Hot dog! It’s BBQ season. That used to scare the dickens out of me! I mean, what the heck was I going to eat at a BBQ besides watermelon?
Many years ago, when I was first healing my body and getting conscious about food choices, I became a vegetarian and then a vegan. It was a great way for me to cleanse my body, but, after a few years, I began feeling deficiencies: muscle weakness, anemia, dizziness and poor immunity. I knew I had to put meat back onto my plate for strength and vibrant health.
In a funny way, vegetarianism gave me reverence for the life-sustaining nutrients that quality meat provides. During this time, I also learned how animals on factory farms are raised. Unlike animals raised on natural and organic farms, they’re fed a steady diet of antibiotics to help keep them alive while they are confined in inhospitable and unsanitary conditions. Not a pretty picture!
The adage “you are what you eat,” is not just an old wives tale – it’s reality. Our food literally becomes our blood, which feeds all of our cells and organs. I am walking, talking, breathing, food. With that knowledge in mind, I don’t put just any food into my body. From the vegetables, to the fruits and the meats – it all has to be good quality or I’d rather not eat it.
I love spending time with friends. And, I love eating great food. As a conscious consumer, going to a BBQ is no longer an issue for me. Even if the host of the BBQ I’m going to does not purchase natural and organic meats, I’ll simply bring a couple of packs of Applegate Organic hot dogs and share some of the delicious goodness with everyone. A hot dog from grass-fed cows raised with care makes a big difference to me, and I know it makes a big difference to my body as well.
And, I get to eat more than just a couple of plates of watermelon. Nice!