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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!)
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.
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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