By Edith Morgan
We are constantly bombarded with advice on what to eat, when to eat, what to avoid, which labels to read, where to buy, whose advice to heed, how to live longer, etc., etc., etc., everywhere we look.
It is confusing and nerve wracking.
So, here is my recipe, designed to make life decisions more simple: “ALL THINGS IN MODERATION”!
We grossly underestimate the ability of our own system to deal with small quantities of just about anything: our miraculously designed digestive system can convert almost anything into food or waste, provided it comes into our system in small enough quantities for us to handle. And we are well equipped to reject what we should not take in.
Our noses tell us pretty quickly when something smells as though we ought not to take it in. If it gets past our sense of smell, our tongue will also warn us off. And if something gets past the first sentinels, our esophagus will send back offending substances. If that fails, farther down the system, various acids and digestive juices will dissolves offenders and send them out.
All these wondrous system parts can handle an amazing variety of things (It is said we must eat a ton of dirt in our lifetime – some of us do more than that!). But there is a limit: so this is not permission to gorge on all sorts of junk. It is merely an entreaty to STOP worrying, and use your head.
We in America tend to overdo everything: we drink too much, we take too may pills, we OD on sugar, on diet sodas, on salty foods, on cured meats – on just about anything available and advertised.
Every food in our diet is beneficial IN MODERATE QUANTITIES, but deadly in overdose. Even those substances that are vital to our survival, like salt, sugar, water, etc. are deadly poisons in large quantities. Two aspirins really do take away pain; the whole bottle of aspirins will probably kill you. Sugar makes everything taste better (have you ever tried pure chocolate without it?). A glass of wine at supper or before bed is said to be beneficial, and a beer or two in the summer quenches thirst really well. But chugging it down by the bottle is destructive.
An occasional doughnut, white toast, bagel, corn muffin, piece of cake, or other enjoyable treat will not do you in – actually, some of these things are “comfort foods” because they make you feel good, and when your heart and mind are at ease, your body will follow.
So, if you are not an addictive personality, who is not in control of your behavior, enjoy many things – all over the world, humans are eating all kinds of things we would never think of swallowing here; did you ever eat a fried grasshopper? Or snake, or octopus, or snails? We humans are so well designed that we can survive on just about anything.
So, take this advice to heart: Have yourself a bit of chocolate, drink a glass of wine, and relax. Your body is well designed to handle it all. Just remember – MODERATION!