Take a second to check where your relationship is at. Is it healthy, both parties giving and taking equally, or is it unhealthy, very one-sided?
Have you ever thought about your relationship with food? What is your number one priority when it comes to deciding what to put in your mouth?
Is it convenience?
Is it cost?
Is it health?
Is it locally produced?
Or Is it “My tummy is rumbling so I see food and eat it syndrome?”
Everyone has different reasons for eating, and usually just by looking at someone or checking their health history I can tell how someone makes decisions on food. The type and quality of food we put into our body directly affects our health. I am not a doctor nor do I pretend to play one of tv but I am pretty confident any doctor worth his marbles would agree with me on this one.
The food you put into your body will have a DIRECT impact on your health.
Revolutionary insight, I know.
All food is not created equal. Think about this for a second, many processed foods need to be fortified with vitamins and minerals. This means food manufacturers need to add synthetic vitamins and minerals to the food so that it meets certain standards. They have physically damaged the food so much through processing that they need to add all the good stuff back in afterwards.
Does this sound backwards to anyone except me. Real food is not fortified. You don’t see fortified spinach, or a fortified apple. It has all the vitamins and minerals that make it what it is. No matter how hard we try we lose when we try outsmarting nature.
Take a quick look at this picture. It is a clear example of the quality of food. A few of the eggs in this bowl are your cheapo eggs from the local grocery store. The others are pasture raised free range chicken eggs from a local farm, the Wanzek Farm.
Did you figure out which are which. As you might have guessed the dark, healthy looking eggs are the local chickens where as the pale sick looking eggs are the cheap industrial eggs.
Typically, an easy way to tell how nutrient dense a food is by looking at its color. Deep strong hues indicate high antioxidant properties and high nutrient values. Eggs are no different in this situation. Eggs with lots of nutrients will carry a different hue. If chickens are fed garbage their eggs will look like garbage. Feed them a rich natural diet and their eggs are much higher in quality and color which translates into more nutrition with each bite for you, the consumer.
Now, a few additional points you probably didn’t think of.
Most likely the cheap eggs were stored in a warehouse for at least a few days but probably up to a week or two. My local eggs were picked yesterday and on my plate today.
By buying nonlocal cheap eggs I am contributing to environmental damage that comes from industrial farming and long distance shipping.
The moral of the story I am trying to get at is for consumers to make more conscious decisions about food. Remember, nothing in life is “free.” If you decide to buy cheap low quality food now, you will end up paying for it later to the tune of medical costs and lost years of quality life. Also, there will be the unseen consequences of environmental damage and exploitation that occurs with goods produced at the industrial level for the lowest cost to the consumer possible.
Pay now or pay later.
The choice is your own regarding what you put in your mouth and where you support with your dollar bills.
Start looking at food as it relates to your health and the environment. Think about the local movement and getting to know where your food comes from. You will be healthier and so will the environment.
Also, as you eat something take a second to think is this “xyz” going to help me reach my goals of being healthier, stronger, leaner etc… or will is it going to set me back?
Eat for health but with the greater good in mind as well.
I officially step off my soap box. Thanks for listening.
P.S. Want to learn more about eggs check this article I found