This is it. This is the year I jump on the hippie bandwagon. You’ve probably seen it coming, last year I started really looking into what we are doing to ourselves through food. I believe the hype, but it’s not hype at all. That’s what the people hurting you want you to believe. Hype. Stupid hippie hype.
Evidence that “they” are feeding us B.S. (pun intended) came up during the 2012 election and Prop 37 in California. Big bucks were poured into the No campaign for Prop 37 so that manufacturers would not have to label foods with genetically modified organisms. There is a petition against GMO salmon right now that I’ve signed and I hope you will too.
I’m reading labels and looking for the Non-GMO Verified stamp. No high fructose corn syrup, which includes pop. I’ve found alternatives to my Dr. Pepper crutch, one is a Dry Soda in Vanilla that was fizzy and refreshing and natural. Pop in Canada was (and I hope still is) made with real cane sugar, I’ll admit this is not much better but at least it’s a step away from the corn that could be GMO corn. No aspertame, this is not a hard change to make because I’ve never liked the weird flavor and after taste.
Eating more organic food, less meat, and drinking water has dramatically improved my skin. I was smearing on a prescription cream for rosecea every morning, I haven’t used the cream in over a month! Getting all the chemicals and possible GM contaminated foods out of my system also seems to help with mood swings. Feeling kinda crappy? Eat an avocado and a pommegranate, I’m not sure what combinations of omega-3’s and vitamins would be in there, all I know is how I feel after boosting up on good food. The only meat I’m not sure will forever disappear from my kitchen is bacon. I know about the monsterous hog farmers who keep the pigs so confined that they can’t turn around in their pens. I’m hoping that places like that will be forced to change.
At the AFBA Christmas party, I received a copy of Michael Natkins’ book Herbivoracious which is full of (lacto ovo) vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan dishes. Just reading through this book makes me drool! These are a few recipes earmarked so far:
- Chana Chaat with Pappadams
- Risotto Balls [Arancini di riso]
- Tempeh-filled Potstickers [Gyoza]
- Quuinoa Cakes
- Middle Eastern Rice and Lentil Pilaf [Mujadara]
2013 is out with meat-n-potatoes, in with wholesome veggies and grains, smaller plates, and no soda pop.
C’est bon, mes amis!