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For me it is more than normal to be very aware of what I eat, where I buy it and how my body reacts to this. However, for many this is different. Most people just enter the supermarket and get there everything they are used to buy for years, without thinking one moment about what they buy. I think it is a pity. Therefore in this blog I am going to explain you my considerations hoping that some of the readers (maybe even you) understand the importance of this and thus change their habits.
The reason that I pay attention to where I buy food and what I eat has nothing to do with allergies or another type of diet. Thinking back I think it started at the same time as my interest for the relation between food, people and cities, around the second half of 2008. I started to read about the current agriculture and food industries and understood almost immediately that something was wrong.
The first thing I changed was starting to eat less meat and changing from ‘conventional’ to organic meat. Immediately I tasted the difference between the meat I used to eat and the one I switched to, even though I know that organic does not always stand for ‘better’.
The fact that I noted a difference between that what I used to eat and that what I started to eat, also meant that in general I became more aware of flavours, like for example excessive salt in ready-to-eat meals or sauces, smells and the influence of conservatives and artificial ingredients on food products. It might seem only details but these can really change the way you eat.
This modification of ‘eating habits’ is very positive as long as I stay within my household, where me and my husband decide what to eat. But as soon as we are someone’s guest it might become difficult to accept the choices someone else made: thinking that what he or she prepared is exotic and good, while we think it wants to be exotic but is mainly cheap. And as you can see in this doc (and many more) on mozzarella by the Keuringsdienst van Waarde, you might understand what I mean.
However, here rises also the question whether to start the discussion with my host and maybe did its utmost to make me a good meal. Because my suggestions to be more aware of the ingredients you buy and the quality they have, might be perceived as criticism by them. While my intention is only to introduce the people in a world where food is really something delicious, not just good.
Unfortunately most people’s first reaction is that the food I eat is very expensive and not available in a normal shop. But it really does not take much to enjoy – what I call – better food. It might already help you to buy in-season food that has not travelled more than, say, 100 kilometers between the farmland and your kitchen. And if you buy a bit less of a bit better, I am sure your satisfied faster.
I hope that after reading this post, you are going to try to be more conscious while doing your shopping. I don’t expect you to change overnight, but at least to start treating yourself with some simple quality food during tomorrow’s dinner. Maybe slowly you get convinced and see the advantage of this way of life. Like I once did.