Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
A recent discussion with someone about old time food versus new food prompted me to repeat my personal thoughts on healthy eating. I am not a nutritionist or a medical person. I’m just a little old lady with an opinion. When I say “old days” I’m talking about the time before the common use of GMO and CMO food. (Genetically modified and Chemically modified) When I say “we” I mean anybody who consumes food.
In the old days we ate bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, lard, vegetables, meat, and other stomach filling foods. The food we ate back then was REAL food. Portion sizes were much smaller because it took less real food to satisfy hunger. Super sized portions were unknown to us. Personally I don’t believe nutrition has anything to do with portion size but rather how dense the food is. The more dense the food the less it takes to fill you up. Real food is more dense than any of the fluffy puffy stuff sold as food today. Back in the old days most of what we ate came from our own physical labors. We grew gardens and raised meat animals. Even city folk had back yard mini farms. These days there are laws in some communities preventing folks from growing healthy food in yards.
Many people don’t realize it but they are not eating real food. They are eating “food like” products made to resemble food so we will eat it. Our bodies can’t tolerate chemical food so we are given pills that will suppress our body’s natural instinct to reject the chemicals. Then we are given more pills to keep us alive after consuming all those chemicals so we can eat “diet” foods made of different chemicals. Repeat after me…. there is no profit in keeping people healthy.
Let me give you just one example of a food that many people have been brainwashed into believing is bad for us and a chemical alternative is better. Lard. I’d say most people have heard that lard is bad for us to eat. Clogs up our arteries and all that hype. In the old days we ate lard because no chemical company had created a campaign against eating it yet. Lard is a natural product created from animal fat. If you eat the animal then what is so wrong about eating the fat from the animal? Lard is called by many different names to represent the animal from which it originates. Lard actually comes from a pig. Schmaltz from chicken. Confit from duck. Suet from lamb. Tallow from beef. Pemmican from buffalo. Akutaq from caribou. There are many names for animal fat.
Butter is also a fat that comes from the milk of dairy animals. If mother nature put fat in milk and milk is the very first food a baby consumes then why is it so bad for us to eat as a food? Now let me ask you a question or two. Can anyone reading this post name for me one single vegetable that contains fat? Can you explain to me how a non-oily vegetable can make all natural vegetable oil? I’ve tried squeezing it, freezing it, whizzing it, whipping it, steaming it, boiling it, grinding it, and I still cannot get any vegetable to butter itself for me. 🙂
I’m told corn oil comes from corn. Strange but corn never tasted oily to me unless I smeared it with butter first. I was told not to eat corn or cornmeal because it would raise my blood sugar. I was told this by the very same person who just a few minutes later told me to use corn oil instead of lard as a healthier option. I was told there is an even healthier vegetable oil called canola oil. What kind of vegetable is a canola? How do you know its at the peak of freshness? Is it better cooked or eaten raw? 🙂 Did you know canola oil is actually made from the seeds of a GMO plant created in the 1960s?
Another lard substitute used mostly for baking is Crisco. The front label on the can says its a spreadable “all vegetable” alternative for lard but truthfully its not even made from vegetables. Its made from the mixture of cotton seeds and hydrogen with some other chemicals thrown in. Cotton is not a vegetable. Crisco was invented back before the civil war as a machine lubricant and for making soap. It was invented by two entrepreneurial half brothers; William Proctor and James Gamble. Get it? Proctor & Gamble.
Many foods we ate in the old days are said to be unhealthy by those who wish to keep us believing chemicals are better. Let me repeat again; there is no profit from healthy people. Think about it. The chemical food industry needs for us to believe chemical food is better so we want to eat it. The diet industry needs for us to keep buying more chemical foods believing it will help us get as thin and beautiful as movie stars. The pill makers need us to believe taking a pill will make up for not getting proper foods. Many of the so called organic foods are nothing more than imitations of real food. Organic is the newest money making buzz word used to convince people to pay more. Organic does not mean healthy. Organic means in original state or form. Snake venom and dead spiders are organic but I really don’t want to eat those. Do you?
When I talk about eating like the old days its because back then food was real food. We ate real food but in smaller portions because it took less to fill us up. Food in those days was more organic than anything grown or produced today. What people ate back then was not a bunch of chemicals made to resemble food. We didn’t have all the sugary, salty, chemical laden foods we have today. We didn’t need to take pills several times a day just so our bodies could tolerate chemical foods. Lard was a real food before a chemical company convinced people that chemical oils were better. Bread was real bread, not some mushy resemblance of what bread is supposed to be. Meat was real meat and not bits of something put together with meat glue and pink slime. Fast food was how fast Grandma Mama could cook a meal from scratch. It was not something that resembles food we could get from a dollar menu at a six second drive through window. In those days people grew their own food. They knew exactly where it came from and knew exactly how it was preserved because they did it themselves.
People today seem to be obsessed with food and diets because the chemical companies want us that way. We become mesmerized watching people cooking on YouTube or tv while we sit munching on our chemical made unhealthy snacks. Our bodies grow larger as we dream of being as thin at the person we watch. Do you realize WHO pays for the studies saying bread, lard, potatoes, and other old time foods are bad for our health? Can you trust the research studies paid for by the chemical companies who want you to believe chemical food is better? With enough money and the right advertising people can be convinced of anything.
I’m very skeptical about things these days. I don’t just take some research as truth. I investigate and think for myself. The more I research, the more determined I am to eat fewer processed food. Maybe you are feeling the same? Are you investigating or researching the food you eat?