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This morning Pat and I went to the final closeout sale at the Share, a non-profit food buying club that is going out of business due to major grocery stores like Wal-Mart making low cost food available in the central city. Naturally food from Wal-Martís is not as healthy, not as inexpensive as food from Share but Wal-Mart offers more variety and the food is accessible and cheap. The largest retailer in the world claims another victim, this time a buying club. So we stocked up one last time on some of our favorites at Share, chicken, fruit, vegetables and natural meats from Black Earth, Wisconsin. I will mist Share probably the most for the organic fruits and vegetables I was able to buy, normally considered too expensive for me to justify at natural food stores.
Cooking and eating healthy is becoming easier and more difficult. More difficult because so many foods these day, know or unknown to us, contain things like MSG and high fructose corn syrup; easier because gardens, farmer markets and available of healthy foods. As I learn to cook healthy I am learning how to buy healthy. This month, June, Pat and I, hope to have a whole month of cooking and eating healthy. We both want to lose weight but also we both know that by changing our eating habits we will feel better.
In our small gardens around the house flowers, lettuce, grape leaves, kale, chives, arugula and mint are being harvested. When I cook I focus on what we got around the house; some type of foods, like stir fry vegetables, chicken and salad; and with the use of variety of spices create a healthy dish of food that taste good and looks great. The more cooking I do the easier it gets since the use of spices and combination of foods is truly an art form.
Growing food makes shopping for food and cooking it more enjoyable. You get a sense of what healthy food is all about; appreciate the time it takes to cook; and thus shy away from purchasing processed food and food from China. Share is gone but eating right for those of us that can afford it, is still available