People of Worth

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.” – Socrates

I had dinner in the local hospital cafeteria last evening and couldn’t help but notice how incredibly ill everyone looked at the tables around me…and these were the “healthy” visitors and staff! It seems to me that we as a people in the United States have largely lost our sense of worth and our personal dietary choices, generally speaking, reflect that fact.

We take pride in the fact that as Secretary of State John Kerry put it in Germany yesterday: “…In America you have right to be stupid, if you want to be.” We know that bad food choices make for higher medical bills and lower quality of life but we continue stuffing our faces with calorie-dense foods while becoming more and more sedentary as a nation. It’s a one-two punch from which few people recover.

My assumption is that you, my dear readers, listen to me blabbing on about things from day to day because you care to make a difference, you believe that you have something to offer to this world and you realize that you can do something about it. And whether or not you believe that fully for yourself, I, my friends, believe it for you. I believe in you. I know you can do it. You are good enough, strong enough, wise enough and now is the right time to see that you need not waste your life being ruled by your cravings. You can start to take charge – and eat and drink to live!

4 thoughts on “People of Worth

  • Thank you for your faith in your readers. One thing that I’ve realized is regardless of how healthy or unhealthy you may seem to be, most people have imbalances related to eating, and most of those imbalances relate to either a lack of education or emotional factors. I’m also speaking from personal experience and although I’ve sought to continually educate myself about how to take care of those around me and my own health, the information “out there” is often contradictory, our society does not make it easy to eat healthy and our food system is creating foods that are further and further away from what nature intended. With all of this in mind, those that do seek to be healthy must take care not to become fanatical or imbalanced with respect to these factors. All in all, the more balanced we are in our hearts and minds, the more balanced we will be related to our physical body.

  • To eat and drink to live or to live to eat and drink gives us a choice to be or not be. Our lives and our world’s really are dependent on this.

  • Hippocrates said “Let food be your medicine.” The first time I read that it made such sense to me and as I matured I realized it perhaps should be common sense. I read an article a few years ago about how institutional catering including schools, prisons and hospitals deliberately create menus high in sugar, fat and carbs that are designed to keep people content. If that’s the case I propose that our diets could also assist with keeping us sharp.

  • A bit of periodic abstinence can go a long way to break the chain. Brain chemistry is quite complex and to instill hunger for lasting nutrition is the challenge to all future enlightened healthcare providers.

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