Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quality of Food Matters

I've had this post in my drafts for a while and decided to post it today. Especially because I am one of the infected now (zombie reference).

Sickness grew worse, despite the fact that I took exceptional care of myself since the very first hint of a cold. Oh well, sometimes it just has to run it's course. I feel like I am drowning in my own lungs, though - a breath just doesn't feel like enough oxygen.

Still going to eat paleo and (obviously) not drink alcohol today.

So, onto quality of food!

I listen to Jillian Michaels' podcast. And she is a huge, huge proponent of eating organic. And if you can't eat organic, then try to buy mostly from the "clean 15":

She also talks about how people call her "elitist" for suggesting people buy organic milk or organic berries or whatever, because only a certain percentage of the population can afford it.

Jillian KNOWS they cost more. But she also knows they are HARMFUL to your health and believes that no matter your income, you should have the right to be healthy. That's why the "clean 15" is pushed... you don't have to buy those organic to avoid eating pesticides! 

Consuming pesticides changes your body, it affects your cells, your metabolism, your health.

Does it matter if the cow you are eating was fed GMO corn or pesticide free grass? Yes.

Does it matter if the chicken you are eating was injected with growth hormone and antibiotics or not? Yes.

Does it matter if the veggies you are eating was sprayed with cyanazinde or not? Yes.

"Most pesticides are manufactured compounds that are designed to kill specific pests, such as weeds and insects. Many pesticides have the potential to harm nontarget organisms" - USGS link

Does it matter if the wheat you are eating is genetically modified or not? Yes.

You are what you eat. And we were never meant to be genetically modified unpronounceable chemical compounds. We are carbon, we are water. We are flesh and blood. Eat things that grow from the dirt or have been born.

Well, that's my rant. It's what I believe. It's how I try to live. (and remember, this is a girl who has NEVER earned more than 20,000 in a year in her life..... but I have my priorities, and health is one of them.)


  1. So true. Another awesome post.

    Listen, I'm a stay at home mom that waitresses 2 nights a week to make basically some gas money. We struggle, we don't go on vacations, we don't have a lot of material shit. WE do eat organic fruits/veggies & grass fed meat. Because of everything in this post. I also do believe it matters. If not for us, making sure that we are feeding are kids well is the motivation. Is our grocery bill a little higher some weeks? Maybe. But we make up for the cost in other areas. Like say, our health? That we don't want our daughter to get her period at 10 years old because of the all hormones that are injected into the animals we eat. That's why we do it.

    It takes work, planning & sacrafice. But like anything's worth it & doable if you want it bad enough.

  2. Lard is on that list? This is blowing my mind. :-) In all seriousness, when I started moving away from whole grains, I noticed changes in my body shape that had not been happening before. Clothes not as tight, some more energy, etc. All worth it, which is why it still kills me to admit that I should've been doing this a long time ago.

  3. Thanks for the info! I've slowly been moving more and more towards organic and real foods.

  4. Great post! It blows my mind how much hormones and chemicals in food affect me! As a woman in my mid-forties just starting menopause, my doctor stressed the importance of eating organic. I haven't had a single hot flash since started choosing organic food!

  5. Good topic. I buy a lot more organic meat and produce these days. So tasty and so worth it. I like Jenn's priorities. :)

    Thanks for blogging about this, Jeannette.

  6. Thanks for the list. :) As I said in my post, the prices here are astronomical and it's just not financially feasible to buy organic. So, that list will help some! :) I do wish I lived where foods were priced normally though, and I could shop accordingly!