Mmmmm, kale. A healthy, fibrous green vegetable acclaimed by the health world as a “super food” and staple addition to a healthy diet. People in the health and food industry are always urging more people to eat veggies, “natural” products, that our bodies digest better and can be converted into healthy fuel for the body.
I agree completely. Eating more vegetables has helped me maintain and perform to levels I did not expect possible. Guess I should start eating more of this GMO.
Yes, GMO. Kale is a GMO. Genetically modified organism. And it’s a damn good one. A few more of its vegetable relatives are too.
Kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower are just a few examples of vegetables that are genetically engineered for certain qualities we want. Many foods in nature today are not what they looked like many years ago. That’s adaptation. Some of them, like the sweet potato, are naturally derived GMOs. Nonetheless, they are still good for you.
The term GMO gets a bad rep. Instead, first world people are obsessed with the terms like “organic, natural, gluten free”, when those products may not have any other option to begin with. In today’s age of technology, scientists and food production companies know the growing need for food diversity, instant meals, and more options to feed our extremely picky or extremely adventurous taste buds.
I’m often put in an awkward position. My dad is an organic farmer. I work for a biotechnology and chemical company. I’m a bodybuilder and select different eating options than most! Before people have the chance to ask, I tell them.
“I am in a unique position to understand both “sides” of crop production.”
I’m #proGMO. I’m #proorganic. I’m #profoodoptions. I’m #profeedtheworld.
I found this quick questionnaire published by the New York Times and would like you to take it. Not only does it tell you the correct answer and why, but it says a percentage of how many people who have also taken the quiz got the right answer. It was kind of surprising the results for some of the responses, as more people knew the correct one than I may have thought!
The below video from Jimmy Kimmel’s show is entertaining, but also very depressing. People do not really know what GMO is, besides a “bad” acronym.
What can you do about it? Eat more kale. Eat more spinach. Eat more salmon. Heck, keep eating that Chipotle… I probably won’t be because they have their own issues going on. However, they bring more competition to the food industry and keep us going. They keep farmers needed and wanted.
My point is, we [as consumers] need to spend a little more time understanding the process behind food. Our parents and educators need to help explain what genetically modified really means. Today’s farmers need to stop getting defensive and listen to what questions consumers have, identify the gap in their knowledge, and help them see there are good things behind today’s modern agriculture practices. If you are not afraid to eat something, why should someone else? Help others around you overcome these fears and confusions in the market place.
Humans hate change. This is a fact. Habits can be made to help overcome initial thoughts and understandings about food, agriculture, restaurants and marketing of today’s food. Thanks kale for helping me clear that up.
Now, what questions do you have?
Today’s fast-paced society makes it ever challenging to make time to read. I’ve mentioned briefly in a few blogs that I am now an avid fan of podcasts. Today, as I was doing the dishes, listening to a podcast on the “The Ziglar Show | Motivation and Inspiration to fuel your life and success”, I stopped for a moment. Here is the link for iTunes users. This podcast was released Dec. 9, 2015.
Show host Kevin Miller began a one-minute clip with a message from Zig Ziglar. If you do not know who he is, Google the man or follow the hyperlink. He may be one of the greatest sales people and inspirational speaker to have shared his experiences!
Anyhow, Kevin played a clip from Zig that I was able to find on YouTube. As we approach this holiday season, it is great to remember the “reason” for the season. If you are not spiritual, I empathize with you and hope you can still take away the key objective from the message.
This holiday season, take some time to sit back and think about your life, your commitments, your daily routines, your impact you would like to make and the impact you are having in your community, for your family and for the world.
Are the actions you take this holiday season going towards the betterment of others? How do you feel when they are? How can you do more of that?
I am going to spend more time making sure I am helping others in my daily life. It does not need to end at the holiday season. It is a great time to be refreshed, start from where we are and improve. We can do more. And it will lead us down a path of self improvement and bettering the world.
|Prepared spinach with tablespoon of garlic.|
|I used low fat shredded mozzarella cheese.|
Thanks to the MyMacros+ app, I can calculate the following macronutrient breakdown:
Simple (& Healthy) Spinach Dip
I always try to save on dishes when possible.
Add it to the spinach.
|Thickening up that dip! You can still see the shredded cheese,
but it is separated throughout for consistency.
“Oh, I see what Caroline is getting at! I’ll continue reading.”
“Pff, I don’t care about personal development and/or I’m not in sales. This does not apply to me [as you close this screen].”
Today, I realize I was ignorant.
Change your mindset, change your life.