A Bushel of Antioxidants in Two Little Ounces Plus Iron
Convenience is the drug of choice for overtired and overworked Americans. The problem is that this addiction to convenience stymies our attempts to eat healthy, unprocessed food in an affordable way.
We are both overweight and undernourished. Unlike our grandparents, who grew their own food out of necessity in the Great Depression, now one needs to purchase a patch of land, or a membership in a food cooperative. This is not a budget buster.
If you have either a garden or food cooperative, this does not cover the most expensive item: Time.
Managing the schedules of our overscheduled children, running after work errands and household chores drains the modern worker to the breaking point.
By now, almost everyone knows about the dangers of added chemicals, corn syrup, and sugar. red dye #4 and #5 exist in the family diet. How do we know that artificial food consumed today will not turn into autoimmune or cancer later? A bit of spending today will give you dividends for lift.
The problem is that we do not know—if the processing food conglomerates know how they poison us, do you really think they would break the bottom line and tell the consumer? I doubt that. We are only the guinea pigs after all. What a supermarket sells very well may be disease in a package.
Great bags of potato chips and sugary cereal beckon from the endcaps. At times a helpful associate places a coupon next to something that is quick and easy to make.
Instead of frozen or canned processed food, what if someone waved a magic wand and delivered bushels full of fruit and vegetables, all ready to be cooked-or eaten raw? A very good friend of mine sells the product line Zennoa. I especially like the liquid product that yields bushel baskets of antioxidants with a bit of dessicated liver for iron. This is Geritol on steroids. That is, if the product contained steroids. These products are far from cheap. Spending now will deliver good health in the future
What a supermarket sells at a premium is disease in a package.
By now, unless you live on the moon, you know about the Keto and Paleo diets. A basket of antioxidants, healthy fats like avocados and grass fed beef, fish constitute the Keto diet. Carbohydrates are few (5%-10%) This diet may be wallet friendly.
The Paleo is similar, but far more forgiving of carbohydrates; whole grains are allowed, as well as fruit and some starchy vegetables. Whole grains are allowed, but do not dominate the Paleo diet. The 1 or 2 ounces daily of the Zennoa NukaHiva is developed using bushel baskets of fruits packed with antioxidants. The Paleo diet aims to duplicate early homosapiens lifestyle of gathering and hunting what is available.
The Keto diet results in ketone production, as the large amounts of satiating fat triggers the body into going into ketosis; this should be supervised by a medical professional because although it will jump start weight loss, a patient’s kidneys must be efficient enough to eliminated the ketones.
The produce aisle has much smaller signs. Vegetables are sold in cans, fresh, or frozen. Often the cans have the cheaper price. Two for one offers grab our attention in the canned vegetable aisle. Or, you just have to buy some frozen french fries, because your kids are ravenous after school. French fries, pizza and fast food are what they and their friends crave. Large scale agribusiness has shamelessly marketed to our children.
Agribusiness shamelessly markets to children; cereal boxes should be rated X.
When I was growing up, I liked the toy included in cracker jacks. A few years ago I bought an overpriced box just for fun; the toy of my youth was a flimsy paper ghost of past trinkets.
A generation ago, our grandparents survived the Great Depression by growing as many vegetables and fruits that they would use. Whole days were spent in my family taking fresh vegetables and canning them. It was often a group effort with my aunts and my grandmother. I was just the innocent child bystander.
Now, I wish I had paid attention to my grandmother’s canning routine.
In other words, we have come back to the future. Now, my husband, who has become a viable balcony farmer, grows our herbs. I babysit for my snow bird neighbor’s plants every year. Their mint and oregano are my grandchildren. We place them in the sun and water every night.
A friend just told me about a condo that had a whole terrace. Immediately I visualized all of the vegetables that I would buy seeds for.
Nutritionists and doctors to the stars lecture about the importance of eating mostly fruit and vegetables. Our plates should be a rainbow of colors to catch all the antioxidants. This will cost a bit of time, but is affordable in the long run.
Meanwhile, obesity delivered straight from the supermarket aisle is the main culprit in diabetes, and therefore strokes and heart disease .
Here is another health mystery. Why are autoimmune diseases escalating? When I was a nursing student in the late 90’s, a teacher asked us to raise our hands if we knew someone with Lupus. Ninety percent of the class raised their hands.
The teacher went on to explain that “thirty years ago, you would not have seen only one hand.” (Kathy Jenner, Holy Family University.)
Even if you or your loved ones does not at present have an autoimmune disease, your grandparents never heard of red or yellow dyes. Or, GMO foods. I am certain that my grandmother did not ingest high fructose corn syrup.
Neither did your grandparents. They ate what they grew. They were poor but well-nourished. A trip to the doctor was an event, not something they had to do routinely.
Can we say the same? Perhaps we live longer, but with a decreased quality of life. Given the choice, I would rather depart this world sooner with optimum health, rather than longer with cancer and autoimmune disease.
Perhaps the poor quality of modern food is not to blame; why not stop all the additives and feel the difference? This is what your grandmother would have done. They were poor, but their food was fresh and affordable. Can you Say the Same?