Sorry for getting off track on the numbered posts…
Making good food is one of the most basic human rights. There is no good food that is “fast”. Plain and simple, to eat well is nearly the most revolutionary thing that one person can do. Many of us have faced our food allergies and sensitivities in isolation, never seeing doctors for diagnosis or “cure”. Instead, simply by not eating certain foods for periods of time, paying attention to my body, studying how problems creep up on us and then suddenly magnify. Understanding that every thing we eat either nourishes us, or it does not. food is either medicine or poison, there really is no in between.
I guarantee, when and if you try to eat better, you will find, nourishing healthy food will cost a bit more at first, but when you become fully nourished, there are great savings because there are no empty calories, soda, corn syrup or wheat products of any kind in the food budget. Just taking control of our food intake can lead to a change in the types of foods that are grown and the way those products are brought to market. When we take a stand for our own organism, it quickly affects the entire biosphere.
Leading the pack in new employment opportunities in The U.S.A. last year were farmers. Really. At no other time in our history as a nation have so many new people started to run farms. These people need to be encouraged to plant or raise what the local people need, rather than commodities that feed the beast. Anyone with children needs to begin to understand that the intake we get used to as children is very hard to change once we move into adulthood. starting on a course to healthy eating begins lifelong healthy habits.
A good book to help raise healthier children is called “Taming the C.A.N.D.Y. Monster”. the acronym stands for Continuously Advertized Nutritionally Deficient Yum-yums! It not only was filled with great ideas for healthy eating, but was underpinned with the desperate attempts that the food industry has made to consistently undermine the health and wellness of the American people. This year, try planting three crops that you have never tried before. try three more next year and after a few years, you may have a dozen or so plants in a kitchen garden that fit well into your eating style. remember, healthier choices are nearly always enhanced through variety and diversity in each plate.
We have made simple and seemingly minute changes that have yielded great results in our general health. many, many years ago, my own mother threw out all the white flour and sugar in the house. It was a sort of starting over and learning a new way to interact with real ingredients. we learned about freshly milled flour, juicing, green foods and soy products. as the time passed, i learned everything that was available about nutrition, both sources and requirements. I have gone as far as to make a series of fermented foods, tofu, kim chee and kraut. I never really liked pickles, until I had Nancy’s. As far as I’m concerned, I have not yet tried a pickle that could stand up to hers!
Good food will always require some time, a sharp mind when practicing due diligence at the market and a bit of artistic skill and awareness of your ingredients. Think of the extra time that you will spend making food from scratch as an investment in a very cheap form of health insurance. One time saver is to prep foods ahead. This will both save time when cooking and reduce portion sizes as well. Understanding the code words for fake food products, sugars and wheat may seem daunting at first, but it is well worth the effort when you realize that you are taking money that you used to think was spent on food and now realize just goes to health care costs escalating in the future. What one should never lose sight of is how important it is to eat well to heal your body! Stress and toxic chemicals take their toll daily on out human organism. Eating better not only heals the body, but the mind and spirit as well. Learning to cook with a bit of style and grace can change the entire sense of family, of community and of kinship with our fellow humans as well as the biosphere.