August is food month!!!

11 Aug

This week we have a guest – my sister-in-law – Shayla Krushel-Wiebe. As soon as we started up the blog I thought of her as she is one of the most inspiration people I know in the ways of food and not wasting and caring about what goes into our bodies… so here she is :

Are you trying to be eco friendly? You know the list: recycling, composting, parking the car (or deciding not to own one), riding your bike. What should be on this list but often isn’t, is choosing food that is good for you and the environment. This may be hard but your body and the earth will thank you for it.

Here are two important things to consider on the topic of food: where does your food come from and what is in it? If your food came from your own garden these considerations are easy. If it comes from elsewhere it becomes harder but not impossible. Here are a few things to think about when you are buying food.

1. What is in your food? Do you recognize all the ingredients? Ingredient lists can be daunting, but start by googling the ingredients you’re unfamiliar with. After a closer look there are likely to be ingredients you’re not comfortable ingesting, you nor your family. Vanilla ice cream is a great example. I make my own vanilla ice cream, here’s the necessary ingredients: milk and cream, a sweetener (I use honey), and vanilla (either extract or bean). Compare this list with the vanilla ice cream at the grocery store.

2. Where does your food come from? Canada? California? Israel? Perhaps China? Sometimes you have to look closely, but food’s origin should be on the packaging. Sometimes buying organic seems inherently “eco friendly.” But is it really eco friendly to purchase organic tomatoes from Israel? Bit of a voyage, don’t you think? Sure you will say they are organic but really Israel did they have to come from so far?

3. Organic vs Fair Trade vs Local. Local cuts down on the foods carbon footprint and you could be supporting someone you already know. Organic means there was no pesticide use and the food may have more nutrients because it was grown in soil that wasn’t abused as much as conventionally grown. Fair trade means that the people who pick your coffee beans where paid a fair price for their labour. If you can find a combo of all 3 well that would be fantastic! Sadly, this often isn’t the case, and deciding between these 3 isn’t always easy.

4. Meat. Where did your meat come from and how was the animal treated or fed? The better the conditions were the healthier the animal will be. It follows that healthier conditions produces healthier animals, which in turn produces healthier meat.

A lot of what we call “food” is only food if we stretch the definition. Our bodies will thank us for avoiding this kind of “food.” This becomes even more important for babies, children, pregnant women and the ageing population.

So please do yourself a favour and pay attention to what you eat. Show the stores that you don’t have to buy their chemical laden crap. Your body and health is worth more than the couple of dollars you save by buying fake imitation food.

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