Habits

Ready to cook?

Apparently not!

A recent Wall Street Journal article suggested we Americans, despite all conveniences, don’t enjoy cooking. Mealtime, it said, was a “hurdle to clear”.

Canned, frozen and packaged foods, farmer’s markets, 24/7 groceries, grocery delivery service, meal kits, CSA deliveries, cooking shows, on-line recipes…would seemingly make everything easier for us. Enjoyment should be inevitable. But do we look forward to cooking? Not so much.

A couple years ago, I was touring condos with a real estate agent; while looking at a kitchen, she asked me if I enjoyed cooking. While I still haven’t answered her it’s only because I’d feel guilty saying, “No, I don’t enjoying cooking!”

I don’t like the act of shopping, cooking or cleaning up.

HOWEVER, I can enthusiastically say YES, I enjoy eating healthy and simple home cooked meals. I like controlled portions, calories, fat and sodium. I like my seasonal produce prepared just so. If it’s fish on the grill, I don’t need seasoning. If it’s a steak, I like that three people share one!

I absolutely love eating at home, eating as a family or even treating myself when eating alone. I look forward to eating.

I’m entertained by the cooking shows, the recipe exchanges and the 86 cookbooks I own. I cherish my mom and aunt’s handwritten recipes. (I’d enjoy my grandmothers’ recipes but they cooked and baked “by hand” and feel.) I’m not certain any of these role models enjoyed cooking, but they enjoyed healthy food, simply prepared and being with family.

So, as summer ends and we essentially start a “new” year, the question isn’t, “do you enjoy cooking?”.  The question to ask is, “do you enjoy being in charge of your diet and your health?” Answer YES as you enjoy eating at home to be well.

Marcia

PS The only thing that I can truly relate to in that photo is that glass of red wine…cheers to you!

PPS Wishing a happy start to the new school year for you and those around you:))

 

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Enough!

 

Enough: abundance, adequacy, plenitude, ample, sufficient, suitable and right amount.

Anything more would be the wrong amount.

 

 

Let’s talk diet. Chatting with a friend last week I said, “I feel a blog post coming on”. She rolled her eyes and said, “feel free!”.  So, here is the story of enough. And too much.

One’s body is a certain size, gender and age; it enjoys a lot or a little physical activity. All the body parts are working well or not so well. These are the factors that determine nutrition requirements.

We all understand calories: enough is good but too many is bad. Enough sodium is necessary for normal body functions but too much is bad. Enough dietary fat is essential for life but too much is bad.

We neglect to transfer that idea to all nutrients and so the industry of supplements was born. Enough vitamin A is important for eyesight and skin health, then more is better right? NO! More is too much. In fact, too much vitamin A can cause dry, rough, scaly skin.

Enough vitamin C keeps blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and bone healthy. C is an important structural component  You won’t grow more bone with more vitamin C; in fact, too much may cause kidney stones.

When people consume too much of a nutrient, it is typically through supplementation not food.

My friend’s challenge is a twist on too much. She is eating too much fiber! And her gut was telling her it’s too much. How can that even happen? She doesn’t take supplemental fiber. Her diet is super healthy.

Whole foods never let us overdose on nutrients. The human body is designed to eat whole foods; the “bulk” of those foods limit overeating. But modify those foods and you’ll be eating too much.

Think of the sugar in a fresh apple. Healthy, right? One apple is a portion. One is enough for our appetite. But process that apple into apple juice and you’ll be consuming the equivalent of 3 – 6 apples. That’s too much.

So, shove the food processor, blender and juicer back in the cupboard along with the supplements – they all end up giving us too much. Eat whole foods to get enough to be well,

Marcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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