Monday, October 3, 2016
Fruits and Vegetables
Do you eat this many fruits and vegetables a day?? I think that I eat quite well, but I don't often have this many. I found the photo here. The site tells exactly how much is a serving. A banana is one serving. A small bell pepper is half a serving.
I've been telling myself that I need to shop for fresh food twice a week, but sometimes I don't get to the store even once a week. I remember reading an MFK Fisher book where she mentions getting food every single day and eating it that day. I think she was in France at the time. That would of course be the dream. If I lived in an apartment with a market right out front I could easily shop every day. But most of us don't. I live eight miles away from my local co-op.There's a little market in town but even that is three miles away, and the store is pretty minimal. And then there are places in the US that are deemed 'food deserts' because the only stores don't offer any 'real' food, just packaged goods.
It isn't easy eating well. And all too often it is those with money who are best able to do it. But even when we can afford organic, fresh foods we are often too busy or tired to get to the stores as often as we should. Many people's medicine cabinets are full, and they have lots of doctor's appointments. Perhaps if we took the time and money to feed ourselves well we wouldn't need doctors and hospitals as we do now. This is a huge problem, and may well be at the root of many physical, emotional, and psychological ills.
I'm heading out to the store today!