Where’s the beef? Do you remember those commercials? Hopefully I am not dating myself here. Anyway, here is a link to the commercial, jog some memories I am sure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug75diEyiA0 Yeah so that is not what this is about. I am finding myself wondering more and more where the nutritional value. That, I think, is more and more becoming the question on peoples mind. Our mass production huge agri-business is not serving us well. I mean its serving a few large multi-nations nicely, but, us the consumer not so much.
We are experiencing way more disease than we did as a society 30 years ago. Our waste lines are getting ever bigger as our bodies are trying to find an adequate amount of nutrition needed in an ever depleting quality of produce. We are jacking up our meats with hormones and steroids to speed up growth times and portion size. But, at what expense, firstly to the animals and then ultimately to us, the human consumer of these Franken-foods. It just seems stupid that we’ll dump steroids into our beef, pork and chicken and then ban an athlete for the same to himself. I read an article not too long ago that said in order to get the same nutrition out of orange grown today as you could 30 years ago you would have to eat 8-10 of them. I drive past a Booster Juice billboard that is promoting an orange drink they sell and the add says “because you don’t have the time to peel 10 oranges”. It’s not even so much we don’t have the time it’s who would or could sit down and eat 10 oranges. Virtually nobody. So that is where we find ourselves, looking for nutrition in all the wrong places. Now that last line reminds me of a song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MnU6p3sGSw High calorie nutritionally deprived processed or worse fast food. You know, really it’s not our fault. We are victim’s, in a way, to big business. So what do we do about it?
We’ll I think the very first thing you have to do is to decide that you have had enough of this crap being forced down your throat, literally. Once that decision is made then you can start assessing what you’ve been doing and what you should be doing. Re-evaluate your diet, where does your typical meal come from? How is it made or grown? What kind of pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals have been sprayed on this thing you are about to ingest into your body? And nowadays you also have to wonder about what kind of genetic modifications have been done to this thing. I call it a “thing” because once man has altered it; it is no longer a natural food item. So let’s start reading labels. Buying fresh locally grown produce daily. I know it can be tough to do, but the more you do it the easier it is to do. I mean in the winter months my wife buys her romaine lettuce from a big box store, it baffles how long it can stay eatable in the fridge. Makes me wonder what is in it to have it last that long.
We grow a small garden and shop local organics when we can, even meats and eggs. We look for high quality non GMO’d foods in the grocery stores. We have made the decision to eat smarter for us and our children. We have a bread maker and make our own. We also consume a high quality brand of vitamins and minerals every day. Awhile back we started doing a high quality meal replacing shake as well. In the New Year we are starting an exercise program. We still go out for dinner from time to time, it is never fast food, and to be honest we actually prefer eating at home. At home at least we know what we are putting in our bodies. These things we have done over the last few years, they have become habits now. We enjoy being healthier, our bodies feel better. We have been getting some exercise over the years but we are hitting it with P90X and Tai Cheng in January. Shakes, vitamins, healthy food choices and now an exercise regime, you can look for us on the cover of health and fitness magazine shortly! Just kidding about the last part but I am pretty stoked about the choices we are making and the benefits we are reaping. Hopefully you’ll find your way to your health plan. If you like you can check out the links at the top of this blog and see what we are doing.
Here’s to your health!