Don’t depend on the government to keep you healthy. It’s not going to happen. The methods of food production promoted through legislation is not in our best interest. I won’t get into the details but suffice it to say, it’s controlled by the Agriculture Department which is lobbied heavily by big Agro. My Plate has more to do with the food industry than it does with your nutritional needs.
There is enough information in the press, online, and there are thousands of health conscious doctors, nutritionists and naturopaths to get educated as to what is right for you. It’s pretty simple really. “Eat real food. Not too much.” Stay away from the junk food, the packaged processed food. Eat veggies, berries and protein of your choice.
Remember the Lays Potato Chips ad? “Betcha can’t eat just one!” That is true because, the salt sugar combination is designed purposefully to be addicting. Once you start you can’t stop. The little bags they sell at the convenience store are purposefully designed to be not enough for any satisfaction, so you buy a 2nd bag. It’s really crazy, but the story goes that once cigarettes were exposed as being harmful to human health, the cigarette manufacturers bought up many large food manufacturing concerns and put their addiction scientists to work again. I have never verified that story but it sounds about right.
Yep in 1988 Phillip Morris bought Kraft. There you go.
So whose responsibility is it to stay healthy? Even if the deck is stacked, there is a growing and thriving natural health food industry that can help you to stay healthy.
Here is the simplified advice from Michael Pollan who writes nice books about healthy eating.
7 Words & 7 Rules for Eating
Pollan says everything he’s learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
Probably the first two words are most important. “Eat food” means to eat real food — vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and, yes, fish and meat — and to avoid what Pollan calls “edible food-like substances.”
- Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. “When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can’t pronounce, ask yourself, “What are those things doing there?” Pollan says.
- Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
- Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the store. Real food tends to be on the outer edge of the store near the loading docks, where it can be replaced with fresh foods when it goes bad.
- Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot. “There are exceptions — honey — but as a rule, things like Twinkies that never go bad aren’t food,” Pollan says.
- It is not just what you eat but how you eat. “Always leave the table a little hungry,” Pollan says. “Many cultures have rules that you stop eating before you are full. In Japan, they say eat until you are four-fifths full. Islamic culture has a similar rule, and in German culture they say, ‘Tie off the sack before it’s full.'”
- Families traditionally ate together, around a table and not a TV, at regular meal times. It’s a good tradition. Enjoy meals with the people you love. “Remember when eating between meals felt wrong?” Pollan asks.
- Don’t buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S., 20% of food is eaten in the car.
Frankly, it’s not a matter for the government to direct lifestyle however, the priority should be health not just economics. We pay the fiddler eventually with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. And that negates the agro profits with out of control medical costs. After joining medicare recently, I decided I have to be resolute to not get sick. Medicare is too complicated and the multitude of options makes the election process confusing at best. Stay in shape, stay healthy. Go for a walk today.
Stay healthy, age gracefully!