Did you see the picture on the web that went viral about Kashi cereal using GMOs in their products? This is what a health food store in Rhode Island put on their shelves:
Although the truth about Kashi did disappoint me, it didn’t completely SURPRISE me. Unfortunately, so many companies that claim to be “healthy” and “natural” are not that at all. This makes it really tough sometimes when wandering the aisles of the grocery store.
If you haven’t read the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, I highly recommend that you do (check if your library has the audio version for those of us on the run!). It is highly insightful on being conscious and aware of what we are putting into our bodies. One of my favorite ideas presented in the book is that processed food doesn’t even deserve to be called food- rather it should be called “edible food-like substances”!
All this to say- where is your food coming from? Have you ever checked out your local farmer’s market? Are you able to get fresh and seasonal veggies where you are? Have you heard of Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) programs? These programs allow you to get weekly (or biweekly) boxes of fresh produce from a local farm on a regular basis. It is always such a joy to open up the box and see what you’re getting for the week!
There is something empowering about knowing where your food comes from and knowing that it is from a reliable source. For many health conscious people, taking care of our body and mind go hand in hand. For me, eating a diet that is sourced mostly from local farmers gives me the confidence and peace of mind that I am filling my body with 100% goodness.
I’m not saying that you need to eat like this all the time- I mean could you imagine going over to someone’s house for dinner and saying “sorry these are not local carrots so I will not be eating them”. How obnoxious! But I do believe that within my own home it is important that I have a connection with my food and I am truly grateful for every bite. A little bit of research will guide you to some awesome local sources and I have no doubt that you won’t be disappointed!