Below is a transcript of the Aha! Food Twitterview with Jasmine from MedicsAlertBracelets, originally Tweeted Monday May 28th 2pm EST #healthtips
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@MedicsAlert: Hi Esther! Thanks so much for being here. Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
@AhaFood: Hi Jasmine! Thanks for having me! I’m thrilled to be here to discuss Aha! Food and my goals with you!
@MedicsAlert: What inspired you to start Aha! Food?
@AhaFood: I spent my twenties being sick, developing food and respiratory allergies, GERD, , and poor immunity due to an unhealthy diet. The doctors I went to didn’t help much,prescribing me a lot of antibiotics and giving me medications to block or mask symptoms. After 10 years of shuffling from doctor to doctor, and getting sicker, I realized I had to take matters into my own hands.
@AhaFood: I started researching health and nutrition, and natural healing through proper eating. I found shocking and disappointing information on our food supply, things I had no clue existed like GMOs were in our food. I had a really hard time cleaning up my diet because American society kind of revolves around unhealthy eating.
@AhaFood: I wanted to make it easier for people to see the big picture when it comes to our food supply, so I created Aha! Food. As an information network portal that not only provides answers but makes clean eating accessible, convenient, and more.
@Medicsalert: What’s been your biggest surprise with running your business?
@AhaFood: How responsive and positive my followers are. It’s impressive! I have followers from all walks of life. Mothers with children who have food allergies, athletes, health experts, folks in the organic industry. Aha! Food is attracting a great diverse group of people. So I know we’re all in it together.
@MedicsAlert: Where do you see your company going in the future?
@AhaFood: I dream of having a major consumer advocate organization focused on cleaning up the American food supply plate by plate. And I’d kill to see an Aha! Food bumper sticker on the road someday and wear my own Aha! Food t-shirt. Could I end up on Oprah? Right now, I’m focused on creating a great blog and network for Aha! Food to see where it leads me.
@MedicsAlert: What’s been the most challenging part of running your business?
@AhaFood: Unfortch it’s a lack of revenue that makes it difficult to grow my brand. Running a blog takes a surprising amount of work! Let alone starting a movement. Luckily, my friends and family have all been supportive of my grassroots effort. I figure if I keep putting my heart into it, good things will happen.
@MedicsAlert: What’s wrong with the state of food today?
@Ahafood: People are completely disconnected from their food choices and are making bad decisions. The HBO documentary Weight of the Nation points out how unhealthy eating correlates with big companies making food for profit. Food corporations will market pretty much any toxic food to anyone, including children. And government regulation is lacking.
@Ahafood: Most people do not know how their food is made, where it comes from, and the effect on their health is not on the packaging. People are eating food that is devoid of nutrition. Without proper nutrition, our bodies can’t thrive. Lack of information about our food supply is in my opinion poisoning America one bite at a time.
@MedicsAlert: Is there a solution for these problems?
@AhaFood: There are a series of changes that need to happen over time to fix our food supply. There is an urgent need for government legislation on how companies market foods and what they need to disclose on packaging. We need the food labeling laws to benefit the consumer rather than big corporations. We need to make sure everyone in the country has access to fresh, healthy food including school cafeterias.
@AhaFood: People need to make the better, healthier food choices. Families should make an effort to cook meals at home. When demand changes, supply will shift. Like removal of pink slime in ground beef, and foods being labeled non-GMO.
@MedicsAlert: What motivates you?
@AhaFood: Knowing that I can make a huge difference with enough elbow grease. Promoting clean, sustainable, healthy eating for all Americans is my mission.I take it with me in my pocket everywhere I go
@MedicsAlert: Who’s your biggest inspiration?
@AhaFood: My husband. He pushes me in the right direction every day. Without him, I would never have started Aha! Food. I am also inspired by Michelle Obama, the Non-GMO project, Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Oz, Dr. Mercola and Oprah.
@MedicsAlert: What’s your best health tip for others?
@AhaFood: That’s an easy one. KNOW WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE! Educate yourself on the food choices you make.
@MedicsAlert: Thanks so much for joining me today, Esther! Is there anything else you’d like to share?
@AhaFood: Take care of your health. Be your own doctor.