Nutrition is the biochemical and physiological process by which an organism uses food to support its life. It includes ingestion, absorption, assimilation, biosynthesis, catabolism and excretion. There are three basic needs for us to stay above ground, oxygen, water and food. Remove any one of these, and your pushing up daisy’s. So you would think that when it comes to food, we would give some thought to what we put in our pie hole….No? Seemingly not. We are in crisis on all fronts in 2021, our food system is broken, we are food sick to the point of high mortality and long drawn out illnesses. I wrote a thread about the food supply system a few weeks ago, http://www.professionalchefsfoodnetwork.org/2021/05/13/the-destruction-of-the-food-supply-system-in-canada/
It’s really hard to know were to start when discussing nutrition. Having worked as a Chef within the healthcare system for a number of years, I have established some opinions on the topic. I was able to see first hand the effects of a life of poor nutrition….not pretty. And unfortunately for those individuals left at the door of a typical Long Term Care facility in Canada, the prospects are grim. For a person with serious life threatening illness, LTC in general is a sure fire death certificate. The wrong place to start is the end of life, we need to start at the beginning. Children that are introduced to healthy nutrition as soon as possible, will have a much better chance at living a happy, long and prosperous life.
There is so much information out there on what we should be eating, and not eating, it’s actually very confusing. Media bombards us with diets, fads, perception of beauty and well being. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just be mindful….you already know what your doing wrong. Don’t you?
We all use convenience products from time to time, read the labels, educate yourself! Don’t be fooled by all the nonsense the media tells you. Food is fuel, use high octane. Treat yourself from time to time for sure, but remember that you are what you eat. “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” said Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the famous French lawyer better known as an epicure and gastronome. This is not a smart one liner or a ‘brainy quote’- herein lies a profound understanding of the relationship between man and the food he eats. The preparation and consumption of food varies widely amongst countries and depend on a large number of factors — geographical, climatic, historical, religious, cultural, and political — in short everything that shapes and fashions the culture and customs of any given society. Then again, within each society, social and economic status defines the kind of food that is put on the table — a poor man’s diet can never compare with that partaken by the rich. Religions play an equally important role — certain food items are proscribed in many religions practiced in the world today. Hinduism, Islam and Judaism have very strict codes for what can and can’t be eaten. Roman Catholics don’t eat meat during the Lent or fish on Fridays. Brillat-Savarin was probably the first person to realize this close association.
Nutrition really does define us in more ways than one. Are you a broken “Big Mac”, or a healthy “Green Person”? At the end of the day, it’s all about choices. Choose wisely, live long and prosper! Happy Monday Folks. Cheers!