There is a trend below which is a problem if you are concerned about health:
Outside Food = Less Healthy Food
Cooking is Hard
Admittedly, cooking is sort of hard. It is time consuming. Then there are dishes to clean. On top of that, we have to have all the ingredients. We need to regularly go grocery shopping. In a fast paced world where we have so much to do, it’s hard for many families. While some can’t afford eating outside food, some seemingly can’t afford not to.
Many of us don’t Know Cooking
Moreover, today, fewer people know how to make food. They don’t teach this in school (and maybe that is good judging by the quality of the typical school lunch). Each generation loses more and more of our cooking skills (much like most people today don’t know much about farming whereas nearly everyone farmed in the not so distant past). As parents lose those skills and kids don’t learn from parents, we can expect the trend above to continue.
This of course is a disaster for our health. As more of us lose our ability to cook for ourselves, fall victim to mistaking pleasure for happiness and enjoy the convenience and taste of largely processed food made for us without the need to clean, it’s a recipe for a worsening of our health problems.
Homemade Food is often not Much Better
Natural Food is Best
We do best for our health when we rely on what nature intended for us to eat. We evolved with the ability to digest and extract the nutrients from the foods produced by the Earth with minimal processing. It takes time to prepare this food but in the long run it saves time and money that we would otherwise spend treating the many chronic diseases we suffer from on account of our modern way of living.
BOTTOM LINE: THERE IS A BETTER WAY!
- As John Maynard Keynes said a century ago, people of our time ought to be largely independent of our employers for our income – unfortunately, due to “mindless consumerism”, we are not.
- Mindless consumerism is the underlying reason leading to the rise of chronic disease for 3 major reasons:
- It ties us to dependence on our employers and modern day employment is a health hazard for most (in part due to the sedentary nature of most jobs).
- It has led to environmental changes toxic to our wellbeing:
- (a). We evolved in and are best suited to natural environments and instead we live in increasingly artificial environments.
- (b). Overconsumption has lead us to engineer out the need for meaningful use of our legs for ambulation.
- Finally, it transforms workers to work with blinders on – instead of working for the product or service and receiving money as a side effect, workers focus on making money and the product or service is instead the side effect. The results (with respect to health) is that “food” is no longer food but changed to maximize pleasure and extract profit in spite of the toxicity to our health.
- Based on the science of wellbeing one can derive the philosophy that once basic needs are met, “The best things in life are free” therefore —>
- Most people can live far below their means without sacrificing happiness AND by investing the rest, they can become financially independent of their employers enabling them to be —>
- Happier. Healthier. Wealthier. More engaged. Simply better.