Now, I am not telling you this to make you feel bad about what you eat. While we eat pretty well and I especially try to feed the kids well, I was known to eat white bread, candy, orange colored chips, pop, and such. But I want to share the information/my story in case you are not even aware of many of these things (like me and many other Americans). And maybe you too will want to learn more about it and find yourself making slow but healthy changes for you and your family. I only watched Food Inc two months ago and can say now that we are eating probably 80-90% organic, real foods, and meals made from scratch (or close to).
I know some feel organic is more expensive and it can be but if you really shop the sales and do a good job of using up leftovers it really isn't too horrible. And if you consider the health and environmental benefits then you actually are getting a great deal! :) Personally, in the last two months I have lost a little weight but the main difference I notice is that I am not having food cravings or mid-day slumps. I used to always want to snack during the day and at night and could easily go through a half bag of chips or some candy but now I really have no desire to do so. My meals are more filling and delicious and I find myself grabbing an apple when I need something more.
So, if you are still reading and are interested in learning more I have a list of books that I have read and recommend as well as a few of my favorite websites and cookbooks. Many of these would make nice gifts for others or maybe you want to add them to your Christmas list!
http://organicconsumers.org/ - Lots of articles to better inform you about your food, the food industry, etc. Here is a bit from their site to give you a better idea as to what they are about...
"The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers."
Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org - Provides lots of information on current environmental and food issues and even have a take action page (which I have) where they show you the issues and have links with pre-written letters to send to your representatives (a super easy way to feel like you are helping to make a difference). They also have a database you may have heard of...Skin Deep http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ where you can search your skin care and makeup products to see how safe they are.
Eco Watch http://ecowatch.com/ - Environmental, green living, and sustainable business news, articles, and tips.
http://www.naturallivingideas.com/ - Great ideas for how to use natural items in a variety of ways.
http://www.3boysunprocessed.com/ - Mostly just delicious, whole foods recipes! She has three boys and keeps it real. We have tried several of her recipes and this one is one of our favorites so far http://www.3boysunprocessed.com/loaded-nachos/ super yummy!
http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/ - I love this site because she is a mom who has a similar story about learning more about what was in her food and then challenging her family to 100 days of real food. She blogs about a variety of things...recipes, tips on how to challenge your own family, things that work for her/her family, giveaways, etc. And her book is fabulous too! It shares her story and tips as well as lots of delicious recipes.
Organic/Natural Coupon Sites
I have cooked at least a few recipes from each of these books and have dozens more marked to make in the future.
This next book is perfect for families with school age kids. I love all the fresh ideas this book gave me for my kids' lunches and they have loved the new variety too.
Next week I will be posting some great gift ideas for the holidays, many of which will be organic or eco-friendly, so be sure to come by and see what I've found!