reply to post by PuRe EnErGy
Well, I don't disagree with your point that it isn't "just about money."
If someone is trying to make me dim witted and tired -- well, I feel it. It seems a struggle every day to have energy now. I imagine how productive I
would be if I could manage a healthy diet again.
But you raise kids, work late, cut a few corners, drink too much coffee and pretty soon, you are serving microwave dinners and medicating away the
pains. When you are younger, you can make a few mistakes and bounce back, when you get older, every mistake carries momentum. So it takes personal
fortitude to be healthy in America, that I think MOST of us lack.
That's the trap and what pisses me off most about all these "self-made" folks talking about personal responsibility for the food we eat. "You have
a choice America, you don't have to eat at McDonalds." Right, you don't have to fall into a black hole, but there it sits, on every damn corner,
and inexorable force of nature and to avoid it, you must invest an hour or two of patience as you talk your kids down from their Happy Meal.
And if you avoid McDonalds, well, there's everything else that is affordable at the grocery store. You can go straight to the produce section, and
"choose" to pay more for organic, and then you have to cook it. Do you have time and energy to do so? Hooray-- you've one. You made the gauntlet of
choices today that will provide you with health -- tomorrow, you get to see if you can do it again.
If you fail, you end up with sugar cravings. Maybe a caffeine withdrawal headache.
It's kind of like lining the entire inside of your house with clones of Jessica Alba in the nude, making lurid gestures at you. If you stay true to
your wife in that situation, you are probably gay.
So, we all have a weakness. And this idea that everyone can control everything,... ridiculous. I can't test my water for lead, because I have to
spend that money on organic spinach, and I blew money on my home salmonella testing kit.
Of course, I could be addicted to gambling, Oxycontin, or Golf -- any of these will send me to the poor house.
Everybody has one weakness or two. Eventually, something gets to us all.
Folks, we have to mandate a few things to make food healthy again. We have to protect people at least enough so that being healthy isn't a struggle.