Category: Call To Action

Food, Inc… Reconsidering what I consume now

"A must see!" --DineWithDani

When it came out, I was told that it was a gruesome depiction of the food industry intended to insight fear in consumers– so I never went to see it or rent it. Recently a friend announced that she was off meat after seeing a documentary on how meat is processed, so I had to know more.

After seeing Food, Inc. for myself (only seconds ago), I HIGHLY recommend it. Your threshold for blood and guts may be much lower than mine. And with that said, I want to warn you that there are some images of animal slaughter. But, to be honest, I understand that animals have to die for me to eat them, so… It was actually the statistics on corn by-products, protein-feed, dark houses, ammonia cleansing, antibiotics, pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that made me nervous.

I’ve been doing my best to buy local and organic produce for a long time, but I never considered how meat made it to my table. Here and now I pledge to seek out, support and promote small, local, cage-free, organic, grass-fed farms and dairies. Thank you Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser for shedding some light.

The final sequence of the film really hit home: It is so much cheaper to eat unhealthy foods; a fast food hamburger is cheaper than a head of broccoli. But we don’t have to settle for what is given to us. We can decide! You vote for what is provided in stores every time the cashier scans the items in your basket. If we buy better foods, the retailers will stock more of it. And the more they stock the cheaper it becomes. It’s a cycle that we as consumers control without knowing!

Below is the trailer. The full-length documentary is available online at Netflix, iTunes (rent $4.99) and Amazon (instant video $2.99). Check it out.

Atlanta Fall Fit Fest… Sat., Oct 15, 9am- 7pm

I am all about Dr. Mehmet Oz, his wife Lisa, and now their daughter Daphne (The Chew). So when I heard that he would be at the Atlanta Fall Fit Festival, I was ready to sign up(!) even though I had no idea what the event would actually be or how much it would cost.

I know now that it’s like a fitness trade show for consumers. You can bring your whole family and everyone can get a workout and tips for living a more active lifestyle. The video below will give you more information.

My ballet instructor will be doing a demonstration and asked if anyone in the class would be going. So PS- I’ll be a part of the Flirty Girl Fitness demo at 10:30AM. See you there!


Ground Beef Recall in Georgia… Avoid E. Coli

As written By  for WebMD Health News


Aug. 15, 2011 — More than 60,000 pounds of ground beef sold at three major grocery store chains in the Southeast have been recalled because of potential E. coli contamination.

The ground beef was supplied by National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan. and sold by Winn-Dixie Stores Inc, Publix Super Markets Inc., and Kroger Co.

The USDA says routine testing at an Ohio Department of Agriculture facility revealed E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria. Further investigation identified the National Beef Packing Co. as the sole source of the tainted ground beef.

The USDA says there have been no reports of illness from the tainted ground beef.

E. coli 0157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea,dehydration, and in the most serious cases, kidney failure.

Children, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to illness caused by E. coli bacteria.



PS– And don’t forget to check the DineWithDani TOOLS page for more FDA recalls and recommendations.

Forget the Food Pyramid… Choose My Plate!

I mentioned in a weekly digest email to my subscribers that I’d like to eat healthier. I’ve done a bit better, but now I’m trying to follow the USDA’s recommendations. And it’s a lot easier than it used to be!

Instead of confusing children with the proportions of the pyramid that I grew up with, the USDA has now opted for a more easily interpreted and visually familiar image: a plate.

In visiting the site, I realized that it offers so much more than an explanation of what foods fit into what section. It actually allows you to customize your diet. Based on your age, weight, height and level of activity- you can find out exactly the amount of each food group you should eat a day!

So instead of paying some consultant or group to help you with your diet, the government offers it for free! Check it out!

WEEKLY UPDATE… My apology to subscribers

For the past few weeks the same weekly update has gone out on Thursdays. I understand that most of you overlook it, but I’ve gotten more than angry few replies and even a few phone calls about the duplicate letter.

I want to formally extend an apology to you all. I actually do understand how incredibly annoying it is. Believe me, I was annoyed when it was the first email I saw this morning yet again.

I want to thank all of you for sticking with me as I fumble around with the technology. And I assure you that this issue will be dealt with IMMEDIATELY.

Please have a wonderful weekend. And check the site for updates and videos from the Metropolitan cooking show. If you follow me on twitter you know that I got to meet the Neely’s, the Deen’s and some of my favorite Atlanta chefs.

Talk to you soon. Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Danielle Styles, @DineWithDani.

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