In one respect, people today live like our ancestors. Food and eating remains a focus of our lives. It’s true that fewer people are required to produce the food, but we still work all day to earn money to buy our food. Then we spend time preparing meals or going out to eat meals. Even fast eaters spend an hour or more of their day eating, and the preparers spend much more time with food.
It’s okay that food is such a big part of our lives. It’s necessary, enjoyable, and celebratory. One of the main differences now is the choices we have. In the past, people, for the most part, ate foods available in their immediate environments. Today, foods from around the world are on our doorsteps. At the City Market where I went today, I had my choice of Greek, Creole, African, Ethiopian, Italian, Brazilian, a bread company, a coffee café, Chinese, and barbecue, that I can remember, in a one block area.
What’s good? What’s healthy? What’s nutritious? What’s Earth friendly? What’s economically friendly? It becomes confusing because every report we read tells us something new, something different, something–well–confusing.
I chose a lunch which seemed fun and exciting but turned out to be greasy and indifferent. I didn’t eat it all. But one time eating too much fat probably didn’t hurt me too much. It’s when people make the mistake of eating too much of the wrong foods too often that causes problems.
I’m glad we have all the food choices we have. My advice to retirees and everyone is this: Eat a little of everything and not too much of anything. Sound familiar? Everything in moderation. Have fun with food and be healthy.
See my hiking blog at http://hikingkctrails.wordpress.com for more good places to hike and eat in K.C.