Today let’s get started on nutrition, food, eating and cooking. Over the last 35-40 years over $50 billion of your tax payer dollars have been spent on steading nutrition. Yet we are overall, unhealthier today then we were 40 years ago. What we have truly learned is that money is to be made by creating fad diets, fad programs, fake, processed foods, fast foods, high sugar foods and one-pill wonders. We live in a time that it’s easier to abuse yourself, then when near death, take drugs and have surgery.
To start, we need more whole food consumption. That’s right farmers markets, home gardening, locally farmed produce and meats. In 2018 there were over 27 recalls just on romaine lettuce in this country. Yes, something as simple as lettuce we can’t grow properly. According to the Food and Drug Administration’s database, there were 1,928 food recalls in 2018. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne disease each year in the USA. That does not include the number of diseases and illnesses that can be prevented with proper, healthy nutrition. Let’s get back to the basics of nutrition. Eat fresh, cook it yourself, eat a wide mixture of foods.
We all know that science and medicine have proven that eating properly balanced, whole foods will improve our health. Believe me that does not mean eating bland, boring meals. But it does mean you must learn to cook and learn to be aware of what you are eating. One of the oldest books we have, the Bible, tells us what to eat, Genesis 1:29-30 and Genesis 9:3. These foods are God made, not man made. In my next article I’ll take about what each of the individual components of food are, and how they help our health. Food, real food, can and does heal.
One of the biggest excuses I hear though is, “I don’t have time, don’t know how or I hate to cook.” Well, you are going to eat anyway, whether good or bad. Why not love yourself and your life and your children’s lives enough to learn? Try cooking meals together, with your family and friends. Kimberley and I cook our breakfast and dinners together almost every day. Once or twice a week we do go out with friends but overall, we love eating at home. And by cooking together, we learn about each other’s day, likes, dislikes, and so much more. And cooking is fun, if you just take the time and patient to learn. I’ve included pictures of some of my favorite cook books. They are worth the investment.
Here are some credible websites and sources of nutritional education and fitness information that does exist. The American Dietetic Association (http://www.eatright.org) is the premier food and nutrition website. The American College of Sports Medicine (http://www.acsm.org) is the premier fitness organization. The Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov) has solid, reliable information and a body mass index calculator. The Food and Drug Administration (http://www. fda.gov) gives you recall information and consumer warnings. The Food and Nutrition Information Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (http:// fnic.nal.usda.gov) provides dietary guidelines.
As I said, next time I will share what the components of nutrition are. I promise not to get to scientific or boring about it. And I will share a few of our favorite recipes.
Till then, Love, Blessings & health,
Charles & Kimberley