Late Night Food Rant

As I was writing a blog post this evening about foods I thought people should never consume (that post to come soon), I got to thinking about why people in this country don’t eat healthier. We have access to everything. And by that I mean every-frickin-thing. Every type of food you can envision is sitting in our grocery stores or readily ordered with one click of a mouse. It’s incredible if you think about it. But then we eat like shit. Seriously. We are one of the most overweight countries in the world yet we have the greatest food variety and arguably the greatest amount of disposable income, much of which “could” be spent on food.

So as I was writing, the overwhelming thought occurred to me. It’s because we as Americans are lazy. L-A-Z-Y. I wish you could hear me say the word aloud because it would sound like lay- ay –ay –ay –ay –zeeeeee. We don’t want to think about food, heaven forbid we learn about it, and if it could somehow be handed to me through my television screen, well then, all the better.

All right, all right, I know I’m getting a bit judgmental. But I am not going to lie. I see a huge discrepancy in this country. We don’t have money for food. I hear that line ALL THE TIME. No money for food. We are so poor. And yet we have money for cell phones, data plans, big screen TVs, vacations, sweet rides, designer handbags, and lots of junk food. I can only imagine teachers have the same gripes. No money for education, but money for just about everything else. That’s how I feel about food. Our government provides education, so suddenly the value in it goes down. Our government subsidizes crappy food to make it cheap, and so suddenly our expectation is that everything should cost a nickel.

Friends, the nourishment we put in our body should cost money. Have you ever seen a rich farmer driving a Benz and living in a mansion overlooking the water? Neither have I. These people are not price gouging. They are trying to make an honest living. Let’s pay what the food is worth. And what you are paying for is quality food, not doused in chemicals, not subsidized by the government, and grown with love and care. THAT is the food we should be eating. THAT is the food that nourishes our body and prevents disease. THAT is the food that our kids should know and love.

So if one more person tells me how expensive our local PCC or other organic co-op markets are ….

Ok, I’m off my soap box now. Back to my original blog writing. This is what happens when I’m home alone in the evening, just me and my computer. Feel free to tell me if I’m off my rocker or if you agree. Not trying to judge, but let’s be real. Food is important. The only people making a killing in this endeavor are those that sell junk. Don’t buy junk.

Danielle VenHuizen

Registered Dietitian, Certified LEAP Therapist