Make-Up…Yummm…

If you were stranded on an island and you were allowed only one thing, what would you bring?

I looked this question up on several different Q&A type websites and I found some interesting answers. Most said something half-way reasonable like a gun, knife (which is smart if you know how to use it and hunt), boat/plane, food, and I guess satellite phone is pretty smart. But the others, I’m afraid would die. They said things like a laptop (no internet connection of any kind was specified), a regular cell phone, make-up, lotion, ‘a solar powered mans electric razor?’

I don’t think people really got the word stranded because stranded does not mean it’s like a vacation where you can just pack up your ‘make-up’ and ‘solar powered mans electric razor’. It means that you’re stuck there with no one knowing where you are. I’m pretty sure that cell phones would not have reception and I’m sure that a regular laptop would not either. Stranded doesn’t just mean that you have no transportation off the island, it means no one else is there with you. You’re alone and you’re going to have to start fending for your life which something that I’m sure that the girl who said make-up would not be able to do. You have to learn to hunt, scavenge for food, actually go and pick fruits and vegetables fro the plant itself.

As a country we have become so accustomed to have everything set out for us, like when our mother’s used to lay out our clothes every morning, so we never even had to think about getting dressed. People don’t think about how our food is produced.

I live in the south where beef is a cow and chicken is an actual bird, so I can’t hardly believe this, but I’ve heard that people who live in a city-fied area believe that beef and other meats are just something appears in the store. I’ve heard that they don’t actually know that beef is from a living breathing cow. I have no idea if that’s true or not, but that’s what I’ve heard. And that shows us just how unprepared and knowledge less we are getting our own food. If we were on an island and we saw a pineapple would we know that’s what it was if it wasn’t sliced and canned sitting out just waiting to be picked up? Would we even know that we could eat even though we didn’t have to pay for it?  Would we even know how to cook food if it wasn’t already cooked and all we had to do was put it in the microwave?

We left scavenging for food behind as soon as we left the caves. First, we hunted, but fter humans learned how to farm, we still had to work for our food, but it wasn’t quite the same as the hunt. Without feeling that sense of accomplishment, I imagine, eating must have felt pretty boring, but then we got a little lazier, so we created the markets. After that, things pretty much went downhill from there.

While we’re talking about what mindless robots the government, large corporations, pretty much everyone in some kind of leadership role, has turned us into, depending on them for every decision that we make, we might as well talk about something else. Processed foods.  What is processed food? Wikipedia describes “processed food” as any food that is changed from its natural, raw state. Did you peel your banana before you ate it? Cut your apple into slices? Stir-fry your dinner vegetables? Scramble your egg? You just processed your food by that definition. Following are common food processing techniques listed in the Wikipedia entry:

* “Removal of unwanted outer layers, such as potato peeling or the skinning of peaches
* Chopping or slicing, of which examples include potato chips, diced carrot, or candied peel.
* Mincing and macerating
* Liquefaction, such as to produce fruit juice
* Emulsification
* Cooking, such as boiling, broiling, frying, steaming or grilling
* Mixing
* Addition of gas such as air entrainment for bread or gasification of soft drinks
* Proofing
* Spray drying”

For me, “processed food” is food which has been chemically altered through additives such as flavors, flavor enhancers, binders, colors, fillers, preservatives, stabilizers, emulsifiers, etc., or which has been manufactured through combination or other methods. Generally speaking, if the ingredients aren’t “natural”, then I consider it to be processed.

What is in our food? Do you know what the nutrition values are in that Coke that you drink every day or that snickers that you have for a mid-afternoon snack? Do you know what it’s made out of? Do you know what kind of chemicals they put in your TV dinner?

I encourage you to take any “processed food” that you eat on a daily basis and look on the back at the list of ingredients. Do you know what everything on that list is? Can you pronounce it? If not, look them up. Use Google, the dictionary, use whatever and find out what it is and what it does to your body.

It’s a pretty interesting lesson if you care about putting in the work.

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