Over Christmas, I read the book Forks Over Knives by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Gene Stone. It’s the book companion to the documentary of the same title. In short, the contributors claim that many health issues common today – heart disease, diabetes, many forms of cancer, etc. – are a direct result of unhealthy dietary habits. This isn’t a review of the book or an in-depth examination of the science behind it, but the points presented seemed to make sense. In fact, whether you want to pick apart the scientific claims or not, in the realm of ‘common sense’ it’s hard to argue that the less meat and processed foods you eat the healthier you should generally be.
So for 2012, I’ve resolved to find more ways to incorporate more veggies into the dishes I make for my family. So far we’ve already tried a tofu tikka masala (not very good, although probably tweakable) and an eggplant spaghetti (actually pretty tasty!). I’ll share some recipes as I find things that work. I’ve also switched our family’s subscription over at E-Mealz to the “Vegetarian Meal Plan – Wal-Mart” option to get some more inspiration and ideas.
We’re fortunate that here in Lexington, in addition to the chain Whole Foods, we also have a great local coop in the form of Good Foods. They’ve got a class coming up next week that covers some of the basics of switching to a more plant-based diet, and I’m hoping to be able to go check that out. In-season, we’ve also got a very active farmers’ market downtown.
However, I’d love for this to be a switch that helps our food budget as well as our overall health. To that end, I’m pondering whether or not to start a square-foot garden in our back yard. We’re pretty limited on space and free time, but according to the SFG book that makes us the perfect candidate family to try it out. Possibly more on that later.
So, that’s my main resolution for the new year. If it works, we might go into 2013 with broadened culinary horizons and a little healthier to boot. I’ll keep all of you updated on our progress!
Image Credit: This photograph, “fresh veggies for the curry,” is copyright 2010 by Flickr user sweetbeatandgreenbean and made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license.