Foodie Friday: What to do when food isn’t food

23 Oct

[read time: 5 minutes]fridge-raid. photo credit: johnandketurah

*breathe* so yeah… food industry sucks. and so does the food policy / food guidance camp… you know, the people from the government, or whoever, that tell you what you’re supposed to or not supposed to eat.  let’s get into it… shall we?

the (potato or chocolate) chips are stacked against you
the food industry wants you to stay hungry… very hungry.   above all else, the food industry seeks to make money.  they do so by increasing the value of food with two main factors in at play: fresh food spoils AND food you have to chew (more than 5 times) helps you feel full.  they also want to maximize the selling time so that old products will sell and be perceived as fresh.  hmmm… sound shady.  well, it is!

to “preserve” foods the industry usually either cooks the food or takes the best-for-you, freshest parts out of the food. how wack is that?!  the worst part is, there has been generational amnesia about what real, actual, natural food is supposed to taste like.  there is a thing i call product drift:  over the years, with the use of cheaper and cheaper ingredients and intensified processing methods, products have less and less food in them and more other stuff added in to simulate a fresh or better yet, a nostalgic food experience.  i am completely serious.

when food is not food
when “cheese” is less than 60% cheese and it can no longer be called cheese, there is a problem.  a worse problem is that there are folks who have trouble affording food that is actually food because of behind-the-scenes subsidies that help food producers preserve profit margins.  *furrowed brow & crossed arms*  [i worked at with a huge food company that re-formulated a new and cheaper cheese-like product to go with their cheap-ass pasta]

what you actually can do

1. take control of what you accept into your mouth (and all your orifices for that matter). you don’t have to eat the garbage the industry (any industry) is feeding people. and yes, that goes for food, media, and other consumables.  trying-not-to-eat certain things does not work and is not sustainable… ever.  it only creates more tension and stress around the item or group of foods.  you can be “doing so GOOD!” for a while and then that day (or night) comes and you lose it.

you don’t have to overhaul your entire system of eating, or completely buy into some food theory that worked for the person who wrote the book… which, by the way, might not work for you, your body, or your lifestyle.  you can start by changing one thing at a time.

2.  do eat higher quality food
yes, it’s gonna cost a little more.  pay now or pay later.  your choice.  if you have the means, do it.  if you don’t have the means, doing it as often as possible will help you have the capacity to have the means.  and that dumb-ass article that came out talkin’ ‘bout organic not much different for your health than conventional is some old hot garbage… i suspect was supported/promoted by the food industry.

if you eat cookies, buy ones made with better quality ingredients. [and by the way, i love oatmeal cookies and scones with big old rolled oats busting out and causing crumbs! …but i digress]  if you don’t cook at all, learn to cook one thing that includes a fresh green vegetable.  if you already eat vegetables, buy organic.  if you already eat pretty well, make some of your good tasting, high-quality food and share it with people you know could benefit from having some better food… and whatever you do, do NOT tell them it’s “healthy”.  if they ask what’s in it, go ahead and tell them.

3.  do pay attention to how you feel
the more you eat better food, the better you feel.  if you add physical movement, something you actually enjoy, it helps keep you on track with the better food.  the bottom line is that you care more.  as you feel better, you’ll want to maintain it because feeling good feels good. plain and simple.

4.  do be patient
convenience has its place, but being at your best isn’t always convenient.  the current state of your life, body, and mental state are the culmination of choices you’ve made over your entire life.  just focus on improving one item per week.  before long, you’ll notice how different things are.  as things change with your food and fitness (and they absolutely will change), things will change in other areas of your life.

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2 Responses to “Foodie Friday: What to do when food isn’t food”

  1. devessel October 24, 2009 at 12:22 pm #

    GET out of my HEAD! thank you for this post. And thank you again. Have I thanked you yet?

  2. Kate October 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    @devessel I’m so with you. This post really resonated with me and was very timely. The quality of food I eat really does have a big impact on how I feel – and I do need to share great food with other people.

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