There has always been a lot of drama around the topic of food. Let’s face it, people like to eat. Delicious taste and the comfort of feeling full are part of life’s pleasures as well as nutrition being a necessity.
But in recent history we have also been plagued with problems related to diet and health. Obesity has become an epidemic in developed countries while people still suffer from hunger and malnutrition in 3rd world countries.
Where is the balance?
Those of us who are conscientious about our health and well being often have to make a great deal of effort to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. I read a lot of food labels, take supplements, restrict what types of food I eat and how much I eat. I do yoga almost every day and try to get out and walk as often as possible, but I’m still about 40-50 lbs overweight. Imagine if I didn’t do all that.
My husband has walked 2 to 5 miles a day (or more) for the past 25 years, yet 2 years ago he had triple by-pass heart surgery. The doctors said if he had not been doing all that walking he would have died earlier. He has always been thin his whole life and he could eat whatever he wanted without gaining weight.
Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense
The problem is we grew up with the wrong information at a time when the government was implementing all kinds of new “health” initiatives based on incomplete knowledge and bogus scientific studies. The old food pyramid is a good example of this with grains being the base part of the pyramid. So my generation became the “test rats” of society. We tested every piece of “new information” about diet and health that came on the market.
At the same time food became a big corporate industry growing fatter by the day on profits. Everyone else but you profits from your food intake and health lifestyle maintenance. The truth is, you probably shouldn’t eat about 80% of the food in the grocery store if you want to be healthy. You probably should not eat fast food more than twice a year. You may spend 30% to 150% more on recovering your health due to poor diet than you would if you knew what your body really needs. Sad, isn’t it?
New hope for good health and reclaiming the natural way
Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s I was all about natural eating and living. I was determined that my children (who grew up in the 90’s and 00’s) would know how to eat healthy and exercise. But the force of the American food culture was like battling with an invisible giant enemy. Fortunately my kids did recognise the value of healthy diet and lifestyle and are taking on the giant themselves now.
Fortunately, a lot of other people have also been fighting the good fight against the corporate greed and market misinformation to reclaim health and wellbeing for all. I was so happy to have recently found FOOD MATTERS TV, where I can get all the latest health and wellbeing video’s with expert advice and scientific info, as well as recipe and yoga video’s. It’s a subscription like Netflix, but better for your health. I’m not making any money by promoting it, I just want to share something I’ve found that has given me new hope and power to reclaim my health.