night I curled up and watched a documentary called Food
Inc..It was insightful, disturbing,
well researched and candidly proved why ignorance is not always bliss.I heard about this movie a while ago while
online one day and made a promise to myself to check it out.It wasn’t until yesterday that I finally decided
to settle down and press “Play”.
Robert Kenner took me on a radical journey through the evolution of modern day
food and it left me wondering, “What am I putting into my body?Why haven’t I cared this much before?”.I (like many of us) have occasionally fallen
prey to word doctored untruths promoted by some of the biggest names in the
food industry.Do low fat, healthy and all
natural sound familiar?These words are
often highlighted in order to cover up underlying ones such as calcium
carbonate, niacinamide and pyridoxine hydrochloride. Pretty packaging and
catchy jingles have been created to detract our attention from what lies within
the cellophane packages resting on supermarket shelves across our country.
If it walks like a
chicken and clucks like a chicken, it usually isn’t.
is just one of many alarming facts revealed in this film.Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) provide us
with pertinent knowledge about what we are both ingesting and supporting with
our hard earned dollars.I couldn’t help
but get a bit emotional when I watched as a low-income mother expressed her
dilemma between feeding her kids much needed fruit or cost-efficient fast food.
I took a moment to pause and think of
ways to ensure my son is fed good quality, whole foods now in the hopes of
avoiding expensive health care costs later.
appreciated that Food Inc. made me think.There were several realities exposed and candid truth bombs dropped which
made me squirm but I couldn’t press “Stop”.I felt obliged to learn more about the politics, ethics and debate
surrounding this controversial topic simply because knowledge is in fact
not an activist. I’m not a politician. I
don’t hold a PhD.
I’m a woman
and mother now empowered with information that will forever change my life and
possibly extend it, too.
a documentary fit for (and made for) human consumption. It doesn’t preach of
vegan or vegetarian supremacy but it does speak to the magnificence of doing
what’s right for the betterment of everyone.I hope that you (like me) are now inclined to become aligned with the
courageous people that lent their voices to the award-winning piece called Food
can you effect positive change?These
are some avenues that I’m going to explore in my adventures:
out the local Farmer’s Markets in your area – Get up close to the people that
work hard to produce the food you eat.Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the product and/ or service they
offer.Ottawa Organic Farmer’s Market offers
a selection of Certified Organic Meats,
Breads, Vegetables, Fruits, Olive Oil, & Skin Care year round.
3.Explore your city/ town! – A road trip is always fun or perhaps
you want to stroll and see what’s in walking distance.Mapquest, Google Maps and other online
resources can be valuable tools in your search.If you like meat, you might want to check out Ashton Glen Farm.They produce organic,
environmentally sustainable grass fed beef and pastured pork just outside of
Ottawa near Ashton. Looking for veggies and fruits?Just next door in Shawville, Quebec, Bryson Farms offers organic produce and
home delivery options.I love the extensive
information found on their site!
celebrated my 37th birthday last weekend.I made a promise to myself that I would forgo
any expectations as to how the day would evolve and just let it happen.It was a beautiful day and I was embraced by
loving friends and family.There weren’t
any parades or fanfare when I came into this world and it would be pretty silly
to expect them now.
how much I’ve grown, how much I’ve changed, how much I’ve lived….
yet there’s still so much more ahead.
preparing to write this post, I came across the lululemon manifesto and was
drawn to the part that read,
“This is not your practice life.
This is all there is.”
that resonate with me for a while and recalled times in my life when I’ve wished
for a second “take”. I promptly negotiated
with the universe to give me another chance each time I had either missed an
opportunity or had a less than favorable outcome to a situation. More often than not things usually turned out
to my liking but one of my biggest fears has always been taking these “do over’s”
for granted and running out when I need one the most.
A lot of
thought and deep introspection revealed to me that my dependency on second
chances is born from a feeling of uncertainty.I’m finally starting to understand that:
We all learned to walk in order to get places.Learning to confidently make choices and move forward in life shouldn’t
be any different.
Just take it one step at a time.
Bach once said, "We teach best what we most need
and I am certainly not exempt.Throughout
the year one of my greatest wishes is to live life in a way that allows me to
to the mistakes that I will inevitably make and
to the process.
that said, I close my eyes and blow out 37 candles.