A rant, plain and simple!

April 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm 2 comments

I’ve been obsessing more than usual for the past few days and I blame my Facebook news feed. It’s filled with so much bad news about the state of our food supply, of the environment, of the eminent destruction of the human race as we know it, that I’m having trouble digesting it all and keeping it all balanced in my head. I take full responsibility, I added them to my ‘likes’ and now I have to deal with the fall out. I thought maybe writing it all down might help, so please bear with me. But, in the end I think I’ll just have to ignore them, or ‘unlike’ the culprits, and deal with being ignorant. Maybe ignorance is bliss?

I eat well. I attempt to cook healthy and ‘clean.’ I have this blog that can attest to my attempts at scratch cooking. I like cooking. I’m disappointed when I go out to eat, and during my meal, I’m thinking I can make this better. I take on that challenge often. Sometimes I fail, and then sometimes I have great success which I share.

But then I read an article, or watch an interview, and find out that the items in my shopping cart are so much worse than I had thought the day before. So I take on the challenge of cooking to avoid those overly-processed items with the long ingredient lists we are all warned about. I think my peanut butter cups are damn good, and in the end, better than the store bought. Though I use ‘better’ quality chocolate, it’s still store-bought and highly processed.

And what about all the chemicals in the packaging of those processed foods we do choose to use? Ok, what about them? Unfortunately, there is no good way to avoid them anymore, they’re part of our lives, all we can do is minimize our exposure where possible. I was surprised to find out that BPA lines the lids of the canning jars I use to replace the BPA laden containers offered by the food manufacturers. This news, and information on carrageenan and non-fat dry milk, sent me into this rant. (Please, don’t ask. Well, you can ask, but I won’t respond.)

I use processed foods; I like the convenience of many processed foods. Believe me, I’m not going out of my way to make my own soy and fish sauce or chocolate! What has become clear, what I need to do, is step away from all the Chicken Little’s out there, telling me the end is nigh. (Yes, I’m aware I’ve mixed my metaphors.)

So, with hand over heart, I promise to do my best on a daily basis. I will continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle; to replace processed foods with scratch items where reasonably possible; and I will do my best not to be freaked out about the information that is offered.


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  • 1. Pauline Wong  |  April 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I am soooooo with you Audrey.
    Our info tech is getting the better of us.

    We all think that we’ve made a conscious choice to live a better life and then there’s another blog site or website that tells us otherwise.

    The most unfortunate thing is that it is young people who take a literal approach to all of it and “think” that they are being wholesome by purchasing excessively expensive organic food to prove it to everyone else.

    I have always cooked wholesome meals at home, reducing salt and processed food and yet this is still not enough. My daughter insists on saying that she is a “pescatarian”, consuming only fish and vegetables that she neither prepares nor buys but demands to have. Does she know whether the fish is ocean-wise or whether the vegetables were grown in Monsanto-free conditions? Probably not.

    There is a lot of truth about our tainted food that bothers me to no end. Apart from attempting to farm it myself, I have little choice as a consumer but to buy food that is in today’s world, tainted to some degree or another.

    At this point, I have cut down on my meat consumption to 1 meal per week…approximately 6 oz for the whole week and cook a lot of vegetables, brown or wild rice and whole grains.

    I have had to change my cooking habits and try new recipes for vegetarians. It has been challenging and I will occasionally crave a perfectly cooked steak of which I usually eat 1/3 of.

    The world is full of wonderful flavours and food and it would be a shame not to enjoy this part of life. So, I reward myself once in a while with food that is probably not good for me. Everything in moderation, always.

  • 2. Hannah  |  April 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Audrey, I really like your attitude, as it reflects pretty much the way I see and do all things food…I attempt to make stuff from scratch, and I actually enjoy spending hours in the kitchen trying out new recipes (I made stifado the other day, and yes, I did use canned tomatoes…does that make me a bad person? I don’t think so!), but there are products that cannot be made from scratch with a reasonable amount of time and effort, and I will get them from the store. Without feeling guilty – and I’ll still try to get the brand with the shortest ingredients list 😉


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