When I got pregnant with my twins, I went on a food education journey. I figured the two little lives that were growing in my belly were worth the effort so I became slightly obsessed with our country’s commercial food industry. All I have to say is if you find yourself reading labels often, you are spending too much time in the wrong aisle. I don’t mean to sound preachy. I feel strongly about this. We need to educate ourselves and arm ourselves with information. There is a connection between all of the cancer and autoimmune stuff and processed food and sugar. I know none of us are going to get out alive, but I also know that what I choose to fuel my body with is worth it too.
I once heard a quote by an incredible woman and doctor who spoke at the Be Healthful Workshop I attended late last year. Her name is Dena Mendes, author of “A Survivor’s Guide To Kicking Cancer’s Ass”. She said,
“Food is the cause and food is the cure.”
I believe she is correct and I believe the whole food situation, no pun intended, is downright disturbing. I have read lots, watched some stuff and follow some healthy and holistic blogs pretty closely. The more I read, the more apples, avocados, nuts, berries, lemons and coconuts I ingest. LOL. Do you catch my drift?
I want to know where my food comes from. I want to know if the eggs I am purchasing were laid by hens whose beaks were cut off or if they roamed freely on some farm south of me. I feel empowered knowing that at least I have the choice. I eat apples in the fall and winter and berries in the summer. That is not to say that I don’t have a cabinet full of crap that I want to blast off the wall. Lord knows I do. During my kitchen reno, I opted out of building a pantry into the plans, in hopes to avoid stocking up on processed junk. Doesn’t matter. I still have a cabinet and it is bar code city. Stay tuned for when I torture my 7 years olds to an Anderson Family Challenge called, “If it didn’t grow out of the ground then we ain’t eating it.” William will be looking for a new home.
Listen, I get it. We all live fast paced lives. Go all of the time. I spend more time in my office than I do at my home. I’m not all Martha Stewart plucking my dinner out of the backyard. I could only be so lucky. The struggle is real. Especially since we live in Chiberia. I have not had much luck with herbs around here in January. That was a joke. But hard doesn’t mean impossible and we need to regain some control and reintroduce the value of simplicity when it comes to eating and the food we choose to put into our body. This is not to say I myself and my family don’t enjoy a tube steak on occasion. Ultimately, the kind of food we choose to eat is a choice. And I choose to at least educate myself so at the very least I know.
This whole research project I embarked on has led me to make a couple changes to my lifestyle. For one, I joined a CSA. (Community Supported Agriculture) I will admit, before I embarked on this little journey, I had no idea what a CSA was. Essentially, you invest in a share with a farm and when fruit bearing season commences, a box or share is delivered to your door (if you are lucky) of fresh seasonal produce. (We took a hiatus during our kitchen renovation.) I am revisiting the farm we already used and other options as well. I also decided that at the very least, I was going to review all of the staples in my kitchen; butter, milk, eggs, flower, bread, oil and I was going to at least purchase the premium product if it was something my family was ingesting on a regular basis. I could not have made any of those changes without the help of a plethora of resources.
My resources come in a few different forms. Books, blogs and documentaries. I get a daily dose of information from many of the blogs I mention below in my Facebook and Bloglovin feed. I have found books and documentaries to be the fire I periodically need to be reignited under my ass when I find myself going to the dark side. The sheer volume of information can at times be overwhelming, but to me it is imperative we are informed.
Without further ado, here is my list of healthy, whole food resources.
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Forks over Knives
Hungry For Change
What am I missing? What do I need to be reading? What should I have watched like yesterday?
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