Those of you who have watched Food Inc. are familiar with Joe Salatin. Everytime he speaks, I’m impressed!
In 2009 I read the book “Skinny Bitch” Written by Rory Freedman, a former agent for Ford Models and Kim Barnouin, a former model who holds a Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition. It was the beginning of a paradigm shift in my family’s and my life that has lead me to rethink what I thought I knew about EVERYTHING.
The book pointed out some horrific facts about the agribusiness world, the inhumane treatment of animals, and just some downright gross facts. Being the type of person I am, I researched each and every claim in the book. Guess what…. it was true. Once I started researching…. i learned more and more. I felt like jumped down a rabbit hole. My ideas of the government agencies like the USDA, EPA, and FDA were shattered. I was disillusioned no more.
I started sharing articles with my family, to include a teenage boy who liked his conventional food. Over time, they were in the rabbit hole with me. We couldn’t get enough information. It was a huge learning curve, but we mapped out a way forward that we could live with and hopefully save our health.
While we were not able to cut out the meat in our diets, we did move to LESS meat. We moved to organic meat and sought out farms that were certified humane. While this doesn’t change the fact that our meat was once an animal that was happy to be alive, we were at least not contributing to the factory farming misery train.
As the years have passed, our meat consumption has decreased to a level that no one even notices when meals are meatless. I found the trick with my teenage son was to just shut up about it. Stop using terms like vegetarian or vegan. Stop saying meatless and just serve the food! If it’s tasty – no one complains.
We have recently discovered raw foods and juicing and are very much trying to move in that direction. I’ve started this blog to both educate others with the information I’ve found, and to capture my family’s journey.