What Not to Eat

I am no diet expert. But I am, as my ‘about me’ boasts, passionate about FOOD. I try to make sure we all eat as much food as possible, and by that I mean that we try to avoid eating food PRODUCTS. Things that the grocery store would like you to think will sustain you, but ultimately is lacking in nutrition and may actually contribute to your downfall. Junk food. Things ranging from ‘Doritos, now with Omega 3 Flax!” to a McDick hamburger to those wretched soy products made to look and taste like meat or cheese to enriched, enhanced bread with that seems to have everything in it but flour, eggs, yeast.

I call how I eat the D.E.S. Diet. Aka, the Don’t Eat Shit Diet.

When you get past the torment of scrutinizing labels and realize that what you actually want to eat doesn’t come out of a BPA lined can, it gets much easier. When you get past the “oh GEEZ they charge a premium for certified organic produce from South America in the grocery store” and start shopping locally, often forgoing certification because your boots have actually traipsed through the farm itself…. it gets easier still. Not to mention FAR cheaper. Eating well does not in any way have to mean your bill goes through the roof. (They sell giant bulk bags of organic lentils real cheap at my food coop and boy will they last you!) Check out LocalHarvest.org to find a CSA near you.

Your body is a machine. It needs good food to run. If this is not a priority for you, I would suggest some re-evaluation. Heart disease. Type 2 diabetes. Cancer.  People are not a very healthy bunch these days, and it is no wonder!

I would suggest to anyone interested in food to read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. You can find it at Amazon or your local library. It’s a great read. Nothing new to any ‘Foody’ but he breaks things down nicely and I find him quite amusing. Pollan does not tell you what to eat. It’s not a “for breakfast have a slice of toast with an egg and some asparagus spears.” It does however clearly explain what you DON’T want to be eating, and if you still cannot figure out what you should be consuming, I think perhaps exercising your noodle (as well as your derriere) may be prudent.

Do take the time to watch this ultra inspiring video of Dr. Terry Wahls, a medical doctor who cured her MS through diet.  Tremendous.

How we eat:
We try to buy foods with no ingredient listing. This is a sure guarantee that what you are eating is actually a piece of food. It’s a tomato. It’s a piece of a cows ass. It’s an egg. It’s a brussells sprout. We eat a lot of eggs from chickens who actually get to eat grass and bugs. Unpasteurized milk and cheese. Meat from cows who amble on pasture and aren’t fed corn while standing up to their armpits in feces in a feedlot. And lots and lots of colourful fruits and veggies.

If we do buy foods that have an ingredient list on the packaging, first off, we read the list. If we can’t pronounce what’s on the list, it goes back on the shelf. If we don’t immediately understand what is listed on the ingredient list, if there are too many ingredients, if the product claims to be enriched to the gills or contains dubious acronyms we know that it is too processed for our liking and place it back on the shelf.

To keep out bills down we don’t shop very often at the grocery store. We grow as much as we can, for veggies, fruit, meat and eggs. Come spring time we’ll be getting milk from our goats. Past that, we start at our doorstep and move outwards. We get some sustenance from our most immediate neighbours. From a stand a couple concessions over. From another neighbours mother. From the farmer’s market. What we can’t get locally and an our own, we get from a food co-op. Things like breakfast cereal, oats, grape juice and other snacks. It does take more leg work than a one stop shop at the store, but not that much. And the satisfaction and enjoyment we get out of it makes it well worth it I think.