We live in a culture that loves food and hates being told what to do. I am part of that culture, as can be seen by the fact that for one dinner this week I had ice cream and pasta, even when I told myself that was a bad idea. Then, when somebody besides ourselves tells us Americans what is healthy and good for the environment, some of us lose our freakin’ minds and say, “The Big Evil Government is trying to take away our freedom!”
Our country thrives on individuals believing that they are right, regardless of what facts may show. Some turn their backs on scientists, others on members of the “opposite” political party, and still others on members of religions that don’t match our own. I recently read an article posted by a friend on Facebook claiming that the government was trying to take away our rights to eat giant steaks and fatty foods whenever we want. What was that “big bad government” action? It was a report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) basically saying that we Americans need to change the way we eat or die and take the planet along with us. And you know what? The HHS is right. We are swimming in a sea of gluttony, with two-thirds of adults in the US being overweight and one-third of adults being obese. Obesity is an epidemic, and we can’t get off our high horses long enough to see that maybe, just maybe, the HHS is trying to do the right thing in releasing this report.
But what can we turn to in order to change our lives for the better? Continue reading Healthy Foods? Where?