We just watched the documentary Food, Inc. last night and I would highly recommend it for everyone to watch. Double that with me currently reading the book, Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, and you've got yourself a bonafide clean eater wannabe. Health and fitness are two things Matt and I are passionate about (it's always been that way for Matt and something I've come to embrace) and we want to encourage everyone we know and love to pursue eating healthier and to be actively fit.
I love food as much as the next guy, but we need to be better stewards of what we put into our bodies and I think if more of us realized how many calories things really are and to see all the chemicals and preservatives that are in our food, we would not want to eat it. I plan on blogging more about our pursuit of clean living, sharing what we learn and desirous of hearing any advice or tips from you all.
Until then, here are some simple things you can start doing now to live a healthier lifestyle:
1. Shop at Farmer's Markets and buy organic when you can. I know that this can be costly so even if it means choosing a few items to go organic on as a small step, do that! This is a step in the right direction and look at it this way, whatever price you might be paying now will save you from the more lethal costs of health problems now and down the road. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, you can, no matter what your budget! You just need to re-prioritize your spending in order to make this happen.
2. Buy free range chickens, grass fed beef, wild caught salmon, and hormone-free milk.
3. Don't eat processed foods. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
4. Read labels! Be especially mindful of portion sizes and ingredients you can't pronounce.
5. Try to do some form of exercise at least 5 days a week.
Don't let the food industry dictate to you what you should eat, as a consumer, you have the power and voice to send a message to them by what you choose to buy and consume. This is evident by the fact that Wal-Mart has begun carrying local farmer's produce in their stores because people were demanding it. Like a saying from Food, Inc. goes, you can change the face of food in America, one bite at a time.
Some good resources:
1. Food, Inc. the documentary
2. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
3. Eat Clean Cookbooks by Tosca Reno
Let's all get healthy together!!! Woo hoo!