As I refer once more to “Nourishing Traditions”, I am torn between two distinctive feelings: one, being thrilled about all the wonderful health-promoting foods in existence; and two, overwhelming guilt whenever I chop up a cucumber for our salad, about it not being an organically or biodynamically grown cucumber from naturally fertilized soil, but just a plain, store-bought, and most likely mineral-depleted cucumber.
But then I remind myself, at least I’m cutting up salad.
And this is what brings me to the point of this post. I applaud the authors of “Nourishing Traditions” for being so uncompromising about the absolute best for our health, but I think they should have put more emphasis on what those that can’t achieve perfection are supposed to do.
Perhaps we can’t all buy raw milk from animals on natural pasturage, but we can stick to plain unsweetened milk products, rather than buy the sugar-loaded, artificially flavored products that are, so ironically, aimed at children. We can choose whole milk products, rather than low-fat.
Perhaps we can’t buy all organic fruit and vegetables, but we can prefer that which is grown locally and in season, to that which is shipped from long distance or placed in storage for months, while vitamin content goes to waste. Perhaps you can benefit from growing some things on your own – even a tiny herb garden in pots on your kitchen windowsill is great, since fresh herbs are wonderfully rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial substances.
We can also offer real watermelons and grapes to our child for a snack, rather than sugar-loaded, artificially flavored watermelon and grape ice popsicles.
In our home, we take advantage of our own naturally grown grapes, pomegranates and grapefruits, the occasional veggie we grow in the garden, and locally harvested, home-preserved olives. Our recent step towards obtaining more nutritious foods is starting to keep chickens, in the hope of getting fresh healthy eggs. It might not be perfect, but in many senses it’s still better than what many people are eating.