If your food could talk
Today’s cartoons and animated movies are pretty incredible compared to some of the older ones I watched back in the day. Although, Looney Tunes could give some a run for their money based on the writing alone. I was always amused at the characters: Bugs Bunny had a New York accent and his own house, and Sylvester the cat had a wise mind of his own as he was always trying to kill the little talking mouse.
Recently, I watched Ratatouille, a movie from 2007 about a talented rat who has a dream of becoming a great chef. Basically, he gets a job in a five-star restaurant where he makes all of these delicious meals hidden under the chef’s hat of a young boy. When I watch animated movies, I begin to think about how creative the writers are as they bring life-like qualities and personalities to these animals. It made me think, “What if our food could speak to us? Would it have accents, a sense of humor and human qualities?” Wouldn’t that make food shopping so much easier and more entertaining?
When I’m grocery shopping, I stalk people’s shopping carts to get an idea of what they’re buying for the week. I always see a lot of canned and boxed items, and very rarely see a lot of fresh foods. So, that leaves me to ponder the difference between what boxed foods versus fresh foods would say if they could talk. What would the pork say to people as they’re walking around? What would the packaged potato chips mouth off about? Would the cookies flirt with you as you’re walking around the store? I think so. I think the more toxic foods would seduce, lie and charm their way right into your digestive tract! If you knew the food was lying to you, would you still buy it?
I believe that food is medicine. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is still the forefront of truth in regard to what you eat and how it heals your body. Today’s conventional medicine has ignored, or steered away from, practical truths that hold much foundation in how the body heals and maintains balance through whole organic foods. Fast food commercials and drug companies have become a mainstream toxic reminder of what they think we should put in our bodies to cut calories and be healthy. Of course, a lot of what is sold to us is driven by convenience and money.
So how can we develop a mindset that helps us think above all this toxic information? How can we begin to look at our food in a way that reminds us of what affect it will have on our bodies from the moment it touches our lips? One idea is to Google fruits, vegetables, herbs and meats as you’re shopping to see their health benefits. If you happen to pick up a packaged snack or meal, check out the ingredients list and Google the top five to see how they can negatively affect your health long term. Also, consider grocery shopping when you have extra time and the store is least crowded to give yourself ample time to research and make better choices. And, always shop on a full stomach since we tend to make worse choices when we’re most hungry, or even stressed.
Making healthy food and having a good relationship with what’s on your plate will not only help you in your daily life, but also prevent disease in the future. Who knows, maybe Bugs Bunny will appear in your kitchen with a carrot in his mouth saying, “What’s up, Doc?”
Happy shopping and God bless,
With more than 24 years of diverse experience in the health and wellness industry, Jaime has
dedicated her life to caring for and enabling people to increase their overall wellness.