Shred: Day 4

I never said I was challenging myself to blog everyday…I did the shred on Friday (yesterday now), I just forgot to talk about it (and now that I am, I found I have quite a bit to say):

First, I’m guessing that “lose up to 20 lbs. in 30 days” probably doesn’t include deciding to hit the town at midnight. Jillian & hangover doesn’t really mix well, but I managed.

I’m also guessing that she probably wouldn’t recommend Pi pizza, but I did that too. YUM!

The sun and a day off inspired a walk around The Loop so I got a little extra exercise and a few new dresses!

At the end of the day, though, I’m not feeling too good about the visit to Pi. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, but I think I need to revise what I view as delicious. I think I understand the power of food, yet, I don’t use that knowledge to eat better. I’ve watched several documentaries that solidify my understanding and convince me that most of us unknowingly (and sometimes knowingly) abuse the food available to us. I am also convinced that the food available to us has been abused before it becomes available; we knowingly buy that abused food because we don’t really understand any other choice or can’t figure out how to afford “organic”.

I was recently told that only in our country is there the belief that you must be rich to eat organic healthy food. Poor people in many countries are the ones eating off the land; they are the ones who understand that the land can provide. Maybe they don’t understand that what they are eating is essentially better than the rich. They wish they could eat like the rich.

Our society sees organic as a luxury, but we have to tools to create our own organic foods. The problem is most of us were never taught how to dig our hands in the soil and plant.

I remember my father and both sets of my grandparents always had beautiful gardens. Tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, broccoli, eggplant, strawberries, zucchini, watermelon, etc. I remember the feel of the freshly tilled dirt under my toes; it was so soft. I remember helping plant the seeds and then picking the vegetables for the evening dinner. Sometimes a dinner for me only consisted of sliced tomatoes. But somewhere between 12 and 31 I lost any memory of how to get it started.

I want to get my hands in the dirt; I want to sink my toes in soil; I want to be on my hands and knees cultivating the soil and the food I eat. I want to lose my dependence on easy meals. But I have NO IDEA how to even start. And if I had access to all of the vegetables and fruit, I wouldn’t know how to use them to create meals; I’m no cook. How do I figure out how to grow, what to grow and how to prepare everything, while also training my mind not to crave velveeta shells & cheese? I can’t imagine never eating shells & cheese again, but I know it isn’t good for me. Essentially, I’m asking an unknown audience how to change my lifestyle. I KNOW why natural is better; I believe I want to maintain a natural diet, now how do I implement it?

I’d like to blame this on the fact that I watched Dirt! The Movie AND King Corn tonight, but I already held the ideas these movies only reinforced.

This is what I ponder…


About everythingandnothing2010

writer, resource creator, yogi, composition instructor, tutor, soap maker, urban gardener, novice cook, experimental vegetarian, self-proclaimed foodie: a lover of life!
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