Eating Local is Elitist?

I was talking to a friend about how I was trying to be more “aware” in my food choices. I have been trying to eat locally produced food whenever possible.  I also try to eat organic food, with the least amount of processing and packaging.  My friend said, “Don’t you thing that is a bit elitist?”     What?????? Where did that come from. How could it be elitist? Continue reading “Eating Local is Elitist?”

Eating Local in the Winter

For the past 6 months or so I have been trying to  eat local as much as possible.  Because I live near some of the richest farm land in the world, it has been fairly easy…until now.   The farmer’s markets have closed, my garden is done for the winter, and I didn’t do much preserving this year.   The local health food store has a few items.  Some cabbage and apples.  I have a bunch of chestnuts from a local chestnut tree.  But that is not enough to make a meal!

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Why are We So Fat?

It is a popular topic in the media these days. Why are we so fat? Of course, not me, not you, just the other 30% of adults who are overweight or obese.

Fingers are pointing everywhere, and diet books are bestsellers. You can almost guarantee that and TV program will have ads about the weight loss pill that really works!  Now you can even buy drugs over the counter that will keep your body from absorbing fat. (Watch those side effects though!)

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The Omnivore's Dilemma

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been reading a lot about food. Right now I am reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.  Michael Pollan gives a facinating look at where our food comes from.  Starting with McDonald’s chicken nuggets,  he eats his way through an organic meal, a meal from a sustainable farm, and a meal he hunted and foraged for himself.   It is a good read that will make you think about everything you put in your mouth! 

Real Food

I have been reading about food a lot lately. Not cookbooks and such, but books that have caused me to think about where my food comes from, how is it produced, how safe is it to eat?

It used to be easy, I would buy what was cheap, and try not to buy too much junk.  As long as we were eating meat and vegetables and fruit and bread and milk, I assumed we were eating a good diet.  Then I heard about the amounts of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers used in commercial agriculture.  So I went to organic foods, and whole grains. No more white  flour for me! I felt pretty good about that.  Then I discovered the evils of high fructose corn syrup(HFCS) and hydrogenated fats, and tried to avoid them.  (HFCS is in everything!)  Then I read about eating local.  Those organic grapes lost some of their appeal when I realized how much fuel was required to ship them from Chili.  So I started eating more locally produced food.Thank goodness I live in California!  As long as I define local as within 200 miles, I can get almost everything I usually eat.  Make a few exceptions…for coffee and such. Whew, That wasn’t too tough!

Like I said, I have reading about food, and I am amazed at how many different ways our food choices impact our health, and our world.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing with you  the different books I have been reading and the changes I have been making in my familes diet. The changes that have been hard, and the changes that have been surprisingly easy.

Hmm. Now I’m hungry.  I’m off to get a slice of homemade whole wheat bread. I think I’ll put some organic butter and some local cold pack honey on it.  Num