Every time you lift something to your mouth ask yourself “Is this food?” 1 We live in a world where we ironically use artificial flavours in our lemonade and real lemons in our cleaning products. Where food is so processed it is so far away from its natural state. We hear stories of children who think that a fruit comes cubed in a can or that fish is a yellow square thing that come in a box.
We live in a world where we have lunch with our laptop and dinner with a DVD. How did we get here? Did we forget about the consciousness of eating, focusing on chewing and savoring flavours?
We live in a world where cooking a meal in 15 minutes is the definition of efficiency… but this isn’t necessarily nutritionally efficient. How can we ensure that we are getting the most nutrients out of these foods when cooking these quick and easy meals? Not to add enjoyment and a quasi dining experience at least!
Every time you eat you make a choice. 1 Are you wasting your appetite with a nutrient poor food, one that is nowhere close to its natural state, one that is processed, undercooked, overcooked, one that is full of additives, one that will fill up your tummy but not nourish your cells and your soul?
If you are a parent, grandparent or carer, every time you cook a meal you make a choice.. Others are relying on you for their nutrition too.
So make the choice to start with a good foundation. Cook with wholefoods and where possible organic aligning with the following wholefood principles..
Choose foods to eat that are as close to their original form as possible
Focus on nutrient content and not calorie content
Use as much of an ingredient as you can.
Eat foods in season.
Eat organic and biodynamic where possible.
Eat locally grown where possible. Think about fuel miles.
Use unrefined versions of foods (celtic sea salt and unrefined sugars are nutritionally different to their refined versions)
Eat a variety of food groups
Make and consume naturally fermented foods and drinks
Have an environmental awareness surrounding damaging behaviours and sustainable principles
And most importantly enjoy…. food should be pleasurable 1
Why choose organic food?
Produce that is organic is deemed so because it is grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and focuses on environmentally sustainable practices.2
As such when you choose to eat organic you virtually eliminate dietary exposure to insecticides, food additives and GMO’s. Furthermore there is overwhelming evidence that organic food has higher nutritional value than non organic food and anecdotal evidence that it tastes better too.2
Aside from the benefits to you and your family by eating organic food you help to reduce landfill and chemical runoff and residues into drinking water. You assist in restoring soils, eliminating the use of antibiotics and growth hormones in livestock and ensure humane treatment of animals.2
1) Berry S. All about the wholefood diet. Daily Life. 2013. [cited 26 Oct 2013] available here
2) Buy organic – for healthier people and a healthier planet. Australian Certified Organic Magazine. Sept 2007; 52-53