Those of us who live in the USA have been sold some very destructive ideas in regard to the way we eat. The most obvious result of this is that two-thirds of us are overweight.
We have become so divorced from the process of farming, of knowing what goes into our food, that all we care to know is how it tastes. We have been taught to be consumers and nothing more.
Everything in America is about how much money can big corporations earn. It is rarely about how can we produce foods that are more nutritious for the consumer. So many corners are cut in the quest to maximize profits.
From the field to your dinner plate, all choices are made based on how they will improve profit margins.
This way of doing things has really failed us, but we, the end users of these delicious but unhealthy processed foods are too busy trying to make a living to think much about the way out of this bad arrangement.
Our health is being destroyed day by day by our habitual choices of what’s for breakfast/lunch/dinner, but few of us have the time to realize there is a logical answer that will protect our health, end the weight gain, cut our dependence on expensive health care, and de-fund those who are destroying our health — and our children’s health — for their profits.
Many readers are rolling their eyes at this point. That’s a shame. You have been trained well, dear consumers.
Part of our training as consumers is to see the deeper questions of life as boring. Leave tough questions like that to the experts, we are told. This keeps us trapped in the same old rat race, too confused and too distracted by media bombardment to recognize the obvious solution to our problems.
America has such a problem of weight gain, caused by our nationally advertised food options, that an entire industry centered around weight loss has been created to fleece us. Like our food industry that caused the problem of overweight, our weight loss industry, for the most part, sells us solutions that don’t work: short-term diets that cause dramatic weight loss and just as dramatic weight gain when we come off them; expensive prepared meal plans, tasty milkshakes to replace meals (sort of…), and harmful diet pills.
They all have two things in common: they make money for their creators, and they don’t solve the real problem.
All the solutions fail us because they don’t address the real problem. So, what is the real problem?
The real problem is that Americans have been sold an unhealthy diet that is totally different from the traditional diets of the healthy cultures of the world. Our diet of fast foods, prepared foods, and snack foods made from cheap, unnatural ingredients are the problem.
Key ingredients around which all these foods are based are factory-farmed meats, milk products, and refined carbohydrates, especially white flour and high-fructose corn syrup sweetener.
We don’t have space here to go into the many reasons these food ingredients are bad, but it is easy to see the damage to those who eat this way — just look around you.
The solution is a divorce from a diet that is causing the problem — not just a trial separation. We need to get back to the plant-based diet that powers a surprising number of our super-athletes and most attractive movie celebrities. Google “celebrity vegetarians” to see who they are.
Self-improvement gurus teach that if you want to be successful in some area of your life, simply model the behavior of one who is already successful. A move to vegetarianism is more than a move in the direction of successful weight loss, it is a vote for freedom from those who have been selling us unhealthy foods–foods that have been slowly killing us.
Getting thin and healthy again, like you were as a kid, is a political statement. It says, “I’m not buying the lies of food industry advertisers anymore.”
Declare your independence, Consumer: Vote Vegetarian with your checkbook. Save money, get slimmer, and be a good influence on those around you.
Paul H. Kemp is a lifelong entrepreneur and marketer. He has also served as an Economic Development Consultant for the U.S. Department of Commerce and local Chambers of Commerce, specializing in green business opportunities for Oregon communities affected by changes in federal timber policies.