I'm very excited to introduce Life Foods, Inc., one of our favorite new brands in the store. Life Foods is a Maui-based company that makes wonderfully delicious superfood products including veggie burgers, condiments, hot sauces, salad dressings and vegetable ferments. Life Foods was founded on Maui in 2013 and continues to expand throughout the islands (and soon mainland distribution!).
My good friend loves that phrase. We run a work trade program on our farm, and every time we get a request from someone past forty, she’ll shake her head and say, “well, you know what they say, young bamboo bends, but old bamboo breaks.”
She means that life on the farm is a lot different from what most people are used to, and it’s often hard for older people to adapt to a new diet, a new schedule, and a new environment. Never mind that she’s past sixty herself, and one of the most adaptable people I know. She’s a young-at-heart bamboo stalk, but those are few and far between.
Big news recently is that the United Nations is advocating a vegan diet for the world in order to combat climate change, dwindling fresh water supplies, hunger and land change leading to biodiversity loss.
When I was young, I remember tracing a scar on my mom’s leg that extended a hand's length across her upper thigh, like a gouge in clay. She had skin cancer, and the scar was from a tumor she had removed in her thirties, around the time I was born. As I grew up, I remember her always checking the moles on her arms and back, worried if they were black or irregularly shaped. Maybe because she’d had it as long as I’d been alive, it never occurred to me to be really worried. It was just always there, like an eerie hum in the background of our lives.
Nutrition is a complex topic. The process of digestion is one of the most fascinating and least understood functions of the body. Food is also a very social activity, rooted in history and culture, which means everyone has different ideas about it. Over the years, I’ve experimented with many different diets, including sprouted and fermented foods, raw foods, local, in-season foods, and macrobiotic foods. Though the differences may appear confusing at first, when each one claims to be the key to health, they all share certain guiding principles.
After reviewing the online debate regarding Dr. Campbell’s studies, I can only reach one conclusion: I’ve certainly stepped into a can of worms with my review of The China Study. A simple search is all it takes to find page after page of highly charged debate about Dr. Cambell’s methods, conclusions and personal character. It might have been smart, from the moment I found those worms wriggling around my ankles, to back quickly and quietly away and say no more about it.