I had an interesting discussion the other day with Asha, whom you might know from her blog Fork Spoon Knife. We got talking after my post on ‘In defense of food” . She is currently in beautiful Italy doing an investigation on nutrition and how people perceive things differently. With all the talk going on these days about nutrition and what you should and shouldn’t eat; it is one thing translating all of that to your own life if you’re as obsessed with food as we are, but another thing entirely for someone who is not.
In all fairness, I never really grew up with food either and the obsession is therefore relatively new. (well I did say relatively right? 🙂 But apart from the fact that I do think something needs to happen at some point it is not as easy for everyone. I am lucky enough to be able to choose to buy organic or to choose to buy fresh and local from a farmers market. But imagine if you lived in a town in the US where you grew up on hot dogs and pizza (it happens!) Your perspective on food is likely going to be completely different from mine. On top of that – while I do think things are changing in the US too – the difference in price between healthy stuff and not so healthy stuff is ridiculous. Meaning that the not so healthy stuff is virtually for free compared to the healthy stuff which can be downright expensive.
A good friend of mine – who is a little less fortunate in the financial department – always says that choosing organic is a luxury she cannot afford. Having said that, I do think that most people would be able to make better choices if they knew how. It would seem almost impossible to educate an entire nation, an entire world, to the virtues of better food. Where would we start? The industry? Telling them to make healthy stuff instead of sugar-loaded crap? Or maybe we should start by banning the meat industry? Which sounds like a wonderful thing to me but I realize things are never that simple.
Even when I am writing this down now it dawns on me that the magnitude of changes that would be necessary are mind blowingly big. The saying ‘Better the world but start with yourself’ is very true in this respect but that is a choice I cán make. What about all those people out there that have no idea where to start? I think I’ve always known that things are never what they seem but this one… needs a lot more thought…
I’ll be sharing more here too as Asha and I might do some things together. Not sure what yet, but stay tuned. In the meantime I can share a delicious and super simple salad here that is nutritious for sure!
Tomato salad with radish and apple
- handful of cherry tomatoes (various colors) - in quarters or halves
- 5-8 radishes, cut into pieces
- 1 apple, peeled and cut into pieces
- arugula, handful
- 1 tbsp hempseeds
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Combine all the ingredients for the salad and mix it with the dressing.
- Done and ready for lunch!