Friday, August 19, 2011

Al Naturale

I've been bouncing this post around in my mind for days now....trying to figure out how to lay this out there. I haven't really come up with a way to portray this so that you don't think I was hit head on by a truck full of tree hugging environmental here goes....

We are going natural.

As in our life style and not by joining a nudist colony.

Did you know that  approximately 76 million Americans are sickened, 325,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die each year from food borne illnesses?

That being said, I's going to be a process letting some things go....others (McDonalds!) not so much. But when it comes to what I am putting in my families mouth, thus their bodies....we are going whole hog, so to speak.

The first time I watched Food Inc was about 2 years ago. I was sick for days. I couldn't believe what the food that I thought was wholesome and fresh at my local super walmart actually WAS and WHERE it came from. 

I realized then and there that we weren't eating FOOD at all, but something that resembled food, created in a lab somewhere. I tired to start weeding out the GMO foods ect but got derailed by life I guess. 
Well, I have gotten back on the didn't take long after watching the movie again a few weeks ago.

I don't know about you, but if it isn't found in nature, i'm pretty sure it shouldn't be in our bodies. And if you stopped and read the label of everything you put in your cart....just how much nature would you find there? I think you would be shocked to know that answer!

It goes some much deeper than just whats in our food though. It's the way the system operates to get this "Food" to us. The treatment of the animals and workers is appalling to say the least. I am not going vegan on you. I believe God gave us animals to eat, but not to abuse in the process.

While we are going down this road, let me just say that I DO NOT in anyway shape, form or fashion believe in man made global warming.....its be proven over and over that the earth has gone through warming and cooling periods for thousands of years....long, long before mans inventions arrived on the seen. Do I believe we should be responsible and frugal with the earths resources?  Absolutely.

God asks us to be good stewards of the things we are given, and the earth is the first thing He ever gave to man. It should be respected and treated with care. 

We recycle, we give to goodwill.....use reusable shopping bags and open the windows in the house every chance we get. Does this make me a tree hugging hippie? I don't think just makes me a good steward. Does wanting to eat naturally make me a health nut? Again, I don't think speaks of someone who cares enough about their families well being to not fill their bodies with chemicals and God only know what bacteria and disease from the so called "meat" we eat!

Wow...that was some rant....But SERIOUSLY....if you have an hour and you want to know where your food comes Food Inc. It can be played instantly on your computer via Netflix.

Afterwards, you might have a little different opinion of this post....

I'll be waiting to hear what you think......until then....I have some recycling that needs sorted ;)


Katydid said...

(Standing on my soapbox now)
I love this post, Stacey!

Me and my hubs talk about this all the time. Not because of the movie Food, Inc. although I did watch it and it WAS nauseating. Anyway, growing our own food when we can is one of the best ways to go. Besides all the good health benefits it saves $$. Food prices are out the roof!.

I want to be like my frugal parents and grandparents. They may have been old fashioned but they were very wise, indeed! I tell everyone to grow a garden. No matter how big or small their space is it can be done.

Sorry this was so long. You rattled my chain. haha

Dessa said...

Watched that, too...It really is eye opening...We really are the children of the corn =) It's everywhere, in so much food! Crazy... I think you are awesome! I am more conscious of the choices we make. That's a start, I suppose. =)

Amanda said...

I have thought about this so much. I have never seen that movie...I'm not sure I could stomach it. Anyway, that's very awesome...

Destry said...

I am right there with you. I can tell a difference in the kids since I began switching over to organic and reduced the processed foods to a minimum.

I am a convert...and it feels good to know that I am doing the right thing for my family.