Zilch just won’t do it!

wind-in-the-willows411x195You know, regular doctors are hand in glove with Big Pharma, they accept all kinds of goodies and information and seem to believe the information the companies put out. How much profit do you think the companies have made over the last 20 years from promoting the idea that the sun is dangerous and that we must protect ourselves from it at all times? I’ve no idea either, but I’ll be willing to bet it is billions of $$$’S. Of course we need to be sensible and not go out unprotected in the middle of the day and cover up at other times if we feel it’s needed. We also need to get out from under that blanket of lies, half-truths, misconceptions and propaganda that Big Pharma puts out to scare us into buying their products, thinking we need to be prescribed their products even if they’re not properly tested and believing that we will become ill or continue to be ill if we don’t keep the faith with them/it by buying their expensive products, becoming addicted to their drugs and potients and maintaining our fears about our health, about illness and wellness and about what we perceive as our inability to be in charge of our own health. Working closely with Big Food, the two have ensured that the majority of those in the so-called ‘developed world’ are mal-nourished, obese and poorly ‘fed’ with ‘food’ produced in factories and bearing little resemblance to anything it is healthy to put in our mouths and expect to nourish us. It is only necessary to go to an on-line recipe site to prove the point. Dishes made from packaged, processed and unrecognisable items, when they could so easily be made from real food, vegetables and fruit! Here’s a cheap example which has the Heart Foundation tick for what it’s worth. Around Zilch I’d say! http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/recipes/Pages/Creamychickenandcornpotpies.aspx There are so many ways to substitute that corn and those tins for something nourishing and delicious.
With a tiny budget we can eat well, enjoy our meals and look after ourselves, so that we give ourselves the best foundation for well-ness we can. It’s never too late to start by
1)supporting our local shops, growers and businesses
2) buying as little as possible from Supermarkets
3) eating wholesome well-prepared meals at home with ingredients we trust from recipes we like which need not take much time
4)using Farmer’s Markets, preferably local, to save the food travelling and if we have any time on our hands thinking about setting up a local market, food Co-op or bulk buying group
5) sharing with other families in a regular pot-luck dinner or a bulk cooking exchange system
6) growing our own food, if it is economical to do so, water is included in that calculation and sharing and swapping surpluses with others, bottling and preserving
7) learning to enjoy food more, to respect it’s producers and to prepare and cook it to bring out the best in the food and in us
8) giving up what does not nourish us or feed our bodies and minds or is unethical
9) learning to forgive ourselves if we occasionally falter, we usually regret it afterwards making it less likely another time
10) seeking support from others if we don’t know how to cook economically, budget, shop and keep a useful store cupboard stocked for emergencies, hard times and unexpected bills
11) acknowledging that it is hard to change old habits, loves and addictions – it is sometimes these things which are harming us most
12) understanding the connections between good food, good nutrition, good eating habits and good health
13) understanding that sometimes the slow food is better than the fast food and may take less time to prepare and cook when we add it up
14) jettison the ideas fed to us by Big Food that some foods are ‘bad’ when they are in fact necessary in reasonable quantities in our diet – butter, cream, milk, meat, olive oil
15) know that if we have suffered trauma, loss, grief, abuse we need to take extra care of ourselves, feed ourselves well and deal with the urge we may have buried to punish ourselves for what has happened to us
16) learning to be moderate, to eat a little of a lot – it is said we need at least 32 different foods in our diet daily to meet our required nutritional goals
17) spending more time on something that is so essential to life and can make us ill or well and enjoying it
18) prioritising, deciding what is most important in our lives right now
19) start teaching our kids and grandkids good food habits, how to cook and how to enjoy it by sharing with others- a well cooked meal can be an act of appreciation, caring and love
20) work at giving up childhood dislikes and aversions to certain foods, you may never have had it ripe, cooked well or imaginatively, everything deserves another chance in adulthood
Most of all enjoy!


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