Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Fattest Place on Earth

I was having lunch with some friends today and I kind of got into it with one of them over the subject of diet. And it made me ponder why I am such a radical now about what I eat and about spreading "the gospel" of Plant Strong/Nutritarian eating. And then I saw this:

And it broke my heart. You see, every time I see an obese person, my heart breaks. I know what it feels like to be overweight and frustrated.

But I also get angry. Not angry with the overweight person, just angry with the state of affairs. Angry that the cost of my family's health insurance is over $1200 a month and that we still have a $4000 deductible. Angry about the high taxes that I pay to fund entitlement programs to pay for other people's health care. Angry that there is a McDonald's or Wendy's or Burger King on every corner and that many people seem to be losing touch with real food.

There is another way. But if we let it go on this way, it just might bankrupt us all. We already know that our generation is going to be the first generation not to live longer than the generation before us.

So I'm sad and I'm frustrated and I want to make a difference, for my family, for the individual person that my heart goes out to and for all of us as a society. This is not just about me wanting to lose a few pounds and showing off my cooking skills. I'm a girl on a mission.

If you are interested in a wealth of information on this subject, visit Happy Healthy Long Life.

Fruit, it's what's for dessert.

Healthy Girl's Raspberry Banana Mango Freeze
serves 3-4

1 1/2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen mango
almond milk to desired consistency
2 large pitted dates
optional-other sweetener like agave or maple syrup

Place all ingredients in blender except almond milk and additional sweetener. Pour in about 1/2 cup almond milk and blend. Add almond milk as necessary to achieve desired consistency while blending.

Taste, add sweetener if necessary. Blend again and serve immediately.

What are your feelings about the obesity epidemic?

Do you think anything can be done or are we doomed to failure in this arena?

What are you passionate about?


Chris said...

Let's start a national fast food/fried food boycott.

We can pick a day....maybe in April and try to spread the word to as many people as possible as many ways as possible, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

I know one single day won't change our health, but it could increase awareness......

What do you think? Will Healthy Girl's Kitchen readers help start this?

Dan & Rivky said...

hey wendy,

awesome!! dan and i just signed up for the 28 day challange in feb. we are so excited!

VivaciousVegan said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! I am highly motivated to stop the obesity epidemic that our country is facing. I find it very difficult to stand aside and watch our children grow so unhealthy, our older people die younger and younger and our society blow the whole thing off as a if it was not an issue. With role models like Paula Deen who needs enemies. We have quick fixes for everything, if you are ugly get a face lift, if you are fat get lyposuction, if you are obese...gastric bypass. It is all fixable..So what if you teach your family to eat poorly, you can get it fixed after you have your first heart attack. I am very serious about what I consider a pandemic. Even cultures that once had no weight issues, like China, are struggling since the introduction of our westernized food restaurants. Sigh...
As you can tell I am passion about this. My mother died to lack of information about health and food. There is no reason for us to be overweight or have the health issues we struggle with. Everything is preventable. EVERYTHING.

MSilver said...

You go girl...I'm all for the boycott fast food - for one day idea. Lets get it going!

Angela said...

Hi Wendy,
I just wanted to let you know that one of my favorite things about your blog is that you are such an incredible resource. I often follow your links and find really valuable information. I love the blogs you follow the cookbooks you recommend and the video clips you post. I can't wait to see Forks over knives! Thank you for sharing your passion.
I am becoming more and more passionate about healthy food, especially what I give my children. I am trying to find a balance between setting an example to my friends and preaching. I don't want to scare people away. I have 20 more pounds to lose and I hope that losing between 50 and 60 pounds will draw people to me who are ready for change. Then I will be sending them to your blog and giving them Eat to Live.

Wendy said...

Thank you Angela for your kind words!!!!!

Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner said...

Thank you SO much for your comment on my post. I subscribed again and made sure I confirmed the subscription.

Raspberry Banana Mango Freeze sounds AMAZING!!! Such a great combo! :)

Thanks again!

Carrie said...

I completely understand your frustration and anger, I feel it a lot too about this issue. Being a blogger in this realm helps a lot because I feel part of a community that is healthy. There are a lot of people working to help promote change. I'm trying to stay optimistic about the future but it is hard. This may be among our darkest times on this issue.

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