My sister in law gave me a recommendation to see the movie Food, Inc. It was scheduled to be on PBS one evening so my husband and I watched it.....and were both horrified about what was presented about our food industry. I talked about it for days (my apologies to anyone who crossed my path and unknowingly said "How are you?"). I thought about it for even longer. In fact, I'm still thinking. Really thinking. I have to be honest that I am someone who has been conscientious about my diet for a while; however, it was always more of a weight management issue. I'm "blessed" with the type of metabolism where I swear I could gain 5 lbs just by thinking about a whole chocolate cake, never mind actually eating it. My husband, on the other hand, could sit like a couch potato for months and still sport a six-pack. Argh. So, to stay in a healthy weight range I watched what I ate....or did I? That's where this movie really got me going.
My humble synopsis of the movie's premise is that we no longer know where our food is coming from, it's heavily and unsafely processed and we CAN do something about these problems. Based on this, I started thinking about all the labeled "healthy," "low-fat" alternatives in my diet. I started looking at the back of ingredient labels of my precious snacks and dessert substitutes and I couldn't understand them- it was like a rocket scientist wrote out the list of ingredients. This can't be good....when I bake it's flour, sugar, butter, eggs etc. What the hell was all this stuff listed on the back of the box???
When our daughter was born, we tried to keep her diet as organic as possible. Now, we realized that we should look at doing the same for our own. So that's what we're setting out to do: base our diets around as much healthy, unprocessed, fresh, nutritious food as possible. I can't say we'll be perfect, but we're certainly trying to do it as much as possible and it's a learning experience.