Thursday, September 23, 2010

Good Reads: "The Kitchen must be as Crucial as the Clinic"

This quote is from an awesome article in the NY Times, Doctor's Orders- Eat Well to be Well, about one doctor's mission to teach patients about the link between cooking and nutrition as a way to combat disease.  As some of you know, I am an ICU RN, and I have seen the debilitating effects of heart disease, diabetes, obesity on many of the patients that I care for.  Recently, I have been trying to find a way to bridge nursing and my love for food and cooking (hence this blog).  As the article points out, rather than seeking medicines and scrips for every ailment, we need to get into the kitchen and learn how to cook healthfully.  The idea of healthy eating may make some people squirm - some may think it is flavorless and dull.  But to me healthy cooking is about respecting the ingredients and the environment - making a conscious choice to eat locally and seasonally - using fresh, unprocessed foods and to capture the essence of the ingredient at its peak.  It all starts by getting back into the kitchen and cooking!

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