There is a site called Mind Body Green that I first came across through an interest in yoga. It’s one of those group-blog-like sites with articles from lots of different people on lots of different topics, mostly in the health-and-wellness genre. It’s definitely a site that requires reading with a critical eye as many of the sources are more anecdote and opinion than rigorous science. But some of the contributors are MD’s and PhD’s. If, like me, you’re looking for some yoga tips or meditation exercises there are worse places you could look. However, some Mind Body Green articles make me cringe.
I’ll start with one I liked:
Don’t Blame Big Food For Our Health Problems, Just Stop Buying Crap: The title is fairly self explanatory. What I love about this article and others like it is the message regarding personal responsibility.The gist is this: companies can only sell what we are willing to buy. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. Change will come with knowledge and choice, not laws and restrictions. Companies want to make money. This is not evil. In fact, it can work in your favour.
The same goes for non-food items. For example, some years ago, a warning was going around that cheap candles made in china were being found to have lead in them (same is true of some made-in-china chinaware by the way). Even if selling these candles were made illegal immediately (cause, you know, the government works fast like that) who is checking every candle coming out of china for lead in the wick? Personally, I didn’t wait for anyone fix the candles. I just stopped buying cheap, made-in-china candles. So did a lot of other people. When we know better, we do better. Higher quality, locally-made candles are now a lot easier to find than they were 5-10 years ago, because that’s what people are willing to pay for.
Now for some Mind Body Green articles that make me laugh (and roll my eyes):
Before I elaborate let me say, I am not writing this from either a ‘pro’ or ‘anti’ stance on veganism, raw foods, paleo, or any other diet/lifestyle. I am in no position to tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t eat. If you have found a diet that works for you and it falls into one of these categories (or doesn’t), awesome.
What raises my eyebrows when it comes to these recipes is the names. If you have chosen not to eat a particular food, why go to such great lengths to pretend you are still eating it?
1) Caramel definition:
2) Ice Cream definition:
3) Cheese definition:
(Definitions from dictionary.com)
As for this one:
I call bullshit 😉