It’s Monday – my day to write about the Physical aspects of life.
Couldn’t help but notice some ideas in the juxtaposition of the book I’m reading (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver – expect a review tomorrow on Ideas/Books day) and the news story about the secret formula for Coca-Cola being revealed, combined with my ongoing shock at my 46-year-old friend’s fast slide into death from liver cancer.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a perfect book for me – food activism, localvorism, nutrition, health and a kickass writer to bring arch observations to it all.
Coca Cola contains (no shit!) coca (you know, the stuff they make cocaine from…) and alcohol. Lovely.
And Becky’s cancer has had me thinking hard about what goes into my mouth (see We Can Make a Difference – Killing Ourselves with Forks or Choosing Health from this blog).
I am still making choices that I think I ultimately won’t – blackberries in February in Chicago (goes against my localvorism), bananas anytime (actually, I don’t see myself giving up bananas – we aren’t meant to be perfect – smile), eating industrial chicken when I go to restaurants.
During the stress of my friend’s last month I had a few more York Peppermint patties than I think I should have (my regime is plain dark chocolate only in the realm of sweets).
But at least I’m conscious, making choices, in general choosing health, and being aware of what I put into my body. The problem with eating packaged/processed foods is that you really DON’T know what you are putting in your body.
“things go better with Coke” – yeah, just give me a snort of cocaine and bottle of Jack Daniels while you’re at it, ya know? No wonder they sell gallons of it. And what’s scarier? People give this crap to their children. Yowser.
We ARE what we eat. Our lives, our health, the welfare of the planet and our spiritual condition are all intertwined with the choices we make. Even the staid American Cancer Society says 3-14% of cancers are a direct result of obesity. Sugar is cancer fertilizer.
I’m troubled by two things: one, that corporations hoodwink us (coke’s secret ingredients) for their own profit. Two, that we are too lazy, pleasure-seeking or oblivious to inform ourselves and make better choices. I know there are times when the 2 minutes of “ahh” with something that I know isn’t good for me pulls me in despite the fact that I actually know plenty and still sometimes make dumb choices. But my friend’s death has had a sobering effect. When I look at the big picture, how I love and feed myself seems pretty important.
This is an issue about which I have a lot of passion. I’m curious – what’s YOUR take? Do you believe that what you eat is a major factor in your health and the health of the planet or do you think I’m a spoilsport and need to lighten up? How do you view food and health? I’d really like to know!