Everyone has their own life philosophies, and most of mine revolve around–unsurprisingly–food!
Food-related stuff I do: Cheese making, dairy-related everything, research into historic recipes and techniques, cooking (of course), practical food preservation research & practice, nutrition for special needs and general folk, nutrition research & education (especially for children and young adults), gourmet food on a budget, and probably more that I am forgetting. Mostly, though, I just love to cook great food. And eat it.
As anyone who knows me can attest, I have very strong opinions in all areas of my life. One that gets talked about so little, though, is food. Food is the way I show people I care, a way to express myself and my emotions. As such, I have some pretty strong beliefs about food and the things surrounding it.
-Everyone should know where their food comes from. “Beef equals cow” and “potatoes equal roots in soil” are thoughts so far removed from our world that people seem to think chicken has no feathers and is incubated in plastic wrap. This isn’t healthy–you should KNOW what you’re eating.
-Do not believe what corporation-driven government nutrition standards tell you is healthy. Ketchup is not a vegetable, High Fructose Corn Syrup is not “natural,” and very few people need a diet based on 2,000 calories a day.
-Everything in moderation (medical conditions excluded). This is the diet of the healthiest, fittest people I know. It is a lifestyle I lead with zest.
-Pre-made, pre-packed foods are the devil. Sometimes a necessary one, but a devil nonetheless.
-I am a strong raw-milk advocate. Denaturing foods is, I believe, one of the reasons this country is so obese.
-You can eat a good diet on a small budget. It’s possible. You CANNOT eat a good diet at poverty level in the US. The food system in this country is just atrocious.
-Food is health. The two are so intertwined science still has not made all the connections.
-We are responsible for what we eat, and how those choices impact our health as individuals, as a nation, and around the globe.
-Don’t mess with my chocolate.
-Local. Local. Local. Those who can afford it should buy as close to home as possible. Local farmers, local butchers, local merchants. Those who can do this should help others who may not be so lucky find a way to access local, whole foods. It’s a matter of environment, of national health, of our future.
-Cooking a really tasty, healthful meal does NOT have to take all day.
-Sustainable farming is one of the biggest keys to our future. Mostly because if we keep up what we’re doing now, we’re all going to be fat and starving to death.
-Food can and should be preserved without unnatural additives. It’s not that hard, and it’s usually cheaper than the junk they add to food these days.
My food paradigm changes and grows as I get to know more about food. Science is always progressing, revealing new things about how what we eat impacts us, and you’ll see those changes reflected in how and what I eat and blog.