posted on Dec, 18 2010 @ 03:12 PM
Well, I agree with those posters who say that it is a matter of personal choice.
On the other hand, I will now proceed with bashing our national infrastructure.
We driver cars and pay out the back end for gas instead of voting to fund massive public transit networks. In so doing, we continue with our misguided
attempt at faux city living called suburbia. The suburban planning in all American cities is totally bass-ackwards. We have no stores in a reasonable
walking distance from our homes unless we live in the few major innercity areas that still use the old European paradigm, such as New York. The mall,
or the Walmart's in some rural areas, is a total centralization of commerce. Running errands has become a one-stop shop idealization. Our fat bodies
hobble out of the distant living quarters we dwell in, plop down in an SUV or car, sit motionless moving only our hands and feet as we navigate to the
highways that lead our moving chariot to the mall or grocery store where we drive around for a few minutes to find the closest spot possible, hobble a
few paces over to the entrance, do a lap or two around the mall - or half-ass it while leaning on a grocery cart, and don't even bother with walking
up as our stairs move for us!
Our urbanization is what turns us obese. Instead of getting exercise in everything we do, we then have to budget time for it...to spend extra money on
gym memberships or fly-by-night gadgets as-seen-on-TV, that end up cluttering our garages or closets because you can't purchase motivation to do some
arbitrary and ultimately boring repetition of movement.
And because we don't have time to cook, we buy prepackaged, processed or prefab foods from "grocery" stores or fast food restaurants. These foods
are filled with the cheapest ingredients possible that are based on sugars and starches and new fun chemical compounds. I heard that Stossel guy on
Fox bemoaning the development of corn-based ethanol and how it has made food costs go up because of the competition between energy and food and that
the farmers are subsidized to grow corn for ethanol rather than food. I sort of half agree with him. It's bad because ALL our food can be traced back
to corn. By "all" I mean, all that processed, prepackaged food. Not broccoli or cabbage or oatmeal, of course. They're even feeding corn to farm
raised salmon. Salmon don't eat corn?!?!?!
We need to incorporate exercise into our daily routine in a meaningful way, not an arbitrary task that must be budgeted for both economically and
temporally. We need to cut down on sugars and starches and increase our consumption of fiber sources, such as beans (whatever happened to beans
anyway???). Also, what ever happened to oatmeal as a day starter? Better than pancakes and sausage muffins and certainly better than nothing at all
with a steaming cup of black coffee and chemically-produced sugar substitute.
I started eating oatmeal every morning, without changing my diet otherwise, and certainly not getting extra exercise and I lost 10 pounds in a couple
of weeks and noticed I "went" more regularly. I started eating raw cabbage salads instead of lettuce and I also noticed a boost.
You don't have to become a vegan if you don't want to, but at least consider supplementing your diet with vegetables, beans, fruits and fiber
sources. We're omnivores, we don't have or need to eat meat everyday.
Arguments to the contrary are fallacious. Twenty-one (3 meals times 7 days) weekly meat intake sessions are not necessary.
Protest lack of public transportation, ride your bike (save money on gas), move closer to work or work closer to home.