A few months back, I remember all the hoopla about Mark Zuckerberg’s new challenge: eating only what he kills.
I thought it was some sort of joke. Actually a sick one.
As his May 4th Facebook status “I just killed a pig and a goat” became viral, I was pissed because I absolutely love animals and couldn’t even think of killing them. Even spiders. I will shoo the little creatures out the door OR scream for Kevin to do it if they are really big ones. I can’t kill something that is alive.
So cute and cuddly!
After investigating a little further, I found this Facebook billionaire sets a personal challenge each year. In 2009, he wore a tie every day. In 2010, he learned Chinese.
This year, he wants to be thankful for the food he has to eat.
“I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people chose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.”
Okay, I guess I can see his point. Now I’m not going to get into moral and ethical opinions, but I do agree that we should at least know where our food comes from. Most Americans really don’t know where food come from. We just know that we drive to the grocery store, take items off the shelves, pay, then bring them home. BUT do we REALLY know what farm our eggs comes from? OR are Pop Tarts really food?
I keep these reminders with me while I grocery shop. Sometimes this is difficult to do, but at least 80% of the time, I try to eat whole foods and limit processed. Even if you can do this 60% of the time, you are doing a swell job.
Here are my 3 rules for staying connected to your food:
1. Read labels. A good rule of thumb is to read the ingredients. Anything in Latin? Or science talk? More than 5 ingredients? If so, it’s not real food. You probably can’t trace where it came from.
Is there even a label? If not, good job! You must be in the produce aisle or at a farmer’s market.
2. Support CSAs (community supported agriculture groups) and visit local farmer’s markets. Make a pact with yourself to support local farmer’s and CSA groups so you can make sure you buy organic plus lesson the carbon footprint on our Earth. Also, the food will be fresh compared to produce that took days to get to you.
3. Just ask. No matter where you shop, you can ask the person behind the counter or the farmer at the market. See if she can tell you exactly where that milk came from. What farm? How are the cows raised? Do you have organic certification?
I found that if I followed these 3 rules, I usually am safe with my food choices and feel so connected to the fuel I’m putting into my body.
We are what we eat. Yes? If we are eating fake foods, we most likely feel fake. If we eat real foods, we are able to connect with our bodies and truly listen to what she needs to live optimally.
If you are curious, find out about Mark’s challenge in this Fortune article. Eating Only What He Kills .
Also, here are a few useful links to help you get started:
Slow Food USA: a grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
Local Harvest: nationwide directory of CSAs and other local food sources
How do you make sure you get the best quality food? How do you make sure you know where your food comes from?
Please leave a comment below and any cool suggestions on how you get connected to your food.