Monday Moaning Food Menace.
All around me I hear people saying food is bad for you. Especially the meats and things like that. They are throwing around food studies as if they are facts. And forget to mention they are all very recent. Now research should be done here in order to claim what I say to be right. Never done that, won’t do that now either. The reason I moan is to just give another side to a story.
Because we have gone so lazy, just assuming those studies are right. Now not saying all are unhealthy as some might be making a point. It is just that we need to use common sense. It seems we are forgetting a very basic and even fundamental principal here. I will get there later.
If we can believe history books we have had a balanced diet for centuries. Depending on the continent and country we lived in. But everywhere the basic thought was the same. Never to kill more than you can eat, a very simple and basic rule to remember. An Eskimo would kill a whale for blubber and meat and bones. Even in middle of Africa an animal would be killed, if only because they had a celebration. Nothing got wasted. But none was eaten in excess. Cannot be that bad than. At least we didn’t get fat in those days. But let’s go back to the present.
Then there is the food industry, the one we invented. It was minced meat and lots of it. But not before we learned to kill more than we could chew. The fast food industry where we eat and feel the need to eat some more after half an hour because of the lack of nutrition does that. The body would still ask for it. (Listen to your body). Now this is something we all know. The salt in French fries or chips will make you thirsty. Instead of water we grab soft drinks, soda pop or what you want to call them. Sweet bubbly drinks, which again make you thirsty. Making you go full circle again and again. Increasing your sugar intake. Guess what makes us so big.
It than comes to show the fast food industry is a self-containing industry. They sell food that makes you come back for another snack or drink and since they are pretty much on every corner of a block they even provide easy excess.
And now we are flooded with diet commercials, or studies about changing our food habit. Stop eating fatty meats. So the food industry makes sure the animals are leaner.
As a butcher that hurts me. Because whether one likes it or not a good steak needs a little fat while preparing. It keeps the meat juicy and no need to eat it. But than us cheapskates say we do not want to pay for fat.
I smiled at the latest trend in the US where they found kale. Making kale shakes and god knows what. It was healthy. If this is a trend one has to wonder what normal healthy eating would involve. The regular home cooking. Or me kale is something I eat every winter months for at least once every two weeks. Why only winter months? It is the season for it and not from a greenhouse.
So studies say we need more seeds. Come on can we not tell ourselves we need a bit of it all. More veggies, less salt and less meat, all studies telling you what to eat according to today’s standards.
Meat is no good because of deceases; no fish is great with polluted waters. Fish grown in tanks is good. Seriously that is how we think nowadays. Ignoring all we learned. Are we seriously changing our food habits because we want to live a healthy life?
I think we are over doing it. we are over thinking it too much. We are blaming foods as the cause of things. While we are the ones to blame. Changing how food grows to meet demand because of some case study. But we keep changing. And a simple example is the eggs. For decades we thought eating more than 2 eggs a week is bad for you. A recent study said that eating egg whites is a necessity. And it is okay to have more than 2 or 4. Now did you read that egg whites are good?
So we are over thinking things. We can think for ourselves. If only we use common sense, but even that has gotten lost somewhere. Grandma knows, but are we willing to listen.
And then there is the fundamental principal I mentioned. Now if you noticed I said that the studies are based on today’s standards. Today’s standard is sitting on your ass while working. Compared to years ago where physical labour was pretty much the norm, just to show how WE got sloppy and lazy.
And we rather stay lazy and eat according to new studies, than get up and burn the excess intake.
It is not so much we change our food habits, we have seriously gave up on thinking for ourselves and moving. Blaming food for making us sick or fat, while it is us who do nothing other than eat sleep and work. Sitting on our ass all day. Change your lifestyle not just the food habits. It is a package deal. Do not think that changing one you change everything.
Diets work the same way. It isn’t just eating differently or healthier. It takes some sweat as well.
Seriously thin we need to take a look at ourselves and the way we live before even addressing everything else according to some study. A bit of common sense gets you a long way.
Ps Why this moan. Because I am sick of people/companies/governments telling me what I should or cannot eat anymore. I can still think for myself. Hell those studies and concerned mums (did they learn how to cook) even got the government involved. That they even think we need guidance from above and laws to keep us healthy. They don’t think much of us, now do they?