Holy Captain Obvious, Batman!

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It’s been a long time since I’ve written. Husband and I had our SC (Sanctioned Ceremony) so now we’re officially Wed (although we did our neo-tribal Wedding Dance about a year ago with our village Chieftain, so the SC was more of an AWESOME party), and I’m holding down the fort during his first deployment. (Gaah!)

Married! Yeah, MARRIED!

So this is the first spark of passion I’ve had in recent memory (that’s share-able, that is…sorry, Wedded joke).

Here’s the point of the whole thing, if you don’t feel like reading:

Americans are fatter than ever. The rise in obesity coincides with our love affair with packaged, processed, and/or “FAT FREE” foods.  (Read Good Calories, Bad Calories.) So let’s stop buying crap (excuse me, “food products”) for what the LABEL proclaims (“Fat Free!” … “3g Net Carbs!”) and Just. Buy. Real. Food.

The following excerpt from a Theory to Practice post discusses an important point from Marc Ambinder’s article in The Atlantic called Beating Obesity . TTP sheds light on additional evidence that the problem is food QUALITY:

” ‘…[I]talian economists recently divided the number of calories consumed per day by the amount of time spent preparing food, they found that Americans consumed 42 percent more calories per minute of food-prep time than Europeans…’ “

Can you say “reliance upon processed foods”?  Yeow-zaa.  Holy insulin rush, Batman.”

So, individuals that are “preparing” – and I contend most likely eating – REAL FOOD in greater proportion than their counterparts, are actually consuming FEWER CALORIES.

To nit-pick: “preparation” is not pouring wheat thins into a bowl or crumbling a cookie onto some ice cream. And if Italians eat pasta, they also cure meats, make sauce from real tomatoes, and savor naturally-occuring spices. (The last time many of us did any one of those was probably at an Italian restaurant. Ha!) Italians likely walk more than most Americans. I’ve also heard – though I haven’t the source at my fingertips – that Italy has seen a dramatic spike in celiac disease in the last decade.

This all leads me to my next point, which is simple.

We feel better, and our personal grocery bills are consistently lower on a month-to-month basis, when we buy unprocessed REAL FOOD. Meat, veggies, healthy fats, fruit. I believe it’s because we are more satiated with less food because our food contains the nutrients, in proper proportion, that help us function optimally. Sticking with farm market produce or CSA goodies means each bite is even more affordable than if the same items were bought at Whole Foods.

In conclusion:

Americans are increasingly unhealthy, and our health care costs are skyrocketing, and it’s our food quality that influences that statistic. Rather than figuring out how to manage more patients, let’s figure out how to have fewer patients.

There is a connection between health and food quality. There is a connection between food quality and a smaller grocery bill. And a smaller medical bill.

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Comments

  1. alexis says:

    Loved the cupcakes.

  2. So, I think you should be a nutritionalist. Is that how you spell it? I like this line of thinking, what books do you recommend? I’m burnt out on the Nutri-System wagon and need to learn how to eat the right way.

  3. Look, I would have milked the cow, left the milk in the sun for several days, let it curdle and develop into cheese before crushing it up into a dust and gently sprinkling it on my handpicked pieces of baked, organic corn puffs, but at the end of the day, someone’s already done it for me. His name is Chester and he’s a cheetah. So, thanks to Chester, I am able to spend my time on other very valuable American things, like farting–I mean, family.

    And I agree with your mom, I loved the cupcakes. If having cupcakes at your wedding makes you a hypocrite then what’s the point? I mean, I love you and Spence, don’t get me wrong, but if you had a cake made out of vegetables I would have thrown rocks at your heads and cried for humanity (and I LIKE vegetables!).

    Anyway, I feel totally fat now. I should probably get some ice cream to make myself feel better…

  4. jerselizabeth says:

    Haha! Your self-deprecating food humour would have the world believe you’re a slubby chubbers (yeah, I said that), but on the contrary – you have an appreciation for food, cooking, and nature that most don’t! You were the one that made me want to start to cook…Spicy chicken soup, anyone?!

    Oh, and – you could buy cow milk dust in convenient pre-packaged Whey Protein Isolate. Great sprinkled on Chester’s Organic Cheez Diddles. (Copyright infringement concerns.)

  5. Trying to catch up on my blog readings… I’m surprised that people didn’t ask “What is a Wawa”!!!

  6. Just have to say – I love the Sixteen Candles reference.

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