Can eating local food make a difference?
Anyone that hasn’t been living under a rock realizes that the nutritional value of today’s food is not what it used to be. The farming, shipping, herbicide, pesticide and produce markets all need to stay profitable or we will be forced to grow our own food. The unfortunate outcome to this “business” of food is that we consume but do not benefit from most of the food we put into our mouths. The national outcome has been an increase in just about every disease known to mankind.
The average American eats too much while exercising and moving their bowels too little. This out-of-balance lifestyle approach is wonderful news for the pharmaceutical companies, but depressing news for us and our family members.
The answer for some people has been to supplement their diet with vitamins and antioxidants. This approach is better than nothing, but quality control and compliance issues hinder the cost/benefit ratio.
The best answer I can give you is to prepare your own portion controlled meals with as many locally grown, organic ingredients as possible. By eliminating the outside stresses of the food industry by buying local and organic, we increase our chances of continued health. If we can introduce this high quality food into a system that is efficient at absorbing it, we have a plan of action for our future, as human beings and as a nation. Regular exercise keeps our cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, endocrine (hormones) and most importantly our gastrointestinal systems functioning efficiently.
Our gastrointestinal (GI) system is responsible for making a very important decision with our food. It can do only one of three things with it:
- Use It as energy for our body’s functions, such as breathing, moving, etc…
- Lose It better known as going to the bathroom
- Store It mainly in our fat cells.
When our colon doesn’t recognize something, an herbicide for example, it tends to store it. Most people carry way too much storage these days. This is not entirely our fault, but nobody is forcing us to eat the portion sizes we have grown accustomed to. “Supersize me” has become a way of life and the Millennium Generation is going to pay dearly for it. They are the generation being raised by the “convenient food” parents. The American Medical Association has already had to change the name of Adult Onset Diabetes to Type 2 Diabetes solely because children of this generation are afflicted by this disease at an alarming rate. I typically refer to the Millennium Generation as Generation XXL. The ratio of “real” to “processed” food consumed today is pathetic.
Think about evolution for a minute. How much has the human body evolved over the past one hundred years? Not much, right? Now think about the evolution of the human diet over the same period. WOW!
A healthy diet is one that is full of organic, locally grown foods. One where packaged foods only contain ingredients we can pronounce.
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”
Dr. Steve Newman