It is amazing how one of the most essential elements for life can bring with it so much guilt and misery! Having quickly evolved technology to feed our every desire cheaply (in the developed world at least) our ancient bodies are struggling to play catch-up with the temptations of the bountiful harvest available to us 24/7. Having evolved very effective mechanisms to adapt to the feast or famine world that was everyday existence for early mankind, our bodies have had little opportunity to evolve to fit the new nutritional paradigm that is presented today.
All this would be difficult enough without the merciless drone of modern marketing, scientifically formulated to precisely target these instinctual drives of eating, sex and fear – all instincts that again served us so well in our former natural environment, but now are manipulated for the whims of the market. Is it any wonder that we are overweight, unfit, and throw out more good food that at any other time in history!
I think this is partly the result of a false dichotomy that we seem to have internalised – food either tastes good or is good for you… I know this to be false. You probably do too. But why, time and time again, do so many fail to make the right choices? I am really speaking of myself here… I am a vegetarian, so I am thankfully cut off for the vast majority of junk food. But chocolate. Oh, chocolate. And all manner of sweet things. And pastries. It all really drives me insane! Such a fleeting pleasure, but so difficult for me to deny…
Thus, I periodically do a pretty intense detox, involving fasting, apple juice, herbs & colonics. It is truly transformative, I feel like my body has been cleaned and rebuilt from the inside out. My energy levels are enhanced, my mind clear. I am actually in the middle of such a detox right now, hence this post, and all my thoughts of food. I try to take my own advice as I talked about in my last blog post to avoid excessive consumption of ‘bad’ foods. For virtually everything else in my life, such quiet contemplation is a powerful antidote. But for the sweet seductresses that are the tasty treats I covet, I am often left powerless!
Do you have the same challenges? How do you manage your diet? How does the food you eat affect your life?