Food for Thought

Well, I'm happy to announce that after 24 hours of intense antibiotics and a day in bed being tended by the saintly Mr. Scrimp, I'm starting to feel human again. The blog will be moving to a new domain this weekend so posting may (or may not) still be fairly light.

It's been a week or two since I talked much about the Scrimp household's food choices. We try very hard to eat as little processed food as possible. This saves money in the long run, and it is far, far healthier.

Found this article yesterday. Even if you still eat processed food, this is worth considering. Small changes in your eating habits can lead to big differences. It's been about six months since Mr. Scrimp and I started making a real effort to avoid processed food and we both feel much, much healthier and generally all-around better.

News articles about things like this are often sensationalized, so take it with a grain of salt--but it's very true that food is less nutritious than it used to be, and modern farming and food storage practices are part of that. My doctor long ago recommended against storing food in plastic, or in aluminum cans, which are lined with soft plastics to keep the aluminum taste out of the food, because of chemicals that can leach from the plastic into the food. 

The 7 Foods Experts Won't Eat - Yahoo News (via Fark)


  1. I noticed that when I started Weight Watchers, by definition I was eating a lot more fresh fruits and veggies. I lost the weight I wanted to lose, but an unexpected benefit was that I started having fewer migraines, and when I did have them they were less severe. I'm convinced that's due to eating fewer processed foods. I also found I started sleeping better. So I'm right there with you on this one!

  2. I saw this last week, and it freaked me out because of the foods I rely on most heavily, canned tomatoes and potatoes surely rank up there. I've known about the BPA issues in canning for a little while now but can't really see a way around it until summer when I can learn how to can my own fresh tomatoes (no point in canning out-of-season produce, ick). As for the potatoes, I can control that pretty well; however, I can't bear the thought of missing baked potato day at the cafe downstairs on Tuesdays.

    It weighs heavily on my mind...

  3. Lindsay, did you see that indoor tomato growing setup I posted last week in my gift ideas? I'm thinking about springing for it and seeing if we can get some fresh tomatoes, because we eat tomato products allll the time.

    I've been slowly switching to frozen or dried as much as I can rather than canned. We get frozen corn/peas/mixed veg/etc that comes in wax-lined paper bags. I need to start using dried beans, which is sad, because the canned ones are so convenient.



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