Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Another Step Toward Becoming 'One of Those People'

A couple months ago, I wrote this post about an epiphany I had about food, nutrition, general health, PCOS, feeling good, and how all of those things are connected.  I knew that 2012 represented a corner I was turning in terms of the way I think and feel about food.

Truth be told, the holidays were hard.  They always are.  Here I'd spent all this time educating myself about the things I should and shouldn't be putting in my body.  Then, as I learned, there was the whole other process of implementing all of these changes, forming new habits, detaching myself from the comfort of my old ways.  Those things are hard anytime, but they're especially challenging when you're bombarded by sugary treats everywhere you go.  Add to that the rush-rush-rush of the shopping, cooking, cleaning, wrapping, baking and so much more that comes with that time of year, and it's REALLY tough to turn away from convenient processed foods and drive-thrus.

Considering all of that, I haven't really lost weight since I wrote that post.  However, I have continued to educate myself and to make small changes in the direction that I want to go.  I buy more organic fruits and veggies than non-organic.  I've always loved salads, but now I make them with organic spring mix instead of regular old iceberg lettuce.  I make Blueberry Buckle Oatmeal from my PCOS Diva meal plans almost every week for a quick and easy breakfast I can eat at work.  It's gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and I'm being totally honest when I say it beats the pants off the sugar- and salt-laden instant oatmeal I used to eat each morning!  And it's much more filling, too.

Point is, it's a process.  In my case it's a loooong process.

Then, last night, I did something I've been meaning to do for a long time.

I watched Food, Inc.

Oh my goodness gracious.  If you haven't seen this, you really should, for education value if nothing else.  Even if you don't feel compelled to change your habits as a result of what you learn - heck, especially if you don't feel compelled to change your habits after watching this - you really should see it anyway so that you are an informed consumer.

When the movie ended, I was more than a little horrified.  I thought about all the things in my pantry - and especially in my freezer - that are chock full of hormones, chemicals, and... cruelty... for the sake of the almighty dollar.  Argh.  The things happening on some conventional beef and poultry farms should definitely be illegal.

(While we're talking about things that should be illegal, did you hear that the FDA has issued a preliminary approval of GMO salmon?!  The fish you buy at your supermarket might not only be a fish that has never actually seen the ocean, but might actually be a fish that was invented in a laboratory?!  How is this okay?!)

The unmistakable message at the end of this movie is that we control these practices by creating - or removing - demand for these products.  And although I have never been in a tighter financial situation than I am now, the truth is that I just can't afford to put myself or my family at risk anymore by buying this junk.  It's time to insist on organic meats for sure.  It's even hard to find them here sometimes, but I just have to put that extra effort in.  If it means my son isn't ingesting hormones and antibiotics and fecal matter and carcinogens and who knows what else, then it doesn't matter what it costs.  Now that I have this education, it would be really neglectful of me to continue feeding him the things I am used to buying.  I just won't do it.  (Not to worry, I'm not going to be that mom that forbids my kid from ever touching a chicken McNugget.  Moderation in all things, after all, but I can at least ensure that the vast majority of what goes in his mouth is really good for him.  Or, you know, at least not covered in poo.)

Crap.  I'm becoming one of 'those people.'  Slowly, it's happening.  It's a box that can't be un-opened, a hill that can't be re-climbed.  I've passed the point of no return.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to find one of those bumper stickers about farmed fish.


Ms. Pollywog said...

I appreciate this post, Amber. I am also someone who is striving to change unhealthy habits, to do better than I've done. I don't have PCOS, but I have premature ovarian failure (which has it's own lovely impacts on one's health). Would you e-mail me that oatmeal recipe? I would love to give it a whirl. I will check out Food Inc. when I can get to it (as you know, working full time and being a mom to a toddler is NO JOKE!). It's always good to see a new post from you. My blog has been super neglected lately!

PS. I was faithfully using myfitnesspal in the fall. I am getting right back on that next week!

Anonymous said...

Love this. I'm definitely one of those people with K, but I need to be better about following the same rules for myself. Thanks for motivating me to start!

Anonymous said...

It cracks me up that one of the labels of your post is 'hippie food.' Anything with 'hippie' in it is funny. :)
But not the Food, Inc. video. ZOMG, I am PARANOID now!!! Thank you for giving me one more thing to lie awake at 2 am about ... as if the Walking Dead zombies weren't enough ...