Whole Foods v. Convenience
I believe that the state of health in this great country boils down to one word and one word only:
We are a nation that has embraced convenience in our food supply at an ever increasing rate since WWII. In every way, this has had a negative impact on our health. From the way food is grown and packaged to the way we are treated when we’re sick, it’s all for the sake of speed – growing faster, spending less time in the kitchen and getting over the symptoms of illness as quickly as possible.
As a result, our convenient food is loaded with chemicals to preserve it, speed growth, inhibit natural selection, and make sure it looks healthy on the shelf. Then, as if that isn’t bad enough, much of it comes packaged in plastic that has been in the freezer and is tossed in the microwave. Frequently, the types of plastic used in convenience food packaging is not a high grade plastic and in great likelihood may be leaching Bisphenol A (BPA) into our foods both during freezing and heating. The effects of this compound in our food and bodies has been linked to hormonal cancers and insulin resistance, just for starters.
So what’s the answer?
Get back to basics. Slow down. Make time to prepare foods from scratch, using fresh, whole foods. Make it a family activity – quality time together creating foods to enjoy over the next week, stored in glass containers. Make the shopping trip an event too – teaching your kids what to look for in the store and on food labels is an irreplaceable life lesson. The time you spend will pay off in lower healthcare costs!
Don’t know your way around the kitchen? There are plenty of options available today to learn. Get your girlfriends together for a day, batch cook together under the instruction of the one who knows how to cook, divvy it all up and viola! A fun day and meals for the week!
OR you could hire a Personal Chef to do it all for you, for the same cost as dining out in a quality restaurant, without ever leaving home.
The bottom line is that we can help ourselves avoid disease by avoiding convenience! Yes, of course there are tradeoffs. But if you are already ill, your remaining quality of life and chances of survival will be much greater if you go back to an unprocessed, whole foods diet.
Stay tuned – The Holistic Kitchen website is designed to help you learn how.
With healthy regards,