Part 2: Food Industry — Not the Scapegoat We Believe

People believe they’re overweight because of the food we’re forced to buy. Blaming the food industry is cowardly. Face up to the music and recognize an excuse when you use it. You might think I am of the belief that the food available to us is the best on the planet? You couldn’t be further from the truth, but passing the buck to the industry isn’t the way to get healthy or make changes in the foods sold every day.

If the food industry were to stop making the processed foods we understand to be bad for us they would lose $36-$40 Billion a year. Those are the numbers I’ve found anyway. They simply cannot stop selling the food they manufacture without making alternatives. Remember behind these huge companies are thousands of people making an income to support their families. If you don’t want the kind of food they make then don’t buy it. Eventually I believe the companies will recognize the decrease in sales and will look to make healthier choices. They are already moving toward this today.

In April of this year General Mills released their Global Responsibility Report. It’s a move in the right direction. Reduction of water usage, improving packaging and increasing whole grains in cereals. That’s a step in the right direction. In the meantime, eat fresh and lean and don’t make excuses. Think for yourself and refuse to eat the high fat, chemical laden foods that got you fat!

But this may be a too little-too late remedy for our country. The only way to keep them honest is to force the issue by purchasing only products which meet the following requirements.

      1. No Trans Fatty Acids
      2. No Genetically Modified Product
      3. Baked not Fried
      4. No chemicals. If you need to preserve it keep it in the freezer or refrigerator.
      5. No high fructose corn syrup
      6. NO high sodium
      7. No hidden sugar
      8. Monounsaturated fats
      9. Whole Grains

For today do the best you can. Ask the industry to catch up with our needs and consider growing a garden or at least shop at your local produce market.***

Be Well!

Next Week: Part 3: Overcoming Laziness

***Watch for future posting about large agri-business and how the government is not helping small time produce growers.

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