Do I Have to Eat?

Day 27 - OSHI..Sometimes I think, “Is eating really necessary?” I’ll confess I’m addicted to Raisin Bran. It’s somewhat of a mystery, but it’s partly due to the speed at which I try to live life. (Maybe I should open a Cereal Bar) I’m usually in too big a hurry to actually make food for breakfast or lunch. It’s this very attitude that I want to fight against.

Is there a middle ground between being obsessed with food and functioning in our modern world? The solution for many is to go with the flow and just not think about it. For others they retreat to the country where they can control the pace of life, places like the World Hunger Farm and Homestead Heritage. Maybe the latter option is still a form of control that is not entirely healthy.

What about the millions and billions of people for whom neither of these options is really helpful? If they ignore the food, or lack thereof, they eat they will suffer the consequences, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure, or hunger and starvation. However, they cannot choose to buy organic local produce or start their own farm. Their choices are limited.

Clearly those with the choices must be the ones to make change. Yet somehow I still choose Raisin Bran…Go figure!

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4 thoughts on “Do I Have to Eat?

  1. Otter

    I think places like World Hunger Farm have a better idea than just ‘going with the flow’. While they are still trying to control their diet, etc, they are doing so in a meaningful way that not only reaches out to their own sense of health and control but they are able to give control back to others through agriculture programs, training, etc.

    I’d much rather have all the control over what I eat and where it comes from than gamble over whether or not my salad has been sprayed with enough pesticide to make me sick, or just enough to kill the bugs.

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  2. lucas Post author

    you’re probably right. i certainly see the world hunger farm as the better option. i guess my question is how do we help transform the lives of people who are not able to live at the farm. sometimes it seems like we only present an either/or option, either you eat fast food like a good american or you shun society like an extreme foodie.

    probably both straw people i created for the sake of a question.

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  3. Lory Hunt

    For the last 40 days (with very few exceptions…there were a couple of “unavoidable” moments!) I gave up fast food. I still ate at olive garden once, which I realize is a bigger waste than fast food, but the food was probably better for me. I realized that fast food is not necessary. I ate at home. I ate sandwiches and soup and other things. I figured out that we (my brother and me) saved close to $300 just by eating at home..and yet, we spent about the same amount on groceries as we normally do. Instead of buying “junk/snack” food, we bought things that make meals! How much good could $300 do for others every month? A lot. Fast food will not be such a huge part of my life in coming months and years.

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