Sunday, March 29, 2009
You NEED to get this book. NOW!
I got this book at the library this morning, and it has consumed my day. It is chock full of information that just blows my mind! I feel like I'm constantly learning 'healthy' things, and then I learn something else that takes me even further towards that healthy AND ecological friendly nirvana.
For the past few months, I've been really leaning towards vegetarianism again. If you follow the cooking blog, you can see it's been very vegetarian dominant. Well, the past few weeks, I've been looking into veganism. I ultimately decided that it's not for me. I just don't think I'd be able to feel full, or get all of the vital things I need with that type of diet. However, I have made some big changes - for example, I only buy organic dairy products and free range eggs, I now get plain yogurt, with no artifical sweeteners, and I started incorporating soy milk into my daily diet.
Then, a bombshell was dropped on me last weekend - soy is bad for you?! Ok, maybe not bad, but soy is in EVERYTHING, and there are ties between soy and estrogen. For example, my mom had breast cancer, and a histeretomy, and is no longer allowed to eat soy... however, soy is in everything. Look at your labels, you will see soy or soy oil and corn in nearly every packaged product. Our bodies are getting way too much soy, and far too many Omega-6's (which are in soy) I don't consume many prepackaged products, so the soy I do consume is going to be ok I think...(still need to read more) but I am going to drop the soy milk and stick with organic 1% milk. I also might start taking some fish oil supplements for Omega 3-s, which only 40% of Americans get enough of!
I also learned so much about the differences between grain fed, grass fed, and mass produced meats, as well as the benefits on the earth of grass fed, free range meat. I was always under the assumption that all animal farming was bad for the earth, but that's not at all the case!
I also am now going to cut quick cooking oats out of my diet and make a big batch of steel cut oats on the weekend and reheat them for breakfast. I've stopped buying 'quick cooking' grain products, yes it takes more time, but the quick cooking things are stripped of so many of the nutrients we need.
I could go on and on, but wow, the past few weeks all the reading I've done has BLOWN MY MIND! I can't possibly write everything I've learned on here, and I sort of rambled through this post anyway, but my point is, EDUCATE YOURSELF!
I'm so glad I'm only in my 20's, and have the rest of my life to put all of this information into practice!
Empower yourself, go read :) You'll be shocked at what you don't know, and what you thought you knew.
I'm going to blog a bit more about this book, but in the mean time, see if your library has it!