Might as Well Eat Dirt

Various frozen vegetables displayed on a Wal-M...

Various frozen vegetables displayed on a Wal-Mart Supercenter shelf (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever noticed that in many cases man can take what is wholesome, healthy, and in a pristine ready-made form and turn it into garbage? What I’m talking about is the way we process food in this country. We have taken wholesome foods, and for the sake of convenience and longevity begun to slowly poison ourselves.

I am not referring to the fast-food industry which, as we all know, pumps fat, sodium, and sugar into us at an alarming rate–just take the time to look around at the shape most of us are in.

But not all of these processes are bad–take canned and frozen vegetables for instance. During the off season for produce, canned and frozen vegetables may be a better choice, as they are picked when ripe, and in some cases go from field to can within hours, whereas the so called “fresh produce” may have been picked before fully ripe, making them nutritionally deficient.

The next time you go shopping, take a look at the nutrition labels on the products you are about to buy. I normally stop reading at about the thirtieth ingredient (or should I say chemical) and put the product back on the shelf. For instance, let’s examine ice cream.  A normal container of regular ice cream will contain cream, milk, sugar and whatever flavoring it happens to be. In contrast, a container of low fat ice cream will have an entire paragraph of ingredients, most of which I cannot pronounce and few having any benefit that I am aware of.

Using the proceeding as an example, when writing, keep your story clean and free of debris. Read and reread as many times as you think necessary. It is possible to over-think as you edit and rewrite but your gut will tell you when it’s genuinely as it should be…as long as you listen. Sometimes it takes getting away from the manuscript for awhile then coming back at a later date when you can be more focused.

Oops!  Gonna have to go…got another mess to clean up. Someone got chocolate in my peanut butter.

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