Earlier this week I mentioned how my eating habits have changed. While I still manage to enjoy processed foods, I have greatly downsized and am starting to think long and hard about the affects of certain foods in my body. Majority of this insight was sparked by the NY Times Bestseller, Skinny Bitch.
The book came highly recommended by Shelby. I must admit, I was kind of intimidated accepting the recommendation/book from her. It seems that many of my cousins have been jumping on a non-meat diet bandwagon, as a result of knowing too much, and I wasn’t ready to give up my “ignorance is bliss” mentality. After all, once you are made aware of a problem, it is now your duty to affect change.
Skinny Bitch’s agenda is to expose the food industry to the harsh realities our foods are having on our health. Their findings are gruesome to say the least.
- USA’s meat is not tested. We discover that our meat is diseased when an outbreak is reported to enough people that authorities are forced to publicize the findings. As a result countries such as Japan and Canada refuse to purchase our meat.
- Meat is decaying flesh….fish too. It’s a dead, decaying thing that is stuffed with preservatives and other things to help make it look fresh enough for us to consume. But it’s decaying, dead and rotting.
- Humans are not meant to consume large quantities of tough meat. Our teeth are relatively flat, not sharp and jarring. They are made to eat grasses, nuts and berries essentially.
- Humans are the only species that drinks milk beyond the toddler stage…what makes it even worse is that we drink another animal’s milk at that, a cow’s.
- Cow’s milk is extremely fatty because it is intended for calfs who need to gain roughly 200 pounds. There’s NO WAY a “low fat” milk can be produced. Milk is fatty by nature.
- Many of the people who currently work for the FDA built their careers in our dairy and meat industries…this creates a conflict of interests which further prevents them from being quick to act against injustices committed in the food industry.
- In the 1970’s when the FDA banned many pesticides (think DDT, et al) the USA had massive quantities of the stuff left over. We sold our surplus to other countries. They used those pesticides on their own plants, then sold us their produce that is now contaminated with those banned pesticides.
- The slaughterhouses oftentimes boil chickens and pigs alive because they weren’t efficient in killing these animals the first go around. The animals are essentially tortured.
- The animals are smart (many having the intelligence of toddlers) and know when they’re about to die. Their body’s release adrenaline and become tense, fearful, anxious and overall panicky and terrified at the time of their death. The meat that we eat is tainted with that. We are eating sadness, distress, resentment, fear and all other emotions associated with that.
- Eggs are dead baby chickens…little fetuses. And they are mass produced by those hormone-induced, stressed-out, anxious chickens.
- Aspartame, the active ingredient in diet soda, was denied EIGHT times before it was finally approved…it was found to be cancer-producing in several studies but the people ultimately responsible for approving it, via the FDA, had previously worked for the company that completed the studies.
The book went into even greater detail about our diets, ways to improve it, and safe, ethical brands to purchase food from. Everything they said made so much sense and it literally has me taking a second look at the food I eat and feeling some kind of way about it.
One change I have already committed myself to has been my commitment to breakfast. I don’t miss it. Furthermore, I try to make sure it’s a healthy serving of fruit. Through Skinny B!tch, I have learned that the healthiest way to eat fruit is to eat it solo. It stands a better chance of digestion. When it is eaten with other foods, such as oatmeal or pancakes, your body takes much more time digesting it and the fruit winds up sitting in your stomach and fermenting. It is recommended to give yourself at least 30 minutes to allow fruit to digest before eating something else.
Do yourself a favor and go read Skinny B!tch. While ignorance is bliss, it doesn’t pay off in the long run.