Monday, March 18, 2013

Series: How to change your diet (for the better)

Lately I've been involved in quite a bit of discussion about local foods and eating well.  Friends who have autistic children, health challenges, or just want to eat a more healthy diet (which includes avoiding preservatives, chemicals and food additives) have all chimed in.  They've told me they want to move in this direction, but that it's just too expensive to eat quality food.  And then there's also the time to prepare it - it's hard to cook from scratch.  And how do you know what to buy, anyway?  Everywhere you look, there is a different opinion on what foods have health benefits.  The media doesn't help.

This series is an attempt to document how my family has moved from frozen and boxed processed food to a more local, organic and sustainable diet. Notice I say "more" - we live in this food system, and it's not perfect. But it can be much better.  I'll share some of the resources I've discovered, and help you develop a path to get you where you want to be.

The first stop for this series is the Weston A Price Foundation.  Founder Sally Fallon Morell has made it her mission to bring traditional foods back into our diets.  Many of these foods are traditional because they carry very specific health benefits.  I urge you to start here and take a look at the WAPF website.  Sally has written a cookbook, Nourishing Traditions, that I use almost daily as a great reference.  

Thought for the day:  Every path is different.  You don't have to grind your own grain to have a better diet.  Every step you take that brings more nutrient dense, chemical and additive free food into your diet is a positive one.

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