What is a giant photo of sugar doing on our healthy living website?
As a teen and college kid, I was obsessed with low-fat living. My 10 years as a gymnast ingrained in me the very wrong principal that low and zero fat foods were the way to go when it came to keeping our body fat in check. I don’t think I was the only one subsisting on swedish fish and diet mountain dew, but I sure did take it to an extreme level, especially during my college days. I ate fat-free cereal and skim milk for breakfast, carrot sticks and celery with low fat (high sugar) salad dressing for lunch, and pasta with red sauce and vegetable for dinner. Followed by hearty servings of swedish fish and gummy bears for dessert. SO GROSS.
It was a confusing time for me, and many of the girls I was surrounded by. No one knew what healthy looked like and how to stay balanced and fit.
Fast forward 20 years later, I have figured out healthy living, BUT things are still very confusing in America, for our girls, and in the food industry. Should we eat low-fat, no-fat, high protein, low-carb, vegan, raw, paleo?? There’s a new diet and juice cleanse that comes out every day, yet as a whole, our culture is not getting healthier. Obesity rates are up to 51% when we factor in metabolic diseases, in which our internal organs are fat. Things need to change.
Which brings me to a very timely, exciting project that I am really proud to be a part of. Seven years ago my husband and I, along with a close friend, Stephanie Soechtig, started a film company, Atlas Films, which set out to produce films that dug deep and told truthful stories about crisis in our world. The story of food and nutrition, and why our culture is so unhealthy in its’ food choices, needed to be told.
We present to you: Fed Up The Movie. A film that will change the way America, and the world, looks at food and the food industry. It is an enlightening 90 minute film that will make it so much easier to know what to eat and what to avoid. And not to give away the whole film, BUT, sugar — in all of its forms–is the main culprit when it comes to obesity and unhealthy diets. The film shares many ways to start making changes but overall it comes down to eating REAL food, the kind you can pronounce and cook yourself.
Please watch the trailer, and share it with your networks. The 4 obese teens who star in the film are our heroes, as they courageously share their stories and their lives, giving us all a real look at what it is like to try to stay healthy in this very unhealthy culture. Girls and people everywhere need to hear this message.