My concept of and value placed on food changed many years ago when I was flipping through channels on the TV. I came across a show with an overweight dude who travels around the world stuffing his face with junk-food, making stupid jokes and presenting gluttony as just another entertaining aspect of daily life!
I was alarmed by the absolute disregard for the basic necessity of survival such as food. I am willing to bet that just a few blocks from where most of these shows are produced, you can find any number of people who are struggling daily to provide enough food for themselves and their families. I am not here to preach but think about it….there are actually TV shows that use food as just another topic or prop.
The reality is that in our country and countless others, there are people who would kill you for access to such a precious resource and we are playing with it like a toy. I was guilty of being ignorant to the millions of people around the world who have little access to nutritious food.
Watching these clowns on food shows really woke me up and I drastically changed the way I both view and consume food. The shows that have chef competitions where they are literally throwing away food on-air that “didn’t make the cut” was eye-opening as well, wow! I also saw an interview with a celebrity chef and she said “food was her passion.” What a joke! I would like to put her on a plane to Haiti where food is a rarity for the people still affected by the earthquake or to any town here in the states and see how she describes food after spending some time with hungry people outside of her pampered, out of touch society. What happens if the stock market crashes and we have a modern-day depression that affects middle and upper class Americans? We were recently very close to having that happen. Who will these food experts get to share their “passion for food” with?…
I am not here to say that you should sell all of your possessions and join a global non-profit but you can at least do your part by scaling down your eating format to the things that you need for good health. Sprinkle in some treat foods on occasion and trust me, you will have a balance that gives you the foods that you need for a lean, active lifestyle along with a little fun. When the focus is on supporting your health, you will be surprised at how much time and money you will save by not having your life revolve around food.
Just because we are fortunate enough to live in a country that happens to be a superpower doesn’t mean we have to chomp on food for every occasion or dumb holiday that rolls around every other week. If you are bored, go take a run or walk. If you achieve a milestone, celebrate with things other than stuffing your face with food.
Again, my intention is not to preach but rather highlight the fact that there is a big world out there to explore and so much more to see and do rather than wallow in food.