Why a Food Manifesto
Food is the most important and personal choice you make on a daily basis. What we put in our bodies has the single largest impact on our health and well-being.
We are constantly bombarded with new food products, information about what is healthy, what isn’t, what will make you live longer, which foods to avoid for weight loss, the new local farmer, and why you should be at the farmer’s market. This information comes from everywhere. You see it in magazines, the internet, the television and the boxes on the grocery store shelves.
It takes a lot to stay informed to navigate the minefield of marketing and false, or incomplete information, thrown at you on a daily basis.
I want to provide a place where I can help you navigate this confusing landscape. Before we go much further on this journey together I feel like I need to be completely transparent about my personal habits and beliefs. This is my food manifesto.
What I eat
In catch phrases and popular terms I eat clean, I eat real food and I try to eat local. In real life terms, I cook most of my food and make an effort to know where it came from, sometimes that means the specific farm, though that isn’t as often as I would like. Sometimes my beliefs are stronger than my habits, but I keep working hard to make them the same.
These are the general guidelines I follow:
- Buy local meat, if that isn’t in the budget or convenient buy organic or from a grocery store that has a standard you are comfortable with.
- Eat all the colors of the rainbow in a day
- Cook as many meals as possible
- Take my lunch
- Drink water, not sugary beverages
I also believe that everyone has a right to have access to unprocessed food, should make a living that allows them the ability to purchase quality food, and if they don’t have the money they should get the help they need from the rest of us. I don’t have perfect answers or solution to this problems but it is what I work towards every day.
My biggest belief
The reason for this blog is because I love food. I find the history of it fascinating. I find the social, economic and environmental effects of how we grow food and what we choose to eat to be the most important political issue of our time. If you know how to cook you should teach someone else.
For these reasons and many more, I believe that if you know how to cook you should teach someone else. It is up to us to make sure people know how to provide for themselves so they can maintain power over their health. Once you hand the choice of what you eat over to corporations, the government you are giving them power over your health.
I have struggled with keeping other people’s judgment and opinion out of my most personal choice. I read a lot about food, write a lot about food, support the local food movement both in my community and as an idea that I feel is very important for every community. I have also spent a long time working in grocery stores. There is no shortage of opinions from any of these spots. Everyone has an opinion about what I should eat.
All of these strong opinions about food make an already complicated job of buying groceries more difficult.
It is a bad case of peer pressure and leaves a feeling of not good enough.
What I want to give you
I want to give you a space that isn’t judgmental or elitist about what food you put on the table.
The information I offer for you here is so you can make your own informed decisions. Some of my choices will be obvious as I share places I have tried, recipes I have made and news articles I find important. These are choices I am making and I respect that they may not be choices you share.
I want to provide a spot where you can get information, ask questions and make your own informed decisions about what you put in your body. This can be overwhelming whether you have been buying your own groceries and cooking for years or you are just getting started. You are going to have questions and I can provide you with both sides of the story so you can choose. Only you can decide what is right for you.
I am not promoting a lifestyle. I aim to supply information to people who want to make big or little lifestyle changes so they can do that armed with all the information they will need. Hopefully, I will be able to do that with a little wit and a whole lot of wisdom.
There isn’t one right way
This idea that there is only one right way needs to go out the window. Everyone wants to be an authority on what you should eat. Only you can be that authority. Through trial and error, you will learn what makes you feel like the best. That is something only you can know and decide.
I think we should support local farmer’s, but I might tell you where to get the best deals at a store because my budget is important. I think we should buy less food from big companies but might suggest that if you love Little Debbie you should treat yourself once in a while.
Some of you reading this might not like the approach I have and that is fine. If you decide to comment or participate in the discussion I just ask that you please be respectful of the other people and keep this a judgment free zone.
What drives your eating habits? Are there ones you want to change?1