From yesterday, my thoughts have continued along the same lines about our habit in society of using food as a reward and withholding food as a punishment. It is quite an interesting concept actually. When I think about it for any length of time, I keep coming back to the same main issues.
Might this practice or belief system have more to do with the usual control theme around food? Once again plunging us back into 'just who is in control' of our food, eating, diet, nutrition and lifestyle anyway?
What has changed for us as a society during the past 100 or so years? And who has changed it? Exactly what is behind this shift into consumption of not only more and more food but also goods. Everything is disposable - nothing is meant to last or built to last. And nothing follows on with that pattern more than the food we are expected to put into our bodies.
When we eat rubbish we feel and look like rubbish. That is no big secret. It is plain enough to see and most of us can relate to feeling like that a day or two after eating poorly. However, when we choose to fill up on rubbish, we are not providing our bodies with enough nutrition to function, heal, re-build and repair properly. This means that any normal body processes cannot be carried out effectively because of the lack of vitamins, minerals and building materials.
Just like our throw away society, nothing is built to last or even meant to last - continue to feed yourself poorly, leaving your body without the building blocks necessary to maintain healthy tissues, organs and function and you have a throw away body.
So, now what? Can we just discard parts and pieces of our bodies and carry on with this lifestyle even when we know full well that eating and living this way creates a body that is not built to last? And if our bodies are not built to last - how soon will they start to break down?
It doesn't take very long at all for your body to breakdown when day after day you are not providing it with the right fuel to keep muscles, tissues and organs working in a healthy way. How can you expect to have good levels of energy when the minerals and vitamins that give you energy are missing from your diet?
In other words, you are living in a disposable body, except if you throw it away, where will you get another one? Perhaps the best change to have come about from this recession has been the re-think of how we had been living, eating, working and going about our disposable lives.
It is time to take things a step further and really make a difference in your own eating and approach to food. Food is for life. Your body is the single most important structure you will ever build. How you go about this involves choosing materials that will stand up to wear and tear and generally work with you.
A healthy body starts within.