We all know what eating is…the consuming of food for the purpose of getting needed nutrients, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t why or how most people eat. Most of us eat the foods that taste good to us, in the quantity we want, whenever the desire strikes us. Very few of us actually think about what is in what we eat, where it came from, and what effect if will have on our bodies. I was very guilty of this. I was a lover of the S.A.D. Diet (Standard American Diet). Growing up we had pasta every Sunday, beans and hot dogs once a week, fried bologna, cheap, processed foods galore. Fresh fruits and veggies were an expensive rarity. I even used to walk around the block collecting bottles and cans to get money to buy candy n soda… All of these things were and still are considered perfectly normal and acceptable by most people’s standards.
Blessedly, over the years, I have learned just how wrong I was by watching how many friends and acquaintances lived there lives. Ever so slowly I have seen where I needed to make changes. And even more slowly, I’ve been making them… White bread turned into wheat, fruit substituted junk food for snacks, yogurt took the place of cereal for breakfast…etc. I started canning, buying in bulk, and cooking more from scratch. I found people to barter with for the fruits and veggies I didn’t have time to grow myself. I started reading labels (scary stuff) and educating myself on the meaning of those long twenty letter words in the ingredients. The more I read, the more I began to understand.
Unfortunately, it came too easy to not take this knowledge any further. A life filled with work, children, and spouse etc. kept me busy enough to take my mind off the needed important health changes. Simply put, the same factors that should have been the impetus for change, became instead an excuse for stagnation.
To be continued…