Mind-body connection plays role in healthy food choices

Apples are healthy. But wash them first.

“Thank you, dear Lord, for our daily bread.” Amen.

In these times, “bread” encompasses a huge variety of foods available in supermarkets; healthy foods, marginally healthy foods and unhealthy food. What is considered “good” food is not always perfectly good. Apples are sprayed, so you must wash them well, but they are definitely healthier than chocolate bars.

In Ontario, they want to pass a law that would compel manufacturers to label their (unhealthy) packaged goods with ugly pictures. That would work for me, but what about ice cream purchased in an ice-cream parlour or ice cream being licked straight off a sugar cone on a hot summer day? Then, it wouldn’t work for me.

The mind and body connection plays a huge role in our choices. When colourful fresh produce is served in an artful manner, I enjoy eating, yet it wouldn’t be addictive to me.

I admit over time, I have changed. I enjoy a colourful, crisp, fresh salad more than a piece of cake. The quest for excellence in health is continuing, but I have more knowledge to choose healthier foods over processed ones. This knowledge is coupled with desire and emotion—I am motivated to accomplish more to be and stay healthy. But we don’t need another tax, another law or additional bureaucracy.

Generations Foundation includes fresh produce in food distributed to schools, including baby carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, apples, oranges, cheese, yogurt, milk, and products made with whole wheat or unprocessed grains.

We are selective and at the same time, aim to please children’s palates and feed the hungry.

Holiday Joy Buffet Breakfast: November 23, 6 to 10 am. Buffet La Stanza, 6878 Jean Talon E. in St. Leonard. Ccall 514-933-8585 to participate in our food programs.

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