If you live in America you definitely know about the “American way”. It’s the things we believe in and do in common. It’s also a ‘catch-all’ phrase we love to attach to situations…a sort of ‘everyone-else-is-doing-it’ thing, typically the easy route and definitely the lazy route, lol. Until recently, I never really understood just how profoundly protective we are of it — our beloved American way — especially when it comes to food.
If you’ve been paying attention you will know that the last decade has been a rush of newly uncovered information about the side-effects of our super-crappy food supply. Food experts, nutritionists, dietitians, docs, scientists and others are taking it up a few octaves in hopes we might hear what they have to say about the stuff we are putting in our mouths. Seems that food as we know it is damaging our brains and our bodies, slowly bringing on man-made problems like obesity, laziness, crankiness, moodiness and hunger pangs that won’t let up. There’s also a plethora of medical ailments to consider like high blood pressure, obesity, type II diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease — all possible side effects to our food choices.
“But I like it, and I should eat what I like”. That’s what a close friend of mine said to me on Thanksgiving day about being a regular at McDonalds. In our short conversation she also included:
- I don’t think it’s as bad for you as they say
- I deserve to have a treat!
- I don’t think it’s going to cause any long term problems
- They wouldn’t sell it if it wasn’t healthy for us
- Once in a while won’t hurt me
- I don’t believe the experts, they don’t really know
- It’s the American way
And there it was! The conclusion I didn’t want. The “smh” moment where I realized that eating any which way you want at any time you want is normal and truly is the American way…and caving in to so-called experts can and will be looked upon as being a ‘sold out’. It’s also NOT the American ‘anything’ at this point in time.
Going outside of what’s normal isn’t nearly the normal we all hope for…and those that do are raising eyebrows. So for those that continue to say cheers to white bread and Coca-Cola, I just simply say… it’s not alright, but at the same time we all do what’s right for us. And that’s MY American way.
If you want to change your eating in 2015 and live with a clearer mind and improved health, here are a few links to get you started.