“For our culture eating a plant based diet is radical, yet having a doctor cut through the skin and crack open your ribs to remove your heart and replace some arteries is normal and accepted.”
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 at home and give most of that money to doctors or pharmacies to help fix our bodies; lower our blood pressure, loose weight, control insulin, open the veins. For our culture eating a plant based diet is radical, yet having a doctor cut through the skin and crack open your ribs to remove your heart and replace some arteries is normal and accepted. We have thrown ourselves so far out of alignment with our intuition that we have created a whole industry around books that tell us what to eat, when to eat and how to eat.
I know, this is perhaps in that same category of dietary advice but I do hope that this blog will inspire you to never need to buy a diet book again. Why? Because we have survived for millions of years without diet books to tell us what to eat and have done pretty well. Not surprisingly, ever since the diet book book industry has blossomed, dietary advice has grown more about market share than sincere interest in well being and we have become the most unhealthy country in the world. Charlatans have T.V shows, sell snake oil and get rich while the majority of us suffer from preventable diseases. The leading causes of death; obesity, heart attacks, stroke, cancer, diabetes all of these and more are preventable, curable and even reversible through good, clean, real, food and consistent, thoughtful exercise! (Center for Science in the Public Interest)
It is truly that simple. But simple is not always easy! This blog 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!
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.”
Full disclosure here: I am not a chef. Out of respect and gratitude for the leaders in the industry, I want to be clear, I am not a trained chef. That’s not what this is about. I’m just an average guy who loves food. In my youth I was in the restaurant industry as a server, bartender and manager. In my 30’s I became an actor and studied movement. At 40 I fell in love. Got married. Then I gained a good amount of weight (unrelated to my marriage; that’s just coincidence). I was selling cheese and had to taste a lot of it and that translated into an extra 20 pounds or so. My blood pressure was rising, I was loosing interest in biking, I felt lethargic and began to really slow down. I had to make some changes and I started doing the research. I was working for Whole Foods Market and was inspired by the corporations interest in promoting health and wellness and in 2010 I became the Healthy Eating Specialist for the Pittsburgh store. Since that time I’ve been practicing my own health program, have maintained a decent weight, activity and flexible lifestyle. I’ve also been working on healthy eating presentation, healthy cooking classes and demonstrations, nutritional seminars, yoga classes and workshops and more.
This blog is a confluence of my studies in health and wellness, food and diet as well as my interests in theater, yoga and meditation with the goal to inspire you to get back into the kitchen and cook your own meal for the sake of health, family and 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! There are also a lot of us who yell and scream about the excesses and abuses of the corporate machines and how they’re making us sick while robbing us blind and for awhile the Occupy movement was gaining some momentum because we are all fed up and want change! But what strikes me as most relevant is to be the change.. and it all starts in the kitchen!