So where do we go from here ?
That does indeed seem to be the big question. I am convinced that the current model of "healthy" eating is the quickest route to overall poor health and serious disease. I am also convinced that 99 percent of what fills our supermarket shelves is more lab experiment than food and does nothing to nourish any living being. When you come to these conclusions, what do you do ?
You learn to cook. Not how to open and combine various cans and packages to create something to feed, but legitimately cook from scratch using real ingredients. No egg beaters, egg white only, vegetable oils, fat free or low fat anything. Legitimate food involving things like real eggs, butter, whole milk, actual vegetables and flours. Meats that still look like the animal they have come from, with the skin and bone still in tact.
It is beginning to become a lost art. There are cookbooks, websites with recipes, cooking networks, but very little real food is being produced in these. If it involves a can of anything or a carton of something labeled as "stock", its not real food. Many of the skills that go into creating real food are quickly being lost. Take for example making a gelatine salad. If you were in a kitchen without Jello and or Knox gelatine, would you know how to make it ? ( It involves a calves foot). If making a cake, do you know how without the aid of a box mix ? Can you make a cheese sauce from milk, butter, flour and cheese to top pasta or a vegetable ? Many do not, and modern cookbooks ignore such basic information.
My intention is to get back to basics in all things. To create real, nourishing foods to feed my family. Since we have abandoned the scale in favor of real food , we have all seen and felt great improvements in our health, but I can do better. There are still a few processed food products in our home , and I am going to part company with these. To aid me in the process , I obtained a copy of the Boston Cooking School Cookbook by Fannie Farmer Merrit from 1916- created back in a day when processed food did not exist. I plan on learning or reclaiming a lot of old skills and sharing them in the process.
Real food for real people- that's how it was meant to be.