Last week I had the opportunity to visit and enjoy lunch on a 35 acre organic farm near Boulder, Colorado called Pastures of Plenty.
I live in Manhattan and while there are dozens of farms within 100 mile radius (which is where my Farmer’s Market goodies come from) I don’t see farm land every day. In an urban or even suburban lifestyle it’s easy to fall into the “food comes from the supermarket” mentality and become disconnected from the fact that food really comes from the earth.
Every time I have the chance to visit a farm (which I try to do often) and meet the hard-working farmers who grew my food I feel much more aware of how vital and life giving food is; and in my experience that can change the way you think and feel about your diet.
That old phrase, “You are what you eat” is absolutely true – nutrients from food are literally the foundation for the structure, function, and integrity of your body’s tissues, from your hair and skin, to your muscles, bones, organs, immune and digestive systems. Every day your body is busy making or repairing your cells, and how healthy and strong those cells are is directly determined by how well you’ve been eating. A “junk food” diet low in nutrients doesn’t give your body much to work with (it’s like constructing a house with cardboard and tape instead of bricks and mortar). But a diet made from fresh, nourishing foods can help you build cells that are stronger, look better (skin, hair, nails, etc.) and work better. When you really think about the power of food, it’s pretty darn phenomenal!
The food at Pastures of Plenty is planted and harvested by hand and grown organically. Having the chance to sit down at a table on the farm to eat the food grown yards away that was harvested that day can really make you think about what you put into your body. If you read this blog you know I’m not a fan of anything artificial, and I believe in eating foods as close to their natural state as possible (e.g. whole oats topped with blueberries instead of a blueberry muffin).
I’m also a huge supporter of organics, which I strongly believe is better for the planet and for us. Watching workers weed the crops and harvest them by hand and seeing the farm dogs run through the fields really makes you think twice about the chemicals sprayed on conventional (non organic) food.
And seeing how hard farmers work also makes me think about doing my part to prevent waste - eating when hungry and stopping when full. The domino effect of all of these things (eating fresh, unprocessed food and not overeating) can trickle down to not only better health, but also a healthier weight.
If you’ve lived or worked on a farm or visited a farm recently please share how it has affected the way you feel about food. And if you haven’t, find an organic farm in your area or plan a pick-your-own visit. Here are some resources:
How connected do you feel to your food? Does seeing these photos make you think twice about eating processed “junk”? Please share your thoughts!