I watched a great documentary a few months ago called Hungry For Change. It explains why almost everything in the grocery store from wheat to sugar to aspartame to processed food-like substance is bad for your body. By the time I finished watching it, I looked like this:
Three quarters of the way through the film I was on the computer with four tabs open. Tab 1 was researching how many cows I could raise on 1/3 of an acre, Tab 2 was looking up prices for organic cane sugar, and Tab 3 was googling “signs of heart attack due to prices for organic cane sugar”. I was absolutely overwhelmed and freaking out a bit.
The last guy they interviewed (well, if it wasn’t the last guy, then it was the last guy I paid attention to) pulled it all together and saved the day. Paraphrased, he said, “It’s too overwhelming to change everything you eat all at once. What should you do with all of this new information? Choose one thing, just one thing that you can change today, and do it.”
Oh. One thing? I can do one thing! I bake a lot, so I started by finding organic whole wheat flour on amazon and shipped myself a 25 pound bag. I gave up on finding organic white sugar; if white sugar is so awful for me, why should I pay $6 per pound for it? I’ll find a way to use less of it and I’ll buy it cheap, thank you. I bought, cooked, and ate more vegetables. Organic? No, not yet. One step at a time.
I make a lot of jokes about organic food, so I should say this: generally, I think it’s a great idea and I’m slowly getting on the bandwagon. I’m still sorting out which foods are worth the extra money to get them organic and which foods aren’t.
What’s one thing you can do today to help yourself reach your goal? What’s the one thing you can change in your diet, your routine, or your mobility this week to help you be healthier? Marry an organic farmer? Choose an earlier bedtime? Stop buying donuts? Stop driving to the mailbox? Place a bottle of water by your side all day so you drink good old H2O? Take an after dinner walk? “Close” the kitchen when you put the kids in bed?
By the way, how many cows can you raise on 1/3 of an acre? 0.033.
If they invent a T-bone steak with legs, I’m in business!
“The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
I love this! It’s too late for me to marry an organic farmer (polygamy is frown upon right?? just kidding!)…but I can certainly “close” the kitchen after my kids are in bed. That late evening munchie is killing me!! it’s like I’m trained to want something at 8:15 on the dot every night. Thank you for the encouragement Katie!!! Loving your blog!
I know! I come down the stairs and head straight for the kitchen! My goal this week is to snack WITH the kids and then be done with it. Tea only after bedtime.
The drawings may have made my morning. Hysterical. Sounds like I need to see this film. . . but maybe I should wait until I have a yard?
Lol, yes, you will definitely be looking around for some dirt to plant your own veggies at least!