I Love Food! I really do. And once upon a time I used to love to bake and cook and eat. I don’t have much time for a lot of that anymore. I don’t do as much baking when I do have time though either. Funny how things change, isn’t it? There was a time you could walk into my kitchen at any hour and find all the ingredients you needed to make just about any baked good you desired. Now… you’d be lucky if you could find flour! Eggs. I have eggs! Well… I have chickens now so, that’s kind of a given.
So, what changed? Well, I started paying attention to what I was eating. Originally, I did it to try to lose weight, as a lot of people do. Then, I started to notice a trend that started to make me really upset. As much as there seems to be a growing divide between the “have’s” and the “have-nots” in this world there seems to also be a growing divide between the “real” and the “not-so-real” food out there and most of us don’t seem to quite notice it, at least not right away.
What do I mean? Well… how much of what you eat has ingredients in it that you can actually read? How much of our current “food” is being manufactured instead of grown? Big business has really managed to make a big business out of food at our expense and the cost is our health.
I have been trying not to buy anything processed. I try not to buy anything with a lot of sugar in it. THAT is a huge hurdle since added sugar is everywhere. I think they need it to mask over the taste of all the crap they throw together in an attempt to create something edible. When I go grocery shopping, I stick to the perimeter of the store, produce, meat, dairy, etc. All the interior isles is where a lot of the processed food is kept and what you want to stay away from. I read an article online recently that talked about the economy and how numbers in the grocery stores did not see any growth at all except in the perimeter of the store. I was so excited by this news but, of course, the reaction of big business (they) was what can we do to fix this? I was so appalled by this? We should be shouting from the rooftops, “People are finally getting it! They’re learning!” and be glad that as a nation we are beginning to become healthier in our choices. But, no! Big business wants to find ways to lure you back in.
Local farmers and corner markets had to adapt and/or close to succumb to changes and the ways of the times. Why isn’t big business doing the same? It’s us. If we keep buying, they keep selling and making a profit. Don’t let them. Maybe it’s time for another shift. Time to see these local farms and small town stores come back. Buy local and often, since the good stuff goes bad quickly, not in 12-18 months! Drive around your towns and get to know your local farmers markets. Shop your small town shops. Locally, I’ve got a few favorites of my own and even in the bigger grocery store I know I can buy organic and from local farmers.
So, do I still love food? Definitely yes! Am I smarter about what I eat? Definitely yes! And guess what, I’m healthier for it now too.