Last week we posted an article about the Paleo Diet. Now we will continue to post articles about different diets and workout routines but I would like to pause real quick and just have a moment and refocus for a minute. Back in the day when our grandparents and great grand parents were around there were not 50 different diet plans or work out routines, memberships at the gym was limited and yet obesity was not as prevalent then as it is now. Here we are today with the latest information at our finger tips, 24 hour gyms, and diet plans for everyone, but the reality is we have to ask the question of whether we are just too busy or too lazy? Back when our grands and great grands were around they grew and raised majority of their food with the only time they went to the market was for flour, beans, sugar, and coffee. Foods like cereal, cake, cookies, candy, and soda was a rarity and fast food even rarer than that. Breakfast consisted of eggs, meat, and a biscuit or 2. Point is that they prepared and cooked everything. They did not have 24 hour fitness centers but kids then did go outside and play and the parents worked in the fields or at the plant. But time has changed with more women in the work place to help make ends meet. Add to that kids are involved in extra curricular activities and parents working odd shifts, thanks to more business going to a 24 hour operation, and it is easy to see why we are where we are at. As a kid I remember one time wishing I could have cookies and pizza everyday and to finally see the day where schools/homes allow that is more of a curse than a blessing. As more processed ingredients are loaded with salt and sugar to help with packaging and taste while foods made fresh are a rarity, we have to find a way to bring back that old school style of preparing and eating. Because what we are doing now is obviously not working. We are not here looking to latch on any political agenda or bash any food organization. As I believe the issue is not so much the people making the cookies and the cereal but those of us who look at those quick fillers everyday to feed ourselves and our children. Is it hard in today's time to take the time to prepare meals the way our parents used to, yes but we are going to have to stop depending on corporations to feed us quickly and cheaply while demanding it sound healthy and go back to more of us preparing our own foods from local farms. And if the obesity epidemic in our country is not enough for us to pull away from depending on processed food then I challenge you to look at the allowable percentage of bug parts, animal feces, and rodent particles are allowed in processed foods as it is regulated by the FDA. Oh and no disrespect meant to the FDA, but just with any government agency they can not police everyone, they announce when they are testing, and the large name companies have enough money to buy...ughh ask for a retest. Plus if you look at how food is made in large factories with miles of vats and conveyor belts so even companies with good intent are not going to be able to catch every fly and every rodent throughout the premises. I know a few times I noticed a dead fly in a sealed juice container so I know it happens. Point is all the health centers and specials diets are nice but if we do not get back to the ways of our generations before us where our diets consisted of 80-90% of whole foods (vs 65-85% of processed and fast foods) we are going to continue threading water. Because the amount of money we are spending on health care, counseling, weight loss books, and special diets are not making the situation better but worse. To keep it simple if you can not find it on a farm, pronounce the name, or know what the chemical is then you should not be eating it.