Happy Earth Day!
Without initially realizing the timeliness of my viewing (although I’m sure the network was fully aware), I finally watched Food Inc last night. Less than 15 minutes into the movie, I was moved to tears by a specific scene, and everything changed. I knew that was a tipping point.
Taking a step back: last Saturday I attended the DCMADA Annual Meeting, listening to great speakers (all RDs) discuss everything from Childhood Obesity to Eating Clean to Social Media. While I don’t know that I learned a lot from the “Eating Clean” presentation that I didn’t already know; it was a refresher.
Over the last year, I’ve changed a lot about my diet. I’ve always tried to eat “healthy”, but there have been many steps towards doing so – not all of which I’d be proud to put out here. As of late, I’ve realized how many options I’m lucky enough to have – Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Local Farmers Markets, CSA …. just to name a few – and I’m learning how to use these resources to be a smarter shopper.
What is Eating Clean?
I’ve created an acronym to bring you the basics….
Choose fresh, and start with Fresh foods first (when meal planning)
Look locally (if nothing else, to see what’s available)
Avoid processed foods
Naturally balance your diet*
*A cleaner diet, with mostly fresh and unprocessed food choices, will be naturally balanced with protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats found in nuts, fruits, vegetables, etc. Eat mindfully; be aware of your body’s needs and enjoy your food.
Are you interested in CLEAN eating?
Do you do anything, now, that helps you eat cleaner?
It’s a process; your diet likely won’t take a complete 180* turn overnight into the perfect model. As someone who works with low-income families on a regular basis, I also fully understand that this, unfortunately, is not always the cheapest way to eat. It’s different for everyone; finding a balance that works for you and your budget is important too. I’m simply putting the information out there for those who are interested. 🙂 But, to happily be cliché, even small changes make a big difference.
I am certainly not the perfect Clean/Green shopper; I am learning, adjusting, and loving the process.
Have you seen Food Inc? What were your thoughts? If there’s interest, I’ll go into more detail about my reactions to what I saw. With my education background (Nutrition), I “knew” something of the goings-on behind the scenes of large food companies, but I guess this brought it right in my face.
It’s definitely worth your time; if nothing else, it’s educational. I realize that not everyone will be shocked; not everyone will swear off meat (nor should you have to), and not everyone will make any changes because of what they watched. But, in my opinion, everyone deserves to know where their energy and fuel is coming from.