Thursday, January 27, 2011

Antibiotic Free Meat

Anyone that knows me knows that I don't eat meat. Most people don't know the reason I don't eat meat. I don't agree with people adding hormones and antibiotics to my food. I know why they do it - so they can pack millions of chickens in a tiny warehouse, grow them big without letting them run around and keep them infectious-free despite getting pooped on by every chicken stacked above them. However, there are dangerous side effects to this, and as an infectious disease doctor I feel that antibiotic resistance is a huge issue that I tackle on a daily basis. I refuse to feed that fire by supporting companies that promote the reckless use of antibiotics all so they can make more profit.

Now listen to this: I am about to eat my first REAL CHICKEN NUGGET in years.

I found a company, Applegate, who sells antibiotic- and hormone-free products. I was looking through the aisles at my grocery store, and I saw this box next to the veggie "chikin" nuggets. I bought them today, and I am looking forward to trying it out.

I encourage you to read a little about the use of antibiotics in food. Applegate has a great page on their site about antibiotics in food. Check it out.

In the meantime, I'm gonna eat my real, antibiotic-free and hormone-free nuggest. I'll let you know if they are any good!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Resolutions

Every year I come up with some resolutions. I think it's important to share them and be specific about how to achieve them. I have a few this year, so I thought I would put them down here.

1. Do more art projects. I am settling in to a new town and a new job, and I think it's time to put some hours aside each week to doing some projects. I'd like to finish 4 by the end of the year.

2. Do a pull-up. I know this sounds silly, but I've never been able to do a pull-up. I always attributed it to being a girl, but my sister can pump them out like nothing. It's time to face the facts: I am too weak. Along with this goal is a second one, which is to fully rehab my hip. I did the typical runner's mistake of just running and not working out. Thus, my hips and gluts are not strong enough to support my running any more.

3. Call my mom more. This is a no-brainer for most people, but I can go weeks without calling my mom. It's not that I don't like talking to her. I don't talk to most people as much as I would like. However, before I commit to calling other people more, I think mom should be at the top of my list.

So, we'll see how I do with these 3. I tried to pick very specific things that I could continue to work on all year. I'll try to update periodically. And you know I'll be running right back here as soon as I'm able to do that pull-up!