Perhaps you’re tired of hearing about food and have trouble keeping up with the hottest diet or food movement out there. Probably you’ve had enough of all things gluten-free, paleo, vegan, organic and “healthy”, to be honest, I don’t blame you, I know I have. As a person blessed with no food allergies, intolerances and a healthy appetite, I am tired of labels and crave a nourishing, yet mindful diet. If, by any chance, you want to find out  where the food at the supermarkets comes from and make up your own mind about things, I highly recommend watching at least some of the following food documentaries. They are real eye openers to say the very least. Armed with knowledge, perhaps we’ll all think twice about buying soya milk instead of cow’s milk from a local farmer. I know I will.

Food, Inc. – Filmmaker Robert Kenner exposes corporate farming in the United States, concluding that it produces food that is unhealthy, in a manner that is detrimental to the environment and abusive of both animals and employees.

The World According to Monsanto looks at their unforgiving company policy, delving into the issue of their dominance of patents on genetically engineered seeds and pesticides.

Meat the Truth hits home when it demonstrates the devastating effect livestock farming has and its contribution to greenhouse gas emission worldwide.

King Corn investigates how big a role corn production plays in the U.S. food economy.

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Super Size Me have you ever thought you could live off of nothing but fast food? Morgan Spurlock spends 30 days eating nothing but McDonald’s, walking less than a mile a day, all while investigating the company’s practices and impact on our everyday life.

Food Stamped follows a nutrition educator and her husband as they do their best to eat healthy food on a $50 week food stamp budget.

There are a lot of other documentaries worth adding to the list, but these are the only ones that I’ve seen so far and would really recommend. I know from experience that it is very confusing trying to find a diet, dare I say lifestyle, that suits you, but is still respectful of the world we live in. If you do choose to watch these documentaries, most likely you’ll face an internal struggle, but it’s so worth it.

You might be wondering why this is something I am writing about, but being someone who loves cooking, food, and dreaming about one day owning a farm and producing for family and the community , it is crucial to have my beliefs challenged as much as possible. There are so many things wrong about mass food production (both meat and diary, but also the way grains, vegetables and other “greener” options are being produced) and it really needs to be revolutionized. As consumers, we have the power to bring about change, but in order to make better choices it is of utmost importance that we educate ourselves as much as possible concerning the issue.

Please let me know if you have any other documentary or even book recommendations. Hope you have a great day!

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It’s a pool party over at ModCloth, and you’re invited! With so many bikinis and one pieces to pick from, you’re bound to find a standout look that suits your style. And while you’re at it, check out ModCloth’s exploration of so-called “ideal” beach bodies in their new Swim-fographic! It’s an intriguing look at how arbitrarily beauty standards have changed over time. Of course, ModCloth knows that every body is a beach body — the only requirements are a beach, your bod, and a swimsuit you can’t wait to flaunt!

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Hi! Today I stumbled upon something amazing! It was the global survey, My World 2015. For the first time in history, the UN had set up a web page where you can cast a vote for pressing global issues you want to see the UN tackle. Most of these issues are already being dealt with by the UN, but it’s important for the people who represent us to remember that these are issues that not only matter to all of us, but also affect those of us who most of the time do not get a direct say in the matter. If you’re curious to see what 6 issues I picked out of the presented 16 take a look here.

You can visit the website, cast your vote and help spread awareness. If just voting isn’t enough for you then you may want to check out World We Want 2015 and perhaps even compete in a challenge to raise awareness here.

Hope you have a great day!

 

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Everyone needs a bit of a pick me up from time to time.  Even on the days when the sun shines the brightest, a little bit of something “special” may be just the thing to instantly put a smile on your face.

1. Put on your favorite music and bust a move. I bet you have a song that puts a smile on your face as soon as you hear the first couple of notes, it is time to make up a special dance to go with it. Dancing will get your heart pumping and double as exercise releasing endorphins and dopamine.  It is instant gratification and will leave you humming the tune for the rest of the day.

2. Get some fresh flowers to put in a vase. Better yet, don’t only buy yourself a bouquet, buy one for your friend, colleague, and common workspace area. Knowing that you’ve made someone’s day special and seeing them smile will be sure to put a smile across your face also. Happiness is contagious and smiles can spread faster than wildfires.

3. Go for a walk. Take a breather. Enjoy the great outdoors, let yourself think about something else and focus on the simplicity of the beauty surrounding you. Call a friend to tag along if you are in the mood for company, a different perspective might be all you need.

4. Cut yourself some slack. There might be a million things you need and should be doing at the moment, but going in with a bad attitude will not do you any favors. Recharge and clear your head before tackling the mountain of responsibility.

5. Pick your battles carefully and manage your time wisely. There are things that you can’t control, no matter what you do, smile and move on to things you can.

Whether you have a special event to go to or plan on lounging about, there’s something magical about slipping into a floral frock. As I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors and in gardens, flowers have become a source of inspiration which is now translating even into my personal style. Whenever I wear a floral summer dress, I immediately think of garden parties and tea time. A bit of fun and folly enjoyed in a gorgeous dress. Here are some of my favorite ones from Modcloth. I hope you enjoy!

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Floral Summer Dresses

 

1. Garden of Glamour Dress ($99.99) 2. Enchanting Indeed Dress ($109.99) 3.  Spellbinding Ability Dress in Grape ($129.99) 4. Meadow My Gosh Dress ($59.99) 5. Stop, Popover, and Stroll Dress ($49.99) 6. Daintiness on Display Dress ($54.99) 7. Vacation Calls Dress ($54.99) 8. Bride and Bloom dress ($114.99)

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