Thursday, November 26, 2009

And people wonder why ....

... I get on my high horse about food:

That's right 1000 calories.  Thats' about 2/3 of my daily allowance IF I get a good workout in.  Less if I don't.

4 patties of meat product
5 slices of cheese product
bacon flavored product
buns injected with HFCS

All of it 'pre-digested' so it is easier to swallow so that we can eat it more quickly and not feel satiated and want more.

This is why I get on my high horse about food.   This is why I refuse to eat at most national chain restaurants, especially fast-food ones.   We are seeing more and more proof (The End of Overeating by David Kessler, The Ominvore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan and others I haven't read) that the food industry has purposefully perverted our food supply to ensure the maximum profit and changing the way we as a society view and consume food.  

We no longer KNOW what a serving of food is.   Restaurants serve up huge portions (often enough for 3 or more) on one plate and call it lunch, knowing that we'll be back for more at dinner.

We no longer KNOW what we are eating.   Restaurant food, and packaged foods are processed with chemicals to make it easier for us to chew it.  They are infused with fat, sugar and salt to appeal to our palate (overload) and increase the desire for more.   But we don't look at the ingredients of what we buy. We look at the nutrition label - always the calories and then whatever macro nutrient is in or out of favor.    We don't look down the ingredients list to learn that the low fat content is due to a hefty dose of sugars -natural and chemical, or that the low sugar content is due to a hefty dose of fats and artificial sweeteners.

The sad part?  Too  many of us just don't care.  We say "I don't have time."

Until we reclaim the time and knowledge necessary to provide our bodies with real food,  our society will continue to see obesity rise above epidemic levels.  We will continue to see the epidemic of Type II Diabetes and other metabolic disorders.   We will continue to see a rise in the diagnosis of heart disease in our children.   We will continue to give power to greedy immoral corporations to perpetuate our diseases.

It's time to take back control.

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