Living Free

I've got news for you.

It's been a long time since I've been able to post online. There's been a lot going on in my life, lots of assignments for way too many magazines, far too many offers and online ruckus to distract me, on and on and on...

I'm sure none of this is new, though, especially with the state our Internet's -- and society as a whole -- has been progressing. Just by tracking the state of our world by The Oatmeal comics or xkcd's ever so informative maps, it's easy to tell that in a few years we might just become entirely dependent on technology to solve our every problems. Even simple calculations are thought of as a "waste of time" if you look at the number of new products developed everyday to help with household chores.

But that's not the reason I finally came back online. For the past year, I've been having conflicting views on diets. That's right -- diet fads, food issues, organic vs. vegan vs. pescatarian, and the infamously vile "foodism" have all been issues I've had trouble dealing with. Did you know about the future superpower Monsanto, from which most farms and food companies actually derive their food? It's been known for quite some time that they use GMO, aka genetically modified organisms, in their products. What GMOs are isn't as important as what they are not. They are not healthy, organic, or natural in anyway, no matter what packages and labels tell you. Genetically modified food products are the offspring of laboratory science and agriculture, because by definition they are Frankenfoods.

Just like how Frankenstein had created a monster from various parts of real humans and animals (gruesome story, I know, but trust me, it's the best analogy I could pop up in such short notice) Monsanto's food products are produced by extracting and adding various DNAs to the sequences of corn, wheat, beans, and other plants. For instance, DNA from a bacteria to help fight off insects without the use of pesticides might be added to the DNA of a bean to cut costs on purchasing safe chemicals to spray on the plants, as well as making them healthier to eat. Unfortunately, this process isn't as scientifically refined as it may sound, casting a huge shadow of doubt on whether GMOs are really as safe as they sound.

California, always one of the most progressive states in our nation, has even been a spearhead in driving the anti-GMO movement. In recent years, our government's been making efforts to label GMO products so that consumers can be sure that the food they're eating is GMO free and completely safe, because even if growth hormones work wonders on cows, no parent wants their child to be eating strange laboratory chemicals via their milk and cereal.

There's so much more I could say about the horrors and paradoxes of GMOs, but I'm leaving that for another post. In the meantime, I'd like to introduce you to a new project I'm working on. It's called Bites and Blogs, and it's a dual movement promoting healthy living and creativity through written expression.

I started this on the idea that anything is okay if it is in moderation...right? But there are certain things -- especially when regarding foods -- that are definitely not meant for human consumption, in both definitions. I'm talking about junk food, the awful stuff you see stockpiled in grocery stores in shelves ten feet high and fifty feet wide, the bags of greasy, artificially flavored, loaded carbs with zero nutrition and fake tastes to boot. I'm talking about McDonalds, Doritos, Lays, KFC, Wonkas, Burger King, Arbys.

I can see how you might immediately think my views are skewed, being the anti-consumerist blog this is, but my views have been changing lately. Although I am now a bit more liberal with my ideas, I still do not understand why our lives have become so dependent on food industries. The entire junk food empire is known for bringing about obesity, heart issues, diabetes, and a slew of other medical problems. The simple step to take is to stop eating junk food. And that's where Bites and Blogs comes in.

Rather than satisfying your sweet tooth with a candy bar, try fruits. I know, it's completely cliched, but that's one of the best parts because it's the information that's often repeated that sinks in. And once you realize that doing something good for yourself feels good, that's when you can really change. Bites and Blogs -- at least for me -- is a 100-day long marathon of healthy eating, blogging, and general musing about life in general. I'm hoping it's going to be a great experience and I can't wait to get started!

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