Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Ronald McDonald doesn't love you

I’ve been suffering off and on for several weeks with a maddening lower GI trouble that finally forced me to go to a Colon/rectal specialist. Turns out it is mostly attributable to improper diet, mostly not enough dietary fiber. Now that I am on a fiber rich diet with proper amounts of fruit, grains and less meats I am slowly getting a little better. It is, however, very slow going.

This last month or so, of serious pain at times, has given me some time to reassess how I am eating and my philosophy of food. Those who know me know how I love good food and enjoy cooking with the best ingredients and generally having and creating a lot excitement around food and its preparation. This is all fine and good and this is not changing. What needs to change and has, is what defines good food.

It boils down to this. General Foods, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, KFC, Kroger, or Publix, you name it, doesn’t care about you except as a source of revenue. That is because these folks are supposed to make money first and foremost. They are in businesses doing what businesses are supposed to do. They don’t care for you or whether you feel good and energized. They are not going to be with you when you are sick, your children are sick or when you die. If you are lucky your friends and your family will be with you. And likewise you will be there for them during life’s ups and downs. This brings us to the food part. Your family and friends are supposed to provide you with good food and you, in turn, are to provide for them. Feeding someone should be an act of love and caring. If someone truly loves or cares for us then they will always be our best source of nourishment. If you rely on businesses to provide what is best for you then you will be ill served as they don’t care about you.
As a society we are poisoned, fat, sick and dying because we have turned our most basic, important function of life over to corporations who don’t love us. We have chosen to value our food and care so little that we entrust it to strangers. We are talking insane here.
Feed yourselves. Feed your loved ones. Especially feed the children. Please don’t trust anyone else to do it. This is not to say that you shouldn’t go out to dinner or buy anything to eat from a stranger every now and then. It is fun to go to a good restaurant where the chef understands and loves food. If we encourage chefs and restaurants to use natural, organic foods and remove toxic manufactured foods from their menus we can change the market place and cause this kind of food to be more readily available.

What it means is that you must understand the sources of your food. Chicken, beef and lamb are not created in the grocery. They were living things that were produced to provide us with nourishment. Were they raised and slaughtered with love? Have they been pumped with hormones and antibiotics whose effect on us is known? Think natural and organic. Think about the near term and long term effects of what you are eating and giving to your loved ones to eat. Love good food for what it can do for you and your loved ones. Take responsibility for what you are eating and feeding to them.

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