The number of new foods now available on the market has skyrocketed. Our favourite grocery stores are stocked from one end of the aisle to the other with these new arrivals, which bear labels proclaiming their added value. But how can we keep track of them all?
I’d like to be able to say that I’m now going to provide you with a guide to understanding this constantly changing food landscape but I’m not a nutritionist and therefore not an official expert. I’m a woman with a passion who took on the Madame Labriski persona because she was frustrated by the lack of healthy food options. Why are the snacks available on the market always packed with refined sugar and an endless list of ingredients that are hard to read (and even harder to pronounce).
I just couldn’t understand it. This complete and utter incomprehension was compounded by the fact that the recipes published on social media and popular reputable websites rarely had added value, and were never healthy as well as good tasting. Why repeat the same patterns year after year instead of thinking of changing and updating them? We talk about the health of our planet, we adopt an ecological lifestyle, yet we remain stuck in our ways when it comes to food that makes us feel good.
Unfortunately, I’ve noticed this also applies to many other facets of our lives, where our old beliefs still govern the way we do things. But what if we were to try a new recipe, in the sense of a new and different way of doing things? And what if we were to pay attention to the ingredients that make up the food we eat? And what if we took an interest in food culture? Drink plenty of water, eat vegetables, get enough protein and eat the food that makes us happy. Every time I visit a food fair (often with my husband and two kids), I have fun watching what people are eating. Which kiosk is the top destination? Very often, if not to say always, the big winner would feature a menu of food with empty calories. What a sad state of affairs! Do I eat that kind of food? I don’t, but my kids and hubby do sometimes. That’s just life.