Friday, January 1, 2010
I am starting this blog as a part of my 2010 New Year's resolution. My goal is to create an ethical culinary lifestyle that is still practical and satisfies my nutritional needs as a runner. I first became concerned about my eating habits after college when I realized I had gained about 20 pounds and my (limited) attempts to exercise away the pounds were not successful. Over the last five years, I have slowly modified my diet to be healthier with positive results, although I am still calorie conscious and concerned about losing (or really gaining) weight. In addition to these nutritional changes, I have adopted a new hobby of running. An active lifestyle requires proper nutrition, and it's not easy to make sure I'm getting everything I need without taking in too many calories. While these issues are important to me, I recently found a new reason to consider the food I was eating. After watching the documentary King Corn and reading The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, I had to acknowledge the numerous problems with our current food system. Animals are mistreated, the environment is damaged, and we consume more and more unhealthy and even dangerous food. I won't go into all the details in this inaugural post, but I can assure you that it's worse than you might think. Knowing the facts, I cannot possibly continue supporting this unsustainable and unethical system and exposing myself to unhealthy foods. Within the next few posts, I will outline my plan for a more ethical culinary lifestyle. I hope you will find my trials and tribulations useful in making your own positive changes.
Posted by Alyssa Rhoden at 8:33 PM