Friday, September 17, 2010

What happened?

  I have spent the last few years spending some time thinking about how exactly we have come to this point.  The point in which I am referring to is being human.  Thats right.  Sound a bit overwhelming?  Startling?  Well, honestly, it is just that.
  What exactly am I talking about?  Knowing how and what to eat, and how to spend our time...wisely, to be precise.  It has been a topic that has me wondering for too many hours to count.  Just how and when did people forget how to eat, and what kind of food is supposed to go into your mouth.  The large food and snack companies would lead you to believe that Food A is more beneficial for your body because it is "packed with antioxidants", or it "contains a essential vitamin energy complex", or simply because "it makes you feel focused and pumped."  What?  I mean I understand that food science, nutrition academia, and dietetic fields of study have grown exponentially in their depth, and people are always looking for ways to stay more cutting edge or on top of their game.  However, it baffles me that people literally survive on energy drinks and concoctions, and strange new packaged foods or items that don't even come close the actually being the food they claim to be.  Avocado.  This little emerald is packed with great saturated fats, that actually give you more calories of energy per gram of food than carbohydrates and proteins, which food media propaganda would constantly lead you to not believe.
  Furthermore, if you spend any time in a developed nation, more specifically a dense city, give yourself a minute to reflect on how people are moving around.  Train, subway, taxi, car, among other vehicles.  What about our feet?  Sure, I'm not blind and I will acknowledge the number of people using their bipedal mobility on city sidewalks.  But I feel that this is somewhat of a last resort if a subway cannot being you close enough to where you are looking to end up.  Your feet will take you the last 4 or 5 blocks, but no one would imagine walking 40 blocks.  There is simply no time in this fast paced, technology laden environment.  Even still, people will find themselves wondering why Americans, or people in developed or developing areas are ending up tipping the scale and looking at pounds on them that they never saw before.
  I think it is time to reassess  what we are putting between our teeth and how we are using our bodies.  Look at your lunch next time.  If you cant identify an ingredient in your packaged sandwich or don't know just what something is you're about to munch on, think again.  Grab something fresh and soon your body will thank you.  If you spend enough time away from white starches and white refined sugary foods, your taste buds will readjust and begin to crave the good stuff.
  And the next time you jump in a cab to save 10 minutes, save your money and put your body to work getting you there on foot.  Those ten minutes you save now will never be able to compare to the ten years you add to your life by exercising more frequently.

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