Why Thought for Food?

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I’ve always been interested in food, but after cancer messed up my digestion years ago, this intensified. I had to get as much nutrition as I could out of what I ate, so I researched healthy, proper, simple food.

Result: ‘Thought for Food’, seasonal and local food for Somerset/England/Britain, with my particular brand of health info thrown in. Plus easy recipes!

Thought for Food is all about healthy eating – healthy for yourself and for the environment. Eating local foods, eating seasonal foods, means we don’t have to spray and we are kind to the soil.

So the blog shows what is in season, and, if you grow your own, what to sow or plant in that particular month.

It also gives some tips, and plenty of simple recipes. And it always starts with ideas about a particular health or food subject that has grabbed my attention.

Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 11.15.46Nutritionism as an ideology has overly complicated and harmed our eating habits. We should not focus on eating nutrients! We should eat the sort of food our ancestors would recognize, says Michael Pollan [1]. The closer food is to its natural state and the less sophisticated, processed or refined it is, the more nutritional value is shared with our bodies.

“Eating whole foods in place of processed foods as often as possible is probably the most effective thing you can do to avoid the health risks associated with the modern diet. A few characteristics of whole foods that make them easier to identify are that they spoil relatively quickly, come directly from an animal, tree, or plant, and are generally not sold in packaging.” [2]

“If you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a strong indication it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat.” [3]

“As a general rule it’s a whole lot easier to slap a health claim on a box of sugary cereal than on a raw potato or a carrot, with the perverse result that the most healthful foods in the supermarket sit there quietly in the produce section, silent as stroke victims, while a few aisles over in Cereal the Cocoa Puffs and Lucky Charms are screaming their newfound “whole-grain goodness” to the rafters.” [4]

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[1] In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

[2] http://ragewellness.com/2011/10/basic-principles-of-healthy-eating/#more-267

[3] http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2009/10/in-defense-of-food-an-eaters-manifesto.html 

[4] http://www.shelfari.com/books/1357132/In-Defense-of-Food

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