Now that we’re over the fact that we might have to invest some time into food, let’s talk a bit about why it’s important?
Can’t we just get with it already? Like what I should eat versus what I shouldn’t?
Not yet, sorry. We’ll get there.
Maybe it’s my education background. You know, the part that always had to ask kids why they thought what they thought. Because it’s not worth doing something if you don’t really know why you’re doing it, am I right?
Why do I choose to eat real food anyway?
For me, it’s simple. I’ll give you six reasons.
Cute reasons, right?
No, really. My kids and my family are the biggest reason I do what I do and believe what I believe about food. And If I didn’t love this picture so much I would have thrown one in there with me. Because I want my husband and I to be around to see these kids grow up. And because I want them to have choices in the future about what to eat. I want them to have access to the same choices I do. I don’t want them to have to fight, fight, fight to know what’s in their food and to still have the option of buying from a small farmer. I don’t want them fighting disease at young ages because they’ve been pumped full of chemicals and hormones.
Think about it for a minute. When you look around at our nation and world and the health problems that exist, what’s the first thing you think of?
Here’s another cute picture while you’re thinking.
And one more.
Oh, we’re talking about food right? What did you come up with?
Cancer, I’ll bet.
Anyone else tired of friends and loved ones getting this diagnosis? Of seeing mothers, fathers, grandparents, and children struggle and fight this awful disease?
It’s not a surprise if that’s what you thought of. According to the American Cancer Society, 2015 will bring the United States an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases and 589,430 cancer deaths. And I’m sure that if you’re reading this, you know at least five people who have cancer or have died from cancer. Or if you’re like me, you ran out of fingers and toes to count on.
Or maybe you thought about autism.
I wouldn’t be surprised either. Considering the statistics for our children continue to rise at an alarming rate and are currently about 1:50.
Or perhaps you thought about obesity. Or heart disease. Or food allergies. Or autoimmune disease.
Consider some of these statistics:
- Almost 30% of the world’s population is considered to be overweight or obese. One in five deaths in the United States is associated with obesity. Obesity related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and heart disease, account for 75% of our healthcare costs!
- In our country alone, about ¼ of 2 ½ year olds and 1/3 of school age children are considered to be overweight or obese. The rate of obesity has doubled among children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. This increases their chances for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and bone disease to name some.
- Approximately 1.25 million children and adults have Type 1 diabetes.
- In our country, as many as 15 million people have food allergies. An estimated 8% of children have food allergies. The rate among children rose 50% between 1997 and 2011 with economic costs at nearly $25 billion a year.
- Some statistics show 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases, where researchers have found between 80—100 different kinds of autoimmune disease, with 40 suspected more.
And that’s just a few.
The financial cost for all this in healthcare? Astronomical.
The cost for this and our future? Astronomical.
This isn’t meant to make anyone feel bad, by the way. I don’t like to be a downer. I’m far from perfect and not being critical. I’m just stating some alarming facts. And perhaps after all this you are still covering your ears because it’s too much to take in. And to be honest with you, instead of covering our ears, we should be waking up. Waking up to the fact that these problems are not going away. They’re not getting better.
And I promise you that the FDA and large food corporations are not looking out for your health. Quite the opposite in fact.
Many of us can say, “Well, I’m healthy. My kids are healthy. I’m not too worried about it.” The truth is though, none of us know for sure what’s going on inside our body. We might look and feel fine one day and have a devastating diagnosis the next. I’ve known enough people in my life who had no idea anything was wrong until a few small symptoms showed up. Or had no symptoms and found an issue during a routine checkup.
While I’m not a doctor and will never claim to be one, everything I’ve read and seen in my short time of life, I believe that food, what is supposed to nourish and sustain us throughout our lives, is causing us to be sick.
And if your food was making you sick, wouldn’t you want to know so you could do something about it? And if not for you, at least for your children? (Although I strongly believe that toxins in our environment and personal care products play a role as well, I’m just talking about food right now.)
Don’t worry. I’ll get there.
Does that mean if you eat well you don’t have to worry about getting sick? No, I don’t think that’s entirely true. Life doesn’t offer us those kinds of guarantees. No one can promise that if we eat well we won’t get cancer or an autoimmune disease or other disorder. We don’t know for sure what each day will bring. But I’ve read countless stories of those who have eliminated and managed illness with diet related changes. And while we can’t avoid everything that’s bad, I’m convinced that the more we try to do, the better our overall health will be.
While this post was a bit heavy, I do want to paint a picture of what we’re dealing with. It doesn’t do any good to just pretend our health isn’t a big deal or that these statistics aren’t real.
God created us for abundant life. And even if we’re sick, we can live abundantly. We can live beyond our circumstances. But I think there’s things we can do to help our bodies, care for the temples we’ve been given. We need to eat food that was designed to be eaten. When God created our bodies, he knew what we needed to sustain our physical life. He didn’t hand over Twinkies and frozen pizza.
And it’s not too late to make changes. It’s not too late to take the first step!
I promise I’ll perk up as this series goes on. But I have to be real. It’s so important to know and understand what’s really in our food to have the motivation to do better for ourselves and our families.
For those of you looking ahead, here’s what you can expect to read in the rest of the series. It will give you a big picture look at our food system and help you to see what kinds of things are added to food and what kinds of things I consider to be real food, as God intended.
So, here’s what’s next:
- What additives are put into food to create FBP’s
- GMO’s and glyphosate
- And then finally, a mini series about real meat, dairy, produce, grain with an emphasis on eating local and organic when possible and supporting small farms
- The importance of small changes
- How to get started
Won’t you continue to join me? Leave a comment or ask a question! I’ll address it in future posts where relevant.