Some folks eat to live and others live to eat, what about you? This is the question posed on the Daily Word Prompt at WordPress. And that’s fine. I feel a need, however, to shy away from the second part of the prompt. Because it steers the reader in a certain direction. It asks, “How far would you travel for the best meal of your life?”
I suppose that if you needed to eat in order to live you might travel a very great distance! Let’s say you were lost in the woods in the middle of winter. You would go as far as your legs would take you! And a drink of water along the way would not hurt either. If it took several days to reach food you would probably feel it was the best meal you had eaten in awhile!
I must be in the “eat to live” camp because “living to eat” is not really my thing. I don’t sit around imaging a roast duck dripping with fat and calling out my name. Eating is a necessary process in order to have the energy to do more interesting things than eating.
But what is a good meal, really? What is food, for that matter? Lately I have been reading about gluten and the negative effects it can have on the body. Refined sugar can also be a problem. There are educated people who consider it to be a poison! Lists of foods have been created based on their ability to create inflammatory processes in the body. Sardines are +400 (good!) and mayonnaise is -400 (bad!). I’m starting to think they should have medical clinics along the back wall of each supermarket in town since they are so interdependent.
How far would I go for healthy food, an actual meal? Very far. Literally and figuratively! (see prior word prompt). Or I would, in fact, stay home and peal some vegetables grown in the back yard that made me feel well. I’m tired of feeling wired after eating manufactured food.
I bought some gluten free cookies the other day only to discover they contained refined sugar after eating several of them. So one needs to study the small print on the side of the package before leaving the store. It requires time and a bit of patience to sort these things out. As Dr. Oz points out on his website, “Many processed gluten-free foods and gluten-free junk foods not only contain almost twice the calories as their traditional counterparts, but they can also be double the price”
Many diseases common in our day were basically unknown until a couple hundred years ago. That is 2.5 million years of evolution without a diabetes epidemic. Galen, the Roman physician, stated that he had seen one or two cases in his career. When you get to be my age, the gradual accumulation of toxins in the body, will start to cause serious problems. We all know about the C word. But there are many other nasty little diseases that may come along. So let us get some exercise. Walk the miles every day and find a good meal when we are done. There really isn’t any other choice if we want to feel well. Literally.