Losing faith in our food system

This post has been sitting in my drafts section for the passed four months or so. I have been meaning to share it for awhile, but was (and slightly still am) very concerned with making it ‘perfect.’ This month, I have decided to take part in NaBloPoMo (or National Blog Posting Month), which involves publishing a post every day of the month, so I decided it was finally time to share this with the world. 

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I love food. I always have and always will.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite places to enjoy food was at Mickey D’s. I loved the Happy Meal box the food came in – I think I preferred nuggets over the hamburger – and of course the best thing was the prize. Somewhere in storage, I still have a box full of the toys I collected. The only ‘toy’ that truly lives is the evergreen tree that we planted next to my grandparents’ two-story house and is now (about 20-ish years later) significantly taller than the house.

McDonalds tree
The one in the middle is my McDonald’s Tree.

Back then, I didn’t give much thought to food, I just enjoyed it. I trusted that what this place served to me wouldn’t harm me in any way. And so did my mom. Other staples from my childhood are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Kid Cuisine meals. I always loved the penguin on the box and the way each serving was separated into its own compartment.

But now, my experience with food is slightly different. I still love it, but sometimes I feel as if my enjoyment of it is tainted. This is mostly because I do not trust the majority of our food suppliers. My awareness of food now includes the knowledge of added chemicals, hormones, pink slime, and ‘ingredients’ that are carcinogenic. It’s almost enough to make anyone want to stop eating altogether. Continue reading “Losing faith in our food system”

Doritos Jacked

Three words you never want to hear: high blood pressure

High blood pressure. The three words, one little phrase, that started off this Monday with a wake-up call. While I’m happy these three words do not apply to me, they do apply to my man, who enjoys my meals everyday, which almost makes it worse.

For the most part, I’ve always thought that we live a healthy lifestyle: I buy fresh meat and vegetables from the Reading Terminal Market (RTM). We rarely eat dessert. The only time I fry something is when I’m making corn tortilla chips. We both exercise on a regular(-ish) basis, at least 2 – 3 times per week.

But, of course with a little bit of research, I have narrowed it down to two main culprits: sodium and alcohol, but the main one is sodium.

Doritos Jacked
A big source of sodium./ Photo: brandchannel.com

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