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Friday, March 18, 2011

Going Organic for One Month!

My wife and I have recently watched a couple documentaries, King Corn and Food Inc., which have really opened my eyes on what I am really putting into my mouth on a daily basis.







These documentaries, and the research I have done as a result of watching these documentaries, have not just opened my eyes but have scared the crap out of me! I have always known about hormones and pesticides and fertilizers and binders and food fillers and flavor enhancers... But I never really gave it much thought. I figured if I stay away from "processed" foods as much as possible (which I don't always do!) then I would be OK. The reality is that even "non-processed" foods still have a lot of scary stuff in them. We don't think about this because the food companies don't have to put "genetically modified" or "cloned" or "this is where your eggs are really coming from" on the packaging.

So I have decided to do a little experiment on myself. I am going organic for 1 month! I am going to substitute my meats and fruits with organic meats and fruits. If you have ever shopped for organic groceries you have noticed they are very expensive! One of my goals is to show that you can eat healthy without breaking the bank. Is it possible? I have no idea! But I'm going to give it my best shot.

Hypothesis:

  1. It is possible eat healthy and organic and not break the bank: I would love to say at the end of this little experiment that it is possible.
  2. A diet with fat will not make you fat:
  3. I will decrease my bodyfat: If you know me, you know I have a little chub, junk in the trunk, cushin' for the pushin', spare tire... I would like to shave off some of that chub!
  4. Decrease risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease: There is no way I can measure these things after a one month, one person, experiment. But I have to believe eating more natural foods will help!
  5. Develop a new lifestyle and habits: If all goes as planned then I would love to continue this "one month experiment" for the long haul! I'm not saying I will never have a beer again, but my overall diet will change significantly.
I will be starting this little experiment this coming Monday. I will be going to Wegmans this weekend and stocking up for the coming week. I am going to attempt to record as much as I can along the way and share my experiences. This will help keep me honest and hopefully help us learn a thing or two!

What do you think of my idea to go organic? Do you think organic is over rated? Do you think I can stick to it for a full month? (this may be the hardest part for me!)

4 comments:

good luck Mike. I dont think I could do that (snack way too much during the day) without breaking the bank or cheating on the diet.

We will do this together, can't wait!
Love you :)

I'm not completely sold on organic. Unless you grow it yourself, how do you really know where it came from.
As for the rest of your week, I am glad you finally discovered the library. Enjoy them while you can. I think many will soon be a thing of the past. Your workout week sounds interesting. I was just wondering what this rest day was all about(back when I was a boy....)and aren't there 2 other days in the week.

there are plenty of unhealthy labeled organic foods. I think an ideal healthy diet has variety and is natural and chemical free. some of these items are found under an organic label. some can be found in your own monitored garden.some are simple foods with few ingredients...back to the basics. strawberries for dessert instead of strawberries and heavy cream.bread without high fructose corn syrup in it. the perimeter of the grocery store. what's that suggestion. five ingredients or less that you can easily pronounce.

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