Go Clean in 2015!
by Keleigh May on January 5th, 2015

This year, The Mays are going clean in 2015!  What exactly does this mean?  We are eliminating highly processed, chemical laden, GMO-packed foods from our diet. 

What Does Going Clean Mean?

If you grew up before the 1990's, all food was non-GMO and our grand parents generation's food was all organic.  Today, it's an all out BATTLE to know what is in the food you serve your family.  Do we know the long term afects of eating GMO laden food over the course of a lifetime?  NO!  They have only been on the scene for about 30 years.

What We Do Know

What Has Changed?

In the early 1990's GMO's were introduced and have increased in production since then.
Click here for a brief history of Genetically Engineered Foods.  
The purpose of Genetically Modifed Crops (besides making $$$ for chemical companies) was to make the crops resistent to pesticides so that weeds and bugs could be killed while the actual plant would be left unharmed.  In theory, this would allow farmers to use less pesticides.  ​The seeds of the crops were genetically altered to be immune to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup.

What Really Has Happened?

So now we are having to use MORE and STRONGER pesticides. Last fall the EPA approved the use of 2,4-D in genetically engineered corn and soybeans. So what's the big deal? 2,4-D was a component of “Agent Orange,” the toxic defoliant used in Vietnam. 

You Are What You Eat!

Correlation is NOT Causation.
But these statics make you think. 

The United States is currently ranked 42nd by the CIA for ​Life expectancy at birth compared to the average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year. 

Other Countries Have Said "NO to GMO!"

There are currently 64 countries that require GMO Food Labeling. Did you know that major food companies make different/healthier products for the countries that demand food labeling? Don't we deserve the same quality as those in Europe? 

What's the Problem America? Why Aren't we Labeling our Food?

Big Companies spend BIG MONEY so that you the consumer will never know what you are consuming! Make you mad?! Me too! Here's a list of companies that oppose your right to know!

Ok, So How Can We Eat Clean?
Choose Organic!

The Dirty Dozen are products you should always buy organic as these are the fruits and veggies that contain the highest amount of contaminents.  The Clean Fifteen are products you can buy that do not have to be organic.

Here Are A Few Simple Changes We've Made in 2015!

Robyn O'Brien, who I heard at the WOW Summit, said live by the 80/20 rule, do good 80% of the time.  How do you "do good?" Start by dumping GMO’s, High Fructose Corn Syrups and Dyes. ​It's no secret that I am a junk food fanatic, so my goal is to find some of my favorite treats that are minimally processed without GMO's, HFCS or dyes. I talked about a few of my favorite things in an earlier post, but here are some more that I have added. 

Diet Soda- Zevia! I love Black Cherry, Joe's favoirte is Mountain Zevia. 

Bag of Chips- Dippin' Chips. I've tried these with my Nacho Ordinary Nachos, and they were AMAZING, easy switch. 

Traditional Ice Cream- Ben and Jerry's. B&J's are parteners in the Right To Know Labeling Act, and are commited to using the highest quality ingredients (no GMO's). 

Bacon/Breakfast Sausages- Always choose uncured and no nitrate bacon, I like Applegate. And I am a HUGE fan of Bilinki's Apple Sausage. Both are completely clean, and taste amazing. 
Have any treats you want to find a clean replacement for? Comment and let me know! I love proving to myself that it doesn't have to taste like grass to eat clean! Want to get healthier in 2015 and not sure where to start? Go clean with me because where there's a meal, there's a way!

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Merry - January 5th, 2015 at 6:01 PM
Thanks for sharing and doing all this research. I learned a lot!
Keleigh May - January 5th, 2015 at 10:32 PM
My pleasure! I'm so glad it was helpful. :)
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