Looking at food from a Holistic perspective can be intimidating. It can be a challenge to navigate through the plethora of flower essences, digestive supporting foods, vitamins, and diet assistance products. Not to mention the Raw Food movement; an effort to make a change in one’s diet in order to include more uncooked, unprocessed, and organic foods. Making these changes to your diet can be as simple as grabbing some organic tomatoes from your local grocery or as complex as balancing respiratory, skin, digestive, and joint and muscle care through the use of certain foods in unison with certain vitamins and minerals.
The Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern from Bizzare Foods takes a trip to a New Age Spa in Arizona to experience a Holistic Approach to life, including various ways to eat holistically. You can find the video here.
The beginning of making a change in your lifestyle is to understand what ingredients go into the production, manufacturing, and eventually inside of the foods you are currently eating. In order to tackle the Holistic Food perspective I want to start with ways to make ingredient knowledge more accessible. One of the most interesting methods used in order to become more aware of the ingredients that go into the foods you eat every day is called Fooducate. This app is available for Android and iPhone users allowing the ability to scan the bar codes of their favorite products and see what is really inside such as:
- Excessive sugar
- Trans fats
- Additives and preservatives
- High fructose corn syrup
- Food coloring
- Confusing serving sizes
After the consumer see’s what unsightly ingredients really are in the foods they love, Fooducate then allows the user to select healthier alternatives to the same product. According to their website, “… Fooducate is like taking your own personal dietitian to the supermarket…”. Apple also rated Fooducate as the “Best app of 2011 in the Health & Fitness category”.
In another effort to understand labeling and ingredient lists, Slow Foods USA has partnered with Justlabelit.org in order to petition for the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. Below is a video of a mother who is involved with the Just Label It effort.
What are your thoughts on Holistic Health, especially food? Would you consider “going raw” or eating totally organic foods? What about the FDA’s labeling processes – would you sign a petition to require the FDA to label genetically engineered ingredients?
Peace, Love, and Holistic Health!