Friday, May 1, 2009

things that make me go hmmmm....

For some, the last few months have been very difficult. There have been mass layoffs, housing foreclosures tons of money lost in investments and numerous other issues pertaining to the dreaded ‘recession’. So, first of all if you are one of those who finds themselves suffering due to this situation, I hope you do not take offence to what I am about to write. I am in no way minimizing your pain; I am simply offering my take on events.

It seems that from a big picture point of view, what has happened has been a necessary ‘course correction’. Think about it, almost overnight the financial and automobile industries have been transformed. Everyone has an opinion about how it was handled, but no one can deny that these two industries are now being held more accountable than ever before and in my eyes, that’s a good thing. With only money driving them, the bubble was bound to burst and now that it has, there is hope for change. Hope for these industries to serve their CLIENTS, you and me. To give us the best deals and the bonuses, to create products that we want, not just the products that have the highest profit margin.

The other side of this is that, as a society who is completely responsible for what we create it to be, we did this. Somewhere inside us we knew that this idea of getting rich by false means, by building earth killing products and by creating hardship for others was a plan that was headed for the crapper and so we attracted conditions that would create this necessary ‘course correction’. This will be a much more efficient, effective, earth- friendly and sustainable society because of what has occurred in these past few months, mark my words.

Now, it is time for us to do it again; with food. Take a minute over the coming weekend as you are running your errands, getting your groceries, socializing, to notice how many fat and obese people there are. It used to be that being overweight made you stick out from a crowd, not anymore. Today the entire crowd is overweight and the slim person stands out. What’s up with that?

I am not inspired by diet and exercise. Being considerably overweight and being uninspired to use the accepted norm of pushing against the condition with calorie restriction and prolonged aerobic activity can be rather depressing. And I was, depressed. In the last few months I have been exploring what might be the deeper issues and along the way I have discovered that one of my greatest motivators is education.

I am learning about the food industry and man, am I getting pissed! I am learning that North America’s food companies have manipulated our governments and our citizens into believing that they are concerned with our health and nothing could be further from the truth. As you are watching the tons of people (pun intended) waddle through our fast food, convenience oriented world this weekend, ask yourself this question: Why, if the food industry, the supplier of our sustenance, is primarily concerned with our health, are we not healthy?

Stay tuned….

Much Love

Alison

1 comment:

Justin said...

You couldn't be more right Allison, it's sad that health is the last thing on the companies minds but by educating yourself and helping others become aware it will change. If you really want to get worked up take a look at the pharma companies, simply amazing!