What does food mean to you?
Marc David of the Institute for Eating Psychology says “We are born, we eat, and then we die!”
A baby turns its head toward the nipple the moment it is born. Eating is the dynamic in life that drives us to work, hunt, gather, shop, farm and scavage. along with shelter it is the one thing that we have to do to stay alive.
But in the Western world, we have lost its true meaning. It is meant to nurture us, keep us healthy, vibrant, strong and well.
But now it has become something to fill us up, it is full of empty calories, is making us ill and for many Obese. Much of it is addictive, thanks to additives, sugar and Food technicians!
Ageing brings about a natural reduction in appetite, so it is all the more important to make sure that you are getting enough nutritional food.
When visiting a local Residential Home for the Elderly I was amused to see that in the reception, there was a candy tree filled with toffees. The care assistant explained that people with dememtia often don’t eat. So the management have set up this tree so that at least they are getting some calories, even if it’s in the form of sugar. Brilliant! Because of course even if it is only sugar, at least they are getting some calories.
But she went on to tell me that the staff are amused when they watch the residents come to the tree, and their attitude is furtive. They glance around to see whether anyone is watching, then they take the sweet and put it in their mouths. While chewing they are looking to see where they can hide the paper!
So where did that come from I wonder?
The point is though, that we need to start making food our friend. Being afraid of it is the result of controversy over what we are eating, strict dieting and a bad body image.
Eat as near to natural as your circumstances allow you to, according to your purse, your locality, and your ability to cook.
Younger people, start now to prepare for your older years, by doing the same. Lay up the foundation in your body for a healthy, vibrant ageing process.