We all play with some kind of fire. And we all know that the less we do it, the less likely are we to get burned.
I mean, I shouldn’t have to ask what constitutes as food, but it has kind of gotten to that point. Can we really count soda and fast food and processed snacks as food? It tastes good and is for the most part digested by our bodies, but what if it does more harm to our bodies than good? Is that food?
I went to the place I get most of my research, a place I see as the most practical and relevant. Wikipedia defines food as “any substance, composed of carbohydrates, water, fats and/or proteins, that is either eaten or drunk by any animal, including humans, for nutrition or pleasure”.
Dang it. And dag gum. I was really hoping the words “or pleasure” were not part of that definition. I wanted to make a good point about how America is not actually eating food anymore because food is for nutrition only, not pleasure alone. But the word “or” messes that up for me. That definition means the sole purpose of eating for food can be for just pleasure, not attached with nutrtion.
So based on that definition of food, all I can do is say this:
But if eating for nutrition seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day why you eat, whether for the nutrition that your forefathers ate which prevented cancer and disease, or for the pleasure-giving gods of the Americans, in whose land you are living, who let you become sick and cause you to have a lower quality of life and cause you to depend on a national health care plan that upsets many people. But as for me and my household, we will eat for nutrition.
When we use our outward appearance as the only indicator of our health, we’re doing ourselves a disservice. The thought: “I can eat a decent amount of fried foods and have just one soda a day and be alright, because I don’t really gain any weight.” Dangerous thought. Not for now, but for later.
I’m less concerned about how much I weigh and how I look, and instead completely concerned that I won’t have a bad heart or Diabetes by the time I’m 50. That’s only about 20 years from now.
It’s all a matter of putting this into perspective. Until we truly understand what we are doing, why change?
For example, take my original theory that eating one tablespoon worth of sugar (12 grams) in food is equal to smoking one cigarette. I refuse to even drink 8 ounces of orange juice because it’s equal to about two tablespoons of sugar (22 grams).
Read “healthnutshell: A Tablespoon of Sugar or a Cigarette?” http://wp.me/pxqBU-sf
In my mind, drinking a small glass of orange juice is equal to smoking two cigarettes. Despite the fact orange juice is loaded with vitamins and cigarettes are not, the concentrated sugar, over time, can do more harm than good. Besides that, the fruit should be eaten whole because the flesh of the fruit needs to be consumed several times a day by the human body anyway. Eaten, not drunk.
What makes this concept even more real to me is this: I have smoked a few cigars in my lifetime. Not a lot. Literally just a few. And just for the record, I like them. No denying that.
But it’s hard to truly enjoy something I outright know gives cancer to people, over time. Will I smoke another cigar in my lifetime? Yes. Will I start regularly smoking them or cigarettes? No.
I translate this to food I eat: Will I eat a big fat juicy cheeseburger from Chili’s again in my life? Yes. Will I start regularly going through the Wendy’s drive-thru? No.
Will I sometimes take my wife out on a Friday night to get us each a “Like It” ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery? Absolutely yes! Will I start buying ice cream and keeping it in the freezer at our house every week? No.
This parallel between tobacco and bad eating habits has been so helpful to me. Because there’s an obvious stigma with tobacco, but people tend to laugh off bad dieting as just another failed New Year’s resolution.
By taking the matter into my own hands by smoking a few cigars, it helped me register the “badness” of the sugary and fatty and processed foods I’ve eaten most of my life. Both can kill a person eventually, when consumed enough. Now I equate a cigar with a banana split (up to 8 tablespoons of sugar).
So I ask myself: How often can I smoke a cigar, being that I do enjoy it?
Depends. How often can I eat out at restaurants (which if nothing else, will load up the food will sodium which will cause heart disease) as compared to cooking at home? How often can I go a whole day without eating any fresh vegetables or fruit in the name of inconvenience? How often can I go back for seconds? How often can I get dessert?
Over some mysterious amount of time, that accumulative next cigar or next bottle of soda will cause a serious a problem health. But if it’s done very sparingly, it’ll probably be okay. It’s a gamble. For anyone who eats sugary, fattening, and/or processed foods or uses tobacco of any kind.
So the question is, no matter which consumable pleasure we choose, how often are we willing to gamble our heath?
Read the indirect sequel: healthnutshell: That’s Not Food http://wp.me/pxqBU-DY