Back in my college days, I became aware of the way animals were treated prior to becoming food on my plate. Pictures of baby cows in extremely cramped conditions made me swear off veal for good. Slowly I removed other meats from my diet. Beef, pork and then chicken were all replaced with more fruits and vegetables, carbs and tofu. And then I became pregnant…
Could the fruits and vegetables we are eating to be healthier actually be harming us instead? According to the Environmental Working Group, conventional produce is often contaminated with one or more pesticides, pesticides that are now being linked to health issues in pregnant women and children. So should we give up on eating our daily intake of fruits and veggies?
You may have noticed that large supermarket chains are now making room on the shelves for grass-fed beef. You might have picked up a package of grass-fed beef, looked at the higher price tag, and quickly put it back down. So what? The cows get to eat grass. Why is that costing me so much more money and why shouldn’t I just stick with the other beef? Well, studies are showing that happier cows lead to healthier people.
Did you know that if you drank a typical 20-ounce bottle of soda every day for a year that you would gain 57 pounds? Were you also aware that at least 1/4 of our adolescent children today have a diet that is at least 15% sugar? Obestiy, cardiac disease, and diabetes are on the rise and have been since the mid 1970′s. One of the easiest adjustments you can make to reduce the sugar in your diet and the pounds on your body…stop drinking soda.
This is the first in a monthly series on making small, incremental changes towards a healthier diet prompted by my lunch with Robyn O’Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth. The information I learned from listening to her and reading through her book is, quite frankly, very disturbing. While I have had suspicions that the processed foods we so typically eat and feed our families were not as healthy as real food, the suspected links between genetically modified foods and allergies, ADHD, cancer and autism were alarming. It was time to make some changes.