Why wait until January to start eating healthy when you can start now. I believe part of a healthy lifestyle has to do with breaking old habits and starting new ones. Keeping your dietary intake simple and as whole as possible. Eating healthy has a lot more to do with choosing local, non GMO, eating whole foods and a balance of all foods; whether it be your choice of protein, grains, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables?
These are all very important aspects of making good food choices however with the movement happening around climate change; our air, water, habitat, soil degradation, and temperatures rising are the most important issues we face today. We need to listen to today’s very young advocates who are standing behind those of us who care about our food, the environment and the generations that will be left behind with a larger mess than we are already in.
We know that large factory farming is destructive to our land, soil, water, air and along with the bees and other insects, this is directly affecting you and me. Illness is linked to how are food is produced. Plain and simple. The planet is getting sick and so are we. It is no longer healthy or sustainable to eat foods that are mass produced for money that is destroying the place we need to live. Earth.
Let’s look at a few things that have infiltrated most processed foods and believe it or not whole foods too. Take a more serious look at GMO corn, GMO soy, GMO canola, beef, pork and poultry. These foods are typically produced in huge lots, getting into the fresh and processed food system, destroying thousands and thousands of acres, polluting the land and the water, causing extinction and making us all sick. The same goes for many non organic fresh fruits and vegetables that we eat everyday.
It seems that the “war on healthy food production” has been going on for a very long time, back as far as the early 1900’s. Food labeling has always been an issue, honesty towards the consumer, adding fillers to food making them unreal or unhealthy. We are getting lost in the future of fake food production and not in tuned with the history of how much food production has changed. The food industry has been trying to clean itself up for years, companies are constantly tackling food safety issues, food security and food labeling, especially for those inflicted with severe food allergies. The only way things will improve is self education and how you spend you hard earned dollars on the food you consume. We are dictating what the future of our food looks like more than we know.
How can we do that?
- Well for a start buy whole unprocessed foods that are not in plastic. The less garbage you take home from the grocery store the less garbage you need to worry about being recycled.
- Leave those pretty cardboard boxes behind, yes the processed food boxes, make pizza at home using whole ingredients.
- Buy nuts, seeds, grains in bulk and package them in reusable containers for the kids.
- Add to your grocery list fresh whole fruit, dry pasta, bulk rice and foods with as little or no packaging that need to be prepared, not processed.
- And of course look for foods that do not contain GMO corn, GMO soy, GMO canola and other unhealthy ingredients.
Most importantly lets try to support local, buy and cook foods that are in season, free of GMO’s, and Organic if you can. Think about the possibility of us not having access to the foods you may love like bananas in the near future, we are only a few foot steps away from destroying another food crop if we are not careful. If big corporations are not ready to change, maybe you are.
The more we choose not to eat the “money food” the more big corporations will be forced to grow and produce differently. There is nothing wrong with producing foods with less of a global impact by way of going back to small farming practices. We need local farmers to start up in all communities so we have a reset to a global issue and start to undo a food system that has become so toxic and destructive.
My grandmothers words resonate with me everyday, “your medicine is in your food,” choose wisely for healthy drug free life. Change is easier than you think if we all change a little bit at a time.
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