Wheat-free Wednesday

It’s Wednesday!! Without meaning to, we celebrated our first Wheat-free Wednesday. (Oh, shoot. Well, okay. I ate French toast for breakfast. But the other meas were good.) Cornbread with our chili. Rice & tofu-broccoli stir-fry. And that’s just the beginning of our adventures in new grains.

Twelve years before Hoover become President, he was changing the was American citizens participated in World War I.

Already active as a food relief administrator in Europe, Hoover was appointed to preside over the U.S. Food Administration in 1917, just before the United States entered the First World War.

Hoover’s massive food preservation program encouraged Americans to reduce food consumption so that the food supply for the troops and war-torn Europeans would remain strong.  The uniqueness of his plan– as opposed to later World War II efforts — was that Hoover’s program avoided rationing, while still successfully reducing American food consumption by 15%.

See the full schedule at Eat Drink Better. As our population continues to increase exponentially, food consumption increases at an even faster rate & the number of foodies explodes, it’s crucial that we figure out how to feed each other. Programs like this will be coming back into the public consciousness sooner rather than later.

It’s no surprise that Wheat-free Wednesday is seeing a new rise in popularity: the local food movements & famines around the world are once again making us realize what it really takes to feed billions of people. There are ways to do that which are sustainable. There are other ways that aren’t. While the world tries to figure out which is which and get all its ducks in a row, this is something simple we can do to challenge ourselves to think about grains, one day a week.

Fifteen percent is a huge reduction. We’re not feeding the military this time, but we’re learning to feed each other & save for the future. So, think about taking one day a week to opt out of week. No excuses. Cruise the gluten-free section of the grocery. Opt for rice, oatmeal, couscous, quinoa, salads…

And enjoy it! A food adventure (that can happen fast–couscous cooks in five minutes) built into your week that sets you on a pattern to start eating a more responsible diet, at more sustainable quantities.

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About meganbetz

human geography PhD Student at Indiana University; wife, reader, writer, baker, gardener
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