Have you heard the phrase among bull riders that 'it’s not if you’ll get hurt, it’s when and how bad?'
In our time in history, it’s not, do I know someone who’s sick, but how many people do I know with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc.
Before all the marvels of modern chemicals like preservatives, herbicides and pesticides, and before the plethora of man-made drugs that mask symptoms but cause many other health issues, people weren’t nearly as sick as often.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are definitely times when I would go to the doctor and many, many lives have been saved by medical professionals. But we would all be better served if doctors were taught as much about nutrition and natural remedies as they are about pharmaceutical drugs. We wouldn’t need to see the doctor as often if we weren’t exposed to toxins from our food, our air, medications and what we absorb through our skin. I feel like many of our modern discoveries, especially chemical compounds, have caused us more harm than good. If we all had clean, organically grown fruits and vegetables to eat, if there weren’t toxic chemicals in processed foods, skin care products and household cleaning products, we would all be healthier.
This is why I write this blog and why I teach healthier grocery shopping and healthy cooking to kids and adults. I get so upset when I see a parent checking out at Wal-Mart with a cart full of sugary, toxin-laden processed food products, pop, processed meat products full of nitrates and preservatives, bleached and bromated white flour bread and not one fresh fruit or vegetable to take home to feed their kids in between the fast-food kids’ meals they eat on the go. I don’t blame the parents. Many just don’t know better. They don’t know what these products and chemicals are doing to their kids. They trust the system. Surely, our government wouldn’t allow a food product on the shelf if it were bad for us, right? It’s no wonder childhood obesity is sharply on the rise. Gone are the days of home economics classes where kids are taught to cook meals with real food. Gone are the days of eating meals around the table and families cooking together.
With my adult cooking classes I teach adults who never learned to cook and help parents make fast, easy, healthy meals for their families. With my kids cooking classes, I hope to teach kids to eat healthy early on, so they will eat healthier all of their lives and may develop a love of cooking. Who knows? Maybe we’ll revive the tradition of families cooking together and eating around the table. Maybe the kids of today will become wiser about the chemicals and the processed food products and be healthier adults.
I’m going to leave you with ‘food for thought’, spoken by Dr. Mark Hyman – “If there is a “Healthy Food” section in the grocery store, what does that make the rest of the food sold there?” Think about it!