Did you vote? I did. I even have the super cool sticker to prove it.
I love the fact that I get to vote. But even so, watching another round of campaigns has me thinking...
Do you sometimes feel like the act of voting creates disengaged citizens?
Hear me out on this.
When I vote, I contribute to the democratic machine. If something goes wrong, it’s not my fault because I cast my ballot for a minuscule percentage of the population to own my well-being. And when things get messed up, it’s their fault. Not mine.
Does this line of thinking sound familiar? I don’t want to admit it, but I’ve thought it and I would bet you have too. It's embarrassing because the democratic machine only operates optimally when citizens regularly engage, not just once every one, two, or four years.
Does this sound like something you've done with your health?
I think if we’re being honest, the answer is yes.
At some point, we have relied on a pill to regulate blood sugar or manage inflammation. We put our health into the hands of food marketers and fry cooks for the sake of time. We drank countless diet drinks, slim down shakes, or protein sugar bombs in the name of getting skinny.
Inevitably, it’s “leaked” that those things are all bad for us. And we get angry. We get angry at Big Pharma. We get angry at the food industry. We get angry at lobbyists, CEOs, and politicians lining their pockets.
But don’t you think we should take some of the blame?
Make no mistake, I am not making excuses for these folks. I think the current state of our food system is appalling and the groups listed above are a big cause.
I’m all for calling them to the carpet to take responsibility. But even more so, I am for personal responsibility.
Any time we give up control and rely on a product or service we do not or cannot source, we are essentially releasing liability for our own well being.
I recognize we don’t all have the ability to raise chickens or cultivate an organic veggie farm in our backyard. I've shared my thoughts in the past on how to be good at being local, but don't get overwhelmed. You most likely know your biggest opportunity for taking your health into your own hands. It could be cooking more of your own meals, buying some more organic fare, or cutting out sugary drinks.
If everyone makes small changes, the food industry will respond. Change doesn't have to be drastic. Progress. even when slow, is still progress.
Let’s pick up our forks, our favorite recipe, and carve out some time in the kitchen. Don’t worry about who else is doing what. Forget about miracle products and shortcuts. We all know that the places worth being are the hardest to get to.