Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kitchen Revolution

The other night we were in the ER: A little too aggressive on the Christmas wrapping was my boy. The gash was not too serious, but bad enough to not want to wait until morning to follow up.

We waited for three hours to see a nurse. So did many others. People with emergencies brought on by cold, alcohol, neglect -- but many of them, it appeared, had illness caused by not eating well. Folks carrying pounds they needn't. With sallow skin, missing teeth and bowed spines. In this, the richest country in the world.

Shame on us.

People want to feel good. And it should be an inalienable right. But here and now, it is really hard. Just that night, we were trying to find something good to eat. Not a burger, not fries. We were in a relatively large town, for this part of the world. The closest we could come was Panera, and even they didn't have any plain bagels, just something called a "French toast" bagel --  the counter girl couldn't even tell me what was in it. The "vegetable" soup, which she told me was gluten free, was loaded with pasta. At least it was soup. Sugar and refined carbs are cheap -- and you can't even find a take-out joint that doesn't serve them if you don't mind the cost.

But the food industry's skimping on food costs is only creating a bigger bill for us down the road. And sadly, if we keep eating what they serve, we run the risk of sabotaging our genetic metabolism so drastically that even if future generations want to nutritionally manage their health, they won't be able to.

Scary, isn't it?

It doesn't have to be.

In the New Year, right here, I am going to research and give you a weekly tip to make your kitchen and the food you eat more healthy. Designed so that if you follow week by week, you'll have made a serious effect in a few months. And if you follow to the end of the year, imagine.

Let me know what you think. Argue with me. But above all, think about it.  And take back control.

Kitchen Reform. Coming in Janurary. Right here.

Make change happen. No one will do it for you.

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