In the early days of the twentieth century, nutrition research came to a startling consensus: the greatest cause of disease in the modern age was the consumption of refined foods. Today, not much has changed. Though most of us understand that eating healthier food can help us create positive and lasting changes in our lives, many of us don’t know where to start. And judging by most grocery carts at the checkout line, we certainly don’t know how to shop.
That’s where this handy shopping guide from Selene River Press comes in. Extensively revised and expanded, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is! by Stephanie Selene Anderson is your faithful guide through the treacherous realm that is our modern food landscape. With it, you’ll learn how to find, cook, and thrive on whole foods. This revised and expanded second edition also features an in-depth new section on skin care products, including what ingredients to watch out for and a wealth of tips for maintaining healthy skin.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is! answers questions big and small: What are whole foods? How do we phase the processed stuff out and the whole foods in? How do we know what to look for among the glut of choices at the grocery store? Is organic food really worth it? And what the heck is a CSA? In short, how do we navigate our way out of a food maze that was seemingly designed to trap us into consuming an endless cycle of cheap, processed, packaged junk?
First you’ll discover the Four Steps. These are all-important, easy-to-remember principles that touch on everything from goals to budgeting, and they’ll help steer you in the right direction every time you set out to buy food for you and your family. With these guideposts in mind, you’ll then learn all about the staples that constitute a nutrient dense diet. From organic meats and produce to raw dairy products to freshly milled grains, you’ll learn why these foods are important, where to find them, and most importantly, how to make sure you’re getting superior nutrition from them.
By the end of Section II, you’ll know if you should:
- Cook your meat rare or well-done.
- Consume visibly gelatinous bone broth.
- Eat eggs from chickens raised on soy. (For that matter, if you should eat soy.)
- Drink raw or pasteurized milk and cream.
- Consume full-fat, low-fat, or nonfat dairy products.
- Soak and/or ferment your legumes and grains before cooking them.
- Invest in your own home flour mill.
- Buy iodized salt.
- Drink distilled water.
- Buy nuts and seeds from bulk bins.
- Cook with canola or vegetable oil.
- Feed your pets cooked food.
- Purchase over-the-counter skin care treatments that tout collagen and antioxidants.
Of course, nobody ever said that changing eating habits for the better is easy, especially for little ones. But Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is! will back you up when your kids ask where their sugar-laden cereal disappeared to or why their white rice is now brown. They’ll also enjoy the colorful, easy-to-find (and easy-to-remember) tips and callouts that will help them become their own nutrition experts. In fact, nearly every page in this deceptively small book contains a fact or a tip that will benefit your health and the health of your entire family.
In addition to the staples, you’ll also find sections on whole food supplements, pet food, safe household cleaning products, and skin care for women, men, and kids. Section II basically tackles everything you need to know next time you go shopping. (At the end of the guide, there’s also an extensive Sources page that will lead you to dozens of great online companies devoted to making only high-quality products.)
Section III features the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is! shopping list. Both the print and the electronic editions come with a free, downloadable version of this list. And if you purchase the print edition, you can just print up more sheets as you need them.
Many of us are waking up to the importance of eating only whole, natural foods. And when we do, we’re finding out that it’s not easy. We’ve grown so accustomed to the cheap, timesaving, and convenient allure of processed foods that we fall back on these arguments as convenient excuses for inaction. Anderson understands this, and she makes a convincing case that healthy food is a worthwhile investment in your family’s health. The money you bank, the time you save, and the inconvenience you manage to avoid on your diet of processed foods will all come due one way or another. After all, what’s more costly, time-consuming, and inconvenient than poor health?
It’s far past time to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is! Do that, and the next time you go grocery shopping, you’ll be armed with life-enhancing, life-prolonging—and in some cases life-saving—knowledge.
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