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Letter from the Publisher

Jun 30, 2015 11:57PM
I love food. I love everything about it – selecting the recipes, finding the best ingredients, chopping and cooking with my husband (although he is a better cook than me) and then sitting down, with knife and fork in hand, and enjoying every morsel—even dessert, on occasion.

Our understanding of what makes up a healthy diet has evolved over our lifetimes, and for good reason. There is more and more emphasis on the need to comprehend the way our bodily systems relate and react to the items we ingest. Recall the food fads and latest diet crazes throughout the years—the nonfat diet, the all-protein diet and the list goes on. I am sure, at some point, there was a study that showed that each of these eating regimes had validity.

In general, I think that we, as a society, lost some of our ability to understand the importance of food as we moved away from an agricultural society to one in which more food is processed for us. I’ve shared in past issues my fond memories of digging in the garden with my grandparents and relying on the multitudes of home-canned vegetables all yearlong due to this bounty. But it is nostalgia without a garden to call my own, these days.

My own longing for a garden is reflected in much of what is happening in the food scene here in Washington, D.C. More and more of us are visiting local farmers’ markets or getting organic fruits and vegetables delivered to our doorsteps. We are learning more about the types of food that serve us. Research abounds about the impact of probiotics and fermented food and the joys of a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Our July food issue covers some of these hot topics (pardon the pun, on this scorching day). Food democracy is an issue that is becoming understood as an essential factor in determining equality throughout our land. The capacity of all people to have access to good, wholesome and healthy food is important. This month’s feature discusses this growing movement, with complementary pieces on the important work being done by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Michael Greger and others, promoting the wisdom (and health benefits) of a PlantPure Nation. Their film of the same name goes into national release on July 4. Happy Independence Day!

Finally, we continue to explore the important new research that has been done by Dr. David Perlmutter (see our June 2015 issue) on the mind-gut connection. Two local articles, one by functional medicine physician, Dr. Chas Gant, and the other by nutritionist Julie Wendt and Dr. Mikhail Kogan, expand our understanding of the problems that come from neglecting necessary food items in our diet and how we can overcome these deficiencies.

It is time to enjoy the summer’s bounty. We hope you will get out to your local green market. And for those gardeners who find that they have more zucchini and tomatoes than they know what to do with, don’t forget to share. Those of us without gardens are ever-grateful.



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