Our idea of what constitutes "food" in American culture has become so skewed that it is almost unrecognizable. Our supermarkets are packed with products whose ingredients include unpronounceable chemicals, dyes, bacteria, and growth hormones. They are irradiated without our consent and contain GMOs.It's time to bring back FOOD. Pure unadulterated organic RAW food.This blog is a documentation of my continuing journey on a plant-based lifestyle.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

FOOD INC.

I saw this movie over the summer and despite knowing a lot about the horrors of factory farming and GMOs this movie opened my eyes even more. It is absurd that with all the knowledge out there people still eat what Michael Pollan calls "food stuff". (Food stuff is a rather endearing terminology for processed food in that the sum of its parts make up a food item, but it is so loaded with partially hydrogenated oils, GMOs, refined sugars, grains that while it may look like food there really is NO food in it.) Upon going over the site I found these ten helpful tips to living a more Eco-friendly sustainable life. If everyone could just switch over to organics our World would be in much better shape. And, none of this "organics are too expensive" business peeps. I've been raw for the last two years and vegan for four and I was a student the whole time and I made it work. Sure, I couldn't stock my cabinet with tons of super foods and it was awhile before I bought my dehydrator. However, when you get right down to it raw food is about simplicity. It is about fruits and veggies in their whole state and the amazing things you can do with them. Even if you aren't into the raw stage of things and you are still a vegan. Consuming whole foods, even cooked, is much better for you than anything out of a box.

http://www.foodincmovie.com/get-involved.php (Go here to learn more about FOOD Inc. and what you can do to get involved to make this planet better!)
Learn more about these issues and how you can take action on Takepart.com

1.Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.
You can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water).

2.Eat at home instead of eating out.
Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.

3.Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.
Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.

4.Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.
Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.

5.Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.
An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals.

6.Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
According to the EPA, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.

7.Protect family farms; visit your local farmer's market.
Farmer's markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.

8.Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.
The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.

9.Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.
Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the U.S.

10.Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.



Personal Tip: If you do buy something out of a box, i.e. cereal it should contain less then TEN ingredients. Make sure there are NO dyes, partially hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, etc. You will notice a clear difference in your energy and overall well-being when you eliminate these toxic substances.