And your health depends on what you put in your mouth a lot more than we ordinarily think. Food as medicine. The ancient Chinese got that right.

Want to wake up quick to food and nutrition? Here are two suggestions:

A friend, Suzanne Autumn, turned me on to Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Wow. Kingsolver is preaching to the choir but I’m learning things I didn’t know. And vowing to eat more local. And more organic. I’m lucky; we have several Farmer’s Markets selling local meat, eggs, produce.

“Each food item in a typical U.S. meal has traveled an average of 1,500 miles…. If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. That’s not gallons, but barrels.”

After Kingsolver I’m beginning to feel about “fast food” as I did about smoking—how totally dumb to pay somebody to wreck our health!

“That’s when I realized what had happened. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had changed the legal definition of food: from food for health to food for profit.”

The above quote from Caroline Anaya, Nutrition Scientist and Fitness Professional, who, after 85 years of “Patriarchy Messing with Me and Food” wrote her autobiography, The Bite of History. Here’s what I wrote about Caroline and her book: “Trained scientist, mother, cheerful survivor – Caroline used her life path to guide and explain nutrition strategies that will help us save our own lives, and those we care for, in these crucial times of rampant hurtful diets, food lies, and false experts.”

I’m not off my food-and-nutrition soap box yet! Expect more next week!

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