My husband is a nutritionist.
When I met him 13 years ago, I was (at least in my mind) a healthy eater. I grew up in France eating fresh vegetable and fruit year long. My mother went to the farmer's market twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays and bought whatever vegetable and fruit were in season. We had fish every Friday, not because she was religious but because she thought it was an easy way to remember and incorporate fish in our diet. We had no freezer. I grew up on a diet rich in butter and cream, cheese, pates, meat.
My mother used some sunflower oil for her salad dressings (which we made ourselves) and for frying (French fries twice a month on Saturdays). That's all.
A little wine daily for the adults.
As it turns out, my mother and the French culture in general were doing just fine.
After I left home, I kept eating according to the same pattern. No frozen or canned foods. I made everything from scratch the way I had been taught. I had a steamer that I used a lot.
A diet rich in saturated fats is what the body needs as we evolved consuming saturated fats through the ages. The addition of polyunsaturated fats to our diet and the vilification of saturated fats by the oil industry is proving very costly to the world's health at large.
Coconut oil was widely used until it too was blamed for weight problems and health problems.
As I learned from my husband, I marvelled how well the French had been unknowingly doing. Each nation had its secrets. Olive oil in Italy and Greece, coconut oil in Asia, pickled foods, whole grains unadultered and unmodified, raw milk, cream and cheese, cattle allowed to graze in the fields. The world used to be a better place as far as food was concerned.
Then came the age of industrialisation and commercialisation and now, 95% of the food sold in supermarkets is inedible. Not fit for human consumption. Poisonous. And very profitable to big corporations. First, the food corporations. Then, in line, the health insurance industry, the medical industry and Big Pharma. Welcome to the 21st century!
Food is food, one might say. Food is not food. Dyes, rancid polyunsaturated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, antibiotics, sugar, GMOs, MSG, are not part of our echoniche. No more than rat poison is part of the echoniche of rats and mice. Yet, as long as the FDA has approved it, we eat it. Well, you eat it. Because I certainly don't. Nor does my husband.
We are not food activists or fanatics. We are smart, educated and knowledgeable. In my case, I owe my knowledge of food to my ever inquisitive husband who never stops to learn and share. My husband is 65 and I'm 47. We are both healthy. We are not overweight. We eat 100% organic. We probably spend more than the average person on food. In return, we spend zero dollar in medecines. We also don't have health insurance though my husband is now at an age where he can enter the Medicare plan.
I often say that we eat our health insurance. Rather than spending $500/month (that's how much it cost us when we still had it), we go out of our way to eat healthy. We read all the labels. It's easy as the words "polyunsaturated", "sugar", "corn syrup", "trans fat", "hydrogenated" or a suspicious long list of ingredients cause us to put the product immediately back on the shelf. It takes some discipline. But it pays off huge dividends in return. Huge dividends.
So why did I start this blod that noone will probably read? Because I have so much to share and to tell. I will be back.