I no longer find comfort in eating foods prepared by a minimum wage employee using mass-produced, chemically grown foods from a corporate farm raised by minimum wage employees. This includes fruits, vegetables, and meats injected with hormones and antibiotics and raised in deplorable, overcrowded, inhumane conditions.
I’m not saying all restaurant food is bad, however, this does apply to an overwhelming majority, especially fast food and the big chains. Bear in mind these places exist not to provide us with a healthy nutritious meal, they exist to provide their stockholders with a healthy profit.
We realized long ago that not only could we prepare healthier better tasting foods at home; we could do it at a fraction of the cost. We now raise a large organic garden every year that provides us with most of our vegetables; we have built solar driers that we use to prepare our foods for storage for winter use. We have a healthy flock of chickens that provides us with eggs and meat.
Not everyone has the resources to raise their own foods. So what can you do to insure you and your family are eating safe, healthy, and nutritious foods? Below is a list of things that can help you do just that.
Avoid eating out;
If you must eat out first and fore most avoid fast foods and the big chains. These type restaurants are the worst at serving foods that poison our bodies. This is true not only in the foods they prepare but in how they prepare them.
Look for locally owned restaurants and in particular those who specialize in serving locally grown organic foods. Ask where they buy their foods and how they prepare them. If they truly care about your health more than their profits, they will not mind these questions.
Become a Localvore;
Transportation is one of the worst things we can do for our foods. Not only does it contribute to global warming, foods shipped from long distances are subjected to more handling which increases the risk of contamination. In addition, foods shipped from long distances are often picked before they are ripe and therefore have not reached their peak nutritional value and flavor, and are often tasteless. Visit your local farmers market and ask your grocer if they support locally grown foods.
Read the labels;
Know what you are buying. Avoid foods with artificial colors, flavors, and anything else artificial. Avoid foods with preservatives; these are the ingredients that you usually cannot pronounce.
Simple living begins with making the right choices. For us the choice was logical, easy, and made common sense. Rarely do we eat foods not grown, and prepared by us. We do find comfort in knowing who prepared our foods, and in knowing who grew them as well.