Eat Like You are on a Deserted Island

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:


Secret Subject Swap

Baking In A Tornado

The Momisodes

Spatulas on Parade

Stacy Sews and Schools

Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

Confessions of a part-time working mom

Dates 2 Diapers 2

Crumpets and Bullocks


Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Someone Else’s Genius

The Bergham’s Life Chronicles


My subject is “You get stranded on an uninhabited, tropical island with little/no amenities. How do you survive?”.  It was submitted by  Here goes:


We are going to Florida this summer, when? Well you will find out after we return. I am too nervous to post about being stranded. I tried to come up with some cute stories…but just couldn’t. Instead I wrote about what I would eat…

I think we should start eating like we ARE living on a deserted island. We should start living and eating like we did BEFORE companies started creating chemicals and poisons that are hidden in the “food” they sell. Yes, I was a mom who had countless coupons and would smile with glee when I could buy almost everything with coupons. The faster, easier, and cheaper the “food” products were, the more I would buy. But then my eyes were opened to the dangers.

In just a short time I feel better, my hair dresser said my hair is super shiny, my occasional acne is clearing up, my stomach issues are slowly disappearing. I used to think I could never eat nuts…now I can’t live without almonds, cashews, walnuts, and granola. I used to think those foods made me sick, but in reality it was the low fat, fat free, and processed foods that were making me sick.

People are fighting companies to list all the GMO genetically modified ingredients in the products they sell. We are fighting for them to admit they are selling poisons and creating allergies and diseases at an alarming rate. Yes, people who buy the products and fast foods are responsible. But when so are the companies who promote to little kids and overload you with their marketing. Just like the cigarette companies tried to make smokers believe cigarettes were safe, that is what GMO food production companies are doing.

Vermont is being sued by the Grocery Manufacturers Association because they passed a law regarding NON-GMO foods in their state. Food companies can submit all the tests they want. The simple fact is…if GMOs are safe, why aren’t they promoted and listed on packages. These companies are all bullies and loving that people are willingly buying these fake foods.

If I could, I would grow my own food. Instead I buy organic, local, and NON-GMO food. Instead I make sure Dino knows the NON-GMO verified label and the USDA Organics label. Instead I make sure that Dino eats real foods, not the fake natural label that is used to trick consumers.

Don’t get me wrong…there are MANY frozen foods, almond and coconut ice creams, desserts, and snacks we eat…I don’t deprive myself, I just make sure they are NON-GMO verified. I can’t stand the taste of fake foods, it’s horribly obvious and leaves me feeling icky. You soon realize what real food tastes like and wonder what you have really been eating.

Imagine how fit I would be too…there would be no TV, no computers, no reason to sit on our butts. We would have to always be working and moving…seems like the more technology and conveniences we have, the unhealthier we get. Imagine if

Here are great resources if you are interested….

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.



Photo: "Only organic guarantees that food is produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or genetically engineered ingredients. Only organic gives you complete piece of mind." Read more: #GMO





About karen

Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.


Eat Like You are on a Deserted Island — 14 Comments

  1. Love the route you took with this.

    For a long time I went for the deals too of processed crap for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    We have made (and are still making changes) to the way we eat and the way we shop.

    My saving grace during the transition to eating better and buying better? My local Farmers Market-thank goodness for them.

    This may sound silly, but don’t you feel better eating better? I feel like I can tell the difference…maybe it’s just wishful thinking who knows 🙂

  2. “If I could, I would grow my own food” – is there a way you CAN? No big time veggie patches, but maybe a tomato plant? Wouldn’t that be awesome?
    PS: I tried the tomato thing. Just I don’t have much of a green thumb because I seem to have over-watered, first it was growing like crazy, but then it went moldy and had to go. I’m sure you’d do better!

  3. I’m still at this place where i try to balance foods. I think at some point, we are killing the earth to a point where we won’t be able to trust our home-grown foods or animals we kill. I’m in West Virginia, the place with the water issue. I know what these corporate plants have been dumping in the water, the very water we use to water our nature plants, the water the animals drink from, and the water that ends up in the rain supply at some point. Then I think about the oil companies and their spills. The radiation leaks that go on at every testing site including the Fukushima disaster. It’s like, if we don’t stop destroying the nature of earth, we are going to be stuck eating genetically modified foods made in a lab at some point. Not today or anything. But all I’m saying is, the very thing we find poisonous might be all we have to depend on some day. And what promotes it more than buying fast food? America capitalistic corporate suck up mentality. Anti-union mentality. Anti-environment mentality… There’s just not much we can do about it besides vote better. But anyway, I agree with you. If you were stranded on a deserted island, you’d be forced into a healthier lifestyle. I can’t say I’d be all for it for myself, like I kind of like my unhealthy choices for right now, like a crack addiction. Maybe some day I’ll be as brave as you.

    • it is like an addiction and we are trapped because of hte low prices and coupons. Once you make a change you feel amazing and never want to go back.

  4. I always think how much easier things would be if I was a better gardener. You have excellent passion for this, Karen. We eat a lot of organic, but are also victims of the drive thru… I really need to become more educated on healthier living. Thanks for the food for thought. You’d survive on any island 🙂

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