Are you ‘Fed Up’?

Are you fed up yet?

Recently, I watched a GREAT documentary called ‘Fed Up’. I highly recommend anyone to watch it. As you all know, I am a HUGE geek when it comes to food, nutrition and exercise. This touched on all of those things, especially food and nutrition. The documentary is narrated by Katie Couric. Even though I am not a fan of hers, she does point out many great points of what is going on in our food system and what should and could be done to our food system. This is the documentary the food industry doesn’t want you to see.

There are 4 children who suffer from obesity in this documentary. My heart goes out to them. The first kid explained and KNEW why he was becoming obese.Children NEED nutrition and they won’t get it from eating processed foods. Diabetes is sky rocketing in today’s generation. It has been increasing year to year and it is so sad to see children have diabetes, whom are 14 or 16 years of age. Not everyone knows how to eat right, or exercise. Things are way to convenient when it comes to cooking a meal. Everyone either has no time, or they are too lazy to cook.

Many people say that eating organic is too expensive and they can’t afford it. However, what they don’t realize is that eating organic IS INDEED cheaper than eating processed, unhealthy foods. I understand that there are people who cannot afford to eat organic, but honestly, you buy organic and COOK your own meals, it WILL be cheaper. Prepping meals for the week and buying in bulk saves a lot of time and money for you. I am living proof that it does work if you put for the effort. I save an average of about $85 a month in food due to cooking my own meals. However, my household is just my dog and I. Feeding a family of 4 can be pricey.

I will be putting together a template ( hopefully soon ) about how to budget your food bills and save money. Stay tuned!

~ Jillian

Eating GMO free foods…is it cheap?

Most people ask me, ” Why do you spend so much money on organic, non-GMO foods“? OR they say ” Why are you so worried about the food we eat? The FDA has approved our food is safe”. My response to the first question is, “Have you priced the cost of cancer”? Seriously. Cancer treatments, the medications you have to be on and all the hospital bills that accrue while you’re getting treatment, really adds up. My response to the second questions is, “I’m worried with all of the food we eat that eventually we will become the norm”. What I mean by norm is, a diseased individual who is just another paitent getting treatments that are toxic to our bodies. It’s all about population control. Call me insane, but they ( the government ) , I think is trying to kill us off. It’s all about them and their money hungry industry called medicine…aka chemo therapy, aka radiation therapy, so on and so forth.

All of this is GMO free. Under $8 for everything. Got some of it on sale!

All of this is GMO free. Under $8 for everything. Got some of it on sale!

Now, back to the titled question.

I will be honest with you. Choosing to eat organic/ GMO free foods is not cheap if you look at in the now. What I mean is…pricing cancer treatments and hospital bills vs. food that is way, way less than that, is cheap. Lots of organic and gmo free products are constantly on sale at local places. I have a couple of places that I shop at that have great sales going on and they are LOCAL. Shop, I repeat, SHOP local. You will more than likely get better quality than shopping at a mainstream supermarket. Yes, it is time consuming, yes, it can be annoying, but once you get into the swing of things, it is so easy to do for the rest of your life. You will know all the brands that are dedicated to their names being non-gmo products, so you can shop with ease. In the beginning you will struggle, I promise, but if you are tenacious like I am, you will see fabulous results after.

Places I shop at are Sprouts, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and my local farmers markets. Where I live, there are no Whole Foods. I have to drive about 2 hours to get to one, however I do have a New Frontiers Natural Market. All of their meat products and pretty much their deli and such is GMO free. How freaking fabulous, right?! New Frontiers is kinda like Whole Foods, except they are a tad more expensive. I get all my meat from them.

I have a handy gadget that I use on the daily to find out if things are GMO free or not. It’s an app on my iPhone and it’s just amazing! I will be posting about that later on this week. I’m in the process of moving to another state, so I may be a tad late on post this coming couple of weeks. It’s called Fooducate.

Stay tuned!

~ Jillian

The Best Ways to Find Non-GMO Foods.

I have decided to do a different approach on this food blog. Instead of doing a whole bunch of items or different subjects on one blog…I will do them one by one. Seems kinda tedious, but it all makes sense in my head.

Now…

You’re probably wondering, what the heck do I eat that’s organic AND non- GMO, right? I’m going to start off with the easy things to find that are GMO free. The simple things you can find can be cereal, milk, and sugar. You DON’T have to go to these fancy, smanchy, organic supermarkets. You CAN find them at your local Safeway, Fry’s, and Albertson’s. I’m sure you can find these non-GMO & organic items anywhere there is a supermarket.

The one thing that I have found most helpful is: to actually look at the ingredients, and the back of each item to decipher if it contains GMO’s. There will most likely be a Non-GMO verified label stating that it’s free of the toxic junk. If it has this symbol…it DOES NOT CONTAIN GMO’S. It’s great!

One thing that I do when I mozy on down to the supermarket is…I go through every single isle and look at every single thing I pick up. It seems tedious, but it helps insure that you are getting the best possible things. Once you get the hang of checking out things, it will obviously become faster…since you already what products are GMO free. It’s just down right fabulous.

I recently went to Sprouts, Whole Foods, and a local farmer’s market to find all non-GMO foods. Saweeet!

ImageThis is great cereal! It’s called Peace Natural Cereal. Really good. Tastes amazing…and it’s Non-GMO Project Verified. I found this at Sprouts. It runs about $3 or $4. Be in mind, that if you do go organic…it’s an expensive lifestyle. Price chemotherapy, radiation, and an organic lifestyle…then you decide which one is more expensive. I will stick with the organic lifestyle.

I investigate different items each time I go to the supermarket. Stay tuned to see what I find next!

Stay healthy,

~Jillian

Check this link out for the Peach Cereal! YUM.