I am often perplexed by the term “whole food”. We hear it a lot now in dieting ads, it certainly is advocated in many medical conditions and overall we understand this to be a much healthier choice.
Yet I wonder what my grandmother would say about this word. Food has always been quote “whole” until the industrial revolution brought a new way to preserve food with the use of artificial chemicals and plastic packaging. Our generation has learned how to genetically modify food; we have learned how to enhance the look of food by adding colors and artificial flavoring to the point of it being unrecognizable to my grandmother’s generation. We even find it totally unacceptable to buy a blemished fruit or vegetable. This last point is where I find it most disturbing, for as a gardener myself I realize that the only way to produce perfect looking produce is through the use of harsh chemicals. Thus this is why I have been an organic gardener for over 25 years. I have an elderly neighbor once say that “if the bugs won’t eat it why the hell should we!”
Over 25 years ago both of our sons were extremely sick most of the time; they suffered horribly with childhood asthma and were constantly sick with ear infections, colds and even pneumonia a few times a year. We were in and out of the hospital often and they were on a steady dose of antibiotic every other month. I got frustrated and did a lot of research and discovered with everything I was reading that what I was feeding them was a huge part of the problem. Although I was feeding them what at the time was a standard healthy diet, the food choices were often packaged, filled with dyes and fillers and other such substances. The food was overly processed and that was what our boys were reacting to. I decided to take them off of all artificial foods and coloring, anything that was white including, white flour, and white sugar. I started growing my own vegetables and switched them to goat’s milk and even had my own chickens for a while. I found a Naturopathic Doctor and switched our family to mostly herbal medicine. We started purchasing organic beef and chickens from local farmers and “voila” in 6 months they were healthy and remained so. Back then it was not such a popular thing to do as it is today. I was seen as the weird “hippy”mom who does not let her kids eat anything. What most people did not know is our son’s did not miss anything, I learned to make many things that they loved including really good pizza with yes “tofu” meat that even their friends loved as long as they did not know what they were eating! LOL! Homemade ice-cream was our favorite!! Although I must admit our son’s said my healthy cookies needed work. Today thought I have the best chocolate chip recipe ever!
Today many years later I still eat mostly foods that are organic and whole. I use mostly herbal medicine and to me this is simplicity and what I am passionate about. I make most meals from scratch, homemade soups are my favorite. Now not as much as I used to, even my own breads; I still drink goats milk and make my own yogurt from it. Today I do not have a huge garden any more but I eat lots of fruits and veggies mostly from local farmers and organic when possible. Yes of course I still eat junk food but here I am picky too. I usually eat (not always) organic chips, corn chips and indulge in a good organic chocolate bar with my favorite herb tea! And yes I still obviously eat too much but I love myself, blemishes and all!
I think this example of the way we see food also parallel’s the way we are with ourselves. Too many of us are living an artificial life; we have become obsessed with preserving our youth and projecting a false persona. We need to be seen as completely unblemished physically and emotionally cramming away any sense of vulnerability or”weakness” needing to be seen as perfect. I would like to think the same way I believe “whole” foods are better for us the same is true about letting our “whole” self be seen and shine. Blemishes and all!!
I know from experience that when I see produce with a blemish that it is much more likely to be organic, which means better for me and much sweeter and juicier! The same way when we accept all of who we are, we far more happy which means to me a much juicier life !! When we simply become curious instead of controlling we are far more accepting of ourselves and others !! 🙂
I believe all things in life are meant to be simple and we all are blemished, when we no longer need to hide them we are free to be organic and genuinely real with ourselves and others! The more simple I make my life, the more I accept all of my many blemishes, the more energy and vibrancy I have for everything I do and the more acceptance I have of others! . In other words life is much more juicy and sweet! 🙂
How can you make your life simpler, sweeter and juicier this week?