Do One Thing

"As eaters, we are all shareholders in our food supply and can learn from Robyn’s work. Her efforts are both inspiring and important. "  - Nell Newman

Making the shift to a healthier kitchen was always such a daunting task to me, but sometimes, a simple step is all it takes to get started.  I’m going to help you make it as easy as possible to take those steps and remember— not only have I been known to burn noodles, but I've got picky eaters, a limited budget and no time, too.

Find a Friend: But before you get started, the most important thing is to find a friend with whom you can begin to make these changes because change is not always easy, and you will need some moral support!

The first step is realizing that each of us is going to make the journey in our own way.

  • Cut Artificial Colors? For some of you, the first step will be to turn a detective’s eye on the labels at the grocery store and choosing one type of additive to reject, such as aspartame or Yellow Dye Number 5.
  • Eat Less Fake Food? For others, you may want to eliminate genetically modified foods from your diet.  And for others, since according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, approximately 80% of all processed foods now contain genetically modified ingredients, you may want to start there and simply eat less processed foods.
  • Worried About Biting into Biotech?  Japan, all 27 countries in the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and other countries all require mandatory labeling of biotech's proteins (also known as "GMOs" or genetically engineered organisms") since no long-term human studies were conducted to prove that they were safe.  Want those same labels here in the U.S. so that we can make an informed choice, then head to the Do One Thing On Line page to learn more.
  • Concerned about the Overuse of Antibiotics & Drugs in Food Animal Production? There are amazing online resources that can help you navigate the grocery store in your efforts to avoid meat and dairy products full of antibiotics and other drugs now used in animal food production.

This is not a one size fits all approach, and I understand that.  The suggestions presented on these pages are simply meant to serve as a starting point.  If you are worried about artificial food dyes, start there.  Are concerns about genetically modified foods your biggest worry?  Then start there. 

So do what is going to work for you, avoid what seems like too much trouble, and trust in yourself and in the process.  That’s the only way it’s going to work for you anyway, so why not start out by feeling calm and in control?

Below are some tips to help "clean up". (And for those who might ask, I do not represent or work with in any way any of these corporations or products, I simply value the integrity of their ingredients).

At Home
All of us can do some spring cleaning of our diet. Here are a few simple things that you can do a home without a lot of effort.
At School
It's hard to know and control what our kids do at school, but here are a few tips to get them on the right track.
On line
There are so many resources online that we can tap into. In this section I list a few that were real eye openers for me.