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America: Manlourished?

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on August 26, 2007

Do you remember seeing photos of “those starving children in Africa” years ago? Do you remember the distended bellies of those poor and sickly children, the sunken eyes with dark circles, the lethargy and lack of general health?

malnourished african child Remember these images? malnourished community

Do you notice the same general appearance of much of North America today?

thin woman   skinny model

I remember hearing a news story a while ago about how North Americans are certainly not starving yet somehow they are showing signs of malnutrition, even though a significant portion of our society is overweight. Diseases and illnesses that stem from improper nutrition are on the rise. How can this be?

pilot fast food Family kids at McD’s

Check out these two articles:

Obesity and Malnutrition exist side-by-side

Obesity and Malnutrition in the United States This is a great PDF!


If we look at what we are eating today we will notice that our diet consists of high fat and sugary processed foods that are full of fillers and lacking in nutritional value. Most of our food contains unnatural chemicals and preservatives that are simply not the best option for our bodies. Even when we do try to eat healthy our food is harvested often times before it is fully ripe and then processed with a lot of chemicals. Not only that but our foods are cooked at high temps and/or treated with chemicals to “kill the organisms”. But before even all of that, the soil that much of our food is grown in is depleting in it’s vital nutrients, nutrients that fertilizers alone cannot replace. We, as a society, are filling ourselves with a lot of stuff but little of it is nutritionally adequate to meet our needs. This says nothing about our physical activity or the volume of foods we consume on a daily basis.

It seems so grim, doesn’t it?

Today we are far removed from our food sources. We shop at a grocery store and do not know where our food came from or where it has been since it left the farm. We don’t know what processes were used to grow our food or what has been done to it since it’s been harvested. Many of us simply shrug our shoulders and say, “What can I do about that? I just do the best I can.” That is a very true statement!

When we are a very prosperous society with MUCH food available to us, what then can we do?

First, we need to drink more water. It is known that often times we mistake our body’s thirst for hunger so instead of drinking water, we eat. And eating requires our bodies to use water to process the food we consume. Water is the primary nutrient for all people and animals. Next time you are hungry, try a good large glass of water first and see if that helps. It is also known that headaches, for the most part, ‘restless leg syndrome’ and fatigue are caused by the dehydration of our bodies. There are many more “syndromes” and ills that are caused by dehydration but these are the ones that you tend to see commercials for as you watch your evening television program. Simply put, water makes you feel better because it’s a basic nutrient.

Second, I suggest that we shop locally for locally grown produce and other products. Not only will this ensure that your food products were harvested much closer to ripeness, if not at their peak ripeness, but it will put your hard earned dollars back into your own community (your neighbors and co-worker’s neighbors). You have a better chance of finding out what processes were used to prepare your food before you purchased it if you buy local.

Third, I suggest that we consume more whole foods and less processed foods. Whole fruit, vegetables and grains in place of ready-made meals. Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed/refined as little as possible before being consumed. If we can trade one meal out a week for one meal with higher quality foods, we will only benefit. It might cost a little more to prepare something at home with higher quality products than it would if you used ready-made products, but it surely won’t cost more than eating out. In fact, it will probably cost much less. If this seems impossible to do or you want to supplement your diet with more whole foods, I recommend the information at my Back to Basics site. I would be happy to connect you with “real live nutrition the way nature actually intended”.

Fourth, should we opt to use dietary supplements, be sure to choose naturally occurring products rather than synthetic products. Vitamins and minerals that are naturally occurring will be utilized by the body better than products that are created in a laboratory. If you are interested in learning about the nutritional products we sell, please view Back to Basics.

These are four very simple steps each of us can take in order to improve our health and the health of our families. Remember, our health in 20 years will be our report card for how we are living today.

Do you have any suggestions for simple steps to better health to share? Please feel free to leave a comment.


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