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The typical American diet is driving obesity, diabetes and heart disease to higher heights. Fad diets and processed shakes abound, but to heal the country of illness we need to return to whole foods. Factory farming and distribution call for processing, refrigeration or freezing. The end product often costs more to ship and preserve than it did to grow. The longer it is stored the more it costs to keep it frozen. The health of the nation would be better served by consuming food that has not been packaged or canned. I do, of course, eat some processed foods, but I am working to get back to basics. I want to improve my habits for the sake of the earth, and for the benefit of my health.
Coconut oil is now a daily part of my routine. I swish a tablespoon of oil in my mouth for 40 minutes each morning to kill cooties. The oil slides into all spaces and treats all surfaces in my mouth with anti-bacterial agents. I spit out the oil and rinse my super-clean feeling teeth to finish the process. On my last dental visit my dentist raved about the positive properties of coconut oil and extolled the virtues of eating it and using it topically. I let him know I was using it to kill bacteria since it seems to be working for me. My annual thermography report showed much less inflammation in my eye ear nose and throat than last year, and less in my digestive tract also. I am a fully committed oil puller. It takes some getting used to, but now I have the habit. It is one of the easiest things I can do to improve my health.
I think oral health has a big impact on the entire body. My dentist agrees. Today I learned about Dr Weston Price, a dentist with an interest in diet and anthropology. His popular ideas are still followed today. He determined that avoidance of artificial and refined sugars, fats, and flours that were not available before industrialization, could prevent disease. He recommended local nutrient dense foods that included a variety of natural fats. His view into the mouth of societies with ancestral diets showed him the wisdom of developing a palate for savory unprocessed foods. I am lucky to have time and circumstances that support home preparation of whole foods. I may not be able to give up sweet potato corn chips or my favorite jars of salsa, but at least I do eat them with home made guacamole.
Whole Foods, the behemoth distributers of the natural lifestyle, started in Austin. A visit to the flagship store is both awesome and creepy. The produce, no matter where you are in the country, comes mostly from California. Right there you have strike one against the concept that by shopping at the store you support happy, healthy, local organic growers. Get real, folks. Whole Foods is responsible to the shareholders of the corporation. Their mission (and their mandate) is to make maximum profit for those shareholders. I think that is all good. I do not begrudge any healthy business a healthy profit. When I enter the door I expect to pay more for what I buy, but I also expect a vast selection and very high quality products. In history, before the rise of the hipster class, hippies managed the distribution of health food and natural products, often by forming cooperatives. I was always involved with a coop in my youth. This meant that you actually had to contribute some kind of labor to the cause. We saved money on our healthy foods, but most importantly, we provided a source that did not exist in the retail market. I am still a member of the Food Conspiracy, which I actively helped found in Tucson, but I am also the poster child for the Whole Foods Market customer. I now have more disposable income and less inclination to organize a group buying effort to obtain what I want. I am still a hippie, but a lazier one.
This is how I look at the whole picture at Whole Foods. I do grow food in my garden, prepare many products at home, and shop extensively at farmers’ markets. I would be pleased if all my food could be obtained locally and make some effort to keep my purchasing power close to home. I visit my Tucson Whole Foods about 10 times a year for the specific purpose of buying certain items I can only find there, as well as to go on a splurge. When I arrived in Austin I went directly to the flagship store to buy supplies because I am on a holiday, which implies I will be splurging in any way I please. I did not travel here to save money. I am here to enjoy the cultural delights of the city. I love to be able to buy interesting things I do not find where I live. The Whole Foods does not disappoint in that regard. They carry everything from clothing to cosmetics, local brews to baked goods…it is all available for a price. Speaking of price, I generally ignore the cost and just realize that it is not a place to buy day to day items, but is the ultimate shopping heaven for natural products and foods. I can’t help but notice that there are three very large skyscrapers being constructed in the vicinity of the store at 12th and Lamar. I believe they will fill with tenants very quickly when they are finished simply because of the proximity to all that highly sought after merchandise. This is what they call the trickle down effect, I think. Money will trickle down from those buildings right into the Whole Foods cash registers. Bon Appetite.