"One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive." (Hieroglyph found in an ancient Egyptian tomb.)
"One should eat to live, not live to eat." (Moliere) If you want to avoid pain and regret, its been said there are two subjects you cannot talk about with people...religion and politics. But I have learned there are actually three subjects...religion, politics, and FOOD. It's very difficult to talk to people about THEIR food! "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." (George Bernard Shaw) People love food and love eating their food and something always happens when I begin to talk about people's food. Benjamin Franklin said, "Beware the hobby that eats." If there is going to be real change in our lives, we must gain control over what and how we eat. In this day and age, where everything is centered around making things easy and convenient, we must become aware of what this convenience is doing to our food. We cannot be so addicted to our foods that our belly blinds us and we cannot see beyond our forks. As a Spanish Proverb says, "The belly rules the mind."
The Standard American Diet (or otherwise known as SAD), when one really takes an in depth look at the standard American diet, it truly is 'SAD'! I have come to call the American way of eating, The Kervorkian Diet Plan. You may say, 'What is the Kervorkian Diet Plan?' Well first you must understand who Kervorkian is and then you will understand what I am saying. Dr. Kervorkian is / was called the assisted suicide doctor. He championed the cause of helping people to commit suicide or kill themselves. In a nutshell, without opening Pandora's Box concerning the social/political/spiritual ramifications of his cause, he created a machine that would make snuffing out your life easier. Dr. Kervorkian felt he would be doing people a favor by 'assisting' them to kill themselves since they were already terminally ill and dying a slow painful death anyway. His cause has garnered him the nickname, Dr. Death. So, there you have a small understanding of who this doctor is and how he views his purpose.
Now with this understanding I can launch out into the deep! Recently a journalist by the name of Michael Pollen wrote a book called, "Food Rules". It is an off shoot of a few other books he had written, kind of like a summary of the things he has learned concerning food or what we have come to learn and consider what is food in these modern times. Mr. Pollen doesn't claim to be nutritionists or food specialist, like many journalist who write investigative reports, he somewhat stumbled his way into researching food in our society. I like this kind of investigative journalism, because when they investigate they don't have any predetermining ideas or biases concerning their research. They are reporting from outside the box of the mainstream influence and understanding. In "Food Rules", Mr. Pollen comes to two conclusions concerning what he learned.
First, the Western diet leads to Western diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. "Four of the top ten killers in America are chronic diseases that can be linked to this diet," Pollan claims.
Second, people throughout the world who eat a range of traditional diets, even those heavy in fats, carbohydrates, or protein, don't suffer from these diseases. Thankfully, Pollan offers a third fact derived from these two: If we get away from the Western diet, we can see dramatic improvements in our health and reduce the risk of chronic diet-related diseases.
Amazingly, these facts are not necessarily new, but have been reported by many outside the box for many years now. Men and women from Dr. Loraine Day, Paul Bragg, Norman Walker, Joseph Mercola, and on, have all been screaming from their rooftops for years concerning these two facts. Eat the standard American diet full of processed dead adulterated foods and die a very youthful painful death. Depart from the SAD way of life and your body will give you back your life!
It has been said and the saying is true, 'You cannot out train a bad diet'. When one decides to leave 'normal' behind, it is paramount to your understanding, in order to truly leave 'normal' behind one must abandon the Kervokian Diet Plan. Live and learn...or should I say...learn and LIVE. Don't get too caught up in the lamestream media's word plays and advertising. Don't be reeled in by the propaganda packaging glitter of the food industry that creates in their science labs, Frankenstein foods that are not foods, and then sells these excito toxic chemically ladden meals that in long run are only assisting us to slow long painful death. And this is why I call it The Kervorkian Diet Plan, because the SAD, based upon these over processed foods are assisting us to commit suicide and not only are they killing us from the inside out, those behind the scenes are making 'killer' money on our ignorance and gluttony!
Ignorance is NOT bliss. Work to free yourself from the bondage of the Standard American (western) Diet which you have been 'dying' to eat all these years! As Sally Edwards said, "If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food."