1) My salvation through Jesus Christ and the evidence I regularly see of the Holy Spirit moving in my life.
4) Food. mmmmmmm......food!
And most recently, I have been a bit obsessed with investigating everything that I consume and apply on my body. I am an avid ingredients label reader, and I feel like it is the responsible thing to do to be an informed consumer. I have come to the point in my life where I actually feel irresponsible if I don't know about everything I am consuming, putting on my body, or feeding my family and putting on their bodies. I have come to the realization that our government, via the FDA, honestly does not protect us one bit when it comes to the food we eat or the personal care/cosmetics products we put on our bodies. And what is truly sad is that most people probably assume that things that are allowed by the FDA to be in our food and cosmetics, etc are safe--I mean, isn't that the FDA's job? I know I previously assumed this.
Because I have spoken so much about food in previous blog posts, I am going to save the food information for another post. But, if you have never watched Food, Inc., I implore you to watch it. You will not be disappointed. (You can watch it for free by clicking here.) Or, you can watch it for free as an Amazon Prime member on Amazon Prime. From the takepart.com website: "In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults."
For this post though, I want to write about something my eyes have been truly opened to since the beginning of the year. After I was stricken with cancer, I began looking into all of the areas of my life that could be improved with regards to cancer prevention. I figured that God wants me to glorify him with everything--all of me, including my body. I figured he probably wouldn't want me to put harmful chemicals on it and consume toxins. I knew my diet could change in a positive direction. But, when I began truly reading and understanding every ingredient label, I began getting a bit angry at the nasty stuff the FDA allows in our food. Many of the ingredients are banned in other countries because they are known to be toxic carcinogens. I soon realized that we really cannot count on the government to protect us from harm when it comes to products we purchase. It makes me so sad, because most people probably have no idea about these toxins. If you watch Food, inc., you will probably be even more upset about it. Thus, I began cooking most of our food from scratch and became extremely picky about any "packaged" food that I purchased. For some reason, after totally beginning to live super-clean with regards to food that we consume, I didn't even connect the issue with other products to which I was exposing my body. I finally realized that we absorb about 60% of what we put on our skin. This means that most of what we put on our skin goes directly into our blood stream! Towards the end of last year, I began investigating all other products with which I come into contact. I have completely changed the make up I wear, soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent and so many more products I use based on the information I learned. I don't mean to overwhelm you, but here is just some of the information I stumbled upon (pasted directly from breastcancerfund.org):
I plan on trying to break this information up into smaller, useful pieces that are easier to take action on. Our little family has implemented a few changes each week and I have not felt it to be overwhelming at all. I will share some of these on the blog in later posts in case some of you are interested.