This post is a bit different from previous posts since I’m planning to create a totally new blog from scratch (hopefully on Wix) if I can figure it out! In order to transition into a focus on “natural” and “detoxing”, I thought I’d do a little opinionated write-up on food! In my Environmental Sociology class, I found that food appears to be natural when indeed it is not, which is pretty well-known today. Take for instance, McDonald’s bionic fries that stay in the same non-deteriorating state for months. Or, consider that a lot of food we consider to be natural (like apples or corn) are genetically modified. Don’t even get me started on hot dogs and mystery meat in burgers (if it’s even meat)…or the plastic scandal with Tyson’s chicken nuggets…or Monsanto…or the yoga mat substance in Subway’s bread. It’s quite alarming enough to see Sonic’s sign advertise for “Real Ice-cream”, but to think that all of these things are changing just now, you have to wonder what the f*ck have I been eating for my entire life and what am I really eating today?
I mean, no matter how many items in fast food places can change to “real” and no matter how many products in the grocery store are labeled “Organic”, there is a secret behind everything we eat–from how long it can last in the fridge to why it’s able to be mass produced even in off-season. Mass production in itself lends to the second part of this title’s post: eating food like substances. My sis told me a very interesting quote that she heard once.. The problem is we are not eating food anymore, we are eating food like products (Dr. Alejandro Junger, Hungry for Change film). Coke, fries from Rally’s (I’m guilty), milkshakes, burgers, etc. The things we eat daily that are produced in huge quantities for the population (specifically fast food, grocery stores, and in some cases, even restaurants fall in this category) aren’t really necessary foods. We treat them like substances since we’ve become addicted to the taste and convenience. I feel sad and frustrated that it has taken this long to really confront the issue and sometimes it’s not confronted at all. I was one of the people to say, “Um, I’m glad you’re going on this juice cleanse, but I’mma stick to my Popeye’s shrimp basket!” I will admit, it’s difficult to change the way we eat, considering the high cost of quality food and the veil behind products that appears to be healthy and natural. Even “eating clean” is tricky since not all fruits and veggies and meats are 100% natural. However, small changes make a huge difference. Shopping at local farmer’s markets and searching for low cost alternatives (like goodeggs.com) are great starters. I’m not a vegan or vegetarian…I’m still a pescetarian, and I do have a fear of losing weight (which seems totally backwards, but it can be explained another time), but so far it’s been a change for the better! Hopefully we can get the world talking about the terrifying control that corporations have over our food, our health, and our future well-being!