June 12, 2006

Food For Thought

Monday morning guilt. Jackson just took off upstairs with his english muffin - all refined white flour and not an ounce of nutrition in the thing. I tried to buy whole wheat english muffins a few weeks back, and he looked at me like I'd kicked a puppy.

Then I sit down and stumble on this article in Salon today, which makes it all the worse. It tells us of all the stupid tricks we fall for in the supermarket, and why we're getting fatter and dumber by the minute. There has been a big push on lately for the Whole Foods thing - a store that features all organic stuff, and costs more than a trip to the jewellery store.

The article makes some great, salient points. Some I already knew, some I didn't. As we face worsening health and social factors from our inability to get control of our diet and nutrition ideas ('if it says 'contains vitamin D, it must be good for me!'), it's past time to get a grip. If you haven't seen the documentary Super Size Me, watch it with your kids and you'll never cruise under the golden arches again.

We're idiots. We buy crap, we let ourselves be fooled, and we fly over the cliff like a bunch of lemmings when something is a 'deal'. We're also tired, inundated with advertising, and increasingly looking for ways to appease kids we perhaps love to say yes to.

Read the article, and maybe entertain some of the tips in it. Stick to the periphery of the grocery store, check for fake-o ingredients, and enlist the whole family in food research.

And stop caving in and buying english muffins.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it just the way it is!

June 20, 2006 7:00 AM  

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