Truth is not what you want it to be, truth is truth.
Buying groceries is fairly simple. Relocating shouldn't affect that. Unless, of course, you buy local. Back home, I have/had relationships with my farmers. I had a few organic-ish grocery stores at my disposal. Returning to the land that time forgot has been a bit difficult as far as finding good food is concerned. There are a few stores that have organic sections, but the small town feel is definitely front and center when it comes to tracking down good food.
I've had a few awkward moments when it comes to stating my opinions about such things. When I open my big mouth and proclaim a fact about an ingredient. When I try to say something nicely but fail miserably. I am not a confrontational person. I tend to just "let things go." Well, I used to. When it comes to what I put into my body and my kids bodies, I'm quite vocal. I believe so strongly in the consequences of bad food choices that I am compelled to speak out.
It isn't up to me what other people choose to eat. I hope to be a positive influence, but I understand people have to make their own choices. This is not a fad for me. This isn't just something I like to do, this eating real food thing. I wish I was still in my blissful bubble of ignorance about things like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated, mono glycerides, words that you need a bio-chem degree to understand. That's not true. I'm glad I know what I know. I can admit that I don't know everything. I've barely scratched the surface of all that there is to know about our food supply. I get that.
What I do know is that processed foods are killing people. What I do know is that not only are we affected physically by what we consume, but mentally. What I do know is that I have never felt as if I'm missing out by not consuming the crap I used to call food. What I do know is that when I'm attempting to find a diamond in the rough of a chain grocery store, I want to scream. What I do know is that people are busy and short on time and cash. What I do know is that the average American doesn't really have the extras to devote to investigating what goes into their grocery cart. What I do know is that the food industry has done a marvelous job of fooling us. The marketing, from the pretty colors on the packaging to the way it's displayed in the grocery store serves one purpose: to get the consumers money. What I do know is that it just makes sense. What I do know is that the chemistry behind these food additives is so involved that they are counting on people not taking the time to investigate. What I do know is that every single day I hear a story that confirms this truth. What I do know is that when I hear about a person being diagnosed with a disease my first thought is wondering about their lifestyle as far as food/medication are concerned.
So when I get on a rant, gentle or boisterous as it may be, it's not out of anything but love. What do I have to gain? What is in it for me by telling others to care about what they're putting into their bodies?
Think about that for a second. It goes so far beyond just food. It comes down to Truth on very many levels. What do I care if you eat locally grown? What do I care if you eat foods that last five years on the shelf? What do I care if you Big Dubbie cakes and Frato pies? What do I care?
I care because I love people. The people I am most passionate towards are the ones I love the most. I actually cry about this stuff. It's a passion to see my loved ones healthy. It's not a pride issue or a matter of having to be right. It's a matter of having connected the dots and wanting to spread the facts in hopes of change. I am compelled to share the Truth in more aspects of my life than just food.
By God, I am going to speak the Truth. I will not water it down. There are people who recognize a problem and ignore it and there are people who recognize a problem and fix it. I'm just trying to do what I can to push more folks into that second category.