I’ve learned that the food industry is severely flawed to a point where it feels almost impossible to achieve optimal nutrition. Our food is pumped full of hormones, preservatives, antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides, and artificial dyes and sweeteners.
Nutrition Starts with Awareness
It’s important for us to take a little time to learn what foods are natural and good for us and what foods contain chemicals that can be taking a major toll on our health. I started becoming aware of the problems in the food industry through watching documentaries. There are three that I recommend the most and I wrote about that in the blog post 3 Food Documentaries That Changed Our Lives.
It’s also important to learn what the health benefits and risks are and I’ll be writing more as I continue to learn myself and there will be more posts about this but for now Leslie O’Neill (a professional Wellness Coach) provided us with information about Food and Mood in this post she provided just for Intentional Dabblers.
Then There’s Action!
Once we have awareness, we still have to do something with it and it’s easy to feel defeated from the beginning. Many people run out to find a particular diet to subscribe to. I know it can be overwhelming thrying to adhere fully to one particular diet or another and it may not be what’s best for us in the long run.
The good news is that we don’t have to subscribe to a “diet” or nutrition plan of any particular form. This was hard for me. I wanted to label myself as a “Vegan” or “Vegetarian” or “Plant-Based.” But why? We don’t need a label for what we’re doing. We can achieve better nutrition through simple substitutions along the way. We just have to learn a little about what substitutions are good for us!
Do you want to do it along with me? I wrote the post 5 Easy Tips to Better Nutrition and Kids and Food to help get you caught up. I’m working on providing information as I gather it all in one place to help us along the way. I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite resources and recipes through blog posts.
Do what you can, every little bit helps but don’t expect it to be perfect. I’m not. You may find me at Chick-Fil-A eating chicken strips or having and ice cream. Just do what you can.
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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” -Hippocrates
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” -Jim Rohn
“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food.. stay away from these” -Michael Pollan