the whole of it

When I said in my first post that I’ll be using whole foods, what I really mean, if you read between the lines, is that you will never see any artificial or diet ingredients in the recipes I post. I’d rather eat a small amount of rich and real than ten times its synthetic non-fat counterpart.

My obsession for whole food extends beyond just avoiding the processed foods that crowd the grocery shelves. I have several goals. The first is to make as much at home from scratch as I possibly can. Another is to support my local farms and farmers’ markets, and maybe find a local CSA to join. I’d eventually like to have my own garden. I want to learn the skill of canning.

We’ve gotten so very far from our roots as an agricultural society, at great cost, literally, to our health. According to a recent report, the current generation of children may have a shorter life span than their parents. If we’re too busy to eat wisely, then I guess we’re too busy to live. Isn’t that the truth of it? Long live the happy meal. And by the way, scarily, it can.

You might not be highly motivated to care about the quality of your food. Sometimes the concerns of life just take priority, and old habits die hard. I’m no saint either, but I want to do the right thing for me. So I’m learning to do better for myself and those I love, and maybe have an effect on the part of the world I influence. I know there’s more people out there wanting to do better too, taking small steps, educating themselves, and finding what works for them.

For more insight on the quality and source of the food you eat, you can rent or buy a DVD of the movie Food, Inc. It’s a stunning revelation on the modern food industry. There’s also a companion website with lots of resources and information. You might not think your choices are important in the big picture, but they are. What difference do you make? As it’s pointed out in the movie, you vote three times a day, 365 days a year.

It’s a choice to live well, and you might just change someone’s mind.

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