Ditching The Drive-Thru – Book Review
Are you a fast-food junkie who really wants to eat better – and who wants to help your family to eat better too?
Do you dream of preparing and feeding your family healthy, wholesome, organic foods but find the process of transitioning to a more nutritionally balanced lifestyle challenging in terms of time, energy and resources?
If so, perhaps you would find the real-life experience of a mom who decided to take matters into her own hands helpful. If so, pick up a copy of Ditching The Drive-Thru by J. Natalie Winch!
Ditching The Drive-Thru chronicles the Winch family’s transition from being an average Jewish American family eating and shopping in a traditional manner – via middlemen who have pre-packaged and prepared foods for you – to being a family who researched the process that food goes through before it arrives in our home.
As the author shares her findings in Ditching The Drive-Thru, you’ll find yourself asking questions regarding what is and isn’t acceptable about the food you eat – and what level of changes you are willing to make to ensure the optimal dining experience for your family from a health perspective.
The most important aspects of Ditching The Drive-Thru are the sections that help you to change your lifestyle:
- The Thirty Month Planning Process the author introduces to help you transition from junk food to real food is invaluable.
- The Well-Stocked Pantry chart she provides is very practical.
- The tips she provides throughout are very helpful.
The author goes through a pretty radical journey through this book – one that many readers may not fully accompany her on. That’s okay. There’s a lot of good ideas and information contained in Ditching The Drive-Thru – learn what you can from it, and incorporate the information that best suits your needs!
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Buying Farm-Direct: Choosing A Farmer
Book Excerpt by J. Natalie Winch
When searching for a local farm, be sure to read the farmer’s information carefully. Many farmers are not certified organic because organic certification is a lot of paperwork, but they use sustainable practices and eschew conventional farming. Often the only way to know is to ask.
Once you have narrowed down your choices, contact the farmers. Not all farmers have email, and some may require a good old-fashioned phone call.
Be upfront with the farmer – if you have no experience dealing direct, tell her (or him). Our experience is that farmers want your business and are happy to explain how their farms operate. And remember that the first call is not a commitment to anything. Just tell whoever answers the phone that you would like some information.
It’s always good to be informed.
Dealing directly with farmers is wonderful for many reasons, but for most people, I think, the idea of getting food directly from a farm is daunting. We are accustomed to shopping in a sanitized world, where food comes in packages. It’s all very clean.
The farms of our imagination, while pastoral and serene, are also dirty. But keep in mind that there is a difference between dirty and unsanitary. Farms may be dirty—nothing grows without soil – but a good farm will be sanitary in places where food is processed and handled.
Most of these farms are very transparent in their practices and will let you see where the food is processed, and they understand that most people have never been on a killing floor, or have seen where their food is produced. We had no experience with this either.
I wouldn’t have been able to write this book without the patience of about a dozen different farmers, all of whom generously answered all of my questions.
About J. Natalie Winch
J. Natalie Winch lives in southern New Jersey, not far from where she grew up, with her husband, two children, and dogs. When she isn’t mothering, teaching, grading, or making lesson plans, Natalie runs the Hebrew School at her synagogue, coaches soccer, teaches lacto-fermentation classes, writes the occasional entry for her blog Food Empowerment, and fights the dust bunnies that threaten to take over her family room.
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