Last week I had the opportunity to attend a special VIP trip with the Mint Museum of Art for Art Basel and the many art fairs going on around the city of Miami… they say this is the best week to be in Miami and that I tell ya… is the absolute truth! I love contemporary art and design, but never thought I would grow so much deeper in love with it. This trip opened up a whole new world to me that I could have never imagined and I can’t thank the Mint Museum of Art enough for inviting me and my husband to be part of such a awe-inspiring week.
Walking into my hotel room at The Inn At The Black Olive, I immediately was drawn to this room service delivery menu.
I had never before in all my travels (all 7 continents!) seen an 100% organic room service breakfast menu – much less complimentary! It was an incredible sight….
This was a great start for my stay in Baltimore, MD. This hotel is conveniently located near the largest natural products show on the east coast – Natural Products Expo East – which I attended earlier this fall. The Inn is completely eco-friendly and has a total of 12 suites – my suite was ridiculously large (ridiculous in a good way – I had to explain this use of the word to my mother the other day). I had my own living room, desk, kitchenette (sooooo important for my daily habits!), king size bed and a huge bathroom with a jet tub - the kind of jets that are pipeless and don’t harbor germs – and all the water was filtered – yes filtered! Can you say home away from home?
When I arrived at my hotel in Canton, Mississippi about 10 miles south of Pickens, I was handed a bag of Cheetos at check-in…a gesture I had never experienced before in all my travels. Was this truly hospitality? Or just the food culture in Mississippi?
To get a glimpse on how the rest of my trip went helping one of the most obese counties in America - please check out my interview with Take Part (the company behind Food Inc.)
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I am officially back from Mississippi and I have so much to share with you. I’d like to have my thoughts sink in a bit before discussing my all my discoveries and experiences… But overall, the trip was incredible – just incredible!
Before I left on Thursday morning – I made all my food for the 4 day, 3 night journey. Starting from scratch, it took me about an hour and a half to make everything. When I tell people that I made all my food, packed it a cooler and checked it on the airplane – I get looks of disbelief! I wouldn’t have had it any other way though, because my time down in Pickens, MS was precious. I wanted to spend as much time as possible helping the community verses trying to make and find organic food for myself to eat. Having my needs met ahead of time, meant I could really focus my time and effort on the community. It was amazing not to have to worry about where or when I was going to eat… everything was set from the moment I got there. The best part by far though, was sharing some of my homemade food with folks in Pickens…and then hearing “I want the recipe for that!”
Ever since I started Food Babe a year and a half ago, I’ve made it my mission to spread as much information as possible about organic living, the chemicals in processed food that are making us fat and sick and the truth about our food supply. Tomorrow, I will have my chance to share this information with one of the most desperate communities in the nation.
Earlier this year I was contacted by Daniel Seddiqui (famous for working 50 jobs in 50 states in one year and writing the book Living the Map), to help him with “Drop Me In” - a documentary project to examine social issues and marginalization across the country through immersion into struggling communities and environments.
For the next 4 days, I will be volunteering my time in the town of Pickens, Mississippi, which is in Holmes County. As you might be aware, the United States is the most obese country in the world. Holmes is the most obese county in the United States – coining Holmes County as the most obese place in the world according to the estimates. I know I won’t be able to change these statistics overnight – but I am hoping my voice will make a lasting impact on the people of Pickens.
Adult Obesity Rates 2011 – Source: HealthyAmericas.org
I will be visiting local families, taking them grocery shopping, teaching them healthier cooking methods in their own kitchens, and participating in the first ever 5k/10k race in Pickens history.