Saturday, June 22, 2013
I was blown away how many different answers were posted and wanted to thank everyone who has already participated. Getting many different perspectives was exactly what I had been hoping for.
I am not done mentally processing all of it yet but found it fascinating to see how many people would change very little in the way they eat if money and health were not factors.
I would put myself largely in the same category of continuing to eat all the same things that I eat now anyhow, maybe with the exception that I would eat a little more fresh fruit than I currently do and that I would not eat anything that is not organic.
I also found it interesting that many of us seem almost unable to think about eating in a way that is not healthy for us and enjoy it. We can form such strong positive habits that our old ways of doing things simply seem unattractive.
In cases where lack of money prevents people from eating the way they would like to (including hiring someone to cook/maintain a garden/buying higher quality food) it turns out that sometimes we actually have a choice to prioritize, for example trading cable TV or electronic gadgets for healthier food or spending our time cooking or gardening rather than watching TV or playing computer games or even paying for and going to the gym.
The idea of sustainability of our eating style has many perspectives which I hope to delve into in my next blog.
I'm hoping to continue this discussion. One encouraging thing I found out about today is that in our community there is a county-wide effort to grow organic and sustainably grown food for our local food bank, both vegetables and fruit trees. The goal is to make healthy food available to everyone in the county. This project is still in its early stages and will take several years to achieve at least but it is a start in the right direction to change our community and have people work together to donate time, resources and share experiences.