Angela Hind, M.D. practiced traditional Internal Medicine for 17 years. In 2007, when an illness catapulted her into the role of patient rather than physician, she became acutely aware of the inability of the corporatized medical system to effectively prevent and treat the growing incidence of chronic disease. In 2014 she opened You, M.D., a consulting business that helps individuals and businesses develop pure food paradigms that utilize the value of nutrient dense, chemical free food as a way to personal health and business success. In this guest blog, she addresses an important question facing our youth.
The Eyes of Wisdom
The most pressing question facing our youth today, is “Who will feed you?”.
Fast. Good. Cheap. Pick two.
Good and cheap, that’s slow cooking at home. Fast and cheap? That’s a quick burrito, burger, or pizza on-the-run, made with inorganic grains, processed ingredients, and low-nutrient vegetables. Good and fast? Well, that’s harder. As a working mother, I thought that was a food combination that just did not exist in our modern society. But as of today, the Green Man has loosened my chains to my stainless steel stove, shiny black Vitamix, and sleek bamboo cutting board.
“Do you see the two eyes? and the hair?” Randy Talley, the owner of Green Sage, quizzed me as he handed me his green emblem embossed business card.
“I can’t say that I do.” I replied. “I mean, I see a plant, like wheat, or a flower, or something.”
“Look for the eyes. He’s the green man.” Randy explained. “You know, the age-old archetype, with leaves sprouting from his lips, eyes, and nose. A combination of man and nature. He reminds us that we can never be separate from nature. And that’s what the food here at Green Sage is about, eating food that is real, and pure. Food that nourishes and sustains health, as well as the environment.”
Still inspecting the card’s emblem, I was handed two beautifully colored drinks — one opaque and green, one clear and crystal red. Randy continued, “Do you have a preference, or would you like them both? Phytonutrients or antioxidants?”
And that was the beginning of my realization that Asheville mothers, and fathers, have at least one alternative to being a three meal-a-day slave to their kitchen. There is in fact, a restaurant that comes very close to eating at home. Because as much as I love to cook, I love my refrigerator magnet even more. It provides validation of that age-old mother’s quandary: “Cook? You mean you want to eat everyday?” Every parent needs a GO TO restaurant where the family can eat chemical-free, non-GMO, and nutrient- dense food. Green Sage is that restaurant. It has put Asheville on par with big city trends of restaurants serving meticulously pure food, that is fast.
Protein, Fats, Carbohydrates, Minerals, Vitamins, and Phytonutrients. For short and long-term health, and for daily immune system support, every meal eaten needs to include these. And food needs to be chemical-free without processed ingredients. We now know that pesticides, even in minuscule amounts, negatively affect our gene expression, hormone regulation, and our gut health. We know that GMO foods have significantly increased the amount of Glyphosate used on food crops. We know that GMO and inorganic foods are lower in nutritional value as compared to their organic counterparts. Processed foods, such as soy oil and refined grains, are not only nutrient-poor, they increase insulin resistance and deregulate our energy pathways, making us sluggish, and more likely to develop Diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
More bang for your buck. That’s what real food — food that is organic, non-GMO, and nutrient-dense — gives you.
Take the adult or kid’s size grass-fed beef burger served at Green Sage. Grass fed beef provides antibiotic-free high quality protein, in combination with omega-3 fats (versus the omega-6 laden grain fed beef). Omega 3 fats are essential for brain health and development, and for healthy cell membranes. The burger adds the lettuce, tomato and red onion for phytonutrients, antioxidants and detoxification support. The organic whole wheat bun contains unrefined grains, thus gives a bit of low-glycemic carbohydrate. Top that off with some organic sweet potato fries sprinkled with Green Sage’s 80/20 dried vegetable/salt blend, and an Emerald Flash green smoothie, and you’ve got at least 20 essential vitamins and minerals, your protein, and your healthy fats. All in one meal, quickly prepared.
And for vegetarians, the curry rice bowl breaks down like this. Organic brown rice for unrefined, low-glycemic carbohydrate. Organic, non-GMO tempeh for a high quality protein. Napa cabbage, cilantro, and onions for detoxification support. Carrots, kale and peppers for vitamins and phytonutrients. Cashews, and organic chickpeas, add more protein. Turmeric-rich curry is anti-inflammatory, and raisins add a dash of antioxidant. Top this meal off with a home-made chocolate walnut cookie for some omega-3 walnut fat, and organic cocoa for more antioxidants. And there is never any GMO sugar in Green Sage’s desserts.
It has been said that family meals at home heal the world. No doubt. But intermittent meals out ease the monotony and exhaustion brought on by endless cooking. Women have won the battle for a place in the working world, only to face the conundrum of how to feed their children well, and work too. We are in desperate need of new paradigms for how to feed ourselves.
And that Green Man, with his leafy eyes and wisdom, might just be the perfect guide to those new paradigms. For now, he’s given us Green Sage.
Next? Marry the Green Man and Mother Earth, and the future might be brighter, and tastier, than we ever imagined.
— Angela C. Hind, M.D.
Angela C Hind, M.D. consults through You, M.D., which provides individuals and businesses the knowledge to develop pure food paradigms that promote personal health and business success.