Monday, September 18, 2006

OK! Today I am officially 100% on a mission to be healthier. I am so sick of this fast-food society! I am so sick of junk food, hot dogs, soda pop, packaged food, chemicals, fast food chains, etc... I don't care if everyone thinks we've officially "lost it" or not!! This country is so full of sick, over-weight or obese, MEDICATED people, that could care less what they eat, what they feed their kids, or where their food comes from. Fine. Eat what you like, it's a free country, but don't be offended if I choose to not eat and live that way. Maybe I have "lost it". Do you know how hard it is to not eat the standard american diet? We have been "trying" to eat healthy for some time now, but now I'm ready. I'm ready to do it 100%. No cheating. Not eating junk "once in a while"..because we all know that once in a while means 6 days a week, 1 day eating right. Most people don't even know what eating right is. It's so sad. Yes, I'm venting!!!!!! AAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Ok, I feel better.
Here is something I read today:
A highly respected magazine for kids, once ad-free, is now packed with ads for fast food, candy, sugary cereals, snack cakes, and other products. At a time when nutrition-related health crises plague our nation, and especially our youth, it is unconscionable that this magazine has chosen to cram its pages with ads for meals such as fried chicken fingers with French fries, which provides 590 calories and more than half-a-day's worth of fat and sodium. Junk food ads are clearly a major source of revenue for this magazine and others, in spite of some of the following facts which are not getting enough attention:
Feeding children hot dogs increases their risk of brain cancer by 300%. Strawberry yogurt, fruit punch and other red-looking grocery products are often colored with dead, ground-up cochineal beetles. The ingredient, called "carmine," is made from insects, and is listed on the label of many favorite foods.
Many Florida oranges are actually dipped in an artificial orange dye in order to make them visually appealing; the same dye that's been banned for use in foods because of cancer risk.
Girl Scout cookies are still made with hydrogenated oils that contain trans fatty acids, which are common in foods kids eat, including fried foods like French fries, and in many baked goods (cookies, pastries, crackers, chips, etc.).
Eating just one serving of processed meat each day increases your risk of pancreatic cancer by 67%. How many processed meat sandwiches are eaten daily?

It's stuff like this that motivates me. For my kids sake, I'm going to finally do it! Yeah for me!!!
The latest book I'm reading (on top of a ton of midwifery manuals) is Natural Cures "they" don't want you to know about by Kevin Trudeau
yes, yes, I know, the media hates this guy, and yes I know, he's a "fraud" WHATEVER! the news media is controlled, and "they" don't want you to read or believe him or his book. I believe him, and his book! Because it is soooo true!


Amber said...

What a great post for someone who just blew her post-pregnancy diet over the weekend. I've been back on it full-throttle today but must stay motivated! You're right--it's tough in a society that is sooo not tuned to eating healthy!

Brooks said...

I have 3 kids and allow them to have fast food once a week or once every other week. In moderation, I don't have a problem with it. My kids stay active and are not allowed to be couch potatoes. My husband and I have plenty of fresh fruit in the house and offer that for a snack as much as possible. We also make sure our kids drink plenty of water. The key is moderation. None of my kids have weight problems. It's obvious the parents of these kids do not have their children's health and welfare as a priority. It's really sad that these parents are too lazy to make their children eat better. I guess that's what it all boils down to: laziness. It's a lot easier for parents to make a run to McDonalds than to fix a healthy meal at home.

Staci said...

We sincerely tried the moderation thing. This is how it goes for us. Grandma and Grandpa babysit and take the kids out to eat for fast food. The next day I have to go shopping, forget to pack lunch, and end up eating out. The next night the kids want hotdogs (turkey) and mac-n-cheese for dinner. The next night we go out for pizza. The next day Jeremy calls us and wants us to meet him for lunch, we all end up eating a plate of fried junk. The next night, Jeremy and I go out alone (with Savannah of course) for a treat, and end up eating way too much, of all the wrong stuff. The next day, Sunday at church the kids are given CANDY as a snack for junior church. moderation around here just doesn't work, even with the best intentions. I am going top put signs on my kids foreheads PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE CHILDREN! kidding. I do not even want to think of what they would be fed if they went off to school each day. I am venting again, sorry!!!!!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh I know, I know! We were almost forced to "eat right" when our oldest son had to be on a special diet and it was just too hard to just stop for fast food. NOW Grayson is allergic to dairy, wheat, soy, peanut, & egg... our eating is so strict! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!