Friday, January 31, 2014

Fresh MOTIVATION to Eat Clean & Conscious

I'll admit, I've become skeptical of the "healthy food" documentaries that are out there. I'd think, "Yeah, yeah, I know what a CAFO is, I don't need to see more animal cruelty or hear more about High Fructose Corn Syrup in everything, I get it." I didn't want to watch something that would bring me down and make me feel bad about the world and everything I eat. Quite the contrary.

My friend suggested we watch Food Inc. last week and I figured, well ok, I'm into this healthy lifestyle business, I should at least know what I'm talking about when people ask me about it.

Well, I got seriously REVVED UP and I learned way more than I thought I would! Yep, took me right off my high horse and just about put me on a soap box. (But no one likes that, including me. ;) For real, though, when was the last time you felt really political, deeply morally invested and passionate, about your food choices, not just, "Well, I know it's better for me to eat this way..."?

Our modern food system has some major problems and knowledge is major power. Why? Because where you spend your money is your VOTE. I'd argue it's the most powerful vote you've got. So will the owner of Walmart -  And you can vote multiple times a day - you already do! But are you doing it consciously? Do you know where your money is going? Are you investing consciously to support the people and companies who you agree and align with, or are you holding your nose and covering your eyes, like I did about watching the movie in the first place?

I know it's easier to stay comfortable and look the other way, but if you're like me, you're not into making your choices that way. I know change is challenging and makes waves, sometimes in our most intimate relationships. And I also know if you're reading this that you are here to change the world for the better in whatever way you can. This is the age of personal power and politics. Money talks. I invite you to claim your voice.

Want to be inspired? Want to inspire your kids and family to think about their food choices, not just from a health perspective, but from a moral, ethical, environmental world view? Here is a list of documentaries to check out... many available to stream on Netflix or watch online.

Food Inc.
Forks Over Knives
King Corn
Super Size Me
Hungry For Change

Here is a great "Top 10" resource for food documentaries! What are your favorites? Did I miss any?

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