I took Monday night off from blogging to sit down and watch Fed Up. I would have loved to have seen it when it came out in the spring, but the theaters were so limited with their shows that I couldn’t get to one. In any event, after a fun and exhausting day yesterday in Chinatown we got Sara to bed around 7pm which meant I would have time to sit down and watch the movie!
I was inclined to pick up the phone yesterday morning and call my mom to discuss the film with her during my morning drive. I truly believe that this movie is a MUST SEE for anyone that eats. Bottom line… we all need to watch it.
I’ve never had a weight problem. We don’t have obesity in our family but this movie is for everyone. It’s scary. As a parent of a 5 year old and as something who is getting ready to bring another baby into this world, this movie is truly eye-opening and scary.
This movie does NOT promote any type of specific diets. No talk about being a vegan, staying away from gluten, dairy or evening buying certain types of organic foods. The message is simple in my mind. It talks about how over 80% of the packaged foods that are in our stores have added sugars. 80%!! That’s insane! Knowledge is power my friends and we should all learn from this movie and do something out about it.
Fed Up talks about sugar being as addictive to the brain as cocaine. Many of us have heard this before. It discusses that sugar can be OK in moderation but that most Americans exceed the daily “allowance” before breakfast is over.
Times have changed! The food industry has changed! My mom and I were discussing yesterday that when I was growing up that the message was that all calories were created equal. Today, we know better then that! All calories are NOT created equal!
I’m very tempted to bring this video into my daughters school as I would love to see some major changes happen with their hot lunch program! I don’t let Sara buy lunch and I pack it daily. I’d love to hear thoughts from others on this. What is the lunch program like at your school? What kind of message are schools passing on to kids?
Want to rent the movie or buy it? It is easy to rent or watch on iTunes or Amazon.
The big take home points…
Read labels… It’s something that I have been doing for years and so I have some knowledge in this area but if you don’t make a habit of doing so… start! Spend a few more minutes and be careful what you put into your cart.
Eat clean and eat smart! Life is surely about balance but think about what your daily balance means for yourself and your family.
Become educated and share the knowledge with others. The more of us who are aware the more we can make others aware
Head over the Fed Up Movie page and learn about others ways that you can take action and make a difference!
Interested in taking the Fed Up challenge? Try going 10 days without sugar! Join the thousands of others who done it! It’s doable and POSSIBLE! As the movie says, “It’s time to get REAL about food!”