Paying more for 'good' products is very trendy these days.... but is it worth the bread?
Good Food Sustains a Healthy Life
Aside from the obvious proteins, carbohydrates and sugars that are necessary to keep your body functioning properly, good food is rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. In this pre-packaged, microwave, fast food world, good food is actually hard to find... unless you know where to look!
We are Surrounded by 'Bad' Food
Unfortunately bad food is a lot easier to find; just look down any major street in every major city and you can’t miss the many options to put some garbage in your belly. But bad food is not simply limited to fast food chains, snack bars, mini-marts and vending machines. Bad food can be found in supermarkets as well. Have you ever taken a look at the “packaged section” of the big shops? Pre-packaged pancakes, ready-to-cook meals, modern “TV dinners”, canned and freeze-dried foods dominate the selections.
Easy Food Comes at a Cost
Like most people with a busy life and little free time, you may ask What’s wrong with a meal that is easier for me to cook quickly and with no fuss? These options seem harmless enough but when you look at the ingredients listed you are almost guaranteed to find so many “E numbers” and preservatives long enough to put you off of reading the whole list! Worse still, many of these products are high in sodium and sugar, while remaining low in vitamins and minerals that are found in fresh products. When food (especially fruit & vegetables) are processed for canning, freeze drying and even just “sealed packaging” they are often depleted of the “goodness” that is found in nature.
Ditch The Processed Food, Go Organic
Sadly, pre-packaged & pre-cooked foods are not the only bad food you can find on supermarket shelves these days. Many fresh foods today are genetically manipulated and treated with pesticides in an attempt to make them appear more attractive and edible. Of course, profits are higher for companies that use artificial flavours, additives and preservatives to keep their food fresh and looking more appealing to the consumer. The lower cost of production is often passed on to the consumer which results in pre-packaged and fast foods being cheaper. When it is so easy to buy cheap and quick food, even the most health-conscious person can be swayed to the “dark side” from time to time.
Good Food Gives Good Energy
Eating bad foods costs you more energy than it gives back because your body may be forced to break down foreign substances that you would not be faced within naturally obtained food sources.
People are becoming increasingly aware of what they are putting in their bodies. They want to feel the energy floating through their body instead of lying on the couch for two hours digesting the food they ate. They want to feel light and be happy after a good meal.
Get to Know Your Food
It is easy to see why it is important to know where your food is coming from. Is it grown nearby? Does it need to be shipped in from further away? Does it have to be frozen or dried? Is it grown on a biological or sustainable farm or does it come from the equivalent of an “industrial factory” farm? Are the vegetables you bought in season or are they grown in green houses? Are your vegetables genetically manipulated to look nice even after several days? Be aware.
Good Food is Expensive, but You Get What You Pay For
Health food stores are starting to pop up with more regularity. These are often a bit more expensive than normal shops and supermarkets but the products are usually created in a bio-organic, eco-friendly and sustainable manner. Remember that the farmers who grow plants and raise animals in a purely natural manner have much higher costs of production. Can you imagine how many plants are lost to pests when no chemical pesticides are used? How about the size and weight of fruit & vegetables that are not grown from modified gene pools or without the aid of growth hormones?
The 100 Kilometer Rule
The Good Life food should be as “natural” as possible with few or no additives and preservatives. The products should be sourced locally and transported without freezing or drying. Generally speaking, distances within 100 kilometres are considered acceptable.* It is not simply a matter of distance however; how are the products treated during the growth process? Are they treated with hormones or antibiotics (which may be passed on to humans) or given chemicals or synthesised nutrients? Are they grown in organic soil or man-made hydroponic mediums?
Find Your Favorite Good Food Shop
It is important to have these questions answered in order to make good choices. The best opportunity to understand more completely is by visiting different experts and specialty shops. By taking a good look around town, we have found some great spots to introduce to you. In most of these places you will find written materials and info pamphlets to learn more. Better still, there are many enthusiastic and informed staff members who can help you; often in English and perhaps even other languages. Give these places a try and let us know your results.
Among all of this technical talk and terminology please remember that natural foods are not only better for your body, they actually TASTE BETTER! We have listed the best places to find all of your shopping needs. Resist the urge to walk in any of the not-so “super" markets and give some sensible shops and outdoor markets a try.