I just went to the GP for a check-up. All is well. A machine in the waiting room ( I am not so fond of being seen by a robot but I don’t want to be the woman who refuses to use a telephone or a camera for fear it will steal my soul neither) measure me, took my blood pressure and weighed me.
I am officially smaller than I was when my passport was done and I weigh about the same:
1m67, 64 kilos
This is in the normal range. I am a pretty average person. However that got me thinking. There is an obesity crisis looming in the UK. 20% of children aged 11 leaving primary school are now classified as obese. This is utterly dreadful.
These children will likely suffer from low self-esteem, higher risks of contracting Type II diabetes, knee and articulation problems, infertility, skin issues such as sores and rashes, heart problems etc… The list is endless. This is a national crisis and it seems like Jamie Oliver is the only one who is trying to do something about it. The government is in the hands of corporations and multinationals that sell the poor quality products that have low nutritional values and are pumped up with sugar and salt. We need to rethink what food is.
Food is a social occupation. From cavemen hunting and eating together, we have always enjoyed sharing a meal together. I personally hate cooking and eating on my own, don’t you?
I saw an article in the Waitrose Magazine dated 26th of April 2018 about a new product called Soylent. This is a Californian drink supposedly meant to replace a meal when one is too busy to sit down and eat.
How sad and how counterproductive! We need to grow food with our children, cook together, take the time to sit down, lay a beautiful table and enjoy talking with each other while savouring a good meal without additives, over processing and preservatives… This Soylent is marketed as being a helpful tool for busy professionals who have a lot of work to do….To me this is the best example to show how humans end up thinking with their feet rather than their head. We need to improve our lives, not make it worse. We need to spend less time at our desks and more time being actively producing and cooking our food. We don’t need Soylent, we need a food revolution.
So to sum up this post, we need to be healthy. And to be healthy takes time and money. Sitting at a desk in a start-up in California is not the recipe for happiness nor health.
I am taking the time to make bread, make my own rice pudding, cakes, granola…I grow vegetables in the garden. This takes time and effort but to me it is like money in the bank, it is more years of life and more smiles and contentedness.
Get cooking to live longer people!