It’s been my goal to find out things about food and write about it so other people who may not have the time to find out those things can also have that information. I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor, so, while I have strong opinions, I firmly believe that as long as we are all thinking about our food choices, what you eat is your business.
But that’s the key: thinking about food choices. Not just purchasing by habit or impulse, but eating with intention.
Why? Two reasons:
1. Only you can make the best food decisions for your family.
Don’t let a grocery store, no matter which store it is, make the decision about which foods are best for your family. Being stocked in a grocery store doesn’t automatically mean a product is good, healthy, or safe. You need to make that determination.
Because, while I’m not conspiracy theorist, I do believe some organizations have too much influence over FDA and USDA decisions and those organizations don’t always have your health as their top consideration.
Because the U.S. does not follow the precautionary principle. The precautionary principle states if something might be harmful to people or the environment, the people who want to do said thing have to prove it’s safe first. Europe does follow this principle, which is why food dyes and GMOs are treated differently there.
Because marketers get paid to sell food. Front of package claims, clever marketing gimmicks, and fancy packaging are all designed to get you to buy a product based on impulse.
2. “Healthy” is subjective and only you know what it means to you.
My health club has a big sign in the cafe that says “If it’s here, it’s healthy.” And they serve Baked Cheetos, gummy fruits, juice in which the first ingredient is sugar, and fried chicken tenders.
I follow many other food bloggers. Some say I can only be healthy if I’m vegan. Others say wheat is poisoning me. Still others say no dairy or no sugar. Homemade cookies are healthy. No, they are poison. Does healthy mean low-fat? Supplements? Raw foods? No meat?
I don’t know.
That is, I don’t know what the answer is for you or anyone else, but I do have a pretty good idea about what healthy means to me – and that is probably very different than it means to you (and certainly different than it means to my health club).
So here’s the bottom line to my Bottom Line blog post:
Take some time to think about your food.
Think about how you feel about organics, GMOs, dyes, HFCS, processed foods, sugar, meat, how animals are raised for consumption, and everything else. Create a policy for yourself and your family, and follow it. Change it when you get new information.
Have beliefs about how and what your family should eat. Those beliefs won’t be the same as mine, or anyone else’s. And that’s okay. What’s important is that you have them and that you use them to eat with intention.