The Health and Fitness of a Nation
Did you ever wonder why the culture of the whole person, and who will we Americans become so fat, so out of shape, so tired, and was so disturbed by pain, lack of mobility, and disease?
Have you ever wondered why, despite the sad shape of our bodies, we are very willing to learn and adopt the principles of health and life that feed and lifestyle habits?
What happens to us as a culture, and how did it happen?
Follow along, if you will, the chronology of the spiral of eating and exercise habits.
It started hundreds of years ago, but let’s start in 1956 with the birth of the “Four Food Groups.”
We have sold the myth of big mama of all – “. Four Food Groups” which we are told, and we believe that we should eat meat products milk, and refined breads, cereals, and grains to be healthy.
- We are also informed and believe other lies and misconceptions:
- We believe, and most of us still, that we must eat meat to get enough protein.
- We believe, and most of us still, that meat protein is superior to vegetable protein.
- We believe, and most of us still, that we must eat protein for strength and energy.
- We believe, and most of us still, that eating chicken and fish will lower cholesterol.
- We believe, and most of us still, milk is “not good body,” and we must drink to bones and teeth strong.
- We believe, and most of us still, osteoporosis caused by not getting enough calcium.
We get all the essential nutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, calcium, vitamins, phytochemicals, fiber – which we need for health and life of plant foods without the extra fat, cholesterol, salt, toxins, animal protein, and calories found in animal food sources.
However, cultural habits and traditions we are today built on the “Four Food Groups” of the famous and the six myths stated above.
At the same time we bought – hook, line and sinker – the original “Four Food Groups,” our culture is too enamored convenience comfort food.
Convenience foods come in the form of canned food – canned vegetables, fruits, soups, spaghetti sauce, seasonings, and juices.
Convenience foods also come in the form of frozen foods, breakfast cereal boxes, instant oats, cream of wheat, and refined, white bread.
Comfort foods make our mother’s life ‘easier, and they fit the model of “Four Food Groups” so that our mothers give food without thought or question.
But, though comfortable, convenience foods are often loaded with salt, sugar, chemicals, and / or fat and nutritional deficiencies. And they are often high in calories.