Real Food is Changing!
When I look back at the way things were when I first began making the switch over to real food after what I call my “food conversion“, and the VAST changes in what real foods are available now, I am giddy…
Have you noticed it too?
- It's becoming more and more common to see “no GMOs” on food labels, and NOT because our government is smart enough to require this, but because WE have been loud enough so companies hear us!!! Yes, we need to buy more whole foods without labels, but sometimes it's nice to have better options when needed. Not to mention that some people just won't buy whole foods, for a variety of reasons, so it's even more important in those cases that real food is becoming more mainstream. Read more about GMOs here.
- Finding organics is also becoming easier. In 2004 when I became aware of all the junk in our food supply, this was RARE. For just one example, there were only a couple options for organic peanut butter out there, and you could barely get a spoon through either one! Now no matter what it is, you can almost always find a better option. Increasingly, you can even find these options at your local grocery store. (Remember “organic” isn't everything though. Here's the post from when I was on TV and the topic was “Don't be duped by the organic label.” Also, what do you think about going “Beyond Organic“?
- Television commercials are advertising foods without artificial flavors and colors — can you believe it?! If I was a teacher in a school, I would be jumping for joy over this. I don't know how they do it day after day dealing with so many behavior and learning issues. These struggles are why so many teachers I know have gotten out of teaching, or are planning their exit as soon as they can. (Another reason I'm thankful we were led to homeschooling.) Read more here about the dangers of fake colors and flavors
What else have I missed? (I have to wrap this up and go pick up kids, but I know there are more great things happening, please add to this list in the comments?!)
Recently Sally Fallon Morell wrote about this, too…
The popular Wise Traditions journal, put out by the Weston Price Foundation, is really the only publication I take the time to read, because instead of spouting the same politically correct dogma you'll hear everywhere else, you actually learn something in these pages.
Here's what Sally said about these changes in the Winter 2015 journal:
Economists are noticing a “seismic shift” in the way people are eating as they wake up to the dangers of processed foods. Per capita soda sales are down 25% since 1998, with orange juice consumption down 45%. Sales of package cereals are down over 25% since 2000 and sales of fast foods like McDonald's are also on a downward spiral.
Industry insiders now referred to grocery store center aisles as “the morgue” as consumers have increase their intake of fruits and vegetables and of fresh prepared foods.
Food companies are tinkering by removing artificial flavors, lowering sugar content and, in the case of the fast food companies, limiting antibiotic use in their feeder farms. According to analyst Hans Taparia and Pamela Koch, “Instead of throwing good money after bad for its lagging frozen products, Nestlé, which is investing in a new $50 million frozen research and development facility, should introduce a range of healthy, fresh prepared meals for deli counters across the country… These changes would require a complete overhaul of their supply chains, major organizational restructuring and billions of dollars of investment, but these corporations have the resources. It may be their last chance”. (NY Times, November 6, 2015) These “supply chains” have already undergone overhaul in the hundreds if not thousands of CSAs, food co-ops and direct farm sales and delivery set ups, which are bringing nutrient dense farm foods to our communities. The inconvenient truth for the giant food companies is the impossibility of making any kind of profit on truly healthy food. Consumers need to make their own arrangements to obtain the kinds of foods that confer optimum health on their families.”
Do you know WHY things are changing so much for the better?
Because we are making a difference! We can't stop making our voices heard, because the lives of our children, our grandchildren, and all our descendants are depending on it.
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