The age of information is supposedly an era of technological and scientific breakthroughs, where constant discoveries are being made and milestones are continuously expanding as we strive to reach higher heights. The cascading effects of advancement are even leading us to rediscover the ancient wisdom that lies at the base of our most important everyday choices. One clear example of this is our food choices.
We always hear about the saying “you are what you eat,” yet emerging research is beginning to show that this is not precisely true. It is an incomplete statement. Just because we put something inside our bodies, doesn’t mean that we can digest and assimilate it. Just because we have our healthy daily intake of proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, and fats, it doesn’t mean that we are reaping all the benefits from them.
So the question is, why? Why do our bodies do that? Firstly, if we look at the increasing demands of this postmodern society, the majority of the general populace are being encouraged or urged towards a faster and more hectic lifestyle in order to maximize time, and subsequently increasing their productivity. More often than not, time is gained by reducing the time we put into other less “important” matters, or so it seems.
We want more speed for everything, so much so that somehow somewhere along the way we’ve managed to settle for cheaper alternatives, nutritionally void lookalikes, and chemical-laden shelf foods in the name of convenience. The priority of understanding our food source, the growing and harvesting practices, and generally forming a strong rapport with our local food producers has been reversed into wanting faster preparations and increase convenience instead. This trend will only continue unless we make a collective effort to change it. Nutrition is essential to optimum function of our bodies. If we discount the importance of making conscious food choices, we will inevitably do more harm to our bodies. And in the end, we will be the ones to suffer as well, but we are not yet doomed to that fate.
So, start eating properly. After all, we need the right source of fuel to power our bodies. Just like how we need to match the correct types of fuel to their corresponding vehicles. It wouldn’t work too well, otherwise, now would it?