Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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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, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1400 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. 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For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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