Finding the Good In Food


Food is an essential component of life that we can’t live without. A favorite past time for many is eating, cooking and enjoying delicious food with family and friends. We all share the desire to eat; we are made that way. Can you imagine if we didn’t have the motivation or pleasure we feel when tasting and smelling food? The human race would likely not thrive.  We should celebrate food as it is marvelous, nourishing, delicious and should be respected. However, all too often we lose that basic appreciation.

We have had a shift in our civilization and society in regards to the role of food in our lives. It was once a rarity to have the basic food groups and variety of foods available to us. Not too long ago, obtaining food meant to hunt, grow, harvest and find ways to preserve and store food through off seasons as a method of survival. We have drifted so far from this lifestyle. We now have whatever we want, whenever we want and certain expectations and perceptions of what that should be.

The frustrating part in our emerging time is the negativity and cloudiness surrounding the food we have available today. What can bring so much joy, is also what brings so much frustration. The talking down of foods and food groups, deleting major sources of nutrients, blaming certain foods for the cause of our unhealthiness,  the misrepresentation and the restrictiveness of food constituents, the fear of food, the condemning of food –  all of the negativeness that fills our head with noise that we hear, read and see in our society.

We absolutely need to be mindful of what we are putting into our bodies and how much of it, but there are plenty of ways to avoid an unhealthy diet filled with chemicals and additives – stop buying them. You don’t have to look too far on the web or in medical journals to find useful sources of information to help you make better choices. The information is available, but it is about seeking out trustworthy and science based resources. It is important to recognize sources that initiate conspiracies, encourage banning major food groups and put an inaccurate emphasis into magical foods, cure-all’s and elixirs. Be cautious of this type of information that is extreme or has financial ties to a magical solution or a rare food that “science just hasn’t uncovered yet.”   I think the issue is not that people are uninformed, people just have free will to make the choices they want and the ability to receive information from whatever source they desire.

I understand that being healthy is something we expect from our food supply and that there may be fraudulent behaviors in labeling and governing of certain foods, but unfortunately this is true with every avenue of life. The demand for a faster life with less expensive food that is packaged, ready to go, filling and tastes good,  leaves us with the state we are in now: quick food that is affordable, easy, tasty, and full of cheap ingredients to act as fillers, but at what expense? Does this mean we  pay a lot more for our food to be healthy? Not really – it doesn’t have to be that way.  One way to initiate healthier habits and appreciate what food has to offer is making and preparing your own food. Where there is a will there is a way. Try reaching out for those single ingredient foods and preparing them for yourself- at least most of the time. You will be amazed at how inexpensive healthy eating can really be. What is that effort worth to you?

There are ways around avoiding the processed food era and I think that is where the focus needs to be. We know it is our responsibility of what we put into our body, no one else’s. There is no hidden agenda. The information to help support healthier choices is out there. When we have the desire to eat healthy we will do the best we can to make that happen.

We need to be careful of who receives the blame for our personal and overall health that we incur as a whole.  Conspiracies start long before they even begin and that is very discouraging. Learning to love your food, understanding the role of food and being mindful with food, is key to healthier choices rather than misplaced blame, fear and worry. When you shift your focus from what a food will do “to you” to what a food will do “for you,” it will affect the way you perceive food.

When you think of food as the main source of nutrition for your body instead of poison or harmful, you will naturally choose the foods that will nourish you and stop focusing on what to eliminate in excess. We should avoid the harmful mindset of labeling food as bad or good causing such confusion, discouragement and fear.  I see these terms thrown around so effortlessly by some. All foods can be inclusive. It is about giving preference to those that will build you up and nourish you the most. When the bulk of your diet is nourishing, you can loosen up on the fact that all foods are OK and should be inclusive.

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