Global Perspective: Our Food Does Not Come From a Store

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I was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, at a point that many people call a “simpler time.” Things seemed simpler, partly because people had a shared sense that everyone was pretty much the same. Life had a particular order.

Even meals and what we ate had an order. Bread was white. Milk was whole. “Breakfast” included different food than “lunch” did, and both were different from “supper.” “Dinner” was a meal we only ate on Sundays. Supper was not really supper unless it included beef, potatoes, a vegetable (usually corn), and dessert. We did not really need to think about food, because the decisions had already been made for us.

I began learning about food when I went away to school. I was introduced to the idea that hunger and starvation were not the result of worldwide scarcity, but of unequal distribution. We have the potential to feed everyone in the world an adequate diet, but some people eat more than they need, while others go without.  I began examining my own eating habits, and realizing that I had been eating pretty high on the food chain.  I tried to make changes.  Sometimes I did very well, and other times I did not.

I began examining my own eating habits, and realizing that I had been eating pretty high on the food chain.

I tried to make changes. Sometimes I did very well, and other times I did not.

Several years ago I set out to get healthier. Along with developing habits of exercise and activity, I examined what I ate and made some changes. These steps included clearing out a lot of sugar, fat, sodium, and highly-processed food from what I ate, as well as finding ways to include more whole grains and green leafy vegetables into what I eat now. I drink water, and try to eat food as close to its source as I can.

It helps me, now that I live in Southern California, to remember that what I eat does not come from a store. The store is just the most recent stop in the process, and almost everything that goes into what I eat happen before it reaches the store where I see it for the first time.

I have lost a good deal of weight, and still have some pounds to go. I feel better and am in better shape. I often tell people that I am younger than I used to be, and that is the truth.

Guest Post by Greg Richardson

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Greg Richardson is a Leadership Coach and Spiritual Director. You can find him blogging on Leadership, Monasticism, and Revelry at StrategicMonk.com or on Twitter: @StrategicMonk.

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