It is that time again! The time for new sprouts, new blooms and fresh showers. The time to emerge from hibernation. The time to chirp and tweet. The time to be simply happy and welcome the sun.
A walk on the wet grass soaked by rain. A friendly chat with the neighbourhood grocer. Some quite time beside the tiny stream that flows just few yards away from home. Smell of fresh grass, flowers and leaves. The taste of some warm tea with lemon.
Our lives are tuned for these, isn’t it! To ebb and flow with the change of seasons. To be with earth, sky and sun. To be with nature, partaking whatever it has to offer and accepting it for what it is.
Our forefathers lived that way. They lived on whatever nature offered to them. They suffered whatever nature inflicted on them as well.
But science changed a lot of things for humanity. It gave us new conveniences, new cures and new social arrangements. It also gave us new ways of growing, preparing and distributing food.
Food. The most basic human necessity. The earliest evolutions in technology was to enable more food to be grown, transported and preserved. And look at where we reached. Huge quantities of vegetables, fruits, pulses and grains produced in industrial scale farms. Food grown with the help of genetic engineering and chemicals. Post processed to ensure longer shelf lives. A significant quantity of which fed to animals to produce meat.
And a lot of it is eventually wasted. Over 20% of all food produced is discarded even before it reaches store shelves. Another 20% gets tossed out when fresh produce goes past the shelf date. As Washington Post noted, “Stores would rather overstock their shelves and throw out the remainder than look empty” or appear not offering enough choice to customers.
What we get to buy are farm produce that are laced with chemicals and preservatives, and meat from animals that are fed unnatural food, growth enhancing substances and antibiotics. Then we have our packaged food, fast food and restaurant food of which the ingredients are unknown to us most of the time.
We need to be able to take whatever good science has to offer along with whatever good nature has to offer, isn’t it? Let us understand whatever is good for our body, our mind, our society and the planet. Let us place nutrition and sustainability at the core of our eating choices. Let us make our life easier by learning to cook simple nutritious food to rejuvenate and heal us.
I am not a nutritionist or a doctor. I am just an ordinary mother and wife looking out for my family. In my spare time, I was able to read a lot about food, cooking, nutrition, supplements, diets and (to a lesser extent) medicines. This blog is for me to discuss with the ideas that I read and the experiences I had. Do not take my words as gospel, I am not an expert. Feel free to challenge me, disprove me, to correct me and to add to my thoughts. I am open to learning from you as well.
Are you coming with me?