Gratitude Sunday: Real Food? Read

Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down,
to reflect,
to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes.
Our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots.

Sunday Haiku
One weed grows between
two stone slabs of aggregate;
proves earth’s abundance.

Sunday Musings
Overheard at the grocery store: “At least you can eat anything you want without feeling guilty”. Since when did eating become something to feel guilty about?

Let’s start with a definition. To feel or be guilty one must be avoiding responsibility.

Eating is what people do. We have to eat to fuel the body to be able to think and do work of any kind, mental or physical. Why would you feel guilty about what the body requires to get through every day of this life?

Our media, our fashion mavens, our doctors, our scientists, our health associations (American Medical Association, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Associations), our insurers all want us to believe bodies have to look a certain way and be a certain weight to be “healthy” or “attractive”. This would be fine if they provided us with the correct science, knowledge, and information to achieve health. But in America we have junk science funded by the food processors, GMO foods hidden in every processed food item, and undue pressure to achieve an arbitrarily achieved “ideal” weight without the correct nutritional support of the commercial food industry.

To avoid responsibility in eating, then, can mean only a few things to me. 1. Choosing the wrong foods, i.e., processed foods full of sugar, trans fats, processed salts, soy, and other chemicals I can’t even spell or pronounce. 2. Over-indulging, i.e., eating too much of anything. Everything in moderation. 3. Not knowing the difference between real food and junk food (almost everything in the grocery store). Read and learn about nutrition. Read labels. Don’t pay $8.00 a dozen for vegetarian fed chicken eggs. Chickens are not vegetarians.

So how can you tell if what you are buying is good for you? If man processed it, don’t buy it. There are few exceptions.

That’s the hard part. Legislators and government think they can dictate what is healthful for us. Unfortunately, they are wrong and the evidence is in the vast increase in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease over the last fifty years. One example: I prefer raw cow or goat milk. In Oregon you can buy that product only if you go to the farm, and few farms are willing to sell raw milk, because of all the misinformation about safety. With modern technology there are no safety issues around raw milk, but sales of raw milk do not support the commercial milk industry.

I won’t go on about the politics of real food just now. I will only say here if you have improper information and no support for healthful food choices from our legislators, junk science, hidden chemicals and GMO foods, we are bound to destroy the chemical functions of our brains and bodies. Yes, you should consider this a dire state of affairs in America. If you are purchasing commercial foods, you are changing your brain and body chemistry and that of your families away from it’s proper and natural function, and not in a good way. If our children are our future, we are in for a crazy world as their brains will not work even as well as ours.

Flower Watch – blooming attractions in my neighborhoods this week – I have mullein growing in my yard! This has come to me as a naturalized herb; I did not plant it. And it’s in a place that escapes the hubster’s scorched earth approach to yard care. It is just one plant so I’m hoping if I just leave it be it will multiply next year. I also have another beautiful yellow weed growing; one I’ve admired for several years now. Thanks to the internet and my insatiable curiosity I now know what it is. This pretty yellow weed is moth mullein, another variety of mullein, an excellent pollinator plant, and I’ve never seen a white one. Woody mullein is the one I am familiar with growing alongside the road, in ditches, and wild areas, often used in herbal preparations. I feel privileged both varieties have chosen to establish themselves in my yard.

Currently Reading – Gut and Psychology Syndrome (healing science) by Natasha Campbell-McBride; Paradise Lot (experimental gardening) by Eric Toensmeier (Paradise Lot keeps getting lost as I become distracted by new titles); The Two-Income Trap (social politics) by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi; How to See Yourself as You Really Are (enlightenment) by the Dalai Lama; Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream: Sweet Seasonal Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, and Toppings Made with Local Ingredients by Molly Moon. Yes, concurrently.

This week I have been grateful for:

  • My pool membership.
  • Good walking shoes.
  • The many women walkers in my neighborhood who walk for their health in the evening armed only with cell phones.
  • Throwing away an old rotten and rotting pair of City Sneaks captoe mules, my favorite house slippers, after a successful Ebay purchase to replace them.
  • Wild creamy ivory Queen Anne’s Lace next to soft watered-down periwinkled of blue Bachelor’s Buttons along the roadsides.
  • Fresh, local food organically produced by farmers I know.
  • The knowledge to prepare said foods in a healthful way.
  • Other writers who share knowledge about healthful foods and preparation.
  • Mastering a very low sugar (I use evaporated cane juice; yes, I know it’s still sugar) home-made vanilla ice cream recipe.
  • Improving my liver pâté recipe.
  • Resourcing, reading, learning.
  • Water.

Namaste. Peace. Blessings.

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