Conscious Consumerism

What is a conscious consumer? Someone who knows what they want, why they want it, when they need it and avoids being influenced by marketing and random cravings! Knowledge is power… and so is control!

9 11, 2015

Just Say No to Waist Trainers

By | November 9th, 2015|#ScaleFreeBaby, Beauty, Body Image, Conscious Consumerism, Debunking The Myths, Fad Diets, Fat Loss, Standards of Black Beauty|7 Comments

Your waist trainer causes UTIs, incontinence, temporary heart failure, indigestion, high blood pressure, nerve damage, and more. Read how inside.

20 07, 2015

How One Woman Ditched the Processed Food on a Tiny Budget

By | July 20th, 2015|Conscious Consumerism, Healthy Eating, The Recessionista|0 Comments

Author Megan Kimble shares the story of what it was like to spend an entire year ditching processed food and finding affordable ways to eat clean.

11 03, 2015

How To Dine With Nutrition In Mind

By | March 11th, 2015|Conscious Consumerism, Food 101, Healthy Eating|16 Comments

Once upon a time, I used to work at a certain restaurant... that shall remain nameless. Not out of their protection, but because the experience was so awful, that I think mentioning their name today might ruin my good morning. I was a server - even pinned as one of the best they had, thank [...]

11 03, 2015

Can We Really Trust Nutrition Labels?

By | March 11th, 2015|Conscious Consumerism, Did You Know, Healthy Eating, What Are You Eating?|15 Comments

We're calorie counting, but is the FDA getting in our way?

27 01, 2015

Considered Keeping a Food Diary?

By | January 27th, 2015|Conscious Consumerism, Healthy Eating, Tools For Weight Loss|22 Comments

One thing that I realized about myself in this journey to lose the weight, was that I needed to address my eating habits. I couldn't understand what was happening that was making this process so unbelievably difficult for me. I mean, I was working out 7 days a week for at least an hour at [...]

20 01, 2015

KFC’s Double Down Reminds Us: All Calories Are Not Created Equal

By | January 20th, 2015|Conscious Consumerism, Debunking The Myths, Did You Know|29 Comments

Y'know, I wrote about KFC's Double Down monstrosity almost 10 months ago, when it was being tested somewhere out in the northwest. I was outraged then, but I figured it simply wouldn't sell. Boy, was I wrong. People are lovin' this thing! I mean, OD'ing on it! Seems like the only ones up in arms [...]

15 01, 2015

Overeating: Why You Can’t Stop At One Nacho

By | January 15th, 2015|Conscious Consumerism, Cook It Yourself, Fast Food, What Are You Eating?|17 Comments

I've been saying this for a while now... but when it becomes innocent you against people who stand to make lots of money off of you, you don't stand a chance. Taken from Women's Health magazine: Here's how this deviousness works: Human beings have what food-industry insiders call a "bliss point," a nirvana of the [...]

1 01, 2015

Taco Bell Thinks You’re Stupid: Try The Drive-Thru Diet!

By | January 1st, 2015|Conscious Consumerism, Fast Food, Healthy Eating, The Op-Eds, What Are You Eating?|9 Comments

As someone who works in marketing, I'm often analyzing something from the aspect of the company. Why would a company pay to put "this-particular-image" in my face? What are they trying to get me to do? Why does my reaction benefit them? Is it truly in my best interests to react to this in this [...]

11 11, 2014

A Whole Foods Grows in Brooklyn

By | November 11th, 2014|Conscious Consumerism|0 Comments

The advantages - and disadvantages - of the first Whole Foods opening in Brooklyn - culture, stereotypical Brooklyn, and a visible butcher.

31 08, 2014

Rule: If It Makes A Health Claim… It’s Probably Lying

By | August 31st, 2014|Clean Eating Boot Camp, Conscious Consumerism, Supermarket Swindle|17 Comments

"Well, what if it says [this] on the box? Doesn't that make a difference?" No.

29 05, 2014

Re-Thinking Fast Food: Reading What You’re Eating

By | May 29th, 2014|Conscious Consumerism, Fast Food, Video Vault, What Are You Eating?|11 Comments

Over the last year or so, It's been heavy on my heart to become more of a conscious shopper... an educated consumer, of sorts. What does that mean? It means trying to put an end to mindless shopping and spending, knowing what companies to whom you give your money, and making conscious decisions about what [...]

21 04, 2014

Be Conscious: No More Mindless Eating

By | April 21st, 2014|Conscious Consumerism, It's All Mental|13 Comments

I'd like to talk about something that I think is pretty important when it comes to weight loss and changing our eating habits. However, I think this is different because I'm talking about the habits we don't necessarily know that we have. Let's talk about breakfast for an example. If you think about the average [...]

8 04, 2014

Dunkin Donuts Shows Why It’s Bad To Follow Your Nose

By | April 8th, 2014|Conscious Consumerism|6 Comments

"A new technology, installed on buses in Seoul, would release the aroma of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee into the atmosphere for riders to inhale."

23 01, 2014

No-Salt Salts, Sugar-Free Sweeteners, Fat-Free Fats, and the Trouble with Replacements

By | January 23rd, 2014|Conscious Consumerism, Debunking The Myths, What Are You Eating?|2 Comments

No-salt salts are just as bad as no-fat fats and no-sugar sugars. Here's why.

18 11, 2013

Why Am I Calorie Counting?

By | November 18th, 2013|Conscious Consumerism, Healthy Eating, My Journey|23 Comments

I get so annoyed by people who say things like, "Oh, I don't believe in calorie counting." or "Calorie counting is silly." I always ask them, "Well, why?" It's almost always some dumb answer like, "Well, I don't want to know how many calories my favorite foods are." or "I'm not going to [...]

8 11, 2013

Are The Fat Free Labels Lying To You?

By | November 8th, 2013|Conscious Consumerism, What Are You Eating?|2 Comments

Thanks to Nutrition to Wellness, I came across this phenomenal little series of videos from the 2007 Healthy Living Expo. Lots of juicy tidbits in there, but this one put me a little over the edge. I guess it's a little silly to have expectations of an industry that owes you nothing, yet aims to [...]

14 10, 2013

The Truth About Transformation Photos

By | October 14th, 2013|Body Image, Conscious Consumerism|8 Comments

The anatomy of a super-fake weight loss transformation photo.

10 10, 2013

Sound Off: Should Athletes Promote Junk Food?

By | October 10th, 2013|Celeb Watch, Conscious Consumerism, Fast Food|5 Comments

If a famous athlete promotes a junk food brand, do you think it encourages kids to eat it?

27 08, 2013

Identifying – And Eliminating – Excess Salt In Your Diet

By | August 27th, 2013|Conscious Consumerism, Cook It Yourself, Debunking The Myths, Healthy Eating|12 Comments

Early Saturday morning, my teen aged sister and I sat down for a little morning chat. In the middle of talking, she jumped up to begin preparing breakfast. In the background behind her chatter, I could hear the toaster going, the microwave beeping, and eggs being beaten. Then, I hear the salt shaker. I kind [...]

23 07, 2013

The Comforting Side Of Food

By | July 23rd, 2013|Conscious Consumerism|15 Comments

A few words on "wanting to be taken care of" by a fast food restaurant instead of preserving one's health by cooking at home.