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Seriously.

This salad is our first ever completely-from-our-garden masterpiece.

And it was T.A.S.T.Y!

I took a million pictures. I’ll spare you some hours and post just a few for your enjoyment.

We’re pretty proud 🙂

[We made our own salad dressing too!]

[and a carrot made its debut]

 

Hope you enjoyed our salad – we sure did!

We’ve actually been mowing down on lettuce for weeks now (and can’t seem to eat it as fast as we grow it! – we’ll definitely be planting less lettuce next year and more of something else).

I always knew that processed food and products are not as good for you, and honestly we never grew up with much – which I am more thankful for than ever.

Recently I read two books: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

and The Unhealthy Truth by Robyn O’Brien.

I had heard people talk about them and read mini-reviews online, but I never expected to be so changed by two books (other than the Bible, of course) when I checked them out at the library. I’m not reviewing either book today, nor am I going to go in depth about their content. Suffice it to say that both of these books touch on the food “culture” (or lack there of) in our country today, and how there is a very strong link between what we eat and how healthy (or not) we are.

If you’re curious, and want some insight without sitting down to read an entire book (I luckily get time to read while on the bus to work and back): I suggest watching these two TED videos. They are incredible to watch if you are new to all of this information. The first one is by Robyn O’Brien who wrote The Unhealthy Truth. It’s a very general overview of what she covers in depth in her book. View it here.

The other video is by Ken Cook, the founder and president of the Environmental Working Group. EWG did a blood sampling of the most vulnerable people in our population and reveals how many toxins are found. View it here.

Both reveal what chemicals are around us, and how they adversely affect us, our children and our nation.

So what are we doing about it?

We are taking some small steps which hopefully will turn into big changes. We’re reading ingredient labels and putting down items that contain harmful chemicals. We’re avoid chemicals like BPA, and are choosing to eliminate products with high fructose corn syrup and other harmful food additives.

We are buying only the natural version of items when we run out of our old products. We’re changing our brand loyalties. We’re talking about what we learn with others. We’re blogging. And we’re getting creative, so that we can be healthy AND save money.

Just last week I made homemade granola bars so we no longer consume the preservative BHT. I also found a recipe for homemade Wheat Thins and Graham Crackers, so we can still have what we love without the health cost.

Is it always easy? No, not really. But the good things in life never are. We have people make fun of our decisions and argue with our stand point. We put items back on grocery store shelves that we love and previously would have bought without a second thought. And, we’re making more things (like our granola bars) which take up time and energy.
But it’s really worth it in the end for us.

What are you doing to change your habits? Is this information new to you? And of course, if you want more information, let me know and I’ll do more in depth posts for what you’re really interested in 🙂