Eating for our health.

A common saying passed from generation to generation is ‘we are what we eat.’ It’s true, the food we eat has a tremendous effect on our health and wellness. Our body’s are machines that work better with good fuel. Most of us try to use the best fuels and lubricants for our cars and machinery, why wouldn’t we care what we put into our own bodies? We should try to eat as best we can, when we can.

An age-old question, typically discussed, is ‘why does everything that tastes good is bad for you?’ I believe this to be generally untrue. Some are dedicated to finding the best foods that are also nutritious and tasty, others don’t seem to care. I have also been noticing that the older we get, the more our bodies seem to be affected by the food we eat. When I eat well, I feel good, and when I eat badly, I feel bad. I now choose to eat as good as I can.

It seems so complicated, so let’s try to ‘simplicate.’
Here’s a simple recipe for Chicken Stock, which can become the basis for many healthy and delicious dishes.

The Grape Gourmet
• health • wellness • culture • flavor •

a Mo’zArt Production

Published by Zio James

James is a food enthusiast, recipe creator and culinary blogger who is also part of a grassroots movement to bring back homemade cooking to our daily lives. He encourages people to make-it-from-scratch and to enjoy the moments while preparing as much as when eating. People might believe that their time is too valuable to waste on preparation, but to James that's part of the joy of cooking. James also believes that this is also for our own well being, health and overall happiness. 'We are what we eat' is an old adage that James firmly believes in. "Food good for us should also taste good to us." Eating for our health. James also believes we lost our way in processed and fast foods and need to return to our core making homemade meals... James believes that homemade food is one of the key components to health and happiness. We're too obsessed with lost time that we fail to realize that all we have is time. We need to spend our time with what matters. James learned to appreciate food at an early age which he attributes to growing up in a closely-knit Italian-American family in the heartland of Brooklyn, New York. It was easy, his grandmother made wonderful homemade food, her love and passion was infectious. James believes that food is not only one of the driving forces of culture but is also a defining characteristic. People relate to food, holidays are a celebration of family and friends, and food is part of most cultural traditions. Recalling his own family traditions, James began documenting the family recipes, researching and recreating classic recipes and finally creating his own. These recipes not only help honor his family and culture but also help him in his quest for healthy and tasty food. Creating his own recipes, James uses simple and wholesome ingredients, making sure to minimize processed ingredients. James considers cooking as an extension of his background as an artist, photographer and musician. James became a food blogger because of his enthusiasm and since he's also greatly interested in the creation process, he became a cook. Zio James calls Toronto, Ontario, Canada his home where he lives with his artisan wife Debra.

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