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For me, it’s all about taste. My family owns a large ranch in Mexico where chickens are killed for dinner and apples are picked from trees for snacking. I remember coming back to the US and tasting the food here. There was/ is something different in the way American food tastes. I started finding that organic foods tasted more like the foods back home, and I have slowly started eating more organic foods. I’ll also admit that it doesn’t always happen though. I’m not a political activist, but I like being informed. That’s why I attended Shiftcon. I wanted to learn more about food in the US.
Shiftcon was a conference put on by the energetic and always awesome Leah Segedie with the intent of making a shift in the way we see food, health, and our environment. People from all over the US came to listen to professionals in this eco-wellness movement. #ShiftHappens
Organic food can be expensive, but there are ways around it. At Shiftcon, I learned to look at the brand’s website for coupons, make meal plans, to go to farmer’s market and get to know your farmer. They’ll hook you up once they get to know you.
There are only so many calories we can consume in a day. Why not eat the best tasting foods? I had never seen an all organic breakfast at a conference with fresh fruits. Pretty darn cool!
I’ve seen plenty of food trucks in my day, but this one served organic, fresh, and local food. Someone in the ordering line mentioned they had an allergy, and the Green Truck people knew exactly what not to add to her food.
I’m on Good Day Google+ every other week with my good friend, Chef Dennis Littley. With him here is Mia Voss. She also has a show on Google+. Together, we held a Google+ Hangout straight from the conference. To see the show: CLICK HERE
When I get sick, I usually take some of this: Health Ade Kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea that promotes healthy digestion, contains B vitamins, vitamin C, and other antioxidants, and is low in sugar and caffeine. It’s in the refrigerator section at the grocery store. Tastes great and gives you a bit of a pick me up. I usually feel better in a few days. For more: CLICK HERE
I had to give Bex Bakes some love because she bakes all the stuff herself, using natural, whole food ingredients. That’s A LOT of work! I need to find her just for those coconut cookies! To find out more about Bex Bakes: CLICK HERE
If you opened my frig right now, you’d find Horizon milk. It’s what Little Red makes his chocolate milk with every morning. Little Red also gets a packed lunch everyday. Making lunch everyday for a single mom can be tough. My new solution and favorite thing since sliced ham (pun intended): Half Time by Applegate!
I got to keep one of these cool plastic cups by Horizon and Silk. Do you have any idea how many times I’ve lost my cup? Let’s NOT go there…
I published this picture all over my social channels of me and the Food Babe, and I got some negative feedback. That totally blew me away. I know she’s controversial because … well, who stands up in front of the DNC front row with a sign that says “Label GMOs”…. oh right, the Food Babe, Vani Hari. Gutsy, smart, and absolutely beautiful. She’s on a mission to reveal what is really in your food. For more on the Food Babe:
It wasn’t all about food. Shiftcon had a little of everything. From yoga in the morning to a room for manicures. I never knew there was such a thing as vegan nail polish. Mind blown!
Do you get a CSA box delivered? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You get a box of fruits and veggies from local farmers. You never know what you’re going to get, but it’s always fresh. To find one near you: CLICK HERE
Stonyfield is the world’s leading organic yogurt producer. Gary Hirshberg, the chairman of Stonyfield Farm, was a speaker at Shiftcon. He’s a leader in the GMO movement. Such an inspiring speaker!