For everyone who wants to enjoy delicious food AND stay fit and healthy.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
What you (we) can do to change our food system
Instead of only bemoaning our nation's obesity epidemic and food-safety lapses, here are some actions you/we can take to improve things -- however incrementally.
1. Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages 2. Eat (and cook) at home instead of eating out 3. Go meatless one day a week 4. Support family farms by shopping at farmers' markets, in season (from about April through November, in Cincinnati)
5. Know where your food comes from (read labels), and shop at grocers who label the origin of foods.
Here's a way to find good places to eat when you're traveling. It's (appropriately) called Find Eat Drink, a website and an iPhone app. (I have a Droid but also an iPad, and hope it will work on the pad) Click on photo for link.
At the University of Cincinnati, I teach writing, reporting and research methods to journalism students as well as a course in mass communication.
I also write a "Healthy Foodie" column, with co-author Mary Ann Barnes, M.D., for the magazine Whole Living Journal, which is distributed in the Cincinnati metro area.
I'm a freelance food and travel writer, a dedicated exercise fanatic (have been since my 20s) and an avid gardener, reader, cook and moviegoer. I'm live in Cincinnati with my husband, George, and recently lost my sweet mother, who died peacefully at 91.