You are What You Cook for Me

I’m easily lured by food
bad for the body
but good for the soul
You are what you cook for me

I’ve never had the self-control
To choose what is good
Over what feels good

Sweet, and savory
Spicy, and so soul comforting
You really are what you cook for me
And I will ever over-indulge

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Written in response to The Daily Post Prompt: Fry

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Monday Motivation // Please, Remember to Eat

Good morning and happy Monday to you all. The work week begins again and it’s time for us to rise and begin again with it. It has been awhile since I have written one of these but honestly, since I had been sick I haven’t felt very motivated. I am finally feeling like myself again and it occurred to me that for the past few weeks all I could think about was getting healthy again. A big part of that was being aware of what I was putting into my body and how often. Because I got sick, and because I quit smoking,  I have built a habit of remembering to

A big part of that was being aware of what I was putting into my body and how often. Because I got sick, and because I quit smoking, I have been better about remembering to eat every meal and being mindful of what I am eating. I do this because food is very important to our day-to-day lives. Food provides the energy we need to accomplish our goals and it makes us feel good so we can enjoy the day.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

// Hippocrates

There were many mornings when my breakfast consisted of a few cups of coffee and a cigarette to go with each one. I ate lunch about 50% and only because my girlfriend made sure to pack me some leftovers from the night before. Luckily she made healthy dinners and if nothing else I was getting one of my meals right. I never drank water, strictly coffee and sweet tea only, and I took in a lot of sugar and salt.

My eating habits were pretty bad but over the years, I’ve made small changes and things have gotten a lot better. I’m not here to tell you I know everything about nutrition and fitness. I don’t know much beyond eat lots of things that look they came from the earth (fresh fruits and veggies), drink less soda and sugary drinks and more water, and, most importantly, I know I just need to eat!

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”

// Virginia Woolf

If I had to recommend a place to start on the road to healthier eating it would be to start by remembering to eat at all. Too many of us are skipping one, sometimes two meals a day. Too many of us are just too busy to stop and think about food at all. We learn to ignore the stomach growling and hunger pains. We tell ourselves we’ll eat later. When later comes we say we don’t know what to get, so we get nothing. We go back to work, feeling tired, unmotivated, and blah.

How can we expect to accomplish our goals when our minds and bodies have nothing to convert to energy? How can we make things happen when we are feeling sluggish and light-headed from low blood sugar and lack of vitamins and minerals? We can’t do anything without first giving ourselves the building blocks we need to stay healthy, to heal, and to run at optimum energy and efficiency.

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”

// Mark Twain

This week I’m not asking you to become the perfect example of healthy living. I am nowhere near that myself. I’m not even sure I want to be. All I am asking you to do this week is to just start by remembering to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Remember to ask yourself, “When was the last time I ate something?”. Remember to take notice of how you are feeling and ask yourself, “Do I feel tired, irritable, or weak/light-headed?”. If you do, would eating something help?

I truly believe that when it comes to food, anything is better than nothing, and skipping a meal is the worst thing you can do for yourself.

(If you are already eating at regular intervals throughout the day try asking yourself, “Is there something healthier that would satisfy me?”, “Is there something I could make myself?”, or “Can I add something fresh  to this?”.)

Nothing can get done if you do not have what you need to get it done. Eat because you body needs nourishment, and because you need your body. Eat because everything you want to accomplish depends on your health and energy. Eat because food should a part of our lives we enjoy, not something we skip or rush through. Eat because it feels good and because you love yourself too much to deprive yourself of all the good eating does.

Eat because you have a life to live and you want it to be a long and healthy one.

Just eat.

“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”

// Zen proverb

The Convenience of Soylent and What it Means to be Human

What if someone offered you the opportunity to get all of your daily nutrition from one simple drink? No more trying to decide what’s for dinner. No more worrying about cleaning your pots and pans. No more slaving over a hot stove. Would you be intrigued, I know I am.

It may sound like something out of a science fiction movie but finally it is real, I give you Soylent!

I first heard of Soylent years ago. There was an article/interview in one of the many science-y magazines I buy. Created by Robert Rhinehart in response to a need for “a simpler food source” the article made it sound like a miracle drink! “A food product (classified as a food, not a supplement, by the FDA) designed for use as a staple meal by all adults”. Each serving of Soylent provides maximum nutrition with minimum effort.

Never again would I have to worry about getting all of my nutrients, plus I would save a ton of time since I didn’t have to cook or clean any longer :)

Soylent.com Free your body

Soylent.com Soylent Powder 1.5 details

I wanted this so badly.

My girlfriend thought  it was weird. She said it would probably give me cancer. A lot of people have reacted to me the same way. I didn’t understand at first but after talking about it more and thinking it over I think most people’s aversion to Soylent is that it’s just so different. No one can imagine a life that is not centered around food. To not eat real food seems to fly in the face of what it means to be a human.

The act of finding, preparing, and eating food is a very social activity. Without that what would we do all day? How would we gather? What would we talk about if not the taste of a steak or a new recipe we discovered? What would we have to look forward to if not a nice greasy pizza or a juicy burger piled high with more beef patties than any person needs? Not worrying about food or finding new ways to prepare just seems too weird.

soylent-food

I was so excited when I discovered this amazing discovery but after talking to friends and family I felt like I have broken some social rule and quickly felt ashamed. So I let it go.

My interest was piqued again recently when Soylent 2.0 was released, promising to not only give you all of your nutrients but also provide a glowing feeling from helping the environment too. It’s vegan, so no animals are being slaughtered, and it’s made partially from sustainable algae! I wanted it even more!

Not only are its ingredients vegan, Soylent 2.0 reaches an unprecedented level of environmental sustainability with half of its fat energy coming from farm-free, algae sources. This next generation agricultural technology has the potential to reduce the ecological impact of food production by orders of magnitude, signifying a major step towards a future of abundance, a world where optimal nutrition is the new normal.

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Then again when The Next Web published a think piece slamming Rhienhart for a recent post on his blog. The piece described Rhinehart as “someone so disconnected from reality that he might as well be hooked into an Oculus Rift 24/7, bathing in a bath of temperature controlled Soylent”. Harsh much?

Yeah Rhinehart might be a little kooky but he’s made Soylent his whole life! I worry though that I could go a little kooky too if I forego the pleasure and social aspects of food for the convenience of “grey goop”. I mean I understand the benefits but Rhinehart acts like preparing food is a task only suitable for people burning in the lower levels of hell.

I have not set foot in a grocery store. Nevermore will I bumble through endless confusing aisles like a pack-donkey searching for feed while the smell of rotting flesh fills my nostrils and fluorescent lights sear my eyeballs and sappy love songs torture my ears. Grocery shopping is a multi-sensory living nightmare. There are services that will make someone else do it for me but I cannot in good conscience force a fellow soul through this gauntlet.

It’s not that bad dude! I mean yeah sometimes Wal-Mart can be a bit annoying, especially on a Sunday afternoon, but a “multi-sensory living nightmare” it is not. I worry I will be buying a one-way trip to kooky town with this guy with my first shipment of Soylent. This is what keeps me from giving it a try.

That and the fear of losing a basic part of what it means to be human. Food is a form of expression. The foods we like and dislike, way we procure food, the way we store it, prepare it, and even the way we talk about it is both unique and quite common. It’s one of the ways we connect with those around us. It is one of those basic things that reminds us all that we are more alike than we think.

So for now I choose eating my food the the old fashioned, inconvenient way.

You can learn more about Soylent at soylent.com and check out Rhinehart’s blog at blog.soylent.com.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Red Pill, Blue Pill.”