I have heard of this documentary called Food Inc. I knew if I watched it my view on food would change. I was the child that grew up on processed food and kool-aid. When I had my children I tried to feed them healthier foods, but what I did not know was what I was feeding them. After I moved to Maryland I met my bestest friend in the whole world, you can see her blog here. Angela taught me many things about organic food and all-natural cleaners. I like to call her my hippie friend ;) Anyways, Angela opened my eyes to many things such as the hormones in dairy products and chemicals in cleaning supplies. Slowly over time I started to replace items that we were using for more all-natural cleaners and more organic foods.
Moving to Alaska had really taken a toll on our new lifestyle that I was creating in Maryland. The prices were much higher than Maryland and I started to feel defeated. Over a year later I realized I have gained 25 pounds since arriving to Alaska, and my energy had decreased dramatically. I knew exactly what caused this weight gain and energy loss. It was not the lack of sunlight or the freezing cold weather but the food I was eating and the lack of exercise. I was feeding my body soda, processed food, and depriving it of water. So this past week I said enough was enough. I went to the library and picked up the book by Michael Pollan called "In Defense Of Food." I needed to educate myself on how to feed my family properly and learn how to read labels.
I talked to a dear friend of mine who recommended two movies to watch. One was called "The Beautiful Truth" and "Food Inc." Later in the evening I put the two blessings to bed and turned on the movies. I could not believe what I was learning and what I was doing to my family's bodies. I would highly recommend these two documentaries to anyone who wants to know about what you are eating.
Today, I have cleaned out some of the junk we had in the cabinets and come payday I will be shopping at Fred Meyers for our food, or at least a majority of our food. To some this may not matter but to me it is important. I know many people who say "I have eaten these types of food my entire life and nothing is wrong with me." I do not argue with that because I was one of those people, but I do not know how I look internally. I do know that when I was eating the processed food and soda I felt horrible and lacked energy.
Honestly, I never really fed my body properly and today that changes.