Fight Back Fridays May 15th

Well, fellow Food Renegades, it’s that time of the week yet again! We are bringing together another collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies — each from a lover of Real Food.

Last week’s carnival was fantastic. A record-breaking forty bloggers participated! We also welcomed quite a few first timers. If you didn’t check it out, you should. You’ll find a wealth of great articles and posts there. It’s my personal hope that Fight Back Fridays will continue to unite many of us coming from within different circles of the Real Food Revolution.

Who are the members of the Real Food Revolution? Why, they’re the Food Renegades. You know who you are — lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, the list goes on. I believe that by joining together, our influence can grow, and we can change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats!

So, let’s have some fun.

If you want to participate but aren’t sure how, please read these guidelines for how Fight Back Fridays will work. The two most important things you can remember to do are:

  1. Share a relevant post from your blog with us using the Mr. Linky Widget below.
  2. In your post, be sure to link back to this post (not the home page) so that your readers can have access to all the information and encouragement we’ll be sharing.

Please also feel free to make use of any of the banners below by saving the image to your desktop then uploading it to your own server. (You don’t have to use them, but they’re there for you!)

If you don’t have a blog but are interested in joining the conversation, you can leave your comments below!

This week, I shared a video interview of Michael Pollan discussing everything from swine flu to GMOs to our health care crisis to our school lunch program. What do they all have in common? They’re all issues that can’t properly be addressed without first discussing what’s wrong with our dominant food system.

I can’t wait to see what you all share.

Fight Back Friday Banners

PLEASE NOTE: The smaller banners are also available as badges/buttons for your sites over on my sidebar so that you can sport your Real Food Lovin’ Pride and inspire others to join us in the Real Food Revolution. Just copy the code and paste it into your sidebar. (Again, you don’t have to use them to participate in the carnival.)

Come on, people. Let’s change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats!


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19 Responses to Fight Back Fridays May 15th
  1. Stacey
    May 14, 2009 | 10:12 pm

    We got our first CSA box this week and it was more-than-I-could-possibly-hope-for bounty! And for the first time ever we got freshly-milled corn meal that made a wonderful cornbread (that’s the recipe)! I also got my veg garden planted. It’s been a great week! Cheers!

    Stacey

  2. Raine Saunders
    May 14, 2009 | 11:35 pm

    My post this week is about being nutritionally fit. I’m tired of people harping on burning fat, exercising “til you die!”, and losing weight. Most of these sources focus nothing on nutrition and everything on working out and fitness. So I decided it was time to write an article about the neglected side of health: nutrition.

    I have a particular pet peeve about this since I work at a health club and have been trying for two years to get the management to buy in to a total nutrition program which will greatly improve the overall health of their members. But they’re stuck in their ways and have continued to refuse my suggestions and ideas. I prepared several documents outlining the importance of whole and traditional foods for health and a PowerPoint presentation talking about showing members short videos about nutrition each time they come into the club – something simple and interesting they could learn and apply to their lives each time they come in. I’d love to hear anyone’s thoughts about how I might go about getting their attention, as right now I’m out of ideas. I’m especially riled up about how much they push health and then have a snack bar and vending machines that sells junk food to everyone in the club. I’m sure many readers will agree with me, because it’s a terrible problem that is rampant everywhere.

    Raine Saunders

  3. Kelly the Kitchen Kop
    May 14, 2009 | 11:46 pm

    My post today certainly isn’t original, as you, Kristen, and Ann Marie have both posted on the topic recently (and I linked to you in my post), but I add a link to a great video by Ramiel Nagel about tooth decay into the mix! :)

    Kelly the Kitchen Kop

  4. Carolyn
    May 14, 2009 | 11:51 pm

    I finally got back here. Fridays have been crazy the last few weeks, and I have been unable to post in a timely fashion. Next week, I will post what I did with all the veggies from my Organic Buying Club.

    Carolyn

  5. KristenM
    May 14, 2009 | 11:55 pm

    Kelly — Not to sound weird, but when is a blogger EVER original? To me, it’s all about an ongoing conversation as we each dig a little deeper and build on what others have said before. So, thanks for sharing the video! I’m going to go see it now.

    Raine — I really enjoyed reading your post. (I would have commented there, but I apparently need to sign up for a WordPress.com account in order to do it. Have you considered opening up your comments to other users?)

    I’m with you 100%. I think it’s all about how advertisers market our foods. By focusing so much on nutrients, we buy into this idea that scientists can manufacture food that’s healthier for us than the real thing. Marketers can take something that’s perceived as a negative — like fat — and spin it into a way to sell more food simply by manufacturing lower fat options. You get the idea. I’d love it if people could actually take a real course in nutrition, one that had a more holistic approach to health & wellness.

    Stacey — I *loved* the pics from your box this week. So lovely. Thanks for joining in the fun today!

  6. Rob Smart
    May 15, 2009 | 4:54 am

    This week, I begin what I hope will be a lively discussion of the reasons why our industrial food system is so concerned about local food, which is surprising given the “noise level” sales of local foods within our overall national food system.

    Check out my post, consider my suggestions, and jump in with your own thoughts. Do you agree? What am I missing? Have I overstated a concern?

    All comments are welcomed, even encouraged.

    Cheers,

    Rob Smart

    Rob Smart

  7. EcoYogini
    May 15, 2009 | 5:19 am

    Hi Kristen,
    So sorry about posting my link twice!! I guess i’m not fully awake yet, I hope it’s not too much trouble to take one of them out…. :S

    Happy Fight Back Friday!

    Blessings,
    Lisa

    EcoYogini

  8. Local Nourishment
    May 15, 2009 | 6:39 am

    This week’s offering is about a rather new website and how I used it as a starting place for a lesson the kids really sunk their teeth into!

    Local Nourishment

  9. Linsey
    May 15, 2009 | 7:39 am

    This week is all about my community garden – the lighter side of our food fight. Community gardens, from the outside, are tiny pieces of borrowed real estate that, on deeper inspection, reflect the kooky people who tend them. This is a tiny slice of that story.

    Linsey

  10. Lee
    May 15, 2009 | 8:54 am

    Today’s post is about Just BARE Chicken, the “all natural” brand recently launched by Gold’n Plump. Thanks KristenM!

    -Lww

    Lee

  11. Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS
    May 15, 2009 | 10:49 am

    Hi! Even though I read Nourishing Traditions six years ago, we didn’t fully embrace it, nor fully understand about traditional techniques and how important they are for health. My post today explains what convinced us (how sprouting gluten-grains allows our gluten-sensitive family members to eat all grains now), gives an overview of Nourishing Traditions, and explains where our family is going… for the better! Thanks for another great Friday!

    Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS

  12. Julie
    May 15, 2009 | 11:58 am

    My post today is a variation on regular water kefir–make kefir with fruit juice! It’s a tasty way to get your daily serving of probiotics.

    Julie

  13. Stacy
    May 15, 2009 | 1:14 pm

    I posted a link I found in the NY Times about processed food safety and talked a little bit about why I’m happy as a clam to not eat that kind of food anymore!

    Stacy

  14. Ren
    May 15, 2009 | 1:23 pm

    Here’s my variation on the traditional chorizo con huevos using all local, mostly organic ingredients. Usually served at breakfast but suitable for any time of day, this dish easily scales to serve a crowd.

    Comer con gusto!

    Ren

  15. Sheri aka Mom
    May 15, 2009 | 1:39 pm

    A great article about more people having chickens in their backyard. I am SO excited, cause we’re getting some of our own soon. I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s posts today.

  16. Pam
    May 15, 2009 | 5:34 pm

    My post is what I’ve been doing this winter to improve my family’s nutrition, long term. I hope it’s an encouragement to everyone, not just people with the resources to do what I’m doing.

  17. Kyle
    May 15, 2009 | 7:39 pm

    Another new high I think!

    Kyle

  18. Hugging the Coast
    May 15, 2009 | 8:31 pm

    My link is to my newest recipe for Mexican Style Guacamole Onion Soup With Cheesy Tostadas which takes its inspiration from French Onion Soup.

    I usually make it with homemade guacamole, but to save time I sometimes use prepared guacamole from the farmer’s market or from a little nearby Mexican restaurant that makes it several times a day.

    Hugging the Coast

  19. Carolyn
    June 10, 2009 | 10:05 am

    Love your site! I have my own Food Renegade badge on my ‘Heart Sisters’ blog now. I am a heart attack survivor and a 2008 grad of the Mayo Clinic Science & Leadership Symposium for Women with Heart Disease. My blog is focused entirely on the subject of women and heart disease – our #1 killer. This link brings good news for all chocoholics out there!

    Yes, Virginia, dark chocolate IS good for our heart health!

    cheers from Canada,
    C

    http://www.myheartsisters.org

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