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Cooked

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There is a new 4-part documentary called COOKED coming out next week on Netflix created by Michael Pollan, who is pretty much my hero.

Here’s the synopsis:

Explored through the lenses of the four natural elements – fire, water, air and earth – Cooked is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect us. Highlighting our primal human need to cook, the series urges a return to the kitchen to reclaim our lost traditions and to forge a deeper, more meaningful connection to the ingredients and cooking techniques that we use to nourish ourselves.

You guys, I cannot wait to watch this.

Food is so, so important, and the quality of food you put into your body is just as important, if not more important, than the quantity.  Good food nourishes, builds, strengthens.  Crappy food tears you apart from the inside out.  Every bite of food you take matters.

I try, very hard, to prepare most of what my family eats from scratch.  Although it’s not hard to do, It’s not always easy.  It is, however, always worth it. 

I’ve really, really fallen off the cooking wagon in the last few months.  Blame it on moving, busy schedules, my fear of grocery shopping when we first got to England, but whatever the reason, it happened.  I’ve been thinking lately of how much I need to get back into the routine of cooking, because when I’m doing it more often, it seems so much easier and more fun.  I know watching this documentary will be a great reminder of just why it’s so important.

I’m already looking up recipes and getting excited about getting back into the kitchen.

What is your favorite thing to cook?  Everyone has at least one!

 

Eat Real Food

 

A few years ago, our family made a huge change in the way we eat.  I read a few books (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle to start) that really opened my eyes to the realities of the food industry in the United States.  Once I’d read these books, I couldn’t NOT make changes.

I can’t lie, at first it was a pain.  I had to read every food label as I grocery shopped, which took way longer than just throwing stuff in the cart.  I had to stop buying a lot of the foods we were used to eating, and I had to try to find substitutes (honestly, I still haven’t found suitable, store-bought substitutes for a lot of snack items).  I began baking all our cakes, cookies, and treats from scratch. 

I started buying all organic fruits, veggies, and dairy.  I researched farms in our area and found one where we could buy organic, grass-fed, humanely-raised (and slaughtered) meat.  We stopped eating fast food entirely, and actually we rarely go out to eat at all anymore (which, with four kids, isn’t that much fun anyway). 

It was a lot of work up front to make these changes.

But.  BUT.  Fast-forward to now and it has become so second-nature, it takes no effort at all.  Our whole family eats better.  I don’t spend any more at the grocery store than I used to, I just buy different things. 

I have literally changed my own and my family’s taste buds too–when one of us does eat processed food for some reason, we often comment that it tastes bad or weird and I am reminded WHY we eat the way we eat.

And we are SO much healthier now.  I’m not kidding you–I can count on one hand the number of times my kids have been to the doctor in the last two or three years.  (Not counting well-child checks.  For some of my kids, those well-child checks have been the ONLY doctor visits in the last few years.)  It has been an amazing, life-altering, completely-worth-it, change.

It seems hard, I know.  But it gets easy pretty quickly and the benefits certainly outweigh the initial annoyance. 

Eat real food.  It’s worth every bite.

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