About 10 days ago Mrs.B took the minx (TM) to a holistic health place in Edinburgh. Now I'm a pretty pragmatic chap and generally unswayed by homeopathy, Chi and such (having said that I have seen and felt very weird things hapen and various martial arts events I've attended) but the test done on TM sounded like bare naked bollockery !
However the results were conclusive my girl's dairy intolerant - badly and fairly sensitive to preservatives, colourings and general food additives. Spool forward a few days to start of last week and the beginning of the new non-dairy and no-precessed foods regimen for the girl. She took the changes with almost no upset (bless her) and in the space of a week the change was (and I speak with no hyperbole here) staggering.
Which brings me to the basis of this posting...have you any idea what went into your meal this evening ? I do now only because of the experience of the last 10 days, but before then it was a kids chemistry set of crap I was shovelling in my cakehole (sic!) and the kids were getting the same. And this is frustratingly down to the people that sell us our food, I'm thinking of those M&S ads dubbed with a positively erotic soundtrack. And combined with lifestyle and increasing affordability...but how's it affordable..because it's laden with flavourings, salt, sugar, MSG, preservatives and additives to keep you coming back for more and for added shelf longevity.
We went looking for alternate milk products for breakfast, soy milk, rice milk...etc everything has a gotcha. Flavourings, added sugar, no added sugar (which means sweeteners), preservatives or Enumbers. Our foodstuffs have become completely and utterly adulterated by the manufacturers and we just trot along like sheep. The yeast we bought this afternoon to make additive and preservative-free bread (every manufactured loaf in the local Tesco had additives - and the bakery confirmed they also added 'things' to even their organic loafs) has an E number in it...Yeast...WTF ! And it's an ester of Sorbitol...a sweetener for goodness sake.
Sigh...vegan-life style here we come.