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In Russia it is Easy to Eat Healthy…

Many many years ago, I use to watch foreign exchange students come into America. The first thing that they had to deal with that was interesting for me to watch was their internal bodies reaction to the American food. Very sick and usually for two weeks was the norm…

The exchange students would finally adjust and then the weight gain would start. A once thin young person would become pudgy. This was a 60+ percent of the time occurrence. Now since I was in food service it was a challenge to me to discover why this was happening…

To make a long story shorter: I had amassed the evidence and was all but ostracized in the industry for years because I dared to even think that food served in America was unhealthy. I had research papers and even wrote several publications. These publications were blacklisted and I was threatened with my job…

Now we all know this is true but we do not know what to do about it. How you going to get food healthy for you if the system is against you doing that?

Well now I have seen the other side of the equation. In fact I am living the other side of that equation. In Russia the food is so much better than in America. You eat fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh milk, fresh anything and everything. The reason why is that fresh food is available on every street corner. In fact many times you will find a fruit and veggy stand in the middle of a neighborhood. Just waiting for you to come and buy some beets, potatoes, cabbage and or what ever. Then if you look around the odds are that you will see a rotisserie chicken place nearby and they have the most fantastic chicken you will ever buy, already cooked. They are whole chickens and you can stand there and watch them cook in front of your eyes, as they turn around and around on their rods. Then you look at the next corner and you have fresh butter, fresh milk and fresh cottage cheese sitting on the tailgate of a truck waiting for you to buy it. Then you have fresh homemade bread being sold and baked on the next corner. Then to top all that off you have fresh baked cabbage pies and meat pies on the next corner that you come to. Little kiosks of food everywhere and everything is wholesome and fresh…

Food in a Russian grocery store is much like food in an American grocery store. But the difference here is that we do not have to buy that processed food from a store. We have a choice and that choice is not a 30 mile drive to get to a farm. The farm comes to you, even if you are in the heart of one of the largest cities in the world. It makes it a lot easier to be healthy when you can walk down the street and get a delicious apple almost anytime of the day…

So now I have a new problem that I am happy to have. After 5 years here in Russia, I have without realizing it until today, have become unable to eat processed foods! I become sick if I eat processed foods like preformed patties of beef and chicken, diet sodas or any bottled carbonated drinks, processed cheeses and dairy products (like American cheese), margarine and hundreds of other items that you take for granted. You have to understand that Sveta likes to eat only fresh items and she was raised to buy from local markets. I have been eating what she eats and have been acclimating to Russian food…

Now when I try to eat something like a preformed beef cutlet – I get plain sick and my body rejects such food (I will throw it up!). I drink diet soda and my body gets sick from drinking it. I have lost all my years of build up to resist terrible factory made food…

It gives a whole new light on what the kids went through coming to America and having to eat that cafeteria food that we serve them and call real food…

Damn I am really lucky… 🙂

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

PS: We also have fresh made doughnut places that smell heavenly. They fry the doughnuts as you wait and they are so Yummy! But that is not really food that is good for you, but I had to bring them up because when Boza and I walk by them our mouths start to water…

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