One of the most favored excuses used is TIME. We don’t have time to buy fresh food, to garden and harvest. We don’t have time to go to the natural foods store instead of the big box store down the road on every corner. We don’t have time to prepare the foods because of our busy work, activities, and events schedule. We certainly don’t have the time to sit down with our family and enjoy our meals, taking bite by bite in between conversation and laughter. That image has become a glistening dream on a wish list.
But we’ve known this for decades. It’s no surprise that time has been a reason for our disobedience of basic laws of nourishment. But it also is a bit of truth that we collectively have done little about. If anything, peoples’ schedules are even busier. Convenience foods and devices to make convenient foods are more and more popular (and profitable).
Of course, the problems are many when this is the habit we adopt. Digestion activity is weakened, enzyme production to digest our foods and bring about metabolic processes decreases. The quality of food is poorer, and the nutrients are dead due to use of quick machinery to produce it. Salivary enzymes aren’t chewed into the food if we don’t take the time to chew it and puts stress on the digestive organs, not to mention family togetherness and enjoyment of each other is lessened.
But that isn’t even the point this section is getting at.
No one is responsible for our own personal health. We keep thinking “they” should change things, but really nothing is going to get better, for ourselves, or anyone else unless we take personal action in our own individual lives first.
No, the even greater problem than the physiological downsides is that we use the lack of time as a JUSTIFICATION for how we allow ourselves to be LESSER than we could potentially be. As long as we do this, we take ourselves and our responsibility out of the equation. This creates us as victims waiting for someone else to make change for us so that we can back off on our stressful lives. But we make this justification, blaming time, and it’s acceptable because it is currently the “norm” and going against it to a healthier lifestyle would be “abnormal”. We make this justification because somewhere deep down, we really don’t feel confident in our ability to be any different. We don’t know how to garden and grow our own food. We don’t know what to do with it even if it did grow. We don’t know how to read recipes, perhaps, or what with such confusing and contradicting biases about nutrition, perhaps we don’t even know what nutritious food really consists of.
The greatest thing we can do for ourselves is not even to make changes with time at first, because it won’t last because we really haven’t changed our thoughts about it. Decide what it is you really want to be. It needs to be more than a “kick” or a “fad”. It needs to be something we believe in. The greatest thing we can do is to take away the justification. If you really wanted to eat healthier, you would. What do you do when you don’t know something? You learn. Buy recipe books, go to community kitchens, participate in soup kitchens, take community ed classes, or teach them, watch cooking shows. Learn the Law of Nourishment. The list is endless. I know, I know, you don’t have “time” to add these as well. But by doing so, you are taking part in activities to increase your life and the experience of it. And, if you think about it another way you don’t have “time” not to.
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