What Will I Eat Today?
What will I eat today? I’m faced with this question day after day… But today it’s different. Now I live alone. Today I choose my meals for myself. Not going to consider anybody else… Nope. So… What am I going to eat? What do I want? You know what…I HAVE NO CLUE!
I start thinking about the endless possibilities available. I can eat anything. I can stock my fridge with absolutely anything. I could search supermarkets for days and I’d find no end to the possibilities. So I guess I’ll just choose something healthy. And tasty! No big deal…
But what is healthy? When I get to this question I get caught in the ‘good food – bad food’ frenzy. Carbs are bad, and protein is good. But wait, fiber you find in carbs and fiber is good, so does that mean carbs are good? Sugar is bad! That’s for sure… But like fiber, sugar you find in carbohydrates. Proteins and amino acids are good. These are in meat. Especially red meat! Red meat is bad for cholesterol and blood pressure. Fat in general is bad, but fish fat is good. Vitamins!!! Don’t forget about vitamins… Organic? My head is spinning!
Can you see my confusion? The possibilities are endless, the questions are endless, and the media keeps feeding us contradicting information. One minute fat is bad, the next it’s good (Yes, I’m talking about the Atkins Diet craze) and so on… Well this is driving me crazy!
How did we get here? It’s incredible how we evolved into a creature that manipulates his food so well; who by the use of technology can make a meal out of almost anything. But here’s something to consider: every meal is a journey. At both ends there’s something organic. On one side there’s the soil, a plant or an animal; at the far end there’s a human body and the health of each depends on the health of the other. (And I’m not even going to think about the processes and the chemicals used in the preparation of food).
We altered the structure of our foods in laboratories. We ate it. We became addicted to it. We fed our animals altered foods that they had not evolved to digest. We ate those animals. We changed everything we put in our bodies until there was nothing natural left. We’re amazed to all the new diseases, all our problems, deficiencies and disorders. We neglected our nature and now we’re surprised of how fragile we have become. Isn’t that ironic….
Back to the question at hand: What am I going to eat? Every little thing I put in my body has an effect on it. A good one, or a bad one. But it’s all so complicated that I don’t know what’s good and bad anymore. None of us does! It’s so hard to make a good choice that I’d give up if I could! I’d forget about eating altogether and just go to bed. But I can’t. Unfortunately, this game called life requires me to nourish myself. It’s a trap I can’t get out of…
I have no answers; no conclusions. Not yet anyway… But I know you share my confusion. Perhaps you have it figured out. Or maybe you just don’t care. Whatever the case is, I wish you all: Good luck with that!