"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
Obviously I love food. Cooking food. Shopping for food.
Learning about food. Talking to farmers. Meeting cheese makers. Reading
about food. Trying new restaurants. Talking to cooks. Developing recipes.
Eating food. Food is fascinating. Food is Life.
Here are several decisions I have made over the years to guide me through my
1. Whenever possible, buy local, buy in-season, buy sustainable. This
significant choice allows you to enjoy the best and freshest food, it
supports your local farmer and your meal has a smaller carbon footprint.
2. Choose organic foods. I feel this is a very important choice, especially
in highly concentrated foods such as milk and eggs - so when possible, I
always buy organic.
Try to buy local meats or from sustainable ranchers. But educate yourself
too. Organic chickens do not spend their days happily wandering the
barnyard, scratching for grain tossed from Granny's apron. They are usually
raised in stadium-sized barns with thousands of other birds in massive
growing operations owned by major corporations. However, the chickens are
not in cages - they have access to the outdoors, fresh air, clean water and
organic, hormone and antibiotic-free grain. You will taste the difference
and it is not unusual to find a 6 pound chicken from an organic producer.
4. Recycle. Think about packaging as you cruise the grocery aisles. Is the
container recyclable? Reusable? Re-use your grocery bags or use cloth bags.
5. Know what you are eating. Read labels. A long list of unpronounceable
ingredients is a sure danger signal.
6. Eat nothing containing high fructose corn syrup. The dang stuff is
everywhere - it is difficult to avoid this chemically-altered
sweetener. (I break this rule in bars sometimes, because I know it's in
7. That said, never consume artificial sweeteners. (Note the word
8. Eat nothing containing partially hydrogenated oils. Another lab-altered
fat. I've decided the human body was just not designed to digest this stuff,
so it all ends up on our tuches. Avoid.
9. A girl needs a little chocolate. Everyday. Keeps us sweet.
10. I saved the best for last: I thank G-d every day for plopping me down on
this abundant planet.
- Terry Taylor