It was a great workshop on Wednesday night enjoyed by an enthusiastic group of people. Here are a few notes from the workshop.
The 3 Food Principles
1. Eat Foods by God – you know, the ones that were made for your body.
2. Eat Nutrient Dense – not calorie dense!
3. Eat Organic.
The New Food Pyramid
And let’s not forget the New Food Pyramid. (Only a little tongue in cheek. It leaves out oils and fats!)
Food Connect have a great ecosystem for getting mostly organic food grown by local farmers to your family. You register at www.foodconnect.com.au and then pick up a box of local produce from your local city cousin. Check them out. Tel 3216 7777.
The Meating Place is a great source of organic chicken, meat and fish. If you tell them you are a patient of mine, you will get 10% off… and they are lovely people 🙂 They are in North West Plaza, 97 Flockton St, McDowall.
Natalie List very kindly spoke about local organic food networks including her own ‘Natalie’s Nourishing Organics’. She can supply nuts, oils, eco-friendly detergents and other less-perishable cool stuff. Call her on 0422 222 350 or email Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Some foods are so awesome, we can call them superfoods. Here are some common and affordable ones:
1. Antioxidant superfoods – Cocoa, dark chocolate, red wine, pecan/walnuts, cinnamon
2. Protein – eggs, meat, mussels
3. Onion, garlic, leek, artichoke, oats
Based on data published by the US Department of Agriculture, there are some fruit and vegetables that are particularly prone to retaining high levels of the more dangerous pesticides. These are called the ‘Dirty Dozen’.
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
You would be best to get these organic where you can.
The Clean Dozen
Similarly, there are some produce that tend not to accumulate toxins making organic less important:
- Sweet Corn (Frozen)
- Sweet Peas (Frozen)
- Kiwi Fruit
Thanks to Peter for noting that in his experience, it’s very hard to grow broccoli and cabbage without pesticides. This study did consider the type of pesticide used as some are known to be more toxic. I guess there is also a difference in how much of the pesticide the food might retain.
No doubt your safest bet is to eat as much organic as you can.