Poop and the Ripple Effect

| September 25, 2010

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We talk a lot about how to eat healthily and deliciously – being aware of where our food comes from, exploring new foods around the world. Great efforts are being undertaken to incorporate healthy eating. After all, you are what you eat. For example, the New York Times recent article spoke about doctors’ efforts to healthier options in hospitals.

However, we rarely talk about poop. Yes, poop.

Babies have three modes: eat, poop, sleep. Their digestive system are typically so good and pure that what they eat immediately gets absorbed in the bodies (vitamins=good) or expelled (waste=bad).

As we grow older, however, we tend to forget that poop is related to our food. As we get older, we start to eat foods that are not as pure as breast milk and foodstuffs that don’t even resemble real food. Our bodies absorb more toxins and our digestive systems are impacted. So guess what? Our poop changes.

My apologies for being a bit graphic (this is a food magazine right?), but poop isn’t something to ignore if you really want to pay attention to what you put in your body. I was recently in a restroom and there was a young teenager, probably 14 or 15, having the most difficult time doing #2. All I could think was, what in the world is she eating? A diet of fast food and soda? Certainly not real food.

Just think to the recent egg scare. What we poop not only tells you about what you put into your bodies, but it can also indicate food allergens and parasites. What we poop is a good indicator of our health, and could be a warning sign; after all, we should be extremely careful of where our food comes from. Does your poop sink like a rock? Is it green? These all are indicators of your diet. Check out this article for more information.

I felt pretty relieved because I knew that my eggs were not on the “list” of affected producers. My eggs don’t all look the same, have the same color or size, but they are delicious, fresh, and I know from where they come.

I know that when I eat right, my body (and poop) tells me I’m eating right. I also know when I’m not eating right because my body will tell me so. I make an effort to eat – in or out – at places where I know the source of the food.

This is one of the reasons why I love one of my new favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C., Ripple (sorry for the photos – dim room with camera phone!). The smaller serving sizes reminded us that we have gotten too used to super-sized meals. The food is all locally-sourced – and the names of all the producers are listed on the menu. I didn’t have to wonder which industrial slaughterhouse my food came from, but instead celebrated and supported local farmers and producers. The friendly staff offered an extensive and sophisticated cheese and charcuterie menu. (Yes, that says bacon peanuts).

Best of all was the flavor. Start out with good ingredients and the meal is almost guaranteed to be 100x better. The pork belly melted in my mouth, as the quail egg oozed warm yolk over the perfectly seared ahi tuna, complemented by a delightful green soybean salad.

True, Ripple is not inexpensive, but my body knew that the food it was ingesting was good.  As the name of this wonderful restaurant indicates, perhaps places like this is a harbinger of what is to come – that the local, organic, fresh food movement is having a true ripple effect on every part of our society, regardless of class, ethnicity, or politics. We can no longer afford to ignore our food or our poop.

Look, it’s not a pleasant topic, but everybody poops. Pay attention.

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With a flair for spontaneity, pizzazz, creative excellence and her own unique sense of aesthetic grace and perspective, we have our very dear friend, Belinda (or B, to some of us). Although an incredibly accomplished professional and career woman, B’s down-to-earth approach and demeanor transcends all scenarios, communities and people. She manifests, in her day-to-day, the essence of the word “Zomppa” as demonstrated by her extraordinary commitment to creating sustainable and positive change for us and future generations to come. She’s asked for a dog every year since she was five. Check out Belinda’s work on global education research and coaching: www.hummingbirdrcc.com or more about her portfolio www.belindachiu.com.

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  1. a Nordn'Ireland dad says:

    Great post, Belinda. Zoompa, with the diversity of its contributors and its well-balanced approach is bringing such great contributions to the whole area of keeping our bodies healthy, an essential to keeping our whole existence healthy. Keep up the good work.

  2. Sommer says:

    Thought provoking! Not a subject many of use would take-on, but worth discussing!

  3. Jeanne says:

    Definitely an important topic! It’s amazing what we can learn about our bodies from poop. Oh, and I would love to have some bacon roasted peanuts.

  4. I have to applaud you for an informative post and talking about a subject many avoid. We all need to affirm our believe in the effects of what we put into our body.

  5. MaryMoh says:

    That’s useful info that many would avoid but yet important. Thanks very much for sharing. I think the fast food and junk food industry is causing a lot of bowel problems in people. A good reminder to eat healthy.

  6. denise says:

    *points at Belinda* She said “POOP”!!!!

    Seriously though – you’re my hero. This needed grabbing by the horns, and YOU did it. You can’t hear, but I’m applauding. Great post and I am going to check out those links! Thank you :)

  7. Belinda says:

    Thanks for your support – I’m so glad I didn’t scare you off. =) I hope Ripple doesn’t get offended by the linkage…it’s quite the opposite – Ripple’s food is good for the belly!

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