When Finn was first diagnosed with a dairy, egg, and peanut allergy in 2010, I was stunned. My world was literally rocked.
“How could this precious little body reject food? Why does he break out in hives, vomit, and start an anaphylaxis reaction when certain foods enter, and sometimes simply touch, his body? I don’t understand!”
We visited an allergist who gave the standard reason for food allergies, but it didn’t sit right. And so I started reading and researching and studying. Justin thought I was losing my mind because I would stay up so late with my nose inches into books and research. What I learned turned my shell-shock into a mama-bear-sized anger.
We had been duped. We had been lied to. We had been sold garbage about the health of our “food” in the name of pure profit. And it hurt my son.
Along the way I found some amazing allies in this fight for clean food, including Vani Hari, best known as the Food Babe.
I remember feeling freedom and relief as I read through her posts. I remember not feeling so alone in these “strange” beliefs that our food system had contributed to the food allergies of my sweetest first-born. And most importantly, I was reassured I had a voice and that is was important, just like yours is important and needed in this fight for real, clean food.
Fast forward five years and Vani’s first book, The Food Babe Way, is out!
Two major mainstream media outlets have already indicated they can’t promote the book because of their advertisers. Unfortunately, I’m not shocked. This simply reinforces the power of money in this country and the stronghold that Big Food has on what we understand of our food system.
The Food Babe Way contains the 21 essential habits that Vani used in order to take control of her health. She used to be an overweight, pill-dependent, sick young woman. True story. But changing her diet changed her life.
In this book, Vani will walk you through the simple changes you can make in your life to live a more energetic and vibrant life. This isn’t a “diet,” it’s a lifestyle.
The book features ways to:
- Avoid the top 15 ingredients that wreak havoc on your weight, beauty, and health
- Spot manipulative marketing and manufacturing techniques the food industry uses to get you to eat processed foods or hide questionable ingredients
- Replace the foods that make you fat, look older, and zap your energy with healthful, delicious substitutes
- Prepare dozens of additive-free meals with easy and delicious recipes
The book walks you through the ways we’ve been duped, the chemicals in our food and what they are doing to our bodies, healthful food habits, tips to navigate the grocery store, and offers dozens of additive-free recipes.
I most resonate with Vani on her endless work to expose the chemicals used by Big Food and how the FDA has turned a blind eye to what has transpired. The word technology and inventions should not be used in the same sentence as food. Food is food, not a science experiment, not a petri dish concoction that needs testing.
The FDA allows roughly 10,000 chemical additives to be used in our food. And yet, there are no credible studies to show that these additives are beneficial, or more importantly, not harmful.
“We do not know the volume of particular chemicals that are going into the food supply so we can diagnose trends,” says Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Food at the FDA.
Taylor continues, “We simply do not have the information to vouch for the safety of many of the chemicals…”
And yet, we’re told again and again by our doctors that our food is safe and has nothing to do with food allergies, intolerances, asthma, and a host of other health concerns on the rise, particularly among our children.
The Food Babe Way is a must-read! Add it to your book list now and dig in. You won’t be disappointed.