The past few months have been a time of serious transition for my family and me. We stand on the verge of following dreams that we’ve carefully thought over and have endlessly imagined. In the midst of all this I decided to launch a blog, upon which I have hopes of building something meaningful – a platform to disperse opinions, ideas, research, etc. I can easily talk the talk of our underground community in all matters of conspiracy subjects, ufo and paranormal research, psychedelics, and every aspect and theory one can throw under that umbrella. One particular subject, though, has weighed on me with some level of guilt, or rather, has me personally distraught. I feel a sense of responsibility to myself, my family, and to anyone who might visit my corner of the internet. What I’m talking about is our food and water, without which I wouldn’t be talking at all. I have long been aware of the blatant manipulation of these vital resources by a number of institutions and corporations and I think anyone who visits Altrusian Grace will most likely be aware of this already. There is genetic corruption of what nature has made perfect, the never ending creation and introduction of toxic chemicals into the over-processed food of our restaurants and grocery chains, the poisoning of our water both intentional and unintentional through fluoride dumping, landfills piled high with discarded pharmaceutical drugs draining into the ground, and even such things as the mining of uranium upon native lands. Check out some of these recent articles:
One can almost certainly not escape this madness. We become what eat and drink and I propose that we have yet to see this transformation in all its sickening glory. The substances that go into our bodies are of utmost importance. This is the first step of revolution and it starts from within yourself. This is how I’ve decided to proceed and do more than just talk the talk. I’m going to practice what I preach here and let clean food and water be my medicine, my foundation upon which my mind and body grow strong. No more will I play willfully ignorant to the fact that our sovereign being is constantly under attack by powers that wish to slow-kill us, breed us as disease-ridden and infertile, and ultimately lay claim to the title of gods. Here, with me making this pledge to treat my body with the respect it deserves, the revolution begins. I challenge anyone reading this to do the same and take back what should be our natural right in the first place. So what exactly am I doing? I am now fully four weeks in to eating a 90-95% organic, GMO-free diet. I got fed up with feeling like shit after always eating shit and I can tell you they’ve made it hard for the average person to make the switch: proliferation of fast food, cheap and low cost garbage lines the store shelves, and it’s all so very convenient! And why does eating better always cost more? One would think that food with less chemicals and processed ingredients would cost less, requires less energy to produce. And why should we pay more to prevent cancer or degrade our DNA? I’m not perfect by a long shot as I’m still learning this new lifestyle, tweaking it and perfecting it. I am being acquainted with a plethora of new food companies and brands and figuring out what tastes good and what I like in the health food arena. It’s quite ironic that I was a chef for almost 20 years and I come to find out that I know nothing. This path, it all starts with developing a simple knowledge base centered around the labeling of food. From there I went fully on the offense with my grocery purchasing. What I would like to do is try and break this down into bullet points for those who might be interested in my approach and who might be looking for a way to start a new lifestyle.
- Stop buying everything you normally buy at the grocery store! Chances are the majority of food you have is not entirely good for you. This sounds easy to do but habits are hard to break. We are literally addicted to much of this junk.
- Take some time to spend a couple hours at a grocery store. If you don’t have a Whole Foods, Trader Joe, or Outpost Natural Foods near you then you’ll probably have to jump between a few of the other “normal” chains. I currently don’t have any of the natural food stores near me so I tend to shop between Woodmans, Aldi, Target, and Pick N Save in order to find my desired items. The reason you want to initially set aside a block of time is so you can read labels and compare brands. It sounds boring and tedious but if you do the legwork now, your shopping will be easier later.
- Know the differences between Organic and Non-GMO labels. My first choice in a product will have both a USDA organic label AND a Non-GMO Verified Project label. These are easy to spot although sometimes they are printed on the back or sides of a package. Be aware however that one doesn’t always mean the other. USDA organic doesn’t mean it won’t contain GMO. Also, a product that states “made with organic ingredients” only means that a minimum of 70% needs to actually be organic. This is when you need to dive a little deeper into the ingredient label to determine the possible harmful chemicals used. You should also become familiar with the PLU number on produce as this can tell you whether the fruit or vegetable has been grown organically, traditionally, or is genetically modified. You can view a quick guide to PLU numbers HERE.
- Get familiar with some of the terms listed in a product’s ingredients. Look at some of the things you already have in your pantry and check them out online. You may find some interesting bits of info, some of which might just disgust you enough to toss it in the trash or even have a crime scene cleanup crew dispose of it. For example, L-cysteine, an amino acid often synthesized from human hair, duck feathers, and hog hair, is found in highly processed bakery goods. Here is a recent video from Ryan Gable of The Secret Teachings about ascorbic acid (what many companies like to call vitamin C) and citric acid:
- Sometimes you just can’t win. Once in awhile when I’m looking for a certain item – for example the natural sweetener stevia – I’ll see four or five different brands all with different combinations of organic/non-GMO/ingredient lists but none of them meet all of my criteria. In a case such as this it might be best to just move on and do without it, but if you absolutely need it then go with lesser of all the evils. You’ll at least have the satisfaction that what you’re consuming is a step above the crap you have eaten before.
Like I stated previously, this is a work in progress. I’ve encountered difficulty in finding items I am totally okay with eating such as bread. Bread is currently my nemesis, especially since I don’t buy into the gluten-free craze. My opinion on gluten allergies and whatnot is that these are caused by genetically modified wheat and the pesticides used on the crops. Most of these products are just as bad as the rest of the processed food slop and I think many people pick gluten-free items thinking they are healthier in some manner. Nobody had gluten allergies a couple decades ago, so don’t fall for that label. Anyways, I’m working hard on this eating healthy thing now so it’s no longer an issue for me later on. I am incorporating more raw foods into my diet and more organic grains and just out of coincidence by what I’ve chosen to eat I’ve become vegetarian. I found that I had more than enough enjoyable food that tasted great that I didn’t even get around to thinking about meat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still down with eating a great free-range, antibiotic-free, non-GMO piece of chicken but right now I have no need or desire. Overall, there is a noticeable difference in my feeling of well-being and it’s incredible. To actually FEEL healthy just based on what you eat – what a concept! Next up I’m tackling our family’s water situation.