I’ve bombarded you with all this health information which was not my out loud intended use for this blog. I said I intended to focus this blog on the food industry and its faulty practices. However, when you become aware of the food industry’s flaws you tend to become more aware of your health so you can at the very least try to make some ethical decisions about what you eat. So, what is it that got me interested in all of this? Well, just about three years ago, I started practicing a vegetarian diet. And the book that inspired me to become a vegetarian is Skinny Bitch.
Photo provided by pacificbakery.com
Yes, the title is pretty condescending, and trust me, when I first picked up the book at Borders, I did not have a pleasing look on my face. I thought it was some kind of superficial, wishing you were anorexic skinny type of book. I didn’t even think of purchasing the book. I wanted to look into it to find out why they had such a blunt and superficial title. Well, as soon as started reading through, I could not put the 224 page book down! It talked about ACTUALLY eating healthy with legitimate nutrition information. No fake diets. The whole book actually focuses on going vegan! Yes, vegan! And they tell you everything that would make you want to go vegan, like the malpractices of the food industry and other interesting facts on how dairy and animal food affects our bodies.
Based on my last two posts, you’re probably thinking, okay, it’s good to know all this stuff but what do I need to eat to get these types of vitamins and minerals? Well, you can always take the pill supplements, however, getting your vitamins and minerals from the food itself is always best. Because it’s a lot of information, once again, I’ve compiled a short list of information for every vitamin and mineral.
It seems as though we’re less informed about minerals than vitamins, but nonetheless, minerals are just as important for good health.
So, what are minerals? According to the information I received in my nutrition class, minerals are “small, naturally occurring, inorganic, chemical elements; the minerals serve as structural components and in many vital processes in the body.” They’re inorganic compounds that occur naturally in the earth’s crust, and many of these minerals help in our growth.
I haven’t written in a while on my blog here and I ask that you please forgive me, if you were following my blog. October and the beginning of November were pretty hectic and I had some emotional ups and downs, which gives me a good reason to encourage myself and others to eat healthier. We’ve got to eat healthy, none of that high fructose corn syrup processed stuff. When we eat right and exercise, it’s easier to be positive because our body releases the necessary endorphins that make us happy.
Anyways, my last post was on the documentary Food Matters, and as you know they highly encouraged people to take lots and lots of vitamins. So I started doing a little research about vitamins and referenced back to a nutrition class I took a while back. You’d be surprised at how most people don’t know much about vitamins. So, I decided to create a provide you with information about vitamins with the help of a couple websites.
Last night I watched a documentary called Food Matters. This is the film from the trailer I posted on my first blog post. The trailer talked about some of my focuses for this blog; uncovering the truth about the food industry, and finding ways to be healthier. After watching the film I was even more inspired to seek the truth about food. This documentary is packed with information on holistic nutrition and it is empowers people to take charge of their own body and health through the use of food.
Photo provided by Food Matters
The documentary consists of eight nutrition and health experts. They talk about our country’s current unhealthy eating habits, the drug industry and the medical field. They talk about the toxins we are putting in our bodies. These are toxins we get from processed foods that harm our bodies and cause us problems like cardiovascular disease, one of the top causes of deaths in the U.S. The experts of this film provide information on vitamins and minerals that can actually help cure this disease. There are many illnesses and diseases that can be cured and prevented through high dosages of vitamins and minerals. However, there are many medical doctors that are not trained in nutrition. Actually, less than 6% of doctors are only trained in nutrition. Because most doctors don’t know enough about nutrition, they proscribe us pills that are more toxic to the body than we can imagine.
For the last week or so, there has been a lot of news coverage about the controversy on the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption, salmon. Yes, genetically engineered, like fake or unnatural, for us to eat. This strikes me a little, or I’d rather say, very uneasy. Why? Well because eating fake food, especially fake animals, doesn’t seem appealing or healthy to me.
AquaBounty Technologies, has developed the AquAdvantage fish, which is an Atlantic salmon that has been given a gene from the Chinook salmon, and from the Ocean Pout that will make the fish grow twice as fast any another farm-raised salmon.
An AquAdvantage salmon behind a non-transgenic Atlantic salmon of the same age. Photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies
According to their website, part of AquaBounty’s mission is to “play a significant part in ‘The Blue Revolution’-bringing together biological sciences and molecular technology to enable an aquaculture industry capable of large-scale, efficient, environmentally sustainable production of high quality seafood…” Sounds poetic, right? More like they’re trying to produce all our food in science labs.
Although the Blue Revolution is a pretty cool name, there have been many concerns about what this revolution entails.
There is an amazing co-operative food organization in the valley called Bountiful Baskets.
I have actually purchased a basket from this organization before, but thanks to a blogger who recommended it on my blog, I figured I should tell people about it and not keep this amazing little secret to myself any longer.
According to their website, “BBFC [Bountiful Baskets Food Co-Op] is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. This is a grassroots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative.”
What this organization does is purchases locally grown fruits and vegetables in bulk from a local farmer. One benefit of this is that you get your produce fresh! (It will not have been sitting on shelves at grocery stores for days). And since you are not selecting the produce yourself, you get to learn how to cook with produce you may have not used before. Another benefit is that it’s cheap! Because the organization does not make any profit from this and is only based on volunteers, the two only official BBFC coordinators, Sally and Tanya, are able to buy produce at rock bottom prices.