A Year of Mindful Eating: Stories from the food I eat
Alright, so I’ve written 3 posts and released a podcast on bread, but I’m compelled to keep arguing for this staple, despite my youngest daughter Zoe shooting my thesis down just yesterday.
The gist is the word staple. Bread has been a staple throughout all human history. What about the Chinese you ask? Wheat was grown and bread was consumed in northern China, according to an article entitled “Why did bread never become a big part of the Chinese diet?” on Reddit. Wikipedia concurs.
Makes sense, the familiar naans & chapattis, of India originate in the north where wheat is grown. Although they are now eaten all over India (and the world), it should be noted that as with China, rice is a food associated with the south, where tropical and semis tropical climates make its cultivation easier.
Bread was a staple in my childhood, and right up until ten years ago. I love toast for breakfast, and convenient and portable sandwiches for lunch. Bread at dinner is now a special occasion treat. Last week I had made a loaf of bread. The same day, at Fairway, I couldn’t leave without buying a baguette. Afraid of what the kids would say, I put it on the table, expecting to be mocked for buying white bread. But its delicious beat out healthy, and Alex & Gietha were too busy inhaling the baguette to ridicule me.
I promised Zoe’s counter argument and it’s this: life has changed, we no longer walk everywhere, we no longer burn calories kneading bread by hand, or scrubbing floors, or chopping wood. We just don’t need that much energy anymore. True. But Bread is in the bible, it’s part of who we are, and it’s going to take me a little while to make this adjustment.
In the meantime, I’m making my own using 100 % whole wheat, organic flour. According to the NYTs, many of the digestive issues around bread are about the pesticides used during growing, harvesting and processing. By avoiding those, I’m making a wholesome, nutritious, and tasty food that satisfies more than my hunger.
Bread podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/yearofmindfuleating/a-year-of-mindful-eating-bread or through link in bio.