We are living in the WRONG century insofar as food is concerned. That’s obvious, and needs no explanation, but I’ll give you one just in case.
We are smart enough to manufacture the stuff that tastes and looks edible, but are just beginning to have the tools to determine whether we are in fact genetically destroying the human race as a result.
You know what I mean. I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s and thus was in on the ground floor of manufactured edibles. Bisquick, tubed biscuits, mashed taters in a box, and some horrifying thing called “Helper” preceded by things life “beef” and “tuna.”
We were stabilized in all this by things called “preservatives” which basically meant that the shelf life of said faux food could be centuries. We are dripping in a thing called “high fructose corn syrup” cuz somehow it works better than plain old cane sugar.
Now, most of the crap we grew up eating was declared “safe” by an FDA which we thought was actually looking out for us, but we now know is just a shill for the food manufacturing industry, so all these decades later, some of us feel rightly SCREWED.
Americans spend a ton of dough on over the counter digestive aids. Look at Walmart’s my lovelies and see a whole section devoted to stuff designed to make it all go down and through and out without too much pain. We belch and gag and well, do other unmentionable things in an effort to extract some nutritional value out of soy-lent green masked as ding dongs.
Somewhere in the 70’s or so, people started to do actual studies which got everyone worrying. So we ingested tons of bran muffins, cut down on coffee, stopped drinking soda with real sugar, and a myriad of other rules of the road designed to improve our health, or at least stop the damage we had already done.
We are just beginning to have the capability to determine the long term genetic effects of all those chemicals. Who knows, it may already be too late. We may have introduced the genetic oops into the mix (sorry all you silly creationists, but evolution continues ya know even if you pretend it doesn’t) already for all we know.
Every few months we are admonished to stop eating so much of this, and add more that into our diet. If in fact we tried to follow all this goodly advice, I dare say we would spend the better part of every day just working out the schedule.
And, then there is that thing called exercise! It went from 15 minutes three times a week, to 4 times a week, then 2o minutes, then 5 days a week, then 6, and now its 30 minutes 7 days a week. It’s walking, and then it’s strength training too, and then, well it makes a body take to their bed in self defense and exhaustion, I tell ya.
And then, exercise the brain. Fend off Alzheimer’s–do math, puzzles, read, or don’t, since there is plenty of literature that say it won’t make a difference. Or eat broccoli, since it seems to be good for much that ails us.
I cannot imagine the young mother these days faced with trying to give her kids a decent chance at a long and healthy life. Where to begin? I have no clue, and frankly, I’ve given up.
What I do mostly and I say mostly most seriously, because my addictions to crap are well, addictions after all, and I’m a firm believer that we can only address about 2/3 of all addictions without going mad, so choose which 1/3 you intend to relish until you die an unnatural and earlier death than you should.
So I mostly stay away from processed food. I long ago tossed the Bisquick and tubes of dough. I don’t by frozen meals or canned gravies and all that jazz. I mostly stay away from a lot of processed meat and pretend side dishes with suspiciously weird looking “flavor” packets. Amazingly, most of this stuff can be cooked from scratch in a few minutes of time, and taste wildly better than their counterparts of ground up cardboard flavored with grape-like taste nuggets.
I have no idea whether I’m healthier or not. But it’s a measure of control, and it’s hugely cheaper as well, which is a bonus. We grow a big garden and I actually like making salsa and tomato sauce for my spaghetti from real tomatoes and garlic and onions and all that. Sure, it won’t last until Christmas like the jars I can get in the local assembly line “food” dispenser, called Piggly Wiggly or Walmart or HyVee or any number of silly names.
Course we eat meat, and I KNOW that is probably cancer on a plate, as well as plenty of other genetic mutating sludge, but there is, as I say, only so much one can do about addictions. And fish is no bargain either, since more and more it comes from polluted waters and is probably not fit for consumption.
We are out there alone my friends, in the big world of food. No one to protect or guide us much. In a couple more centuries, we should probably have this all down pat. No doubt we will be able to discern the properties of every food with our new third eye. But oh, just think of the added expense of all that mascara!
Gawd, the “Helpers!” My mom tried a box of that stuff once. Once. Never again. *shiver*
You’re so right about growing/making your own. It’s cheaper, it tastes better, and it doesn’t take that much longer than the pre-packaged stuff. I mean, it takes all of two minutes to make your own whipped cream, and it’s delish!
All that processed food dulls the tastebuds, as well. We gave up junk foods this year, and now everything tastes sooo good. My husband can’t get over how much he likes fruit now; he never did before.
As far as exercise, I figger I do what I like. I hate lifting weights — it hurts, man! — but I do like hauling dirt around the garden. Bah to treadmills, but I’ll take the dog on a hike.
In the end I think, like the subject of your last post (Raquel vs. Rusty Ol’ Liz), this is a matter of genetics meeting habits to determine an individual’s outcome. My mom never overate, didn’t much like junk food, quit smoking back in the 70s, walked everywhere. Her GP was surprised that a woman in her mid-70s could be free of heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, etc. So what did she die of at 78? Cancer. Because it’s in our family. I truly believe that if she’d lived differently, she’d have died sooner.
We all just need to pay attention to our own bodies. (Maybe hers was telling her to quit the cigs all those years ago.)
Blisterina, I think you have hit it. I think doing the sensible things in terms of food and diet and exercise help to stave off for a few years what is gonna kill ya anyway. The runner, forget his name, dropped dead of a heart attack while running. Course, had he not run, he may have died 10 years earlier. Who knows. We do the best we can I guess.
LOL, Sherry, I bought a couple of Chinese High Technogy Socks at Walmart Saturday………….Socks out of Soy Protein!
And they have Hydrogen Powered Cars, will sell an Electric (Battery powered) UltraLight Aircraft in the USA this year for about $85,000; they spent about 18 months from scratch to develop it.
Of course Businesses are our decision makers, not the President. Our President decided Our Business will be OLD one” Selling Batteries and Nuclear Power….
While the University of Stuttgart is deve;oping a lightweight Hudrogen (Water) powered engine, mounted in a Slovak Ultralight brilliant design Ultralight aircraft: the Pipistrel Sinus Ultralight.
Obamas incompetent Secy of Transportation (its been said he doesn’t know what Transportation Is, ‘explained’ that advanced Power souoces are “Decades” in the Future, Despite the Worlds Largest Plane Ever (The Airbus A-380 Super Jumbo flying Nonstop to Oshkosh WI Regional Airport last june……..on ALGEA derived Oils fuel. Virgin Airlines also flew transatlantic Passenger Flights on ALGEA oils fuel. Cheap Source: lgea Doubles in Numbers in 24 Hours.
Etc., Etc., Etc.
Mercedes Benz has Hydrogen Powered Buses operating in Iceland, and will sell Hydrogen-powered Cars in the USA this year, probably in L.A. Only need One Hydrogen Source. Etc., Etc.
I am soon pointing these out to Obama, offering my Senior dvice, including how to Keep Republicans from getting contril of the House, Maybe Senate This November.
By the Way, Corn syrup is Far Cheaper Factory processed swetener than Sugar Cane.
Natural Foods BEST: I love HIGH Fiber Raw Outmeal, No Sweetener, with my Raisin Bran, Fiber One HIGH fiber, to MOVE the food through my system.
Our Food, Chemical Industry Rules the USA. We have VERY High Cancer rates From Chemicals Banned in every other advanced culture like Canada, European Union like BPA Soup Can Liner (Yes, All the big brands), Plastic Softener for Drink Bottles: Genetic Danger to Children And Adults. Was in the news recently about Soup Can Liners too! Geneticly Altering.
Fish are disappearing, Because Overfished! Nature’s balance upset there too!.
Reason for some much Cancer in the USA is Because of the Carcinogenic Chemicals FDA Allows in the USA, But More Advanced Intellectually countries like the European Union BAN.
It Bothers me to write any more about these. By the way, The Reason for MadCaw and H1N1 Not swine disease is the Same: Jam Packed Livestock! Mexican Health Department reported Last Year that H1N1 was Caused by Dense Packed, Warehoused live Pigs.
It troubles me to write any more about this. FARM VEGGIES UDEAL. Scuse my shouting in public!
Another thing bothering me are the GENETICALLY Altered Giant Apples; multi-colored rasberries, Etc., Etc.
Anyone realize that Natural Wild apples, Pears are almost extinct? Its True!
I love a Once a year Natural smaller Bosc Pears from Washington state, Blemished skins Prroving Natural. They are So Sweet, Naturally! Not going to give the Brandname because the $3.00 a bag at Wegmens will certainly Double!. The ‘blemished lookin’ skin is Proof of Unaltered Genetically!
Flawless, Inblemished skin and Gian Size indicate Genetically Altered, not necessarily chemically.
Of course, FDA was convinced to rule that chemicals laden Waste water is OK for Organic vegetables! ONLY IN THE USA!.
Some food for thought! Clean thoughts!
Yes, Tony, I think that we will find that most of the “safe” packaging and “ingredients” will prove our undoing in years to come. It’s too late for most of us, but you do what you can. I can tell you they have ruined tomatoes and I don’t think most fruit tastes as good as it used to when I was younger either. That may be old tastebuds talking, but they keep fiddling with stuff to make it transportation friendly and that usually means less taste.
Sherry, you had a Green Feather couple days agom White Feather today! Hope not chemically altered; Bet from a Different BIRD LOLOLOLOlolololol.
True farmers don’t fool with Nature!
goodness. I agree, there is only so much one can do in this culture….I do what I can…wish I could grow my own and or buy organic.
I know Terri. It’s hard to know where to begin. But if you can growing at least some of your veggies is worth while. Tomatoes especially for me. There is no comparison with that crap they sell in the stores now. Engineered to last, they taste like cardboard.
Do we get to pick where our new “third eye” goes??
I’m thinking this will have all kinds of marketing opportunities!
If it’s a fully functioning eye Vicki, I’d opt for the back of my head. Always good to have more lookouts!