Resources for the Conscious Eater 5/24/12

Sometimes we really don’t think about what we eat.  We just put what looks and tastes good in our mouths without ever really thinking about what are the ingredients.  Suddenly we are a few pounds heavier and you don’t even know how.  It’s possible that if we change our habits to become a more conscious eater, we would be able to reap the benefits of what food can give us.  When I say conscious I don’t mean going a whole 180 on the foods you eat and becoming a hard-core vegan.  Instead I use the term conscious as an awareness of the ingredients.  Even adding just a few more vegetables or spices can make a big health difference.

If you have no idea how to become a better eater, we are on the same boat.

Depending on how health conscious you want to be, there are many great resources that a lot of people don’t know about.  A friend always told me that the best way to approach something new is to start by educating yourself.  So here are some sites that I found very helpful when it comes to becoming more conscious eater.

1. The World’s Healthiest Foods

The World’s Healthiest Foods website was created by the George Mateljan Foundation as a reference for people who want to make healthier meals.  It features the world’s healthiest foods list, which is a list of 127 ingredients from fruits, vegetables, oils, and meats that can make your meals healthier.  What is so great about this list is that it goes into detail the health benefits, nutritional value, history, and storage of the ingredients.  It’s a plethora of information right at your fingertips to learn about each component of a meal rather than just a basic recipe.  The site does offer healthy recipes and ways to become healthier, so I would definitely recommend this site.  I’ve learned so much about tomatoes…drool.

The George Mateljan Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation, striving to scientifically prove the benefits of eating healthy foods.  Although they do sell their own products, the information on the website is free.  They do post a notice that says “For education only, consult a healthcare practitioner for any health problems.”  Yet, considering that we are trying to teach ourselves about food, this serves our purposes well.

2. Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Watch

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If you’ve read my post on my Salmon Experiment, I’ve use this reference as a part of my research on which salmon is best to eat.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Watch is a site launched to create awareness on the issues of endangered species of seafood.  They provide resources for the seafood lover to learn about where their lovely seafood lives as well as what you can do to help.  This site offers a pocket guide to species that are okay to eat and which species of seafood are endangered.  What’s also cool is that they offer a list of restaurants that use sustainable seafood.  So then not only will your stomach be happy, but so will the fishes in the sea.  Oh and let’s not forget, it’s international-friendly.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located in San Fransisco, California.  The goal of this non-profit organization is to “inspire conservation of the oceans.”  They were given their start through philantropists, David and Lucile Packard from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  Not only are they self-sufficient in operating themselves, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is trying to do some good in the world.

I’ve found that these resources are very helpful in educating oneself to become a more conscious consumer.  The things that we eat are a choice.  It’s time that we learn about what we are choosing for the sake of our health.

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