Eco Mama – Day 28
As an Eco Mama this month, I’m really doing my best to be healthy and it’s something that I think I will continue to do after this month is over. Why? Because as a mom I get pretty freaked out about getting sick for a day, much less getting an actual disease like cancer. How would I take care of my kids? How awful that must be.
I find the “Big C” so scary and when I get freaked about something, I find if I take one step, anything, in the way of action, I feel less scared. Like, before I had kids the thought of being in a plane crash terrified me and so I decided to jump out of an airplane. In my mind it was kind of like, Take that airplane. I don’t need you. See, I can just jump out!
Well, after a full day of flight school I parachuted completely solo out of an airplane at 13,000 feet and guess what? My chute didn’t open. I’m not kidding. It just floated above me like a tangled meatball as I rocketed towards Earth. I had to ever so calmly (not that easy while panicking) cut the chute off my body and then release my second, much smaller emergency chute. Obviously, since I’m sitting here writing this post not as a ghost, my second parachute opened and I made it to the ground vowing never to do that again. But my weird parachuting idea worked — I lost my fear of airplanes.
Which brings me back to cancer. I don’t think there’s any way I can prevent myself one hundred percent from getting cancer, but I have to try. And for any Eco Mama, the first step to great health and disease prevention is from the inside out. All the Pilates classes in the world aren’t going to get me to optimum health if there’s a half eaten ten pound bad of candy corn in my car (I know this from experience.)
This leads me to food — I confess that prior to my Eco Mama month, I ate TERRIBLY — my day consisted of scavenging off my kid’s plates for leftovers because I just couldn’t be bothered to make myself something and then keeping a steady stream of sugar in my system all day so I could remain jittery, awake and able to jump on the trampoline when requested. But Eco Mama gently prodded me in the direction of eating better and you know what? I feel amazing! In a few short weeks of eating right, I feel better than I have in years.
Here’s what I’ve been doing — it’s simple, really. I eat tons of organic, non-gmo veggies all day. I also drink a smoothie with tons of dark organic, non-gmo berries in the morning and eat nuts and seeds for snacks. How boring is that? And how disgusting! Even as I write this I’m practically gagging. But I feel so good I don’t really care how hippie/crunchie/boring/yucky it is. Feeling this good has made me love it — even crave drinking those nasty green smoothies I used think were only for the deranged.
But the most important part of my diet is not the green veggie/fruit/nut part — it’s actually the organic, non GMO part. That’s right. You could be shoveling more veggies in your mouth than Bugs Bunny but if they are GMO — they could be hurting you, not helping you.
There’s a ton of GMO information out there, but I found a recent article in “Delicious Living” (Whole Foods magazine) pretty informative. Here’s what they say —
GMOs plants were originally created (GMO corn was introduced in 1996) so the plant itself would have an insecticide in it’s cell membrane that could kill bugs — Therefore, farmers could use fewer pesticides and crop yields would be higher. But by 2000, the first Round up tolerant weeds started to emerge in fields and were surviving a low application rate of herbicide. Whereas earlier farmers were forced to minimize glyphosate applications because it would kill their crops, GMO plants are not affected by chemicals. Since farmers have adopted GMOs, they have increased their herbicide use by 404 million pounds. The sheer volume of herbicide and pesticide use has led to soil changes that reduce a plant’s ability to absorb nutrients.
Yum! Can I have seconds? I might as well just eat a big old Hersey bar and forget the salad altogether — except that Hersey bars are GMO. According to GMO Inside campaign director Elizabeth O’Connell, “Hershey and Mars combined comprise nearly 70 percent of the U.S. chocolate market. The two companies together spent more than a million dollars to oppose GMO labeling in California in the November 2012 election. Hershey is reported to have spent $518,900 to defeat Prop 37 and Mars spent $498,350.”
I hate to tell you all of this just in time for Halloween which I’m now calling, “GMO Fun Night”, but I feel like as an Eco Mama, I have to. I didn’t know a lot of this information prior to this month and like all my style months have taught me different things, Eco Mama has taught me my biggest lesson — awareness.
Tomorrow I will continue my 3 part series called, “Let’s all try to be healthy” with part two — Beauty Products.
Thanks for listening. May you all have sweet, local, organic, non-GMO, fresh, seasonal dreams…