As I look into the container of dwindling cherries my heart sinks knowing that the cherry season is coming to an end. I LOVE CHERRIES. Not only for their benefits, which are many, but also the memories they hold for two children. Every time I look at cherries I remember me and my very best friend Peggy at the ages of 10 and 11 walking to the small town we lived just outside of three and 1/2 miles away.
We walked to town to purchase a bag each, of cherries, from a woman named Sally, who owned the small towns country store.
I still remember Sally’s amazement when Peggy and I would walk in and order cherries to go instead of an ice cream cone.
Peggy and I would walk all the way home talking while eating those cherries.
No cares in the world. No time to rush. Nothing to do, but enjoy the goodness God provided in those cherries.
This was a time when children didn’t have to fear anything and food was really good. Pop was not the normal go to drink, that was water. And to us, all the candy in the world could not replace the taste of good lushes in-season cherries.
With all the so-called advancements in agriculture today. I think it’s our food that has suffered the most.
Trying to get food to market as quickly as possible the scientists have devised ways to grow foods that are not normal anymore. You may have heard of GMO’s and the controversies surrounding them.. GMO (genetically modified organisms) were introduced into this country for several reasons, one of which was to combat slow growing conditions. As society grew, food for consumption was beginning to be a priority creating a rush to get foods to market. Taking the time to cultivate fields was no longer an option. Needing to keep the weeds from taking over the crops tractors and the practice of cultivation was replaced by using altered seeds that can withstand pesticides designed to be sprayed over the growing fields. Cultivating the growing crops was no longer needed saving time and money. See my post Roundup Ready , Do You Want To Be Eating Poisoned Foods? if you’re interested.
As I was looking at the dwindling cherries, my memories of easier, slower paced good ole days started to come to mind. Where foods were grown as what is now termed organic which simply means grown without high levels of pesticides. As it was back when I was a kid.
I just want to bring back awareness to the real foods.
Real food should not be considered gummy bears said to be filled with “real” fruit juice to lower concerns of the high sugar content of this candy.
Instead, it is should be about the real foods. Like Cherries. A fruit so beautiful, so sweet that you and your kids will not even miss those fruit packs of preserved fake sugared ingredients.
Like high fructose corn syrup can take the place of naturally healthy, good tasting foods. NOT!
The corn companies are trying to convince us of this fact, but indeed it really is a false claim. Yes, corn syrup is a natural food and the body sees this as such, but the brain can not recognize that it has had a portion of any food containing corn syrup. The brain constantly thinks it has not had any food. One of the reasons Americans over eat. People really are starving if you were to ask the brain. It’s constantly calling for food, because it can’t recognize any foods with corn syrup as the leading ingredient.
I think people forget how easy it actually is to just eat fresh foods. That they really are fast and can be made to take on the go. The ‘alternative foods, marketed to us, making us believe these foods are the real deal and their just as good for us are not always the best for us. Nor are they any faster to access and eat. In fact,they do not make good alternatives to real, good food at all. They really do not supply any valuable nutrients.
How hard can it be to grab a cherry out of a bag?
If you slowly take away commercially made products from your diet. One little step at a time. You gain back the benefit of tasting the goodness and flavors that are being masked by sugar alternative foods.
You get the real flavors back, and you get to enjoy them.
One action you can take to get back to actually tasting healthy fresh fruits is to water down your pops and fruit juices. Most juices are not all that real anyway and pop or sodas are not good for you at all. Eating and drinking foods with high sugar contents only leads to diabetes.
The more you water down your juices and pops, the more likely you’ll be able to take them out of your diet for good.
Our body is dependent on vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy. Not only do cherries supply necessary anti-oxidants and fiber they are packed with vitamins and minerals.
Cherries contain vitamins C,A,E,and K and all of the B vitamins except B12. B and C vitamins are essential for the nervous system. Taking B and C vitamins throughout the day help fend off nervous tension and stress. And by eating cherries you don’t even need to take a supplemental vitamin form. The body loves to eat its way to healthy nurturing vitamins instead of being fed pharmaceutical grade comparisons. So why not try some cherries?
Cherries supply a fair amount of potassium, copper, manganese and magnesium. They also contain calcium.
As important as vitamins are to the body, minerals are even more important. Minerals are the stabilizing body for the human body, much like a car body. The vitamins are the fuel for the body or as the gas would be to a vehicle.
These vitamins and minerals can help fight infections.
Support healthy cholesterol levels.
Help to fend off diabetes. And it has been said that cherries help to inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer.
It’s hormone anthocyanin helps to reduce gout and arthritis pain. .
They are said to lower body weight naturally, without and side effects
Plus, Plus, Plus…they contain a lot of water that is easily absorbed by the body and free from the chemicals found in city water..
So, why are you still eating those man made, nothing good for you alternative foods, when you can have these beautiful, all around good for you luscious cherries!
And of course they can bring you good memories too!