Skip to comments.Eating to Live Not Living to Eat
Posted on 02/19/2014 7:52:30 AM PST by rktman
I don t look at food the same way most Americans do. I grew up on my grandparents small farm in the village. Everything we ate came from our garden and our livestockfresh vegetables in season, canned vegetables in winter and spring, goat and cow s milk, butter, goat cheese, eggs, smoked meat, lardy bacon, fatty sausages in natural casings, and eggs.
We ate to live; we did not live to eat. Food was for nourishment, not for entertainment, gorging buffets, or for bourgeois socializing. From time to time, adults ate better meals with family and friends at weddings, baptisms, and funerals. Kids were generally not included in such occasions. They stayed home.
When I went to first grade, I moved to the city with my parents, 6 miles away. Our food then came from the benevolent government planners who made us wait every day in endless lines at the grocery store, the butcher store, the dairy store, the bakery, the greengrocer, and the farmer s market if we could find food, if the store did not run out, if there was enough for everybody, if we had rationing coupons, and if we could afford it.
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I wonder if something like this coming to America will finally convince American commies that, yes, the USSR was communism incarnate.
Then again, those people never cease to amaze me with their determination to deny reality, so I’m sure that they’d still find an excuse to blame it on capitalism.
This has been my way for the better part of 10 years, along with frequent exercise. Most of what I eat does not come prepackaged. I was paleo before it became a thing. Yes, you can be built like a lifeguard when you’re rolling up on 50.
If you really want to eat better, the best way is to change the American tradition of the Midwest Buffet Meal.
There are several elements of the MBM that need to be examined for modification.
To start with, the Thanksgiving dinner is kind of the extreme of the MBM. Too much food, of too many kinds, eaten too quickly.
The human stomach and upper digestive tract actually digests different kinds of foods differently. Think of it as having modes of digestion. One way for fats, one for protein, one for complex carbohydrates and one for simple carbohydrates. So if you just have one or two kinds of food at once, the digestive tract can do a better job on it.
But much about cuisine is to intentionally blend these kinds of foods together. For example, the “complete” Midwest dinner includes meat, carbohydrates, and vegetables. Maybe a salad. And dessert, of course.
This finds its ideal in the self service buffet.
So how to change this? Good question. It takes some creativity.
The fixation with lavish eating as well as the flourishing of homosexuality and violence are earmarks of a dying culture. Losing God’s blessing is a hideous end to a nation.
My first encounter with a grocery store in America kept me in awe for hours. I could not tear myself away from the shelves, bright lights, the cleanliness, the colorful and hygienic packaging, the refrigeration, and the fresh fruits and vegetables in January!
LOL. I knew a Romanian women who had the same experience with her brother when they first entered an American supermarket. Communism is a lie.
It's simple. Force everybody to eat the items and proportions being crammed down our kids' throats by the Wookie in Chief.
I eat a lot of food actually. Somewhere north of 3500 calories most days, but I split it up into 5 or 6 portions. My energy level is always high. If I eat only 3 meals, it crashes for an hour or so after each one. If I had only known I was mortal at age 30...
***LOL. I knew a Romanian women who had the same experience with her brother when they first entered an American supermarket. ****
Same here twenty years ago when a Russian exchange student went into her first Walmart. Awe struck!
Actually, my caloric intake is probably fairly high. But a lot of that is in the form of animal fat, so it is both calory-dense, and inexpensive. I was really referring to the volume of food that I eat, relative to others.
The soup I make (which I drink throughout the day), is virtually free, consisting of the inedible parts of cow, combined with plenty of beef fat, and makes up a substantial part of my diet. But while I can still eat a huge meal, I don’t find myself needing one very often (post-workout being an exception). I think a critical key to this is that much of our appetite comes not from energy needs, but rather the body is craving nutrients that are lacking in a modern diet.
The fixation with lavish eating as well as the flourishing of homosexuality and violence are earmarks of a dying culture.
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Wasn’t it the ‘Roman Empire’ that met its demise when the citizens became too ‘good’ (read lazy) to clean their own toilets or streets, hired mercenaries to ‘fight their wars’, rampant sexuality and lavish 3 hour meals with much regurgitation so as to make room for the next course, with the citizens largely dependent upon the Government for most every need
Of course, it was a combination of all plus many other factors then ended in its imploding....
I am sorry to say but I fear WE are heading down this path...
A couple of things that really rankle me are say towns and cities require that the PROPERTY OWNERS keep the snow shoveled and grass cut while the ‘squatters’ in public housing have the government to cut their grass and shovel the snow.
I realize there are ‘legal issues as to injury and law suits’ but the whole practice can be viewed as ‘we’ don’t mind housing (Section 8 etal), feeding (food stamps), education and advancement (Affirmative Action) ...
So it is bad enough the TAXPAYERS foot the above bills but also pay to have things done that ‘we’ will get fined and ticketed for, which BTW is also supported by OUR taxes.
Also the ‘big phony show’ of pols and students going to disadvantaged neighborhoods to clean trash, paint houses etc etc etc...Of course when one doesn’t own or even pay for something, they could care less about its upkeep even though they are ‘living’ there.
Yes, there are exceptions to all the above but I am ‘broad brushing’.
In the early 90’s I became associated with a group of students that came here from Georgia. They hid their amazement malls and stores and were ashamed of what they actually had at home. It was sad.
To finance their trip, they brought a bunch of stuff to put on puppet shows. Strangely believe it........ no one came to see the shows. It was a total bust. There was amazement at the that Americans didn’t go to Puppet shows.
Months later a desperate woman called me to come get all the puppet stuff stored in her garage. I must have been far down on the list because my association was pretty minor.
As far as I know she still has it.
Bounty and plentitude always carry responsibility and stewardship, both of which we have lost all sense of across the “fruited plain”...
“For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed his grace on thee”
So sad to witness the undertaking of transformation of this bounty to a feudalistic, rationing, poor, ignorant society, which is what the “powers that be” wanted all along.
Congrats you architects of “destiny”... you finally finished raping blind and bound lady liberty. Next comes the demise of all earthly kingdoms by the One Who Sits on the Throne... (let him who reads understand)
What’s next? Asteroid strike and market crash this year?
May the Good Lord have mercy on us and them, for they know not they are the architects who are forging their own gallows pole for attempting to destroy God-given liberty, acting as God, attempting against people’s health, life and limb, lying, stealing and murdering and last but NOT least, destroying the Earth.
I had the same experience. Sometimes my dad would take produce from the farm in to the Farmer’s Co-op store where we always shopped.
But there is just something wonderful about raising your own food.
We also butchered beef, lamb, pork, veal, etc.
Had all the chickens and eggs we needed. Also since we operated a dairy farm we had loads of milk and cream — make our own butter.
**(post-workout being an exception).**
I’ve read that one should eat before their workout, not after. LOL! No, seriously.
I heard a story about a Russian pilot that defected (back in the Cold War days): as part of the "recruitment" process, he was taken to a Von's supermarket in Southern CA, so that he could see it for himself.
It took visits to nearly a dozen other Vons before he was convinced.
The Kroger in my neck of the woods must be doing well...they're in the midst of a 40,000SF expansion of that store. It should be fun once completed.
Most of the time, I save my personal food shopping for the local Sprouts...my dietary needs are a bit more stringent than my wife and kids, and their produce is fresher than the chain supermarkets.
Yes you can, but when you are rolling up on 65 with bad knees and arthritic shoulders it gets a lot harder.
I’ll be there some day so I’ll defer to your experience, but my thinking right now is that there’s always some way to break a sweat.
Not at all. It’s changing how you eat more than what you eat. Let me take the concept a bit deeper.
For many years, historians were puzzled with pre-industrialization references to “first sleep” and “second sleep”. Finally they figured out they were literal. That is, people had a very different schedule.
They would start the day with breakfast, often on farms before the sun came up. Then the big meal of the day was dinner, what today we call lunch. Then an hour or so after dusk, before bed, they would eat a lighter supper. Then they would sleep until around midnight.
Then they would get up, use the pot, stoke the fire, prepare breakfast and set it to cook, then go back to sleep.
This all changed with industrialization and illumination at night, to pretty much the schedule we follow today. (Which may explain a lot of sleep disorders, with the theory that people are not really designed to sleep the whole night through.)
In any event, by the earlier schedule, breakfast and supper were not very elaborate, but dinner was the feast of the day, with a morning’s work in front of it, and an afternoon’s work after.
So having the big meal at noon, not in the evening, may be a key to healthier eating. I say may, because there are so many variables.
If I didn’t have to work after noon, I’d go for the big meal then. Unfortunately, it makes me too sleepy to get my nose back to the grindstone.
But it does raise the question how to get a better deal out of how and when we eat. More in tune with out particular metabolism, etc.
Personally, I’m trying to deal with my food at the intestinal flora level. And it is something of a challenge.
To start with, the better the bacteria are at digesting, the more nutrition you get from your food. And some bacteria are known to contribute to weight gain, others to weight loss. But there’s another twist.
Archaea look like bacteria, but aren’t. And they don’t eat what bacteria eat, either. But they do eat bacterial waste gases, that can inhibit bacteria. So indirectly they make it so that bacteria can increase the amount of nutrition we get from our food.
The bacteria genus Enterobacter in particular, are known to cause weight gain. And making things worse for obese people, instead of having 30-40 types of dominant intestinal flora bacteria, about a third of all the bacteria in their gut are Enterobacter.
Indeed it does, and I suspect the answer is slightly different for each and every one of us.