What a brilliant statement recently by Sam Kass, assistant head chef at the White House:
“Cooking for people’s pleasure is obviously a nice thing to do, but the No. 1 reason we eat is to nourish ourselves and take care of ourselves.”
Kass couldn’t have framed it better. That’s why we cook and why we eat ~ a refreshing shift from the palate to the rest of the body.
I read his interview in the NY Times recently. It turns out he’s quite the activist. He and Michelle Obama are focusing on the increasing problem of childhood obesity, and Kass plays an important role in her healthy living agenda.
His main job, though, is cooking for the Obama family. The head chef attends to the formal banquets.
As Kass put it, “You look around our country and you see that we have a lot of major challenges, the origin of which is food.”
However, a former White House chef offered this criticism: “Let’s remember: the guy’s a cook. There are people who are much more qualified to talk about nutrition than cooks.”
I disagree totally.
Eating well is far simpler and easier than most people think. Just like that problem of not seeing the forest for the trees, often people can’t see good nutrition for all the boxes, bags and jars of stuff that’s not good, crowding their refrigerators, cupboards and counter tops.
A start would be to do a purge of all the white or processed foods. It’s amazing how that alone clears the playing field of what you have to work with.
You can build better choices from there!