Food Fights


April FreemanI have friends who are in the “eat clean” camp. In this place there are different levels of eating clean.

Of course, there are the “eat clean” in name only. These people eat clean sometimes. They spend extra money on organic and GMO-free foods at the grocery store for the family to eat at home. They’ll even talk a big game about eating better food and “all those hormones and chemicals in commercial food.” But, the true story is they only eat at home one meal a day. The kids eat organic Pop Tarts for breakfast and mom and dad pick up fast food for lunch. A few times a week, they grab a hot dog at the ball field and of course, Friday night is a good time for the family to go out to eat.

The opposite end of the spectrum are the Eat Clean Nazis. These people would rather die than give their babies commercial formula or baby food, and they grow as much of their food as possible. If they can’t find a “clean” source of a particular food item, they go without rather than contaminate their bodies with something that’s not natural, organic, and GMO-free. Theirs are the kids who are carrying tiny baggies of carrots on field trips because a Cheeto had better never cross their all-natural lips.

Of course, the people who exist on Big Macs and French fries are looked down upon by both groups. And these folks aren’t really sure what to make of folks like me.

I garden, raise chickens, and try to raise as much of our food as possible. I strive to minimally use pesticides and herbicides on our farm. I cook from scratch, and we don’t go out to eat very often. I seldom buy processed foods like snack cakes, Doritos, and other unnecessary munchies. My son bemoaned to a friend of ours who works for a bakery, “My mom never buys those snack cakes. All she ever gets is ingredients.”

That said, I don’t bake all my own bread. We eat tortilla chips and, when the cow is dry, buy commercially-raised dairy products. Yes, I buy canned tomatoes, and *gasp*—Friday night I made a crock pot of my Once-A-Year Rotel Dip and Chips. With Velveeta.

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