A reader friend, Sarah, asked me to answer a few questions for a paper she's writing, so I'm turning it into a post. However, I don't want to be the only one answering because you hear enough from me, so please share from your experiences, too. 🙂
1. Why is it so important to make the switch to healthier foods, such as local, grass-fed, cage/range-free, sprouted grains, etc? Why are these better for us?
My simple answer is this: Local foods that have been grown, raised and prepared in traditional, sustainable ways are loaded with nutrients to nourish us, and they blow away their fake counterparts at the grocery store that have very few nutrients left.
Readers, what would your simple “elevator pitch” answer be?
2. What do you think the biggest food health hazards are?
There are so many! I'll list a couple and hopefully the rest of you will add more to the list…
- Top of the list in my opinion is ignorance. Many still just don't know what they're eating, and if they do, if they care, they have no idea where to find alternatives and how to afford them.
- Also, it is more worrisome as time goes on that one day my own rights to Real Food may be in jeopardy. Most of you have heard of the farm and buying club raids in recent months around the country. When men with guns are showing up in people's homes over something like fresh milk, that's seriously scary.
3. How is it that “fast food” restaurants are making people fat and unhealthy?
Fast food joints aren't making people fat and unhealthy. They're just giving people what they want, as shown by how they vote with their food dollars. That's why I'll continue to teach others that Real Food cooked at home can be fast, tasty, and affordable, too. Most importantly, it will keep your body healthy instead of taking you down the road toward metabolic syndrome (diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity) or other health issues.
Readers, do you agree? Or should restaurants take some blame?
4. What advice do you have for people thinking about changing their food lifestyle?
Utilize all the help that's out there from blogs like this one, from your local Weston Price chapter, and from friends who have been through the switch already.
What other advice would you share for this question?
5. Is it better to start eating “real food” later rather than never?
I certainly hope so, otherwise I'm in big trouble. We'll probably never know for sure, but there are LOADS of people I hear from all the time who are very sick and turn the whole thing around with a Real Food diet, so I'm going with “yes” on this one.
What do the rest of you think?
6. How can we get the word out to people to eat healthier?
Don't be quiet, talk about it with your friends and family or put blog articles you like up on Facebook! We can all spread the word. It's already spreading like wildfire, I love it!
7. Do you have/know of any success stories that have changed people's lives from eating “real food”?
I hear from readers all the time who are going off their medications, losing weight, feeling more energy, or getting pregnant after switching their diets around. Real Food is powerful and I love being a part of this movement!
Maybe YOU have experienced your own success story, if so, tell us about it! 🙂