Frustration, Confusion, + Food Advocacy

Everyday I wake up with uncertainty about what the day holds for me. I don’t plan what I’m going to cook, nor do I really know the direction of my business. This becomes frustrating when I look at the rest of the world and see others with the appearance of having it together. I find myself longing for the day that I’m able to authentically look the part of confident businesswoman, but then I wonder: maybe I am not supposed to “look” any particular part. Maybe I am just a woman trying to fight for good health?

My business and my goal in life are very similar: to help people feel their absolute best through what they eat, and to instruct them about good, nutritious, healthy food. However, this is a battle. There are unexpected twists and turns and the food world is very strange to me. Lately, I have been encountering chefs that have no personal connection with the people they feed,  and think that they alone are the greatest gem in the food world.

This is the confusing part for me. We all need food, right? But here these people are, who only think about their own genius and don’t even think about the people they are feeding, when for me me, it’s people who are the most important thing. I want everyone to be able to eat, local, organic, and sustainable food that won’t break the bank, because that is what our bodies need most. How to do this, you might ask? I teach people how to go to local farmers markets and shop, (or if they have to go to a conventional supermarket, how to read labels to get foods with the least-objectionable ingredients), plan a garden, join a food co-op, etc. It is not easy to do,  but change is something that can be done, and in this case, I think should be.

It kills me that is easier to go to the corner gas station and buy a bag of cheetos than to go to a farmers market, pick out food that you then have to go home and cook, but convenience is something that our country has sold us on as “better.” I look at other countries and how they eat and wonder how we could get the United States to be more like that..  We are overfed, and yet malnourished. We can, and we must do more.

One thing that really fascinates me is that there are only a few corporations who run the food industry. We talk so much about freedom in the United States, but it’s the heads of these corporations who  choose what we eat everyday. They choose the cuts of meat on the shelf, the diet drinks that folks will like, the pretty packaging that everything comes in; it is all made for us to subconsciously make us buy things.

The frustration grows within me every time I research more and more about food. I found out there was a March on Monsanto earlier this week, and It wasn’t covered on a large scale like the Occupy Movement. It was not recognized on a large scale, but should have been. We have the right to stand up for our health, our bodies, and what is put in them. Fight for your right to eat good and healthy food!  Each of us deserves it! ! Write a letter to your congressperson and let them know you deserve great and healthy food.

By | 2017-10-29T19:42:47-08:00 May 30th, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

About the Author:

At Mary Lee Kitchen, we believe that what we eat matters. Each of us has the right to know what is in our food. Over the years the food industry has negatively impacted our health and well being. This has caused the rise of food allergies, food sensitivities, rise in child obesity- which are just a few of the harmful side effects of the food manufactures created. It is time for us to implement change. I am a food artisan that creates allergy free products that are made in a sustainable way. Through my own experience with rare food allergies, I have learned how to cook in a way that is inclusive for all diets. Through food education, recipes, and products I support the gathering of all people around the kitchen table.


  1. Mary Collier May 31, 2013 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Excellent verbage and we have 3 Farmer’s markets now in Longview – we have one right behind us on Sat mornings and then Monday through Friday at the county fairgrounds and now up north outside of one of the health institutes- way to go East Texas and trying to find ways to eat healthy – and thank you Elizabeth for forging ahead with your passion with cooking delicious food which is also good for you, Love you!!!

    • maryleecatering June 4, 2013 at 4:48 am - Reply

      Thank you! You should check out your local Farmer’s Markets and get to know the farmers so you can get to know where your food comes from

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