food, health, inc

Food, Inc.

Why do you eat the way you do? Is it for convenience? For your health? For your wallet? For your weight? Because of some one famous? Are you really eating for YOU?

I FINALLY watched Food, Inc. It has taken me forever but it was well worth the wait. Let me just say it is not for the faint of heart; or is it?

If you want to know where your food comes from then watch this documentary. If you don’t care; YOU SHOULD.

There is no reason why anyone would not be able to answer the simple question: “Do you know where your food comes from?”

The supermarket? Farmers? The fridge?

If only it could be that simple. For some it is but for the majority it isn’t. The food industry has sugar coated the truth about where Americans get their food from. Literally.

This is not another documentary claiming which foods are bad for us and which are not. It is not about becoming vegetarian or vegan. It is about understanding and gaining the knowledge that so many of us have been ignorant to see. If you open your pantry and see familiar items such as crackers, soups, pasta, cereal one would think that “they own it”. You work hard to provide food for your household, going to the grocery store and “purchasing” items. The truth is – you don’t own that food, it owns you.

How? How can this be? Simple: the food industry has taken over our nation. Basically telling you what you should or shouldn’t buy and eat on a daily basis.

It’s a sad fact that a McDonalds 1$ cheeseburger costs LESS than a bag of apples AND is more convenient than to make meals. It’s a fact that people simply cannot afford to buy fresh produce yet they can afford to buy soda and chips. Its a fact that these same people cannot afford to buy produce because they are spending hundred of dollars a month on prescriptions to help them “live”. They need these prescriptions because the food they have digested for years has made them sick. The food industry has you right where they want you: in the palm of their hands.

Only YOU can make a difference – 3 times a day. Food, Inc has shared some simple, yet effective ways that you can make a difference. (But I cannot express enough how you, as a consumer, should watch this movie)

    Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.

    Eat at home instead of eating out.

     

    Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.

     

    Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks.

     

    Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.

     

    Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.

     

    Protect family farms; visit your local farmer’s market.

     

    Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.

     

    Tell Congress that food safety is important to you.

     

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

 

What have you done to make a difference in your life and the way you eat to help no only yourself but our nation?

  • I try to buy ALL organic items.
  • I have stopped eating meat on a regular basis and is something that I want to quit all together, even animal bi-products.
  • I look for locally owned business – I love supporting small farms.
  • I shop at farmers markets in the summer time.
  • I am NOT naive and “play dumb” when it comes to my health. I know that health problems can occur in anyone at anytime, even me. But prevention can and does help.
  • I proudly state what I eat to anyone that is willing to listen. My blog is my main outlet for family and friends.

Again, please invest some time and watch this documentary. Knowledge is power.

Healthy Eating,

ztashaz