Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Kacey has been reading quite a few books about natural foods, among them Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. We like the idea of paying attention to what we put into our bodies. Sometimes it is more expensive, but we wonder to ourselves - what are the true costs of saturated fats, high sodium and processed foods on our medical bills, stewardship of the land and animals, as well as our overall sense of well-being?
Here, it has been quite easy to live an "organic" life. Everything basically grows in our backyard, and we can buy it at the village market. Granted there are costs to this approach - Kacey is often gently heckled with Townes in his backpack (or if he is riding in his stroller, everyone assumes he must be handicapped!) and the variety is not as broad as we could get elsewhere. On the flipside, the vegetables - primarily consisting of okra, corn, tomatoes, onions, coco yam leaf (similar to spinach) - and the fruits - pineapple, bananas, papaya, and oranges - are all very local and taste fantastic!