Author: Amber French
I have noticed quite a few post on Social Media lately referring to the fact that the title “Organic” should in fact just be the norm and that everything else should bear the burden of a special designation.
I love that people are having this conversation and I think it goes a lot deeper than just organic foods.
Why are so willing to accommodate things that are devoid of health, and question foods, lifestyles, and choices that are full of vital health because some view them as difficult or unappealing? I don’t know about you but I find Chemotherapy unappealing. Potentially necessary and a weapon in my own “what If I get Cancer” arsenal, but unappealing AND difficult.
I recently had the great fortune of seeing Kris Carr speak with Gabrielle Bernstein in New York City. She is a well-known author and phenomenal speaker who continues to survive cancer for over a decade. She is great at departing her own wisdoms in a very inviting manner. Part of the reason that I identified with her is her positivity. She doesn’t preach, you barely even know you are learning from her. She is just the type you want to hear from and be around as much as you can.
I choose to talk about my own lifestyle choices in that way. I COMPLETELY agree that whole foods especially organics should be the norm, because they are, well, the norm. They are food as it comes in its most natural state. It hasn’t been modified or contaminated. However, I don’t feel the need to get defensive about not eating meat when people as questions. I see is as an opportunity to cook and share and feed. All things that I love to do.
Defending your food choices in whatever shape they manifest shouldn’t be about “I am right/you are wrong”. What I want to defend is the choice or the option. I want to defend against things that prohibit me (and others) from EASILY making the choice towards Whole Plant Based Foods. I want them to be accessible everywhere and cheap (or at least the same as their counterparts) cause Hell you didn’t have to do ANYTHING to them!!!
I want Whole Foods to be as convenient as Fast Food, so I can drive up to a window and have someone pass me a banana when I don’t feel like getting out of my car. I want to be able to call someone and have real Whole Food meals delivered to my door (no matter where I live).
I want my kid’s fundraisers to be healthful and vibrant and their hot lunch options to be recognizable and healthy.
I have been so fortunate that I don’t seem to get judged on my choices. I am sad for those that do. But I want more. I want my choices to become so mainstream that people don’t even notice them as different.
That’s not so much to ask is it?
Come share an apple with me and let me tell you about my choices….
About the Author: Amber has been in the fitness and recreation game for over 15 years (not including school!!). She made fitness her life because as the age old saying goes, study and teach what it is you need to learn. In other words, she’s battles with some weight issues for many years and wants to share what she has learned along the way.
You can follow her @TheVeganHouse