Our bodies are not designed for the world in which we live. In times past, calories were a scarce commodity. Every bite represented work, struggle and physical output. It cost many, many calories to produce a simple meal, from the planting, ranching, farming or foraging all the way down to the food preparation and cleanup. Now, our food costs us very little, and we fail to consider its great value. Food is available in such vast abundance with close to no physical effort required to get it. We used to spend time physically working for our food, and now many of us sit behind desks earning the money required to pay someone else to work for our food. Times are a changin’, and that can’t be stopped. But, we have been left with a great imbalance. We no longer have to spend many calories to get calories. Cheap (and tasty) foods are available in great abundance, and our bodies are left longing for the balance of movement and nutritious food.
Calories cost us. They cost us money. Our money represents our time. Our time is reflected predominantly in our work, which we use a great deal of the money earned while working on food. We even spend calories to get calories. In the most basic way, we must at least walk from the car into a grocery store or some eating establishment.
At times, our calories cost us even more money, time and movement output, such as when we cook and prepare food at home, and especially when we garden or raise animals for food. All things come with a price, and calories are a precious commodity for humankind.
Calories cost someone else something too. Someone working on a farm, in a factory, at a grocery store or in an eating establishment paid with their time and movement to help produce that food. Every bite eaten affects others in a domino effect that is difficult to fathom.
Our bodies are made to move, all day, every day, because in the past it was imperative for survival. We had to keep moving to keep eating. There was no way around it. Because calories were hard to get, energy needed to be conserved whenever possible. Rest was a prized commodity and our bodies are programmed to seek it out, just as we are programmed to eat heartily when an abundance of food is available. It was all for survival. For these reasons, we usually instinctually take the path of least resistance. Physical exertion is seen as unpleasant (though we understand, intellectually, that it is essential), so if we’re being good, we schedule exercise into our day. Otherwise, we sit on the park benches of the world watching the children play. We need to bring things back into balance. Our bodies need to move again, and our eating habits should reflect that in some way.
Our food system is here to stay, but there are small changes we can make that can make a meaningful difference to our own bodies and to those who work within the system of food production.
First, we can simply appreciate the effect required to produce a single bite of food. We can strive not to be wasteful and to eat in a way that honors our bodies. We can choose to shop local or with small producers whenever possible. We can plant a small garden, have backyard chickens, forage, and have habits and hobbies that nourish our families in more ways than just calories. Your body isn’t made to be still and be fed cheap calories. Fill your life with delicious and wholesome food, breakup with your chair, and bring some balance back into your life.
So now’s the time. Move more. Eat real food. Bring back balance. Be the change you want to be — in your body, your community,and your world.
To schedule a consultation with Angela, visit the MediSlim clinic at 3806 S. Medford Drive in Lufkin or call (936) 632-1996 for more information.