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Food For Thought

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Today, eating healthy is a MUST.

Before the 1989 Revolution, we (Romanians) lived under communism for lots of years. My childhood was a happy one not because of communism but because my parents made it happy.

We grew up with a few toys, some food and expensive books. All we had was 3 or 4 types of cakes in some shops that looked like prisons.

We had everything on food cart: bread, milk, eggs, sugar, etc.

My parents took us out in the summer and the only thing to eat was minced meat rolls with mustard and bread. For kids a juice and adults a beer and that was it. A very expensive day in the city. The rest of the days we were eating home.

Everything you bought from the store was healthy because we were too poor to use chemicals when we made it. So the food was healthy and I don’t think it will get as healthy as it was again.

As you notice, the food in the store these days is getting each day more toxic.

Teaching my son about eating healthy is a long and difficult process. Why? Look around. All the store food, all the commercials are all around us. Is not a fair fight. My fight is also with other parents who don’t care about their children serving them all day this junk food.

I can’t think of any reasons why we continue to poison our food and our Earth. We have one life and we should appreciate it every single second.

I had my son and I know is my responsibility to raise him healthy and a great person. I am responsible for his life until he grows up and can take care for himself. Why would I jeopardize his health and future knowingly?

So, most of our meals are homemade. We look around us for healthy products, natural products. We have a little vegetable garden and trees. We use natural fertilizer for the soil and we don’t spray them with any chemicals.

We must think about our children’s health. We must teach them to respect our planet, to respect themselves, their bodies and minds.

This is just some food for thought for everybody.

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49 thoughts on “Food For Thought”

  1. This is so true! I just signed up for a free online seminar about toxicity in the home, and my favorite youtube channel will be doing a talk about raising your own food. Maybe something you might like too. Here is a link to sign up it is totally free, but you can pay to have unlimited access. http://urltag.net/COuXI

  2. I love your post! I am also trying to convince my daughter why she shouldn’t buy fast food. I lived in the communism too. My parents had time to spend with me and my sister. Nowadays we are in a hurry all the time. I also remember my summer vacation at my grandma in the countryside. The food was delicious. What a beautiful time!

    1. I think its both for profit and control of people. Think about it; people don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on food. While some of that is a matter of means, the rest is laziness. How can i do this fast and make it taste great at the same time?
      They use chemicals that get you hooked, so you want it again and again. The more you buy it the less you make foods from scratch – the lazier you become, the more you consuming terrible chemicals that eventually transform into some kind of illness because your body can’t do its job – The sicker you are, the more you see the doctor and buy into all the additional pharmaceutical drugs they have – the more you use those, the more additional drugs you need from all the side affects you getting.
      Money and control. (In my opinion anyway).

  3. It’s not just former Communist nations — even current Americans have memories of simpler, better food (and times). Thanks for reminding us to do the work to keep it alive! It’s worth the trouble.

  4. I agree with you. The only reason I can think of why people eat so much ‘junk’ food is that they have no time. Nowadays people want it all, and they are lead to believe they can have it all, so they don’t make choices.

  5. Absolutely! Well said. We all have a responsibility for the health of our children, ourselves and our planet. I am consciously working to reduce plastic in my home and waste from my kitchen which goes into land fill. I live in a big city where convenience has become a downfall…it has numbed us and in some way ‘dumbed’ us. Taking time to separate my waste & recycling, saying no to plastic, buying many ingredients like herbs, flour, sugar and grains from bulk food stores and placing all food scraps into my worm farm, is my small contribution to treading more gently on our earth.

  6. I visited Romania several times in 1990 and we ate at restaurants there. The restaurant owners were so welcoming and the limited menu choices cooked with love. The results were very good washed down with very cheap but good wine. I still smile at those visits!

  7. Well we do have a bit more diversity now. I remember when apples, oranges and bananas were the only fruit we ever saw during the Canadian winter. Not sure it’s healthier for the planet to be importing exotic fruit from all over the globe but it is nice to enjoy kiwis and pomegranites. But you’re right: it’s up to us to win the war by cooking real foods, simply.

  8. I fully support your position, be strong, it’s far from easy! And I know this first hand…
    Another food memory I have from my childhood (in mostly post communist Romania) was that we ate seasonally. And late summer was dedicated to preserving food for the winter. I think that is what I miss the most and my body does too. I am guilty of giving in to buying out-of-season imported fruit and vegetables (still better than junk food) to cook fresh meals, but I am starting to be convinced that this may not be best for our health.

  9. A very interesting read and so very true. I try not to give my kids junk food except as an occasional treat and it’s: a) so much cheaper and b) so much better for them. They love fruit more than sweets which is a bonus =)

  10. You are spot on. Keep your children involved in gardening, shopping, and food preparation. There are so many kid-friendly ways to prepare meals. It will stick with them as they mature. My son always cooked a homemade meal for his girlfriends, which made a positive impression. Today he is the main cook in his marriage. 🌟✨💫

  11. I totally agree with you, no ready made food for us!

    You know, I remember that during my youth (late sixties and the seventies), when all the products with additives and whatnots started, there was a Polish brand of preserves, vegetables and fruits and also jams, completely without additives (sugar, salt and spices, of course). They were sold at Aldi and were cheap, and they tasted great, and I wondered at that time why people would put all the poison into the food, when it did not seem necessary at all.

  12. So true and a great blog. I think the sense of achievement of growing your own fruit and vegetables makes you feel happy. I hate convince food it makes you feel yuck.

  13. Please excuse me, but as a biology teacher I can’t keep silent.

    Chemicals are not inherently unhealthy. Processed foods are not inherently unhealthy. Everything is a chemical. You ingest more harmful substances in the bacteria you inadvertently eat. There may be unhealthy chemicals, but the FDA is there to make sure they stay out of the food, and the system works. Any chemical that slips through screening or is grandfathered in has such a small effect that it’s not worth focusing on.

    So many of these scares are based on myth. For example, MSG began as a joke paper that people took seriously. MSG, the chemical, is found naturally at very high levels in fermented proteins like soy, yeast, meats, tomato paste. Citric acid, a common additive, is naturally found in many fruits and vegetables. Adding chemicals to the foods has lead to less food waste. On the flip side, sugar and salt are preservatives used in many packaged goods.

    Many foods are considered unprocessed, but just as processed as many packaged foods. Traditional ways of preparing cassava involve heavy processing: mashing, boiling, straining, fermentation, more mashing and boiling, drying, steaming… Putting things through food processors or blenders is processing.

    ‘Natural’ foods are not free of toxins, either. Mycotoxins are produced by fungi and found on nearly all nuts and a lot of coffees, even when there is no visible mold. These are extremely potent carcinogens. Heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and arsenic (natural) are pervasive in soils, although might not have been present in the environment where you grew up. The browning you see on bread and meat is due to formation of acrylamide, another potent carcinogen. Cyanide is a poison naturally found in some plants (Africans have been eating absurd amounts of cyanide via cassava for ages). Hundreds of other plant compounds are poisons, some we know and some we don’t. The bacteria in your intestines turn meat into TMAO, yet another carcinogen. Heck, alcohol is a toxin and we use it to sterilize lab surfaces and equipment. Methanol destroys nerves and makes you go blind, but your cells produce it while breaking down fructose, the sugar in fruit.

    Anyway, the point of that is not to scare anyone. Quite the opposite. It’s not worth stressing over FDA-approved food additives or processing methods, because they’re a drop in the bucket. That’s not to say it’s not worth eating simply and wholesomely when possible, because why not?

    Some factors surrounding food definitely influence health: attitudes towards food and eating (influenced by the palatability of foods designed to be addictively delicious), stress, amount of fiber, time between meals, increased processing (increasing calories absorbed and amount of sugar that hits your system), decreased nutrition, social eating vs rushed eating, etc.

  14. A good starting point. If you involve children in food they will enjoy it more, and though some additives are there for our benefit you can’t go wrong by eating clean.

  15. I agree completely with you. It is important for the earth and our bodies to eliminate the use of herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides which are dangerous for the health of all living creatures. Many of these chemical based products interfere with important body processes like blocking neural transmitters, elevating or decreasing natural hormone levels, polluting drinking water, killing beneficial soil organisms thereby reducing the soils fertility over time. Any biologist worth their salt will have spent time reading the many peer reviewed studies showing the detrimental impact of fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides on soil biology and fertility, as well as the negative impacts on animal and plant health. Unfortunately there is strong propaganda by the companies producing these products to deride people pointing out the many dangers of their products as “unscientific” or “fearmongers”. Unfortunately the real evidence points toward these products being detrimental to the environment, a bane to all life forms, and to seriously disrupt entire ecosystems. I heartily applaud your efforts to keep these problematic products off of your table and not using them on your property.

  16. This is so true! I find it astonishing how many children in Australia even with all the availability of healthy food survive on junk. I find educating and talking about why things are unhealthy helps and why what you have cooked is better helps. They eventually start to see it!

  17. Very interesting. I find some of these comments enlightening. I often wondered in which ways one’s food universe can change drastically as the political landscape changes. There are still some places where natural food diversity is not yet effected by mass production, but those are becoming fewer. We should resist the temptation to conspiratorialize the commercialization of food. This is a reaction to what we demand; we made it so because we so easily have other concerns, more important concerns as we quick-fuel up with calories like we gas up our cars. We made food a commodity of the body because we’re more interested in work and TV time and twittering and such.

    We do have to remind each other what was meant to be; what we intuitively yearn for. When this author is writing of her life and learning about nature and food-we are reminded. I find this authors honest and open explanations to be endearing and compelling.

  18. I totally agree with your decision!! It is impt for children to understand where their food came from and learn to make healthy food choices. Having grown up in an environment where processed food is readily made available, I am now learning to rewire my eating habits and going back down to the basics of only using fresh ingredients. Keep advocating in this belief, your children will thank you for it in the future (:

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