This weekend, I very happily joined some distant relations at a family reunion and couldn’t help but notice what we were all eating. MEAT. It was meat, with meat and a side of meat. The cooked vegetables were no where to be found. Alas, it’s no wonder most Americans are so sick. Don’t get me wrong–my diet can be terrible at times and I’m not trying to lecture people into eating healthy food, but seriously people, that much meat will kill anyone.
So what should we all be eating anyway? I also had a fun conversation with a friend about the Paleo diet. (Telling people that you’ve just started a practice is plenty of fun because you get to discuss fun food subjects, but I digress.) She asked my opinion and I gave a few different perspectives but my main conclusion about all diets is that they are in need of more cooked vegetables. No matter what diet you are on, you could be eating more cooked vegetables. See.
Cooked vegetables give your body the greatest number of minerals to assimilate at one time. They provide them in a form that is most easily digested AND they are least likely to be laced with chemicals (in a certain sense … maybe you don’t really want to know what’s in your meat or mixed with that bread). Cooking vegetables allows our system to actually absorb and take in nutrients that would otherwise be unavailable.
This week, I’ll be committing this blogging space to the glory of cooked vegetables! I know, cooked vegetables are so not sexy but someone’s gotta advocate for them …