In the past nearly six months I have made drastic changes to my diet. I eliminated wheat, refined sugar, and processed foods and in recent months have been dabbling in a more raw diet. After making many trips to the grocery store, it occurred to me how much more expensive it is to be healthy. I spend way more at the grocery store now that I buy more wholesome foods (and organic if it's available). Then it hit me as to why the state our health in this country is what it is (and I'm sure I'm late on this one). It's cheap for us as citizens to be unhealthy and lucrative for insurance and pharmaceutical companies.
In this market of convenience we have become lazy as a society--too lazy to exercise and too lazy to cook wholesome nutritious meals. Instead we opt for prepackaged, preservative packed foods. Not to mention all the sugary, salty, fatty goodies that we're all addicted to. This kind of diet leads to a bevy of health problems including but not limited to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. And who benefits from this? Insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies that profit from the overall deteriorating health of our country. Now let me defend my ego a little bit--I'm not trying to get on a soapbox and act all high and mighty about this but it's something that I'm passionate about and I feel the need to express my concern about it. And those of you who know me know that I am not the preachy type.
After having gone through a diet metamorphosis, I am a true believer that we are we eat. I feel better than I ever have in my entire life. I have more energy, better moods, and I look better. I used to suffer dailly from GI issues and now I rarely have problems. Now the only real health problem I have is nasal allergies and, though quite annoying and bothersome, I'll take it over heart disease, diabetes, or obesity.
It pains me that the battle over healthcare reform has barely touched on the subject of preventative care. We need to start from the bottom up! There needs to be more focus on taking care of our bodies starting in childhood so that future health problems can be avoided. There needs to be a demand a for healthy food--not only so deserving companies can benefit, those companies who value the health of their consumers over their own profits, but so that insurance and pharmaceutical companies can stop profiting from the declining state of our health.
So now I am encouraged to write a couple of more oblique reviews :| This subject coalesced from going back and forth between Santa Cruz CA, and England. When I'm in England at various family households, the daily round is still much the same as when I was a child. Most people have breakfast, lunch and dinner. If, like us, your people originate from Scotland, then you probably call it "breakfast, dinner, and tea", but essentially, it's the same … more