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Food Challenge – Read Your Labels!

July 8, 2010

You are what you eat! Do you know what you're eating?

Last month, I took some time to explore different philosophies about the food we eat.  In one corner is Skinny Bitch, a snarky, more-often-than-not vulgar and harsh take on how to be skinny from members of the NY Modeling World.  In the other corner, Real Food: What to Eat and Why, a gentle, yet still slightly superior take on good eating from a Virgina farm girl turned NY Farmer’s Market guru.

To summarize as concisely as I can, Skinny Bitch is a Vegan Manifesto that literally berates you for thinking otherwise.  Real Food challenges you to embrace full-fat, unprocessed red meat, dairy, grains and veggies as a means to top-notch health.  Both approaches go against the grain of most other nutritional information out there, and both are extreme ways of eating compared to how most of us are eating now, healthy or otherwise.

What I did appreciate from both of these books is this – we have got to stop eating so much processed food!  (Side Note – if Skinny Bitch is so against the chemicals in the processed foods, how can they advocate eating so many fake vegan foods?  Anyone?) So whether you want to go to an all-plant based diet, or befriend a farmer who offers fully-organic red meats and raw dairy, you need to start reading your labels, if you have not already.  Be aware of the chemicals you’re putting into your body.

I’m not asking you to make any changes right now, but just for shits ‘n’ giggles, start reading the labels of all the food you put into your cart.  Do you know what these ingredients are?  Do you need to set aside “Evening Reading Time” to get through the ingredients list of one package?

Just something to think about.  When it comes to your health, I’m afraid that “Ignorance is Bliss” just doesn’t fly these days! And if you’re looking for a summer read, don’t be afraid to pick up either Skinny Bitch or Real Food from the library.  They are good, informative reads, even if you’re not ready to make a drastic switch.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sommer permalink
    July 8, 2010 4:18 pm

    I am a skinny bitch that eats real food. LOL! I was quite shocked to see the sugar content on yogurt!!, and find out that anything yogurt covered is FULL of sugar!

    • Amy permalink
      July 8, 2010 4:41 pm

      We try to read all our labels before we buy anything- and yes it takes a long time to find just the right thing as you pick up every kethcup bottle int he store to find one made with just tomatoes. But once you find the right things shopping goes much quicker. We also started buying the organic ground meat from Costco- more expensive but we feel good about it!

  2. July 8, 2010 5:19 pm

    “if Skinny Bitch is so against the chemicals in the processed foods, how can they advocate eating so many fake vegan foods?”

    Ha!

    I’m on the Real Food Bandwagon at the moment – big surprise I know. I really liked her theory that industrialized food and high fructose corn syrup are more to blame for our health troubles than the amount of fat. It just seems to resonate with my soul – so I’m going with it.

    We also saw this the other night and it kind of kept with the same theory – http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/kingcorn/ Check it out love – and come over for some grass fed burgers one of these days why dontcha?! LOL!

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