Have you ever read something that scares you to your core? Not a Stephen King kind of scary. A what-the-hell do I do now kind of scary? I feel that way reading Robyn O’Brien’s book The Unhealthy Truth.
I have been trying to change our diets for some time now. I thought slow and steady was the way to do. First went high fructose corn syrup, then refined sugar, then Aspartame, now food coloring. But right under my nose in my refrigerator and in my cabinets were other food items that I did not realize were as harmful as they are: soy based products and genetically modified foods.
I thought soy was good. I have been giving Grace soy milk as an alternative to dairy. Dumped that out. I became aware of GMO and GM food a few months ago but I had no idea how pervasive genetic modification is in our food supply. Recently I was talking to Greg about kicking it up on removing all processed food from our diet. He felt it could not be done. I agreed based on our current lifestyle. But with more time spent at home cooking real food from real ingredients, we can eliminate most processed foods and gain a sense of control over what ingredients we use.
We also discussed looking for areas in our household spending to cut. I want to shop almost wholly at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. At least then, if we purchase processed foods I will be reassured that my food supply does not contain foreign proteins that my children may develop an allergy to, especially given Grace’s gluten intolerance and Lilah’s food sensitivities.
I don’t want to summarize the entire book. You should read it. It will change the way you feed your family if you live in the United States. It may prod you to get involved in some way to urge our elected leaders to make our children’s health and welfare paramount. Why is it that our country feels this sorry state of affairs is acceptable? Why have we not followed suit with other countries who have clearly placed a higher value on their citizens lives? I know....I know...I am not completely naive. Money talks and our government has an unholy relationship with business, especially the one (begins with an M) who has a strangle hold on farmers and consumers.
As of now, I am no longer content with slowly changing my families diet. I am committed to the radical altering of what we eat and how we eat. I am grateful it is summer. I plan on getting a deep freezer to stock with frozen fresh fruits and vegetables from my garden and farmer’s markets to see us through the winter months. Rarely have I had to use canned tomatoes thanks to two days of late summer freezing. Our habits have to change. Our laziness has to change. Our ignorance has to change. Now that I have become aware, there is no going back.