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  •  Watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (15+ / 0-)

    It's not about shame. It's about sharing and caring. It's about working together. It's about cooperation being the superior strategy over competition. Quality is being exchanged for convenience.

    The entire country, except the 1%, are under assault to accept alleged food as the norm. It is more important than ever we now critically examine what we are being sold and take steps to ensure good food for all. This means reclaiming fundamental skills like growing your own food in your own lawn or in containers, and knowing how to work with raw foods.

    Incremental change is your friend. If you can set aside the time to locate one healthy recipe and prepare it and serve it. If you can do the same next week. Then need to skip a week, but do so the next week. Or if it takes two or three weeks between recipes and meals. You will eat better. You are on the road to a better life. All things happen at their own pace and only you know the demands placed upon you. Focus on the journey, not the goal, because it is less overwhelming. Claw, scramble, snarl, your way out of the pit of thinking buying convenience food is the only way. Learn others' strategies who are in similar positions. Be a teacher to share what you have learned, if you have the time.

    Any time you go to the store, buy a bunch of greens and fruit, wash them, throw them into an atomic blender (vitamix, blendtec) or serve as a chef salad, if you can do this for 30 days, it will be a lifestyle change for the better. Even if you do it one day a week more than it is being done now, you will be a success. Share your goal with others to recruit support.

    Failure is not about never achieving. Failure is about giving up. Being ignorant or overwhelmed or outclassed is not failure. Resignation is failure. See Palin, Alaska governnor.

    •  Excellent comment, coldwynn.. (5+ / 0-)

      "Incremental change is your friend", good advice for just about anything in life, as well as cleaning up one's diet...SSK

      "Hey Clinton, I'm bushed" - Keith Richards

      by Santa Susanna Kid on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 12:47:23 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the movie recommendation (4+ / 0-)

      I've been watching it on Netflix since I read your comment.  It's excellent.

      Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

      by yet another liberal on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 01:33:44 PM PDT

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    •  Individual responsibility is all good, but... (0+ / 0-)

      that's no reason to let the mega-corporations off the hook on something like this.  We have some pretty reputable watchdogs out there, from Consumer Reports to Food/Water Watch and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.  So there are certainly opportunities to get the Campbells and MacDonalds of the world on record as to whether they will commit to not buying this ping-ponged chicken.  (Not really different than what many of us want to see with Wal-Mart's and the Gap vis-a-vis clothing -- even if we personally never set foot in that kind of retailer.)  

      Putting all of the onus on the individual consumer to "reform herself" is (a) not completely effective and (b) a wee bit judgmental.  Let's not get divided into camps where we argue whether raising your own birds or going vegan is the only proper response.  Consumer empowerment through information is part of the solution.    

      When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick." ~ Mikhail Bakunin

      by Sick Semper on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 03:12:07 PM PDT

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