Recently I've been reading a book called Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. It's about a family, who decided to feed themselves on products grown close to home (often literally raised by them), and what they learned from the experience.
I'm about 2/3 of the way through it, and I already know I'm looking at food differently. I already had looked at food differently, after watching Food, Inc, and and before that Supersize Me, but now, after reading most of the book, my food paradigm has changed again.
This time around, I'm starting to look at food in a much more minute way--not only where does it come from, but also how was it raised, what was its life like (if it's an animal or comes from one).
Recently, I was speaking to a lady I'd met at the Can Fit Pro conference I attended, and she mentioned that she now buys different eggs--ones from chickens which have never been injected with any antibiotics, etc. I said "what do you mean?" She said she did some research, and found that even local eggs can have a lot of antibiotics etc in them. Now, I'd never considered that eggs would be full of stuff like that. I tend to try to not take pharmaceuticals unless I really need to, since they tend to be kind of harsh to the system. Antibiotics particularly I tend to avoid, and would much rather go the pro biotic route if I can. Traditional western medicine does have its place, but to my mind I'd rather be as healthy as possible, and thus avoid getting sick in the first place if I can.
Anyway, she said that the difference is quite noticeable both in how the eggs look (particularly the raw yokes being clear), and of course the flavour. So, I looked for the kind she said she buys, and tried them. I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that there is a HUGE difference! I couldn't believe it. So now I eat drug-free eggs!
Another way that my paradigm shift with regards to food has changed, showed today. I'd gone to a local store, where I knew I could get good-quality whole chickens. They're a bit more expensive, but the flavour difference is HUGE. Which is alarming quite frankly!