For the record, those are my brother’s sunglasses.? I would never own a pair of sunglasses that horrid.? You can’t see them, but my own sunglasses are on my head.? And no, they aren’t cheapy aviators.
As only Suzanne can do she sucked me into reading one of the best books since Freakonomics.? The book I refer to is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.? I can just see the “Ha! I told you so!” comments from her now.? Hugs Suz.? Thank you.
I am sure by this point the trusty husband is so tired of me reading parts of this book to him that he’d rather sleep on the couch.? However, my little bit of newly found food knowledge is slowly warping him too.? Combine that with his “Go Local” kick and we are in business.
As I read this book (I have not finished) I come up with all kinds of ideas for posts.? Bad news is that I read at bedtime and for me if I actually sleep it acts like a mind sweep and I wake up with no memory of the past 24 hours.? In a sense I wake up dumber every morning.? However, I decided that I’m not going to get distracted and if I come up with something good to write about that I’m just going to do it.? You don’t want to know things like my son has knack for finding the cat puke in the house anyway.
Ms Kingsolver brings up a great point in her book.? It is a correlation that I would love to see the writers of Freakonomics take and run with.? The theory is that, in a nutshell, feminists made us fat.? This is my site and I get to bash the feminazis all I want.? I am soooo the anti-feminist it isn’t even funny.? So much so that I had quite the heated discussion with our church’s German Seminary intern a few years ago when I said that wherever possible women should be the ones to stay home and raise their children*.
Getting back to the feminists.? Think about it.? Back in the day women were the ones to stay home and cook.? They actually took time out of their day to cook food for their families.? Enter the feminist movement.? Women up and left the house to pursue careers outside of homemaking.? Sure, they worked, but they still came home and cooked dinner for their families.? I am not saying that working moms didn’t cook.? What I am saying is that women were (are) tired from working all day and lack the energy they once had, thus making large elaborate meals was a thing of the past.
Food manufacturers saw this opportunity and jumped on it.? Enter the boxed dinner and other pre-packaged food.? Now it was easier to whip up a quick meal.? But with that quick meal we sacrifice one thing.? Taste and health.? I would pull out a boxed dinner and list the unpronounceable ingredients from it if I had one in the house.?? Either way, your boxed dinner is nothing but a bunch of artificial flavors and chemicals handily packaged for a tired mom.
These unnatural foods are what are making this country fat.? Obesity is an epidemic in the US.? For the first time in history our children’s generation has an expected shorter life span than their parents.? Sad.
So what do we do?? Sit around and watch our asses grow to be the size of Texas?? Bitch at each other with the working mom saying, “well you try to work all day and then come home to cook dinner and make is good for you while your children are hungry and whining at you.”? Then the SAHM mom says, “well maybe you shouldn’t be working in the first place.”? I’m not setting out to spark that debate.? Moms work, moms stay home.? For whatever reason you have for being one or the other is not my place to argue.? My point is that whether you work or stay at home you have a duty do your family to provide them with good nutritious food.? Stop feeding your family processed crap.
I too am a busy mom.? I have an active toddler.? I do work (from inside our home).? I keep a fairly clean house.? But I still manage to cook good food.? For those days I don’t have time to make something from scratch I rely on these.? That’s right.? I cheat.? I make 40 or so dinners every few months and I menu plan.? I know that during the school year Tuesdays are my busy nights and it is up to the trusty husband to prepare dinner.? I plan for a crock pot meal and he just fixes the side dishes.? I plan.? Plain and simple.? It takes 10 minutes out of my Monday morning and the end result… my family always has a healthy meal.
You are probably thinking shut the hell up Elle.? We are tired of you talking all high and mighty about food.? Think that if you will, but fatness is truly and epidemic in this country.? Diabetes is rampant.? Heart disease, everything.? The majority of US health issues are due to obesity.? Wake up.? Don’t bitch about it.? Do something about it.
*very much a gross generalization.