Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

A good meal does not have a main dish or come with a salad of bread on the side

A good meal does not have a main dish and side dishes. And something is wrong with a meal that has a salad of bread on the side. It should also not be accompanied by alcohol or flavored with herbs, spices, and salt.

If a salad is on the side, what the heck is then the main course — if it doesn’t have veggies? Same for bread, the staple of life!

And if it is real food, it doesn’t need to be jazzed up with alcohol, herbs, spices, and salt, but will have enough taste of its own.

We should stop catering to (pun intended) our addictions or habits to have high-alcohol, high-sugar, high-spiced, high-salt, low-fiber, quick-calorie non-chewable intake. Instead, we must train ourselves and get used to good food, especially the naturally tasty and satisfying stuff.

Some would prefer to go cold-turkey (pun intended) on the junk food while others would prefer to transition through fake intermediates (fake omelet, fake hamburger, fake-cheese, fake milk) but those are still often not nutritious and contain lots of undesirables (salt!).

We must also drive out any dressed-down foods like white pasta, bread, rice, and white or red meat. In the end, we must end our diet of lollipops and burgers. We aren’t babies still, who must have milk. We can chew. Maybe you starved as a baby. Well, the good news is that you survived and there is plenty of food now. No more need to squirrel body fat. And we need to learn to feel satisfied from quality, not quantity (stuffing).

And stop treating good food as if it’s the tasteless white stuff that would need salad-dressing, burning and salting. Rediscover and enjoy the great tastes of real foods, the satisfaction of consciously chewing and slowly digesting fiber-rich food, and the lack of a need to eat between meals.

IMHO, a good meal should be a nutritious dish or collection of dishes that give the body what it needs, nothing more, and taste good.

Ever tasted a leaf of lettuce, beet, celery, or the like, raw or cooked?
Ever tasted cooked lentils or split peas without additions?
There’s such a great taste in ‘plain’ whole-wheat pasta or bread.
Ever tasted cooked buckwheat or Jerusalem artichoke?
Why drink anything but water and wash away our foods’ great tastes?
Ask company to eat and stop talking for all to concentrate on the food.

Take some time to get used to what really is food. It’s no good policy to cut out junk food without starting on the real thing. Eat well and enjoy!

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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