Get Real Eat Real: Simple Choices for Excellent Health
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In 2001 Kurt Michael Friese wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post called “Occupy Your Kitchen”. In it he wrote: “what we have is not just a food problem in this country, but a cooking problem. Food marketers have been working for decades to convince people that cooking is a chore, like doing laundry or cleaning out the cat box, something to be avoided if at all possible and then done as quickly and grudgingly as possible. The result? Well if we are what we eat then most Americans are fast, cheap, and easy.”! It is still the same 15 years later! We are stuck in a quagmire a quick fixes and easy solutions.
Food is your first defense in health and wellness. “You are what you eat” is not just a catch phrase or quaint idiom. It’s truth! It is fact! Food is a celebration of life and yet the mass of Americans lead lives desperately trying to maintain their health while paying little attention to the food consumed. Food is integral to your physical health and supports your emotional and mental wellbeing as well! Food is life!
Unfortunately, for many Americans it has become an inconvenience, an interruption in our quest for success. We sacrifice our health because we struggle so hard just to make ends meet. We relegate our meals. A quick bite from a fast food restaurant will suffice; a seemingly healthy power bar will do in a pinch. Everything else is more important and a healthy home cooked meal has become inconvenient at best, and at worst, irrelevant. It’s a way of life that is perpetuated by big business and corporate mantras. The rebels of our country who tag along to the left or to the right are missing the point of their revolution! The root of the dissatisfaction cannot be resolved through political will nor can it be changed through boycotts and petitions against corporate giants. There is a place for that to be sure but markets respond to our wants and desires. These desires have been hijacked by marketing techniques that sell us a convenient way to pursue our dreams yet provide little substance or true value. We have lost our way, we have become untethered; we find our familial and social connections on a screen instead of at dinner table, we escape to TV shows and movie theaters and miss the face to face, in person event of sharing a meal, celebrating our health. Lets take it back! The revolution begins at home! Simplify, simplify, simply and “occupy” your kitchen!
I love food and I am truly saddened that for so many people it has become a burden and a pain in the ass, figuratively and literally. We suffer mostly from an addiction to convenience and this addiction means that we will do almost anything to not have to do anything. We want to eat like a king without the income of a king so we buy lots of junk. We are adamant about our right to eat what we want, but most of us have no idea what we are eating. We’ll take pills, try fad diets, surgery, liposuction, anything to look healthier but we are not sure what it takes to BE healthy! As a culture we have allowed ourselves to be duped by the major processed food industries to think that a box of food can replace a simple, well cooked meal; that serving over 5 billion people hamburgers is a good thing and that dunking your donuts is a great way to start your day. In an effort to make more money, we spend less time taking care of ourselves and our families at home and spend most of that money on doctors, psychologists and pharmaceuticals to help fix our bodies. Eating a plant based diet is radical, yet having a doctor cut through your body and crack open your ribs and remove your heart to replace some arteries is normal. We have thrown ourselves so far out of alignment with our intuition, our innate understanding of our bodies and well being that we have created a whole industry of experts and books that tell us what to eat, when to eat and how to eat. We have survived for millions of years without diet books to tell us what to eat and, not surprisingly, ever since we have had diet books and advice from experts we have become the most unhealthy country in the world.
Is this the pot calling the kettle black? Yes, I realize that it seems I’m standing on the same soap box as those diet books, proclaiming that “I have the answer”! Let me be clear, I’m not advocating a particular diet. I do not believe that anyone should tell you what to eat. You shouldn’t have to count your calories, go paleo, or submit to whatever diet paradigm might catch your attention for awhile However, you should know what it is you are eating and how it affects you. A diet is not something to maintain for a short term, rather your diet is knowing the best foods for you to eat to maintain optimal health for all your life. The diet of a tiger does not fluctuate, she instinctively knows what is best. So do you, if you get rid of all the junk! You can eat what you want if you follow a few simple rules. “Get Real, Eat Real” is an approach, a way of thinking about your food that will free you from the endless cycle of fad diets.
According to the CDC the top three leading causes of death; heart disease, cancer & chronic lower respiratory diseases account for 1.2 million deaths each year. These top three and other diseases that plague America like obesity, and diabetes are preventable, curable and even reversible through good clean real food! It is truly that simple. But simple is not always easy! Sometimes you need some guidance, support or just a swift kick in the butt to keep you on track. Thats where I can help! Me or any number of Health Coaches across the nation who are educated and determined to change the paradigm. My sincerest hope is to foster a conversation about these issues that will help you decipher real food from everything else and hopefully replace the anxiety of eating with the joy of living! Food is a celebration!
Here you can find a collection of essays on basic healthy eating principles, recipes, techniques, ideas, nutritional advice and more with the goal to inspire you to get back into your kitchen and cook your own meal for the sake of your health, your family and our society. To make cooking fun and simple using the best, freshest, minimally processed ingredients with simple techniques.
Americans in general are addicted to convenience and that addiction is destroying our way of life, not enhancing it! Real change begins at home, in the kitchen and inside your heart! So get real about your own choices and your own habits . Eat real because your body deserves it! are It’s the only place where you are truly in charge! And it all starts in the kitchen!
“It is a matter of priorities, and what could possibly be a higher priority to each of us than the health and well being of our families and ourselves?” – Kurt Michael Friese