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True Food – 8 Simple Steps to a Healthier You

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truefoodcover_page_1You may have heard the phrase “out of true.” It means not in correct alignment. During the last 40 years or so, most of us have been eating a diet that is wildly out of true compared to what our bodies need, and equally out of true considering what is best for the health of the planet.

There are many people and groups today working to get the food system back in true alignment, working to preserve and sustain “true food,” but we — the food shoppers and eaters–are the most important. This is why we –Melissa Breyer, Wendy Gordon, and I–wrote True Food (National Geographic, 2010). We meant it to be a primer, a tool kit, a simple set of steps that will take you and how you eat in a new direction, and bring you, your health, and the planet all back into true. It’s simpler, cheaper, and more pleasing than you think, since True Food is really all about getting back to basics, about restoring what’s good about food, reconnecting with real food, whole food, food that’s local, and supporting and sustaining those food systems that put health first, starting with the soil and not stopping until the plate. We are thrilled that Alice Waters wrote the foreword.

We’ve broken the True Food diet into eight easy steps, and the book is designed to help you put those steps into practice.We offer everything from how to cook an artichoke, why to buy heirloom seeds, how to can or freeze vegetables and produce, and astonishingly good recipes.

Step 1: Eat Local Food
Step 2: Eat a Variety

of polyethylene. (Because of that, never microwave these bags.) There is a plastic-free alternative that works the same way: special disks to put into the cripser drawer also neutralize ethylene gas. It’s a technique that has been used by florists and produce distributors for years.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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