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Monday, December 14, 2009

Killer At Large & Food Inc.

If you are looking for that final push to garden and eat healthy here you go. We garden here mainly because it is economical and we like to eat good for you food, no cream filled golden cakes are not good for you food. Even the movie Wall-E noted that those little things will last long after human life has vacated the planted, leaving those golden delights for the cockroaches to feast on. "Killer At Large", Director Steven Greenstreet This movie begins with a 12 year old girl who is overweight and having liposuction. I'm not going to debate that one with anyone, so please don't try. What is attention grabbing to me is that is a common debate these days. There are too many reasons to list but in my opinion one of the top 10 is again that a box of cookies or a fast food meal is less expensive than fruit & veggies. Don't get me wrong, I still grab fast food, I like it. However, we as a family have made a decision, not to make it a habit to eat out, not just Fast Food, but anywhere. Another bit of information I learned is that kids here in this country are being diagnosed with Rickets. These are not starving, malnourished, poverty stricken children who have not eaten in days. These are kids who are overweight and have Rickets. Basically they are lacking in Vitamin D (hello, some exposure to the sun may help) and possibly calcium. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, I get my information on topics like most of you do, Wikipedia and internet searches, but I do know that when you go outside in the sun your body manufactures Vitamin D. However, constantly slathering on sunscreen (which I do use when outside for prolonged periods) stops that process. Stepping outside with out sunscreen for 10-15 minutes is probably (again, I am not a doctor) not going to do very much damage, personally I NEED it, keep me inside to long because of cloudy, dark, damp, weather and I am battling depression. We were not manufactured to be inside all day every day. I still tell my kids go out, run in the sunshine, make some Vitamin D. So how does "Killer At Large" relate to gardening? We are hunter/gatherers, which means we were wired to work for our food. If you don't have time to garden you may need to cut some activities out, you have your kiddos enrolled in sports so they can get exercise? Try gardening!! It does take some initial investment of time and money, but the rewards and benefits far outweigh (pun intended) the efforts. Start small, Mel Barthalomew's "Square Foot Gardening" is a GREAT place to start. I highly recommend "Killer At Large", you can watch it free on instant download at Netflix. If this doesn't get you moving and start you on your way to taking small steps towards better care of your body, I don't know what will. One thing that came to mind watching this is that we don't need outside help destroying ourselves, we are doing it to ourselves. It is a terror from within, we are killing ourselves and giving birth to a generation whose life expectancy is shorter than ours for the first time. Children have Type II Diabetes, yet we cannot afford to eat healthier because junk food is less expensive than fruits and veggies. Health care costs are crippling this nation, which brings to mind the old saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". It does begin with each one of us, we have to make a decision to change our habits, and then we have to encourage and educate others too. I am in no way saying start picketing and boycotting fast food places and supermarkets, if I want a burger I will cross that picket line and get one. What I am saying is make that choice, vote for prevention, vote with your wallet. If consumer dollars can inform Wal Mart that they don't want milk with growth hormones in it, and encourage Wal Mart to sell only milk that does not have said hormones, then it is true that money talks. Each purchase you make is a vote in FAVOR of your purchases. You are in effect telling that store to keep that product on the shelf, at that cost, and that you will be back for more. Just for fun, next time you are at a grocery store check out the contents of the buggies in the check-out isle. Look at all the junk food in the buggy, usually with lots and lots of diet cola. DUHHUH!!! The second movie I watched this weekend, "Food Inc., Director Robert Kenner'".. I have been waiting a while to see this one!!! PLEASE!!!! Check out the official trailer here. Do you know that most kids in this country think food comes from the store? That fact was not in the movie, if it was I missed it, sorry. My grandson was learning about Farmers in school, and they even took a field trip. When I heard this I was so excited, our potatoes were almost ready to harvest. As soon as they were I took him out there and we harvested potatoes. My mission, to show him that potatoes come from the ground. Each time he came for a visit we would walk in the garden and I would point out each plant and say it's name, towards the end of gardening season he knew which plant was what. I'm not going to go too deep into this movie though, I want you to experience it for yourself, again Netflix has this one on instant download. If you want to know where your food comes from this is the place to start. If you want to know when farming stopped being a way of life and became a business, here you go. Just my 2 cents; I see it starting in the late 1930's, not in the 80's or under the last administration. Although both of these decades contributed to what we have now, each administration since the Great Depression made changes that lead to what we have now, so let's give credit where credit is due, that's all I ask, and let's face it it takes more than one man to put these changes in place it takes a governing body to do so, just sayin'. We know that as Americans the only 3 things we have the right to are Life, Liberty, and the PURSUIT of Happiness, which for us means, "Rolling up our sleeves, getting up off our blessed assurance, and applying lots of elbow grease". You sit there and don't care where it comes from, you usually get what you deserve, you want to be spoon fed-go for it, don't come crying to me, you got what you asked for. In one of the movies, there was a mom who was attending meetings trying to get the FTC to regulate the way advertisers target kids. She sated that there is a battle in her house, she says no and the TV says yes. Although I applaud her bravery in this fight, there is another solution.... Yep, turn the darn thing off, or better yet get rid of it. We have no cable TV or Satellite TV. If the TV or game system is encouraging my children to argue or to not do chores, it is gone!!! Simple, problem solved. Again, we are voting, and telling large companies that we don't want them in our home. We get our local channels and that is it, unless we watch on the internet, and that is password protected. My kids don't have access to the internet unless I sign them on. I am not raising children, I am training my children to be productive and contributing responsible adults. I am trying to teach them about work before play. As for me and mine, I strive daily to apply this verse to EVERY aspect of my life, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim 2:15 KJV


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