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Generation Green is a green living retail store that offers Eco-Friendly alternatives to the products you use. Located at 433 Main Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. We are all about "Helping you live better...Naturally!"

No Dairy?! – Health

We talk alot instore to folks that want to make lifestyle changes for a variety of reasons. Sometimes due to health, sometimes it’s because of ethics.  Having many vegan staff working at Generation Green/Acorn Cafe really helps us to collectively have a better understanding.  We are always open to discussing, and of course, learning.  This article is hopefully able to offer some better understanding or at the very least, have you researching!

Dairy is not good. It is especially no good for our health. We all can take some time to focus on our physical well-being. Unfortunately the mass amounts of false information in the world can lead us astray when it comes to what is best for our bodies. I think its safe to say we all grew up learning that dairy was a staple to optimal health. Dairy is the key to healthy bones and teeth, right?…Wrong! Sooo wrong! Here’s a couple of my top dairy health facts, starting with the healthy bones and teeth myth.

Assistant Store Manager, Savannah, at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in N.Y.

Bones + Teeth

Dairy (specifically animal protein, which in milk, is casein) actually contributes to osteoporosis! (The degradation of bones and teeth.) I’ll try to explain in the simplest way! – Blood and tissue need to always remain at a neutral Ph. Milk is very acidic to the body and phosphate is the key to re-balance Ph in the body if it is too acidic. Phosphate is found in the bones only in a form which it is bonded (stuck) to calcium. The body extracts this phosphate that is bonded to calcium from the bones to offset acidity caused by dairy. It only needs to use the phosphate and then excretes the calcium through urine. (Source)

What does this mean? What we do know is that calcium is key to strong bones and teeth. When we consume dairy, it literally causes us to dispose of calcium!! This Harvard University Nurses’ Health Study states that dairy products offer no protection from bone fractures or osteoporosis!

Cancer

Unfortunately, animal protein in dairy is a huge factor in the formation and reemergence of cancer. For a similar reason actually as to what I mentioned above. Dairy is very acidic! Even if cancer is entirely removed, cancer “activators” will still remain present and thrive in an acidic environment. A plant-based diet does not cause an acidic environment in the body! (Source)

Intolerance

Dylan the cow, resting and free, at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, N.Y.

Many people are intolerant to dairy, by not being able to produce the lactase enzyme to digest lactose. Its actually not really natural for humans to produce the lactase enzyme. Many people do though because they begin to consume dairy as children right after being weened off of breast milk/formula. This is also why if you stop consuming dairy at any point in your life, you will likely become much more sensitive or even intolerant to it, since your body will not naturally produce lactase. It only produces lactase as a response to consuming lactose. These issues lead to common side effects of eating dairy such as bloating, indigestion, and acne and skin problems. (Source)

Hormone Consumption

The machines used to pump the milk out of a cow’s udders can very often cause infections inside and outside the udder. Even through pasteurization and inspection, a fair amount of somatic cells (pus) can end up in your dairy. This can also happen on organic/free-range/grass-fed/antibiotic-free farms as the machines still easily cause infections, and the animals are most susceptible to it if they are not treated with antibiotics. In fact – farmed animals are legally allowed to be fed grain with 2-20x the “healthy” amount of chemicals that humans are regulated to consume. Not to mention  the other chemicals that are applied to cows to kill flies, mosquitoes, and diseases… which all end up absorbed by the body and at some point processed into the foods a person can consume.


*Please note – information and facts here are not Generation Green or Acorn Cafe’s. All information has been outsourced. Please reference the links in this article to further investigate! You are your own health advocate so make informed choices!!

Organic dairy farms and chemicals

Chemical + hormone consumption

Article written by Savannah

Where Do I Put My Garbage?

It happens every day. I’ll be at the cafe, prepping food, making drinks, or doing dishes, and a confused-looking customer will come to me with a handful of empty food containers. Are these compostable???

Yes, all Acorn cafe packages are compostable!

Honestly, I don’t blame anyone for being confused and it makes me really happy to be able to say that EVERYTHING at the cafe is compostable.

Before I started research for this article, I wasn’t even sure what the distinction was between compostable and biodegradable. And where does recycling fit into this mix? Why can’t I put compostable things in the trash?

The more environmentally aware we become, the more conscious we have to be about where our garbage goes. It unfortunately can’t just disappear or be launched into space. There are real consequences of wasting or misinformation, and if you want to be part of the small population of people who know about this process and be informed, then keep reading!

Being environmentally conscious isn’t just about recycling anymore. We have to take stronger measures to save our planet, and it will affect every area of our lives, from the way we eat, to what we use to eat it, to how we dispose of it when we’re done.

My mom always told me “Waste not, want not,” and I’m really just starting to understand what that means. Now, I want to share it with you.

Follow along this series to learn about the difference between biodegradable and compostable, what can be recycled and more!

Next article to follow: Recycling Explained

Series written by Chantal Delaquis

 

No Dairy?!

Generation Green opened up Acorn Cafe in January of 2018! We couldn’t be more thrilled about having our own in-store cafe where we can indulge in healthy lunches and indulgent treats! Generation Green focuses on how we can treat our bodies the most kindly by what kind of products we use. Acorn Cafe felt like the next step, to focus on what we put in our bodies.

In search for health-conscious body products, we can’t help but realize that we must be eco-conscious as well. So, naturally Generation Green became an environmentally conscious “green” store! To be truly environmentally friendly, the environmental impact of animal agriculture has to be recognized. It’s easy to pretend that the meat, dairy, egg, and honey industries don’t take a toll on the planet or that the toll is worth it – but it’s not. We recommend “Cowspiracy” on Netflix to learn more about how this truth is hard to discover!

That being said, Acorn Cafe has been committed to veganism from its opening day! This catches some of our patrons off-guard, as a large part of our menu are drinks that are typically made with dairy. We are proud and confident of our decision not to offer dairy at our cafe and there are so many reasons why!

Coming soon! ~

No Dairy?! – Health

No Dairy?! – Environment

No Dairy?! – Ethics

No Dairy?! – Alternatives

The Dark Side of Spring – and How You Can Help

It is really easy to talk to people about the weather. When it comes to climate, we are all living under the same sky, and our feet walk the same earth. By ‘we’, I’m referring, of course, to the human race, but I’m also referring to you and your neighbours, coworkers, friends and family. Right now, our city is going through a collective sigh of relief as the winter cold melts away and leaves behind the fresh air of spring. There’s something about blue sky and sunshine that draws people out from their makeshift caves and into the community. We can finally walk around the neighbourhood, eat lunch on the patio, ride our bikes to work and tan in our backyards. We can forget the skin-stinging cold and knee-high snow of Winnipeg winter, and appreciate our months of sunshine.

As nice as it sounds, spring isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. There is a part of it that we don’t talk about. Maybe we’re ashamed of it. Maybe we have been desensitized and simply don’t care. Maybe we don’t even notice it anymore. It’s easy to forget about it in the winter because it is so well hidden. Out of sight and out of mind. But the snow evaporates into the warm spring air, and reveals an ugly truth about human nature.

Soggy drink cups and cigarette butts replace the crisp pile of snowflakes. Plastic bags roam the streets, and empty beer bottles slump against buildings. The beauty of spring is at war with our forgotten past, carelessly tossed from car windows or mindlessly dropped on the grass.

How many of us have walked outside and kicked a stray cup out of our way, or skillfully avoided spots of gum on the sidewalk? The stink of cigarettes and fumes of daily traffic hover over the city, entering our lungs without us even noticing.

Litter isn’t just litter. It’s a mentality. It seems to be socially acceptable to litter. Or maybe it’s just a bad habit. Maybe it’s disrespect for the environment, or just a thoughtless, harmless action: “The planet will be fine if I throw my cigarette butt out my car window. That’s nothing. Who cares? I wish these crazy environmentalists would relax.”

I’m sure that most people reading this know someone who thinks this way. The increasing number of climate change deniers is terrifying. We can no longer deny what is right in front of our eyes.

I don’t want to be that person, and if you’ve read this far, then I’m hoping you don’t either. If you love the freshness of spring and want to continue to experience it for the rest of your life, then something has to change. It has to. In a couple decades, our seasons could be unrecognizable. Our Winterpeg winters may pale in comparison to the climate change that is to come. We all live under the same sky and walk the same earth, and we must all deal with the consequences of actions on the environment.

One small thing you can do to help is join us on May 30, 2018  at Generation Green, at 100-433 Main Street, for a community clean up. Anyone who is passionate about the planet is welcome to meet us at the store at 6:30pm, armed with compostable garbage bags and gloves (please bring reusable gloves if you have your own – we will provide garbage bags). We will march through the Exchange, cleaning up everything in our path. If you can’t make it, don’t worry. There’s plenty of litter to go around. Start your own community clean up, and tag us on instagram or Facebook! Let’s make our city beautiful again.

Written by Chantal Delaquis

Our Top 5 Picks for Waste Free Living

The change starts with you! It simply must.

The time is now to start making changes towards producing less waste, even small ones make a collective difference!  We can no longer deny the environmental impacts that we as a society have contributed to and now must work diligently to rectify!

There are so many everyday items that we could easily convert to reusable and it won’t hurt a bit! We promise!!

#1 is reusable bags! It’s our hope that the more people who make this simple switch will have everyone easily shouting BAN plastic bags!!  From reusable shoppers, produce bags and even bread bags, we have options for you!!

Did you know…

“Plastic bags are not biodegradable, they are “degradable”, which means that they will break down into smaller and smaller pieces until they form micro plastics but they will never disappear from the environment altogether. Plastic bags take between 15 and 1000 years to degrade. The problem here is that these micro plastics can enter the food chain, ending up inside animals and even humans”.

#2 is plastic food wrap!! We offer Colibri reusable sandwich and snack bags, Onyx stainless steel food containers and Abeego beeswax wraps.  These all work well to eliminate the need to wrap your food in plastic food wrap.

Did you know…

“BPA and some phthalates (found in plastic food wrap) are endocrine disruptors, meaning they can mimic the body’s natural hormones and cause a raft of health problems. There is growing scientific evidence that even at lower levels of exposure, phthalates and BPA may be causing problems such as infertility, obesity, breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and diabetes”.

#3 is a reusable straw! Carry your own stainless steel or glass straw and say no thanks when a straw is offered!

Did you know…

“Plastic is a material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of all plastic – water bottles, bags and straws – are used just once and thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade!

#4 is a vessel for your beverage, water, coffee, tea, ditch the disposable cup!! Or if you reeeeally need one, make sure it’s compostable and that there is a compost collection happening on site.  Actually insist upon it!

Did you know…

“The more we insist & persist, then changes begin!  The choices you make are the reasons why things continue as they do.  We vote with every purchase, so if you don’t support the options given that’s when things will be forced to change!”

#5  Purchase items that can be refilled or even better, where you can re-use your own container to fill  (like at Generation Green tee hee!).

Did you know…

“Refill, Reduce & Re-use are the “R’s” we love at Generation Green! We have gotten so “used” to recycling that some think almost everything can be recycled and neglect the reduce, reuse.  The other thing we turn a blind eye to is that recycling uses energy and raw materials which in turn impacts the environment.  Recycling has its place but it really needs to be the last R we use.”

Sometimes problems can seem so overwhelming and just too huge to tackle, and I get that!  We are human, we get tired of never-ending problems, life stresses and hearing about world issues. Personally, for a long time the issues I was hearing about scared me to the point of  panic and having anxiety.  This feeling was amplified even more after I started having children. I was scared for them and what type of world they were going to grow up in. I’m sure many others can relate to this feeling. Eventually I realized I was going to either continue to contribute to the problems or make changes to not be a part of it, and maybe possibly even make it better.

 I’ll be honest in saying this took time as it’s difficult to face the big truths and start actively participating in the solutions.

We want you to know that at Generation Green we are here for you, if you are just starting to face the big issues, and need a little hand holding to do it! We also love learning from all of you that have taken on the role of the trail blazers! Your suggestions, ideas, guidance and wisdom is gratefully received!

Thanks for reading & for doing your part!  Sherry Sobey

Information respectfully sourced from:

One Million Women

The Plastic Straw

Choice.com

 

Butt Out….Like Seriously!!!

In April, Generation Green and Acorn Cafe’s owner and manager, Sherry, participated in an Exchange District Community Clean-up! She met with others in the area to benefit our beautiful nook of the city, by collecting non-organic waste that has been littered onto the sidewalks and boulevards!

Within a single hour, Sherry came back appalled, sharing that she was able to collect a full garbage bag of not only trash but a ridiculous amount of cigarette butts! We all know by now smoking isn’t any good for anybody, certainly not for our beautiful atmosphere! If you cannot stop smoking, please take the minimal time and effort to bring the end of your cigarette to a disposal bin!

“Cigarette butt waste is the last socially acceptable form of littering in what has become an increasingly health and environmentally conscious world”.

With this inspiration, we decided to host a new staff + community event, which we intend to do monthly! A Generation Green Community Clean-up! On Wednesday, May 30th Generation Green and Acorn Cafe are going to get together to walk around the Exchange District to pick up litter!

Check our Facebook event, and if you are available, come join us!! Absolutely everybody is welcome!

It’s not just the unsightly mess that bothers us, there is the environmental impact, the health issues, the misconceptions the tobacco industry puts out (like adding a filter will make it less harmful), the toxic soup (leachates) that are created when those butts get wet! Just one  of those soggy cigarette butts will kill half the fish that are exposed to that toxic soup!  Click here to read more about this huge issue. 

Written by Savannah for Generation Green May 2018 Newsletter

Adaptogens & Superfoods Are On The Menu!

One of the first things we were sure we wanted to incorporate into our Acorn Cafe menu were adaptogens and super foods infused beverages and food.

Adaptogens are substances from plants, herbs, and mushrooms that help our bodies adapt or balance.

That could mean adapt to stress, balance hormones, ease digestion, increase energy, or even clearing brain fog and helping memory. Adaptogens are also great at contributing to a strong immune system and have been used to fight cancer and/or manage the effects of cancer treatments.

Adaptogens are not anything new. Adaptogens have been used by healers and herbalists for thousands of years!  They are becoming more common now, as people start to look for more natural ways to deal with common issues. A very common issue being chronic stress!  We all have to deal with stress. And are all affected by it; either physically, emotionally, or psychologically. And we all try to find ways to manage it. Stress can likely be the root cause of many health issues, including weakened immune systems, digestion issues, and inflammation in our bodies.

Some of the adaptogens you will find on the Acorn Cafe menu are turmeric, ginger, milk thistle, and reishi and chaga (medicinal mushrooms.) Just to name a few!

Superfoods, of course, are plant-based foods that are loaded with nutrition! Essential for healthy diets and optimum function. There is a long list of super foods that will be found in our menu items. A couple worth mentioning are: matcha green tea and E3 Live’s Blue Majik.

Matcha is a green tea that’s processed less than regular green tea. Since they grow in shade, the natural nutrients found in the leaves are entirely preserved. The leaves are never heated.  The benefits of matcha outweigh the benefits of some of the other most popular superfoods! Matcha contains over 6x the antioxidants in goji berries, 7x the antioxidants in dark chocolate, 17x more antioxidants than blueberries, and 60x the antioxidants found in spinach. In just one teaspoon!  Try out Acorn Cafe’s matcha latte (my personal favourite,) and experience an energy burst that lasts with no crash!

E3 Live’s Blue Majik is relatively new, and has some serious health benefits! Blue Majik is the most dense superfood known, loaded with the highest concentration of proteins, vitamins, trace minerals, and essential fatty acids. One teaspoon of the fresh or frozen concentrated algae is equivalent to eating a large salad. The Blue Majik concentrate is great added into lattes and smoothies!

In addition to adaptogens and super foods, our tea menu contains beneficial herbal concoctions created by Hollow Reed, that are known to help with digestion, stress, colds, and more!

Stop by Acorn Cafe at Generation Green and let our staff create something new, just for you!

Please note that all the information found on generationgreenwpg.com is not meant to treat or diagnose health issues. We intend to provide information on our products and ingredients. We encourage everyone to do their own research and consult with a professional before diagnosing or treating a chronic condition. Also take caution if nursing or pregnant.

There are many types of adaptogens which may work differently for everyone. For alternative treatment to chronic issues, I highly recommend a consult with master herbalist, Chad Cornell at Hollow Reed Holistic.

 

 

Acorn Cafe NOW OPEN!

This post is from 2018!

Please check out our Acorn Cafe page for the most up to date information!


We are soooo excited to announce that our cafe is finally ready to open tomorrow morning, Monday , January 15th bright & early at 7:30 AM!  Our cafe hours will be weekdays, 7:30am-6:00pm and weekends 9:30am-6:00pm.

We have expanded our team with some awesome folks that just so happen to be fabulous barista’s!  Our new cafe team will be led by our cafe manager Lily, who has done an amazing job getting everything set up!

We will be starting off with beverages, offering Deluca’s organic, fair trade coffee, espresso, latte’s and local teas from Hollow Reed Holistic and Amsterdam Tea Room.  You can also grab a Morning Glory muffin from Tallgrass Bakery to pair with your morning beverage! We will have some feature beverages that will change monthly and our menu will expand as we settle in, to include adaptogens, smoothies,

Meet our new staff!

smoothie bowls, soups, salads, summer rolls, chia seed puddings and lots of Happy Dance Hummus!  Our menu so far is all vegan even though we stated we were a vegetarian cafe.  We hope everyone is open to trying some new things, including dairy free options and sugar alternatives.

Watch for updates as we announce new additions, including food items and in-store sampling! We have so many exciting things planned and can’t wait to be able to share them with you!

Guys Going Green

Our new location will allow us to expand our product lines. One of the areas that we felt really needed some more focus was our mens section.  So guys, (or those of you that buy for the men in your life) we’ve have some amazing green personal care options for you!

New & Noteworthy Products:

Wise Mens Care –  Simple & Natural Men’s Care Products Designed for Conscious Living.

Wise products are made in Montreal, QC with the intention of not only offering natural alternatives for men, but with a focus on sustainability. “Care for yourself & care for the planet” is what Wise Mens Care says.  Their products are available in a reusable glass container or a recyclable refill package!

We will be stocking their Birch Bark shampoo, which is created from a sustainable botanical extract found in the Canadian Boreal forest. It is also renowned for its high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants.  We will also offer their moisturizing, healthy hair pomades.

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Rituels For Men100% Natural, 100% Plant-based

Rituels For Men products also comes to us  from Montreal, QC.

This men’s line is handmade in small batches and scented using only essential oils, with a custom blend using bergamot, bitter orange, cypress, and patchouli. Think forest, nature and freshness!

We will be stocking Rituel’s shower gel, foaming shave cream, and after shave lotion.

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Vonbros Natural GroomingChanging the Landscaping of Natural Manscaping!

Vonbros Grooming products are created by three brothers; Scott, Mark, and Steve Von Riesen from Morden, MB.

What began through their own frustrated efforts to find all natural men’s products, that perform well and are affordable, led to Vonbros. A line that believes that this is how men’s products are meant to be.

A full range of products will be available, from body/beard wash, to tattoo balm, and of course beard care.

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These three new lines join our existing line up of equally fabulous, locally made men’s products:

Beard & Brawn – Beard Oils, balms, creams, washes, and aftershaves for the everyday working man.

Made For Skin – Handmade men’s skincare that includes deodorants, body wash, body lotion, beard care, face wash, and balms.

Mama Pacha Herbal Skincare – Natural beard and stache care! These products are made to care for facial hair and the skin underneath.

 

 

Meditation – Don’t Overthink it!

When I first heard of meditation,  the thought of a silent mind sounded impossibly ridiculous!  Even in this very moment the amount of ideas and thoughts going through my mind make it seem impossible to say: “ok quiet time everyone, we’re going to meditate!” Like how can anyone possibly do that??

I understood the concept, even thought it would be lovely, because quite frankly my mind (and I’m sure yours) is an exhausting place to be at times!  But it was the “how” part that had me stumped!  I, of course, took to the internet in an effort to figure out the “right” way!

The problem for me is that there are so many ways to meditate! Such as a guided group, or youtube video, using your breath, gazing into a candle, chanting a mantra, or  music meditation, where the music is not understood by the conscious brain but draws someone into a dizzying state of relaxation.  Not only that, but figuring out how to sit, and how you should sit. Do I need a whole comfy pillow set up? Maybe it’s better to lie down? Once you have that figured out, you can’t be distracted by outdoor sounds, the kids, the door bell, the phone ringing, or your feet falling asleep!

One day the realization came to me… I was over thinking this whole meditation thing!  These words crossed my computer screen and changed my thought process: “If you can breathe, you can meditate.” Meditating is only being quiet with yourself and listening to your breath. I have a creative mind, so for me it really helped when I gave my breath a colour and visualized it going in and out of my body.  Yes, thoughts came to me but I did what I was suggested to, and stopped judging and shushing my thoughts. Instead I pictured them as clouds floating by, observed them for a moment, and then guided myself back to my colorful breathing.

This practice, (and it does take practice!),  basically helped me to become the observer of my thoughts, feelings, and emotions so that I am no longer controlled by them. Just try saying these words out loud: “I am going to be the observer of my thoughts, feelings and emotions. I am not going to judge them, question them, doubt them, or anything! I am only going to watch them float by and allow my body to receive cleansing breaths.”

Then something amazing happens!  You allow parts of you to come to surface that usually get drowned out by that constant chatter. You’ve now opened yourself up and made room for new ideas, new emotions, new beliefs. However it happens, trust me when I say: it’s a real thing!

In a nutshell, we live very busy lives and sometimes we are like hamsters in a wheel! That is not only exhausting but limiting! We miss out on experiences because we are so focused on running the wheel with the false belief that it’s taking us somewhere.

I encourage you to begin a practice of meditation. Start with 5 minutes and build up to make it a daily practice. It will become a moment that you not only look forward to, but also a moment you will cherish.

Lastly, there is no “right” way, there is only your way.  You can practice anywhere, anytime, anyway you like!