This is a tough question because we like to blame others. I can point the finger to the processed food manufacturing industry, for making highly palatable, chemical laden, addictive foods. I can blame the farming industry, for making the land poor with minerals with its overuse, the use of chemical fertilizers, and the use of weed killers. I can blame scientific practices in hybridization, and fruitful practices for hearty plants. I can blame the media for the ads seen and heard many times per minute, telling us to eat, go out, have fun with food and friends...
You get the picture. What I'm asking is, when did our relationship with food be something other than sustenance? I imagine the farmers of 120 years ago, struggling to put food on the tables of their homes and also their goal to have enough to sell to the market. The prairie states, cold and difficult winters, sweltering summers, toiling the soil, etc. Now food is a hobby, for crying out loud! We have not only the current modern ways of marketing and manufacturing mentioned above, but also food shows on every channel, and food cooking competitions! Even kids compete for the title of Mater Chef!
We laugh as we take photos of our dinner at home and when we are out on the town. We post it almost immediately on social media. It is no wonder that we have a skewed relationship with food, and then do not even know the feeling of true hunger versus satisfaction with just what went into our bodies. And the nutrition itself...does it even feed our cells at the very core?
So, as you make plans this week to cook or eat out, to create some new dish with which to wow your family and friends, be hyper-aware of your relationship to food. It is not bad or wrong, after all, we are a product of our society.
Try a new focus this week. Thank the farmers who practice giving back to the earth's sustainability, the work they do, the grocery stores for having the abundance of things for our bodies to ingest, and the transportation systems to get the food to our mouths. Just for a few days, step back and gape at the enormity of it all. Then ask yourself if it is possible to simplify your cupboards, freezers, and refrigerators to hold the most nourishing foods, and let the rest go. It is easier than we think, but we can do it, in small, positive steps. We will have more money in our pockets as well, after practicing this. Then we can make plans to something greater, like visit loved ones far away, or take some alone time.
Food for thought...
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