I’m not American so Thanksgiving isn’t really a holiday for me. Having said that, giving thanks in any form is something I can really get behind.
Usually the news is one long buzzkill but lately I’ve noticed a bit of a change. Whether it’s exploding the myth that saturated fats are bad for you, protesting the recent revision of statin guidelines or drawing attention to the rank state of fast food, I feel like the foodies are fighting back, and I love it.
Here’s a few things we can all be thankful for this season, no matter what nationality we are:
1. There’s a “food awakening” happening, according to Organic Connections magazine which compares and contrasts the financial performance of Annie’s (a mostly organic company) with Kelloggs (otherwise known as the GMO-peddling, grain-loving boogeyman). I’ll give you one guess which is experiencing growth and which is struggling.
2. There’s a growing backlash against those misleading and downright shady “before” and “after” pics used by disreputable diet companies. Consumers are waking up to the fact that they’ve been duped. Now perhaps we can do away with these poisonous marketing campaigns all together?
3. Also being exposed recently: a McDonald’s McRib patty in all its hideous pre-cooked form. This disgusting pic went viral and I enjoyed it immensely – the more people are confronted with the grisly reality of fast food, the better off we’ll all be.
4. Christmas is just around the corner and that means food bloggers have been hard at work creating healthy (and delicious) versions of your standard festive fare such as eggnog! cookies! Chocolate chestnut pudding! And a delicious Christmas dinner!
5. Some genius has created an app for us desk jockeys who are stuck sitting for hours on end. FitBolt is a desktop app compatible with almost any programme that not only gives you regular reminders to get off your butt, but even suggests quick exercises or simple stretches. Best of all, it’s free! (although you can pay more for an advanced version that seems to offer ALL THE THINGS)
6. This image has been doing the rounds recently and it’s a wonderful shot in the arm for the body confidence movement. We come in all shapes and sizes, time to celebrate the diversity.
7. A couple of weeks ago, around 140 countries signed the UN’s Minimata Convention which bans the use of mercury in cosmetics and soaps. Hopefully it’ll pave the way for greater regulation of the toxic soup that is the cosmetics industry.
8. Whole Foods in San Francisco is seriously upping its game with a new Paleo bar and oyster shucking station in store. They’re also selling fresh honeycomb. It’s enough to make you want to pack up and move.
9. There’s hope for the next generation of food consumers if this video of 11 year old Birke Baehr schooling Monsanto is anything to go by. Kid’s got game.
10. Rejoice nut fans! Apparently eating a handful of the critters a day is linked with reduced mortality. Or, in plain speak, nuts can help you live longer! I’m away to stock up on chestnuts….
Thanks it folks. If you’re celebrating the holiday then I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.
If, like me, you’re not celebrating, then I hope you have lots in your life to be thankful for.
Weigh in: Are you encouraged/shocked/surprised by any of the above? What are you thankful for today? How are you spending Thanksgiving?