Food For ThoughtPosted: November 19, 2010
I have been trying to figure out what direction I want to take this little blog. I am still off the running wagon, but I did go to the Doc today and we are going to try some orthotics and eventually work up to running. Until then I will be biking (I am getting really good and creating my own spin class), swimming and strength training (I went to BodyPump last week and it kicked my butt).
Until I can run again I thought I would zero in on a food mission I have been working on.
Buying Local/ Sustainable/ Organic/ Humane
I tried this today with my Whole Food haul and it was really hard! I do go to the Farmer’s market every week, but that is ending next week and the labels in WF only say “USA”. This makes it really hard figure out how far my food has traveled.
Here are some of my personal rules:
- There are exceptions one being bananas
- Fruit is going to be hard so this will most likely be seasonal – I have some apples left from the fall and peaches from the summer, but I will probably eat citrus (US only!) and some pears.
- No berries, grapes, tomatoes and summer squash in the winter –they just don’t taste as good
- Get my eggs and milk locally – this one is actually easy
- Switch to local cheese – we have some great cheese makers in MD
- Eat lots of mushrooms! – being so close to PA, we have tons of them within an hour drive
- No foreign products except maybe soy sauce and other Asian condiments
- Read labels
- Try to buy things without labels
The reason I am trying to buy only US products is because even though the FDA has its problems we have much more food protection that South American or African mega producers.
- Local #1
So how did I do today? Honestly, pretty bad in terms of local.
- Kombucha – CO, organic
- Chicken – organic, humane
- Mushrooms – local
- Pitas – local
- Satsuma – USA
- Yams – organic, USA
- Green beans – USA
- Milk – local, organic
- Yogurt – Organic
- Chicken broth – organic
- Parsnips – USA, organic
- Quinoa – organic (bulk)
- Spinach – organic – questionable company
- Peas – organic
- Chocolate chunks – nada
- Mustard – ?
- Bananas – fair trade
I stood in front of the meat case for about 20min reading the Welfare guide and noticing the chicken was the only thing labeled and it had a pretty low rate . Not the one I got, but the normal WF chicken got a 2 out of 5. Slightly disturbing.
If you are wondering where my protein is in the above pictures besides of the chicken, I have lots of beans, tempeh, salmon and lentils.
What do you think? I think it will be hard, but I will try and post a similar list every week.
Time to pick up Nick from the bus! He is late again…