After months of knowing what it was about, but not how it would affect me, D & I decided to watch Food Inc. Our movie date happened to fall on April 20 (aka Earth Day), ironically appropriate. “Hungry for Change”? Turns out we were!
Meat and poultry haven’t been on my plate since; I do think there are healthy ways to incorporate them into your diet (try to buy organic, local & grass-fed; avoid “ground” options and factory farmed foods), but the choice I made doesn’t rely on that. My appetite for both was forever changed by scenes and interviews that are still fresh in my mind, and I’ve happily opted out.
Go Local: The produce section is my haven – time to shop Smart! I always look for “USA” stickers – it helps to know my fruits and veggies didn’t have to travel far to get to me. It means they didn’t start to lose nutrients in transit, they weren’t harvested as early (to allow extra time for ripening, not spoiling, while traveling hundreds/thousands of miles), and they weren’t the cause of time & trucks on the road (using fuel). We’re missing the Farmer’s Market thanks to a seasonal change, but that doesn’t mean “local” isn’t an option. If I find the “Colorado Proud” logo that is now so familiar, I snatch it up, proudly (and usually very excitedly).
Over the past seven months I’ve transitioned to a Vegetarian diet, trained for a second marathon and felt healthier every day. So, when the Fitness & Health Blogger’s Conference (FHBC) put out their call for speakers? My topic came to mind easily:
The Vegetarian Athlete’s Diet
- Essential Nutrients needed for optimal muscle performance, building & repair
- Vitamins & Minerals typically acquired from meat/poultry sources, that may be lacking in an unbalanced vegetarian diet
- Sources of these essential nutrients in a vegetarian diet
- Sources of protein in a vegetarian diet
- Tips: preparing for an endurance event & recovery nutrition
- Meal suggestions (recipes)
The agenda is up to you! I love this idea, because it means those who attend will learn about things they chose/are interested in. If this is a session you would want to come join me for, Go Vote!
Even if you don’t plan on attending, you can still put in your vote 🙂 Hopefully, they’ll follow the Healthy Living Summit and put all presentations online afterward for everyone to view if they want to!
If you see other speakers/topics on the list that you’d like to support – feel free to leave a link! Share the love 🙂