I’m pleased to introduce myself; my name is Lynne. Starting in my teens I had been pretty much on the heavy side. The one exception was when I was around 18 years old, I worked full time in a rather physical job, I rode my bike to work every day (even one day when there was ice and snow) and I attended four community college courses at night. One of these classes was karate. Every other minute of the day I was either studying or exercising/ practicing karate katas (forms of exercise in karate). After a while, I got into pretty good athletic-like shape. Honestly, I was in the best shape of my life, but I couldn’t keep up that pace forever. When I met my husband, my lifestyle changed. When I turned 29, I developed a condition that required surgery to prevent it from becoming fatal. I hadn’t been keeping track of my weight, so I was shocked when the doctor told me that I was 248 pounds! I also learned that I am hypothyroid, which the doctor pointed out was probably partially responsible for my weight problem. By this time in my life, I realized that most people appear to have more energy, eat more food and are much thinner than me. My doctor still insisted that I must be overeating, even if I’m not unaware of it. Much later in life I learned from my endocrinologist that this wasn’t necessarily true, that it was probably my poor metabolism after all.
I started researching my problem and learned about nutrition. This was hard since, at the time, the internet had not started yet. Health food stores however provided a surprising amount of useful information about nutrition. I ended up having some success losing weight with my newfound knowledge. Later after I started work with a major health insurance company with whom I learned much about the field of medicine. I also researched metabolism on my own. The internet finally arrived and then the World Wide Web. Finally, websites started to appear with a growing amount of information about nutrition and metabolism. With all of this new information, I found that, to loose weight effectively, I need to control my blood sugar. I then started cutting back on carbohydrates like breads, pastas and rice. Though my husband worried about my health with my new diet choices, I knew that I had to at least try. I ended up losing another 28 pounds with no ill effect to my health to my husbands relief.
I then started to read about how chemicals and materials used by industry, but not adequately handled or disposed of, somehow, through air or water, finds its way into our bodies. And chemicals used in food production were making people sick and possibly contributing to obesity. My grandfather died of a condition resulting from exposure to asbestos; my other grandfather died of cancer likely brought on by his long time smoking habit; and my aunt developed chemical sensitivity disorder and is suffering from several health consequences. My mother developed autoimmune problems that adversely impacts her overall health. Also, recently I read that the rise in celiac disease cases in recent years seems to correlate to an increase in grain farmer’s increased use of a certain herbicide in growing grain may also be responsible for my mother’s condition.
With these revelations, I knew that I had to do something to avoid getting poisoned. That was when I switched to organic foods. Religiously. There’s no going back to blissful ignorance and blindly letting myself be victimized by foods produced by companies which I no longer trust. I also feel that it is my moral duty to help people become aware of the benefits of eating healthy organic foods and to help them get the best organic food and resources available.