Food as Medicine
Long before the development of modern pharmacology in the 1800s, people looked to foods and plants as a way of maintaining their health and curing ills. The body has long been viewed as being delicately balanced, and foods have traditionally been used to restore or maintain that balance. Today’s research is confirming the central role that foods and drinks play in a person’s physical and mental well-being.
A decline in tradition
With increasing industrialization and urbanization, people became more dependent on processed foods, which may lack the nutrients necessary for good health and a balanced diet. This, combined with the modern pharmaceutical approach to curing ill-health, saw the continued decline of traditional cures using foods and plants, and a detachment from the concept that what people eat is directly related to their health. However, interest between health and nutrition has enjoyed a resurgence during the second half of the 20th century.
How do you shop?
Income and budgeting will determine most people’s shopping expenditure, besides this; quality versus quantity certified organic versus conventional, supermarket or farmers market, convenience, time management, the amount of people sharing a household, etc will all plan,y a roll.
Choices we make
The outcome of our health and well being is greatly depending on the choices we make in regards to where and what we buy on food to sustain us in our daily lives.
In the 21st Century we are genuinely being confronted with more and more information and the latest research available in regards to our food choices and food intake; standard agriculture practice where there is a lot of confusion about GMO, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers versus the Organic and/or Bio-Industry claiming to grow on unspoiled soil and not using detrimental pesticides and the like.
In recent years we are being confronted by many high profile food industry scandals; remember the Horsemeat scandal, when horse meat was passed off as minced beef and sold to people around the world, it sparked a scandal that shocked consumers and continues to affect the food industry to this day.
From melamine in dairy products to genetically engineered contaminated crops, counterfeit wine, incorrect product labeling, sustainability and ethical issues, the food industry has never found more challenges.
Also, the Organic Food Industry is not all that it claims to be, there are more and more cases of fraud, Also a valid point to remember is that Australia doesn’t legislate for organic certification *[The facts behind the labels: the truth of organic, biodynamic, free-range and grass-fed labeling] abc.net.au
Most consumers of organic food may not realise that organic food can also contain 5% non-organic ingredients.
My advise would be to only buy certified organic if you want and can afford to buy organic food or drink when the shop owner cannot produce a certification label than you might be paying triple the price for noncertified organic produce. Another rule of thumb I use if I buy Certified Organic than I want to know what I am paying for and where it comes from.
Therefore I would advise to always buy local produce and talk to the people you buy from; where does it come from, has the produce been sprayed and /or waxed, are chemical pesticides used during the growing process of the produce, is it locally grown or imported, what does it look, feel, smell and taste like and do you notice the difference, etc
So, when you ask me where I shop……..?
“First of all; in my own gardens, providing us with proliferate amounts of fresh produce, grown with love and attention in our Bio-Perma culture gardens.
All other fresh produce we need comes from the local farmers markets or local specialised stores. It takes a bit of time and persistence to find the places you trust and also fit within your budget and lifestyle.
And most important, if you like the quality of the fresh produce and notice a difference in outcome you most likely will be converted for life
So my advice would be: View your food as medicine, as fuel and nutrition or maintenance and lubrication of your human vehicle.
Our ancestors did this until the mid twentieth century, so what happened again.
We got industrialised, techno-enlightened, time consumed and disconnected from Mother Nature. It’s time we take the control back over our own health by going back to the laws of nature and adjusting our food intake to what our bodies truly need and hunger for.