My wife seems to constantly have one “food” show or another on her TV during the day. I don’t sit down and watch any of them but I am exposed to them as I move from one room to another. It is amazing to me how much money is spent concentrated on food, especially food that is not really good for us.
The last couple of years seem to be the “year of the cupcake” on cable TV. There were so many shows about making them, eating them, and competitions of how to display them, it was insane to me. Cupcakes are basically just sugar, flour, and fat in one form or another. I have never been much of a lover of sweets but still managed to gain more and more weight because of my sugar intake as the years have passed.
Eating to live is of course a very necessary thing. We human beings expend energy by just breathing and thinking. We need a constant energy source in order to replenish ourselves. Eating to live also means that we have to eat the right things in order to keep our bodies healthy. We need to make sure that we get enough vitamins and minerals in our diets.
Much of the world struggles with just getting enough to eat on a daily basis. And then there are those who live to eat. They are so focused on food as to make it a major part of their attention. They fixate on food. Some even spend hundreds of dollars for one sit down meal at a fancy restaurant and deem it well worth the price.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing bad about enjoying what you eat. I have come to appreciated a good bowl of soup as a regular dinner item lately. Some of it is healthy and therefore good for me and some contains too much fat and not so good. But I figure if I keep a balance between the two everything will work out. Balance, I am coming to discern in my elderly years is what life is all about.
The U.S. is becoming the “Obese” nation of the world. We all tend to eat much more than we really need. In that regards we are often the center of jokes by the rest of the world about our “supersized” portions. We need to get over our living to eat mentality and put our minds to more noble things…. 🙂