Monday, August 12, 2013
a funny sight greeted me when I got home from work this morning. Still has me giggling as a I wake from a fair day's sleep so thought I'd share.
we picked up a bunch of different shells while beachcombing on vacation and displayed them along our side step thinking that Lucus, the 2 year old next door, might like to see them. our side steps have a southern exposure, and we have enjoyed many hot sunny days of late, so those shells are beginning to smell mighty fine. there are sand dollars, clam shells, a starfish, winkles, some oyster and one circular something about the size of a cinnamon bun- actually managed to find an oyster shell that was still attached at the hinge, open 1/4" all the way around and 'nobody' home. Now the giggle: magpies are common scavenger birds around here, junior member of the crow family, black and white in colour(guess that makes them think they rule the game) but basically bullies- they will take on anything to get what they want. this morning, there is Mr Magpie, busy dragging, dropping, and bullying the empty shells trying to get at what they are withholding from him. All that effort for absolutely nothing except a pile of broken bits laying on the driveway.
The image is funny, but it has me thinking about food in general for me
1) some days the idea of armored food is not bad. If I had to work harder to get what I need maybe I wouldn't have a s much a weight issue. I am blessed to live in a society where there is an abundance available and financially I am able to continue to meet the needs of my family and even some of their wants - I need to learn not to give in to wants
2)through SparkPeople and other resources I am educating myself more and making wiser choices at the market and in the kitchen, expanding both my own and my family's appetite for healthy foods and meeting those needs first. one of the spin offs is there is less "debris on the driveway" fewer signs of nutritionally empty snacks, a decline in trips through the fast food drive through, the stash of take out menus by the phone has disappeared
3)the global village is small- foods are accessible from just about anywhere. instead of savoring a treat food that could only be obtained with great difficulty and enjoyed on a special occasion as a rare treat, we get those things whenever we want them, they lose their specialness, they are taken for granted, a right not a privilege. I wonder if I would be better off if food was harder to get
I obviously can't put armor onto my food. Instead, I put on my mental armor every morning. I strengthen my resolve to eat less and move more, to make the foods I choose the best I can for that moment in time. I tighten my armor with the sash of my mantra " healthy choices = no regrets"