Our nation’s obesity epidemic and a growing groundswell of interest in revitalizing home cooking prompted me to start blogging with Food Wisz-dom over two years ago. What started out as a hobby has turned into a quest to address nutrition-related health challenges and the demise of good, sustainable foods. Somewhere along the way, we lost our way. Just about anyone is my intended audience: after all, I believe that everyone would benefit from eating healthy foods that make them feel good and allows them to be at their best every day.
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family where good, nutritious food was emphasized and appreciated. My mother was a thrifty shopper who never made a meal that didn’t include vegetables, fruits and proteins that were appropriately sized. Her mantras were drilled into our heads at a young enough age to somehow stick with us for life. Her two favorites were “don’t turn off your thirst with soda; drink water instead” and “eat fruit”.
Through eating seasonal and nutritious foods, there is a sense of giving back to our community by making the most of the wholesome ingredients that are already being produced. The principle of celebrating foods that are sustainable and affordable is our right as citizens of humanity. Reliance on fast foods has already developed far too much momentum and will inevitably impact future generations negatively, unless we do something about it now. We are “reaping what we have sown” with the extraordinary healthcare costs that we currently are experiencing due to chronic illnesses that are in large part, preventable through behavior change.
Life now is a fast-paced whirlwind compared to what it was, but we need to slow down enough and give the same importance to nourishing ourselves as we do in paying the mortgage on time or paying our taxes. Not liking to cook is not a good excuse. My blog is meant to inspire and send a message that fast food is not a way to nourish a healthy body and mind. If you have children, they will need your guidance to make smart choices for their own future.
Folks who have responsibilities such as a job and family don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen either. Often, with the ingredients we pick up at a local farmers’ market, half the battle of cooking is gone, since you don’t need to work hard to extract great flavor from quality ingredients.
Cookbooks and recipes available to us through the Internet or your neighbor can easily be integrated into everyday living. In conclusion, I leave you with the words of Sally Edwards, a best-selling author, entrepreneur and professional triathlete, “If we're not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn't settle for junk food”. Bon Appétit!
Photo Credit: Lydia Wisz - Kerala-Style Beef Stew with Beet Salad & Green Beans, Roasted Red Peppers with Pistachios