As we examine the quality of our food and our style of eating, I want to emphasize one key point. What counts is not your weight; it’s your health. Too many people buy into society’s myth that slimness equals health and happiness. Well, they are wrong. Do you know that the people who live the longest are a little overweight, not underweight? Do you know that slimness, as shown in so many photos, does not equate to health and longevity. In truth, health comes in many shapes and sizes. How much you accept yourself and/or how much you enjoy your work, those are two factors that are far more important for your health than slimness.
For today’s blog the focus is spotlighting our food and our eating style. The goal is not weight loss; the goal is improved health, specifically increased vitality and greater mental focus. No, those two qualities are not going to improve with just increased exercise. If you read my last blog, you now know how much we need to be aware of the declining quality of the American food supply. Be aware of how we have moved away from the small farmer to the giant industrial company. Be aware of how our primary agricultural producers are not food companies; they are chemical companies, structured for profit, not quality.
So, what can we do? We can all reduce our consumptions of those foods that have become the most tainted with chemicals, contaminants, toxins, and – yes – GMOs (genetically modified organisms). We can dismiss science fantasy, which has been generated by those chemical companies and many of their lobbyists; and we can accept our current scientific reality. For our health and longevity (and for our vitality and mental sharpness) we need to shift our eating away from dairy products and meats to more vegetables and fruits. Now, I am not suggesting that you become a vegetarian. It is not that simple.
There are plenty of contaminated dairy products and meats. Unfortunately, there are also contaminated crops. However, most of those crops are utilized to make the feedlot for our agricultural animals. Still, a high percentage of corn and soy are contaminated with GMOs and other toxins. What can you do? Ask your grocery store where they get their products. Ask if the food suppliers are local and organic. Ask how much of the produce comes from the large agricultural giants. When you buy a product, ask if their production has come through the giant agricultural firms like Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, or Synergta.
What do you say, starting right now, we take action? Shift your focus from slimness to health. Ask at the grocery store, inquiring about the food. Make an effort to reduce your consumption of those steaks and chickens, unless you are convinced that they were raised locally by a farmer who cares about the animal’s health and the quality of the food. Do the same with the vegetables and fruit. Ask the right questions and purchase the right products. We can’t change the spin offered by lobbyists, nor can we change the votes of our politicians, which deliver subsidies to the wrong food producers. However, we can do something even more valuable. We can vote with our pocket book; and we can take action (a steady stream of daily actions) that lead to higher quality food and higher quality health. Greater vitality? A sharper mind? With the right action, they are obtainable. And, as stated, they come in any shape and size. Don’t let any commercial or any red carpet model/ actress or any diet book tell you differently.