Monday, January 10, 2011

Going Green

I'm about halfway through this new-ish Jillian Michaels book called "Master Your Metabolism". I'm finding it both informative and terrifying. And it supports a theory I've been mulling over for some time:

What if the obesity problem, the hyper-activity problem, the adult acne problem, the kids starting their periods at age 10 problem... what if all of these problems (and many more!) stem from the pesticides and chemicals being used to grow our food? What if this army of chemicals is sending the wrong signals to our hormones, mixing them up, causing them to flounder around like a drunk kid outside of Monaco Bay?

Think about it, because it really is common sense. If the human body was built to consume, digest, and process natural, organically-grown foods- how could it know what to do with the abstract things we try to give it as "food"? Red Dye. Corn Syrup. Genetically modified fruit and veggies, grown to be super-huge for super-appetites.

I won't even get into the cleaning products... the plastics we store our food in... the antibiotics we piss right back into the ground and our drinking water... see? Terrifying.

But before you go freaking out (like I did), slow down and take a breath. There are some small changes you can make not just to lose weight, but more importantly, for your HEALTH. Because even if health officials say that the pesticides/antibiotics we use are being used in "safe amounts" on each fruit or vegetable or chicken... if EVERYTHING we eat is covered in garbage, then that is a lot more than a little old safe amount.

BUY ORGANIC. Yes, yes, blah blah blah, it's expensive. I get it. It costs more money than the garbage made with corn, and the garbage covered in pesticides. But think a second of the money you spend going out to eat. Or money you might spend on Diet Coke. Or maybe cigarettes. (By the way, stop smoking.) Point is, if you pulled from some other area into your current food budget, you might find you have more money to work with than you thought. And speaking as someone who has been buying "mostly organic" for some time: I can safely say that if you buy things that are "in season" (and you shouldn't be buying out of season fruit anyway, unless it's in the frozen section, because it loses it's nutritional power), buying organic isn't as expensive as you think. Especially at Meijer.

In a perfect world, we'd all be able to buy organic all the time. (Read "The Organic Manifesto" by Maria Rodale if you want to read about the power chemical companies have over our nation's farmers.) But the world isn't perfect, and organic is growing, but not as readily accessible as we'd like. And maybe you're working on a budget. But there are some things you really should buy organic if you're going to make a switch. And yes, even a little bit helps. Just think of it as one less pesticide going into your body.

So here is a link to an informative slideshow featuring "The Dirty Dozen", 12 foods you should buy organic if you can only afford to buy some organic.

And here is link with some info about "Organic Manifesto" and its author:

And if you want more information on the subject of hormones and how they're affected by what we eat, give "Master Your Metabolism" a read. It's scary, but important.

Buy for yourself. Cook for yourself. Enjoy for yourself. It's your health, and your life.

until later...
"If you build up the soil with organic material, the plants will do just fine." -John Harrison

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