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March 2018 Publisher's Letter

March 2018 Publisher's Letter




The words “healthy food” may elicit groans or a grumble from some because there has been a pervasive storyline that if something is healthy, it must not taste very good. That is so far from the truth! The more I learn about food and nutrition—real nutrition, not the kind pushed by lobbyists via the ADA food pyramid—the more excited I get about the topic. I’ve been happily surprised to learn how much I love some items now acknowledged to be among the healthiest of foods. Spicy ethnic cuisine, plant-based meals and generous use of garlic and ginger have been some of my favorite discoveries; these feature prominently in this issue. Whether you’ve been eating and cooking mindfully for years—or have just realized that milk does not in fact “do a body good” unless you’re a baby cow—we hope you’ll find something inspirational, educational and delicious in this month’s pages.

A food issue wouldn’t be much without some great recipes to make at home, so we squeezed in a bunch! From a simple concoction that boosts digestion to ethnic main dishes using different spices, we hope you enjoy trying something new. Please share the successful recipes you try with your friends and family. Traditions change only when they are forced to by the people who dare. We can effect change on the food culture in this nation through the choices we make and sharing them with others. Buy organic and local when possible. Use health-promoting spices and herbs. Support your health and well-being with the organic food pharmacy stocked in your own kitchen rather than pills found in a bathroom medicine cabinet. I’m working on implementing these principles more fully in my life…I like the results I feel.

If after reading this month’s articles you would like still more on the topics, there are several terrific food-related events happening this month in Connecticut. See page 6 for details on the CT-NOFA Annual Winter Conference, OrganiConn 2018, taking place on March 10 in Danbury, and a workshop March 24 at Holcomb Farm in West Granby where world-renowned researchers will present about the impact of glyphosate on soil, food and health. Our food supply is in jeopardy; the people organizing, presenting and attending these events may be a last line of defense. Please consider becoming a part of the healthier food movement in ways that make sense for you.

Wishing you many enjoyable meals supportive of your vibrant well-being…

With love and light,
Nicole

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