My motto…

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Every now and then I am forced to remind myself about my motto: moderation in all things! Actually I’m having to remind myself more often. We have access to so much information now that one can be forgiven not only for getting overwhelmed but more specifically, confused.

I’ve just scrolled down my Facebook page and alighted on an article questioning the health benefits of adding raw spinach and kale to one’s smoothies. My first reaction; oh dear God what now? One minute there is an avalanche of recommendations about the health benefits of these excellent vegetables and coincidentally a tidal wave of the far from cheap produce in our grocery stores; and now this. I take a deep breath and rationalize.

Of course spinach and kale is good for us and frankly common sense tells me eating raw fruit and vegetables is not only the natural and intended method for consuming food but has to be the optimum means of obtaining our essential nourishment (I highly recommend the Nearing’s book: ‘The Good Life’).¬† Unfortunately I have not yet mastered the skill and discipline of eating a totally raw food diet, but I’m working towards improving things on that front. Moderation again!

Then I read on to learn why this particular person is advising caution on the kale and spinach front. It’s all about oxalic acid apparently and the fact we shouldn’t be over-doing it. Moderation again!

Finally, having digested the writer’s (Dawn Combs –Mockingbird Meadows) rant I ask myself the all important question, what are her credentials for this advice. Well actually at face-value she sounds worthy of some respect; perhaps more to the point her argument, assuming her facts to be correct, makes some sense.

Does this mean I should stop eating raw spinach and kale? Certainly not! Instead I shall simply remind myself, moderation in all things. I shall use a little less of it, possibly heed Dawn Combs’ advice and steam some, but most importantly I shall not allow myself to be overwhelmed or confused by the plethora of health advice¬† proliferating all over the internet.