Thursday, July 10, 2008


I want to talk about food. More specifically, I want to talk about the psychology of food. People are weird about food, aren’t they? They’ll shell out 50 bucks for a fake Prada on the streets of New York, or 1000 for the real thing, but you still see them buying a 7 layer burrito from Taco Bell, or dare I say it? Buying conventional produce from the grocery store. Why is it that consumers feel their wallets and lip glosses deserve a fifty dollar home when they themselves don’t even deserve a 4 dollar quart of organic strawberries? They have the latest gadgets, music, books, video games, or what have you, but they can’t be bothered with pouring over labels to avoid high fructose corn syrup. I have a hard time understanding these people, partly because I’m happy with my 6 dollar handbag from Gap, but mostly because I care deeply about what goes into my body and into the bodies of those I feed.

I’m not trying to begrudge anyone a hearty meal or even an occasional treat, but the everyday stuff (or double stuf) that people pour down their throats really disturbs me. Have we, as a society, traveled so far from our agrarian roots that we can only eat from cans, packages, or bags? Okay. I’m being a bit extreme, but have you tried an organic strawberry? Those little red berries of delight are laughing in the face of their conventional brethren. Organic cheese is sharper than its conventional counterpart, and I wont even start on tomatoes.

I would like to encourage as many of you as possible to give it a shot. Try eating organic. Try shopping local. Try to cut back on your processed, packaged foods. Make more than 5 meals a week. I'm talking breakfast, lunch, dinner. Take out the Cocoa Puffs and try a banana. How about some plain yogurt with honey and granola? Give it a month. Indulge yourself in the good stuff and see how you feel. My guess is that, if you keep up with it for an entire month, you’ll come back to report you’re feeling energized, light, refreshed, because that’s how my body feels every day.

Here are a few resource links for you:

Newsweek's Lab Notes. Face Off: Organic vs. Conventional.

Organic Center and their Mission Organic 2010

How Organic Food Works.

A voice of dissent from CNN. (See? I'm a fair reporter!)

I’m climbing down from my soap box, now. But watch for me to step back up tomorrow because I’m going to be talking about a really worthy cause, The Author Advocate Defense Fund.


Laurie Ashton said...

That's one of the benefits of living in a third world country - there isn't much packaged, processed food. I mean, I've heard rumours that cake mixes exist in this country, but I, personally have seen no evidence of that. Not that I would use a cake mix anyway - I've never used a mix. I prefer cooking from scratch. Here, if you want to eat, someone has to cook it from scratch.

Organic is a bit more difficult. Here.

But, on the whole, yep, I'm right there with ya. :)

Ray Wong said...

Yum. I love organic and local produce. There are actually a lot of local farms here and we can order directly from them. I've also cut out a lot of meat from my diet. As I age, I find myself eating and loving more and more vegetables. I love fresh vine tomatoes, by the way. Da BEST.

Sara Spock said...

Ray, you are so right about vine tomatoes, ones that have never been refrigerated? Crazy good!

Laurie, you sound like me. I lived in South America for a while and got so used to the fresh way of living that it was such culture shock to come back to the wings and pizza society. And really, what could be as good as a "from scratch" cake? Okay, maybe vine ripe tomatoes ;-)

Anita Morris said...

Good post. I believe in these things too. You'll be getting some link love from me over at as soon as I work out what else I want to include with the link in the post.

Sara Spock said...

Sweet! Thanks for reading and linking, Anita. I'll link back to your blog, as well. Really interesting stuff over there!