Thursday, May 19, 2011
In my weight loss efforts I am trying to be conscious of the food I eat as well as where and when I am eating. Most people's idea of this is to count calories and or restrict certain foods from their diets. I've taken it a step further by doing a little research. I've always wondered why a store brought tomato has no flavor; an apple looks red and juicy but it is actually dry and mealy; and why the food I remember as a child no longer taste the same.
I started my research by watching the movie Super Size Me. It's a documentary about a man that eats McDonald's for 30 days and shares the effects that the diet can have on you. He gained almost 10 pounds in the first week. Makes me happy that I gave up fast food. Sure I go back once and a while but my digestive system can't take it anymore.
The second movie I decided to watch, and am watching as I type, is Food Inc. It tells you about the source of all our food. I am now considering not eating chicken, beef, or fish; growing my own vegetables; and looking for my local CSA. It is completely and utterly horrifying what the huge companies/conglomerates are doing to the food supply. If it says organic is it really organic? Does it have to have HFCS in it? Oh, and why is corn in batteries? My reason for disliking the soybean has just been confirmed, 90% of the U.S. soybean crops are made up of Genetically Modified Soybean seeds. The next question I have is how much of our food is real?
Both of these movies have helped me to stay focused on my goals and stay connected with what I eat. I still have problems with vegetables but I'm hoping that will change soon.