As I am sure you have heard March is National Nutrition month. As "National" awareness goes this is a good one. Let's talk about this a moment. One
month? Not a year or a life time? OK - one step at a time!
I am sure you have seen the newly revamped "My Plate" which I agree makes more sense than the previous Food Pyramid. I have a bunch plates in my home
and haven't seen a pyramid hanging around the kitchen since my son was in Jr. High and built a pyramid out of sugar cubes on the dining room table.
What 'The Plate' doesn't address is highly processed foods containing toxic chemicals, GMOs and HFCS. Food stamps aka SNAP still buys and therefore subsidizes
I applaud Michele Obama for choosing nutrition as her 'cause'. But honestly 'The Plate' doesn't go far enough. How can our government promote health
and nutrition when we are not even entitled to know if the products we are being sold contain GMOs or the hamburger at the grocery store contains 'finely textured beef product' aka 'Pink Slime' or the produce we are eating is laden with toxic pesticides.
How about that ingredient azodicarbonamide? Primarily used in the manufacturing of 'foamed plastics' and apparently in the manufacturing of most of our
commercially produced bread. Yes, BREAD! This chemical is banned in the UK, most European countries & Australia. In Singapore not only is it banned but its use carries a penalty of 15 years in prison and a $450,000. fine.
Last time I checked, bread is made from flour, water or milk, salt and yeast with maybe a little olive oil tossed in as a dough conditioner. (Lethicin
would be cool if it weren't made from GMO soy) Never have I reached into the cabinet for a bottle of azodicarbonamide. The typical bun at a fast food chain has more than 20 chemical additives in addition to the main ingredients. Is this really what we want
to be eating and feeding our children as a 'treat'?
There are those who will say, "We can't afford to eat healthy." "We can't afford to eat organic." For some this may be very true but in America being
poor seems to equate with being over weight and unhealthy - not stick skinny and dying of starvation. There are many neighborhoods that don't have a grocery store but do have 20 Fast Food places, but these neighborhoods are not the norm for mainstream America.
How much does a Lunchable cost? I think about $3.00 maybe on sale $2.00.
How much for a 2 liter bottle of soda? About .88 each if you buy 4.
If you can afford a 2 liter bottle of soda, you can afford an avocado.
If you can afford a lunchable, you can afford 2 or 3 avocados.
If you can afford a bag of potato chips you can afford a bunch of bananas or a bag of apples.
I challenge you to one month - just one month to make every calorie count for you and your family.
Read labels, make every calorie nutrient dense. Cut the additives and preservatives, sodium and sugar. Stay out of the freezer aisle, ignore the canned
and boxed goods and buy fresh or frozen produce.
I am passionate about this!
You see, I have reason to be. My 34 year old niece Katherine - mother of a 4 year old and a 1 year old - has been diagnosed with terminal colon cancer.
It has metastasized and although chemo might prolong her life, it isn't going to save Katherine. She has opted for quality of life rather than quantity.
Why does an otherwise thin, active and healthy woman develop colon cancer? Could it be our food supply? I think so.
If I had known then what I know now, I would have fed my children a very different diet. Fast food would not have been considered a 'treat' but an absolute
The 'Plate' is great but there is a reason that the Obama family and the Bush family before them eat an organic diet. Too bad that the rest of us are
not afforded the same consideration or at the very least protection from the same chemicals that are banned in other countries.