I’ve always been a book worm. Since as far back as I can remember I would pour over books, sometimes several at a time and get lost in the pages. I still would rather read a good story than watch a movie or tv show nearly every time (except Breaking Bad and Friends… too good). I attribute my love for the written word to my momma, who began working as a librarian before I was born 25 years ago. I love that she gave me this gift, I love that we share it, and I love that I will pass it on to my kids one day (one far, far away day!)
Since I bought It Starts with Food on Amazon at the end of last summer and began the changes that would eventually lead me to creating this blog, changing my entire lifestyle, and making me the happiest I have ever been I have begun purchasing WAY too many food/diet/paleo related books on the interwebs… The Dr. thinks I have an addiction to online shopping. Which, I do. Totally. BUT at least it is a HEALTHY addiction because it is educating me right? And I share some of this education with you… so it has to be a good thing 🙂 So there.
Before Rich Food Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System (GPS) was released I knew I would be purchasing it. I knew this because the concept was so simple and it has SO much to give to the overall US population. The roadmap for navigating our now trecherous grocery stores was something I wanted to share with everyone, paleo and non-paleo alike. After reading every word of this book I am now, more than ever, prepared to help everyone that I know and love (and even those who I don’t know or love) to move in a healthier direction with the help of It Starts With Food and Rich Food, Poor Food.
Ima gonna preach. REAL FOOD! Can I get an amen? Amen, sistah.
There are a TON of amazing Rich Food, Poor Food reviews all over the paleo-sphere already, so I won’t go into great depth, but I will hit on a couple things that really astounded me and caught my attention. I also recommend reading some of the Amazon reviews as well if you are on the fence (which you shouldn’t be because this book is a gold mine)
1. GMOs – I have come to the realization, after a LOT of reading and research, that I am uncomfortable ingesting GMO anything. The main reason is because although there COULD be no issue with them, the potential is enough to keep me away from them. This being said I would still occasionally have some corn tortilla chips (GASP!!!) when I went out to mexican restaurants because, let’s face it, they are addicting and delicious. After reading this book I have changed these habits and will ONLY eat corn chips if they are organic. This is because, as the Caltons’ presented in the book, 86% of ALL corn in the US is GMO. I wasn’t aware of this before and it is astounding to me. I am also more careful about consuming canola oil at restaurants because 90% of it is GMO! Yikes. Be careful guys.
2. Agave Nectar – I am sure many of you (me included!) have thought at some point that “all natural” agave was a better option than white sugar. I have learned otherwise, thanks to Rich Food, Poor Food. Agave actuallys contains more fructose than HCFS high fructose corn syrup. They share that in a study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, “participants who consumed fructose gained more unhealthy visceral (belly) fat, were more insulin resistant, and were at a greater risk for developing heart disease and diabetes than those consuming similar amounts of glucose.” Don’t eat it!!!
and now for my FAVORITE PART!
3. Soda – The Caltons’ share their top ten reasons why soda is bad (or the devil in my opinion) but I will only share the top five so you have to get the book (or win the giveaway) to read the rest!
1. Sugar! It depletes the micro-nutrients in the food you are eating AND in your body. Bad news bears.
2. HCFS! Also depletes your micro-nutrients AND doesn’t trigger Leptin which causes overeating (no signal you are full or satiated)
3. Caramel color! Possibly carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and causes hyperactivity in children. Ain’t nobody got time for that
4. Phosphoric acid! Another micro-nutrient depleter
5. Artificial flavors! MSG can possibly cause brain damage, attributes to obesity/diabetes, and the most common side effects include: changes in blood pressure, joint pain, blurred vision, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, depression, inability to speak, anxiety or panic attacks, migraines, and seizures. Sounds FUN right???
Now for the good stuff! The giveaway! Ahhh! Sorry, I got a little excited there 🙂
Sweet Potatoes and Smiles,
The Freckled Foodie