In our modern day American society it seems that a lot of people want to have their food fast, easy, convenient and inexpensive. And why not? The problem is that there aren't a lot of healthy options like that out there. Often, not a lot of thought goes into what you're eating as long as it tastes good, is fast, and cheap, right? But where it came from, how it got on your plate and how it effects your body and health is actually pretty important and deserves some serious thought. 

     The Standard American Diet is centered around meat, dairy and refined wheat products. These are the culprits of so many health problems. The majority of these foods are being processed, genetically modified and treated with pesticides, antibiotics and hormones. They're also added with excessively high amounts of oil, sugar, salt, artificial ingredients and preservatives. Along with other unhealthy habits it’s no wonder why chronic, lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer are at an all-time high. 


     Many people think genes play the biggest role in developing such lifestyle diseases as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer. But the truth is they only count for 10-20% of the risk. The other 80-90% of risk is diet and lifestyle, which are habitual. And habits run in families. But habits can be changed! America is one of the richest countries in the world but also one of the fattest and sickest. We have the most expensive health care in the world as well, along with higher rates of disease, and shorter life spans than other developed countries.

 

     We are at a tipping point. The environment today is in a state of emergency, largely from animal production for food consumption. The largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions comes from animal agriculture. It uses a huge amount of water as well as land for growing crops to feed them. Raising animals for food causes deforestation and the extinction of many species. Rainforests are being destroyed at an alarming rate- 30 million acres per year have been lost every year since the 1970's. Today, roughly the size of a football field is being cleared every minute. Why is that important? Because rainforests recycle carbon dioxide into oxygen, which we need to breath in order to survive. They are the lungs of our planet. And they're being cleared to grow grain for livestock and graze cattle for our consumption. If we took just half the grain we feed to the animals we raise and slaughter for food and gave it to hungry people we would end world hunger. Our oceans are also being depleted from overfishing. Fertilizers and pesticides from farms pollute our waters and create "dead zones" in their wake. The one in the Gulf of Mexico is now the size of New Jersey. We could see fishless oceans by 2048.

    Also, the majority of animals consumed are raised on factory farms in horrible conditions- having to be fed copious amounts of hormones and antibiotics just to survive and to grow at unbelievably fast, unhealthy rates. Neglect, abuse and torture run rampant. For example, if human babies were made to grow at the same rate as most broiler chickens, they would weigh 660 pounds at just 2 months old!! All animals raised for food (as well as clothing, entertainment and scientific experiments) suffer similar or worse lives. These innocent creatures are just a number with a dollar sign attached awaiting a violent and torturous death. Billions upon billions of land animals annually. And as many as 2.7 trillion animals are pulled from the ocean each year with up to 40% of fish being discarded.  

     We truly need to change the way we think about food and how we harvest it to help our health and the survival of this planet. Our future depends on it! It's wonderful that it's so easy nowadays to replace unhealthy foods with healthy ones and plant based foods instead of animal products. Not only do they make you feel great, but improve your overall heath in the long run and help protect the environment and animals as well. It's a win-win-win! And it starts with just one small change at a time.

      Our mental health also needs some closer attention. The amounts of stress people feel these days- socially, environmentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually- are substantial, and stress is extremely hard on the body. If people want to be healthier and feel better then they need to stop, feel, think, plan and try implementing some healthy changes! We're taught to put ourselves last because it's selfish to put our needs first. But the truth is you can't be the best person you can be, nor be any good to others if you don't take care of yourself first!  

     I have a passionate and emotional calling to educate and enlighten people on how to become healthier, more mindful and hopefully, feel better overall. I want to help people take the time to think about the long-term effects of our everyday choices and how it effects our health and our planet. The time for change is NOW!

     I am here to help those who want to improve their health, happiness and well-being. I am not here to lecture, but to enlighten. I am here to inspire positive change in any way that I can. I am here to motivate. It all starts with one small step forward in the right direction. Small hinges swing big doors! Here's to getting healthy and feeling great- from the inside out. You can do it!! I look forward to hearing from you!