Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.
- Doug Larson
I love bacon.
How many times have all of us spoken of some food and added some superlative, emotional, orgasmic adjectives or verbs?
Have you ever been "starving to death"?
Is that decadent dessert "something to die for"?
I've talked about eating myself into a coma before (I nearly have once or twice I think).
You only live once!! Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.
How have we gotten so emotionally attached to food and eating? Pay attention to advertising. Eating junk food is often portrayed with slim, young, active people. One of the exercises in Marianne Williamson's book was to make a special trip to the grocery and only buy one piece of beautiful fruit. It is to be taken home, washed, and considered. That piece of fruit contains the nourishment we all need to be healthy as does vegetables. We are honoring our health when we eat to live and not infuse all this emotion into our food. The earth from which we came produced that perfect piece of food for our health and enjoyment. We don't have the emotional attachments to these foods do we? Why is that?
I do know that babies are given vegetables before fruit because if the fruit is begun first the vegetables will probably be refused due to our natural preference for sweets. We are adults now and know how much nutrition is obtained from fruits and vegetables - we get nutrition without sugar in vegetables for the most part. There are some starchy vegetables that should be limited. For a very small calorie investment and with much nutrition to be gained, vegetables should be a very important part of a weight loss plan.
In America, we wait until we have a heart attack and then we start walking and following a healthy food plan. We wait until we are diagnosed with diabetes and then we start paying attention to what we eat. We have the Scarlet O'Hara syndrome, "I'll think about that tomorrow."
How much better would life be if we were proactive and took a preventative approach to health issues?