May 23, 2011 by Darlene McC
During my SN hiatus I did quite a bit of reading on food. Specifically the ‘Western Diet’ and what were picking up for dinner at the local grocery store. What I started learning disgusted me on a lot of levels. I’m not going to prosthelytize here; if you want to learn where your food is coming from its not hard to find that information. Read some of Michael Pollen’s books, they’re well respected and thoroughly vetted. Read some New York Times articles on food science. Read anything about how farm subsidies screw farmers and the affect of monocroping (okay, getting dangerously close to my soap box…time to step off).
What does this have to do with Something New? Quite a bit. When faced with new information about your life and how you live it an individual has two choices: to incorporate that information into their life and herold change, or to turn away and choose to continue with the knowledge that any negative outcome is now one’s own choice. I am trying to actualize the hard (dare I say dangerous?) former.
I have, for several weeks, been making a small change a week. First it was no beef at all (upon a bit more reflection I decided no corn fed beef), then no cheese, next no fried food, and last week I gave up coffee. For the record I’m still getting a caffeine hit from tea, but I don’t know how long that will last.
Today I’m giving up added sugar. “Sugar is the devil” one recent health read proclaimed. Just last month a New York Times article asked “Is Sugar Toxic?“; asserting that sugar could potentially be a cronic poison! And its in everything! (even my favorite condoment, ketchup).
As I’ve been making these food choices I’ve been adding post it’s next to my bedroom door to remind me every morning what I’m doing and why. I’ll also state for the record that these rules are like cake used to be when we were kids: for special times. I had a hot dog on a mass-produced roll this weekend at a “Rapture BBQ”. Why not hearken the end of the world with some HFCS?