Where Does Your Food Come From? PLEASE, GET INFORMED!

Where Does Your Food Come From?
Sara B Consulting Principle #3: Clean Eating

Really…do you know? Do you care to know? The wonderful thing is you can choose to know and I encourage you to do so.

So what’s the buzz, why do I care. I know some think it’s crazy or unaffordable to buy a lb of grass fed beef or a bag of organic apples for an extra dollar or two. My goal is to help you get informed, from there you have the wonderful right to make a choice. There is always two sides to a story and I encourage you to have an opinion, this is the side I believe in and why I think there needs to be a “FOOD REVOLUTION.”

Small steps, that’s all you have to do. Start with one food item, one meal, grow from there…

Here’s some resources for you to learn from:

I can try to share facts and info, but Michael Pollan, Author of Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules, will do it much better from this clip from Oprah:

the end gets cuts off but what they go on to say is “bottom line…you get to choose what’s best for you and your family”

Food Inc. Movie trailer (you can rent this on Netflix):

couple quotes from Food Inc: “You can help….you get to vote 3 times a day.” “An average meals travels 1500 miles.” “you can change the world with every bite.”

Simple ways for you to help:

1. shop at your local farmer’s market
2. join a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)….here’s one in Des Moines/Ames:
3. start a garden!

Random note: I am proud to say Iowa City was voted one of the healthiest cities….one of the criteria: availability of local produce

To help make my vote count I have recently found two local farmers I can purchase food from:

Grass Run Farm in Dorchester, IA
Friendly Farm in Iowa City, IA:
I am very excited about supporting these local farmers.

Do I buy 100% organic/natural/grass fed…NO, but I make a point to commit on a few items at a time. FYI…organic apples were actually cheaper than regular apples at HyVee last week.

Why grass fed:

“Switching a cow from grass to grain is so disturbing to the animal’s digestive system that it can kill the animal if not done gradually and if the animal is not continually fed antibiotics. These animals are designed to forage, but we make them eat grain, primarily corn, in order to make them as fat as possible as fast as possible.
Grass-fed beef not only is lower in overall fat and in saturated fat, but it has the added advantage of providing more omega-3 fats. These crucial healthy fats are most plentiful in flaxseeds and fish, and are also found in walnuts, soybeans and in meat from animals that have grazed on omega-3 rich grass. When cattle are taken off grass, though, and shipped to a feedlot to be fattened on grain, they immediately begin losing the omega-3s they have stored in their tissues. As a consequence, the meat from feedlot animals typically contains only 15- 50 percent as much omega-3s as that from grass-fed livestock.” Food Revolution by John Robbins

Last night I made:

grass fed hamburgers with sauteed mushrooms

sprinkle a little Lawry’s on them or other seasoning and grill away

sauteed mushrooms in olive oil


Health Fair at Simpson College
Indianola, IA

I had a great time speaking with all the students and faculty and comparing the sugar of common high caloric drinks

5 lbs of fat….nasty…it certainly drew a crowd

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good…