Sunday, June 26
What You Eat: Watching Food, Inc.
Have you seen Food, Inc.? Jonathan and I watched it this weekend, and it definitely had an effect on us. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's going to make you think about where your food is coming from and what you're putting into your body. It'll make you realize that the food industry has been corrupting us for the past 60 years -- making us fat, polluting our environment, pumping plants, animals and the entire human race full of chemicals and killing us. This documentary is a call to action, a reminder that despite these super companies' incredible wealth and control, there are more of us. We can enact change. There's a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that says,"Be the change you want to see in the world." We can have an impact by making smarter purchases -- shopping local, learning to cook at home and eating simple, natural foods. Enjoy beef, fish, chicken or pork? Find a local farmer who uses sustainable practices. You might pay more for it, but you'll be getting a much better product. The biggest argument I've heard is that it's too expensive to buy local and organic. Truthfully, it's all about perspective and what's most important. Sacrifice those giant Starbucks coffees for fresh, local blueberries. Stop eating MacDonald's every day for lunch, and you'll realize the effect it's having on your wallet. The other argument is that you don't have enough time to prepare meals for yourself. In our modern world filled with deadlines, appointments and commitments, it's easy to put home cooked, healthy meals on the back burner. But by preparing meals ahead of time, you'll always have smart options ready to go. We cook brown rice, quinoa, beans and other staples on Sunday, and they last us the week. I also cut up vegetables so they're on-hand when we need them. We buy roasted almonds, sunflower seeds, baby carrots, hummus, dried fruit and other travel-friendly healthy snacks. Every morning I make healthy lunches for myself and Jonathan. The money we save by not eating out supports our weekly farmer's market trip and our organic groceries. We feel better, we look better and we're saving the world. It's so worth it. The journalist in me can't sit back and pretend this isn't a global concern. It impacts every. single. one. of. us. I want to help affect change. By making more educated decisions, we all can be that change. Want to join me? You can start here.