Eat Whole Foods
We all know that we should eat whole foods. but we often don’t because preparing them can be time-consuming and difficult. It’s so much easier to crutch upon highly processed, pre-packaged meals that so conveniently fit into our busy lives. But, with the right approach, you can eat a diet of real foods–fresh, wholesome, thoughtfully processed–that doesn’t require too much of a commitment.
There are many beautifully written books on eating whole foods, but few divulge how you can actually do so. A couple weeks ago, I attended a talk by Megan Kimble at Eating Words, a conference in Iowa City, who discussed her book Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food. When Kimble began to write this book, she was a broke graduate student, busily hustling between school and work, with little time or money for cooking. Yet she demonstrates that, although this kind of hectic lifestyle so comfortably leans against processed foods, converting to a diet of real foods is not only doable, but so worth it.
Of course, just about all of the food we consume undergoes some sort of process. We clean, cut and cook our foods to preserve and make them more digestible. However, Kimble argues that the problem comes when food is “ultra-processed,” namely those industrialized foods, with their addictive combination of salt, sugar and fat that we “consume independent of hunger.” Kimble spent one year grinding her own flour, brewing her own mead, and even extracting her own salt from the ocean waters. That’s pretty extreme; we don’t need to go to those lengths to reach the same conclusion, but we can learn from her journey and those of others. The internet is a bottomless well of memoirs from people who, like Kimble, have made this transition and lived to tell about it.
Below I’ve provided five beautiful. wholesome, and, of course, cheesy recipes. If you don’t like them, there are plenty of others that will suit you. If a broke, busy, city-dwelling graduate student can wrench herself away from the broken food system in America, so can you. We all can.