A news cast will tell us that we need to eat healthy or that the FDA changed the food pyramid again, only for the report to be followed by a commercial for McDonalds. To complicate matters, the idea of eating healthy is becoming increasingly confusing and is frequently plagued with a lack of information or misinformation. By now, many us understand that Chicken McNuggets are not actually chicken and the french fires don’t much resemble a potato slice. But what about the food that we buy at the supermarket? What is actually healthy for us? Where does the beef come from? According to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, if they can’t tell that they are positive that it came from a particular part of the cow, and that cow was free range and grass fed, don’t buy it. I recently tried this at a local shopping market, and no one knew for sure. I think I need to find a butcher shop. If it comes from a Confined Animal Feeding Operations… run.
So then we wander over to the produce section and see all the green bananas, fresh ripe tomatoes, and a selection of lettuce that rivals any salad bar… and it is late march! Something tells me that these fruits and veggies are not actually fresh. To top it off, those who pick and handle the produce need to wear gloves because of the massive amounts of pesticide used. But wait there is more. It is amazing how every tomato looks like it came out of a text book. Odds are they are from a genetically modified seed stock that emphasizes appearance and shelf life while often decreasing nutritional content. Monsanto makes most of the corn seed that you see, and don’t see because it is in the form of high fructose corn syrup. Sad thing is it is everywhere.
With baby number two on the way and mini-skis suffering from some crazy food allergies that where extremely rare at one point, we have been exploring how to do a substantial shift in our food habits. No, we do not have a Whole Foods nearby and yes, I do have a garden where all the veggies are grown organically and free of pesticides. In fact, this year I focused almost entirely on heirloom varieties. (need to find a different tomato that is not so crazy out of control).
What do you do to eat healthy? If you don’t eat as healthy as you would like, why not? I often hear people say convenience and cost are deterrents, but what’s more important than our health and the health of our families?