Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Fake Food"

On the IPOD "Love your love the most" by: Eric Church

What are we feeding ourselves? What are we feeding our kids? Why are there millions of NEW "Fat Free" and "Sugar Free" products on the market today, yet we are millions and millions of pounds heavier than our ancestors who ate meat, sugar, butter, and cream?

I finally made my husband watch the movie, "Food Inc." on Monday night... It has been on my mind for a month or so but to tell you the truth I was a little scared to hear what was going to be said. Mike made it through half before excusing himself to the other room. I know this is a documentary and I know that it is a somewhat slanted view. But I would have to say that it did make me what to change my eating habits.

I'm really going to focus on whole foods. I'm going to throw away the spray butter (ugh!) and if I want butter I'm going to use a little real butter. I'm going to try and give up the diet soda. I'm going to bring in lots of whole grains and locally grown fruits and vegetables. And I'm going to try and get away from shelf stable foods that are filled with preservatives. I have been thinking about making this change for a while now and I think I'm finally ready. I believe that all the "fake food" that is advertised as "healthy" and "diet" is actually what is making us fatter. It is filled with so many chemicals that our bodies are saying, "Screw you , where is our food?" Maybe that is why after you eat processed food you are hungry 10 minutes later.

Here is your test for the day:

Go to the grocery store and buy a small bag of baby carrots and then buy some whole organic carrots that you actually have to peel. Taste them! You will never go back to the baby carrots that are washed in chlorine. For the last 2 years I have been using organic vegetables for most of my clients.

I have realized that I need to take care of myself the same way I take care of my clients!!!

Have you seen this movie? How did it make you feel? Did it change the way you feel about food?

I would love to hear from you!!

xoxo chef a


Anonymous said...

We watched Food Inc a few months ago and it changed our lives as well. Since we saw the movie we have joined a CSA built our own 10x16 garden which we will begin planting this spring, built a compost bin, started eating REAL food, switched back to organic dairy products and veggies whenever possible and reduced our red meat consumption to 2 days a week. We have given up fast food 95% of the time-I gotta have Chick Fil A every once in a while. I have started walking with my neighbor every morning at 5:30 and although everyone thinks I am crazy and they can't imagine getting up that early I am happier than I have been in years, have more energy, and in the last few weeks have lost 10lbs. Go you for watching the movie and being open to change!

I think you are on to something with the chemicals in our food and what that is doing to our bodies. All of these "diet" foods are full of so much garbage that it is scary.

Good luck on your journey to "real" food not just low cal/low fat food!


Suzi said...

Hi Amanda! Jamie is a friend of mine and she introduced me to your blog... I love it! You are a really neat woman :) Did you see Oprah yesterday by chance? She did a whole show on just this and I am with you... It is a little scary to think what we are putting in our bodies. I have a 9.5 month old little girl too so I am even more concerned about it. I have always made her food from organic fruits and veggies. My husband and I are in the middle of a 5 day juicing cleanse and I fully intend on keeping up the "real" food once we are done, especially for our baby!