I have tried hard not preach from this platform, nor to be too suggestive. Rather, I have attempted to evoke thought(s) of exercise, mindful eating, and where they should, or should not, fit into the building of one’s day and one’s lifestyle.
I might be a bit more suggestive today, as I have a request of all of us. More on that later…
My Favorite Saying
“The unintended consequences of advancement are…
…a lack of advancement.” me
Preying For Change
We are animals – literally. We gather and we prey daily because that’s what it takes to stay alive in the animal world. We seek energy to continue, so that we can seek more energy to keep on continuing so we can push our genes into the next generation, and so it goes.
Since we are human animals, we take the easy way out. We prey on the dead and rotting carcasses of all those processed foods found in the grocery store and in restaurants – foods that other predators; big business and big agriculture have left behind for us to scavenge upon. In doing so, our animal exterior is not developing so well.
I wonder; how many people reading this truly view grocery shopping, or ordering off a restaurant menu as a more advanced form of primitive gathering or preying? Really, that’s all food choices are; the contemplation of one’s energy needs, the scanning of the environment to locate the best source to fulfill those needs, and the subsequent taking and consumption of that food for energy.
But that’s not how we roll – these days. In our advancement, we have somehow evolved to seek energy sources which slow us down, cause obesity, and offer us various diseases such as diabetes and hyper-tension which can shorten our lives. Why?
I argue that as consumers – as seekers of fuel for our bodies, we have forsaken our instincts and our responsibility to prey for our food. We have become scavengers; processed food buzzards who circle lazily above the easy take provided by others – an unintended consequence of the advancement of our food system.
My Attempt, That Others Might Attempt
I think this nation could become an improved nation, a wealthier nation, a healthier nation, and a happier nation should we collectively renew one animal habit. One habit which; if practiced by all, could have a profoundly positive effect on our society. One habit to be cultivated by each of us, this week, today, right now…
Read the labels on the foods we eat! Make label reading a habit wherever we gather or prey for our food!
I’m suggesting that we proactively visualize ourselves as hunters and not as consumers. When we hit the retail jungles, I am asking that we hunt wisely for our kill – like the predators we should be. I suggest that we take time to observe our prey – to study it before we kill it, that we get to better know our food, it’s tendencies and how those tendencies might help or hinder our bodies and our abilities.
I suggest we seek to improve our technique in predatory selection; to learn the difference between the various species we prey upon – the yogurts, breads, pastas, meats, cheeses, cereals, juices, and especially canned, frozen, and pre-prepared meals.
Identifying Our Prey
As is often the case in animal world, sometimes what we prey upon wants to kill us just as much as want to kill it. Unlike the animal world, our processed food prey won’t kill us while we are attacking it – it will do so only after we have eaten it, and it will kill us very slowly. How clever of processed foods to do this.
Just because it says Trader Joe’s on the label doesn’t mean that it’s healthy prey. The use of terms such as; healthy, low-fat, sugar free, high fiber, or low carb doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s worthy of good health or improved fitness.
Those boldly written terms on our food labels are the equivalent to the spines of the lion fish; that they attract us, lure us in, and kill us only after we have committed to them. It’s called marketing savvy, and it’s what the lion fishes of the food industry do best.
A Recommended Prey Sequence
Read the backs of labels too. Look for these above all others:
- How many total ingredients are there?
- What is the portion size stated on the package?
- How many portions are there in that package?
- How many grams of sugar and saturated fat are in a portion?
We should prey on products with fewer total ingredients, minimal sugars, and we should understand how much of our prey we should eat at a time.
By preying on our foods this way – by just thinking in terms of preying versus shopping, I believe we might stand a better chance as an animal species; war, greed, religion, and prejudice notwithstanding.
Perhaps with more preying at the grocery store and on restaurant menus, we might need less praying for better health later on in life. Be well. rc