint, Michigan
Hurley Medical Center, “Women’s Healthy Living Event”
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November 11 – Lake Placid, New York
Adirondack Medical Center, “Women’s Symposium”
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November 19 – Denver, Colorado
American Heart Association, “Go Red Luncheon”
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