September 19, 2014

Thoughts on eating healthy to head into the weekend.

We've been changing diets around here - and I mean everyone. We've been transitioning Piri to a grain-free diet, something we hope will help with his ongoing allergies, and Yangkyu has been on a diet that helps with his acid reflux, something he's developed within the past few weeks. So as a result, my diet has also changed to something less fattening and spicy and definitely bland. 

But I've been thinking a lot about the way we eat. I'd say that we have improved in the healthy department over the past few years but I still crave junk food now and then. I thought that was ok, as long as it's in moderation {right now I crave like a half of a soda bottle every two weeks or so but not so much chips and such}. 

Yesterday, a person who I have become Instagram friends with posted a very thoughtful picture about veganism and how it's not so much a diet but a moral obligation. I agree. The unfortunate thing is that I can't seem to switch over. It's not that I'll miss certain foods or ingredients but it almost seems like I have to rewire how I cook and prepare things. That seems a bit overwhelming. 

I watched a documentary last year about food and how eating right can cure illnesses. But it also touched on the topic of access and featured an immigrant family whose parents worked low-wage jobs. They would love to feed their children healthy foods, but buying a $5 organic broccoli {along with other ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner} was just not in their budget. So instead they opt for $1 burger menus at fast food restaurants.

The issue of food justice, including rights of workers who work in the fields, and access has been in my periphery for a while, but I've circled back to it as I am now thinking about what and how we should eat. How can someone like myself who can easily transition to healthy foods be more aware about how improve access so that not just a certain group of people can eat healthy but everyone? And what do I need to know and how do I support the people who pick the food we eat out in the fields? Sometimes we think we can't do anything about these issues because solutions just don't seem tangible. But surely there must be something... something that a regular person like you and me can do to help make systemic changes so that everyone has access to healthy food.  

Some heavy thoughts and questions to go into the weekend, but I felt compelled to pose them. I shall think about it more as I sift through the web on vegan eating, recipes and how to make the transition seem less overwhelming. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. I'm learning how to use our lawn mower and anxiously waiting for the mailman to deliver my new knitting needles so I can start on knitting chunky hats for the colder months ahead. What do you have planned? 


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  1. If people put as much thought into the everyday - seemingly mundane things that make our worlds go round as you do. The world would be a better place.

    I often think about where our food comes from the the politics and politricks that go on behind the scenes that influence our decisions. It actually makes me realise how messed up and confused our world is and that people who can afford to make and live by conscientious decisions really should take the time to rethink things.

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    1. wow! sing it yasumi! i sometimes think how unfortunate it is that things like healthy food and water are not easily accessible to many.. it's an unfortunate thing that shouldn't be..

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  2. I know some people who think of food as medicine and since having health issues, I'm inclined to believe it. I don't think I could ever become a vegan but I've noticed a difference just being a part time vegetarian and eating less meat definitely has a positive impact on the environment as well as our health.

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    1. I think I'm inclined to believe it as well! I don't think we can go vegan overnight.. but I've been thinking of ways to slowly transition over.. Yangkyu is not confident that he can do it so I'll just have to find something that works for everyone. :)

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  3. I like how you are so thoughtful and calm, even in topics like this which can sometimes get very touchy for certain people who are passionate on either side of the spectrum. Some of my friends are vegan, some are vegetarian, some are pescetarian and some are straight up omnivores -- so topics like this rise on every now and then when we get together. I think it's great to make a change in your diet, as long as it fits your lifestyle, beliefs, and health. Cheers to the weekend!

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    1. it is such a controversial topic isn't it? i think someone once told me - well piri eats meat? are you going to make him a vegan dog? i didn't know what triggered that person's reaction.. it was just a personal choice i was thinking about .. i think it does come down to what works for everyone.. although i do hope that people.. people who make decisions and are in charge of distribution and such make a conscious decision not to abuse and harm animals for the sake of profit.. chickens, pigs and cows all deserve to be raised humanely.. not in horrific circumstances..

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  4. I find this topic incredibly fascinating but also difficult. We have also changed up eating habits in our home. While the focus is only on myself and my husband right now, it does make me think about people globally. It's not difficult to associate a lot of medical issues with our diet. A co-worker spent time in Africa for a couple of months on a project. While most don't associate African nations with diets like those of us in America, she said her back pain dramatically reduced during her time there and even her doctor attributed that to diet and how local and fresh everything was being eaten. They may lack the "tech" in being able to sustain certain foods but what they consume is immediate. So...it makes me definitely wonder.

    xo,
    nancy

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    1. i think our food has a lot to do with our illnesses. i didn't before but i am starting to be more open minded about it. that's an amazing story from your co-worker.

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  5. You are what you eat!! In 2011 I was able to afford my own food, and ate a vegan diet. Lost 100 pounds in 2013. Now once I can get back to making that bank...I'll have to definitely change my eating habits again!

    - Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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    1. that's amazing! i think going vegan overnight will be a bit difficult for us but i am planning on making a slow transition. i think it'll be harder for my husband and he's honest about how he thinks he will need meat.. i am afraid i may need fish.. but we will see what we can do. i think for us even if we are not vegan.. the issue of animal cruelty is big for us.. even for livestock. chickens, pigs and cows all deserve to be raised in healthy humane conditions. i wish for that one day..

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  6. I have the worst diet :( Mostly from convenience, it's easier to get fast food than make something at home. It is really unfair how much cheaper junk food is than healthy fresh food, and how there's a higher density of fast food places in areas of lower social economic status (the case around here).

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    1. i do think it's horrible that fast food restaurants open up in certain areas more than others.. and farmers markets as well.. i just think healthy eating and water should be accessible by all... it's unfortunate that it isn't

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  7. I think that's wonderful Jane! A great diet helps prevent disease, obesity, allergies and many other things. I've been cutting back on snacks and soda's. I'm eating yogurt now for dessert. Did you change your layout around? Wasn't your families picture on the right? Anyway...Have an amazing weekend!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. yes! i think so too - especially allergies. oh yes. and i did change my layout. i have been meaning to do it but never really knew what i wanted and just did it. i'm sure i'll play around with it more.. but who knows. one day i hope to work with someone who will change it up in a more professional way. :)

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  8. I don't know why it has to be more expensive to eat healthy, the way we should all be eating, but junk food is cheaper... I do crave unhealthy food sometimes even though I try my best to eat healthy. thats great you think so seriously about your health! love the photos as usual :)
    www.lettersimpromptu.blogspot.com

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    1. right? i don't know why it's more expensive either. it's unfortunate.

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  9. Agreed, it's unfortunately way easier and cheaper to reach for processed and unhealthy food than to feed your body with the good stuff. I'm trying to inch towards cutting out processed food from my life, and it's really really hard. Fresh food options at my local grocery place is actually really limited.

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    1. it is definitely hard when choices are limited and it's more expensive and when people don't have a lot of time on their hands either. sigh.

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  10. Hi Jane,

    We are like you too and have started to eat a lot more healthier - trying to cut out all sugars. You feel so much better for it.
    I loved seeing all your lovely photos.
    Happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. i once cut out sugars out of my diet and it did wonders to how i felt!

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  11. i really need to change my eating habit. being on the road often make me don't take much consideration of what i eat. i need to eat more healthy. i had an addiction to root beer, but i cut it off 2 years ago. i think that's a start :p

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    1. oh i know what you mean. before when i used to work long hours i always ate unhealthy foods and i ate them fast. like i mean 5 minute lunches. i would chew 2-3 times and then swallow. i think that's where my bad habit came from. i still eat super fast but i eat healthier now. i still need to work on eating slowly!

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  12. Oh I know, much like other things in this country this is an industry dominated by the industrial one percent. Did you ever read Fast Food Nation? Pretty shocking. But is with everything food, clothes, electronics. The one percent exist for a reason. But on a happier note. Love your yarn images. At my new job I art direct photos of yarn!!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. i didn't read fast food nation! i thought it would totally gross me out and so i didn't read it. the documentary i watched was forks over knives. so amazing that you get to work with photos of yarn!

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  13. love this, I've been trying to transition more to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I would say meat wise I mostly eat chicken so I've been substituting it with firm tofu and I have found it's fairly similar to prepare. I'm always hunting for good vegan recipes too online but they seem to be much more sparse than the meat varieties. When I'm out it's a different story and I really feel for vegans and the lack of choose at mainstream eateries.

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    1. i agree. i think it'll be harder for us to adjust when we are out trying to eat. i also worry about when meeting up with friends if we'll make it more inconvenient for them. we decided to transition slowly, trying things here and there. yangkyu was honest and said he probably can't go vegan and now that i think about it i think i may miss fish.. but we'll see. i'm sure we can work out something!

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  14. Recently I've been talking a to Hungarian friend about turning vegetarian as part of our goals to do something for mother earth. Long shot, but I think there's nowhere to start better than with ourselves. Love that photo wall!

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    1. yes i agree! i hope your transition goes well once you start!

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  15. I was happily munching on some chips until I got to this post, Jane. Oops. I try to eat healthy but am guilty of snacking on junking every now and then. I think it's really unfair and sad that low wage earners have to turn to cheaper junk food to feed themselves and their families. I recently joined a harvest hub in my neighbourhood so I now get my fruits and vegetables direct from the farmers instead of from the supermarket giants. It's probably not much but I feel that's me doing my (teeny weeny) bit towards food justice, for our Aussie farmers!

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