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An important message 
Jan. 16, 2012 1:05 pm 
Updated: Jan. 25, 2012 8:58 pm
I must apologize to those who've spent a great deal of time assembling their blogs as here I am back posting another blog pushing them back, much shorter and less well thought out than my usual contributions.  I recently posted a sort of fun blog about vegetables. In no way during my blog did I even think about how much eating those vegetables provides for my family and our continued good health.

Then I watch something like this:<

and I am once again reminded about how monstrously important it is that we get the word out about the poison we put in our bodies on a daily basis. You can take this AR blogging group as a whole and we're likely in the medium to good range in terms of eating healthy. The scary thing is we are a food conscious group! We're here making a sound effort to try and find new ways to make old dogs run in the kitchen and we are likely just medium to good and we, are a tiny fraction of the population who actually cares! Think of the millions and millions out there who wake up in this developed nation and face a day full of fast, premade garbage food to power them through their days with little or no regard to how much they are sabotaging their and their childrens futures and well being.

Go watch this video. The gal giving the short lecture is no entertainer, she's almost blindingly dull as a speaker but her message and her proof of that message is profound.

Ok, getting off my soapbox now, hey, who took the stairs away, good gawd, I need a parachute. I cannot shout this out loudly enough.

For the record, I think my family hits the mark pretty good in this but not nearly good enough. Does yours?
Jan. 16, 2012 1:16 pm
Where is the "Like" button? I am actually just taking a break from working on a blog I am writing and thought I would cruise through here. I couldn't agree more and as long as parents continue to treat Fast Food as a "Treat" and stock their freezers with junk the trend will not only continue but will worsen. Sad but true. Our community couldn't support the local farmer's market but the drive thru lane at McDonalds (and every other FF joint) is packed. This speaks volumes to me.
Jan. 16, 2012 1:33 pm
You're preaching to the choir! But I am not giving up my Greek yogurt or homemade bread! And no, we don't eat enough of the good for you food but 90% of our meals are from scratch and we seldom eat out. Still can't wean the guys off their pop though!
Jan. 16, 2012 1:38 pm
I just finished watching that Randy. Thank you for posting it! This is a must watch!
Jan. 16, 2012 5:23 pm
Thank you very much, Randy! We are in line with the speakers recomendations, but had no idea we were actually so close to being right! (Except for that organ meat.) However, we have a friend who is deteriorating from MS and, with all goodness providing, maybe this video will encourage her to eat differently for her own well being. She is Italian so ...
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Jan. 16, 2012 5:27 pm
There is a link to her book. Kind of pricey but I think it is going into my "shopping cart".
Jan. 16, 2012 6:14 pm
Hey Mike, I think were not too far off with a few exceptions, we still tend to growl our way through a couple of bags of chips every month. The organ meat, hmm I like liver. My mom served it twice a month when I was a kid and I always liked it. My family now, most decidedly does not. So very occasionally, I sneak it into things but not nearly enough. The seaweed thing is a fail for us too, gad, I just never see that and if I did, what would I do with it? I thought it a fairly profound video, so good luck with your friend, ya never know.
Jan. 16, 2012 6:21 pm
Thanks Randy! How sad that with all our improvements to our standard of living we have actually gone backward in terms of nutrition. We keep getting fatter and sicker because so many people think they are too busy to prepare real food. It is actually disgusting.
Jan. 16, 2012 6:26 pm
Hey BN, I had no idea she wrote a book, very cool. I will be ordering that, thanks for the link.
Jan. 16, 2012 6:29 pm
Isnt that the truth BSM? I wish I could do something you know? I've watched that celeb chef, the skinny british guy who has been trying to get a tv show going about exactly this, can't remember his name. His first show he did that "what you eat for a week thing" with this southern family, and it was horrid. Her main way of cooking was the deep fryer.
Jan. 16, 2012 6:31 pm
Randy - I am doing some research into including seaweed in our diet. I need to pick my Asian friends brains. They use it all the time. Now I need to learn to like Salmon.
Jan. 16, 2012 6:50 pm
Great video and fascinating health journey. We have been eating a lot of kale this past year and need to add seaweed. Organ meats just aren't going to happen in this house. I will have to measure our veggie intake for a week or two and see where we stand. We eat a lot of veggies but I am sure it is not 9 cups a day. Thanks for sharing.
Jan. 16, 2012 6:54 pm
Raedwulf - "celeb chef, the skinny British guy" can you figure out who that was? your not talking about Curtis Stone are you?
Jan. 16, 2012 9:21 pm
No, Stone is the guy from Biggest Loser. I just asked my wife and the guy I was refering to is Jamie Oliver. I forget the program but it was really interesting. It involved changing a school lunch program and one family he'd chosen.
Jan. 16, 2012 9:40 pm
Raedwulf-very informative and an eye opener!
Jan. 16, 2012 11:52 pm
That was awesome...thanks so much for sharing! :) And as for me...and my family...we're definitely working our way towards that! :) YAY! :) Love info! Be blessed!
Jan. 17, 2012 5:56 am
Thanks for posting that, Randy. Good information, for sure. MY SIL has MS and I know for a fact that her diet is like the American Family photo. I also know they're not about to go green. Sadly, Steve and I are the healthiest eaters in his family and we're only getting one plate of fruits/veggies, 2 on a big fruit day. But we ARE avoiding almost all processed foods and severely limiting the few we do eat. Much room for improvement. I'll have to give fresh kale a try. Organ meats? Pass.
Jan. 17, 2012 7:16 am
Rwulf, the video was very sad, not tear jerking sad, but sad as in what has become of our society. Who would have thought that we would stray from real food so far that one feels the need (as I do) to share this video with everyone. The old fashioned way of eating will become the new fad? Huh? I have packed up the boys and taken them wild berry picking from the time they could hold a tiny pail. Never cared if they ate or gathered, it was a great time singing in the bush. The garden, poulty in the back yard, fruit bushes and trees on the yard and hunting/fishing season all indicated that a hunter/gatherer lifestyle is my life. Yet I have had several people ask me, why do you do all that work? Well IMHO it is not all that much work, rather how I was brought up. Great link, I am passing it along. A fast meal used to be a treat to the family (sort of like bought jeans when we sew all the clothes). Lately my sons will drive past the take out ff restaurant and come home to heat up leftovers. My job as a mom is paying off:) I also read your veggie blog and carrots top our list as well. The creamed peas, carrots and baby potatoes with a bit of swiss chard and dill is a spring fav. We await the first meal and enjoy the last of the season when the garden is pulled.
Jan. 17, 2012 7:45 am
Jamie Oliver ok, he does have a show in the UK And In Australia. He actually owns a restaurant that has high risk kids as chefs and cooks. here is the restaurant he has 5 restaurants, and has or had 8 TV shows. Curtis Stone played on Americas Next Restaurant, Take Home Chef On TLC, And Bravo's Top Chef Masters along with some other shows he appeared on. I think he has a current show on in Australia
Jan. 17, 2012 8:08 am
Bless you for sharing - I've been a lone (swan?) agent in my family fighting for healthier, more nutrient rich food - and they all thing I'm nuts. What a great presentation!
Jan. 17, 2012 11:44 am
Just amazing isn't it how we really are what we eat. I sure wish I could get some of my family and friends to watch this. I honestly believe processed food cost more than real food. I don't know where you find seaweed at...and I live by the Kale is a recent discovery of ours...and it is not easy to always find. But I can't ever get a taste for the organ meats...I'll have to stick to fish and lean meats. She isn't the most exciting speaker but she sure does get the point across...thanks for sharing.
Jan. 18, 2012 12:20 pm
Haven't watched the video ye, but you are absolutely right! More awareness of what the prepared or fast food "ingredients" do to us is needed badly. I'm learning daily. Even the "store-bought" foods we have available to us are not the foods of the past! Putting fruits and veggies on the plate is a must if we are to reverse the downward spiral trend in health. Thanks!
Jan. 25, 2012 8:58 pm
how did i miss this blog? That was really great stuff. Here's hoping the garden has more success this year!
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