Kale: The New Normal
February 2, 2017
Before 5 years ago, one would have to go to a specialist produce market to buy kale. Now you can find kale in various ways (fresh, cleaned and vacuum-packed, baby kale, shredded and kale salad mixes). Why is it so commonplace to eat kale now, when five years ago few would considered eating it?
I have been eating my favorite version of kale, Lucinato Kale, since the 1990s. I just happened up on the pale green, beautifully sculpted greens at Wild Oats (now Whole Foods). I figured it would be filled with a vast amount of good vitamins and minerals simply by its looks. How many people, though, actually look at and feel the goodness of their food, before they buy it? I would guess not many in this fast-paced world.
Whole Foods released a newsletter about kale recently:
Among all 100 of our WHFoods, kale tops the list in terms of lutein content. Kale is not only our most lutein-rich food at WHFoods, it is also the top lutein-containing food in the USDA’s National Nutrient Database that analyzes 5,350 foods that contain this carotenoid nutrient. Among the carotenoids, lutein is perhaps best known for its supportive role in eye health, and in particular, for its ability to protect different parts of the eye from potential damage by light or oxygen.
Recent studies show that kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels.
To put this into perspective, when the news and hype tells us it’s great to eat something—ANYTHING—generally we hop onboard. Pro-biotics and pre-biotics have been in the news lately. I would bet that most of you had been lured into trying a version before you even did some research. As soon as I hear of a healthy tip, I’m all about trying it to see if I feel any difference in my aging body. When you’re looking at the extra weight around your waist and your aging skin and bones, everything healthy begins to lure you.
What does this mean to us as consumers?
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When we don’t do our own research and wait until big corporations want to push the newest trend on us, we are waiting in line for health, instead of listening to our own bodies to find out what we need. How do you change this trend?
I talk about meditation a great deal. People often roll their eyes and think, I can’t sit for 2 minutes without my mind being riddled with non-peaceful thoughts. Maybe the first two minutes is exactly when you need to be listening to the chatter in your mind and discovering why your mind is so anxious. Don’t judge! Just listen! You may discover you need Kale!
Seriously folks, this article is not just about kale, it’s about listening to what you need from inside. When I go to the grocery store, I go with a list. But when I look at some of what I need, I may decide that the energy of the food I desire doesn’t look as good or nutritious as it should.
Do you feel your veggies or smell them? Do you look at the color of your fruit and the texture? Everything fresh is always telling you if it’s a viable food source for you in that moment.
You may also discover that if you hold some article of food close to your body, it will rock you backwards. This is your body telling you that you DO NOT want that food. If it rocks you towards it, your body may be seriously lacking in the nutrients that food provides. This is the kinesthetic way the body reacts to anything that it needs or doesn’t need.
Kinesiology is the scientific study of human or non-human body movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological mechanisms of movement.
When I was 22, just into my 3rd year of college, I realized I wanted to be a vegetarian. I had always been a spiritual chap, but in the health arena I had been seriously lacking. I noticed in ballet class that my body was thinner and much more frail than the other men around me, especially that Italian man that sweated like an animal and looked like a beautiful primate. I can’t remember his name, but you know what I mean.
I began to lift weights, work on a Cardio program, and suddenly my body was screaming for more nutrition. It was 1982, so I had to do some research—old school. What I discovered was a book that was as big as bible written by the son of meat farmer who had inherited his father’s business. You would imagine that this young millionaire was going to be pro-meat. He was not!
In fact, he began to share in his book some of what I was eluding to yesterday in my blog: Pigs are People too, which you can see below this blog, if you haven’t read it.
When the son went to visit his father’s cash-cow business after his dad died, he was appalled at how the animals were treated and the methods (chemicals, hormones, and trapping them to keep the weight up) that were used to get the most $$ from the cows, pigs, and chickens. In turn, he immediately sold the business and made it his business to enlighten the world about the horrors of nonorganic meat farming.
I’m not even going to bother mentioning the name of the book, because by now the information is probably out dated, but I mention the story to let you know how I came upon information that reminded me of my 6-year-old experience of visiting a dairy farm, then coming home to find a long red vein in my bologna. This book only further pushed me into the direction of vegetarianism.
In the 80s there were few vegetarian protein sources that had been studied as in depth as they are now, like our friend Kale. Then, I had no idea what I was doing, except for relying on my instinct. Oftentimes, I was a little off-track. For 23 years, though, I continued with my vegetarian life-style and made recipes up as I went along, which led me to write my first vegetarian cookbook, The Protein-Powered Vegetarian. My goal was simple: let’s find protein-rich food to replace the meat we use in all of our favorite foods.
This was a little easier, then, since I was using milk, butter, and eggs products. However, now that I’m not only a vegan, but trying to stay gluten-free, life became even more complicated, which led me to my gluten-free cookbook. I’m currently writing my next cookbook, which will be completely vegan and hopefully, mostly gluten free.
My point is that even now when we are truly being attacked with new studies that will improve our health, I still don’t take anyone’s word for granted. I go right to Google and start searching for contraindications for each new product, because I tend to overdo rather than under-do and I trust few marketing agencies to tell the entire truth.
Whatever you’re choosing to help your health, whichever diet you pick, make sure that you are not buying into the Hype! Trained professionals are paid to lure you in—and keep you there—until you have decided to buy their product.
For me, when I see an ad or a video that is explaining why I should by their “pro-biotic” mixture, because Dr. Such-and-such was a cardiologist who knows without a shadow of a doubt that this chemical and that artery are affected—I still study. I research, not only to find out if what they say is true, but also where I can find the same product for, usually, 1/3 of the cost.
My advice today: Healthy Buyer Beware! You, too, are subject to the same kind of marketing that sells Kelloggs’ Tony the Tiger’s Frosted Flakes to children for nutrition.
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