Eat Real Food, Not Chemicals

This is not a new topic. Lately, all kinds of bloggers have focused on real food, eating clean. People are paying boatloads of money to have food kits delivered to their homes, complete with food prep and cooking instructions. I can hear my grandmother in my head reacting to all of this. She would have said it’s a bunch of nonsense. She cooked real food her whole life and never paid anyone to do it for her. She taught me to do it too. Granted, my grandmother was Southern to the bone. Translated that means, her main food ingredients were bacon fat and salt. Still, everything was fresh.

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Fresh went out the window sometime in the 60s and didn’t return until lately. For some reason, as a country we went from fixing dinners from simple, fresh ingredients to using boxes and packages of mixes. I remember the TV commercial for Shake N’ Bake, which featured a little girl saying, “And I helped!” Did we really need a package to coat chicken with breadcrumbs and spices?

It got so bad that when I had my first baby, I had no idea I could prepare baby food on my own. I was so conditioned to the Gerber Baby propaganda that I thought I would not be a good mother if I didn’t buy the little jars and feed my daughter according to the company’s instructions. I’m so proud of my own children for feeding their babies real food. Neither of my grandsons eats something out of a baby jar.

At some point, we need to take back our own eating. It’s not that hard. You need a knife, a cutting board, some fresh ingredients, and some grit and determination. We shouldn’t be eating something that has ingredients you can’t pronounce or recognize. You don’t have to pay for kits either. It’s not hard, and it’s so rewarding, physically and emotionally.

I recommend a good read, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan, to get an informed opinion of why clean eating is so important and so elusive in America.

Here’s to eating well and feeling great!

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About Melanie Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Melanie is also a science teacher.
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